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A THANK YOU FROM GERRY HILL I have picked up the latest Ponsonby News and as usual the quality is high. I would like to thank you for your acknowledgement of Audrey Evans, our old neighbour. She contributed much to Ponsonby for more than three decades. John Elliott’s feature on the church leaders of Greater Ponsonby (part two) celebrates one of the great strengths in Ponsonby which is our tolerance and appreciation of diversity. I am a lapsed Catholic who decades back read the histories of the great religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. The universal tenets of all of these religions is the brotherhood of man, which includes the acceptance of all of his equals. The photo of the leaders of the Catholic and Islamic communities, who share not only spiritual values but carparks, epitomises what is the best of Ponsonby. Finally, I would like to thank the Waitemata Local Board for giving me a special award for long service to the community. I was not the only one awarded this, also included was former councillor Penny Sefuiva who is responsible for securing the space at 254 Ponsonby Road to be used as a park. Also given this award were David Haigh, John Hill, and David McGregor. I am humbled to be recognised among them, and I thank Board Chair Pippa Coomb for her fine words as published in Ponsonby News. Gerry Hill, Ponsonby GEESE TO PAY THE ULTIMATE PRICE FOR THEIR ADDICTION As I walked into Western Springs Lakeside Park I could see the geese happily eating grass, doing the lawn mowing. The moment they saw me they came running, enthusiastically honking to get their fix. No bread, so they calmly wandered off. They are not aggressive, just addicted. And if they see dogs, they will be as protective as you would be with a stranger entering your home. The geese are addicted to white bread which is as bad as living on takeaways. It fills their tummies and makes them poo more, all over the path. At least Ventia as now water blasting it on a daily basis. Finally. Bread causes angel wing syndrome (sticking out wing feathers) in geese. Throwing bread into the still water of the lake causes botulism and often death. The current Waitemata- Local Board, ‘Western Springs Lakeside Plan’ includes ‘culling’ the geese. What does ‘culling’ mean? Killing? Rehoming? Putting in the pot? There was a big outcry when the friendly steer at Kelmarna Gardens were advertised as ‘meat packs’ and are now going to live at a sanctuary. These geese need sanctuary. The flock of approximately 160 will be ‘culled’ to 28. Seems extreme to me! The tiny Domain pond sustains 12, so the larger lake and all that grass could surely sustain at least 60 geese. Ducks, swan, pukeko and geese are some of the main reasons people go to this park. Apparently, the park’s contractor, Ventia, hasn’t been properly managing the number of eggs that hatch from lack of skill. Here’s hoping they are rehomed in the spring when pairs and family groups can clearly be seen as the grey females and white males mate for life and live for 15 -20 years. Gael baldock, Westmere If you wish to have your say, contact WaitemataLocalBoard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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CONDITION OF WESTERN SPRINGS PARK I was interested to read Pippa Coom’s letter in the June issue of Ponsonby News. She rightly advises that a contractor uses a sweeping vehicle on the path. I walk Western Springs regularly and have seen a contractor on a sweeping vehicle a few times. What she omits to say is that the contractor keeps the brushes high enough to stop them getting dirty. He goes to and fro along the path leaving it in the same dreadful state as when he starts. Does anyone from the council go to the park at the times the contractors are working? Frances Lucca, by email CITY RAIL LINK BILLION DOLLAR BLOWOUT Once again, Mike Lee nails it in your last issue: “City Rail Link billion dollar blowout: Tyford and Goof (my typo – but it still works) asleep at the switch.” With his experience, finger on the pulse and courage to speak sense, he calls out our local government issues in ways that the silent majority of ratepayers and voters can both understand and feel represented. Almost every other Auckland local body representative is woefully silent on anything but the safest topic and way prefers fence sitting as the go-to political career support strategy. We might (in ever decreasing numbers) go to the trouble to vote in local board elections, but local body community and ratepayer representation has become so linked to political parties and the council itself; there is a derth of authentic and independent voices at the coalface of real community concern. When was the last time anyone but Mike Lee actually grew a backbone and called out the leaders of Goffam city publicly on anything meaningful? What we get is endless bureaucratic platitudes, surveys, box ticking and grinning politicians at launches. Matters are increasingly managed behind closed doors where contentious issues are ringed, framed by hired gun ‘specialists’ and the entire matter is then able to be managed through mind-numbing ‘process’. Residents are starting to wake up to the lack of any real democratic representation in corp-Auckland. As Mike Lee well articulates, it is outrageous that our leaders mis-budgeted a few kilometres-long rail tunnel by a billion dollars. Its completely unacceptable that the leadership served up is only mousey bureau-speak rhetoric as an explanation and the final bill is not even in yet. Challenging the price blow out has nothing to do with undermining the notion of public transport, but calls out the inept amateurs at the wheel of some of our city’s biggest decisions. I was recently walking a friend’s dog in Grey Lynn Park when I witnessed three young men with spades and shovels digging a mountain bike trail to the left of the main sports clubrooms. It’s an area of crumbling and exposed clay, it’s fragile and, needless to say, public land. Just out of sight, an AT representative sat in her vehicle. As I didn’t have my mobile to report to the council the damage being done, I politely asked her if she could call the council and report it. Despite having Auckland Transport signage splashed over the car, she claimed she had “nothing to do with the council,” “we are completely independent” and added for good measure, “we have no communications with the council.” I was gobsmacked and asked her three times to call – three times she refused and I ended up giving up and walking away. This from an organisation that now calls residential parking outside of my home their ‘parking product’. Just another example of failed structure and the abyss between management and operations that continues to serve up bizzare and failed response to local and regional issues. Russell Hoban, Ponsonby



We are privileged to be the first media outlet to announce that Mike Lee, our current Waitemata Ward Councillor will stand again in this year’s local body election. He had been expected to retire but has been persuaded by a number of locals to stand again because of his desire to tackle some of the ills of the Super City. Last month we were invited to sample Skycity’s low carbon plant-based menu at the Sugar Club. We were impressed with the way some of the ingredients were foraged locally by their chef Josh Barlow. One example were the truffles which were delicious. You could be forgiven for thinking our cover of the Working Style Ponsonby team is a sunglasses promotion or a pet shop ad. However, Helene Ravlich’s editorial tells us about some of the history of this iconic brand. In our special feature this month we explore what architects believe their role is in the design and development of our homes and communities going forward.

The Ponsonby U3A members are celebrating 25 years and I was delighted to be presented with an honorary membership for the coverage Ponsonby News has given U3A over the years. The U3A meetings which will now be held at the St Columba Centre and give local seniors the chance to network and make new friends, while continuing their life long education. (MARTIN LEACH) F PN


Photography: Norrie Montgomery

When our winter is currently the average temperature of a Scottish summer there is no reason not to get out and embrace winter style and take part in some of the incredible events on offer during July. We have covered just a few of the many.

Martin Leach with Courtney Simpson, Skycity’s group manager of sustainability & corporate social responsibility.

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Tony Stewart Long-time Grey Lynn resident Tony Stewart – one of the nicest people in the hospitality business – has been a fixture of the Auckland hospitality scene since the nineties. It was the arrival of Clooney in Sale Street in 2006 that established his reputation and respect as a restaurateur. Tony still plays a major role in service and the day to day running of the restaurant. He is committed to putting New Zealand more firmly on the map as a global culinary destination. When did you open your first lounge bar? That was in the nineties, but it was the arrival of Clooney in 2006 that established my reputation as a restaurateur. From that year to this, I still play a major role in service and the day to day running of the restaurant. In 2013 you set up the acclaimed Waiheke Island Yacht Club in San Francisco, why? I attempted to bring together the most high-profile New Zealand food and beverage offering seen away from New Zealand. I continue this direction today, with my recent reinvention of Clooney’s cuisine by using only New Zealand ingredients.

If they were to make a movie about your life who would you like to play you? First choice would be Harvey Keitel. What do you most dislike about your appearance? Nothing. I am prepared to change. Do you read movie or TV reviews? No and no. How would you like to be remembered? As a good person, not perfect but a person who cared. What do you love most about your age? 50 seems so much younger than what I ever thought it did. If you had an ice cream named after you, what would it be called? Easy, that would be Rocky Road.

What is the best thing about where you live? The Grey Lynn Park.

What is something that you really disapprove of? Child abuse.

When did you become interested in food? Pretty early in the piece. My father ran a food and produce market for 40 years.

So if you won a million dollars, what would you do? Pay down debt.

Who do you think is the most annoying celebrity today? Jim Carey; am I showing my age? Where would your dream holiday be internationally? Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel – Alta, Norway. What’s on your bucket list? Jordan. What is your most treasured passion? My family. What is the most Kiwi thing about you? The rolling of my r’s. Do you like an aisle or window seat on a plane? For sure, a window seat. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In a casket. What job would you do other than your own and why? Quite like to be a farmer, love the outdoors and being my own boss.

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What motivates you? One word – failure. What do you think happens when we die? We stop breathing. What’s the best movie you’ve ever seen? Forrest Gump. It tells it all. Give your teenaged self some advice? Make the most of it. Which item of clothing can’t you live without? Long johns. Tell us about your dream home? Remote, looking at the sea with the mountains behind me. What are you insecure about? Failure. Tell us something very few people know about you? I eat about eight bananas a day. (DAVID HARTNELL MNZM) F PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

Working Style’s Chris Dobbs Back in 1987, a young but forward-thinking Chris Dobbs knew that men in suits needed shirts – a wardrobe of well-fitting shirts, and enough of them to have a fresh one every day. A destined-for-disaster career in finance and his early foresight lead to the creation of the business now known as Working Style, which supplies the welldressed men of New Zealand with not only shirts in 2019, but a whole lot more. Eight years ago, the brand threw open the doors of their stylish Ponsonby Road store which, despite retail’s fluctuating climate, has endured and developed its own USP as a response to the local market. That point of difference is its role spearheading the brand’s more flexible clothing options, which reflect the overall ‘casualisation’ of menswear over the past few years. The trend was seen early on in Europe at the likes of Brunello Cucinelli, where the label’s creator hit exactly the right note by mixing body-conscious tailored jackets and casual pants. Both were given the washed-out effect that expressed the spirit of a moment when sharp dressing still needs to have a certain softness if it is to remain relevant. Today’s men also expect their wardrobes to include far more than a traditional suit or two and a wardrobe of ties. A man wants to find garments in his closet that he can wear for any occasion, during the day or at night. Modern menswear has to reflect those needs by making garments elegant and easy to style, but also functional, and this is where Chris and his design team have most definitely stepped up. Chris says that the current Working Style collection is perhaps their strongest ever, and it includes progressive takes on traditional styles that are really taking off with their growing customer base. “We’re working really hard on the recent wave of ‘casualisation’,” he explains, “and on creating softer pieces that can work well both in a meeting and looking after the kids.” He adds that clothing in 2019 “has to work for you, and just defaulting to a suit like our fathers and grandfathers did, just doesn’t cut it with the majority of our customers anymore.” He says the Ponsonby store is the perfect place to trial new styles as it’s a softer market than the inner city suit-wearing brigade. “If you were wearing a tie on the floor in Ponsonby, you wouldn’t be very relevant,” he explains, “and it definitely wouldn’t reflect the range of customers that we get through the door there.”

for work, after work or at the rugby on a Friday night. It’s contemporary and easy to wear, and just so incredibly versatile.” Other casual-but-cool options include a tailored, wool drawstring pant and a great collection of footwear. Shoe styles run from a classic black lace up to a seriously cool sneaker, as well as Chelsea boots and a butter-soft suede loafer. “Some of the most popular styles have been the Cobain lace-up boot for lending a rock n’ roll edge and the Marr leather sneaker, which looks fantastic when it’s paired with our tailored drawstring pant.” Also new to the Ponsonby store is Director Maxum Alexander, who took over recently after his predecessor left to move into property development. “Roderick Singh had been with us for 10 years but it was his time to move on to something new,” says Chris. “We miss him a lot but Maxum has fitted right in and has been fantastic for the store. We also have Luke Sinkinson there as our tailoring consultant, who also does a brilliant job and inspires a lot of trust in our regulars.”

Some of Chris’s key picks from the winter collection include many of their more casual, adaptable styles, like the Basketweave Overcoat that has joined their more classic styles on the rack. Shorter styles come with zips and also with a more technical vibe, all impeccably crafted no matter what your preference is.

Above the store, you’ll also find Ponsonby Alterations, who take care of all tailoring requirements for Working Style and also welcome walk-ins from locals needing any kind of help with altering or mending garments. I’ve popped in there myself to have dresses hemmed and have found the work to be impeccable, and being able to support a local business is an added bonus. “Having Ponsonby Alterations upstairs makes things so easy for our customers who need alterations completed as quickly as possible,” says Chris, “and we run it as a joint venture with a wonderful family who really do incredible work.

“We’ve done things like styled a soft denim shirt under overcoats as opposed to a more traditional style,” says Chris, “which makes the whole look suitable

“Ponsonby is such a village and we love being a part of that, and aim to be for PN many years to come.” (HELENE RAVLICH) F

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Pippa Coom: Western Springs Lakeside Park The Waitemata- Local Board has a long-standing project to restore the native forest at Western Springs Lakeside Park and upgrade the tracks. Hearing Commissioners recently granted resource consent to remove 200 failing pines so planting and pest control can get underway. The independent commissioners reviewed all the evidence presented and determined that removal of the pines in one operation as now proposed is a practicable approach to enhancing the indigenous biodiversity values of the Special Ecological Area (SEA) and providing for the appreciation of the park as an urban forest. Subject to appeal of the decision to the Environment Court, the project is proceeding taking into consideration the following: • The commissioners accepted that removal is required due to ongoing and increasing health and safety concerns in relation to the trees’ continuing decline and failure. • The alternative option of allowing the pines to fall and the indigenous vegetation to continue to develop was considered, but rejected as this would require the closure of the pine tree area and involve no access and no pest control. This will lead to the proliferation of pest plants and hinder the regeneration of the indigenous vegetation. • The methodology has been revised to focus on the aim of restoring and enhancing the park’s SEA values. The access track will only be to the width of the digger (up to 4m wide is consented, but likely to be less) and for 200m (50% less area than originally proposed). • Removal of tree trunks will be limited and most will be mulched on site. • An independent ecologist will provide oversight to limit the damage to the understory. This will be minimised as much as possible – at the most extreme there could be up to 50% damage

to low-level plants but, due to the change in methodology, damage is likely to be a lot less. Soil erosion and silt run off will also be minimised. • An independent arborist is required to oversee the works and will work closely with the independent ecologist to minimise damage from the tree felling. • Planting will be from a ‘species palette’ consistent with the SEA values. Up to 15,000 plants are available, but with the reduction in the plantable area (due to the trunks remaining in situ) there is likely to be space for approximately 10,000 plants. • As part of the conditions, council will appoint a community liaison person to be available 12 hours per day; updates will be provided every second day on a purpose-built webpage. The revised methodology and additional conditions are intended to achieve the best possible outcomes for the SEA and for the wider community. The next window for pine removal is now February - March 2020 (to avoid bird roosting season, wet weather, etc). The whole operation including planting will take approximately six weeks. We’ve been advised that it is not possible to open the walking track in the interim because of the risk of failing pines. The appeal by a newly formed Society for the Protection of Western Springs Forest Inc will allow the opportunity to test whether the commissioners have got it right and whether any evidence has been overlooked. Unfortunately, it may also result in further delays to the restoration project, first consulted on in 2015, and limit use of the park in the meantime for public access and recreational purposes. PN (PIPPA COOM) F

Contact Pippa Coom, Chair of Waitamata Local Board, pippa.coom@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz, www.facebook.com/waitemata

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Auckland Council has launched a new website for this year’s election in October. Voteauckland.co.nz is a one-stop destination for candidates and voters. It has information about how to vote, why people should vote, and how Auckland Council works. Auckland Council General Manager Democracy Services, Marguerite Delbet, says, “We live in one of the most culturally diverse regions in the world so we need to make sure all Aucklanders have the information they need to get involved and make informed decisions.” Candidates can access a range of resources, including information about how nominations work, how to campaign and the roles, responsibilities and remuneration of elected members. One of the main reasons people don’t vote is because they don’t know enough about candidates. This new website aims to fix that by putting on-line statements by candidates including why they are standing. Minister of Local Government, Nanaia Mahuta, has praised the website initiative and said, “We need to support candidates to stand and voters to make informed decisions so that our locally elected members represent our common interests.” Key dates are: 19 July – candidate nominations open. 16 August – candidate nominations close at 12 noon. 20 September – voting opens. 8 October – last day to post voting papers. 12 October – voting closes at 12 noon.

Cats amongst the pigeons – new candidates announced. I can now announce that Councillor Mike Lee will stand again for his Waitemata Ward council seat. His statement, embargoed until announced in this month’s Ponsonby News, is released on this page. Lee says it was a difficult decision, but feels there is unfinished business, and with the mess of Goff’s poor leadership and the secrecy of the CCOs, there certainly is. Lee will seek to correct what he sees as an “arrogant, overbearing council/CCO bureaucracy, appalling financial mismanagement and bureaucratic waste.” Mike Lee has served Auckland long and well. He deserved his retirement but will be well supported to continue his service. A campaign battle with Pippa Coom looms. Rob Thomas may join the fray adding another complexity to the battle, and my information tells me there will be a C&R woman candidate announced soon to further complicate the Waitemata race. I personally prefer that local body elections do not feature party political candidates. However, we have two slates of candidates in Auckland elections who are, just under the surface, surrogates – for C&R read National Party, and for City Vision read Labour and the Greens. Many, even most, local issues are neither left nor right, so I favour a mix on each local board. The Waitemata Local Board will be fiercely contested, too. A full slate of C&R candidates is about to be announced. City Vision already has their seven candidates selected. I know that there will be several independents, possibly including heritage expert Alan Matson. I’ll keep you informed. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F PN

Statement from Mike Lee I have decided to stand again for council for the Waitemata & Gulf Ward – as an independent. It was always my intention to retire at the end of this present term. Accordingly, late last year, my wife Jenny and I moved back to Waiheke Island. But for the best part of the past year I have been lobbied by council colleagues and by supporters in the Waitemata & Gulf Ward to stand again for one more term. I think this has been one of the hardest decisions I have had to make during my time in politics. However, I have come to the conclusion that there could be no happy, peaceful retirement for me given the state of affairs in the so-called ‘Super City’ – I would be therefore better off to stand and fight. I am dismayed at the situation Auckland is in. I firmly believe the ‘Super City is the worse thing that has ever happened to Auckland. The people of Auckland have to endure an arrogant, overbearing council/CCO bureaucracy, appalling financial mismanagement and bureaucratic waste. The council’s growing debt situation (presently being swept under the carpet), will, I predict, almost immediately after the election, be revealed to show how truly bad the situation is. I am also certain this will be the pretext for another attempt to privatise Auckland’s remaining incoming-earning assets such as the council’s car parking buildings and even the Ports of Auckland. This must be strongly opposed and a more prudent management regime adopted. Working with my councillor colleagues, I believe there is work for me still to be done. I want to continue achieving long-term goals such as those I have attained over the last three years, including the Parnell Train Station, the Motukorea-Browns Island Regional Park, the soon to be re-commissioned waterfront

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heritage tramway, the eradication of rats from DoC-owned Rakitu Island near Great Barrier (which I instigated with the Great Barrier Local Board in 2011 and as a member of the Nature Heritage Fund arranged much of the funding for in 2013). I will strongly oppose the council agenda to impose reticulated sewerage on Waiheke Island and I also will to continue to speak out strongly on behalf of the overwhelming majority of Aucklanders who want trains – not light rail to Auckland Airport. While I will announce more of these goals during the election campaign, if re-elected I see my primary role to speak out on behalf of the public and to continue to hold the council, Auckland Transport, Panuku, etc, accountable – in the public interest. I thank those Aucklanders who asked me to stand for mayor, and I did think seriously about it, but the harsh reality is the way the Super City has been designed means any such undertaking can only be realistic for a candidate with wealthy backers. I do not have that sort of backing. Given the direction and the growing power of the present council/ CCO elite, a strong independent voice, speaking out on behalf of the public is needed now more than ever. Therefore, I will once again be seeking the support of the people of Waitemata & Gulf. (MIKE LEE) PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

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Deirdre Thurston – On My Mind: Sustainable mindfulness There are two words I’m hearing all throughout 2019 – sustainability and mindfulness. Seems you can’t pick up a magazine or a newspaper these days without there being something on these two topics. Which is a good thing, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes there’s a fraction of a shudder over some of the content. I recently heard one of Oprah Winfrey’s Soul Sundays’ interviews with Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love author). Oprah has always been a woman I admire, and love or hate Eat, Pray, Love, you must admit Gilbert got something right. The book and movie were instant worldwide hits. However, listening to this interview brought about those shudders I mentioned in abundance. I had to stop listening to what sounded like sickly fairytale drivel, and watching the obsequious high-fiving ‘sister’ act. They both came across as inauthentic to me. Have I become too cynical? Or is this American-style hype over mindfulness and living your best life just too sugar-coated to be real? I’ve pondered mindfulness for a few years now. I do try and be mindful – which is a contradiction in terms really. I can hear my ex saying: “There is no trying, only doing.” Wrong in my book. Mindfulness is not about ‘doing’ at all. It is about ‘being’. What is mindfulness? Quote: “The psychological process of bringing one’s attention to the experiences occurring in the present moment which one can develop through the practice of meditation.” All well and good to understand mindfulness, but how do we sustain it? Yes, meditation is divine and has benefits to spiritual, psychological and physical health. But, unless you choose the life of a monk and sit alone all day mindfully concentrating on your breath, sustainable mindfulness isn’t so easy. I mean, we have busy lives most of us. Kids, pets, jobs... How do we stay in the moment always? Our brains have been trained to whizz sideways at any given moment. It’s called monkey mind. Hard to stay mindful stirring the soup while checking your phone and yelling at the kids to finish their homework and get off their electronic devices. I guess we just have to make the effort to bring ourselves back into the moment; stir that soup mindfully. Breathe in, breathe out. Go with the flow. I doubt whether the flow gets the homework done. We so easily fall back into unhealthy ways of thinking and being that do not serve us or those around us. Our brains have an inclination towards a negativity bias rather than a happy bias apparently. Wired to survive rather than be happy. Human beings tend to create ‘stories’ about what’s happening. We attach meaning, often negative and completely untrue. Practising mindfulness helps make it more sustainable, and we are less likely to listen to the monkey chatter. Relaxing and easing our nervous system helps us settle into mindfulness practise. I’d love to see it taught

in schools. Children, being the sponges they are, would soak it up. Sustainable mindfulness would become innate in them. A playful attitude is important. Playfulness, itself, embodies mindfulness. It is enjoying life in the moment. Walking on the beach the other day, a gorgeous, middle-aged tan dog raced up to me with a goofy, lopsided smile, mouth full of drool-soaked pink tennis ball. Her bum wagged furiously side to side as she made happy, talkie noises around her ball. Her tag told me she was Flossie. She took off at a hundred miles an hour, in and out of the water, up and down the beach. Not a care in her world. Flossie was the very embodiment of sustainable mindfulness. She wasn’t ‘doing’ or ‘maintaining moment by moment awareness’ – as I had read mindfulness was – Flossie was simply ‘being’. Now, I realise if I raced up to strangers up and down the beach with a ball in my mouth and a waggly bum, I’d look ridiculous. Everyone would beat a hasty retreat down to the far end of the beach, huddle by the exit ramp in case of the need for a quick getaway, and discuss which Mental Health Service they should call. Flossie had no judgements from or to. She just was Flossie. How magical to innately know there’d be a slightly warm drink of water from an old, dented plastic bottle (sustainable re-use and all) and a heart-shaped liver treat at the end of her beach jaunt. A quick rub down with a towel and into the car with her two devoted mums. I bet they have a picture of Flossie in their respective wallets. Lucky Flossie, I’d put money on her being sustainably mindful. People overthink. Dogs, not at all. Cats are another story altogether. Sustainable mindfulness is where I come unstuck. Flossie’s kind of nirvana is rare for me. Although, as I practise, moments of joy (or mindfulness) exist more often. Certainly, I do drift into another world as I wander the shoreline listening to the water ripple and rush up and over the sand and my feet before folding back in on itself. Notice how the sun glints off wet rocks, hear the shells crunching underfoot. I’m definitely ‘there’ in those moments (one of my forms of meditation). My attention nowhere else. Inevitably, it wanders off on a tangent of a memory, a conversation. That’s okay. The trick is to bring myself back to paying attention, on purpose, in the moment and sustain it. Flossie’s way ahead of me. She doesn’t have to think about any of it. Flossie is totally in tune with what she’s sensing in the moment – utter joy. Unlike us mere humans who rehash the past and imagine the future. Neither of which actually exist if you’re in the moment. Perhaps you have to be a dog. Perhaps all we need is a pink tennis ball. (DEIRDRE THURSTON) F PN



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Mike Lee: Civic Administration Building fire sale: lose-lose for ratepayers I guess nothing sums up the incompetence and waste of the Super City than the sorry tale of the Civic Administration Building. Auckland Council’s fire sale of the Civic Administration Building (CAB), 22 levels, (19 floors and three basement levels), 14,000m2 of office space, and 5300m2 of land in the heart of the Auckland CBD for a paltry $3m, with (less than) $100,000 down, the balance upon sale of apartments, has got to be the worst example of public property value destruction in the history of Auckland local government. Built as Auckland’s first skyscraper, of modernist architecture in 1966, the CAB was carefully sited near the Town Hall on land acquired by the far-sighted former Auckland City Council to form a civic square. Aotea Square was opened by Mayor Dove Myer Robinson in 1979 and completed with the opening of the Aotea Centre by Mayor Cath Tizard in 1990. At that time, the former City Council extracted all the asbestos that was accessible and practicable to extract from the CAB, confirmed by regular air testing for fibre asbestos indicating the building “was safe for normal occupation” by council staff. Even before the new Super City had been established in November 2010, I was informed that its incoming leading bureaucrats intended to buy the ASB Bank Tower at 135 Albert Street for their new headquarters. The first ‘victim’ of this scheme was actually not the CAB but the former ARC Regional House on Pitt Street. To get rid of this, the new council actually paid the landlord to release it from the four years of the ARC’s lease still to run. An accommodation shortage thus created, a year later a slim majority of Auckland councillors were persuaded to go along with buying the 29-storey Albert Street tower. This was purchased in mid-2012 for $104m followed soon after by $24.5m spent on a plush interior ‘fit out’. Evidently, so eager were council managers to move into what staff call ‘the proud tower’, only cursory due diligence was undertaken. A council finance manager later explained (with unintended irony) that this normal commercial procedure was thought “too costly.” Compounding this blunder, the council waived the building warranty. This would prove to be very expensive for Auckland ratepayers. Too late it was discovered that ‘degradation’ in the building was far worse than anticipated and at least another $30m had to be found to rectify major faults, especially the granite cladding thought to be at risk of falling off into the streets below. While this repair work began late in 2015, three-and-a-half years later it still drags on. Unbelievably it’s taken nearly as long for the Auckland Council to repair the building as the ASB Bank took to have it built in the first place (1987-1991) – and its not over. The final cost of all this, if past performance is to go by, will be considerably more than the estimated $30m. No doubt we will be hearing more about the ‘proud tower’ in the future, but for the moment let’s return to the Civic Administration Building. In 2014 after the move en masse to Albert Street, what had been from the time of Mayor Robbie Auckland’s bustling centre of civic activity, became a forlorn wasteland; the only movement, paper and leaves blowing about the deserted forecourt.

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The CAB’s 22 levels, fit-for-purpose, comfortable indeed, office space, has sat empty for five years during the biggest property boom in Auckland history. Meanwhile council CCOs and the Independent Maori Statutory Board have been paying more than $13m every year, renting high-end office buildings, mainly on the waterfront. This unprecedented value destruction of property belonging to the people of Auckland could have been avoided if Auckland Council had simply retained and maintained the building for its original purpose, council offices. Instead, trying to drive a square peg into a round hole, the council, via its CCO Panuku, is intent on turning a specialist office building into residential apartments, despite a distinct lack of market appetite for the idea. To this end, the building (book value c.$65m) has virtually been given away, not to speak of the land. And don’t forget the lost projected uplift in land value seeing its proximity to the future City Rail Link Aotea station. Typically, Mayor Goff has gone along with this sorry affair, cheered on as usual by mayoral sycophant Simon Wilson. Even worse, Goff tries to justify what must be the worst property deal in Auckland’s history, calling the CAB “a lemon” and claiming that the building “is riddled with asbestos.” As one property expert said to me, even if the building “was made of solid asbestos,” the $3m price, including over half a hectare of CBD land, would still be a scandal. The Auckland Council has a statutory purpose to work on behalf of and in the public interest. If the council was your accountant, or your lawyer or your real estate agent – and you had the choice – would you ever employ them again? PN (MIKE LEE - Councillor for Waitemata & Gulf) F PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


Lucia Mataia – Leys Institute Library News: Kia ora koutou Can you believe we’re half way through the year already? Time to cosy up with a selection of books. And if you are feeling creative why not join our friendly group ‘Craft at Leys’? There is always a hot cuppa and a supply of wool to get you started on your knitting or crochet project. Don’t be shy. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month 10am - 11.30am. Here is our programme to keep the children happy.

Friday 19 July 1.30pm Robogals Robotics Workshop – presented by the Robogals, a group of engineering students from the University of Auckland. Suitable for children aged 8+. Places limited, please book.

School Holidays Tuesday 9 July 2.30pm Edison Robots – build and create an Edison Bot and complete the challenges.

Book Chat This month’s recommendations are themed around art. First up, Teo Schoon: A Biography by Damian Skinner. Schoon was a pioneer of the New Zealand art scene and a champion of Maori art. He was also colourful and controversial and the details of his life make a fascinating read.

Thursday 11 July 6pm Matariki Whanau night – a family night with shared food, stories and songs. Enjoy a cup of homemade soup and dress warmly for outdoor stories (weather permitting).

Email: leysinsitutelibraryponsonby@aklc.govt.nz or phone 09 377 0209.

Friday 12 July 2.30pm Upcycle Magic – join us in transforming everyday junk into some awesome toys, build a marble track from trash and make your own juggling balls.

One of our group said she “couldn’t put this book down” and aptly described Schoon as a “crazy trailblazer.” Our second recommendation is Art New Zealand. First published in 1976, this magazine is essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary Kiwi art.

Tuesday 16 July 2.30pm Franken-Toys – transform sad, broken and tired toys into crazy, completely unique franken-toys.

Did you know you can also read this as an e-magazine via our website? PN (LUCIA MATAIA) F

Thursday 18 July 6pm Movie Night – bring a blanket and escape into the world of Woody the pull-string cowboy. Suitable for general audiences. Light refreshments provided.

Open hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm and Saturday 9am - 4pm LEYS INSTITUTE LIBRARY, 20 St Marys Road, T: 09 377 0209, www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz

ST STEPHEN’S PONSONBY, COMMUNITY PANTRY: Take what you need, leave what you can The St Stephen’s community pantry is an open pantry and sharing platform with multiple uses. It is a hub where people in the community can connect without even meeting. People may exchange fresh produce or surplus products of any useful nature. If preferred more emergency type food and toiletries may be left in the pantry for those in greater need. In many ways we do not want to limit how the pantry can be used, but we just ask that people limit unnecessary stockpiling from the pantry and take only that which is needed. We have seen people from all walks of life using and supplying the pantry. So a big thank you to everyone in the community who has contributed! Our desire is that it may help to reduce waste, be a small demonstration against consumerism, work as a platform for generosity, and become a stop-gap for those in need. F PN Reverend Grant David Ridout, St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, 65 Jervois Road, www.ststephensponsonby.co.nz

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Ponsonby Park – July Update After more than six months of patiently waiting for the next steps in the realisation of the whole site civic open space at 254 Ponsonby Road – aka Ponsonby Park – we are delighted to have some defined timelines and processes to report. Recently, council created a new specialist team that, amongst other things, will look at all the local board’s ‘One Local Initiatives’ (OLIs). The whole civic open space at 254 Ponsonby Road – aka Ponsonby Park – is the Waitemata Local Board’s OLI.

Stage 1 of the development will be delivered first and will provide the essential elements of the civic space including:

There is now a dedicated council officer assigned to Ponsonby Park and because the whole site civic open space at 254 Ponsonby Road is so advanced in its planning, it is near the front of the OLI queue.

• Repurposing the existing forecourt canopy structure to provide a space for markets and events.

Waitemata Local Board liaison staff members have already met with the officer and have run him through the entire history of our park, from beginning to now. We’re pleased to report that he’s a very experienced officer and absolutely understands the Community-led Design process and the LandLAB Park+ concept design that came from it. The Ponsonby Park OLI now requires detailed design and consents. To progress these, a business case (providing costs to deliver and to maintain the preferred LandLAB Park+ concept design) will be undertaken. Requests for funding will then be made through council’s ‘Finance & Performance’ committee. The Ponsonby Park project timeline is provided below. We expect groundwork to commence on site in July 2020 – which is in one year. Brilliant! Stage 1 During the period 1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020: Detailed business case, reports to Waitemata Local Board, and the ‘Finance & Performance’ committee. Detailed design, consents and physical works procurement. During the period 1 July 2020 – 30 June 2021: Physical work proposed to commence on site. It is intended that a ‘whole of site’ development approach will be undertaken for the detailed business case, detailed design and consents. This is a practical requirement as the development is being realised in two stages and therefore needs to be carefully coordinated and aligned.

• Landscaping.

• Installation of new public toilet facilities. Funding for Stage 1 is earmarked to come from the Auckland ‘Longterm Plan’ allocation. Stage 2 Stage 2 includes: • Repurposing the existing buildings. • Improvements to the surrounding streetscape. The delivery timeline for Stage 2 will be dependent upon the provision of funding and the Waitemata Local Board is already looking at options for this. The Community-led Design group has secured continued representation and involvement in each stage of the process. The Waitemata Local Board is committed to having us fully involved with each step, which they see as being realistic and wholly appropriate, as well as being well understood within council. This continued representation will enable us to have first-hand and timely updates to share with the community. How this will be structured is currently being determined and we look forward to our regular meetings with council staff and the project manager commencing soon. We’ll keep you informed. Everyone involved in the process to realise ‘Ponsonby Park’ is keen for it to happen as soon as possible. ‘Ponsonby Park’ is now officially underway. We look forward to the next part of the journey and work starting on-site this time next year. Ponsonby Park – bring it on! (JENNIFER WARD) F PN

For more information or to contact us, see our webpage: 254ponsonbyrd.org.nz Or our Facebook page: Ponsonby Park. * The LandLAB design for Ponsonby Park won the international ‘World Architecture News – Future Civic Category’ award in November 2018.

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Ken Ring: Auckland weather diary, July 2019 – by the moon July can be split into three parts weather-wise, with the first 10 days changeable, the second 10 days dry, and the third 10 day period may be again unsettled. The heaviest rain may be in the last week. The wind direction average is from the south-east. The windiest day may be 5th. For Auckland, the average for maximums may be 14-15°C and for minimums 6-7°C. The warmest day may be around 9th with about 16-18°C max, and the coolest night may be around 23rd with 1°C. Average humidity is around 85%. Overall, the barometer may average 1017mbs. The highest air pressure reading (1030mbs) may be 13th-15th, being a period of cold nights, and the lowest below 1000mbs in the last three days. The best interval in July for outside activities should be the 11th-21st. Highest (king) tides are on 5th, with a lesser tide on 19th, and neaps on 12th and 27th. For fishermen, the best fishing bite-times (in the east) are at dusk 3rd-4th and 16th-19th , and in the west at around lunchtime on those days. Chances are secondarily better in the east for 12 noon of 8th-11th and 24th-26th, and in the west around dusk of those days. South-easterlies will be most common between 12th and 24th. For gardeners, the best sowing interval is 4th-14th, when the waxing moon is ascending. The best pruning periods are 1st-2nd and 18th-30th, when the waning moon is descending. If harvesting for preservation and longer shelf-life, choose the lower water-table days of 12th and 26th.

Allow 24 hour error for all forecasting. (KEN RING) F PN For future weather for any date, see www.predictweather.com

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Ponsonby U3A – July 2019 A highlight of the June Ponsonby U3A meeting was the presentation of honorary membership of U3A to Martin Leach, editor and publisher of the Ponsonby News. It is the first honorary membership awarded since U3A was established in Ponsonby 25 years ago. It was awarded in recognition of Martin’s outstanding contribution to the work of U3A, by including a column on the activities of Ponsonby U3A in the Ponsonby News every month since July 2004, when he took over the magazine. Many local people have joined U3A after reading about it in the Ponsonby News.

holds a PhD in political studies. The June 10-minute speaker, U3A member Lydia Smith, demonstrated, as always, the interesting lives of U3A members. Her talk was about Restorative Justice, what it is, who it is for, and her 12-year involvement as a restorative justice facilitator.

“Ponsonby is a warm and friendly community and much of this is due to Martin producing a true community magazine, covering all the local issues, featuring local identities and businesses that is looked forward to every month,” says Ponsonby U3A president Christine Hart. “We love that we are part of the Ponsonby News family.” Media consultant and researcher Dr Gavin Ellis returned to U3A in June with another important and timely discussion following his ‘Fake News’ talk last year. This time he stepped members through the media handling and coverage of the harrowing days following the tragic mosque shootings in Christchurch on 15 March this year. He outlined the media coverage for the first 72 hours, the aftermath and the issues yet to be encountered.

She explained that restorative justice is a community-based justice process that offers victims of an offence an opportunity to be part of seeing things put right, as far as that is possible. It does this through a process that works towards a meeting between the victim and offender, called a Restorative Justice Conference. In this conference both victim and offender talk about what occurred and what could happen to restore the victim’s wellbeing. A report from the conference goes to the court. Taking part in restorative justice is not compulsory. A conference will take place only if both victim and offender agree to participate.

The police had posted their first message on social media within 12 minutes of the attack. The first journalist was also on the scene within 12 minutes. He was a 23-year-old videographer and photographer from Stuff. He had parked his car about 400m from the mosque and ran towards it. He later described the scene as chaos as he filmed from behind a tree looking down straight into the mosque. At that time no-one knew who was a terrorist and who was not.

The July meeting of Ponsonby U3A will be the 25th anniversary celebration of the founding of U3A in Ponsonby, in 1994. Members will attend a special anniversary lunch and entertainment with memories from the early days of the group. Two of the original members, Nancy Keat and Jill Bater, will be among those sharing stories from that time.

Dr Ellis outlined the immediate media response and the following days and months and stated that he believes our journalists “have done a great job on this one.” He takes part in an annual workshop on terrorism incidents attended by police and security intelligence personnel and said that as an exercise in crisis communication management, the official response on 15 March was almost word-perfect.

The July 25th anniversary celebration will be a members-only function. Guests will be welcome to attend the August meeting at the Herne Bay Petanque Club on Friday 9 August at 10am, but are asked to contact the president, Christine Hart, prior to attending. F PN

Dr Ellis is a former editor-in-chief of the New Zealand Herald and his association with journalism spans more than half a century. While chair of the New Zealand Media Freedom Committee, he oversaw the negotiation of a protocol to be used by media and government agencies in the event of a terrorist incident. The author of two books, he is currently writing a third, on propaganda. He

ENQUIRIES: Christine Hart, President Ponsonby U3A, M: 027 289 5514, www.u3a.nz

John Elliott: The merits of a wellbeing budget There has been plenty of scoffing about the wellbeing budget, particularly from the right wing of politics. “It’s the economy stupid,” refers to the traditional mainstay of budgets, attributed to President Bill Clinton. It may be people’s back pocket that is uppermost in their minds when a budget is being read, but everyone looks at their wellbeing, often daily. People know they should exercise, eat and drink moderately and sleep well. I think New Zealanders also have a good sense of fairness and justice, and don’t like to see fellow New Zealanders falling through the cracks through no fault of their own. They also have awakened to the pressing need to address climate change. One of the things I liked about the wellbeing budget was the way policies were wrapped around many ministerial portfolios, and not limited to silos as happened so often in the past by both major parties when in government. When I was in parliament a ‘hundred’ years ago, ministers were asked to come to caucus with a, say, 10% saving in their own portfolio. I always thought

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that was unsatisfactory because sometimes a 20% cut might be justified while a 30% increase in another portfolio might be a good idea. Now, with, for instance, poverty, the wrap-around policies include social welfare, education, health, justice and other portfolios all sharing the responsibility for reducing it. We know now that happiness doesn’t depend just on money, and people all need a good, warm and dry home, suitable clothing, a loving family and an inclusive community to thrive. If Government can successfully address those problems it will help our economy down the line, with fewer sick, under-housed and unemployed. The Government has only a certain amount of taxpayer money to share out (and there are funding deficits going back years in some areas, including health and education), but this should be carefully allocated according to need. Education, health, housing and the insistence on a just and fair society are critical if everyone is to live a worthwhile life. PN This Government has made a good start. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F



Nikki Kaye: Auckland central projects update I have 10 local projects that I am working on for the electorate alongside the more than 10,000 constituency queries each year. This month has seen me working hard in central Auckland and in the Hauraki Gulf. It has been a busy time as Education spokesperson with the collective bargaining issues for teachers and principals and legislation covering donations. Improving ferry services for Waiheke and Auckland As the MP for Waiheke Island representing 9500 people living on the island I visit the island regularly for constituency issues or to assist on local issues. The ferry is their lifeline. It is also very important that Aucklanders have confidence in our ferry system given it is on track to expand from six million trips to nine million trips by 2025. It is my strong view that Waiheke is a world class destination but is receiving a substandard ferry service. I requested a meeting with the Chief Executive of Fullers Group and the Chair of the local board for Waiheke Cath Handley, where we raised issues of poor service, including massive queues, delayed sailings, reduced sailings and some boats leaving half full. I attended a large public meeting on the island where people told Fullers their concerns. There is a case for change to the status of exempt routes which cover Waiheke and Great Barrier Island. We either need to remove the exemption from the Public Transport Operating Model, which would impact Fullers commercially, or come up with an alternative to ensure greater guarantees around the quality of what are essential services to the islands. We need to ensure the redevelopment of the downtown ferry terminal is progressed in a timely manner and that there is fair access to ferry berths. One issue is the lack of competition in the ferry market, with previous companies dropping out of the market citing issues with accessing ferry berths as hindering their ability to deliver services and compete. This is important for millions of people who will use the downtown ferry terminal each year. It is important that phase two of the terminal redevelopment ensures Waiheke and Devonport are properly prioritised in terms of their volume of trips. Another issue is integrated ticketing. Auckland Council is progressing integrated ticketing for Auckland. However, reports that Waiheke could be exempt from this is concerning. It will mean islanders and tourists will miss out on seamless services, but also discounts on public transport. I am fighting to ensure Waiheke is included in integrated ticketing. City Rail Link Central Auckland businesses are experiencing real hardship due to the mayor and Minister of Transport failing to give adequate support to those facing uncertainty and disruption due to delays with the City Rail Link. We know the project has blown out and I have worked to get a clearer timeline of construction work for businesses and residents. I have also held several meetings with a group of affected business owners on Albert Street. They have been under huge stress due to the ongoing disruption caused by construction delays and a lack of certainty over what is happening. At the meeting a range of actions were agreed by CRLL and the Auckland Council. I am concerned that we get greater transparency around the costs of the project which I have requested. Great Barrier and Waiheke marine protection meetings Several years ago I was able to help deliver the Aotea Conservation Park on Great Barrier. I have advocated for some time for a greater marine protection in the gulf and I have followed the work of the sea change work. I am holding public meetings on the islands to help feed back proposals to the Government. I am also working on legislation to prevent the excessive sediment dumping near great barrier which PN locals are very concerned about. (NIKKI KAYE) F The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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John Elliott: Glyphosate’s days are surely numbered You can still buy Roundup with the carcinogenic ingredient glyphosate at your local hardware store. That is simply because New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Agency declares it safe to use.

it was not a council contractor. I accept her reply, but the question remains – who did it?

The problem with that declaration is that the NZ EPA takes its cue from the American EPA, which has recently been proved, in court in America, to have been colluding with Monsanto, the makers of Roundup, accepting articles written by Monsanto toadies saying glyphosate is safe. They know it is not, and now Californian courts have concluded categorically that glyphosate is carcinogenic.

I sought more answers from Waitemata Local Board chair, Pippa Coom, who promised to brief me on the progress contractors Ventia were making in cutting back on glyphosate use.

Secret emails between the two have been produced in court and Monsanto has been fined $2 billion in one case and $80 million in another. Jurors in both cases agreed glyphosate in Roundup had caused cancer. Now, with Monsanto having been bought by the biggest agrochemical company in the world, Bayer, for $63 billion, Bayer is looking to improve its image. It has not conceded glyphosate’s carcinogenic qualities but has pledged to “listen and learn.” Bayer has vowed to improve its environmental impact, almost a concession, especially given thousands of other lawsuits are still pending against it. Along with many others, I have been asking the Auckland Council to stop using glyphosate. We have had partial success. The Waitemata Local Board has banned the use of glyphosate in four city parks, and does plan to eliminate use of glyphosate completely, as soon as practicable. It is that word ‘practicable’ which is problematic. Maria Robins, who lives at the motorway end of Shelley Beach Road, told me she had seen council staff spraying near her home. One of the workers told her they were using glyphosate, which he declared was completely safe. No masks, no safety gear at all. Maria showed me where the spraying had occurred. It was impossible to tell what spray had been used, but the way the foliage had been killed off, I feel sure glyphosate or some other poisonous chemical must have been used. Then just a few days later, my partner was walking alongside the motorway on the city side of St Mary’s Reserve when she encountered a Ventia worker spraying. He had gloves but no other protection and said he was using “chemicals, not glyphosate” without my partner mentioning glyphosate. It now seems clear that there have been several spraying episodes, the one near Maria Robins’ Shelley Beach Road home the latest. Rob Thomas, Waitemata Local Board member, has been trying to find out who sprayed along the walkway next to the motorway, and what chemicals were used. Eight months later and still the culprit has not owned up. Pippa Coom tells me the board has been informed that


I had a useful hour with Chair Coom, where she reiterated the board’s advocacy position. The board is seeking a regional budget to eliminate agrichemical spray. The council has been collecting ‘base line data’ for 18 months on the use of poisonous agrichemicals such as glyphosate, and by the end of June will produce the base line figures quantifying usage so reductions can be quantified, so contractors like Ventia can prove they are following council protocols and actually using less glyphosate. It is a lack of actual quantities used that blurs any stated ‘reductions’. We need hard data. It should help that the maintenance of roadside berms will come back under council control from Auckland Transport on July 1. However, there will still be a difficulty as AT will continue to be in charge of road and gutter weed control and cleanliness, but not berms. What sprays AT uses will, given its secret nature, be unknown. We all need to make sure we are on the ‘no spray’ list with council. Pippa Coom, as promised, got back to me regarding the latest spraying just off Shelley Beach Road that Maria Robins told me about. Pippa: “The clearing of weeds has been carried out by an ecological contractor in preparation for native plantings. It is being managed by Community Facilities. Planting will be undertaken over the next two months.” Sadly, Pippa Coom also confirmed that glyphosate is still permitted in the Pt Erin Reserve. The EPA is still the serious problem. While it continues to mouth US EPA statements that glyphosate is quite safe, New Zealand councils and other organisations are loathe to stop its use. The council’s Head of Operational Maintenance and Management, Agnes McCormack, confirmed to me that the council’s herbicide use is guided by the NZ EPA, which has granted approvals for the use of glyphosate-containing substances in accordance with their code of practice. McCormack also said that should the ministry for the environment or the EPA update their position, the council would respond appropriately. If the EPA continues to deny reality, council should take other international advice. There are now a number of scientific articles which prove the carcinogenic properties of glyphosate. PN Progress is painfully slow. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F

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

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


PONSONBY’S HEART & SOUL photography: Andrea Kahukiwa

John Elliott: Innercity churches – Part three of our series The Ponsonby News has had good feedback from readers about our series on local churches. It has been a pleasure to meet with church leaders and to write up the stories of our local churches, and it has been lovely to get congratulatory messages back from readers. We are well served by our churches and their leaders, and even for those who are not churchgoers, there is comfort in their presence. This series has been a personal highlight for me, and although I’m not a churchgoer, there are a number of our ministers whose sermons I’m sure I would enjoy. As previously stated, our sense of community has been eroded by the neo-liberal philosophy, which champions the free unencumbered market at the expense of individual wellbeing. Our churches foster community and so, along with the recent wellbeing budget, I feel some hope of a more just and fair New Zealand going forward. PN johnelliott38@outlook.com (JOHN ELLIOTT) F THE TONGAN METHODIST CHURCH I spent a very pleasant hour with Rev Siutaisa Tukutau, Minister of the Tongan Methodist Church on Richmond Road, Grey Lynn. Also present at the meeting was the church secretary, Taina Tupou. The Reverend Tukutau has been at Vaine Mo’onia, Ponsonby (the Richmond Road church) for five years, since becoming ordained. She came to New Zealand in 1987 to train for the priesthood. As well as her bible school training, she has completed a Bachelor of Theology from Auckland University. Siutaisa and Taina are both charming people, who are a credit to their church. The Richmond Road church has a congregation of around 500, mainly Tongans, but with a sprinkling of Palagi, and Maori. They are of the Free Wesleyan Church group, which is the most prevalent Christian fellowship in Tonga. Mormons have a developing presence in Tonga, too. Tongan woman, Rev Setaita Kinahoi Veikune, is the President of the New Zealand Methodist Church – a real honour. The preaching is mainly in the Tongan language, with most preachers using a smattering of English in their sermons. I suggested that the large number of children at their church meant an opportunity for the young members to retain their Tongan The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

language, but it seems the need to speak English in school and the New Zealand community, means their native language is soon lost. “We speak Tongan to our children,” Rev Tukutau told me, “but they mainly speak back in English.” The children have Sunday school, then there is a youth group (they are generally retaining their teenagers), and a young families group. Taina Tupou is the convenor of the young families, friends and children’s group. He and his wife have a 13-year-old daughter. Services are every Sunday at 12 noon, with Wednesday’s at 7pm. They sing traditional Methodist hymns, as well as some contemporary ones. They have youth bands, with their own instruments. These bands perform at services. The church also has a brass band. Young church members are encouraged to run things for themselves, rather than have programmes dictated by adults. “This encourages youth leadership,” both Taina and Siutaisa told me. Rev Tukutau is a widow, whose husband was also a Methodist minister before he passed away. They have two boys and two girls. There are other women faifekau (as ministers are called) in the Tongan Methodist church – five in New Zealand, with two others training. The Richmond Road church has 73 lay preachers among its congregation who all get to preach at least once a year. Other ministers come from time to time from outside churches. “Those that come from Tonga usually say they are on holiday and don’t really want to preach,” jokes the Rev Tukutau. She goes to Conference in Tonga each year, she told me. When I visited one Sunday a while ago, I was struck by the mass of young children milling around having fun, all part of the family church outing each week. It is a colourful, joyous scene, and we at Ponsonby News wish them well. They are a decided asset to our community. www.methodist.org.nz PONSONBY NEWS+ July


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Artweek, Waterfront Walk, City Centre

Artweek is back – mark it in your diaries 12-20 October 2019 What’s different this year is that we will be joining the other established art precincts and extending the great work done by the K’Road Business Association to incorporate Grey Lynn’s galleries, foodies and designers as part of this week-long celebration. Paul Stephenson, joint co-chair of the Grey Lynn Business Association, said extending the Grey Lynn Project to include Artweek was a natural evolution in the Association’s aspirational goals to develop the businesses in Grey Lynn and leverage the tremendous economic pulling power that Artweek has generated since its inception nine years ago. Project managed by Director Deborah White of Whitespace Contemporary Art, the objective of Artweek is to create opportunities for artists and promote visual arts while creating much greater public access and awareness of the visual arts community. Deborah has been a major proponent of extending Artweek to Grey Lynn and she views doing so as a natural extension of the collaboration that has occurred between K’Road, Ponsonby Road and Arch Hill for some time. With her backing, it is great that we now have the opportunity to integrate the whole Grey Lynn visual arts community into an established Auckland-wide event. In announcing the extension of Artweek to incorporate the whole of Grey Lynn at the recent GLBA Ozone Coffee networking function, Deborah noted the opportunity we now have to build significant

collaboration between the largest concentration of visual artists in the Auckland area, namely Grey Lynn, and one of the real cultural and economic drivers for the city. Reflecting on last year’s Artweek, she said partnerships that have developed with the wider business community have created a vibrant creative sector that is good for business. The creative arts bring a sense of belonging, ownership of a place and a way of building lines of communication between diverse groups. So what does this mean and how is GLBA going to assist in growing the collaboration? The vision we have is to bring together all of the galleries and artists within the Grey Lynn district. So, if you have a post code 1021 then we want to know about you and we want to know whether you want to participate in Artweek. Make contact with us at info@glba.co.nz and include a quick introduction of what you do and how you’d like to participate plus a contact email or phone number. We’ll be holding a workshop/gathering for all participants under Deborah’s guidance to maximise engagement. We also want to hear from restaurants who are prepared to engage and become part of the Grey Lynn Artweek experience. The idea here is to leverage gallery opening times with opportunities to experience the flavours and culinary talents of Grey Lynn. Again, under Deborah’s experience and guidance we’ll be able to build exposure for your business and leverage the exposure gained by having many new visitors to our area. We already know 85% of people surveyed attended a hospitality venue while attending Artweek events last year. The third area is our specialist clothing designers – our goal is also to build an exciting collaboration between designers and leverage the many opportunities Artweek offers to attract new clients.

photography: Dyego Cortinas

GLBA’s very clear objective is to build a trail throughout the district linking galleries, designers and foodies and maximise the opportunities created by an already extremely established Artweek. Designers, if you are interested also get in touch with us on info@glba.co.nz. We see our role as facilitating this collaboration but we want each of the businesses participating to step up and take ownership. GLBA is delighted to act as the catalyst for this and work under the guidance of Deborah White. As Paul Stephenson reflected, we have been searching for some time for a concept that brings the GL district together – we think this is it.

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Kerry Lee: Ponsonby Rugby Club’s Mark Hooper In the weeks ahead, the Ponsonby Rugby Club will be hosting an evening focused on the mental health and wellbeing of its members. I spoke to Mark Hooper, their manager, about the event and what he expected from it. Could you tell me a little about yourself? I’m the General Manager of the Ponsonby Rugby Club and I’ve been in the role since October 2018. I’ve been involved with the club since I was 10-years-old, first as a player, then as a coach, and now as the general manager. Could you tell me more about the upcoming Mental Health and Wellbeing evening you’ve got planned? On the 3rd of July we’re holding a Mental Health and WellBeing evening hosted by Paul Whatuira who’s an ex-rugby league player. He does a lot of work around mental health and public speaking, and we thought it would be a great opportunity for our club. What can the club offer to members who are suffering from the effects of mental illness? I think it’s about opening our eyes to the problem, and having someone to talk to. It’s all about offering them the tools they need to cope better by using education about mental illness to help them. It’s an important problem in our society, so we have to make sure that we all look after each other. Giving our members the skills to be able to reach out and look for help and to look after themselves is really important to us. What do you want people to get from the evening? For us, we’d like people to go home with the idea that the club is here to help them. I mean yes, we’re a rugby club, but we’re also here to support the wider community. We’re here to give people the tools that they need to become a better person and to upskill them because we think that it’s really important to be able to give back to our community. We want people to go away thinking, “I feel a lot better about myself, and I can handle a few situations a bit better now.” Why do you think that sports people like Paul Whatuira are choosing to come forward? Years ago mental illness in sport was frowned upon, if you went through a tough time, you were told to “just get over it.” Now you have Paul Whatuira and Sir John Kirwan who have gone through it, and come out the other side. What they’re going through may not be the same thing as what someone else is experiencing, but it’s about upskilling people, and giving them the confidence to say its okay I can go this way and reach for help. I think that’s why more people are coming forward now.

Do you think that sport should take more of a lead in issues that affect New Zealanders, like mental health? Yeah, I think it really should. We’ve got a lot of young kids coming out of high school playing First 15 rugby and then moving into club rugby. I think there’s a lot of pressure on them to perform and to succeed, both externally and internally. The question becomes how do we upskill these kids to make sure that there going to be okay? Not every kid is going to go on to play professional rugby, so it’s about giving them other options in life and saying it’s okay if rugby doesn’t work out for you because you can still do something else. I think as a country we get a bit fixated on our players becoming the next All Black. It’s great to have those goals but we’ve got to make sure that we have other options and opportunities for our young people. So, it’s not just about mental illness, but showing younger players that there are other options out there? Yeah, I think so. It’s about opening their eyes to other opportunities. Rugby is great but it could be over in just one injury. You could break your leg and that’s your career done, so there have to be other options for them. (KERRY LEE) F PN

For more information about mental illness, please visit Youthline at www.youthline.co.nz and for more on Paul Whatuira www.internalstrength.nz

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John Elliott: Couple rescue swarm bees and rehouse in city We know how fragile the Earth’s ecosystem is. Pull out one cog in the chain of life, and the system is in danger of complete collapse. Bees are a classic example. Without their pollination many plant species would die. A local couple, Jessie and Luke, are saving swarm bees and putting them on city rooftops and in city gardens. Ponsonby News interviewed Jessie Baker about their project. Jessie grew up at Bethell’s Beach and still lives there with her extended family. She and Luke have their rescued bees’ sanctuary at Bethell’s Beach. They feed rescued bees, make sure they are healthy, with no nasty diseases, and have a happy queen. Varroa and American Foulbrood are the two major scourges they wish to avoid. 80% of their proceeds go back into helping to rescue more bees by building warm hives and treating the bees for any disease. Their ultimate aim is to have healthy beehives in every urban area in New Zealand. Jessie and Luke have been going for two years now and have rescued 32 hives. Exterminators call them when a swarm has been found, and if they can get there in time they can save the bees from extermination. Jessie believes it should be illegal to kill bees – all should be rescued and saved. Bees do well in the city, Jessie told me. They produce three times the honey in the city than they do at Bethells. There is less chemical spraying in the city, although I told Jessie about my campaign to stop using carcinogenic glyphosate in the city and, as soon as we can, the whole of New Zealand. On tops of buildings bees love the early morning sun, and they thrive up to three or so storeys high. Swarms occur because the worker bees breed a new queen and the old queen takes off from the hive with some thousands of workers to find a new home. Queens can live for about five years, but hives thrive better if replaced every two years. Bees fly up to 5km for food and they love the flora in central city parks, reserves and gardens. They don’t sting as much as some people think. It is only when they think they are in danger. “Bees are responsible for one third of the world’s food because of the awesome pollinating job they do,” Jessie says. “Bees need our help and we need theirs.” Those who have hives from BEES UP TOP, Jessie’s company name, receive up to 7kg of honey per year. A lovely sunrise business right here in our backyard. It deserves our support. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F PN Jessie has local pure honey for sale – you can call her on 021 203 3612, or email her on jessiejanebaker@gmail.com

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the Architecture of being Local

NZIA 2019 Auckland Architecture Awards Winner - Heritage by Salmond Reed Architects.

How has design changed to reflect a more sustainable way of living? Do design briefs for significant civic spaces include requests from clients to create outcomes that are more mindful of the environment? What about renovations? How have styles and approaches to renovating evolved to include more sustainable building and design practices? We talked to some of the best local architects to understand the changes and future of design and how it will be shaping our local community. When it comes to renovating heritage homes it is hard to go past Salmond Reed who has contributed to the conservation of many of the country’s most important heritage sites as well as many character homes in the wider Ponsonby area. One recent award-winning heritage project is a beautiful home in St Marys Bay where architect Rosalie Stanley reinvigorated a character villa to a new level of glory. The St Marys Bay property had seen numerous renovations and reincarnations and both the owner and Rosalie wished to reclaim its heritage features while acknowledging some of the changes that are now part of the home’s narrative. “We decided not to replace a lot of the wooden joinery even though it wasn’t in keeping with the original style of the house. Instead, we embraced the mix and match feel that reflected the story of the house and made it part of our design,” explains Rosalie. As well as staying authentic to the history of the house, keeping the wooden joinery is also a sustainable choice. Pulling down a house and building a completely new one is probably the worst thing you can do in terms of sustainability,” explains Rosalie. When considering the design for any renovation project, Rosalie always looks for what can be kept and re-used as well as specifying products that are sustainable and environmentally friendly.

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ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN Australasia’s first certified Passive House. By Jessop Architects.

This is a practice echoed by architects in general, who are always looking for ways to improve the form and function of their designs. Darren Jessop of multi-award winning local architecture firm Jessop Architecture, believes sustainability is only part of the picture and that people are often misunderstanding the term in relation to architecture and innovation. “As architects, we have a big role to play in helping shape the future of our buildings and the way we live. Not just in design, but function, and looking for better-quality homes that have these key performance markers, like good insulation, airtight, warm and dust-free homes. A passive home has these,” says Darren Jessop. Darren designed New Zealand’s first certified passive home and believes that ideas around sustainability can often be confused with principles of passive design. “Passive design is a performance standard of how we live in a home, like heating and cooling. Sustainable seems to be a word widely used with little understanding or respect. New Zealand was once one of the world’s green-thinking countries, but I believe we have slipped somewhat. I guess the question is, how are we thinking to build a better nation?” asks Darren.

Jessop Architects designed and built this ‘passive’ extension to a rural property near Whitford. The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied




Improving the outcomes of the design process is at the heart of the work undertaken by local architecture firm Toa Architects. Toa is currently working on a Living Building Challenge project, which architect Te Ari Prendergast sees as an indication of how aware civic clients (like councils) have become around sustainability, environmental and community impacts. “The Living Building Challenge is the ultimate global standard in sustainable design,” explains Te Ari. It works from a principle that every act of design and construction should make the world a better place. Using the analogy of a flower, the Living Building Challenge describes its regenerative framework as creating spaces that, like a flower, give more than they take. Underpinning a design project with strong principles to guide the process is an approach that Toa Architects employs across all of its projects. “As architects, we have standards we hold ourselves to, but part of our process with clients is to set design goals and philosophies for a project. Looking for, or starting - narrative can be a good way to find out with a Maori what a client’s own design story is. It’s a really natural place to start and build the design concept from,” says Te Ari. It’s an approach that worked well for Toa Architects when it collaborated with 4Works on the ATEED HQ project. Toa and 4Works won a 2019 New Zealand Institute of Architecture Award for their ATEED HQ Interiors project as well as creating a space that worked on multiple levels. “We were able to bring a cultural layer and cultural narrative that captured the essence of the project,” says Te Ari. of nga- hau e wha- o Tamaki Makaurau. The idea is that we all come here, together, from different places and bring with us an energy that creates a narrative. From there a design concept that tells a story emerges. It’s a story that can be moulded and adopted by the different groups that use and visit the space,” explains Te Ari.

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It was a project concerned with much more than just the aesthetics of the space. “Our process translated into a framework for how they [ATEED] worked. “We workshopped the design with different groups - team (including designer Tyrone Ohia), including staff, a core Maori the project steering group and executive team to build the concept

NZIA 2019 Auckland Architecture Awards Winner - Architecture Interiors: ATEED HQ by Toa Architects and 4Work.

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ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN Ponsonby architects Rogan Nash also won awards for two residential projects in the recent New Zealand Institute of Architecture Awards. The Blackbird – a striking contemporary home on a challenging inner city site employed a number of passive design principles and considered the principle of reduce, reuse and recycle as part of the design process. “The narrow north-south site did not allow the possibility of the ideal east-west floorplan. However, we were able to limit windows overall, and instead rely on the ‘Stack Effect’ to naturally vent the building,” explains Rogan Nash architect, Eva Nash. Rogan Nash’s design work incorporates core sustainability features like maximising solar gain, double glazing, cross ventilation and thermal mass to be heated by winter sun. “These cost no extra but make a huge difference to the overall sustainability and efficiency of the house,” explains Eva.

NZIA 2019 Auckland Architecture Awards Winner - Housing: The Blackbird by Rogan Nash Architects

Rogan Nash’s second 2019 award-winning project – The Stage and Cave – was not only a stunning renovation of a classic villa but also an alteration with strong sustainability features. We created an efficient thermal envelope in this house with the use of double glazing filled with argon gas, extra insulation to the underneath and sides of the concrete slab, and extra insulation to the ceiling plus the house incorporates Photovoltaic power generation on the roof! Whether it’s a renovation project, a new contemporary home or a large commercial or civic project, architects and their clients are becoming increasingly mindful of designing and building in ways that are sustainable, practical and offering better overall quality. This includes in many cases creating buildings that contribute to a positive sense of community. Inner city villas and bungalows with their low picket fences and connection to the streetscape are conducive to building a closer sense of community and public space. Residents aren’t hidden away behind high fences and security gates but share a public domain where they can interact and participate with the wider community. “Auckland Council’s fencing rule in heritage zones, that is, the front fences can’t be more than 1.2m high and open is not only for heritage and aesthetic reasons, it is also because it encourages a sense of community. We see it as an opportunity to soften the streetscape with low fencing and hedging,” says Rosalie. Ideas of community and ensuring that a space doesn’t just have a single use is also a principle of The Living Building Challenge and with the holistic approach of our local award-winning architects, it seems most likely that our community’s future is in safe hands.

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photography: Simon Devitt

NZIA 2019 Auckland Architecture Awards Winner - Housing Alterations and Additions: The Cave and the Stage by Rogan Nash Architects


LIGHTING DESIGN, THE KEY TO BRINGING INTERIORS AND ARCHITECTURE TO LIFE ECC gives us the rundown on what you need to know. Much like interior, kitchen and landscape designers, lighting designers are a key component to creating a great look for your new home or renovation. A lighting designer will take you through each space in your home, defining the functionality, mood and accents required to bring each space to life. New technology in the lighting industry has added to the ongoing education needed to keep up with what is ideal for your home, so it pays to use an expert. A lighting plan will show positions of lighting relative to each space and requirements, and symbolise each fitting type according to the design key. It will suggest circuits, sometimes linked to switches, sometimes to automation systems depending on your needs. This is part of the service offered by ECC. Our lighting design team has many years of experience in lighting and can cater for large or small-scale projects and budgets. It’s good to come and see us early on, bringing your architectural plans, elevations, cross-sections, images and interior layouts. We will then guide you through a step-by-step process reviewing your design and requirements, selecting fittings and positioning them to arrive at the look that incorporates your personality. In order to keep abreast of developments, Mike Thorburn, owner of ECC, each year attends Euroluce, the premiere annual lighting design fair, at which new technology, styles and materials are unveiled. In alternate years this is held in conjunction with the Milan Furniture Fair. Recent years have seen the emergence of LED technology, which is now well established globally, and has reached a level where better performance and lower costs make it an attractive option for residential use. LED lamps are being utilised right across the

spectrum of light fittings from downlights to table lamps and pendants, and have great longevity and cost savings in terms of power consumption. Recessed track is also in vogue, due to new releases having small profiles and magnetic components that give great flexibility for positioning fittings. Systems are modular, so can be designed for specific spaces. ECC has long-standing associations with leading brands such as iGuzzini, Flos, and Brightgreen, and a wide range of quality products, You can experience the light effect and output of individual fittings in our three purpose-built, architectural showrooms. Come and see us soon. ECC, 39 Nugent Street, Grafton, T: 09 379 9680, www.ecc.co.nz

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Expertly crafted, exacting quality – 30 Madden in Wynyard Quarter Designed by the award-winning team at Studio Pacific Architecture, these apartments set a new benchmark in inner-city, waterfront living. From modern studios through to dual level penthouses, 30 Madden caters to all. With townhouses, one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments on offer, Studio Pacific Architecture has created a layout to suit a multitude of lifestyles. The vision shared by Studio Pacific Architecture and Willis Bond & Co for 30 Madden is to achieve a new standard in apartment living. Design considerations and carefully selected finishes come together both functionally and harmoniously. Stephen McDougall, Studio Pacific Director, describes 30 Madden as “simple, striking, contemporary yet timeless.” Stephen highlights the “personality and character” in the exterior, and believes 30 Madden will perfectly suit the waterside setting of Wynyard Quarter. Interiors at 30 Madden feature a plethora of high-quality materials. Fully-tiled bathrooms are complemented by mirrored cabinetry and European-designed tapware. Kitchens feature a mirrored splashback, plentiful storage, Bosch and Miele appliances, and in some cases, standalone islands and Carrara marble benchtops. Presenting three interior colour schemes to choose from, the architectural team has ensured there is a palette to suit all tastes. Rich coppers, deep timber tones, porcelain tiles, and tinted mirrors work simultaneously to give the space and homely, contemporary feel. Adorned with only the finest fixtures and fittings, including Gaggenau appliances, the penthouses reach new heights of luxury. With two configurations to choose from, you will never be far from a stunning outlook – within your home, or beyond. Views of the Waitemata Harbour and the city lights are on offer, accentuated by floor-toceiling glazing and generous balconies. Comprising 143 apartments, split between the Daldy Street building and the recently-released Beaumont Street building, 30 Madden showcases a vast diversity of form. A central courtyard and six unique townhouses bridge the gap between the two apartment buildings, with the whole development bordered by Tiramarama Way and Daldy, Madden and Beaumont Streets. High pitched sloping ceilings, three storey floor plans and outdoor areas which adjoin the native planting within the courtyard landscaping are exclusive to the townhouses.

As a representation of the future of Wynyard Quarter, and worldwide urban apartment living, 30 Madden will exceed your expectations. Visit the 30 Madden display suite to view all that is on offer, open 2pm – 4pm on weekends or by private appointment.

30 MADDEN, George Damiris M: 021 956 111, g.damiris@barfoot.co.nz, www.30madden.co.nz

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UNFOLLOW FASHION Forget fads and trends, think form and function. It will pay you dividends. We all love our kitchens, and so we should. Without overstating its role in our lives, the kitchen is the single-most important room in the home, not only helping to nourish us on a daily basis, but also acting as the social hub of the family and the focal point of activity when entertaining. It’s no surprise, therefore, that when it comes to replacing it, we spend an inordinate amount of time on our devices researching, long evenings sitting on the sofa buried in brochures and magazines, and countless lost weekends in the car driving to every conceivable showroom, poring over everything from taps to tiles, and sinks to splashbacks. “However, over and above the mammoth task of whittling down the myriad options of its constituent parts, the fundamental decision you have to get right is settling on a kitchen design that’s going to work well for you and your family. Without good design, everything else is just a collection of stuff,” says Kitchens By Design’s Richard Cripps. And he’s right. “Your kitchen is going to outlive any trends that are currently floating around, so you need to think carefully about that. My advice is to unfollow fashion. Don’t get too caught up in trends that are happening right now,” he says. “Focus on the design. Design is your single-most important consideration. Get the design right and everything else will usually fall into place – so it’s vitally important to engage a designer that fully understands your specific circumstances.” At its two Auckland-based showrooms, Kitchens By Design has six qualified designers that not only have the relevant skills and

experience in designing kitchens, but also have a current and comprehensive knowledge of products, hardware and materials. “Classic design lines, whether they’re traditional or modern, will stand the test of time,” says Cripps. “That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go with an un-interesting or boring design – just be mindful that you’ll probably be looking at your new kitchen every day for the next 15 years. “If you want to have a bit of fun with the design and the colour, choose parts of the kitchen that can easily be changed out in years to come – pendant lighting, tapware, drawer and cupboard handles, etc – but at the same time choose carefully the big ticket items, such as your bench tops and cabinetry style.” No matter what stage of life you’re at – a young couple with no kids yet, forty something’s with a couple of teenagers in tow, or empty nesters contemplating retirement – things are going to change. So, when you’re weighing up the wants and needs for your new kitchen, don’t get too bogged down agonising over the latest appliances, benchtop materials or fancy tiles, go and talk to a qualified designer who will help to future-proof your kitchen for what life will look like at the end of the next decade. If you’re thinking about putting in a new kitchen, give Richard Cripps or one of his team a call, or pop into one of their two Auckland -based showrooms.

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

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Visit one of our showrooms today. Newmarket 7 Melrose Street, Newmarket (09) 379 3084 Takapuna 3 Byron Avenue, Takapuna (09) 488 7201

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THE SMART HOME REVOLUTION Simplifying the sometimes not so simple. In a world where our lives are busier than ever, and technology is an integral part of our day-to-day, a smart home is fast becoming a serious consideration for a lot of homeowners. A smart home aims to make our lives easier, to take away some of our daily little stresses and make our home safer, more comfortable and enjoyable. Imagine being able to see who is at the door and let them in while you’re cooking in the kitchen; to control the lights and home audio system with your voice; or to even have a house that welcomes you home with the lights, heating and music already on. All of this is possible with a fully integrated smart home solution, says Skopik’s, Darren Hogg. With over 20 years of experience in the ICT and AV industry, Skopik is a specialist when it comes to smart home solutions. Offering everything from design and concepts, wiring, security systems, audio visual, wireless solutions, IT, electrical and lighting, Skopik really is a one-stop shop for all things techy.

Skopik’s top tips and services to consider when planning a smart home are: • Make a list of zones within the home, as well as the services and equipment that you would like to access in each zone. • Services to consider: • Automation and integration • Audio visual • MATV (Sky/Freeview) • Communication and network (data/phone/WiFi) • Security, access control and CCTV • Electrical and lighting • Climate control • Blinds, shades, curtains and louvres • Energy efficiency and management • Equipment to consider: TVs, projectors, speakers, lights, touch-screens and WiFi access points.

“Don’t think that you can only have a smart home if you’re building a new house, either. Every home can be a smart home, even if it was built years ago,” says Darren.

If you don’t immediately require a service, but might at a later stage, ensure the necessary cabling is installed during the pre-wire stage, as this will eliminate the need for a costly retro-fit later down the track.

“If you’re considering any form of home automation, or even just a basic WiFi solution, talk to a professional early in the design process, so they can ensure your system is tailor-made to your requirements.”

• Visualise where technology will reside, this will indicate where wall plates and outlets need to be installed, and what styles and colour schemes will complement the rest of your home.

With continual advances in smart home technology and devices it can sometimes be quite daunting knowing where to begin.

• Consider the most logical locations for CCTV, security and access control hardware to be installed. This will minimise delays in the event of an emergency.

“Regardless of the simplicity or complexity of the final system, the most important thing when implementing a smart home solution is the planning and pre-wire stage,” says Darren. “Installing a structured wiring solution is a smart investment to future-proof your home.”

• Ensure cabling is installed safely, securely and in accordance with rules and regulations to avoid electrical hazards, interference and damage.

If you’re interested in implementing a smart home solution, or would simply like to discuss the possibilities for your home, get in touch with the team at Skopik by calling 0800 SKOPIK (756 745) or visiting the website at www.skopik.nz

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Bridging the gap between technology and people.

Skopik are ICT & AV specialists, offering home automation and smart home solutions. Whether your home was built decades ago, is currently being built or is yet to be built – every home can be a smart home. We pride ourselves on delivering individualised solutions that cater to the lifestyle and demands of each of our clients. From consultation to design, installation to commissioning, Skopik will be there every step of the way.

For more information visit our website or call 0800 SKOPIK (756 745)

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1. Arredo 2. Grassy Dune 3. Stipple Artisan has the largest collection of natural fibre floorings in New Zealand. These sustainably sourced sisals can be laid as wall-to-wall or stairway carpet and customised into rugs or runners. Artisan provides a rug binding service, with a wide selection of binding fabrics to choose from. Sisals provide a warm, welcoming, domestic feel in both traditional and contemporary homes. Visit the showrooms: 31a Normanby Road, Mount Eden, 122 Upland Road, Remuera, www.artisancollective.co.nz/sisal



“Pyramid” – from Artisan’s collection of over 50 beautiful, natural sisal floorings. Hard wearing, anti-static & anti-allergenic. Request a sample online. Mount Eden Remuera artisancollective.co.nz/sisal

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CLASSIC DESIGNS SUITED TO MODERN LIFESTYLES JI Home proudly showcases our store to you, to provide you with design inspiration for all areas of your home or commercial space. The Luscious Modular Sofa by Halo is made with luxurious goose feathers and down and upholstered with beautiful linens, created to provide instant lasting comfort and voluptuous presence to a room, a fresh look for a coastal retreat or supreme seating option for a media space. Our Nest Pendants are industrial chic, available in Brass, Rouille (coated rust) and Natural finishes in three sizes. Halo leathers are known for their beauty and are authentic handfinished leathers, no pigments or grain correction. Halo leathers wear in and get better with age. The Bedford Armchair pictured opposite, offers tufted seat backs with cushion seats and scatters for a classic yet comfortable high-back option, in this setting paired with a lamp and shade from the Artwood collection. Visit our Ponsonby showroom and view the full collections Halo and Artwood have to offer. JI HOME, 36 Pollen Street, T: 09 930 6268, www.ji.net.nz

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1. Furf NZ-designed pet bowls and mats from $72. Made from high quality, durable stainless steel and food-grade silicon that can go in the dishwasher. Designed to be non-spill, these look great wherever you feed your pets. 2. Flox Reusable Bags $20 – one of New Zealand’s favourite artists has printed her work onto big, sturdy reusable bags. Great for shopping and the beach. Great for Plastic Free July. 3. Bright Yellow Art Spot from $24 featuring the beloved tui to brighten any space. These can be attached to walls up to 100 times. Perfect for instant decorating. 4. Glen Jones art prints – $45 for A4 size. Glen Jones’ bright, bold art work reflects the beauty and humour of New Zealand. 5. Gordon Walters’ cushion cover $60. Originally painted by Gordon Walters in the 70s this classic design still looks fresh and crisp. THE GARDEN PARTY, 130 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 378 7799, www.thegardenparty.co.nz


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LAHOOD’S AWARD-WINNING INTERIOR DESIGNER Tricia Dunlop is an award-winning designer who has been working with Lahood Window Furnishings for many years. “It was a natural extension to have someone of Tricia’s calibre join the Lahood design team,” explains Peter Lahood the company’s director. “We have an extensive range of fabrics and furnishing in our showroom which is the perfect environment for developers and clients to get a real sense of the design direction a project can take.” The Lahood Interior Design team creates beautiful bespoke interiors for a full range of residential and commercial projects with the advantage of being able to supply and produce an extensive range of furniture, objects, artwork, soft furnishings and window treatments to complete a project with agile efficiency. Tricia’s design projects include residential homes throughout Auckland including Ponsonby, Grey Lynn, Herne Bay and Westmere. More recently, Tricia has worked with developers on large, multi-unit dwellings. Projects like the Hereford Residences and St Marks Apartments saw Tricia working closely with the developers and new owners to create specific design outcomes that could be adapted and expanded to meet the design aesthetic for each owner’s life and style. “The Hereford and St Marks projects offered an opportunity to create a diverse range of solutions to complement the personality of each owner.” A large, new-build beach house is a recent favourite as it encompassed all aspects of Lahood Interior Design Services. “We worked with the architect, client and builder early in the design process to provide products that worked with their desire for home automation. The blinds and curtains all open remotely or at the push of a button when home. We are excited to bring this new technology to homes.” For more information contact Tricia at Lahood,104 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden, T:09 638 8463, www.lahood.co.nz/interior-design


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1. Monday upholstered dining chair by Tolv from Dawson & Co - $759 2. Native coffee table with nougat terrazzo top by Tolv from Dawson & Co - $1189 3. Copenhagen pendant light by &Tradition from Dawson & Co - $615


4. Coco 2.4 dining table in light oak by Tolv from Dawson & Co - $2689 5. Fromage ottoman in blackberry velvet by Tolv from Dawson & Co - $1469 6. Portobello chair by Natador from Dawson & Co - $2739

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Furniture. Simply.

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Casual luxury Shabby lets you get off the city treadmill for some quality chill-out time. For the hip, young urbanite whose city pad may be compact in size but big in character. Uber-cool leathers and warm, industrial pieces zone into an edgy yet laid-back vibe for relaxed entertaining.

Above - Shabby Classic 3 pc sectional sofa in savage leather by Timothy Oulton RRP $ 17,445, Gyro crystal chandelier by Timothy Oulton RRP $ 4585, Shabby coffee table by Timothy Oulton RRP $ 6399.00

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1. Sika Rossini chair now available. 2. Apartmento Interva shelving system. 3. Apartmento Quadra shelving. 4. Sika Belladonna sofa now available. 5. Sika Simone stool now available. 5

APARTMENTO, 8 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, T: 09 376 9963, www.apartmento.co.nz

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KATRINA HOBBS DESIGN Katrina Hobbs first collection four years ago, ‘Out of the Woods’, creates a story which has been at the core of every collection she has created. Within that, each artwork is inspired by an aspect of that concept and takes its place in the range to pass on not only the visual richness of the design, but also the underlying emotional story connection. Each design begins with this story-based artwork from which a large repeat is created then digitally printed on to luxurious textiles, silk, velvet and pure linen which are the mainstays of her collections. The featherlight cashmere and silk blended scarves are a full reflection of her artwork. After growing the wholesale side of the business for the past four years, Katrina has enjoyed an ever-increasing association with patrons and colleagues from beautiful design stores throughout New Zealand, Australia and Europe. Two months ago, Katrina took the leap to open her first retail store – Katrina Hobbs Design at 187 Ponsonby Road. The elegant Ponsonby villa is home to her full range of Katrina Hobbs Design – cushions, scarves and now napery. And, excitingly, alongside her own stock, Katrina Hobbs Design is curating with beautiful and coveted collections of international linens, homewares, gifts, books and treasures, setting out the shop like a European-style salon. A dining table lain with linen tablecloth, brimming with beautiful handmade porcelain from coveted Mud Australia plates, bowls and serving platters and dressed with unique hand-finished cutlery from Portuguese design house Cutipol, welcomes you into her store.

A large bed framed with Katrina’s wide range of velvet and linen cushions, offers the opportunity to set up and see your perfect linen bedding, blanket and cushion scenario in person. In the heart of the shop, a lush velvet charcoal sofa and golden mustard chairs create an ideal setting for you to experiment with your own selection of favourite cushions and add New Zealand-made mohair throws. “The store injects colour, texture and high-end European style into the homewares scene. We encourage visitors to trial scarves in the back room or sit by the fireplace set with the latest offerings from Nachtmann & Riedel cocktail and whiskey collections and browse our hand-picked selection of books. “And, as an Interior Designer, of course I’m happy to help create your ideal home and design environment. My colleague, Tina, brings her own delightful sensitivities to Katrina Hobbs Design, and, waiting for her mention, Riley, our very young bundle of black fur puppy, is on hand to assist in any way she can,” says Katrina. Welcome to Katrina Hobbs Design.

KATRINA HOBBS DESIGN, 187 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 360 0183, www.katrinahobbsdesign.com

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Measure and Draw has been servicing Auckland for over 10 years specialising in commercial and residential design The firm has delivered on a wide range of projects and completed over 200 council consents last year alone. Company Director, Brendan Butler, attributes this to the systems and supportive approach their design team provides the many customers of Measure and Draw. With a largely diverse and specialised team, Measure and Draw can align the specific needs of its clients with a lead designer best fitted to the project. The team utlilises a variety of tools which help all involved see how projects are progressing in real time. Getting the concepts right is critical to ensuring that your design project can be managed effectively and on budget, an aspect of the process that Measure and Draw pay special attention to. Although based centrally in Mt Eden, this architectural practice undertakes projects Auckland wide, ranging from a new deck right through to full site developments with multiple new builds. No job is too small or too large for the flexible, skilled and professional team at Measure and Draw.

to their clients. It is through the many robust processes and systems, which have been carefully implemented, that the team at Measure and Draw is able to approach projects in a simplistic, effective and professional manner.

Over a year ago, Brendan and Measure and Draw Managing Partner, Chris Grimshaw, formed a professional consultancy firm specialising in structural, drainage, environmental and fire engineering to better service the clients of Measure and Draw. This has allowed for better co-ordination between architectural designers and engineers along with improving the overall project timeline.

This company gives fixed-price quotes not estimates, which stands them apart as you can now know exactly how much your design will cost from the start. With over hundreds of projects being completed year round and a 100% success rate for successful consents, the team at Measure and Draw is ready to discuss your next renovation or development.

Chris emphasises that having the right builder is crucial, and he is proud of the partnerships formed with local builders that add value

So, pick up the phone or visit the website today for more information or to book a free site quote to discuss your upcoming project.

MEASURE AND DRAW, T: 09 377 7045, www.measureanddraw.co.nz

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getting out in Style FOR THIS JULY

Ponsonby News readers are spoilt when it comes to the diversity of great events to choose from this winter. From visiting literary celebrities like Arundhati Roy to masterful laser light shows depicting Matariki and exquisite local dining experiences, the options are truly endless. This July is the inaugural Elemental event, a new region-wide festival all about illuminating Tamaki Makaurau during winter. With a theme derived from the elements air, fire, earth and water, it’s a curation of experiences, both free and not, that will tempt everyone outdoors to celebrate the Auckland winter season. Author Arundhati Roy

Of course, it is sometimes more challenging to get out and about during the colder, wetter months but with the incredible fashion options on offer from local designers and recycle boutiques there are just more reasons to get out and have fun. Check out the options from stylist Sarah Murphy.

Watermelon Sweater, RUBY

Woman’s Superdown Jacket, Huffer

Family fun For Ponsonby News readers there’s a range of family friendly events right on your doorstep that will see you right through the school holidays till the end of winter. Auckland Live is again bringing an iceskating rink to the inner city. Until 28 July everyone can enjoy themed skating nights, lessons and beautiful lighting as Aotea Square comes alive with the magical thrill of spinning around on thin blades of steel across frozen-hard water. Celebrating Matariki continues at Auckland Zoo on Saturday 6 and 13 July. The This month we are delighted to domes of Auckland Zoo will sparkle be able to giveaway two tickets to an with a Matariki-inspired, interactive Evening with Arundhati Roy digital installation. Visitors will on Wednesday 17 July, presented by the be captivated by traditional Auckland Writers Festival at the storytelling and a mini night sto Victory Convention Centre at Freeman’s Bay. market featuring sustainably ma produced merchandise, kai and pr beverages to keep everyone be well nourished. we

Just go to our Instagram @ponsonbynewsnz #ArundhatiRoyGiveaway for more details. Winners will be drawn on Saturday 12 July.

Pink Coat and Bag from SEED, Ponsonby

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The Matariki Glow Show features 50 glow-in-the-dark puppets telling a story about the Matariki stars as they prepare for Te Tau Hou, - New Year and the journey of the smallest star, Waipuna-athe Maori Rangi. A perfect live theatre-style event for pre-school and primary age children with shows all over Auckland during July. Local dates include 3 July at the Dorothy Winstone Theatre, 8 July TAPAC, Western Springs and, further afield, on 15 July at the amazing Whoa Studios in Henderson. In the spirit of fun for all, Skycity has announced its Go Free at Skycity July offer which includes a range of activities and special offers for the whole family. The stand out must be the free entry for kids to immerse themselves in the icy wonderland of the Skycity Snow Globe. Complete with lions and fir trees, kids can visit the winter queen and get their picture taken on the magical throne. The Garden Party has MakeKit Day at their store at 131 Ponsonby Road on 13 July between 11am and 2pm. A perfect creative outlet for the school holidays with the creator of MakeKit’s, local, Lisa Evans. Lisa will demonstrate and help kids make bath bombs and pompoms.

The Matariki Glow Show

So far this winter, temperatures have been warm, regularly hitting highs of around 15 degrees (the average summer temperature in Scotland). This makes layering the way to go to stay cosy from dawn till dusk, whilst still being able to peel back a layer or two throughout the day.

Puffed Cape - Moochi

Asserted Coat - Moochi

Wearing it warm with stylist Sarah Murphy

I love the feeling of a fine knit under a long voluminous coat. When buying coats or jackets, I always make sure I can fit a layer underneath. Remember to keep your options open and look for trans-seasonal pieces whenever possible. High, chic 70s style boots underneath a dress is a look I’m coveting. You can always slip on 100+ denier opaques and no one would know, a good way to stop the cool breeze from being so cutting!

Men’s Superdown Jacket, Huffer

Don’t be afraid of colour. Camels and pastels are a stunning use of colour. I love that we are seeing more and more colour emerge in winter ranges from our designers. Maggie Marilyn is a great example of this, as is Knuefermann. Winter style is a family affair and it’s easy to wrap our kids up in warm, breathable fabrics that keep out the cold and hold on to the style. Seed will have any young girl for boy feeling toastie warm and full of personality. I feel like it’s fun and easy to dress the whole family for a night of inner city ice skating or going out to local markets. The Huffer Super Down is the mother of all jackets; it’s the puffer for mum and dad to keep out the cold but keep up the looks. “The great thing about the New Zealand-designed Huffer puffer is it’s the only fully waterproof down puffer jacket around,” says Sarah. Other puffers available in the Ponsonby hood include Moochi’s take on the puffer with the Puffer Cape, Zambesi has the Slalom puffer and of course there is a range of traditional insulated down jackets at MacPac on Ponsonby Road. Heading out in winter may not seem inviting but it’s time to embrace the rich sophistication of winter style. Girls clothes by SEED, Ponsonby The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied



Kasia Camel Coat, Les Coyotes De Paris

Zelanus Long Boot, Mi Piaci

Love Me Knot Dress, Maggie Marilyn


Dining, local markets and art Booker Prize-winning author, Arundhati Roy will be in Auckland for one night on 17 July. In a 2017 Guardian interview Arundhati Roy explained, “I am a teller of stories. For me, that’s the only way I can make sense of the world, with all the dance that it involves.” At 7pm at the Victory Convention Centre in Freemans Bay, the audience will get a chance to hear first hand how Roy makes sense of the world and an insight into the dance that is creating literary fiction. Hosted by the Auckland Writers Festival Waituhi O Tamaki tickets can be purchased via Eventfinda. Te Manu Atua art installation at the George Courts building on Karangahape - New Year) with an interactive Road celebrates the Te Tau Hou (The Maori installation of kites. The community is invited to write down messages to loved ones as part of this interactive installation. Augustus

Don’t miss out on the Matariki Pop-Art Salon featuring Daniel Tippett and Tracey Tawhiao selling art and working on site on 71 Ponsonby Road from 1 -7 July. All through winter the Grey Lynn Farmers Market will bring locals fresh seasonal vegetables, organic artisan breads, honey, home made salsa and more. The Ponsonby Social Club market day, which launched to the sounds of Nathan Haines in June, will again bring an eclectic mix of vintage, vinyl, collectables and recycled designer heaven to Ponsonby Road on 17 August. Bread and Butter Cafe is collaborating with Behemoth Brewing and A Lady Butcher. On Friday 26 July as part of the Eat Drink Love Ponsonby Sapphire Series, you can learn to make your own organic, ethical, sourdough pizza bases and top them with A Lady Butcher charcuterie – all while you taste Behemoth craft beers. Sake Samurai is a one-night only experience at The Sugar Club on 16 July featuring a five-course menu created by Josh Barlow and hosted by Australia’s only female Sake Samurai, Yukino Ochiai. The entire meal will be matched with sake from Deja Vu Sake Co. Throughout July and August, Eat Drink Love includes a range of local restaurants and bars producing innovative dishes and memorable experiences. Augustus is offering both a special three-course menu for $55 during July, as well as a Bottomless Fest Italiana Lunch on Saturday 29 June.

Yukino Ochiai @ The Sugar Club

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These are just some of the incredible winter events and experiences right on the doorstep for Ponsonby News readers in July. PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


AUCKLAND BECOMES A WINTER WONDERLAND Unlike other major cities, Auckland’s not typically been a place in which people venture out in winter. We tend to hermit for the colder seasons, hiding away in our Uggs with the remote. Luckily, to do winter best, an ice rink, food and festivities are all you need. Auckland’s about to get all of that this month when Aotea Square transforms into the Elemental Hub – base camp for the city’s sizzling new winter festival, Elemental AKL.

Resembling igloos on the outside, inside the five geodesic domes are kitted out with furniture, blankets and heaters creating the perfect spot for sharing a cosy winter catch-up with friends, team lunches, birthday parties or pre-show meals.

The perennial, magical winter playground for kids and grownups, the Aotea Square Ice Rink and Ice Slide, now in its eighth year, will take up its beloved spot smack bang in the middle of the city. But not only that, the coolest new private dining experience, The Snugs, will pop up in the Hub for the first time, from 1 – 28 July.

Nights in the Hub will be especially chill with the arrival of the Auckland Night Markets for the very first time in Aotea Square. The city’s favourite immersive dining experience will offer authentic cuisine from all over the world at street-food prices. So, rug PN up and come down! F

ELEMENTAL HUB, Open daily until late, 1 – 28 July, Aotea Square. For more details and booking information, visit aucklandlive.co.nz

THE HUB OF TAMAKI MAKAURAU’S NEW WINTER FESTIVAL Aotea Square | 1-28 July aucklandlive.co.nz

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Kicking off July 15th, Eat Drink Love Ponsonby is a restaurant month of signature menus and special events taking place all over Ponsonby and Ponsonby Central. Each venue vies for our hearts with exquisite food and drinks in one of three price categories: $25 and under, $25 to $55, or $55 and over. This winter, expand your dining horizons, thrill your tastebuds and be wooed by new food – with Eat Drink Love Ponsonby. 1. Fancy giving Go Go Daddy a go? Roasted pork belly, pork balls, fried garlic, fermented rice noodles, roasted chilli + a Blue Breeze Pacific Lager + palm sugar ice cream with lotus sesame cookie & condensed milk. 1

2. Bedford Soda & Liquor KDV a pairing of a Daisy cocktail (vodka, gin or rum) with your choice of crispy fried chicken or polenta fried squid or herb buttered prawns.


3. Or try one of our newbies, Food Truck Garage. On offer there is a plate piled high with avocado, kumara chips, burnt broccoli, aioli slaw and supergrain rice topped with your choice of protein. Plus a No Ugly health tonic.


Fast Tacos Made Good, at Home 18 JULY - 7PM

Japanese Kintsugi & Bento Boxes 21 JULY - 10AM

Burgers, Beers and Banter 21 JULY - 5.00PM

Sourdough Pizza Class 26 JULY - 6.30PM

Yoga & Brunch Workshop 28 JULY 10AM

Delicious Pasta Masterclass 28 JULY - 1.00PM

For the duration of Restaurant Month, The Sapphire Room at Ponsonby Central becomes one of the learning hubs of Eat Drink Love Ponsonby, offering a constantly changing line-up of demos, workshops, tastings and makings. Whether it’s sitting back with a glass of wine and listening to one of our visiting experts wax lyrical about food, or a hands-on workshop where you get to feast on the night’s work – there’s something on offer every night to encourage foodies to look, learn, taste and create. Dates, prices and hosts all differ. Head to Ponsonby Central’s website for more information.

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Antipodes Water and Wine Tasting 4 AUGUST - 2.00PM

Learn the Art of a Perfect Event 30 JULY - 7.00PM

High Cheese Tasting & Beer Matching 2 AUGUST - 6.30PM

The Ultimate How to Curry Workshop 4 AUGUST - 6.00PM

An Open Day with Everybody Eats 6 AUGUST - 12.00PM

Taster Tour of Ponsonby Central 6 AUGUST - 5.30PM

Time Saving Healthy Meals 8 AUGUST - 7PM

Fatimas at Home 9 AUGUST - 6.30PM



Winter warmers at Augustus A winter warmers cocktail list and an ever-evolving menu of sharing plates are just some of the tempting options on offer at Augustus Bistro. Cooler evenings are no reason to hide away indoors when there’s an exciting schedule of winter dining experiences and events to enjoy. Fireside dining while soaking up the luxe historic ambience of Ponsonby’s ultimate hub of social interaction – the Ponsonby Post Office – is just the beginning. Within the high walls of the historic post office, Augustus mixologist, Hermann Heffel has developed a list of delicious warm winter cocktails that will heat up the coldest of nights. Try the Augustus Hot Toddy with whiskey, pear, thyme, honey, lemon and cloves, or the Classic Mulled Wine, a divine mix of red wine, brandy, cloves and cinnamon. Match these with goat’s cheese croquettes with honey and almonds to share or sample some red deer meatballs as you start a tradition of midweek, winter catch ups. Perhaps you are looking for a dessert alternative? Finish or start an evening with one of Herman’s signature, rich hot chocolate cocktails – the Kraken Cocoa is a sensuous sipping experience of hot rum and rich flavours. The options for fun and food are extensive this winter. Locals’ night is the last Thursday of every month at Augustus Bistro and this popular and buzzing night of delicious dishes and well-matched wines is one to book in for ahead of time. Three special events stand out this winter. The first is the Augustus Bottomless Fest Italiana Lunch on Saturday June 29th, a dining experience guaranteed to transport you from a chilly Auckland winter day to the warmth and sunshine of the Amalfi Coast, with a beautifully

constructed, three-course Italian feast that’s even more charming with a constant flow of Prosecco or Campari Spritz. Then there’s Augustus Bistro’s not be missed Eat, Drink Ponsonby menu. For just $55 an incredible three-course meal is the perfect base to match wines from their extensive wine list. Winter wonders continue in August when Augustus will host a guided event of fine dining and whiskey. Guests will be able to try some of the rarest and most sought after whiskeys from Scotland and Ireland and decide for themselves which nation deserves the coveted title of best maker.

To find out more visit www.augustusbistro.co.nz, 1-3 St Marys Road, T: 09 950 4855, E: reservations@augutusbistro.co.nz


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Try a steak at Jervois Steak House

EAT DRINK LOVE PONSONBY Starting 15 July, Eat Drink Love Ponsonby is a month-long restaurant festival of signature menus and special events taking place in over fifty Ponsonby eateries and bars. Each venue vies for our hearts with a single, signature menu in one of three price categories: $25 and under, $25 to $55, or $55 and up. A glittering lineup of international, multi-award winning chefs, cookbook authors and cocktail masters fly in to host tastings, progressive dinners, and pop-up restaurants. This winter, expand your dining horizons, thrill your tastebuds and be wooed by new food – with Eat Drink Love Ponsonby. What’s happening at the festival Visitors to Eat Drink Love Ponsonby can look forward to a glittering lineup of events, hosted by our international, multi-award winning chefs, cookbook authors and cocktail masters. Arriving in from the world’s most innovative bars and restaurants, this elite team of rockstar chefs and mixologists present tastings, progressive dinners and pop-up events to wow your tastebuds. These Eat Drink Love Ponsonby events are a thrilling opportunity to get up close and personal with the leaders of the global food scene – but places are strictly limited.

Enjoy a cocktail at Augustus


The wood-fired pizzas at Gusto Italiano are delicious

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Tapas selection at Didas



Gary Steel: Food for thought – where everyone gets a bargain Here’s an idea for all those would-be owners of plant-based cafes who feel disillusioned by the competition that’s already out there. It’s true that Ponsonby and other city suburbs are well catered for by a variety of vegan and vegetarian venues, from restaurants and cafes through to burger joints and bakeries. But there’s one novel approach that I had to go to – Dargaville, of all places – to witness. ‘Dargahole’ (as locals are halfjokingly prone to call it) is one of many small towns (population 4000) that was built to serve local farmers. And, like other seemingly inconsequential settlements throughout New Zealand, the ‘Red Shed’ has sucked a lot of the life out of local retail. It’s hard to make a go of it in a place like that, but the hokily named Taste & See plant-based cafe, which opened last December, has proved the exception to the rule and become a genuine phenomenon. Many locals predicted that a plant-based cafe based in a town biased towards animal agriculture wouldn’t find a support base at all, and that the idea wasn’t just niche but freakily fringe. Instead, the place is pumping. So, what have they done right? First of all, Sam and her daughter Hope – who own and run the show – bathe customers in love and appreciation the minute they walk through the door, and their passion goes right into their food. This isn’t the fake professionalism you see so often in big cities, it’s a genuine warm-heartedness that makes you feel like a friend of the business and draws you back for more. Secondly, the cabinets are filled with a surprising array of new dishes each day. Nothing is so fancy that you couldn’t make it at home if you really wanted to, but you’d be battling away in the kitchen forever in a home environment to cook and prepare such a tasty variety of plantbased dishes. The sense is that each day is a culinary adventure for them rather than a drudge, and the spirit with which it’s made comes through in its tastes and textures. Thirdly – and crucially – they’ve made a decision to keep costs down. Today, for instance, two of us ate a selection of hot dishes with rice,

a spicy tofu skewer, a slice with artichoke, capers and sundried tomatoes, and a rock and berry smoothie (that’s rock melon and berry mixture) for a total cost of around $20. That’s $10 each! At Taste & See you can have a healthy, tasty lunch for $10 or under, and the same ‘sensible’ pricing regime applies to their range of health food products, bulk bins and fresh vegetables. Ah, rents. Yes, of course, Dargaville rents are much lower than Ponsonby rents, but then there’s the potential to get many more people through the door in a big city. Clearly, there are other ways to save on costs, too. Taste & See is a family business and they cut costs by having a minimum of staff, which does slow things down a little. They also don’t serve coffee, which means not having to run and maintain an expensive espresso machine or hire and retain an expert barista. They’re also clearly more about providing a service than about maximizing their profits – another lesson Auckland businesses might ponder. For me – as a lowly freelance writer eking out a living – eating from plant-based cafes in Ponsonby is a rare treat because I just can’t afford to pay $30 for a small lunch for one. While the more expensive cafes are patronised by the aspirational classes, the irony is that the genuinely rich often prefer a bargain. I know several multi-millionaires whose idea of a good meal is a $10 PN special at an Indian restaurant. Food for thought? (GARY STEEL) F Gary Steel is an Auckland-based journalist who runs online vegetarian resource www.doctorfeelgood.co.nz. He can be contacted via beautmusic@gmail.com





Not just a summer or Christmas wine, Champagne is an all-year wine in my book There is so much to explore in the world of Champagne and it’s a region on the move. Our range of Champagne at Glengarry is second to none and covers the full gamut – Grower, Négociant, Vintage, Prestige, you name it. In fact, a very large part of our range is selected and imported by Glengarry just for you. Imported, of course, in temperaturecontrolled containers to ensure you have the freshest, high-quality Champagne to enjoy. Whilst there’s so much to explore, let’s look at the world of Grower Champagnes. The term Grower Champagne refers to a producer who owns the vineyards, grows the grapes and makes their own wine. Champagne farmers. There have always been Grower Champagnes produced in Champagne and many of those who we are now importing have been making Champagne for many generations. So, what has changed and resulted in these producers now exporting and gaining attention worldwide? It’s a question that I posed to many winemakers and locals in Champagne whilst there, and the response was as you’d expect – varied. It could be that there are now more growers and they are working collectively, and as such have a far stronger voice and have become somewhat of a movement. Another school of thought proposed is that consumers are looking for something different – an individual voice and character which these wines are loaded with. Popularity has certainly increased in the UK, and in places like New York, to a level where there are many top wine lists that are now 100% Grower Champagnes. Grower Champagne producers, due to their small size and vineyard link, tend to be very village specific. The ‘big names’ and Négociants are impressive in their ability to blend across the region and produce consistent wines, year in, year out. Grower Champagne producers though, are more terroir focused. Each Grower has a unique story of place and the characteristics of that to share.

Non-vintage Champagne is produced by blending together wines from recent vintages with what is known as reserve wines. This is done to produce a wine that is consistent in style, year in, year out. Holding reserve stocks is very expensive and something that the big houses have the investment to enable. However, generally, Grower Champagnes have low reserve stocks and their non-vintage styles are a blend of two or three vintages. One of the reasons Grower Champagnes are sometimes criticised for inconsistency, although, in the same space others praise them for diversity. Grower Champagnes tend to represent excellent value for money. This in itself could be linked to the relative obscurity in the international market until recently. One thing that Grower Champagnes don’t do a lot of is marketing. Their focus is purely on growing the best fruit and producing the best wine. They are farmers. Without the additional layers of cost, these are well-priced wines. So, is smaller better? These Grower Champagnes are certainly very interesting and quality fine wines. The conclusion I came to in Champagne is that there are all these categories that have so much to offer, they just offer different things. It’s not about better, it’s about diversity. The big houses and the Négociants have the skill, resource and hundreds of years of experience to ensure consistency in quality, year in, year out. Let’s face it, you try a bottle of Veuve NV in Auckland and then in New York and you know what you are getting – it’s Veuve. Whether it’s buying a bottle for a special occasion or buying a bottle just because it’s Friday, having something that you know and love is just perfect. As for the Growers, these are very individual expressions, wines of character and personality. So, if you are looking for something different, these are going to be just the right thing. PN (LIZ WHEADON) F www.glengarry.co.nz


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I have been a cyclist all my life Learning to ride is one of my earliest memories – I remember my dad holding the back of my bike and running alongside me up and down our street. I must have only been three or four-years-old. Since then, biking has been my main mode of transport. When I came to Auckland as a student 20 years ago, the very first thing I did was enrol in my uni degree. The very next thing? I found the (then) only bike shop in the CBD and bought a bike. 20 years ago I was more or less the only cyclist on the roads. Occasionally a lycra-clad superman would fly past, or challenge me to race up a hill, but generally I was the only commuter on a bike. How things have changed! Although it’s winter now, you can see a train of cyclists one after another in a long unbroken chain going down the cycle path along the North Western Motorway. On my way to work I am no longer the only cyclist. Quite often there will be five or six cyclists stopped at major intersections. It’s not quite the numbers like in Berlin or Amsterdam, but fantastic to see all the same. Like many other changes I’ve seen in New Zealand, it suddenly happened very quickly. The willingness of New Zealanders to adapt and adopt new things gives me more hope than anything else in this world.

There are lots of differences between driving a car and cycling. The main one is that you are never stuck in traffic. You always get to the place you’re going within a minute or two of the time you expected. You never have to worry about finding a park – you simply lock your bike to the nearest pole, fence or bike rack, right in front of your destination. And it never costs any money to park your bike. Did you know that cycling in the city is actually as fast as driving a car? On medium distances of under 10km, you will often be even faster than a car, especially if you are travelling at rush hour. To continue reading about the many other beautiful things to discover by bike, like secret shortcuts, hidden picnic spots, and awesome cycleways and how Bread & Butter Bakery & Cafe offers an earn-to-own-an-electric-bike-scheme to employees, go to www.breadpolitics.com (ISABEL PASCH) F PN

Isabel Pasch is the owner of Bread & Butter Bakery & Cafe and the author of the breadpolitics.com blog.

Real Sourdough Raises the Bar... Made with organic ingredients bread is truly the staff of life. A valuable addition for every meal, breakfast, school lunches and dinner.

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Plume Cafe and Patisserie, Matakana – right on the roundabout Barely an hour north of Auckland lies the Matakana Village, something of a weekend mecca for city dwellers on the run from their usually hectic lives. Set in pride of place right on the roundabout, Plume Cafe and its adjoining bakery are just the place for a hearty breakfast, a light lunch, or a sweet treat before or after enjoying the activities of the area. It’s warm in here and a varied menu should please all but the most difficult of diners! The eggs Benedict, sweet corn fritters and the big breakfast are perennial favourites, and the new winter menu includes seafood chowder, beef cheeks, and creamy garlicky mushrooms. Or try the Okonomiyaki, a Japanese pancake stuffed with shrimp and cabbage! The food really is delicious and the staff are friendly and helpful, especially the baristas who serve the most excellent coffee. In fact, this is a hard place not to linger for another cup or two, particularly if you’ve found one of the sunnier spots inside the cafe. With a capacious carpark, even in the height of summer when visitor numbers swell, you will most likely find a spot for your vehicle. Naturally, summer is the best time to enjoy the beautifully kept surrounding gardens with plenty of tables to choose from, but hardier folk have been known to dine alfresco all year round. Clearly, someone works hard to maintain these outdoor areas, even when the weather gods frown. High Tea is available at the cafe, served in the finest tradition, and great value at $65 for two people. This is available weekdays, and for groups of eight or more after 2pm on weekends – but do bear in mind that bookings are essential at all times for this little people pleaser.

Bakery items are well displayed and a wide selection of scrumptious food is offered aplenty. Be sure to beat the locals to the goodies as they seem to fly off the shelf. If you’re taking something home, it might be an idea to order it at the same time you order your food, and pop it in your car before you eat! All of the breads are hand made without any preservatives by a baker with years of experience in Europe. There are no packaged whites here. You should also know that five minutes south by car from Matakana township, Plume Restaurant is positioned on a gentle ridge on Sharp Road. Plume Restaurant is acknowledged as a great dining experience and is a favourite haunt for both locals and visiting food and wine aficionados. The restaurant is licensed and features seasonal fare reflecting the best produce of the country, quality wines from their own boutique vineyard and panoramic views of the countryside. It’s a wonderful location for weddings, conferences and special events, with plenty of parking and a large, sunny and separate function room. If you’re looking for a place to stay, Plume Villas opened late last year with 12 luxury villas set gently on the landscaped slopes below the restaurant. Perhaps your experience of Matakana only begins here at Plume Cafe. Time permitting, you might consider visiting the restaurant and villas for a wee look around. A little Matakana magic is guaranteed. www.theplumecollection.co.nz

Meet the makers in Matakana If you’re interested in food authenticity and provenance, look no further than Matakana Village and the weekly Farmers’ Market. Taking ‘meet the maker’ to a whole new level – you’ll meet the roaster, the smoker, the baker and the grower amongst many others. More than ever, consumers want to know about products, ingredients and the origin of the food they’re consuming. Step inside Honest Chocolat’s chocolaterie and you’ll see chocolates being hand made using ethically sourced, single-origin chocolate. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about the origin of your humble cup of coffee, then stop by Matakana Coffee down in the Farmers’ Market area. Lindesay roasts the beans on-site in the village and can tell you all about what goes into your daily fix and where those beans actually come from. For food provenance overload, visit the Matakana Farmers’ Market on any given Saturday and make your way around over 40 passionate grower and producer stalls. The market growers offer changes with the seasons but the sustainability focus is all year round along with a green vibe. Make sure you bring your own bag as this is a zero-waste market. Matakana Village open seven days 9am till late; Matakana Village Farmers’ Market open every Saturday 8am - 1pm, 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana. www.matakanavillage.co.nz

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Experience the magic of Matakana, base yourself at one of our luxurious new Plume Villas and enjoy the superb food and wine at Plume Restaurant. Country life starts here. Plume Restaurant is an oasis for gourmet travellers, recognised for superb cuisine and as the cellar door for Runner Duck Estate 9LQH\DUG·V À QH ZLQHV 3OXPH 5HVWDXUDQW LV QRZ complemented by Plume Villas, DQ HQFODYH RI QHZ OX[XU\ EHGURRP YLOODV VHW ZLWKLQ ODQGVFDSHG JURXQGV 7KHVH YLOODV VKDUH D VZLPPLQJ SRRO DQG DUH D UHOD[HG VWUROO IURP WKH UHVWDXUDQW 3HUIHFW IRU D ZHHNHQG JHWDZD\ IRU WZR DV ZHOO DV D ZRQGHUIXO YHQXH IRU ZHGGLQJV FRQIHUHQFHV PHHWLQJV DQG SULYDWH HYHQWV For all enquiries telephone 09 422 7915 SCL/PLU2018/30



Easy winter eating... Lingering cool, dark nights remind us that we are still in the midst of winter. Luckily, at Sabato we have plenty of warm, nourishing, ready-to-go freezer meals for you to pick up and simply pop in the oven for dinner. New from our kitchen is a hearty beef cheek and mushroom braise – slow-cooked beef cheek with fresh herbs and vegetables, topped with roasted portobello mushrooms. We love it served alongside polenta and steamed green beans. Another recent addition which has been flying out the door is our Spanish cottage pie which is a fantastic, gluten-free option. Loaded with flavour from serrano ham and smoked paprika with fluffy, creamy mashed potato on top and finished with La Chinata smoked paprika flakes. Finish off your meal with one of our new, delightful, friand cakes (which just happen to also be gluten free). For the chocolate lovers, we have an indulgent Valrhona chocolate and tangy raspberry, almondbased friand cake which is perfect served warm with mascarpone and a drizzle of vincotto. If chocolate isn’t your cup of tea, don’t worry, we’ve also introduced a blueberry and almond friand cake witha hint of vanilla. Perfect served warm with lemon curd and cream for afternoon tea. Simply defrost and heat in the oven for a delectable dessert. For those of you who are short on time, but still love to cook and want a nutritious and comforting meal, try the latest pasta from our long-term Italian supplier Girolomoni. Traditionally bronze-extruded fusilli pasta with the addition of spinach! With a cooking time of just seven minutes, it’s so easy to simply stir through your favourite Sabato paste or pesto and top with lashings of Parmigiano Reggiano for a quick, tasty dinner. Visit our retail store to taste our new products and chat to our knowledgeable staff, or shop online... SABATO, 57 Normanby Road, Mt Eden, T: 09 630 8751, www.sabato.co.nz

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KABUKI NINJA COOKING CLASS These July school holidays the best Teppanyaki chefs in New Zealand are training Kabuki Ninjas at our special cooking classes at the Stamford Plaza.


Join us for one of our interactive, hands-on and deliciously fun cooking classes taught by our own team of chefs in a casual, fun and vibrant atmosphere. Kids will learn basic food safety and cooking, while preparing some of Kabuki’s delicious dishes including sushi, teriyaki chicken, fried rice – where kids will even learn how to egg roll and flip! They will get to enjoy the creations that they have prepared at the end of the class and their very own official Kabuki bandana as a momento of their junior Kabuki Ninja Chef status. Our ‘Junior Ninja Chef’ cooking classes are the perfect school holiday activity for children aged 6-12!

These school holidays, become a junior Ninja Chef and begin your training with the best Teppanyaki Chefs in New Zealand, at Kabuki Ninja Cooking Classes



Sushi Teriyaki Chicken

12.00 - 1.30pm

Flying Fried Rice Ice Cream




6TH, 12TH, 13TH, 19TH & 20TH JULY 2019


Includes a complimentary soft drink and Kabuki bandana

Kabuki Ninja Cooking Classes Location: Stamford Plaza Auckland, 22-26 Albert Street, Auckland Time: 12 noon - 1.30pm Dates: Saturday 6, 13 & 20 July 2019 Friday 12 & 19 July 2019 Price: $59 per child (6 - 12 years) [+booking fee] Kabuki Ninja Cooking Class Menu Sushi, Teriyaki Chicken, Flying Fried Rice, Ice Cream Bookings are essential – spaces are limited. Further enquiries: T: 09 309 8888 or bookings@spak.stamford.com.au

HUNGRY & FEELING THIRSTY? We are spoilt for choice!

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VEGAN SAUSAGE AWARDS 2019 The inaugural Vegan Society Sausage Awards were held recently at the end of Meat Free Week with over 30 100% plant-based sausages entered, all available right here in New Zealand! What could be more Kiwi than bangers and mash? Or a few snags on the barbie? Everyone loves a good tasty sausage and for those of us looking to bring more plants into our diet, this is an easy way to do it. We want to show New Zealand that 100% plant-based sausages are just as tasty, just as fun and just as versatile as the usual animal-based ones. 16 companies signed up for the awards, ranging from small businesses like Christchurch cafe Ananda to well-known Kiwi brands like Vegie Delights and Tonzu. We have had some strong international contenders, too, including Field Roast, Fry’s and Linda McCartney’s. The supreme winner was the Beyond Sausage! Best New Zealand vegan sausage, Ananda’s ‘Bambino’. Best gluten-free vegan sausage, The Beyond Sausage. Best Breakfast Sausage, Tonzu’s Italian Herb. Best Sausage Roll, Fry’s. Winner of the Nostalgia Award is Howler Hotdogs, Vege Dog. “The supreme winner,” says judge Aaron Brunet, “nails all the essential attributes of a great sausage. The skin has a pleasing bite and the filling has a fabulous texture. There is a great balance of juiciness and chewiness, with a rich, authentic sausagey flavour. It cooks like a classic sausage – it sizzles, and juices run off it into the pan. The overall effect is an authentic barbecue experience, except with these sausages you are no longer the poor cousin at the barbecue.” There are some fabulous vegan sausages available in our supermarkets these days and the Vegan Society encourages Kiwis to give them a try, especially at

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

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the end of Meat Free Week. What better time to start adding these into your weekly shop? These sausages get their protein from plants such as pea, soy and wheat. Eating plants saves our planet’s precious resources, using approximately a hundredfold less water, a sixth of the land and they take in carbon dioxide, and give out oxygen. They may be better for your health, too and there are no ‘off cuts’ with plants, just high-quality grains and beans. Even the fat content is the healthier coconut oil, a medium chain triglyceride, which has been shown to be beneficial for the brain. Many people are looking for new ways to get the family eating a wider variety of healthier foods. Vegan sausages are a great way to introduce more plants into their diet without compromising on their usual comfort foods. Who doesn’t PN love a breakfast banger? A quick sausage sizzle? F Why not try the winners today? www.vegansociety.org.nz

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OUTSIDE THE SQUARE While big New Zealand producers are pumping out millions of litres of wine a year, there are small wineries doing things a bit differently and on a much smaller scale. There is a huge amount of fairly predictable large-volume wine on the market, particularly in supermarkets and large liquor retailers. Nothing wrong with that, but you pretty well get what you pay for at the $15 and under price bracket. As I often tell my overseas guests, you will almost never get a bad New Zealand wine – but you won’t always get a great one in that price range. And I’m hearing a bit of backlash from some US consumers who are tired of formulaic New Zealand export sauvignon blanc which they view as too acidic and grapefruity. New Zealand should be trying to capture the discerning wine fans with wines that are a bit out of the ordinary. And maybe – just maybe – it’s time to push some of the other fantastic wines that we produce other than sauvignon blanc, such as pinot gris, riesling and chardonnay. Meantime, here are some great individualistic wines that I sampled recently. Theory & Practice Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2018 - $25 (Fine Wine Delivery Co) For many years, pinot gris was a bit of a gamble while winemakers got to grips with this variety. But this is a great example of a complex and full bodied aromatic wine. Aromas of quince and clover honey, a lovely rich palate of pink guava, quinine and pear juice with a hint of spice and a dry, yeasty finish. Produced by Ant McKenzie Wines.

Loveblock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018 - $22 (Glengarry) From Kim Crawford’s organic label, a very appealing and atypical Marlborough sauvignon. Aromas of fresh black currant and gooseberry with a hint of funky yeast. A portion of the wine was fermented in old French barrels. And at least a quarter of the wine went through malolactic ferment. Soft acids plus lengthy flavours of pineapple, guava, peach and ripe grapefruit. Saint Clair James Sinclair Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018 - $24.50 (Countdown) Passionfruit pulp and gooseberry on the nose and palate. A very approachable, softer style of sav with mandarin citrus and a hint of fresh pineapple. Named after pioneering Marlborough settler (1852) James Sinclair on whose former property Neal and Judy Ibbotson established the Saint Clair brand. Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017 - $50 (Glengarry) Rockin’ the south – Rockburn does it again. Nose of spice, dark plums and ripe cherry. Full bodied and seamless palate of blueberry, boysenberry, crème de cassis and spiced plum cake, with soft, sensual, earthy tannins. Pegasus Bay North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016 - $37 (Vinofino) Smooth, voluptuous and velvety. Smells like spice drawer, poached plum and vanilla with a tad of pot pourri. Flavours of dark chocolate, cherry, poached plums and a hint of spicy Glühwein. (PHIL PARKER) F PN

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Faces at the market On Sunday mornings, local mum Toni Shaw can be found next to the flowers at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market. Did you start out your career doing massage? No. I trained in architecture and worked for 10 years before embarking on our personal house project. Then I had children and found myself immersed in freelance projects, school and community projects like the GL2030 Waste Away group and Plastic-Free July. Have you always had an interest in natural health? Having a child with serious allergies heightened my interest in natural health and I became a lot more aware of supporting the immune system with good nutrition and trying to lead a toxin-free, additivefree lifestyle. How long have you been doing massage? My first course was when I did a baby massage class through Plunket when my eldest was a baby and I massaged the kids as they grew up. They still love their massages! Later, I trained in relaxation massage and use Swedish and deep tissue techniques. Plus, I end up doing a bit of post-sports massage to help unwind physical stresses. What was the training like for that? I loved the training – how can you not love getting five massages a week? It was a great antidote for all the stress of studying. Tell me about relaxation massage Contrary to what people often think, relaxation massage is not fluffy nothing. It involves various strokes and firm pressure to release

muscle tension and knots or adhesions. It increases blood flow and oxygen to the tissues, releases waste products and stimulates the skin and nervous system to soothe nerves, bringing about that wonderful feeling of relaxation. That sounds like it could be a bit painful Not at all. I’m always very careful to work into the pressure so that people are ready for it when it gets to that point. Everyone is different so I work with the individual and every massage is different, according to their needs. What do you like about doing massage? I really enjoy being able to help people reduce their tension levels. I love it when someone comes and sits down in the chair looking stressed and gets up looking much different and happier. How do you do massages at the market? At the market, I do short massages of neck, shoulders and back. It’s perfect for the tensions that so many of us build up from working at a computer. It’s easy because they just sit in the massage chair and don’t need to take their clothing off. Tell me about your customers I get a mixture of people. There are some regulars who make sure they get a Sunday morning refresh between buying their veggies, milk and eggs. And sometimes I get people who have only ever had massage as part of physiotherapy for treating injuries. It can be a real revelation for them how good they feel after a relaxation massage. F PN www.glfm.co.nz

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Preparing for Auckland’s next volcanic eruption Auckland’s Emergency Management team was featured responding to a simulated volcanic eruption in a recent Prime documentary, ‘Beneath New Zealand’. This is the third episode in a three-part series on New Zealand’s volcanic history and focuses on the potential for a volcanic eruption in Auckland. The programme showed how scientists and emergency services collaborate to understand Auckland’s active volcanic field and plan for a future volcanic eruption. “Scary though the idea is, Aucklanders have to be aware of how they can prepare for such an event,” says Sarah Sinclair, Acting General Manager of Auckland Emergency Management. “This programme brings an element of reality to something that could happen at any time. “Auckland Emergency Management has an experienced and welldrilled team and we frequently run exercises with response agencies to practise what could happen and how we would react in a disaster such as this,” she added.

Dr Angela Doherty, Principal Science Advisor at Auckland Emergency Management said: “Auckland could potentially experience a range of impacts from an eruption including lava flows, ash fall, ground deformation and localised base surges (dangerous clouds of superheated rock and ash). “Most of Auckland’s 53 volcanoes have only erupted once, and the likelihood is the next eruption will be at a new, and so far unknown, location,” Dr Doherty added. “Taking part in the documentary has been a really good opportunity to highlight to Aucklanders the possibility of a volcanic event. While it is low risk, we know that it would have a major impact on Auckland,” said Matthew Bramhall, Duty Manager. “Aucklanders can start by having conversations with their whanau about what they would do, not just for this event but for any emergency where they could be affected.” F PN

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The best of the west When you dream of Canada, images of vast forests, soaring mountains, and grizzlies snapping at salmon appear. All that, and more, are what Canada’s West, is all about. The western provinces of British Columbia and Alberta do nature in spades – with wild places where nature, not man, creates the boundaries, and its people, history and culture are all shaped by the environment. It all starts on the Pacific coast, cut by hundreds of impossibly steep, blue fjords and scattered with forested islands. The villages here are home to locals whose lives revolve around the ocean. Needless to say, the fresh seafood here is second to none! Along the coast is the legendary Great Bear Rainforest where wildlife, including the rare, white Kermode bear, wanders free. This forest of towering cedars and spruce is also home to grizzlies, wolves and cougars. The true nature of BC is best explored from one of its wilderness resorts. Go whale or bear watching by day, retreating by night to cosy accommodation and fresh local cuisine. One of our favourites is the indulgent Sonora Resort. View wildlife, go kayaking, salmon fishing or heli-hiking, or simply retreat to the outdoor heated pool or hot tub! And the best part? Getting there is by helicopter and float-plane – where else but in BC!

Highway to experience Whistler Blackcomb’s excellent skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing and one of the most exciting gondola rides in the world. When all that nature builds up an appetite, head for the sundrenched Okanagan Valley for wineries, fruit stands and farm-to-fork eateries inviting you to sample their wares. It would be rude not to! Your entry point to Canada’s west will usually be Vancouver. Fine dining, shopping, nightlife and a vibrant art scene are all on offer, and a side trip out to Victoria on Vancouver Island is a must. To ride in style, take a journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train to Whistler, Jasper or picture-perfect Lake Louise and Banff. Luxurious, comfortable and with spectacular views of the Canadian Rockies, it’s an experience you just can’t get from the road.

For grizzly bear viewing, fly up to the wild and remote Knight Inlet Lodge in the Pacific northwest. This floating resort is tucked into a protected anchorage which is home to one of the largest concentrations of grizzly bears in BC. It is not uncommon for there to be up to 40 bears within 10km of the lodge when the salmon are running.

Wherever you go there are opportunities to experience the traditions of its First Nations peoples. Guided explorations of traditional lands reveal art galleries and craft studios, live performances and traditional feasts. Or dive into Calgary’s western culture with a little line-dancing – cowboy boots and stetson optional.

Beyond the rainforest, you can also visit the gulf islands to explore artists’ communities, organic farms and white shell beaches, or drive high into the coast mountains on the dramatic Sea-to-Sky

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Our resident Egyptologist entertained us with stories of a bygone world Cruises offered along the Nile typically sail between Luxor and Aswan in Upper Egypt and are usually between three and seven nights. One or two offer longer trips that will navigate further along north of Dendera and up towards Cairo to include the lesser-known temples such as Dashur – the bent Pyramid and Al Amarna, the ancient capital built by Tutankhamun’s father. Most of the popular sites that the regular tourist wants to see are between Luxor and Aswan. There are two types of Nile cruises, floating luxury hotels – only a few stories high and with every expected convenience, or you can cruise by Felucca, a traditional wooden sailing vessel with billowing sails where passengers usually sleep on the open decks and the crew double as cooks. The hotel cruises are generally five star. Once you reach that point in your journey when you want to use a bathroom, you will discover why a felucca and its limited options and solutions... are not. Peak season for cruising is October through May with the temperatures outside of these months not really conducive to ‘outdoor pursuits’. It’s Egypt, it gets really hot and sightseeing is done in the very early mornings. River cruising is very different from ocean cruising; instead of spending your days gazing from your balcony at a tapestry of blue with little on the horizon other than the odd ship, you will spend your time watching date palms, sugar cane fields and oxen tied to water wheels slowly slip past in a kaleidoscope of history. You will spend your mornings like Indiana Jones, discovering reflective and echoing tombs and your afternoons onboard being spoilt and pampered like Cleopatra, Nubian staff fanning your recumbent body – staff at the ready to fulfil your every desire. My first river cruise was for a significant birthday a few years ago. Okay, it was quite a few years ago and well before I got hooked on ocean cruising, but it did light the flame for my love of Egypt – I’ve been back eight times since. We spent that original trip sailing down the Nile from Cairo like extras in an Agatha Christie movie. A Kiwi, a couple of Australians and an ancient couple from Arkansas who wanted to see the sites before they fell off the mortal coil. She was legally blind and he had a serious heart condition. We lost him on Elephantine Island when he suddenly went AWOL and we spent the time searching under leaves and in deep culverts looking for his inert body, only to discover, at the end of a wasted day, that he had ridden a felucca back to our boat and was sitting happily in the bar. His wife, more than a little bewildered, had to have a calming drink after the fright of nearly losing her beloved in such an exotic locale.

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I might add that she may have been blind, but she was always able to pick out the label of her favourite whisky amongst the other delights at the bar. Our resident Egyptologist entertained us with stories of a bygone world as the band of green fringing the Nile slipped past. We would sit on the top deck in the cool of the evenings, enthralled at stories of wars and treasures, tombs and raiders and the building of an ancient civilization as its remains passed us by just off to starboard. Occasionally, during his lectures, we would be interrupted by the Muezzin’s call to prayer from the passing mosques and the shout of small children running along the banks alongside our barge. At times, small skiffs would tie up to our vessel and merchants would throw up tablecloths for our perusal and purchase with much raucous and good humoured haggling taking place between us. After a successful negotiation, American currency would be tied in a plastic bag and thrown down to the vendors and on more than one occasion the salesmen assistants would have to dive into the Nile for a misaimed bundle. Today, Egypt is suffering from its failed Arab Spring and the changing attitude of Arab/Western politics – where once throngs of tourists flocked to the sites, they now languish empty and mysterious in the Nile heat. If you ever wanted to discover the delights of this enigmatic land – without the throngs of tourists wearing bum bags and enough camera equipment to film a David Attenborough documentary – now is your time. Before it’s rediscovered by the multitudes, visit right now PN for the ride of your life. (ROSS THORBY) F



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TURNING THE TIDE ON PLASTIC POLLUTION Money hungry? You may be eating a credit card’s worth of plastic each week, according to a new study commissioned by the environmental charity WWF International. The study found that the main culprit was tap water, with the average person consuming 1769 particles of micro plastic every week from water alone. Since 2000, the world has produced as much plastic as all the preceding years combined, a third of which has leaked into nature. A staggering 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic have been produced since plastic was introduced in the 1950s, according to figures obtained by The Guardian. What’s more, 91% of plastic is not recycled, so it still exists in some shape or form, and often finds its way into our oceans. There is a wealth of heartbreaking statistics, and we’ve all heard them. It’s overwhelming, and it’s easy to think, “What does it matter, it’s just one straw. The world is already so polluted anyway, it’s a lost cause.” But it does matter – it must. Two Australian surfers are riding the wave of change with their invention The SeaBin, a bucket with a pump and water filtration system that is designed to suck rubbish from the surface of the water. It also removes oil and detergents from the sea water before spitting it back into the ocean – pollution-free. This July, millions of people will take part in a worldwide movement led by the Plastic Free Foundation. The movement, Plastic Free July,

aims to encourage people to eliminate single use plastics from their everyday lives. Plastic Free July can seem daunting, but the good news is, whether you’re an eco warrior already or just starting your journey, you can set yourself a manageable goal. Try starting with the big four ocean polluters – straws, plastic bottles, plastic bags and coffee cup lids. You could also just observe how many products you buy have plastic packaging or are made of plastic, and consider alternatives. Often simply slowing down and planning ahead can prevent impulse, on-the-go convenience purchases. Refilling food and cleaning products, making your own snacks, bringing your own takeaway containers and KeepCup absolutely everywhere, and shopping at farmers markets are all small ways to make a huge difference. For more info and tips, go to www.plasticfreejuly.org or visit us at ecostore to refill your products and chat with us about plastic-free alternatives. (ALANA BRUCE)

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

Aquarius (the Water Carrier) 21 January - 19 February You know if you wait for things to happen by chance they never usually do, but if you change there is a chance that they might. You do like routine but occasionally doing something different will release a frisson of energy just like old times.

Pisces (the Fishes) 20 February - 20 March Something positive someone said to you or you perhaps overheard has struck a happy chord in you. But you’re not sure how to respond. Just accept it and know that what you are doing is your passion. The happy place you’re in right now is attributed to everything and everyone around you.

Aries (the Ram) 21 March - 20 April The things you get up to are quite inspiring to a lot of people so don’t let a bit of negativity cause you to rethink about how you live your life. The shift you’ve made has seen you become so much stronger against a lot of criticism because you have the ability to see that it’s not personal.

Taurus (the Bull) 21 April - 21 May Whatever information you have at your disposal isn’t giving you enough satisfaction and is, instead, creating a desire to find out more. Don’t be fooled into looking in places that you’ve already looked in, because your priorities might become confused.

Gemini (the Twins) 22 May - 21 June You seem to be a little bored with your surroundings and are longing for a change. You can find a way to bring the unfamiliar a bit closer by changing a few things in your life. You can’t be told what to change, it has to be instinctual.

Cancer (the Crab) 22 June - 22 July Look for other solutions to what’s plaguing you this month. Look a bit deeper than the surface and you will find an answer that’s been staring you in the face for a while. Don’t be afraid to ask anything you’d like to know.

Leo (the Lion) 23 July - 21 August You might find you have an incredible problem before you that you can’t possibly begin to understand. You’re output isn’t quite at 100% yet but your enthusiasm is. Everyone is amazed at what you accomplish; you should be, too.

Virgo (the Virgin) 22 August - 23 September You’re active mind is always useful when someone might call on you to help solve a problem. The downside is you seem to be always on the go. Learn how to find some me time or you will burn out in some way.

Libra (the Scales) 24 September - 23 October You may have to take some time out and lend a hand to a family member. This might cause you some stress as you can’t really take the time and stop what you’re doing. Just try and make some space in your schedule. Spending time with family will give you enormous benefits.

Scorpio (the Scorpion) 24 October - 22 November If you show more emotion than normal, you might find that people don’t know how to handle it. You’re usually a bit picky whom you choose to share with. This time though, you’re prepared for a reaction.

Sagittarius (the Archer) 23 November - 22 December Your emotions are high at the moment because you seem to be a little sensitive about a touchy subject. It’s you that has to give way because as soon as you do, you’ll feel better emotionally. Now you’re open a little, try and see what else you can deal with.

Capricorn (the Goat) 23 December - 20 January Unfortunately, there is only so much you hold in before inevitably things begin to slip out. You know what I mean. You should share what’s on your mind a bit more often because when you’re vulnerable, you’re more endearing.

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Transforming bodies and minds – Studio Pilates opens in Wynyard Quarter Following international success and local acclaim, the global brand has added Wynyard Quarter to their carefully selected list of homes. Since opening their New Zealand doors in 2017, Claire Bell, owner and operator of the Takapuna and Wynyard Quarter branches, has created a community. With a strong focus on wellbeing in both a physical and mindful form, this innovative studio is dedicated to transforming bodies, habits and lives. Founded in Brisbane, Studio Pilates International is currently operational in New Zealand, Australia, and China, with outlets in the US and UK on the near horizon. The goal of the studio is to provide an uplifting workout that is results-driven, innovative, and fun for all involved. Engaging both beginners and regular clients with high energy, inspiring classes in a luxurious workout space is key. Claire finds the best part of it all is sharing what Studio Pilates has built with those who enjoy it, “witnessing other people who have also found that this is ‘their thing’ makes my day.” As the new heart of Auckland, Wynyard Quarter offers a variety of wellbeing spaces and activities. The regeneration of the precinct strives to create a sustainable and welcoming community – a neighbourhood that brings together the heritage and the now is realised. Sitting in the middle of it all, Wynyard Central, one of Willis Bond & Co’s residential developments in the area, is a prime example of the vision for Wynyard Quarter. A harmonious addition to the precinct, the design encompasses the past and the present. The recently completed Wynyard Central borders the Laneway, Daldy Street, and Pakenham Street West. Featuring brick cladding, reminiscent of the Mason Bros. building next door, and cedar-clad pavilions that overlook the Daldy Street Linear Park, these residences play a key role in the new life of Wynyard Quarter. Across Daldy Street is 30 Madden, Willis Bond & Co’s newest addition to the area. Comprising a variety of apartments and townhouses, 30 Madden promises future retail for the precinct at ground level and brings a new group of residents to the Wynyard Quarter community. The new Studio Pilates is located on Tiramarama Way, underneath Wynyard Central Artisan. Facing this stunning outlook, Studio Pilates in Wynyard Quarter is perfectly situated for relaxing and recreational exercise that benefits the body and the soul. For further information, see www.studiopilates.com/wynyardquarter or visit to speak with the friendly staff about the exclusive deals they are offering as part of their opening celebrations. 30 MADDEN, Gabrielle Hoffmann, M: 021 021 66611, g.hoffmann@barfoot.co.nz, www.30madden.co.nz The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied




John Appleton: Hip fracture in older folks Is there anything we can do to reduce the risk? In 2016, some 3750 New Zealanders suffered a hip fracture, often at the femoral neck. It’s the most common cause for orthopaedic admission to hospital. 95% of these fractures are caused by a fall and women are twice as likely to suffer from a hip fracture as men. 49% of cases are in folks over 85 years of age, but the numbers start climbing steeply from the age of 65. Hospital admissions as a result of hip fracture cost our health system more than $100 million each year. This is a massive amount of money and, with our ageing population, the costs are likely to keep rising. The really sad part about these statistics is that a normally healthy person who has a fall and suffers from a fracture of the femur can have complications that significantly increase the risk of mortality. One in three people die within 12 months. The two most concerning complications are post-operative infection and pneumonia but there is also an ongoing risk of another fall. Infection following surgery is something that is taken very seriously in our hospital system, but it seems that with antibiotic-resistant infections becoming more prevalent, this battle is not being won. MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) the ‘hospital bug’, is a so called ‘super bug’ that is becoming increasingly more difficult to treat. Pseudomonas aeruginosa has become an important cause of infection, especially in patients with compromised immune function. It is the most common pathogen isolated from patients who have been hospitalised longer than one week, and it is a frequent cause of nosocomial (hospital acquired) infections. Hospital admission following a fall and a fracture is unexpected and most folks would not have prepared for this as one can do with

elective surgery. Vitamin C blood levels are likely to be at zero on arrival at the hospital. Vitamin D and zinc status are likely to be very low and these, in addition to age related immune system function, surely increase the likelihood of infections. Another problem for doctors is the potential for the patient to develop pneumonia. Aspiration pneumonia is a common form of the illness. Aspiration pneumonia occurs when a patient breathes something instead of swallowing it. Germs from food particles, saliva, vomit or other substances can infect the airways and lead to aspiration pneumonia. The mortality rate for patients who develop aspiration pneumonia is approximately 30%. As I see it, there is little likelihood that hospital statistics will improve, thus the most important intervention we can make is to do more to limit the number of falls that result in hip fracture. What if there is a way that this might be achieved? Recently, after visiting a hip fracture patient in North Shore Hospital, I was thinking about the possibility of older folks walking around in a ‘Michelin’ suit. I was very surprised to discover that a French company has come up with an innovative inflating ‘belt’ (Helite Hip Safe) that has been shown to reduce the impact forces from a fall by 85%. The belt is the result of a lot of research and testing. Very simply, the device detects that a fall is imminent, and two air bags inflate in less than one second to protect the wearer before there is any contact with the ground. If such a device could reduce the number of hip fractures and keep our older folks enjoying life without the worry of all the issues associated with hospitalisation, it would be wonderful. Clearly, there could be significant benefits for our health system, too, with big cost savings. For anyone interested, the website is https://senior.helite.com/en or type Helite ‘Hip Safe’ into Google. There is a New Zealand distributor. PN (JOHN APPLETON) F

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SUNNY MURUGAN ON A MISSION In March 2019, Physio360 New Zealand physiotherapist Sunny Murugan set out on a six-week mission, flying around the world across four countries to provide physiotherapy care for the NZ Ice Fernz and NZ Ice Blacks in their campaigns for gold. The 44,207km journey took him through Austria, Romania, Colorado and Mexico. The NZ Ice Fernz took park in a training camp in St Poltens in Austria, and then flew to Brasov in Romania for the World Championships. They encountered teams from Chinese Taipei, Turkey, Iceland, Romania and Croatia. After a hard-fought five games, they took the silver medal. The NZ Ice Blacks training camp took place in Vail, Colorado. The location was picked due to the venue for the World Championships (Mexico City) being at altitude and having to acclimatise to this. The team played

three practise games against a local Colorado team with plenty of ex top division players, and a fourth game in Aspen Colorado. The team faced Israel, North Korea, Iceland, Mexico and Georgia in the week-long competition, and after a hard-fought five game series, took home the bronze medal.

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What does Daffodil Day mean to you? It’s a day that symbolises hope for one in three New Zealanders affected by cancer, and hopefully as we raise funds that go toward the scientific research (as well as other vital support) this will increase to one in two. Everyone knows someone affected by cancer. I’ve known many friends, family and colleagues that have been taken too soon. I also have two very close family members that have survived and have been in remission for over 20 years. When did you begin volunteering for Daffodil Day? Approximately 20 years ago when the National Bank purchased Countrywide Bank. I was the branch manager in Ponsonby and our team always started the day with an early shared breakfast before we started collecting. What is your experience of being a Daffodil Day Area Coordinator? I only started last year and I absolutely loved it. It was great to see how many people volunteered their time, and how many of them have been doing it for years. What do you love most about volunteering? That I’m able to give my time to something so worthwhile. I also volunteer as a ‘yellow shirt’ in the oncology wards each week. What inspired you to take on this role? Having left the bank last year, I reflected on what I really wanted to do. I started volunteering straight away and then met the events team in Domain Lodge and put my hand up for this role. My role as Consultant for Indicator means I can fit my volunteering around my schedule. How would you describe being part of such an amazing team of volunteers supporting people living with cancer? Satisfying; it’s brilliant to meet the people that have been volunteering for years. How many volunteers do you need for Daffodil Day to cover your area? I have seven sites and with five shifts at each over the two days, so approximately 60-70.

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What is the key attribute a volunteer collector needs? Be very organised, welcoming and have great communication skills. Do your friends and family get involved with Daffodil Day? Yes, where and when they can. Last year, two volunteers at the same site weren’t able to come to the first shift. I called my husband who was on his way to work and he raced back to fill in. He raised over $500 in the two-hour shift. F PN www.daffodilday.org.nz




YOGA GROUND SPECIAL OFFER A beautiful yoga studio, in the heart of Grey Lynn, is offering Ponsonby News readers 15% off yoga classes and Beginner Course purchases. Use the code PONSONBYNEWS at checkout to redeem the discount. One purchase per customer, code is valid for the month of July. YOGA GROUND, 56 Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn, Instagram: @yogaground_auckland, www.yogaground.co.nz

Clare Caldwell: The Art of Living So now it seems studies on cortisol have a part to play in establishing the efficacy of art as a therapy! Cortisol’s our body’s main stress reaction hormone and is a biological indicator of those levels – the higher the levels, the higher the stress. In a 2016 study ‘Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Response Following Art Making’ (Girija Kaimal et al), they found that “making art can significantly reduce stress levels regardless of talent. The results weren’t surprising because that’s the core idea of art therapy, that everyone is creative (whether you’re good or bad at it doesn’t matter), and everyone can be expressive in the visual arts when working in a supportive setting.” In another recent clinical study, ‘The Art in Psychotherapy: the efficacy of creative arts therapies to enhance emotional expression, spirituality, and psychological well-being of newly diagnosed Stage I and II breast cancer patients’, the results showed a marked change in anxiety and stress levels and an increased ability to put things into perspective. Engaging in art was seen to significantly reduce negative emotions and improve positive ones – a physiological state the body needs to be in to induce healing. Art therapy, as opposed to the more recreational art-making, is a form of psychotherapy involving the same use of free self-expression through painting, drawing or modelling, but here it can be used as a remedial or deeper diagnostic modality. Frequently these lines can become blurred. It can also be transformative. In my work over the years at Mercy Hospice Auckland, working with patients and their families and now working with the art class at Auckland City Mission, I’ve witnessed the power of art therapy and art-making again and again – watched it give people a much needed respite from their troubles, and watched it move people’s energies forward into stronger self identity, self-revelation and new growth.

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Art taps into our deepest unconscious material. To bring this up to consciousness and gently express and reveal its contents (and our subsequent vulnerability), requires safety and support. There must always be a trusting relationship with the therapist or trained art tutor and the art activity must be held in a safe environment. Art as a therapeutic intervention was first introduced to the world in the 1940s. British artist Adrian Hill, in 1942, discovered drawing and painting helped in his recovery from tuberculosis. Household names and pioneers Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and Dame Cicely Saunders utilised art as a therapy when working with the dying around this time, with many deep, wonderful and well-documented results. Studies in America utilising MRI imaging on patients participating in art therapy sessions have successfully demonstrated a shift in blood flow and electrical activity within the brain into its more right -brained territories. Many trainings in art therapy are now available in different countries around the world, including a Masters programme at Whitecliffe College in Auckland, New Zealand. So with all this exponentially positive medical and experiential evidence increasing everywhere, and degrees in art therapy springing up globally, the question has to be asked: why do many of the allopathic medical fraternity in New Zealand still regard the therapeutic value of the arts as ‘new’ and to be treated with caution and suspicion? (CLARE CALDWELL) F PN Clare (Claudie) Caldwell is a creative arts therapist who runs a small private practice from home. She now runs a voluntary art and art therapy programme at Auckland City Mission. She is also a freelance artist. Enquiries: T: 09 836 3618; M: 021 293 3171; E: clare.e.caldwell@gmail.com PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


Tadhg Stopford: Let’s save the planet We can. We just need to fully legalise hemp. Here’s the thing, hemp is a sustainable green gold that can feed us, clothe us, shelter us, heal us and more. Wild-caught salmon is not as good. Hemp massively outperforms wild salmon as a food for health. It’s richer in essential fatty acids, aminos, minerals, protein and more. Forget dairy foods! Who needs cows when there’s 11.5mg of calcium in every gram of hemp seed, and essential fats to beat the band? Our farmers should be growing hemp, because food is only one of its gifts. Hemp yields four times more cellulose than timber per acre on an annual basis. We can save lives from forestry deaths and improve things, too. It’s a no brainer; but wait, there’s more...

Here’s some fun facts about industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa), and its cousin the electric puha – Cannabis indica. • Cannabis is C.27,800,000 years older than humanity. • It’s our single most valuable crop (top quality food, top quality fibre, top quality medicine). • China is growing 1,968,590 acres of hemp, and wants 4,921,475 acres within five years.

Hemp’s the strongest natural fibre in the world, able to provide fine linen, tough fabrics, engineered timber, cellophane, graphene, dynamite, and most things petro chemicals can. Hemp heals. I know people who are treating themselves with hemp for Crohn’s disease, eczema, pain, arthritis, anxiety, insomnia, fibromyalgia and cancer.

• In 1937, the US government removed hemp and ‘cannabis’ from the market by putting a $75,000 tax on all who ‘touched the plant’ (farmers and doctors).

Some use the roots, some use the flowers and leaves. All of them claim benefit. The reasons for this success are fascinating. A friend of mine has even saved lives that ‘medicine’ had given up on.

• The American Medical Association fought this for five years. “Your evidence is newspaper clippings.”

So come talk to me at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market or The Hemp Foundation’s pop-up shop (at the Grey Lynn end of Richmond Road). We should all learn how this vegetable supports our body’s natural function. It’s a plant that is sympathetic to our biology. It’s easy to grow, too. Hippocrates was right, we should let our food be the medicine for the body. Natural medicine has its opponents. There is never enough evidence for them. Not in history, not in science, nor in patient reports. Sometimes people just can’t see the wood for the trees. (TADHG STOPFORD) F PN www.thehempfoundation.org.nz

• On the false grounds they were dangerous narcotics; aka ‘the handmaidens of heroin, crime and insanity’.

• Peter Dunne, Conor English, Teresa May’s husband (Philip May) and the UK Drugs Minister’s husband (Paul Kenward) are all in the cannabis growing business. As are many other politicians. • Between 26-35% of all human-targeting drugs, target our cannabinoid system. • Our cannabinoid system protects us, & maintains normal function. • $360,000,000,000+ of Big Pharma’s revenues are up for grabs. (360bn+) • Treasury says our current health system costs ensure a ‘debt based future’. • Cannabis should be legal, and understood, if we want to save ourselves.

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Kate Rodger to MC Meet the Makers Much loved Newshub Entertainment Editor and Film Reviewer, Kate Rodger, will MC St Mary’s College’s upcoming Meet the Makers fundraising event One of many people in the local community who have donated their time, products or services to help produce the event. Now in its fifth year, the 10 August celebration will once again showcase various wineries and brewers, as well as delicious food from Ponsonby eateries, live entertainment and fabulous auction prizes. Guests have the opportunity to ‘meet the maker’ in person, taste their product and buy at special event prices. Gourmet food from L’Authentique, Ripe Deli, Blue Breeze Inn, Paneton, Rocket Kitchen, Angel Food, Appleby Farms, Savour, Bread & Butter, Pandoro, 180 Degrees, Euro Deli and Westmere Butchery will accompany the tastings. Winemakers from Odyssey Wines, Clearview Estate, Esk Valley, The Hunting Lodge, Mills Reef Winery, Matawhero, Palliser Estate and craft brewers Epic Beer are showcasing their beverages at the event.

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St Mary’s College Principal Bernadette Stockman says, “St Mary’s College has been part of the Ponsonby community for over 150 years. We have a long history with the area and feel very much a part of the community whose support we rely on with our fundraising efforts. We invite parents, family and the wider community to join us at this special event to raise funds for our college,” says Stockman. This year’s fundraising will focus on the development and installation of a playground to benefit all St Mary’s College students. Tickets are $60 per person and are available from our Meet the Makers website. They are inclusive of wine and beer tasting from several exhibitors, gourmet food served throughout the evening, entertainment, spot prizes and the chance to bid on auction items. A licensed cash bar will operate, and wine / beer orders can be made on the night at special event prices. F PN www.meetthemakers.co.nz



Introducing the new Head of St Cuthbert’s Junior School, Kerry Oldman A happy and positive experience at primary school lays down essential lifelong foundations. St Cuthbert’s Junior School embraces the responsibility and privilege of helping girls develop through these precious and formative years, from the age of five. St Cuthbert’s is thrilled to introduce the new Head of Junior School, Kerry Oldman, who started in Term Two and brings a wealth of experience and vision to this role. Kerry grew up in New Zealand and started her teaching career in Hamilton. She knew instantly that education and having the privilege of being able to shape young minds was where she saw her future. A move to London eighteen years ago has seen Kerry gain leadership experience in some of the UK’s leading independent schools. She worked at some of London’s top preparatory schools, most recently as the Assistant Head of The Study Prep in Wimbledon. Kerry also taught at Thomas’s London Day Schools for eight years, and at Eaton House Preparatory in Belgravia. “Childhood is a time of joy, wonder, imagination and fun. We see our girls making the most wonderful discoveries about themselves and their world, every day. I believe that every child has unique talents and it is our duty, as educators, to assist in enabling the girls in whatever their strength may be, to experiment and experience the joy of what it feels like to truly find their ‘element’.

“My personal interest and passion for teaching is the mental wellbeing of every child. It is the experiences they have early in life, that, in essence, dictates how they are going to learn. We cannot begin to effectively teach a child when they are not emotionally equipped to learn. Throughout my career I have seen the difference that positive mental health in children makes to the effectiveness of teaching.” Kerry is particularly passionate that children should have experiences both in and outside the classroom, feeling the freedom to take risks in their learning, which is an important part of preparing our girls to be confident and well-rounded young women. Principal Justine Mahon says, “Kerry brings a wealth of deep experience from the independent education sector. She is a warm and caring person, who has a strong understanding of the importance of the wrap-around approach we have in our St Cuthbert’s Junior School.” St Cuthbert’s invites you to visit and enjoy a personal tour with a member of the Admissions team to see the wonderful work Kerry and her team are doing.

To book a personal tour or for more information, please contact the St Cuthbert’s Admissions team at admissions@stcuthberts.school.nz or phone 09 520 8472. Visit www.stcuthberts.school.nz for more information or to download a prospectus.

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LITTLE ENGINES FP ED Why Montessori? A day in the life at Little Engines Interested in Montessori education for your child? Children are curious little beings, always interested and observing everyday life around them to learn how the big wide world works. Adhering to the broad principals of Maria Montessori, Little Engines Montessori emphasises learning experiences through an environment that enables young children to learn and develop lifelong skills. Situated on Surrey Crescent in Grey Lynn, just next door to Grey Lynn Primary School, Little Engines boasts the full set of Montessori materials and provides an authentic Montessori programme for children aged 2.5 years – 6 years. Based on the five key principles of the Montessori philosophy, Little Engines’ philosophy is to prepare children for a life of learning and fulfilment – building their self-esteem, cultivating a belief in themselves, in others and in the endless opportunities life offers. There is no doubt that a day in the life at Little Engines is a special one. Each child is greeted individually as they arrive, from here the children work at their own pace throughout the three-hour morning Montessori work-cycle. Each day involves activities that provide a learning outcome and engages each child on a deeper level as they work towards real-life skills. To name just a few, at Little Engines activities and learning experiences for children can involve food preparation, dressing, washing, cleaning, gardening, manners, social interactions and refining of movements. In the afternoon the teachers will shift the focus for children to engage in activities such as drama, music and movement, inquirybased projects, physical education and gardening. The children have opportunities to make healthy treats with the vegetables they have grown at the centre. There is also an adventure playground to build upon their gross motor skills. Little Engines has strong links within Grey Lynn and the wider community and, as part of this, serves the community by providing an enriched programme in partnership with their families, collaborative relationships with parents, whanau and teachers to ensure the best possible outcomes for the children.

We would love to show you our centre and share with you our enriching programme. Excellent education and care for children aged 2.5 - 6 years of age. Open 8.45am - 3.30pm, Monday – Friday.

LITTLE ENGINES MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL, 56 Surrey Crescent, (next-door to Grey Lynn Primary School), T: 09 378 9502, E: manager@little-engines.co.nz, www.little-engines.co.nz @LittleEnginesMontessori

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IS COMMUNICATION BECOMING A LOST ART? Communication is at the heart of much that we do, both in our schooling and in our wider lives. It has been identified by employers as both an essential skill, and one that is increasingly underdeveloped in our world of electronic interaction. Ficino School in Mt Eden recognises the necessity of being able to communicate clearly and with confidence. As such, it focuses on developing these skills through a variety of different methods. The first of these is including a Philosophy for Children (P4C) component in our curriculum. Children practise the skill of listening carefully and responding respectfully to their classmates. They are encouraged to think about a question, formulate an answer and then justify it. It becomes second nature for them to have the confidence to stand up in front of large groups and ask and answer questions. All our students are formally taught grammar and handwriting, giving them a valuable grasp on how to formulate sentences meaningfully. They’re also taught drama – by learning lines and performing plays together our students learn to collaborate, communicate and connect with an audience. Our students regularly deliver speeches to their classmates and the wider school, with classes as young as Y2 giving brief performances. Our Year 7 and 8 students recently presented an almost complete version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Shakespeare’s works are significant for their part in the foundation of modern English, and the study of them enriches students’

vocabularies. It also encourages personal character development, demonstrated particularly in teamwork and respect. While Shakespeare may seem like a challenging topic for children, Ficino believes we should never underestimate children. In our experience, they are infinitely capable and welcome the opportunity to go beyond their perceived limitations. F PN

FICINO SCHOOL, 27 Esplanade Road, Mt Eden, T: 09 623 3385, www.ficino.school.nz

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

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Meet the Teacher Kim Hankins is a long-time teacher at Newton Central Primary School who was this year appointed Across School Teacher for Te K-ahui Ako o Waitemat-a. Is that two roles or one? Two roles but very much tied together. Three days a week I work solely at Newton Central, a school I have been involved with for almost 20 years. All three of my sons did their primary years there and I began teaching there in 2007. The other two days each week, I spend working for the Kahui Ako. As an Across School Teacher, I work closely with five others in the same position and our lead teacher, Paul Alford. My particular areas of interest within the Kahui are Student Agency and Student Wellbeing. Everything I learn in this role I take back to Newton. We have heard a lot about wellbeing lately, but what do you mean by Student Agency? For us, it is students being empowered and supported to take an active role and make decisions about their own learning. Much has been written about 21st Century education and the unknown future for which we are preparing students. We believe that when a person takes responsibility for their learning, their motivation to keep exploring and learning grows. By finding the balance between empowering and supporting, we hope to improve student wellbeing, too. What about your own wellbeing? What do you do to relax? I am at my happiest on a beach, any beach, although I have a particular soft spot for white sand. I grew up in Whanganui where our beaches are wildly beautiful but somehow the East Coast calls me. If not on a beach, I can often be found scoffing noodles or dumplings in one of the amazing Asian restaurants on Dominion Road.

Whanganui to Auckland. Any places in between? I studied in Wellington when I left school and loved the big city vibe. From there I moved to London and then Rome. Talk about big cities! I love them both, but the climate in Rome can’t be beaten. My husband is Italian and we lived across the road from one of Rome’s beaches for five years before moving to New Zealand. Later we went back to Italy for another couple of years with small children in tow, but since 2003 New Zealand has been our permanent home. Do you miss anything about living in Italy? I miss being in Europe, being able to quickly be in another country. We love travelling to new places and while we still have so much to discover here in New Zealand, we do like to get away overseas, too. In Europe that is so much easier. And cheaper! But the other things we used to miss, like buffalo mozzarella and great pizza, they are all available here now. My kids can even have their favourite ‘bombe’ from Il Forno for breakfast occasionally! We have it all. F PN www.newton.school.nz

Mastercard celebrates grass-roots rugby by Launching a Local Legend to Rugby World Cup 2019™ Last month Mastercard and Richie McCaw joined forces to offer two young New Zealand legends an opportunity of a lifetime; the chance to accompany Richie to RWC 2019™ in Japan. Mastercard, a global partner of RWC 2019™, launched the Local Legend New Zealand competition today which will see two Mastercard customers who tap their card win a trip for two to RWC 2019™. Winners will also nominate their favourite local rugby club to send a young Local Legend to the tournament. The competition kicked off at Ponsonby RFC with six young local legends from across the country joining Richie for a pre-RWC 2019™ training session where he passed on some of the tricks of the trade which have made him one of New Zealand’s rugby greats. Richie says the passion shown by the young players from all over the country brought back the excitement he felt as a young player. “Rugby is more than a game in New Zealand. It brings people of all ages and backgrounds together. No matter whether you’re from Whangarei or Bluff there’s 80 minutes every week where you throw on your boots, join together and give it your all.” “This will be my first Rugby World Cup™ as a spectator and I’m looking forward to soaking up the atmosphere with a couple of rugby mad local legends,” he says. Mastercard New Zealand Country Manager, Ruth Riviere, says the campaign is about celebrating the grass roots rugby clubs from towns and cities all over New Zealand which have, and continue to, foster New Zealand’s rugby greats. “We know Kiwis are rugby mad and that’s why we are very excited about the local legend campaign, as it has the potential to inspire and encourage our young rugby talent,” says Ruth Riviere.

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George Massingham, Coach of Havelock North Rugby Club says the opportunity for young players from rugby clubs of all sizes is creating more than a little bit of buzz in the local clubrooms. “An opportunity for a future rugby star to be nominated to go to RWC 2019 with Richie is something they will never forget. Our club can’t run without the young local legends who turn up every week and bring their passion and dedication to New Zealand rugby and it’s fantastic to see that recognised.” The Mastercard Tap to Launch a Local Legend competition runs until 12 August. See www.mastercard.co.nz/launchalocallegend PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


Logan Granger: Amazon and Overseas Internet Retail Tax Late last year the Government announced the details to the change of the GST treatment of low-value imported goods from 1 October 2019. The media has labelled it ‘Amazon tax’ because overseas internet-based retailers, such as Amazon, are the target of the rule change. Currently, no GST is imposed on goods imported into New Zealand with a value of $400 or less, although in some cases they may attract import duties and customs charges. Under the proposed changes, offshore retailers, whose New Zealand consumer sales exceed $60,000, would need to collect and return GST in New Zealand on goods valued at $1000 or below that they supply to customers in New Zealand. In situations where an offshore supplier sells their goods through a marketplace, the marketplace would be required to register and return the GST on the goods, instead of the supplier. This is similar to the requirements, imposed in 2016, of digital service companies like Netflix and Spotify who are GST registered and required to collect GST. Your everyday online shopper who purchases low-value products like clothes, for under $400, will lose out as these product will likely end up costing slightly more. However, you would pay less for goods valued between $400 and $1000 because tariffs and cost recovery charges for imported consignments between $400 and $1000 will be removed. There will also be greater transparency for consumers who would less often be surprised and inconvenienced by having to pay additional GST, tariffs and cost recovery charges once their purchases reach the border. What they pay online would be the actual price. Imported consignments over $1000 will still have tariffs and cost recovery charges collected on them at the border. In determining whether or not an imported consignment is above or below the $1000 threshold, Customs will calculate the ‘customs value’ of the consignment. The customs value is generally the transaction value of the goods with deductions made for the

costs of transportation, insurance and other charges and expenses related to the handling and transportation of the goods from the time they have left the country of export. Offshore supplies to GST-registered New Zealand businesses are excluded from the proposed rules. However, offshore suppliers would be able to choose to zero-rate their supplies of low-value goods to GST-registered businesses (that is, charge GST at the rate of zero percent). This would allow offshore suppliers to claim a deduction for any New Zealand GST they incur on their inputs into making supplies of low-value goods to GST-registered businesses. Applying the proposed rules to supplies made to GST-registered businesses could create a revenue risk for the Government. If offshore suppliers charged GST to a GST-registered business but did not return it to Inland Revenue, the Government could lose money as GST-registered businesses are entitled to claim back from Inland Revenue the GST they have paid on their purchases. The Australian government, who introduced GST collection on low-value goods in July 2018, has successfully encouraged 700 overseas suppliers and retailers to register for GST in the country. However, since New Zealand is a smaller market than Australia, there is always a risk that a marketplace may decide to withdraw from New Zealand. To date, none of them have said they would withdraw from the New Zealand market. Government figures estimate the incoming legislation will be able to collect $66 million in revenue in 2019/20, PN $100 million in 2020/21 and $112 million in 2021/22. (LOGAN GRANGER) F Disclaimer – While all care has been take, Johnston Associates Chartered Accountants Ltd and its staff accept no liability for the content of this article; always see your professional advisor before taking any action that you are unsure about.

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Metrolaw: Got a legal question? Ask michael@metrolaw.co.nz Q: I want to set up a will which gives my wife some kind of right to occupy our home after I pass away. I don’t want to give my share to her outright because I want my children to own the property when my wife eventually passes. My wife said she was happy to sign anything necessary to give effect to this. Can this be done? Is this a good idea? A: What you are talking about is called a ‘life-interest’. This allows the surviving spouse (known as the ‘life-tenant’) to enjoy a right to occupy the property during their lifetime. It was once quite common to draft wills that give the surviving spouse a life interest. Once the life-tenant passes away, the property would vest in the beneficiaries named in the first deceased’s will. As the life interest expires on death it does not form part of the life-tenant’s estate. Before you make your will, you need to consider the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 (“the Act”). Generally, a spouse is entitled to half of any relationship property you have between you, which would normally include the ‘family home’. The Act provides that a surviving spouse or de facto (of more than 3 years) can choose whether to accept what is left to them in the estate or reject this and take a PRA claim against the estate. This means that if your wife is not happy with only receiving a life interest in the property as stated in your will, she may elect for a division of relationship property under the Act, allowing her to take her share in the house and own it outright. If you want to avoid this, the best way is to sign a Contracting Out Agreement with your wife. Among other things, you can agree as to how you want relationship property and separate property to be treated if you separate or if one person dies. By agreeing to not make a claim under the Act against each other’s estates, your intentions in your will can be preserved. Thanks for your question, Greg, please feel free to give me a call and we can discuss having will and the contracting out agreement made PN for you. (MICHAEL HEMPHILL) F www.metrolaw.co.nz

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What’s my business worth? The simple but unhelpful answer is, “what someone is prepared to pay for it.” Business valuation has been described as an art based upon science. As business brokers, we are required under the Act (REAA 2008) to provide the vendor (owner) with a written appraisal before we list the business for sale.

produces the most consistently accurate result. We require two or three years of accounts from the vendor to establish the EBPIDT*** figure (also known as ‘seller’s discretionary income’).

There are several ways of assessing the market value of a business and, hopefully, two or more will be in the same ballpark.

From our database of similar business-type sales we can assess which multiples to use for the subject business. For instance, the average similar business may have sold for three times EBPIDT*** or intangibles average 1.2 times EBPIDT***, or has returned a 24% pa return to an investor. Is the subject business better or worse than the average (in our opinion)? Which way is it trending? What are the barriers to entry? Are specialist skills required? What is the competition like? How long is the lease? What are the risks? Are there likely motivated and financially capable buyers, etc.

Most SME* businesses are comprised of three fundamental parts – namely stock, plant and goodwill. For several reasons I won’t delve into at the moment, plant and equipment are called tangible assets and goodwill has become intangible assets. Stock and tangible assets are relatively easy to value, and there are many qualified specialists available to achieve this. Intangible assets are more of a challenge. Again, space doesn’t permit an in-depth analysis of intangible assets, but they include nebulous things like reputation, relationships, leases, agencies, intellectual property, etc. These assets will have different values for different people, and yet they represent a very substantial part of the total value of most businesses sold.

Assessing the market value of an SME* is not strictly a financial exercise or an exact measure. The different appraisal methods should indicate a price range but determining the correct market value can be as much an art as it is a science. PN (DAVID WELLS) F

To assess the CMV** of an SME* business, we usually employ three of four different methods, and hope that they will produce similar answers or at least an indicative range. Over many years of business broking, I have found that the ‘basic’ or traditional method still

SME. Small to medium-sized enterprise, usually employing less than 20 people. ** CMV. Current market value. *** EBPIDT. Earnings before proprietor’s drawings, interest, depreciation and taxation. *

DAVID WELLS, T: 09 486 9279, E: david.wells@naiharcourts, www.naiharcourts.co.nz/People/11894/David-Wells-AREINZ

FREE BUSINESS BUYERS SEMINAR Have you ever considered buying your own business but don’t know where or how to begin? We have assembled a panel of professionals to explain the whole process and the pitfalls.

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DATE: Tuesday, 9th July 2019 / TIME: 6.30pm to 8.00pm VENUE: Meeting Room 5, Studio One, 1 Ponsonby Road, Auckland

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Benefits of giving back I was reading a certain daily newspaper recently, where it quoted a psychology professor from Melbourne[1] as saying that “when you care for others, are kind to others and give to others it boosts your immune system and lifts up your mental health. Beyond the benefits to you, giving and sharing creates stronger connections between people and communites and helps build a happier society for everyone.”

She said she had no idea at that time what CAB did. She thought it was a service for senior citizens.

That is a common theme for our volunteers at Grey Lynn/Ponsonby branch of the Citizens Advice Bureau – that they themselves benefit from helping others. I would like to introduce you to a few ofour volunteers.

Ana has been volunteering at CAB for six years and for the past four years has had a part time paid role in West Auckland with CAB branches there as information officer, making sure that the information provided to clients is up to date – both the hard copies and on line. It’s the perfect combination for Ana.

Eric Eric is one of our recent recruits and currently in training. He is a final year law stduent at Auckland University of Technology and when he graduates he aspires to work in the employment law sphere. Eric is a Grey Lynn local born and bred, born to parents who whakapapa to Niue and Tonga. He was Head Prefect at St Paul’s College. When Eric left school he decided to follow an older brother across the Tasman and spent the next five years working in Melbourne. He said it was a good lifestyle but realised that education was the key to getting to where he wanted to be, so he returned home to study. Eric likes learning about the major issues in our local community amongst its more vulnerable members. He is surprised at the types of issues that the CAB branch deals with, given the supposed affluence of this area. Ana Ana likes helping people with situations where they thought there was no hope. She says a lot of people come to CAB as a last resort. Giving people hope and two to three options to go away with gives her satisfaction. Add to that she says she is learning something new every day. For example, she says, if someone’s cat is pooing on your lawn, one of the anecdotal remedies that you can try is to buy lions’ poo and put that around your boundaries and a cat will think that is the lion’s territory.[2] It is for sale on the internet. Ana found her way to education later in life and has a degree in communications and public relations. A friend who worked at CAB in Rotorua recommended CAB to Ana as she found getting the type of role she wanted after her degree an issue as a mature woman.


Pam Pam has been volunteering at CAB for about five-and-a-half years. She receives satisfaction from helping to empower people as she says a lot of people don’t know how the system works. And she says that she is someone who is happy to advocate for people with government agencies or private businesses where that is required. Pam has lived in central Auckland ever since she moved here from the Waikato for university. She has had a career in tertiary teaching and counselling both at Manukau Insitute of Technology and Auckland University and in English as a Second Language teaching (ESOL). Now retired, Pam is also volunteering as an ESOL teacher at the remand prison in Mt Eden. You may also have read Pam’s articles in Ponsonby News about her cat Chester from time to time. Pam, like Ana, finds, too, that she is always learning. As an example, she says she thought she understood the new legislation around insulation of tenancy properties. But in researching this recently, she said she learned that landlords are able to be exempted from the requirement under certain situations.[3] That is a good example of the training volunteers get, she says. Volunteers are trained not to rely on their knowledge or opinons or background, but to use the CAB database which is constantly updated centrally to keep up with changes to laws and policies. If you are interested in volunteering for our CAB branch, please get in touch. Margaret Antunovich, manager of Citizens Advice Bureau Auckland City, Grey PN Lynn/Ponsonby Branch. F E: manager.ponsonby@cab.org.nz T: 09 376 0392 or 021 369 404. [1] [3]

Professor Lea Waters, [2] https://www.cab.org.nz/article/KB00001031, https://www.cab.org.nz/article/KB00001312

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SPCA – CUPCAKE DAY Do you think you could give Martha Stewart a run for her money? Teach Nigella a thing or two? Join us on Monday 5 August for Cupcake Day and you’ll bake a difference for New Zealand’s animals in need. It’s easy! Just bake delicious cupcakes, sell them to your family and friends, and raise funds for animals who have been abandoned, neglected and abused. If you are looking for some inspiration for the day, check out this delicious recipe to make Honey Bunny Pupcakes which are sure to go down a treat: Pupcakes Ingredients (makes 12-14 pupcakes): 2¾ cups water ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce ¼ cup oats ¼ teaspoon vanilla 4 cups wholemeal flour 1 cup apple pieces (either dried or fresh) 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 SPCA Blue Tick egg, beaten slightly 4 tablespoons honey

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Preheat oven to 175 °C. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray

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Mix all wet ingredients thoroughly. Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl

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Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients slowly, scraping well to make sure no dry mixture is left

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Pour into muffin tins

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Bake for 1¼ hours. Insert a toothpick into the center of a pup cake and if it comes out dry, they are ready to come out of the oven.

Wait until cooled before serving to your pup. Store leftovers in a sealed container. F PN You can register here: www.spcacupcakeday.co.nz www.spca.nz

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NEW CARPET OR FLOOR COVERINGS FROM CARPET COURT... Winter is here and what better way to have warmth, comfort and a fresh look to your home, than by adding new carpet or floor coverings from Carpet Court. Our current offers of free underlay and installation or interest-free terms with no deposit and deferred payment, combined with the very best deals on flooring, is a winning opportunity to get cracking on having your home va-va-voomed! For those who don’t want wall-to-wall carpeting, yet still desire the luxury, quietness and softness of carpet underfoot, we offer a big selection of room-sized Rhino™ Rugs. These large-scale rugs are also ideal for bedrooms, sleepouts, motorhomes or caravans. If you’re after a bargain for the bach... stop by our Mt Roskill Showroom and Clearance Centre to view a huge range of clearance and endof-roll bargains. You’ll be surprised at how affordable comfort and luxury can be. Throughout our stores you can view the latest trends in Malmo Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT). This is a heavy-duty vinyl flooring produced in wood-look planks. We also have the latest look in laminate and wood flooring options. Our showrooms all have helpful staff with decades of flooring experience and are ready to assist you with selecting the right option to best suit your requirements. Call us now to book your free measure, quote and professional planning to ensure you receive optimal bang for your buck. Our Newmarket, Henderson and new Mt Roskill Showroom and Clearance Centre, all have convenient onsite customer parking to make it easy for you to come in to touch and feel your favourite style in our showrooms. So why wait, visit us now and make your abode even more of a delight to come home to. You deserve it! www.carpetcourt.nz

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WHITE HOT! This super cool, light-filled 1930s Art Deco character unit (one of only eight), is located on the exclusive Northern Slopes of Herne Bay, within easy walking distance to popular boutiques, cafes and restaurants and only a short stroll to the Herne Bay beaches. Boasting roomy open-plan living, a sleek modern kitchen and bathroom, large double bedroom and private balcony ideal for relaxing in the sun.

Add to this car parking and the convenience of transport at your door. This is a fantastic property you won’t want to miss. Go ahead and treat yourself! Call Carl Madsen to view on 021 953 152.

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NEW LEASE OF LIFE – 126 VINCENT, A 1980s COMMERCIAL BUILDING... Looking very much the gentleman at home, David sits back in a trendy black leather couch that adorns this opulent designer, 221m2 apartment. “I searched the market extensively for something that would match my desire for top of the range luxury as well as the space to enjoy it. I was surprised at how little there was out there, so I bit the bullet and decided to try it myself.� First base was to locate an adequate space in the city fringe. David found it at 126 Vincent, a 1980s commercial building, where he was able to purchase a whole floor. “The location was a real clincher, both Vincent Street and Greys Avenue are canopied by stunning London plane trees that provide a real sense of peace and tranquillity, so rare to find in the centre of a city.�

Myers Park to the right. No expense has been spared and the transformation into an expansive four bedroom, two bathroom luxurious space is complete.

The location has the added benefits of easy motorway access and walking distance to the bustling restaurant scene of K’Road, Federal Street and Ponsonby Road, as well as Myers Park and Western Park, the latter the oldest in Auckland. Once David had the location the painstaking process of obtaining resource consents and building consents began as well as the most important task of finding architects, designers and a construction team that shared his desire, commitment and dedication. The results speak for themselves. Stepping out of the lift into the privacy of your own floor, the sheer size of the living and dining areas is accentuated by large 6ft windows providing a city scape view of the Waitakere hills to the left and the Sky Tower and

From the 250ml wide-board Podlogi European oak onyx hardware oil engineered flooring with acoustic marpe underlay throughout the living and dining area, complemented by the ambience of the integrated Sonos sound system, to the top of the range chef’s kitchen, integrated cabinetry, latest induction cooktop, double drawer dishwasher and fridge and internal bar. The titanium gold Brazilian designer granite is absolutely stunning as is the Statuario Grigio Italian tiling and the oyster stone vanities in the spacious bathrooms; air conditioning with heating throughout the apartment; and the piece de resistance, the Alpine spa premium Canadian hemlock wood infrared sauna incorporated with LED lighting and Bluetooth music system. www.apartmint.co.nz


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SLEEP GALLERY PARNELL – FOR A LUXURIOUS SLEEP It is amazing what a good night’s sleep can do and how it makes such a difference to the quality of your life. New Zealand’s first Sleep Gallery concept store celebrates its fourth year in business in 2019. In the heart of Parnell’s design and interiors precinct, this inviting and intimate space offers a unique approach in the bedroom decor category. The Sleep Gallery has a strong focus on what is truly best for the customer, taking into account the customers’ comfort and wellbeing. The Parnell showroom has a comprehensive selection of premium beds, mattresses, furniture and accessories all under one roof. Sleep Gallery Parnell is the first of its kind in Australasia and owner/operators Narae and Adam Young both have a passion for quality customer service and have extensive experience in providing sleep solutions. They also have wider support with a team of experienced staff with extensive industry knowledge and together make customer satisfaction one of their top priorities. The Sleep Gallery features exclusive products that have never been seen before in New Zealand. The focus is on quality over quantity. However, all Sleep Gallery products are still at highly competitive prices. Discover a variety of mattresses, bases and adjustable, lifestyle beds from recognised quality brands such as Sealy Posturepedic Crown Jewel, Tempur, Beautyrest Royale and Dreamwool. Come down this month to view our beautiful Sealy Crown Jewel collection, handcrafted in New Zealand. Sealy ensures a luxurious and indulgent sleep environment with high-quality materials and the ultimate in support, allowing your body to recharge and recover each night. Take your time to choose the perfect new mattress or bed set. After all, it’s such a personal purchase and you want to choose the right option that suits your lifestyle. So, the next time you have bedroom furnishing needs or just want to experience what the ultimate in sleep luxury feels like, visit the SLEEP GALLERY at 101 The Strand, Parnell nestled between Matisse and Dawson & Co. There is plenty of free off-street parking right in front of our showroom. Or feel free to contact the team on T: 09 369 1273 or email sales@sleepgallery.co.nz

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





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THE PROPERTY MARKET The wonderful thing about getting older is that you are much wiser about everything. The peaks have been climbed, your goals achieved and, most importantly, you have made mistakes and learnt from them! Now it’s time to focus on giving back and sharing those years of experience. Kym and I came up with the STOP, CONSIDER and CHOOSE campaign because I was genuinely concerned for those simply getting it wrong when choosing an agent. The present market is one I have seen before so it certainly doesn’t faze me but it most certainly needs a steady hand of experience. In this market, sellers have one opportunity to achieve a sale above market value within a three to four week period. If an agent fails to market, target and close on the potential buyers in that crucial first part of any campaign, then the property very quickly becomes stale in the eyes of the buyers and falls into two categories. The vendors are above the market or there’s something wrong with it. If you choose the wrong agent – perhaps someone who has only ever known a hot market and lacks closing skills – then even a second, experienced agent may find it difficult. The absolute key is to choose your agent wisely so you ensure that my 21-year catch phrase ‘do it once, do it right’ rings true. Key points to choosing the right agent in this part of the property cycle.

1. Success rate. Have them produce actual data to confirm. Never trust an agent who just produces data that excludes those homes they haven’t sold and claims a 100% success. A high success rate proves they worked hard until the home was sold and didn’t give up when it was tough. 2. Experience. How long have they been in real estate and have they sold in a tough market as well as an easy one. This is vital. 3. Marketing ability. Go on line and check out their ’solds’ and check for attention to detail in their marketing. The photos should be outstanding and the copy emotive. 4. Ask them if they can provide the phone numbers of their past five vendors and call them. Agents never provide bad testimonies. 5. Quality not quantity. An agent who chooses to market only three to four properties at one time understands looking after the best interests of their clients. Too many at once is not great for you. 6. Never choose an agent who appraises you home way above others. If you are considering a move and need very honest advice about any aspect of the selling process in this particular market, then Kym and I are more than happy to sit down and chat. Lastly, this is not a bad market – just a market where who you choose to sell your home determines the result! (TRICIA LAFFERTY) F PN

For more information call TRICIA LAFFERTY, 021 611 205 or KYM AIKIN, 021 596 222.




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Heidi Padain: Entertainment in your garden If you have been following my work over the years, it will come as no surprise to you when I confess to going through stages of obsessing over a particular species of bird. For as long as I can remember, I have been enthralled by raptors. I simply can’t help but gaze up at the sight of the kahu as they float above my car in search of road kill. The kahu, otherwise known as the swamp harrier, is undoubtedly a favourite. As you can imagine, they are incredibly challenging to photograph. In the valley where I live, I occasionally spot the kahu hunting. I am made aware of their presence by the shrill, staccato alarm call of the spur-winged plovers. As soon as I hear this sound, I quickly put my 400mm lens on my camera and dash outside. To be honest, I have had no luck getting a good quality shot of a kahu from the deck of my house. The shot I have provided here was taken while I was on a road trip. I was in the passenger seat of a moving car. The kahu followed alongside for at least a kilometre. I can’t even begin to describe how exciting this was. Speaking of exciting; I mentioned above, the spur-winged plover. I consider the call of these birds to be somewhat irritating, but then

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I did some research on these birds, and they have now become a source of fascination. The spur-winged plover arrived in New Zealand 80 or so years ago. They often build their nests in the middle of a grassy area and then spend both day and night vigorously defending it. Of note: these birds have a long yellow spur protruding from the carpal area of each wing. I imagine that they can inflict nasty wounds on their enemies with their spurs. I had no idea. People have described the plovers to me as vicious, clever and cunning, and they find their screech intolerable. Personally, I feel that the spur-winged plovers’ ability to defend their broods against predators admirable! So, now, when I hear their calls, I’m not just watching out for the kahu, I’m getting the camera ready for PN a significant battle. I’m watching war birds. (HEIDI PADAIN) F 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, or look her up on Facebook ... Heidi Padain Photography



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PrestigJous home with panoramic views of the CBD, harbour and marina. A rare opportunity for astute buyers to secure a prime position in this tightly held city fringe neighbourhood.

Felicity guided us through the process in an incredibly realistic but optimistic way. She maintained confidence in the property and ensured that any purchaser in the market for a similar property were targeted. Felicity achieved a very positive outcome for us and managed the sales process and our expectations incredibly well. I believe the strength of a real estate agent is not what they achieve in a bull market, but what they can achieve when the tide is against you and Felicity demonstrated this to the highest standard. - Owner of 62 Wanganui Ave

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Karen Spires: Real Estate Update I’m thrilled to announce that the innovative St Marks development in Remuera has scooped two awards in the prestigious Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards. The awards, held at Spark Arena last month, are essentially the Oscars of the property industry in New Zealand, with more than 1600 guests coming together to celebrate the most outstanding New Zealand property projects, developments or substantive refurbishments. St Marks received Excellence and Best in Category for the Housing New Zealand Multi-Unit Residential Property award, as well as a Merit for the Resene Green Building Award. St Marks has previously earned acclaim for its trio of five-storey high walls covered in lush native vegetation. In 2018 the building earned an acknowledgement in the Innovation Category of the Homestar Design Rating system for this unique feature. The awards are judged on a number of factors, including economic and financial criteria, innovation and project vision, design and construction, owner and user satisfaction, and sustainability and efficiency of operation. St Marks was praised by the judges for its bold concept for mixeduse living with the creation of stunning apartments alongside quality dining and commercial spaces.

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“It is apartment living in the suburbs, close to Newmarket’s amenities, but in the seclusion of Remuera’s leafy streets,” the judges stated. “Liveability is the underpinning principle of the development, with functional accommodation, constant activation of the space and highrating Homestar performance. “Significant thought and effort have gone into the design and construction of the private, landscaped internal courtyard which incorporates a live, five-storey green wall.” St Marks was the brainchild of former Auckland breast surgeon John Harman. A strong advocate of apartment living, Harman sold his medical centre in 2015 and set his sights on property development. Harman said he aimed to create a mixed-use space that would offer a high quality of liveability, but in a practical and sustainable way. “In apartment living, the space is smaller but more functional, so you have less focus on unused spaces and quantity of possessions, and more opportunity to focus on what brings you joy, and spending that close quality time with your family,” he said. (KAREN SPIRES) F PN


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HOMESTEAD BAY PEAKS - where the lake finds the mountain and you find your new home Homestead Peaks, Queenstown, offers uninterrupted water and mountain views that are some of the best you’ll see in the world. High-value lots range in size from 1.06 hectares to 2.49 hectares, providing a unique opportunity for buyers to build their dream homes in a stunning location. The four remaining lots sit on the Upper Terrace of Homestead Peaks, each having their own unique attributes, with no two lots the same and with direct waterfront access from this private gated community.

With the added benefits of the Jack’s Point 18-hole golf course, clubhouse restaurant and cafe, located only a short walk from Homestead Peaks, you have the best of everything right on your doorstep: walking and cycle trails, 10 minutes from our domestic and international airport, shopping centres and 20 minutes from beautiful downtown Queenstown.

Being designed and developed to the highest standards including landscaping, sealed roading to all lots, utility services to the boundary, and an early opportunity to secure a berth in the planned Homestead Bay Marina.

Eight of the 12 lots have already been sold and settled, with titles for the remaining lots available immediately for the discerning buyer that wants privacy, year round sunshine, stunning views, all with the mighty Remarkables mountain range as your backdrop. PN (CHRIS BATCHELOR) F www.bayleys.co.nz/4502584

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: WHY DO KIWIS HATE TREES? As a recent immigrant to this gorgeous land, I’ve been aghast at the readiness of New Zealanders to cut trees down. Take, for example, the haste to fell all 200-odd pine trees of Western Springs Forest. Worse, there seems only lip-service concern for the consequent destruction of the lush bush regenerating beneath. And it would be laughable that any grown person thinks that all these trees can be replaced by plantings of wee saplings... except that is exactly the plan. Asking around, I learn that no-one in the community, even those living on the forest boundary, has been properly consulted on this. It appears the local board is determined to push the clear-felling project through, despite promising to consult with residents. And this, a project that flies in the face of council’s own Urban Forest policy. A project that mocks the city’s declaration of climate emergency. A project that confirms the local board’s own report criticising council as the main cause of tree loss in our area. Wringing one’s hands over the impossibility of protecting big trees on private land rings hollow when the local board itself supports destroying its own substantial forest. One that is a Significant Ecological Area, no less. Incredulity is piled on horror when it turns out that resource consent has been given for this act of official vandalism. Where is the good sense that I thought a Kiwi hallmark when residents have to challenge the decision in the Environment Court to look for a balanced evaluation? Not even the thin end of the wedge, the readiness to destroy the forest indicates a full-scale assault by the ignorant: those who ignore

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the truth that a large mature tree is worth more than a hundred planted-out saplings. Now, I seldom – if ever – write to the press, but this matter is of such long-term importance to the wellbeing and health of our community, it can set such vital precedents that it is essential the matter be debated more fully. There has to be a better way, and there is – if only council would listen with an open mind. And that happens to be a requirement of the Auditor General: “The party obliged to consult must keep an open mind and be ready to change and even start afresh, although it is entitled to have a work plan already in its mind.” Tom Ang, by email PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


Finn McLennan-Elliott: Ponsonby People’s Music – Chris Priestley Java Jive, Real Groovy Records, Atomic Cafe, Cafe One2one, what do all of these have in common? Chris Priestley is at the centre of them all. A founding owner of Real Groovy, he started Java Jive, then Atomic Cafe and is now back as owner and manager of Cafe One2one. Music, specifically folk music, has always been central to Chris’s life. In recent years he’s released Unsung Heroes and Rogue, telling stories of figures from New Zealand’s past. He picks colourful characters, interesting individuals and supports each song with thorough research. He’s been a regular attendee and performer at the Auckland Folk Festival, the Bunker (home of the Devonport Folk Club) and numerous other folk festivals around the country. Cafe One2one is where you’ll find Chris. He hosts its regular music nights, managing the many musicians who want to get up and play some songs. Chris will regularly be up there singing a song of his own or adding his harmonies to someone else’s. I continued our new series of quick-fire questions, and asked Chris about his musical history. What was your first concert? Joe Cocker, 1972 at Western Springs Stadium. It was a big crowd, great dancing and a bit too much drinking, from memory.

What are your music listening habits now? Anything, mostly acoustic and mostly with stories to tell. Are you a stay-at-home listening to music or go-out-to -gigs person? Stay at home, because home is a different concert three times a week downstairs. Chris had a hard time choosing just one in a few of these. Beatles or Elvis. Folk or country – the line is grey these days. Jazz or classical – though very close. Drums or guitar. Dubstep or rap – don’t listen to either so not qualified to choose. Lady Gaga or Beyonce. Taylor Swift or Ed Sheeran – don’t listen to either but Taylor seems to be the pick of the musicians (mostly girls) playing in our Young Musicians Open Mic on the first Sunday of each month. Standing or sitting (at concerts) – depends on who’s playing.

What is your favourite concert you’ve attended and why? My favourite concert was Tom Waits at the Town Hall. I had a front row seat and he had Teddy Edwards with him on saxophone, and a tuba player. He told great stories, not unlike Adam McGrath now.

Mt Smart Stadium or Spark Arena – haven’t been to Spark Arena and didn’t really like Mt Smart.

What is your most important musical memory? Playing at the Gluepot with Acoustic Confusion as support for ‘The House Band’ from Scotland. It was a packed house for two folky bands, must have been around 600 people listening to original New Zealand songs and hot Celtic music. Brendon Power knocked them dead with his harp playing, Denny Stanway was in fine vocal form and ended up marrying Jimmy Young from The House Band!

Paper tickets or Smartphone – so I can add them to my collection.

Did your parents play music? Mum played piano accordion and Dad played euphonium in the Ponsonby Boys Brass Band. Did you learn music from a young age? I was forced to learn classical piano at the age of eight, but I gave it away to play golf. I took up guitar in my late teens after seeing Waves at a Radio Hauraki buck-a-head concert at His Majesty’s Theatre. Waves was a New Zealand folk- rock acoustic band with amazing harmonies and instrumentation, and I knew that was what I wanted to do.

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The Kings Arms or the Gluepot Tavern – it was my local so I’m biased. Sadly both gone now.

Real Groovy or Marbecks – both are friends so I wouldn’t want to choose. Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd. Mozart or Stravinsky – because that’s what my mum used to play on the record player. DJ or live band – always. CD or vinyl. Radio or Spotify. Album or single. Coming up at Cafe One2one in July: Every Thursday acoustic gathering and Friday jazz. Saturday 6 July: Dave Murphy and Janet Muggeridge with Mark Laurent. Saturday 13 July: Robyn Kamira and Wai.tai. Saturday 20 July: Martha Louise, Brenda Liddiard and Mark Laurent. PN (FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT) F

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Finn McLennan-Elliott: This Is War Albi & The Wolves are about to release their brand new record, This Is War. The trio are regulars in the Auckland scene – in Ponsonby, at the likes of Grand Central, The Whiskey and, slightly further afield, at Portland Public House. ‘This Is War’ is the newest record since their last, ‘One Eye Open’, which won the Tui for Best Folk Artist at the Auckland Folk Festival in 2018. Determined to try some new things and experiment with a bigger sound, the band brought on producer Scott Seabright, as well as widened their instrumentation and expanded their ideas. The new album is a culmination of three years of performing, touring and connecting with people. Chris Dent, songwriter and frontman, speaks about the new songs, “They are stories about people we have met on the road. It’s about them and for them at the same time.” The album was recorded largely in bassist Micheal Young’s home studio, with Seabright producing. This was a new step for the band, bringing someone in to work with them and craft the sound of the album. The previous two releases had been done completely inhouse. They’d stayed true to their live sound, worked with Micheal as the producer and engineer. This Is War sees them step out of their comfort zone and create a sound that can’t be perfectly emulated live. Guests feature on a few of the songs playing drums, banjo, keyboards and mandolin. The core of the band is still Chris’s vocals, Micheal’s solid bass lines and Pascal Roggen’s shredding and winding violin parts.

were certain they had to remain true to their live sound where they could. We spoke with Chris about the album and where the songs came from, “They’ve come together since 2016. They are about the people we’ve met and the relationships we’ve had. It’s great to be close to those that care about you, and even though it doesn’t always go to plan, there’s normally a positive outlook that can be taken from that adventure.” They worked with Hamilton-based band Looking For Alaska, for a song on the album called ‘I’d Go Anywhere’. Aaron Gott played keyboards and guitar on this and other tracks on the album, while his partner and co-songwriter in his band sang ‘I’d Go Anywhere’ with Chris. It’s a song about heartbreak that came from a jam between the two bands. Nat Torkington, one of the country’s finest banjo players, lends his sound to several tracks also. ‘This Is War’ is a fine follow up to ‘One Eye Open’. It showcases where Albi & The Wolves can go, and what they can do when they let themselves out of their comfort zones. The band will be on tour from July until November, across New Zealand with an Auckland show soon to be announced. PN ‘This Is War’ comes out Friday 26 July. (FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT) F

The album opens with the title track, ‘This Is War’, an energetic and upbeat single released in June. It tells the story of a friendship gone sour. The terrifying and uncertain experience of cutting someone from your life and what comes with that. Violin is at the centre of the song, as it often is, from the entry crescendo to an electrifying solo.


Using a meticulous production regimen with Scott Seabright, the rhythm section of ‘This Is War’ was recorded in three different booths to capture the spirit and stamina that Albi & The Wolves bring on stage. With the extra parts they were adding, the band members

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@ WHITESPACE John Pusateri Of Water 7 July – 2 August


John Madden | Coast 2 – 27 July Opening Tuesday 2 July 5.30pm - 7.30pm John Madden’s paintings speak for themselves. His landscapes are imbued with a lifelong reverence for the land which is apparent in every piece. “I should paint my own places best,” the English landscape painter John Constable expressed in a letter to a friend in 1821. Madden paints his place. He is resident of Karekare on the dramatic west coast Waitakere Ranges which are forged by extremes. Stark, severe terrain is often matched by turbulent sea and sky. The ranges are a place of pristine native bush, thriving native wildlife and rugged black sand surf beaches. He insists on returning to such areas as Anawhata and Pararaha with a fixation on recording, in his raw, honest paintings, the ever changing landscape which he says speaks to him, and that “there are so many angles and ways to show it, it doesn’t look like the same place.” Recently, Madden has spent extended periods of time in the Coromandel area from which he has been able to translate his abiding emotional involvement with the raw drama of hills, their relationship to the sea and their history. For the adventurous, his works present as a dramatic landscape without contrivance. Coast is Madden’s very personal and painterly response to a landscape he never tires of painting. F PN OREX, 15 Putiki Street, T: 09 378 0588, www.orexart.co.nz

There are 1,386,000,000 cubic kilometres of water on Earth. In one cubic kilometre, there are 264 billion gallons of water. The ocean contributes 96% of the Earth’s water. It covers 71% of the Earth’s surface. Our bodies are comprised of 66% water. It is a mighty, encompassing, sometimes devastating but also a life-giving entity that unites us all. Through water, every creature is connected. But despite this, we have spent more hours exploring the moon than the deepest deep sea trench. My work is an exploration of wonderment, an opportunity to step out of daily life and indulge my fascination with the natural world, which holds my attention like no other. I base these drawings on a series of photographs that I have taken in the exploration of marine life during my moments of wonder.

Scott McFarlane AT TAIAMAI 7 July – 2 August The idea of art as an expressive tool is at the heart of Northland artist Scott McFarlane’s oeuvre. Whether communicated consciously or subconsciously, McFarlane’s work provides the viewer with a glimpse into the external influences, environmental cues and moments of piqued interest, all infiltrating his artistic practice with humour, beauty and pathos. Taiamai Plains: Rolling farmland surrounding Kaikohe, with dramatic volcanic cones. Other volcanic features include Omapere, a shallow lake created by an ancient lava flow, - a- thermal springs. Many of the cones are marked with pa- fortifications that and Ngawh - population. indicate the density of the early Maori Pouerua: People first settled on the Taiamai plain in undefended kainga (villages), but between 550 and 350 years ago some pa- (fortified villages) were built. Pouerua is one, and has been investigated by archaeologists in collaboration with local hapu(sub-tribes). The fortifications stretched 600m, with massive earthworks and palisades encircling the high points of the volcano. It would not have been occupied permanently (water supply would have been too difficult), but was a refuge in times of conflict. The arrival of Europeans diverted Maori interest to coastal settlements such as Kerikeri and Kororareka, where they could engage in dealings with the newcomers, and the pa- was abandoned. F PN WHITESPACE, 20 Monmouth Street, T: 09 361 6331, www.whitespace.co.nz



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Beautiful bedlam at Allpress Studio Katherine Throne – The Beauty of Courage From 22 July – 2 August Artist Katherine Throne’s upcoming exhibition, The Beauty of Courage, is a riot of beautiful bedlam, where a tangled mass of audacious blooms takes centre stage in gardens pulsing with life. “I’m interested in our relationship with the earth and the contrasting ideas this presents about control, conforming, normalcy, and freedom to be yourself,” says Katherine. “The flowers I paint express the human traits that society is often least likely to celebrate, yet are most natural – the audacious and the colourful, the damaged and the shady, the wild and carefree. The flowers that are garish or fading don’t care what we think. They put on their best show day after day regardless of our adulation. Their beauty is courageous and that courage is beautiful.”

The collection of delightfully wild and exuberant oil paintings, which will be shown at Allpress Studio from July, follows on from Katherine’s PN sell-out show Of This Earth last year. F

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Proposal of the Decade competition It’s Diamonds On Richmond’s 10 year anniversary and to celebrate they are running a ‘Proposal of the Decade’ competition for all of their previous clients, where the winner will receive a $5000 shopping spree at DOR. Entries have closed but head over to www.dor.co.nz to view the top 10 finalists and vote for your favourite couple (from 10th July onwards). DIAMONDS ON RICHMOND, 98 Richmond Road, T: 09 376 9045, www.dor.co.nz

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Conductor Michael Joel with stars of the future Michael Joel Conductor – Sunday 28 July 2019 at 2.30pm “With an international reputation, it’s clear why Michael Joel’s performances and continued loyalty are celebrated by audience and orchestra alike.” (David Kayrouz, SMCO player) From London (where Conductor/ Music Director Michael Joel and his wife, the New Zealand soprano Madeleine Pierard, balance demanding careers and family life) Michael Joel writes, “Conducting is the most fascinating job. “As Music Director (of SMCO) I choose the works I’m conducting a year in advance.

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“Then I have to learn the pieces – more than 10,000 notes per piece – and I don’t play a single one of them in the concert! I have to know not only what the musicians are playing but how the piece should be played. “The rehearsal week leading to the concert is where the musicians and I discover and explore the pieces and find how we’re going to shape each moment in the concert. Live music is sculpture in time. “The performance belongs to the audience. They take part in the music as much as we do: listening, applauding, loving (and sometimes hating) it.” Michael Joel worked with Placido Domingo at the Royal Opera House on one of the final performances of an iconic production of Puccini’s La Boheme and Tosca. He says it was a privilege to work with such a titan of the operatic stage. Michael admits that living in London is fantastic. He writes from the Royal Opera House where he is working on Benjamin Britten’s Billy Budd. His wife, Madeleine Pierard, was preparing for her performance that evening in the role of Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s Macbeth. Their younger daughter was up at 4:30am that morning with a nightmare so he was the one to comfort her (“singing is rather more taxing than conducting!”). The classical voice students who sing at this concert are always popular – some of them are the stars of the future – see if you can pick them. F PN TICKETS: Eventfinda or door sales cash only. Adults $30, Concessions $25, children under 12 free. ST MATTHEW-IN-THE-CITY CHURCH corner Wellesley and Hobson Streets, www.smco.org.nz

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We’re excited to welcome Stephen Beech, a favourite organist, to play his favourites at St Matthew-in-the-City as part of the First Tuesday series. During the 1970s and 80s, Stephen Beech was organist of St Matthew’s where he presided over the glorious pipe organ, playing from a large repertoire for weddings, funerals, church services and recitals. As a favourite organist of the parish, he played with commanding skill, with a broad range of pieces at his fingertips and a mercurial sense of fun and good humour pervading his playing. On Tuesday 6 August, Stephen returns to St Matthew’s as part of the First Tuesday concert series to entertain and delight his audience with a programme of his favourite pieces. The programme includes resounding fun in organ pieces by Handel, arrival of the Queen of Sheba, and Bach, arranged by Virgil Fox, Now Thank we all our God. Music by Mozart, Schumann and J.S. Bach show Beech’s more considered and thoughtful side. This concert is followed in September by another organ recital given by John Linker from Christchurch Cathedral. This offers a splendid opportunity to hear two organists play the grand four on the manual Henry Willis one month after another in the First Tuesday series. F PN ST MATTHEW-IN-THE-CITY corner Wellesley and Hobson Streets, www.stmatthews.nz

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Selected Arias from the Marriage of Figaro Act 2, by Mozart Selected Songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein Musicals Selected Arias from Die Fledermaus Act 2, by Strauss

Stephen returns to St Matthew’s to entertain and delight with a programme of his favourite pieces including works by Handel and Bach.

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SAME BUT DIFFERENT: A TRUE NEW ZEALAND LOVE STORY about a Ponsonby mum in love SAME BUT DIFFERENT: A TRUE NEW ZEALAND LOVE STORY is the debut self-funded feature film from real life wives, Nikki Si’ulepa (writer/director) and Rachel Aneta Wills (producer) who’ve spent the last three years preparing, scripting, shooting, editing and, now, distributing their romantic Kiwi flick into cinemas. - a, - single, SBD is a story about Rachel, a thirty-something, pakeh professional, Ponsonby mum who seemingly has it all until she meets - Film Festival. Nikki, a Samoan female filmmaker, at a rural Maori Rachel becomes infatuated with Nikki and spirals into a sequence of awkward events to gain Nikki’s attention, only it’s Rachel’s humanitarianism that turns Nikki’s head. The film is based on Nikki and Rachel’s true, awkward, beginnings - Film Festival. in love from when they met at the 2015 Wairoa Maori Rachel spent weeks trying to land a cafe date with Nikki to “talk about a film idea”. Nikki, on the other hand, was confused at the efforts of this persistent Ponsonby mum who “drove an expensive car and got her nails done”. Four years later and the filmmaking duo are happily married and living in Ponsonby with their two children, Jett (9) and Cooper (15), with their love film screening in Auckland at Rialto Cinemas, The Vic Devonport, and are about to announce more cinemas in New Zealand and overseas. Rachel recalls, “When Nikki first suggested we make a film about how we first hooked up, I said, ‘That’s a horrible idea!’ because I knew that my character wouldn’t come off very good. From that initial reaction, Nikki knew it would make a great film.”

The pair both have acting backgrounds but opted not to play themselves in the movie. Nikki adds, “We made the decision early which helped us step away from the characters and put our filmmaker hats on.” They put a callout to actors and cast Robyn Paterson as Rachel and Hannah Martin as Nikki. SBD was mainly filmed in and around Ponsonby, (Urban Ashram Yoga, Ponsonby Road), Grey Lynn (Seabreeze Cafe, Garnet Road, Pocket Bar, Tart Bakery), Newton (Coco’s Cantina), and Kingsland (MTG RM, Kiko’s Coffee). Nikki says, “We’re both born and bred in Auckland and love our city. We wanted to capture it’s vibrancy, diversity and heart and put it on the big screen for the world to see.” Nikki and Rachel left their corporate jobs and focused all their energy into making SBD. Rachel’s experience in the insurance world helped her transition into producing. She says, “It’s been hard work getting SBD to where it’s at today, especially while raising a young family. We believe in our film so much that we’re doing everything possible to get it seen. We want our audience to forget that they’re watching two women on screen and hope they feel the truth and love in our film that is the essence of Nikki and I.” F PN

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Uptown Art Scene In a small lane tucked behind K’Road, a blend of 80s speculation and digital deception was played out at the offices of GOLDKORP, a dystopian financial firm conceived by artist and lawyer Mark Schroder. RM is New Zealand’s oldest artists’run space, housed in Samoa House Lane, off Beresford Square. RM supports non-commercial exhibitions, but plenty of talk about money was happening over MayJune. In a stunningly impressive fit-out, Mark Schroder repurposed the space as the head offices of GOLDKORP, a confident and seemingly sophisticated gold holdings company. GOLDKORP was remarkable, horrific and totally believable. At reception, brochures outlined their offers merging gold bullion with cryptocurrencies, and complimentary cans of GOLDKORP water screamed excess. Past the shiny reception, corridors stickered with reassuring slogans ‘Grow Your Wealth’, ‘Stability + Security’ and ‘Gold: stable, safe, real’, lead me past the archive shelves packed with files and certificates, to the boardroom. Here was the scene of ruin. It seemed nobody had cleaned up from an enthusiastic after-work drinking session: an undrunk Champagne fountain, empties, ashtrays (and plenty of butts in the potplant), darts buried in cheap, framed prints on shiny gold walls. Outside, office towers burned bright. However, closer inspection of the discarded papers and detritus revealed this to be the Last Stand, a final swill of ill-gotten gains before fleeing the creditors. Beyond the boardroom, a recreation room sporting an intriguing Aquarium Starter Kit; then a room where the sh*t hit the fan. The floor was covered with dirt, dirt sprayed up the walls onto the ceiling and splattered the windows. That’s going to be fun to clean up, though maybe that’s the point. A cast-gold catseye lays half buried. Better check out the archives, see what’s happened.. yet beyond the archives is a hidden room. On a table, crude smelting gear – a pot on a gas stove, plaster casts of apples, beakers of chemicals, all looking quickly abandoned. GOLDKORP looks well dodgy. But it’s just art. What could possibly go wrong? PN Don’t miss out. Invest today. (EVAN WOODRUFFE, STUDIO ART SUPPLIES) F

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NEW ZEALAND PREMIERE OF SIZZLING NEW YORK DRAMEDY Auckland Theatre Company brings the hit show, which coined the famous phrase ‘six degrees of separation’, to ASB Waterfront Theatre in August. The sixth show in Auckland Theatre Company’s (ATC) 2019 season is the New Zealand premiere of Olivier award-winning play Six Degrees of Separation by American playwright John Guare. Adapted into the 1993 feature film starring Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland and Will Smith, the astounding story – based on real life events – depicts the lives of suave, sophisticated and wealthy Manhattan art dealers Flan and Ouisa Kittredge, who are all about keeping up appearances in 90s New York. Their world of comfort and respectability is suddenly turned upside down following the arrival of Paul, who claims to be the son of famous actor Sidney Poitier. Only when they begin to piece together the truth, do the cracks in the veneer come into clear view, and, with them, a sharp lesson in human connection. A cultural touchstone, Six Degrees of Separation not only gave rise to This month Ponsonby News the popular catchphrase but is delighted to be able to giveaway two also stunned audiences with tickets to ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ its blistering satire of class starring the incredible Jennifer Ward-Leyland and race relations in 1990. at the ASB Waterfront Theatre from 14 - 29 August This multi award-winning work has lost none of its Check out the giveaway details on our Instagram brilliant intellect and whip@ponsonbynewsnz #SixDegreesGiveaway. smart humour. It’s easy to enter, just tell us which Instagram friend you would take with you to watch the play. Headlining the cast in the Giveaway competition runs from 1 July till 30 July.

MiNDFOOD season of Six Degrees of Separation is Grey Lynn resident Jennifer WardLealand CNZM (Vermillion, Lysistrata, Dirty Laundry) as dazzling aristocratic

wife Louisa, Andrew Grainger (Filthy Business, The Cherry Orchard, Nell Gwynn) in the role of art dealer Flan, and Lisa Chappell (Shortland Street – The Musical, That Bloody Woman, Polo) as Kitty. Tane Williams-Accra (Shortland Street 2015 - 2019) will make his Auckland Theatre Company debut as the charming con-man, Paul. ATC Artistic Director Colin McColl, who is directing the play, says, “Six Degrees of Separation is a comedy of manners. It pokes fun at the pretentiousness of New York elite society, but the wonderful irony is that they, too, are all living on their wits. It’s like a mirror, reflecting the upper-classes as essentially the same as the con-man who reinvents himself to get ahead.” Also in the cast are well-known actors Mark Wright (The Audience, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Streaker), Bruce Phillips (Take A Chance On Me, 360, Brokenwood Mysteries 2), Brynley Stent (Peer Gynt [Recycled], Funny Girls, Jono & Ben) and Shimpal Lelisi (Sione’s Wedding, The Naked Samoans, The Good Soul of Szechuan). Joining them are vibrant newcomers Joe Witkowski (Filthy Business, Under the Mountain), dancer Matthew Moore and recent Toi Whakaari graduate Leo Maggs. In the creative team, McColl is joined by renowned New York stylist and Costume Designer Lucy Jane Senior (Polo, Boys will be Boys, Other Desert Cities). Lucy will bring her trademark elegance and impeccable style to the production. Set Designer John Parker (Shortland Street – The Musical, Still Life with Chickens, Red Speedo), Lighting Designer Jo Kilgour (Filthy Business, Amadeus, Nell Gwynn) and Sound Designer Sean Lynch (The Audience, The Daylight Atheist/Joan, Rendered) complete the experienced creative team. In a similar vein as previous hit ATC shows Other Desert Cities, The Glass Menagerie and August: Osage County, Kiwi audiences will relish this fiercely intelligent and entertaining American satire. F PN

The MiNDFOOD season of Six Degrees of Separation plays at ASB Waterfront Theatre 14 - 29 August. Tickets available from Auckland Theatre Company, www.atc.co.nz

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The team here at Ponsonby News is looking forward to our 30th birthday issue, coming up in October. Established in October 1989, 30 years is a long time and we’ve seen so much change in our neighbourhood. There have been many local businesses celebrating anniversaries recently. The truly good things endure. Our founder, 80-year old John Elliott, continues to write articles each month and the magazine continues to innovate and develop. We’ve survived these 30 years even when icons like the Gluepot have long gone. We are strong believers in helping to enhance our sense of community and encourage our readers to shop local, when ever possible. There has never been a better time to reach customers through print advertising. Print marketing and advertising is currently enjoying a resurgence as people turn to more tangible less cluttered sources of content. Being part of the Ponsonby News in the coming months is a sure way to reach your customers. www.ponsonbynews.co.nz


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