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P36: VIVE LA FRANCE. Every July, we run a feature to celebrate all things French in and around our area. José Marie Cortès & Marion Garnier at Alliance Française in Grey Lynn welcome visitors to 9a Kirk Street to take part in classes or just to say bonjour; P56: Its small shop-front is easier to miss than the frequent queues out its doors and onto Great North Road, where TART BAKERY is located. It recently took out the NZ Herald’s readers’ choice for ‘Best Bakery in Auckland’.



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LETTERS + EMAILS MANY SMALL DONATIONS MAKE A BIG CONTRIBUTION As a pet owner and animal lover I want to say how wonderful it is that Ponsonby News continues to highlight the beautiful SPCA animals who so desperately need loving homes. I have been making a small donation to SPCA every month for more than five years now and will continue to do so. If all Ponsonby News readers (I see your readership is 69,000 per month) were to donate just $10 a month to the SPCA, (that’s two coffees) what a difference that would make - I’ll let you do the simple maths! Keep up the good work Ponsonby News in bringing these dear animals to our attention. J. Dawson, Grey Lynn BAN THE COUNCIL’S USE OF ROUNDUP - IT CONTAINS THE POISON GLYPHOSATE Ponsonby News has published several articles over the past few years opposing the council’s use of Roundup, which contains the poison glyphosate, on our berms and in our parks. Is there any firm proposal to completely ban the use of this poison? I am told it is still being used while my friends on Waiheke assure me it is not used on the island. It is time to ban this poison completely from New Zealand as it has already been from number of enlightened countries. Sonia Smith, Grey Lynn THANK YOU PONSONBY NEWS FOR YOUR COVERAGE OF THE BIG BIKERS…. I was delighted and extremely proud to see my boys featured on the cover of your June issue. Not only because I am Freddie and Arthur’s mother, but because it is so good to see Ponsonby News covering an inspirational story of three young local men riding 15,000kms to raise awareness and money for a worthwhile cause - Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.

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Views in Ponsonby News reflect the authors’ and not those of Alchemy Media. LOOKING FORWARD TO WINETOPIA 2018! I read the article about Winetopia in the June issue and bought a couple of tickets. At $35 a ticket this was money well spent for an afternoon of wine tasting, entertainment and expert knowledge from connoisseurs all around the country and abroad. This is one of the best wine tasting events I have experienced, I think because it was well organised and the service was all-round attentive and positive - I can understand how this event sells out. I am looking forward to Winetopia 2018! E.V. Davies, Westmere SUSTAINABILITY? When I picked the June Ponsonby News out of the letterbox I was delighted to see that the theme was to be sustainability as I feel very strongly about this topic. I enjoyed reading the variety of articles written about plastic bags/how we can become plastic bag free as a nation. However, it was unfortunate that the magazine was wrapped in a plastic bag! I found this to be hypocritical and an ineffective way of promoting the cause of sustainability in your magazine. You are saying that millions of plastic bags and bottles are thrown into waste fills every year, and that fossil fuels are created by these events and rise into the atmosphere making global warming. However, you are also saying that you have 69,000 readers per month... so maybe this could be a contributing factor? Marco Schnabel, Ponsonby From the editor: Many thanks for your email - you’ve made a very good point. However, we have always used eco-friendly degradable plastic. If you were a paying advertiser you would appreciate us doing this so that each copy arrives dry each month.

Unbeknownst to Sean, Freddie and Arthur, the start of their epic cycling journey in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, coincided with the start of the Muslim month of Ramadan - daily fasting from dawn until sunset.

Discovering all roadside food stalls and restaurants closed during daylight hours, they had to stock up and rely on potato chips and chocolate bars for sustenance throughout long 100km days in hot humid conditions. Their energy and enthusiasm never wavered as they cycled westwards across the length of Java, relishing the new and rich cultural experiences and interactions with the local people of this diverse and densely populated island. Now six weeks into their 15,000km adventure and a few kilos lighter, Sean, Freddie and Arthur are currently enjoying more substantial lunch options and less congested roads as they pedal their way north through Malaysia. Jacqui Walker, Ponsonby Readers can follow them on their blog: https://thebigbiketripnz.wixsite.com/thebigbiketripnz Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thebigbiketrip/ Instagram @thebigbiketripnz Donation Page http://my.leukaemia.net.nz/thebigbiketrip


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FROM THE EDITOR JUST AS THIS ISSUE WENT TO PRINT, ALONG WITH ALL NEW ZEALAND WE WERE delighted to see Emirates Team New Zealand win the America’s Cup. It was a triumph for technology, tenacity and brilliant young sailors. Bring on the defence in Auckland. Ponsonby News welcomes the Waitemata Local Board initiative in opening a new shared path and cycle facility from Great North Road to Westend Road as part of the Greenways plan. The Mayor Phil Goff was present to cut the ribbon to launch the project - P12. We offer our congratulations to local art dealer Deborah White who has received an ONZM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Deborah and her gallery Whitespace have been involved heavily in the arts for more than 30 years and she was the founding trustee and secretary of Tautai Contemporary Arts Trust. Deborah and husband Ken established Whitespace in 2003 in Crummer Road - P22.

Ponsonby News is pleased to include in this issue a profile on the life and work of local resident David Parker. As the article suggests, he is much more than a property developer. Over the years, he and his brother John have made many charitable donations - P30. Every July, we run our Vive La France feature to celebrate all things French in and around our area. The team at Alliance Française in Grey Lynn welcomes visitors to 9a Kirk Street to take part in classes or just to say bonjour - P36. This month, local Ponsonby restaurant Mekong Baby celebrates its four years on the strip. Owner Dominique Parat is proud of his baby and tells us, “with this site we knew we could create something special and we have” - P44. Meanwhile, over in Grey Lynn, Janene and James Draper are celebrating 10-years of success with their company Farro Fresh. They now have five stores with more planned and expect to turn over $100 million this year - P55.

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This issue we are joined by Helen White, a first time parliamentary candidate for Labour in Auckland Central. In her first column she introduces herself and tells us why she put her name forward. Helen was born and brought up in central Auckland and she is a barrister in the city - P26. L to R: Joanne Barrett, Martin Leach, Jay Platt, Melissa Paynter and Gwynne Davenport Its small shop front is easier to miss than the frequent queues out its doors and onto Great North Road, where Tart Bakery has quietly launched a food revolution in the Grey Lynn shops. The bakery recently took out the NZ Herald’s readers’ choice for ‘Best Bakery in Auckland’ - P56. Nearly 100 older Aucklanders, mostly from the Western Bays, keep fit twice a week at the Never2Old fitness programme at the YMCA. The social aspect of the programme was clearly evident when Ponsonby News joined them. As well as working out hard participants chat to each other and, as one wit put it, “exercise their jaws as well”. The programmes are tailored to each participant’s fitness and health levels - P76. (MARTIN LEACH)  PN




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DAVID HARTNELL’S ONE MINUTE INTERVIEW Colin Hogg is an author, TV producer and magazine columnist, and he’s done it all with style. Over the years he’s lived on and off in the Ponsonby/Grey Lynn area. The best thing about where you live? Grey Lynn, though we’re here for only a six-month stay. This is my old neighbourhood and I’m liking just drifting round, checking out the changes, especially the new cafes, bars and restaurants just a walk away from this nice apartment we’re holed up in. There are many surprises. At a restaurant only the other night for instance, I was served dinner by a woman who used to be my lawyer. I told her I might drop back for lunch sometime soon and we could do my will. What was your childhood like? It was spent in Invercargill, so mostly cold, wet and windswept. But I had one of those childhoods that might be a bit lost to us now, half city, half country. I grew up learning how to shoot and fish and light a fire on the beach as well as how to catch a bus downtown to the movies. But Invercargill was very far away from everywhere else - and remains so to this day. Who is the most annoying celebrity today? Gareth Morgan. And not just because of the cats. The man obviously has had a vision. He just shouldn’t have had it while looking in a mirror.

Dream holiday? Probably Grey Lynn right now. Then Edinburgh. I’m not actually that good at holidays, don’t much like lying about in the sun. I tend to write stories about them, so I’m usually busy scribbling. I rest at home. Bucket list? I’d like to write a best-selling book. My ninth one is coming out in September and I continue to live in hope. Otherwise, there’s no bucket list. I’ve probably had several buckets’ full already. I’ve had quite a lot of excitement really, though it doesn’t show, of course. You’d never know really.

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Favourite TV series? I don’t find much that’s compulsory on mainstream TV anymore, except maybe Dan the weather man on TV One News and then just so I can shout at him. I’m more of a movie guy, less of a 'Bachelor 'one, so I tend towards pay channels and some of the terrific big -budget series that have transformed the whole idea of TV and what it can deliver. A recent favourite was Feud, an extraordinary piece of work about those old movie stars Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.

What do you love about your age? I quite like the confluence of 66s. If your life was an ice cream, what would it be called? Probably a lemon popsicle. Something you really disapprove of? Oh, I probably disapprove of disapproval itself.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In my 70s, so I don’t really look. I’m quite surprised to be here right now, never mind a decade hence.

What motivates you? Ideas, hopefully in some sort of association with income, though tragically, not always.

What job would you do other than your own? I love what I do too much for that sort of nonsense. Otherwise, third guitar in the Rolling Stones, though I might be too young and too tall.

What do you think happens when we die? I feel I know what happens, unfortunately. But there’s a church just along from our new Grey Lynn place. I might go ask some questions.

If they were to make a movie about your life who would you like to play you? One of the Bills - Nighy or Murray.

Have you ever seen a ghost? I’ve felt ghosts. There are some people who are technically dead I feel I still keep company with. But I’m Celtic so I might be a bit weird about that.

What do you dislike about your appearance? My alarming similarity to Bill Nighy. Do you read movie or TV reviews? Very little sways my thoughts. I used to be a reviewer - records, concerts, TV, restaurants, books, even an opera once. So I’m probably quite a tough audience. How would you like to be remembered? That is not a thought that has ever troubled me, though there’s still time.

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Give your teenaged self advice? It’s okay. You’re on the right track, but get rid of those moccasins. You’re in Southland after all. How do you chill out? That’s an incriminating question for me. Which item of clothing can't you live without? An excellent shirt. I have 42. I counted them recently and they’re all excellent. (DAVID HARTNELL, MNZM)  PN


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LOCAL NEWS GREY LYNN GREENWAYS OPENS Celebrations were in order at Grey Lynn Park last month as the community came out to mark the opening of a new shared path and cycling facility from Great North Road to West End Road through the heart of Grey Lynn. The idea for the route was first developed by the Waitemata Local Board as part of the Waitemata Greenways Plan adopted in July 2013. Auckland Transport and the New Zealand Transport Agency have been working with the Waitemata Local Board since then to deliver the Grey Lynn Greenways route, which will make travel through the area safer, more enjoyable, and attract new walkers and people on bikes. The Grey Lynn Greenway route is part of a range of cycling and walking improvement projects in design and under construction in the inner west suburbs. All are aimed at providing high-quality ways for people to travel by bike or on foot around their local area, and to and from the city. Mayor Phil Goff says, “This route came about because of the vision of local people to link up green spaces with safe walking and cycling connections. The route is great for the community, improves safety and creates real transport choice for people in the area.” Pippa Coom, Waitemata Local Board Chair says, “We’re really excited to see our first greenway open. The route provides a great link through our parks and will connect to the new Richmond Road and Great North Road cycleways due to be completed by 2018, and connections to future cycleways at West End Road, Williamson Avenue and Bond Street. We’re also fortunate that the community has got behind the Grey Lynn pump track and the pollinator path planting located along the greenway.”

Walking, Cycling and Road Safety Manager for Auckland Transport, Kathryn King says, “Working with our partners, we are now half way through our three-year programme of building cycling infrastructure to serve the needs of a growing Auckland. People tell us that they want to go by bike but want to use safe routes where they feel protected. Projects like this will increase the number of people we see leaving the car at home and getting active as they travel around their community, and to and from work and study.” This route runs through three reserves, Cox’s Bay, Hakanoa and Grey Lynn, where the path has been widened. The on-road sections of the route include traffic calming, better crossing opportunities and a roundabout which makes people on foot and bikes more comfortable. Auckland Transport is working with project partners Auckland Council and the Government through the NZ Transport Agency and the Urban Cycleways Programme on a $200 million programme of cycle improvements from 2015 to 2018. The project cost around $1.5 million from local board funding, Auckland Transport and the New Zealand Transport Agency.  PN Check out the Greenways route including a map: https://at.govt.nz/projects-roadworks/grey-lynn-arch-hill-westmereimprovements/route-3-greenways-route/

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Emptying street bins, chemical spraying and Grey Lynn Pump Track One of the most basic functions we all want to see council get right is emptying street bins. It may seem a small matter but it can become an unnecessary irritation and often a hazard. A bin on Hopetoun Street has been emblematic of local frustrations with overflowing litter. In a very short period of time the Hopetown ridge has turned into a high rise residential area. The level of service for the surrounding facilities has not kept up with the changing land use. Increased foot traffic meant the bin was constantly full. It didn’t help that the bin was hit by a vehicle, which left it with a lean. After following up on complaints, our new Senior Maintenance Coordinator ensured the bin was replaced and emptying frequency increased. This kind of response should be what we can expect under new multi-million dollar maintenance contracts, which took effect on 1 July. A key change to maintenance contracts is that the majority of service levels will now be outcome based, eg, "rubbish bins shall not exceed the bin’s capacity and items shall not overflow," as opposed to services that were previously prescriptive or frequency based, eg, "rubbish bins are emptied once a week". Under the new contracts, we are looking forward to trialling innovative approaches to maintenance, such as smart street bins that compact waste, and we will continue supporting volunteer-led initiatives that beautify our community. It is too early to judge whether the new contractual arrangements are a success, but the signs are positive that we can look forward to local maintenance services that are more streamlined, that respond to local requirements with improved outcomes and better value for money. Maintenance issues can be logged by contacting the council call centre on T: 09 301 0101. Chemical spraying We share concerns about sprays used for controlling weeds in parks and for street maintenance. The board has been advocating to secure a regional budget to cover the

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costs of minimising or eliminating, when possible, the use of agri-chemicals in accordance with the council’s Weed Management Policy. The new contractors are required to adopt an agri-chemical minimisation approach and reduce the amount used year on year. As a first step, all path edging in parks will now be mechanical. Street maintenance remains with Auckland Transport’s contractor for another year, using a product called Biosafe. You can register on the No Spray Register via the Auckland Transport website (at.govt.nz/asset-maintenance/weed-spreying/no-spray-register). This register allows you to take over the control weeds on your street frontage. We’ve made sure that sensitive locations such as the Pollinator Park are on the register. Grey Lynn Pump Track for bikes and skateboards only The pump track in Grey Lynn park has been a huge success since it opened at the end of May. Riders of all ages have been enjoying the unlimited lines that cater for all levels of experience. Skateboards and bikes are welcome on the track but please note that it is not suitable for scooters due to the damage scooter wheels cause to the surface. (PIPPA COOM)  PN Contact Pippa Coom, Chair of Waitamata Local Board: pippa.coom@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz, www.facebook.com/waitemata




LOCAL NEWS Ponsonby Park update The Community Led Design group met with the Waitemata Local Board (WLB) last month to workshop the final results of our CLD process. We presented a detailed analysis of the comments the community provided in conjunction with their vote for preferred design. In order to identify consistent themes and any points of difference between the votes, comments were summarised based on whether the voter had picked the chosen LandLAB design or another option. The comments were again consistent with everything we had heard to date being; 1. Green space is essential. 2. Somewhere to rest and relax. 3. A place where people can connect with each other and meet their neighbours. LandLAB's design was the most popular choice among local residents 4. A flexible space for events/markets, etc. With the only major difference in opinion being around a desire to keep the design simple. We also advised the WLB of our clear intention to continue to provide the community with updates and information on the project as it moves ahead. We were gratified to hear the WLB has made the Ponsonby Park project their “Priority un-funded capital project to advocate for to Council.” The WLB has resolved to seek to; “Secure funding, resource and support to deliver the community’s agreed vision and chosen design for Ponsonby Park, 254 Ponsonby Road.” Hooray! To progress the project while this happens, the WLB has allocated funding in their next year’s budget to begin scoping and developing the details of the project. So, what’s next? The WLB is creating its submission for the Long Term Plan. Once this submission process is open, we need the community (especially those who want Ponsonby Park soon!) to submit their supporting responses to the process. We will publish notifications and links on how to do this via our webpage 254ponsonbyrd.org.nz as well as on both of our Facebook pages; Ponsonby Park and 254 Ponsonby Road. Meanwhile we have formed a working group to maintain the transparency of the project as it progresses. We will continue to provide regular updates and to keep you, the community, engaged and informed every step of the way.

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So stay tuned here in the fabulous Ponsonby News, on our Facebook pages or our website, and we’ll let you know how you can continue to support the realisation of Ponsonby Park. (CHRIS BAILEY)  PN www.254ponsonbyrd.org.nz


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Time and patience running out for the Super City? Auckland has had the Super City for more than six and half years now and for a lot of people it’s starting to feel like a sentence. It should be recalled that Aucklanders were never allowed to vote on this massive amalgamation - the Government just imposed it. Over time even the Auckland Council’s own polling has revealed the council has become increasingly unpopular - and mistrusted. The election of a new mayor has made little of the hoped-for difference - in many respects the situation is worse now than before. So it’s not surprising that thoughtful commentators from across the political spectrum are speaking out about an Auckland Council that is perceived to be becoming increasingly ineffective and undemocratic. Leading the charge is National Party elder statesman Terry Dunleavy who recently in an NZ Herald opinion piece delivered a withering verdict on the Super City. The National Government politicians, he declared, "got it wrong - and imposed their own mangled monstrosity on our largest metropolis." Dunleavy’s critique was taken up by Emeritus Professor Ian Shirley who was prescient enough to see it coming. In 2010 he warned that proposed Super City had "a corporate structure where the major beneficiaries will be the exclusive brethren of big business, merchant bankers and a narrow range of consultants dominated by legal and accountancy firms." How right he was. But with a flying start under the leadership of the effervescent Mayor Len Brown, things at first looked promising. But the truth is the Super City was financially crippled from the start by the fatal decision to buy a brand new IT system that has ended up costing $1.2 billion and some $70 million a year to operate. This was compounded soon after by decisions around office accommodation - especially the decision to buy the ASB tower on Albert Street (a faulty tower indeed) spending on which is ongoing; and the consequent abandonment of the Civic Administration Building on Aotea Square that has sat deserted for over two years. After the initial spend and borrowing spree (much of it on itself) the council approaching its debt ceiling and fearful of pushing its luck too far with ratepayers is now resorting to selling key assets. First on the block is the Diversified Financial Asset portfolio, a legacy of the Auckland Regional Council. Prudently managed by Infrastructure Auckland and then Auckland Regional Holdings, its investment returns along with Ports of Auckland dividends, enabled the region to pay for the Northern Busway, the Britomart Transport Centre, and to rescue and rebuild Auckland’s rail network and services from the very brink of extinction.

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With the establishment of the Super City in 2010, the portfolio of stocks and bonds valued at $345 million was transferred to the council CCO, Auckland Council Investments Ltd. It was very ably managed by ACIL, returning just under 10% per annum, providing an alternative (non rates) funding stream to the council of $24 million a year. However, this pot of gold inevitably proved to be too much of a temptation for Auckland Council. In 2015, against the strong objections of its chairman, the highly rated investment banker Simon Allen and fellow ACIL directors, it was transferred to the control of Auckland Council officers. It was in council hands only a few months when the first $100 million worth of stocks and bonds was cashed up in 2016 to fill a hole in the budget. ‘Repaying debt’ was the stated reason but repaying debt, which has an interest rate of approximately 4.5%, by cashing up investments that earn twice that amount, is simply destroying value. Last month, led by mayor Phil Goff, a majority of councillors voted to cash up the remaining $230 million. Again ‘repaying debt’ was the stated reason, with this time much talk of ‘infrastructure’. But liquidating assets that earn money, to replace them with assets that cost money (lots of it) to operate, is not sensible. What happens when the capital is spent? Tragically the benefits of keeping the principal and dedicating the dividends, along with the $50 million per year from the port company and the $40 million from the airport to a ring-fenced infrastructure investment fund, as I and other councillors advocated was simply rejected out of hand. As we know from recent disclosures, things won’t stop here, asset sales, the nightmare from the 90s is back. These assets, which were inherited from previous generations of Aucklanders, should be managed well and handed on to benefit future generations of Aucklanders. Unfortunately among other failings, history may judge the Super City guilty of inter-generation theft. I will leave the last word to Professor Shirley. "We don’t need another review of governance, what we need is a cleanout in September of the Wellington swamp that delivered us the Super City and as structural change to those policies that continue to undermine the development of Auckland today." (MIKE LEE)  PN


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Will the British election result help Labour here in New Zealand? On the recent Friday afternoon when the British election results were coming in, I visited the Unite Union offices in Morningside. Committed as they are to the political left, they were very excited to watch as the Conservatives lost seat after seat, and Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party almost secured a majority. After all, Corbyn had been written off as unelectable, not only in Britain, but here as well. Mike Hosking wrote a piece of drivel in the NZ Herald declaring that Corbyn “is the most remarkably unelectable ever to present himself to the electorate.” The incredibly unlikeable Hosking then went on to say, “His politics are from another age, and so extreme that short of the small collective of Marxists who have never quite joined the real world, Brits know there is only one choice.” So much for Hoskings’ predictions and those, too, of British media. The Conservatives are clinging on to a hung parliament by the skin of their teeth and the support of a very conservative Irish group of politicians. That marriage of convenience might not last long. After the recent disastrous fire in a low-income tenant high rise, where unconfirmed deaths are heading past 100, Jeremy Corbyn may be poised to win an election if Teresa May can’t govern and has to go back to the country. Mike Treen, National Director of Unite Union was in the United States last year during the primaries for the Presidential election, and heard Hillary Clinton speak to a Union convention. However, he would have preferred Bernie Sanders as Democratic candidate than Clinton. Treen told me that a huge percentage of Americans are disturbed by the inequality gap and think it’s wrong. “When a handful of individuals have more wealth than half the entire population, capitalism has gone awry,” Treen believes.

Mike Treen’s challenge to Labour in this year’s New Zealand election is to produce a clear and easily understandable manifesto, stating that 95% of New Zealanders will be better off or no worse off under Labour. Clear and unequivical. Your home will not be threatened, your jobs will be protected, and only speculators will cop a new wealth and capital gains tax. If your business is making money out of property speculation then surely the profits should be taxed. Mike Treen was critical of political parties traditional grabs for the high middle ground. “That centre ground is just capitulating to the establishment,” he told us. He said the group to capture is not the so -called middle. Research has shown that 70% of citizens are actually left or centre-left, particularly the young. This is not about capturing the middle ground. It is about reassuring the thousands of voters who have missed out during the neo-liberal era, when wealth and wages have gone backwards, and the few have got obscenely rich, that we can redress the current inequality and recreate a fair and just society. Unsurprisingly, Mike Treen believes that Andrew Little is underrated, and expects him to do better in debates with other leaders as the election of 23 September approaches. He is an intelligent man, with a union background, and in 2017 he just might come into his own. Bill English has his own history to overcome, and it just might rattle him closer to the election. Is English yesterday’s man and is it Little’s time? (JOHN ELLIOTT)  PN

Mike Treen also visited Britain and met John McDonnell who acts as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s second-in-charge. He got to brief some Labour MPs on how we ended zero-hour contracts. He was impressed with Labour’s campaign. “They had a comprehensive policy package, fully costed, and it outlaid the policies one by one in clear simple terms,” said Treen. In a positive, optimistic way Corbyn kept saying 95% of Brits will be better off under our tax plan, or at least not worse off. What he didn’t say but which anyone with elementary maths could deduce was that 5%, the wealthiest 5%, would pay more tax. Corbyn and his Labour colleagues told the nation that they would re-introduce a fair and just society. His message resonated with an electorate tired of the old clichés, the Blairist third way, and the “let the market rip” neo-liberalism. We too in New Zealand are sick and tired of the hangover from Rogernomics and Ruthenasia which has pushed more and more New Zealanders into poverty, and which has filled our jails with the poor, the brown, and the underprivileged. New Zealand proudly introduced the Welfare State under the first Labour Government. No government since Peter Fraser attempted to undo that fair and just society until Roger Douglas in 1985. We have suffered ever since.

Mike Treen, National Director, Unite Union

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Why is council continuing to spray poisonous glyphosate in our neighbourhood? Last year I wrote two pieces for the Ponsonby News complaining about the continued use of the poisonous carcinogen Roundup, containing not only glyphosate, but also dangerous so-called inert ingredients (one called polyethoxylated tallowamine or (POEA), which are a proven danger to human health. But still the council continues to use what it calls "synthetic herbicides" (read glyphosate). Recently the council (or one of its contractors) sprayed the berms on the edge of Sackville Street, Grey Lynn, and killed plants which are part of the Pollinator Paths initiative launched by Andrea Reid with assistance from the Waitemata Local Board. The Pollinator Paths are inside the Hakanoa Reserve, adjacent to the berms. It would be impossible to spray the berms without spray affecting the reserve. I spoke to Pippa Coom, Chair of the Waitemata Local Board. There are changes to the spraying contract regime on the way, she told me. A new team takes over on 1 July. The new contractor, Ventia, has pledged to reduce glyphosate spray, Coom says. But I got no assurance from Coom that glyphosate use will be discontinued altogether. There is a clear admission that it is still used, and a vague promise to reduce it. Not good enough! The spray used on Waitemata Board area berms is Bio-Safe, not glyphosate, Pippa Coom assures us. A council memo of 30 Nov 2015, says “Bio-Safe is used on a four-weekly cycle and is SUPPLEMENTED WITH SYNTHETIC HERBICIDE (my capitals).” Read glyphosate for synthetic herbicide. The paper further says, “Glyphosate-based herbicides are the preferred method of vegetation control in the road corridor and are widely used across the road network.”

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It is high time the council updated its “Methods of weed control in Auckland” material, and got up to date with the latest international research on the dangers of using glyphosate-based products. Damning new evidence is being announced every week. The only reports supporting use of glyphosates come from the producer of glyphosate products, Monsanto’s, own tame journalists who are paid to say it is safe. I have arranged to meet with Coom in the next couple of weeks to clarify some of the spraying issues, and clear up some of the conflicting statements. It is not as straight forward as I had thought. I want to discuss a way to completely ban the poison’s use. Coom has assured Ponsonby News that she is in favour of the ultimate banning of glyphosate products after the board has worked its way through all the options and their costs. I look forward to that briefing with Pippa Coom, and will report back to readers next month. After all, some of Auckland’s local boards have already banned it - Kaipatiki, Devonport/Takapuna, Whau, Waiheke and Great Barrier. We should be next. (JOHN ELLIOTT)  PN




LOCAL NEWS DIVERSE VOICES AND INCREASED PONSY KIDS - A COMMUNITY-BASED PRE-SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT PROMOTED AT PRIDE Ponsy Kids is a not-for-profit preschool and part of the Ponsonby Community Centre - a home away from home for your kids!

Auckland Pride stepped up this year and delivered a wide range of experiences for our diverse communities.

With the current deliberations going on within the preschool community over session hours, we wanted to assure our families that nothing is changing at Ponsy Kids; we are still offering 20 ECE hours for 3-4 year olds as well as morning, afternoon and all day sessions for 2-4 year olds.

Survey feedback has been very positive, and it’s now time to engage even more effectively with Auckland’s LGBTIQ+ communities through our annual series of Auckland Pride Community Hui.

Our high teacher/child ratio means your children are well cared for, and constantly stimulated with fun and advancing learning opportunities. Teacher profile: Head Teacher Julie Ferguson With more than 19 years’ experience working in Early Childhood Education, Julie has a Diploma of Primary Teaching, a certificate and diploma in Early Childhood Education and is a fully registered teacher. She leads a team of six registered teachers and two teaching assistants. Drop in and see us and we can show you around!  PN PONSONBY COMMUNITY CENTRE, 20 Ponsonby Terrace, T: 09 376 0896, T: 09 378 1752, E: julie@ponsonbycommunity.org.nz www.ponsonbycommunity.org.nz

Your feedback at last year’s Community Hui greatly influenced the work of the Auckland Pride Board, as well as the Festival Director and Parade Co-Producers. In direct response, Auckland Pride’s constitution has been updated to include a much greater degree of community involvement, with a strengthened commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. During July, Auckland Pride Board members invite the public to hear about these and other exciting developments - and to have their say - at a series of community consultation meetings that aims to engage with a broad variety of voices from across Auckland’s rainbow communities. Four hui are planned, followed by the Auckland Pride AGM at the end of July. The dates for the 2017 Auckland Pride Community Hui are: Saturday 8 July, 10am-midday Studio One Toi Tu, 1 Ponsonby Road Saturday 8 July, 2pm-4pm

RainbowYOUTH Drop-in Centre, Abbey Street entrance

Saturday 22 July, 10am-midday Auckland Women’s Centre, 4 Warnock Street, Grey Lynn Saturday 22 July, 2pm-4pm

MIT Pasifika Community Centre, 53 Otara Road

All four Community Hui are open to everyone. There will be a special focus on Youth engagement at the RainbowYOUTH hosted hui; a focus on Women’s issues for the hui at Auckland Women’s Centre; and active engagement with Maori and Pasifika communities at the MIT Pasifika Community Centre. If you would like a specific issue to be discussed at the Auckland Pride Community Hui, please send an email to chair@aucklandpridefestival.org.nz. We’ll make sure it gets onto the agenda. Everyone will have an opportunity to discuss their topics on the day, so don’t stress if you are unable to make contact in advance. For any queries, please contact Auckland Pride Co-Chairs Lexie Matheson and Julie Swift: chair@aucklandpridefestival.org.nz  PN aucklandpridefestival.org.nz Facebook: www.facebook.com/AucklandPride Twitter: twitter.com/AucklandPride Instagram: www.instagram.com/aucklandpride

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LOCAL NEWS WEST END LAWN TENNIS CLUB PROUD TO BE THE RECIPIENT OF THREE AWARDS The Tennis Auckland Awards were held at Scarbro Tennis Centre on Thursday 25 May. It was a fantastic evening, which was well attended by a number of Auckland clubs. West End was acknowlegded for: • Co-winner of Facilities of the Year - its massive clubhouse renovation • Winner of Volunteer of the Year was Mark Skridulaitis for services to the West End Cup • The West End Cup tournament and getting this televised on Sky TV • Good administration • Well represented in interclub events • Strong membership • Good coaching programmes • Links to local community www.westendtennisclub.co.nz

L to R: Paul Priddey, Suzie Strachan, Caroline Harrow, Justin Mackenzie and Mark Skridulaitis

LOCAL COUPLE CLEAN UP WITH NO. 8 WIRE Mystery Creek Fieldays partnered with Farmlands Co-operative has for 20 years held the Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award. This was the first year local Ponsonby resident Jill Godwin became aware of the competition while observing her partner Tim Elliott taking part. She was inspired and an idea was born. As she explains to Ponsonby News, "The idea came from two thoughts, the first was taken from a conversation with my late father, Julian Godwin, the fact that as an island nation, we will never need a debatable wall. The second, identifying the origins of No. 8 wire, which, for me was a fence. "So there it was: a need for fences and no need for a wall. The sentence that sprung from these two premises was so unexpected, that I consider it a gift given in a few moments. I began wrangling with straightened No. 8 wire, bending it around various bolts secured tightly in a vice. The excitement grew as the idea evolved. People around me responded with enthusiasm: an American couple, 'this is a message the world needs to hear', and a psychotherapist, 'this is about personal boundaries'. "It’s easy to say we don’t need a wall with the expanse of sea around us, but the real challenge is to be tested in our ‘own back yard’. To have personal boundaries is to

have self respect. To resist building ‘walls’ between ourselves and others and remain connected takes courage. This work challenges me to be creative with no holds barred - no barriers, no walls. It has been a pivotal experience, which I largely owe to two people, collaborating sculptor and partner Tim Elliot’s expertise in aluminum, and his ability to think through the many technical challenges was crucial to the works success. Whilst helping me, he completed his own entry '999 Eight-gauge Seeds of Inspiration, 31 Scoops of Sunshine' a beautiful work featuring a sunflower, which won the ‘People’s Choice’ prize. "My late father Julian who, although battling cancer, was eager to be involved. I would bring the wire letters into the hospital and he would help me simplify the ideas. Being 20 years since leaving Elam School of Fine Art, during which time I’ve continued in my graphic design practice, making a personal work that has won a national prize, judged this year by art academic Dr Robin Woodward, has been hugely rewarding, and marks the start of my father's creative legacy." www.godwindesign.co.nz

First prize: Jill Godwin with her partner People’s Choice Prize winner: Tim Elliott The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied





Our little corner of the world My best friend had been in London, Manchester and surrounds while the recent tragic terrorist acts occurred. I was scared for her. Still am. She is travelling throughout England, Scotland and Wales then onto Italy, Germany, Hungary and Paris. I imagined her walking over London Bridge. Something she and her husband had on their list of ‘want to do’s’. Hand in hand. What if she had been strolling along, (probably hanging out for a cup of tea and a ciggie) when the terror act took place? What if she is wandering elsewhere in Europe and some extremist decides to drive into her? When did these thoughts find a cranny in the backs of our minds and settle in? Once upon a time our travel concerns were that the local food might not agree with us or language would be a problem. Our flight might be delayed. Luggage could go astray and we may have to shop for new clothes. Quelle horreur! Nothing life threatening. Nothing that would trigger PTSD, the need for intervention in the form of counselling or medication. Nothing that would change you forever. Although I do hear travellers harp on about lost luggage years after the event. Guess I’ve been lucky thus far. And it’s a reminder that ‘no one knows how anything really feels until it happens to you’. Life was sweet. Or was it? Yes, for us it was and is. Living in this country is idyllic in the main. Not negating the problems we have. But honestly, we don’t wake up and worry about how we will avoid terrorism. Not yet. Should we avoid that cafe there today? Is this town square safe to sit in and eat our sandwich and feed the crusts to the pigeons? What about the rugby on Saturday night? Safe to go to the stadium? This way of thinking is creeping into psyches around the world like unwanted, toxic tendrils of the worst sort of weed. One that curls around hearts and minds, and injects sticky sap reeking of fear and horror. In the past, I would have been thinking how amazing that my friend is globetrotting. Even envious of her trip and wishing I was with her. Now I worry for her safety because nothing seems sacred anymore. When and how did it become a thing that someone thought it okay to drive into other human beings? Stab random others on streets and in bustling markets and clubs - taking innocent lives in such a hateful, cruel way. I can’t begin to understand it. Unfortunately, it definitely makes me think about travel differently.

I will continue to travel (the bank willing) but there are now places I will avoid. Istanbul for one. How grateful I am to have visited that glorious city. I fell in love with Istanbul. In fact, all of Turkey. I won’t return in a hurry. London feels unsafe now, too. Even closer to home - Australia. Recently, I was in Sydney with a friend and he said he had noticed a change in people since the attacks Australia had suffered. More looking over shoulders and avoidance of some places. Sideways glances at packages and cases. I listen to friends saying: “We can’t let the attacks stop us from travelling,” “Nowhere is really safe.” I agree with them but caution is a good and sensible thing. However, when you look at it, if we were going to be entirely cautious, we would stay at home and never see any of this wonderful, big, beautiful world out there with its scars, discomforts and unrest. Nothing wrong with being a homebody - house as well as country. My experience is that travel - blisters, the five-star hotel turning out to be a dingy dive with a lukewarm, drizzle of a shower, lost luggage and all - opens our hearts and minds and feeds our souls. What’s the point of sitting at home in fear to avoid something that may never - probably won’t - happen to you? Which is not to undermine the effects on those who have suffered. As I have gotten older, I’m more pragmatic about life and death. For me, having unforgettable travel experiences I can carry with me is important - now with a hint of caution in the mix. I’m saddened by this creeping fear adding more stress to already often stressful lives. These thoughts take hold and become part of who we are. We must fight against them. Love is the answer. To quote Buddha: Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed. This is an ancient and eternal law. As I wandered up the road this morning to meet a friend from Melbourne for a coffee, winter sun warming my face, I felt only gratitude for living in this city and country. She told me that when she flies back home to Auckland, she smiles more. She breathes deeper. We are so blessed in our little corner of the world. Long may it last. (DEIRDRE THURSTON)  PN

LOCAL DEALER WINS HONOUR FOR SERVICES TO ART Local art dealer Deborah White was in London when she was informed of her Queen’s Birthday honour for services to art. What does receiving this honour mean to you? I am delighted to receive the honour ONZM. As an artworker in New Zealand I am part of a community that includes artists, curators, writers, technicians and dealers. It is wonderful to get such positive endorsement for the visual arts sector. Also I grew up a ward of the state and there is something quite delightful in receiving this recognition now.

Will you get to meet her Maj? The Queen's representative Dame Patsy Reddy, the Governor General of New Zealand presents the award.  PN WHITESPACE, 12 Crummer Road, T: 09 361 6331, www.whitespace.co.nz

Tell us about your career... I established the Kitchener Gallery in the early 1980s and have been involved in arts consultancy since 1987. In 1996, I was the founding trustee and secretary of Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust. I developed relationships internationally for Pacific artists and personally toured exhibitions to New York, London, Sydney and Melbourne. I established Pacific Artspace in Melbourne to assist contemporary Pacific artists to exhibit and was responsible for the highly acclaimed 'Pacific Notion’ exhibit, which toured internationally. We established Whitespace Gallery in Ponsonby in 2003, which continues to exhibit New Zealand contemporary artists and through which I have encouraged and supported young emerging artists as its founding director. I was the founding trustee and chair of the New Zealand Contemporary Art Trust formed in 2005 to present the Auckland Art Fair. For many years I presented a public programme for the Auckland Art Fair and in 2010 I developed Artweek Auckland, an annual art festival with more than 100 exhibits and events across the city all freely accessible to the public. In 2006, I was a founding Trustee of the Newmarket Arts Trust and was involved in the sourcing of several public artworks for Newmarket. When will your ONZM be presented? In August at Government House in Auckland.

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NZ MUSICIANS STANDING AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN AUCKLAND Award-winning singer-songwriters are joining forces to combat human trafficking at two Auckland gigs in July. Holly Arrowsmith, New Zealand Tui Award 'Best Folk Album 2016' winner and APRA Silver Scroll nominee, Aro and Aaron//David will perform two free intimate gigs on Friday July 14, at Grey Lynn Library Hall, and Saturday July 15, at The Rose Centre, as part of the ‘Stand with Her Tour’. The tour seeks to support Tearfund New Zealand’s efforts to combat human trafficking in the Asia-Pacific region.

Auckland-based duo, Aro (formerly Chem), and Aaron//David, lead singer of the Waikato band, Wilderness Love, will also play new music from their 2017 debut EPs on the tour.

“It’s an honour to be part of this tour, sharing honest music and stories of freedom to fight modern-day slavery,” says Arrowsmith. “Every time we use our choice, we vote for the world we want to live in. I would hate to wake up one day and realise I have only used it for myself. That's why I’m choosing to stand with victims and survivors of human trafficking.”

The Stand with Her Tour is presented by Tearfund in support of its anti-trafficking and exploitation work overseas. Tearfund takes a comprehensive approach in dealing with modern slavery, from prevention through to rescue and rehabilitation of trafficking survivors. This includes the prosecution of human traffickers. Audiences will hear from anti-trafficking expert, Sarah Scott-Webb, and can sign-up to a $30 monthly pledge to help protect the vulnerable from exploitation.

The Stand with Her Tour will unveil music from Arrowsmith’s new folk album, due to be released later this year, following last year’s debut award-winning For the Weary Traveller.

What: Hear honest music from three New Zealand artists including renowned folk singer Holly Arrowsmith, and stories of freedom from a field expert on modern slavery.

“There are certainly traits running through the new album that echo the first album, including my devotion to nature and its lessons. This time, however, cities, and the characters I have met along the way have found their way into the story. It is stripped back and more true to my live performances, which I really love.”

When & where: Friday, 14 July, Grey Lynn Library Hall, 7pm. Saturday, 15 July, The Rose Centre, Belmont, 7pm.

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NIKKI KAYE Working hard and delivering for auckland central

Nikki kaye MP – aucklaNd ceNtral local Projects uPdate

CBD - A more liveABle, CleAner AnD ConneCteD CBD for resiDents 1. improveD sChools - The $19 milllion redevelopment of Freemans Bay school is underway and is due to be completed this year. 2. more innovAtive CBD Businesses - Construction on the New Zealand International Convention Centre has begun. Completion is targeted for mid 2019. The development of the Grid AKL precinct is a central hub for Auckland’s growing innovation corridor, and is attracting international investment for ICT and digital media companies. 3. GreAter wAterfront ACCess - Investigating a Private Members Bill to improve waterfront access. 4. Better fAmily & CBD soCiAl serviCes - The Government has announced a $41 million investment in emergency housing. This will see Auckland receive an extra 360 places. This funding is vital for our city, particularly for people living in Central Auckland. 5. improveD support for stuDents - Following incidents at Albert Park last year, I have been working with the Police, Local Board, Council and Student Associations to improve lighting and cameras in the area. A report is currently being commissioned by the Council, and hopefully will result in further investment in security for inner city parks and spaces. 6. City rAil link & CyClewAys - The Government has formalised our funding commitment for the CRL, allowing construction of the main works to begin in 2018, two years earlier than originally envisaged. An $88 million package of cycleways benefiting Auckland and Auckland Central has been announced and will connect key parts of Auckland’s central city. Construction is due to be completed by mid 2018. 7. A CleAner CBD - I have been vocal in my support for MP Jono Naylor’s Litter (Increased Infringement Fee) Amendment Bill, which is currently in the Parliamentary Ballot. If passed, the maximum fine for littering would be increased to $1000.

western BAys - GreAter loCAl sChool investment, ConneCtions AnD plAnninG for Growth for the western BAys 8. improve western BAys sChools - The $12 million development at Bayfield School was completed last year, and the school is operating from their new buildings. We also announced the $79 million Western Springs College redevelopment. This is the largest ever investment in a NZ school. Construction is underway and is due to be completed by the end of 2018. 9. improve inner City resiDentiAl pArkinG - The Auckland Transport parking strategy has been approved – which sets out a new residential parking policy. Various residential parking zones have now gone live or are going live soon in the Western Bays. 10. ensure GreAter ultrA-fAst BroADBAnD ACCess - The rollout across Auckland City is now about 53% complete and we are on track to ensuring that all of Auckland will be complete by the end of 2019. 11. Better Bus trAnsport ConneCtinG the CBD AnD western BAys - Several new bus lanes are to be developed to better connect the Western Bays to the city and allow for better transport. E W


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HELEN WHITE: LABOUR MP AUCKLAND CENTRAL I want to begin my first column in Ponsonby News by introducing myself, and talking about why I put my name forward to be your next MP and my vision for Auckland Central. I grew up in Freeman’s Bay. My mother and father both worked - something which was unusual for the time. Growing up in central Auckland was vibrant, interesting and, to be honest, unique. Ponsonby was multicultural and my school was well over 90% Pacifica. It was a place that expected and welcomed difference, originality and diversity. Arts, music and theatre flourished, partly because the area was affordable but also because it was multicultural and liberal in our shared values. I was a devotee of Theatre Corporate, which often had shows that reflected those values. When my family first came to Auckland we lived in the recently developed terrace housing in Wellington Street. They were built around a shared green space, which we called a 'common'. The commons were fantastic and that common space meant we played together and families and residents got to know each other. I made great friends, as did my parents. My childhood taught me the importance of our built environment on neighbourhood communities. Our townhouses were built for people. I want a city that is built around people. There are still plenty of people fighting for this. A while ago I attended the announcement of the winning design for the new community park at 254 Ponsonby Road. LandLab’s design captures what I think Auckland can be - a bustling urban centre weaving together urban centres with green spaces. Such initiatives need supporting and it also needs to be recognised that fundamentally it is not the direction this Government has been going in. Even in its recent housing announcements, it seems to me the Government is being dragged kicking and screaming to the party by the result of polling, not real understanding or values. There are a number of issues that I would prioritise should I be elected as your next MP and they all focus on building a urban environment that is people-centred. We need to build interesting and vibrant green and open spaces. We’ve come a long way with recent projects such as Wynyard Quarter. But we need to prioritise projects such as 254 Ponsonby Road, Victoria Street’s Linear Park and pedestrianising our CBD. Pedestrianising the CBD is a very good example. In 2001 only 9500 people lived in the CBD. Now 47,000 people call the CBD home (growth 15 years ahead of Auckland Council’s projections). We need a CBD that has open spaces for these residents to live, work and socialise. Our current environment prioritises the 5000 vehicles using

Queen Street. It’s time we focussed on these residents and the 35,000 pedestrians using Queen Street every day. I want to ensure Auckland Central is a place our children can afford to live in. A city in which we are building high-quality affordable housing, and ensure tenants have secure and healthy homes. I want to convince my kids to stay in Auckland but that seems increasingly difficult. Some of this has to do with the lure of overseas travel, but some of it is because like many young people they have lost hope that they will ever buy a home. Underpinning all of these challenges is a need for central government to roll up its sleeves and start investing in our community. I have a number of ideas, both local projects that I will advocate for like Victoria Street’s Linear Park and pedestrianising the CBD and region-wide projects such as rail to the airport. Housing and our urban environment is one area in which Labour has a comprehensive and innovative plan. Labour has a plan to build affordable homes and expand the role of urban development authorities to deliver this. Development authorities will partner with private developers, councils and iwi to undertake major greenfields and revitalisation projects, building affordable homes with KiwiBuild and the private market. These homes will be part of great communities built around parks, shopping centres and transport links. Auckland Central is, for me, a place of great opportunity and most importantly it should be a place that opportunity should be available, no matter how much people earn and whether they rent or own their home. I still remember the excitement I felt as a child moving here from Kawerau. The city I came to was full of opportunities for the kids who lived in it that had little to do with how much their parents earned. I want to invest in building a city that is vibrant and exciting, that protects its beautiful landscapes, and builds the infrastructure of the 21st Century. (HELEN WHITE)  PN Helen White is the Labour MP for Auckland Central. www.labour.org.nz/helenwhite

BARKITECTURE The First Affordable Designer Dog House has been created in Grey Lynn. Barkitecture's mission is to create stylish, quality homes for dogs - something to be proud of, not hidden away. The solution is the world's first designer doghouse at the right price. Features - Practical - Waterproof - Portable Stylish - UV Resistant Print - Tool-Free Assembly • Stylish, practical dog houses, available in a variety of designs that match you and your dog's personality. • Made from an insulating, waterproof material that will keep your dog comfortable in warm or cold weather. • All Barkitecture homes are assembled without tools and it packs flat to be taken to family and friends or on trips away. • No more kennels.

Barkitecture, based in Grey Lynn, is dedicated to creating homes for dogs that reflect their personality. Oscar, their dog-mad industrial designer, has created it and trialled the houses with Momo, his greyhound. It is now ready to share with the world. The goal is to grow Barkitecture into a loved, designer dog brand with a focus on outdoor dog homes and their designs.  PN www.barkitecture.dog

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Reducing congestion and investing in Auckland's transport system This month will see the completion and opening of the $1.4 billion Waterview Connection, one of the biggest milestones for the city’s transport network in more than half a century. Waterview has been one of New Zealand’s biggest and most complex roading projects, transforming the way people and freight move around Auckland. The project is part of a huge effort over nine years to greenlight and complete a number of Aucklands key infrastructure and public transport initiatives:

ATAP has developed a package of projects to illustrate the type and amount of investment likely to be needed over the next 30 years. The aim is better targeted investment, better utilisation of the existing network and influencing travel demand. The indicative package gives priority to additional funding over the next decade to: • New and upgraded roads to unlock land for housing.

• Waterview Connection • Victoria Park Tunnel • AMETI (Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative) • The electrification of rail • $88 million investment in a network of cycleways • City Rail Link All these projects have been about ensuring our transport system is much more connected through a balanced roading, rail, bus and and cycling system. No government in history has invested more in Auckland transport to complete the core arteries of our transport system. The Waterview Connection largely completes the $2.4 billion Western Ring Route, a new 48km route linking the west of Auckland, Manukau, the city and the North Shore. The route is an important part of the Government’s commitment to build a more efficient transport system for a more competitive and productive economy. Wider economic benefits are estimated to be worth $430 million, through improved productivity and reduced travel time, including the creation of more than 18,000 jobs.

• The first phase of the Northwestern Busway from Westgate to Te Atatu. • Upgraded access to Auckland Airport from the east. • Ongoing investment to improve Auckland’s rail network, including more electric trains and extending electrification to Pukekohe. The Minister of Transport has also outlined how technology has the potential to play a critical role in influencing travel demand. Emerging transport technology is fundamentally reshaping the way transport is provided and used. The Waterview Connection is a big step forward in reducing congestion and improving connections in Auckland's transport system and we should take a moment to celebrate that. (NIKKI KAYE)  PN Authorised by Hon Nikki Kaye, MP for Auckland Central, 48C College Hill, Freemans Bay. www.nikkikaye.co.nz If you have any issues or concerns, please contact my office on T: 09 378 2088 or send me an email on mp.aucklandcentral@parliament.govt.nz

Many of you who have been in the electorate for a number of years will recall the amount of work that went into the construction and opening of the $340 million Victoria Park Tunnel. A key benefit of this project was to take thousands of cars out of central Auckland. Often it is hard to see the value of transport investment because of disruption that can be caused while a project is being completed. Many people are finding this in central Auckland at the moment with the scale of works underway for the City Rail Link. As a supporter of the CRL project since 2009, I was delighted when the Government announced a significant funding commitment to the project late last year. This has allowed construction to get under way but has inevitably resulted disruption in central Auckland. I have provided feedback from those affected to Auckland Council to ensure all is being done to minimise disruption while construction is underway. Budget 2017 included $436 million for the first stage of the City Rail Link which will greatly boost the capacity of the commuter rail network in central Auckland. Modernising and upgrading our rail system is another important focus of our investment in transport. The celebration of the electrification of Britomart in 2014 was another important milestone in achieving a better, more efficient public transport system for Auckland. This $1.7 billion investment in the rail network included an upgrade to enable 10-minute peak frequencies, the Auckland Electrification Project and the purchase of 57 new electric trains. This has encouraged many more people to move from their cars to trains, helping to tackle congestion.


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The AMETI Eastern Busway has completed its first stage and work is now underway on the next stage. This is a part of a 30 year, $1.5 billion strategy to address traffic congestion, poor traffic options and growth in key areas.

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Our investment in better public transport systems and cycleways offers more transport options and the benefit of a healthier lifestyle.

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Looking ahead, the Government is working with Auckland Council on the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) delivering a clear direction for the development of Auckland’s transport system over the next 30 years.

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DAVID PARKER - MUCH MORE THAN A DEVELOPER Along with Ponsonby News editor Martin Leach I talked recently to David Parker at his offices at 56 Brown Street. David and his brother John have worked on a number of local developments, both commercial and residential, around the greater Ponsonby area and beyond for 30 years, and yet they are far from household names. Parker Brothers began as a construction company in 1984. They won the original contract to rebuild Victoria Park, when it had a demolition order on it, beating off Fletchers and others. They also refurbished The Textile Centre in Parnell, for the Amos and Barker families with their architect Roley Adams. While some property developers are well known and often not far from controversy, Parker Brothers have always been low key, not seeking the limelight, with never a sniff of controversy. David now solely owns the Brown Street property, which has been recently renamed FRANK PARKER HOUSE after his father. His office

is located in the building where he has some 25 different tenants. He still lives locally in Herne Bay, but is spending a lot of time on his new venture, a 26 lot subdivision at Mangawhai, on a property he has owned since 2008. David Parker is of Ngapuhi and English ancestry. His mother was of Maori and Croatian ancestry, a Stipich, and his father was a bricklayer from England. He is proud of his ancestry, and although born in Grey Lynn and living most of his life in central Auckland, his Mangawhai property is dragging him willingly back to his Northland and Ngapuhi roots, which he is reconnecting with at 59 years old. Photos of his father, grandfather and great grandfather are proudly displayed on the wall behind his office desk - all working class men. Continued p32


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COVER STORY: BROWN STREET BUSINESS He jokes that he lived the first six months of his life in a drawer instead of a cot, in a house on Rose Road, Grey Lynn. Sadly, David Parker lost his first wife Jacqui to breast cancer. He nursed her for four years, and she died leaving two young children. Determined to make a difference, David and John poured significant money and energy into ‘Fight for Life’ and other charities over the years to support both youth suicide and breast cancer treatments, particularly the introduction of Herceptin. This unheralded philanthropy has included three quarters of a million dollars raised for Youthline to integrate a comprehensive nationwide phone system by ‘Fight for Life’. David Parker’s family moved to West Auckland when he was still young where he attended Kelston Boy’s High. He then went on to Auckland University and graduated in Civil Engineering.

We asked David if he’d had problems with leaky buildings which have plagued inner city Auckland in recent years. He reported that he had not, as his company had never used untreated timber, he said. David Parker has always had a protester’s streak in him and was anti the Springbok tour. He realises the difficulties facing ‘brown’ New Zealanders, but he thinks we’ve started to turn the corner on many of the racial issues. He is positive about the future of his children and grandchildren. His daughter Tallulah is in her second year at the Auckland University, completing a BComm/LIB with a major in Economics and Finance with specialisation in law, under a University

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Among his early mentors were John and Tytti Spencer, owners of Caxton Printing. "I wouldn’t be who I am today if they hadn’t taken in hand an angry young 17-year-old from West Auckland," he told us. He helped the Spencers build factories in Samoa and spent a lot of time with them and their family on Waiheke Island.

David Parker with his wife Corrina and daughters Ava & Tallulah of Auckland Maori and Pacific Scholarship and is maintaining a steady A grade GPA, to prove that her scholarship was not a soft entry to Law School. David supports the Treaty settlements and hopes that Maori will use the money effectively to advance their iwi and all Maori. Continued p34


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COVER STORY: BROWN STREET BUSINESS It was when we asked David what comes next that his maturity and values came clearly into focus. This is a man who has found himself. He has a lovely second wife, Corrina, a gorgeous six-year-old daughter Ava and is now setting out to make a difference.

"Build a decent four-lane highway to Whangarei soon," David pleads, get Ngapuhi’s Treaty settlement done, and concentrate on jobs in the north, especially for Maori.

Mentoring my children, that’s next, he told us. Sam is nearly 25 and working in London. I would like him at home to help me at Mangawhai. He has been in London since he was 18, having been in the British Army until a serious accident and is now working in the corporate world.

David Parker may have been born in Auckland, but he is returning to the Ngapuhi soil that is so much part of his heritage. His ancestors would be proud of him - successful in the big, wide world, but wanting now to give something back and return to his ancestral roots. He may not be a household name in Auckland, despite his business and charity work, but rest assured he will make a huge mark on his chosen rural retreat as he mentors his family and then their families.

If things go bad for the world, David will have created a haven for many lucky people back on the land. He has already overseen the planting of 30,000-plus native trees and plants on the sections at Mangawhai. The native birds and bees are returning.

The next 20 years will be an exciting time for all the Parker whanau. (JOHN ELLIOTT)  PN


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PONSONBY U3A: JUNE 2017 A much anticipated feature of Ponsonby U3A meetings are the 10-minute talks given by members. It is often said at meetings that U3A members are an interesting and diverse group, who in the third age are as vital as they have ever been. This shows in a keenness to keep learning, socialising and leading a full life. Ten-minute speakers have the widest of briefs: to choose their own topic, whether an event in their life, a hobby, working life, or often extraordinary travel. Some of the most riveting talks are about their own lives or family stories. Artist and writer Barbara Bailey says that she enjoys real -people stories, which inspire her writing and painting. She started writing for her son about his father and this lead to other stories, particularly about Barbara Bailey her maternal grandmother. “My nana would climb on a table and light a match, and then realise she had electricity,”she said. Her grandmother grew up believing that her grandparents were her parents and her father was her brother. At 15 she learned the true story and moved with her father and his new wife to a village. Barbara talked of her memories of her grandmother who had eventually discovered the story of her own mother when her grandmother who brought her up had died. She stressed how precious these family stories are and that we must never forget our roots or the people who helped us on our journey. Chris Orr Access and Awareness Adviser for the Blind Foundation was the June guest speaker. He attended the meeting with his guide dog Noble. His presentation outlined a brief history of the Blind Foundation, the services it offers and background information on the breeding, training and provision of guide dogs. He talked about his life as a blind

man from when he lost his sight as a young man in 1974. He said he spent the next year learning to be a blind man, terrified of doing things like washing his own hair. People did everything for him. The first thing he learned was to make a cup of tea, which he said gave him an amazing buzz of elation. He described mastering the basics like moving around, hours spent learning location, sensing doorways, and using his sense of smell. “Newmarket has upwards of 90 eating establishments and they all smell differently.” He said he had many adventures learning to do all these things. One day short of a year after losing his sight Chris started training with his first guide dog. Guide dog Noble, who accompanied him to the U3A meeting, is his fifth dog. He explained the selection of dogs and their training before they are matched to the needs of a blind person. Last year he ticked over 40 years of using guide dogs. Wrapping up his presentation, Chris said that it has never been a better time to be blind, with computers and talking books, but the biggest change is attitude, it has never been better. Ponsonby U3A meets on the second Friday morning of the month at the Herne Bay Petanque Club. Visitors are welcome to attend but are asked to telephone Collene Roche (T: 09 373 3277) prior to the meeting. The July guest speaker will be John Collyns, Executive Director Retirement Villages Association. (PHILIPPA TAIT)  PN NEXT MEETING: 10am, Friday 14 July at Herne Bay Petanque Club, Salisbury Street Reserve, Herne Bay. ENQUIRIES:

Collene Roche, President Ponsonby U3A. T: 09 373 3277, www.u3aponsonby.org.nz

RACHAEL TE AOTONGA: LEYS INSTITUTE LIBRARY NEWS This month features two exciting events to look forward to: the winter school holidays and the New Zealand International Film Festival. Come and take some time out with the children by visiting the library and taking advantage of our large variety of free entertainment. When the park is not an option for burning some energy because of the winter weather, stay indoors and exercise the brain with a good dose of escapism or stimulate interest in a new hobby by perusing the library collections. We are offering some fun activities here at Leys to help give caregivers a moments respite. The theme is 'What Lies Beneath' - we invite you to participate in the action! Draw a dig - Thursday 13 July 10.30am-12noon Come help us draw an archaeological dig where we’ll be using various mediums to create a dig site on paper. Complete with bones, pottery and whatever else can be dreamt up, get your hands dirty without going outside.

ocean. Imagine a world of sea creatures and other treasures that may be found beneath the water and get creative by bringing them to life with paper and other materials. Challenge your senses - Thursday 20 July, 10.30am-12noon Come and play a game of curiosity with us and practice your detective skills by figuring out what is inside our mystery boxes by touch and feel. The NZ International Film Festival a high-point in many of our calendars and this year won’t be an exception. Running from Friday 14 July until Saturday 6 August in Auckland, the showcase presents wonderful entertainment to keep our spirits up during our coldest months. Even studying the programme is a treat! We will have a ready supply here at Leys for your enjoyment - drop by to pick one up today.

Let’s take it apart - Saturday 15 July, 10.30am-12noon What lies within your DVD player or remote? Come find out by disassembling electronic equipment to find out how what makes it work. If anyone has spares for us to play with, please bring them along!

While Netflix and Lightbox provide some great amusement, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the DVD collection Auckland Libraries offers. We hold an amazing supply of films from previous year’s festivals as well as an abundance of classics and documentaries. Many of these can’t be found on streaming sites - prepare to be delighted by checking out the selection online or when you next visit. (RACHAEL TE AOTONGA)  PN

Underwater World - Tuesday 18 July, 2pm-3.30pm Join us to construct an underwater aquarium using the children’s room window as the

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VIVE LA FRANCE FRENCH-UP YOUR LIFE! “There’s so many reasons to learn French,” concluded Alliance Française director José Marie Cortès at the end of his speech earlier this year, as he welcomed people to the Alliance Française French Film Festival, just one of the many events in the Alliance Française cultural calendar.

A TRADITION IN QUALITY AND MODERN CREATIVITY The moment you enter the colourful Taylors Road store you understand why The French Art Shop has been an award-winning, iconic shop for over 40 years.

“It’s always fascinating to see the range of people who come to our classes,” Cortès explains, “We’ve taught rugby players, actors, singers, students heading off on exchanges and business people who have clients in French-speaking parts of the world.

The amazing amount of products and dazzling palette of colours inspires the creative instincts instantly. It has the ingredients for the greatest of artistic urges: paints, pencils, pastels, brushes, paper and canvas.

“We’ve had a father of the bride determined to deliver his speech in French for his daughter’s wedding to a French man, children of French José Marie Cortès, Director and expats keen to keep up their language, adults Marion Garnier, Deputy Director who learnt French years ago at school and want to revive it, Kiwis who love travelling to France, and all those who have a passion for a specific aspect of French culture - the food, the wine, the cinema or the language itself!”

The French Art Shop originally opened 1976 in a tiny Durham Lane store in the city, selling exclusively imported French products. The shop shifted to Ponsonby in 1989, and established itself as one of the most respected suppliers in Australasia. In 2015 they moved to a huge super-store in their current location in Morningside. The increased space provides a massive range from almost every corner of the planet... from Belgium to Canada and more.

With a vibrant young teaching team, a friendly, French immersion teaching style and classes in the heart of Grey Lynn, there are indeed many reasons to learn French with Alliance Française Auckland. Come and meet the team at the Alliance Française Open Day - 22 July, from 10am12noon, 9a Kirk Street, Grey Lynn. Meet the teachers, take part in a fun mini French class, assess your level, get a discount off classes - French-up your Saturday morning! More information, T: 09 376 0009, www.alliance-francaise.co.nz

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It stocks the highest quality brands in the business like Sennelier, Liquitex, Raphael, Montana, Lefranc & Bourgeois, Berge, Arches, and more.

Staff have a wealth of knowledge and are more than willing to assist with their technical queries. They all have fine art degrees and are experienced professional exhibiting artists. French Art Shop is a destination store that combines materials in the tradition of the old masters with the innovations provided by modern chemistry. This month will be a celebration of their second ‘relocation’ birthday with loads of specials. Come see for yourself why it is renowned for sustaining artistic traditions and materials for future generations. Free your imagination!  PN THE FRENCH ART SHOP, 16 Taylors Road, Sandringham, T: 09 376 0610, www.thefrenchartshop.co.nz


VIVE LA FRANCE @ CORSO DE FIORI 1. Abbott diamond relief stool/side table $690 2. Ibride ‘Bernardo’ decorative tray (40 x 59cm) $199 3. Apartment Sofa in ivy green velvet (2.4m length) $7257 CORSO DE’ FIORI, The Foundation, 8 George Street, Newmarket, T: 09 307 9166, www.corso.co.nz




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VIVE LA FRANCE CRAFTSMANSHIP FROM LA BELLE FRANCE On Bastille Day, The Studio of Tableware celebrates the expertise and superior craftsmanship of two world-renowned brands from La Belle France. Since 1981, The Studio of Tableware has enjoyed the privilege of being New Zealand’s sole importer and exclusive stockist of France's famous luxury brands Bernardaud and Christofle. Bernardaud: Since 1768 this family business has been recognised for its uncompromising quality, the result of its exacting aesthetic and creative standards. The beautiful dinnerware covers styles that are perfect for a contemporary lifestyle and the giftware items are truly collectable works of art. Christofle: Also a family business (sixth generation) based in Paris, they are world-renowned for their production of silverware and now stainless steel. It designs and manufactures holloware, gifts as well as crystal and porcelain but is widely recognised as the leading producer of table cutlery in a wide selection of stylish patterns of the highest quality. At the Mt Eden showroom you'll enjoy viewing examples of the products from these two leading brands. Be assured of the best assistance and advice from the consultants.  PN

Stylist & photographer: ©LilyRose

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VIVE LA FRANCE @ FRENCH COUNTRY 1. Celie glass food covers with wooden grey wash bases make beautiful displays for all of your homemade treats. RRP $379, save 30% this July - now $265 2. This 50s-inspired Adeline cut glass chandelier is a glamourous addition to any room in the house. Size: 54cm in diameter x 67cm in height, RRP $950, save 30% this July - now $665 3. Bring life and colour to your home this winter with Velvet cushions in Pink Ombre, Raspberry and Plum. Size: 50cm square, RRP $89, save 30% this July - now $62 4. Luxe Blush Tulip velvet Knox Arm Chair with a brass frame. This classic yet contempory chair has been furnished with soft textured velvet to create comfort and warmth. Size: 80cm in length x 78cm in width x 80cm in height, RRP $2195, save 30% this July - now $1535





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French wine explained As the French celebrate Bastille Day with full French flair in July and the Tour de France takes off, it seems timely to take a look at France. With a few basics, we’ll have you an expert (or seemingly so) in no time at all. Bordeaux Bordeaux is in France’s south west and has for many years been the centre of the world’s fine wine trade; an historic region producing exceptionally long lived wines. The five varieties of Bordeaux red wines: cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, petit verdot and malbec. White wines are made from sauvignon and semillon. The top producers make outstanding wines, year in year out; in great vintages, they require a good part of your lifetime in the cellar, whilst the tougher vintages are usually earlier drinking. The 2014 vintage of the top wines has just landed in New Zealand; this is a vintage that has excellent structure and an understated charm, a vintage that will be excellent drinking in the medium term. At the value end of the market, the 2015 wines have also arrived; this is an excellent fruit forward vintage with a lot of vibrancy, these are great value. Also in store the 2012 vintage; a vintage that we have identified as being very good value, with many of the wines ready to drink now. This vintage has a lush, soft nature to it. Burgundy The romantic region of Burgundy starts with Chablis in the north and finishes with Beaujolais in the south. Wines from Chablis are made from 100% chardonnay; from the heart of Burgundy, whites are also from chardonnay, whilst reds are made from pinot noir. Right in the south, the grape variety of Beaujolais is gamay. Alsace The region of Alsace makes it a little easier for understanding by putting the variety on the label. The five noble varieties grown here are: pinot gris, riesling, gewürztraminer, pinot blanc and muscat. The classification system is also a little simpler (perhaps the addition of a little German efficiency has helped this small northern region); there’s AOC - Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée and Grand Cru. Rhône Distinctly broken into two sections, the Northern and Southern Rhône, and stretching itself over 800km from just south of Lyon in the north, to Avignon in the south. The Northern Rhône is home to the great syrah of France, rich and superbly textured. The white superstar of the north is viognier grown in and around the village of Condrieu. The Southern Rhône is home to grenache and the great blended wines of the Rhône.

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Loire Valley There are numerous wines produced in the Loire; we choose to focus on the areas of Sancerre, Pouilly Fumé Liz Wheadon pictured tasting in and Vouvray. Sancerre is produced Bordeaux this year at Chateau Cheval Blanc around the town by the same name and are made from sauvignon blanc. Pouilly fumé (not to be confused with Pouilly Fuissé from Burgundy) are also made from Sauvignon; the term fumé not referring to a smoked flavour in the wine, but rather to the mist that rolls into the region. The wines of Vouvray are grown on top of the steep chalk slopes alongside the Loire River. Vouvrays are made from chenin blanc and in a wide array of styles from dry to very sweet. The South Lumped together it’s a big generalisation and a big area to cover. The south coast of France produces the most diverse collection of styles in France. Starting to the west, close to the Spanish border, there are rich and robust reds such as the wines of Madiran and Banyuls; moving to the east and across the sun-drenched beaches of the Mediterranean, all the delights of Côtes de Provence hit you. French tastings in July Through July we celebrate all things French in Glengarry, our Wineletter is dedicated to the wines of France. There’s a host of tastings, all detailed on our website; in particular, don’t go past this one: Saturday 15 July - 1pm - Victoria Park - Tickets $25 Celebrate Bastille Day weekend by joining us for a comprehensive and fun journey through the fabulous wine regions of France. This is a wonderful opportunity to taste through some of our extensive range of French wines and learn about these classic regions. This walk-around tasting will include samplings from Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Rhône Valley and many more. The perfect start to the weekend. (LIZ WHEADON)  PN www.glengarry.co.nz


VIVE LA FRANCE BASTILLE DAY INSPIRATION @ SABATO Sabato is your home of cheese! We import a wide range of French cheeses, perfect for your Bastille Day celebrations. Try our Comté Forte Lucotte, a classic French cheese with a creamy and slightly sweet finish. This semi-firm cheese is ideal for melting or served simply with bread and jam. If you are a fan of goat’s cheese, the Buchette Nostalgie is for you. A soft cheese formed into a traditional log shape, the Buchette has a fresh, clean flavour profile with the characteristic goat’s milk tang. For the ultimate French cheese enthusiast, try one of our washed-rind cheeses. Époisses is a soft, washed -rind cheese from Burgundy. Within a distinct orange-toned exterior is a silky smooth interior with a full-bodied taste and a pungent smell - not for the faint-hearted! For a guaranteed crowd favourite, try our Brie aux Truffes, a soft, creamy brie enriched with a layer of black truffle infused mascarpone.

a nourishing, winter accompaniment to any main dish. Or try a white coco bean and Toulouse sausage cassoulet served simply with green beans and crunchy baguette. For those partial to a sweet treat, come in store to try our luxurious range of Valrhona chocolate. Known as the ‘Rolls Royce’ of the chocolate world, Valrhona makes premium, single-origin chocolate. Indulge in dark Manjari chocolate, its subtle, red fruit notes work in harmony when paired with our Morello cherries in a chocolate and cherry gateau. Discover more Bastille Day inspiration in store or visit our website.  PN SABATO, 57 Normanby Road, Mt Eden, T: 09 630 8751, www.sabato.co.nz

For a simple French-inspired dinner, pair our duck confit with quintessential Le Puy lentils. Puy lentils have a delicate peppery taste and maintain a robust al dente texture when cooked. A great source of protein and fibre, braise with onion, garlic and pancetta for

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Franck Ridon describers himself as “a food, tech and sports advocate.” He is a director at WOOP - a startup in fast, healthy, food home delivery - and a commercial lead in a cloud digital advisory company called Fronde. “I like to bring a different spin, fresh thinking and a bit of French flair to (these) conversations. In addition to WOOP, I’m also working on the French Festival on 26 August, and on ‘Dans Le Noir’, an innovative dining concept where guests dine in total darkness. But the most important dimension to what I do is charity work, directly related to my Kiwi-French culture - I am involved with bilingual education charity ‘FRENZ School’. It’s an association committed to enabling Kiwi kids access to a French and English bilingual education. My kids (I have three children, two girls and a boy - nine, 10 and 14) and have the good fortune to be immersed in their dual heritage culture right here in New Zealand.” Where do you live? By Richmond Road on the Westmere side. Do you have any pets? Yep, we’ve got the neighbours’ cats, they always roam around on our property.

What’s your favourite Ponsonby cafe? Craft Kitchen, I like the atmosphere and their service.

Where do you spend your holidays? Whangapoua, Tawharanui and Bethells Beach.

Favourite Ponsonby restaurant? Jervois Steak House is top of my list.

What's your perfect Sunday? A long lunch with family and friends.

Favourite Ponsonby fashion label? Working Style.

How do you keep fit? Going around the good bistros in Ponsonby is a serious attempt to stay fit. I try to mix this with a bit of running over the weekend. From Coxs Bay there are some really nice jogging options. Surf is on the agenda at times but I spend far too much time under the water so it happens only during warm summer days.

Your best-kept Ponsonby secret? Ma Chérie on Ponsonby road is a discreet yet awesome cafe, where they make some of the best pastries and macarons in Auckland.

Your best friend would say of you... He and I are living a world apart, and he’d say that I am not sharing enough news. Your mother would say of you... My mum, who lives in the French Alps, would say that she is thrilled that my kids are bilingual and that she can fluently communicate with them in French. What are your virtues? A philanthropist and an epicurean at heart. Your vices? Yes - love a nice foie-gras on toast with a Burgundy red wine from Aloxe-Corton as an entrée, followed by an oyster platter with a Roederer Champagne for the main and a Boulette d’Avesnes cheese with a Bandol red from Domaine Ray-Jeanne... that is pure decadence! Who's your ultimate rock icon? Dire Straits and Muse are right up there. What’s your secret passion? Probably alpine skiing. I’ve raced competitively in Europe and attempted to qualify for the 1992 Olympic Games. There were just a few more talented skiers than me for only four spots in the downhill French national team. Even if skiing is hard to practice in Auckland, it remains my passion. What's your secret talent? I grew up surrounded by snow in the French Alps so as a kid during our winter after -school free time, my brother and I kept ourselves busy by building igloos... good times. Not a very handy talent in Auckland.

What has inspired you recently? The recent No. 8 wire idea from Team New Zealand at the Louis Vuitton America's Cup, who innovated by installing Olympic cyclist athletes to power the hydraulic systems of these incredible boats! That is a total brilliance. Kiwi ingenuity will never cease to amaze me. Your desert island distractions: One of my playlists on Spotify, which I listen to when I am off skiing. The house is on fire and your family is safe - what do you save? If our house was on fire I will take a special frame that is on the wall. This belonged to my grandma, and has meaning to it related to old ties of love and friendship. When translated from French, it would probably signify something like this “who comes at my home as a friend, arrives too late and leaves too early”... “I'd be lost without my...” Cork bottle opener. One thing you have learned about life is..? Carpe Diem, that resonates a lot with me - seize the day. Life is too short so make the most of it. Your advice to Ponsonby people interested in bilingual education? As Kiwis in an increasingly interconnected world, it is a smart investment by parents to let their kids explore and discover bilingual education. Ponsonby holds at its heart one of the world’s best bilingual programmes. I have been privileged to witness the extraordinary cognitive benefits for these kids as they enter into their professional careers. Your advice to young Ponsonby people wishing to "do an exchange"? Oh, that sounds like a rhetorical question!?  PN www.en.frenzschool.org.nz

What were you going to be when you grew up? A stage comedian. Thankfully for my kids, it didn't eventuate.

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VIVE LA FRANCE COLOUR WITH CARE AT CHANTAL LANDAIS HAIR STUDIO Chantal Landais Hair Studio at 128 Jervois Road continues to deliver great services and hair experiences from colouring to styling. At the moment hair colouring is the biggest fashion accessory, allowing stylists and clients to tap into their fantasies and creativity. Our partner Labiosthetique launched their ‘Colour With Care’ campaign in January 2017, helping Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) to continue their medical humanitarian aid. Every day 30,000 Medecins Sans Frontieres field staff provide assistance to people caught in crisis around the world. “In the mist of the crazy fashion and our mad world of self importance, being part of such a project is quite sobering. Each Labiosthetique colour service in the salon provides four malaria diagnostic kits or emergency nutrition packs and a percentage of the cost of each colour tube is collected. This is a five-year goal, which can only be acheived by working together,” says Chantal. Chantal Landais Hair Studio in conjuction with Medecins Sans Frontieres is changing the world one colour at a time. They also have a small range of jewellery created by Chantal, all pieces are different and each unique. You can check them out on their website and Facebook pages.  PN CHANTAL LANDAIS, 128 Jervois Road, Herne Bay, T: 09 376 4402. Online booking is available www.chantalandais.co.nz, Facebook Chantal Landais - Hair Studio

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MEKONG BABY! Four years ago this month Dominique Parat opened his most recent venture on what’s one of Auckland’s hippest strips, Ponsonby Road. Dominique’s baby, called Mekong Baby, has been a winner since day one. That’s no wonder, given its owner’s longevity: he’s been a Ponsonby restaurant stalwart for more than 20 years and he knew we needed something new. The modern Southeast Asian restaurant offers fusion at its best: Vietnamese, Burmese, Thai and Cambodian flavours dance on the menu, together with a touch of Bali too. “I wanted to create a business that was a little bit different. It was quite a new concept for Ponsonby when I first opened,” says Dominique. Mekong Baby, he explains, was inspired by his many trips to Vietnam and his recognition of the fact that Aucklanders were changing their dining habits. And so he came up with a chic new restaurant that was as much about offering a beautiful mood (rich colours, soft lighting, gorgeous fabrics and a choice of separate dining areas) as it was about exceptional food. Says Dominique, “When you walk into Mekong Baby, it’s a bit like a story; every room reveals something." Likewise the menu, with its carefully calibrated mix of tastes and textures that tingle and excite. Consider some of the offerings: the spicy lime corn fritters with crispy iceberg lettuce are a major favourite, as is the braised pork belly with caramelised chilli and soy with Asian slaw.

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Later this month, chef Raj Chetty - who has been in the kitchen ever since Mekong Baby opened - will be rolling out a new addition to the menu, Chinese roasted duck with a plum and ginger broth. Duck is one of Dominique’s favourites. He says that dishes like this, and others on Mekong Baby’s menu, meet the demands of the modern-day diner’s palate: interesting flavours that are fresh, explosive, sweet and sour. An elder statesman of the restaurant scene, he has been in the business for 40 years. He’s known for recognising and driving change. So what is the key to running a good restaurant? “The secret is consistency - from the preparation of the establishment (Mekong Baby was two years in the planning) to the preparation of the food (they grind their spices fresh and go to market every day) to the food and the atmosphere, to the meeting and greeting of the customer.” But that, adds Dominique, is only part of it. “The real secret is to do that day in, day out, every day.” He’s immensely proud of his four-year-old 'baby'. “With this site, we knew we could create something special - and we have.”  PN MEKONG BABY, 262 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 360 1113, mekongbaby.com


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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY THE CREATION OF CHAPEL The team at Chapel tells us that its ceiling has taken nine weeks to paint... and it's finally ready to reveal the amazing piece of ceiling art, 'The Creation Of Chapel'. Chapel Bar & Bistro will long continue to be one of Auckland's most popular bars to visit, thanks to the sheer scale of the masterpiece and the feat of exceptional artistry. Thanks to its location within Ponsonby, the Chapel will remain protected and upheld by Dallow traditions and forever considered one of the most important bar destinations in the world. CHAPEL, 147 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 360 4528, www.chapel.co.nz

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WELCOME BACK TO SAILS RESTAURANT Sails Restaurant is a special place to dine and a great business venue. Dine only five minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city in peaceful surroundings, where quality and guest satisfaction is paramount. Sails has also evolved over the years to cater for more of your special needs and requests. Their Manhattan-styled bar area is the perfect place to hold exclusive cocktail parties or if it’s a bigger event, there is room for special functions for up to 150 guests in comfortable surroundings. They can deliver exclusive catering to a venue of your choice where their well trained professional chefs and waiters can come to your own home and re-create the Sails experience for you. At Sails they have seasonal gastronomic events showcasing the amazing produce New Zealand has to offer. Modern tasting menus are on offer as well as a diverse a la carte menu with something for every taste, and an extensive beverage choice for every palate and wallet.

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Sails also has a consistent quality lunch offering where you can eat and work in the most relaxed, picturesque location in town, with free parking right outside the front door. Over the past three decades, the restaurant has forged itself a reputation as one of New Zealand’s top restaurants, through the uncompromising belief in using only the freshest and best ingredients available. At Sails Restaurant they believe in sustainability and taste, the concept of ‘real food’, and meeting your needs and then exceeding them.  PN SAILS RESTAURANT, Westhaven Marina, T: 09 378 9890, www.sailsrestaurant.co.nz




EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY LOKANTA - AEGEAN & EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN HOME COOKING There’s nothing like a breath of Mediterranean sea air to whisk you away from an Auckland winter - and as soon as you walk through Lokanta’s front door there’s an under-the-radar magic that transports you half a world away. Since opening a little over a year ago, locals have been loving being able to walk around the corner to this little gem of a restaurant - where somehow they feel both at home and on holiday at the same time. Eating at Lokanta is just as much fun in winter as it is in summer, as meals tend to become feasts - the Mediterranean sharing tradition well and truly authentic here, and not just for the smaller plates. Favourites include smoky eggplant dip, flaming haloumi and chargrilled octopus - with new dishes Aegean cauliflower with egg, and merjimek lentil balls; followed by stuffed flatbreads, oxtail with aubergine béchamel, and island braised goat. Specials like rabbit stew with mountain herbs and sage, and Venetian duck ragu on pappardelle pasta also making guest appearances. This is rustic home cooking at its best, cooked by enthusiastic chefs David and Pinar in the kitchen, guided by owner and local Ponsonby character Zeki Kizilata - a legend amongst his compatriots for his palate and ability to bring out nostalgia for grandmother’s food back home in Turkey. Snap a photo of Lokanta’s ad on this page, come in for dinner before 6pm and show it to the lovely staff, they will bring you some of their famous eggplant dip with garlic bread on the house!  PN LOKANTA, 137A Richmond Road, T: 09 360 6355, www.lokanta.nz

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY A SINGLE DISH - COOKED TO PERFECTION Pedro’s House of Lamb is set to reinvigorate Auckland’s love affair with New Zealand lamb from its brand new Ponsonby location. Pedro’s is already a well-established foodie favourite in Queenstown and Christchurch. With a number one Trip Advisor ranking and a loyal local following Pedro’s appears to have the winning recipe. There is just one dish on the menu - a slow roasted lamb shoulder served with scalloped potatoes; juicy, succulent, tender and by all accounts delicious.

The inviting aromas of slow -cooked lamb drifting out onto Williamson Avenue are attracting a fair amount of interest according to co-owner Mauricio Evlampieff.

The team credit their success to fresh, natural ingredients, the very best export-quality New Zealand lamb and a Spanish family recipe passed down for generations. Spanish culinary traditions have served the founders well.

For customers who follow the aromas into the store, they’ll find themselves enjoying the authentic atmosphere of a Spanish -inspired kitchen, combined with fast, friendly service, and ultimately a meal that promises to exceed expectations.

Pedro’s House of Lamb emerged from the rubble following the devastating Christchurch Earthquake, when the original Pedro’s Restaurant was destroyed. The Restaurant was a stalwart in the Christchurch dining scene for more than two decades, serving garlic prawns, paella, plenty of wine and lamb of course!

“The menu is simple but that’s what’s made us successful. The quality and consistency of the basic dish throughout all Pedro’s shops is what really attracts people and keeps them coming,” Mauricio says.

But this isn’t a story about the earthquake - rather of what followed. A single idea a single dish cooked to perfection; restaurant quality that you could take home with you. Pedro’s House of Lamb opened as a takeaway in a purpose built modular container situated in a liquor shop car park no less. A gutsy move and, if you didn’t know the story, you might have thought it was a bunch of plucky youngsters with nothing to lose.

The Ponsonby store offers lunch portions as well as the traditional whole lamb shoulder. You can chose to add bread rolls and Spanish salad to your order as well.

Fast forward to 2017 and you’ll find Pedro’s House of Lamb in four locations. Most recently the Pedro’s team have brought the same winning formula to Ponsonby.

There is plenty of parking available in the underground car park on the corner of Williamson Avenue and Pollen Street, then pop up to collect your order. Fall in love with New Zealand lamb all over again.  PN

Pedro’s House of Lamb is open daily from midday until 8.30pm. Quantities are limited so booking in advance is advised.

PEDRO’S HOUSE OF LAMB, 4 Williamson Avenue, T: 09 376 1631, auckland@pedros.co.nz, www.pedros.co.nz

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY DIDA’S, YOUR LOCAL - RECIPE OF THE MONTH Established in 2005, Dida’s is the Croatian name for Grandfather. Fitting, as this site was where the Jakicevich family established Glengarry Wines back in 1945. The team at Dida’s Food Store have quite the reputation for their salads and have prepared this great French lentil salad to share with Ponsonby News readers this month. The perfect salad for your Bastille Day celebrations. FRENCH LENTIL SALAD 240g French green lentils (Puy lentils) 140g cucumber 170g beetroot Olive oil 250g pumpkin 60g spinach 80g yellow pepper Salt and pepper to taste 10g red onion This is a lush, traditional French salad which is also vegan. Perfect for Bastille Day, as well as being a great all year-round salad. Place the lentils in a pan with water and cook for about 40 minutes until just cooked; be careful not to overcook them, soft squishy lentils are not what this salad calls for. Place the beetroot in boiling water for approximately 40 minutes. Once cooked and cooled, cut the beetroot into bite size pieces. While the beetroot is cooking, cut the pumpkin into bite size pieces; season with salt and pepper, then roast in olive oil until golden and soft to touch.

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Chop the cucumber, yellow pepper and red onion, ready for assembling. Once the pumpkin and beetroot have cooled, mix with the chopped ingredients, add a little olive oil and season to taste. Place the spinach on a plate, add your mixed salad, drizzle with olive oil and you’ll enjoy a taste of France as if you were sitting by the Cote d’Or. Serves approximately four guests. Recommended wine match: served by itself this salad matches well with Côtes de Provence Rosé; the lush, rich flavours of the lentils working well with the herbal touch of the rosé. We recommend trying this with Riotor Côtes de Provence Rosé. This salad works well with grilled lamb cutlets. With this combination, we suggest you match it with the Mont Redon Côtes du Rhône; the spicy red fruits and tannin are perfect with the lamb and salad.  PN DIDA’S, 54 Jervois Road, T: 09 361 6157, www.didas.co.nz






1. Tokyo Bay - Bento Boxes; 2-3. Sushi to go @ Tokyo Club; 4. Tokyo Club Ponsonby Central TOKYO CLUB, Ponsonby Central, T: 09 376 8016, www.tokyoclub.co.nz; TOKYO BAY, Main Beach, Takapuna Beach, T: 09 390 7188, www.tokyobay.co.nz


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Winter is well and truly upon us The flannelette sheets are on the bed; the PJs are out, as are the jumpers, boots and scarves. I love nothing more than at the end of a busy day, lying down next to the open fire with the cat stretched out next to me, a glass of vino in one hand and my iPad in the other (what ever happened to a good book?). Sounds good doesn’t it? My heirloom garlic Kakanui and Southern Soft Neck, which I planted a few weeks back are growing nicely. Green shafts have shoved aside the organic material and they are heading skywards. I just love homegrown garlic, who doesn’t, right? Do you plant flowers in your veg garden? My father would think I’m nuts as it often appears that my veg gardens are really more like flower beds. There are reasons for this other than gorgeous blooms and an abundance of colour. They are also providing tucker for the wildlife, the bees, bugs and butterflies. I always plant marigold, alyssum, cosmos and salvia, while calendula grows wild as does nasturtium, but zinnias without doubt are my favourite. Last summer they were sharing a bed with cucumbers, dwarf beans, capsicum, chillies and a host of self-seeded stuff. As it happens, I have only just hauled the spent plants from the dirt. I had endeavoured to on several occasions, but each time I appeared in the veg garden a monarch butterfly would flutter by. I’d sigh, stare at the zinnias and abruptly turn on my heel. So finally feeling rather elated, the bed in mention was given a much-needed tidy up. Weeds were removed and the soil was given a lift with a trowel, nothing serious though, we can’t upset the resident micro-organisms. A good dusting of wood ash, some coffee grounds and then the garden was tucked in with a good layer of hay, it’s important to protect the soil from the harshness of winter. I’m not finished here though, I will also empty the contents of a Bokashi bucket (food scraps) that have been marinating for some time - the worms will be in heaven.

My dedicated salad bed is doing rather well; I have fennel, lettuces and beetroot that are ready to eat. Plus there is an array of herbs that are doing famously, including coriander, which I usually seem to have little success with. In my haste to clear a bed, I accidentally hauled out a rather large parsley plant that had survived summer, autumn and was looking settled in for winter. I was horrified! Imagine, a kitchen without flat leaf parsley? All isn’t bad though; I had to remove my cloche the other day. The inhabitants (broccoli and kale) were jostling about inside for room. Given the absence of those pesky white butterflies, I hoisted off the frost cloth, letting those brassicas spread their rather large leaves. Now the only thing bothering those fine looking specimens are the self-seeded nasturtium that is ever so bossy as it creeps about the bed smothering things. Did I mention I have a holiday on the horizon? Can’t wait... Life is good. And then there is the local beach, I’m feeling spoilt! Happy gardening. (JULIE BONNER)  PN If you are interested in more news from our place or perhaps some gardening tips then visit my blog www.frogpondfarm.co.nz

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY @GREY LYNN FARMERS MARKET The Very Good Dumplings food truck is the brain child of Michael Easton and Sarah Neale. On Sunday mornings, you can try out these delicious morsels at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market and, from this month, you’ll be able to buy them (frozen) at Farro Fresh. Sarah answers some questions for us. What makes your dumplings so very good? Our dumplings are hand-made using quality local ingredients (organic and free-range) and come in a range of six globally inspired flavours - Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Nepalese, Turkish and Korean. Our dumplings are a treat food that is also good for you. Isn’t it a big leap to go from working in advertising to owning a food business? We’ve always been passionate about great food. I have worked in local icons Dizengoff and Salta. Michael has worked in local restaurants, including Verona. He has also catered for some big rock concerts, supplying premium organic food.

We love talking directly to our customers at the market. Their direct feedback has been important for us to perfect our dumplings. What is your idea of a great holiday? Our holiday in Tahiti, nearly two years ago, completely transformed our lives. Michael had been pouring every ounce of energy into his advertising business and I had been working long hours in hospitality for years - it was time for a break. We were enchanted by Les Roulottes (literally rolling food trucks), the colour, the smells, the music, the vibrant atmosphere and, of course, the wonderful food. We came home with a mission to bring a slice of that back to Auckland.  PN www.verygooddumplings.co.nz GREY LYNN FARMERS MARKET: Every Sunday 9am-12:30pm @ the Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Road, http://glfm.co.nz

Why did you choose the Grey Lynn Farmers Market to sell your dumplings? We know the area well and knew that Grey Lynn Farmers Market and locals are sympathetic to our ethical values, and that they appreciate good quality, organic food that comes direct from the producer. We knew that Grey Lynners would support our commitment to paying our staff a living wage and providing a positive working environment.

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY FARRO FRESH - A LOCAL SUCCESS STORY There are now five Farro Fresh Stores in Auckland. More are planned. They are expected to top $100 million in turnover this year, a remarkable success for a company only 10 years old. Ponsonby News spoke to co-founder and director, Janene Draper at the head office in Grey Lynn, just across the road in Westmoreland Street West from their bustling Grey Lynn store. “In the past decade we have seen the palates of New Zealand shoppers mature considerably as Kiwis venture beyond their traditional dietary staples,” Janene told me. She added, “at the same time there is a growing awareness of food intolerances with gluten, wheat or dairy.” Farro Fresh is positioned somewhere between farmers’ markets and supermarkets. Janene is very proud of the success of hundreds of local suppliers who distribute through her stores. “There are some incredibly talented artisan food producers in the local market who we are proud to say started in Farro stores.” Karen Staples of Delish started off with Farro and now has over 40 staff and supplies 80% of New Zealand’s supermarkets. New potential suppliers are lining up every day. Farro’s number one criterion for stocking a new product is the product’s taste profile. They look carefully at ingredients, too. Agility is an important key to growth and development of all businesses, Janene told us. “There is no room for complacency.” A new online service allows shoppers to have their groceries delivered to refrigerated lockers for collection on their way home. The first of these has been set up at the Auckland Ferry terminal. The chilled, self-service lockers, which can be accessed by shoppers 24 hours a day, provide a keyless entry system using a digital code sent to the customer on completion of an online order.

Farro Fresh owners, James and Janene Draper

Farro is determined to maintain its reputation for quality fresh food, and will make sure the food in the refrigerated lockers is right up to standard. The company has worked hard to build up trust among its customers. Janene Draper emphasised that, “the addition to our online delivery has meant that we are able to expand our customer base throughout New Zealand and are now able to meet the demand for a range of gourmet and specialty products - including those which cater to people with food sensitivities. “If you stick to the basics you will get good value from Farro,” Janene said when I asked her about a perception of Farro as a high-priced store. “Have your list and stick to it if you’re on a tight budget. However, Farro is increasingly catering to the demand for unusual foods such as chestnut puree and rose petals. They also stock a wide range to cater for various food fads, diets or health issues. Farro is keen to continue growing and innovating. Janene and James Draper and their senior team travel overseas regularly to check on the latest trends, and to source new products. It has been an exciting ride. Farro Fresh started with one store - it was nurtured like a baby, and the company has grown steadily and systematically. With over 550 local suppliers distributing through her stores, Janene feels a strong sense of both satisfaction for their success, but responsibility, too, for those “incredibly talented artisan food producers.” Janene Draper is a very personable, highly organised, caring person, fun and friendly, extremely proud of Farro’s success, yet clearly not content to rest on her laurels. (JOHN ELLIOTT)  PN www.farrofresh.co.nz The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied





Tart Bakery - force of nature Its small shop-front is easier to miss than the frequent queues out of its doors and onto Great North Road, where Tart Bakery has quietly launched a food revolution. An aesthetic world away from the opulence of Ponsonby eateries, Tart is a cramped bakery in a group of shops that could do with a serious spruce-up, and its food fare lives in a different universe to the celebrated raw food delicacies of a venue like Little Bird. And yet, Tart Bakery recently took out the NZ Herald’s readers’ choice for Best Bakery in Auckland. Ponsonby News spoke to owner Philippa Stephenson to try and unfurl the special ingredient that makes Tart so popular, and its customers such ardent supporters. It turns out that she’s a force of nature with something much more important than baked goods on her mind, and a clever and entirely pragmatic idea of how to save the world. Mother to five children, one of whom brought home a vegan girlfriend, ultimately convincing Mum and the rest of the kids to follow suit, Philippa started Tart with the environment in mind. Tart Bakery itself went 100% vegan on World Vegan Day last November, and no one’s complaining. The idea is to surreptitiously change the way we eat - or what we eat thereby forcing the issue with meat and milk producers. And the only way to get that plan rolling is to have a bakery full of familiar and delicious treats that play on the comfort factor. The first time you have a gander at the shelves at Tart you’re in for a big surprise. All the traditional bakery food fare is there: scrumptious donuts, melt-in-mouth croissants, spectacular pizza slices, a dedicated pie cabinet, and more. The hard thing to get your head around is that it’s all vegan, because you’d hardly notice. “My aim is to not frighten the horses,” says Philippa. “We’re trying not to make it culturally odd. If people can write-off veganism then that will give them a reason not to look at their food, but if you make it culturally acceptable... that’s the aim of the game. So we go for making it accessible and yummy.

“If you can be a vegan and respect animals and the planet but still have a custard square or a mince and cheese pie, or a donut, or a piece of fudge cake, then it doesn’t take much effort for you the customer to move over. It tastes great, it looks great, it’s cheap, it’s equivalent to any bakery you’ll find out there; it’s just better.” A percentage of Tart Bakery’s food includes ‘fake’ meat - popular in Theo Stephenson, Tart Bakery Taiwanese Buddhist food - and while some turn their noses up at having anything that looks or tastes like dead animal, Philippa says that it’s all about that same comfort factor: great for those in transition from animal-based diets, a great way to let kids ‘fit in’ at school. “The prejudice I face is that of people sticking their heads in and going ‘where’s the meat?’ I say, "you just take it and if it’s bad, don’t pay." And every single time they come back and pay. It wouldn’t be in my interests to make bad food. That would be dumb. I know it’s good, I choose the ingredients and know the care with which it’s produced.” With proceeds churned back into environmental and animal education charities, Tart Bakery is a mission, not simply a business, and Philippa sees it as the start of a whole new thing, raving about her dedicated staff and the vegan community who support the venture. (GARY STEEL)  PN TART BAKERY, 555 Great North Road, T: 09 376 5535, www.facebook.com/Tart-Bakery

Gary Steel is an Auckland-based journalist who runs online vegetarian resource www.doctorfeelgood.co.nz. He can be contacted via beautmusic@gmail.com


Cristom Wines - Portland Oregon Cristom Vineyards is a relatively new label, hailing from the Willamette Valley in Oregon United States. Willamette Valley is a USA AVA. Pardon my TLA (three letter acronym). AVA = American Viticultural Area. That is, a designated wine growing region within the United States and distinguishable by geographic features and boundaries. (Not unlike the French appellation controllé system). Oregon, in general, is famous for its pinot noirs and cooler-climate grape varieties. Cristom Vineyards is the result of collaboration since 1992 with an engineer, a winemaker and a farmer. Founder Paul Gerrie hired winemaker Steve Doerner and Vineyard Manager Mark Feltz in 1992. Together at the winery since day one, they have consistently produced excellent wines. Cristom Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Oregon USA Viognier 2014 - $40 Sealed with a very smart glass stopper. Fermented in a combination of stainless steel and oak, it is pale gold in the glass and smells of poached pear with a whiff of

blond tobacco and vanilla. In the mouth it starts with subtlety then broadens out with peach, clover honey, quince and nectarine and then closes with an elegant and lengthy dry palate. Cristom Mt. Jefferson Cuvee Willamette Valley Oregon USA Pinot Noir 2013 - $40 Very much in the Burgundian pinot noir style. Translucent and a bit shy in the aromas, but has a whiff of plum, and savoury truffle. Lean and elegant, with mildly astringent tannins and mainly earthy flavours, plus plum, black currant, truffle and dark chocolate. Cristom Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley Oregon USA Pinot Noir 2013 - $65 Definitely a step up from the Mt. Jefferson. Again a translucent garnet red colour. This time a bit more aromatic concentration with spice, white pepper, pot pourri, red fruit compote. In the mouth it opens up silky, fruity and generous with spiced plum, liquorice, and

a cocktail of ripe berry fruit. Stunningly good. Classically nuanced Burgundian style pinot. Availability - Herne Bay Wines & Spirits, 184 Jervois Road, (T: 09 376 3497) By the way, my next column will be direct from Sonoma and/or Oregon - where I’ll be exploring the local wine regions as due diligence and ongoing professional development. Watch this space. (PHIL PARKER)  PN

Phil Parker is a wine writer and operates Fine Wine & Food Tours in Auckland. See: www.finewinetours.co.nz. Phil’s new cellar door book ‘NZ Wine Regions - A Visitor’s Guide’ is now available on Amazon Kindle.

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WALLACE COTTON Crisp white sheets, thick brooding colours, luxurious covers, and a pile of plush cushions; the kind of bed you never want to get out of. Our iconic corner homeware store, Wallace Cotton, lures you in and tempts you with gorgeous comfort until you want to curl up in one of the cosy set ups and hope someone will bring you a cuppa. Although bursting with a beautiful array of bedding, they also do stunning bath and table linen, sleepwear, clothing and furniture, and it definitely helps that the store is New Zealand owned and operated by familiar faces of Paula and Bill Wallace. Pop in and see the staff, they are happy to help you create the latest season's look in your home. WALLACE COTTON - Corner Ponsonby & Richmond Road

​NESTING & DONATING If you are nesting or ‘spring’ cleaning in these cold, crisp days and need to make room in the linen cupboard for something lovely and new, it's always good to find out where to best use the old. I've researched and found the amazing Natalie Jane from Be Organised. www.beorganised.co.nz Aside from quickly realising she is the declutter/spring clean guru that you can actually get in your own home to help (amazing!), she has written a wonderful list answering the question of “Where can I take my items that I no longer want?” So I asked her if we could share it with you. My two picks of her top tips... OLD TOWELS AND BLANKETS - SPCA: "They have op shops dotted all throughout New Zealand and will take your preloved items of which the donations will go to the abandoned and abused animals at the SPCA villages throughout the country. They also love to receive towels and blankets." PRE-LOVED HOUSE ITEMS, KITCHEN AND FURNITURE - Monte Cecilia Housing Trust: "Offers a range of housing services that supports low income families to find affordable and appropriate housing. You have to drop off your pre-loved items to one of their two locations, but they will also pick up larger items from your home and your items support a great cause!" I thoroughly recommend the read; beorganised.co.nz/take-preloved-items

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Artist Lucy Davidson and her stall

Artists Anna Bittle and Bob Kay

Artists Bob Kay's Stall

Bob Kay browsing the store

Customers enjoying the huge selection

Time to buy a book to take home

Jeff viewing artist Simona Turin's work

Lots of places to sit and read

photography: Jade Paynter

Hayden Glass - store organiser


Open daily from 10am to 5pm, the team at the Open Book held their winter launch and art exhibition on Saturday 10 June. There was art and photography by local artists for sale plus music, food, games and, of course, second-hand books. ď Ł PN THE OPEN BOOK, 201 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 360 1741, www.ponsonbybooks.co.nz

FORTY HOURS IN A CAGE... A cage located on Great North Road, Ponsonby, measuring just 48 sq m was home to 40 people for 40 hours after they entered on a Friday night last month. They were not allowed to leave, except for specifically timed toilet breaks. They were issued with nothing more than a sleeping bag and a yellow tag, no phones, books or any other form of entertainment was allowed in the cage. A bland meal of muesli and soy milk was served four times a day, handed out when a bell was struck.

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photography: George Shiers

All this was to raise awareness around factory farming, the biggest animal welfare issue in New Zealand. There are over 125 million animals confined in factory farms each year, in which most suffer anxiety, illness and degradation with no sunlight or room to move and explore their natural behaviours. People could of course leave the cage in an emergency by squeezing the emergency pig, a small rubber animal hanging from the roof that made a loud grunt, and a counsellor was on call. (GEORGE SHIERS) ď Ł PN Facebook.com/cagedbeing PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY KIWI CLASSIC TO RAISE MONEY FOR ALZHEIMERS NEW ZEALAND Move over pavlova - lamington is yet another icon Australia claimed as its own. Kiwis are expected to eat more than 380,000 lamingtons to raise money for Alzheimers New Zealand. From Monday 26 June until Sunday 23 July, 20 cents from each six pack of lamingtons purchased from Countdown will be donated to the charity. It’s a little-known fact that while the origin of the pavlova has been a long-standing battle between New Zealand and Australia, lamingtons also have a controversial history between the two nations. Australians claim the spongey treat was named after Queensland’s Lord Lamington in 1896, but rumour has it the lamington was actually invented in New Zealand in 1888 and originally called a Wellington[1]. The iconic shavings of coconut are intended to imitate the snow-capped mountains of New Zealand. Countdown and Elite Food Group, a Blenheim-based bakery with a personal connection to Alzheimers, have joined forces to keep the shelves stocked with lamingtons: In total, they will: • spend 1260 hours mixing and baking • bake 128 batches of 3000 lamingtons in each • use four tonnes of eggs and more than three tonnes of flour Elite Food Group General Manager, Anthony Fisher, has recently had a family member diagnosed with Alzheimers, and says the cause is one that’s close to his heart.

Colin Mathura-Jeffree pictured at Countdown, Williamson Avenue, Ponsonby

“My Mum has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimers, so I’ve got huge respect for the work Alzheimers New Zealand does. We encourage people to purchase the lamingtons, enjoy a sweet treat and help support those living with Alzheimers,” says Fisher.

Alzheimers New Zealand Chief Executive, Catherine Hall, says dementia is one of New Zealand’s biggest healthcare challenges and will have a major impact on society in years to come.

Lamingtons traditionally come in raspberry and chocolate, but modern flavour twists are proving popular. Last year a zingy lemon variety was introduced to Countdown, and its popularity will see it return for a second year to raise funds to support the 62,287 New Zealanders who are currently living with dementia[2]. Lamington lovers helped raise $16,000 for the cause last year.

“Through the lamington sales we hope to raise more awareness of dementia in New Zealand. The funds raised will be used to provide national programmes, resources and activities for people living with dementia, helping to improve their quality of life,” says Hall.

Countdown’s General Manager Corporate Affairs, James Walker, says Countdown is proud to support a cause that affects more than 60,000 Kiwis and their families. “Our suppliers get behind many valuable causes within the community, and it’s great that we’re able to team up with Elite Food Group to create a treat and raise money at the same time,” says Walker.

The number of New Zealanders living with dementia is growing rapidly, with more than 170,000 New Zealanders forecast to have dementia by 2050. The lamingtons are part of Countdown’s Price Lockdown programme, and can be purchased in store for $4 each or two for $7.  PN [1]

University of Auckland research, [2] Alzheimers New Zealand, 2016




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Brunei - land of milk, honey and Rolls Royce Propaganda, we learnt, is high priority in Brunei... A much anticipated port for us was Brunei, mainly because most of us on board knew so very little about the small sovereign state apart from its location on the exotic-sounding island of Borneo and that it had an absolute monarch - Sultan Haji Hassanai Bolkiah Mu'issaddin Waddulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'Adul Khairi Waddien. Oh, and another fact - the Sultan intends to introduce Sharia law any day soon. For us, the only sensible way to see the island was by doing an official excursion led by a guide in the employ of the National Tourism Office. Propaganda, we learnt, is high priority in Brunei. It seemed absolute abeyance and reverence to the monarchy, are keys to any successful outing. On meeting our chaperone, we were warned that criticism of the royal family and its subordinates is strictly illegal and not tolerated - even in joking form. For some reason at this point, everyone on the bus looked at me with parental concern. The whole populace, it turned out, seemed to be in a state of robotic adoration when it came to his veneration. Even his Royal Regalia Museum, a suppository for his jewellery and state artefacts, seemed to be a testimony for his 'marvellous' days as a schoolboy. "He was an excellent student, giving grace and kindness to his fellow students." We paid particular attention to his jewellery collection that would have made our own Queen envious. Not disclosed to us by our guide but a certain 'Mr Google', is that he also has a particularly errant playboy brother who has a penchant for naming his superyacht 'Tits' and its ship’s tender 'Little Tits', that seemed at odds in a strictly Muslim country. We started the day with a boat tour (not on 'Tits') that included an official view of wealth and opulence - the royal residences set on the hills above a water stilt village. We toured the quaint hamlet, a colourful collection of ramshackle homes, that turned out to be far more attractive and appealing than the visions of excess on the hill - although they did seem to be clapped together in a fashion that looked like a fire hazard waiting to ignite on Guy Fawke's night.

Serviced by precarious timber paths, it was a maze with no end. An 'Escher' painting of confusing avenues spilling onto lanes and bridges that led you, befuddled and disorientated, back to the starting point. Here the local bus stops were water jetties hosting a continuous stream of small wooden runabouts hovering and buzzing about like frenzied bees. All reminiscent of a poorer version of Venice - without the gold, gilt and marble - but then, that was up in the houses on the hill. No-one was able to tell us how many people lived in this 'city by the water', but it squatted, overloaded and overflowing onto the mangrove banks of a river that we would travel up to view the country’s proboscis monkeys that peered out at us through the enveloping sanctuary of the jungle’s branches. Our tour continued to the aforementioned Regalia Museum (no photos please, His Majesty is far too modest for that) then finished at two magnificent mosques dedicated to the Sultan’s family. Both beautifully resplendent in minarets, domes, fountains and classic Islamic architecture. Benign and omnipresent, the Sultan encourages his peoples to educate themselves and pays them personally for achieving certain levels of education. He also pays a pension from his own personal coffers to those who have reached the age of 60; but then he does 'own' the country so theoretically it’s wealth is all his to distribute as he chooses. There is no tax. Medical care is obtainable for $1, no matter what standard of care is required and he provides a basic infrastructure of roading and water treatment. It all sounded very appealing on the surface and even after an amazing day of being carefully managed and steered away from looking behind the facade, I wondered - briefly - if this model could be adapted in our own country. Hmmmm ... Sultan Bill English ... Sultana Helen Clark? Though I’m just not sure how the No Drinking, No Smoking and No Public Forms of Affection will go down when Sharia law hits. Good luck with that one. But thank you Sultan Haji Hassanai Bolkiah Mu'issaddin Waddulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Sa'Adul Khairi Waddien ...or can I just call you bro? (ROSS THORBY)  PN

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MATAKANA FOR A GIRLS WEEKEND! Is time out needed for you and your girlfriends? Get together and come north for a winter weekend escape. Matakana/ Omaha is only 45 minutes north of Auckland and becomes a sleepy village over winter - an ideal time to enjoy the area.

Book a Bach through Omaha Holiday House or maybe a B&B depending on numbers. Come up Friday afternoon, drop your bags off and either head out for dinner to any of the sensational restaurants and bars listed below or pick up takeaways from Jin Jin with an Asian infused menu, Viet Q Foods the Vietnamese Food Truck or pizza from the Rusty Pelican and settle in for the first evening. Saturday - what’s the plan? Morning activities can be a walk along the 3.5km Omaha Beach or book a yoga lesson for your group with Mel at Oasis or with Susie at Yogabody. If pampering is your thing visit Angela at Love Nails and Spa. Bookings are essential. A Saturday morning must do is the Matakana Markets from 8am till 1pm down in the village beside the river. Pick up locally grown produce and freshly baked treats, either eat there or head to Plume, MMK, Black Dog or Le Patisserie for breakfast. The local Four Square always stocks the basics. Retail therapy is a must, we have an array of stores to look around including - Heavenly Soles, Piece Gallery, Tea & Tonic, Matakana Village Books, De lovely, Two Boutique, Home, The Jewelry Box, Damask & The Bach. Take a short

stroll from the village and find Summer Sessions, Fossick & Find, Kiera May and The Design Pod where you can meet Tanya the designer of in-house labels Leslie Herbert and Ritual, now exclusive to Matakana. Tanya is happy to personally style you and your girlfriends; if you are wanting a stylist to take you shopping, contact Tanya on Facebook designpodmatakana and she will organise another Tanya from Connexio.co.nz who is a specialist fashion coach and personal stylist. For those wanting to have a foodie experience take a class with The Local Food Kitchen Matakana, again just book in advance. After those activities pop into The Vintry for a mulled wine by the fire before you head out for dinner, or take in a movie at Matakana Cinemas. You could drive out to the newly opened Sawmill Brewery which has a great selection of home-brewed beers on site from ginger beer to rich, dark blends along with its tapas. A nice start to the evening. Dinner, where to go? Matakana has a great selection of restaurants for dinner such as MMK, Jin Jin, The Matakana Pub, Rusty Pelican and a short drive from the village you will find The Stables, Smiths Bar, Leigh Sawmill Cafe, Ascensions, Herons Flight - all are excellent.

Sunday what’s the plan? Over the course of the day you could check out the art culture in the area. A must see is The Vivian Art Gallery, the newly opened Sculptureum for the sculpture/ art walk - order a platter and sample some of their exclusive wines. Art Matakana at the Country Park or Morris & James for beautifully crafted pottery. For homewares you must stop in on the way home to River Nile Linen, Green with Envy where you can pick up a takeaway coffee, Ravish, Old School Inc, Mooi Mooi, Trio Soy Candles, The Red Barn and there’s The Hungry Elephant for those wanting hearty glutenfree vegan/vegetarian dishes with an eco-shop or stop in for those homemade chocolates at Chocolate Brown in Warkworth. If music is your thing, check out the gig guide and see who’s playing at Leigh Sawmill Café or The Matakana Pub. Or if you want a great walk - try tracks at Tawharanui, Mt Tamahunga, Omaha or Te Arai Point if you wish to cycle you can hire bikes at the Country Park. Cycle the trail from Matakana to Omaha? There are golf courses at Warkworth or Omaha, with a driving range South of Warkworth. Horse riding out at Pakiri or Kaipara Flats. If you need transport Facebook Matakana Coast Concierge formally known as Omaharians@omaharians have a mini bus that you can contact if you don’t want to drive, or Julian at Mahu Express, they are happy to pick you up from Auckland and take groups out about the area. Look up the local magazine The Junction to see what’s there. It has a more in depth look at what’s around and the personalities in the area; or contact the volunteers at the Matakana Information Centre, they will be happy to help. Please note they work limited hours.






CARDRONA VALLEY LODGE - A PERFECT BASE FOR A HOLIDAY IN THE STUNNING SOUTH ISLAND What strikes me first about Cardrona Valley Lodge is the peace and quiet, the serenity and sense of seclusion, which is amazing considering we are just a few minutes from some of New Zealand’s most popular ski fields and the iconic Cardrona Hotel in the heart of the picturesque Cardrona Valley near Wanaka. The stunning luxury lodge is the latest venture from The Game Chef, Angelo Georgalli, an ex-Grey Lynn chef, cafe owner and connoisseur of 'real good food'. Tucked discreetly at the base of Cardrona Alpine Resort and across the road from cross-country ski field, Snow Farm, the newly renovated, luxurious lodge is the perfect base for a holiday in the stunning South Island. Skiing, dog sledding, ice driving, hiking, biking, whisky tasting, heli biking, horse riding, farm touring and, of course, guided fishing and hunting expeditions, are all right on your doorstep. It’s the perfect base for every season. Especially winter! We couldn’t believe how close we were to the incredible Cardrona Alpine Resort, one of New Zealand’s best ski fields. The mountain basically ends up in the lodge’s backyard. And what a backyard it is. A huge, rustic outdoor fire, a fabulous wood-fired pizza oven, a garden full of seasonal delights, crab apple, quince, apples and pear trees, blackberries and veggie gardens - and a spa pool perfect for star gazing - it’s absolute heaven! As for the lodge itself, it’s truly gorgeous. I honestly love the simple things in life, but you can’t beat quality. I could literally go on and on about the amazing details, so let me just give you my top five: 1. Private, cosy, sumptuously furnished sitting rooms. 2. Open kitchen experience with Angelo - its pretty special having your own celebrity chef. 3. Private and tranquil, yet perfect proximity to Cardrona Alpine Resort. 4. Amazingly comfortable lush beds you never want to leave. 5. Large drying room so my ski gear was warm and dry every morning. There are also five deluxe king rooms with stunning ensuites, all exquisitely decorated in a timeless, rustic country ambience - it is a true alpine experience. But I think my favourite aspect of note about our stay was the generosity of Angelo himself. His willingness

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to share his lifestyle, his exceptional food and his time with us. I loved sitting at the big rustic kitchen table, watching as he effortlessly prepared wild venison and his own blackberry sauce for us for dinner, chatting the whole time, getting to know us as well as sharing his own story. Two days is not enough. There was so much I still wanted to do. I wanted that private archery lesson from Angelo, a horse trek through the local valley high country, and I wanted to walk to the top of Tuhoys Gully to see the entire valley in all its magnificence. Alas, our time at the stunning Cardrona Valley Lodge came to an end too quickly, but I’m consoled by the fact that it’s there, it’s not going anywhere and it’s only a short flight away to this amazing place I simply have to experience again. (STEPH GEORGALLI)  PN Bookings M: 021 744 452 or 021 744 421, www.cardronavalleylodge.co.nz



IT’S ALL ABOUT THE JOURNEY If group travel conjures up images of hordes of tourists following a guide with a megaphone, think again! Small group travel today can be the ultimate way to travel to some of the world’s most exciting, challenging and exotic countries. I am in the enviable position of hosting small groups of Kiwi travellers each year to the likes of South America and Africa, and can honestly say it’s the way to go! You may not have friends who share your particular ‘bucket list’ of travel desires, but don’t like travelling alone. Perhaps tackling a foreign language is too daunting, or you simply don’t have the energy to do it all yourself. Booking a small group tour takes care of all of that. There is company to share the experiences with, all the nitty gritty details are taken care of by someone else, and your host is there to smooth the way should anything unexpected happen. World Journeys creates and operates a range of small group tours each year, selecting our most loved destinations such as the game parks of Southern Africa, the beauty and traditions of Japan, and the epic ports of the Mediterranean. Some of these journeys include a cruise - whether that be Holland America Line in the Med, or a small ship in the Galapagos Islands. Other journeys take roads less travelled, such as our itinerary in still-developing Madagascar (perfect for avid travellers!). New for 2018 is a ‘Croatia & Slovenia’ journey, which has a little taste of Venice and Mostar thrown in. There is so much to savour - the karst caves of Postojna, the castles of Predjama and Bled,

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picturesque open-air markets, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, historic churches, palaces and bridges as well as the spectacular Plitvice Lakes National Park. A highlight for many will be the small-ship cruise along the Adriatic Coast, visiting some of the most beautiful Croatian Islands. Wine and food tasting along the way gives you a true glimpse of local life. In fact, food and wine is always a highlight of our travel, and we often include a farewell dinner at a ‘hidden gem’ favourite restaurant enjoyed only by those ‘in the know’. Most of all, I love the conviviality of travelling in, and hosting, a small group. There’s always company if you want it, or time to do your own thing every now and then. And every person brings something to the mix. There may be a keen photographer in the group who you can follow to get the best shots, or a fashionista who will call upon my haggling skills to buy jewellery or textiles in the markets. Many life-long friendships have been forged on tour, and many return again to travel with us in subsequent years. Travel is all about the journey, but it’s also about sharing the experience, and that’s the beauty of travelling with a group. (CHRIS LYONS, DIRECTOR & TOUR HOST, WORLD JOURNEYS)  PN www.worldjourneys.co.nz









1. Local resident and PN columnist Ross Thorby is pictured on a BRUNEI RIVER trip. 2-3. Local resident Dianne Hill tells us, "I've just returned from Jomtien in THAILAND. The first photo is on the waterfront at Jomtien, second photo at Cabbages and Condoms Restaurant at Jomtien, Thailand. 4. This copy of Ponsonby News travelled from Auckland to Dubai, Dubai to Johannesburg, Johannesburg to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, all the way through Zimbabwe then Zimbabwe to Botswana, through Botswana then on to Johannesburg, Johannesburg to Dubai, Dubai to Auckland! This is a photo of Tiffany Searle on the border crossing from Botswana to South Africa. Great read in an incredible place. Keep up the good work - Tiffany Searle (Ponsonby local, I work and live in Ponsonby). Dear readers please keep sending us your holiday snaps reading your favourite magazine, we love getting them! Photos need to be in high resolution (300dpi), so please email them to info@ponsonbynews.co.nz without reducing the size.

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FASHION + STYLE THE DIAMOND THAT MAKES THE CUT Many people believe a diamond is a diamond and all diamonds are the same. This couldn’t be further from the truth as there are many aspects to consider that change the overall look and brilliance of a diamond. When a rough diamond is to be cut there are many aspects a diamond cutter needs to analyse before deciding on how the rough will be cut, with the main objective being to maximise the value of the stone. The process of maximising the value of finished diamonds, from a rough diamond into a polished gemstone, is both an art and a science. The choice of cut is influenced by many factors. Market factors include the exponential increase in value of diamonds as weight increases, referred to as weight retention, and the popularity of certain shapes amongst consumers. Physical factors include the original shape of the rough stone, and location of the inclusions and flaws to be eliminated. Sometimes the cutters do compromise and accept lesser proportions and symmetry in order to avoid inclusions or to preserve the weight. Since the per-carat price of a diamond shifts at key milestones (such as 1.00 carat), many one carat diamonds are the result of compromising cut quality for carat weight. This is why we can see dramatic changes in how a diamond ‘faces up’ and consequently large price differences in seemingly similar diamonds. The colour, clarity and carat weight may be the same in two diamonds but if one is an excellent cut diamond (cut to ideal proportions) and the other is a fair or poor cut diamond - the two will be distinctly different stones.

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Chardae Brown Summer Supply (Havaianas and La Tribe store)

Once the rough has been cut, there are many different shapes to consider when it comes to choosing the right diamond/s for you. The beauty of the square diamond or princess cut diamond is often overshadowed by the round brilliant cut, but if you are looking for something a little more unique to the ever-popular round brilliant, the princess cut is certainly one to consider.

How did you come to be a retail salesperson? It was a bit of coincidence. I started working here part time while at uni, and loved working with the company so much I decided to stay on and take over the store manager role. The Havaianas and La Tribe online stores are both run from this location and I really enjoy that side of my role as well. I certainly keeps things busy around here!

Diamonds on Richmond currently has a beautiful 2.00 carat princess cut loose diamond available for viewing.  PN

What do you love about your store? I love the style and layout. It’s quite clean, simple and laid back and really gives the products a chance to stand out. We are a little off the beaten track so I love when someone new stumbles upon our store and falls in love with it.

DIAMONDS ON RICHMOND, 98 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, T: 09 376 9045, wwwdiamondsonrichmond.co.nz

What makes a standout retail salesperson? Friendly and helpful! Not too pushy. I like to make people feel welcome and comfortable to ask for help if they need it. Tell us about a memorable sale you've made this year... One customer bought our La Tribe Velvet Penny Heels for her and all her bridesmaids. It’s an important decision to make so it was flattering that she chose La Tribe to walk in on her special day. I’m super excited to see how they look! If you could wave your wand and have anyone in the world walk into your store right now, who would it be? Probably Rihanna; I mean, she’s Rihanna. She can also wear absolutely anything and make it look effortless and cool. If you could wave your wand and have anyone in greater Ponsonby walk into your store right now, who would it be? Anyone from Bioattic - as simple as that sounds. I’m obsessed with plants in my home at the moment, so I would love to have a chat with one of them! Where do you shop/enjoy shopping? Mostly online because there is so much variety and you can find things no one else would have. If not online, let’s be real you can never go wrong with Ponsonby Road. Name a great greater Ponsonby brand... Miss Crabb comes to mind. I love how the vibe is so bold but soft at the same time. The brand is so unmistakable and definitive; I think a part of this comes down to how well they market themselves.  PN SUMMER SUPPLY, 28 Mackelvie Street, Grey Lynn T: 09 361 2416, www.havaianasstore.co.nz, www.latribe.co.nz The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied





Tricolore! In honour of this month’s Vive la France theme: beautiful fashion from local stores in red, white and blue.






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Where to buy in Greater Ponsonby 1. twenty-seven names blazer $470 and dress $390 www.twentysevennames.co.nz

9. Seed knit $119.90 www.seedheritage.com

2. Seed shirt $139.90 www.seedheritage.com

11. Helen Cherry jacket, $669 and pant $469 www.workshop.co.nz

3. Zambesi shirt $350 www.zambesistore.com

12. Storm shirt $159 www.stormonline.com

4. Lonely dress $275 www.lonelylabel.com

13. Gestuz skirt $269 www.shophudson.co.nz

5. Staple + Cloth skirt $259 www.stapleandcloth.co.nz

14. Ruby shirt $149 (on sale) www.rubynz.com

6. Huffer long sleeve tee $89.90 www.huffer.co.nz

15. Dyrberg Kern earrings $199 www.dyrbergkern.co.nz

7. Gestuz pant $349 www.shophudson.co.nz

16. Revie heel $379 www.revie.co.nz

10. Huffer long sleeve tee $69.90 www.huffer.co.nz

8. Saben handbag $489 www.saben.co.nz

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Local designer: Cathy Pope A couple of months ago I was invited to a media showing by jewellery designer Cathy Pope held at The Botanist in City Works Depot. To call the situation outside the café’s windows a 'weather bomb' would be an understatement - it was one of those nights when you didn’t want to leave your home, let alone your car! I was so glad that I did though, as the collection on display, StoneStruck was truly worth it, and Cathy herself an absolute joy to meet. The local designer’s eighth collection, StoneStruck was a riot of strikingly bright, pigment dyed agate earrings and necklaces and statement cabochon pendants, definitely emphasising the real power of the earth’s creations. On the night, Cathy told me StoneStruck is her most rare and unique collection to date and that no two gemstones are the same, which made me fall in love with them even more. In addition, only one or two of each necklace and six of the earring pairs have been made, so when you wear a piece of StoneStruck you know you are in possession of something really rather unique. It was the designer’s first ever media showing, and weeks later she tells me with a laugh that she was super nervous on the night, “and then the rain came down, I seriously couldn’t believe my luck!” Despite the weather it was a considerable success though, and the collection has easily been her strongest yet. When we talk she is about to pack it all up alongside some of her other designs for a pop up store in the Bay of Plenty that she has organised with artists Flox and Ema Frost, the second of its kind for the trio. “We like to get on the road and travel to places where we have a lot of online sales but not much of a retail presence,” says Cathy, who loves the opportunity for customer interaction and feedback about her designs. “It’s so great to meet the people who buy our products as well as new ones,” she says, “and it really helps with loyalty, which is nice.” It’s this sort of new approach to selling that keeps brands like Cathy’s alive at a time when traditional retail is struggling, “and we try to make it really fun with things like goodie bags and competitions, which people love.” She says that StoneStruck was also created in answer to the changing retail landscape, “as a smaller, special offering rather than the big collection I usually do at this time of year. I wanted instead to create something a little more boutique and it seems to have really hit a chord with people, which is fantastic.” Drawing on her love of nature, colour and texture, Cathy has incorporated gemstones like moss agate, rhodonite, chrysophase and malachite into the limited edition collection, and although she isn’t a crystal gazer as such, she respects the power of each and every stone.

the chic, statement keepsakes that make up the StoneStruck collection. Classically inspired with a modern simplicity, each piece is created with women who prefer to wear boutique, ethical jewellery that isn’t mass produced in mind, and stockists like The Vault on Ponsonby Road fit perfectly with that ethos. Cathy’s focus has always been more about style than fashion and her designs are treasured possessions that will withstand fads and trends. “I love celebrating the imperfections of semi-precious gemstones and enjoy sourcing and designing with less convention,” she says, adding “I’m a fan of pattern and texture and I’m always striving to create a new experience for my customers and design unique pieces they haven’t seen before.” With a successful career in design, from costume design for TV, film and theatre to bespoke wedding dresses, Cathy is always looking for inspiration for her bespoke, luxury pieces but says that for StoneStruck, the stones spoke for themselves. “The moment I saw them I thought they looked like little pieces of art, with numerous stories going on inside each stone and such a great feeling to them,” she says. “All they needed was a simple, beautiful framework,” and the super talented designer was more than qualified for creating exactly that. (HELENE RAVLICH)  PN www.cathypope.co.nz

The bright, agate pieces from the collection appear to thus far have been the most in demand, which doesn’t surprise the designer at all. “People have really come to associate my jewellery with bright, bold styles and those pieces within StoneStruck seem to have really resonated with my customers,” adds the designer, with the combination of statement stones and simple design being a winning one. The stones were handpicked by Cathy during a trip to Jaipur, India, although in the past her gemstones have come from as far afield as Pakistan, Brazil and Africa. “I saw them and knew immediately that I could bring them to life,” says the designer, with the natural and dyed gemstones paired with high-quality Italian metals to form

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1. Carbonated style sapphire and diamond platinum crossover ring. 2. Carbonated style dress/engagement rings. 3. Busy Garden multi stone 18ct (mixed gold) neck piece. 4. Colombian emeralds. Cabochon cut and faceted. 5. Platinum, sapphire and diamond Art Deco style dress ring. 6. Diamond dress ring. 7. Multi diamond carbonated dress ring. CARATS, 25 Vulcan Lane, Auckland CBD, T: 09 309 5145, www.caratsjewellery.co.nz

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

You must be so excited about Honolulu. How I wish that I was coming with you! The thought of escaping the New Zealand winter and lazing about in the warmth is too beguiling. I think it is a good idea to purchase your swimming suit in Hawaii as you want to be up-to-date and who knows what they’re wearing there. Just think, when you return it should be starting to get nice and hot here and you’ll have had a huge head start on your suntan. Don’t be surprised if you see an extra-large trunk along with your luggage when you board next week - I will be in it! I am so pleased that you liked the skirts that I made for your holiday wardrobe. I had the linen woven for me by a local artisan, Sybil Mulvany[i], who has a real talent for colour. Once she’s threaded up her loom she can weave me many different pieces from the same warp[ii] - it is wondrous to watch. I think the stripes are suitably jaunty for a summer holiday. And if you need any ideas, darling, the skirt looks super with a black silk jumper and black glacé kid shoes. (That’s how I plan to wear mine). While not the South Seas, I am very much looking forward to a little boating excursion this weekend. George is taking me fishing in his wee dinghy, launching from the little beach at the end of his street. The weather is supposed to be very good - a continuation of the glorious blue sky days that we’ve been having this week. Of course this means that it will also be very, very cold! I don’t anticipate catching anything and am bringing along a good book just in case. George has much more patience for fishing than I but I do like bobbing on the water. You’ll probably be reclined on a deck chair reading French fashion magazines in the sun while I’m shivering away with only a thermos of tea to keep me warm. You know how I love a good costume drama... yesterday I took myself off to the morning session at the Britannia[iii] to see “Fashion Row” which promised bizarre, dazzling and new gowns in every scene. (It also sold me with ‘Virgins, Vengeance and Vodka’ to be completely honest!) While the drama was standard fare, my word the gowns were stunning! My favourite was a silver lamé gown that draped (or should I say dripped) from Mae Murray’s shoulder, forming a shimmering pool-like train behind her. How I wish we had occasions to wear such glorious things. But even if we did, one would have to be so confident to withstand the attention it would inevitably attract. You could carry it off my dear! While I’m on the subjects of gorgeous gowns... I’ve just finished a lovely frock for a young lady who - if I am to


Sybil and Josephine Mulvany, Taniko Weavers, Auckland 1927-1936


The warp threads run vertically and form the selvedges of a cloth

Rox Woodward’s Pictures / Britannia, ‘The Little Theatre with the Goods and Comfort’, Three Lamps (1924) [iii]

Madame Irene Ainsley, Pupil of Madame Mathilde Marchesi and Dame Nellie Melba, Teacher of Voice Production and Singing, 7 Waitemata Street, Ponsonby (1924) [iv]


believe her mother - is a rising opera star. She’s been studying with Madame Irene Ainsley[iv], one of our more glamorous locals and a former pupil of Dame Nellie Melba no less! Madame cuts a charming figure on Ponsonby Road and I hope to court her business once I find an excuse to pay her a visit. My young lady has been invited to perform a number of famous operatic arias at a recital at the Queen’s Hall[v] here in Ponsonby early next month. As I have been invited to attend, perhaps I shall arrange to ‘bump into’ Madame then. Madame should approve of her star pupil’s costume at any rate. While I know nothing of her musical talents, I do know that my young lady has wonderful taste in clothes. I was most pleased that she accepted my suggestion of a simple but exquisite gown inspired by a Paquin confection that we came across while leafing through Les Jardin des Modes[vi]. It is a mid-calf length gown with a short train which has a loose bodice with simple flat straps and a generous sash at the waist. She was also happy to accept my recommendation of a deep rose pink silk overlaid with silver tissue lace. The lace overlay extends beyond the underdress to her ankles, allowing a peep at her silver kid shoes. We are both very pleased with the result and I hope to attend the recital and see it by candlelight. The hall does have electric light but Madame I believe is rather a romantic and has demanded a more flattering mode of lighting for the evening. I’m not sure what I’m wearing yet but I feel that the evening demands sequins or metallic lace - or both! With this in mind, I’m going to see what I can find in the way of trimmings at a two-day exhibition and sale of Eastern and Oriental goods[vii] which starts on Thursday. The advertisement promises Indian laces and silks as well as brass and other trinkets. I’m hoping to find some little extravagances to use not only on my ‘opera gown’ but for my spring and summer collections. I like to take the opportunity when I can to buy trims that no one else has - it adds just that little bit more exclusivity to one’s designs. Anyway my dear, I’ll tell you all about my haul in my next letter, which I shall be addressing to you at your hotel in Honolulu, the thought of which makes me sigh with envy yet again. I think it’s time for a cup of tea and a big slice of cake to cheer me up. With all my love and best wishes for the most wonderful holiday,

Maudie xx

Queen’s Hall, Paget Street, Ponsonby


A French language women’s fashion magazine published monthly between 1922-1970 [vi]

The sale was held in aid of the Ramabai Mukti Mission in the East Street Hall, off Karangahape Road (1925) [vii]


illustration: Michael McClintock

Dearest Clara,

FASHION + STYLE FIRST SEASON OF VERSACE JEANS IN AUCKLAND George Harrison welcomed Versace Jeans to Auckland for the very first time as part of their ‘Fall Winter 2017’ collection. The FW2017 collection currently in store, has a strong European flavour with a touch of English modernity and Dutch lifestyle feel added to it. Showcasing collections by Versace, Karl Lagerfeld, Ted Baker, Reporter and the Dutch clothing company - No Excess. Darren Wong, the man behind it all, creates versatile collections straight from Milan and the Pitti Uomo every year. Darren goes that extra mile by successfully presenting a cohesive collection each season, focusing on sophisticated lifestyle pieces made from high-quality fabrics representing contemporary clothing lines. “I try to make international brands more accessible to New Zealanders and communicate fashion that Kiwis understand and want to have, at the same time maintaining years of relationships with our customers has helped me understand more,” says Darren. After a successful season, George Harrison now gears up for its end of season sale. All brands will now be up to 50% off. The Winter Sale at George Harrison is a definite ‘must go’ especially if you haven’t been to the store yet, plus it’s only five minutes away from Ponsonby!  PN

Clothing from the Versace Jeans Collection

GEORGE HARRISON: Flagship Store: 25 Elliott Street, Auckland Central, T: 09 366 7788; www.georgeharrison.co.nz

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING HELEN HARRISON OSTEOPATHY - RESTORING BALANCE TO THE BODY Helen Harrison Osteopathy provides holistic healthcare, from newborns to the aged, focusing on restoring balance to the body, achieving health and well being and creating change in a person’s quality of life. Although pain is commonly perceived as an indicator for osteopathic treatment, it does not need to be the sole indicator. If the requirement for treatment is viewed through a wider lens with the perspective of the body as a whole, rather than comprising of parts, the onset of pain possibly is prevented. Alternative approaches involve focusing your awareness on how you are walking (freely or with a limp), your energy levels, the role of stress and anxiety, ability to sleep and your immune function. Note whether much of your day involves prolonged sitting, computer use or manual work. Have you recently experienced an increase in headaches? Or do you feel merely ‘out of sorts’?

“As an electrician controls electric currents, so an osteopath controls life currents and revives suspended forces.” A.T. STILL If you need more information, request a 15-minute complimentary visit to meet Helen. She’ll answer your questions and discuss how osteopathy can help you.  PN Helen Harrison Osteopathy, 35 Jervois Road, Ponsonby T: 0274 895 588, www.helenharrisonosteopathy.co.nz

As a parent, look for changes from the normal in your child’s mood, behaviour, appetite or sleep patterns. Or, have they taken a tumble, fallen off their scooter or banged their head during play or sport? If you have a new baby, do they hold their head to one side or not want to turn their head, favour one breast over the other when feeding, or struggle to relax and settle? Also, consider the physical and emotional stresses that can occur during pregnancy and the birthing process. During the winter months, surfaces are slippery and we frequently find ourselves exercising in poor light. When we injure ourselves osteopathic treatment as soon as possible will facilitate recovery and aims to increase blood flow, improve lymphatic drainage and restore balance to the body as a whole. Helen is ACC registered, no doctor referral is required.

SECOND NZ HAIRDRESSER WIN FOR DANNY PATO Danny Pato of D&M Hair Design was recently named the 2017 New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year at the Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards Gala in Sydney - the stylist’s second consecutive win. “It’s amazing to win this title two years in a row,” said Danny. “I really believe you need to be true to yourself and stick to your guns and I can’t wait to do it all over again for another year!” The annual Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards are the longest running awards in the Australian and New Zealand hairdressing industry - the finale of Hair Expo Australia, the largest hairdressing event in the Southern Hemisphere.

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The Hairdresser of the Year award recognises Danny Pato as New Zealand’s most outstanding representative of the hairdressing industry. This is based on his demonstrated excellence in creativity and leadership, teamwork, business acumen, client management, industry development and recognition amongst their peers. A judging panel of 12 international and 12 local judges anonymously assessed photographic collection entries across 14 creative categories, as well as written

submissions for four business categories. The 2017 awards received 235 entries, a 40% increase from 2016, meaning tougher competition in many categories. “Danny has been chosen for his achievements both in creative vision and leadership in the industry,” said Julia Erben, Event Director for Hair Expo. “The heritage of the Hair Expo Awards is to encourage participants to be the best they can be, and our winners tonight are a true testimony to this demanding challenge.”  PN



WELLNESS & WELLBEING WEEKEND @ HUKA LODGE Join three locals Megan May of Little Bird, Lucy Vincent of Sans and yoga expert Nikki Ralston for a fabulous weekend. Diary Date: Friday 15 & Saturday 16 September. Ponsonby News talked to Nikki Ralston about the event. For those not familiar with your style of yoga, can you let us know what to expect at the Wellness Weekend at Huka Lodge in September? I developed The Ralston Method from my love of movement, the tradition of yoga and my deep understanding of the physical body. We use the body as a vehicle to explore the mind, develop a deeper understanding of the self and challenge our perceptions. Each day will start with a dynamic class to build heat and open the body and we learn to focus the mind by finding a deeper sense of alignment within the practice. Over the weekend guests will gain valuable insights and understanding into their own bodies, beliefs and patterns, through workshops with me where we break down key principles and experience. Our energy will be sustained thoughout by Megan May's exceptionally nourishing cuisine. The evenings will conclude with breath (Pranayama) sessions and meditation, setting guests up for deep restful sleeps.

and nature is a key part of that. We will practice yoga in my favourite part of the lodge with the view to the river; I could happily just sit there all day!

How important is the connection of this setting to the yoga you will practice with guests? There is something about being surrounded by nature that helps to bring us back to our own true nature. We get so caught up in the busyness of life, its easy to forget what is truely important. At Huka Lodge you are emerged in the abundance of the natural environment, so you can't help but slow down and breathe a little deeper, taking in the beauty of the land. This retreat is all about regaining balance

When you travel, do you always make time for yoga and where is one of the most memorable places in the world you've done this? When my partner and I travel we basically yoga, workout and eat our way around new places! I've been fortunate to practice in some epic places but my top two have to be Hawaii while looking out to humpback whales playing. The other was doing an outdoor class in Squaw Valley together, under the clear blue mountain skies. I am so grateful to have a partner that loves to do yoga with me; it's great time for us to bond and both be in a happy, calm state together afterwards.

Do you think it’s possible to balance some of life’s indulgences with wellbeing in general? I feel that mindset is of key importance when it comes to general wellness. If your daily habits are eating clean, nutrient-dense foods, exercising in a way that makes you feel good and taking the time to clear out the clutter from your mind, you are bound to make better choices. Once you commit to this, you feel so good that you don't really want to feel anything less than amazing and your choices start to come from an informed place rather than a deprivation or excess mind state. If you do choose to indulge once in a while, then don't waste your time feeling guilty about it or beating yourself up, just get back on to what makes you feel good inside and out.

Many of our readers lead busy lives and would like to simplify things. Do you have any tips for achieving this on a daily basis? We are all busy, but for most of us the greatest busyness is in our minds. If we want to start enjoying our life more and feel good, we need to consciously create the time to do more of what feeds us. Carving out time every day to do something that strengthens you, whether that is quiet time to meditate, read or draw or whether it's getting your feet on the earth, walking or dancing, spending time with friends... whatever it is that recharges your soul do it! If you're short on time and can't get out in nature for a walk, then at least go outside and stand barefoot on the earth. After all, life is for living, if we slow down and learn to appreciate the small moments, we might one day realise that they were in fact the most memorable.  PN www.hukalodge.co.nz/occasions/events/huka-lodge-wellness-retreat-2017

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Bone broth, winter warmth, winter immunity It’s mid-winter in New Zealand and the ills and chills associated with this time of year are a concern for many of us. Our first line of defence is always nutrition and the good news is that there is something really simple that we can do to warm the body while enjoying a nutrient dense, very easily digested meal. It comes in the form of bone broth soup which combines the incredible nutrition extracted from organic bones with a colourful combination of winter vegetables. Bone broth is top of mind for many health conscious people around the world. While it is very trendy today, it’s by no means a new fad. Bone broth, which is made by simmering animal bones, has a long history. Cultures around the globe have been making it for thousands of years and it remains a huge part of traditional cuisines. Bone broth is a great place to find over 19 easy to absorb, essential and non-essential amino acids (the building blocks of proteins). You also get collagen which helps form connective tissue, and gelatin to support digestive function. For anyone with tummy troubles bone broth should be a first port of call. Gelatin can work wonders for a permeable gut, helping to heal and seal it thus reducing the potential for allergies, food sensitivities and inflammatory gut disorders. When it comes to protecting our joints we can look to the well assimilated glucosamine and chondroitin found in bone broth and our hair, skin and nails will benefit from the collagen. Bone broth is also a great source of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus and other important minerals to help boost immunity. While we can make our own bone broth from scratch at home by simmering bones in a slow cooker for several hours we are fortunate that we can purchase organic bone broth ready made to add into an amazing soup that can feed the family for days. Here’s how to get started so you can enjoy the benefits of this special health-inducing elixir. You will need a slow cooker (at least five litres). At Briscoes they have an oval

shaped 6.5 litre Zip cooker for around $60. I add two pouches of organic beef bone broth into the cooker together with half a packet of Ceres Organic Dried Soup Mix, and a ‘Harmony’ smoked ham hock to impart a lovely smokey flavour. I add lots of vegetables including carrots (for sweetness) kumara (skin on), pumpkin, cauliflower (thinly sliced) red and white onions and a sliced leek. A large teaspoon of Vegemite melted in hot water can provide additional flavouring if required. While it can be more costly to purchase organic vegetables, there is a good reason for doing so. In New Zealand our vegetables (and fruits) are sprayed with numerous pesticides and herbicides so purchasing organic is ensuring that you are not adding a cocktail of chemicals to your soup. I top up the slow cooker with filtered water and cook overnight for eight or nine hours on low. In the morning I carefully lift out the ham hock remove the skin and bones, chop up the meat on a plate and add it back to the soup. After adding more water as required and a quick stir, it’s ready to enjoy. Joyce at IE Produce in Takapuna has everything you need to make your bone broth soup including the organic bone broth pouches. This wonderful winter warmer can provide a highly nutritious and very tasty luncheon and dinner for two people for three or more days. The money saved by backing off on the lattes or a bottle of wine at the weekend can be re-invested in your health. (JOHN APPLETON)  PN APPLETON ASSOCIATES, T: 09 489 9362, john@johnappleton.co.nz, www.johnappleton.co.nz

WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN DANGER BECAUSE OF BROKEN SYSTEM Launched just four months ago by Deborah Mackenzie (pictured below), Ruth Herbert and Tania Domett, The Backbone Collective is an independent body dedicated to building a system that keeps women and children safe from violence and abuse. After working for many years with abused women and trying endlessly to fix New Zealand’s broken system from the inside, the small team launched The Backbone Collective in March this year. It is completely separate from the Government and receives no funding and its published reports aim to change the way the system turns a blind eye towards abuse on women, often abandoning them in dangerous situations. Because Backbone is entirely independent, it can speak freely and share all its information without the fear of having its funding cut, something that supresses many voices working inside the system. “Backbone is not-for-profit and is working outside of Government to enable women who have experienced violence and/or abuse to have their say about how the system that responds to them can work better to make them safe and help rebuild their lives,” said Ruth Herbert, a founding member. Backbone is the only independent watchdog body for the violence-against-women response system in New Zealand and released its first report in April, with conclusions in it drawn from questions raised by the New Zealand Family Court. Over 600 women took part in its most recent report entitled ‘Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire’, published just last month, whose experiences revealed that Family Court often puts them and their children in more danger than they were originally in, and Backbone concluded that a Royal Commission of Inquiry is desperately needed into the functioning of the New Zealand Family Court. “Read the report and see for yourselves - action is required right now,” said Ruth. “Women and children are telling us they need change urgently for their safety. The number of women raising serious issues with the Family Court signals that greater investigation is needed and the only safe and appropriate way that investigation can happen is through a Royal Commission of Inquiry.”

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“That is the only responsible step Government can take based on the information contained in this report.” Originally set up around Deborah’s kitchen table, Backbone has now expanded to over 850 members and 100 supporters and is in desperate need of an office space, either free or at reduced rent. Having already been donated several desks and a photocopier, it is looking for a secure, lockable and relatively soundproof office located in the central suburbs that can fit two to three desks. They are also looking to recruit members and supporters who can help build the collective, to reach more women and collect more information from them and to develop and louder and louder voice calling for improvements to be made. (GEORGE SHIERS)  PN If you think you would like to be involved, have the skills, time, professional advice or donations and would like to get involved, or simply want to find out more about The Backbone Collective, you can visit the website at www.backbone.org.nz or email at info@backbone.org.nz. You can also make a donation via its Give a Little Page: https://givealittle.co.nz/org/backbonecollective


LIVING, THINKING + BEING AUCKLAND’S FIRST MALE-ONLY SKIN CLINIC OPENS IN PONSONBY Whether he’s a discerning gentleman with his grooming, or the quintessential Kiwi bloke in need of a little TLC to smooth out his rough edges, About Man will have him sorted. The brother to About Face, About Man is the first Auckland skin clinic - just for men - offering non-surgical services to prevent future ageing and keep men looking at their peak. About Face founder Marianna Glucina is excited about the launch. “The time is right, men have come of age. Since we’ve been looking after women’s skin for more than 30 years, we now want to put the same care and energy into skin treatments for Auckland men,” Marianna says. “There is more emphasis these days on men looking after themselves and their appearance. With men’s skin being 25% thicker than woman’s skin, with a rougher texture and oilier complexion (due to more sebum), men need specialist treatments to suit their skin,” says Marianna. About Man has facials, tailor-made to meet men’s skin concerns - sensitivity, congestion and signs of ageing. For deeper skin concerns like redness, acne scarring, sun damage or fine lines and wrinkles About Man can work out customised plans incorporating high -tech, non-invasive treatments such as the Clear plus Brilliant Laser (Voted 2017 NZ’s Best Face Treatment) and IPL, both pioneered by About Face. About Man is located within the About Face building. Feel free to drop in for a chat or make a booking online.  PN ABOUT MAN, 18 Jervois Road, T: 09 930 7565, www.aboutman.co.nz

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING NEVER2OLD AT THE YMCA Never2Old is an AUT initiative which is now franchised around gyms throughout New Zealand. It is an individually designed programme for the older person. Ponsonby News visited the Y in Greys Avenue to check it out. Nearly 100 people attend two or three times a week, working on specially prepared programmes depending on their fitness levels. All go through an initial medical check up, usually with their own GP, and present this to the Y staff to assist in the development of their programme. A happy group of oldies, many in their 60s or 70s, went through a warm up with instructor Gilly Voss, a Targeted Health Specialist, who has been with the programme for nearly 10 years, while Ponsonby News looked on. Gilly is herself a mature woman, who understands the limitations of older people. No 25-year-old hunks with bulging muscles were in sight. Centre manager, David Cory Toussaint, showed me around and explained the programme. David has a BSports Science and is extremely popular with the Never2Old participants. David is overseeing a major structural remediation of the YMCA building. When completed it will be able to house 1000 people to watch basketball and other sports. As well as their specific programme, Never2Old members can join pilates or tai chi classes whenever they choose. Most go twice a week. The social part of the membership is important. The group organises outings, morning teas, lectures and bike rides. They laugh a lot, talk together a lot, "exercising their jaws" as one wit described it. Each member has regular medical check ups, and their individual programme depends on their level of fitness and takes account of any medical conditions. All wear name badges, some with coloured dots prominently shown. For example, if one has a heart condition they will have a red dot on their name card. Balance and flexibility are often part of an individual programme. David explained that elderly people, especially those living alone have to be careful not to fall, as a broken hip is much more difficult to heal at an older age. While I watched on, Gilly took about 35 members through a warm up which included all manner of stretches. Then they were all off on their own to go through their individualised programmes.

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I had been a little sceptical that programmes were really actually carefully tailored to each person’s needs but, when I had a look at several programmes, they were all different and instructors were able to tell me why each member had certain repetitions on their list of ‘to do’ exercises. All YMCA staff have New Zealand recognised fitness qualifications. It was emphasised to me that this was not a money making exercise by the Y - it is largely a service for the older citizen. Gyms are often perceived as not welcoming to the less fit or the elderly - too much competition, too many show ponies, too many muscle bound 20-somethings. There was none of this on display at the YMCA the day I visited. Ponsonby News spoke to several members who were there that day for their exercise. Penny Somervaille is a regular reader of the Ponsonby News and lives in Ponsonby. She has been going to Never2Old for about eight years. John Austin is a small, fit looking man probably in his late 60s, who has just started the programme, but he is a regular cyclist so he has taken to it like a duck to water. Bob and Neil are also fairly new to Never2Old. They told me they had had a friendly and warm introduction from all members and staff, and didn’t feel in the slightest intimidated by the experienced veterans, who were so fit. Marianne loves the tai chi classes and is a member of Ponsonby U3A. Although AUT originated the Never2Old programme, it came first out of Green Lane Hospital, from their cardiac club. Regular exercise reduces the meds needed, even for those with severe heart or other medical problems. Elizabeth had a hip replacement last year. You just wouldn’t believe it. She is fit, supple, and looks like a tiny ballerina in action. She had been coming to Never2Old for nearly 10 years before her operation, was very fit, and her recovery was so much quicker than if she had not been so fit. This was a happy group of exercisers, enjoying the work, chatting to their friends, some planning coffee together afterwards. It was clear to me that they were gaining tremendous benefit both physically and mentally from the Never2Old programmes at the YMCA. They keep each other at it, and most say they would never do it alone. It’s clearly as much the camaraderie as the exercise that appeals to them. They get fit while having fun. I may join. (JOHN ELLIOTT)  PN www.ymcaauckland.org.nz


LIVING, THINKING + BEING FREE MENTAL HEALTH SKILLS EVENT Four Year 13 Business Studies students from St Marys College taking part in the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise scheme, are staging a free mental health skills event this August. To be held at Victory Convention Centre in Victoria Park on 8 August, the event targets 15-18-year-old high school students. “We looked around our communities, and found that in a society of conversation and intersectional* progression, mental health awareness was lacking.” The group of four young women is dubbed ACHELOS, and they aim to take an inclusive and appealing approach to mental health skills, (to create) “an event which appreciates the harder conversations but understands that the stigma surrounding asking for help is a barrier that can only be overcome by an appealing, fun and entertaining seminar.” They promise giveaways, free food, free parking, an interactive game being created specifically for the event by The Openfort, an interactive stall from Sparx, and group activities. “For our parents, and their parents, and their parents before them, mental health and all the heavier but invisible stuff wasn’t talked about. That kind of suffering was done in silence, so no skills or ability to cope with this stuff has been passed down to us and our generation.” *Intersectionality recognises that identity markers (eg, 'female' and 'black') do not exist independently of each other, and that each informs the others, often creating a complex convergence of oppression.  PN www.facebook.com/achelos.yes www.theopenfort.com www.sparx.org.nz

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING GREY LYNN WELCOMES JESSICA’S WIG & BEAUTY SALON After 30 years in Point Chevalier, Jessica’s Wig & Beauty Salon has moved to fabulous new premises in Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn. New owner Suzanne and manager Sophie tell us more. What do you do? We provide quality wigs and hair pieces to people suffering from hair loss, but it’s so much more than that. We feel privileged to be helping so many incredible people get their confidence back. Who are your clients? We see such a wide variety of people, it makes the job so interesting. Mainly our clients are women with hair loss from cancer treatment, alopecia or thinning hair after pregnancy, during menopause or with age. Our other clients are actors and people wanting a new look. Will people be able to tell that I’m wearing a wig? Often the first thing our clients say to us is “I don’t want to look like I’m wearing a wig.” Thankfully wigs have come a long way and can now look so natural. We have a huge selection available in different styles, colours and sizes. Many of our long-term clients often get asked where they get their hair done. It’s such a buzz for them and gives them so much confidence. Are quality wigs affordable? Yes, many people aren’t aware that a Government subsidy is available for most types of hair loss and often covers the full cost of a wig. We can talk you through how the subsidy works - it’s really straightforward. What’s different about Jessica’s? We absolutely love what we do and we love making our clients feel at home. We try our best to make it a fun and an uplifting experience and also provide hugs (if needed). It can be a really tough time for people, so sensitivity is also needed. Since we both have had personal experiences with hair loss we know how hard it can be. How do I arrange to come in and see you? If you come and see us between 10am and 4pm, Tuesday to Friday, you don’t need an appointment. We offer appointments and home visits in Auckland outside of these hours and for people with mobility difficulties. We’re always happy to chat by phone, so just give us a ring if you need any advice.  PN JESSICA’S WIG & BEAUTY SALON, Level 1, 29 Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn, T: 09 815 0275, www.jessicaswigsalon.co.nz

L to R: Manager Sophie and owner Suzanne, enjoying their new premises

WE ARE LOOKING FOR A SPECIAL PERSON TO LOOK AFTER OUR EXTRA SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD Ideally we are looking for somebody warm, intelligent, and quick thinking who loves children. Previous experience in caregiving is ideal but we are happy to train the right person. You will need: • an excellent work ethic • a current drivers licence • a caring and enthusiastic personality

• can work Wednesday-Friday, 8.30-4pm • some weekend & school holiday work • $24.50 per hour

Please send your CV and a short cover letter telling us why you would be great for this role to caringforkahn@gmail.com

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Q: A:

I’ve noticed my mum at 69 is looking a little ‘lacklustre’. Her walk has become more ‘rolling’; she then had a fall, resulting in grazes and a nasty bump on her forehead; her confidence has waned. I’m starting to worry, what do you advise?

You are right to be alert, getting the right treatment at the right time is critical to your mum’s sustained recovery. There are ‘accident-prone’ phases in our lifetime - statistically one in three seniors will fall and, due to a reduction in bone density which can lead to osteoporosis, fractures are common. At Living Osteopathy we treat many hundred’s of senior clients. I’d like to share some insights - what works and how to attain optimum results. As my dear mum says “growing old isn’t for the faint hearted.” Moving into ‘the third age’ is about maintaining as much ‘juice’ in your tissues and around your joints as possible. Working with muscles that are shorter and weaker, joints that are not as mobile, ligaments that are not as stable - what I say to my patients “it’s not the end of the road - it’s just a different road." There is plenty of proof that age is a mindset - look at French President Macron 39, married to his long-time love Brigitte, aged 64. Or my good friend, local personality and human dynamo, Peta Mathias, 68 - trust me her schedule would take your breath away! At the clinic we say ‘work with it while you have it’ as an osteopath I’m well qualified to create an exercise plan and show safe ways to perform specific exercises that are tailored to your needs. This individual plan is the secret to achieving what’s right for you. These may include pelvic floor - an area that needs stability and control as we age. Many ‘exercises’ can be easily woven around daily activities and even seated for ease and not ‘too much fuss’. The aim is to grow old gracefully in a controlled manner.

stuff indeed. I stress the importance of continued social events big and small as being part of our community is the spice of life.

Statistically, treatment and a tailored exercise plan has proven to greatly reduce loss of muscle mass and keeps all life-giving fluids: blood, lymphatic and cerebrospinal fluid pumping. Imagine your body is filled with tubes like hoses, and the intention for your good health is to keep all those hoses clear and flowing well - no kinks, no blockages.

Disclaimer: This article is for general information purposes only. If you have a specific health problem you should seek advice from an appropriate registered health care provider. Living Osteopathy is a Primary Health Care Provider registered with ACC and the OCNZ. Living Osteopathy does not accept any liability other than to its clients.

We invite Ponsonby News readers to ring Living Osteopathy on T: 09 361 1147, to discuss how we can assist any ageing friends or relatives. (SARAH-JANE ATTIAS)  PN www.livingosteopathy.co.nz

I suggest that clients walk and sit ‘tall’, to reduce the kinks. Walk with a specific focus of looking ahead not at the floor and arm and leg coordination. This all sounds simple but it has to be learnt and applied correctly to you as an individual. Many older clients are on medication, some symptoms such as dizziness can be a side effect. Part of my initial assessment is to evaluate medications, so clients have reasonable expectations, relating to their pain management, exercise and osteopathic treatment results. It’s a big picture and I aim to make that picture clear and actions doable. Find a practitioner who will go the extra distance - for instance I do home and hospital visits. I have a referral network of friendly professionals that I recommend. During home visits I always check that trip hazards are reduced, lighting improved, handrails and grab bars are correctly positioned in bathrooms. Everyday activities, running errands, bathing, cooking can all become hazardous. Work stations must be evaluated and improved, obstacles removed. I am currently treating an elderly lady at her home. She has suffered a fall in a lift (very common), fractured her rib and generally jolted her body. The pain literally took her breath away. Following her first osteopathic treatment, she had the best night's sleep and was feeling much better. The tension around the rib was reduced and the anticipation of pain was more manageable. I observed that it was harder for her to get out and about. I recommended a podiatrist to visit. Her family arranged a professional care helper, Driving Miss Daisy, who are excellent with showering, shopping and companionship. It’s important to nominate someone to coordinate all visits. These are all the little things that can become too hard to deal with if you are tired and in pain. Look for inspiration; take the Chinese for example. Millions of elderly people pour into the parks for their daily tai chi, social catch-up, smoky green tea and mahjong - stimulating

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The healing power of honey For a few years now we’ve been made aware that the all-natural ingredient honey is good for so much more than just sweetening up your tea or coffee or spreading on toast. Made by the alchemy of bees collecting nectar, pollen and resins from flowers, honey can help moisturise, fight ageing and fight bacteria. Plus the fact that honey's loaded with nutrients, antioxidants and healing compounds, if you love natural skincare choices, will be music to the ears. In my job sometimes it feels like you hear about a new honey-based skincare range launch every day, mostly from New Zealand and mostly with loads of money behind them. They don’t always have the most engaging stories or products though, and make wild claims that they can’t possibly live up to. Bees Brilliance skincare stood out from the pack, and after co-owner Julene Cropp contacted me and sent me a couple of its beautifully crafted creations I can’t wait to hear what this little company goes on to achieve. Julene’s husband Matthew is a fourth generation honey maker who grew up watching his father tend to the family beehives. Dad also developed the world-famous Royal Nectar Bee Venom Mask, and knowing they had something special on hand, Matthew and Julene launched themselves into learning more about honey-based skincare. The pair dedicated themselves to gaining an expert knowledge of bees and honey production, carefully researching the different compositions of honey to create a range that, when combined with the finest natural ingredients, “works as hard as the bees in their hives.” Their attention to detail is evident in everything from the eco-luxe packaging to their website, which is super comprehensive and pretty much details each and every ingredient that can be found in their skincare, and in true laywoman’s terms. They include manuka honey, bee pollen oil, royal jelly, allantoin and aloe vera powder, which come together to create some pretty special formulas. So far from the Bees Brilliance range I’ve been playing with the Manuka Honey Foaming Cleanser, which comes in a handy pump bottle and when mixed with water, becomes a soft jelly foam of microbubbles, and the Instant Hydra Firming Shot, which is new to the range and perfect for this time of year. An intense daily hydrating and cooling gel cream that 'instantly firms, lifts and plumps skin', it is lightweight but instantly hydrating, leaving your skin feeling pretty fabulous. In the formula you’ll find Aquaxyl, a natural derivative of two plant sugars that is a powerful, long-lasting moisturiser that actually increases water retention by improving the skin’s natural ability to retain water, and 'Chiwi 8 Complex', a potent blend of the best of New Zealand’s botanicals and the world of traditional Chinese medicine to protect the skin from ageing. Intriguing, and amazing.

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I spoke a few issues back about Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream, a 99.6% naturally derived, potent formula that is the first of its kind to leverage the combined efficacy of two world-renowned wellness ingredients - New Zealand-sourced manuka honey and Korean red ginseng root. The manuka honey used in Pure Vitality is sourced from a New Zealand-based, Maori owned company called Watson & Son, who is one of the biggest producers of manuka honey in the world. Lancôme is another major international brand that has embraced the powers of honey for its sophisticated line up in the form Miel-en-Mousse, a new make-up remover that will delight the senses and leave you hooked. A double cleanser containing water enriched with acacia honey, its 2-in-1 honey-like texture immediately captures make-up and impurities, before you add water and watch it transform into a mousse to remove any remaining residues. What really makes it special is that it is suitable for all make-up styles - even the most Instagram-heavy - and the honey and vanilla fragrance makes using it as pleasant as it is addictive. Lastly, taking care of my feet is a big one for me, and up there with regular facials when it comes to spa-at-home type treats. I love a good foot-centric product that feels amazing and actually works, with genuine transformative properties as well as a great smell. This is where Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Foot & Heel Cream comes in, one of my absolute faves. Pretty much like a super-nourishing anti-ageing treat for the feet, it is an advanced formulation specifically designed to deliver feet and heels with deep, intense hydration. Packed full of powerful natural ingredients including UMF 18+ Manuka Honey (an ingredient for which the company is rather obviously known), hydrating avocado oil, super nourishing shea butter and beeswax, the indulgent, rich but easily absorbed cream works with the skin to instantly boost moisture levels and re-energise dry and tired skin, as well as improve cracked heels. In addition to these key active ingredients, skin-soothing peppermint is in there to add a cooling element that makes it a great idea during the summer months. All Manuka Doctor products are dermatologically tested but never on animals, and contain no parabens or SLS, and no harsh preservatives, just the good stuff! Oh, and it goes without saying that Manuka Doctor products should not be used by people allergic to bee stings... for the obvious reasons! Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Foot & Heel Cream clocks in at a very reasonable $19.75 for a 75ml tube, so it makes an easily justifiable gift to self. (HELENE RAVLICH)  PN www.beesbrilliance.co.nz www.manukadr.co.nz


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CARING PROFESSIONAL Renee Taylor - Speech-Language Therapist Speech-Language Therapist (SLT) Renee Taylor completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in psychology and then a Masters of Speech Language Therapy Practice at the University of Auckland. During her studies she lived in the Ponsonby area; she worked part time at Cyan as a salon assistant and also did some support work for children with special needs who live in the area. Renee currently works at Counties Manukau District Health Board as a community SLT. “I work with adults who have swallowing and/or communication difficulties. These difficulties can occur after a stroke, with a progressive neurological disease like Parkinson's, head and neck cancer, or even just old age. "Recently I have established a private practice and am the owner/director at Swallow & Speech Therapy Consultants. We run clinics and do home visits too. "I have also linked up with the Pure Food Co. providing support and advice around their brilliant texturemodified food products. These incredible products are life changing for people with swallowing difficulties. "In my spare time I love to get out and about diving, fishing and snowboarding.” How did you come to be an SLT? When I was studying for my undergraduate degree I picked up work as a support worker for children with special needs. I saw how SLTs could help these kids communicate with the world and also help them eat and drink safely. I found out that the University of Auckland provided a master's degree so naturally applied for it, and thankfully got in! What do you love about your job? I love that I can contribute to people's lives by being able to facilitate improved communication and swallowing outcomes. We forget and take for granted

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how essential talking and eating/drinking is in daily life. It's embedded in all cultures and areas of living. Once those things have changed, then your whole being and quality of life also changes. I like that I can help improve these areas for people. What do you find challenging? It’s hard to see the full effect that communication and swallowing difficulties can have on not just an individual but their family, friends and work colleagues. Learning to take on that extra emotional element is a challenge. Can you share an anecdote about a case? I get referrals from GPs, health professionals, family members and individuals with various difficulties with eating and drinking or with talking or communicating. I'll always remember this one young client who I worked with alongside my SLT colleague Jessica McMillan. He’d had a stroke some years earlier which left him with significant difficulties with speech and language output. He had passed the two-year mark post stroke which some people still sadly deem as inappropriate for rehab. Thankfully we were able to see him and formulated a personalised therapy plan which allowed him to be able to finally speak to his young children.

with people with really debilitating medical conditions or diseases. Especially when you're working so closely with them to reach their goals, usually at their home, which adds another element of emotional investment. When I first started the job this was hard for me to deal with. I've learnt to use mindfulness (which I also like to use in my therapy) and also take time to do the things I love with the people I love. I also really like making terrariums which has been a great tool for unwinding after a hard day. I started a small side business called Peace Pod where I sell my creations. What's your advice to people seeking SLT treatment? People think that all we do is help stuttering. Don't get me wrong, there are many amazing SLTs out there doing groundbreaking therapy to assist this population. However, there is another side to what we can, and do, do.

One area that is unfortunately rising is that of HPV (human papilloma virus) related oral and throat cancers. These cancers are often treated with chemo and radio therapy which can then lead to swallowing difficulties. Our role here is to provide pre, during, and post-treatment therapy and support to help reduce the effects of chemo/ radio therapy on swallowing function. We can be involved in the care plan for up to two years post treatment.

If you or your loved one has a difficulty with communication or eating/drinking then consult a speech-language therapist. You can do this through your local district health board by asking your GP to refer you to the community SLT. You can also seek information through the private sector by calling or emailing us with your questions or concerns. If we aren't the right professionals for your difficulty then we will know the direction to point you in.  PN

What do you do to care for yourself? Sometimes it can be emotionally overwhelming working



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MEET THE TEACHER Finn Scholes, trumpet and piano teacher Private teaching at Vermont Street studio; Henderson High School, ACG Parnell College. About 40 students, aged four to 60. How did you come to be a trumpet and piano teacher? I’ve always wanted to be a professional musician. I started learning the piano when I was six and the trumpet when I was 10. I’ve been playing music professionally for 12 years. I’ve always loved teaching as well as playing, because I like helping others discover the joys of this awesome activity. Where did you train? I have a music degree from the University of Auckland. What brought you to your current schools? These schools are prepared to accommodate my hectic life as a freelance musician. What are your favourite things about being a teacher? I like it when my students get to discover music. It can become an important part of their lives. What has been a highlight of your teaching career? I really enjoy taking bands. I am teaching a band of secondary students called ‘The Good Vibes’. They’re awesome. I look forward to seeing them let loose on the music scene.

mixing desk; turn my students into amazing session musicians and their parents into waiters bearing cheese platters. Five tips for mums and dads with kids wanting to learn a musical instrument? 1. At the beginning it’s good to sit with your children while they practise, just for 10 minutes a day. 2. If your children are involved in many activities, it can be very difficult to get enough practise done.

A low point of your teaching career? Travelling huge distances across Auckland in heavy traffic.

3. Insist that your children do their practise - at least 10 minutes a day.

How would your principals describe you? As an itinerant music teacher. I don’t usually meet principals. How would other music teachers describe you? Some might think I should be stricter; others might commend my relaxed attitude.

4. Listening to music at home is really helpful. Especially if it features their instrument. I recommend listening to my band, Carnivorous Plant Society - it features many different instruments.

How would your students describe you? I’m pretty sure they all like me.

5. Private lessons are very beneficial. At my Vermont Street studio, you can learn guitar, bass guitar, violin, trumpet, trombone and piano from me and three other great private music teachers.  PN

If you could wave a magic wand in your ‘classroom’...? I’d probably fill the room with amazing instruments, get them all hooked up to a flash

FINN SCHOLES, Vermont Street, Ponsonby M: 027 304 5796, www.nzmusicteachers.co.nz/finn-scholes

STYLISH TIME TRAVELLER In 1962, 15m of daffodil yellow, silk chiffon was used to make a strapless, pleated skirt gown, worn to her debutante ball in London by the then 17-year old Diana Herrick. Last month Diana’s, 16-year-old granddaughter Annie, wore the same gown to her Western Springs College ball. But the dress hasn’t done mere double duty. Annie’s mum Lucy Fitzgerald wore it, aged 17, in 1987. Her aunt Caroline wore it as a 16-year-old in 1992. Another aunt, Georgie, wore it at 21 in 2007. The dress will go to the United Kingdom next, so that Annie’s cousins may take their turn. A shining (daffodil yellow) example of buy well, buy once!  PN 1. Annie and Lucy; 2. Lucy Freeman (Annie's mum) 17 years old at the Ngatawa Ball 1987; 3. Georgie Freeman (Annie's aunty) in 2007; 4. Annie and Amira Parent.


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Back to the future for footballer Stephanos Georgiou Think of the great nations of world football. Brazil, Italy, The Netherlands, Argentina, Spain. And Germany. Always Germany. The Germans have been in more World Cup finals than any other country - eight - and their total of four victories is bettered only by Brazil. Attendances at matches in the Bundesliga - their first division - are higher than in any other league in the world. Worldwide respect for German football is summed up in this quote from England great Gary Lineker, when asked to describe football: “Football is a game contested by two teams of eleven, played over two halves of 45 minutes. And in the end, Germany wins.” Quite clearly then, Germany and Stephanos Georgiou were made for each other. The young Western Springs striker departs New Zealand for Germany this month to take up a contract with Bundesliga club SC Freiburg, and if he has his way, he won’t be back other than for holidays. Stephanos (Stevie or Steph to his mates) was born in Germany 14 years ago to a Kiwi dad and Greek mum, and the family moved to New Zealand when he was three and a half. Football was in his blood, a fact which became apparent as soon as he opened his mouth and uttered his first word. Not “Dadda” or “Mamma”, but “bala”, or ball in Greek. At age two he was kicking the ball against a wall with the precision of someone much older, and when he was five he demonstrated the competitive spirit which would stand him in good stead. He lost a game and came straight home to practise, saying, “We need to beat them next time.” Last year he ventured back to the country of his birth to test himself in one of the most competitive football environments in the world, and to search for ways to improve his game. He trained with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, a top youth development club in the Bundesliga. On the first day he was told that if he was good enough he could play in a match the next day. Despite not understanding German, he performed well enough, and was duly selected for the match against SC Freiburg. With the score 2-2 at half time, Stephanos came on for the second half and helped his team to a 7-2 victory, scoring one goal himself and getting several assists for the other goals. The head youth coach from Freiburg was watching, and was impressed with the Kiwi’s eye for goal, unselfish play, two footedness and control at pace. Clearly he thought he’d rather have Stephanos at his club than have to play against him again, so he asked the young striker if he’d like to come back for trials with Freiburg. So in April this year Stephanos had two weeks with Freiburg and now, having confirmed their initial assessment, Stephanos and his parents are packing up and moving back to Germany long term to pursue the dream. But with the opportunity of a lifetime comes the toughest challenges of his young life, as Stephanos explains: “It’s going to be very hard because of the language and culture and new style of play. I have to change schools, and leave lots of friends behind, especially my best friend, my brother Samuel. He’s 24, so he’s staying here to study. Training is always very competitive, with no let up in intensity, and that’s straight after school, four

Ross Georgiou has his eyes firmly on Germany days a week. On one of those days, there’ll be extra strength and conditioning training, so that’s a three hour session in total. Games - many will be in France and Switzerland as Freiburg is close to their borders - will be up to six or seven hours away by bus.” It’s a gruelling schedule, but Stephanos couldn’t be at a better club if he’s to fulfil his ambition of becoming a professional footballer. SC Freiburg is known as developers of talent, and then selling the finished products on. Therefore it’s in their interest to make Stephanos the best player they can, which will only help Stephanos fulfil his other goal, of playing international football. Therein lies a potential problem. Born in Germany, to a Kiwi father and Greek mother, Stephanos is, under FIFA rules, eligible to play for any of three countries. Given the option, which would he choose? “I feel most like a Kiwi and a Greek,” says Stephanos, “but I would like to play at the best possible level and of course German football is best. But you’ve got to be asked first! If any of my countries asked me, it would probably be impossible to turn down.” (BILLY HARRIS)  PN

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Zoo vet celebrates colourful 50-year career Grey Lynn local and Auckland Zoo’s much -valued manager of conservation science, Dr Richard Jakob-Hoff, is celebrating 50 years working with wildlife. The Swiss-born 66-year-old has spent 28 of these years at Auckland Zoo, and remains as passionate about wildlife conservation and the environment as ever. What got you into zoos? My mother was very keen on animals, and I was animal -mad from birth! I had an insatiable curiosity and kept everything from budgies and hamsters to newts, frogs, dogs and cats. My first (after-school) job was working as a kennel boy looking after dogs. At age eight, we moved to Bedfordshire, England. It was here as a teenager that I wrote to Whipsnade Zoo asking for a job, got an interview, and soon after, my first zoo keeping role. I worked with everything from elephants and giraffe to Indian rhino, birds and monkeys. Who has most influenced your career path? My boyhood hero, Gerald Durrell, who I feel incredibly honoured to have worked for. After two years at Whipsnade, I wrote to him, boldly asking for a job at Jersey Zoo, and got one! ‘Mr D’, as we called him, was extremely encouraging of me as a young keeper, and expected us all to give ‘his’ animals the very best of care. Research was a huge priority. In fact the whole zoo was based on science. One of our most important jobs was to find out as much as we could about the animals we cared for, learn and share, and write up our findings. This made me really interested in animal behaviour and wanting to study animals in the wild so that I could look after them better in captivity. Since then I’ve been able to use the knowledge and skills learnt from my zoo work, to help wildlife in the wild.

A 16-year-old Richard Jakob-Hoff in his first zoo keeping role at Whipsnade Zoo in 1967 and, right, today at Auckland Zoo with female giraffe Rukiya. It was my time at Jersey that inspired me to emigrate to Australia, study animals in the wild, train and work as a vet and curator, and eventually come to Auckland Zoo. Since 1989, I’ve had roles here as senior curator, veterinary team manager, and for the past three years, my current conservation science role.

recognised conservation organisation directly supporting conservation in the wild. It’s working with the community to raise awareness of the plight of wild animals, and what each of us can do to create a future where we can live in harmony together. It’s an inspiring environment and explains why I’m still here!

An unforgettable moment... Soon after I arrived at Jersey Zoo, ‘Mr D’ hosted the annual fundraising Dodo Ball. He made name tags for everyone’s place setting with the name and a little cartoon animal character. He deliberately sat me next to himself so he could get to know ‘the new kid on the block’. His sister Margo was on my other side. As you can imagine, I was overwhelmed to be given this place of honour sitting next to my hero! He was very kind and put me totally at my ease.

Become an animal champion these holidays! Sat 8 July - Sun 23 July, 9.30am-5pm

Some Auckland Zoo highlights… The development of a true partnership with the Department of Conservation (DOC) to assist New Zealand native species. Zoo keepers and our veterinary team now do a huge amount for our endemic species - both on-site and out in the field all over New Zealand.

Become an animal champion at Auckland Zoo these July school holidays and be in to win great prizes! On arrival, choose from among five incredible species - elephant, kiwi, tuatara, tiger or giraffe. Collect the activity sheet for the animal you’d like to champion, then venture around the zoo to take part in interactive activities and complete your animal activity sheet to gain your certificate as official animal champion! There are awesome prizes, including up close animal encounters, to be won for each of the five animals. Visit www.aucklandzoo.co.nz

A part of my first job here included helping to establish conservation as core business. Many staff, past and present, have been instrumental in seeing this realised. It’s fantastic! Another key project close to my heart was leading the establishment of a new vet centre - our New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine opened in 2007.

Richard with kakapo rooster on Whenua Hou (Codfish Island) in 2009. Auckland Zoo vets provide veterinary support to the Department of Conservation’s kakapo recovery programme.

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How have zoos changed over the past 50 years? Today zoos see themselves as a global network working together, and with their own communities, to make a positive difference for wildlife conservation. Fifty years ago this was rare. Auckland Zoo itself has transformed from a traditional city zoo into an internationally PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


PETS AND PATS LUXURY DOG DAYCARE AND FARMSTAYS Welcome to Dog Disneyland, a 20-acre farm, 18 minutes from Ponsonby, where your dog can do as much or as little as they like, all in the safety of their own private, gated, secure, country estate. We pick up and drop off to your home/office. Pricing from $40. Free $195 complimentary voucher for you to use for a no-obligation trial. Daycare: We look after a small, discerning number of local families. We are like the private school of dog daycare. We have the largest and best facility in the country with the smallest numbers of dogs, the largest indoor and outdoor spaces and lots of one-on-one individual attention with our highly skilled staff. Kids can swim, play, unwind in our play paddocks, bushwalks, tennis courts, pool and cinema lounge. Farmstays: We only have eight VIP guests staying per night and they sleep inside our luxury farmhouse with all the creature comforts they enjoy at home. When looking for care for your beloved pet, here are some questions I encourage parents to ask when interviewing potential places/services. 1. Ask how many dogs are in your facility/care? 2. Ask what is the staff to dog ratio and what qualifications do your staff have? So you can ensure your dog is getting quality one-on-one attention. 3. Ask what does my dog do in your care? Find out how much time is spent in cages or inside vs how much time exercising/playing, etc. 4. Ask what onsite care is available when my dog is with you. It’s not uncommon for some places when dogs are put to bed from 4pm to not have anyone living on site during the night. You should also ask how close is the nearest vet. 5. If using a dog walking service, ask where do you walk my dog, is it safe, how many dogs do you take out at a time, how long is my dog travelling in a vehicle for, what happens if there is an accident? Do you have insurance should anything happen to my dog or my home? At Pets and Pats, we understand dogs are our best friends and cherished members of our family, they deserve nothing but the best. If you’d like to try the Pets and Pats experience, please call for your $195 free complimentary voucher. We look forward to welcoming you. Dog HQ: Herne Bay; Country Estate: Dairy Flat. M: 021 539 699, angela@petsandpats.com facebook.com/petsandpats



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Jenny Gower and her chickens Jenny Gower’s brown shaver hens are almost two years old. She and her husband David have had the hens since they were babies. How did you come to chose the hens? David had mentioned casually (often!) that it would be cool to have backyard chickens. For years I said no then one day I just decided to relent. He couldn't believe it! So he got them for his birthday. How did they get their names? We named them Crispy and Spicy just in case there was ever any doubt about where they would end up if they didn't perform. But they just get called "chooky" or "chicken nuggets" or "those bloody chickens”. We didn't have to modify the property at all for the chickens as it was already fenced. However, to avoid the chickens strolling through the house (which they will do at the drop of a hat) we decided to replace the deck and balustrade. My son and husband worked hard through the summer doing a beautiful job. We spent a lot of time spacing the balustrades just so. When it was all finished and painted and beautiful and we were sitting there sipping a gin and tonic admiring our handiwork, a chicken walked straight up and went between the balustrades - what we had failed to notice was that some of the gaps between them were a perfect chicken shape! What is your favourite thing to do together? They are so entertaining to watch, very comical. They have quite different personalities. One is more confident and stroppy and the other more reserved. It's really funny to

catch sight of people walking past our fence on the way to Ponsonby and do a double take when they realise there are chickens on the lawn. Little kids love to see them. Do the hens have any friends? They have grown up with our cat Gypsy who met them when she was about 10 weeks old. We would often find her in the chicken coop - including cuddling up to an egg. They also seem to be quite friendly with a pair of pigeons who are on to a good free meal with all the grain that's always scattered about. What do they like to eat? They were raised on commercial layer pellets that I get from PGG Wrightsons out in Kumeu. I'm sure the guy at the store has a good giggle about my Ponsonby chickens when I go in there for supplies. In the winter when there aren't so many bugs around to eat I also feed them Fancy Feast tuna cat food! They love it. I have to be careful I don't buy chicken by mistake because that would just be wrong. For most of the year we get two eggs a day (one from each obviously) but at this time of the year production is somewhat slow.  PN

SPCA AUCKLAND NEEDS HELP TO BUILD A SECOND CENTRE SPCA Auckland’s Mangere Animal Village is in crisis and is struggling to keep up with the volume of injured, neglected and abused animals in need. The city’s population growth shows no sign of a slowdown, meaning more animals in need of care. So SPCA Auckland is building a second centre in Hobsonville. To build the satellite centre, SPCA Auckland must raise another $1.5 million in just 12 months. SPCA Auckland treats and cares for around 15,000 animals a year and has a team of nine inspectors on the road each day. The current SPCA centre in Mangere is the only SPCA facility in Auckland, serving a population of around 1.5 million people. The SPCA Auckland Inspectorate is responsible for responding to animal welfare complaints in a 7980 sq km area and reaching these animals in time as the population grows and the city’s boundaries spread is proving difficult. SPCA Auckland CEO Andrea Midgen says the need for a second centre is urgent. “We can no longer work effectively from one location. Our inspectors need to travel longer each day as the city’s population spreads further and further. Added to this, each journey they make takes significantly more time than it used to due to traffic congestion. “A second centre will also give more people the opportunity to give an SPCA animal a forever home, or provide a temporary foster home. Being on the opposite side of the city to the current SPCA centre, we believe more people will consider adopting a pet from us because we will be more accessible.” Construction on the North Auckland SPCA centre could start as early as October 2017, with the facility built to house adoption facilities and provide a base for SPCA Inspectorate services in North Auckland. 2016 SPCA Auckland fast facts: • 6990 animal welfare complaints received by SPCA Auckland, a growth of 576 on 2015 • Animal welfare complaints by population: 1:202 • 9359 animals cared for in the hospital • 4241 de-sexing operations performed • 2415 animals in foster care • 769 animal emergencies attended (2015 figure) To donate to the North Auckland build fund visit www.spcaauckland.org.nz/crisis

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RESCUED FROM A LIFE OF MISERY Please help us find our loving forever homes! Bronson, Sammie and Meila were part of a large family of cats living in dreadful circumstances - they were starving to the point of eating grass to survive, riddled with fleas and unloved. Now fully recovered and thriving with lots of love and attention, they have transformed into the most delightful cats - Bronson is a snuggler and very affectionate, so, too, is Sammie. Meila is a little shy but very sweet and affectionate. Once settled, they will quickly adapt to their new homes, making wonderful companions and family members. They are approximately one year to 18-months-old, de-sexed, micro-chipped and vaccinated. ď Ł PN For further information or to apply for adoption please email: billie@daviesandpartners. co.nz or phone/text to M: 021 671 712




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Email Michael with your question and include PONSONBY NEWS in the subject line. Michael Hemphill, a partner of the firm, will answer one topical question each month.


I may require your services. I am looking to purchase a new commercial premises from which to operate my automation business. I have my eye on a building out in East Auckland and I have been told that I should arrange for a lawyer to review the agreement before I sign on the dotted line. I have a feeling that there a number of things I should be looking out for. Are you able to help? Geoff.


Happy to help, Geoff. Where you may have to do a lot of work to check out a property it is a good idea to have a comprehensive due diligence clause. This means that you can agree on the price and know that you have secured the property before you start spending money on lawyers and reports. A good due diligence clause will provide you with appropriate access to the property and information from the vendor. You want the condition date to give you enough time to carry out all the necessary reports and hopefully tick off a few of the cheaper things first. Ideally the condition should let you cancel if the property is not suitable without having to provide reasons or reports. If the property is not suitable you don’t want to have to spill your guts to the vendor and the agent who may not be happy with you. The agreement should provide that the deposit is payable when the agreement goes unconditional, this saves you having capital tied up and arguments about getting the deposit released. Certificate of Title - Your lawyer will check the title for the property but you should check the title against what is physically on the property to make sure the title correctly records all structures that are permanently erected on the property, carparks can also be crucial. A review of the title should involve searching all of the interests registered on that title and whether any of those interests will adversely affect your use of the property, including any body corporate rules. LIM - Your lawyer should review the LIM to determine the zoning and permitted use of the property, including the effect of the Auckland Unitary Plan. The LIM will also record any building or resource consents that may have been acquired for the property, whether the building has a current warrant of fitness and if the property subject to any restrictions or zoning requirements. This is particularly important if you are intending to change the use of the property as the council may use this as an excuse to revisit all of their requirements for the property. A client of mine once bought a gift shop intending to change it into a bar and the council decided to require full earthquake strengthening to the building as part of this consent process. It is often worthwhile going into the council to talk to a planner. Make sure you record their full name and position if you are relying on their advice. If you know that you are going to do something unusual with the property then you may want to consider engaging a professional planner. Soundness and quality - You may want to engage an engineer to review the soundness and quality of the building, particularly if it is an older property. An initial evaluation procedure, coined an IEP Report, may be available from the vendor or lodged with the council. This report assesses the building for its potential earthquake rating to ultimately determine whether or not the building is earthquake prone. Lease - Although you might want to use the property to operate your own business you need to be aware of any current lease in place. I once had a client buy a property on the assurance from the vendor that the lease had expired. They didn’t talk to the tenant who wanted to renew. Even though the tenant had missed their review date they still had a statutory right to apply to the High Court for relief. Our client ended up with a tenanted property when they wanted a vacant one.

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Once more the Chinese proverb “meet the neighbour, buy the house” rang true. Tax advice - always get professional tax advice when purchasing (or selling) commercial property. Let me know if I can help you with any parts of the investigation and good luck. (MICHAEL HEMPHILL)  PN Disclaimer - this article is for general information purposes only. If you have a legal problem you should seek advice from a lawyer. Metro Law does not accept any liability other than to its clients and then only when advice is sought on specific matters.

METRO LAW, Level 1, 169A Ponsonby Road, T: 09 929 0800, www.metrolaw.co.nz



Family Incomes Package proposed for 1 April 2018 In order to help lower-income families with young children meet their living costs, and improve incomes for those with high housing costs, Minister of Finance, Steven Joyce, has recently announced a Family Incomes Package as part of the 2017 Budget. Key features of this announcement include: • adjusting the bottom two tax thresholds • discontinuing the Independent Earner Tax Credit • increasing the Family Tax Credit rates for children under 16 • increasing the abatement rate and decreasing the abatement threshold for Working for Families Tax Credits, and • changes to accommodation supplements and accommodation benefits From 1 April 2018, the $14,000 income tax threshold will increase to $22,000, and the $48,000 threshold to $52,000. As incomes rise, the marginal tax rates that individuals face also increase. Increasing the bottom two tax thresholds will provide greater rewards for low and middle income earners, and is expected to support longrun economic performance. The Independent Earner Tax Credit (IETC) will be discontinued, as mentioned above. Individuals who receive the Independent Earner Tax Credit will be fully compensated by the increase in the $14,000 tax threshold.

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Since being introduced, the Independent Earner Tax Credit has had less uptake than expected. Only 32 per cent of eligible recipients have claimed it, during the year they are eligible. Removing the tax credit will help simplify the system, as individuals will not have to file a tax return at year end or use a different tax code to claim it.

and lower-income working families to meet their rental, board or mortgage payments.

From 1 April 2018, low-to-middle-income families will benefit from an increase in Working for Families Tax Credits. Annual Credit rates for children aged 0 to 15 will increase from $4822 to $5303 so that they align with the rates for children aged 16 to 18 years.

• $7.90 per week for a single person sharing accommodation

The abatement rate for Working for Families will be increased from 22.5 cents to 25 cents in the dollar, and the abatement threshold will decrease from $36,350 a year to $35,000 a year. Changing the abatement settings now targets the assistance toward lower- income families with children. Accommodation supplement maximum payments will increase to better reflect the cost of housing across New Zealand. The make-up of the four Accommodation Supplement areas will be updated so people in areas where housing costs have increased the most will have access to higher payments. The Accommodation Supplement assists many beneficiaries, superannuitants

Super annuitants (for those on tax code “M”) are estimated to receive an increase of: • $13.10 per week for a married/ civil union couple

• $8.50 per week for a single person living alone These increases are in addition to the annual adjustment of New Zealand Superannuation rates which occurs on 1 April each year. Superannuitants receiving income from other sources, may also benefit from the income tax threshold increases with higher after-tax incomes. Students will also benefit from an increase in accommodation benefit rates - in particular, student allowance recipients who live in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch will receive an increase of up to $20 per week. (LOGAN GRANGER)  PN Disclaimer - While all care has been take, Johnston Associates Chartered Accountants Ltd and its staff accept no liability for the content of this article; always see your professional advisor before taking any action that you are unsure about.

JOHNSTON ASSOCIATES, 202 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 361 6701, www.jacal.co.nz




IN STOCK THIS MONTH PORCELAIN SLABS 2500x1000x6mm Wall Feature: Geo Gris



COAST is excited to be stocking Sunbrella brand fabric which is available in cuts lengths from their store and online. This incredibly durable, yet soft fabric is perfect for internal and external applications which as beach seats, sofas, throw cushions and curtains. COAST knows from years of working with Sunbrella that it can really stand up to New Zealand’s harsh climate. The Sunbrella range comes in a wide variety of plains, stripes, textures and jacquards.





1. Sunbrella Furniture fabric 2. Hybrid Smoke 3. Luxe Indigo 4. Lido Indigo 5. Fischer Lagoon COAST, 77 Ponsonby Road, www.coastnewzealand.com


@ DAWSON & CO 1. Copenhagen pendant by &tradition from $499 The Copenhagen Pendant is an exercise in contrasts. Combining the classic and the modern, the maritime and the industrial, it is a new pendant developed by Space Copenhagen for &tradition.

2. Cloud One Seater by &tradition $8179 Cloud is a series of lounge furniture designed by Luca Nichetto for &tradition. His idea was to combine the Italian and Danish traditions of making sofas. Cloud has the defined shape of the Danish design tradition and the soft and cosy pillows of the Italian heritage.



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



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BUNKboy $3,490







Murdoch Road David Limond Murdoch was born in Ayr, Scotland. He married in 1948 and the couple travelled to Australia where he worked for the Bank of New South Wales. He was appointed manager of the Bathurst branch then was transferred to Geelong where he acted as sub-inspector of the bank’s Victorian branches. Early in 1861 the BNSW decided to enter the New Zealand market and Murdoch was sent there to manage the Auckland branch. He was disturbed by Thomas Russell’s account so when he hesitated to take it on Russell threatened to found his own bank. Murdoch declared this was a ‘harebrained’ idea but Russell was encouraged by a group of business elite that wanted a New Zealand bank. The BNZ was established with Russell as director. Meanwhile Murdoch was appointed colonial managing director of the New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Company which was London based and founded to raise funds for investment in Auckland. Murdoch continued to manage the BNSW for two more years then requested a year’s leave of absence wanting to return to England so his ailing wife might regain her health. This was refused so after a brief sojourn in Melbourne he resigned and returned to Auckland to sign up as inspector with the BNZ. In spite of their earlier confrontations Murdoch soon established a close relationship with Russell who was associated with a so-called ‘limited circle’ with members, such as Mackelvie, James Williamson, Josiah Firth, F. A. Whitaker and others who shared an aspiration to make money. This group, persuaded by Russell, had taken the initiative to form the BNZ. When the general manager retired, Murdoch took over as chief executive and eventually was appointed General Manager. He wasn’t very ethical, chasing business agressively, entering deposit rates with other banks then breaking them when it suited. This gained him a reputation for ‘tortuosity’. In 1872 he went to Melbourne where he opened the BNZ’s first Australian branch. After further rates manipulation, a second branch was opened in Sydney. During his tenure the BNZ attracted the majority of domestic deposits. He also searched out profitable lending opportunities, working in tandem with the Loan and Mercantile company, granting advances for real estate investment where prices were rising. As a prominent banker he became very friendly with members of the ‘limited circle’ and was involved in a number of speculative companies. He was on several boards including mining enterprises, frozen meatworks and several land development companies. Members of the circle persuaded the normally cautious Murdoch to support land development companies. However, prices collapsed in the depression that set in by the end of the decade. Rather than let his friends and old customers fail he arranged finance for them, often accepting collateral such as property and securities of doubtful valuation. With support from Russell he refused to take instructions from the BNZ and the London Loan Company boards prompting them to suggest he retire. Meanwhile some of his duties were taken over by his deputy, John Murray, who was worried about Murdoch’s liberal lending and his reluctance to confide in London. After massive losses Murray demanded the state of the bank’s balance sheet be reported. This resulted in Murdoch being summoned to England to explain matters to the London board. He resigned under a cloud and severed his ties with the London Loan Company. In spite of all this skulduggery he continued to live in his elegant Italianate home named Prospect situated on the slopes of Mt St John. He and his wife, Eliza, were keen gardeners and their friend Mackelvie sent them seeds from England to plant in their flower beds. He became chairman of the Mackelvie Trust and was instrumental in the completion of the Auckland Art Gallery and the display of the former's collection. He died at home in 1911, his wife having predeceased him in 1901. The bulk of his £145,000 estate was passed to his brother’s children and grandchildren. So Murdoch continued to lead the good life but many of the other makers and losers of fortunes in those early colonial times didn’t fare too well. James Williamson, after a glittering social ascent, died impoverished but was frantic with worry during during his last days. Rumour had it that he committed suicide but according to his death certificate he suffered from ‘cardiac disease’. Thomas Russell was also in severe financial straits but Logan Campbell saved his bacon enabling him to live a comfortable life in England. F. A. Whitaker committed suicide in the Auckland Club while depressed by the failure of his Waikato land speculations. Josiah Firth turned to a reinforced concrete construction enterprise but died of heart failure. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS)  PN

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AFFORDABLE WIRELESS HOME AUTOMATION ON YOUR DOORSTEP! Trust Smart Home wireless home automation products are now available at your local Bunnings Warehouse in Grey Lynn. For most of us, home automation is something we would believe to be out of reach as systems can cost upwards of $10,000 and, in most cases, can only be introduced at the building stage of a project or having to re-wire most of your house. Some systems can be rather daunting when you consider the cost and the level of disruption that will occur through invasive wiring, and for those who are renting it simply is not an option. With the Trust Smart Home wireless system, we’ve got you covered from basic on/off lighting control to a full security system without any monthly fees or any invasive wiring! Easy as 1, 2, 3 - affordable for every budget and situation The Smart Home system is divided into three simple steps. First choose a transmitter, secondly choose a receiver then you can create your own wireless system. To achieve wireless control, you will always need at least one transmitter and one receiver. With a variety of products, you can personalise your home automation system to suit your requirements and budget with several products being DIY. For more technical solutions an electrician is required to interface with your existing electrical wiring. However, it is still significantly less expensive than re-wiring your entire home. ď Ł PN Find TRUST SMART HOME in the electrical aisle (#45) in the new Bunnings Grey Lynn store and for further product information visit www.bunnings.co.nz search Trust Smart Home or www.smarthomenz.nz

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Palm Springs Inspired by America’s Palm Springs and its fabulous mid-century modernist aesthetic, our round up of products this month embraces vibrant colours and cheerful patterns. Don't let the cold weather get the better of your decor this winter, and instead liven it up with a touch of sunny hues. 1. Kanuka Collective Plantain Cushion Cover - $99 The scattered sun-kisssed yellow bananas on this cushion will make for a fun pop of colour in any home interior. 2. Studio Salt Desert House Party Print - from $350 This iconic shot of a glamorous poolside party in Palm Springs by renowned photographer Slim Aarons will be sure to make a statement.

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3. General Eclectic Small Matte Apricot Cannister - $17 Inject a pop of colour into your kitchen with this matte apricot-coloured canister, which also provides a handy storage solution for tea or sugar.


4. SMEG Retro 2-Slice Toaster - $329 Be toaster proud with this pastel pink toaster, which not only looks impressive but is smart also - ensuring that your toast is cooked just the way you like it.


5. Citta Design Multi Level Velour Bath Towel - $50 You'll be completely rapt with the pure, absorbent cotton texture of this velour bath towel as well as its funky retro pattern.


6. Blacklist Palm City Print - $165 Bring the sunny desert and its palm trees to your lounge, bedroom or entrance foyer with this limited edition print by Blacklist. 7. ACME Tulip Cup and Saucer Set - $88 Impress visitors by serving cafe-quality flat whites in these classic tulip cups, which make just as much of a statement even when not in use.


8. SMEG Retro Kettle - $389 Vintage style with modern efficiency, the Smeg retro kettle combines the gently curved form and the lively colours of the 1950s with the latest technology. (MILLY NOLAN) ď Ł PN


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WHERE LUXURY MEETS ETHICAL CHOICE Lisa Knowler is one of a growing number of Kiwis who have returned home after working internationally to find there is a lack of choice available on the local market. For Lisa it was bedding choices that not only offered quality but also met international Fair Trade and organic standards. "Having great sheets is important to me but it has always bothered me that they are often made in factories that do not treat their workers fairly,” says Lisa. “I was also alarmed to discover that many bedding products are doused in harmful chemicals to create a softer feel and preserve the material. I wanted a better local alternative but couldn't find one." With this problem in mind, Lisa embarked on a global search to source her own unique collection combining ethical standards with a high-end shopping experience. And so House of March was born. Adopting a direct-to-consumer model to slash costs and deliver a more transparent product to its customers, House of March will provide customers with New Zealand-designed, organic bedding that is Fair Trade certified without the expensive price tag. Working with organic suppliers who treat their workers fairly was always one of her goals. But it hasn't been an easy process. Lisa spent a year researching and negotiating with mills and suppliers to ensure that every part of the House of March supply chain met these standards. “Our bedding can compete with luxury brands in terms of softness, quality and design and will arrive to your door at a reasonable price beautifully packaged."  PN For more information and to order: www.houseofmarch.com

 Like the HOUSE OF MARCH Facebook page to be notified of sales and competitions to win bedding.

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CHOOSE CRUElTY-FREE Cruelty-free means no animal testing. Cosmetic testing on animals is banned in New Zealand but products tested on animals overseas can still be brought into New Zealand. You can help animals by always choosing crueltyfree products. Download the SAFEShopper app for your phone or go to safe.org.nz/safeshoppercruelty-free-nz to get started.

Name: Age & date of birth: Phone:

Colour in SAFE’s ‘Choose cruelty-free’ colouring competition and be in to win one of six prize packs, valued at $150 each, containing vouchers for yummy food, a SAFE tee, bath goodies, a drink bottle and more! Send your entries to: PO Box 13366, Armagh, Christchurch 8141 by Friday 4th August.

Winners will be displayed on the SAFE website from 11th August. safe.org.nz

This competition is open to 5-7, 8-10 and 11-14-year-olds.


Email: Parent or Guardian’s name: I would like to Join SAFE Youth and learn more. (You must be 8–14 to join SAFE Youth)


COFFEE AND A CHAT WITH CARL Barfoot and Thompson Ponsonby Branch number one sales agent, Carl Madsen, approaches every day with an attitude of enthusiasm for getting out there and doing the best job that he can for his clients. Carl comments, “Basically, I just like to leave a trail of happiness. I love it around here. Ponsonby is a great place to live and it has been the place where I have lived and worked for over 27 years. “I’m pretty low key as a person, really,” he adds. “I’m not looking for ‘rock star’ status. Real estate agents tend to have some pretty high profiles around here. I just like to get in, do a great job and make a difference. I take what I do incredibly seriously.” And for Carl, everything is about the client. “Absolutely everything I do is about my client. Selling a home is a personal journey. People sell for a whole range of reasons. I consider it a privilege to be part of that journey. And every journey is different, just as every one of my client’s needs are different. At every life stage, we meet different opportunities and challenges. My job is to make those transitions as easy and effortless as possible. “The way I have been brought up is to always do your best, work hard, be honest and produce results. Basically, I just want to make people happy. It’s ingrained in me. “As a person, I like to fly below the radar (it’s not all about me) and in doing so, I like to make sure that I take note of every detail along the way. I‘m the kind of guy who crosses every ‘t’ and dots every ‘i’. I don’t like to leave anything to chance and I don’t stop until I have finished what I set out to do.”  PN CARL MADSEN, M: 021 953 152, c.madsen@barfoot.co.nz, www.barfoot.co.nz

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CUSTOMISE TO SUIT YOUR SPACE At some point, it's highly likely you've envisaged a 'perfect' piece of furniture to slot into a gap in your home. You've probably spent many hours trawling the internet and visiting numerous showrooms hoping to find exactly what you're looking for - sadly, to no avail. Enter - YOYO Design by Kiwis - not only will you find an inspiring showroom offering an extensive selection of Kiwi designed furniture, homeware and lighting - ready for you to take home. But you'll also discover that you have the option to customise pieces to suit your space, exactly! YOYO aligns itself with designers scattered throughout New Zealand. Many of them are renowned product designers. Take for example Nathan Goldsworthy who's been a Best Awards finalist and gained international recognition through numerous exhibitions, and both online and print exposure. Additionally, YOYO's provided a platform for new comers to emerge into the market. Craig Pond gleefully admits that he is “...that person you may have seen in his shed late at night with the light still on.� His venture into the world of designer furniture quite literally started in his shed. YOYO instantly recognised Craig's eye for detail and his willingness to adapt designs to suit the individual's needs. They willingly became the first stockist of Craig's Valorous bedroom drawer range.

Above: Henry drawers; Below: Valorous tallboy

The majority of the wares available at YOYO are not only designed, but made right here in New Zealand too. Hence, customers supporting local can be assured of manufacturing quality, and with the factory potentially just down the road from their home, they can work towards getting exactly want you want. Keeping it in the family, Mr YOYO's uncle, Peter Hayvice, has been in the business of customised furniture for over 55 years. He's adept at interpreting customers (often rough) sketches and turning them into treasured pieces that will likely be passed down through the generations - his expertise is second to none! Behind each piece at YOYO is a Kiwi designer who epitomises quality craftsmanship; creating products that are carefully constructed and finished with finesse. YOYO unites the best Kiwi-designed furniture, homeware and lighting. Innovative and functional products that can be customised to suit your style and needs. Working with YOYO you really can take hold of the creative reins. Drop into YOYO, open seven days a week, and start creating your master piece today! YOYO, 24a Williamson Avenue, T: 09 376 4884, www.yoyo.co.nz

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HEIDI PADAIN: ENTERTAINMENT IN YOUR GARDEN Do you ever feel like going outside and yelling, "Can you please stop fighting"? I recently did just that. Perhaps it was because I had overdosed on bad news, and, or, it was a good time to embrace my eccentricity. I haven't managed to find the answer to world peace, but I've certainly noticed some rather odd behaviour from the bird life here. Firstly, I recently observed a fantail orbiting around a kereru. Whenever the kereru would crash around in the trees foraging for food, the pesky little tweeter would appear. Now, this did make sense, once I thought about it. The kereru was stirring up the insects, so this was a mutually beneficial arrangement. It hardly rates as symbiosis, but it's almost collaborative and certainly amusing to watch. I haven't seen much in the way of serious combat between differing bird species. However, our resident tui likes to chase off all birds including the other tui birds. Imagine my surprise when I saw him allow a juvenile starling to partake in the fruit I leave out. I have no explanation for that. I also don't know how to begin explaining this... A pair of doves began to appear on the deck. I can only assume it was out of curiosity because I'm not in the habit of feeding the seed eaters. I had never seen them up close, and I was surprised at how pretty they are. Pale pink and their black markings are a striking contrast in their soft plumage. I've noticed a silent interaction of sorts taking place. They move like twins or shadows. There's a split second between their mirrored movements. I swear they must be communicating telepathically. I began photographing the doves, and that's when things became rather interesting. A male sparrow would somehow manage to photo bomb just about every image; this got my attention, and I realised that there's a bond between the three of them. You can see in the photographs that there's an inexplicable connection. I think it's rather lovely. The humble house sparrow and the spotted dove are both seed eaters, so they get along, and they usually take the cheap seats down in the road. Does that sound awful? It does, I know. Many people are, how can I explain, racist against some bird species? Birdist? I've had to challenge my thinking about this too. Perhaps I imagined it all, or I'm a mushy, romantic eccentric looking for the nicer things in life. Oh well. Go outside and yell at the world. It worked for me. (HEIDI PADAIN) ď Ł PN To see some of Heidi’s other photographic work go to www.flickr.com and type Heidi Padain into the search box, or, you can contact Heidi by email hidihi@xtra.co.nz.

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COSY COMFORT WITH BOMBALA RANGE Artisan Collective is thrilled with its new line of exclusive 100% natural undyed wool carpets. In time for winter, the new Bombala range uses only the finest New Zealand wool to add a cosy element to any room. The beautifully felted, chunky loop adds texture and comfort to your space, perfect for those cold winter months. Weighing in at 85 ounces, its luxury and sophistication suits both wall to wall installations and rugs. Varying neutral shades in this innovative range complement any pre-existing room furnishings and add a modern layer of texture. Artisan Collective is a New Zealand -owned company, run by innovative design enthusiasts, passionate about providing a range of amazing flooring products from all over the world. With 40 years’ involvement in the luxury flooring market, Artisan offers a complete project management service, from initial design decisions right through to installation allowing our clientele to enjoy the experience. ď Ł PN ARTISAN COLLECTIVE, 31a Normanby Road, Mt Eden, Outlet store: 111 Captain Springs Road, Onehunga, T: 0508 ARTISAN, info@artisancollective.co.nz, www.artisancollective.co.nz


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REAL ESTATE UPDATE: KAREN SPIRES Our city is stressed, with a population which continues to swell by record levels and a housing market consistently in the spotlight as failing infrastructure fades to the background. In Auckland the population is said to have increased by 91% in 10 short years, leaving a lasting impact on the psyche of residents exacerbated with underfunded facilities and pressure on pivotal infrastructure such as water, waste disposal and roading congestion. In the recently released Ministry of Health ‘Annual Report on Drinking Water Quality’, it was found that more than 10% of New Zealander’s in areas with populations in excess of 10,000 receive water which isn’t fully compliant with national standards - and it begs the question why special housing areas are being fast-tracked when we don’t have the infrastructure to support them. The issue has come to a bubbling head as New Zealand nears the 23 September election. Campaigners lobby for change and critics have became very vocal following the Government’s pledge to replace 8300 rundown homes across Northcote, Tamaki and Hobsonville with 34000 new residences over the next 10 years. However, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel - signalled by the 25 May Budget 2017 announcements which revealed by far the largest ever nominal investment in New Zealand infrastructure to date. Gaining an unfavourable reputation by some as inhospitable, expensive and in some cases over-regulated, New Zealand’s building industry has come under fire over the past 12 months, criticised for lacking the global appeal necessary to attract international construction firms with the big budgets, labour and materials necessary to expedite the projects our city needs. Solutions to this problem aren’t necessarily new and have been foreshadowed by global accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in a 2015 report which found Auckland, despite growing in popularity as a liveable destination, to be lagging behind other major cities, particularly in terms of infrastructure and transportation - prompting strategists

to call for improved procedure in relation to Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). In terms of infrastructure, PPPs have worked exceptionally well overseas and global cities such as Dubai, Tokyo and Hong Kong have been able to meet the demand of their growing populations thanks to agreements of this nature, which facilitate progress through a mutually beneficial contract in which the public (or council) is the brains, and the private (or corporate) offers the funds. Such solutions were further discussed in the findings of Mayor Phil Goff's ‘Mayoral Housing Taskforce Report’, billed as an objective investigation aimed at addressing the blockages which are currently hindering timely housing development. Assembling a ‘think-tank’, which included developers, builders, economists, architects, bankers and Government officials, the report recommended changes across three key areas which included; development which is sustainable through economic dips; unlocking available land for development and; paving the way for an efficient consent process, Goff remarked that the findings of the report “deserve the close attention of central and local Government.” Perhaps most encouraging, however, were the discussions around alternative funding options and in particular - removing the red-tape from procedures which would allow greater collaboration through the type of PPPs which have facilitated the transformation of the Wynyard Quarter Precinct in Viaduct Harbour. We are pleased to see this kind of commitment from our mayor and equally when Prime Minister Bill English recently revealed that intensive negotiations have been taking place since the start of the year, with a resolved focus to allow greater room for local government to enter into the PPPs which many see as the most efficient way to relieve Auckland of her growing pains. Thanks for reading. (KAREN SPIRES)  PN

@ DESIGN WAREHOUSE 1. Montgomery Lounger and Side Table Lie back, stretch your legs and keep your beverage nearby all while looking fabulous with the Montgomery lounger and side table. Plush comfort, designer good looks and functionality make this a great combination. Made with durable powder-coated aluminium and Sunbrella® fabric.


2. Abbey Relaxing Chair Go mod, and add an instant cool vibe to your living space with the Abbey relaxing chair. It’s a great accent chair to many styles of deep seating and it's also the perfect chairs for guests and social gatherings. Made with outdoor woven wicker, Sunbrella® fabric and a powder-coated aluminium frame. 3. Paddington Bar Set The new Paddington bar set is classy and sophisticated; this tailored look is constructed with powder-coated aluminium and Sunbrella® fabric. Enjoy this bar furniture outdoors or in. Available for pick up for delivery and always comes fully assembled.


DESIGN WAREHOUSE, 137/147 The Strand, Parnell, T: 09 377 7710, www.designwarehouse.co.nz

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS A FRONT RUNNER OF ACCOMMODATION Abaco on Jervois is a high-quality motel located in the centre of Ponsonby, Herne Bay and Saint Marys Bay. Its convenient location in Ponsonby has been a huge draw card to many global visitors who have reaped the benefits of staying in a locality with such a friendly village environment, while still close to the central city. Most of the rooms come with full cooking facilities and are all serviced daily, along with free parking and WiFi. Abaco believes these are some of the key reasons why it has taken the top spot for accommodation in Auckland on Trip Advisor. The Sutherland family has owned the motel since 2009 and it has been refurbished to ensure the comfort of guests. Their 18 room motel continues to steam ahead with its positive reviews - most of which it credits to the incredibly competent and friendly staff who have had to manage and maintain the business over the years. "Being a front runner of accommodation in the area has meant we have built relationships with our fellow locals and neighbours. We love accommodating the guests of our local businesses, and families looking for local accommodation for their loved ones who are visiting. We also value our warm relationships with all our regular clients," says Amanda Sutherland. Corporate rates are available to companies looking at using Abaco on Jervois on a regular basis. They offer an array of rooms to best suit people requiring short or long term accommodation and for individuals, couples and families of up to four.  PN For more information contact: ABACO ON JERVOIS, 57-59 Jervois Road, T: 09 360 6850, contact@abaco.co.nz, www.abaco.co.nz

@ FREEDOM 1. Freedom Furniture Zetland 3 Seat Sofa in Haverton Dove - $899 Invite friends over for coffee and let your Zetland sofa do all the talking. Adding sophistication and luxury to the living room while still providing supreme comfort - we guarantee guests won’t want to leave.


2. Freedom Furniture Stationers Trestle Desk - $399 Welcome the minimalist style of Freedom’s trestle desk into your home office or creative hub. Add your own personal tokens and objects to the surrounding space while leaving your work space clean and crisp will ensure inspiration flows through your next project. 3. Freedom Furniture Vero Bedside Drawer - $149 Put your reading stack and all your trinkets to bed with the Vero bedside table - its geometric shape is an eye-catcher that will add interest to the bedroom while also providing a simple yet effective storage solution.


4. Freedom Furniture Lina Bedside - $99 Wake up to the beauty and functionality of the Lina table - ensuring all essentials are in close reach, this clean-lined table is the perfect bedside companion. Check out the collection online at www.freedomfurniture.co.nz or head into your local Newmarket, Sylvia Park, Westgate, Botany (pop-up), Wairau Park or Albany store.

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS APPLY, COVER, WAIT, REMOVE, WASH Peel Away is a revolutionary, unique and environmentally friendly paint removal system that can remove multiple layers of paint. It has a proven history of success, having been widely used in Australia and the United Kingdom over the last 25 years. Very few other products internationally can compare with this proven system. There are no harsh solvents used in this product - the chemicals used are safe to handle and the product is easy to apply. The product is a thick paste that is applied to the surface by hand or sprayed then covered with a laminated cover sheet which allows the paste to be sealed and emulsify the layers of paint. After a set time of two to three days the laminated cover is carefully removed, with the paste and the layers of paint attached to the cover sheet that can now be disposed in a safe manner. The surface is then washed down with water. When dealing with older paints containing lead, Peel Away has a benefit of trapping all the loose particles in the paste and fully contains the softened layers of paint as well, ensuring a safe containment of waste. Peel Away is suitable for commercial, domestic, industrial, automotive and marine, and can be used on surfaces such as brick, concrete, softwood, hardwood, fine furniture, marble, steel, cast iron, fibreglass, plaster and for asbestos removal, marine and ant - foul removal. Successfully used for the lead paint removal at Auckland Harbour Bridge, Christchurch Arts Centre, Real Groovy Records Queen Street and Auckland War Memorial Museum to name a few.  PN PEEL AWAY, 15-17 Shaddock Street, Mt Eden, T: 0800 STRIPA, John Downey, M: 021 950 699, john@peelaway.co.nz, www.peelaway.co.nz

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3. Milano Table: $2939 2

4. Copenhagen Wall System: $8859 5. Titoki Rug: $2939




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Stretch - the touring machine Anthony Stretch goes by his stage name Stretch these days, and is becoming a household name country wide as he tours his rocking, straight up folk/country non stop. Having moved away from Auckland after some time basing himself here, he’s released his debut album, Bury All Horses and has just released the latest single and video from that album ‘Less Rock, More Roll’. I had a chat with Stretch about the album, touring and his own mental health. Bury All Horses was in the works for a while, at least that’s how it felt to those of us who’d seen the countless tours he’d done and all the shows! “Yeah I guess so, we’d been working away at it for a wee while. Although it feels like the right time now, it’s come about in just the amount of time it needed to take. Any sooner and it would have crumbled. So it came together when it needed to.” After having toured so often, Stretch has set himself up to reap the rewards in some ways. All that ground work means that when he returns to towns with a new album, people know him and come back out to see him - in bigger numbers hopefully. “There is that a little bit, there is a kind of familiarity with people in places that has built up pre the album. I’ve been asked where’s the album on the past few tours, so it’s delivering it now. It’s good to get out there with this thing. Really good to see people singing the words to the songs even. “I’m actually now hard-core based in the Hawkes Bay. That’s been an inevitable drift for me. That’s something I’m really proud of, to be able to base myself somewhere other than the big centres, big cities. I’m able to do it recently out of Hawkes Bay, and really become of a region rather than an Auckland musician. The move was over the duration of last year. Over 2016 I came here and have just been flatting and really immersing myself in the community down here. It’s originally where I was from when I was at high school. It’s a whole new community that I’m in amongst though!” The music community in the Hawkes Bay centres itself around a few amazing spots like The Common Room in Hastings, where Stretch has become a local and regular crowd pleaser, but also in a house concert series run for a long time by Jamie MacPhail. “I had come down and been visiting Jamie in the Sitting Room sessions ahead of making the move. I was really impressed with the amount of creativity and people doing things down here.” Bury All Horses was recorded last year at the Lab Studios in Mt Eden. “I took my Auckland guys in. It was all kind of headed by Wayne Bell on the drums and producing because I knew he’d be an awesome captain of the boat for that kind of project. Even if he had only just been producing, it would have been an awesome testament to his talents, but someone who can play on it and then get the immediate distance and keep his ears to listen to everything else - that was impressive to watch.” Especially Stretch who tours the songs night after night, getting someone else to take the reins can be crucial, get that distance. “We totally banged them out, pretty much live. We set up on the studio floor. I was in the control room singing through the glass to them. We basically got everything on the second or third take.” The songs weren’t overworked too much, just a true Stretch sound.

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Stretch went through a rough personal time in his own self last year also, having to take some time away from music and focus on himself. This put the album on hold and through this process he found himself moving away from Auckland, although he says that he doesn’t think this was a conscious solution. “While my world was breaking down around me, and it was bottoming out, I was lucky enough to get really good attention and health service down here. That smaller, tighter group of friends and community was very beneficial. The problem with that kind of depression is it makes me isolate myself, which is the opposite of what I needed. I found myself easily isolated in the big city but in the smaller city people were always checking in on me. “It was literally five minutes from where I lived to the centre of town. People are closer by proximity and so you’re involved in each other's lives. That was a very good thing to have around when you’re falling apart and you’re isolating yourself.” The music community is overwhelmingly supportive, and local venues, local organisers and the musicians themselves help people get through tough times. That’s why it’s so important to get out and support them in return! Stretch is performing at Freida Margolis in Grey Lynn on Saturday 22 July; a bit of a homecoming show for the ex-Auckland based musician. You can grab tickets for this small venue at Under the Radar. Stretch is making a name for himself as someone you must see live, so I’d suggest getting along and grabbing them! (FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT)  PN www.facebook.com/stretchsongs



New releases I’m going to quickly highlight some of my favourite releases of the past month or two. If you haven’t heard of some of them, this is your chance to get listening. First up, one you must have heard of, Lorde finally released her second long play Melodrama. I’ve been a quiet Lorde fan for some time now, and I was very excited for this one, despite pop music not being my preferred choice of listening. Green Light did not disappoint when it was released earlier in the year and it’s likely my most played song of the year so far, followed by one we’re going to talk about soon. Follow up Liability is easily my favourite song for it’s lyrics and sparse yet beautiful piano arrangement. I’m still getting into the meat of the album, so I’m reserving my complete judgement. Hard Feelings/Loveless, a monster (for a pop song) of six minutes, is an awesome slow build, driven by a slow drum beat and synth backing to Lorde’s trademark vocal delivery. But don’t worry it hits an almost gothic and atmospheric middle section breakdown that rests on some very interesting sounds. Sober is probably the song that calls me back to her debut album the most, as the new album certainly signals a slight shift in direction. Lorde has come out with an album that cements her as one of the most exceptional pop musicians writing and performing at present. Melodrama is exactly what she needed to do next! While Lorde is surprising me in how much I am enjoying her music, Aldous Harding’s new record Party was by no means a surprise. I knew I’d love it and I do. It’s what I expected, but done so brilliantly that it still exceeded expectations. Aldous is off touring, travelling, performing on Jools Holland now, but she’s one of ours, starting out in Lyttleton with Ben Edwards of the Sitting Room (where all the best seem to go these days). Party is edgy, shows us a side of Aldous that has been controversial, but with songs like Horizon, there really isn’t much to be said except - brilliant. What if Birds Aren’t Singing They’re Screaming is a song title that basically demands you listen to it, and man it’s so worth it. You listen on the edge of your seat as Aldous’ vocals aren’t quite where you expect them to be, yet there are moments of tenderness to her delivery that reward you as a listener. The bass clarinet moments throughout the album are a treat, as is the raw, sparse instrumentation that makes up most of the slightly ironically named Party. All this serves to highlight Aldous’ concerned, dark and riveting mind. Album of the year for me so far. As I said above, Lyttleton and Ben Edwards is where all the best seem to be starting out, or at least stopping in at, these days. The Miltones are the newest off the block, out from The Sitting Room with their debut self-titled album. They are our touch of Americana 'down under', fusing alt-country with some folk rock, with our very own Stevie Nicks in songwriter and frontwoman Milly Tabak. Starting off as a duo from West Auckland, The Miltones have grown into a five piece featuring some of the top up and coming musicians from the Auckland region. This debut is Milly offering up some honest and heartfelt songs, Carlos for her father, and Song for A Friend - a touching tribute to a lost friend. In between these songs are blistering guitar solos from original duo member Liam Pratt and organ and keyboard that brings back memories of the Allman Brothers Band and the late 60s from Guy Harrison. Some old live favourites are littered through the album for those who’ve been watching the band develop one of the best live shows on the circuit. Songs like Glory and Gypsy Queen will be in circulation for some time, bringing a sound that I can’t find unless I pull out the old records and wish I’d been at Woodstock! (FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT)  PN

Miltones Finn has a Bachelor of Science with honours degree, and is currently studying to become an Early Childhood Teacher. In his spare time, he is Programme Director for the Auckland Folk Festival and runs folk music website, www.secondhandnews.nz The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied




ARTS + CULTURE @ THE FRAME WORKSHOP GUY NEEDHAM The team at The Frame Workshop are privileged to show Guy Needham's photographic art. Guy is a freelance travel photographer whose work has been exhibited extensively around the world. Many of his photographs have also appeared in some well respected publications and media platforms some of which include National Geographic, Lonely Planet, International Traveller magazine and CNN and other media publications. Guy is a member of the Royal Photographic Society, the World Photographic Organisation and the Photographic Society of New Zealand. At the Jervois Road Gallery, they have some of his beautiful poppy studies. The high quality, fine art print on archival paper using archival ink, show the finest of detail. Absolutely stunning!  PN THE FRAME WORKSHOP & GALLERY, 1/182 Jervois Road, T: 09 376 4749, www.frameworkshop.co.nz


Kathy Barber - Omoide 25 July - 1 August, Opening: 25 July 5-7pm Omoide is a body of work with its beginnings in Japan. Kathy explains, “I have visited this country three times in the past four years and each time I gain small insights into its complexities: colours, texture, traditions and landscapes. “The visit to Naoshima ‘Art Island’ in 2015 remains firmly embedded in my thoughts but now the memories sit deeper and as I search to recall them. They become fragmented and stretched. I am left with the sinews, the fibres that knit together to form something deeper from these experiences. They remain a response to place, the power to evoke, rather than to state directly, is at the heart of my abstraction. “Omoide is Japanese for memories. There are particular sites that remain as significant influences. They have had a lasting affect: the crucifical-light from the stone chamber on Naoshima, and the Omikuji, simple paper blessings tied together to embody a visual spectacle. These places are etched in my mind. Other memories have faded, become less tangible, leaving a haze, clouds drifting by. “The tondo marks a conscious choice in which to house these memories. The circle is an eye, a view into the mind. It can symbolise emptiness or fullness, presence or absence. In Japanese calligraphy the imperfect Enso symbolism refers to the beginning and end of all things, the circle of life and the connectedness of existence" Kathy Barber. Please contact rex@orexart.co.nz for details.  PN OREXART, 15 Putiki Street, Arch Hill, T: 09 378 0588, rex@orexart.co.nz, www.orexart.co.nz

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Kathy Barber OMOIDE

25 July - 12 August 2017 | Opening Tuesday 25 July 5-7pm

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UPTOWN ART SCENE Making art isn’t about making a product, but about making space to think. This truism was written on the whiteboard in a bright space at the City Mission, where for the last two years Clare Caldwell has been running art classes. When I visited, there were about a dozen people of varied age, gender, ethnicity and aptitude seated around the central table, heads bent in quiet concentration over their artworks. There was a sense of calm community conversation in the room. Although there were some lovely works on display, the most important thing going on was the sense of purpose and deliberation that was evident - the art class provided room to think. While this is Clare’s initiative, she has guest teachers in the programme offering lessons in painting and drawing, sculpture and carving. I brought them gifts of notebooks and pencils, so they could make art outside of the City Mission, too. One of the classes, Richard, wasted no time creating a title page in his book - a sure, methodical line flowing from his pencil into a stylised Tiki figure.

Tiki figure inscribed into a small log

A church painted in Fauvist colours

The group is not shy about getting their work out in public: they were busy making works for a show on Waiheke that weekend, and have an exhibit planned for the Sidewalk window space at Studio One in Ponsonby mid-July. Coincidentally, while visiting a friend in Rawene a few weeks ago, she showed me a beautiful ceramic piece that had been made in Clare’s class and shown at the Depot in Devonport. The City Mission caters for some of the most disadvantaged in our community. These artists experience different things to us, see and hear different things, and their point of view can create some wonderful art. Most of all, in that creation they can find the space to think. (WILL PAYNT, STUDIO ART SUPPLIES)  PN

Neil used geometric shapes to abstract a newspaper photo

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SHOWING @ ENDEMICWORLD Ina Arraoui - Blowout 4 - 14 August Opening: 4 August, 6pm - 9pm

Blowout features Ina Arraoui’s unique, engaging prints created using hand-carved woodblocks put through a printing press with bright floral motifs stenciled over the top, using aerosol paint. She draws inspiration from the traditions of German woodblock printing, American pop art, and the Far North community where she grew up. The artworks presented invite viewers to reflect on the issue of immigration; how immigrants should be perceived and treated and the part immigration has played in their own family's history and identity. They explore a wider theme at the heart of the artist’s work, about how a person’s and people’s identity is connected to objects both consciously and unconsciously and at what point the intersection between the two takes place. The plant life in her images represents the resilience, adaptability and vibrancy of culture, something that cannot be easily crushed. Opening night is proudly sponsored by Maison Vauron and L’atelier du Fromage.  PN ENDEMICWORLD, 62 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 378 9823, www.endemicworld.com, INA ARRAOUI, www.inaarraoui.com

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ARTS + CULTURE @ WHITESPACE Infinity has no space: Emma Louise Pratt until 22 July

Emma Louise Pratt is a New Zealand artist who has been living in Seville, Spain for eleven years. Emma views herself as part of "the wandering folk". Descendant of migrants, and a migrant herself, she always finds herself in the position of the visitor, the outsider, the other. She explores in her work the multifaceted tensions and shifting borders of what identity is in a global present. This reflection is also informed by her training in museology and love of history, both geological and human. She is fascinated by her own children's identity as both children of a foreign mother and local father, living, as they presently do, where their ancestors have lived for thousands of years, a state of belonging that she admits to wishing for herself. "I am an immigrant. Living on the edges of a society at times it seems. When local friends ask me about how I get on, I liken not being fluent, to living with a level of hearing loss. "I am lucky to have reached a sufficient level to manage daily life without trouble now. It’s taken time, and I can see that the edges of this host community where I live, ebb and flow like a tide. Sometimes I feel fully integrated, other days like a complete outsider." Emma Louise Pratt studied at Ilam School of Fine Art, Canterbury University, New Zealand. She has been the runner up in the Molly Morpeth Canaday Award (2005), and a finalist in the Norsewear Award (2007) in New Zealand and finalist in the Focus Abengoa International Painting Prize, Spain (2014).  PN WHITESPACE, 12 Crummer Road, T: 09 361 6331, www.whitespace.co.nz





What your stars hold for July • Cancer (the Crab): 22 June - 22 July

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

• Leo (the Lion): 23 July - 21 August

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Gemini (the Twins): 22 May - 21 June

Whatever reasons you have, you keep finding yourself drawn to your early past and wondering if you could have done anything different that would have affected your future self. Facing up to the past is the right step forward in healing yourself.

You want to be as enthusiastic as you can when someone comes to you with suggestions of improving the quality of life but the reality is you have already tried most ideas and the best way forward now is the natural way.

You just want to get on with things and mind your own business but you keep on getting interrupted. You may have to get tough and say once and for all you don’t want to get involved.

Sometimes your imagination surprises you and you feel that what you’re dreaming often spills over into real life. Just be careful you don’t let your fantasy life take hold and influence your real life.

You need to make sure that if you are going to unload your concerns to someone you thought was close, think again. Do you really want to let your secrets out to someone your unsure will keep them safe?

You have always relied on your own instincts to get on in life and so far you haven’t had to ask anyone for help. You could be surprised this month as you will get the help you need without asking for it.

You can’t walk about on eggshells all the time especially when something important needs to be said yet its left hanging in the air. You have to be confrontational otherwise peace will never be reached.

You often have these great ideas but are not always ready or in a position to do anything about them. This month though, you could get that push you’ve been waiting for from a very unlikely source.

You have been taking advice from your friends but, without being negative, this hasn’t done you any favours at all. Follow your own heart is the best advice I can give you and see where that takes you.

You have been very quiet recently and have found yourself agreeing with people to keep the peace when you really want to tell everyone to go away. You might need some time on your own to find out what your heart really desires.

You appear to have lost your way a little bit and you seem to have the weight of the world on your shoulders. Unburden yourself if something feels wrong or you’re unhappy. Honesty and openness is always the best policy.

You are back into the swing of it and it feels like you haven’t even had time to unpack. Make sure everything feels right before you do jump in, otherwise you will be swimming upstream again.


Ecostore, 1 Scotland Street Glengarry, Corner Sale and Wellesley Streets Kellands Real Estate, 4 Drake Street New World, Victoria Park


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


Taylor Boutique, 1 Teed Street


Rug Direct, Wairau Park Dawson’s Furniture, Mairangi Bay


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


Atomic, 420c New North Road

Askew, 2b Jervois Road Bayleys, 305 Ponsonby Road Countdown, 7 Williamson Avenue Harcourts, 89 Ponsonby Road Leys Institute, 20 St Mary’s Road The Longroom, 114 Ponsonby Road Mag Nation, 123 Ponsonby Road Paper Plus, 332 Ponsonby Road Ponsonby Community Centre, 20 Ponsonby Terrace Servilles, Corner Jervois & Ponsonby Road Studio One, 1 Ponsonby Road Whitespace, 12 Crummer Road




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


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

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AUCKLAND HOUSE PRICES HOLD STEADY While the number of residential properties sold in Auckland in May was low compared to previous years, prices showed no signs of retreating. "The average sales price for the month at $942,717, and the median price at $846,000, remained rock solid," said Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson. "With a sound number of new listings, total listings at their highest for the past five years and low sales, there was greater pressure on prices to fall than has been experienced for some years. "However, the average and median prices achieved for both have barely moved over the previous three months. "On a year-on-year basis the average price is now running under 8% higher and the median price is 4.5% higher.

likely to remain that way until the September election is behind us. “New listings at 1734 were down 6.6% compared to the average number for the previous three months and 9% lower than they were in May last year. However, they were a third up on those for April. “It suggests the price slow-down is not leading to a greater number of people than normal listing their property for sale. “Total listings at 4298 were up a little on last month’s but more than 40% higher than at the same time last year.

“For the first five months of this year sales numbers are down about a quarter on what they were for the same period last year.

“Top end properties remained in high demand with 341, or 38.5% of all properties sold in May, reaching more than $1 million, and of these 58, or 6.5% of properties sold, were for in excess of $2 million.

"The vendors who are achieving a sale are those who accept that prices are flat, and are

“Of properties sold during the month, 40, or 4.5%, sold for under $500,000.  PN

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EXHIBITION: #THEAMBIGUITYPROJECT, 'THE QUALITY OF BEING OPEN TO MORE THAN ONE INTERPRETATION' - 16 JUNE A collaboration between Stephen Tilley, Karen Inderbitzen-Waller and Stephen Marr, held at 'Golden Dawn Upstairs', a new shared creative space. #TheAmbiguityProject explores notions of gender based bias and sexual identity, LGBT rights are still being questioned and in many countries basic human rights for these groups are being ignored and even reversed.

Stephen Tilley drew inspiration from this contentious topic that continues to resonate in contemporary culture in presenting a set of images that blurs the line between identity and gender. “The definitive line between gender is blurred the viewer is asked to question notions of sexual identity, and if gender is even relevant in contemporary culture”. Stephen Tilley PHOTOGRAPHY: Stephen Tilley, STYLING: Karen Inder-Bitzen Waller, HAIR: Stephen Marr

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