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There has been considerable coverage of the matter of Richard Northey’s expenses as Chair of the Waitematā Local Board. My blogs on the matter have attracted over 500 views, which is considerably more than any other topic I have posted. This demonstrates the level of public concern. On investigating further, I find the role of Chair of the Waitematā Local Board is a full-time one for which the incumbent is paid $96,000 pa. Richard Northey, the present incumbent, is also Chair of the Problem Gambling Foundation. The five Trustees of the Foundation collectively receive $71,000 - it is normal that the Chair receives twice that of the other members which means that he would receive approx. $20,000. His annual Disclosure of Interest does not disclose that the position he holds is a paid one nor the amount he receives. On the later point, I have emailed him asking that he disclose the amount he has received. It would be ‘appropriate’ that he pay ratepayers whatever he has received from the Trust since taking up the Chair of the Board in October 2019 as an offset to his honorarium. Keith McConnell www.keithforwaitemata.com THE COUNCIL'S LEFT HAND DOES NOT KNOW WHAT THE RIGHT HAND IS DOING!

While this is about an incident of glyphosate spraying in Parnell, I have also had glyphosate sprayed on me in Pt Chevalier and I have seen Facebook incidents of the same occurring in Garnet Road, Grey Lynn and other suburbs of Auckland. On the morning of 30 September the spraying of glyphosate was videoed taking place on Gladstone Road in front of the Parnell Rose Gardens. This spraying took place into gutters where nothing was growing, but worse, occurred during wet and windy conditions. These conditions are contrary to manufacturers recommendations. I sent an official complaint to the Auckland Council website, along with the video. On 7 October I received a phone call from a Council employee, Mr Karl Beaufort, Council Facilities Manager. During my long conversation with Mr Beaufort, he acknowledged the spraying of Round Up by this Council contractor was in breach of their contract and the issue “would be looked into and resolved”. Mr Beaufort confirmed by email: “Our contract with this particular contractor is very clear regarding the use of agri-chemicals. They are bound to follow the best practice guidelines for using agri-chemical in public spaces... The photos you supplied very clearly show that this contractor was applying glyphosate during wet weather which goes against the best-use requirements and was not applying it to control species or weeds within the road corridor”. Mr Beaufort went on to say my complaint “records a valid contract breach....would be addressed at the contract level by the Council’s contract managers and they would request a written plan on how this would be prevented from happening again”. On the morning of 20 October the same contractor was again videoed spraying in the same place under similar conditions. A further complaint was made, citing the previous complaint and the promised resolution. Mr Karl Beaufort again replied on 12 November saying “... that following the last complaint where we confirmed we

would address the poor performance from our contractor, they have since returned to the same location and undertaken the same activity in exactly the same conditions reported in your first complaint. This is not acceptable behaviour from our contractor and the matter has been referred to the contract manager to address through performance management within the contract bounds”. To take this to an even more personal level, while out jogging along Pt Chevalier Road, I had the misfortune to run into the mist from a contractor who was spraying weeds in windy conditions. Stepping back I videoed the continued spraying and attached this video to yet another complaint to the Council. The resulting reply, this time signed by Mr Don To’o, Facilities Manager, sought to convince me that, “The spray used in the road corridor is Bio Weed Blast which is approved under programmed works, we do not use glysophate”. He also went on to say, “The atmospheric conditions on the day were acceptable”. The fact that the video showed whole trees in motion, and the fact Mr To’o was not there and I was, leaves his comments in doubt. So, we have Council managers who on one hand confirm glyphosate use and another denying it. I have alerted Auckland Council complaints to this behaviour. I feel totally dissatisfied with their responses and feel no sense of closure that they will stop this occurring again. This is the problem Council has with their ‘preferred contractors’. These contactors do not obey the rules knowing they will get the contract anyway and will continue to poison our environment. Linda Hill, Concerned Citizen EREBUS MEMORIAL

It has been such a pleasure for me to meet the wonderful people who have been peacefully protecting the very undesirable site the prime minister has chosen to erect a memorial to the Erebus tragedy. I say undesirable because there’s a big risk we will lose the ancient pohutukawa tree, which is a memorial in itself. I say undesirable because over 15,000 people have signed a petition saying they don’t want a plane crash memorial in the beautiful Dove Myer Robinson Park - a park that Auckland city dwellers use as their playground; they walk their dogs, they go there for picnics - a park that has sea views, beautiful roses, very noisy from traffic, trains, and the Auckland wharf. I see no resemblance to an air tragedy and wonder why it was chosen. In 2018 I attended an Erebus Memorial Service and it was there I was informed by the Prime Minister along with the Mayor of Auckland that the Ponsonby Rose Gardens was the place where a memorial to the Erebus Tragedy would be built. This announcement caused a lot of objections from the many family members present that day. The Prime Minister did reply, “I’m hearing you". It is now nearing the 42nd Anniversary of the Erebus Disaster and she still has not responded to the petition that was presented to Government. She still has not heard the dedicated people who are protecting their park and the treasured pohutukawa tree. I guess I have never got over from losing my father in the unnecessary and tragic way of the Erebus accident. Maybe it would be nice to have a memorial with his name on it, but not where it’s not wanted. Somewhere which is more relevant and where it’s wanted. Margaret Brough, Tauranga LETTERS CONTINUED ON P28

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Never in the history of Ponsonby News have we ever had 10 letters to the editor. And there were more but we didn’t have room for three others. Surprisingly none were to do with Covid! Christmas is not cancelled at Ponsonby Central... Santa has been given a green light exemption to come to town this Christmas. The famous Ponsonby Central Santa is back, and with him he brings a gift for Aucklanders. Reflecting on a difficult year particularly for retail and hospitality, with many Christmas events cancelled, bringing some light-hearted joy to Auckland residents seems all the more important. Santa might be back, but he has a few modifications to make sure the joy of Christmas is all he spreads. The mask donning, double jabbed figure is a sign of the times and while his outfit might be risqué, the importance of mask-wearing is not lost on someone who jumps down so many chimneys in one night. With a celebration bottle in one hand and oversized ceremonial scissors in the other, he is getting ready to unwrap the gift of new eateries, restaurants, a boutique movie theatre, and office spaces, that are set to open at Ponsonby Central in early 2022. While the city has been locked down, work on the site has continued and with their Santa partner this year, Aspec Construction, the development is on track for its grand opening. Aspec Construction has worked for years on site to create 80 underground car parks which opened in 2020 and now the three levels above, it seems fitting to create this year's Santa together as we near completion of the development. Ponsonby Central and Aspec Construction are proud to bring us the 2021 Santa and some life back into our city. In this issue my colleague John Elliott has covered some interesting issues: Starting with solar panel highways, enabling housing supply

and other matters amendment bill, Housing crisis - Shared equity solution possible and the Seabin Project – which aims to clean up pollution in harbours. In her Christmas feature this month Helene Ravlich spoke with some of her favourite locals about what their plans are for the holiday season, what they are eyeing up for loved ones, and what they hope to see under their trees come Christmas morning. Vicki Taylor makes a beautiful front cover. Finally, thanks everyone for your support – we are living through challenging times – but Christmas is coming which gives us something to look forward to. (MARTIN LEACH)  PN

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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.

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

KERRY LEE I’ve been a freelance writer for a year now, and what I love most are the wonderful people I’ve meet along the way. #best job.

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.



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

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.

Season’s Greetings

Helen White

Labour list MP based in Auckland Central For enquiries please contact my office: 09 360 5720 helen.white@parliament.govt.nz /HelenWhiteLabour Authorised by Helen White MP, Parliament buildings, Wellington

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OCKHAM’S QUEST TO CREATE AUCKLAND’S MOST BELOVED APARTMENT BUILDING One block off Ponsonby Road – right at the top of Williamson Ave – The Greenhouse is rising out of the ground. Ockham Residential’s Mark Todd talks about his “once-in-a-lifetime project”. It starts with the glazed brick that changes colour a thousand times a day. Under morning sun, it’s gleaming emeraldgreen, like a summer walk to Karekare Falls, but as the day unfolds it shifts to forest-green, then dark olive, then almost to black — the colour of a midwinter slog through Great Barrier bush. There are glimmers of Whatipū greys, fleeting moments of Waiheke navy and indigo. A hundred-and-fifty-thousand of these iridescent, greenglazed bricks will adorn the walls of The Greenhouse. “Reverence for Tāmaki Makaurau infuses our work,” says Ockham captain Mark Todd. “We strive to make thoughtful, distinctively residential buildings that are as beautiful as the landscapes they sit within. "The Greenhouse is our expression of the Aotearoa aesthetic. It is Ockham down to its last brick — all the design and architectural principles which underpin our developments are here, only more so. It is architecture reimagined as art.” From Huntly to Palmy and beyond The green brick that gives the building its name makes The Greenhouse iconic; immediately recognisable as something that belongs here. But getting the glaze right took almost four years. “It’s been a circuitous journey to find the perfect brick,” Todd says. “Slightly obsessive if I’m honest.” Hundreds of brick samples have been stared at, caressed, held up to the light. “We were eager to buy locally if we could,” Todd continues. “We talked with brickmakers in Huntly and Christchurch, a glazing specialist in Palmerston North. We tried Australia, tried the Netherlands. We unearthed some beautiful bricks, saw some glorious glazes.” But none were The Greenhouse.

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“Then we got these amazing samples from the UK — from the company who made the iridescent turquoise bricks for Damien Hirst’s memorable Soho HQ. They were stunning — absolutely beautiful. Very close…very nearly what we wanted.” But still not right. Finally, Ockham arrived at the Sant’Anselmo brick factory, 20km inland from Venice. Finally, they’d found ‘The One’. “They’re not cheap,” Todd says. “Each brick costs more than $10 — and there are 150,000 of them. But when you see how the colour changes subtly as the light shifts through the day, you’ll understand why only they could be the bricks for The Greenhouse.” The perfectionism, he says, was necessary. “This is Auckland’s most irresistible neighbourhood and a building has to be exceptional to belong here.” A once-in-a-lifetime project At 10 storeys, The Greenhouse will be the tallest building on the horizon — and the views expand as you ascend. Look west; look down Williamson Ave, past Grey Lynn Park, and you see the Waitakere Ranges in entirety. You see the parapets of Ponsonby Road, the fingers of the inner Waitematā; now look north, look east, to the city’s great towers and, beyond, Devonport, Rangitoto. Auckland, Tāmaki Makaurau. “Buildings like this matter,” Todd continues. “People are proud of landmark buildings in their cities — the collective effects they have on atmosphere, energy and identity. The Greenhouse will convey identity to its neighbourhood and city; inside it’ll become known as an excellent place to live, covetable for its amenity, location and character. It’s a building that will age gracefully.”


It’s a once-in-a-lifetime project, he says of the building that will become his home. “I’ve spent 25 years in construction, reimagining urban communities, learning what’s possible when one acts with aspiration. With The Greenhouse, every detail, every finish — every brick — has been thought, and sometimes fought, over. “The ambition is to build one of Auckland’s most beloved buildings. The Greenhouse is the very best Ockham can imagine.”

A DINNER PARTY FOR THE AGES Of all gentle pleasures lost to lockdown, the dinner party with friends and (friendly) foes – and sparkling, spikey conversations which enliven the mind – might be the most missed. The Greenhouse has a residents’ lounge with a 10-seat table as its centrepiece, ideal for a green light gathering of kindred spirits. Join us for the ultimate (imaginary) Ponsonby dinner party. The Setting: Earlier in the day, the great table had been used for meetings, unravelling large maps, and reading newspapers of record, but as evening nears, it has been set for dinner. Although the sun is only just slipping over the Waitakeres, the lounge walls, lined with American Crown Cut Walnut panelling, are exquisitely lit by an Orion Globe light. The carpet — Mist by Shaw Contract — is woven in an array of greens with twists of pale grey, like the underside of a leaf. The floor beneath is engineered European oak, like a stage arranged for a performance. Equipped with a kitchen, the lounge opens to a balcony which allow guests to indulge in a favourite ritual of the neighbourhood — perusing Ponsonby passers-by. The Guests: We established strict criteria for The Greenhouse’s inaugural dinner: this was to be a gathering of imaginary friends, late legends with a connection to postcodes 1011 and 1021 (lest an overlooked invite or inadvertent snub cause a ruckus). We’re also ignoring that ludicrous Aotearoa axiom that one doesn’t discuss religion, politics or sex at the table. What else to talk about! Down one end is a face familiar from the photo that hangs above so many mantelpieces in the neighbourhood. It’s a beatific Michael Joseph Savage, who once delivered seditious blasts up the road at the Star Newton Hotel. Down the other end, a voice booms: “We are living in an ethical twilight, with the ideals of the new in our hearts and the pattern of the old upon our minds.” It’s John A. Lee, soldier, socialist, one-armed writer; one-time Grey Lynn MP and Savage scourge. Thankfully any glare-off has been avoided: Lee is mesmerised by Freda Stark, of nude dancing fame. However the golden dancer is more interested in Florence Keller — doctor, social reformer, feminist and vegan. The dedicated Dr Keller saw patients six days a week until she was 92; here, she has struck up an unlikely rapport with Graham Brazier, rebel with a cause, Imperator of the Gluepot. And one-time winger for the Mt Roskill Red Devils. Yes, Brazier was an out-and-out leaguie — and finds himself beside his boyhood hero, Kiwis’ legend Bill Sorensen, from that most royal of rugby league families.

Hordes of neighbourhood artists could join the party: Colin McCahon and Charles Blomfield were serious cats but Tony Fomison would be more fun. Alongside Tony, Vaitulutu Purcell, whose family home at 28 Scanlan Street became a de facto community centre for scores of Pasifika families. Vaitulutu has connected with Whāea Betty Wark, founder of Arohanui, mother to thousands of young, urban Māori. The evening’s MC? Peter Taylor, equestrian and father of much-loved local bar Surrender Dorothy, can be counted on to bring the fabulosity. “I stomp on mediocrity with a tall pair of riding boots caked in horse sweat,” he said at the launch of his memoir ‘Don’t Postpone Joy’. “I plan to go out that way, too.” Meanwhile, capturing everything, the unmatched documentary photographer Robin Morrison. Oh…what a night! The formal part of the evening concluded, whereupon Freda Stark hauls Messrs Lee, Brazier, Taylor and Fomison off to karaoke. When dinner parties return to the menu, there’ll be no venue statelier than The Greenhouse. Give Ockham’s Joss Lewis a call to find out more about Auckland’s most exquisite apartment building (and, in the meantime, devise your own Top 10 dream dinner guest list! ). Contact Joss on 021 245 5155 or joss@ockham.co.nz


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ONE MINUTE INTERVIEW WITH CATHERINE ROYCE Catherine Royce knows the importance of physio like no one else. Why is physio so important?

Through effective physio treatment and advice, we help to get those with injuries back to what they love doing as soon as possible. Physio is also effective in supporting postsurgical recovery, achieving peak physical performance, and educating people to avoid injuries from occurring. Your company moto is, “Supporting your wellness for an urban lifestyle”. What is an urban lifestyle?

An urban lifestyle is typically people living busy lives where they juggle multiple demands such as work, family, pets, sports, and hobbies. Our business caters for these people by providing a relaxing environment with a focus on getting to the source of their niggles and so providing exercises which can be easily fitted into daily routine. We often see the entire family, grandparents, parents, and children. How long have you been involved doing physio?

Sixteen years, within private practice, as well as touring the globe with the New Zealand Women’s Football Ferns and Under 20s team, along with touring with the New Zealand Youth Commonwealth Games Team to the Bahamas. What do you like most about Ponsonby?

How do you chill out?

The community feel – there’s such a fantastic vibe around our clinic on Jervois Road with Jervois Steak House, Didas and Fusion Café right on our doorstep to name a few. The Urban Physio team loves supporting local, as do our clients.

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How are you serving in the pandemic?

Wow it has been tough. The unfamiliarity of the pandemic, being a small business and looking after our team of seven has required some juggling. Fortunately, we have an amazing team, a loyal client base, and we managed to pivot quickly to offer our services via online consultations and live Pilates classes. Our clients have loved this. Overall, the pandemic has taught me to focus on what’s important, particularly spending quality time with my two-year-old son, Xavier. What was your childhood like?

I grew up in a family of five with two older brothers. I had a fantastic childhood where everyone encouraged each other to succeed. Our favorite holiday destination growing up was Fiji. Growing up, my parents owned their own businesses and my dad always encouraged us to own businesses. Both my brothers own successful business; Phil has One Place, a property management company, and Matt has Xtream Signs, a sign writing company.

I’m an active relaxer, so walking or sitting at a café with a coffee and the paper. My Karen Walker dress, I really love supporting NZ fashion. Favorite time of the day?

The morning – I’m an early bird. Your dream home?

Ultra-modern with a pool – simple yet stylish. Your most treasured possession?

My engagement ring, which was a gift from my husband’s grandmother. Tell us something very few people know about you

I have a bird phobia; if a bird was to fly into a café, I would be under the café table screaming. What superpower would you like?

Flying – then we could just fly to other countries. What cliché do you most hate?

Carpe Diem! It’s definitely overused and has lost its meaning. Favorite TV series?

Friends – it’s an absolute classic; the recent reunion was a great opportunity to reminisce.

Your greatest weakness/indulgence?

Dream holiday internationally?

What is your comfort food?

Spain, Barcelona.

Chocolate and licorice!

Your bucket list?

Travel light or heavy?

Being able to travel again – Covid-19 has really put a spanner in the works, however I’ve got a new appreciation of how beautiful New Zealand is!

Heavy – I always say I’m going to pack light this time and then I end up with three bags full! (DAVID HARTNELL, MNZM)  PN

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Chocolate /lollies – I have such a sweet tooth.



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THANK YOU In a year with so much uncertainty it has been a real privilege to assist my loyal clients and friends who have entrusted me with the sale and purchase of their most valuable asset. My team and I wish you the very best for a safe and enjoyable Christmas and a blissful New Year.

Blair Haddow 021 544 555

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LOOKING FORWARD TO MOVING THROUGH THE NEW TRAFFIC LIGHT SYSTEM Freedoms are increasing as Auckland looks forward to moving through the new traffic light system thanks to vaccinations hitting 90% of eligible population. Even with the new protection framework it is an anxious and stressful time for businesses and those who have borne the brunt of lockdown. Cancellation of the Franklin Road lights for the second year in a row is a clear sign that “normal” isn’t returning in time for this Christmas season. Council has set up a free fast-track application process for hospo looking to make use of outside public space including car parks. How we use our parking is a very emotive topic especially after headlines that there is a “radical” plan coming and a “war on cars”. In fact there is a far more positive outlook for the new year that will benefit our local businesses and neighbourhoods.

Lockdown bubble picnics in Western Park

The Planning Committee of Council has recently endorsed the objectives and principles to inform a parking discussion document that will go out for feedback in March. We haven’t signed off on the removal of parking or a final version of the strategy and we are only at the starting point of consultation to inform a refresh of the existing 2015 Parking Strategy.

Auckland starting with locations that have a higher readiness for change. Many residents were outraged when the first residential parking scheme was trialed in St Marys Bay almost a decade ago to cope with the influx of all day commuter parking. That scheme proved extremely successful and has served as the template for a city-wide roll out.

If we get the strategy right, parking management can be a key lever to reduce our carbon emissions, increase mode shift and encourage active transport, improve safety, reduce transport inequity and reduce congestion across the network. We will have the right size tools to respond to growth and increasing intensification. It will be good for business and good for Auckland.

It has been well signalled since 2015 that residents of new apartments will not be eligible for residential parking permits. In the city centre and central suburbs there is no longer an expectation that vehicle storage will automatically be available on public roads for free.

The current Parking Strategy 2015 was arguably “radical” for Auckland or at least progressive for its time. The strategy provides for parking to be de-prioritised and for road space to be allocated in favour of active transport, PT, and the movement of people and freight. What is being proposed now is not new or “radical” but a refresh of the existing strategy to give AT a clear mandate to implement the very parking management tools AT already has available. Central city residents are very familiar with the parking management tools proposed to be implemented across

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Business Associations which were once very sceptical about the benefits of paid parking have been won over by the results. It is good for business to use demand responsive pricing to encourage turnover and to allow customers to purchase the parking they need. There is a heap of evidence from New Zealand and across the world to share with businesses about the economic opportunities of re-allocating road space to PT, active modes and extended footpaths. Ngā mihi o te wā Season’s Greetings to all Ponsonby News readers and best wishes for 2022. (PIPPA COOM)  PN pippa.coom@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz




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WISHING YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS Thank you to our clients and customers for their continued support and trust through an unsettled year. Warmest wishes for the holiday season from the team at Bayleys Ponsonby.

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Waitemata- Local Board Chair It looks likely that provided the rate of Covid-19 infections do not spike we will be able to open up our businesses and visit our family and friends out of Auckland for Christmas. I had my two vaccinations in June and July. I did it to ensure that I won’t spread the virus to anyone in my family, friends or my work. All of the Waitematā Local Board members are fully vaccinated, and we appeal to all of you to get double vaccinated as soon as possible. As well as getting vaccinated we all need to follow fully the rules set out by the doctors and health specialists who have the knowledge to make sure we don’t inadvertently catch or spread the Covid-19 virus. Auckland Council and the Waitematā Local Board are starting to develop ideas for our work programme for the next financial year. We welcome hearing your views and will be consulting you on these in February. Both the mayor and the Waitematā Local Board want to take more effective action to combat climate change and would welcome your ideas and support for such initiatives. At our 16 November Waitematā Local Board meeting, held entirely by Skype, we swore in, and welcomed Glenda Fryer to her first board meeting. We chose her because she was the top polling unsuccessful election candidate last time, has a wealth of Auckland Council and governance experience as a councillor and local board member who lives in St Mary’s Bay. She has hit the ground running and we will value her help with all our work over the next year. At that November board meeting the board agreed to the building of an attractive public plaza and a commercial and residential development above the carpark at 2 Pompallier Terrace. This will greatly enhance the Three Lamps area as an attractive destination while retaining the public toilets and parking provision there. Our December meeting will be at 1pm on 14 December and, because of Covid-19 restrictions, will be held by Skype or Microsoft Teams. Please contact the Board if you want to make a presentation to that meeting: waitematalocalboard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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At our October meeting, the board also decided to apply to Auckland Transport under its 'regional streets for people programme' to upgrade the Rose Road Plaza. In November we decided on a Greenway from Cox’s Bay through the reserve to Jervois Road. Work continues on the design for the restoration and redevelopment of the Leys Institute buildings for a public library, gymnasium and meeting rooms. A project advisory group of local community people has been appointed to guide the project and we will meet for the first time this month. I will keep you informed and involved as this exciting restoration develops. The board has decided to recognise some great volunteers who are making a positive difference within the community and are awarding them the Waitematā Local Board 'Good Citizens’ Award'. To recognise the time and contributions of these exceptional volunteers four categories of awards will be given out: individuals, children and young people, community groups, and for long service to the community. The board members held a community clinic virtually on 13 October for those individuals and organisations who wanted to discuss a proposal or concern of theirs with us. Please contact the Waitematā Local Board at waitematalocalboard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz if you want

to book in a time to meet us at our next clinic, which will be from 7pm on 8 December. Covid-19 means that the Waitematā Local Board office won’t be reopening until the new year. However, I can always be contacted at richard.northey@ aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or on mobile, 021 534 546. The Waitematā Local Board members and staff wish you and all the community the very best for the holiday season, Hannukah, Christmas and the New Year. We very much hope that your health and economic and social wellbeing will be very much better and more secure in 2022. (RICHARD NORTHEY, CHAIR, Waitematā Local Board)


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The potential loss of carparking in Auckland will have come as a shock to many residents and business owners, but the writing has been on the wall for some time. Planning for future population growth and changing modes of transport is an essential role for Auckland Transport (AT). Releasing a parking discussion document in November ahead of full consultation in March/April next year demonstrates that AT wants to ensure a process where those affected can be heard. Hopefully this will be the case, but based on my past experience as an Auckland City Councillor and Waitemata Local Board member, I would not be surprised if AT has already decided what they intend to do. In the past, the consultation process has often been a farce, with decisions pre-determined and a refusal by AT to consider alternative courses of action put forward by submitters. In some cases, what AT has proposed has been a solution looking for a problem. The removal of carparking in our valuable historic shopping areas in Parnell, Ponsonby, Herne Bay, Grey Lynn and upper Symonds Street, where unlike Newmarket, off-street carparking is unavailable, will most likely be the last straw for some businesses already struggling to compete with the shopping malls. Greg Moyle, Herne Bay THE WYNYARD QUARTER DOCK LINE TRAM

“From a child’s first tram ride, to the nostalgia experienced by older generations, a tram ride is a fantastic way to experience the joys of Auckland’s spectacular waterfront and the exciting events and activities happening over summer.” That’s what Auckland Council was saying at the start of this year; yet by November the mayor and councillors had voted 13-6 to discontinue the much-loved dock line tram around the Wynyard Quarter (the 6 councillors voting to preserve this transport heritage of the inner city ironically enough all coming largely from the outer suburbs of Auckland). The ‘trial’ period to judge patronage was little short of a sham – conducted through the Covid-19 lockdown with a depopulated and shut-down city; the tram unable to run for much of the time. No tourists, no businesses, not much in the way of locals even, so ran just 38 days this year by order of AT (the tram only ran on Sundays and public holidays, yet remarkably still attracted 6509 people for the $2 all-day pass - $1 kids, seniors and under-5s free).

The so-called ‘review’ was little better than the trial and carried out by Panuku, the very entity that has been trying to get rid of the tram for years – a bit like the prosecution lawyer doubling up as the judge. In my view a case of large development interests prevailing over those of Auckland’s heritage and use of the public realm. How ironic then that this should all occur at the very time the government announced a $15 billion price tag for Auckland’s light rail to the airport project, yet Auckland Council can’t (or rather won’t) keep a single tram service going in the busiest and most attractive destination on the waterfront. It certainly had $80 million previously to upgrade the amenity of streets around Wynyard adjacent to expensive developments, but nothing to extend the short link through to Britomart for the tram and the large number of Aucklanders and visitors it would inevitably serve. All up, a woeful lack of vision and one we will all pay for dearly in the future. John Watson, Albany Ward councillor BOARD VOTES TO STOP CHAIR CENSORING MINUTES

Was it the articles in the October Ponsonby News on censorship by the Chair? Was it sharing that article on Facebook? Was it Mayor Phil Goff's 'like' of that post? Was it pressure from community advocates? Was it all of the above? Chair Richard Northey refused to attach notes from presentations to the WLB November meeting, and later backed that in an email with, 'because it did not contain matter that would assist future Board decision-making'. In my understanding, meeting minutes are kept for a 'true and accurate record of the meeting'. I'm pretty sure the Public Records Act would back that. Then during Item 18, Waitematā Local Board (except for Adriana Christie) voted to a) agree that information that has been formally received as tabled information by the local board be attached to the published minutes, noting that staff will review and redact or omit any material breaches of LGOMIA, other legislation or Standing Orders. b) request that staff develop an appendix outlining the principles, criteria and process for minute attachments to the Standing Orders for local board consideration and approval c) increase the time allotted for each public forum item to a maximum of five minutes. That's a win! Public get longer to present and the experts, rather than the Chair, will decide what is kept in the public records, only redacting private information. Hopefully Chair Northey won't try to control staff. Several of us community advocates will keep an eye on this. Gael Baldock, Community Advocate LETTERS CONTINUED P60

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MY FAVOURITE ROOM Emigrating from Canada 35 years ago, Bayleys real estate agent Cheryl Regan has seen the greater Ponsonby area develop and change through the years. Always ahead of her time, Cheryl has been living the apartment life for decades, initially buying off plans and taking up residence in a spacious residence in Hopetoun Street overlooking Western Park and out to the ocean.

mesmerising. I love that my deck is reminiscent of a sailing boat; my husband and I used to sail a lot and my son sails professionally, so staying close to the ocean keeps my heart close to my family.

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Looking out at my view fills my soul with happiness and I think what a lucky girl you are Cheryl, and feel very grateful for living in beautiful New Zealand.

For as long as I’ve been in New Zealand I’ve lived across the central suburbs. Our first apartment was a mix of residential and commercial and it was a very exciting time to be living in the city. My late husband and I spent many hours walking the dog through Western Park and strolling K Road.


We walked everywhere together, hosted some pretty outrageous parties, made incredible lifelong friends, and generally embraced everything about the colourful Ponsonby area. It’s incredible when I think back to how much the area has changed but I am pleased that people have been kind to the historical fronts of the villas, retaining that unique Ponsonby visage. Which is your favourite room?

I now live right on the Viaduct where my favourite room is my open living area that flows seamlessly out to my deck. I can observe all that is happening over the water, and my love of sailing is fulfilled watching the various vessels - from luxury yachts to fishing boats. I especially enjoy it on a Wednesday night when the ocean is full of young children learning how to sail. There is nothing like the salty smell of the sea with birds flying overhead and the terns diving for fish. What are your favourite things in the room?

Not technically ‘in’ the room, but the sunsets here are incredible; the way the light shifts and changes is totally

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For the more than a decade I have been with Bayleys fostering relationships based on care and support has always been of utmost importance to me, and through the twists and turns of recent times this has never felt more important than it has this past year. We have journeyed this challenging time together, and it is together that we embrace the spirit of giving this festive season, so I would like to wish everyone in our community a safe and happy holidays. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe festive season. Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to working with you again in 2022.


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HOUSING CRISIS STILL UNSOLVED - SHARED EQUITY SOLUTION POSSIBLE This article is not about apportioning blame, but is an attempt to suggest a solution. It is a fact, despite National maintaining to the bitter end of their reign that no crisis existed, that a huge housing crisis does exist in New Zealand, with the worst example being Auckland. Young families who are tied to Auckland by their jobs are between a rock and a hard place. They can neither afford to buy a house, unless the bank of mum and dad can pay for most of it, but worse still they cannot afford to rent either. What are they expected to do - live under the harbour bridge with other homeless souls? Labour has been totally preoccupied with its response to Covid-19, and in my book has done well, but now they must address some of the inequalities that have become so much worse in the last 35 years since Roger Douglas and his neoliberal mates went mad for a time in New Zealand. In his latest book just out, ‘Too Much Money, How Wealth Disparities are Unbalancing Aotearoa New Zealand,’ Max Rashbrooke says right at the outset of his introduction: “In the last few decades, an apparently ordinary financial institution has assumed an importance that could hardly have been foreseen. It is the bank of mum and dad.” Rashbrooke calls this ‘insidious’ because it allows some young people a significant and completely unfair advantage over others. Shamubeel Eaqub calls it, “the return of the landed gentry". So what can, and will, a Labour Government do about this inequality? So far, not much, although the government has launched a shared home ownership scheme for families who can’t save a deposit. Through the scheme, Kainga Ora would take an equity share in a property to assist first home buyers

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who could service a mortgage, but need help raising a deposit. Housing Minister Megan Woods said, “A core belief of this government is that everyone deserves a warm, dry and secure home whether they own or rent.” Under the first home partner scheme, Kainga Ora would take an ownership share of the home it helped families buy. Over time new households would buy those shares back to become homeowners. The proposal has been welcomed, but it is still unclear who will build these houses, where, and what the shared equity might look like. Habitat for Humanity has pledged to build 40 homes under the scheme with the 13.8 million dollar zero-interest loan it would get from the government. So there is some action, but it’s slow and spasmodic. The price of land in Auckland is a huge impediment, but the National and Labour current proposal for three storey in-fill towers throughout central Auckland would be no help to first home buyers. Those new apartments are likely to be priced at nearer $2 million than one, both prices well out of reach of first home buyers. Labour has two years until the 2023 election to work on wellbeing, poverty, and inequality. It should get a further chance in 2023, but that might be it. Few New Zealand governments get more than three terms in government. National is the only party in 65 years to secure a fourth term, winning in 1960, 63, 66, 69 before losing to Labour in 1972. Just do it Labour - while you still retain power. (JOHN ELLIOTT)  PN


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Leasehold Learnings. Move up a level. Not all leasehold property is created equal. There are many different types and in this article we demystify some common misconceptions. Leasehold property is largely unknown territory for Kiwis. But as our city continues to extend its outer suburbs, waterfront living is set to become increasingly desirable and a major drawcard to our city of sales. Hear from the team of leasehold specialists at Ray White Wynyard Quarter about waterfront leaseholds. Who owns the land? Different properties are owned by different groups but Auckland waterfront apartments are predominantly owned by these four groups: - Nga-ti Wha- tua-o-Ora-kei - Viaduct Harbour Holdings LTD - The Ports of Auckland, which own Princes Wharf and leases it to Dockland Apartment Leases Limited - Panuku Development Auckland Limited (Wynyard Quarter) How does a lease work? A lease agreement is generally between two parties the ‘lessor’ (land owner) and the ‘lessee’. This lease agreement normally outlines the terms of the lease, i.e ground rent review dates, the length of the lease and standard memorandum terms.

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Is it possible to predict ground rent increases? How is the ground rent calculated? In some circumstances it is, for instance, the ground rent for Princes Wharf is increased annually by 3% or the CPI (whichever is greater) and this is fixed until at least 2039. However, most increases are calculated from the land value and depending on the length of the lease it is normally worked out every 5-7 years. The ground rental is established either with an agreement between the parties (the body corporate and lessor) or in arbitration between registered valuers acting for each party. Land value is determined by analysing unimproved freehold sales of comparably zoned land. How long is a lease? There are two types of lease lengths: in perpetuity and finite. The length of the lease is normally outlined in the agreement. The majority of the Viaduct Harbour Holdings leases are 999 years in perpetuity, renewable every 21 years. On the other side of the scale, a lot of Nga-ti Wha- tua leases are finite with a lease term of 150 years (or Princes Wharf with 97 years) and you will need to return the land and the buildings to the freehold owner in the condition specified in the lease. Some developments, such as 30 Madden in Wynyard Quarter, have pre-paid the ground rent for the next 128 years – which is reflected in the property price.

What are the benefits of leasehold? There are a number of benefits to buying leasehold property, however the biggest benefit would have to be lifestyle. As most of the Auckland waterfront is surrounded by leasehold apartments the only opportunity to live there is to purchase or rent. Leasehold property is generally cheaper to buy than if it was on freehold land because you are not purchasing the land component. This allows you to live in a prime location without having to pay what would otherwise be a prohibitively high price. A number of savvy investors turn to leasehold for the high yields this can create. Short stay accommodation such as Airbnb means waterfront properties can earn a healthy nightly rate from people choosing to rent out an apartment rather than a hotel room. Waterfront property generally rents very well, or makes an impressive Auckland city pad to live in yourself. What is the current rental demand like?

With a number of major corporations now basing their operations in Wynyard Quarter, there is a shortage of good quality, long term rental properties.


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THE 2021 HADDOWS WINNERS FOR PONSONBY RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE ARE… With the 2021 calendar year nearly at an end, it’s time to announce the winners of the prestigious Haddows real estate awards – a review of some of Bayleys Ponsonby salesperson Blair Haddow’s most memorable sales and property-related events over 2021. So without any further ado, the winners of this year’s Haddows are…..

The most people through an open home in one day:

Highest $-value sale of the year:

The most unusual listing pitch of the year:

25 Hackett Street – a stunning and majestic totally modernised four-bedroom/three-living room area residence which public property records show sold for $6.358million. Exquisitely designed and finished throughout with state-ofthe-art fittings and fixtures, the home’s master bedroom spans the entire width of the upper floor, and has its own private deck overlooking the heated swimming pool and rear yard. Most bids on a property (also the winner of the longest auction of the year award):

42. 18 Sentinel Road in Herne Bay (being auctioned by Bayleys Ponsonby as this edition of Ponsonby News was going to press). Following stringent Covid-19 protocols and strictest contactless meeting guidelines, the property owners/vendors sat in their car outside the home while Blair extensively examined the property to formulate the necessary marketing and sale process recommendations.

99 Franklin Road – a mixed-use property which was originally a four-bedroom/one-bathroom residence with double off-street car parking, but more recently has been used as commercial premises by its current owner and their professional services business.

Blair then sat alone in his car, while the vendors sat in their vehicle parked behind him, and the two parties continued discussions over their mobile phones.

The auction for the property was held online through zoom during Auckland’s recent lockdown. The auction lasted for 56 minutes and drew a total of 58 bids – many of those in increments of just $800 through a commercial salesperson within Bayleys. The property eventually sold for $2.43million to Blair’s buyer.

Blair buying his new St Marys Bay ‘dream home’ at the beginning of the year. For Blair, the process was a timely reminder of how emotional and nerve-wracking the auction procedure can be. Nervous Blair hardly ate or slept at all in the three days leading up to the auction.

The longest distance property inspection of the year:

New York – some 14,220 kilometres away. An ex-pat’ Kiwi and his New Zealand wife asked Blair for a 30-minute Facetime viewing of a Grey Lynn villa Blair was selling. After setting up a suitable trans-global time, Blair held up his mobile phone and wandered around the dwelling – from the front garden, through the front doors, around the living spaces and bedrooms, before giving a tempting glimpse of the backyard and swimming pool. The New York-based Kiwi duly made a pre-auction off on the villa, but was subsequently out-bid by another buyer at auction.

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Biggest life-changing moment of the year (both professional and personal):

However, knowing how auctions work, Blair went in with a set strategy on opening the bidding and what increments to raise the bidding by – exactly the type of advice Blair gives potential buyers coming to his auctions. Blair said the auction wholeheartedly reinforced how transparent the real estate sales process can be, and how auctions really do achieve the best market price for a vendor on the day. www.facebook.com/BlairHaddowRealEstate


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SUMMER IS HEATING UP, AND SO ARE BOOKINGS FOR KIWI BACHES The mercury is rising, spring showers subsiding, and Aucklanders finally have freedom in their sights. The announcement of the border opening on 15 December came with a sigh of relief for many; we will get to spend Christmas with loved ones and travel outside of Auckland for the first time in over three months. While we’re certainly not out of the woods just yet, the huge effort by healthcare workers and the public means we can enjoy a sense of normality this summer. For many Kiwis, that will include booking a bach. The latest data from Bachcare, New Zealand’s largest serviced holiday home management company, shows just how eager Aucklanders are to travel. On the day of the border announcement, Bachcare had their busiest day of bookings since June 2020 when Aotearoa moved to Alert Level 1 out of the very first Covid-19 lockdown. Compared to the previous day, this was a 58% surge in bookings. As expected, an even greater increase was seen with Auckland guests where bookings were up 159% compared to the previous day. The data also revealed that guests are going against normal travel trends in that they aren’t waiting until Christmas to travel. The most popular departure date for Auckland guests on the day of the announcement was 17 December, the first Friday of freedom, for an average length of stay for 2.23 nights. Aucklanders can’t wait to get out. The Bay of Plenty, Coromandel, Northland, and other drive-to destinations are among the most popular regions given there is still some hesitation to lock in flights. Waihi bach owners like Karen and Corey are prepared for a busy summer of bookings. They are especially looking forward to not having

to lift a finger, knowing their guests and holiday home are being well-cared for by Bachcare. The owners of the Modern Kiwi Bach [Bachcare property ID 1049701] had previously listed the home on Airbnb and received a few bookings, but Karen quickly realised she didn’t have the time to manage the logistics of a holiday rental. When looking for a full-service property manager, Bachcare appealed to Karen because of the 100% management approach. Given how much is involved, she finds the Bachcare service offers great value for money. Having the local manager was particularly appealing to the family given they live in Auckland. “To have a service that manages the marketing, bookings, customer communication, property management, cleaning, guests while they are in-house, and a customer service centre for the level of commission is spot on.” For Karen and Corey, offering their second home up for rent has never been about the money beyond covering expenses. In saying that, they’ve been impressed with the number of bookings they’ve received in just 18 months. In fact, The Modern Kiwi Bach has received 40% more bookings than the average number for Bachcare properties in the Waihi Beach area. If you’re looking to cover the expenses of your holiday home, now’s the perfect time to get everything in order and make the most of what is set to be a record-breaking summer for bach bookings. www.newowners.bachcare.co.nz

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WEATHER BY THE MOON - AUCKLAND WEATHER DIARY, DECEMBER 2021 December features average rain and temperatures, but with cloudier conditions. The first week is the wettest. The second week is the driest with highest atmospheric pressures and coolest nights. There is heavy rain again in the third week, and, after a changeable Xmas Day, the last week is expected to be dry and sunny. The barometer may average about 1016mbs. Most rain will be around 7th and 20th. The 11th/12th should be the best weekend for outdoor activities.

- 20th. Chances are also good for around noon of 9th - 12th, and 25th - 27th.

For fishers, the highest tides are around 5th. The best fishing bite-times in the east are around dusk on 1st - 4th and 17th

Always allow 24-hour error for all forecasting. (KEN RING)

For gardeners, planting is best on 5th/6th (waxing moon ascending), and pruning is best on 20th (waning moon descending). For preserving and longer shelf-life, pick crops or flowers on neap tide days of 12th and 28th.

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First the bad news: the back of the Leys Institute Gymnasium was comprehensively graffitied in Level 3 lockdown in early November. Thanks to the efforts of Local Board member Adriana Christie it was removed reasonably promptly. But it’s a worrying precedent – as the Leys Library and Gymnasium have been shut up and vacant for nearly two years now, they are possibly being seen as derelict and a target for vandalism. It is hoped that council maintenance staff are constantly checking the buildings.

The group will meet with a series of five hui, starting in early December, through to early March. They will cover the history and current state of the Leys buildings, looking at the opportunities present, commencing concept designs and providing feedback on draft designs.

The good news is that the steering group looking at the future of the Leys Institute has now been established. Members of the group include Local Board chairperson Richard Northey, Leys librarian Chloe Fryer, Helen Geary from Friends of Leys Institute, a member of the Leys family, representatives from St Mary’s Bay, Herne Bay and Freeman’s Bay residents’ associations, along with several other community representatives, mana whenua and council staff.

Friends of Leys Institute would like to be able to represent the views of its 225 members, so this is your opportunity to have your say on how you wish the buildings to be utilised and upgraded.

Also joining the group are conservation architects Robin Byron of Heritage New Zealand and Antony Matthews, who has a long history with the buildings, going back over 20 years.

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Please do send in your thoughts and ideas for the future of the Leys Library and Gymnasium to the email address below: Helen Geary, Friends of Leys Institute Co-ordinator,

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What will Christmas look like for Auckland? As I write this column from my office in Parliament it is almost three months to the day since I was last here in our nation’s Capital working from the chambers in our House of Representatives following the Speaker’s ruling MPs from Alert Level 3 can return with conditions. I can tell you life here in Wellington, the city of public servants has an air of normalcy, albeit with masks. Down here it is completely different to the experiences of the people of Auckland during the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. The Government in Wellington deciding our city’s fate have no idea what we Aucklanders are going through. The rules we endure begin to feel farcical, we have no outdoor hospitality being allowed in Grey Lynn but fully booked restaurants bars on Courtney Place are serving those who make the decision to keep us Aucklanders locked down. Auckland businesses have been struggling hard, particularly with the added burden of shipping delays hurting their ability to do contactless trade with clientele due to supply chain and goods availability. While we await the proper rollout of the vaccine certification system, (the My Vaccine Pass, that has just been released saw the My Covid Record website repeatedly crash) and, of course a future traffic light system not coming into place until at least the week before Christmas with heavy restrictions still remaining is ridiculous. It is cruel. We are looking ahead to summer - one that is seeing many major festivals and community celebrations already cancelled even as far ahead as the start of March. Christmas in Auckland, let alone the rest of New Zealand, is going to be a tough one. It will be particularly bare bones for those families who are now out of work, under-employed or in significant debt because New Zealand has not gotten back in business not just domestically, but allowing effective engagement with the rest of the world. Indeed, for many families I am now hearing the Christmas gift their young professional aged children are seeking is a one way ticket overseas to parts of the world where life has gone back to normal. A new brain drain may be beginning because of the misery of the MIQ lottery and a general sense the opportunities to aspire and innovate are leaving our shores. Whether it is the cancellation of community carols or the year plus postponement of major international acts coming to New Zealand, it is clear to me that the government has been doing everything possible to cancel summer for Auckland. As I think about our businesses still unable to trade effectively

around and across our region from Ponsonby to Puhoi I can see so clearly that we need a Royal Commission into the Government’s lack of preparation for Delta. It has been an absolute shambles trying to determine the future of our city and nation with ministers, the people in charge of the situation, arguing in public whether we Aucklanders are being given a state sanctioned allocated time to leave the city during the holiday period. At least we may now have a bit of clarity looking ahead to summer and can hopefully be prepared and even see loved ones across New Zealand. I am privileged to be able to advocate for you again from the Capital. It is an honour as a List MP based in Auckland to be here again championing your storefronts, your families uncertain about your child’s education, and the many other situations Covid-19 and the Government have brought about. Take care, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and best wishes for a better 2022. (MELISSA LEE MP)  PN E: mplee@parliament.govt.nz

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AUCKLAND CENTRAL MP Rolling out the picnic blanket under the trees at Victoria Park this past weekend, Grafton United on the cricket pitch and Aucklanders sprawled among the greenery, we had a glimpse of what’s not gonna be our average Kiwi summer. I’ve never seen urban Auckland spaces used like this. A friend commented that it was reminiscent of London’s Hyde Park. We’d been in our bubbles for so long that we all were now coming out of our shells, and into the open air safety of our public spaces. This is something that will become more important as we start to live our lives in ‘Red’. Working with councillors and officials, I’ve been stoked to support progress to fast-track outdoor dining as we move out of lockdown and to fill our outdoor spaces with laughter and life, experiences and investment in our local hospitality. When we make spaces for people, what follows is wellbeing, safety and economic activity. As we tick closer to al fresco dining, retailers have begun asking about whether there’s any appetite to support their movement outdoors too: to blossom from their destination shops and mingle with the day-today life of our neighbourhood. For this reason, I’m actively investigating what taking back some of the streets for people might look like during our warmer months. We’ve not before really wrapped our head around the idea of an urban summer in Aotearoa. New Zealanders who want their fix tended to head across to Sydney or Melbourne, lamenting the laneways, vibrancy and innovation that we, apparently, did not have. But we’ve always had it – we just haven’t given it the limelight, the spot in the sun to thrive. That limelight is readily being prepared though, as discussions with

our local business associations, the Britomarts, Commercial Bays and Wynyard Quarters of our neighbourhood reveal. Imagine the colour and curiosity of people-watching while street-front dining. The city will be our summer playground. These ideas are not so far-flung, nor so ‘European’ as some have suggested. A few weeks ago, our hui on the future of Ponsonby and the Bays, featuring New Zealanders of the Year, Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Dr Siouxsie Wiles and (future New Zealander of the Year, surely) Metro Personality of the Year nominee, Diva Giles of Beau Restaurant, unpacked exactly these possibilities. While Jennifer noted the loss of viable live theatre as-we-know-it until ‘Orange’ of the Covid-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light system), she revelled in the idea of the kinds of performance we could bring to the streets. Hyde Park, alright. Dr Wiles offered what might otherwise be a grieving process for what once was, could now be a phenomenal opportunity to usher in the ideas we’ve never had the political willpower to commit to. Three Lamps, right next to Diva’s Beau, felt a brilliant opportunity to test the hypothesis. As the Auckland border is officially due to open on Wednesday 15th December, we’ve a moment to plan the kinds of summers we’ll be launching into. And boy, do Aucklanders deserve a summer. But unlike the holidays of yesteryear, we’ve a special opportunity to explore our own backyard, all dressed up and ready to party in a way we’ve never seen it before. Happy holidays Ponsonby! (CHLÖE SWARBRICK)  PN

CHLÖE SWARBRICK, T: 09 378 4810, E: chloe.swarbrick@parliament.govt.nz

HAPPY HOLIDAYS Wishing you a safe and relaxing holiday season. Chlöe Swarbrick MP for Auckland Central 09 378 4810 chloe.swarbrick@parliament.govt.nz Authorised by Chlöe Swarbrick, MP for Auckland Central, 76 Karangahape Road

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Ponsonby Park - DECEMBER UPDATE Things are moving once again! Your intrepid Community-led Design group (CLD) presented to the Waitematā Local Board at their November meeting, sharing our vision of a swift restart of the Ponsonby Park development. At that meeting, we were told that the Board was scheduled to meet with Council staff on 30 November for a workshop to plan how Ponsonby Park will be part of next year's “workstream”. With half of the budget for the development of Ponsonby Park currently available and held in Council’s coffers, we are concerned that it is devaluing and being eroded by inflation. The longer the project is delayed, the less value we get from those funds. The CLD group believes development onsite needs to start in the next financial year to maximise the existing and allocated budget. Council has many precedents where projects are commenced without being fully funded, as they are designed to be developed in stages - Te Ara Tukutuku in the Wynyard Quarter* is an example of this. Before funds from the sale of an endowment property at 200 Victoria Street were allocated to provide half of the budget for the Ponsonby Park development, the Park was intended - and planned - to be developed in two stages. So in the interests of fiscal responsibility, meeting community needs, and good old-fashioned fairness, we think it behooves us all for physical work to commence on Ponsonby Park in the next 2022-2023 financial year.

streaks by) we turn our thoughts to what we have achieved this year. Our volunteer CLD group has continued to advocate for the development of Ponsonby Park, the much-needed and desired civic space. We also remember our friend and colleague Andy Smith, whose sudden and unexpected death has been a tragic loss to our group. It is with sadness that we acknowledge that the Ponsonby Park project would have been nearing completion were it not for the impacts of Covid-19 and that Andy would have lived to see work on the project underway. The Ponsonby Park project aligns with ALL Council objectives, plans, and outcomes be it; Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri - Auckland's Climate Plan, Te Rautaki Ngahere ā-Tāone o Tāmaki Makaurau - Auckland’s Urban Ngahere (Forest) Strategy, Te Tahua Pūtea Tau 2021-2031 - The 10-year Budget 20212031 and Mahere Huarahi o Ponsonby - The Ponsonby Road Plan. In addition, Ponsonby Park is also the Waitematā Local Board’s “One Local Initiative” project. So let’s do this! Clearly, we have another busy year ahead. But for now, our volunteer CLD group wishes you all a very happy holiday period and we would like to thank you all, for your ongoing support as we continue to advocate to give Ponsonby not only the amenity it needs but also the community heart it deserves.

It has already been 21 long years since the need was first identified. This is more than long enough to wait!

Arohanui and stay safe. (JENNIFER WARD)  PN

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SOMETHING I LEARNT WHILE 'DRIFTING IN THE MEANTIME' Our lived world has a habit of ending every so often to remind us that we are not the centre of everything.[1] I have spent too much precious time online lost down digital rabbit holes in that other world to which I have become addicted while waiting for life as I knew it to resume. It is a vast electronic region with its own geography, where what is important is mashed up with what is not, and it’s hard to distinguish the difference. Lately, I’ve come to recognise that all this online activity (permitted in lockdown when physical contact is not) is creating a kind of 'meantime', a place in-between what I once knew as ‘normal’ and the unknown ‘new-normal’ that I crave. Sometimes, it feels as though how I am living now, in this meantime, is not authentic; just a slowed-down, watereddown, let-down version. It feels like a liminal space, an interval between real life past and real life future. Am I wasting my time, waiting for real life to start again? One morning recently, while mulling over a YouTube video of Steve Jobs’ commencement address at Stanford in 2005 (which I’d come across down one of those rabbit holes of course) I was pulled sharply into the present by a wet dog-kiss on my arm. Edie wants a walk. The quote I had been trying to recall from that commencement speech, and the yucky wetness of my dog’s plea for an actual walk came together suddenly as insight. Isn’t that the most wonderful thing about the random intersections of ideas in time; how they turn instantly into awareness! This was the moment when I recognised that our time with Covid-19 is not some kind of 'meantime interval'. This pandemic, with its public lockdowns, bubble living, borders and masks is the real time, the actual, alive time, our

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one and only lifetime. So, I have now turned toward the rising sun, which I know will always rise, whether or not I see it, and I have resolved to live this pandemic life with gusto - regardless of restrictions, masks and booster shots. Let me return to Steve Jobs, that complex, flawed personality who was both a creative genius and a total jerk.[2] Six years before he died, he was invited to give the commencement address at Stanford University for the graduating class of 2005. That speech has become an exemplar of speechwriting, for its simplicity and structure. It is worth watching.[3] The quote I was trying to recall from that speech when Edie licked me into the now is, "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something". Some of us, without quite realising it, may have been holding out during lockdown for the anticipated new normal; for something else to come along. But Jobs’ words highlight a profound truth about the primacy of living each day well, whatever the conditions and constraints may be. Each day is a day that we have now. (ALEXA LAWRENCE)  PN These words may not be my own. I found them in my journal but can’t remember if I read them somewhere or wrote them myself. I would be delighted to know who the author is. [1]

[2] Bill Murphy Jr. www.inc.com/bill-murphy-jr/steve-jobswas-a-creative-genius-steve-jobs-was-a-total-jerk.html [3] Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Yhf0wBFtvY






WILL YOU OR WON’T YOU? Grace and Robert had been married for twenty years. They had two teenage daughters and lived a lovely lifestyle between their beachfront property in Auckland and their holiday home in Omaha. The house and holiday home were both owned in a family trust. They also had investments outside of the trust, including the share of the partnership in Robert’s architectural firm. One day Robert came home and quite to Grace’s surprise, told her that he was leaving her. He wanted to “find himself” and he didn’t think he could do Tammy McLeod that while still married to her. Grace was shocked more than devastated. Her daughters were so annoyed with Robert they simply stopped talking to him and refused to see him. Grace quickly engaged a lawyer, and she and Robert sorted out their relationship property and the trust property in a very civilized manner, despite the hostile situation. Grace kept the Omaha property in their current trust, and a new trust was set up by Robert for the family home which he retained. Robert retired as a trustee of Grace’s trust, but their accountant stayed on as the independent trustee. Robert also renounced any right he had as a beneficiary and the power to appoint and remove trustees was transferred to Grace solely. Their other finances were split 50/50, but Grace decided that she wanted to keep that money out of the trust and in her personal name. She felt that after all these years of Robert controlling the finances, she wanted some autonomy over her money. Grace moved to Omaha and spent a very pleasant five years there, until the day when unfortunately she had a brain aneurism. She was rushed to hospital, but it was too late, and they switched the life support machine off six hours after she was admitted to hospital. Her daughters were devastated. A few weeks later Grace’s daughters went to see their mother’s lawyer. They were shocked to discover that at the time of separating from Robert and sorting out their relationship property, Grace had never updated her will. Her will had been made ten years previously and left everything to Robert and then to the girls. Robert was the executor and the power to appoint and remove trustees of the trust was left to Robert. The girls were devastated. Their relationship with

their father was estranged and they felt he had changed under the influence of his new partner. They didn’t think he would stand aside easily. Grace had made the mistake of not changing her will when she had a change of circumstances. If you get divorced, then that has an impact on your will – it is read as if your ex-spouse died before you. However, if you simply separate, then that has no impact on your will. There are many couples (like Robert and Grace) who separate and then never get around to divorcing. This can have an impact when they die if they don’t address the changes they want to make via their will. It is important to review your will at least every five years or if there is a change in circumstances. A change in circumstances includes: · Having children – guardianship provisions should be included in your will and provision made for your children. · Getting married – marriage revokes any previous will, so if you get married and don’t update your will, you are intestate unless you make a new will. · Entering into a long-term relationship of three years or more – the Property (Relationships) Act gives your partner the right to choose to take 50% of all relationship property (ie assets that have been acquired during the relationship including all income, Kiwisaver and the family home whenever it was acquired) if you die regardless of what your will says. · Separating from your partner or spouse – this has no impact on your will, as in Grace’s case. · If a partner, child or someone named in your will dies. · If you inherit assets, you need to consider how they relate to relationship property, whether you want to keep them separate and how this needs to be dealt with in your will. Wills are one of the most important legal documents. Every adult should consider getting a will, and it is important to take good legal advice on how it should be drafted so that you don’t leave a mess behind when you die.

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AUCKLAND RADIOLOGY GROUP - A LONG HISTORY WITH PONSONBY Auckland Radiology Group (ARG) has been part of the Ponsonby landscape for 30 years and this year they showed a renewed commitment to the community when they relocated to the newly refurbished One Jervois Building, on the corner of Ponsonby Road and Jervois Road. “There are many reasons why it’s a great place to have a presence,” says Dr Kate O’Connor, ARG Radiologist and Board Director. Our proximity to the city is such that we often see patients from Waiheke or that live in the CBD. People from the North Shore also don’t mind just popping over the bridge for an appointment - especially now we can offer even better parking options at our new location.” Founded in 1936, ARG was the first clinic of its kind in Auckland. Since that first door opened, it has expanded to 15 clinics across North, South, East and West Auckland, ensuring people have access to a world-class imaging service wherever they live in the city. The 282 Ponsonby Road clinic opened in 1990 and has been a busy and much-loved radiology provider since then. Although there have been recent closures of imaging at both White Cross and Ponsonby Ultrasound, there was no question of ARG not staying in the area. The new location, on Level 1 at One Jervois, provides much needed extra space in a beautiful new environment. They

now have extra capacity with a third ultrasound room and large x-ray room, as well as space for ARG radiologists and specialist booking administrators. “We get to care for patients of all ages - from in the womb and beyond!” says O’Connor. “When Covid restrictions allow, we do a lot of imaging to meet immigration requirements for new and aspiring New Zealanders. Monday is always a busy day at the branch; locals, being active Kiwis, have their fair share of ‘weekend warrior’ thrills and spills. Our staff maintain excellent relationships with our local and loyal referrers and really do their best to find what works for all patients.” “We are committed to offering the highest quality and most comprehensive radiology services using the latest equipment. Our team looks forward to providing new and existing patients a friendly caring experience, and we warmly invite you to visit us,” adds Dr Stephen Merrilees, ARG’s Medical Director. Ask to be referred to: ARG at 1 Jervois Road, Ponsonby, T: 09 529 4850; www.arg.co.nz

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Hawaiian Music and Sound Travels. An unusual presentation delighted Ponsonby U3A members at their November meeting. Dr Andrea Eden Low is Associate Curator, Contemporary World at the Auckland War Memorial Museum and has just curated the Pacific content for the new permanent exhibition at the Museum, Tāmaki Herenga Waka-Stories of Auckland. She treated members by Zoom to a taste of her PhD (Anthropology) thesis, Sound Travels, which brings together aspects of archival studies, ethnomusicology, Oceanic and Hawaiian history, photography, fashion, biography, jazz and decolonial studies. Members were charmed by Andrea’s story connecting her mother and grandparents and the musical group that evolved to their roots in Fanning Island (now part of the Republic of Kiribati) and subsequently to Ponsonby and Herne Bay. When the island sold in 1907 the Greig family settled in Hamilton Road and the four children went to Ponsonby School. In 1910 they started a band, the Waikiki Hawaiians, which toured around even the smallest towns in New Zealand, and later a jazz band called the Hili Duo, which became the highest grossing genre in American music at that time, touring India and Australasia. In 1925, Tuavivi Greig met Ernest Kaai, a master of mandolin and ukulele, forming The Hawaiian Troubadours. The musical combination of jazz with Hawaiian themes had a massive impact on New Zealand musicians. Famous for bringing melody into ukulele playing, Ernest asserted one could play anything on a ukulele. Andrea’s interest in ethnomusicology was spurred by the massive collection of photos and albums she inherited. These photos depicting as they did the stylish clothes and up-to-the minute hairstyles sported by the musicians, epitomised the fascinating couture of the twenties, thirties, and forties. Ponsonby U3A member, Glenda Fryer told tales of her life in local government. Glenda has a wealth of Auckland Council and governance experience as a councillor and local board member. But her path has not been easy. Hers is a story of resilience and persistence as she contested various elections. In 1974 at 23 years old, she started standing for local boards and the City Council. After university, she became a union organiser and then senior lecturer at Auckland University of Technology. In 2001 she stood for Auckland City Council and after an event-filled period in local government, she left in 2019 to try her luck on the Waitematā Local Board. Recently, following a resignation, she has been appointed by the Board to help with their work until the next elections.

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Ponsonby U3A will be convening by Zoom until the end of the year. If you are comfortable with Zoom, we would be delighted to welcome you as a visitor until we can meet you properly in person. You may be new to the area, in need of a stimulus or a bit lonely, but there is always a welcome at Ponsonby U3A. Guests are invited to attend monthly meetings held on the second Friday of each month but beforehand, please call President, Philippa Tait (027 452 3108). The meeting features a guest speaker drawn from every discipline and, as well, a member gives a short presentation on their life and interests. Members are encouraged to join at least one of about 30 special interest groups held mainly in people’s homes. This is where the shared learning and the friendships are made. Our final meeting for the year in December will celebrate the end of the year. Ten-minute speaker Bronwen Hughes will tell members about the time she and her husband spent two unforgettable years living in France. Andrea Kelland, casting director, comedienne, tutor, and actor will entertain. Seen on television most days, you’ll know her when you see PN her… and you will smile! (CHRISTINE HART)  NEXT MEETING:

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ENABLING HOUSING SUPPLY AND OTHER MATTERS AMENDMENT BILL Submissions closed last week for public comment on the Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters Amendment Bill proposed by the National Party’s Nicola Willis and, in a surprise move, supported by the Labour Government. The aim is to progress the bill through the select committee process and pass it into law before the end of the parliamentary session this year. Such indecent haste with legislation that will inevitably impact the lives of many in the main cities prompted us to submit. Already Auckland Councillor Christine Fletcher has been called to order for her comments about the bill, but it was clear from observing the online submissions that were presented over the last week that the complexities of the issue require a much more considered consultation with stakeholders and experts than appears to be allowed for. The built form of our cities and living environments impacts the health and wellbeing of citizens in a directly physical but also psychological way. The Auckland Unitary Plan, after a long drawn out and expensive process by engaged ratepayers, council officers and stakeholders, has resulted in a framework which allows for the appropriate development of increased urban density, supported by the necessary infrastructure, all the while conserving the amenity that is valued by communities across the city - not least of which are the heritage precincts that tell the story of the city and its people. Aucklanders have produced, at great birthing pains, a plan for their city already. There is no need to apply further legislative rulings as proposed in the bill to effect the required intensification when controls already exist that will deliver nearly one million additional housing solutions and ensure that Aucklanders can live in quality environments that sustain health and wellbeing. It seems that a blanket one-size-fits-all approach to intensification needs will not take into account the physical

specifics of existing built environment such as heritage and the amenity valued by communities. If a standardised framework is imposed on geography, culture and environment, which may in reality not deliver the most efficient utilisation of sites when 3 x 3 stories is the default, urban centres across the country are at risk of becoming homogenised, tightly packed, characterless living environments. A free-for-all approach to rapid development will almost certainly plunge us into another crisis like the leaky home tragedy as new and inexperienced developers see dollar signs and communities bear the brunt of poor quality design and construction. While cities all over the world have managed to preserve heritage precincts and create healthy modern conurbations that enrich lives in a post pandemic 21st century world where environmental considerations are imperative for survival of people and planet, we need regulations with foresight. All over the world rewilding is proposed as an answer to climate crisis, so is it future-focussed to be creating dense urban conurbations when technology allows citizens to work at a distance? Recent protests have highlighted the rural urban divide that amplifies the undeniable inequities within our populace. 'The Great Resignation' is seeing families abandoning jobs and city living for more healthy lifestyles. If provincial regions receive support and development funds so that New Zealanders can thrive living closer to nature, wellbeing will be enhanced and a more healthy and balanced society might result. (JOHN ELLIOTT)  PN

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I am strongly opposed to current housing legislation being fast tracked through Parliament, which based on my experience as a former Mayor of Auckland, will, if enacted, result in the permanent scarring of the landscape of Auckland without fixing the real issues of housing affordability and supply. This legislation has nothing rational about it and should be opposed, with submissions closing on Tuesday 16 November. The proposed legislation is ill-considered, driven by ideology rather than principle and introduced at a time when Aucklanders are suffering from consultation and Covid-19 fatigue. The Government justifies it on the questionable assumption that housing supply and affordability will somehow magically improve by making planning rules more permissive than the Auckland Unitary Plan (AUP) while ignoring the evidence that the only barrier to the development of new sites is funding to complete infrastructure. Neither the Government nor National opposition have displayed any appetite for addressing this, the real barrier to accelerating new housing development. Everyone agrees we need more affordable housing. It is a matter of national shame we have allowed a loss of hope in young families from the possibility of purchasing their own homes. If we are ever to address this matter sustainably, we must be honest around the actual road blocks. After Auckland was amalgamated in 2010, the Auckland Plan was passed and then the AUP finally adopted in 2016 after a huge amount of consultation and controversy. AUP identified and freed up 900,000 new sites for development. The ONLY reason these sites have not yet been developed is infrastructure funding. Analysis indicates this Bill will enable development across urban Auckland and several rural settlements at a level of density well beyond those anticipated in the Auckland Plan. Auckland Council officers have identified major concerns with the likely poor quality of development enabled under this and significant adverse impacts on adjacent properties to development. The new proposal cannot be appealed to the Environment Court by a submitter or affected party and reheard. The Minister for the Environment can unilaterally overall Council decisions without appeal. The AUP has no shortage of sites or capacity. The new legislation dismantles existing rights and may destroy much of our history. In allowing three developments on single sites of up to three stories as of right without a resource consent it could be a recipe for complete devastation of Auckland as we know it. Little consideration has been given to the significant impacts including sunlight, shading, privacy, heritage, and other amenities currently required. Why would we allow this to happen when many feel current legislation is already too permissive? It is a poor reflection on proponents of this bill that they chose to focus on the language I used to make my case to Council, while refusing to engage in the substance of the threat facing Aucklanders. I had no intention of offending or hurting anyone and apologise if my words were not understood in the context I intended. I call upon those who love our city to stand up to this threat to our environment, support all politicians and others that oppose it and make your voices heard.


Why it is so offensive and why it must be relocated. I am writing to add another thread to the conversation and controversy surrounding the proposed siting of the Erebus Memorial in the Dove Myer Robinson Park in Parnell. I have recently been assisting the group requesting a reassessment of the siting for the memorial and a hold being put on the work until this is done, for reasons set out below. But until yesterday I could not articulate why I felt the siting was so wrong. Now I can. I find the proposed placement so offensive because it is, quite simply, colonisation. Colonisation yet again, at this time, in this place and overseen by our Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Why do I think the placement in this park represents colonisation? One definition is, "the action of appropriating a place or domain for one's own use". The planned memorial is the proposed insertion of a large, shiny, modern structure into and over the soft underbelly of an ancient pā of an older culture on that site and next to an ancient tree of great significance to that older culture. The planned memorial represents the valuing of science and technology over spiritual values and timeless wisdom; in fact it does not even acknowledge the existence of those qualities. It also represents valuing the recent past over the more distant past, and of western science and technology over indigenous history and beliefs. In my opinion, this is arrogant, abhorrent and unacceptable. I believe this is disgraceful, in every respect. This is how history is rewritten. This is how one culture imposes itself on another and reduces and obliterates the history and stories of the other. This is the main reason the memorial must not be allowed to proceed on this site. Colonisation must stop. However, this placement also represents loss of democratic rights and normal processes. That this project is being organised by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage is incomprehensible and defies belief. The planned siting is disrespectful of both culture and heritage, and also of cultural heritage. That this project is now being pushed ahead, in the face of the sacred rāhui placed by local iwi and also in the face of the forthcoming ombudsman's report, indicates the willingness of that ministry to walk roughshod over both indigenous cultural lore and western constitutional procedures. The earlier non-notification by Auckland Council of the resource consent - for a proposed public monument, in a public park, to be built using public funds - is another good example. What emerges for me from an analysis of the facts of all the processes involved in this issue is not only a clear case of colonisation, but also a worrying loss of democratic rights and principles in Aotearoa at both local and national levels. Claire Chambers, Parnell LETTERS CONTINUED ON P92

Hon Christine Fletcher QSO, by email

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SEABIN PROJECT - AIMING FOR 100 CITIES WORLDWIDE Seabin is an innovative Australian inspired project to clean up pollution in harbours around the world. Their philosophy is that both clean-up and prevention of marine litter are needed to help keep our oceans clean. But even more important is the data involved with understanding and addressing the problem in the first place. Seabin says it has already achieved proof of concept via the 12-month Sydney City Pilot which followed five years of technical research and development. This year Seabin have kicked off their 100 cities campaign with the aim of going truly global. They are offering a 5-in1 package of data monitoring, impact reporting, identifying causes of pollution, community awareness programmes, and marine debris removal to cities around the world. Seabin already have 860 seabins in place, capturing 3,612kg of waste a day; nearly two and a half million kg has

been captured to date. CEO, Peter Ceglinski, said their goal is to have 100 cities working toward cleaner oceans by 2050. “I believe those 100 cities can change the world,” says Ceglinski. This project deserves scrutiny and could be a good fit with Auckland Harbour. We should look for sponsors to set up a trial one here. The amount of mainly plastic pollution being removed in Sydney was huge. Seabin is potentially a game-changer world-wide and New Zealand must get involved. (JOHN ELLIOTT)  PN Here is a contact email for Fallon White. E: fallon@seabinproject.com


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SOLAR PANEL HIGHWAYS One of the impediments to driving EVs out of town is the recharging question. Some EVs have a very short driving range before their battery runs out. Cars can be recharged overnight, if owners take only short local trips, but for longer journeys, charge we must. Around the world experiments are taking place turning roads into smart charging solutions for cars. Charging moving cars is technically possible. If you can imagine a future where a significant proportion of busy roads have this technology, it may become possible to drastically reduce charging times and reduce the size of batteries needed. In Germany a company is working on developing a solarpowered road surface that can inductively charge cars as they pass by and in the USA ‘solar highways’ are being developed. They consist of individual solar panels with three layers: a top layer of high-strength textured glass that provides traction for vehicles, an array of solar cells beneath that for gathering energy, and a base plate that distributes the collected power. They also contain LED lights, powered by the sun, that can act as road and warning signs built into the road itself. They can also use gathered heat to melt snow and ice on the roads. A project in Atlanta, Georgia, is confident its solar roads will be successful with more durable solar panels. So far, the French solar road, one of the first, has had teething troubles, and is far from reliable. Flat panels proved less efficient than sloping ones usually placed on roofs and wear and tear from traffic was much greater than expected. Nowhere have I read that charging tracks have been developed alongside motorways, where vehicles can just drive off the road onto charging pads set into maybe a kilometre of roadway. Drivers could go round and round that track, like a raceway loop, half a kilometre long and just maybe twenty metres wide-just enough to safely turn and do the second half of the track. To prevent dozens of cars hiving off the motorway all at once and roaring around the track as if they were at Monza, marshals might be needed to shepherd the cars carefully

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around and to prevent accidents. How many times you would have to go around the off road circuit would depend on how good the charging system was, and how much electricity your vehicle needed. So is this a realistic possibility, and are local innovations and technology progressing? Auckland University academics are flat out working on new developments for road charging. Professor Grant Covic is lead principal investigator of the MBIE-funded Inductive Power Transfer (IPT) Roadway Project. Covic heads a multidisciplinary research team which aims to develop new ways to charge New Zealand’s EV fleet. For many consumers, the greatest barrier, other than cost, is “range anxiety”, creating fears of running out of power, or having to break journeys to recharge, which is why IPT is a potential game changer. The major task is to develop charging pads connected to a reliable source of power-that can survive being imbedded in the highway. Grant said the goal is "to break the technology barriers to get it into the road, with development starting within the next decade". Dr Doug Wilson, who leads the university’s transportation engineering materials and modelling team, believes a demonstration system could be up and running within three years, especially with the support of industry players like Downer. The ultimate goal is for power to be able to transfer between charging pods in the road and the pads in the vehicles, regardless of whether it’s a Ferrari or a bus, or how high the vehicle is above the ground. Technology alone won’t save our planet and humans have plenty to do, but each smart bit of tech. will add to the equation. I can see this working on our major motorways - and soon - much of it with locally designed and built technology. (JOHN ELLIOTT)  PN




CITIZEN DHALL AND THE BATTLE TO SAVE THE WATERFRONT TRAMS The courageous battle by Ponsonby wine merchant Puneet Dhall and his passionate supporters to save the waterfront heritage tramway deserves our admiration and thanks. Despite Puneet’s bravura submission to Auckland Council’s November planning committee, the majority voted to approve Panuku’s latest attempt to kill it off. We shouldn’t be surprised. Despite the trams surviving several near-death experiences and their popularity with Aucklanders, the Super City being what it is, it was only a matter of time. The Wynyard Quarter tramway operating as Dockline Trams was an Auckland Regional Council (ARC) legacy project. Part of the Wynyard waterfront redevelopment, it was built by the CCO Sea + City, which became Waterfront Auckland, (since restructured as the unloved Panuku). Beginning late 2010, the build was designed and overseen by MOTAT engineer Colin Zeff and completed well in time to be a popular attraction during the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The whole system, 1.5 km of tracks, overhead wires, poles and tram shed, was engineered to the latest standards capable of running modern light rail vehicles. The all-up cost, including two heritage trams was $9m. By comparison Auckland Transport (AT) spent six years from 2013 to 2019 and more than $80m digging up and replacing the very same streets.

Extending the trams the extra 600m via a planned new bridge to Britomart was one of the most popular aspects of the 2011 Waterfront Plan. When asked about this, 43% of submitters responded with ‘Do Now’, 30 % said ‘Do Soon’ and 13% said ‘Do Later’ and only 13% said ‘Don’t Support’. But despite the show of democracy, sadly the wishes of the public were ignored. Instead the trams were constantly disrupted and restricted, especially by AT bureaucrats who evidently saw them as a rival to private buses – and by an odd cycling obsessive who poured bitumen into the tracks.

The century-old trams clanging around the waterfront were actually more than what they seemed. On one level they were a ‘place-shaper’, (along with the still yet-to-materialise Headland Park), signalling the ARC’s determination that the Wynyard Quarter not become another sterile collection of high-rise offices and apartments.

But the tram haters had to reckon with citizen Puneet Dhall.

Rather we wanted to retain as much as possible the character buildings and industrial features of Auckland’s old working waterfront. In terms of heritage, the trams, beautifully restored in the traditional Auckland tram livery, carnation red and cream, recalled the Wynyard Quarter’s role in the stabling of electric trams, evoking the era of Auckland’s highly successful 72 km tramway, tragically demolished in 1956. And of course Dockline trams were a fun attraction, especially for families, with a sense of magic about them. As Puneet told the councillors: "Five years ago, I used to enjoy taking my two-year-old son on strolls from our house in St Mary’s Bay to the city centre. On one such walk, we came upon the heritage tram in the Wynyard Quarter. It’s quite something to be inside a piece of technology over a hundred years old, gliding along, the sun glinting through the windows against the old wood and leather - this is travel." Puneet was impressed by the smiles – of everyone on the trams and not just the kids. But the tramway was meant to be something more. The original concept was to link the Wynyard Quarter across the Viaduct along Quay Street to Britomart, picking up the Maritime Museum, North Shore buses, harbour ferries and cruise ships an imaginative way of opening up public transport access to the Quarter and a modest but strategic first step towards a light rail future for Auckland. It was a vision Aucklanders bought into overwhelmingly.

In 2018 when Panuku first made its move to kill off the trams, Puneet organised ‘Keep the Auckland Dockline Tram running’ with a petition gaining some 1800 signatures, knocking on official doors and bravely presenting to the unsympathetic boards of Panuku and AT. Thanks to his energetic campaigning, the tramway, partially dismantled during AT’s road works saga was reassembled at the direction of mayor and councillors in late 2018. Under MOTAT’s management it has since then been through a popular renaissance, despite Covid-19, and the even heavier restrictions imposed by AT. But now, Wellington property developer Willis Bond has demanded the tram shed land, and with Panuku’s refusal to relocate to an alternative site, the powers-that-be have come in for the kill. And this time, disappointingly the mayor and councillors (with the noble exceptions of Councillors Fletcher, Watson, Walker, Stewart, Sayers and Mulholland) have gone along with it all, as has the once supportive Waitematā Local Board. As Puneet told the council, "These humble old trams represent Auckland’s splendid civic past, a slice of joy and happiness for ordinary folk, especially kids in Auckland’s troubled present, and if the city bosses could only see it - the forerunners of a bright Auckland future." But it’s not quite over. The waterfront trams will continue running until at least June 2022. Enjoy them while you can. (MIKE LEE)  PN Mike Lee was the former chairman of the ARC & former councillor for Waitematā & Gulf.

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‘TIS THE SEASON We've all endured a momentous amount of stress, change, and adaptation during the year that was supposed to be easier than the last - and here we are, the festive season now officially upon us, bringing its own set of challenges, but hopefully also lots of joy and connection with loved ones.

Superette Christmas 2021 gift wrap

I spoke to some of my favourite locals about what their plans are for the holiday season, what they are eyeing up for loved ones, and what they hope to see under their trees come Christmas morning.

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Emma Lewisham, beauty industry game changer and founder of her namesake brand

“Christmas is such a special time of the year that I always look forward to,” says Emma, who has had quite the momentous year on a professional front as her brand went global and gained endorsement from none other than Dr. Jane Goodall. “I cherish the intimate, quality time spent with my husband and daughter over the holiday period. "For me, it's about being present in the moment and finally winding down from the year.” This year, Emma will be giving nearest and dearest vouchers to enjoy at their favourite local hospitality establishments, supporting an industry that has definitely done the hard yards.

Emma Lewisham

The Emma Lewisham brand has released some beautiful gifting sets for the holidays as well as a limited edition (so get in quick) Illuminating Face and Body Oil. Unlike other cosmetic oils on the market, the Emma Lewisham complex utilises 'proprietary technology which has allowed us to create an oil formulation that incorporates hyaluronic acid, which is typically oil insoluble, for superior hydration benefits. Not only does the Oil deliver unparalleled hydration and moisturising skin health benefits, but it also offers antioxidant protection while granular minerals simultaneously wrap the skin for a sun-kissed glow'. Also here for the holidays is the Emma Lewisham Essentials premium set of minis that can be refilled using their full size product refills.

Rickie Dee, co-founder of Superette

A business powerhouse as well as a mum of three, by the time the holidays roll around Rickie is more than ready for a relaxing break. "I’m so looking forward to a bit of a summer break with my family after our crazy Christmas trade, which started in November!”

Rickie Dee, Superette Co-Founder

She adds that she loves the festivities surrounding Christmas, “and I always look forward to the time I get to spend with my family on Christmas Day, and beach days full of sunshine. There’s nothing better than a day at the beach when the sun is out – it’s the best”. Also on Rickie’s Christmas wish list is some dinners out with friends. "I can’t wait to book in a dinner with my nearest and dearest at our favourite restaurants… pending lockdown restrictions of course!” In store at Superette, you can’t go past their cute offering of minis that definitely won’t get returned come Boxing day. Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect secret Santa gift, stocking stuffers, or a beauty boost for the beach bag, Superette’s Make It Mini Bar has it all. And better still, for the months of November and December shoppers have the opportunity to get their gifts beautifully wrapped in custom Superette packaging for a donation while helping charity partner Everybody Eats tackle New Zealand’s food poverty problem through its open invitation dining spaces.

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Maria Munkowits


Maria Munkowits, yoga and barre teacher and retreat leader

A familiar face at studios around the neighbourhood, Maria originally trained as a professional dancer. She recently launched her own offering educating individuals on how you can incorporate strength and mobility into your home or work life, which you can find more about on Instagram at @ mariamunkowits.studio. “Christmas time to me means long warmer days, so if I can get into the sun and sea, I’m happy” says the wellness educator. “I’m lucky enough to have my immediate family here with me in Auckland so Christmas Day will be spent with them. We always do Secret Santa and keep the gift giving to a minimum, although this will be my nephew Oscar’s first Christmas so I’m sure we’ll have fun spoiling him.”

Tāne Tomoana, super stylist and Creative Director for Dry & Tea

Tāne is from a marae settlement in rural Hawkes Bay, and has had only had two Christmas's away from his grandparents’ home there in 40 years.

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Tāne Tomoana

She loves the challenge of sticking to spending limitations “it means you can get creative and who knows, maybe I’ll get crafty and make or repurpose something. Failing that, it will involve choosing something locally made to support the community.” She’s also planning to travel to 'a few of the beautiful coastlines Te Ika-a-Māui has to offer - perhaps heading north or to the Coromandel'.


Japanese boxed hats from The Shelter

Neandertal from The Shelter

The creative believes the pandemic will have made a lot of people 'change the way we think towards gifting, what we buy and who we support'. "I think it is a good time to focus on being really intentional about where your money goes. Support friends’ businesses and buy local. I also like to buy Māori made where I can." One of his favourites is Ponsonby’s Curionoir, 'from the tiny parfum bottles to the exquisite candles in blown glass vessels, you can always find something for someone special. Superette is fabulous too, I love shopping there'. When it comes to what he is hoping for under the tree, Tāne says, “I'm easy to please and always grateful. I absolutely love beautiful fragrances! A Gardenia's Shadow candle from Curionoir, Le Labo Santal 33 from MECCA, Astier De Villatte Namche Bazar incense from Tessuti… and some scorched almonds will never go amiss!”

Vicki Taylor, designer and founder of The Shelter

“For Christmas Day we will be celebrating at home, with (hopefully) our family from throughout the North Island all joining us for a few days prior and post-Christmas,” says Vicki. “For New Year’s we will head away to Whangapoua in the Coromandel for some relaxed days of lazy mornings, sandy feet, freshly caught fish and shellfish, and of course sharing great summer food with our friends.” When it comes to gifting, the designer says that her list is well underway as there has been plenty of time at home to plan. "I am loving our Japanese boxed hats for summer. They are completely crushable and will bounce back into shape, which makes them ideal for summer packing! The amazing Taschen ‘art books’ from InBlack design at The Shelter are great for those discerning and hard to buy for gifts. "At home I am leaving quite unsubtle hints for my husband as my favourite fragrance is running low and I am obsessed with the Neandertal fragrance. The design of the bottle is amazing, and the fact they have a smaller 30ml bottle makes it perfect for gifting. Their scented candle is also a wonderful gift idea; not only does it have a boutique crafted fragrance, the container shape is so beautiful it's like giving a small art piece.” (HELENE RAVLICH)

Vicki Taylor

“All going to plan, I hope to be with my whānau. My mum is an archdeacon and the church is next door, so Christmas Eve service has been a tradition going back generations. We have a very merry celebration on Christmas Day with a hāngi and seafood feast and lots of singing and extended whānau visiting throughout the day.”

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GORGEOUS GIFTS FOR READERS OF ALL AGES FROM THE WOMEN’S BOOKSHOP Out Here: An anthology of Takatāpui & LBTQIA+ writers from Aotearoa

- Edited by Chris Tse and Emma Barnes - $50 I was excited by the extraordinary list of names in this collection before I even read their wonderful words. Such a variety of ages and ethnicities writing essays, poems, short stories, extracts from plays and novels - so comprehensive, so inclusive, so cool! This is an important publication and cause for celebration. Homecooked: Seasonal Recipes for Every day

- Lucy Corry $55 This beautiful and truly useful book is the debut from this awardwinning food writer who has contributed to many magazines and newspapers and is the current president of Food Writers NZ. Hundreds of recipes and delightful ideas help us make the most of New Zealand’s seasonal fresh produce.


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Still Life - Sarah Winman - $35

This glorious novel, set after WWII in a pub in the East End of London and amidst the exquisite art works of Florence, is utterly joyous. The quirky characters, including the young British soldier Ulysses, the elderly art historian Evelyn, and the parrot Claude, are big-hearted and able to love each other ‘warts and all’. This is a hopeful, life-affirming book. The Joy of Gardening - Lynda Hallinan - $45

Gardens nourish us, provide solace, and offer sanctuary from stress. This is a gardening book with a difference. Filled with Lynda’s warmth and enthusiasm, it connects us with the healing power of nature. Each section starts with JOY - The Joy of Magic Beanstalks, The Joy of Fusty Old Favourites, The Joy of Making Friends with Frogs, The Joy of Sowing Sunflowers… Atua: Māori Gods and Heroes - Gavin Bishop - $40 This gorgeously illustrated, thoroughly informative book is an absolute treasure for all the family. Appropriately large in format, each double page is a detailed visual sensation. This should be in every school, library, and home in New Zealand. Gavin Bishop himself is a national treasure. Dragon Skin - Karen Foxlee - $23

This magical tale is intended for 10 to 12-year-olds, but I loved it as an adult. It’s a story about surviving and saving those you love, from the multi-award-winning author of Lenny's Book of Everything. Pip discovers a tiny, half-dead baby dragon and knows she must bring it back to life. Heartwarming and wondrous! THE WOMEN’S BOOKSHOP, 105 Ponsonby Road, opposite Ponsonby Central. www.womensbookshop.co.nz

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Egg Marks the Spot - Amy Timberlake

- $24.99 - Allen and Unwin Housemates Skunk and Badger head out on a rock-finding expedition that becomes much more dangerous than they ever expected in this second book of the odd-couple series that has been compared to Wallace and Gromit and Winnie-thePooh. Newbery Honor author Amy Timberlake has created an instant classic with illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen. Age 6-10.

The Uprising (Mapmaker’s Race #2) - Eirlys Hunter

- $22.99 - Gecko Press A follow-up to the internationally successful The Mapmakers’ Race – the Santander children are drawn into a community’s rebellion against a despot and use their mapping skills to avert an environmental scam. Age 8-12.

witch, what it means to be family, and what it really means to belong. Age 8-12. Kia Kaha - Stacey Morrison and Jeremy Sherlock - $45 - Penguin A powerful illustrated storybook for the tamariki and rangatahi of Aotearoa New Zealand celebrating Maoritanga. Kia Kaha is a collection of true stories about amazing Maori who have achieved incredible things. Each of them blazed a trail in their own way, and this pukapuka was written to show that with your kura huna, your special gifts, YOU can make a difference too. Inside the Suitcase - Clothilde Perrin - $32.99 - Gecko Press

A magical lift-the-flaps adventure – part puzzle, part fairytale – where the boy’s suitcase full of tricks and treasures is the key to getting him home at the end of a long journey.

The Beatryce Prophecy - Kate DiCamillo - $27.99 - Walker Books A magical medieval tale from Newbery Medal-winning Kate DiCamillo and Caldecott Medal-winning Sophie Blackall – a fantastical, courageous meditation on fate, love and the power of words to spell the world. Age 8+.

The World Awaits - Tomos Roberts - $26.99 - Harper Collins The second inspiring and heartfelt book from the creator of the viral video sensation The Great Realisation, Tomos Roberts’ sparkling new picture book is a manifesto for our time – urging us all to come together to build a brighter future, one small step at a time.

Last Fallen Star - Graci Kim - $30 - Hachette Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Graci Kim’s thrilling debut about an adopted Korean-American girl who discovers her heritage and her magic on a perilous journey to save her witch clan family. She must decide what it means to be a

Bumblebee Grumblebee - David Elliot

- $16.99 - Gecko Press A group of animals get up to everyday toddler mischief in this delightful board book filled with wordplay and visual humour. Written and illustrated by New Zealand’s own David Elliot.

THE DOROTHY BUTLER BOOKSHOP, 1 Jervois Road, Ponsonby T: 09 376 7283, Email: shop@dorothybutler.co.nz, www.dorothybutler.co.nz

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FOR THE GODDESS WHO HAS IT ALL The festive season calls for long overdue catch ups, late night shenanigans and lazy Sunday soirees with friends. Celebrate summer with Aotearoa’s goddess of gin and taste the divine with Juno Extra Fine Gin and our limited edition seasonal gift packs. Order online at junogin.com

Pretty Mama

A delectable mix of citrus, spice and a fresh mint hit, let the flavours mellow as it cools with the ice. INGREDIENTS 40ml Juno Extra Fine Gin 20ml Cointreau 1 tablespoon of passion fruit Small bunch of mint 2 wedges of lime Top with ginger beer or soda

Make it as a punch to keep the party going! 400ml Juno Extra Fine Gin 200ml Cointreau 1L ginger-beer or soda water Handful of mint 2 limes in wedges METHOD Crush Ice, and fill a short glass almost to the top Add all the ingredients and mix with a spoon Add a Mint sprig and a few passionfruit seeds on top to garnish

Cocktail by Tessa Kerslake Created with Juno Extra Fine Gin 700ml Award-winning, New Zealand artisan gin

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LIFE'S TOO SHORT FOR BAD PIZZA Tito Cucciniello, co-owner of the beloved local Italian restaurant Pane e Vino, is excited to be throwing open the french doors of the iconic Ponsonby Fire Station on Williamson Ave and welcoming back locals. The iconic Italian eatery has been serving great pizza, authentic pasta and incredible Italian desserts since 2008. “It warms our hearts to see and hear locals enjoying our food and sharing the dining out experience together,” enthuses coowners Tito Cucciniello and Mirko Scardoni. “The restaurant has been empty too long and we all miss the sound and happy buzz of a restaurant full of people.” Pane e Vino is well set up for safe dining with multiple alfresco options and spacious indoor areas. “We are lucky to have expansive french doors, an upstairs courtyard and large sash windows that open right up to let fresh air in, '' explains Tito. Under the new Covid-19 protection framework restaurants and cafes must adhere to restricted dining numbers and Pane e Vino has an advantage with its multiple outdoor spaces giving guests a range of great options. “We’ve thought carefully about how to make the dining experience as relaxing and enjoyable as possible,” explains Tito. The team at Pane e Vino have an excellent layout, with social distancing and systems designed to keep people safe without taking away from the intimate social experience of dining out. Guests can chose to enjoy an exquisite Aperol Spritz made by Mirko while they wait to eat one of Pane e Vino's delicious bruschetta knowing their safety is paramount. On the menu in the first weeks of real life dining guests can try a new ravioli dish that Tito and the team have been

developing over the lockdown period. “It’s a full flavoured ravioli with freshly imported Italian ingredients that really make it so special, '' says Tito, who believes it is time for people to be out and about in Ponsonby enjoying great pizza and the incredible hospitality Pane e Vino is well known for. Of course bookings will be essential, and while I was enjoying an Italian espresso with Tito before going to print, the phone didn’t stop ringing with booking enquiries. To avoid disappointment we suggest making bookings well ahead of time; early is the best way to go.

PANE E VINO, 1 Williamson Avenue, T. 09 360 0263, www.paneevino.co.nz

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FACES @ GREY LYNN FARMERS MARKET Ollie Puddick sells his Innerbloom cold brew coffee at Grey Lynn Farmers Market on Sunday mornings. Where did you grow up?

Gisborne. We lived a stone's throw from Wainui Beach so I grew up surfing, swimming, and playing rugby. When did you leave Gisborne?

When I was 18. I went to Aussie to join the professional sport circuit on the Gold Coast - surf lifesaving and ironman racing. Are you still sporty?

I 'm into ocean paddling and went to the World's in October 2019 in Qingdao, China - we could see Korea on a good day. I didn’t get to do much travelling but I did get 10th in the world for long-distance (18km). And of course, I did a lot of paddleboarding during Level 3 of lockdown. What led you to create Innerbloom cold brew coffee?

I discovered cold brew when I was living in America working as a lifeguard. I was drinking it everyday and loving it. When I got home I looked for it but didn’t really like what was available here so I started trying different recipes and experimenting on my flatmates until I landed on a recipe that we all loved. So you make it all yourself?

Yes. I make it in a shared commercial kitchen - not my flat. I make two versions; the Elixir version is less like coffee and more like a chocolatey, coconut beverage while the Straight Up dark brew has a full-bodied coffee flavour. Why drink cold brew instead of hot coffee?

Cold brew coffee prevents the grounds from becoming oxidised by heat and allows them to extract the full flavour of the coffee beans. It’s a healthy performance-based energy drink that tastes great and is convenient to grab on the way to a training session or a meeting. It’s also a refreshing summer drink. And what about the name - Innerbloom?

I was just messing around with names and a song inspired the name. I knew when I landed on it, and I liked that bloom is a coffee term. How has the farmers market worked for you?

educating people that they can drink coffee differently. At the market, I can talk about the product and give people a chance to try it. When you aren't making Innerbloom and talking to customers at the market, what are you doing?

I'm a firefighter here in Auckland. I really enjoy helping people and trying to make a difference in my community and I feel like fire fighting ticks all those boxes.  PN

I get instant feedback from customers. It's a missionary thing,


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WHAT ARE GROWER CHAMPAGNES? The term Grower Champagne refers to a producer who owns the vineyards, grows the grapes, and makes their own wine - Champagne farmers. There have always been Grower Champagnes produced in Champagne, and many of those who we are now importing have been making Champagne for many generations. So, what’s changed that these producers are now exporting and gaining attention worldwide? It’s a question that I posed to many a Champenoise whilst there, the response as you’d expect – varied. It could be that there are now more growers who are working collectively and as such have a far stronger voice and have become somewhat of a movement. Another school of thought proposed is that consumers are looking for something different, an individual voice and character; These wines are loaded with that. Popularity has certainly increased in the UK and in places like New York to a level where there are many top wine lists that are now 100% Grower Champagnes. The CIVB reports that there’s a total of 15,000 growers in Champagne, of this, 3,200 pack and sell their Champagne. The balance will sell to the negocoaints, or are part of a cooperative. The result is four different categories of Champagne produced. · Récoltant-manipulant - a grower, someone that owns the land, tends it, makes the wine, and sells it. · Co-operative - manipulant – a co-operative of growers, where several growers bring their grapes together and the co-operative makes and sells the wine. · Négociant-manipulant – a negociant house that may own some land and grow grapes, though will also purchase grapes. · Then you have buyers own brands which are made generally by one big house. So, is small better? These Grower Champagnes are certainly very interesting and quality fine wines. The conclusion I came to in Champagne though is that all these categories have so much to offer - they just offer different things. It’s not about better, it’s about diversity. The big houses, the negociants, have the skill, resource, and hundreds of years of experience to ensure consistency in quality year-in and year-out. Let’s face it, you try a bottle of Veuve NV in Auckland and then in New York and you know what

you are getting- it’s Veuve. Whether it’s buying a bottle for a special occasion, or it's buying a bottle just because it’s Friday, having something that you know, and love is just perfect. As for the growers, these are very individual expressions, wines of character and personality. So, looking for something different, these are going to be just the right thing. Grower Champagnes do tend to represent excellent value for money. This could be linked to the relative obscurity in the international market until recently; one thing that Grower Champagnes don’t do a lot of is marketing. Their focus is purely on growing the best fruit and producing the best wine - they are farmers. Without the additional layers of cost, these are well priced wines. Glengarry have an excellent range of Grower Champagnes. In even better news, we have good stocks of these ready for you in store or online with delivery available nationwide. www.glengarry.co.nz



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CIAO BELLI - A WARM WELCOME TO SUMMER AND TRADITIONAL ITALIAN DINING Warm summer evenings lend themselves to easy alfresco dining and delicious gelato ice creams, ingredients Ciao Belli in Kingsland is famous for. Since Lockdown began the Ciao Belli team have been keeping locals supplied with authentic Italian style take-out pizza and homemade pasta dishes, all of which are complemented perfectly by Charlie’s gelato ice creams of Matakana. It’s easy to order ahead and enjoy gourmet style take-out, but now with the new Covid-19 framework locals can stroll in, sit down and enjoy the warmth of genuine Ciao Belli hospitality. Ciao Belli is fortunate to have a lovely outdoor dining area which during lockdown went through an extensive refurbishment. It’s a delightful space that allows customers the more relaxed option of dining under a covered roof in an alfresco setting. Inside, the new restaurant configuration maintains its charm but ensures the spaciousness required by our new environment. Of the new ‘traffic light system’ and vaccine passes, Tito Cucciniello is unfazed, “It's just another opportunity to connect in person with our customers after so long. There may be some teething problems but I’m sure everyone will work through them with a positive attitude and focus on the

enjoyment of being out with family and friends and enjoying good food," he adds philosophically. All of the Ciao Belli staff are double vaccinated and committed to ensuring customers have a place where they can relax and leave the worries of the past few months behind them, “It's just part of being a good host, something we pride ourselves on,” explains Tito. During December the Ciao Belli team will have plenty of new Charlie’s Gelato flavours ranging from authentic pistachio and hazelnut to the less traditional sweet and salty. “They are truly delizioso,” says Tito. “It’s all about offering a timeless Italian dining experience - the kind that came in during the 70s, and in Tito’s opinion never went out of style." Bookings are essential and can be done over the phone or online, and with reduced seating booking ahead will avoid disappointment. Of course people can still enjoy Ciao Belli’s incredible take-outs and delicious ice cream, if they aren’t ready or able to dine in.

CIAO BELLI, 503 New North Road, Kingsland, T: 09 815 3834, www.ciaobelliauckland.co.nz

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NEW SUMMER MENU AT DIDAS The doors at Didas will soon be open again and we just can’t wait to see you. Whilst in lockdown, the team have not only been helping pick, pack, and deliver for Glengarry stores across Auckland, we also took a week out to bake some very special Croatian biscuits that our Baba (Grandmother) used to bake. These were delivered to all Glengarry team members to say thank you. They have and continue to do an amazing job. Didas has also had a spring clean and has a fresh new look. Alongside that we have a wonderful new fresh summer menu. · · · · · · ·

Coppa emiliana $9 Paplona chorizo $9 Sea salt and rosemary focaccia, evoo $6 Marinated green olives, chilli, citrus & thyme $9 Chicken liver parfait, port, walnut, toasted sourdough $13 Jalapeno and Manchego croquettes, romesco $12 Baby cos, green goddess dressing, white anchovy, cured yolk $11

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Crispy fried potatoes, garlic aioli $10 Calamari, lemon aioli, gremolata $15 Stracciatella, pickled yellow tomato, lemon oil $16 Fried chicken, 10 herbs and spices, pickles, chipotle sauce $16 Australian tiger prawns, garlic and nduja butter $21 Marinated lamb skewers, mint jus $21 Mahoe very old edam, honeycomb, muscats, lavosh $10 Lemon and crème fraiche semifreddo, limoncello macerated strawberries $12

We’ve got all the safety measures in place and are looking forward to looking after you at Didas. More than ever, it’s definitely time to support local! We are open Tuesday – Saturday from 4pm. And just for December, Friday lunches are back. Make your booking now.

DIDA’S, 60 Jervois Road, T: 09 376 2813, www.didaswinelounge.co.nz

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SEASON’S GREETINGS! It’s been a tough year for us all. So, here’s a bunch of gems to share with your nearest and dearest. Very best wishes. Astrolabe Marlborough Rosé 2021 - $24

A refreshing blend of pinot noir and pinot gris from the Awatere Valley. Light flavours of peach juice, cherry, strawberries, with creamy soft acids. Deceptively very drinkable at 13% alcohol. Available: Caro’s. Astrolabe Comleybank Waihopai Valley Rosé 2021 - $27

More in the bone-dry Provence stye. Subtle aromas with a hint of savoury pinot noir. Cranberry and sour cherry with a hint of strawberry. Available: Caro’s. Rockburn Stolen Kiss Central Otago Rosé 2021 - $29

Made from grapes ‘stolen' from Rockburn's best Central Otago pinot noir. Herbaceous aromas, flavours of toffee apple, pomegranate and strawberry, with a medium sweet juicy finish. Available: Glengarry, Meldrum Philips. Leftfield Hawkes Bay Rosé 2021 - $16

A blend of merlot, pinot noir, and white Italian variety arneis. Dry and crisp, with cranberry and a hint of red skinned toffee apple and red wine gums. Available: Widely. Sartori Prosecco Northern Italy Rosé 2019 - $25

A delightfully light and approachable rosé in the sparkling prosecco style. Soft flavours of cherry and red berry fruit. Ideal as a lunchtime picnic wine at 11% alcohol. Available: www.vinofino.co.nz Dhall and Nash. Soljans Estate Marlborough Legacy Methode 2019 - $36

From Soljans in Kumeu. Creamy crisp texture, fine beads of bubbles, toasty and mouth filling. A blend of pinot noir and chardonnay. Available: Glengarry, www.soljans.co.nz

and lime citrus. Long tangy, yeasty finish. Available: Meldrum Philips, Pt Chev Organic wines, www.blackmarket.co.nz Billecart Brut Nature Rosé Champagne Non-Vintage - $160

Elegant and frothy, with subtle flavours of cherry, cranberry, almond and red berries. A lovely aperitif wine or match it with light appetisers. Available: Dhall and Nash. Domaine Rene Muré Crémant d’Alsace Brut Non-Vintage - $32

Made from pinot gris, pinot noir, riesling, pinot blanc. Crisp and refreshing, with a frothy fine mousse and generous palate of marzipan, apple pie and citrus. Available: Four Candles Food Market, Pt Chev Organic wines, Fine O Wine. Strange Nature Gin - $80

Geisen’s 0% brand sauvignon blanc is made using imported technology that removes alcohol from base wine. Strange Nature gin is produced by distilling that leftover spirit with juniper to create a uniquely New Zealand gin, with pronounced grassy sauvignon flavours, of passionfruit, cape gooseberry and a hint of lychee. Available: www.cove27.co.nz

No 1 Family Estate Rosé Non-Vintage - $47

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Made from 100% pinot noir. In the mouth, it has a rich and complex palate of cherry/almond, a hint of strawberry and a tangy yeasty mid-palate with a dry, mineral finish. Available: Widely, and Pt Chev Organic wines, Glengarry.

Pegasus Bay North Canterbury Reserve Fortissimo Fortified Muscat - $42

No 1 Family Estate Assemblé Non-Vintage - $31.50

Mouth filling and rich flavours of stone fruit, nougat, Mum’s apple pie and stone fruit, with a dry mineral tangy finish. 60% chardonnay, 35% pinot noir, 5% pinot meunier. Available: Widely, and Pt Chev Organic wines, Glengarry. No 1 Family Estate Cuvee Non-Vintage - $33

Made from 100% chardonnay in a blanc de blanc style. Crisp and dry with stone fruit, lemon zest, clover honey and a hint of yeasty brioche with fine beaded bubbles. Available: Widely, and Glengarry. No 1 Family Estate Cuveé Adele 2016 - $270

Limited release of just 150 bottles. Crafted by Daniel Le Brun for his wife Adele, this is the 3rd release. Superbly elegant wine, an 80/20 chardonnay/pinot noir blend. Dry, with a creamy mousse, crisp citrus acidity, brioche yeasty tang and floral stone fruit flavours. Available: www.no1familyestate.co.nz Billecart Brut Nature Champagne Non-Vintage - $105

Bone dry, crisp and yeasty. Classic elegant and dry Champagne, with flavours of almond croissant, clear apple juice

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A dessert wine fortified to 16% alcohol. Late picked muscat grapes give an intense, sweet, luscious palate of dried muscatel raisins, apricot jam and lemon. Lengthy finish. Available: www.pegasusbay.com Pegasus Bay North Canterbury Finale Noble Semillon Sauvignon 2019 - $42

Barrel fermented and oak aged, plus concentrated by ‘noble rot’. Intense flavours of apricot marmalade, hazelnut, toffee and preserved pineapple with a crisp acidic nudge of sauvignon blanc. Available: Fine Wine Delivery Co., www.pegasusbay.com Niepoort Ruby Port Non-Vintage 750ml - $40

Sweet and voluptuous in the typical Portuguese ruby port style. Garnet red in the glass. Cassis and fruitcake, with a dash of tannin and lengthy finish. 19.5% alcohol. Available: Dhall and Nash, www.moorewilsons.co.nz Fernando de Castilla Pedro Ximenez Classic Sherry 750ml - $43

Christmas in a glass! Plum pudding, molasses, dried fruit and liquorice. Decadently rich. Available: Advintage, Vino Fino, Dhall and Nash. (PHIL PARKER)  PN www.finewinetours.co.nz



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@ JASON LINGARD 1. Blanca Dress Pink $288 2. Lucina Dress $288 3. Pyramid Dress $282 4. Blanca Dress Print $288 5. Exude Dress Sage $198 6. Alibi Top $224 7. Temptation Dress $298 8. Prana Dress $248 9. Miru Dress $198 www.jasonlingard.com

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Ruby Yaya Tristana Dress - $179

Alessandra Gingham Candice Dress - $299

Ruby Yaya Valeria Dress - $197

Alessandra Celeste Dress - $279



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With the summer and Christmas season fast approaching - or for some enthusiastic elf types, already here, it’s become the time of the year where many a vegan brings out their chef hat to present their cooking skills to their skeptical families in hopes to show veganism in its best light. Or if the kitchen brings too much stress and you feel like your chef skills just might not cut it, a bit of cheeky Tart bakery always goes down well. With two bakeries in Auckland now, the most local being in Grey Lynn, and the other being a hop, skip and a jump away at Commercial Bay, your childhood cheeky favourite pie and pastry joint is available and veganised with plant based deliciousness. Taking on all of the classics, such as a range of deliciously realistic mince and cheese, creamy mushroom and butter chicken pies, as well as your favourite pastries, doughnuts and sandwiches, Tart serves up New Zealand's finest options which you never thought could be vegan and taste so good. My personal favourite is the savoury brioche. Growing up, before going vegetarian and then vegan, I spent most of my Saturdays at my mum’s work. It was a tradition for us to get our day’s lunch from local cafes and delis, where I almost always got the classic cheesy savoury brioche from Ripe. It wasn’t until discovering Tart, that I realised that going vegan didn’t mean that I had to miss out on delicacies such as these. With Christmas in sight, we are all reminded of the Christmas classic - the mince tart. Although not a fan myself (unpopular opinion), Tart is the place to go as these family occasions arise. Those mince tarts, pastries and slices we all love to indulge in are consistently a hit. In previous years I have put these among other slices and treats on the table for my friends and family, never to not have them question whether they are truly plant based. Believe it or not, they are. Food aside, one aspect of Tart which has always impressed me too, is the way they advocate for veganism. Living nearby their Grey Lynn location, I frequently have the opportunity to

read their ever changing notice boards promoting veganism in a progressive, factual and encouraging way. Throughout my own growth and journey of eating plant based, I have increasingly found that the only way to promote the lifestyle is through connecting with people by approaching the idea with a lack of judgement and an open mind. I’ve found that it’s better to be supportive of the small choices people make, such as choosing places like Tart and plant based alternatives in one's daily decisions. Afterall, at the end of the day every small change and choice to eat plant based, is a step towards making a huge difference both sustainably and ethically. It can start with you and with options such as Tart. It’s not a compromise at all. (SOFIA ROGER WILLIAMS)  PN

She always loved some glamour. We’ll help you say goodbye in style. There are certain people in life who shape who you are. Special people who were always there to give you advice, support, comfort and love. When the time comes to bid them farewell, make sure to farewell them properly. Talk to us we’ll help you do exactly that.

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KIND PEOPLE ARE OUR KINDA PEOPLE As novelist Henry James tells us, “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.” World Kindness Day in November also reminded us (in case we need it) to take a breath, and be kind to each other, to ourselves, and to the world. But with the stress of Christmas approaching, we think it’s a good idea to bring a bit more kindness to life in general. Finding ways to share kindness

Turns out there are heaps of opportunities to add a dash of kindness to someone’s day that aren’t extravagant or expensive. With those we know

Demonstrating kindness face-to-face might be more challenging for a while, but most of the ideas below won’t break social distancing rules. · Send flowers to a friend, just because · Ask an elderly neighbour if they need any help with chores, errands or shopping · Help a friend pack (or unpack) for a house move · Send a handwritten thank-you note or handmade card · Offer to babysit or dog-sit for a friend · Tell friends and whānau (family) how much you appreciate them · Check in on someone who’s doing it tough · Support a friend who wants to reach a life goal (like getting more active) · Bake cupcakes (and give them all away)

And those we don’t

Kindness is like a boomerang. Throw it out into the world and somehow it always comes back. Here are a few kindness ideas to try a little further from home. · Give blood (or plasma, which is basically liquid gold). In New Zealand, call 0800 GIVE BLOOD (0800 448 325). · Take an extra umbrella with you, to give to a stranger on a rainy day, or donate a reusable bag to a forgetful supermarket shopper · Buy a meal for, or give a coat to, someone who’s sleeping rough · Leave your favourite novel at a street library · Volunteer for a foodbank, the SPCA, or tree planting Of course, while reflecting on World Kindness Day is a great idea, the kindness well doesn’t run dry when we draw from it every other day of the year. Here’s to being kind this festive season - especially to ourselves.

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

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May you all have a wonderful time with your family and friends. These are special days for all. They should be days of solidarity, not fragmentation - of pulling together in ways that enable us all to flourish. We live in interesting times, let's work to improve things. So, Hempy Christmas. I hope it's glorious. What would Jesus Christ do about Cannabis?

Well… Jesus was socially progressive. He was concerned for the well being of all, and big on forgiveness. Scientifically, several of his miracles seem potentially cannabis related; this is supported by scripture and archaeology. I think that he would be outraged by its prohibition. eg. 1. Kaneh Bosem (Cannabis) is in the Torah as the Holy Oil of the Jews (1500BC). 2. The Nag Hammadi/Gnostic scrolls talk about how Jesus gave them the pouch of medicine and said, "Heal all the Sick of the city who believe in my name." (2AD) 3. A 1000 year old Roman Catholic Cathedral of Monreale (pictured) has 'Jesus healing the Blind under the cannabis tree'. Cannabis is rampant in that cathedral; from Genesis to the New Testament. (1174AD) A sacred plant for millennia, it has been pushed down the memory hole by the political classes of the Anglo-US empire since, and kept there by our noble leaders. Funnily enough, both Labour and National are now to the Right of even Donald Trump's Republican Party on cannabis. That’s how backwards New Zealand is. After all, because our own internal cannabinoids regulate normal function; we can potentially use them to treat, or prevent, inflammation, cancer, pain, menopause, epilepsy, psychosis, anxiety/stress/depression, dementia and more. Autoimmune diseases

Hemp cannabinoids can act in many ways to reduce the self abuse of autoimmune diseases because they reduce inflammation (can inhibit proliferation of leukocytes, induce apoptosis of T cells and macrophages and reduce secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines).

Although their actions are broad, particular cannabinoids also have particular effects and for autoimmune diseases a combination of full spectrum CBD, CBG, CBDA/CBGA oils might help. I suggest interested people consult Dr Anna Harvey of the Cannabis Clinic to discuss a possible prescription. anna.harvey@cannabisclinic.co.nz, or Dr Graham Gulbransen of Cannabis Care doctor@cannabiscare.co.nz Another cannabinoid type molecule that is freely available at chemists, (Palmitoylethanolamide or PEA) could also be potentially considered as additive therapy. PEA is a “first responder” anti inflammatory / pain controller but it needs to be (um) ultra micronized for efficacy, and given time. PN Happy New Year folks. (TADHG STOPFORD) 


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TEEN PICKS - SUMMER FASHION Finally the wintery storm clouds and torrential rain seem to have come to an end. Summer has arrived! Think hot blue-sky days, the smell of sunblock, bronzed skin, barefoot adventures and trips to the dairy for ice cream. Of course these activities simply cannot be completed without a stylish, cute summer wardrobe! It was time for a full investigation into what's trending, before I jumped out to the shops buying things thoughtlessly. Eager to avoid micro trends, which might quickly go out of style, I wanted to spend my hard-earned cash wisely. Sleuthing through Pinterest became a daily ritual. All this “pinning" paid off perfectly - before I knew it, I had a list of must-have summer essentials: Linen Pants and Shirt: Linen is a lightweight material which often comes in a variety of pretty, pastel colours. It has become extremely popular recently and I can see why. I love to wear jeans, but I just can't stand being hot and sweaty. Grab a pair of cool linen pants. I have some white ones from Zara and they go with absolutely everything. Even if they’re a bit see-through, it doesn’t matter if you have a bikini underneath. Oversized linen shirts are also a must this season, whether they be long or short sleeved. They are a very useful beach coverup and can also be paired with outfits on a cooler summer day. It’s such a practical wardrobe staple. I have a baby blue one, stolen from my Dad's wardrobe (I don’t think he even noticed, ha!) and it has the perfect oversized look. Denim on denim may be a crime… but linen on linen, NEVER! Beaded Necklaces: Jewellery can be quite a hassle in summer months. Taking it off for a swim and putting it back on after a swim; you understand my dilemma. But for me, beaded necklaces are worth it. These decorative strands of colour are taking teen outfits by storm. The fact that you can easily make them with miniature beads and some elasticated string only increases the appeal. Since the necklaces tend to be a shorter length they work very well for layering, or doubled-up around your wrist. I’m building a collection of unique and different colour combos to coordinate with my outfits. There are countless small businesses on Instagram

that sell these pretty creations so I encourage you to go check them out, or just make some yourself! Bikinis: Swimwear is the absolute foundation of summer adventures. With all the beach and poolside action that goes on, plus a few tanning sessions, I often find myself glued to my bikini all day long. It is important to have enough pieces to mix and match, so you don’t have to resort to putting on a wet pair of bikini bottoms. Strapless is definitely having a moment in the spotlight. While these bikinis give you a chance to maximise your tan, they can be rather risky for frolicking in the waves! Thankfully most come with additional strings giving you much needed security and multiple styling options. There are many online possibilities but I always feel the safer option for bikini-buying is to head to stores, such as: NorthBeach, Amazon and Billabong. Maxi Skirts: If shorts and pants just don’t appeal. Why not try out long, flowing skirts. The “maxi" seems to be on the rise for my generation and it is not hard to see why. I have been to various shops trying on these skirts and every time I slip into one I feel like I could run through a field of sunflowers. (It's a great sensation, the wind in my hair, the breeziness of the skirt, you get the picture!) Sadly, I have not been able to bolt out to a sunflower field yet, because I'm still on the hunt for the ideal skirt. The choice between a pretty pastel or a patterned sensation is what’s holding me up. Nevertheless, a long maxi skirt will be a welcome addition when I find my perfect match - it's such a pragmatic choice for pairing casually with a bikini top/tank, or formally with a lace camisole. P.S. A good piece of advice is to start your hunt for summer fashion in second-hand/vintage stores.That way, you are more likely to find a hidden gem while leaving less of a fast-fashion footprint. PN (HONOUR MITCHELL) 

I Love Lucy Book Review:

Stranger Things - Rebel Robin - A. R. Capetta - 14+ “I’m only fifteen and a half. Nobody sings about that.” This book is an official Stranger Things novel - meaning that you can read it as a stand-alone book. But to better understand it, you should definitely watch the Stranger Things series available on Netflix. Robin hates high school. She has come up with a way to survive though - blending in at all costs. She wears average clothes, and even gets a perm. She analyzes her peers, and dreams of running away to Europe. With the goal of leaving the sleepy town of 1980s Hawkins, Indiana, she throws herself into saving money and learning languages. While she wants to blend in as much as possible, she slowly begins to realise one well hidden part of her personality that doesn't quite fit in. She likes girls. Robin works herself into thinking that the only way she can be her true self and experience a real life, is getting out of Hawkins. She names this wish of leaving for Europe ‘Operation Croissant’. Robin is a character that joins the show in season three, the last season of the show to date. We don't know too much about her and she could be described as a side character to the main circle of characters. This book gives a more in-depth insight of what is going on around Hawkins while the events of the show take place. There are many references to characters in the show, and it's interesting to see Robin's perspective of these. Robin is wickedly funny and has a great sense of humor and this is an enjoyable read, definitely a book for fans of Stranger Things, of which I am. (LUCY KENNEDY)  PN www.lucykennedywriter.wixsite.com/reviews instagram @lucykennedybookreviews

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What a year it has been! We have all been impacted by the prolonged Auckland lockdown in our business and personal lives. With the lead up to the Christmas season, it’s important to reflect, reconnect with our loved ones, recover and create a positive mind-set for 2022. We hope you’re able to take some time for rest and relaxation this summer, whether it be in Auckland or outside our Auckland borders. Below are a few updates to be aware of: Regional Business Partner Network funding

The Government announced that there is another $60m in the Covid-19 kitty for funding of business support services for Auckland businesses via the Regional Business Partner (RBP) network, in the vicinity of $3,000 to a maximum of $7,000 per business (the grants are not a loan and don’t have to be repaid). Johnston Associates have three services available to you and your business(s) at this point, under the Covid-19 banner, they are: 1. Business Continuity Planning 2. Finance and Cashflow Management 3. Masterminding Financial Business Planning If you are registered with RBP already, please log in and confirm your details www.regionalbusinesspartners.co.nz If you or your business is not registered, please do one of the following: 1. Register online here at RBP web.regionalbusinesspartners.co.nz/business 2. Phone 0800287467 3. Email info@regionalbusinesspartners.co.nz It is important to at least be registered, as funding is limited. If you require any assistance or have any questions please contact our team. Voidable transactions: a summary of recent and upcoming legislative changes

The regime surrounding voidable transactions has recently been amended, with further legislative changes anticipated to follow in the next year. What are voidable transactions?

If a business is placed in liquidation, the liquidator may require the creditor to repay all or some of the payments (or other monetary or non-monetary benefits) received by the creditor from the liquidated company. This is known as the liquidator’s

power to clawback preferential transactions and is provided for under s292 of the Companies Act 1993. Voidable transactions (or liquidator’s clawback) regime is designed to protect creditors against the tendency of the directors of troubled companies to pay themselves and their favourite or aggressive creditors before anyone else. Voidable transactions are transactions which a liquidator is able to undo (or “void”). They are transactions which have led to an unequal distribution of an insolvent’s assets to its creditors. Where a transaction is undone, the resulting funds are put back into the insolvent estate to be shared between creditors equally and in accordance with the statutory framework. Changes in summary:

Are you a related party? You may not have been before these changes were introduced, but a new definition captures a much broader group of people as “related”, including step relations of directors and senior managers, and their more remote family members such as grandparents, cousins, nieces/nephews, aunts/uncles – and even their spouses. The look-back periods which apply to voidable transactions have changed, and now depend on whether the counterparty is related to the company or not. Depending on the types of corporate transactions that are unwound: · The look-back period for transactions with unrelated parties decreases from two years to six months. · The look-back period for related party transactions will remain at two years prior to the commencement of liquidation, but that is expected to increase to four years when further legislation is passed into law. Business health check

Take a look at your cashflow forecast and tax obligations over December-January, especially if you are impacted by seasonal revenue (such as Christmas revenue as a retailer). Both November and December GST are due for payment in January as well as provisional tax. If you are concerned you may not be able to pay the tax due, please let us know and let’s look at your options. From the team here at Johnston Associates, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Disclaimer – While all care has been taken, Johnston Associates Chartered Accountants Ltd and its staff accept no liability for the content of this article; always see your professional advisor before taking any action that you are unsure about.

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CREATING CONVERSATIONS THAT MATTER Ed Cruikshank has specialised in custom designed hand built furniture for over three decades since beginning his career in London working alongside designer and cabinet maker David Linley. Over the twenty years he has been practicing in New Zealand, Ed has developed his own unique style with a goal to create modern classic furniture that will stand the tests of time - pieces that immediately belong wherever they sit and work perfectly. Everything is beautifully crafted from materials that get better with age so they will wear in, not out. Since 2010, his bespoke pieces have often integrated personal meaning with encoded words, statements and even poems that are meaningful to their owners and their loved ones, both present and past. The thought behind his work and the design of furniture itself is all intentionally aimed at forming connection. “I love designing furniture where we gather because whether we are connecting with family, friends, neighbours or work colleagues, whether the conversation is easy or challenging, it’s the connection that matters and which makes a difference to our lives, relationships and communities.” A perfect example of this type of connection often happens around fire, which is why Ed has always been attracted to designing extraordinary fire tools like his super-useful and

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striking Infernorator fire poker and blower, and more recently the ingenious and portable Crucible fire pit and barbeque. “Ever since I was a little boy I have loved open fires. I’ve had some of my most meaningful conversations and most creative ideas sitting around the glowing embers of a good fire under the stars.” You can see Ed’s work by visiting www.edcruikshank.com and www.firebrandnz.com


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TOP DESIGN TRENDS IN AUCKLAND GARDENS Over the past year, Auckland gardens have taken a few design turns, driven both by urban landscape limitations and a more natural approach to the outdoors. Softening the landscape seems to be one of the key outcomes. Whereas in the past, small city sections have been defined by large amounts of concrete and pavers with very squared off lines, courtyards and pathways are being redefined in loose material such as lime chip or decorative pebbles. A popular trend in pebbled areas is to embed pavers for a decorative effect. Part of this is driven by high site coverage from dwellings, resulting in the need to look at permeable surfaces outdoors to fulfil stormwater runoff requirements. Recent instances of city flooding are contributing to this trend. Similarly, increasing reflection on environmental issues is inspiring people to develop their garden in a more natural style. There's a desire for more flowering plants that not only attract bees for pollination, but also please the eye. And even that bastion of the suburban garden, the fertiliser hungry lawn, may be endangered because a small flowering meadow might be planted in its place. The move to grow food at home has been gaining popularity. With no access to farmers’ markets around the city since midAugust, the construction of wooden sleeper vegetable beds

has increased. Filled with garden or veggie mix, these have become natural adjuncts to the cooking of food at home in the absence of restaurants and Uber Eats. Cutting herbs, picking salads, or simply teaching children where their food is from, are all possible with a few steps out to the garden. And to keep the look natural, the surfaces around the beds are easily made walkable with bark mulches or hoggin. The exciting new gardens of urban Auckland are emerging from the past two years and with greater focus and importance than before. For more information on what’s trending in garden design check out these pages at www.centrallandscapes.co.nz/pages/inspiration

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Only 20 to 30 years till the Western Springs forest is back. The myselium layer and fungal networks have been choked by the spreading chip and turned over clay. It will take at least 20 years to reseqester the carbon from the fell, as there will be more and more green undergrowth dying, rotting, and respirating until the intermediate canopy is up to shade the undergrowth and allow the myselium and fungal systems to regenerate - the absolute minimum needed for the growth of the tall timber into a native vegetated forest. At the moment they are planting the scar with trees that I guarantee will turn into sticks; a terribly managed project all round I say. Adam Baines, Westmere COUNCIL’S GOOD CITIZENS AWARDS A FARCE?

Until 9 October, I was on the selection panel of the 2021 Good Citizens Awards.The selection panel were told that if a member of the community feels strongly enough to nominate a fellow constituent that those nominated usually got an award. I am concerned to learn that the person who many observe to be the most active in advocating for community, in fact she does it full time, has not been selected this year.

Photography Greta Kenyon




I did not nominate her, but up until I resigned from the selection panel, six respected members of the community had already nominated her. These six nominators represent a cross section of the community and are respected community contributors themselves. I urge the Waitemata Local Board not to turn these important community awards into a farce; they must give credit where it is due. Not doing so would undermine the efforts of all nominees and recipients of the 2021 awards. On another matter - encourage the Chair of the Waitemata Local Board, Richard Northey, and members of Auckland Council’s senior leadership to stop ignoring or not replying to emails. It is a form of abuse of the public who put a great deal of unpaid time into holding elected members and Auckland Council to account. Finally, on 4 November I requested a 10-minute deputation at this meeting of the Waitemata Local Board. I wanted to speak on the numerous and inappropriate claims for mileage that the chair of this board has made since being a councillor and local board member at Auckland Council. It states very clearly on the Auckland Council website that, I quote, "A deputation is delivered in a public meeting and is recorded on the official minutes". It also says "You can talk about issues facing you or your community”. I have been a ratepayer in Auckland for over 30 years, contributing over $120,000 in rates over that time. I have never previously asked for a deputation, nor an audience in front of councillors. I expected Chair Richard Northey to honour what is promised on Auckland Council's website, the opportunity for me to talk about the issue of use of rate payer funds to travel between one’s bach in the Coromandel and Auckland. In closing, I note once again, the minutes of the last board meeting are incorrect. Sarah Trotman

Advocate for the Communities and Residents of Waitemata

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Village Rentals & Property Management will be operating through the Christmas and New Year period... Please feel free to ring Natalie or Charlotte for any of your property management requirements, including casual letting and rental appraisals. For property management we will assist with bringing your home up to Healthy Homes Standard in order to avoid the significant fines that are associated with non compliance. Charlotte Aitcheson M. 021 180 2723 E. charlotte@villagerentals.co.nz

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UPTOWN ART SCENE Seldom leaving his apartment, painting supplies hard to come by, danger all around yet hope at hand… while it may have a certain currency to it, this was Picasso’s situation in Paris, July 1944, when he painted Pitcher and Glass, currently on show at Auckland Art Gallery. One can see the wartime paucity of materials in his painting – the limited palette of dull colours, yet the composition and confidence still seduces a room nearly 80 years on. It’s part of Romancing the Collection that celebrates the re-opening of the Auckland Art Gallery following Lockdown.

Pablo Picasso at Auckland Art Gallery

The shift in Lockdown allowed Artweek Auckland to have half its scheduled run last month, and a number of artists made the most of the opportunity to show work to the community. Whitespace Director Deborah White may have closed her Monmouth Street gallery, but is regularly organising pop-ups around the central city. She presented the thick, luscious oil paintings of Jack Trolove in Terry Stringer’s Eden Terrace studio, a skylight lit space that allowed Trolove’s portraits to float in the natural light. A few minutes down the road, Akepiro Street Studios went ahead with their Open Studio. Home to thirteen artists, there was work at various stages of completion on view, including a gorgeous suite of Karley Feaver’s bejewelled birds. Paul Johnston demonstrated his painted sculptures that fold from maquette-type shapes to flatpacks. Laura Williams presided over her peculiar saucy Saints, while the strong environmental paintings of John Nicol were particularly popular with visitors. Artweek Auckland partnered with Xero to present an online panel discussion, The Art of Business, that discussed issues of sustainable business for artists. The panel consisted of artists Judy Darragh and Evan Woodruffe, Zoe Black, curator at Objectspace, Courtney Sina Meredith, Director of Tautai, Tim Melville, owner of the eponymous gallery, and Amy Saunders, GM of Depot Artspace.

Karley Feaver at Akepiro Street Studios

The discussions were impassioned and informed, and although it was clear there was much to achieve to enable a healthy visual arts sector, there was plenty of commitment to changing the landscape in favour of the makers. This discussion was followed quickly by a record-smashing auction result at Art+Object, with fifteen million dollars of art going under the hammer. With such an unprecedented result sending not a cent to the authors of the work, it seems there is plenty still to talk about.

Jack Trolove's popup at Terry Stringer's studio

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ANDREW PALACE’S METAL AS ANYTHING PRESENTS: 'IT'S SPACE JIM, BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT' An exhibition of spaceships and out there contemporary lamps… Once again Christmas comes to Ponsonby Central with an extraordinary and eclectic collection of works by Grey Lynn recycle artist, Andrew Palace - made from brass, copper, glass and stainless steel sourced mainly from the Onehunga scrap metal yard of McCamish Scrap Metal Recyclers with whom Andrew has had a 28 year relationship. The pieces on show are all one-off, one-of-a-kind artworks that grace homes around New Zealand and internationally. Andrew says that with almost daily announcements of ventures into near-space, and probes into deep-space his works gain more relevance as topical talking pieces and must-have items. From standard lamps to desk lamps, table lamps, and wall plaque feature lamps this show is a must see. The exhibition runs from Monday 13 December to Friday 24 December. Andrew will be in attendance from 9.30am to 9pm daily at Shop 4A at the front entrance of Ponsonby Central, 136 Ponsonby Road. There will be exhibition opening drinks from 5.30pm on Tuesday 14 December. Ponsonby Central’s Covid-19 policy is in order to enter the complex you must be fully vaccinated. www.facebook.com/Andrew-Palace-Metal-As-Anything-214112178619630

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MISS PEARL NECLIS – what your stars hold for December

Aquarius (the Water Carrier)

Pisces (the Fishes) 20 February - 20 March Now could be about the right time on your part to take on a little bit more than you think you can handle. Your confidence is buzzing, so why not show people what you’re made of.

Aries (the Ram)

21 January - 19 February You can be razor sharp when you want to, but occasionally it takes a while for your lights to switch on. Sometimes the pause between what you want and what you end up with can be a bit too long.

Taurus (the Bull)

Gemini (the Twins)

21 April - 21 May You’ve realised by now that when your routine gets changed it doesn’t always mean that your life becomes chaotic; you’re confident enough to know that whatever happens, you always get the job done.

22 May - 21 June You’re undecided about what you really want from the relationship you’re in at the moment and you seem to want to escape from making a decision, but letting things hang will bring you stress and heartache. What you need is resolution.

Cancer (the Crab) 22 June - 22 July Someone has been upsetting you lately even though you have been cutting them loads of slack. You know what’s going on, but are just seeing how far someone will go to get what they want.

Leo (the Lion) 23 July - 21 August Consider all options before you make any decisions this month as you know in the past rushing in hasn’t always been the best policy. Getting excited about your future is great, but get advice as well.

Virgo (the Virgin) 22 August - 23 September You are always able to overlook the petty squabbles that usually go with life. After all, it’s not like you are just starting out. But occasionally something crosses your boundary that drives you insane, and that’s something you are going to have to watch.

Libra (the Scales) 24 September - 23 October You’re getting distracted quite easily this month. Even if you think things are going fine, you might need to speak up and cause a few waves rather than remain silent.

Scorpio (the Scorpion)

Sagittarius (the Archer) 23 November - 22 December Everything about this month lends itself to being a positive month for you. You’re going to be quite ruthless in what you get up to. Remember though, to be as open to suggestion as much as possible, instead of cutting yourself off completely.

Capricorn (the Goat) 23 December - 20 January It seems you’re able to accomplish a lot without really doing much and it’s getting noticed by a few disgruntled observers. Don’t worry about resentment, you can’t please everyone all of the time.

24 October - 22 November Doing something new is probably not the right time now, especially as you suspect you are being tricked into doing something that you’re not comfortable with. You must do what you want even if it isolates you.

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21 March - 20 April Have you got the determination, strength and resources to get through the battle that could be heading your way if you don’t take some precautions? Being confident will be your best strength.



@ SCOTT LAWRIE GALLERY, GREY LYNN Rebecca Wallis – Void of Meaning Rebecca Wallis is an artist who has gained much attention for her work recently while also being included in the highlyrespected Bateman Books publication, ‘250 Years of New Zealand Painting’, now in its fourth edition. UK born, Rebecca has lived in New Zealand since 1980, studying for her DipFA Honours in Dunedin before venturing back to the UK in 1994 to complete her Masters in Visual Arts at the renowned Goldsmiths College in London. Her work has been shown around the world ever since. Her fourth solo show with us is one of her most compelling yet – explorations of ‘the void’; the tension between self and other, absence and presence. These magnificent paintings on silk are gently worked in layers behind the surface over time to create deeply nuanced spaces. Yet they feel brilliantly alive, and you really need to experience them to ‘feel’ their emotional resonance. At first glance, these works look like they occupy the edges of traditional formal abstraction - but they offer far more than that, balancing metaphors of tension and separation with the deep resonance of loss that a parent feels when the mother becomes ‘the other’ – when the child quite literally finds their own path opposing parental love. This is a current source of personal exploration for Rebecca. As she explains, “When we love too hard and give ourselves away completely to another, or when our love is rejected, questioned and when we feel abjection – it’s impossible to reflect that in words. In my case, these paintings reflects the

Rebecca Wallis, Tremors of Abjection, 2021

collapse of the idea of what love is and of what I am as a mother, of the ways I’ve been loving and consequently, the breaking down of my identity. Of what I thought and all I knew about how to mother, and being a mother. It’s the breaking down of the meaning of what I thought my role could and should be.” Rebecca’s last solo show sold out and these new works are anticipated to be highly popular, so please come along to the opening event on Saturday 4 December 11am-5pm, or get in touch with scott@scottlawrie.com for a link to the online preview.

Rebecca Wallis, Grasping the Object, 2021

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Summer is set to be full of catching up with friends and family all over the country but if all that in-person socialising becomes too exhausting and you need a break, there are some great new fantasy series for some genuine escapism as well as plenty of festive family fare from our local streaming platforms. Māori Television has a range of family friendly films, free to air over summer and the festive season. Films range from the heart warming Lost Christmas starring Eddie Izzard to the epic the Mandela and the Christmas classic Scrooged, starring the hilarious Bill Murray plus many more. NETFLIX



Wheel of Time

This is an exquisite, artful animation action series for those 16+ (though the mature 13+ can probably handle it). Based on the infamous and globally popular multi-player online ‘battle’ game League of Legends, Arcane draws you into the richly complex and conflicting worlds of Zaun and Piltover. Zaun is an edgy dark under-city of crime and misfits with a dangerous drive for social justice to make right past wrongs. Piltover is a place of prosperity, progress, innovation and trade with a veneer of social righteousness built off the backs of others. The storyline traverses the clashing of ideals, factions, competition for power, loyalty and belonging with an ensemble of characters that drive the action forward amongst a web of slowly emerging back stories. Popular with critics and game fans alike, there is something magical about being drawn into a story with no physical limits. Even those with no knowledge of the storyworld and the game, with it’s complex narrative threads, will be captivated by characters, enthralled by the artful moody direction and incredible animation, proving again that animation is not just for kids. 

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Lovers of the Wheel of Time books from the 90s will have been excitedly awaiting the launch of this fantasy series for decades. Starring our own and extremely talented Zoe Robins, amongst a strong and likeable cast, this is a dark and sometimes visually brutal series. The battle scenes are impressive yet violent, with just enough magic and CGI to keep you glued to the screen. Rosamund Pike is always impressive, anchoring the fantasy with bleak brooding voiceover, ensuring the action doesn’t become too fanciful and the complex narrative doesn’t become overwhelming.

Wheel of Time, Amazon Prime Video

Wheel of Time, Amazon Prime Video



Milk and Money, TVNZ OnDemand TVNZ ONDEMAND Milk and Money

Super interesting. Even if you think you knew a fair bit about the dairy industry, this documentary series reveals some startling realities of New Zealand’s love affair with ‘white gold’ aka milk. Researched and presented by journalist Baz Macdonald, who comes from a family of dairy farmers, the doco provides both an insider's empathy yet a thorough critique of an industry that is often on the coalface of current climate change controversies.

It’s insightful and revealing and if you find this short series interesting, do seek out the cinematically impressive and critically acclaimed New Zealand feature documentary Milked (directed by Amy Taylor). It takes the dairy industry story to a whole new impressively visual level. It’s full of emotional triggers and implications for our future.  The Great Kiwi Bake Off Celebrity Christmas Special

This local Christmas special is sure to provide some great festive inspiration as six iconic Kiwi celebrities go to battle in a warm spirited bake-off. They will be decking the halls, trimming the tree, and baking up a storm for charity this December. A wide range of celebrities will be putting their cooking skills to the test; stepping up to the plate will be National MP Simon Bridges, comedian and actor Laura Daniel, Shortland Street star Rebekah Randall, all-round funnyman Josh Thomson, The Casketeer’s Francis Tipene, and comedy legend Justine Smith. With $50,000 up for grabs, which celebrity’s baking will impress the judges and take the Christmas cake? One to look out for.

The Great Kiwi Bake Off Celebrity Christmas Special, TVNZ OnDemand

Without the books to measure it against, it’s easy to find it compelling - a little dark, but with enough rewarding light relief from characters like Barney Harris’ Mat Cauthon to keep you going. While some fans find the addition of some characters and omission of others jarring, most find the building of the story world and the development of the characters true to the essence of the books and with 20 books in the series they potentially have a lot of delicious escapism to look forward to. 

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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

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WESTMERE WONDER - PEELING BACK THE LAYERS Fired up with a desire to build a new home and having an appreciation for mid-century modernist architecture, we selected a site on the Westmere Grey Lynn cusp for its proximity to the CBD and the sea view. The neighbourhood vibe – cafés, cool bars, iconic local shops, a supermarket and many parks just a walk away – were also a drawcard. Architect Chris Scott, now a principal at Jasmax, and builder Wayne Poole of Wayol Construction were our first choice. Both impressed us on a previous very successful renovation, so we knew they were perfect for the new build. Our architect’s brief was to design a simple, elegant and modernist New Zealand home. The design needed to relate to its external setting – outdoor spaces to be integral to the overall design with links between enclosed and open spaces. It needed to maximise the view and provide privacy between public and private spaces. Consideration was to be given to the penetration of natural light in winter and sufficient shade in summer. The build was completed at the beginning of 2000 and surpassed all our expectations. Chris’ creative and timeless design coupled with Wayne’s building expertise was a testament to their skill and attention to detail. This lovely home is still much admired 21 years later.

up a room. The open fireplace, an added luxury in winter, is a central feature in the lounge. The sunsets are amazing when viewed from the lounge and the terrace. In the summer, with both ends of the lounge the large sliders open, this is truly a light-filled and airy home.

The house steps down over three levels across the site. The exterior is clad in concrete block and red brick. The exposed concrete block interior feature walls are complemented by the warmth of plywood shelving and cabinetry. Sleek polished concrete floors and underfloor heating provide both comfort and modernity. Sliding doors and louvres open out from most rooms to landscaped grounds. The open-plan kitchen-dininglounge flows to a large terrace, making the house perfect for entertaining and for a relaxed, comfortable lifestyle.

It’s a joy to wake up every morning to expansive views over to Cox’s Bay, Meola Reef, Upper Harbour and Birkenhead Point.

In the afternoons when the sun is low in the sky, the plywood interior joinery reflects a golden glow, bright enough to light

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Luke Crockford (the agent marketing the property) says, “This home will inspire you, refresh you after a long day, and give you peace.” It is a very special Westmere Property. Contact him to arrange a viewing or to get more information. This property is coming to the market mid January. (LUKE CROCKFORD) www.facebook.com/LukeCrockfordRealEstate


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