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When you step through the door of Sa-Ni Spa, you know immediately that you’re experiencing the world in a different way.

The sounds, the aromas, the lighting, everything you touch is gentle, soothing, muted. That’s because Sa-Ni has been created as a place of healing and restoration, a place where time slips away, taking with it all your cares and concerns.

Sarisa Nasinprom, the co-founder and inspiration behind Sa-Ni, has nurtured a dream since she arrived in New Zealand in 2016, aiming to make it her home. Her vision: to create a world-class spa where skilled therapists would offer services that aligned with her long-cherished ideals of relaxation, meditation, mindfulness and healing.

That’s Sa-Ni. A spa designed to meet the needs of your body, mind and soul in uninterrupted privacy and comfort, with single and couples treatment rooms and a deluxe suite, so you can choose to be treated on your own, with your partner or share your experience with a group of friends in the jacuzzi and herbal sauna.

Your session starts with one of Sa-Ni’s highly trained therapists carefully listening to you and understanding your needs. You may want a relaxing massage that improves skin hydration and reduces inflammation. Or you may want to soothe aching


muscles, reduce stress, eliminate anxiety and relieve tension. Or perhaps you simply want to lose all sense of time being pampered.

Then, with strong, skilful, gentle hands your therapist will eliminate tension and stress, relax your body, ease your pain, calm and soothe your mind and bring you to a state of deep, lasting, meditative relaxation where you are breathing deeply, your blood flow is enhanced, your aches and pains reduced, your bodily flexibility increased and your mental performance heightened.

And when your treatment is complete, Sa-Ni invites you to relax and rehydrate in comfort on soft furnishings until you are ready to return refreshed to the world once again.

Sarisa's concept has been given form by her partner, Nigel McKenna, Founder and Chairman of Templeton Group. His extensive development experience, creative vision and attention to detail have delivered a stunning spa environment where Sarisa has been able to realise her dreams and bring them to fruition.


Sarisa’s dream had its origin in Thailand, the country of her birth. She was, from her earliest years, heavily influenced by the philosophy and values of Thailand and the three adjacent countries – Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

That immersive influence was first given form and shape when she attended school in Bangkok at an institution created inside a Buddhist Mahannapharam Temple, where she was exposed to the concepts and practice of mindfulness, meditation and wellbeing.

At university, Sarisa completed a four-year bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Hotel Management and, after graduating, she travelled extensively, working in California and New Jersey in the USA. She continued her study of world-class spas across the USA, Europe and Asia and returned to Thailand to undertake postgraduate studies, specialising in health and wellness spas, and to study Nuad Thai at the renowned Wat Po Temple.

Sarisa practises mediation and yoga daily and is a lover of the outdoors and nature in Aotearoa.

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I would like to add my frustration to the many previous letters about the bureaucratic monstrosity that Auckland Transport has become. The ratepayers of Auckland would need to consider that Auckland Transport should be disestablished.

I am one of the thousands of Auckland motorists who are fed up with driving around in a given suburb. Each area within the city has a multitude of road works, thousands of road cones put out at any time by contractors without any local notification and without impunity.

Driving around Auckland and getting to your destination is now an irritation with hundreds of roadworks in every area, signs advising 'Road closed’, ‘Detour', 'Footpath closed use other side’, 'Cycle lane closed’, 'Prepare to stop'.

The decisions of the overpaid bureaucrats who are out of touch with reality is evident in the installation of unjustified traffic lights on minor intersections; cycle lanes that few cyclists use, that start and finish at no particular destinations (eg, corner of Mt Albert Road and Frost Road). Pedestrian refuges that no one uses.

Speed humps that further aggravate motorists. Road markings that could be interpreted as practice for artists using their paintbrush (eg, outside Grey Lynn Primary school). Dysfunctional traffic lights and directional lanes at many traffic light intersections that impede traffic flow that result in a backlog of queues (eg, Mt Albert and Carrington Roads intersection).

The current Mayor who campaigned on fixing Auckland Transport seems to be powerless or has lost interest in stopping the onslaught of roadworks and stupid decisions that infuriate and aggravate all road users. I would suggest letting Auckland Transport just operate the trains, with road, footpath maintenance and upkeep transferred back in control of Auckland Council.

The above is all evident when Meola Road reopens. There will be more traffic problems with the road that is now narrower than before, an excess of speed bumps and the bus stop that is not offset from the road. I expect there will be one big community backlash on the millions of our ratepayers' money spent on upgrading a major thoroughfare, which cause further frustrations for motorists and make Auckland Transport more unpopular than ever.

Mick Maran, Pt Chevalier


Taking advantage of a warm day before I lost the sun in the late afternoon, I went out to take photographs for an editorial on street trees for the July edition that I am co-writing with Peter Nicholas (Herne Bay Residents Association) and ended up chatting with locals.

The autumnal leaf fall from London plane trees had bought people out gathering leaves before they turn slippery when the rains come. Since these trees are no longer pollarded (cut back to their core branches) they have grown tall and clearing leaf fall from the street, gardens and gutters is an immense task. Several people asked why street sweeping no longer occurs in the ‘pay more-get more’ Long Term Plan scheme?

Spotted having fun were families out to play in the dry, crunchy leaves. Reuben and Coco having a leaf fight with

their father, Theo Irvine forming long shadows from the late afternoon sun outside Harvest by Huckleberry in the West Lynn Village. Owen was climbing a tree while his sisters, Lucy and Alexa swept leaves under their father’s supervision in Nottingham Street.

Baldock, Westmere


Last Friday, I slipped over due to the uneven surface of the footpaths. I took a photo and sent it through SnapSolve. They investigated it and couldn’t see it being a problem. It seems disabled people, like myself, have no rights in Auckland

Along Ponsonby Road the footpaths are uneven. Another problem is Karangahape Road. If you’re wanting to get a taxi, there’s no way for them to stop, as there are no taxi ranks. If you are disabled, where are you supposed to get a taxi in the street, as taxis can’t stop and I guarantee I could be knocked over by cyclists going past. Bike riders never seem to give much thought about who’s about to cross their path. The city certainly feels unfriendly for people who are disabled. These are just a few points. Finally, there is no disabled free parking at New Lynn train station.


Last Tuesday, I listened in online to the Waitematā Local Board Workshop meeting which has been recently opened for public viewing.

It was quite enlightening to watch the process of Auckland Council staff and Waitematā Local Board members sharing out the Auckland Council grant money for the Waitematā area. Just want to say thanks to our Local Board for that transparency.

Brian Clayton


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Not just Ponsonby, the entire country was shocked and devastated by the shooting tragedy that left people feeling unsafe in this place we enjoy so much.

As the Mayor says in his column this month, “It was really sad to feel the heightened unrest. So I went out of my way to go out and about in our local neighbourhood more than we usually do, to do the opposite of what people normally do in these circumstances.

“I made a point of spending more time at Chapel Bar & Bistro to show that what happened there is not the norm and to show my support for the place. Many business owners were also on heightened alert following the tragedy. I hope they are feeling a bit more of a sense of normality and calm as the weeks pass.”

Our cover star this month is Sarisa, the co-founder of Sa-Ni Spa @ Abstract Hotel & Residences.

When you step through the door of Sa-Ni Spa, you know immediately that you’re experiencing the world in a different way. If you are in need of some 'me-time' this could be the place for you.

Good news from Sarah Trotman, ONZM, C&R Member and Elected Member of the Waitematā Local Board… she tells us, “open workshops are a success, all welcome...”

How to get people back into the city. As Gael Baldock says, “With Auckland Transport’s latest move to charge for overnight parking, anyone would think that Auckland Council didn’t want anyone to go into the city centre and that would make the Central Rail Link a multibillion dollar failure.”

More vandalism at Leys Institute Library. Once again, the Leys Institute Library has been vandalised, with copper lettering on the Hilary Leys Wing being stolen last month. “Demolition by neglect?”

Community farm launches ‘Save Kelmarna Appeal’. Kelmarna Community Farm recently launched a $200,000 appeal to save the much-loved local farm from the very real threat of closure.

Helene Ravlich: Welcome winter wanderlust. It’s officially winter, and the pull of warmer and perhaps more exotic climes is kicking in. With that in mind, I spoke to some of our favourite local faces about their top travel tips and adventures for some added inspiration as we head into the cooler months and beyond. (MARTIN LEACH)  PN

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It’s so good that, at last, the public are able to tune in online three times a month to the Tuesday Waitematā Local Board Workshops.

These are meetings for board member discussions with council staff and experts but are not for decision making. That is reserved for the monthly WLB public meeting.

The online workshops enable us to watch our local board members at work, asking the questions that we would ourselves want to ask, given the chance.

A few subjects covered in a recent workshop were:

· The group ‘Urban Ark NZ’ reported on their collaborative trapping and planting activities.

Eke Panuku and Ngā Iwi Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau have been co-designing Te Ara Tukutuku Park at Wynyard Point. They hope these early ideas will bear fruit in 10 or 15 years. The funding is still a question, but the plans certainly look beautiful. WLB members asked about possible public event use and questioned how people might be transported there.

· The Te Komititanga (formerly QEII Square) placemaking pilot project group reported on their various trialled events. Activities are going well, it seems. The market was well received but car access for stallholders was a challenge. Surveyed public have shared their thoughts and the outside dining idea was popular.

The broken Wynyard Crossing Bridge dilemma was next. How to support affected businesses during the long, long months awaiting its reinstatement? How to move people between Wynyard Quarter and the Viaduct? Bikes, scooters, shuttle buses? The shuttle ferry idea is winning the day but won’t be the magic panacea. How on earth did it come to this?

· In the following week’s workshop, we watched the process of Auckland Council grants being allocated to various community groups in the WLB area. A heads-up to applicants: provide the documentation asked for, or your application will suffer a quick death!

Our team are pleased to have the opportunity to sit in on these meetings. Once the odd teething issue regarding sound, members remembering to unmute their microphones and camera focus on the speaker are resolved, we can all look forward to the improved transparency and openness of WLB decision making.

See the WLB Facebook page for the link to the agenda and email WaitemataLocalBoard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz for the login to ‘Teams’ to participate in the Workshops.

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Dry ingredients:

1. A suburban road requiring minor improvements x 1

2. A dysfunctional local council board with little regard to budget constraints or any concept of customer service x 1

3. A local transport board who is in on the grift x 1

Wet ingredients:

Gullible ratepayers who believe that the cycling fraternity is a powerful lobby group, speed bumps and raised pedestrian crossings save lives x 1


Combine all the ingredients and wait two months.

Well done ratepayers, you have now created a Meola mess and put another one in the back of your own net.

Herne Bay


Influence of the Australian contractors

These appear to have taken over 99% of council's maintenance. Our experience of Ventia was that they took many weeks to replenish dog bag dispensers over a period of about a year and then they solved the ‘problem' by removing the dispenser entirely, including the concrete base.

Weekly rubbish collection:

NZ’s percentage of waste to landfill is appalling despite six years of left wing government. Sweden which has a far superior re-use and recycling regime together with incinerating the balance send only 1% to landfill. The Government must direct councils to implement schemes similar to Sweden's. Issues to address:

a. Minimizing junk:

NZ imports a huge amount of junk which should never be allowed. My pet hates are clothes drying frames which are held together by paint, outdoor chairs/loungers that have soft plastic which degrades in the sun and items which are used outdoors but have no rust protection.

b. Payment for Red Top Bins:

Western Bay of Plenty District Council has fitted a bracket to all red bins. A paper tag must be purchased for $4.70 and fixed to the bracket to enable the bin to be collected. It works well and would reduce rubbish to landfill by a huge amount.

c. Separate Glass Collection Bins:

Western Bay of Plenty District Council does this and it must substantially reduce breakage of glass. How much glass in Auckland is broken and sent to landfill?

d. Re-use of Containers:

In my youth, I participated in Scout bottle drives and this enabled re-use. I am sure that much of the glass and other containers could be re-used. Emma Lewisham sets a fine example.

e. Food Scraps Bins:

No one I have spoken to appreciated that these are manufactured in Australia. Why when we have many plastic manufacturers (including Sistema sold over $600m). No wonder NZ continues to slip behind Australia and our CAD is so bad.


We are so lucky to be living in an apartment building that was designed in the days when internal parking spaces were considered an obvious and reasonable design requirement.

However, I feel sorry for people who own and live in inner city apartments, who want to contribute to and be a part of a vibrant inner city, where this facility has not been included.


Their only realistic option has been roadside parking which has been free of charge overnight.

However, this has now suddenly been cruelly denied to them because Auckland Transport, without any warning or public consultation, has decided to charge for inner city overnight roadside parking and in the middle of a cost of living crisis!

Added to that, this has the potential to negatively impact an already struggling central city hospitality sector whose workers rely on free street parking and may now need to look elsewhere for employment.

Why is Auckland Transport so out of touch with the public? Why was there no consultation? Not only is AT completely disconnected with ratepayers, businesses and the public, it also seems to treat them with disdain.

Auckland Transport doesn't charge overnight street parking in the suburbs so why penalise the city centre residents and businesses?


The last thing we want is to sign-away our sovereign right to local decision-making to any unelected body.

The W.H.O. wants to take upon itself the powers to shut down cities and countries at a whim, impose regulations without right of veto, impose medication and social restrictions. Would you want to sign away control of your life?

Locals recently had the opportunity to attend a talk given by Professor Ramesh Thakur, former United Nations Assistant Secretary General, and Dr David Bell, former World Health Organisation Medical Officer and Scientist.

Both gentlemen gave their insights from personal experience and professional knowledge on each of the two powerful institutions which employed them and, more specifically,

commented on the W.H.O.’s attempts to sign-up countries to its 'Pandemic Preparedness Treaty’.

The Treaty would allow the W.H.O. undisputed authority to force broad actions across countries without reference or consideration to individual country circumstances when the W.H.O. decrees there is a situation deemed a health emergency.

At which point, unelected W.H.O. bureaucrats in the USA (and not necessarily doctors) would issue binding orders to all countries party to the agreement to medicate their populations with specific products, allow the W.H.O. powers to restrict people's movement, isolate people and enforce compliance in all of the countries signed to the agreement.

The former Assistant Secretary General of the UN noted that the W.H.O. treaty also gives the W.H.O. “the power to claim resources from governments” and asked rhetorically, “What could go wrong?”

He continued, saying, “What we have in the accord is an effort by the W.H.O. to entrench and institutionalise a system of medical, political, social and messaging control, including discretionary powers for the Director General without responsibility or accountability. That is the opposite of democratic convention."

Several countries have already had the foresight to reject the agreement in its current form on the basis that it encroaches on their national sovereignty.

The present NZ Government was one of the first to reject the agreement in its present form, followed by many states in the USA and the UK also declined this month.

The last three years, in particular, have revealed contradictions of accepted best practice in the health sector, dubious and sometimes nonsensical policy under cover of emergency health dictates, as well as leaving many questions still unanswered.

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

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


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


We each follow our moral compass shaped by training. Mine is sculpting, architecture, sociology, anthropology and betterment of our shared world by community advocacy… and saving trees.


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


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


A life long advocate for community issues, I am passionate about protecting and enhancing our natural environment and built heritage.


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


I am the councillor for Waitematā & Gulf. A former seafarer, former chair of the ARC, conservationist, PT advocate, and author. I have represented the Ponsonby area since 1992.


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


I am an Aucklander of Indian origin, Punjabi and Sikh. I have a keen interest in food, wine and politics.


I am a passionate Ayurveda practitioner based in Ponsonby for the last 15 years. Inspiring others to live a healthy and fulfilled life is my higher purpose.


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

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REAL ESTATE LIMITED, PONSONBY, LICENSED UNDER THE REA ACT 2008 Mt Eden 92A Marsden Avenue SOLD Grey Lynn 506/12 Mackelvie Street SOLD St Marys Bay 20 Dedwood Terrace Auction: 2pm, Wednesday 12th June 2024 Grey Lynn 24 Harcourt Street SOLD ALTOGETHER BETTER Residential / Commercial / Rural / Property Services SOLD SOLD SOLD


A Guide to: Finding Treasure

A Pair of Tannoy 15 Speakers

These extremely rare speakers were made by the famous British brand Tannoy — so famous in fact, that in the 1940s the Oxford English Dictionary entered it as a verb meaning to announce something over a loudspeaker. It came to us in their original York Corner Cabinets (circa 1970s) and boasting all original: dual concentric drivers, all their components and x-overs. It also helped that the cabinets were in excellent original condition.

Estimated $12,000

Sold $25,095 (Incl. BP)

La Pavoni was an espresso machine manufacturer founded in 1905 in the forever-stylish Via Parini in Milan, Italy. This beautiful vintage machine was produced between 1978 and 1983 and is very rare. In its stunning orange colour, simple yet rugged industrial design and ease of use, this was designed to allow continuous use, suitable for offices or small communities. It was a significantly advanced item at the time and still works wonders.

Estimated $1,000

Sold $1,314.50 (Incl. BP)

TV shows and series such as Antiques Roadshow have popularised the auction house as a bastion of underpriced treasure. Cam Millar is an expert of all things vintage and manages Webb’s fornightly online sale and gallery space The Estate

In his three years at the helm of The Estate he has seen his share of ‘wow’ moments when objects with fascinating histories or unexpected bidder attention come his way. Here, Cam talks about some of these objects, where they came from and why they reached such heights.

Terracotta Kylix with Sirens

Kylix are examples of ancient Greek pottery, and used to drink wine out of. This one shows sirens depicted as composite creatures and is speculated that it was made as early as the 8th century BC and derived from Egyptian sources. The earliest types, such as those seen here, are shown simply with women’s heads and birds’ bodies, without arms or hands.

Estimated $6,000

Sold $10,755 (Incl. BP)

Lowseat System sofa

Designed by one of the most globally successful, living female industrial designers, Patricia Urquiola for luxury brand Moroso, this modular seating has the added bonus of having graced the foyers of the Aotea Centre for many years. With such provenance and pedigree, these sculptural, comfortable chairs are in high demand and both new and used examples tend to fetch high prices. However, this was not one of those instances. A highly motivated seller brought these to The Estate wanting them to go to someone who might treasure them, which translated into an unbelievably low-priced, high-quality find for the lucky buyer.

Estimated $5,000

Sold $2,390 (Inc. BP)

contact Cam Millar Manager, The Estate cameron@webbs.co.nz

+64 9 529 5601

+64 22 342 5610

Scissor Standard Lamp

Every once in a while we receive consignments with little to no information of its designer, maker, or provenance and which attract a huge number of bids simply because of their beauty and, possibly, because of that same aura of mystery. That is the case with this rare, New Zealand made scissor lamp. It arrived with no information of who made it, when or why… but someone fell in love with it and walked away with a very unique, possibly one-of-a-kind piece.

Estimated $800

Sold $3,346 (Incl. BP)

La Pavoni Eurobar Coffee Machine

Sell With Us

Are you looking to sell your collectables?

Webb’s is seeking entries for our fortnightly menagerie of all things design, The Estate. With a focus on vintage and designer objects; we are on the lookout for furniture, rugs, lighting, silver, ceramics, glassware, decor and the like.

Our clients are particularly interested in mid-century design as well as original furniture and lighting from recognisable designers and brands. Likewise, objects of rarity and quirk, antiques, vintage as well as contemporary objects tend to sell well at auction.

Our team of specialists are dedicated to ensuring a hassle-free process that seeks the highest possible return for any item consigned to us.

Please get in touch to discuss how we can best assist you in finding a new home for your objects or collections.

location The Estate at Webb’s 31d Normanby Road Mount Eden Auckland 1024 viewing times Fri/Mon/Tue 10am—5pm Sat 10am—4pm Upcoming Auctions at TheEstate 31 May—4 June The Estate Showroom Open 14—18 June The Estate Showroom Open 28 June—2 July The Estate Showroom Open
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Honed by their intense and true passion for animal wellbeing and with four salons in Auckland, the business always strives to deliver high-quality grooming and customer services.

As with any other time of year, a dog needs to be groomed or tidied up regularly to keep its coat healthy and free from tangles and mats. We asked Angelo Antalan to tell us more about his grooming salon.

How did the business get started?

I have always loved dogs and cats. I have been around them my entire life. When I was younger, I would often linger around my parents’ dog grooming salons, helping at times to bathe, brush and trim fur whenever I could. My parents taught me how to groom since I knew I had a knack for grooming because I love working with animals.

What services are most popular?

Can you groom all breeds?

Our clients always book for a 'full groom' meaning the full works – wash and blow dry, shaving of paw pads, ears cleaned, trimming of bum and underbelly, nails clipped and filed and fur cut, shaved and scissored to a desired style.

We groom all breeds of dogs and cats, as well as mutts and cross-breeds. We accept young and old, curly, straight, wavy, short haired and anything in combination.

What products do you use?

Our top priority is the safety of our clients – dogs and cats. We only use products that are proven to be safe and effective. The shampoos and conditioners that we use have natural ingredients and are NZ made.

The gadgets and equipment that we use on dogs are deemed safe and are industry tried and tested. We sterilise our scissors and blades regularly, as well as disinfect our groomng tables and tubs inbetween grooming.

Do you need to book?

We have a centralised and user-friendly website. Our clients can book online via our website easily. Likewise, they can ring the salon of their choice for phone/manual bookings.

What are the clients saying?

Clients can feel that we love what we do. We have a special

connection and bond with the animals straight away. We love working with dogs and cats as they bring us so much joy seeing them being transformed from dirty and matted to fluffy and smelling so clean.

Clients say that we are patient when working with animals as some may be resistant to the grooming process.

Clients say that we pay close attention to details in order to ensure that each dog is properly and humanely groomed.

Clients say that we are knowledegable about dog and cat psyche and behaviour.

Clients appreciate our interpersonal skills. None of us has English as our primary language but we manage to build good relationships with our clients and their pets in order to provide the best possible services.

How do you ensure the safety and well being of dogs and cats in your care?

As groomers, we have undergone specialised training on how to safely and effectively groom all types of dogs and cats. This includes knowing how to properly use the available grooming tools, understanding dog anatomy and coat types and effectively using equipment and supplies.

Health and safety of the animals are our top priorities. Our salons are also built to ensure an escape-free environment and are clean and airy. We do not use cages to confine dogs.

The grooming process that we initiate is within industry standards. Grooming is not just about making a pet look beautiful – it is also making sure that they are healthy and comfortable. We are dedicated and committed to our work.

How far in advance can you book?

Usually, we are fully booked during the summer months and bookings can be tight, say one month in advance.

We always find a day and time to squeeze your dog or cat in for a groom. We are just a phone call away.

SCISSORHOUNDS, 16 Vinegar Lane, M: 022 582 9888, E: greylynn@scissorhounds.co.nz, www.scissorhounds.co.nz



Jacqui Dixon is a businesswoman to be admired, she knows what she wants and goes for it no matter what.

Sabato is a well-established company with excellent products, how did it start and where did the name come from?

We started Sabato because we wanted to share our own love of these exceptional ingredients and open the door to the culinary inspiration they offer to other New Zealanders.

For instance, using the Ferron non-stir risotto recipe and rice, you can make what seems a tricky, sophisticated dish very easily. It has been a game changer for people. You don't have to know how to cook well, you just have to want to eat well.

The name Sabato is Italian for Saturday based on way-backwhen we started (31 years ago!), Saturday being a day of leisure when you'd relax and cook after mowing the lawn or doing something worthy like that.

What's the best thing about where you live?

We live on Franklin Road in Freemans Bay. Love the great neighbours we have in the street. Costly though they are, we are fans of the Christmas lights as they provide so much joy to so many people.

What do you think is the best thing about Ponsonby?

It has a relaxed vibe and you can find most things there or close by.

Which TV series would you never miss?

Lots have been riveting. We watched ‘The New Look’ recently which made me grateful that we didn't have to live through WWII. My father was in the RAF and his company was one of the first through a concentration camp. I saw one set of very distressing photographs once. He never talked about it. I have a new respect for Christian Dior.

Dream holiday internationally?

Maybe the Bahamas or the Asturias.

What’s on your bucket list?

Continuing to have fun in many forms.

Most Kiwi thing about you?

Giving things a go.

The best day of your life to date?

My husband Phil says it's the day I met him!

The last thing you bought that you regretted?

Very expensive hair product that didn't deliver. Apparently I was the only person in the world to give them negative feedback. Goodbye to online purchasing from that company.

If you were reincarnated, what would you be?

Something graceful and happy.

Best thing about your age?

The older I get, the more simple things become.

What is something you really disapprove of?

Meanness and parsimony from people who are in the position to practise the opposite. Keep that money going around. Easiest way to improve the economy.

Your biggest disappointments?

Dealing with the court and mental health system with some close relatives to accomplish the obvious. A nightmare which was prolonged, tortuous and expensive. I pity anyone who has to go through this. I was lucky enough to have the means and support to take the risk.

What motivates you?

The wisdom, kindness, support and discipline I have been lucky enough to enjoy from great friends and teachers.

Ever seen a ghost?

Never – even though my entire childhood was spent on the border of Purewa Cemetery and we sure looked hard.

Which item of clothing can't you live without?

I bought a fine grey woollen coat from Wallace Rose years ago which is perfect to travel with as it's light but warm. Great with leggings and a body suit from Lost and Lead Astray on K’ Road which can winterise many outfits.

What superpower do you wish you had?

The 'Bewitched' trick. Wriggle your nose and make anything happen. That appeals!

What cliché do you hate? 'The grass is always greener’.

What is the best thing your parents taught you?

A smattering of even a few words from a few languages and a smile goes a long way.

Do you travel light or heavy?

Loaded question. Phil would tell you I travel far too heavy. I mean, 'what if you need…'?

If you could change one law or policy in New Zealand, what would it be?

The privacy one which prevents the relatives of mentally ill people from knowledge sharing with professionals against the wishes and often best interests of sometimes highly manipulative, relentless, unwell family members. It accomplishes the opposite of what's it's meant to, leading to prolonged stress and illness and mental health staff who find it all too hard, burn out and disengage. Little wonder the system is in such a state of crisis.

 PN

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This is a Dual House Build in one of the most sought-after subdivisions in Christchurch – Prebbleton Mews, where the average house price is $1.16m.

This subdivision has only allowed six subdivided sites and we have three of them, so sites like this are extremely rare and valuable. We have chosen Lot 5 for this project as it is the corner section and the titles are due out in October 2024.

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Each house will cost $625,000 which includes land and subdivision costs.

Build time – nine months from title date.

Profit equity gain potential

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The Community-Led Design Group (CLDG) is pleased to report that progress on-site for the development of the new civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road, next door to Dizengoff Cafe, is proceeding well. Stage One, being the ‘enabling works’ is continuing, meanwhile, procurement is underway for stage two, the construction proper.


LandLAB, the project design studio, provided the attached drone-sourced photo so you can see how much of the deconstruction has already been achieved – this image was taken in mid-May. Upon inspection on site and with the benefit of the drone survey, further reuse of some steel frames has now been included. This supports the sustainability goals of the project and will reduce costs.

With the bulk of the building now removed, excluding the elements being retained and repurposed, soon the view down the length of the site will be open to behold. As will the reverse panorama up O’Neill Street, through the new civic space, and across Ponsonby Road to St John's Church. (Constructed as a landmark building, St John's Church opened for worship on 30 April 1882).

Additionally, in 1887 The Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart was built on the corner of O'Neill Street and Ponsonby Road (the site of the new civic space). How magnificent to soon have Ponsonby Road flanked by both heritage beauty and civic space beauty.

At the time of writing, the building consent has been lodged and the procurement process still had a few weeks to run. Once the contracts have been awarded, the site will become very busy and active as the civic space develops. Exciting!

So start planning what you would like to do or experience there. The new civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road will be an urban oasis that will be good for the people, good for the environment and good for Tamaki Makaurau. It will be a place of diversity and inclusion where everyone is welcome.

Bring it on! (JEN WARD)  PN

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While we lost Salisbury Park to Watercare for two years, we did win some major concessions from the entity through the Resource Consent process and by some tough negotiating.

The Herne Bay Trunk Sewer Project (a tunnel bored from Pt Erin to Marine Parade), will have a significant impact on public areas and some private property, resulting in some temporary difficult property access, heavier traffic volumes, street closures, noise, vibration and potential damage to public and private property.

HBRAI has fought hard to mitigate many of those impacts. The main ‘wins' concerning the impact of the project that is scheduled to begin early next year are:

The deployment of noise-measuring equipment on the reserve and at construction sites so that actual noise can be measured

Watercare preferred to use what is known as ‘noise modelling' where theoretical noise is measured against Resource Management Act and Auckland Unitary Plan noise limits. Through negotiation, we got agreement to include in the Resource Consent the use of 'noise telemetry’ – actual noisemeasuring equipment. This equipment will be at the reserve boundaries, and shaft locations, and will measure noise and vibration with the results available for public scrutiny. Also, to lessen the impact of noise on the two-storied properties adjacent to the reserve, a 2m high solid hoarding will be constructed on the Salisbury site boundaries.

Replacement of like for like tree species

There were suggestions that damaged trees were to be replaced with ‘natives' and ‘exotics'. Because Herne Bay streets have specific species planted throughout each street, we asked that if any tree was damaged or removed, replanting is done with the same species that was present before the work commenced. An example of this are the jacarandas in Hamilton Road and the evergreen magnolias in Marine Parade. These requirements are contained in a 'tree replacement plan' that will be forwarded to Auckland Council for implementation. We have asked that the most mature specimens possible of the trees that have been removed are used as replacements.

An agreement to make good any damage to properties from the Herne Bay Trunk Sewer Project, not only limited to house and garage

In original documentation, descriptions of damage were poorly described; only damage to an owner’s home and garage was included in the make-good schedule. Now damage includes swimming pools and any other structures and assets on the property. To ensure there is a baseline to measure any damage against, Watercare will conduct a comprehensive pre-construction and post construction property survey.

Residents should contact Watercare if they believe their property is likely to the subject to any damage for the project. If anyone has any problems scheduling a property survey with Watercare, they should contact this association.

Watercare to publicise details of the public liability insurance

Watercare has also agreed to a request by HBRAI to further

publicise details of its public liability insurance for the information of residents.

Street parking during construction will be minimal

One of the upsides of the use of Salisbury Park as a Construction Support Area, is that construction worker parking will be contained mainly within the two construction sites, Salisbury Reserve/ Shelly Beach Road Construction Support Areas (CSA’s). Streets along the route of the project such as Argyle Street, Cremorne Street, Masons Avenue and Herne Bay Road have not been designated Resident Parking Zones and often fill up with commuter vehicles. Adding more vehicles to those streets from the project would be a major headache to residents.

Watercare’s use of Salisbury Park for a 2-year period only The Resource Consent for the project specifies the use of Salisbury Reserve by Watercare for a maximum of two years. The public entity will be conscious of this commitment as it will need to reapply to the City and renew its Resource Consent if it wishes to extend the timeline.

Construction hotline/liaison person

Watercare has committed to appointing a construction liaison person who must be available for 24 hours during the project, hours that include all times when work is being done at the CSA’s. We will ensure the name and the contact details for that person/position will be posted at the CSA’s and construction sites at all times.  PN


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At the start of May, our community was rocked with a heinous act of violence.

Our hearts ache for Robert Sidney Horne, the young man whose whole life lay ahead of him before it was mercilessly taken. We asked each other how such a seemingly random murder could happen in our neighbourhood.

The Police acted swiftly and with professionalism, communicating with the victim’s loved ones and then to the public. Their investigation found the body of the suspect in Taupō three days after the incident.

We are still left reeling. Violence does not have any place in our communities, city or country. While this was an isolated, shocking incident, it speaks to the genuine concerns New Zealanders have been communicating for some time about their sense of safety.

Working across Police, business associations, community patrols, council, ministerial offices, Māori wardens and social services, it has been clear for some time that these concerns are not and cannot be dealt with in isolation nor along drawnon electorate boundaries. Nobody benefits from politicians beating their chests with soundbites and making hay out of tragedy. Nobody benefits from anti-evidence, knee-jerk responses that may sound good but in practise do nothing to make anyone safer. Our communities deserve the truth, and the truth is that solving these issues requires big investment, bravery to follow the evidence, awareness it will take time and putting partisanship aside.

Back in 2019, former National Party Police Minister (and policeman), the late great Chester Burrows chaired Turuki! Turuki! The Safe and Effective Justice Review. It made transformative recommendations for a justice system that meaningfully and substantively addresses the needs of victims and survivors and genuinely rehabilitate and hold accountable offenders. The first recommendation was a crossparliamentary accord, followed by expensive, detailed, sometimes controversial (see: drug law reform) and complex recommendations to unwind and fix a system that currently only serves to produce more offenders and victims.

I have once again communicated to our new Government’s Minister of Police that the Greens are here and willing to work hard across the aisle to do what desperately needs to be done: evidence-based law change and investment in determinants that prevent crime and make safer communities.

That means everyone must have access to stable housing, a decent income, engaging education, belonging in and respect for our communities, stability to plan for the future and a sense of pride in who we are, where we come from and where we are going.

In the immediate term, Police are increasing their patrols and we will continue coordinating across every relevant central and local government and non-governmental organisation to connect eyes and ears and community and evidence and action to increase real and perceived safety. That work spills out, inevitably, into the need to address the drivers of crime.

The current direction of Government policy is full of deeply concerning red flags.

A Local Government Official Information Act request has revealed Auckland Council are tracking five ‘lead indicators’ for a projected increase in homelessness in our city – all of which Government policy is a key driver of. These are the rising unemployment rate, new building consents falling off a cliff in an uncertain regulatory environment, reinstatement of no-reason-needed evictions, the Government’s directive on Kainga Ora from which council are “expecting evictions,” and restrictions to emergency housing.

Our Reserve Bank spelled out in their recent Financial Policy Statement that the Government’s decision to roll back the Brightline test and reinstate interest deductibility (those $2.9 billion tax cuts for landlords) will serve to increase house prices and speculation on existing property – building nothing new and, in turn, arguably pushing up rents.

These are the political decisions that set the scene for social outcomes: that on an evidence base, make inequality, poverty and crime more or less likely.

As your MP for Auckland Central and the Co-Leader of the Greens, I will continue to hold myself accountable for doing everything I can to confront these issues and fight for their actual solutions. I believe our nation has had more than enough of politicians pretending they can wave a magic wand and solve problems. It’s my job to get into the hard stuff and be honest that no one person can solve this alone – it’s going to take concerted, cross-Parliament, cross-agency, inter-generational work. (CHLÖE SWARBRICK)  PN

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

Kia ora Ponsonby! Let’s talk about our community. Get in touch about any local issues or if you need support. I’m here to help and would love to hear from you. chloe.swarbrick@parliament.govt.nz | 09 378 4810 Chlöe Swarbrick MP for Auckland Central Funded by Parliamentary Service. Authorised by Chlöe Swarbrick, Green MP for Auckland Central. 76 Karangahape Rd, Auckland.


In the two terms I’ve been elected to represent you, I’ve never felt comfortable that our Local Board Workshops were held behind closed doors.

The community has been excluded from matters that concerns it greatly. I finally had an opportunity, at our April Business Meeting, to put a Notice of Motion to open our workshops to the people we serve.

My NoM was seconded by Deputy Chair Moyle but voted against by Member Richard Northey. Chair Sage left the meeting prior to the vote. At the business meeting that debated the issue, there was a record number of deputations and public forums in support of opening our workshops. From councillors and community members to current and previous Local Board Members. No one spoke against opening our workshops. That, of course, begs the questions, why were they closed in the first place and why are not all 21 Auckland Council Local Boards opening their workshops, something the Ombudsman is in favour of?

With the majority of the board in favour of opening our workshops, I’m pleased to share that you are most welcome to observe our Tuesday workshops online. While you cannot participate in the workshop, you will be able to hear, in advance of our formal business meeting, the matters that are before us.

We have now had two 'Open Workshops', none of the concerns of Chair Sage and her colleague, Member Northey, have come to fruition. We are now transparent and our community has the opportunity to be fully informed.

Three cheers to Auckland’s Deputy Mayor, Cr Desley Simpson

It’s a delight to serve as Deputy Chair of the Auckland Domain Committee. Pukekawa, Auckland Domain is our oldest park. Established in 1843, at 75 hectares, it is one of our largest parks. In my view it is our most important

park. During the 1920s, the Wintergarden was added, and the museum became a permanent memorial to our fallen service women and men.

As a wedding celebrant, I have officiated at many marriages in the band rotunda and the two large glasshouses, one temperate, the other tropical, are home to many rare plant species and spectacular botanical displays which bring many much joy.

I often describe Pukekawa, Auckland Domain as the jewel of Auckland, as such it requires considered oversight to ensure this precious park is maintained and developed with future generations in mind. The quarterly Domain Committee governance meetings, chaired ably by our Deputy Mayor, keeps the enjoyment for all Aucklanders, present and future, at the heart of our decision making.

I’m sure the people of Auckland will join me in my acknowledgement of Deputy Chair, Cr Desley Simpson. Her wisdom, focus and commitment to this important taonga will be deeply appreciated by future generations.

To observe our Tuesday workshops, email waitematalocalboard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz to receive the link to the workshop. All are most welcome.


Sarah is always interested in your views. For council related matters, email her at sarah.trotman@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz For Community and Residents (C&R) matters email her at sarahtrotman@outlook.com Sarah can also be reached on M: 021 487 583


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At just over half way through the current three-year term, Waitematā Local Board looks back at a few of the things it has accomplished for our community so far.

A key part of the board’s responsibilities is looking after parks and community facilities. In the past 18 months, playgrounds in Arch Hill Scenic Reserve, Pt Erin Pools and Gladstone Park have been upgraded.

“The board is committed to providing functional outdoor spaces which benefit our community in a range of different ways,” says local board chair Genevieve Sage. “What we have achieved so far this term reflects that commitment.”

A new pathway in Pukekawa/Auckland Domain was finished in mid-2023 to create a more direct route through to Parnell Train Station for students, commuters, museum goers and people visiting the Domain.

A second loop track in Te Wai Ōrea Western Springs Park has also been completed to add to the array of recreational walking tracks in our area.

This year the board approved the detailed design for a longawaited civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road, and the project has started with the demolition of a building previously on the site.

Giving the community more chances to come together and enjoy our parks, two of the board’s signature events have taken place twice each in the last year and a half: Parnell Festival of Roses in Dove-Myer Robinson Park and Play Festival in Tuna Mau/Western Park.

The inaugural Play Festival was held in April 2023 attracting 5000 attendees. The second Play Festival was held this April, seeing nearly 7000 festival goers enjoy cultural games and entertainment.

Environmental issues are important to locals and the board has invested in stream restoration for Newmarket/Middleton Stream and Waipapa Stream.

Waitematā has a climate action work programme which includes funding for a Climate Action Activator role. The activator has helped facilitate webinars for local businesses on climate resilience and worked with Grey Lynn 2030 on a stall with guest speakers at Grey Lynn Festival among other initiatives.

“Some issues that matter to our community are outside of the board’s decision-making remit, but the board is able to play a role in advocating for things locals value or are concerned about,” explains Genevieve.

“After listening to what our community is passionate about, a couple of focus areas the board has had in the advocacy space in the last 18 months include city centre safety and heritage.”  PN

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With Auckland Transport’s latest move to charge for overnight parking, anyone would think that Auckland Council didn’t want anyone to go into the city centre and that would make the Central Rail Link a multibillion dollar failure.

CRL’s construction is not only the most expensive tunneling per kilometre in the world, with such a badly written contract that ratepayers and taxpayers keep having to put our hands in our pockets to finance, but it has also destroyed the very business and amenities that we would have wanted to visit.

The ‘Centre City Master Plan’ vision is based on people coming into the city, not passing through it, but it is a huge fail, just like its vision of increasing cycle users from 1% to 17% of commuters because even after the billions spent it has remained at 1%, destroying shopping villages in its wake.

The CCMP methodology involved: closing off of each end of Queen Street as a revenue trap; the road narrowing and removing of parking to allow ‘Access 4 Everyone’ (except those traveling by car or delivery vehicles); the increase in parking charging and now including evening rates; a potential toll to enter the city; a ‘Linear Park’ along Victoria Street; only bus access on Wellesley Street; narrowing of Quay Street to single lane; removal of the Downtown Carpark and now the demolition of the lower Hobson Street flyover – all apparently designed to force people onto the motorway to a second revenue trap by congestion charging.

According to CCMP p86, “Downtown Car Park building and Lower Hobson flyover mar the area. They obscure views to the city from the waterfront, act as a barrier to pedestrian movement, and create an unattractive environment. [It] could be redeveloped as the 'harbour window', and part of the public space network, specifically the city centre laneway circuit. The space needs to be enhanced as a postcard image of the city, to give a great and lasting first impression.”

Auckland already has laneways, Vulcan Lane, High Street, Lorne Street and Durham Lane that used to lead to His Majesty’s Theatre in the days when Queen Street was a hive of activity, buzzing with top fashion boutiques and were where fledgling designers who had made their way from design school to Cook Street Market to finally having a shop in those lanes alongside artists and artisans, and the Farmers' free-bus took customers on a circuit that included Karangahape Road.

Whilst researching last month’s article on the possible demolition of the flyover, I discovered that Fanshaw Street

is the top of the old seawall and that the area by the Tepid Baths was where the sea used to lap against our shoreline at the lower level of Sturdee Street. The library archive supplied a photo showing the seawall construction and another of an unrecognisable Auckland harbour showing how many of the original timber buildings we have lost, other than the ‘Fosters’ building. Rather than CCMP’s vision to destroy, let’s celebrate Auckland’s historic seawall and the intimate spaces formed under the flyover that currently have the feel of those laneways. The perfect space for a ‘Seawall Market’.

As a student, I had stalls at Cook Street Market, just before its demolition for the Aotea Centre, and at the beginning of Victoria Park Market. I thought this quirky location was promising, so I turned for endorsement to a friend with 35 years' experience of festivals and markets in New Zealand. He grew up as a ‘barrow boy’ in South East London and has markets running through his veins – if you’ve met him you’d know what I mean. In 2000 he helped establish the successful Aotea Square Market with ‘The Edge’. That brought patrons back into the city, established many small businesses within the community and resulted in Auckland, along with the rest of New Zealand, embracing ‘market culture’.

The ‘Seawall Market’ would bring people to celebrate a ‘postcard perfect window into Auckland’s history’ and give tourists a reason to venture across the reclaimed land to the old foreshore. Whilst the Downtown Carpark is technically ‘sold’, the findings of the August Judical Review by ‘Save Queen Street’ may result in a better decision to build a podium of apartments on top of the existing building (like the Durham Street public carpark) including beautifying the outside with a steel mural (like the hospital carpark building). Hopefully leaving this strategic asset as a ‘Transport Mode Change Hub’ with the ‘Seawall Market’ via the Fanshaw Street ramp, extending into the carpark third floor.


(GAEL BALDOCK)  PN GaelB@xtra.co.nz



June may have more rain than normal, warmer temperatures, with average sunshine hours.

The first week may be the wettest and the second week the driest. The third week may be the sunniest with the highest pressures.

The fourth week may have the lowest air pressures and could be the cloudiest. The barometer may average 1017mbs overall and the best weekend for outdoor activities may be the 15th/16th.

For fishermen, the highest tide is on the 6th. The best fishing bite times in the east should be around dusk of 5th-8th, and 20th22nd. Bite chances are also good around lunchtimes of the 13th-15th, and 27th-29th.

For gardeners, pruning is best on the 1st-6th and 24th-30th (waning moon descending) and planting is best on the 9th-21st (waxing moon ascending). For preserving and longer shelf-life, harvest crops or flowers around the neap tide of the 17th.

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

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Once again, the Leys Institute Library has been vandalised, with copper lettering on the Hilary Leys Wing being stolen last month.

This is the second time copper has been stolen and while the buildings, empty now for four and a half years, sit looking sad and neglected, vandalism is likely to keep occurring. Locals have thwarted several attempts at entry and suspect the roof is now leaking. It’s getting to the stage where council could be accused of demolition by neglect.

While the Waitematā Local Board and Auckland council staff have spent over two years consulting with the community and producing concept plans, there is still no budget commitment from the council finance arm. We know that staff have been working away on seismic strengthening plans, engaging with heritage architects and attempting to progress resource and building consents.

However, so far, they have been blocked by the council financial hierarchy.

And, meanwhile, our community is missing out on adequate library and meeting facilities and the enjoyment of our Category A heritage building.

The Leys Library and Gymnasium are part of a significant heritage precinct in Ponsonby, along with the Category

A Ponsonby Post Office and the heritage listed original Ponsonby Fire Station across the road. Mayor Wayne Brown has publicly called for seismic strengthening on heritage buildings to cease and seems to lack interest in our heritage.

The Mayor may not value these heritage buildings, but our community certainly does and we are getting impatient with the lack of action in restoring the Leys.

This is a well-resourced and politically active community who will be asking hard questions come the 2025 local government elections. We expect to see restoration work actively under way by then.

If you wish to express your frustration with these delays, you can email Mayor.Wayne.Brown@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz and our local councillor Mike.Lee@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

You can also join the hundreds of members of Friend of Leys Institute by emailing co-ordinator Helen Geary at helen@geary.nz

Helen Geary, Friend of Leys Institute Co-ordinator  PN




The Council’s Long-Term Plan was approved after a long, difficult day on 16 May.

The most significant elements of the 10-year plan were the sale of council’s remaining shares in Auckland International Airport (c$1 billion) and the long-term lease (in effect sale) of the Port of Auckland, (c$2 billion).

Despite this attempted massive privatisation, the special consultative and decision-making procedures obligatory under the Local Government Act were effectively ignored. Instead, public ‘consultation’ made much of the ‘choice’ of ‘Pay More – Get More’, or ‘Pay Less – Get Less’. This was all nonsense of course. Most Aucklanders know the real outcome: ‘Pay More – Get Less’.

If there was any doubt, council’s pre-emptive removal of hundreds of rubbish bins from public parks proves the point. In terms of ‘Pay More’, the average rates increase this year will be 7.5%, next year 3.5% (election year – just sayin’), and the year after, 8%. As these are compounding figures, the impact on households will be significant.

Mayor Brown’s promises to ‘fix’ Auckland Council, ie, council’s systemic cost/procurement problems have not been fulfilled – nor even seriously attempted. Instead, he has championed a relapse of Thatcherism/Rogernomics. The erstwhile Mr Fix is instead fixated on asset sales.

The good news is that his attempt to lease for several decades Auckland’s strategically vital port to Dubai interests has been abandoned. This in part due to the remarkable turnaround in the port company’s fortunes, on track to earn ratepayers $1m a week, thanks to the leadership of CEO Roger Gray. Key to this has been the remarkable improvement in workplace relations with port workers, represented by the Maritime Union (MUNZ).

The union’s campaign to remind certain Labour Party-aligned councillors that voting to alienate the port would be unhelpful for their future political ambitions, proved to be effective. It was the lack of numbers around the table, presaging a humiliating public defeat, that was decisive in forcing the Mayor’s backdown.

The outcome for the airport shares was, in contrast, not so positive. As I predicted last year, when a majority of councillors, some of them betraying their election manifestos, were persuaded, in some cases with promises of preferment,

to sell just under half the council’s shares, there were rather fewer scruples about selling the remainder this time round.

Last year, we recall, the pretext for selling was to pay down debt. Despite the sale being worth $833m, embarrassingly this year the council debt is virtually same as it was last year. So this year the pretext had to be different. This year it’s to create a so-called ‘Future Fund’.

Given no-one ever asked the council for this (the council and its CCOs are hardly shining examples of competency in managing their basic responsibilities), the whole scheme is deeply questionable. Auckland Council’s last ‘Future Fund’, the Diversified Fund Assets, inherited from the Auckland Regional Council, $350m in stocks, bonds was cashed up and spent by the council in 2017 – 2018. Interestingly, certain council managers and councillors who argued in favour of looting the DFA, are now leading ‘Future Fund’ advocates.

As we did last year, Councillors Fuli, Filipaina, Watson, Walker, Bartley, Leonie and myself, with some support from Cr Turner, battled all day in a dogged rearguard action to stop the share sale. The Mayor’s reassuring talk about seeking a law change to prevent a future council doing to the Future Fund what it did to the DFA turned out to be bluff, which I called with my amendment to delay establishing the fund until Parliament passed this legislation, which was lost 13 to 8.

Sadly then, the shares in Auckland International Airport, a strategic and diversified blue-chip asset, with 1500 hectares of significantly undervalued land (due to a council rating decision), lucrative carpark buildings, shopping centre, warehouses, hotels and other infrastructure, will be cashed up and the proceeds spent in buying international stockmarket equities (with no doubt the usual parasitic ticket clipping along the way).

Given the increasingly unstable international situation, this is a singularly reckless decision. Once the shares and their dividends are gone, they’ll be gone forever. This is not only economically irresponsible but quite tragic because our airport was built by visionary Aucklander leaders; its wealth was meant to be handed down to benefit future generations of Aucklanders who will be now disinherited. (MIKE LEE)  PN www.mikelee.co.nz




A strong link to identifying with one another is through our place of birth.

But for me, this presents a very mixed message. I was born in London and in my house I ate Punjabi food, our language was a mix of Punjabi, Hindi and English and I was equally proficient in reciting the Lord’s Prayer and the Sikh Jap-JiSahib. I had two ways to look at this – either I was an outcast, a stranger in both cultures.

Or I was an enigmatic hybrid confident in all of the cultures that created me, and contributing to a kaleidoscope of new and progressive culture. In reality, the answer was a rather messy splodge of both versions resulting in the amazing creation that is ‘me’.

And so I am always interested to hear of the colourful stories of others. Samir Allen, chef/owner of Gemmayze St in St Kevins Arcade off K’ Road is NZ born and of Lebanese heritage. His grandfather and mother (Samir’s Lebanese lineage) were both born here in Dunedin.

The family has roots in New Zealand harking back 140 years. Samir is ‘Kiwi as’ and proud of it, but the Lebanese connection has always been a strong soul food for Samir, much in the same way that my Indian roots hold dear to me.

Samir’s family has always had a connection to hospitality. His grandfather was proprietor of Wayne’s Hotel in Dunedin and his mother ran a Lebanese restaurant in Dunedin. Samir was raised in the kitchen. At the age of 10, he and the family moved to Auckland.

Still a teenager, Samir went to work at Hell’s Pizza and attended AUT Chef school, and then worked at his mum’s Turkish restaurant Paasha. Samir’s ‘moment’ arrived as he connected with acclaimed Chef Ben Bailey. Samir worked under Ben’s mentorship at The Grove and then Baduzzi.

Château Marsyas 2014

Beqaa Valley, Lebanon

Cabernet Sauvignon 55%, Syrah, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc “Dense, ripe red with chocolate/ mocha, wood smoke, old leather, and dark berry flavours. Like a dry port. Complex wine with forest floor and Bovril aged characters.”

- Bob Campbell MW, 92 Points

Still in his 20s, Samir then took the leap and jumped on a plane to work and tour in Lebanon. His connection with the culture and cuisine strengthened. His first night in Beirut was on the famed Gemmayze St. The place had an impact and on return to Auckland Samir wasted no time in setting up his new restaurant named after this iconic street.

And here I am now sitting at the table of a mature, intelligent and talented man (and still so young). We have a dish, a speciality, and an incredible wine before us all weaving together so deliciously. I gaze out of the giant atrium windows, Myers Park stretching out below me, and it feels heavenly.

The dish: A mouthwatering, 12-hour lamb shoulder, cooked at 82 degrees in pomegranate jus served with cucumber, mint yogurt and red onions.

The wine: 2014 Marsyas from Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. The wine, nine years old, is so ‘in the zone’ right now – succulent and satin-edged tannins, beautiful red and black fruit. A Bordeaux blend that can easily be regarded as a Grand Cru.

The speciality: Samir’s grandfather used to have a phrase that would often ring loud whenever he saw a good idea. He would say, “You should bottle that!” So Samir has done just that.

One of his signature dishes, The Gemmayze Hummus is now available for you in a jar and to enjoy at home. It looks beautiful. Paprika infused oil caps the most incredible whipped chickpea, tahini, lemon and roasted garlic hummus.

The texture is glossy and has a sheen, and as you break the red paprika oil into the hummus, you find the most phenomenal taste sensation. A ‘Kiwi As’ Lebanese Mezza from our very own Samir Allen. What more could you want?



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The month of June brings with it the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year and Matariki, which means that by the end of the month, although it is still cold, days will be gradually starting to lengthen again. To celebrate Matariki, The Leys Institute Little Library warmly invites you to a family friendly evening of shared reading and kai on 20 June at 6pm. We will slowly read through some Matariki-inspired whakataukī and short stories, discussing and exploring how these relate to our lives and experiences. Shared reading is part of the Reading Revolution initiative started in 2015 by a former librarian who envisioned using free community spaces like libraries to connect people from all walks of life.

In the last few weeks, you may have noticed that the way you collect your library holds has changed. On Tuesday 28 May we introduced a new holds pick-up system at our libraries. Now, when you visit the library to collect items you have requested, they are not shelved alphabetically with your name on a paper slip. Instead, your requested library items are on numbered shelves. If you have more than one item to collect, you will need to find and collect your library items from more than one numbered shelf in the holds pickup area. As before, you will receive an email to let you know your library item is ready to be picked up. This email will have all the information you need to find your hold at the library, including:

The name of the library item

· Pick-up library location

The number of the shelf it is on

The date your item needs to be collected by

This information will also be available in the account section of the Auckland Libraries app. Our free app can be downloaded on Apple and Android devices from the Apple App Store or Google Play store. Bring along your library card to the library and remember to check out your requested items at the selfcheck machine or at the desk as usual. If you experience any difficulties with our new system, your local librarians will, as always, be available and more than happy to help.

You may be wondering why our holds collection system has changed. The reason is that we have introduced an innovative technology that will automate some of the physical and manual tasks involved in moving and managing our collections between our libraries. This new software also enables us to move to an anonymised and paperless holds pick-up system. We value your privacy and moving to an anonymised system will mean that your name will no longer be visible on a paper slip in a public space in the library. In addition, by removing the paper slips, we will be playing our part to reduce the amount of paper waste and our environmental impact.

We understand that this new system may take some time to get used to. Please be reassured that our team are available to help you if you need support or don't have access to a personal device. We ask you to be kind and patient with our staff as we all adapt to this new system together.

Hours: Monday- Friday 9am – 6pm, Saturday 9am – 4pm, Sunday Closed.

(CHLOË – Manager Community Library - Pouārahi, Pātaka Kōrero ā-Hapori)  PN

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By the time this issue of Ponsonby News goes to print, our Government will have announced its first Budget – a Budget with a laser-sharp focus on you and the things that matter to you.

In keeping with our Government’s approach to getting things done, you would have seen that this Budget is about doing the basics well to get our country back on track. It’s about putting money into the important frontline services you and your family rely on, like health, education and law and order. And with a tax relief package that increases take-home income for 94 percent of households, we’re sticking by you as we navigate this rough economic patch together.

It's a common theme I’ve heard from people in another busy month of getting out and about in Mt Albert and across Auckland. Right now, people want a Government that sticks to the basics and puts money where it will deliver real results. The shooting in Ponsonby in early May was tragic, and a far cry from the safe streets that everyone should be able to walk.

The $1.9 billion investment for Corrections in Budget 2024 is one way to keep New Zealand safe from crime.

It’s not just about what we announce in the Budget either. Our Government’s Local Water Done Well plan announced last month will mean Aucklanders will avoid a massive 25.8% increase in their rates. Again, simple things done right to help people deal with the cost of living.

The ban on cellphones at school is also providing to be a huge success and I’ve been hearing really good feedback from across Auckland. We’re already seeing a drop in cyberbullying, and more children talking with each other at break time instead of texting – what a win for our children’s wellbeing.

Every time I meet with people from around the community, I’m reminded of the sheer diversity of the people that call New Zealand home, and it’s not something we should take for granted. (Did you know that Auckland has been ranked the fourth most ethnically diverse city in the world?) Once again, last month I’ve had the privilege of taking part in a huge range of cultural events, in both Auckland and Wellington, from Tamil New Year and Pan Asian New Year to Eid and a Parents’ Day event hosted by the Korean Society of Auckland. New Zealand’s diversity is one of its strengths, and this is something I am keen to keep championing as Minister for Ethnic Communities.

Speaking of events, it was a real delight to host my first Seniors’ Morning Tea for the year – a big thank you to everyone who attended and shared some great conversation. I have another one coming up on Thursday 18 July at 10.30am at the Point Chevalier Community Centre, so please feel free to come along.

I will also be hosting a Community Connect on Saturday 8 June at 10am, at the Lodge Cafe in Mt Albert. If you’d like to come to either (or both) of these events, please email me at MPlee@parliament.govt.nz to RSVP and for details. I hope to see you there.

Until next time. (HON MELISSA LEE)  PN

National List MP based in Mt Albert Authorised by Melissa Lee, Parliament Buildings, Wellington M.Lee@Ministers.govt.nz

If you require any assistance I and my office are always happy and ready to provide advice and support.

Please get in touch on 09 520 0538 or at MPLee@parliament.govt.nz to make an appointment

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Paul Stephenson is the Chair of the Grey Lynn Business Association (GLBA) and a local business owner.

What is GLBA?

GLBA was established to foster collaboration, innovation and sustainable growth for local Grey Lynn businesses. The board is a group of volunteers doing our best for our members on limited grants, and membership fees, in our spare time.

Is that enough support for those members?

While we have supported businesses in Grey Lynn for a decade, we recognise that our volunteer approach is no longer sufficient. Grey Lynn businesses deserve a dedicated professional resource with appropriate funding to foster a positive environment that supports businesses to thrive.

What are you doing about that?

We are now leading the proposal to develop the BID (Business Improvement District) for Grey Lynn with support from the Waitematā Local Board of Auckland Council.

What are the neighbouring areas doing?

Our neighbouring business areas (including Ponsonby, Karangahape, Uptown and Kingsland) are mostly Business Improvement Districts. There are 51 BIDs across Auckland. The businesses in these zones are supported by a BID organisation that advocates for business interests and invests in collective success. The BID structure is designed to help local businesses thrive. Grey Lynn does not have a BID, so our businesses are missing out.

What is the area that the Grey Lynn BID will cover?

It follows the ridge, along Great North Road, through Grey Lynn and West Lynn villages and the commercial areas ringed by Richmond Road. It includes about 400 businesses in commercial buildings and 300 residential-based businesses. The area is rapidly evolving, with eclectic shops, creative industries, destination retail, thriving services and significant investment in construction and transport infrastructure.

How do you know what the businesses want?

Over the last six months, we have surveyed local businesses about whether they would support a BID and what they want from a BID. The strength of the survey response has allowed us to build a plan and budget that reflect what businesses told us they value.

What will you do for those businesses?

We will create a properly funded professional organisation to represent businesses in Grey Lynn that will focus on:

· Marketing and Promotion: Promoting Grey Lynn as a brand and destination for customers and business investment. Providing market research and business intelligence data for local businesses.

Business Skills and Networks: Supporting thriving business networks and attractive events. Building your business skills in the areas you see as priorities.

Representation and Influence: Representing local business interests and opportunities as our area grows and evolves.

Placemaking: Acting as a catalyst for safe, secure and beautiful local environments and streetscapes that attract customers and businesses.

How will the BID be established?

Local businesses and commercial property owners will vote in October 2024.

Now that we have passed some logistical milestones, we will be informing businesses of the details as we campaign for businesses in Grey Lynn to vote ‘YES’ to become a BID.

You will hear more about this in the coming months and we urge all businesses in the catchment area to get involved and ask questions.  PN




For Sale $1,554,000 15A MacKinnon Terrace, Sunshine Bay, Queenstown

A stunning three-bedroom home situated high on the hill in Sunshine Bay boasting panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains. Fully furnished, 15A MacKinnon makes for the perfect investment property or holiday home!

The property offers features including;

772sqm section

· Cleverly designed three-bedroom, two-bathroom home

Open-plan living, kitchen and dining

Fully tiled bathrooms

Large outdoor deck with a separate back garden space

· Multiple heating sources to keeping you cosy during the winter months

Currently operating as a successful short-stay accommodation charging between $600 - $800 per night. The house is in Airbnb’s top 5% of homes based on ratings, review and reliability.

Addition of a new storage/ski tuning room and the procurement of new furniture/security system/cameras.

Only a short drive to Queenstown CBD, supermarkets, restaurants and the lakefront.

House swap also considered in the following areas: Matakana Region, St Marys Bay, Herne Bay, Westmere and Ponsonby.

For anyone considering this property as an investment or holiday home, knowing that it has achieved such recognition on a reputable platform like Airbnb adds considerable value and reassurance. The property has a strong track record of delivering exceptional experiences to guests, which can translate into continued success for future bookings and returns on investment. Overall, this recognition further solidifies the appeal of the property and underscores its potential as an excellent investment opportunity.

For those interested in learning more or arranging a viewing, contact Tia Cashmore on M: 0274 966 974, Instagram: sunshinebayqt

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Act 2 : Scene 1

The Mayor on his mobile phone walking down Kitchener Street outside the Art Gallery.

Mayor: For crying out loud Kingpin, no free curbside parking after hours? I told you jokers at Auckland Transport that you better start listening to me or there will be hell to pay!

Kingpin: Look Brownie, I’m sure I told you, but It’s not up to you anyway.

Mayor: What are you saying?

Kingpin: There are more powerful forces at work than you can imagine.

Mayor: More powerful than me?

Kingpin: The plan is already in play and it’s got the backing of the big boys.

Mayor: Big boys? What plan? The Master Plan? The Inner City Plan? The Annual Plan?

Kingpin: The Infrastructure Strategy Plan, to cut car use by 50%.

Mayor: 50%?

Kingpin: It’ll change where everyone lives, works and plays, just like that! [He laughs demonically.]

A traffic management worker in a high-vis vest starts putting cones out.

Mayor: Oy! What are you up to?

Worker: Who me?

Mayor: Yes, you.

Worker: I’m coning the street off so the parking meters can be reset.

Mayor: Don’t be ridiculous, we need free parking so people still come into the darn city to shop.

Kingpin: What’s going on Brownie?

Cone: Weeeeeee, here we go again, pick me up and put me down. A new location everyday. I never know where I’ll be next, blocking a driveway, narrowing a street or minimising a roundabout. The variety in my job is endless.

Mayor: Oh no, the talking cone again!

Kingpin: Are you feeling alright?

Mayor: Of course I am.

Cone: Morning your Warship

Mayor: I’m not a warship, I’m into wind power.

Cone: Truth is I’m the first line of attack. They use me to congest the traffic, soften everyone up, get them used to disruption, then bang – they narrow the road with an in-line bus stop, chuck in a traffic island and remove the parking. That screws the retailers, hospo folk and late-night venues

Mayor: But, why would they want to do that?

Cone: Simply so the big boys in global acquisition can pick up inner city real estate for a fraction of the true value. Sneaky, eh?

Mayor: Holy Moly! [The Mayor puts the phone back to his ear.] Are you there, Kingpin? He’s hung up.

Cone: Between you and me, Auckland Transport, the Government and private investment have got US $24 billion to spend on decarbonisation and that means bringing the roads to a standstill.

Mayor: US $24 billion?

Cone: Yep, it’s all sewn up. These guys aren’t stupid. They’re plugged into Mordor Intelligence, it’s part of a global investment network. Google ‘em!

Mayor: Mordor, as in Lord of the Rings?

Cone: Exactly, the big boys: Hawkins, Downer, Fulton Hogan and Obayashi are all in on it. The joke is they get paid mega bucks to smash the roads up, then paid again to restore them. Genius!

Traffic Manager: Okay, time's up, move on please, I’m about to close this road, and leave the cones alone, they have work to do.

Mayor: I beg your pardon?

Worker: Stop loitering around the cone.

Mayor: Don’t you know who I am?

Worker: No, I don’t care who you are but if you don’t move I’ll...

Mayor: What, call the Police?

Worker: No, I’m turning on my body cam…

Cone: Run! (LISA PRAGER, Westmere)  PN



New Zealand Theatre: Behind the Curtain

Ben Crowder, independent theatre director and all-round impresario, delighted a captive Ponsonby U3A audience at their May meeting. Ben took U3A members ‘behind the curtain’ to glimpse years past, the present and to where theatre might be heading. He held members spellbound as he illustrated, in the words of another impresario, Alfred Hitchcock, that “theatre is life with the dull bits cut out.”

Ben is co-artistic director of Nightsong ,a theatre company recognised for its innovative productions. Regularly programmed by the Auckland Arts Festival and the NZ Festival in Wellington, Nightsong’s list of works is impressive.

A new adaptation of Peter Pan, where the Darling family live in contemporary New Zealand, is currently mid-design and casting. In partnership with Auckland Theatre Company, it is scheduled for an October season at the Waterfront Theatre. With Oliver Driver confirmed as Hook and a dynamic cast of young actors, this must not be missed by anyone of any age!

A snapshot behind the curtain looked back to early days of theatre. In the 1950s it was the New Zealand Players, like Richard and Edith Campion. Downstage appeared in Wellington, then the glory days of experimentation with Red Mole and Blerta. The arrival of Theatre Corporate came next, then the box office juggernaut of Roger Hall’s plays in the 80s, and so on to today.

Nowadays, though we are well catered for with theatre productions, playwrights, directors and actors, theatre is in trouble. The system is broken and in a worse condition than it has ever been. There is less funding every year. Creative New Zealand is facing further cuts this year. Corporate support has withered and council organisations such as Auckland Live have been stripped of theatre budget.

But for all this, Ben will not give up on theatre. His passion and his optimism will not waiver. He is excited for the possibilities ahead and adrenalised by the need for theatre to survive. Theatre represented in some form in a wide cross section of cultures has been around for millennia – it is hard to kill off. As Jean-Louis Barrault is credited as saying, “The theatre is the only institution that has been dying for four thousand years and has never once succeeded.”

U3A member, Penny Vernon, as ten-minute speaker, swept members into her vibrant world of colour, design and talent.

Growing up in Te Uku, rural New Zealand, Penny attributed her gift of turning houses into homes to the creativity of her artistic mother.

Penny first worked as a colour artist, colour mixing and airbrushing studio photos for Christopher Bede. She once coloured photos of the Mormon Temple with an opus of colouring, a 6 x 3-foot image of Christ.

A chance encounter with a beautiful garden led her into the life of Nanette Cameron. After two years in Nanette’s course for interior design, Penny became Nanette’s assistant for several years. She also worked with Pip Cheshire, the architect for her house in Arthur Street. Further influence from Denis Cohn enabled her passion for art in design to flourish. She has worked with architect Pete Bossley, and she still works for architect Malcom Walker. Penny’s philosophy is for houses designed where kids have their own spaces; houses that do not have to follow fashion; and houses where the designer’s influence is not obtrusive. Penny’s adage, “Can I face this house in 10 years’ time?” and a glimpse of the interior of her own home are testament to her unwavering talents.


Ponsonby U3A welcomes newcomers. If you are interested in attending, first as a visitor, please call President Ian Smith on M: 021 130 2330.

NEXT MEETING: Friday, 14 June 2024

GUEST SPEAKER: Peter Miles, Revive Our Gulf

VENUE: Herne Bay Petanque Club, Salisbury Reserve, Salisbury Street, Herne Bay

ENQUIRIES: Ian Smith, President, Ponsonby U3A. M: 021 130 2330, www.u3a.nz


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Tom’s wife had died a couple of years ago. While he had no real intention of partnering up again, he had recently met a lovely lady at his golf club. He and Cathy hit it off straight away.

They had a lot in common, mainly golf, but also going out to nice restaurants and walking along the beach.

Tom and Cathy’s relationship progressed and they decided that they would like to live together. They each had their own homes. Tom's was the more modern of the two and was in a trust with his other investment assets. He was very happy living there, but Cathy wasn’t keen on living in the house Tom had lived in with his wife and thought they should look for something together.

Tom and Cathy looked at many houses, but in the end decided to move into a villa in a retirement village. The village suited them – everything was on one level and the villas were stand alone. Cathy also loved that it was totally refurbished, so everything was as new. They had some friends in the village and loved the idea of the social lifestyle.

Tom put his house on the market so that they could buy the occupation right in the village. Cathy didn’t have as many assets as Tom and wanted to keep her home as an investment property to provide her with some income. As Tom’s house was in a trust, he had to check that his co-trustee was agreeable to sell the home and invest the money into the occupation right of the villa. Tom’s co-trustee was his lawyer, who reminded him that one of the reasons for the trust was to protect the assets if Tom got into a new relationship. Tom’s lawyer also advised him that trusts generally cannot buy occupation rights in retirement villages, and it would need to be purchased in Tom’s name.

It was agreed that the trust would lend Tom the funds to buy into the village and that when he either moved out of the villa or died, then the balance of funds would be returned to

the trust. Tom’s lawyer was concerned though that as Cathy wasn’t contributing to the villa, under the relationship property laws, she would be entitled to half of the value of the villa if she and Tom separated after three years. The same would be true if Tom died – Cathy would have a claim for half of the value of the occupation right.

Tom’s lawyer suggested that Tom and Cathy enter into a contracting out agreement, where they would each agree that the value of the villa would be Tom’s separate property and Cathy wouldn’t make a claim on it. Tom also wanted to give Cathy some security that if he died or had to leave the villa for the next level of care, Cathy wouldn’t need to move out of the villa. His lawyer said that could be all included in the contracting out agreement.

Tom also reviewed his will and powers of attorney to make sure that they were all up to date with his change in circumstances. One of his children had recently moved overseas and it didn’t make sense anymore to have him as Tom’s attorney in relation to property. Also, he now wanted to make sure that Cathy would be consulted in relation to his health if he couldn’t make decisions for himself. He made a small change to his will to provide some of his personal savings to Cathy if he died. He wanted to make sure she would be okay financially.

The last piece of advice Tom’s lawyer gave him was to ensure he told his children what was happening. She said that the best way of keeping relationships positive was to be as transparent as possible. She said that because of family dynamics, this wasn’t always possible, but in Tom’s case she thought transparency with his children would see the best outcome.

There are lots of twists and turns in life and while moving into the retirement village was the catalyst for Tom to go and see his lawyer, it’s important to review your core legal documents whenever there is a change in life circumstances – a new relationship is one of those changes.

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Walking through Aotea Square, you can't miss the brilliant Imperial Baroque architectural style of the Auckland Town Hall.

Its unusual triangular site and prominent clock tower make it a striking landmark. Its five-storey Italian Renaissance Revival design, which mirrors the Lambeth Town Hall in London, built around the same period, stands as a testament to early 20th Century architectural grandeur.

This building holds national significance as one of New Zealand's major town halls and is the most intact of those built in the early 20th Century.

Currently, work is underway to repair and clean the Town Hall's façade and install a new bird-proofing system.

The attention to detail in the prow restoration of the 112-yearold Category 1 listed heritage building is commendable. Such meticulous care ensures that the historical and architectural integrity of the building is preserved while allowing it to continue serving its community.

Specialist craftspeople, including a stonemason, plasterer and leadworker, are working to beautifully conserve the character of this iconic building. The work broadly involves gently removing algae and lichen in some parts. Careful repointing and sanding where necessary.

Cutting out and piecing in small new sections of eroded carved volutes, flute moulding and scroll details in new carved Oamaru heritage stone.

Gently warming and lifting lead capping off select columns and re-dressing upon completion of stone repairs.

As well as cleaning windows containing leaded light glass panes and light cleaning to the most soiled areas of stone using a system specifically designed for heritage structures.

The repairs are phased, with the current work scheduled to continue until June 2024. Public access to and around the building will experience minimal disruption during this time.

The current restoration work is overseen by heritage and conservation specialists Salmon Reed Architects.

This award-winning firm recently won the 2024 Auckland Architecture Award in the Heritage category and the 2023 Auckland Architecture Award for Enduring Architecture, both related to the complex seismic upgrades and major repairs to the grand old glasshouses at the Auckland Domain Wintergarden. (DESLEY SIMPSON), Chair of the Domain Committee and Deputy Mayor of Auckland www.desleysimpson.co.nz

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Auckland is around 5600km² big, and my wife and I have moved five times – all within one square kilometre – right here in Ponsonby. I think it shows how much we love this part of Auckland.

So, we were devastated by the shooting tragedy that left people feeling unsafe in this place we enjoy so much. It was really sad to feel the heightened unrest. So I went out of my way to go out and about in our local neighbourhood more than we usually do, to do the opposite of what people normally do in these circumstances.

I made a point of spending more time at Chapel Bar & Bistro to show that what happened there is not the norm and to show my support for the place. Many business owners were also on heightened alert following the tragedy. I hope they are feeling a bit more of a sense of normality and calm as the weeks pass. Before this event, I had made a point of funding two safety initiatives directly from my office to make our city and our region safer for everyone in it. My office has approved funding to support compliance wardens to start regional patrols in Auckland. They are part of our city and region safety watch that was missing.

The wardens already patrolling our streets are the eyes and ears, if you will, and are able to call on compliance wardens to enforce council bylaws and to address low-level antisocial behaviour such as breaches of the liquor ban, obstruction and general nuisance.

I provided another $570,000 at a combined approach that considers crime reduction, social wellbeing and the activation of public spaces.

That money has provided for a City Safety Coordinator who will facilitate the safety hubs and help support the recruitment and operation of the volunteer community patrols who will use the hubs: Community Patrols NZ, Māori, Pacific and community wardens and ethnic patrol groups.

Dedicated outreach staff to address homelessness within the CBD have also been brought on board with the funding, as well as an investment in monitoring CCTVs as a method of crime prevention.

There has also been an expansion of CityWatch, with 12 new recruits onboarded this week, allowing active patrol of hotspots using the increased CCTV monitoring.

Many business associations are also doing a great job of providing security for their local businesses, some not so much. I’d like to see some regions pick up their game here.

City safety is important, and these issues are complex. We must strike a balance between enforcement and support. My office has a sensible plan here that considers crime reduction, social wellbeing and the activation of public spaces. All three form a more lively and safer city for Aucklanders.

 PN

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2. Bringing colour to a local park, mother and daughter Dejealous and Donna practising in Walmer Reserve on Moana Road, Point Chevalier in preparation for their performance for ‘Samoan Language Week’ starting 29 May for a week.

3 & 4. Local resident Ross Thorby is seen having a drink, with cruisers at a bar in Capetown. They almost missed reboarding the ship!

1. Nadia Cooper took her gorgeous mother Trelise to Jervois Wine Bar to enjoy the Love Jones duo. Pictured: Gael Baldock, Leza Corban (lead singer), Trelise Cooper, Paul Voight (guitarist/singer), Nadia Cooper, Ben McManus (bar manager)
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The National Government is sacrificing nature and granting itself unprecedented power, all in the name of private profit. What’s more, it doesn’t want any Kiwis, including those here in Auckland, to have any say about any of it.

Currently, large-scale projects like coal mines are subject to environmental protection laws and must be given the go-ahead by an independent group of experts. National’s proposed Fast Track Approvals Bill will remove that power from the experts and hand it to its own Ministers, giving three men the final say on the fate of some of our most treasured natural assets.

And by all indications so far, these men will give the green light to companies looking to trample our ecosystems and plunder our resources. One of these three men is New Zealand First MP Shane Jones, who has made no secret of his desire to put commercial interests ahead of our flora and fauna. He has made it clear he wants mining back in a big way, whatever the cost to our environment, climate goals and future generations.

Unsurprisingly, the Fast Track Approvals Bill is hugely unpopular. Submissions from the public have been overwhelmingly against it. Seven of our eight regional councils have opposed it. The Auditor-General has formally expressed his concern. Even former National minister Simon Upton, now Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, has warned of “significant environmental risks.” The Bill is a disaster on an industrial scale and National is hellbent on making it happen.

Fast track consenting can work well if implemented correctly. Labour’s fast track consenting scheme approved projects for residential and commercial building, renewable energy and infrastructure. The difference is we gave a great deal of consideration to how those projects could work with nature rather than against it, and all approvals were made by independent panels.

By contrast, National’s Fast Track Approvals Bill is an assault on nature, transparency and democracy, all in the name of private profit.

My colleagues and I are working hard in Wellington to hold the National Government to account as they press through a range of unpopular policies, such as the Fast Track Approvals Bill and cuts to the free and healthy school lunch programme.

I’m also keeping busy throughout the Mt Albert electorate. I recently held a public meeting on the high cost of poverty with the Auckland City Mission, where we discussed how hard it is to make ends meet on a benefit – without savings, people often can’t afford the costs of rent and food. The City Mission is at the coal face, and they are seeing increasing need. I’m highly concerned about the security of funding for food banks and the recent cuts in funding for budgeting services. Community services like these are doing incredibly important work on the front lines as we head into winter. (HELEN WHITE)  PN

On a positive note, other highlights of the last month include hosting a morning tea with local community organisations and speaking at the 'Leaders of Tomorrow' forum at Mount Albert Grammar School. It was inspiring to see so many students involved in clubs and contributing to our community.

helen.white@parliament.govt.nz www.labour.org.nz/HelenWhite



Crafted by Bordeaux legend Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Mouton Cadet wines are by the glass at Didas.

The story of Mouton Cadet is intimately entwined with that of Bordeaux itself.

In 1855 there was to be an exhibition in Paris and Napoleon instructed his nephew to prepare a list of the top wines from Bordeaux, instigating the region's system of classifying its wines from first growth to fifth growth. At that time, Mouton Rothschild was classified as a second growth.

When he inherited the company in 1924, Baron Philippe de Rothschild launched a determined campaign to correct this 'gross oversight'. In 1930, the Baron created Mouton Cadet as a ‘branded’ Bordeaux. The first of its kind, it was just one of the many innovations he introduced. Mouton Rothschild was finally promoted to first growth status in 1973, one of only three changes ever made to the original classification.

In 1988, following Philippe's passing, Baroness Philippine de Rothschild carried forward her father's agenda, under the banner of Mouton Cadet, to make a great Bordeaux wine that was accessible to a wider global audience.

A tireless ambassador, the indefatigable Philippine promoted the brand on every continent and made Mouton Cadet the biggest-selling branded Bordeaux wine in the world. In her constant quest for innovation, she gave Mouton Cadet a new, more fruit-forward style in 2004. Designed by Baroness Philippine herself, the bottle also got a makeover.

Through June as we prepare to celebrate all things French in July, you’ll find the Mouton Cadet range of wines by the glass at Didas.

Explore France one glass at a time, with the wide range of Mouton Cadet, alongside our delicious new menu.


Convivially yours, the Dida's Wine Lounge encourages leisurely engagements with the comprehensive wine list and the ever-changing, always-innovative food menu. The small-plates style cuisine and the superb skills of our talented culinary team, who work hard to pair perfect morsels with the multiple by-the-glass options of local and imported and hardto-find wines. Open Tuesday-Saturday 3pm-10pm.  PN

48 PONSONBY NEWS + June 2024 PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January) PN | EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY It's French wine month at Come along to your local and enjoy our latest French arrivals DIDAS WINE LOUNGE, 60 Jervois Road, T: 09 376 2813, www.didaswinelounge.co.nz
PONSONBY NEWS + June 2024 49 PN | EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY 210 SYMONDS STREET T: 09 377 1911 www.thefrenchcafe.co.nz thefrenchcafe
Open for dinner - Thursday to Saturday Available for private events Modern Asian Eatery Try our $150 pp ‘Trust the Chef’ menu À la carte also available 210 SYMONDS STREET | T: 09 377 1911 | anise.co.nz Email: info@anise.co.nz | Instagram: @anise_auckland Photography: Babiche Martens We also offer our pasta dishes to takeaway, phone for details or check our website for the menu. - Gusto Italiano263 PONSONBY RD, THREE LAMPS, 09 361 1556 www.gustoitaliano.co.nz GUSTO MEANING ‘TASTE AND ENJOYMENT’ When you dine with us, the focus is on freshly prepared classic dishes, featuring an excellent range of pasta, seafood, meats and our pizza classics. WINTER HOURS: Wednesday 4pm to late Thursday to Sunday 12pm to Late Ask us about our takeaway lunch options 23 Ponsonby Road T: 021 379 700 kolauckland.co.nz
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When you lift the lid on French wine, it is not all as complex as it seems. With a few key pieces of information, we’ll have you an expert (or seemingly so) in no time at all.


Bordeaux located in France’s south-west has for many years been the centre of the world’s fine wine trade, a historic region producing exceptionally long-lived wines. The five key red varieties of Bordeaux red wines are cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, petit verdot and malbec. White wines focus on sauvignon and semillon.


The romantic region of Burgundy starts with Chablis in the north and finishes with Beaujolais in the south. Wines from Chablis are made from 100% chardonnay, from the heart of Burgundy whites are also from chardonnay, whilst reds are made from pinot noir. Right in the south, the grape variety of Beaujolais is gamay.


The region of Alsace makes it a little easier to understand by putting the variety on the label. The five noble varieties grown here are pinot gris, riesling, gewürztraminer, pinot blanc and muscat.


Distinctly broken into two sections, the Northern and Southern Rhone, and stretching itself over 800km from just south of Lyon to Avignon in the south. The Northern Rhone is home to the great syrah of France, rich and superbly textured. The white superstar of the north is viognier grown in and around the village of Condrieu. The Southern Rhone is home to grenache and the great blended wines of the Rhone.

Loire Valley

There are numerous wines produced in the Loire. We choose to focus on the areas of Sancerre, Pouilly Fume and Vouvray. Sancerre is produced around the town by the same name and are made from sauvignon blanc, pouilly fume (not to be confused with pouilly fuisse from Burgundy) are also made from sauvignon, the term fume not referring to a smoked flavour in the wine but rather to the mist that rolls into the region. The wines of Vouvray are grown on top of the steep chalk slopes alongside the Loire River. Vouvray’s are made from chenin blanc and in a wide array of styles from dry to very sweet.

The South

Lumped together, it is a big generalisation and a big area to cover. The south coast of France produces the most diverse

collection of styles in France. Starting to the west, close to the Spanish boarder, there are rich and robust reds like the wines of Madiran and Banylus, moving to the east and across the sun-drenched beaches of the Mediterranean all the delights of Cotes de Provence rose hit you.

To put your new-found knowledge to the test, check out our French mixed cases, complete with local recipes to match. And whilst at it, don’t go past our two competitions this month. Firstly, Win a French Dinner Party at yours. Simply jump online, enter your email address and that’s all you need to do. And while you're at it, there’s also beautiful Le Creuset cookware up for grabs. All you need to do is cook one of our recipes from the French promotion, post it via your social media, tag us and you are in the draw. (LIZ WHEADON)  PN www.glengarrywines.co.nz


Find out more at glengarry.co.nz/winadinnerparty


Kelmarna Community Farm recently launched a $200,000 appeal to save the much-loved local farm from the very real threat of closure.

With the withdrawal of a crucial annual grant, vital community services such as therapeutic gardening for mental health and disability support, education programmes for schools, volunteering opportunities and the farmhand training programme are now at risk due to lack of funding.

Being able to share the community farm’s work and cover central operating costs is another area in need of support. For the most part these costs are wages for key organisational functions vital to all the projects under the Kelmarna banner.

The $200k minumum fundraising goal will provide two years of essential funding for the operational framework to:

• Better communicate with the community about what Kelmarna does and how to be a part of it

• Rebuild the school education programme

• Grow events and fundraising activities

• Build and maintain relationships with business sponsors

• Foster deeper community engagement at Kelmarna

• Recruit and retain the skills and people critical to this work

And, crucially, it will buy time to make sure that Kelmarna never faces this situation again.

If your financial situation allows it, the single most powerful way to support Kelmarna is to sign up for a regular monthly or annual donation on the appeal page: kelmarna.co.nz/donate

By making a regular donation, you’ll also automatically join the Friends of Kelmarna Membership scheme and gain new exclusive benefits including:

• Discounts at GoodFor Wholefoods Refillery, Ozone Coffee Roasters and Kelmarna workshops

• A free month of e-bike subscriptions at Electric Bike Team

• A double film pass for the Hollywood Cinema

• And more

If you would prefer to make a one-time contribution, that is also incredibly helpful in overcoming the current funding crisis.

Since the termination of a 15-year partnership with a mental health provider eight years ago, Kelmarna has had to lean heavily on grant funding. In the intervening years, the team has worked hard to diversify the farm’s offerings and income streams, strengthen the programmes and bed in new projects – all in an effort to move away from reliance on grant funding.

The paddock development project in 2021 successfully delivered several new projects into the Kelmarna eco-system with these projects now hitting their stride and on the cusp of breaking even.

Kelmarna has been a beacon of hope and inspiration for Aucklanders for over 40 years. The loss of this beloved community asset would be devastating to so many people. It’s about fostering a sense of belonging and empowerment within our community. It's about providing our tamariki with a dynamic learning environment where they can explore, discover and grow. And it's about creating a green space which not only sustains life but also serves as a refuge for Auckland's wildlife and pollinators.

Kelmarna stands as a testament to the power of connection and care but, without action now, all this could be lost forever.

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi. With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive.  PN

KELMARNA COMMUNITY FARM, 12 Hukanui Crescent, T: 09 376 0472, www.kelmarna.co.nz

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Here we go, folks. Temperatures are dropping and what better excuse for enjoying some fab wines with your nearest and dearest with some hearty winter food? From some stunning whites to big, generous reds and luscious dessert wines, here’s a selection of winter winners. Cheers and bon appetit!

Pegasus Bay Bel Canto Dry Riesling 2023 - $40

Slightly funky. Dry and mineral, with herbal thyme, beeswax, orange peel, mandarin citrus and a long, complex, dry flinty finish. Available: Caro’s pegasusbay.com

Whyte Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023 - $16

Soft and herbal, restrained and elegant. Fresh-picked black currant, guava and passionfruit, with a hint of citrus and feijoa. Available: Dhall & Nash blackmarket.co.nz

Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2022 - $44

A tad of flinty struck match on the nose. Pear and nectarine stone fruit, raw cashew nut, a hint of spicy oak and mandarin citrus. Flinty, mineral tangy yeast finish. Available: kumeuriver.co.nz finewinedelivery.co.nz

Postage Stamp Ariki Waiheke Special Release Chardonnay 2020 - $70

Mineral and full bodied from a great year for grapes. Hints of sandalwood and flinty salinity, backed up by stone fruit, lime citrus, raw almond. Bone dry, lengthy finish. Case offer $69/bottle, 6 units per case. Available: postagestampwines.co.nz

Pegasus Bay Vergence White Mk3 NV - $27

A non-vintage white blend of about 60% semillon, with sauvignon blanc, gewürztraminer, muscat and riesling. Grassy, herbal and slightly sweet. A hint of toffee apple, guava, frangipani, makrut lime and grapefruit marmalade. Available: pegasusbay.com

Valli Waitaki Vineyard North Otago Pinot Noir 2021 - $84

Stunningly good wine. Definitely, in my personal top 10. Velvety and full bodied, with spiced Black Doris plum, black cherry, cassis, licorice, grilled umami mushroom. Silky tannins segue into a lengthy memorable finish.

Available: regionalwines.co.nz accentonwine.co.nz

Ogier Héritages Côtes du Rhône Rouge 2022 - $25

Founded in 1859, Chateaux Ogier is located in the Châteauneufdu-Pape Rhône region of France. 80% unoaked. Syrah mourvèdre dominant. This is a good value blended red. Black cherry, Black Doris plum, cassis, violet florals and Cuban cigar. Hints of black pepper, juniper and spicy oak. Drink now style.

Available: Farro Fresh, Dhall & Nash blackmarket.co.nz

Pegasus Bay Vergence Red Mk3 NV - $40

A totally fab non-vintage red from Pegasus Bay. Predominantly pinot noir with 5% malbec. Ripe black berry fruits, with cherry, cassis, Christmas cake spices and a gorgeous soft medium mouthfeel. Aged in French oak for about 16 months. Soft tannins and an umami savoury long finish. Available: pegasusbay.com

Postage Stamp Camino Tempranillo Waiheke Island 2021 - $57

Spicy, tannic and full bodied. Has spent 15% in new American oak, thereafter in old American oak barrels. Deep purple and dark, with intense flavours of cassis, Christmas cake spices, black berry summer fruit and some herbal notes. Bone dry, smoky, tannic, oaky, lengthy finish. Available: postagestampwines.co.nz

Pegasus Bay Aria Late Picked Riesling 2023 - $45

Lots going on – intense honeysuckle, raisin, apricot jam, marmalade and mandarin citrus. Segues into an off-dry, lengthy finish. Available: pegasusbay.com

Pegasus Bay Finale Noble Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 375ml 2021 - $34

Definitely a dessert style, but a deceptive 13.5% ABV. A kaleidoscope of luscious flavours including fresh cut pineapple, canned pink guava, apricot jam, quince paste and ginger in syrup with a hint of grassy herbs. Available: Herne Bay Cellars pegasusbay.com (PHIL PARKER)  PN

www.finewinetours.co.nz, phil.parker@xtra.co.nz

Your host, Phil Parker, wine writer

· Boutique tours to Waiheke Island & Kumeu

· Bespoke Fun Wine quizzes by arrangement

E: phil.parker@xtra.co.nz www.finewinetours.co.nz


Pom and Pim eathai is Herne Bay’s new Thai restaurant with family at the heart of this restaurant venture. We asked co-owner Pom to tell us about their new restaurant.

How did Pom and Pim eathai come about?

Our family has been running restaurants for several years, firstly in Whangaparāoa, then Beach Haven and we owned a restaurant in St Heliers from 2012- 2023. We sold it in 2023 as we had a desire to open a restaurant in Herne Bay – we felt we could bring something special to the area. We opened in March of this year and people in the area are getting to know us, especially when they see us driving around in our blue MINI Countryman. It has the words POM PIM on it. Often people will ask “what is POM PIM?” so it’s a great conversation starter – they soon find out we are the new Thai restaurant Pom and Pim eathai. Also, Pim is my daughter.

Tell us about the team at Pom and Pim eathai.

We have a team of five to seven people. We have three chefs, my husband Koh, sister-in-law Yanee and Sitthisak. Yanee is also the restaurant manager and we have a couple of parttime wait staff.

What kind of Thai food do you serve?

The food is traditional Thai. You can expect dishes such as pad thai prawn, pad see ew: choice of chicken, beef, pork, prawn, and poh pia goong: prawns wrapped in rice pastry then deep fried and served with sweet chilli sauce. The menu is extensive as customers will find out when they come in to dine!

What are the most popular dishes on the menu?

Massaman beef curry, money bag, goong chae, Peking duck, fresh roll, larb chicken, flaming duck, duck cashew nuts and whole snapper with special ginger sauce… there are so many. Though I would have to say, Massaman beef curry is the most popular. The cubes of beef, potatoes, roasted peanuts and blend of herbs and spices are slow cooked for about two hours. The beef is so tender and the aromatic sauce is very delicious.

What are your personal favourites?

Prawn with garlic and pepper. This goes really well served with coconut rice and another favourite of mine is egg fried rice.

Do you offer vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free dishes?

We have dishes including vegetarian fresh roll and vegetarian curry. There are also many dishes on the menu that can be made to order glutenfree.

Favourite place to go in Ponsonby/Herne Bay?

Even though we are so busy with the restaurant, it’s important to make time to recharge. When we get some time off, we’ll go for walks along Jervois Road and Ponsonby Road. The local beaches are so close by to the restaurant, so getting out for some seaside air, even on a chilly day, is another favourite thing to do.

PONSONBY NEWS + June 2024 53 PN | EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY SEE YOU SOON! 186 JERVOIS ROAD (09) 360 0714 www.pomandpimeathai.co.nz ENJOY THE BEST THAI FOOD AT POM AND PIM EATHAI, 186 Jervois Road, T: 09 360 0714, www.pomandpimeathai.co.nz


Shay Wright, Vinny Lohan and their team at Elemental Food, are regularly at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market on Sunday mornings, sharing their tasty super nutrition blends and having health chats.

How did you two meet?

We met at university and we were both active in social impact initiatives.

After university?

Shay joined the Icehouse to work with Māori businesses and food growers, while Vinny spent eight years in India building a technology company before returning to New Zealand to support his dad through his cancer journey.

Where did your business idea come from?

When Covid took a toll on those around us, we wanted to ensure that our families had what they needed to reclaim their health and vitality. We focused on finding the most nutrientdense foods and natural medicines from nature. Two years of studying the research and international sourcing trips drew us to particular foods, herbal medicines and technology. We heard reports of food becoming less nutritious as CO2 levels rise and felt we could do better than many of the widely available supplements and with more integrity.

What do you make?

We make superior powder blends from the best sources of fruit, vegetables and herbal medicines that we can find around the world. We work with local and organic growers who we trust. The foods are freeze dried, so they can be turned into a powder while maintaining the flavour, fibre and nutrition levels and active compounds.

How do you develop your flavours/blends?

This is pure alchemy! It took more than a year to formulate our three super nutrition blends, balancing potency and nutrient density with taste and cost effectiveness. By carefully pairing the potent medicinal herbs with the delicious flavours of mango, berries, banana and earthy cacao tones, we have created healthy foods that taste delicious.

What are your customers saying?

Lots of mums regularly buy from us to nourish themselves and their families. They tell us so many creative ways that they are having the blends – adding them to smoothies, chia bowls, porridge, yoghurt and even ice cream. Heaps of kids love them – some call it their ‘growth potion’. Some of our customers are athletes who enjoy it before and after their workouts. Even elderly and people with serious health conditions are giving us positive feedback. And it is a big hit with people on a range of diets – the plant-based/vegan community and those with gluten, soy, dairy and nut allergies.

How are you so sure that it is good for you?

Our families have been regularly taking our blends daily for the last six months and are noticing the difference. Ingredients like turmeric, medical mushrooms, kelp, maca and cacao can support the body when taken regularly. Often it takes at least 21 days to build up in the body. We also comprehensively lab test every batch. Our latest results just came in and we were delighted at the high levels of micronutrients across the three blends.

Why do you sell at markets?

Farmers markets are a great way to connect with the community. We love people trying our blends and giving us their feedback each week. They come back and tell us how they have been enjoying the blends and what health improvements they are noticing.

Where to from here?

We have a big social mission ahead of us, developing an honest food chain, sourcing the best from around the country and the world, supporting growers and even using rescue foods. We are now working with markets, health stores and interacting directly with our growing community through our website.

Do you get any free time?

We both have a love for nature, getting out in the elements and mucking in on the family farm in the Far North. When we can, we also enjoy wellness festivals, making music, spending time with spiritual masters, indigenous communities and discussing philosophy.  PN


510 Richmond Road
mornings at the Grey Lynn Community Centre


One of the highlights of this year's World cruise was always going to be doing an 'Overland Excursion' and staying for three days in a safari lodge on the East Cape of Africa.

Amakhala Bush Lodge is the result of five farming families working together to form a single private game reserve of approximately 20,000 acres in size. Farming for these families who had been on their land for five generations had become so uneconomic, that to survive they had no choice but to change the way they operated. The post-apartheid political situation in the country offered burgeoning tourism opportunities for their land and it was either evolve or succumb.

Over the next few years they slowly populated their reserve with all of the game that your average tourist with a camera rather than a gun, wanted to see. This finally culminated a few years ago when they introduced lions to the area, thus completing their 'Big Five'.

One of the appealing propositions about this lodge in particular, is that we would be staying in tents, although not your everyday tents as these would have their own swimming pools, outdoor marble bathrooms and four poster beds along with a fully stocked bar and a rather large bath with a view of the reserve.

Yes, you heard me correctly. Roscoe is going camping –albeit 5 stars all the way, my minimum standard.

The tents and lodge are positioned around a waterhole that is lit at night. We were promised drinks and a braai (bbq) on the lodge balcony to marvel over the game that would be attracted to the water.

Unfortunately for us, the drought that the area had been experiencing for the last few months had broken and we were met by a downpour where you couldn't see your hand in front of you, let alone spot an elephant about to charge. With the rain, the game wouldn’t need to come to our waterhole, it was going to them.

Our afternoon game drives, however, despite the weather, came up trumps.

Whilst admiring a large ‘dazzle' of zebra (our guide took great pleasure in testing us on our knowledge of group nouns) who are the clowns of the savannah, they suddenly started crying out and running up for protection within the legs of the nearby giraffes (tower). Our guide explained that there must be a fight at the back of the herd and we sat watching

amidst much high pitched screaming and protesting from the herd until we finally went back to investigate just as a group of cheetahs (coalition) took down a young zebra.

Look away now if it makes you squeamish, but there occurring in front of us, was the circle of life. Queue Elton John and Simba.

Through rain-blurred eyes we watched amazed. The lodge works on a conservation protocol and a 'no interference' basis to let the animals act as naturally as possible and although it is rare to witness what we were seeing, there was to be no intervention for the poor beast as it was slaughtered by its assailants.

Eventually, after much aggrieved protestations from the back of our game truck, the rest of us reluctantly agreed to move on through the torrential deluge to discover a family of monkeys (troop) an ‘obstinacy' of buffalo and a ‘crash' of rhino before finding a ‘thunder' of hippos positively revelling in the sludge of their mud hole.

After several hours watching the elephants (memory), then driven away by the wind, rain and the threat of drowning in our seat, we reluctantly returned to the lodge to be greeted with hot chocolate and hot towells before being led to our accommodations where we found a lighted fire, a drawn bubble bath and a glass of South African red wine sitting waiting on the ledge of the porcelain bath.

I don’t remember that happening when I went camping with my parents. I may have been a bit more enthusiatic about it if it had.

For dinner, we dined on impala, nicknamed here as ‘Mcdonalds'. Why? Because everyone on the plain eats them, the lions, the cheetahs, the hyenas (cackle), everyone. It was the first day of our adventure and we had many more truck adventures to look forward to over the next few days, including a walking safari and a horse riding safari, should the rain let up. For now, bugger the gathering wildebeest (confusion) around the waterhole, that four poster bed was calling like a siren in the night.

Oh, and a collective noun of safari tourists?

A gawk. (ROSS THORBY)  PN



It’s officially winter, and the pull of warmer and, perhaps, more exotic climes is kicking in. With that in mind, I spoke to some of our favourite local faces about their top travel tips and adventures for some added inspiration as we head into the cooler months and beyond.


In 2019, Emma set out to create evidence-based, natural skincare that works. As the world’s first certified Climate Positive and 100 percent circular skincare brand, they are leading the transition to a more sustainable beauty industry.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?

Lake Tarawera—my husband’s family has had a place on the lake for 70 years, and it’s a very special place for us. We are now the fourth generation of Lewisham, and we have been taking our daughter there since she was a baby.

Why do you love it so much?

I can truly switch off and spend quality time with my family. It has a magic to it, and the surrounding lakes and mountains are breathtaking. It is a sanctuary for me from my busy travel schedule which sees me away so much for work.

What was the most memorable holiday you’ve ever taken?

Most recently, I travelled to Wachenheim, a small town in Germany known for its beautiful vineyards and landscape. I went to see my brother and attend his wedding which was so special.

Are you a heavy or light packer?

I am a light packer. I only take carry on now, even for threeweek trips. I love how efficient it makes travel and that it makes me very thoughtful about what I take. I always end up with a few shopping bags carried back with gifts for my daughter and husband.

Do you have a bucket list destination you’re yet to explore? Africa – I would love to go on a safari and I'd love to visit Copenhagen, too.



Arguably New Zealand’s best known fashion name, Karen’s clothing and accessories are stocked and worn the world over.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?

For a spot of warmth to break up a gloomy winter, I’m a lifelong fan of Fiji – my first trip there as a pre-schooler has been followed by dozens of great family holidays on its golden sands. For something that doesn’t involve a hammock, my first choice would always be the great cities of Europe –any of them, and still so many I’ve not got to.

What was the most memorable holiday you’ve ever taken?

Last year I took my then 15-year-old to Europe for the first time and showing her two of my favourite cities, London and Paris, was one of the great experiences of my life. It’s a perfect age to share something wonderful with a young person and see their eyes bulge with the beauty and history.

Are you a heavy or light packer?

I start very broad and then narrow, narrow, narrow down. However, I’ve never been able to master the 24-hour pack and I always say that if you’re doing one checked bag you might as well do two.

Do you have a bucket list destination you’re yet to explore?

Yes, and it’s massive. I need to visit more European cities, ride on more trains, eat more great food and there are way too many galleries not yet visited. Travelling the length of Italy is very near the top of the list and I’ve not yet seen any of Scandinavia – I’m keen to visit Sweden to walk in the footsteps of my Viking ancestors. I’d love to get to Antarctica and I’m very keen to re-visit my husband’s hometown of Odesa with my husband and our daughter, who’s not been, once the ghastly war is over.


Music lover, DJ, promoter and Man About Town, Matthew is familiar to many as the man responsible for the vibe at the iconic Golden Dawn (RIP).

Where is your favourite spot to go on holiday?

I’ve always envied people who grew up having a ‘spot' to holiday at, and have spent years kidding myself that I’m one of those people who just 'loves Auckland when there’s nobody around', but actually I am just terrible at planning ahead to go anywhere.

The first place that comes to mind is Hobart, despite having only been there twice.

Why do you love it so much?

MONA! When I first heard about this mystical museum, I knew I had to go there. A wild gallery space, built into a rocky cliffside by a madman whose CV read more like a Bond villain than an arts philanthropist, and home to some unbelievable spectacles old and new. I love a good holiday with a purpose. I don’t function well with time to just do nothing.

What was the most memorable holiday you’ve ever taken?

I’ll never forget being bitten on the nipple by a fish while trying to meditate in the water in Fiji. I’ve never been back to Fiji, or tried to meditate since.

I love the city of Porto in Portugal. That place is like nowhere else I’ve been, and being there during the Festa de São João do Porto was something else. People are encouraged to hit strangers on the head with inflatable hammers in the street, and light lanterns that float up into the sky, thousands at a time. What could go wrong?

Bucket list destination and why?

Ooh, what a good question First stop is to head to LA to visit my little sister who’s making a life playing music over there. If I can somehow combine that with a ramble through the misty Scottish highlands then record shopping in Tokyo and watching Nick Cave in Iceland as one big trip, that’s my answer!

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Elle + Riley was founded in 2016 by Elle and her mother, Yolande Ellis, to change the landscape of luxury knitwear.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?

Europe. Without a doubt the ultimate holiday destination. My favourites in particular are Paris, Capri and Greece. The food, the culture, the sunshine... it's just unbeatable.

What was the most memorable holiday you’ve ever taken?

My husband and I went on a belated honeymoon in 2022 for almost five weeks around Europe, travelling mostly through France, Italy and Greece. I organised everything down to the letter and it meant that every element of our trip was just exquisite. It was our first big vacation post-Covid, so I think it felt even more special after being caged up for so long.

Are you a heavy or light packer?

I'm a heavy packer, although I do plan my outfits out for every day of my itinerary, so I don't necessarily overpack. I just like to make sure my style reflects my destination. We have been known to purchase an extra suitcase coming home though for all of our shopping.

Do you have a bucket list destination you’re yet to explore?

I'm hoping to do a safari in Africa next year. That's at the top of my bucket list along with a week in the Maldives.


Yolande is a partner in the Elle + Riley Cashmere label alongside her daughter, Elle.

What was the most memorable holiday you’ve ever taken?

Last year I visited Tuscany with some friends – we stayed in the villa where the wedding in Succession was filmed. It has to be one of my favourite trips filled with fabulous people, food and wine. The beauty of Europe is being able to get around to so many amazing towns and cities so easily.

Are you a heavy or light packer?

Like Elle, I'm a heavy packer but concise. I make sure I have plenty of outfits to mix and match together, and lightweight clothing that is comfortable for travel. It's always shoes and cosmetics that take up most of the weight in our bags.

Do you have a bucket list destination you’re yet to explore? I would love to take a ski trip to Japan next. Plenty of opportunity to wear all my fabulous cashmere, and the food and culture would be divine! (HELENE RAVLICH)  PN

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To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our minds strong and clear.

Floating to relieve pain from injury

What, you might ask, happens when you float? The experience and the effects vary according to your reasons for floating, but the method is essentially the same. The tank is filled with water and epsom salts, and the salt helps you to float.

The water is set at the same temperature as your skin, we have the tanks at 35.5 degrees. What this means is that when you lie back and bob to the top of the water, you don't feel anything. It's like being suspended in mid-air with no gravity and no wind.

You have music for 10 minutes in the beginning and you turn out the lights and most people wear ear plugs.

Once you let go, the magic happens Floating is a maintenance therapy, resetting the mind, body and soul.

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Learning meditation in person is so much easier than from an app. Join us for this five day non-residential retreat with Susan Allen.

Every moment of every day, your mind is creating your experience. This is one of the great insights that a man called Siddhartha came to 2500 years ago in northern India. This man came to be called The Buddha. This insight is a learning that, when we come to understand it for ourselves, can lead to the greatest freedom and flourishing.

When something inconvenient happens to you, some days you may just brush it off but then on another day you might get offended or irritable. Same external situation – different internal response. Why is this?

Through meditation we come to the profound realisation that our mind is constructing our every moment experience. All of our thoughts, emotions, even perceptions are all created by our mind. So irritability depends not on the red traffic light, but rather depends on how the mind is reacting to the traffic light. While this may seem a reasonable theory, when we deeply understand this it becomes a path to the deepest freedom. Rather than being at the whim of life’s ups and downs, through meditation we can establish a stability of mind that we can truly rely on.

These Tibetan Buddhist practices will be taught in a secular, practical, non woowoo way. RetreatsNZ teacher Susan

Allen was previously a mechanical engineer before founding Yoga Ground in Ponsonby and Wanaka. She is attracted to these Buddhist practices because they are both logical and transformative.

The retreat will cover Tranquility and Insight meditation practices. Tranquility practices quieten the busy mind; this cultivates ease and stability of mind. Insight practices liberate the mind from its conditioned patterns. Our negative, reactive, emotional states decline, we feel more connected to others and we begin to operate more from a spacious, easeful awareness rather than from the obsession with thinking.

Beginners and experienced meditators are welcome. You'll be able to ask questions and get personalised instructions. Susan has a gift and a passion for delivering this material in a way that is clear and inspiring.

And if you’re wondering what type of people go on a retreat like this – the answer is people like you.

This could be what you’ve been looking for. Come join us.

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Grey winter days lend themselves beautifully to self-care moments, quality time spent cocooned inside feeling warm and pampered, well away from chill winds and driving rain.

Local beauty and wellness destination Spring Spa on Ponsonby Road knows this all too well, and points to its Hot Stone Massage as a dream choice when you’re looking for the perfect way to relax, unwind and warm up. The ultimate indulgence during the cooler months, the treatment involves the use of heated volcanic stones to melt away tension, while simultaneously leaving you blissfully rejuvenated. This treatment really comes into its own during the cooler months, delivering a sense of all round wellbeing, as well as helping to reduce stress and anxiety while promoting a good night’s sleep.

When it comes to facials, Spring’s CODAGE Paris Deep Pore Cleansing Facial powered by Facify is an incredible treatment incorporating lymphatic drainage techniques and magnetic pulse therapy to improve fine lines. It’s a decadent 90-minute experience that is ideal for weather-exposed skin and shows immediate results, and you can boost this further will CODAGE Paris’ luxurious home-care offering.

Last but by no means least, Spring is the official spa partner of European skincare phenomenon Augustinus Bader, and for a little at-home indulgence you can’t go past the cult brand’s The Rich Cream super facial hydrator and The Body Cream, a rich, luxurious formula that intensely hydrates while helping to visibly improve tone and texture.






Finding the right expert who understands your hair aspirations is a transformative experience.

As Kenji, Aube owner says, “We listen carefully to our clients’ needs and provide quality cut, colour and hair care services. Whether it’s about making a statement, or simply walking out as the best version of yourself, we are here to give you technically excellent hair.

"Hair health is paramount at Aube. We bring into our space the latest in hair and scalp wellbeing from Japan and around the world; from an indepth understanding of exemplary cut and colour techniques, to the clean premium product lines we carefully select. We are excited to have installed the first-ever ‘Yume’ (The Dreamer) basins in New Zealand, so we can provide a deeply relaxing Japanese spa experience.

"As qualified and passionate educators, we are constantly researching and learning to offer a level of excellence and expertise we can be proud of. We love bringing this knowledge to our clients and industry colleagues as part of the training events we host. Aube is a growing community and education space for anyone interested in the art and science of undeniably great hair. We are very different from most hair salons in New Zealand.

"We provide Japanese headspa using a shampoo basin in a private VIP room, as well as usual haircut and colour but focusing on educating every client on home haircare.

"We also import selected Japanese hair and scalp treatments that no others have and extra other features with very welcoming space."

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As the winter season approaches, the drop in temperature brings with it an increased susceptibility to colds, flu and other respiratory infections and it becomes crucial to prioritise immune support and holistic wellness to maintain optimal health.

Ayurveda offers valuable insights and practices to fortify the immune system. One of the most potent and effective tools for winter wellness is Nasya, an Ayurvedic practice involving the administration of herbal oil into the nasal passages.

Nasya therapy is rooted in the belief that the nasal passages serve as a gateway to the brain and respiratory system, and are crucial pathways for delivering medicinal substances directly to these vital areas. Nasya works by lubricating the nasal passages, clearing congestion and promoting respiratory health. It is recommended for conditions such as chronic sinusitis, allergies, headaches and migraines, facial paralysis, insomnia and sleep disorders.

We provide Nasya therapy at our Ayurveda New Zealand clinic. After a head, neck and face massage, herbal infused steam is applied to the sinus area to prepare the passages for receiving treatment. Afterwards, Anu Taila nasal oil is applied through each nostril and massaged gently to distribute into the deeper parts of the sinuses. Our Sattva Botanicals™ product range includes a certified organic Anu Taila nasal oil available on our website which can be self-administered at home.

One of our clients has written a heartwarming testimonial about her experience with Nasya at our clinic:

"Six months ago, I experienced the onset of facial paralysis because of damage to my facial nerve. It was the second time I'd been struck down with this horrible illness. I'd already exhausted Western treatments, and by chance an Internet search showed that Ayurveda New Zealand could help me. I had nothing to lose and had my first consultation with Sarita. Her knowledge impressed me. But it was her warmth

and genuineness that really struck me. She explained that Ayurvedawasn'tonlygoingtotreatmyface,therestofmealso needed some work. That's what Ayurveda does. It changes and improves you holistically. After three Nasya treatments, I've noticed a lot of improvements on my face. And not only that, Sarita has supported and encouraged me to change my lifestyle. She's genuinely interested in getting me better. I've never felt healthier and my stress and anxiety levels are now better managed with exercise, yoga and meditation.

"My Nasya treatments are with the lovely Natasha. Her care and attention to detail are amazing, and she really does know where my pain points are. My face and body have been yearning for this treatment, and Ayurveda NZ is a Godsend. Thank you, Sarita and Natasha.” S. Gautam, Accountant

If you'd like to book a Nasya treatment or an Ayurvedic consultation to find out more about how to strengthen your immune system for winter, please contact Sarita.


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Make an interior style statement with large crystal pieces from ASH&STONE.

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New stock in-store includes large polished crystals, clusters, crystal slabs and collectors' items. What are you waiting for?

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As we go into hibernation mode, our winter clothing comes out of hiding. Here are a few tips to help you keep your woollens looking and smelling great.

Wash wool less

Wool is considered to be naturally antibacterial. It’s also breathable and does not harbour odour. What this means for you is less need to wash your beloved woollen garments as regularly. Even if they are a bit whiffy, you can hang them in a warm and breezy spot for an hour or so to freshen them up.

Be careful with temperature

It’s really important to make sure the temperature of your wash (cool) is exactly the same as your rinse temperature. But beware – not all washing machines can be trusted. Best practice is to handwash and rinse your woollens in lukewarm water to avoid shrinkage and protect texture.

Use a wool-friendly detergent

Wool is a delicate fibre that does not do well with harsh chemicals. Choose a gentle detergent like ecostore’s Wool & Delicates Wash. It contains naturally refreshing eucalyptus oil, dissolving and rinsing away in cooler water to leave clothes beautifully fresh and soft. It’s even safe for your baby clothes, like Merino Kids Go-Go sleeping bags, as it’s kind to the most delicate skin too.

Handle with care

Lower each garment into lukewarm water and gently move it around to lift everyday dirt. If there’s an area that needs extra attention, use a gentle detergent (like ecostore’s Wool & Delicates Wash) and massage it gently into the stain before rinsing away. Give your wool a gentle squeeze rather than wringing it, and hold garments in a ball to let some of the water drip away rather than dangling them by the top or bottom.

Dry the right way

Drying flat is the safest way to avoid stretching. Find a warm, well-aired spot and lay your garment on a folded towel to absorb some of the water. Be mindful of colourfastness – you don’t want any dyes to transfer. Once it’s almost dry, you can safely hang your item over a clothes horse.

You can explore the Merino Kids range and pick up a bottle of ecostore’s Wool & Delicates Wash at their shop in Freemans Bay.

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I love winter. Crisp air, warm clothes, snuggly throws, cooking up rich and comforting meals and… lovely dry skin!

As the temperature drops and the air becomes drier, our skin often pays the price.

While a good skin care routine is important, what goes into the body is arguably more impactful to the skin's appearance, hydration and resilience through the winter months. Our skin is not just an outer surface on which to apply product but a living organ (the body's largest in fact) that needs nourishment from within.

Whether through diet or supplementation, these are some of the nutrients to target during the chilly autumn and winter months for beautiful, nourished skin.

Vitamin C is your skin's best friend. It acts as an antioxidant by neutralising free radicals caused by pollution and UV exposure. It strengthens the skin’s natural barrier function, preventing moisture loss and keeping the skin hydrated. Vitamin C is also essential for collagen production. You can easily get your daily vitamin C from a variety of seasonal fresh fruit and veggies such as guava, citrus, kiwifruit, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.

Vitamin E is a frequent ingredient in many skin creams for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and moisturising properties, but maintaining a diet rich in vitamin E is just as important. The best dietary sources of vitamin E include nuts and seeds, vegetable oils, avocado and green leafy veggies.

Omega 3 fatty acids are the essential nutrient for wellnourished skin but are often overlooked. Omega 3's help lock in moisture and maintain the structure and integrity of skin cells, improving skin elasticity. Omega 3 can also reduce inflammation, particularly benefiting inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. Look for foods and supplements rich in EPA and DHA, such as fatty fish and algal oil.

Zinc is a superhero essential mineral that plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy skin. Zinc has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties making it effective against inflammatory conditions; it is essential for collagen production and protects the skin from oxidative stress and premature ageing. Great sources of zinc include shellfish, red meat, poultry, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains.

Collagen is the scaffolding that supports your skin's structure. It's responsible for keeping your skin firm and elastic, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. As you age, your body produces less collagen, so it's important to support it through your diet. This is best done through supplementation – dietary sources rich in collagen include bone broth and gelatin.

Hydration – last but not least. Keeping yourself hydrated is the absolute key to healthy, radiant and resilient skin. Drink plenty of fluids through the day as well as eating naturally hydrating foods such as fresh fruits and veggies.

Here are some ideas to help you plan your meals whilst promoting nourished and beautiful skin:

Keep warm and healthy this winter.

Breakfast: overnight oats with almond milk, topped with chia seeds, kiwifruit and thick Greek yoghurt. Mix through a serving of collagen powder.

Mid morning snack: a mandarin and handful of nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, Brazil nuts.

Lunch: Chicken or tofu salad with mixed greens, avocado and capsicum, dressed with a vinaigrette made from olive oil, lemon juice and honey. Serve with wholegrain bread.

Afternoon snack: Hummus and carrots.

Dinner: Grilled salmon with stir-fry green leafy veggies, quinoa or brown rice and a tahini dressing.

Dessert: Mixed berries and herbal tea

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A lawyer shared a story of a client losing a six-figure sum via a scam, just a day before they were due to make a deposit for a house purchase. The fraudsters posed as the victim’s bank.

Significant threats exist in today's interconnected world, particularly in banking and telecom sectors where frauds have become more sophisticated. Understanding threats is crucial to safeguarding personal and financial information – once a fraudster has your driver’s licence, date of birth and address, they have most of what they need. Be aware of these identity theft schemes:

Phishing Attacks:

Fraudsters pose as legitimate entities, such as banks or government agencies, luring victims to divulge sensitive information like usernames, passwords, and credit card details. A phishing email purportedly from a bank might prompt recipients to click on a link to verify their account information. Once on the fake website, victims unknowingly provide their credentials, which are then harvested for unauthorised bank transactions or identity theft and sold.

Account Takeover:

Initiated through phishing or malware-infected websites, fraudsters access a victim's bank account by stealing their login credentials or personal information. Once inside, they conduct unauthorised transactions, change contact information, passwords, apply for loans or credit cards in the victim's name. The aftermath of an account takeover can be financially and emotionally devastating for the victim, who may struggle to reclaim their stolen funds and restore their compromised identity and credit rating.

Sim Theft:

Targeting mobile phone accounts, fraudsters obtain enough information to pose as the account holder with mobile service

providers, to replace or change a sim card. By exploiting less rigorous protocols of customer service representatives, fraudsters gain control over a victim’s phone, enabling them to intercept authentication codes and reset passwords – then pass first security checks with institutions, using the phone number as a form of ID.

Fake ID:

Printing fake drivers’ licences, fraudsters take these to banks and other institutions to obtain accounts, cards and credit, they are in effect monetising your identity cards. Be cautious handing over your driver’s licence, what happens to it, how do they store it securely, you should not put your address on your driver’s licence either, at that point a fraudster has everything.

ATM Skimming:

This involves installing devices, ‘skimmers', on ATM machines to capture magnetic stripe data from debit or credit cards inserted by customers. Skimming devices are often accompanied by pinhole cameras or keypad overlays to record victims' PIN numbers. Once fraudsters obtain the card data and PINs, they create counterfeit cards, initiate unauthorised transactions draining victims' bank accounts, or sell the data to organised groups or individuals.

Account Opening Fraud:

Fraudsters open bank accounts, online store or loan accounts by using stolen or fabricated identities to commit financial crimes and monetising your identity. This form of identity theft uses counterfeit documents (fake IDs, forged utility bills), to pass an institution’s identity verification process. Once


accounts are established, fraudsters engage in various illicit activities, obtaining credit, money laundering or receiving funds from criminal enterprises.

Business Email Compromise (BEC):

Also known as email spoofing, BEC targets businesses and financial institutions by impersonating high-ranking executives or trusted vendors through email communication. In a typical BEC scam, fraudsters manipulate employees into transferring funds or divulging sensitive information by posing as company executives requesting urgent wire transfers or confidential financial data. BEC scams plague organisations worldwide, resulting in substantial financial losses and reputational damage.

Unexpected Money Scams:

These email scams promise rewards of large sums of money requiring upfront payments for release. They may recruit individuals as ‘mules' to receive and forward stolen funds under false pretences. They may deposit a small sum in a victim’s bank account, then pose as a trusted organisation like a bank to request reversals of payments – exploiting the victim’s trust, resulting in financial losses.

Investment Scams:

Aimed to deceive individuals into investing in fake business opportunities or financial products, these scams promise high returns and low risk. Scammers impersonate real businesses through elaborate schemes involving Google ads, slick websites, or detailed financial presentations. Victims may receive glossy investment prospectuses or engage in in-depth phone conversations with scammers posing as financial advisors, leading to financial losses.

Cyber-attacks and Breaches:

Cybercriminal gangs exploit security loopholes in widely used cloud platforms and enterprise software. These criminals create fake websites resembling legitimate ones, resulting in millions lost to scams annually.

What can you do?

Treat all communications and requests with suspicion, don’t divulge your personal information unless you are sure you know who is getting it and why, and that they can be trusted.

Stay alert – Stay on top of the warning signs of scams, and if you’re not sure, check by contacting someone you trust or the organisation that the message claims to be from before making payments or giving any personal details.

Be proactive – Stay safer online by using unique, long passwords and change these regularly – and never give out your passwords or PIN to anyone. If your ID, cards or wallet are lost or stolen, act immediately. Suspend your cards. Limit large withdrawals.

Report – If you suspect any scam-related activity, report it immediately.

In conclusion, this is not a catch all. Identity theft, bank scams and fraud pose pervasive threats in the digital age, by constantly changing and exploiting vulnerabilities in technology and human behaviour for financial gain. It's imperative for individuals and financial institutions to adopt proactive security measures and remain vigilant to mitigate these risks effectively. Collaboration and awareness are key in the ongoing battle against identity theft in the banking sector. Remember: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Devices.

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As Elsa Palmer says, "We provide Pilates classes for women in various stages of motherhood.

"We believe group Pilates offers benefits beyond mental wellbeing, including toning pelvic floor muscles and strengthening the back.

"Our focus is on creating a supportive community where women can safely exercise.

"Our format is a 45-minute class followed by 15 minutes for mothers to connect.

"We prioritise affordability to support mothers and families in Aotearoa New Zealand on their wellness journeys."

The classes are run at Ponsonby School of Dance, 5 Lincoln Street, www.mumsalltogether.com, Instagram: @mumsalltogether



An aspiring doctor and an aspiring lawyer are Auckland Girls’ Grammar School’s 2024 student leaders and they’re urging local Ponsonby parents to open their eyes to the school on their doorstep.

Head Girls Delilah Vale and Samarah Basir believe the education and support they’ve received at AGGS over their five years there is second to none.

Delilah, who post-AGGS aims to be a surgeon after attending Auckland University for Bio-med, says right from year nine at Auckland Girls’ the school’s staff is vocal about career pathways.

“Especially with harder career choices like law and medicine,” she says, “it’s comforting to know they can see step by step how we need to get there.”

Samarah, who hopes to be a lawyer, agrees: “AGGS definitely helped me to realise what my dreams were and led me on that path of law.”

Academically, AGGS is dazzling under the seven-year reign of Principal Ngaire Ashmore. In 2023 more than 80 percent of its students achieved University Entrance, putting it right up there with its inner city cohorts.

“Our work is to grow our students to be confident, caring and passionate,” explains Ashmore. “We want AGGS girls to become independent women who make a positive contribution to the wider community.”

And while academic excellence is key for parents, both Samarah and Delilah say AGGS is about more than academic excellence.

The school has incredible facilities – two heated swimming pools, a revamped gym, a covered sports ‘cloud’, a new science faculty building, a theatre, dance studio and, of course, one of the most beautiful heritage buildings in Auckland.

It’s also a school infamous for its ‘sisterhood' and both Head Girls say the value of being supported and encouraged by your fellow students is priceless.

Both girls love that students travel from all over Auckland to attend AGGS but they’re staggered that many Ponsonby, Herne Bay and St Marys Bay families often don’t consider AGGS as an option for their daughters. They’re encouraging local parents to at least take a walk down the school’s grand driveway for Open Day 2024.

“I passionately believe that AGGS provides you and prepares you for the future,” explains Samarah.

Delilah, who commutes to AGGS from Waiheke Island, adds her voice: “In essence, AGGS will set your daughter up for life and the lessons she’ll learn will help her become an independent and confident woman ready to seize all opportunities.”



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



Tuesday 11th June 2024

We  invite  you to  visit  our  school  on Tuesday 11th June

OPEN  DAY 2022

Our  Principal  will  give a short presentation at  9.30am and  6.30pm.

Students  will  lead  tours  of  the  school  as  part  of  your  visit.

All  prospective  students  for  2025 and  their  whānau are  very  welcome  to  attend.

We welcome  whānau  of  students  interested  in  enrolling  in Ngā  Tūmanako  o  Kahurangi,  our Māori  Whānau  Unit.

Auckland  Girls’  Grammar  School  welcomes  enrolments  from  throughout  the  Auckland  region and  we  hope  you  will  take  this  opportunity  to  find  out  more  about  us

MORNING 9.30am  – 12.00pm

For  more  information please  phone  307  4180  or  email
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Make no assumptions. Oceania’s latest development is here to redefine later life living in every way imaginable.

Perched on the eastern edge of St Heliers Bay overlooking Glover Park, The Helier brings the best of a tranquil retreat to total urban convenience. With unrivalled views of the Waitematā Harbour, spanning Rangitoto Island to Auckland CBD and everything in between, it's close to all the comforts and hotspots locals know and love.

Prime location aside, it’s the devil-in-the-detail design and personalised approach that transcends conventional notions of apartment living into its own league of luxury.

Like waking up on vacation, it’s a retirement totally on your terms, with abundant options at your fingertips. Just ask the personal concierge on hand to answer your every need, want and whim.

Start every morning with gourmet breakfast on your own enclosed patio as you watch the rising sun bring the Waitematā Harbour to life. Followed by laps in the indoor pool, a plunge in the spa and a session at our private gym. Or why not unwind with a spot of pampering at our private day spa?

At your leisure, savour a culinary spectacle prepared by our very own executive chef, Charles Pihera. Or ask the grandchildren around for your own VIP viewing party at our cosy yet classic-feeling exclusive cinema.

Come evening, sip from a curated selection of fine wines in our private wine library, catching up with friends old and new. Or host the whole family for dinner at your luxurious apartment, with catering taken care of by world-class chefs so you barely need to lift a finger.

Beyond retirement living, The Helier also offers care residences designed to create a premium care experience unlike any other in New Zealand. Their private nursing care model takes a holistic, bespoke approach to care, whether that’s everyday assistance or hospital-level care.

Combined with world-class amenities and services, it’s all about unlocking the ultimate experience in comfort and care for each resident. From spacious two-bedroom apartments to private-care residences, The Helier caters to a world of wants, needs and lifestyles.

So whether it’s independence or personalised care, both residents and their loved ones enjoy peace of mind knowing every aspect of their well-being is meticulously attended to.

Experience life beyond expectations – only at The Helier.

Looking for a central spot you can lock up and leave? Or somewhere you’ll never want to? The Helier is your oasis for both convenience and comfort.

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Community support and charitable involvement are fundamental to ethical business says Ponsonby’s leading real estate agent.

A broad and deep involvement with community groups and charities across a range of sectors is crucial to developing and maintaining an ethical and morally rewarding approach to business, according to Ponsonby’s leading real estate agent.

Top performing Auckland inner-west real estate salesperson Blair Haddow of Bayleys Ponsonby says that giving back to many sectors of the greater community is an important part of sustaining his profile in the locales of Ponsonby, Herne Bay, Grey Lynn, Westmere, St Marys Bay and Freemans Bay.

Blair’s various commitments to community groups and charities have recently seen him and a good friend jointly contribute $16,000 to the child welfare support charity Cure Kids, along with donating funds to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and supporting the Kings Trust Aotearoa which enables young Kiwis to undertake education and employment programmes designed to get them into the workplace.

Further showcasing a commitment to the city’s youth, Blair Haddow earlier this year also pledged to underwriting a scholarship programme at Auckland University of Technology’s Bachelor of Business studies faculty. The successful scholarship recipient was hard-working student Joey Ramos who has a bright future in the business sector –already having been offered internships at accounting and financial services firms Ernst & Young, and Deloitte.

Bayleys Ponsonby has also been a long-standing sponsor of the Inner-City Schools Arts Exhibition programme which sees the colourful and imaginative creations of hundreds of the area’s youngsters displayed at public venues annually.

From a commercial perspective, Blair spends much of his spare time – and his disposable income – in the Ponsonby, Herne Bay, Grey Lynn, Westmere, St Marys Bay and Freemans Bay areas where he is a regular customer at numerous restaurants and bars in the inner-west Auckland neighbourhoods.

Much of Blair’s networking is done ‘after hours’ at these venues where he always bumps into past customers and clients, both vendors and buyers, who are always seeking his commentary on what is happening in the real estate markets.

“I’m finding at the moment, as it has been for much of this year, that high-end high-value homes are continuing to sell well at

good pricing levels. So well in fact, that I simply don’t have enough of these properties on my listing portfolio to meet the demand I have from my buyer database,” confides Blair.

“That’s simply because potential vendors are holding off bringing their homes to market for sale. It’s a similar scenario in the mid price range of between $1.6million - $2.5 million, the number of listings to choose from right now are few and far between.”

Blair Haddow and his hard-working sales associate Keenin Whitcher, who is quickly learning the ropes about how to become a successful real estate agent under Blair’s mentorship, have a quartet of beautiful homes for sale at present, including:

· 20 Dedwood Terrace in St Marys Bay – a three-storey/ six-bedroom home and income residence with fourbedrooms on the upper floors, and a stylish two-bedroom apartment on the ground floor, while featuring exceptional balcony views over the inner harbour and harbour bridge beyond the immaculately manicured back lawn and boxed gardens.

20 Wharf Road in Ponsonby – a fully renovated, four bedroom/two-bathroom open-plan villa with pictureperfect newly landscaped back lawn and off-street car parking.

· 4 Masefield Avenue in Herne Bay – a two-storey, executive, sleek lined three-bedroom/two-bathroom residence with outdoor decking on both levels, and garaging.

68 Old Mill Road in Westmere – a comfortable threebedroom family home with easy-care back lawn and twocar garaging.

To ensure the pipeline of new listings continues well into winter, Blair and Keenin are spending long hours during the day talking to Blair’s database of buyers and potential sellers across Ponsonby, Herne Bay, Grey Lynn, Westmere, St Marys Bay and Freemans Bay – checking in with where they now are in their ‘cycle’, and garnering ‘grass roots’ feedback on where Kiwis are seeing the inner-west Auckland property market in conjunction with the wider economy. (BLAIR HADDOW)  PN www.facebook.com/blairhaddowresidential




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A lot of people are 'financially downsizing' at the moment and this can be like a game of dominoes in that one party has to sell before they buy or vice versa. It is essential your agent is well versed in being able to handle not only the sale of your home but assist in the timing of where you will go next.

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Sunday 16 June 2.30pm with soloist Matthias Balzat, conductor David Sharp – Cello Romance


Beethoven Egmont Overture

Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme Op 33

Faure Elegy Op 24

Beethoven Symphony No 7 Op 92 in A

St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra is delighted to bring you another outstanding concert which showcases the brilliant and commanding NZ cellist Matthias Balzat. Unmissable!

Matthias started playing cello at 3 and grew up in a musical family who toured the world playing Folk and Celtic music.

Graduating with a BMus at age 17, having studied with James Tenant and world-renowned Pieter Wispelwey, he is currently studying at the Schuman Hochschule fur Musik in Dusseldorf.

Playing a Reiner Beilharz 2014 cello, Matthias performs a large repertoire, throughout Europe, the UK, NZ and Australia.

David Sharp’s diverse conducting credits include performing internationally and with major symphony Oochestras of Australia. He has appeared on television, in films and radio and will be familiar to our audiences here.

St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra is an accomplished orchestra performing a wide repertoire of music specifically providing performance opportunities for New Zealand musicians, composers and conductors.

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Adults $30 Concessions $25 children under 12 free. Student Rush on the day $15.

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Sun 16 June at 2.30pm


Beethoven Egmont Overture

Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme Op 33 Faure Elegy Op 24

Beethoven Symphony No 7 Op 92 in A

soloist Matthias Balzat conductor David Sharp
matthew-in-the-city Cnr of Wellesley & Hobson Street, Auckland City
221 Ponsonby Road Auckland orexart.co.nz 021 213 4449 PHILIPPA BLAIR Paintings from Venice, California 1995–2009
8 June – 6
McLeod, Claire
Ivan Anthony
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Detail of Andrew McLeod's Claire and Giotto


Te Rau-o-te-Huia, 11 - 16 June, 2024

Rounding up a fantastic first year in our great new location at 37 Ponsonby Road, we're overjoyed to now present exhibitions at The Poi Room.

We have some exciting artists lined up to meet and greet, the first being local multimedia artist, Aimee Gruar with 'Te Rau-ote-Huia ~ The Treasured Possession of Te Huia'.

This exhibition celebrates the beauty of the iconic huia bird, particularly its unique tail feathers.

Gruar's art pieces, intricately crafted from vintage fabric sourced through secondhand suppliers, aim to encourage viewers to reflect on their impact on the natural world and the importance of sustainable practices.

By focusing on remembrance, she not only preserves the memory of the huia but also offers a powerful commentary on the interconnectedness of cultural heritage and ecological responsibility.

Join us at the opening event on Tuesday, 11 June, from 5:30pm - 7:30pm to meet Aimee and be among the first to experience her latest body of work. Enjoy refreshments and a relaxed environment to browse at your leisure.


9:30am - 5:30pm Monday to Friday 9:30am - 5pm Saturday 10am - 4pm Sunday

Follow us on social @thepoiroom to keep up with all the latest.

THE POI ROOM, 37 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 378 4364, www.thepoiroom.co.nz

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Aimee Gruar, Spreading the Love The Poi Room, 37 Ponsonby Rd
Below: Aimee Gruar, Priceless


8 June - 6 July – Paintings from Venice, California, 1995 - 2009.

For 20 years, Philippa Blair lived and worked in Los Angeles, California. Her husband, the architect John Porter, built them a home and studio in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, in which these paintings were completed during the years 1995 to 2009. This is the first time they have been shown and available in New Zealand.

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Escapare, 2003, oil on canvas, 102 x 152cm Flight Path, 2009, oil on canvas, 152 x 122cm Freeride, oil on canvas, 2000, 105 x 125cm


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There are sure to be giggles and growls galore when hilarious comedy dance troupe, Dynamotion, reunite with the Auckland Philharmonia for two performances of a new fun, riotous children’s production, Peter and the Wolf with Dynamotion on 8 June.

For this family friendly retelling of the beloved musical classic, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, Dynamotion’s Lara FischelChisholm, Tom Sainsbury, plus some of the finest dance comedians Aotearoa has to offer, will narrate this comical, interactive production about the hunt for a wolf on the loose, with a Kiwi twist.

Combining the best of comedy and live music, Auckland Phil’s full orchestra will play alongside Dynamotion and illustrate the story using different instruments to play the well-known themes that represent each character.

Following on from the success of 2023's Carnival of the Animals, these Auckland Philharmonia concerts in partnership with Dynamotion have become a must see for primary-aged children and are sure to have their parents and caregivers chuckling along too. There are also free, fun pre-concert family activities on offer before the show.

Then, later this month, kick off your Matariki public holiday with an unforgettable evening of hip hop and symphonic musical fusion at Matariki with Ché-Fu & The Kratez. For one night only, on 27 June in the Auckland Town Hall, Kiwi music royalty, Ché-Fu and his band The Kratez, will join forces with Auckland Philharmonia’s 70-piece professional orchestra.

This is an exciting opportunity to see diverse musical genres combine into one evening of exceptional music making. At Matariki with Ché-Fu & The Kratez, Ché-Fu and his band The Kratez, will perform many of their classics we know and love including ‘Fade Away’, ‘Misty Frequencies’, ‘Hold Tight’ and many others, reimagined with full symphonic styling and the power of a full-strength orchestra.

Needing little introduction, Ché-Fu is one of the New Zealand’s most successful and beloved recording artists, with more top 10 songs than any individual in the country’s music history. He is considered a pioneer of hip hop and Pasifika music in Aotearoa. Last year, tickets to the orchestra’s Matariki concert sold out, and with one of Aotearoa’s best-known hip hop, R&B and reggae artists performing with them this year, it’s sure to be just as popular.

For those who like a more boujee concert experience, there’s also limited VIP tickets available to this Matariki concert that include access to best seats in the house and an exclusive VIP Lounge with a private bar, two complementary drinks and delicious platters.


Presented by KBB Music & The Trusts Community Foundation 7.30pm, Thursday 27 June, Auckland Town Hall

Booking: aucklandphil.nz/che-fu


11am & 2pm, Saturday 8 June, Auckland Town Hall

Booking: aucklandphil.nz/peter-and-the-wolf

photo: Amanda Billing


This month, 250 Gallery features the work of artist Karley Feaver – an exhibition with a difference…

5 – 29 June

Wednesday – Saturday 10am - 5pm

Opening event 5pm - 8pm, Wednesday 5 June

Objects of A Human

Have you ever held an object that felt like a portal to the past?

A family heirloom, a lock of hair, a stone you once found on the beach – these ordinary things can transform into powerful reminders of life's rich tapestry. Artist Karley Feaver invites you on a journey to explore the profound connections between humans and the objects that hold personal significance in her exhibition 'Objects of A Human’.

Karley breathes life into her new collection, creating a series of surreal vessels overflowing with her own personal memories, moments and feelings. Each piece becomes a silent storyteller, whispering tales of beauty, joy, love, grief, death and longing. Through her art, Karley celebrates the bittersweet power of objects to hold the invisible threads of our experiences through life.

Imagine an urn sprouting radical botanicals, or a bird falling into a bowl of dangerous terrain. Inspired by the concept of animism and our human nature to hold on to objects of

remembrance, Karley's creations blur the lines between the external world and our inner selves. This surreal marriage of sculpture and taxidermy sparks a conversation, inviting you to contemplate the hidden stories held within your own cherished objects.

'Objects of A Human' is more than just an exhibition, it's an invitation. It's an invitation to delve deeper into your own memories, to reconnect with the power of the seemingly mundane and to appreciate the intricate beauty of life's journey. Prepare to discover what personal stories are stored in the objects that carry the fragrance of human memories.

The gallery features the works of director Tina Frantzen and new guest artists each month.


This month we will be hosting the Auckland Playback Theatre on Friday 21 June, 7pm - 8.30pm, gold coin koha.

250 Gallery, 250 Ponsonby Road, www.tinafrantzen.com

For further information: Tina, M: 0274 519 662, E: tinafrantzen@gmail.com Instagram: @tinafrantzenartist and: @two.fiftygallery

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HOROSCOPES: MISS PEARL NECLIS – what your stars hold for June

Aquarius (the Water Carrier)

21 January - 19 February

You need to determine your priorities this month. Deciding what’s important and what can be discarded is top of your list of things to do. You’ll know that you’ve done a good job when you’re able to see clearly the things that are most important to you.

Pisces (the Fishes) 20 February - 20 March

You feel drawn to a project that normally you wouldn’t bother with and you don’t know why. Follow your intuition and you night be pleasantly surprised. What ever expectations you might have it might be time to let them go.

Aries (the Ram) 21 March - 20 April

If you want to find out what’s going on around you then start having conversations with people and start listening. The positive from this is that you will feel more connected to friends than you would normally. Keep anything personal to yourself though.

Taurus (the Bull)

21 April - 21 May

Balance has always played an important part in your life, so when it’s upset this has a significant effect on you. Perhaps there’s a personality clash that you’re unaware of. It’s very exhausting but only temporary. You’ll be able to ride it out.

Leo (the Lion)

23 July - 21 August

You’ve always tried to present yourself as someone capable and always in control but in reality this is different. If you need help then don’t be afraid to ask for it. The offers are there for the taking.

Gemini (the Twins)

22 May - 21 June

Try not to get distracted from the path you’re following this month. If you feel overwhelmed then make sure you’re able to talk to someone. You can relax and occasionally deviate from the straight and narrow knowing that you’’ll be back on the right path at some point.

Cancer (the Crab)

22 June - 22 July

You’ve never been as socially active as you are now and you are fizzing with excitement. It seems you seem to be flavour of the month in some circles. Keep your expectations realistic and go and have fun.

Scorpio (the Scorpion)

24 October - 22 November

You have this need to vocalise your feelings but you don’t want to open yourself to any vulnerabilities this month. You’re not sure if you should talk to someone close or not. Whatever decision you do make, know that it will be the right one.

Virgo (the Virgin)

22 August - 23 September

You’re very passionate at the moment about a personal project you’ve had on the go and your confidence is at an all time high. What’s confusing is listening to what other people have to say. In this case the only voice you need to hear is your own.

Libra (the Scales)

24 September - 23 October

Be careful this month, you don’t want to be talked into anything you don’t feel comfortable with. However, you also don’t want to miss any opportunities that might come along. Look at all angles before you commit to anything.

Sagittarius (the Archer)

23 November - 22 December

You’re ready to take a relationship that you’re having to a new level this month, just make sure that the other party is also onboard before anything changes. Staying busy will definitely help you along the way. Just remember that you’re not equipped to go it alone.

Capricorn (the Goat)

23 December - 20 January

You can be a willing participant when there’s a bit of horseplay going on but on a serious side you need to know that this is only a distraction. You’re very popular and that can be an attraction if you want it. Just be prepared for the exposure that will bring.




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