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ORANGE CONES AND THE WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD MEETING My name is Glenn Wright, I am a resident of Ponsonby (and have been for over 30 years). I attended the last WLB meeting and I want to express my incredulity re this board for the scourge of pointless orange construction cones that popped up during Covid-19 along Ponsonby Road. Constructed by stealth, in the dead of night, with no associated signage – and with no mandate – nobody knew what they were for. Business owners, already distraught at a loss of five weeks of revenue and with ongoing costs, were under the impression they were soon to endure months of roadworks and had lost parking outside their businesses. Residents equally were dazed and confused and aghast at the unsightly, haphazard shambles this created – and, I reiterate, created without mandate. Clearly, the majority of the Waitemata Local Board cares not one jot for the wellbeing of either residents or the business owners of Ponsonby. Whilst over 80% of these cones were removed as we moved to Covid-19 Alert Level 2, the ones that remained were extremely dangerous. They encouraged pedestrians crossing Ponsonby Road to stand in the way of on-coming cars. Drivers of those cars were distracted trying to change lanes at short notice. Someone could have been killed. Auckland Transport has now acknowledged the risk these cones posed and removed them all. Where was the leadership from the Waitemata Local Board, the people elected to represent us in all of this? And don’t start me on the needless waste of money – tens of thousands of dollars no doubt – this chaotic futility cost the long suffering and already grossly overburdened Auckland city ratepayer! I extend my vote of thanks to Sarah Trotman, the elected member of this board who seems to be the only person who cares about community safety and ensured Auckland Transport removed the cones last month. Glenn Wright, Ponsonby

BE KIND TO VISUALLY AND MOBILITY IMPAIRED ON K’ROAD The new cycleway in Karangahape Road overbridge has the walking space on the outside adjacent to the wall with the new artwork sign, ‘BE KIND KARANGAHAPE’. Pedestrians have to then walk across the cycleway to reach the bus shelter. This is extremely dangerous for the 25% of the population who are mobility impaired (including visually impaired, those with disabilities, recovering from operations and injuries, wheelchair bound and those with walkers, children needing adult supervision, elderly and those carrying weighty items). The Health and Safety Report of Auckland Transport’s design suggested three crossing points where bikes gave way to people. AT rejected the expert advice. Instead, have provided one central visually impaired crossing point, so people will take the shortest route and cross wherever they choose! The glass barriers at the bridge edge, for protection from the motorway below, could have extended over the footpath in a rain shelter like the award-winning design over Grafton Bridge. Further along the road, the lowered cycleway is positioned between a raised island with kerbs either side, and parking/bus lane on the outside. There is a sloped kerb to the walkway. This means that mobility impaired passengers could trip over a kerb and be hit by a bike on the way to the footpath. Instead of the compassion we have shown to the most vulnerable by protecting them during our lockdown for Covid 19, this design lacks kindness by putting very able cyclists before the most vulnerable pedestrians! Gael Baldock, Westmere A SALUTE TO THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE ROSE’S OF PONSONBY While catching up online with news from Aotearoa, I was drawn to an article about Ponsonby. As I read, I was overwhelmed with both sadness and anger. This could not be happening in the Ponsonby I knew, loved and grew up in.

WATER CRISIS OR A BUREAUCRATIC CRISIS We are presently suffering a water shortage – is this a water crisis or a bureaucratic crisis as is outlined in a recent NZ Herald?

If the article was any type of reference as to what qualifies you in 2020 to be a welcomed resident of Ponsonby, then one had to be affluent, belong to a particular ethnicity or race, be racist and prepared to use bullying tactics to cause unfathomable harm and humiliation to another.

The reason Saturday brought restrictions was because the consent applied for to draw more water in winter has not been approved. Not only hasn’t it been approved, it has been sitting waiting to be actioned for seven years. There is simply no excuse for things to be the way they are.

Are people no longer aware that the Maori people are indigenous? Who would vilify a respected Maori lady elder? Has history been rewritten in Aotearoa?

Phil Goff, surely one of the more incompetent in a reasonably long line of incompetents, didn’t seem to realise what a dick of himself he was making when he huffed and puffed and proclaimed that he had written to David Parker twice, once in March and once in April, and hadn’t got a reply. The answer is we are suffering both a short term and long term crisis and we thus need both a short term and long term solution – the short term crisis can be solved by unblocking the bureaucratic pipes! The question is how long must our city put up with governance incompetence’? Keith McConnell, keith@keithforwaitemata.com PONSONBY PARK AT 254 PONSONBY ROAD I read in Richard Northey’s report that the money for Ponsonby Park at 254 Ponsonby Road may not be there due to the effects of COVID-19. We need this civic space to be created. Can it be done in two parts? It will be great for Ponsonby to have that community and civic space. Please, Richard Northey (and the local board), get this park for us, we have waited decades already. Andy Smith, Worried of Wood Street

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There were two facts that appealed to me from the article. Firstly, that there are Maori elders of Rose’s calibre living in Ponsonby and, secondly, that Ponsonby did not undergo complete gentrification. As I swayed from sadness to anger, I was flooded with my fondest childhood memories. Ponsonby in the 1960s acted as a gateway to all, serving its residents well, both locals and the thousands of immigrants seeking the vast plethora of new opportunities. Arriving in Ponsonby from Dunedin with my mother, I attended Richmond Road Primary School. My mother worked at the Tattersfield Mattress factory with many new immigrants, some of whom could not even speak English. The catchcry was: Where are you from? There was a village atmosphere where people cared about each other. Saint Columbia Church celebrated religious days with a hangi, where the happiest celebrations and best feasts were to be had. What made Ponsonby special is its soul, which has over time been imbued with the spirit of all it has hosted. Both Rose and the letter writer will be included in my daily prayers. Rose, Kia tiaho to marama, aroha. Karen, Brisbane



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Lockdown was a frustrating time for everyone. We were only allowed out for grocery shopping and other essential services. Supermarkets had a field day with the food monopoly. But there is one local business that is receiving praise for going the extra mile for customers – Jervois Foodmarket, owned and run by husband and wife, Sanjay and Rashmi Patel. Throughout the lockdown, my colleague John Elliott visited Jervois Foodmarket regularly and he told me he always felt safer than if he had ventured to a supermarket. The Patels increased their range of food available, including a big increase in fresh fruit and vegetables. Their prices were very fair, too, he told us – P19. As we went to press with this issue, we are still in Level 2, but hoping we will get down to Level 1 as soon as we are able to. Just when we are hearing lovely stories of cooperation, kindness to neighbours and the elderly and random acts by locals leaving food and flowers on people’s doorsteps during the lockdown, we hear of a nasty isolated outbreak of racism. It is a surprise and extremely disappointing to hear that Maori

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grandmother, Rose Greaves, a Ponsonby resident for a number of years, has received a vile racist letter in her letterbox, unnamed of course, from what one neighbour and defender of Rose calls ‘a racist coward’ – P24. During lockdown we started work on our new Ponsonby News app. It will make Ponsonby News easier to read in a digital format and will be available in the Apple and Google Play stores next month. If you’ve missed out on getting a copy of the issue they are available in our new bins located around the area. While our June issue (the first back in print since Covid-19) is closed off for advertising, we are delighted to announce another travel feature in July. We have some great deals for operators who want to reach Ponsonby News readers and share the incredible deals and amazing activities that are now available to locals – P36. (MARTIN LEACH)  PN

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Located in a niche position, 25 Bayfield offers a coveted lifestyle and location for families and busy execs alike. With absolutely nothing to do but move in and hang up the art work, this west facing character cottage has been renovated and rebuilt with separate space and flexibility in mind.

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The Best in the Business 6/2 Second Ave, Kingsland For Sale $1,395,000

Perched up high with a prime north facing aspect that offers 180 degree views, plus loads of sun and natural light. This immaculately presented exec townhouse is the complete package. Neat as a pin – and ready to move in and enjoy.


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Double Down on Convenience & Location 35 St Marys Road, St Marys Bay Auction

Number 35 St Marys Road is an impressive four bedroom, two bathroom character home that is literally surrounded by some of the very best features that our city has to offer. Very well presented today, while providing great scope for future renovations and value-add activity.



David Hartnell: One minute interview with Dr Kate Riegle van West Dr Kate Riegle van West is the leading global expert in working with poi to improve health and wellbeing. She completed her PhD on the effects of poi on physical and cognitive function for older adults at the University of Auckland in 2018. Tell us about your business? SpinPoi supports individuals and organisations in Aotearoa and across the globe in working with poi to improve wellbeing. We have a particular focus on aged care and how this precious taonga can improve quality of life for our seniors. Especially now with COVID-19, playing poi is a really great way to not only keep the mind and body active but to relax and have some much needed fun. What’s the best thing about where you live? I live in Grey Lynn and the best thing about it is the neighborhood cats. Never a dull walk with so many furry friends about. What was your childhood like? I grew up in a town called Normal and was completely obsessed with circus arts. I spent all of my free time in our backyard flipping and flying through the air, and joined a youth circus when I was seven. I definitely marched to the beat of my own drum. Complete the sentence: I will die happy if... I have not lost too much of my mind. Your dream holiday? Anywhere where my family is. I don’t get to see them enough. Most treasured possession? My teddy bear. I’ve had him since the day I was born. Aisle or window seat on a plane? Window. No matter how much I travel, it is always awe-inspiring to see cars and cities and mountains and clouds from above. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Continuing to work with poi to improve wellbeing and create positive change in the world.

What motivates you? I’m not really sure. I have this deep and mysterious inner flame that perpetually pushes me to change the world. I’ve never really understood it. What do you think happens when we die? Our atoms get rearranged into other formations. Give your teenaged self some advice? It’s not you, it’s them. All of the things that make you not fit in with your peers, that people think are weird, are going to make you the coolest some day. How do you chill out? I like to listen to the ‘Stuff You Should Know’ podcast while playing spider solitaire. Which item of clothing can’t you live without? Warm socks and gloves. My hands and feet are always cold.

What job would you do other than your own? I have always wanted to be a performer in Cirque du Soleil; to be part of that magic, to push boundaries, to bring people into such fantastical worlds. Their shows have always felt like home to me.

Your dream home? There will definitely be slides, secret passages, a soundproof music studio so I can play drums and horns any time I like, and a prominent place to display all of my poi.

If you were reincarnated, what would you be? A cat. Or maybe a fairy.

Tell us something very few people know about you? I decided to become a vegetarian when I was two.

What do you most dislike about your appearance? That my hair isn’t naturally rainbow coloured. To be honest, I don’t really have any hangups about the way I look.

Greatest fear? Losing my mind.

Like to be remembered how? As a kind, inspiring, strong woman who made the world a better place. What do you love most about your age? The emotional stability. If you were an ice cream, what would it be called? Nea-poi-litan. Something that you really disapprove of? Not treating other people or creatures with equal respect. Biggest disappointment? Moving quite far away from my Opa shortly before he passed away. He was very proud of me for taking a job at Harvard University, but always asked if I was coming back to visit soon.

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What superpower would you like? Being able to bring anything I draw to life. Greatest weakness? Pop-tarts. Or maybe massages. I will completely melt if offered either. Comfort food? Mac and cheese. Your dream dinner party? My cat and all my stuffed animals, but only if they could talk. They’ve seen it all and could probably give me better advice than anyone. Do you have a party trick? Disappearing without anyone noticing. Favourite movie? ‘Between the Folds’. It’s a documentary about origami. And basically PN all aspects of life. It blew my mind. (DAVID HARTNELL MNZM)  PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

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Upstairs Downstairs 25 Browning Street, Grey Lynn For Sale by Negotiation

Keith Dowdle 021 877 905 Sandy Dowdle 021 877 804

This bungalow is one of the last yet to be renovated in the highly desirable street. Historically configured as two flats (Four bedroom upstairs and three downstairs) you can certainly make the most of the rental potential, either in the short term as you plan ahead for renovation, or the long term as an investment hold.

Fully Renovated Family Villa 21 Schofield Street, Grey Lynn $2,775,000

Where else can you get so much at this price point? If you are seeking beautiful family living on a generous scale, this is where you need to be. Put the uncertainty of any renovation on hold, and move to your new Grey Lynn address.



It’s a team effort... we couldn’t do it without our contributors CLARE CALDWELL


Clare (Claudie) Caldwell is a creative arts therapist and freelance artist. She also runs a voluntary art and art therapy programme at Auckland City Mission.

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



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

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





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

Writer/researcher/coach. Writing and the sea are my happy places. I bow down to natural medicine and animals. My philosophy: love and kindness.


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


I am a veteran writer and editor and run two websites – Witchdoctor and Doctor Feelgood – focusing on my interests in music, technology, and the wellbeing of the planet and its denizens.

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

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


I’m the local Member of Parliament for Auckland Central including Waiheke and Great Barrier Island. National Party spokesperson for Education and Sport and Recreation.


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





More than a nature photographer, I am a storyteller, a visual narrator and environmentalist who seeks out bird stories begging to be told.

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.

I am Councillor for Waitemata- and Gulf ward on Auckland Council. Formerly, Chair WaitemataLocal Board.

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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We all need to remind ourselves that the COVID-19 pandemic has not gone away and that we still need to maintain physical distancing and hand washing and, above all, be kind to each other in order to ensure there is no resurgence in our community.

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Richard Northey: Waitemata Local Board Chair

Most of our council facilities have reopened, but under these restrictions. The pools will remain closed because of the drought and we all need to reduce our water use. Auckland Transport is trying to help people stay safe and socially distant with temporary widening of space for cyclists and pedestrians. For the Waitemata Local Board, COVID-19 has meant a lot of work for both board members and board staff. The board office can now be accessed by no more than three at a time, so you should give prior warning if you need to visit. Most of our work and daily activities will still be done from our homes. I am delighted to get back to the YMCA to resume my fitness programmes. I can still be contacted at M: 021 534 546 or richard.northey@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz and the staff at waitematalocalboard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz Our frequent meetings with groups and individuals are happening by Skype, phone, Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Our business meetings on 5 and 19 May were held by Skype, where we decided on our local grants to organisations. We may still have to use Skype at our next business meeting on 16 June. We have provision for those contacting us in advance to be able to make virtual deputation or public forum presentations as well as watching and listening to the meetings, which are also recorded. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for how and where we will be holding our business meeting on 16 June. The Waitemata Local Board members continue to receive messages from locals concerned about the future of the Leys Institute Library and Gymnasium. I and the other board members are strongly opposed to demolishing or selling the buildings. The board made an urgent decision to lease premises for the library at 14 Jervois Road for three years. I was delighted to be present when the Leys Little Library opened, with the same hours as the old Leys had. Council staff are researching how best to restore these buildings and the services they provided. This is complex work and this complexity, and the COVID-19 lockdown, mean the options for doing this work will not be presented to us until our business meeting on 19 August. We very much hope that these lovely iconic buildings can be restored to their former glory and to public use. We have been engaging actively with the community about our proposed Local Board Plan. I’d like to thank everyone who shared their vision for Waitemata with us by giving us your feedback, thoughts and ideas; these will help to shape our plan. Next, Aucklanders will be

Waitemata LB Chair Richard Northey at Little Leys Library

asked to have their say on Auckland Council’s proposed ‘emergency budget’, its response to the financial impacts of COVID-19. Because the impacts of COVID-19 have reduced council income by $450 million, even with a 3.5% rate rise there could be substantial cuts to the infrastructure projects, maintenance and services to the community provided by the council. Provided these stack up, I believe, as does the Government and most business organisations, that we should maintain our services to keep people in jobs and aid the recovery of businesses whose survival is very much at risk. We are concerned that cuts may result in the lengthy postponement or cancellation of the Ponsonby Park project at 254 Ponsonby Road and of the restoration of the Leys Institute and in cuts in valued council services like the opening hours of libraries and community centres. There will be a new round of community consultation from 29 May to 19 June and, if you agree with our board members these projects and services should not be cut, you will need to take part and certainly advocate for what you want to retain. We are very much aware that some people will find it difficult to pay their rates this year. However, council has developed policies for postponement and rebates to help, and people in this situation should not hesitate to contact council to apply for this relief. Council is also providing food parcels and advice for those who have unexpectedly lost their income. Please ring 0800 22 22 96 if you need this. (RICHARD NORTHEY)  PN

Contact Richard Northey, Chair of the Waitemata Local Board, northeyr@xtra.co.nz, facebook.com/waitemata

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LOCAL NEWS photography: Connor Crawford

John Elliott: Small, local Herne Bay business wins praise during lockdown A+ for Jervois Foodmarket Lockdown was a frustrating time for everyone. We were only allowed out for grocery shopping and other essential services. Supermarkets had a field day with the food monopoly. But there is one local business that is receiving praise for going the extra mile for customers – Jervois Foodmarket, owned and run by husband and wife, Sanjay and Rashmi Patel. Throughout the lockdown, I visited Jervois Foodmarket regularly, and always felt safer than if I had ventured to a supermarket. The Patels increased their range of food available, including a big increase in fresh fruit and vegetables. Their prices were very fair too. With their ‘one person in, one person out’ policy, it gave us a chance to chat, at a safe distance of course, while we waited in the queue. Incidentally, that queue was never more than four or five long. I soon realised that Sanjay and Rashmi were attracting new custom from further afield than usual. I chatted to a woman from Westmere, who told me Jervois Foodmarket’s range of food and vegetables, wine and beer, was superior to her local dairies and superettes in Westmere. Others, including me, praised Sanjay and Rashmi for their smiling, positive service. It was clearly the personal dedication to excellent service that gave Sanjay and Rashmi’s business the edge. The Patels have been in their Jervois Road, Herne Bay, shop for four years, and they wanted Ponsonby News to thank local residents for their wonderful support during this difficult time.

They now have ideas for change and development, putting into action some of the suggestions from customers’ comments and purchases during lockdown. For example, fresh fruit and vegetables were very popular and will have a more prominent place at Jervois Foodmarket from now on. Sanjay and Rashmi thought the lockdown timing was about right, and hopefully community transmission of the virus has been prevented. As the ‘new normal’ returns, the Patels can be proud of their service and their keen dedication to their community during the past couple of months. But that service is the ‘old normal’ for them and I know it will continue as we edge out of the crisis. Sanjay and Rashmi are a charming couple with wide smiles across their faces most of the time. Service businesses do best with charismatic owners and staff, and Sanjay and Rashmi Patel certainly have charisma, along with friendly, bubbly personalities. Congratulations you two Ponsonby News is very proud to have such an important local service business owned and run by such lovely people. (JOHN ELLIOTT)  PN JERVOIS FOODMARKET, 220 Jervois Road, T: 09 376 3587




Grey Lynn Farmers Market has re-opened

Pippa Coom: Councillor for Waitemata & Gulf Together we can build a resilient, healthier and prosperous Auckland for everyone. As we moved into Alert Level 2 and venues re-opened their doors, it has been great to see the ‘shop local’ and ‘eat local’ approach being embraced and support given to the small businesses which are such a huge part of our community’s identity. However, as we all know, Auckland isn’t immune to the economic impact that the Covid-19 crisis brings. This will impact on every one of us in some way over the coming months. These impacts are experienced differently across the communities of Tamaki Makaurau. Auckland Council has responded quickly to help Aucklanders in needing a helping hand. We came together to deliver food parcels to those in need, re-deployed library staff checked in on more than 15,000 of Auckland’s most vulnerable residents, council worked with agencies to find accommodation for rough sleepers, financial help has been offered to ratepayers and we made travel free for our essential workers. Now we need to prepare for the next big challenge. Covid-19 could cost Aucklanders more than half a billion dollars in reduced revenue next year. As a result, we are now faced with hard decisions to balance our budget, while continuing to support our region, in the next financial year. So, for the first time ever, we are consulting with Aucklanders on an ‘Emergency’ Budget for 2020/2021. But we need your help, because it’s only by working together that we can recover from the crisis as effectively as we faced up to the pandemic to minimize the health impact. There will be tough choices for us all and our collective challenge is to balance reducing our costs while keeping the services Aucklanders

need and value the most, creating jobs to stimulate economic recovery and working to build community resilience. The Mayor and councillors are unanimous in the need to reduce the pressure on residents and businesses facing economic hardship with targeted assistance, while ensuring we can protect and maintain the services Aucklanders rely on. The huge reduction in our revenue means there will be increased pressure on our budget while we continue to deliver essential services and run much-loved community facilities like our libraries, cultural and arts venues and leisure centres. One of our biggest challenges will be deciding on a proposed rates rise of either 2.5 or 3.5%. Each of the proposed rate increases comes with advantages and disadvantages. The Emergency Budget consultation document goes into further detail on what those options mean, not only for ratepayers, but for the future of our entire region. While these are tough decisions, this is our opportunity to reshape, rethink and design our city for the better. Therefore, it is important we hear from you. Visit akhaveyoursay/ emergency-budget, read through the information provided and please, let us know what you think. Anyone struggling to pay their rates can contact council on T: 09 3010101 to talk through the options. We all have a part to play in Auckland’s future and I believe that together we can build a resilient, healthier and prosperous Auckland PN for everyone. (PIPPA COOM)  Contact Pippa Coom via pippa.coom@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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Have your say on Auckland’s Emergency Budget 2020/2021.

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Retiring Citizens Advice Bureau Co-Manager Margaret Antunovich was at the first day of the reopened Grey Lynn Farmers Market in Alert Level 2

Auckland Council is focused on continuing to help our communities and businesses recover, and providing the essential services Aucklanders rely on. But the economic impact of COVID-19 means together we need to make some tough decisions about Auckland’s budget; like the rates we pay and what we spend our money on.

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Auckland’s Emergency Budget proposal is now open for your feedback from midday 29 May until midnight Friday 19 June. To find out more go to akhaveyoursay.nz/emergency-budget or call 09 301 0101.

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Local market wrap with Charlotte Kofoed The greater Ponsonby real estate market has now had time following on from the move to Alert Level 2 in May to adjust to a different way of working. Interactions with buyers and sellers have fundamentally changed to ensure required protocols are adhered to. Demonstrating to clients that their health and wellbeing is of utmost importance to us during this time has become a huge part of our role, as it has for everyone in business and throughout the community.

In all markets vendors should seek a salesperson with resilience and a track record of bringing buyers and sellers successfully together for exceptional results within tough trading conditions. An experienced salesperson will also have a thorough understanding of the latest packages on offer from our marketing partners and how these can increase both your reach and enquiry level.

Many businesses developed innovative ways to navigate the Level 3 guidelines (fine dining delivered anyone?) and it is heartening to see the community doing everything they can to support local business as soon as possible. On a lighter note, my new Annah Stretton facemasks helped me be both fashionable and safe, while my entranceway ‘Welcome Station’ enabled clients to easily sanitise and don protective equipment before entering my homes for private viewings. May was probably one of the busiest periods in my career to date, with an incredible amount of work required to organise upcoming listings for market – in particular, arranging tradespeople to complete post-lockdown house preparation for my clients. It’s great to be able to help small businesses with upcoming work. It has always been a personal priority of mine to focus my spending on local small business as much as possible. One of the reasons I love the Ponsonby area is that ‘shopping local’ is the general rule and there has always been strong support of the neighbourhood businesses. Sell now, In spring or beyond? Talking with clients about their post-lockdown real estate strategies, understandably, a strong recurring theme has been: ‘Should I sell now, wait till spring or even beyond?’ While no one can tell the future, we certainly know more about ‘selling today’ than we know about ‘spring and beyond’ which is a truism that tends to hold in any market. This question ultimately depends on your personal circumstances. For example, you may require a larger home and are comfortable buying and selling within the same market. What we do know about selling now is that there are indications that there may be more competition in spring, when many households’ mortgage-deferral period will end, potentially requiring additional sellers onto the market. We know that active home buyers are currently very much engaged in the market and we are still fielding plenty of enquiry. For example, one of my auctions in May had five unconditional buyers in the room, spirited bidding and sold under the hammer for an exceptional price.

704/141 Packenham Street, Wynyard Quarter – Set Date Sale: 4pm, Wednesday 17 June 2020 (unless sold prior) Having bought in the South Island, our vendors warmly welcome your interest in this superbly positioned Artisan apartment. Suitable for downsizers, returning ex-pats and those living outside of Auckland wanting a secure and low-maintenance, inner urban residence, the home boasts an unusually high level of specification with a host of select enhancements. For further information and to view the virtual tour, visit www.704wynyardartisan.com

CHARLOTTE KOFOED, M: 021 241 9394, T: 09 353 1220, E: Charlotte.Kofoed@nzsir.com

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SPECIALISING IN PONSONBY AND SURROUNDING SUBURBS Charlotte’s has an innate understanding and appreciation of the city-fringe suburbs, particularly the greater Ponsonby area. With this comes an honest connection with home owners and potential purchasers alike. Charlotte knows what it takes to earn the trust and respect of her clients. She is committed to providing a comprehensive and personalised service, has a high level of attention to detail and takes pride in implementing innovative marketing campaigns. Talk to Charlotte about your buying and selling requirements.

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Jason Trowbridge’s secret hobby Jason Trowbridge is a well-known face around Ponsonby. He has been doing real estate deals for 28 years. But what many don’t know is that Jason has a secret. He’s a keen bee lover and when time allows he gets busy making his own honey. What motivated you into producing your own honey – how did you learn? Years ago, I lived in a Spear grass flat in Queenstown and was fascinated with the beehives that were scatted around various paddocks of local farms.

in the world, bees are crucial for food production, human livelihoods and biodiversity. Unfortunately, bees are declining in abundance in many parts of the world due to climate change and many various pollutants.

A weekend course was the beginning here in Ponsonby about six years ago. My exact words were “Oh, I am busy just drop a few hives off and I will learn on the run..” No – big mistake! After the weekend course, I said “Ah, yes. please, one hive.” And that’s how it started. You need some knowledge and desire and you need to have a proactive not reactive mind set.”

Bees play a crucial role in the Earth’s ecosystem. They are essential for biodiversity, as they have a symbiotic relationship with flowering plants, and they are an important part of the food chain. They pollinate plants and trees, crops that we rely on as food sources, and the cotton we wear against our skins. It’s even thought that they contribute to reducing exhaust fumes in cities by filtering them out of the atmosphere.

Is it dangerous? Have you ever been stung? Yes, only once but it was actually a bee that crawled up my trouser leg, not much you can do. They are insects of adventure and, yes, I was stung but it’s really no more than a pin prick as long as you are not allergic, which thankfully I am not. How do you harvest the honey? I choose to harvest my honey in a natural, relaxed way removing full honey trays and cutting the wax with the honey. Do you supply to any retail outlets? It is illegal in New Zealand to sell honey that is not extracted in a commercial registered kitchen and I have no desire to sell it. I enjoy giving it as gifts to my friends and family. Bees are an awesome part of natural life, another added bonus is that all my fruit trees and berries are laden with fruit as the bees pollinate the entire garden along with many neighbours’ gardens in the area. Could climate change lead to the extinction of bees? As one of the most important pollinators

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Left to themselves, bees are harmless creatures, busy running the hive in their various allocated roles, working all day long and serving and protecting the queen bee. All they need from you is a safe base to come back to at the end of a working day, and in return for this you get to watch the fascinating way in which these insects work together. The bee dance is simply amazing to witness first-hand. When you ‘keep’ bees in this manner, you come to realise that these humble, hardworking insects keep the natural order of things buzzing in a way that humans can only partially understand, but that we can certainly learn to appreciate more. Have you ever used the phrase ‘the bee’s knees’ to describe something of high quality or excellence? Such is the world of the bees. When you become a backyard beekeeper, you open up a complex, beautiful facet of the natural world. And you’ll never want to look back. PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

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Ponsonby U3A: May 2020 We are Zooming! Not to be thwarted by the Covid-19 levels of lockdown, meaning no physical meetings until goodness only knows when, Ponsonby U3A rapidly joined the burgeoning Zoom movement. Within a short time, 17 of the 25 special interest groups were Zooming their meetings, continuing the camaraderie and sharing of knowledge that is the essence of U3A. The only groups not to take part are dining out, concert and movie going, ramblers visits and petanque. One group even claims that Zoom meetings are more successful than actually meeting up. Members enjoy meeting from the comfort of their own homes, continuing to learn from each other and enjoy companionship with members of similar interests. It is expected that some groups will continue to meet this way even though Level 2 allows for groups of 10 to meet. In June, in place of the monthly general meeting, president Christine Hart is planning a special Zoom meeting for up to 100 members. “We are hoping to get an inspiring speaker to canvas possible new ways to tackle issues such as a sustainable future, poverty, homelessness, our health system and the all important subject of climate change. We are indeed moving into an important time for the entire world. “Throughout the various alert levels of Covid-19, the activities of Ponsonby U3A have continued for many of us. New special interest groups have been floated and we have been pleased to welcome new members in the past month.” In lieu of our usual reports on internal and external speakers and foreshadowing the Prime Minister’s call for travel within the country, our members are writing about their special places in New Zealand for the members’ newsletter.

Janet Williamson titled her contribution ‘Bold, Beautiful and Blue’. She wrote: “My favourite place has become our front garden in Garnet Road, Westmere, that is since 25th of January this year. This is the date that our new swimming pool was filled with water. The first few swims were chilly and around the pool was still a construction site. But a week later the heat pump was connected and the workmen disappeared. It became blissful to swim in the aqua blue water, twelve strokes one way, twelve strokes back, then some kicking exercises and various ballet pirouettes. I now swim every day. “My expectations of owning an outdoor, heated swimming pool never appeared on my wish list. It happened because I have a very determined daughter-in-law and it had been on her wish list for several years. She also fancied a leafy landscaped setting under the existing palm trees. Now, when one opens the front gate there is an unexpected splash of blue water and a flash of greenery. And every day there is an elderly mermaid floating in the thirty degree water. “Night time is also a favourite time to swim under the stars and moon; the water changes to rainbow colours with the underwater lighting, it is magical. “During the lockdown period, the traffic noise faded and our front garden became a peaceful oasis. Moving on to next summer, the family looks forward to sharing this delight with lots of friends when we can join together once again, farewell to Covid-19.” Ponsonby U3A was established 26 years ago and there are many groups across the Auckland region where those of a ‘certain age’ who have the time, join together in order to learn new things and pass on their own knowledge and expertise, providing not only continuous learning but new friendships and renewed purpose. We are looking forward to the end of the Covid-19 period when Ponsonby U3A will again meet at the St Columba Centre in Vermont Street, Ponsonby on the second Friday morning of the month. A guest speaker is always a highlight at each meeting, as is the 10-minute speaker drawn from the U3A membership. Guests may attend a meeting after first checking with President Christine Hart, PN M: 027 289 5514. (PHILIPPA TAIT) 

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John Elliott: Western Springs’ pine forest gets new reprieve The main protagonists for the wholesale felling of all pines in the Western Springs forest will be frustrated that action has not yet happened. Those who oppose total destruction in one fell swoop are still clinging to the hope the forest will finally get a reprieve. Anyway, no felling will take place this calendar year. There is now time for an independent survey to decide exactly how many trees, if any, are in immediate danger of falling over and killing someone if the walking tracks are opened. Let’s do the survey. Let’s get the best independent advice. Currently, the ‘same old, same old’ advice is coming from bureaucrats who have made up their minds and are reluctant to seek independent advice.

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Put up a sign at the start of the track: ‘Danger – some old trees may fall – take care’. (JOHN ELLIOTT)  PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


Retire at Home Many retirees want to be able to stay in their homes as long as possible. With the support of Elderly Assist you may be able to stay in familiar surroundings much longer than you thought. Elderly Assist has launched a new service to help you stay in your home and stay safe. Together we work out a plan to suit your current and future needs. We partner with organisations that bring knowledge and practical advice and services to make your entire home environment - house, garage, shed, garden - organised and safe. Our professional team at Elderly Assist have been assisting our clients declutter, pack up and move to a new home for many years. We now bring those same levels of expertise and care to our new service helping you stay safely in your own home.

Staying in your own home is not as difficult as you may have thought with the guidance of Elderly Assist. We can: • Talk to you about your current living situation, physical mobility and any concerns you may have. • Give independent advice. • Introduce you to services to enable you to maintain your independence and stay in your own home and community.

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John Elliott: Racist slur mars community togetherness during lockdown in Ponsonby Just when we are hearing lovely stories of cooperation, kindness to neighbours and the elderly and random acts by locals leaving food and flowers on people’s doorsteps during the lockdown, we hear of a nasty, isolated outbreak of racism. It is a surprise and extremely disappointing to hear that Maori grandmother, Rose Greaves, a Ponsonby resident for a number of years, has received a vile racist letter in her letterbox, unnamed of course, from what one neighbour and defender of Rose calls ‘a racist coward’. Editor Martin and I spoke to Rose, an intelligent and articulate woman, who told us she is proud to be Maori. She is a fluent speaker of te reo, a weaver and handcraft expert who loves nothing better than to teach her mokopuna Maori art and craft. One of her near neighbours is on record as saying that Rose is a lovely neighbour who is a credit to Maoridom and her community. Those who remember Ponsonby thirty or forty years ago will remember the very many Polynesian and Maori people who added colour, music and vibrancy to our community. They were largely pushed out by gentrification. Those who remain are like gold in our neighbourhood and we treasure their presence. Ponsonby News is ashamed of this, hopefully, isolated outbreak and we wish Rose, her friends and her family all the aroha we can muster.

PN Kia kaha, Rose Greaves. (JOHN ELLIOTT) 

Ken Ring: Auckland weather diary, June 2020 – weather by the moon June may be wetter, cloudier and warmer than normal, with no dry spells lasting more than three days. The first week may see most rain, the second week is second wettest, and the third week brings the lightest rain. The fourth week contains about four dry but cloudy days. The heaviest falls may be around 7th/8th and 29th, and driest days may be 19th, 24th and 27th. The sunniest days may be 6th and 26th but will also see light showers. The average afternoon and overnight temperatures may feel 2° warmer than the norm. Atmospheric pressures may average about 1011mbs. Wind directions may average from the southwest. For fishermen, the highest kingtide may be around 6th, with a lesser kingtide on the 23rd. The best fishing bite-times in the east are at dusk on 5th-7th and 20th-22nd (and in the west at around 12 noon on those days). Chances are also good in the east for 12 noon of 12th-15th and 27th-29th (and in the west around dusk on those days). For gardeners, the 1st-5th and the 23rd-30th are the best sowing days (waxing moon ascending). The best pruning days are 9th-20th (waning moon descending). For longer shelf-life for crops, harvest on the 15th which is neap day. (KEN RING)  PN

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Chic and unique 1.5-bedroom bliss 305/2 Ariki Street, Grey Lynn The current owner has fallen in love with owning a villa and needs this sold to move forward with her dream. This one can become your dream. A safe, secure oasis of calm above the city buzz, this one-ofa-kind apartment on the top residential floor of the innovative Turing Building has been cleverly customised for a cool, New York-chic vibe. The owner bought off the plans in 2014 and has individualised great spaces in a layout designed to lap up morning sun, creating a compelling, well-considered, fresh, light ambience. Anchoring the living, pale timber floors extend to a 8 sq m (approx) balcony that catches uplifting urban and North Shore views. Smart subway tiles surround a big, practical kitchen incorporating abundant storage and bench space. Bath time is bliss soaking in the indulgent rain shower with warm towels handy in the large drying cupboard. Stepping out to the balcony or savouring the views from bed, the main bedroom comes with a walk-in wardrobe, stunning curtaining and Italian wool carpet, while a versatile extra room doubles as both study and guest space.

Named after Alan Turing, inventor of the modern computer, this luxury, architecturally designed complex of just 27 boutique homes is renowned for thoughtful amenities that set it apart in a convenient location between Ponsonby Road and Grey Lynn shops. Residents love the breathtaking shared rooftop with its luxe party lounge, snooker room and substantial north west-facing terrace that revels in panoramic views toward the Waitakere Ranges. The spacious basement garaging includes more storage. So many reasons why this tightly held complex has attracted a close community of mainly owner occupiers. Unique in every way, this city lifestyle retreat is a high-quality slice of heaven for design aficionados. Open Homes: Sat and Sun 11:30am-12:15pm & Wed 5:30pm- 6:15pm The property will be going to auction on 19 June 2020, 2pm, on site (unless sold prior). Stewart Morgan, M: +64 21 933 305, E: stewart.morgan@nzsir.com; Richard Burt, M: +64 21 773 187, E: richard.burt@nzsir.com

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Leys’ little brother pops up in Ponsonby Auckland Council Libraries are delighted to welcome Leys Institute Library customers to their new interim library service at 14 Jervois Road, Ponsonby. At the ‘Leys Institute Little Library’ under Alert Level 2, visitors will be able to borrow from a constantly refreshed collection, return items, pick up holds, use public computers and printers and access free WiFi. All visitors will need to comply with Auckland Council Libraries COVID-19 visitor processes. Once Alert Level 2 is over, you are welcome to sit, relax and read in the library’s sunny nooks and crannies. When programmes and events re-commence, they will be conducted by staff at a range of community places close by, including parks, when warmer weather returns. The new space has a clever design that maximises a smaller footprint, reflects the heritage of the Leys Institute (which is 150m from the new temporary site) and provides a quality experience for library users. While this space will be temporary, staff have worked to ensure it won’t ‘feel’ temporary by introducing touches of the ‘real’ Leys Institute Library and re-using quality equipment and fittings where appropriate. Chair of the Waitemata Local Board, Richard Northey, says, “It’s great to see interim library services open at ‘Leys Institute Little Library’ to service the Ponsonby and Herne Bay community. Come along and check out this fantastic new space and pick up some new reading material for the whole family.” Libraries’ lockdown at a glance With libraries opening in stages from this week, it’s interesting to take a look at how Aucklanders have been using Auckland Council Libraries’ services in lockdown over the last eight weeks.

Guardian in our top five eNewspapers and The Economist — UK edition and The Economist – Asia edition our most popular eMagazine. A story about a young wizard has flown off the virtual shelves during lockdown, with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone the most popular eBook and eAudiobook. See more insights from Libraries’ lockdown are in this Auckland Council Libraries‘ blog post.

Many Aucklanders turned to eCollections and online resources to read, watch and learn while staying safe at home. A whopping 498,287 eBooks and eAudiobooks were issued, and 3772 new members joined the Auckland Council Libraries‘ whanau.

Head along to ‘Leys Institute Little Library’ to see this new space and pick up some great reads. See aucklandlibraries.govt.nz for information on which Auckland Council Libraries are open, hygiene and social distancing, loans and returns, holds and requested items, services on offer and much more.  PN

Aucklanders have also kept on top of international news over lockdown, with The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph and The

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Lucia Mataia: Leys Institute Library update Kia ora koutou It is wonderful to be back, even if we did open our doors a little later than our planned opening at the end of March. Come and visit us at Leys Institute Little Library. We are located at 14 Jervois Road, that’s the corner of Redmond Street and Jervois Road.

The Winter Series runs until July 26, and you can access author interviews via the festival’s YouTube channel, Facebook page and website. Highlights for us are Bernadine Evaristo and Lisa Taddeo, two authors we have featured at Book Chats.

Beamafilms I have mentioned Auckland Libraries’ streaming film service Beamafilms before and maybe you have had a look. But did you know many films have been added over lockdown. The range is impressive, from old classics such as 1940 ‘His Girl Friday’ staring Cary Grant, to modern classics such as Australian psychological horror film ‘The Babadook’. If movies aren’t your thing, you may like to check out the documentary section. And there are movies for kids too. Time to get cozy and start planning your own film festival from the comfort of your couch.

The next two festivals are British. BookBound ran from 27 April to 3 May. Among the line-up of writers are Book Chat favourites Sarah Perry and Max Porter. Great to see New Zealand’s own Renée and Pip Adam, also featured. Bookbound can also be viewed on YouTube. Lastly, if you are a crime, historical or romance fan, you will enjoy MY Virtual Literary Festival (MYVLF), which focuses on genre fiction.

Book Chats recommends We didn’t meet during lockdown to talk about books, so our recommendations this month are in the form of free online writers’ festivals. We are happy we can still enjoy the Auckland Writers Festival.

The team at Leys Institute Little Library, 14 Jervois Road, T: 09 377 0209, www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz

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Stay safe everyone. We look forward to seeing you again.  PN





Lakeside Living in central Auckland There has never been an easier time to move into Summerset at Heritage Park in Ellerslie. With no weekly fees for three months, nine months to sell your home and moving costs looked after †, the decision is easy too. Make an appointment today to find out more about our Moving Made Easy offer and find the home that’s right for you. Offering the exclusive experience of lakeside living in the heart of Auckland, each apartment at Summerset Heritage Park in Ellerslie is warm, modern, finished to the highest standard and now completed for you to make your own. Located just 10 minutes from the city centre, and close to the bays and main arterial routes, this really is the ideal retirement destination in Auckland. From our rooftop gardens, you can also soak up the wonderful views looking out across the village and across One Tree Hill. These stunning Lakeview Apartments are starting from just $680,000* and proving to be popular. Book your private appointment to find out more about these beautiful new homes and why now is a great time to move!

Book a private appointment Summerset at Heritage Park 8 Harrison Road, Ellerslie To book an appointment contact Lisa Nelson, Sales Manager, on 09 950 7960 or ellerslie.sales@summerset.co.nz

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Grey Lynn Business Association: Announcing our event PAPATUANUKU – the Urban Flora and Fauna Trail This year’s Artweek Auckland 2020 (12-20 October) will bring life to the city over a week-long festival of installations, late night events, art and food fun, and of course gallery viewings galore. At Grey Lynn & Around we are excited to announce our own event during Artweek 2020. We want to support everyone in the hood to get involved – artists young and old, professional and non-recognised. Our contribution to Artwork 2020 will celebrate the vibrancy of the Grey Lynn & Around communities; the walking trails of our forefathers, our street art, our Moari and Pacifika heritage and the cultural diversity of everyone who lives, works and enjoys our hood. We invite artists to create artworks that capture the essence and values of Grey Lynn, communicating a statement of environmental awareness and caring. Entries will be open to schools and artists of all ages. Artworks can be indoor and outdoor and will be displayed on Papatuanuku Urban Flora and Fauna Trail as well as in local retail shops and cafes, bars and restaurants.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST – TWO ROLES Project Management and Marketing PR Papatuanuku Urban Flora and Fauna Trail: the event built around Artweek 2020 (October 12-20), Papatuanuku Urban Flora and Fauna Trail. The roles require experience in event management and or PR marketing for a multi-layered community project, and include the co-ordination and management of a team including creatives, marketing/PR, engagement with artists, curators, Grey Lynn & Around businesses and Grey Lynn schools. The role demands an outcome of maximum participation, staging an outdoor walking trail, exhibitions of the artworks in agreed indoor venues, as well as shops and public spaces, and a final competition and auction.

We want to reinforce Grey Lynn as an urban neighbourhood with a focus on encouraging social, ecological and economic health and vitality and environmental awareness.

For more information go to www.greylynn-around.com/events-papatuanuku

The artworks must align with our vision ‘for thriving business to enable flourishing communities. Sustainability is at the heart of our business and community’.

Illustration by artist Angus Collis “I love to see, feel the landscapes, the beaches, be closer to nature, experience the laid back attitude that is being a Kiwi.” Angus Collis, Artist www.anguscollis.com

Watch the video www.greylynn-around.com/events-papatuanuku to keep up to date. We are announcing three opportunities beyond creating artworks / installations! WIN $1000 TO CREATE A POSTER Papatuanuku – the Urban Flora and Fauna Trail. Grey Lynn & Around and Artweek 2020 (12-20 October)

Specifications The A4 poster using our flora and fauna theme must include the title and dates as above and be impactful and able to be digitized. It will be used for all promotional collateral for the festival and will be used for all collateral – our gallery booklet, walls, billboards, FB posts, web news, invitations, etc. Please send entries to info@GreyLynn-around.com and for any clarifications, please call Irene on M: 021 136 838.

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Nikki Kaye: A privilege to serve you Thank you so much to everyone in Auckland Central who has been in touch to offer me their support and congratulations on my new role as Deputy Leader of the National Party. It is an enormous privilege to serve in this role and I intend to ensure that our Auckland recovery and vision for the future is high on our agenda. Todd and I are focused on ensuring we put up strong policies to deal with the economic crisis we are facing. I want to acknowledge all of you who have supported me or given me advice over the years in Auckland Central. I am deeply committed to Auckland Central, as well as Waiheke and Great Barrier. Auckland Central is my home and I am passionate about ensuring it is the best place to live in New Zealand. When I was a minister with multiple portfolios, I continued to advocate for and support our community. I will continue to work hard and deliver for the people of Auckland Central, Waiheke and Great Barrier alongside my new role as Deputy Leader. I’m very lucky to be supported by a great team and we are all very excited for the future and connecting with you is more important to me now more than ever. These past few months of dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic have been extraordinary for everyone. Many of you will have been impacted heavily by the lockdown response to the pandemic and I have been working closely with my team of volunteers and Electorate Office support staff to meet the needs and concerns of those who have sought out my help. Often getting in touch with your MP is a last resort when facing a tricky or frustrating issue and I’ve heard some really heart-breaking stories. Thankfully, there are also some excellent community support groups and resources in Central Auckland that I’ve been able to network with to get some positive outcomes for many who have found it tough. I had the opportunity to sit on the Epidemic Response Committee, which was chaired by the Hon Simon Bridges. It is a cross-party group that seeks input from a vast range of experts on how New Zealand can continue to operate safely with the minimum harm to Kiwis and our country’s businesses. My role as National Party Spokesperson for Education, Sport and Recreation means I took a particular interest in Government actions around education and sports in response to the Covid-19 crisis. Many of you will have taken an interest in Budget 2020. It has received mixed reactions but I was quite disappointed by the Government’s lack of vision in the education sector. I do not think sufficient thought has been given to the funding needed to rebuild education services in New Zealand. I will continue to work hard to put forward policies such as reforming teacher training and helping children with more complex needs to ensure that people can see positive alternatives. In my view, in education the Government should have: • Adequately addressed the financial viability of schools, early childhood education and tertiary institutions. • Demonstrated a plan for providing opportunities to re-train and upskill people who have lost their jobs, backed up with adequate investment. • Ditched ideological vocational reforms that distract from our recovery, such as the hugely disruptive polytechnic mega merger. • Partnered with the private sector to deliver the skills we’ll need to grow our way back to prosperity. What’s vital now is to be intensely focused on powering up our education system and targeting support where it’s needed, not pushing an ideological agenda at the expense of the taxpayer. So many Zealanders have lost jobs and PaniaNew Papa, Trustee Kotahi Rau their Pukapuka Trustbusinesses and will

need to re-train. A focused and stable education system will be key to this. I want to see my constituents in Auckland Central and everyone in New Zealand working again. Please, do get in touch if you think I can help by emailing me nikki. kaye@parliament.govt.nz or my office by phoning T: 09 378 2088. I am looking forward to doing a series of meetings in the electorate and online to ensure I continue to get your views on how we best deal with the challenging economic and social issues arising from Covid-19. Take care everyone. (NIKKI KAYE)  PN Authorised by Hon Nikki Kaye, MP for Auckland Central, 48C College Hill, Freemans Bay. www.nikkikaye.co.nz

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Ponsonby Park – update June 2020 At the time of writing, we are in Level 2 of the COVID-19 response and are all beginning to find our way back into the world together. Although as a nation we appear to have done an incredibly good job of ‘eliminating’ the virus, the economic impact of the pandemic will be felt for a long time to come. For this reason, Auckland Council has proposed an ‘emergency budget’ as it responds to the financial impacts of COVID-19. A new round of public consultation is now being carried out and it will run until mid-June, with adoption by the council’s Governing Body in late July 2020. We encourage everyone to make a submission. Your input will help council prioritise its efforts for the upcoming year. Council advises that it has focused operational activity and spending to prioritise essential services only as a consequence of the financial impact and the new urgent needs created by COVID-19. This potentially means that the much anticipated and needed development of Ponsonby Park, the civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road, may be delayed. However, the well-documented need for this community amenity continues to increase, with significant population growth in the 20 years since the original Boffa Miskell report first identified it. We understand that these are extraordinary times and that we now need to ‘cut our coat according to our cloth’. So, how can this be achieved?

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We suggest that Ponsonby Park, although likely to be delayed in the immediate future, be provided with a meaningful and symbolic physical presence on Ponsonby Road in the meantime. That a portion of the site at 254 Ponsonby Road be made available for the community and beautified as a place for people to meet, gather, rest and relax – until the project can be fully completed. Exactly what this might look like would need to be determined, but it would be a tangible result for the community for their ongoing commitment to this project. Ponsonby Park, the civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road, is a Community-Led Design (CLD) initiative. It was instigated in 2015 by the Waitemata Local Board with the CLD group itself being comprised of an enthusiastic and steadfast group of volunteers from the community. The CLD process has generated sustained and ongoing support from the community and many local businesses, for the entire five years it has been underway. You can view our workload on the website 254ponsonbyrd.org.nz It is clear that now more than ever, we all need to be able to come together, to have the common ground and public places where both optimism and resilience can be nurtured and sustained. Ponsonby Park is that place. (JENNIFER WARD)  PN



The Ponsonby Community Centre is open under Level 2 We are open again! It is a relief to get back into the office to work after so many weeks of lockdown. The staff of the Community Centre and Ponsy Kids Preschool have been very much looking forward to seeing and interacting with our community again. The Community Centre is adhering to the Level 2 rules by limiting group activities to 10 people but are still taking venue hire bookings going forward – please contact us if you need some space for meetings classes or events – advance bookings are filling up fast. Our outdoor space is being transformed into a more user friendly area and once finished can be booked for activities or outdoor classes. Our Seniors Yoga classes have started up again and we are hoping that we will be able to offer our Kids Art classes again during the July school holidays. Please check our website or Facebook Page for regular updates.  PN @Ponsycommunity @ponsykids @PonsonbyPlaygroup PONSONBY COMMUNITY CENTRE, 20 Ponsonby Terrace, T: 09 378 1752, www.ponsonbycommunity.org.nz




LOCAL GETAWAYS photography DunedinNZ

‘OUR PLACE’ THE BEST FOR LOCAL GETAWAYS Larnach Castle, on the edge of the Otago Peninsula www.larnachcastle.co.nz

From the winterless north where you can still swim almost all year round, to visiting a castle down south in Dunedin, Aotearoa offers such diversity, beauty and adventure, you could easily fill the next two years exploring. It is certainly no exaggeration to say that ‘our place’ offers some of the best holiday destinations on earth. The surprising thing is, there are still so many places many of us are yet to explore. Taranaki for instance has the internationally acclaimed Len Lye Centre, incredible coastal walks, art trails and the mighty Taranaki maunga all less than a 4.5 hour drive away. As well as their warm, welcoming climate and limitless manaakitanga, the north is home to a range of significant historical sites, caters to all types of traveller and offers some of the best all-year-round boating and diving in the country. Whether you prefer to stay at 5 star luxury

Snorkelling, The Poor Knights, just 23km off the Tutukaka Coast, with Dive Tutukaka www.diving.co.nz

Hot Water Beach, Lake Tarawera, Rotorua

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resorts with world-class golf courses, or in off-the-grid cabins and family waterfront campsites, Northland has it all. Also famous for an abundance of warmth and manaakitanga is the tourism mecca of Rotorua. On a crisp winter’s day there is nothing like the heat of a geo-thermal pool. After a day of adventure amongst some of the country’s most unique and breathtaking scenery, a soak in a therapeutic mineral pool is a fantastic way to rejuvenate muscles and revitalise the skin. Winter escapes offer so much more than you might realise. Take a trip to Dunedin (flights are super well priced – depending on when you want to fly, you can get a return trip for under $200) and experience amazing wildlife encounters, star gaze or visit Larnach Castle. Holidays in the cooler months are a great excuse to indulge in some winter fashion and Dunedin is well known the world over for its edgy, distinctive fashion culture. Whether you shop before you travel or shop Dunedin’s fashion labels, there’s so much you can plan to do and, as the saying goes, planning your journey is half of the fun.

photography Fay Looney

- Village, Rotorua www.mitai.co.nz Mitai Maori

View of Mt Taranaki, from Hawera




There is nowhere quite like Rotorua. It’s sights, sounds, scent and soul make it one of the most immersive and authentic places to visit across the motu (island).

Kuirau Park

Whether you’re wine tasting Volcanic Hill Wines on Ngongotaha, mountain biking through The Redwoods or visiting some of the cultural experiences in the rohe (area), Rotorua is truly a wonderland. In less than a three hour drive from Ponsonby, you can be enjoying the classic Rotorua experience. Start with a walk amongst the steaming paths and bubbly mud pools of Kuirau Park, which is always breathtaking and doesn’t cost a thing. For great views and exhilarating thrills, flying down on the Skyline Luge never disappoints - hospitality and and taking part in an authentic experience of Maori culture at the Mitai Maori Village is a must do. Due to reopen in time - Village is well known for its for the July school holidays, Mitai Maori manaakitanga, exceptional performances and wonderful food. It is a must to book in early.

Skyline Luge www.skyline.co.nz

Stunning by day, Rotorua also comes alive at night in a variety of ways. The family can take a thrilling night ride down Ngongotaha- on the luge or venture out after dark at the Redwoods Treewalk. The 700m walkway showcases one of Rotorua’s most visited natural attractions, Whakarewarewa Forest and is truly something special at night. Ecologically friendly engineering allows you to experience the world famous forest six to 20m above the ground. A walkway of 28 suspension bridges and living platforms amongst the 100-year-old majestic redwoods offer a unique view without the need for harnesses or protective gear. Having a cold craft beer while soaking in a private cedar hot tub in the middle of the spectacular Whakarewarewa forest is both a simple joy and a modern indulgence. Secret Spot is a unique new hot tub experience building on the idea that locals know all the best spots. Hidden in the Waipa Valley, this back-to-nature experience comes with special, purpose-built cedar spas filled with the purest volcanic mineral spring water, heated to the perfect temperature so you can enjoy cold craft beers and fine wines whilst you relax in your own private tub. For those wanting thermal waters to soak in, Kerosene Creek is the perfect way for the whole family to relax (and it’s free) before hitting Rotorua’s famed Eat Street. An atrium of world-class restaurants, cafes and cocktail bars designed for year-round alfresco dining. The thermally heated footpath and enhanced lighting gives Eat Streat a unique and vibrant dining atmosphere. It’s the ideal place to eat great food and enjoy the warm local service.

Nightlights Treewalk at Redwoods Treewalk


photography Adrian Hodge


Book a private cedar hot tub at the Secret Spot, Whakarewarewa Forest


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photography Patrick Reynolds

photography Rob Tucker

Govett - Brewster Art Gallery - Len Lye Centre

It’s said that Taranaki is a bit different to many places in Aotearoa because it offers such a rich selection of affordable worldclass activities and sights in one place.

photography Jeremy Beckers


Pouakai Crosssing, a one day walk towards Mt Taranaki’s summit

In fact, many of the most impressive things to do in Taranaki are completely free, making it the ultimate family holiday destination in more challenging economic times. Just jump in the car and 4.5 hours later you can be there. It could be the start of one of the most brilliant road trips you will ever go on. Known as ‘The Forgotten World Highway’, New Zealand’s oldest heritage trail runs from Taumarunui and Stratford to Mount - trade routes Taranaki. The 155km route follows ancient Maori and pioneering farm tracks, through untamed native bush and ruggedly stunning natural scenery. It crosses four natural saddles, offering spectacular views of Mount Taranaki to the west and the central North Island mountains of Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe to the east. Taranaki’s art scene is part of what makes it such a fascinating and special destination. Viewing the works of one of the 20th Century’s most original artists, experimental filmmaker and kinetic sculptor Len Lye, is a must at the Govett-Brewster/Len Lye Centre. The centre is the first New Zealand institution dedicated to a single artist. Even better, this world-class art facility is free for children under 16.

Gardenfest Taranaki www.gardenfestnz.co.nz

Something to plan for this spring is the Taranaki Arts Trail which is to be integrated with GardenFest and running at the same time as the Garden-to-Plate event from 30 October to 8 November. “In what is a stunning time of year, it’s the perfect way to really discover the heart of the region by visiting it’s people in their own gardens and studios. Conversations, connections and discovery, the best and most memorable travel adventure you could have,” says Linda McFetridge, Art and Cultural Curator for the New Plymouth district. Then, after Christmas, the famed TSB Festival of Lights begins. A seven week, free event with beautiful light features, epic events, music and activities for the whole family.

photography Rob Tucker

Autumn, winter, spring and summer – every season offers something beautiful to do or see in Taranaki. Whether you love strolling or hiking, or surfing and climbing, the options are endless. Taranaki offers excellent uncrowded surf breaks for those who appreciate a good wave and hundreds of kilometres of walking tracks for those who love to keep things land based. The walkways, like the surf, aren’t crowded, giving visitors a way to feel at one with nature and not be disturbed by crowds of people. TSB Bank Festival of Lights – Waterfall in Pukekura Park www.festivaloflights.nz



It is a place where wildlife flourishes in the cooler months, so visitors get to see some of New Zealand’s most endangered and endearing species. On the Otago Peninsula lives the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatross. Natures Wonders, a family run eco-tourism venture on a sheep station in Taiaroa Head, takes visitors on 4WD wildlife tours to see a baby seal nursery and adorable little blue and yellow-eyed penguin colonies. They also offer private coastal eco cruises around Otago’s wild and rugged coastline giving you a sea-based perspective on Dunedin’s unique sea and marine creatures. From this vantage point it could be the most memorable way to see an albatross in flight or enjoy the spectacle of the spotted shag at play.

Visit the Northern Albatross breeding colony with Natures Wonders

photography DunedinNZ

From wildlife to edgy fashion and its very own castle, Dunedin is a destination that should be on everyone’s list in the coming months.



LOCAL GETAWAYS Book a Southern Skies Stargazing Tour and see Aurora Borealis over Dunedin City


Sometimes, perspective is everything and, when it comes to stargazing in Dunedin, it’s the place you view the sky from that makes the experience out of this world. Described as watching the heavens unfold, exploring the dark skies of Dunedin can be visually breathtaking and it’s something unmatched by anything Auckland City night life has to offer. Horizon Tours Southern Skies Stargazing tours weave a magical - tales of the celestial bodies and waiata experience by sharing Maori under the stars as you sit snugly wrapped in blankets, plied with hot soup and garlic bread, taking in the views along the hidden bays and beaches of the peninsula.

Indulging in a delicious high tea in the castle ballroom, then exploring the beautifully appointed gardens, is a great way to experience it as it was designed to be used. But attending the annual Victorian Ghost Stories event provides a different kind of thrill. Imagine ghost stories by the ballroom fire over a meal, followed by a torchlit tour of the castle. It’s an experience the entire family will remember. With less pressure from international tourists, Larnach Castle’s Larnach Lodge is one of the many places in the city offering incredible accommodation deals. There are accommodation styles and price ranges to suit all budgets and whether you opt for fully catered luxury or somewhere more basic, checking out the critically acclaimed farmers market is a must.

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Shop iconic Dunedin designer NOM*d From left, Collision Parker $445 and Asterix Jumper $445

Your local holiday can always have a fairytale ending if you choose to visit our country’s only castle as part of your trip. Not only is Larnach Castle one of the country’s most significant conservation projects, it’s also a visual feast inside and out. The meticulously restored castle boasts 360 degree views from its turret lookout and offers a range of unique castle experiences.

Award-winning Otago Farmer’s Market


Walk to the lighthouse, Cape Reinga

Te Kongahu Museum of Waitangi, Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Many of us travel north in the summer holidays to baches, campgrounds or sumptuous resorts. However, with Northland’s warm climate and high level of sunshine hours, it’s a destination that really demands year-round visits. If you like a bit of luxury, there are five luxury lodges in Northland to choose from, but, if you prefer something more down-to-earth, there are a range of campgrounds that offer cosy cabins and premium waterfront spots to park a motorhome or caravan.

Mission Station, Kerikeri, New Zealand’s oldest surviving stone building

With its close proximity to Auckland, Northland lends itself to a holiday itinerary that demands multiple stops. Soon after leaving Auckland you - or be snorkelling out to the Poor Knights can enjoy a coffee in Whangarei Islands Marine Reserve with Dive Tutukaka. A couple more hours driving north and you can be playing golf on a championship standard 18 hole golf course overlooking the Karikari Estate vineyard with sweeping ocean views at Carrington Estate. From there you can make your way to Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga) and breathe in the air of this spiritually significant place. A place where two oceans meet and the essence of those who have died return to their homeland. Northland has a rich bicultural history boasting New Zealand’s first capital city, Old Russell, the oldest stone building in Kerikeri and, if you haven’t visited Waitangi Treaty Grounds recently, the Te Kongahu Museum is a place everyone should visit at least once.

photography David Kirkland

On the western side of Northland is the pristine and unspoilt Hokianga and the ‘landing place of Kupe’. Navigating via the stars, Kupe is believed to have landed in the Hokianga over 1000 years ago. It is a place of great and unspoilt beauty with a range of different places to stay and explore the rare flora and fauna of the Waipoua Forest. A regular ‘must do’ is visiting - Mahuta, which has stood in the forest since ancient times. Thought Tane

- Mahuta is the most famous kauri in all to be over 2500-years-old, Tane of Aotearoa. No matter which part of Northland you choose to visit (though you should visit multiple places), there is such a range of differing options. No matter what season, the beachfront stays at Tauranga Bay Holiday Park are always an amazing choice. The beach is pristine, the fishing incredible and it’s not uncommon to spot pods of dolphins from the beach. The campground has some specials to make secluded beachfront holidays affordable for all. Always a favourite when staying in Tauranga Bay is a trip to The Mangonui Fish Shop. Set out over the harbour, it is arguably the best fish and chip shop in the country, with local fishermen supplying freshly caught local fish.

Carrington Golf Course, Carrington Estate, Karikari Peninsular



Te Kongahu Museum of Waitangi has a collection of stories and taonga that bring to life the history of Waitangi. The exhibitions make clever use of technology so displays are highly interactive and immersive. Visitors are able to gain insights into the history of Waitangi and learn of its significance to both Maori and non-Maori in a meaningful way.





Ross Thorby: Sampling the Elqui Valley’s finest Daybreak on board found us observing a collection of rudimentary homes spilling down a cliff above a spartan and shabby port that spread over a forbidding and rocky shoreline. The absence of colour or gardens surrounding the simple homes on the hill underlined the advice given to us by the ship’s tour team – to book an excursion here and move through the area... quickly. We are at the Chilean port of Coquimbo and its neighbouring town of Le Serena whose main claim to fame seems to be its rather quaint but battered lighthouse that guards a foreshore regularly thrashed by the numerous tsunamis this area is known for. The homes and businesses look temporary and unsubstantial for a reason. After the maritime inundations when the town is frequently flattened, the rebuild can occur again quickly and cheaply – the only downside being that the town gives exactly that appearance with very few substantial buildings on its foreshore. Within a few hours’ drive of the port is one of the area’s few bright spots, the Elqui Valley, which is the centre of Chile’s Pisco grapegrowing area. Pisco is Chile’s national drink. It has two major elements: it is between 35 and 50% proof and if you consume more than two of these delectable cocktails, your legs won’t work. I had already consumed a generous amount of Pisco in the short week I had been in Chile, so it only seemed polite to discover its origins and, besides, I needed to stretch my legs which had recently stopped working. Not only is the Elqui Valley famous for its grape variety, but also for the fact that it has the highest concentration of UFO sightings anywhere in the Americas and that includes some backwater farms in New Mexico. Chile’s very own Area 51 if you will. I decided that I should investigate if there is any correlation between the amount of Pisco that South Americans seem to consume and the number of UFO sightings Chile’s version of Roswell sustains – the vineyard seemed like a good start and I was a happy volunteer. In 1980, one of the local farmers in the valley had gone a bit loopy after a mysterious explosion and a ‘meteorite’ had landed. He babbled for days about alien life forms and mysterious mutilated animal carcasses to anyone who listened, until he was visited by ‘government’ officials... he never spoke about that night again and died a mysterious death a few months later. The locals still talk about the incident in hushed tones whilst testing the vintage of their grapes.

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Here in Pisco Elqui, there are also four world-renowned observatories, their domes opening just wide enough to expose the lenses of extremely powerful telescopes. All surrounded in government secrecy, their scopes pointing ever hopefully skyward, they await each evening when the lack of humidity creates perfect star gazing conditions. Tourists from countries well beyond the borders travel here to marvel at the Milky Way and various other nebulae, whilst on the hills surrounding the valley, astronomers also scan the sky looking for any sign of life or a signal that proves we are not alone. Prohibited from getting any closer to the observatories than a barbed wire fence, we had to satisfy our curiosities within the confines of the vineyard tour. In the evening after dinner, we took our free samples outside to gaze skyward, our eyes scanning the depths for another form of life – other than the barman darting amongst us topping up our glasses. There may not have been any correlation between the number of Piscos we were consuming and the lack of UFOS sighted, but there certainly seemed to be a similarity between the number of samples we drank and the number of bottles that were later purchased. For some reason, I don’t remember much about the ride back from the vineyard. Our bus, with its specially installed glass skylights, didn’t highlight any mysterious celestial objects. However, those conspiracists amongst us would have suggested our drugged state was on purpose to negate our chances of seeing anything that we shouldn’t. The bus was, after all, sponsored by the Chilean Government. Coincidence or conspiracy? It seemed that no matter how much I drank, I still didn’t see anything. A UFO sighting still as elusive to me as the reason my legs once again didn’t seem to be doing what they should. Maybe ET finally got someone to answer the phone and went home - although, hopefully not without sampling the Elqui Valley’s finest. (ROSS THORBY)  PN



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A winter warmer sure to please… Comfort and abundance are the words that perfectly describe Ray McVinnie’s recipe for Baked Chicken with Pancetta, Porcini and Potatoes. Made using our finest ingredients, the umami from Gigante porcini alongside savoury Pedrazzoli pancetta goes well with the sweetness from muscatels and the zing from Julie Le Clerc preserved lemons, providing a very flavoursome dish for the family to enjoy. 2 Tbsp Salvagno organic extra virgin olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 carrot, finely diced 1 stick celery, thinly sliced 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 20g dried Gigante porcini mushrooms, soaked for 20 minutes in 250ml hot water. Drained (making sure all soaking liquid is reserved), squeezed and finely chopped 100g Pedrazzoli pancetta stagionata, diced into 2cm cubes 150ml dry white wine 4 free range chicken whole legs, cut into drumsticks and thighs 900g Agria potatoes, peeled and cut into 4cm chunks ½ cup muscatels, removed from the stalk 1 Sabato preserved lemon, diced into 1cm cubes 500ml chicken stock 2 sprigs rosemary 3 handfuls rocket leaves Giusti Riccardo balsamic vinegar to serve

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Preheat the oven to 200°C Heat the oil in a frying pan over moderate heat and add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic, porcini and pancetta. Fry gently without browning for about 10 minutes or until the onion is soft. Add wine, turn up the heat and let the wine bubble for 1 minute. Remove from heat and reserve. Scatter potatoes over the base of the roasting pan. Spread the onion mix, muscatels and the lemon over the potatoes and arrange chicken pieces, skin side up, on top. Mix chicken stock with the liquid you have reserved from soaking the porcini. Pour the stock mixture over the chicken and top with sprigs of rosemary. • Place in the oven for 1 hour or until browned. • Serve the chicken and vegetables with some of the broth and rocket leaves. • Drizzle each portion with a little balsamic vinegar before serving. • Serves 6 Visit our retail store to browse our products and chat to our knowledgeable staff, or shop online.  PN SABATO, 57 Normanby Road, Mt Eden, T: 09 630 8751, www.sabato.co.nz


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Phil Parker: A future for wine tourism? As we head out of lockdown and move to free the economy, many tourism operators will be thinking seriously whether they have a future. I’m one of them. Overseas wine tourists, particularly from the Northern Hemisphere, were a huge boost to our economy by generally staying longer and spending more per head. But, as of now, that high-end slice of the market has instantly vanished. Possibly for years.

and dark berry fruit flavours, with plum, mocha and tasty oak. Vibrant and young. Great to drink now, but well worth reward cellaring for 2-3 years. Good with duck, lamb or mushroom dishes. Available Vino Fino (online) or direct from Pegasus Bay winery.

So, now, operators have to remodel their businesses and appeal to the domestic market. To achieve this, both the operator and the customer have to find a sweet spot that suits both parties. Realistically, we wine tour guides can’t continue to charge rates that are unaffordable to the average Kiwi domestic tourist. And likewise, New Zealanders should appreciate that we can’t run a business that makes a loss.

Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2014 - $31 Medium bodied. Has earthy, savoury aromas with a hint of ripe red berries. Medium acids in an approachable style with mocha, spice, red cherry, cranberry and plum. A match for gamey meats or mushroom dishes. Available Glengarry or direct from Waipara Hills winery.

And sure – your mate Dave ‘who knows a bit about wine’ can take you to Kumeu in his SUV because he did a night school class in Wine 101 in the early 90s, but are you getting a premium experience? Or do you pay a reasonable fee to go with an expert who has had real relationships with wineries for decades and can take you behind the scenes to deliver a memorable tour package? Let me drive you to drink. You will have a fantastic day. Okay… wine. Nikau Point Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019 - $10 An absolute bargain from Countdown and became a staple in the Parker household during lockdown. Pale onion skin colour with aromas of fresh pear, nectarine and tangy yeast. Opens up with medium acids and a rich palate of mandarin, ginger in syrup and poached pear. A great aperitif style that would also match with creamy pasta or seafood. Available Countdown.

Coopers Creek Select Vineyards Hawkes Bay Syrah 2014 - $26.60 A great red from a top vintage, this is a Gimblett Gravels grown syrah, made by winemaker Simon Nunns. Spicy and dark berry fruit aromas. Medium tannins with boysenberry, spiced plums, a bit of toasty oak and a lengthy finish. Would be great with peppered steak or a rich winter casserole. Available Coopers Creek winery. No 1 Family Estate Marlborough Assemblé NV Brut - $30 Traditional Champagne grape varieties have been used to make this fab sparkler from Daniel Le Brun’s Marlborough label. It’s an assemblage of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier and spent a minimum of 18 months resting on yeast lees before finishing. Crisp and rich with foamy, fine beaded bubbles. Rich palate of toast, stone fruit, clover honey and a yeasty finish. Lovely as an aperitif. Available Glengarry. (PHIL PARKER)  PN www.insidertouring.co.nz

Mt. Beautiful North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2017 - $21.50 A soft and easy to drink sav for those averse to the ‘battery acid’ style out of Marlborough. Aromas of green bell pepper and passionfruit. Soft and fruity palate of passionfruit, lemon squash, grapefruit and a hint of pineapple. Excellent match for gurnard pan-fried in olive oil and butter. Available Mt. Beautiful winery. Main Divide North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2018 - $25 Great value pinot from Pegasus Bay’s second tier label. Spent 18 months in 225 litre oak barriques after fermentation. Lots of cherry

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Gary Steel: Thinking and eating local works for everyone One of the really upsetting aspects of life at the height of Covid-19 restrictions was the total dominance of supermarkets. The Government’s stance is understandable: by making supermarkets our one source of food and supplies, it was much easier to manage hygiene and monitor behaviour in regards to the pandemic. But for those of us who are suspicious of big business and the ethics of giant operations like Australian-owned Countdown, it was all a bit of a shock. We saw very quickly during the shutdown that foreignowned businesses don’t have any compassion when it comes to their New Zealand tributaries. The closure of German-owned Bauer Media was one shocking example of just how cavalier multinationals are towards tiny island nations. A Kiwi-owned business will always give it their best shot, because there are more than just dollar signs in their eyes. Since restrictions have been lifted, there’s been a demonstrable increase in support for shopping small and local, however, which is both heartening and understandable. Small and medium-sized businesses may not be able to get the bulk-buying incentives the supermarkets can demand of their suppliers, but customers know what they’re getting, where it’s coming from and that by supporting them they’re keeping someone in a job. Ponsonby is sometimes characterised as a suburb full of poncey, overpriced stores and eating establishments, so it’s been interesting to see just how community-oriented it really is in responding to the recent crisis. In reality, Ponsonby and its inner-suburbia neighbours constitute a world-class community of sophisticated, artisanal minded, creative and entrepreneurial individuals.

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For a vegetarian or vegan, taking a ‘buy local, support small business’ approach makes total sense. Think about it: a foreign-owned chain, in supplying goods, is only ever serving a perceived demand. It’s all about numbers. The idea that they actually care about their customers is a nonsense. We’ve seen this in spades through the restrictions. While the frontline of supermarket staff is to be commended for putting themselves at risk during the various restriction levels, the cost of groceries has skyrocketed. It’s a cynical business indeed that will take advantage of what is a very stressful, financially vulnerable time for many by eliminating the usual specials that keep food on the table for many families. Supporting New Zealand-owned businesses makes sense for so many reasons, but especially right now. The pandemic has been a great prompt for me to, wherever possible, buy my supplies from independent, local stores. Will the expense kill me? Well, fruit and veggies are generally cheaper and better quality from a dedicated outlet, and buying from a business like The Vegan Shop or eating at a vegan-oriented cafe, you’re feeding back into something worthwhile, not just putting money into anonymous shareholders’ pockets. (GARY STEEL)  PN Gary Steel is an Auckland-based journalist who runs entertainment site for grownups, www.witchdoctor.co.nz. He can be contacted via beautmusic@gmail.com



Faces at Grey Lynn Farmers Market Lionel Hotene can be seen most Sunday mornings at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market selling produce from the organic gardens of Papatuanuku Kokiri Marae located in Mangere. What is your iwi? I’m from Whakatane. I’m Ngati Awa. And what about this marae? This is an urban marae rather than an ancestral mana whenua marae. It was started in the mid 80s by Nanny Mere and some aunties who were part of the Wai 262 flora and fauna claim to the Waitangi Tribunal. What was their kaupapa for starting the marae? Kumara – it was all about the kumara. They started off with seven strands of kumara that they were trying to preserve and now the garden grows so much more than just kumara. What happens to the wonderful vegetables that you grow? Mainly we give then away to the community – there are a lot of hungry whanau who we provide with nutritious fresh food. They give us a koha if they can. I hear that it’s not just vegetables that you give away? Yes – we also run the Kai Ika project. It was set up when we were approached by LegaSea and the Outdoor Boating Club when they were looking at how to manage fish heads that their members thought of as waste. We don’t see waste, we see excellent kai. Moana Pacific is currently our biggest contributor. We have a specially built processing station refitted from a container (donated by Royal Wolf). The fishy water from cleaning the processing station feeds our gardens – there is no waste. We let our community know that we have fish and they come and collect it, along with fresh vegetables. And that’s not all you do for your community? We love being a part of this community – there’s such a wide range of cultures in our neighbourhood. We’ve had about 7000 school children from local schools including the Medina Muslim school for girls. And, twice a week, we run te reo courses. What are you planning for this year? Something very exciting – in October or November we’ll have a Fire Festival with music, food, fun and, of course, fire. This will be something new for us and the community. Hopefully, it will raise some funds to run the marae and bring people together.

And we are developing a website thanks to an Auckland Council digital funding grant. What a lot of work! How do you cope? We love this mahi so it doesn’t always feel like work. But we also get Woofers* in to help. They are hard workers who are wanting to learn not just organic farming skills but also learn about our indigenous culture. They love the range of experiences they get here, including visiting Grey Lynn Farmers Market with us. *Woofers are Workers on Organic Farms

How is all your good work funded? We rely on the generosity of sponsors, funding grants and, of course, shoppers at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market. Recently, we also set up a Give-a-little page – every bit of support helps. How come you have a presence in Grey Lynn? One of the market regulars from Grey Lynn came to a horticulture course and persuaded me to give it a go. I was doubtful about it at first, but I have been surprised at how enthusiastic Grey Lynn is about our produce. We quickly developed a loyal following and we love the sense of community there.  PN www.givealittle.co.nz/org/papatuanuku-kokiri-marae www.glfm.co.nz

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Tips for an energy efficient home Make sure your home is extra snug and more energy efficient with these simple, energy saving ideas. It’s curtains On sunny days, open curtains and windows to let fresh air in and damp and condensation out. Conserve heat by closing curtains around 30 minutes before sundown. Warm fuzzies Love warm, dry towels? It’s all in the timing. By installing a timer on your heated towel rail, you can set it to heat up for a few hours when you need it, rather than leaving it on 24/7. Slow the flow Place a 10-litre bucket under your showerhead, turn the tap on full and wait one minute. If the bucket overflows, your shower is wasting water. To save money and conserve water, replace your showerhead with one with a flow rate of nine litres, or install a restrictor valve. Stay out of hot water Wait until you’ve got a full load before washing and wash clothes in cold water using a laundry detergent (like ecostore) that works well in cold water for best results.

Switch off Switch TVs, stereos and chargers off at the wall when not in use. One isn’t much on its own, but if your home has two to three chargers plugged in all day, these energy vampires can suck up as much as 10% of your energy bill. Switch off your computer completely overnight – the monitor uses more than half the system’s energy. Keep it cool Check your fridge is set to the right temperature: freezers should be -15°C to -18°C and refrigerators should be 2°C to 4°C. Cool cooked leftovers before putting them in the fridge and try to avoid opening the door too often, or for too long. If the back of your fridge has coils, give them a good dust. ECOSTORE, 1 Scotland Street, T: 09 360 8477, www.ecostore.co.nz




Servilles Ponsonby goes to City Works When Servilles’ iconic salon moved after 27 years from the corner of Ponsonby and Jervois Roads, a new evolution for the local team began. During lockdown the Ponsonby team moved into their new salon at 18 Sale Street, an incredible space designed by House of the Year Award winner Jack McKinney. The new salon has an incredible sense of scale and proportion and is both visually stunning and practical.

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The clever use of space and considered choice of fittings and artwork have created both a visual statement and a strong sense of creative purpose. Renowned muralist Ross Lewis, whose works are in a number of high-profile places around Ponsonby, New York and London (including a monastery in New York that was converted into a bar) has created a painting for the salon that is its own immersive experience. Somewhere within the work, King Kong is hidden and clients are challenged to see if they can spot him. With 56 custom mirrors to create light and depth, the new salon is a natural extension of the Servilles’ philosophy of creating the ultimate salon experience; something so many of us have been desperately missing over the last eight-plus weeks. Since the doors opened at the start of Level 2, the Servilles’ team have been warmly inviting people to their new space. Clients have flooded in, keeping stylists busy with locks and mops that need the Servilles’ touch.

As the new salon opened, the wonderful Monique Hoareau, a longtime favourite at Servilles, rejoined the team. A Servilles’ Platinum Stylist, Monique’s popularity as part of the Servilles’ team is only matched by her great sense of humour and exceptional skills with the scissors. Definitely worth being on the waiting list for.

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Residing in the bustling hub of City Works Depot, Servilles City Works is the company’s newest venture. Aligning with the brand’s philosophy of creative innovation, the new salon is a modern and sophisticated space, designed by acclaimed architect Jack McKinney and is home to some of the industry’s leading stylists.

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Tadhg Stopford: 100% pure what? Can you think the unthinkable? In New Zealand, we put (coal tar derived) folate in bread. Folate is naturally present in a wide variety of foods, including vegetables (especially dark green leafy vegetables), fruits and fruit juices, nuts, beans, peas, seafood, eggs, dairy products, meat, poultry and grains. Spinach, liver, asparagus and Brussels sprouts are among the foods with the highest folate levels. This ‘nutraceutical’ addition prevents about a dozen babies a year from being born with spina bifida. A nutraceutical is any food that ‘has health benefits beyond simple nutrition’. In simple terms, that means using food as medicine, like Hippocrates (the father of medicine) said. But, in the 21st Century, pharmaceuticals are a 1.2 trillion dollar industry with a growth mindset. Described as ‘organised crime’ by Professer Peter Goetzsche, their profitable products appear the third biggest killer after heart disease and cancer. How do you think pharma feels about nutraceuticals? Especially any single food that threatened 50% of their market share? Whole plant Industrial hemp is the ‘quintessential nutraceutical’ (Hartsel et al., 2016).

So why is it a prohibited food? Whole plant hemp is prohibited to the public, even though the regulator FSANZ has twice approved it as a food. But, each time, the politicians stepped in to prevent it with an array of weak and irrational excuses. Sure, today you can buy hemp seed oil and even hemp seed. But the laws have been structured to prevent you from getting all of the benefit you naturally would from this remarkable vegetable. The language used in their documents is interesting. The focus is on preventing theraputic benefits. This seems a curious approach to food regulation. Who benefits? Who is being served? Who are our politicians serving? We, the people? Or a trillion dollar industry that kills millions of people a year? 80% of the developing world uses nutraceuticals (i.e. foods) for health, because they are cheaper, safer and, in many cases, more effective than modern synthetic drugs. Can you think the unthinkable? Can you understand that hemp cannabis is a vegetable threat to big pharma, and that no politician really seems to be on our side? If they did, they would be talking about your body’s cannabinoid system, and how we can hugely improve human health through nutrition. #Followthemoney, and let’s #makeitlegal, because we need to. (TADHG STOPFORD)  PN www.thehempfoundation.org.nz



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John Appleton: Reflux – what I have done about it How many times have you reached for the antacid or a stronger medication when acid reflux/regurgitation caused significant discomfort or, even worse, severe esophageal pain? Have you ever considered that it may be possible to control reflux relatively easily without the need to resort to any form of medication? Like so many people, I tried everything to overcome pain that I imagine was akin to having a heart attack. For me, the problem was so severe that, on top of the endoscopy examinations, colonoscopy, barium enemas and ‘meals’, I had major abdominal surgery. I had also tried every drug on the market, all to no avail. The symptoms just got worse. In the end I gave up on the ‘system’ and came up with my own answers that have not only resolved the issue for me but put me on the right track in terms of other potential health issues and risks. The good news is that there are ways in which we can help ourselves, but the bad news is that it does require a lot of self discipline. If you are the sort of person who looks for a quick fix and expects the doctor to come up with a solution that allows you to opt out of taking any responsibility for your condition, then this advice is not for you. When it comes to reflux, the problem is often related to the lower esophageal sphincter which for many reasons may not be restricting the flow of stomach acid back into the esophagus. The lining of the esophagus, unlike that of the stomach, is not designed to cope with strong acid and the burning is real when contents from the stomach flow up when the sphincter muscle is relaxed. When we lie down in bed and particularly if we sleep on our right side, this is when things can go bad.

My plan to control and avoid reflux is a combination of diet and adjusting my sleeping position. When it comes to diet, caffeine, alcohol and chocolate are known to contribute to reflux, so I completely eliminated these from my diet. The focus has to be on a plant-based diet as much as possible. Often, all I have for dinner is steamed vegetables with brown rice. Simple but nutritious. I follow up with an organic apple for dessert. Animal protein can be a very pleasant addition to any diet, but it should be consumed at midday, not just a couple of hours before bedtime. I avoid anything with peppermint as this can relax the esophageal sphincter making the problem worse. I drink mostly filtered tepid water and for a treat I enjoy a glass of chilled coconut water. Cold drink can exacerbate reflux. I never drink while I am eating. Prior to bed, I have often mixed up some ‘slippery’ elm to help coat the lining of the esophagus. After dinner at night, try to stay as upright as you can. Don’t slouch in a chair as this will push the stomach contents up. Every night (year round) I head out for a long walk. This not only helps with digestion but also with sleep. When it comes to sleeping, I used to worry about going to bed, always thinking of how it feels to be woken with very painful reflux. Some years ago, I discovered that I have a weak esophageal sphincter so I have to manage the situation as best I can. I used to prop my bed up on blocks, but I found a better solution. Now I sleep on an amazing wedge shaped pillow that I purchased from the US www.medslant.com This pillow raises my head by seven inches and the wedge extends down to my hips. Sleeping on my back or on my left side is very comfortable and it’s wonderful to know that I will get through the PN night without any problems. (JOHN APPLETON)  www.johnappleton.co.nz

Love your legs Varicose vein sufferers have a local resource in Ponsonby, the Vein & Laser clinic. Vein & Laser was established on the North Shore in 2005 and also runs a satellite clinic at 80 Jervois Road every Wednesday.

health insurance companies cover varicose vein treatment but not cosmetic (thread vein) treatment. Reopening at lockdown Level 2.

The medical professionals at the clinic have a passion for their chosen specialty – veins! The experienced team at Vein & Laser spend their days examining and treating their patients’ problematic veins, from tiny thread veins to large varicose veins. Every patient’s varicose vein pattern (map) is different, and a number of treatment options are available. We try to provide the most appropriate treatment for each client; it’s fascinating and rewarding work.

For assessment of your varicose vein and advice on vein care, vein treatment and treatment cost, call T: 09 410 0990, www.veinandlaser.co.nz

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Break free from lockdown and Jump to the Rescue for animals SPCA is on the hunt for adventurous Kiwis looking to celebrate their new found freedom from lockdown by jumping out of a plane for vulnerable animals. Jump to the Rescue is one of SPCA’s annual fundraising events which sees animal-loving thrill seekers take the plunge with a 13,000ft tandem skydive. Up to a few weeks ago, it was touch and go as to whether the event would go ahead due to the uncertainty around what would be possible at the different alert levels in COVID-19 lockdown. SPCA CEO Andrea Midgen says with the organisation facing a significant funding shortfall, the fact that Jump to the Rescue can go ahead, albeit a few months later than originally scheduled, is exciting. “We are all delighted that Jump to the Rescue has been able to be rescheduled and we encourage any of you feeling like you truly need to ‘break out’ and shake off the shackles of lockdown to please join us. “Our fundraising efforts have been disrupted due to COVID-19, but here’s an opportunity for adventurous New Zealanders to do something truly memorable, while helping our abused, unwanted and unloved animals at the same time.”



Participants have 12 weeks to raise as much money as they can for the 40,000 animals SPCA helps each year. Every fundraiser who raises more than $775 can jump in the event which is scheduled for a weekend in August. “Having jumped myself in 2019, I can honestly say that the adrenalin rush is something I have never experienced before,” she says. “If I can do it, anyone can do it!” This year, SPCA fundraisers can jump from one of five sites across New Zealand: Bay of Islands, Auckland, Tauranga, Taupo and Ashburton. For those who raise more than $1000, they will not only receive a t-shirt, but will be able to name an SPCA kitten up for adoption. In the case of bad weather on the chosen weekend, fundraisers will be able to jump throughout the month of August as conditions dictate. In 2019, more than $100,000 was raised for SPCA and, this year, it’s hoped the amount raised will exceed that. Early bird registrations are now open. Sign up at www.spca.nz/jump

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School tours @ Ficino School 2020 will be remembered variously around the world as a surreal, scary or safe time, depending on your perspective. In Aotearoa, it will be remembered as a time when life as we knew it stopped. When we went into lockdown in our family bubbles. When we learnt how to use technology to stay in contact with loved ones. When we learnt to do things differently. Like many educational institutions, Ficino Preschool turned to technology to stay in contact with our students and their families. It was important to create a sense of safety for our students and to retain the wonderful sense of community we enjoy with them and their families. As a small, boutique ECE located in the heart of Mt Eden, our preschool was well placed to keep a regular dialogue going with our students. Teachers used Zoom to hold meetings, engage in storytelling and enjoy singing with our students. Some parents ‘guest-starred’ by sharing cultural dances, cooking shows and myths and legends! Our

online app Storypark was invaluable during this time with students tasked with collecting autumn leaves and spotting teddy bears. As our country has moved into Alert Level 2, we have enjoyed welcoming our families back on site. Some initiatives such as collecting students from their parents’ car for a contactless drop-off may well become our new normal, at least in the interim. Other initiatives such as regular handwashing, sustainable practises with food and rubbish and regular cleaning of equipment will continue as normal. Our capped roll of no more than 30 students has meant that we are well placed to continue to operate with optimal safety standards. We are still booking visits for prospective parents and children to visit our site and see for themselves the excellent work we are engaged in.  PN Visit www.ficino.school.nz/tours

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Isabella Ashby (student trustee), Chris Selwyn and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Meet the teacher Chris Selwyn is a Ponsonby resident and the Tumuaki of Nga Puna O Waiorea, the immersion Te Reo Maori kura within Western Springs College. Chris, you have told me that you went to school in Ponsonby. I spent my formative school years in Ponsonby. I was at St Columba Marist Brothers – Vermont Street when it was a Catholic intermediate school (years 6-8). Those were wonder years – I have so many great memories of the legendary Brothers that taught there, including Brother Bede. What was Ponsonby like then? Ponsonby was very different back then. It was a strongly Polynesian neighbourhood. Some of school neighbours, like Betty Wark, Ani Tia, Pare McIntyre and the Ransfield whanau, ran half-way houses for street kids. And mid-morning we often heard the drums start up across the valley from Richmond Road School. When I was finishing my college years at St Pauls, the Kohanga Reo was established at Ritimana (Richmond Road School). This area has always felt like a cultural hub. Tell me about when you joined Nga Puna O Waiorea. Lilli Tuioti was the Principal (the first female Samoan Principal) when I was asked to join Western Springs College by Achlee Fong, the legendary founder of the bilingual unit. It has always felt like a dynamic and innovative school, at the cutting edges of the way of doing things. In addition to Lilli, and the marae on site, the board has always had a strong social conscious, encouraging change, growth and development. What achievements are you most proud of? Whanau engagement is a big one. Our kura culture expects whanau to ask questions about the learning journey of their tamariki. I love being a conduit – whanau don’t always know how to ask questions about what students are doing in algebra or science and we can help them frame those questions. And I’m very proud of the academic achievements of our students. We have always taken the view that our Maori and Pasifika students

can do as well as their non-Maori peers, and the students have responded by living up to those expectations. What about language revitalisation? Of course, te reo Maori is a passion of mine and I love seeing that passion reflected in the hearts of our teachers, students and whanau. There is a lot of mahi still required but seeing our language and culture being used, celebrated and valued, are important milestones. And you took on a lead role when Te Kahui Ako O Waitemata was formed? All the local kura were operating in their own silos before the Kahui Ako formed. It has been wonderful how it has brought us together to create a clear pathway for students in our area. And it has been heartening to see how the Maori-medium kura have been recognised and valued by all the English-medium schools. What has having new buildings meant for Waiorea? The physical home for the kura does make a difference. I noticed this as a student at St Columba that the building itself contributed to the connection everyone experienced there because of its unusual school layout, with the large hall in the middle and classrooms opening off its walls. The new flexible spaces at Western Springs College | Nga Puna O Waiorea are creating exceptional learning opportunities. We are delighted that our award-winning kapa haka students now have a Whare Tapere (performance space) that befits their achievements. I think it will nurture many more winning kapa haka teams in generations to come. How are you feeling about the future for your school? There is roll growth on the horizon which presents many exciting opportunities for us. It also raises plenty of questions about how we continue to deliver high-quality education, offering the best opportunities for students. But we are up for that, just as we have always been up for stretching ourselves and setting new standards in education.  PN www.westernsprings.school.nz

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Q: I am looking to build up and out to add a second story to my property, but I live on a three-property cross lease. The second story will give us more space and will allow us to look into the neighbour’s yard and bedrooms. Do I need consent from my neighbours and are there any legal issues I should look out for? A: Thanks for your question. Most cross leases contain a provision that you are not to make any structural alterations or additions to the flat unless you have first obtained the prior written consent of the owners of the neighbouring flats. They are not to unreasonably withhold their consent. Building a second story would alter the shape and structure of the building exterior of your property and would be a structural alteration. This means that you need to get your cross lease neighbours’ consent. If you decides to carry out the works without consent and your neighbours decided to take legal action, there is a chance a court may order you to pay compensation or even restore the property to its original state. This could be costly and stressful. There would also be an issue when you came to sell the property in that it is likely that there would be a technical fault with the title which a purchaser is likely to pick up on if their solicitor reviews the title

properly. This means it’s not something that you really want to leave undone as you may find that when your circumstances change and you want to sell, you will not want the additional hurdle of sorting out your title at the same time. It would be best to approach your neighbours and discuss the alterations you want to make. You can address any concerns they may have and try and find some solutions if there are any negative aspects that they are worried about. It may be a time to address any changes to their property that they may want to make either now or in the future. It may be possible in some circumstances to freehold the titles and get rid of the cross lease arrangement which is likely to increase the value of each of the properties. Your neighbours are likely to want you to cover their reasonable legal costs in attending to the update of the cross lease. This is not unreasonable. If your neighbours won’t agree, you could take them to court if you felt they were unreasonably withholding their consent but there will be both expense and risk to this course; remember in the words of Sun Tzu “the supreme art of victory is to win without fighting”. (MICHAEL HEMPHILL)  PN

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Ponsonby Apartment – Stunning city views Stunning city views from this spacious, sunny, hidden apartment tucked away off Ponsonby Road. You will be amazed at the size, light and spaciousness of this city apartment once inside. The north facing, open-plan living area downstairs has all day sun and great city views from the balcony. Upstairs there are three double bedrooms, the master bedroom has a walk in wardrobe and an ensuite, plus its own balcony. The other two double bedrooms have west-facing views towards Ponsonby Road. There is one secure car park beneath the building. Access into the apartment building is down the driveway next to the Bhana Brothers Fruit Shop. Please call Phillipa Gordon on M: 0274 746 507 to discuss and arrange a time to view this apartment. HOT PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & RENTALS LTD, 1/1 Franklin Road, T: 09 378 9560, www.hotpropertyrentals.co.nz

Will my business still be worth as much? The short answer is, it’s too early to tell. But, if I have to make a guess, I would probably say ’no’. There are three fundamental components of business valuation. Stock, plant and goodwill. Stock is what it is and the value will probably not change. Plant and equipment (tangible assets) values may come back a bit, mainly because there will probably be a lot of second-hand plant and equipment available as some businesses close down. Goodwill (intangible asset) value may also reduce for a number of sound reasons. Firstly, intangible asset value is based upon the seller’s discretionary income over the preceding two or three years. Right now, we don’t know if post-Covid-19 will be similar to pre-Covid-19. Will revenue and profitability be higher, lower or the same? For this reason, I expect banks will be extremely cautious about lending for at least the next 6-12 months. Many business buyers mortgage their largest asset (their home) to buy a business. If the banks are cautious about house values, they will be even more cautious and conservative about lending criteria. On the positive side, at least interest rates will be as low as they have ever been. As a counter to the above, we do expect to see recently unemployed or redundant, anxious business buyers who do have equity in their homes, but can’t find another job. I believe we may also see large numbers of expat Kiwis coming home with money to invest. Over time we should also see an increase in high net-worth individuals emigrating because they recognise New Zealand as a safe haven. Will new buyers to the market outweigh any negative factors induced by lockdown? My guess is that buyers have a distinctive advantage in the short term as long as they can raise the money. Vendor finance may need to play an increasing role in business sales.  PN DAVID WELLS, Senior Business Broker, NAI Harcourts M: 027 436 1465, www.northshore.naiharcourts.co.nz

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How to have your cake and eat it too Last month’s article dealt with the risks associated with some investment options. This time we will examine the importance of balance in an investment strategy, so your investment will provide you with your preferred lifestyle in retirement without the risk of running out of money before you run out of life. Unsophisticated investors are often tempted with too-good-to be-true headlines:

A balanced approach to investing will not deliver record-breaking returns (and potentially eye-watering losses) but, instead, a reliable cashflow to fund a lifestyle worth living.

• ‘Record-breaking Fund Manager Posts 25% Return’

The principles behind this are similar to the tried-and-true fundamentals of a balanced and diversified diet. Cash, like fruit in an eating plan, is readily available and quickly consumed, and is normally used to pay taxes and fees and to provide cover for rainy days.

• ‘Property Syndication Promises High Yield for a Housing Market out of Reach’

As with vegetables, investment in bonds provides a more substantial contribution to good financial health and is predominantly used to fund income because of its ability to pay interest while also offering a capital gain at the point of sale.

• ‘Finance Companies Offer Greater Returns at no Risk’ • ‘KiwiSaver Fund Ranked No.1 for Performance’ We all want to have our cake and eat it: to enjoy high returns from our investment, but without risk. Unfortunately, evidence shows that one does not exist without the other. Where the distinction between speculation and investment lies is risk, but this doesn’t need to be reflected as loss. The risk associated with speculation is that you can lose most or all of your money. The difference with investment is that risk comes in the form of volatility, not the threat of losing all your money. The significance of this is that when you are no longer able to rely on an income from paid employment, you will have an investment strategy to support you through the good times and the bad.

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Like protein in a diet, property often makes up a smaller proportion of the investment mix. Its main purpose is to act as a buffer against the fluctuating nature of shares due to the low correlation they have to one another. Carbohydrates are the fun part of a good diet, but it’s wise to learn how to differentiate between good carbs and bad. With shares, it’s not so easy to spot the winners from the losers, so a diversified approach will provide protection: a combination of New Zealand and international, hedged and non-hedged and, most importantly, a strategy that captures the market, not just an industry. So, before you jump on the get-rich-quick bandwagon, I implore you to consider this: the return of your money is more important than the return on it. www.oneplan.co.nz



Logan Granger: Covid-19 small business cashflow scheme The Government has introduced the Small Business Cash Flow (Loan) Scheme (SBCS) to support businesses struggling because of the loss of revenue as a result of the COVID-19. This scheme is designed to provide a loan up to a maximum of $100,000 for small businesses. To be eligible for the SCBS loan, a business must have 50 or fewer fulltime-equivalent employees. The loan has a five year term and must be repaid by 31 July 2025. The annual interest rate will be 3% beginning from the date of the loan provided. The loan is only interest free if paid back within a year. Repayments are not compulsory within the first 24 months. Businesses will be entitled to a loan amount of $10,000 plus $1800 per FTE employee to a maximum of $100,000.

• Take active steps to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on your business.

This scheme is designed to give small businesses access to cash flow to meet their fixed and operating costs such as rent, insurance, utilities, supplier payments and rates. The loan cannot be passed through shareholders or owners of the businesses through dividends.

A temporary loss carry-back scheme has been introduced to support taxpayers in the current uncertain economic environment Generally, businesses use previous year’s losses to reduce their taxable income in future. However, due to the economic impacts of COVID-19, it is more likely many taxpayers will incur loss in the 2020 or 2021 income years.

The loan application is available at IRD website and is open up until 12 June 2020. Wage Subsidy extended Last week’s budget announced an extension to the existing wage subsidy scheme. A Wage Subsidy Extension payment will be available to support employers, including sole traders, who are still significantly impacted by COVID-19 after the Wage Subsidy ends. It covers the period of eight weeks from 10 June 2020 until 1 September 2020. Applications for subsidy cannot be made until 10 June. The conditions that have to be met in order to apply for wage subsidy extensions is as follows:

Carrying a loss forward postpones the benefit of being able to claim losses and means that a taxpayer would still incur a tax liability for previous profitable years. The Loss Carry-Back Scheme will provide fast cash flow relief for businesses in loss during the period affected by COVID-19 and therefore clients with losses in 2020 or who have actual or expected losses in 2021 will be able to carry those losses backwards to the prior year and use against profits in that prior year and generate tax refunds as a result. Almost all types of taxpayers – companies, trusts and individuals are eligible to carry back losses.

1. The applicant must have had or must expect to have a revenue loss of at least 50% for the 30 days before the application is made,

However, the majority of individuals with only PAYE income will automatically be excluded as they can’t have a loss to carry back.

2. It will cover eight weeks per employee from the date the application is submitted, and is in respect of the employees listed in that application,

We are more than happy to assist you – please contact us if you have any questions regarding the small business cash flow loan, wages subsidy extension or the loss carry back.

3. The subsidy gets paid as a lump sum at the same weekly rate as the Wage Subsidy,

The team at Johnston Associates wish the Ponsonby News readers all the very best in these hard times, and we are here if you need us! (LOGAN GRANGER)  PN

4. The applicant has to undertake to perform certain obligations Disclaimer – While all care has been taken, Johnston Associates Chartered including the following: Accountants Ltd and its staff accept no liability for the content of this article; • pass the subsidy on to your employees always see your professional advisor before taking any action that you are • retain your employees for the duration of the subsidy unsure about. • do your best to pay your employees at least 80% of their normal pay JOHNSTON ASSOCIATES, 202 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 361 6701, www.jacal.co.nz




Citizens Advice Bureau Auckland City – Grey Lynn/Ponsonby Branch We’re here for you. These last months, when our nation has faced the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, have brought out the best in our community. We have seen landlords grant rent holidays, we have seen people put themselves on the front line in the health system, caring for vulnerable people and working in our supermarkets and other food and food production businesses. We have seen people involved in ensuring that those adversely affected by the pandemic are fed and housed. Our CAB team of volunteers have been working through too. We went to a national free 0800 number and people worked remotely from their homes, with we managers ‘triaging’ calls and our volunteer interviewers contacting the clients, researching the issues and offering them options. As you will imagine, the top issues that people have been facing and continue to face as we move forward include:

access our services. We will be taking all precautions to keep you and ourselves safe. Over time our specialist clinics and JP service will return. In the mean time we can redirect you if you call us as to where you can get specialist help if need be. Another task our volunteers throughout the country undertook during Levels 4 and then 3 was to support the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Ministry of Social Devleopment (MSC) to call people – mainly those over 70 years and living alone to ensure they had the support they needed. Other groups around the country such as Auckland librarians were doing this work too. All up, many thousands of people were talked with, helping people without family and friends to find ways to get food and medication and connecting them up with various other organisations to help with their needs. In addition, we did what we are very good at – ‘listening’ and the people we called often appreciated the opportunity to just have a chat and the contact. As one person said to a volunteer – “you made my day.”

• Employment conditions Our volunteers also used their well-honed research skills with the ‘harder to reach’ group where contact details were out of date or incorrect.

• Wage subsidy issues • Locating food parcels

Volunteering Our volunteeers come from all walks of life and are all ages and stages. It may be that the last months have seen a change in your outlook on life and you may be thinking, how can I use my skills to help other people. We would love to hear from you. Working at CAB is a way of helping others help themselves and learning new skills. In one of our columns last year we profiled some of our volunteers and what they enjoyed about volunteering and working for CAB:

• The position of migrant workers • Residential tenancy disputes • The lack of protection that flatmates and private boarders face as they are not covered by the residential tenancy legislation Two of CAB’s strengths are its people and the database of information that is updated constantly by people in our national office. We had all the latest Government information updated real time and also our staff take the common questions that people have and turn them into a question and answer format. This makes it very easy for people with digital capability to access answers from our website. However, as we know, many people do not have that access. So we are very excited that we are now back in the office at the Grey Lynn Community Centre. At first we will be just taking phone calls but by the time of the publication of Ponsonby News we hope we will be able to see clients face to face as this is how many people prefer to

Ana said: she likes helping people with situations when they thought there was no hope. She says a lot of people come to CAB as a last resort. Giving people hope and two to three options to go away with gives her satisfaction. Add to that, she says she is learning something new every day. If that sounds like you, please give us a call and we can talk to you about volunteering and what is required. And remember – he waka eke noa/ we are all in this together. (LESLEY BRADLEY, BRANCH MANAGER)  PN

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1. The Orlando chair by Reiko Kaneko for SCP 2. The Group sofa and chair by Philippe Malouin for SCP 3. The Waves & Ovals rug by Donna Wilson for SCP

4. The Jethro table and bench by Sara Kay for SCP 5. String for all occasions... 6. The Sea Pebble rug by Donna Wilson BOB & FRIENDS, 231 Ponsonby Road, www.bobandfriends.co.nz




Heidi Padain: Entertainment in your garden I once observed a touch screen tablet moving slowly through the bush. It was wrapped around the face of a young man. The fantails were flitting around him like manic fairies. The stream beckoned loudly and the foliage tilted a fraction to shine the light upon his path. The young man who could see nothing around him was suddenly hit by a speeding tree and then swallowed up into a deep, dark metaphorical hole. Seem familiar? So many of us are so attached to our devices or caught up doing things for others, that we’re not making time to look around us and de-clutter our minds. During the lockdown period, many of us have been forced to slow down. People reported seeing an increase in birdlife. Admittedly, I did smile when I read this. It might be that reduced noise, light and air pollution during lockdown means we can see and hear more birds but I doubt there’s been an increase in birds as such. However, I do believe that there is an increase in predators. You may already be aware that this year is a mast year. In a ‘mast’ year, trees experience extremely heavy flowering, fruiting and seeding. Historically, this would trigger an abundance of food for native wildlife to make up for lean years. But now, mast events also boost rodent numbers and, in turn, stoat numbers. An increase in predators is

a significant threat to our birdlife, so it’s essential to set and maintain traps on your property. In addition to the danger of predators, we are experiencing a drought. This also impacts on our birdlife. I have a large water dish in my garden. Recently, I’ve been enjoying watching the wax eyes bathing together. Their noisy antics attract the fantails. All it takes is one fantail to clear the dish of frolicking wax eyes. Not that the fantail is being mean, it’s just that when they’re whipping their wonderful tail feathers around in the water, there really isn’t much room for the other birds. I have a fantail that visits every day. It flies through one open door and out of another. Occasionally, it stops to rest on the arm of a rocking chair and chatters away at me. This new friend has been delightful company during these challenging times. It’s very hard to maintain a good work/life balance, but if we’re not tuning in with nature, ourselves or those around us, we can become stuck. With the winter months approaching, I would like to encourage you to schedule some nature time for yourself. Perhaps set up a bird bath; and start trapping, of course. (HEIDI PADAIN)  PN

To see some of Heidi’s other photographic work, go to www.flickr.com and type Heidi Padain into the search box, or you can contact Heidi by email hidihi@xtra.co.nz, or look her up on Facebook... Heidi Padain Photography

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The art of the deal The surprising pop art collection of a local top real estate agent. The walls of Matt O’Brien’s Grey Lynn house are almost completely invisible. From his many large showpieces to dozens of assorted curios, every square foot is crammed with art. Rather than a typical minimalist approach, with a handful of trophy pieces by well-known artists, there is a much more magpie-like quality to his collection. O’Brien says it’s effectively a timeline of his adult life, an homage to his family, the places he’s been, the relationships, the successes, the ‘not so’ successes. Looking at the vast array of moods on the walls across dozens of canvases, it seems he’s had an eventful life for a man in his late 40s. “This isn’t all of my collection,” he says, unable to suppress a smile. It’s a little hard to link such an eclectic and funky art collection with the clean-cut image you see on his real estate signs around town. But his history is more colourful than you’d expect. “I bought my first pieces of collectible art when I owned a boutique record store in Auckland around 2000. I had just got back from working as a DJ in Japan and this Frank Kozik piece really reminded me of my time over there.” A tattooed, globetrotting DJ, with a bit of High Fidelity-era John Cusack thrown in? So much for clean cut.

Because his tastes tend towards pop art, there are a lot of faces staring out at you, from the playful to the macabre. A piece he loves is of former US President Clinton, one of the few pieces he commissioned himself (from 12 Gallery). It’s a Warhol-inspired piece that shows the president smoking his infamous Lewinsky cigar with the words Boys Nation. It’s a surprising homage. “I’ve always been fascinated by Bill Clinton. He was such a flawed and human figure. He made some mistakes in his life, then tried to lie his way out of them. Yet he did a lot of good things as well and had such amazing charisma. I think we can all relate to that. Your heart’s in the right place, but no one is perfect,” he says. With such a collection, does the man who sells blue chip property see art as an investment? “I rarely sell paintings. All my art is so personal to me. Tells my story I guess.” O’Brien pauses for a moment and then says, “The art I buy changes like the weather. I still enjoy paintings I bought many years ago, but I wouldn’t necessarily choose them again today. I’m a different person now. Life’s a journey and each piece is like a landmark along the way.” E: m.obrien2@barfoot.co.nz



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Redecorate and refresh your interior with gorgeous cushions Time spent at home during various stages of the COVID-19 lockdown has certainly given us all plenty of time to reflect on our living environment and to focus on aspects of change. In our home, it involved launching into a long overdue project – taking all the art off the walls, and re-hanging and re-curating it – often in different rooms. The end result has made such an incredible difference, it almost feels like we have moved house. You will also find that in terms of impact on interior design, new cushions can have just such a transformative effect. Freshen up your living room and accent your couches and armchairs with stunning cushions from Donna Hoyle Design and Decoration. I have gathered an amazing collection of luxurious cushions, with each one being quite unique, often embellished with exquisite hand embroidery and appliqué work. Experience the extra comfort of down and feather inners, enjoy the sensuous hand feel of the best quality silk, linen and silk velvet. The textures are wonderful and the stunning designs are equally suited to both contemporary and classic interiors. Designed to be gathered together and combined to suit your favourite colour palette – with blues ranging from indigo to a soft duck egg, golds from softest maize to mustard, greens from bottle green to pistachio, dusky pink to coral orange, deep purple to aubergine and many gorgeous neutrals accented with crisp white. We have the perfect size and shape of cushion for every room in your house – for individual chairs, for beds, for couches and for window seats. We also offer a fabulous collection of fabrics that we can draw from should we need to custom make cushions to complement something from our range. Our cushions are heirloom quality and only available in limited numbers due to the amount of handwork involved. They showcase generations of artisan skills, with the extraordinary work of master embroiderers, fabric dyers and weavers. Seeking these skills has meant several trips to India over the past three years while this new project has been underway and the collection has taken shape. We welcome visitors to our showroom, which is a large open space, perfect to ensure generous social distancing. A visit offers perfect opportunity to share our love of these gorgeous textiles with you.

These are available to purchase directly from the showroom, via our website or from interior designers. Opening hours: Please call in advance of your visit so a carpark will be available for you.

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Four tips from Lahood to make your home nice and cosy this winter To help you create a warm and inviting home this winter, we’ve put together a list of decorating tips to make your home nice and cosy. Layer, layer, layer The key to styling your home in winter is to layer with accessories – just like getting dressed in winter. Cushions, blankets and throws in a variety of patterns and textures add life to your home. A soft woollen blanket paired with a cushion from the new Weave range is the perfect finishing touch for any interior. Lahood has an extensive range of cushions in different colours and textures and also makes bespoke cushions. We can help you create a set of cushions just right for your home so you don’t need to spend time co-ordinating them. Lined Curtains Lined curtains always look beautiful but they are also functional. They are great at insulating your home to keep it warm in winter. To effectively insulate your home, full-length curtains are best as this creates an air seal. For new home builds we recommend the Lahood Flush track, which sits snugly in the ceiling. This track was developed especially for our work with architects to provide a steam-lined, minimalistic look and softness when the curtains are pulled. Once you see this track, you won’t want anything else. Luxaflex Duettes A great alternative to curtains are Luxaflex Duettes. Luxaflex Duettes have a unique cellular construction which traps air – keeping the cold out and the warmth in. Architects and designers often specify Luxaflex Duette blinds and they have become known as the ‘designers choice’ of blind. For good reason –they are beautiful and soft and highly functional for both light and temperature control.

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A wall with a splash of colour Wallpaper is the way to transform any room and we have a wide range of options here at Lahood. You can go dark and moody, gold and glam, or textured, botanical or floral. The choice is extensive and the team at Lahood are always happy to work with you to find the right look for your home. LAHOOD, 104 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden, T: 09 638 8463, www.lahood.co.nz PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

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REID PROPERTY SERVICES A LOCAL PROPERTY SERVICES COMPANY I talked to Eddie Reid, whose property maintenance company has become very successful and popular in Ponsonby over the last half-dozen years. Eddie has a ‘whanau’ approach to his business and has managed to retain all his staff so far. He is supportive of the Government’s lockdown, and praises Jacinda for her handling of this unprecedented pandemic. Tragically, Eddie lost his father during the lockdown and could not attend his tangi in Ruatoria. They Zoomed the funeral to 80 people. I asked Eddie some questions and his answers (somewhat edited) are printed here.

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Remind our readers what services your company provides. Our business comprises builders, painters, gib stoppers, electricians and plumbers. We have been servicing Ponsonby for eight years. Have you been able to retain all your staff during the lockdown? Yes. Thanks to the Government wage subsidy, businesses like mine can support our staff. For Jacinda to make the big decisions she has made makes me proud to be a New Zealander. Tell us about the challenges facing small businesses during this pandemic. Once Level 4 lockdown was announced, our work flow stopped. As a business owner that is catastrophic and stress levels go up. My first thoughts were my crew. My business is based on whanau values. My staff’s morale and mental health were my main priority. Our weekly Zoom meetings with the crew were new, but have been fun. We’ve laughed and joked even though we have been unsure what the future holds. What advice or suggestions would you offer to other local businesses? Believe we’ll be back to normal soon. Plan now with key staff for the future. Keep your normal routines as much as you can – emails, phone calls to clients. Any other thoughts for our community? We must come together in our community, supporting each other, cafes, restaurants – buy local, holiday local. Reacquaint with neighbours, friends and family. The most heartbreaking thing about this lockdown has been losing my dad, who died in Ruatoria, and I couldn’t go to his tangi. We Zoomed it, which was helpful for family and friends. I’d like to mention some of my clients who have continued to support me. Aaron and Imogen from Damerell Property Group, Cassidy Construction, Nate and his team from Box Build, and local home owners who continue to request quotes for when we come out of lockdown. We will get through this. Eddie Reid is a positive and optimistic local businessman whose attitudes and values echo those of thousands of New Zealanders who are facing up to this unprecedented pandemic. If all New Zealanders think and behave like Eddie, with kindness, love and humility for our fellow PN humans, we will come out of this even stronger than we went into it. (JOHN ELLIOTT)  Call Eddie for a quote on M: 021 062 9104.




Our experience is your advantage Village Rentals welcomes Natalie Gonthier back as its senior property manager. Natalie Gonthier has had 11 years in the property management and sales industries and has returned to New Zealand to settle into managing the business of Village Rentals with Adrienne Gooch. "We are a specialist property management company that has been operating since 2005. We are a family owned business and our reputation is extremely important to us and a great source of pride. We stand by our mantra of 'delivering excellence' in all that we do. We are proud to say that we still manage a large number of properties for landlords who have been with us since conception.

HAPPY CLIENTS... “We have been with Adrienne for over 20 years and Village Rentals since its inception. We have a number of rentals with Village Rentals with a number of different configurations and challenges. We have always found everyone at Village Rentals to be honest, efficient, timely, professional and most importantly

"Should you require the services of property management, casual letting or management of your AirBnB, please do not hesitate to contact us."

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hands off landlord and can just let the team work their magic. If you want peace of mind obvious choice.” Greg Jones


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Beautiful New Arrivals at ECC The ECC showroom re-opens with a refreshed collection of new stock. Recently, you may have had time to think about changes you wish to make to your home. There has been a lot of online innovation and ideas that have captured our attention, or you may have been following @eccnewzealand on Instagram and Facebook. Now ECC’s Auckland showroom doors are open and ready to welcome you in-store. ECC is proud to be a 111-year-old local family business. It has weathered many storms and continues to bring the best in lighting and furniture design to New Zealand. ECC’s spacious showroom is refreshed with new stock that arrived by ship from Europe during the lockdown period. It is the place to touch fabrics, experience colour and feel the comfort of the latest designs.

better task lighting. ECC has a great range of desk lamps in store now in a range of styles from classic, minimalist to traditional. With winter approaching you may want to enhance the ambience of your living room with soft, atmospheric light. A table lamp, floor lamp or candles can all make the room more cosy and welcoming with a soft glow or filtered light. As always ECC’s customer team can help you find the perfect design, respond to any questions you have and assist you with the decisionmaking process.

ECC welcomes the Henge furniture range to complement the lighting already in-store. Burnished metals are a feature of the collection – on coffee tables and consoles. There are also sofa and dining table settings made by working natural materials by hand – each piece different from the next.

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Giorgetti’s most sought after designs are back in-store. There is the award-winning Drive sofa with its soft curves and goose down cushions, armchairs covered in warm sheepskin, and the Rea bed with an enveloping leather headboard.

The Thorburn family look forward to welcoming you in-store soon at 39 Nugent Street, Grafton – or shop online at ecc.co.nz

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A question of balance It’s an interesting dilemma. Naturally, you want your new kitchen to stand out and be the star attraction in your home, but, in the same breath, you don’t want it to compete with the rest of your décor, or distract from the beautiful natural vistas you may have from your living space. This kitchen, in a newly completed home that occupies an enviable site overlooking the Hauraki Gulf, is a point in case, as it has magnificent views and a stunning new interior. Richard Cripps from Kitchens By Design says it was one of those dream jobs to be involved with, but it took careful planning to achieve a balanced result for his clients. “Being given a brand new space to work with is always exciting, but it also has its challenges,” says Richard, the designer. “Our clients’ original brief was for their new kitchen to be black and white, but I worked with them to flesh out that idea, to tone it down and create something with a bit of warmth, but that still had punch, giving them the monochromatic look they asked for, to tie it back into the décor of the rest of the house.” The designer says the biggest impact you can make in any kitchen is your choice of cabinetry. Here, he opted for a textured timber veneer stained grey. This helped provide warmth and also softened the cabinetry’s impact on the rest of the room. “To give my clients the black and white element they asked for, I designed a black island, clad in a durable engineered stone that has a bold white vein running through it. I chose a matt finish to stop glare and reflections – because it’s in a high-sun space – and I also built in a wine fridge on the dining side of the island, as my clients are big on entertaining.” For the benchtop along the back wall, the designer specified a 5mm steel plate that wraps up and around the entire cooking zone. “Our clients had seen something similar in a magazine and loved the idea of it. It certainly helps adding a bit of visual interest and also fits nicely

with the grey stain of the wood veneer – as does the playful, roundpatterned tile used for the splashback, which was also their choice.” Adjacent and separate to the main kitchen is a large, walk-in scullery. “It’s a long, narrow space with a slim, slot window at one end,” says Richard. “In here, we made the finishes a lot more utilitarian, moving away from the textured timber finishes and opting for smooth, easyclean surfaces. We also specified a white benchtop to break up the dark grey cabinetry.” Overall, the ‘flat’ finishes and darker tones employed in this kitchen have helped it take a back seat ahead of the views that rightly dominate the open-plan living space, fulfilling the designer’s goal of striking a perfect balance between standing out as the beautiful kitchen it is, and subtly blending into its environment.

If you’re thinking about putting in a new kitchen, give one of the team at Kitchens By Design a call, or pop into their Auckland-based showroom at 3 Byron Avenue, Takapuna, T: 09 379 3084. And, for inspiration, take a look at their website at www.kitchensbydesign.co.nz

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

An entertainer’s kitchen with exquisite design details.


Photography: Peter Furlong


FOLEY, Ash Wallace and Gabriel Everett

Support local. Stream local. Follow local. Buy local. May marked Aotearoa’s iconic, month-long NZ Music Month celebrations. Now in its 20th year, the month of May was brimming with fantastic new releases from artists across Aotearoa, alongside innovative online events, promotions and awards for Kiwis to support New Zealand’s dynamic music industry.

Ahead of their debut EP, Foley’s fifth single ‘Cola’ was added across all major New Zealand radio stations and reached top 50 and the #1 independent song on the New Zealand radio charts and was the only independent song in the Pop Top 40.

As New Zealanders adjust to the new norm of living under Levels 4-1, one thing remains unchanged and that’s the stellar music being made by Kiwi musicians. The theme for 2020s NZ Music Month was: Support local. Stream local. Follow local. Buy local.

Foley have graced New Zealand’s largest New Year’s festival Rhythm & Vines three times, most recently playing a main-stage slot on New Year’s Eve. The pair have also shared the stage with Two Door Cinema Club, Flight Facilities and Crooked Colours at indie fest Spring City and opened for Six60’s stadium show in Hamilton early in 2020.

Representing Ponsonby and featuring throughout the month was the band Foley who have made a name for themselves by acting out against the standard producer-vocalist two piece model; instead writing, performing and producing everything completely collaboratively. In an industry where female vocalists are often commoditised, it’s an important distinction to make. Ash Wallace and Gabriel Everett have developed a strong point of view as commentators of millennial doubt and confusion. They have never shied from laying bare the stark challenge of navigating love and relationships in your 20s, attempting to piece together some sense around the most universal of emotions. Honest to a fault, Foley have quickly picked up a fanbase of young, like-minded listeners for their fun-loving attitude and genuinely unbreakable friendship. Their transparency with each other and their fanbase make for a hilarious, emotionally authentic and carefree relationship that will have you laughing and crying in the same breath.

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Last year, Foley landed a prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Nomination for their fourth single ‘Can’t Help The Way’ which also hit #2 on the Official NZ Hot 20 charts. The pair now have over three million streams and have featured across multiple global DSP playlists, including Spotify’s New Music Friday US, UK, Sweden and AU/NZ and Apple Music’s A-List playlists. Behind the scenes, the duo have formed a relationship with producers Josh Fountain (Benee, LEISURE, MAALA) and Djeisan Suskov (Mitch James, Matthew Young, LEISURE). FOLEY, Facebook: wearefoley Instagram: wearefoley Twitter: wearefoley Spotify: Foley www.nzmusicmonth.co.nz



Uptown Art Scene Brice Marden, the American painter, commented that each time you stand in front of a painting, you have changed but the painting has not. We come out of lockdown into a world familiar yet altered. Now that our world has changed, what do we see? What new reflections do we experience when looking at art? As galleries open up under Level 2, we can again stand in front of new art and see how it affects us in this new territory. ”John Nixon’s assemblage paintings often include everyday objects. Prior to lockdown, I saw these as formal shapes, but now standing in the small gallery upstairs at Two Rooms these become a poignant reminder of domestic, personal space,” says Evan. ”A spoon attached to a black canvas not only reflects the white of the adjacent white canvas, but makes me reflect on the centrality that gathered around eating during lockdown, of the ubiquitous spoon feeding the prisoner in isolation, of a prosaic object that connects everyone. I found the domestic implied in the paintings of Matt Arbuckle in the large gallery downstairs too. I may’ve looked at his works as landscapes, as I have in the past, but now the paint impressions

suggest curtains diffusing light from an inaccessible outside world, chromatically cool in greens and greys. Even though the view from inside looking out is one we perhaps most often see, four weeks of quarantine is enough to imprint it with extra layers of meaning. While Gary McMillan often depicts exterior scenes as seen through glass – the window of a room or windscreen of a car – his new work at Fox Jensen McCrory pushes the view onto the surface of the glass itself. The image separates into individual droplets of colour. We don’t see through the glass, rather the glass becomes a screen that the outside is projected onto. Although these first artworks I visited post-lockdown are seen through the lens of quarantine, they do not make the walls close in on me. Art makes one think, they allow us to travel. I’ve never been so pleased with my art collection than having it to gaze on over Level 4. Perhaps with our borders closed, it’s time to travel with our eyes and minds through the vehicle of art? In these times, we need art, and artists need us.” (EVAN WOODRUFFE/STUDIO ART SUPPLIES) www.studioart.co.nz

L to R: John Nixon, Untitled, at Two Rooms; Matt Arbuckle, Visible Mysteries, at Two Rooms; Kemal Seyhan, Untitled, about to be wrapped at Fox Jensen McCrory; Gary McMillan, Scene 43, at Fox Jensen McCrory




@ OREX Philippa Blair: Shelter – June / July Philippa Blair’s iconic cloak and book works have not been seen in New Zealand for many years. Created through the mid 80s to mid 90s, these three-dimensional canvases are lavish with the gestural marks, colours and deep thinking that came to define Blair’s career both nationally and internationally. In these rare works, Blair’s vocabulary and virtuosity are given a free reign. This is an outstanding show of works which precedes a solo show at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in Titirangi in July / August. OREX, 15 Putiki Street, T: 09 378 0588, E: gallery@orexart.co.nz, www.orexart.co.nz

Auckland’s leading theatre for children is under threat Auckland’s leading theatre for children has a crisis appeal underway as it seeks help to survive and keep shaping young lives and the city’s vibrant cultural fabric. Within weeks, Tim Bray Theatre Company (TBTC) has moved from being a strong, established institution at the forefront of theatre for children, to a company struggling to survive the coming months, says Founder and Artistic Director Tim Bray, QSM. Indian Summer

“Our demise would leave a huge hole in Auckland’s cultural landscape and in the lives of the children and young people in our theatre community. “A huge community of Auckland’s children and young people benefit from the company’s creative output, as well as many New Zealand authors, actors, composers, designers, choreographers, tutors and technicians, schools and early childhood centres.” Tim Bray says he’s encouraged by an outpouring of support from the community in response to the theatre’s recently launched crisis appeal. Judy Bailey (TV celebrity) says in TBTC’s Crisis Appeal video, “I just love coming to Tim Bray Productions. They’re so imaginative and vibrant and full of wit and humour. It’s such a great thing. “Each donation has a positive impact and we’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to the $60,000 raised so far. Our future is still far from secure, but each donation puts us on a firmer footing, so please give generously if you can.” TBTC is one of New Zealand’s oldest professional theatre companies and a not-forprofit registered charitable trust. Unlike similar-sized professional theatre companies for ‘grown-ups’, TBTC does not receive annual funding from Creative New Zealand. Most of the company’s income is self-generated through box office sales and youth theatre enrolments – a rarity among New Zealand performing arts companies.

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A pioneer of New Zealand Sign Language interpreted, audio described and sensory relaxed performances, accessibility is at the forefront of the company’s mission. Among those noting the theatre’s positive impact on children are Kelston Deaf Education Centre, BLENNZ (Blind and Low Vision Education Network of NZ), Make-A-Wish (NZ) and many low decile schools. Please share our Crisis Appeal video on your social media: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg1LIqj7oOo&feature=youtu.be >

Shelter June-July 2020

A one-minute broadcast version (CAB broadcasting approval required) is available for any discretionary/charity broadcast advertising slots. 15 putiki street, arch hill open tue-sat, 09 3780588

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Donations can be made online at www.timbray.org.nz PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

St Matthew’s is famous for both the great Henry Willis organ and increasingly for the First Tuesday, lunch hour concert series. July’s First Tuesday Concert features celebrated organist Miran Park who will play music by Buxtehude, Elgar and Henri Mulet on the great Henry Willis organ. For lovers of music, live concerts and the organ, this will be a treat to hear one of the best organs in the city after a few months’ hibernation. Her programme will demonstrate the instrument from loud to soft, sweet to bold, both esoteric and popular. Marin Park is organist of sister city church St Andrew’s First Presbyterian, Symonds Street and she has a distinguished pedigree of study both in South Korea with two music degrees and in Auckland with Dr John Wells. Marin is also organist for Takapuna Korean Church. She was winner of both Performance and Audience Prizes at the 2012 NZ Association of Organists. First Tuesday Concert series at St Matthew-in-the-City has continued in digital form via St Matthew’s website and Facebook during Covid-19 lockdown. John Wells (piano) recorded and broadcast from his North Auckland studio and Auckland Music Association re-played video elements of their great 2019 concert.

Jack Trolove @ Whitespace 14 June - 10 July Jack Trolove’s practice spans 20 years of working with the body as political site and poetic substance. While the social and theoretical influences in Trolove’s work have long been weighty (inter generational trauma and healing, queer-trans feminisms, de-colonisation and critical whiteness studies), these days his work sounds and lands more like poetry than politics. This is not to say that’s what’s happening. It seems he’s been learning the art of catching bees with honey. His paintings have certainly become a kind of honey. His decision to make often luscious, figurative paintings, is born from a deep commitment to champion space for the non-rational world. Making paintings ‘about feeling’ is his way of corrupting masculinity’s stakes in ‘knowing’. His is a practice of thinking through the body not about the body. The artist uses figurative painting to centre embodied knowledge. To support direct intuitive communication between bodies through that live space between the body in the painting and the body of the viewer. He makes paintings that remind us how quickly and potently we can feel.

In June, Auckland Trio with Bassoonist Rachel Guan played Vivaldi, Elgar, Brahms, Strauss and Piazzola before an audience in St Matthew’s anxious to enjoy the first ‘live’ music for many weeks. Entry by koha.

Thick, unruly streaks of pigment play out larger than life size in front of the viewer, in the real-time way tactile paintings and performance do. Here, they sculpt thick second-skins for us to feel through.


The old school Face-Recognition Technology of ‘portraiture’, conjures us an in-road. Yet to stop at the face or the body in the image, is to miss the work. It’s an invitation into abstraction and unravelling. Trolove’s not interested in the ‘traditions’ of portraiture, of finding a likeness to a sitter – in most cases there are no sitters. He consciously uses the mechanism of ‘portraiture’ for its familiarity and baggage, it’s function as a hospitable kind of valve into a new space. Essay excerpt J. Kalsy. www.whitespace.co.nz

Jack Trolove - Charcoal on paper

Marin Park

Grand Organ / Great Organist Miran Park - Organist

Tuesday 7th July, 12.10-12.50pm Plays music by Dietrich Buxtehude, Edward Elgar and Henri Mulet. Entry by koha.

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JACK TROLOVE 20 monmouth st, grey lynn, auckland | whitespace.co.nz




First Tuesday Organ Concert – 7 July 2020


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

Aquarius (the Water Carrier) 21 January - 19 February You’ve had a lot of change recently. And you finally feel relieved that things are slowly getting back to some normality. You have a great imagination that could provide you with an additional income if you know where to look.

Pisces (the Fishes) 20 February - 20 March Don’t dream your life away as it could result in you missing out on something important. You know there are things pressing that need attending to. What you do now will certainly benefit you in the future as long as you take care of things now.

Aries (the Ram) 21 March - 20 April Be your usual confident self if you can when you’re faced with any hostility or challenges to your ideas this month. There seems to be someone blocking your path that can be confronting and challenging. Just look for other ways to get your intentions known.

Taurus (the Bull) 21 April - 21 May There are lots of voices telling you which path you should choose. Listen to your gut is the best advice I can give. It’s annoying listening when your friends are vocal, but remember it’s not meant with malice.

Gemini (the Twins) 22 May - 21 June You can keep yourself to yourself or you can put yourself out there. If I was you, I would make an effort to be noticed. Putting your enthusiasm on display will be like turning on headlights. Everyone will notice. Now could be the time that you need to change direction.

Cancer (the Crab) 22 June - 22 July Someone could reach out to you this month with the intention of you helping with an idea. With all your experience it should be a breeze. You’ve been making such a good impression lately that you could be in for a surprise.

Leo (the Lion) 23 July - 21 August The reason for your success has been your uniqueness. There hasn’t been anyone quite like you before. Don’t ignore what’s right in front of you. Keep, if you can, all lines of communication open. Don’t fear what you’ve never tried.

Virgo (the Virgin) 22 August - 23 September Be very daring this month. You could get away with just about anything. Your creativity is bubbling away inside ready to explode. Whatever risks you take could pay off in a spectacular way.

Libra (the Scales) 24 September - 23 October What sets out to be a busy month exceeds all expectations. It’s a good job you feel energised. Be sensible and stay focused. A surprise source of income will come in very handy if you play your cards right.

Scorpio (the Scorpion) 24 October - 22 November Exercise can be a key to good mental health. Your output becomes plentiful when you’re firing on all cylinders. You’re able to approach others more confidently when you’re feeling good about yourself. When your mind and body are connected, you feel invincible.

Sagittarius (the Archer) 23 November - 22 December You feel like you want to have a change but are not sure exactly what you want different. Take a break if you have to. Don’t discard an opportunity that might change your life forever.

Capricorn (the Goat) 23 December - 20 January You’ve always had an appetite to do things for yourself or at least differently from everyone else. Giving an honest opinion can be taken the wrong way this month. It’s better to say nothing so you don’t hurt anyone’s feelings.

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