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PN - 30TH BIRTHDAY Congratulations, Martin, for 30 wonderful years of the Ponsonby News, what a great legacy that John Elliott started all of those years ago and you have carried on. Keep up the great work. Ross Thorby, Freemans Bay THE EREBUS NATIONAL MEMORIAL IS PLANNED TO BE BUILT ON DOVE MYER ROBINSON PARK, PARNELL The latest example of the Waitemata- Local Board failing the community and its governance responsibilities is their handling of the Erebus National Memorial to be built on Dove Myer Robinson Park, Parnell. The Government, who is sponsoring the memorial, has mishandled the project from the beginning and, in particular, it has failed to adequately consult all interested parties. The Prime Minister announced in April that “the first sod will be turned” on 28 November, which is the 40th anniversary of the disaster. A formal request to give approval was tabled at the recent board meeting and they resolved to undertake the required consultation under urgency and empower the chairperson and deputy to give their approval by the end of October. Rob Thomas unsuccessfully attempted to have the matter referred to the incoming board which would have allowed sufficient time for proper consultation but it was voted down by the other six members. I believe City Vision, a surrogate of Labour, was pressured by Goff & the Government to move with unseemly haste to avoid the embarrassment of not being able to ‘turn the sod’ on the 40th anniversary! We have the opportunity of electing a board that is not dominated by one party and not prepared to put aside good process, transparency and the community when pressured. Keith McConnell, Independent Candidate WHO DO I VOTE FOR? There is only one question people ask me at Local Election time, “Who do I vote for?” My answer is simple. Vote for the person, not the party. Ignore the campaign spin and look at what that person has done for your community. I was once a strong Labour/Green supporter but I have lost faith in City Vision and their associates. I do not support their approval of Auckland Transport’s dangerous and badly designed cycleways, nor the local board’s refusal to reinstate tree protection, or the fact that carcinogenic gylsophate continues to be sprayed in our streets, parks and playing fields. The fact that nearly 60 community groups have banded together to share this common fury demonstrates the collective dissatisfaction with the incumbent local community boards. We want good governance, that is open and transparent. We want our trees, parks and play areas protected, not cut down and replaced with artificial playing fields. We want the roads to be shared, not made into unsafe congested arteries. We want publicly owned public transport. We must have a voice at the table to see Watercare, Panuku and Auckland Transport called to heel. This election you can demand the madness stops and make it clear that your representatives are there for the entire community not just pressure groups like Bike Auckland or Generation Zero. So, here is our pick for Waitemata: Mike Lee for Auckland Council, Gael Baldock, Allan Matson, Tadhg Stopford, Sarah Trotman, Adriana Christie, Keith McConnell and Greg Moyle for Waitemata Local Board. Vote for the person, not the party! Lisa Prager, Westmere

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WESTERN SPRINGS FOREST UPDATE The society’s experts have done a tree-by-tree assessment according to New Zealand arborist industry standards, which council has not done despite being asked to do so since early this year. We found that many of the over-storey trees are healthy and nearly 95% of the forest is a safe yet ageing forest. The society has never agreed with Council Community Facilities’ claim that the Western Springs forest is unsafe and ‘imminently’ about to fall down. Despite council’s alarmist proposed emergency works, last January, regarding 13 trees which it claimed were ‘imminently’ in danger of falling down, the forest itself has proven, through two recent big storms, that all its trees are not imminently about to collapse. The society’s arboricultural experts say that the forest needs skilled arboricultural management, not destruction of our valuable mature trees, which is chainsaw management. Had council carried out usual maintenance, the forest path would still be open to the public. Council’s failure to maintain one tree, near the path, after April 2018 Cat 2 Storm, has kept the forest path closed. Keeping the path closed serves both council and the outgoing Waitemata Local Board Chair to support their narrative that the whole forest is a health and safety risk. Yet, our research shows that the council has never carried out an industry health and safety assessment. The society’s tree-by-tree assessment by expert arboriculturalists enables us to know exactly what we are saying. Council’s advice is based on fear, opinion and assumption, not arboricultural best practice or legal health and safety standards. The final outcome of the society’s challenge of the Western Springs Resource Consent is still in a mediation process. We hope we will be able to work with the council and the new local board on the future management of the forest and our plans for a Western Springs wildlife reserve. Wendy Gray, Chair, Society for the Protection of Western Springs Forest DAYLIGHT ROBBERY Here I go again – this latest theft has taken its toll on my health. Sadly, these people who steal from Tweed Street don’t realise the pain they cause others. Items taken include pot plants, a garden fork from my back garden’s compost heap and a 2ft-high ceramic elephant and plant which has been at my back door for 20 years. The police were informed as was the landlord. So, neighbours, please be aware of what is happening in the area of Curran and Tweed Streets. What has happened to the good old Neighbourhood Watch? L. Kennedy, Herne Bay DEDWOOD HIGHWAY IN SEPTEMBER ISSUE I always enjoy the letters in the Ponsonby News. In the September issue there is a letter from Russell Hoban that is accompanied by a note (along with a map extract with the title ‘Dedwood Highway District’) saying that ‘Dedwood Highway’ was an original name for the Ponsonby area. This is an error. The word ‘highway’ on the map goes with the word ‘district’, not with ‘Dedwood’. So it’s actually a ‘highway district’ called ‘Dedwood’. In the 1860s, the Highways Act established Highway Districts which were the forerunners of many Local Bodies. They helped raise money for roads. The Mt Albert Highway District that became Mt Albert Borough is another example. Brian McDonnell, Grey Lynn PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


Despite the growth of the huge, cumbersome Auckland Super City, Ponsonby News, after 30 years, is still servicing a group of small villages. Many locals have lived here for decades, meeting each other through their kids at school, or their visits to bars, cafes, gyms, yoga studios and music venues in our ‘hood’. The population intensification and new apartments have made it inevitable that commercial businesses like auto services, electricians, panel beaters and plumbers have all moved away to more suitable locations. Hugh Stevens & Sons Panelbeaters has bucked the trend and are still in Blake Street. Unfortunately, we’ve also lost some convenience stores – Jervois Road no longer has a fruit and veggie shop and at one time there were eight butchers along the Ponsonby strip; now there are none. In an era of fake news, Ponsonby News has always told honest, positive, constructive and optimistic stories about local businesses and residents. Unlike some other media, we have never tried to be journalistically clever or sought to catch people out. We have embraced our founder John Elliott’s philosophy of sending a draft copy of an editorial for correction or clarification in good faith.

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With so much media these days online, we are always pleased to know that so many readers like to receive (print copies) of the Ponsonby News in their mailbox every month. Climate change has made weather unpredictable in Auckland and we know readers hate their magazine to arrive wet and unreadable. Therefore, we flow wrap our copies in eco-friendly, degradable plastic. In this issue we’ve discussed the past and speculated on the future – much has happened since our launch in 1989 until this month – our 30th birthday. Our cover takes a futuristic look at Ponsonby 30 years from now and we would welcome your feedback on what changes you think we can expect in 2049. Meantime, we are in the process of electing local body politicians who will govern Auckland – hopefully setting out sensible goals which will lead us to be one of the world’s most liveable cities by 2050, or before. (MARTIN LEACH) F PN

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David Hartnell: Shermaine Romos Shermaine Romos has worked at the Richmond Road Pharmacy for the past four years. She says that the people and the relationships she has developed over that time are amazing. What was your childhood like? Memorable and exciting! I grew up with my cousins who are a few years older than me and we loved playing outdoors. We used to climb trees in our grandmother’s backyard and one time I wasn’t fast enough to climb down before our aunt arrived so I got a hiding. I will die happy if? I have served my purpose on Earth. Most annoying celebrity? The Kardashians. I think it’s either you love them or you hate them. Favourite TV series? I have this bad habit of being addicted to the first five or so episodes of a TV series but after that I get sidetracked and lose interest. Bucket list? Run a marathon, travel overseas by myself, Bungy jump, sky dive and dance in the rain. Most Kiwi thing about you? My can-do attitude and determination in anything and everything that I do. See yourself in 10 years? Happily married with kids and busy running my own business. What job would you do other than your own? I would love to be a teacher. When I was a kid I used to pretend play that I was a teacher. I even asked Mum to buy me my own teaching materials, which was really cool. If you were reincarnated, what would you be? A mermaid!

Which item of clothing can’t you live without? Denim shorts. Always a must have especially when I’m travelling. Favourite time of the day? Sunset. Nothing is more breathtaking and relaxing than watching the sunset from your favourite spot. Dream home? A 4-bedroom, 2-storey house with a massive kitchen complete with the best cooking facilities. I also want to have a small library filled with my favourite books and my dad’s collections. What are you insecure about? My height. Tell us something very few people know about you? I have a knitted mermaid tail that I use every night. It’s like my security blanket and that’s the closest that I can be to becoming a mermaid. Greatest fear? Dogs. I got bitten twice so I have this phobia. I’m slowly trying to overcome that.

Most dislike about your appearance? I’m content with how I look but I wouldn’t mind being a few inches taller.

Favourite hero of fiction? Hermione Granger because she is one strong, intelligent and confident young woman.

Do you read movie reviews? I read a movie review once and had high hopes but got disappointed after, so never again.

What superpower would you like? Teleportation. Especially if I’m stuck in traffic.

Like to be remembered how? As someone who made a positive impact to other people’s lives.

Which talent would you like to have? I’m a hands down frustrated singer.

What do you love most about your age? I have become stronger, more independent, adventurous and carefree.

What cliché do you most hate? Money is the root of all evil. It’s not really money, it’s the love of money. It saddens me that even families would fight over it.

If you were an ice cream, what would it be? Vanilla with chocolate sprinkles and sauce. Something that you really disapprove of? Lack of gratitude. Biggest disappointment? I don’t see anything as a disappointment but rather as a lesson learned. I always choose to be grateful and see the better light out of every situation because I know there’s always a better plan for me. What motivates you? My family and knowing that others appreciate what I do. Simple things sometimes make big impacts. Give your teenaged self some advice? Don’t care too much of what others think about you. You can never please everybody.

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Greatest weakness? There’s always room for desserts, especially ice cream. Handshake or hug person? I prefer hugs but not the unnecessary ones. Dream guest list for a dinner party? My family, friends, colleague. It would be nice to gather them all, even for a night, because I haven’t seen some of them for years. Travel light or heavy? I always try to travel light but sometimes end up packing more than I should. Favourite movie? The Sound of Music. There’s just something with this movie that I got really addicted to, to the point of watching it more than three times a day and acting PN most of the scenes. (DAVID HARTNELL MNZM) F PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)



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Pippa Coom: Final update as Waitemata- Local Board Chair Happy birthday Ponsonby News! Congratulations on 30 years of providing local news and being such a big part of the community. For almost a third of that time I’m fortunate to have been a contributor. I started with a regular update for Grey Lynn 2030 covering the work to promote sustainable living and local resilience as a response to the challenge of climate change. Editor Martin Leach has been generous with providing space for community updates and the promotion of good causes. Groups that featured in the couple of years I provided a Grey Lynn 2030 update included the Grey Lynn Farmers Market, Grey Lynn Business Association and Waste Away – all still going strong. It was great to recently attend the 10th birthday celebrations for the market. When I first joined Grey Lynn 2030 over 10 years ago, it appeared that we could take small steps to transition to a low carbon community over a long time period. There’s now a real urgency to transition, not just to a low carbon community, but a net zero one to avoid catastrophic temperature rises. In June, with the support of the Waitemata- Local Board, council declared a climate emergency. At the final local board meeting on 17 September, the Waitemata- Low Carbon Network and the Equal Justice Project presented on their - awhiri submission to Te Tarukea-T the Auckland Climate Action Framework that is currently out for consultation. They told board members that the framework “fails to reflect that we are, in fact, in a climate ‘emergency’. At the moment it sounds like it’s just ‘business as usual’. If a house is burning down, you have to act fast. The framework does not come close, in our view, to adequately setting out the steps, targets, challenges, deadlines, measures or accountability processes needed for an emergency.” The mayor and councillors will need to be willing to take the bold leadership required in finalising a framework that sets a clear pathway to emissions neutrality with strong interim targets. Delivering clean, safe and equitable transport options will need to be a key objective of the next council. I’m campaigning to be the next councillor for Waitemata- and Gulf alongside the City Vision team. We’re the only team with policy to take action on climate change.

My final local board update after serving three years as chair

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This is now my final update for Ponsonby News as Waitemata- Local Board Chair. It has been a real privilege to serve as chair for this term and to have been on the board for nine years. As a progressive board over that time we’ve been willing to take risks and adopt policy often before any other part of council. We were the first local board to approve a Low Carbon Community Action Plan out of which the network, which presented to our final meeting, was established.

As chair, I’ve provided an update in Ponsonby News each month on the work of the local board to make our neighbourhoods more safe, healthy, vibrant, sustainable, resilient, connected, inclusive and accessible. (PIPPA COOM) F PN My final report reflecting on the 2016 – 2019 term is available online at

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For sale – The Coach House, Ramarama “Hello, I lived in The Coach House 60 years ago, do you mind if I show my daughter around the property?” This is one of numerous requests the present owners have received over the 19 years they have lived at The Coach House. The longing to re-visit the place where treasured memories were created brings them longingly back. One hears stories of the love between neighbours and the resulting ‘I love’, being carved into the 100-year-old fig tree, or the games of tennis played out on the court that was at the time the unofficial Ramarama Tennis Club. The owners even had a visit from the owner who built the court, photos and all. The Coach House is located down a private lane in Ramarama which at one time was the bridal track from the Great South Road through to Thames. It was thought at the time that throwing a horse shoe into a stream brought good luck. When a neighbour was putting a culvert in the nearby stream, they discovered masses of old horse shoes that were no doubt shed on the hilly terrain near by as the horses were pulling the carts and carriages.

The property is a classic, beautiful villa like one sees in Ponsonby, where love and attention are poured upon them. The Coach House is no different – from the extension into a five-bedroom, threebathroom home with high ceilings and a stunning conservatory with large sliding windows next to the country kitchen, to the lovely Kauri wooden floors flowing down the long hallway and gracing every room. What an environment it would be for paying guests to wander, play tennis, go for a swim or walk over the fenced paddocks down to the bush and stream.

It’s a privilege to live in a home with so much surrounding history – memories of the love and laughter experienced here over the years. Whoever would have thought in the late 1800s of the changes that are now underway in the area. In nearby Drury, a railway station with rail links to the city, and a shopping mall with all modern conveniences will be built. There are even rumours of an Ikea store.

The possibilities are numerous: raise a family where pets can be adored, work from home or run a business – the choice could be yours. Let your imagination take hold!

Fortunately, The Coach House is located in a peaceful, private location in the hills behind the developments where country vistas and mature trees make you feel like one is a world away from it all.

For further information call or text Karen on 027 497 3063 or search ad in Trade Me/Property under The Coach House, Ramarama in the Franklin district. F PN

Walk along the tiled pathways through the wonderful gardens and under mature, shady trees normally reserved for city parks.

FOR SALE COUNTRY LIVING CLOSE TO CITY The Coach House Ramarama is far enough away to breathe country air yet close enough to be in central city in approx 40 minutes. Raise a family or establish a business for paying guests who could wander through the stunning gardens, play tennis or go for a swim. Private peaceful setting on 7 tree studded acres.

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30 YEARS OF PONSONBY NEWS Ponsonby News is 30-years-old this month and we couldn’t help feeling a little sentimental about the years gone by. We’ve put together a diverse look at the greater Ponsonby area, with some places, faces, businesses and events that we remember coming and going over the last 30 years. Ponsonby’s changed – but we still love it here. We think global and we act local, supporting our local businesses and the greater community. John Elliott started Ponsonby News in 1989. He was involved with the local business association and decided to create a newsletter to promote local happenings. So began the Ponsonby Community Newsletter – forerunner of Ponsonby News. “Ponsonby was more multi-cultured back then,” says John. “Arty, musical, Polynesian. The Gluepot pub was still in its hey day.” The Ponsonby Community Centre re-opened in 1990 after a fire the previous year. Dedicated to the people of Ponsonby, the centre expanded its services to include pre-school as well as being a venue for hire. Keeping the babies happy since the 90s, the Ponsonby Toy Library opened its doors at 3 Dedwood Terrace in 1991 – and it keeps the mothers happy too. In 1992, SPQR opened in what was once a mechanic’s garage at 150 Ponsonby Road. The word ‘iconic’ is often misused – but not in this case. The iconic restaurant is synonymous with the Ponsonby strip. 1993 was a quiet year for greater Ponsonby it would seem. But two friendly local businesses opened their doors for the first time that year: One Step Ahead Shoe Repairs and Barry Clarke Automotive. Barry Clarke later relocated to a more suitable commercial area in Burns Street. Many service industries like electricians and plumbers have departed the Ponsonby retail scene for more suitable industrial locations. When the Gluepot closed it was truly the end of an era. The late 70s saw the Gluepot as a premier music venue packed with bands and patrons. The final days of the Gluepot in 1994 were marked by a three-day party with more than 100 acts playing all the bars. The Vista Bar was demolished by a gang wielding baseball bats on the last night of the festivities. It’s 1996 when the queens leg it up the road from Queen Street and the first Ponsonby Road Hero Parade is held. The parade was purportedly the biggest cultural event in New Zealand during its early years, with huge numbers attending – up to 25,000 people. The parade was an annual event in Ponsonby until 2001. Although homosexuality has generally become more accepted, the parade has come and gone since then.

Carole Beu opened one of the best independent bookstores in New Zealand – the Women’s Bookshop – and it moved to 105 Ponsonby Road in 1999. Its topnotch catalogue has been keeping readers’ minds open and delighting their imaginations ever since. “Dozens of my customers brought their vans, trailers and trucks and moved the entire shop (from Dominion Road to Ponsonby) one Saturday morning. That was the revelatory moment when I understood that the shop had a ‘community’ and that my customers had a sense of ownership of the shop.” Joe’s Bargain House closed in the year 2000. The former Letholite luggage factory at 239 Ponsonby Road was the final home of Joe Adam’s secondhand wonderland. In those days some people referred to him as the ‘unofficial mayor of Ponsonby’. The Ponsonby Business Association was established in 2001 and has been looking out for the interests of our business community ever since. The association came up with the idea for the legendary Ponsonby Long Lunch and the regular Ponsonby Market Days. It’s 2004 and originator of the Ponsonby Community Newsletter, John Elliott, received a good citizen’s award for his work.

Local music and street culture TV station Max TV’s final transmission fades out to the strains of Chris Knox’s ‘Not Given Lightly’ from the studio above the Ponsonby Post Office on 3 December 1997.

When Martin Leach acquired Ponsonby News, he transformed it from a neighbourhood newsletter to a community magazine loved by the locals.

Now a familiar sight, the buried building sculptures in Western Park were installed in 1998. Artist John Radford re-created buildings that once stood in Auckland.

The Alhambra closed in 2006. The Ponsonby institution was opened by Jan and Russell Hughes in 1982 in the old Britannia Cinema building at Three Lamps. It was the hang out for musicians of every genre and one of the few music

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LOCAL NEWS venues without a cover charge. Live music was played nearly every night of the week and Wednesday nights were Polynesian nights – it was the only place in Auckland where Samoan classical and jazz music could be heard. The Open Late Café closed in 2007. On the corner of Richmond and Ponsonby Roads, Open Late was relaxed, unpretentious and always humming with people talking – whether they knew each other or not! The owner of the Open Late Café, Victor Talyanich, also started Ponsonby Pies, which was for a time located in the shop next door. The infamous ‘So-hole beach party’ was held in the construction site of the ill-fated Soho development on Crummer Road in 2009. An anonymous source told Ponsonby News, “I guess ‘reclaiming of the city’ could be an interpretation of our afternoon, but it was more about just having fun and making a bit of a unique, unsanctioned, unsponsored event for our friends... A kind of living, breathing, brief artwork.” In September 2009 the Ponsonby Road speed limit was changed to 40km/hr and the first Grey Lynn Farmers Market was held at the Grey Lynn Community Centre. Because of the increase in the safety of pedestrians on Ponsonby Road, Auckland Transport is currently proposing to lower speed limits on a number of inner-city streets. The inaugural ‘Art in the Dark’ event took place in Ponsonby’s Western Park in 2010. Sadly it was only run for a few years and was hugely popular despite wet weather. Auckland hosted the Rugby World Cup in 2011. With every suburb of Auckland celebrating a visiting team’s country of origin, Ponsonby adopted England and we were jolly good Anglophiles. As we go to print we are looking forward to the next RWC – being held in Japan. Ponsonby Central opened in November 2012, and was an instant and raging success. The Hero Parade made a glittering and glorious return in 2013 as the Pride Parade after an 11-year absence. The festival brings back old memories, yet

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it’s not the same Ponsonby neighbourhood as it was in the 90s; a two-bedroom unit, dubbed the ‘half house’, sells for nearly $1 million. Five years ago, Ponsonby Central’s Dante’s Pizza was declared ‘Best Pizza in New Zealand’ by judges who know their pizza. With admirable community spirit, Arch Hill residents raise $40,000 to fight against ‘big box’ developments on Great North Road. Curran Street’s red wooden bench was restored in 2010 to become Herne Bay’s love bench – inviting locals to take a rest. Countdown Ponsonby was the area’s newest supermarket and was officially opened in 2016 by Hon Nikki Kaye. With 2200 new products on offer, this is Countdown’s first premium store. Great North Road has changed beyond all recognition and in the past 10 years there have been eight new builds – creating new apartment buildings with more to come. There has been incredibly shortsighted removal of thousands of trees and many more will go if no further protection is put in place. We also need to plant lots more. Future planning of our gridlocked city streets is going to be critical if we are serious about making Auckland one of the world’s most liveable cities. We need to fix the gridlock on our roads by encouraging people to walk, scoot, cycle or take public transport. Sure, we need fewer cars on the road, but let’s make sure we have really good public transport, as well as cycleable and walkable streets. Public transport has improved. The most recent bus no. 20 is a good addition. But more cross-town buses are needed so people can cross suburbs instead of most buses heading in and out of the city. It’s been a busy 30 years Ponsonby, we probably all deserve a rest, but if readers would like to share their favourite Ponsonby memories, start posting on our Facebook page, we’d love to hear them. Here’s to the next 30! PN (MARTIN LEACH & JOHN ELLIOTT) F

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John Elliott: Imagining John Street October 2050 – now world famous We recently talked to Nigel Jones, a Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics. Jones was home visiting his family in John Street, Ponsonby where he was brought up. He comes back regularly. His parents Bob and Mary Jones still live in John Street, and Nigel has watched the changes in the street, and in Auckland in general, in the last 30 years since he left on a Rhodes Scholarship for Oxford University in 2020.

Nigel told us about his father receiving a DMVC (John Street) last year. That is a Distinguished Member of the Volunteer Club of John Street. This volunteer club has helped foster a wonderful sense of community in John Street. Bob Jones helped set up the Community Tools group.

He is proud that John Street is now world famous for its innovations, its strong sense of family and community, and removal of most cars.

The street owns and shares tools like lawnmowers, chain saws, ladders and all manner of household and garden needs. It saves every household having to own every tool. Bob and his committee even do many of the odd jobs for fellow neighbours, saving them many dollars. John Street has another committee called Community Care.

Jones asked those of us long enough in the tooth to remember the 2020 John Street. It was narrow, with traffic racing through to West Lynn and beyond. It had very little parking, and cars parked half on the narrow street and half on the footpath. Emergency vehicles could not get through at all times. Several council attempts to improve the street had been unsuccessful. Tragedy struck just after Nigel Jones left for Oxford. A young boy was seriously injured by an SUV racing through the street. Since then John Street has been transformed. First the street was turned into a pedestrian mall. Footpaths were done away with, and cars discouraged from using the street at all. Speed was limited to 10kph. Children were safer, the street was quieter, and neighbours began gathering on the street for barbecues and parties. Each time Nigel returns to Auckland he sees further improvement. The street has recently bought six AVs (autonomous vehicles) which John Street residents share. They can hail one and go off down town to a show. There are also three co-owned EVs which residents can hire. Nigel’s parents, now in their 80s, still live in John Street, and Nigel is full of praise for the community spirit which exists, looking out for old and young in the street. Bob Jones is also an enthusiastic gardener. One recent innovation is a grid of solar panels along the road which gives residents almost total energy sufficiency. Earlier, four huge pavilions were erected over the road for solar panels, and for community use, covered for shelter from the rain. When John Street had fixed the roading problem, they started on community gardens, with Nigel’s parents among the instigators. Nigel remembers a National Radio story about a couple on one acre (about 4000sqm) growing all sorts of produce. Nigel boasts that his family were, and still are, growing about as much on 400sqm. All home owners were trained in layered and vertical fruit and vegetable growing. Some specialised in a few veggies and swapped with neighbours who grew something else. John Street is now virtually self sufficient in fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices, Nigel told us proudly. Most residents have become vegetarian, or close to it. Fruit trees adorn the street, and most residents have planted native trees to attract birds which now flock around the street. John Street is now a caring, sharing community, once torn by cars, and virtually inaccessible to emergency vehicles.

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This group does wee chores for neighbours, especially the more elderly among them. They might pick up prescriptions from the chemists, do a pile of ironing, fix a light fitting, replace a tap washer, or other small, household chores. This assistance has helped retain elderly residents in the street. “They just need a little help from time to time,” Nigel told us, “particularly those with no relatives living close by. Many of the children live overseas.” A group of John Street tech experts help those not so good with computers and technology in general to use Skype and Messenger to connect with family overseas. Nigel Jones has an old university friend who lives in Devonport, where she was brought up. On a recent visit she reminded Nigel how long it used to take her to get to and from Auckland University each day – an hour each way, she reckoned. Now her two sons hail a water taxi, cross the harbour in five minutes and stroll up to university. Nigel Jones told us how impressed he is with the transformed use of our Waitemata Harbour, with ferries, autonomous vehicles and hydrofoil taxis plying to and fro. Some people still have cars, including Nigel’s parents who have an old beach cottage up north, but cars get little use. Bob and Mary Jones go north by train, picking up an AV in Whangarei to take them out to the coast. Nigel Jones told us that reduced pollution and eradication of pests and poisonous chemicals are the most significant changes in the last 30 years. The continued development of home gardens is impressive. Most John Street residents have little need to go out daily to shop. They grow and eat fresh from their own gardens, and they compost everything they can. Zero waste to landfill! The rubbish truck has no need to go down John Street every week because there is nothing to collect. A recycling bin at the Lincoln Street end takes all recyclables away. Residents pride themselves on how little they accumulate and how little they waste. There has also been a renewed effort to preserve heritage buildings in Auckland too, which impresses Nigel Jones. “We’re way ahead of London,” he says proudly. PN (JOHN ELLIOTT) F PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

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REASONS WHY WE LOVE THE GREATER PONSONBY AREA... There is much to celebrate when a community magazine turns 30 and there are many businesses, organisations, people and places that make our area the diverse, vibrant community that so many of us love. We thought it ďŹ tting that we share with you 30 reasons why we love Ponsonby News so much. These are, of course, not all the reasons why we love our area.

1. Glengarry Glengarry’s has been a part of Ponsonby News from our first issue. With stores on Ponsonby Road, Jervois Road, Wellesley Street, Garnet Road and their new one on Williamson Avenue, there is a Glengarry store for every Ponsonby News reader. 2. Walking We all love that just about everything you need is within easy walking distance. Ponsonby News readers can keep their carbon footprint low and their heart rates up walking to favourite cafes, bars, the nearest library, doctors, exercise classes, supermarkets or the bus stop to get into the city.

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30 REASONS 3. Link Bus routes We love that most of our delivery areas are on the Link Bus route and get a real kick out of seeing people reading the magazine on the commute. We also love the new number 20 crosstown bus. 4. Electric scooters Getting around from one side of Freemans Bay to the other side of Westmere is easy on one of the many electric scooters available around the area. 5. Food There are cafes and restaurants that have stood the test of time, and more recent places that are becoming dear to our hearts. Just to name a few: Andiamo, Augustus, Blue Breeze Inn, Bread & Butter Cafe, Cocoro, Dizengoff, Gusto Italiano, Little Bird, Malt Bar, Pane e Vino, Prego, Sidart, SPQR, The Butcher’s Son, The Long Room, and Tokyo Club.

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6. Personalities There are so many amazing people, past and present, that have made our area an incredible place. There is, of course, John Elliott – the founder of Ponsonby News, Andy Davies who conceived and created Ponsonby Central, restaurateurs Chris Rupe, Krishna of Saan (ex Prego); there are so many great real estate agents like Simon Damerell (recently retired), Tricia Lafferty, John Wills, The Dowdles, Karen Spires, Angela Saunders, Steven Glucina. 7. Public art John Radford’s Tip Do and Tip Vic sculptures in Western Park, Fatu Feu’u sculpture, Tui, in Grey Lynn Park, Sheyne Tuffery’s The Sentinel mural opposite the Grey Lynn Community Centre, Paul Walsh’s numerous utility box paintings, The Cut Collective mural on Ponsonby Road, Enforce One mural on Pollen Street, Richard McWhannell’s Night Errant sculpture in Grey Lynn Park 8. Heritage buildings Ponsonby and Grey Lynn have the world’s largest collection of wooden Victorian houses in the world. As well as the many character homes that line our leafy streets, there are some significant heritage buildings that give Ponsonby and Grey Lynn its distinct aesthetic. The Ponsonby Fire Station, Ponsonby Post Office, Paget Street Hall, Grey Lynn Public Library and Allendale House are just a few of the beautiful buildings that are well-looked after treasures. There are only a few heritage treasures left to be restored, like Carlile House on Richmond Road, which has been called Auckland’s most haunted building. 9. Environmentally sustainable food and grocery retailers Ecostore, Harvest by Huckleberry in Grey Lynn, and GoodFor on Williamson Avenue are making shopping locally more sustainable and healthier for us and for the planet. 10. Parks There is a huge variety of parks for sports, dog walking, picnics, family gatherings and just enjoying the inner city’s green spaces. We particularly love Coxs Bay Park, Western Park, Victoria Park, Western Springs and Grey Lynn Park. 11. Libraries Grey Lynn Library, The Leys Institute, Pt Chevalier Library and the Central City Library. Rather than becoming obsolete, libraries continue to be a hub in the community. Traditional print book sales continue to grow and the innovative approach libraries have to sharing knowledge makes them vital to communities everywhere. Our libraries encourage and help satisfy curiosity and, together with schools, galleries and community news media, they offer not just knowledge, but entertainment and invaluable support across a range of content. The Central City Library this year hosted the Zambesi fashion show giving each guest a limited edition Central Library card. 12. The Grey Lynn toddler pool Almost a best kept secret, the Grey Lynn toddler pool is a haven for young families in the city during the hot summer months. With an on duty lifeguard and plenty of shade, it’s the ideal place to have fun in water. 13. The Grey Lynn Farmers Market From the freshly baked breads, to fresh produce and onsite food trucks and heirloom seeds to grow your own food, the Grey Lynn Farmers Market offers so much to locals. 14. Plunket Grey Lynn, Herne Bay and Ponsonby Plunkets have been helping and supporting young families in the wider Ponsonby area for decades. They have brought together groups of parents in coffee groups for fundraising and facilitated toy library services for decades.

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30 REASONS 15. Fashion Fifth Avenue, Huffer, Juliet Hogan, Karen Walker, Kate Sylvester, Scotties & Marilyn Sainty, The Shelter, Wallace Rose, Wixii, Workshop, Working Style, Zambesi – the list of innovative local fashion brands goes on and on. 16. Inner city beaches and coastal parks We are very lucky to have such a diverse and beautiful inner city coastline. The challenge is to make sure we reduce our environmental impact on these beautiful places and the coastal marine life to ensure that Sentinel Road Beach, Point Chevalier Beach, Hamilton Road Beach, Home Bay Beach and others are there for future generations to enjoy. 17. Pt Erin Pools For over 50 years, people have enjoyed the historic Pt Erin Pools. The main pool is there for competitive and leisure swimmers; shallow pools for little ones, a family spa and a children’s playground make this the perfect place for summer cool down and some family time.

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18. Ponsonby Community Centre Ponsy Kids Preschool Since 1958 the local community has enjoyed a range of social, educational and recreational activities at the Ponsonby Community Centre hall. Today it continues to be a well used and loved community venue making a wide range of activities possible. From senior yoga to kids baking classes and tai chi, the centre has something for everyone. It is also home to Ponsy Kids Preschool, one of the area’s most well-loved preschools. 19. MOTAT MOTAT is a local treasure. A museum that keeps our past alive and constantly provides technologybased, interactive programmes for children and adults of all ages. 20. Street Parades and Market Days The Auckland Pride Parade began in 2013 and ran until 2018. Their board made the highly controversial decision, after a number of community hui (meetings) to not allow Police to march in their uniform for the 2019 Auckland Pride Parade. The 2019 parade was cancelled after a number of sponsors withdrew financial support. The Ponsonby Market days always bring the community out, with food, music, shopping bargains and always a fun and festive community vibe. 21. Great schools Ponsonby Primary, Westmere School, Nga- Uri o Nga- Iwi Rumaki, Western Springs College/Waiorea, Auckland Girls Grammar, Ponsonby Intermediate, St Mary’s College, St Paul’s College, Freemans Bay School, Grey Lynn Primary, Newton School, Bayfield, Marist, Pasadena and Richmond Road School. 22. Auckland Zoo Conservation is at the heart of Auckland Zoo. It’s part of a global network of zoos focused on conserving the world’s wildlife and wild places. Since 1922, Auckland Zoo has welcomed over 28 million visitors and every year continues work that makes a difference to the wider natural world.

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23. Franklin Road lights Since 1993, the Franklin Road community has spread the Christmas spirit with lights, delighting locals and visitors throughout December. The displays are magical and are all about the joy of giving. 24. Grey Lynn RSC From the Anzac Day service, to the warm, friendly, spacious bar and the ode read at 6pm every night when the lights are dimmed and patrons stand and face the honours boards, the RSC is a key part of the Grey Lynn community. Offering the community a great function venue, a large dance floor and a bistro that serves fresh, affordable meals, the Grey Lynn RSC is a long-time favourite. PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

30 REASONS 25. Art galleries Art has a home in our area with many wonderful galleries showing local, national an international artists. Whitespace, Orex, Objectspace, Studio One and Smyth Galleries are just a few of the wonderful spaces. 26. Herne Bay Village The boutique retail and dining precinct of Herne Bay is home to some of the area’s most enduring businesses including the Herne Bay Post Shop, Herne Bay Pharmacy, and Novel Bookshop. There is no shortage of great cafes and eateries such as Five Loves, the Butcher’s Son, ParisButter and Andiamo. There are some great retail therapy options including Sills + Co, Kathryn Wilson, Tessuti and Simon James; lots of reasons to stroll down this part of Jervois Road. 27. Westmer Butcher Organic meats, award-winning sausages and the famous Christmas queues going out the door and along the road make these guys local icons in the area.

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28. Local sports clubs We love that our area has a wealth of long-enduring sports clubs. From the Ponsonby Rugby Club, Richmond Rovers and the Point Chevalier Pirates to the Herne Bay Rackets Club, West End Tennis Club and the Ponsonby Bowling Club, there are so many options for athletes young and old. 29. Home design stores Style and design are synonymous with Ponsonby and Grey Lynn and the choices are extensive: Apartmento, Chambers, Corcovado, Design Denmark, Father Rabbit, French Country, Homage, JI Home, Millys, Presentz, Republic, St Clements and Tessuti. 30. Ponsonby News readers You are our community, we listen, learn and discover so much from all of you. We appreciate every time you pick up a magazine and love it when you give us feedback. F PN

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Boutique Style Property Management Just as with the sales side of our business, a low volume, high care approach is at the centre of everything we do in our property management department. We currently manage just 180 properties, and we refuse to run a volume-driven templated model. Each home is professionally photographed for marketing purposes and we also provide prospective tenants with a floorplan of the property. When it comes to tenant selection, we certainly have a very rigorous and proven process in place. Behind the scenes, we maintain a very strong network of potential tenants, and we run a large number of one-on-one client viewings on a weekly basis. This hands-on approach works well with the $800 to $1,800 per week properties that we tend to represent. Through our level of experience, local knowledge and the fact that we have a completely manageable work load, we believe that you are in safe hands when you entrust your property to us. If you would like further information on our service, please feel free to contact us - we welcome your enquiry.

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Why Custom Residential? The 2019 real estate year has been an interesting and slightly fickle one. It has certainly not been a year for generic one-size-fits-all solutions. At Custom, we have tightened up our geographic focus even further and have worked hard to provide an agile and flexible approach for all of our customers. Below are some key points of interest that we will bring to the table for our clients this Spring and Summer. Independent We’re extremely agile and able to pivot quickly to best meet our clients’ needs in any phase of the local market. Local Expertise Around 90% of our sales in 2019 have occurred within 5km radius of our office. Local Connections Our extremely local focus simply means we are involved in a very high number of local open homes, negotiations and buyer conversations. This all adds up to a huge amount of truly local expertise. In Other Words At Custom, we are probably already talking to the best and most ready buyers in the local marketplace. On-site Auctions Summer is just weeks away. This means that it gets even better for our weekend on-site auctions over the next 6 months. Track Record Since opening the doors during the 2008 recession, we’ve seen many markets come and go. We have completed 1,015 sales in the past 11 years.

We’re born and bred right here, and we’d love to be of service to you. Talk to your independent local specialists at Custom Residential.

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What does a ‘quality’ look like in practice? When contemplating the term ‘quality’, one can conjure up many different definitions, but what does this term mean for us at Bear Park Herne Bay. “It means highly skilled teachers, innovative, thought-provoking environments, respectful relationships with child and family and a programme which fully values each child’s individuality and self worth.” – Beth, Centre Director For us, quality means having professional, compassionate and skilled teachers who readily acknowledge and support the individuality of all children. It is important that our teachers truly listen to each child’s voice as they eagerly and openly share their ideas and theories with each other. It is through these purposeful interactions with children that a strong sense of value and respect is shared. Our teachers build meaningful relationships with our children as they fully immerse themselves in the learning process alongside the children. We also believe that our teachers play an integral role in the success of our centre and we value their contributions, ensuring they have endless opportunities for ongoing personal professional development. The Reggio Emilia Philosophy, acknowledging children as unique free-spirited individuals, inspires us and interweaves beautifully with our New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum, Te Whaariki. As teachers we explore children’s interests and theories alongside them and celebrate this with respect and joy. In-depth investigations abound, where children engage in meaningful experimentation of their own theories, hypothesising, testing and analysing their ideas. We recognise that children are capable of learning in many different ways and encourage them to become lifelong learners, curious about the world around them, with a good sense of self esteem, self value and a thirst for knowledge. Quality is visible within Bear Park Herne Bay through our unique and respectful educational environments that offer your child endless opportunities to grow into a competent learner and strong researcher. These unique, intimate, supportive spaces are carefully

prepared and richly resourced to encourage your child’s creativity, thinking and individuality. With a strong commitment to sustainability, the presence of natural and recycled materials encourages a true sense of value and respect in your child for our wider world. “Childhood should be a magical time of wonderment and learning and at Bear Park Herne Bay this is what we wish to provide for our children each day.” - Beth

To arrange a visit to meet us, contact Beth on or phone 09 376 0232,

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HOW DO WE E NCOU RAGE A LOV E OF L EARNING? Through the thrill of surprise, children are able to experience feelings of curiosity and wonder. At Bear Park, we believe immersive experiences outside the self can ignite a lifelong interest in the world. Our role? To assist

in discovery, open doors, and help young minds to enjoy the process just as much as the result. To arrange a visit, please contact Beth at: or phone 09 376 02032

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Ponsonby U3A – September 2019 Guest speaker at the September meeting of Ponsonby U3A was Sir Richard Faull KNZM, FRSNZ, University Distinguished Professor and Director of the Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland. His talked was entitled ‘The Magic and Excitement of the Human Brain’. He outlined what is so very special and unique about the human brain and the challenge to New Zealand from human brain diseases. Sir Richard is renowned for his research into brain diseases, particularly Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases. He described the setting up of the Human Brain Bank and the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland to facilitate research on human brain diseases through partnership and collaboration with brain scientists in the University of Auckland, neurologists and neurosurgeons in the Auckland hospitals and families and organisations in the community. Most excitingly, he described how this research has contributed to major new discoveries on the human brain and potential new treatments for human brain diseases. It was heart warming to hear that New Zealand, because of its size and consequent ability to build networks, has the only lab in the world to work with human brains. As a result, research undertaken here is world class, like the breakthrough in 2007 that proved the brain can repair itself by generating new cells, debunking the theory that once fully formed, the human brain could only degenerate. Over the years, Sir Richard has received numerous awards recognising his work, culminating in a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to medical research in the 2017 New Year Honours. The 10-minute speaker Doug Death, a retired veterinary surgeon, told of the circumstances that book-ended his career. Newly qualified and working in North Devon, he got a call that there had been an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Cheshire. People from private practice were sought to go and help and he volunteered. He soon found himself travelling around farms inspecting animals, until such time as he found foot and mouth disease – and then dealing with it. Cheshire proved a culture shock, with poor recording of what animals were there. On his second farm visit, one cow didn’t look good. The instruction was to sit for two hours and see what happened as the disease was known to move quickly. He sat awkwardly with the family and had tea and scones until it was time to check the animal again, when he found several others with the same symptoms. A phone call brought a team of slaughter men to the property. By 11pm that night every animal on the property had been slaughtered. He had a small bottle of whisky, which helped him sleep that night.

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Sir Richard Faull, KNZM, FRSNZ He came to New Zealand for his career and at the time of his retirement another outbreak of foot and mouth disease occurred in the UK. He decided once more to volunteer. This time he was sent to Leeds and spent the next five months working mostly on the epidemiology side, tracking where the disease had come from. Ponsonby U3A is on the move again. For many years meetings were held at Leys Institute, but as membership grew, the move was made to the Herne Bay Petanque Club in Salisbury Street. Increasing membership and diminished car parking have meant yet another move – this time to the refurbished St Columba Centre at 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, from our next meeting on Friday 11 October. As well as a convenient place to meet, there is a large car park right at the door. Anyone considering joining Ponsonby U3A is welcome to attend a meeting as a guest. You are asked first to telephone Christine Hart, M: 027 289 5514. U3A is for people who have gained life experience and now have some leisure time, who want to keep learning and to meet new people. Ponsonby U3A meets on the second Friday morning of the month, with two speakers. The 25 special interest groups, offering a myriad of topics and activities, meet at various times and venues during the month. The October guest speaker is Pro Vice-Chancellor, Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley, Massey University – ‘White is Right! The Rise and Rise of the Far Right in Contemporary New Zealand’. PN (PHILIPPA TAIT) F NEXT MEETING: 10am, Friday 11 October at St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street. ENQUIRIES:

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John Elliott: Vote now for council and local board It’s almost over. I can hear the fat lady clearing her throat, but still we know so little about our local candidates. A ‘speed dating’ meeting at the Grey Lynn RSC did little to clarify why many of the 17 on stage were actually standing. The shame was only 24 potential voters bothered to attend. We live in a world of sound bites and married at first, and only, sight. How can we get any sort of comprehensive idea about policy or personal aims in such a short time? At time of writing this, only four candidates have knocked on my door or fronted on my street. I know, and have spoken to, several others, and I know their views and their policies. But I’m completely in the dark about others. Last election, Bill Ralston knocked on my door. So did Nikki Kaye when she was starting out in 2008. A couple of signs with a pretty photo is not enough to give citizens a reason to vote for you. At the GLRSC meeting it was obvious that a number of candidates had no idea what work a local board does, although, to be fair, the moderators did as much talking as candidates and with 17 vying for the floor, it didn’t allow anyone much time to tell us how they would save the world. Still, good on those who did attend and thanks to David Batten and Brandon Wilcox of GLRA for their moderation. At the last meeting of this term’s Waitemata Local Board on Tues 16 September, a minor controversy erupted. An Erebus Memorial is planned for Parnell, and a site and plans have been selected. According to some local Parnell residents and other interested people, there has been undue haste and a lack of consultation about the memorial. At this last board meeting, the one independent, Rob Thomas, proposed that a decision by the board on the site of the memorial be held over until the incoming board was in place. This motion was defeated 6-1, with the six City Vision members voting to give Pippa Coom and Shale Chambers the delegated authority to make the decision after consultation with stakeholders. Both Coom and Chambers are retiring from the board, and won’t be part of the new one elected on 12 October. Independent candidates Allan Matson and Keith McConnell called this a political decision and a good example of the need for independent candidates to be part of a local board’s conformation.

Allan Matson is the Godson of High Court judge Peter Mahon, who conducted the Erebus Trial. Both Matson and McConnell told me they had written to the Ponsonby News to explain their concerns. Readers will know that I have been outspoken about the need for some independence on the board, with robust debate, which is at the core of the democratic process, more likely if not all members are party bound. We, at Ponsonby News, sincerely hope people will exercise their democratic right to vote, and come out in much larger numbers than in recent years. Among the important issues up for discussion are privatisation of council assets like water, the port and the airport, infrastructure decisions around roading, cycling and walking, speed limits in the central city, storm water and sewage separation, and tree planting and protection. If any of these issues concern you, and they all should, get to meet candidates and ask them about their position on these issues. Keep these dates firmly in mind: 8 October - last day to post voting papers. 12 October - voting closes at 12 noon. We hope there will be a better turnout of voters this year. Good luck PN to all candidates. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F

Letters and emails continued: TALKING TO STRANGERS Whilst I have been campaigning out in the community as an independent candidate for the Waitemata Local Board, I have been amazed by the number of people who stop to express there concerns and appreciation.

The dog walker who wanted the Western Springs Forest track reopened, grateful that the mature trees had not been felled.

To name a few:

The Herne Bay architect appalled at having to go to the Environment Court to stop sewage being pumped with stormwater under the harbour bridge.

A chemist in K’Road concerned about the loss of parking and the impact on all other businesses. Ambulance crew worried about the road being narrowed to one lane when K’Road is already congested and the possible closure of the Symonds Street motorway on ramp. The chap at the takeaways happy that we stopped the dangerous and unsafe cycleway in Westmere.

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A berieved family member upset by the lack of consultation over the Erebus memorial in Parnell.

The sight-impaired local singer who is distressed that the mobility impaired are being ignored in the streetscape designs and pedestrians are not being put first. All this reminding me of the importance of listening to the public about their amenities, parks, streets, footpaths, roads, rubbish collection, libraries, trees and playgrounds. Gael Baldock, Westmere PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)




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Kerry Lee: Interview with Ali Broadbent Next month, the Ponsonby Cruising Club will be holding its first ever book fair in order to raise money for the club’s historic launch, the Watchman. I had the chance to talk to the fair’s organiser, Ali Broadbent, about the club, and what she wanted to get out of the upcoming fair. Books and sailing don’t usually mix, where did the idea for the fair come from? The club has a library in the foyer for visitors and members to exchange books, which works well, so we know that yachties like books. Cruising yachties enjoy reading books when they stop for the night. We needed to raise funds for the repair and maintenance of our patrol boat and thought a book fair would be lots of fun as well as a chance to raise funds. We’ve got the facilities to do it, and the people to do the volunteer work. So it was just a matter of organising it to get it done. Could you tell me more about it? It’s going to be on 19th and the 20th of October. On the 19th there will be a mullet boat race. If people get to the club between 10 and 11am, they’ll be able to see the boats out on the harbour. There will also be books, DVDs and CDs for sale. People will be able to trade-in books that they no longer want as well? People can donate their books, CDs and DVDs up until 16 October, because we want to have everything sorted and ready before the big day. We’d be thrilled for people to come in and make donations until then. You’re trying to raise money to maintain the club’s historic launch, the Watchman. For those that don’t know, could you tell us a little bit about it? As I understand it, in 1948 there was a death during one of the races; which prompted the sailing clubs in the area to get together and build a patrol boat for future competitions. The Ponsonby Cruising Club now owns it, and we love it because it’s a piece of our history. We want to stay connected to that history, and the Watchman is an important part of it. Besides raising money, are there any other goals you want to achieve with the book fair? We want Aucklanders to know that the club is a resource for them.

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We want the sailing club to be more connected to the community. Especially the local Ponsonby community. It seems crazy to have people who live in this area not know that they can come in and do stuff like crewing on members’ boats. Our intention is to have the community be aware of us and know that they’re welcome to come in and participate with us. Tell me about the mullet boat races, and the types of boats that they use? Back in the day, these boats were used for fishing. They were designed to be quite small with a large sail area to catch the wind. In the 1840s and 1850s, people would use them to go fishing, and then racing eventually grew up as a sport around that. How important are the races to the Ponsonby and Westhaven areas? Extremely important in a city called City of Sails where people love to go out on the harbour. Boating is a way of life for many Aucklanders, from dinghies, fishing boats and jet skis, to yachts and launches. It’s a way for people who live in the area to be nearer to the sea. I also think that it gives them more of an opportunity to get involved with yacht racing. What other ways are there to help support the club? We’re also a social club, so if people want to support us, but they don’t want to sail, they can come together at the club and socialise. It’s an excellent venue for meetings and parties, so you can hire the facilities for corporate meetings and events, for birthday celebrations and weddings. We also have a sailing school where people can come along and learn about boating. And, of course, we always welcome donations, any kind of donations that are useful for the club – for instance, voluntary hours to help run events on and off the water, so there are loads of ways people can support Ponsonby Cruising Club. (KERRY LEE) F PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


John Elliott: Open letter to the NZ Environmental Protection Authority We are calling for a reassessment of glyphosate use. Professor Michael Bunce, Chief Scientist, EPA NZ Dear Professor, On behalf of a group of very concerned New Zealanders, I am calling on you to instigate a reassessment of the use of glyphosatecontaining products in New Zealand. Action on the probable carcinogenicity of glyphosate has moved quite quickly since the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s 2015 report and the EPA’s 2016 report which arguably used outdated and, in some cases, industry-supplied research, and largely dismissed the expert cancer scientist’s findings. Significant evidence has emerged at the court cases against Monsanto, particularly in California, where very large fines have been levied on Monsanto. New owner, Bayer, who bought Monsanto for 63 billion dollars, appears to be seriously regretting its purchase. Board members and senior executives of Bayer are under huge pressure to resign. One of the outcomes of the various court cases has been the collusion established between Monsanto and the US Environmental Protection Agency, who I know is one of your more important informants. If that collusion has obscured or distorted the truth about glyphosate, and influenced the NZ EPA decisions, this is cause for concern about the integrity of government organisations.


You have some very experienced members on your Hazardous Substances Committee, many with decades of experience in their field. It is, however, important to keep thoroughly up to date with 21st Century research, and the latest court revelations. I can produce people for your investigation who will give you chapter and verse how glyphosate has damaged their health. It would be seriously disturbing if you should wait until we see confirmed cases of non-Hodgkins lymphoma and other cancers develop in New Zealand, when overseas evidence is clear that glyphosate products, especially Roundup, are causing cancer around the world. There are alternatives available, including non-toxic foam spraying, and mechanical removal of weeds. A growing number of people are saying let a few weeds grow rather than place our children at risk of cancer. I’m sure that retired toxicologist Dr Wayne Temple did his best to produce a fair review in August 2016, but careful analysis shows the report’s flaws, and anyway science and court cases have moved on quickly, leaving both the US EPA and Monsanto on the wrong side of history. Please don’t let our EPA join that suspect group. You can, and I’m sure will, do better in protecting New Zealanders from a now clearly established, dangerous chemical. I look forward to your reply. Sincerely, John Elliott, QSM, Founder and Contributing Editor, Ponsonby News

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Ken Ring: Auckland weather diary, October 2019 - by the moon A drier than average, sunnier and warmer October is expected for Auckland. The first half of the month will only see one or two showery days, and except for those, the period up to 16th may be mostly sunny. The third and fourth weeks may bring the most rain. The wettest time may be 17th to 22nd, and the driest may be 7th-15th. Only slightly more than half the October average for Auckland is anticipated. The warmest day may be 31st, and 7th may be the coolest night. Maximum and minimum temperatures averaged are 19°C and 11°C, which may be slightly above the average. The barometer average may be 1020 mbs. The average relative humidity may be 84% and average wind direction may be southerly. For fishermen, the highest (king) tides are on the 1st, with a lesser king tide on the 15th. The best fishing bite-times (in the east) are at dusk on the 13th-16th, and 27th-30th, and in the west at around lunchtime on those days. Chances are also good in the east for 12 noon of the 5th-8th and 20th-22nd, and in the west around dusk of those days. For gardeners, the best sowing intervals are the 1st-4th and 28th31st, when the waxing moon is ascending. The best pruning time is the 14th-19th when the waning moon is descending. If harvesting for longer shelf-life, choose lower water-table (neap) days of the 7th and 23rd. Allow 24 hour error for all forecasting. (KEN RING) F PN For future weather for any date, see

BE PREPARED! It’s New Zealand SHAKEOUT day on 17 October – time for us all to get more prepared in case of an emergency. Ponsonby Community Centre, in collaboration with Auckland Emergency Management and the Waitemata Local Board are offering a free emergency preparedness workshop to the community. The workshop takes place over three sessions of 90 minutes each and aims to encourage step by step action on emergency preparedness and building local networks and social connectedness. The sessions are based on three connected layers – household, street and community.

17 October 6:30 - 8pm, 31 October 6:30 - 8pm, 7 November 6:30 - 8pm (all held at the Ponsonby Community Centre, 20 Ponsonby Terrace). Registration is essential – please email info@ to be included. F PN For more information on Ponsonby Community Centre, our activities and venue hire, please visit


The first session is to get participants to better prepare themselves and their families. The second session is on reaching out and building social connection with neighbours and planning with their street/ apartment block to ensure neighbours support each other. The last session is about being active in the community and mapping community assets that could help a community in a time of need.

Participants are encouraged to understand specific capabilities, resources and vulnerabilities within their whanau, their neighbourhood and their community. This includes understanding the role of emergency services, coordinators, welfare agencies and public utilities during, before and after an emergency.


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Mike Lee: Send them a message - ‘No more Super City politics as usual’ By the time you read this, postal voting will be underway for the 2019 local body elections. It’s a strange election this one, but probably one of the most important in our lifetime. The degree of interest in local elections tends to be determined by the mayoral contest. The problem this year is a distinct lack of enthusiasm for both main contenders. This time it’s the ‘under card’ contests for ward councillor, deciding the make-up of the council’s governing body, that will be decisive. Until recently, councillors, who with the mayor constitute the council’s ‘Governing Body’, have been acting virtually as an adjunct to the ‘super mayor’, passively facilitating the mayoral programme. Inclusive, personable Len Brown was able to make this ‘presidential’ model work. Phil Goff who parachuted into Brown’s job certainly adopted Brown’s presidential approach – even more so. But Goff also brought with him a personal political style derived from a lifetime in parliamentary politics. That political culture is a zero-sum game, with winners and losers, insiders and outsiders, and is rarely consensual. This Wellington party political culture, in my experience, is not helpful for good local government in Auckland. Under the cliquish, secretive Goff, councillors have been divided into two factions. Those supporters of Goff, called by the media the ‘A team’ and those who are not – called the ‘B team’. It should be pointed out this ‘B team’ was created, not by its members – but by Goff himself virtually as soon as he was elected mayor. Assuming Goff is re-elected and a pro-Goff political grouping gains a majority, then this divisive political environment will continue. If, however, independently minded councillors attain a majority, then council politics, whoever becomes the mayor, are likely to become more democratic and transactional, with the Governing Body providing a check and balance on mayoral powers – even initiating its own policies. In other words, as recommended by John Roughan of the ‘Herald’, the Governing Body will start governing. What is much more troubling to me than the division of councillors into A and B teams, is that Auckland Council and its CCOs have also divided the people of Auckland into A and B teams. The ‘A team’ constitutes a favoured minority, among which are highly paid bureaucrats and un-elected CCO directors and, among the public, rich-listers and property developers. Think Rod Duke and his nonnotified consent to turn a heritage boatshed into a ‘James Bond’ helicopter pad, and lucky developer John Love who was able to buy the council Civic Administration Building, worth at least $60m, plus half a hectare of prime CBD land, for a pitiful $3m.

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The ‘B team’, on the other hand, are the overwhelming majority of Aucklanders who have to pay for it all, with pending 3.5% rates increases compounding over the next three years, increased user charges, plus plans, still by-and-large secret, to impose a so-called ‘toilet tax’. Even in the highly desirable Waitemata- & Gulf Ward, most people are being treated as ‘B team’. Typical ‘B team’ members are the small businesses in West Lynn and soon K’ Road, oppressed by overengineered cycleways which take out the car parks upon which their likelihoods depend. Ratepayers are even having to take their own council to court to protect their property rights. Herne Bay ratepayers had to judicially review the Duke consent. St Marys Bay and Herne Bay residents associations were forced to appeal ‘Healthy Waters’ plans (plans supported by the Waitemata- Local Board), to drive a $44m plus combined sewage and stormwater tunnel from Westhaven under St Marys Bay cliff-top homes to Erin Point, designed to discharge sewage under the harbour bridge. ‘B team’ citizens of the City Centre Residents Group (along with myself) are involved in an appeal against council’s decision to build so-called ‘dolphins’ (in reality a 100m wharf extension) off Queens Wharf. At least these resource consents were among the 1% publicly notified – almost 99% are not. Such as the consent to disruptively reduce Quay Street to one lane each way (“effects no more than minor”), again cheered on by the ‘A team’ Waitemata- Local Board, with K’Road to follow. Across the ward at the Salisbury Reserve, Herne Bay Petanque, Ponsonby Probus and Ponsonby U3A, mainly seniors, have been cast into the ‘B team’, with their longstanding parking removed and the historic Masonic Hall demolished by decision of the local board, despite their heartfelt submissions. This increasingly bossy, elitist attitude that has emerged in recent years has got to change. This is not how local government is meant to work. But once every three years you do have an opportunity to make a difference. Don’t waste it. I can promise you this – as a genuine independent my vote will not be controlled by a party boss who gets calls from the mayor. This election I ask you to set aside party politics and take the opportunity to send the council a message; a message loud enough to be heard in Wellington. (MIKE LEE - COUNCILLOR FOR WAITEMATA & GULF) F PN

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Ponsonby Park – October Update Planning work for the realisation of Ponsonby Park is now well underway. The first meeting of the new Project Control Steering Group (PCSG) was held on Wednesday 4 September. The PCSG is an exciting new governance model that is being trialed for the realisation of Ponsonby Park. It follows on from our Community-led design (CLD) work and keeps the community at the table throughout the process. Our CLD group representative is Mr Chris Bailey and he is very pleased with the structure and progress of the group’s preparatory work.

portion will be re-zoned as ‘Community open space’ and this plan change is already underway. 6. The PCSG was accepting and appreciative of the CLD suggestion to survey the community through the online options we have used in the past. This will be done if there are any major variances from the LandLAB Park+ concept design.

1. Council is already working with LandLAB to further develop their Park Plus+ concept design through to detailed designs – which can then be costed.

7. There was discussion regarding the heritage value of the existing buildings on site, and whether the retention and repurposing of buildings versus a complete rebuild would be an issue. The consensus was that the design selected by the community would be the priority and either option (repurpose or demolish/rebuild) would be acceptable as long as the selected design was achieved.

2. The general approach to the project is to ‘determine what the existing concept costs and then decide if tweaks are required to fit it into the existing budget’.

The next meeting of the new Project Control Steering Group has been tentatively booked for the first week of October and we look forward to seeing the progress from LandLAB’s detailed design work then.

3. The Waitemata Local Board Workshop that was scheduled for September, has now been rescheduled for November due to the local elections. (Local elections decide who is on your local council, regional council, district health board, and other important organisations in your area. The people who are elected get to make decisions that affect your daily life and the future of your town or city – so don’t forget to vote!)

So, it is all very exciting!

Here’s a brief summary from the meeting:

4. The Draft Business Case for Ponsonby Park will then be presented to the Waitemata Local Board for consideration in December 2019. 5. Rezoning is required for the site with the front part remaining as designated in the Unitary Plan as ‘Town centre/civic’. The rear

We are extremely pleased and delighted with the progress that has been made to date and the ‘can-do’ attitude of everyone around the table. Ponsonby Park is on its way with only 10 months until work is scheduled to begin on site. And while we are here – the CLD group would also like to take this opportunity to wish Martin and everyone at the fabulous Ponsonby News a very happy 30th birthday issue. Three decades is a huge achievement! We are grateful for all the support you have given to Ponsonby Park – which has been unfailing and substantial. Thank you and Happy Birthday! (JENNIFER WARD) F PN

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Art For Good Another amazing art event at St Columba Church, Grey Lynn. An exhibition and sale of unique art works. Christmas is just around the corner – buy that special something now! St Columba Church in Surrey Crescent has built a solid reputation for its annual Clay Works Potters’ Market over the past five years. This year, hundreds of buyers visited on each of the two days of the sale. It was a successful fundraiser for St Columba which supports many people in the local community and beyond. And now, St Columba has announced it will be holding an exhibition and sale of art works on Friday and Saturday 18-19 October! Entry by koha. Barbecued sausages will be available on the Saturday morning. Art For Good exhibition will include bronze, wood and ceramic sculptures, glass works, kete, fabric and mixed-media art, and a number of small, exquisite paintings and prints, from wellknown and emerging art makers. F PN Keep an eye out for St Columba’s Facebook Event page. Enquiries: Liz Caughey, or M: 021 15 17 087.

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John Elliott: Conservation Week Did you notice we have just had Conservation Week? This is important for New Zealand because we are still losing endangered species and suffering habitat loss. This government has boosted the Conservation Dept numbers, and is championing 2050 pest-free New Zealand. As individuals, we still need to be doing more. I still see dogs off leash running through bush, and we know about cats killing native birds. We have two much loved cats who sleep inside at night, but we are considering saying that they may be our last. Conservation Week asked a number of questions of citizens. How green is your backyard? Do you set a trap for rats? Do you make sure you are not harbouring pest plants and weeds? Check the council website to see if you have any plant pests you didn’t know about. Have you planted any natives in your garden to attract bees and birds? Are you looking out for worms and lizards in your garden, signs of healthy soils? And, above all, are you cutting right down on plastic usage? We are now saving plastic bread wrappers for picking up our son’s dog’s doggie dos. Planting more trees in our urban area is a ‘must do’, instead of the current practice of cutting them down. We have lost so much tree cover in the last five years, it is criminal. Part of it is due to the removal of tree protection in the Resource Management Act by the last National Government. If they had had their way, the RMA would have become the Resource Development Act, and let our tree cover disappear in the interests of more millions for greedy developers. One of the most exciting results of endangered species conservation has been the growth in kakapo numbers. Our son, Finn (Ponsonby News music columnist) won a Peter Blake-sponsored trip to a

Children’s Environmental Conference in Japan when he was 12 for his study of kakapo and his prediction for their future. They numbered just 86 in 2003 when Finn did his study. He predicted steady increases in numbers in the 20 years up to 2022, and he wasn’t far out. He predicted 216 in 2020, and Eugenie Sage has just announced there are 213 in 2019 following a huge mast season. PN (JOHN ELLIOTT) F

Lucia Mataia – Leys Institute News: Kia ora koutou Wow. October is busy! We have the Heritage Festival, school holidays’ events and on Saturday 26 October 10am - 2pm, we are teaming up with Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop to bring you Book Feast. It will be an exciting day of author and illustrator events and activities here at the library and at Dorothy Butler Bookshop. Come along and meet Sally Sutton, Heather Haylock, Stacy Gregg, Giselle Clarkson and Toby Morris. Also, if you’re at Book Feast between 11am-1pm, participate in the Book Character Scavenger Hunt. Spot prizes for children dressed as a book characters. Can’t wait to see you there. Heritage Festival Celebrate Auckland’s heritage, and the unique history of the Leys Institute, during the Heritage Festival. Tuesday 8 October through to Saturday 19 October we will host talks, tours and a photo exhibition at the library. For more details check the Heritage Festival guide, have a look on, or ask us. Bookings are essential for all talks and tours, please book online at, T: 09 377 0209 or visit us here at the library. School Holidays Over the holidays we will be filling the library with nonsense and fun with Dr. Seuss-themed activities. We will make oobleck, do some bee-friendly planting and much more. Check the Auckland Libraries’ website, the Leys Institute Facebook page or come in and pick up a flyer for more details.

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Book Chat Recommends Barbara Kingsolver’s novel, Unsheltered, received a glowing review from one of our group, who described the writing as ‘tingly’, and added, Kingsolver writes ‘magically’ and it was a ‘novel for our times’. After such high praise it may be a novel for you to consider. Another in our group has been reading Japanese fiction; amongst the books she has read was Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata. This idiosyncratic little novel is the story of Keiko, an odd but likeable character who finds happiness working in a convenience store. That is until she turns 36 and her family puts pressure on her to marry. Keiko’s solution is to find a pretend husband. Enter her recently fired fellow convenience store worker. This is the author’s 10th book and it has been a worldwide hit. F PN Open hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm and Saturday 9am - 4pm. Leys Institute Library, 20 St Marys Road, T: 09 377 0209,



@ Grey Lynn Business Association Grey Lynn Business Association on balancing sustainability and social values with profit and performance. Here in Grey Lynn, we understand that sustainability was and is a way of life where the finite resources of our world are recognised; that human lives and animals are valued and that it’s possible to do business with natural and organically sourced products. Grey Lynn and its businesses and services must build on this distinguishing characteristic if we are to really create and add value. This was confirmed yet again at our most recent networking function at Pocket Bar where a number of our vegan businesses explained their journey to Grey Lynn. The stories told from this event also revealed that like-minded businesses would really appreciate being able to build wider networks within the Grey Lynn district to leverage issues which are impacting on us all. When there is disruption, as far afield as Ponsonby or K’Road, this impacts on Grey Lynn simply because of our strategic location. Having a unified voice to deal with some of these gnarly issues really helps. It is their inspirational messages, along with a long-term supplier of vegan products and a recent new entrant in the burger food segment, that is leading us to really add some impetus behind a number of natural food and natural baby clothes and product hubs of the neighbourhood and expand sustainability networks. Early next year we’ll be inviting businesses to participate in a series of sustainability projects linking a number of businesses together and explore opportunities for creating and adding value. We’ll be doing this under the guidance of Grey Lynn 2030 which has some excellent ideas such as cup libraries. We know there are a wide range of businesses who work in the sustainability space and we’d like to start getting you talking and working together. Obviously, we’re interested in really expanding on and growing opportunities for these businesses. This is, of course, not just an opportunity to grow within New Zealand but there are market opportunities globally for such products.

We know that these are the types of activities that are key to keeping our village businesses financially viable and exciting places to visit. Part of what we are doing is linking in with a much wider, city fringe business strategy where each of the business districts has a brand of distinction. We think ours is Destination of Discovery – we want people to come and explore our progressive urban neighbourhood. We want visitors and our community to discover just what we have to offer and that includes the array of sustainable business services and products. To do that, we need to know about you so get in touch with us on F PN


“I used to think that the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. But I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with those we need a spiritual and cultural transformation and we scientists don’t know how to do that.” Top US Environmentalist Gus Speth.

GLBA is gaining real confidence to progress work in this space after commencing our journey with Artweek. Grey Lynn now appears as an integral destination as part of Artweek. There will also be an art

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trail linking the galleries of Arch Hill with Grey Lynn village. Ultimately, we want to extend Artweek to cover all artists and creatives within District 1021. That’s our aspirational goal.

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Deirdre Thurston – On My Mind: Food fads I don’t know about you, but I am wholeheartedly fed up with thinking about what and what not to eat. We are told so many different things. Given innumerable options. Contradictions abound. No wonder there is a huge rise in eating disorders. Our brains are overloaded with information – which practically changes daily. Our bodies cling on to what they have in terror of what they may be starved of or fed the next day/ week/month. Do we intermittent fast? Eat only fruit until 1pm? Follow a keto diet and fill our plates with bacon, eggs and cheese every morning? Slather our keto toast (what a treat! Not.) in lashings of butter? Consume high-fat animal products willy-nilly? Keto works better if you ditch the bacon and butter and concentrate on lean sources of animal proteins and low-carb veggies. If keto is not done the correct way, it can be the opposite of healthy. Weight lost is regained almost immediately carbs are put back into your diet. These back and forth weight fluctuations can contribute to disorderd thinking around food, loss of muscle mass and decreased metabolism. Keto may have antiaging, anti-inflammatory and cancer fighting benefits. However, if you are diabetic, being in ‘ketosis’ can trigger a dangerous condition named ketoacidosis. It can damage your liver, kidneys, brain and, left untreated, can be fatal. Then there is the paleo diet, or caveman manner of eating. Remember, they hunted and gathered. Didn’t take the SUV down to the supermarket. Paleo consists of eating whole, unprocessed foods. Olive oil, eggs, green veggies, meats, fish, plants, nuts, seeds, fruit. No pasta, bread, rice, oats, pulses, dairy or refined vegetable oils. People lose weight initially following a paleo diet, but no more so than any other restricted calorie diet. There are some really good paleo breads available now that don’t have to be toasted to be palatable. I personally find the keto breads almost inedible. I tried valiantly to fool myself I was enjoying it, but in the end, the birds got it. The Mediterranean diet makes sense to me. Shame I cannot stomach sardines or most fish. This way of eating has been around for ages but in latter years, is largely inspired by the habits of Greeks and Italians from the 1960s. Principal aspects: high consumption of extra virgin olive oil, legumes, unrefined cereals, wholegrain breads, fresh fruits and leafy greens, lots of sun-ripened tomatoes. Moderate consumption of fish, dairy – mainly cheese and yoghurt, and wine. Low consumption of non-fish meats. Extra virgin olive oil is the hero here. It may reduce risk of heart disease, cancer and other chronic

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diseases including Alzheimers and diabetes. I would have said the Italians eat a high consumption of meats in the form of salamis, prosciuttos, etc. Maybe not. It appears that people who eat according to the rules of traditional food culture – Japanese, Italians, Greeks, French (high fat but small portions in the case of the French) – are usually healthier than we are. The Okinawans, once one of the longest-lived people on Earth, practised a principle called ‘Hara Hachi Bu’ – eat until 80% full. And I’m sure their meals would not have been anywhere near the size our average meal has become. The fact that these cultures mainly eat unprocessed, locally made foods definitely has a lot to do with their good health. ‘Blue Zone’ (regions in the world where people live longer than average) researchers found that locals in Ikaria, a Grecian island off the Turkish coast in the Eastern Aegean Sea, were super healthy. The island boasts numerous nonagenarians. Dementia, cancer and cardio disease are very rare. Ikarians drink a local herbal tea packed with nutrients and antioxidants. The island is home to mineral hot springs which increase circulation and help digestion. And, as is the norm throughout Greece, people are using their bodies. They farm and fish. They also nap in the sunshine and socialise with friends and family. As the Italians also do. Travelling through these countries, no-one appeared stressed. The pace was relaxed. I’m not even going to get into veganism. Ethically, I’m all for it but I’m unsure of the long-term healthiness of a vegan diet. So, what’s best? That is subjective, but for me – unprocessed, not from a factory, eat foods as close to their source as possible, lean proteins, good oils such as extra virgin olive oil (local) and good coconut oil. Plants – eat like an omnivore – the more species the better which is optimal for our gut biome. Wholegrains only. Organic where possible, nothing refined, no additives. In short, real food. Dr Xand van Tulleken said: “Eat like your great-grandmother did.” I think Michael Pollan has it spot on: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Or, just eat what you damn well want, when you want, where you want. PN (DEIRDRE THURSTON) F PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


Nikki Kaye: Release of Discussion Document on the economy A strong economy matters to everyone, particularly in an electorate like Auckland Central – the home of so many small and medium-sized businesses. National’s Economic Discussion Document sets out 50 commitments or proposals that we want to take to the election as well as more than 30 questions we want feedback on to get New Zealand back on track. National recognises that government does not drive the economy, it is a team effort. It is driven by all the people who get up early, work hard, invest their time and their money to build opportunities for themselves and others. To establish a wealthy economy that can deliver for New Zealanders, we must tackle wasteful spending. National will ensure Treasury has a greater focus on providing sound advice on the effectiveness of government spending. The Labour Government scrapped targets implemented by National which focused on reducing people dependent on welfare, child hospitalisations and waiting times for social housing. We will continue the Social Investment approach and reintroduce targets that are focused on public agencies. We are concerned that the Government is slowing us down with its lack of infrastructure development. It’s not just physically slowing us down, it’s slowing down the entire economy. We have already committed to overhauling the RMA to make it more efficient and predictable. In the document, we have expressed we are also open to exploring pricing mechanisms that will help to efficiently manage the flow of traffic and are revenue neutral. New Zealanders are hardworking and innovative, and we know it is discouraging when red tape holds you back. A National Government will repeal 100 regulations in our first six months in government and we will eliminate two old regulations for every new one we introduce, so that you can get on with the job. We are also concerned that for a number of small business owners they have the unnecessary stress of getting paid on time. National wants to find ways to ease the stress for small business owners and ensure healthier cash flows. We’ve announced we will establish a ‘Small Business Payments Guarantee’ which will be a voluntary initiative committing large New Zealand businesses and not-for-profits to ensure small businesses are paid on time and within 30 days. In the document, we’ve expressed that we want a superannuation scheme that’s sustainable for future generations. We won’t turn a blind eye to the future affordability of the scheme like the current Government. A National Government will ensure superannuation remains sustainable by progressively increasing the age of entitlement from 65 to 67 starting in 2037. We’re doing the work now in Opposition so we’re ready to hit the ground running in 2020. These are just some of the many areas covered in the Economic Discussion Document. We want to hear your thoughts on how we can develop a thriving economy that delivers for you. Have your say by going to Local issues – recognising local leaders and constituent public meetings I visit a number of schools throughout the year in my electorate, for events and discussions with principals and staff. Teachers and other leaders make a valuable contribution to our schooling system. I have had people say to me more teachers should be recognised in a significant way such as through awards. I was pleased to support Dr Anne Malcolm and Dr Sandra Jenkins who were awarded in the Waitemata local Board Good Citizens Awards 2019 for their dedication to education and young people. I have also recently invited several thousand constituents to morning and

afternoon teas in late September to meet me for a cup of tea and let me know any concerns and their feedback. It is really important to me to continue to provide multiple opportunities to sit down and chat to constituents to listen to your views on local or national issues. PN (NIKKI KAYE) F If you have any local or national issues or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me or my office on T: 09 378 2088 or an email on Authorised by Hon Nikki Kaye, MP for Auckland Central, 48c College Hill, Freemans Bay.

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Mouthwatering lineup at Taste of Auckland 2019 Tantalise your taste buds with fresh oysters washed down with a glass of No.1 Family Estate Cuvee to start, followed by a dish of delicious tempura soft shell crab and crispy lamb ribs with a birthday cake sundae to finish. This is going to be four delicious days and nights. Shaping up to be a veritable ‘foodies’ playground’, new festival themes to explore include Spice Alley, Ocean Terrace, The Shed and Decadence Collective, all showcasing signature dishes from some of Auckland’s most exciting restaurants, and gourmet treats, condiments, fine wines and chef favourites just waiting to be discovered.

Announcing its biggest lineup yet, this year will include Epicer, Andiamo, Hugo’s Bistro, Culprit., Xoong, Nanam, Oyster & Chop, Shucker Brothers, LOWBROW., Crab Shack, &Sushi, a special Collab - – bringing Taste’s popKitchen and a return of the Gourmet Hangi up restaurant tally to 13, including nine that are new to the festival.

In a festival first, a special Collab Kitchen involving leading chefs Josh Barlow ex Sugar Club, Hayden McMillan ex Etta of Melbourne, Lucas Parkinson from Ode in Wanaka, Phil Clark of Phil’s Kitchen and Nick Honeyman of ParisButter is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Dish: Lemon Meringue, with soft and crisp textures. Also new to the festival and another Herne Bay favourite – Andiamo, bringing modern Italian dishes! Dish: Southland lamb meatballs, preserved lemon, kale and parmesan.

With new Taste zones to explore, start your Taste journey at the Decadence Collective. Treat yourself with delicacies from the Crab Shack, special Sashimi bar created by the clever team at &Sushi, or fresh oysters from Shucker Brothers. Wash it all down with a glass of No. 1 Family Estate Cuvee. Moving to Spice Alley, ignite your taste buds with exceptional Indian from Ponsonby’s Epicer, a signature beetroot steamed bun with sticky pork belly, crispy shallots and pickles from Filipino newcomer Nanam, or crispy lamb ribs with green nam jim, avocado and mint from Asian fusion favourite Xoong. If all things fired, fried and fermented is more your deal, head to rustic refuge The Shed where you’ll find clever comfort food on the menu at Culprit., and Lowbrow, and charred smoky notes at Hugo’s Bistro. Discover a new favourite craft beer, meet some of New Zealand’s best boutique wineries or sip on a smoky whisky, all while savouring a curried goat corn dog from Culprit., aged beef tartare with horseradish and dripping toast from Hugo’s Bistro, or a fried birthday cake sundae with sprinkles and vanilla soft serve from Lowbrow. For million dollar views, look no further than the Ocean Terrace. Overlooking Auckland’s spectacular Waitemata Harbour, sit back and enjoy the high life with a glass in hand and a trio of cooked

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oysters from Oyster & Chop or a tempura soft shell crab with miso mayonnaise, pickled daikon and coriander from the Crab Shack’s coastal themed mobile caravan. Or, for a contemporary take on traditional Maori cuisine, head to The - master Rewi Spraggon Maori Kitchen where trained chef and hangi and award-winning hospitality veteran Ganesh Raj will tempt with - pork in coconut and horopito elevated dishes such as pulled hangi dressing with watercress salad in kumara ciabatta. PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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MARCO PIERRE WHITE From further afield, one of the biggest names in the global culinary scene, Marco Pierre White, is a special guest at New Zealand’s largest food festival. Dubbed the ‘Godfather of modern cooking’ and known for his razor-sharp wit as much as his signature wild mushroom risotto, Marco will navigate his way around the festival as head judge of the Best in Taste Awards. Marco Pierre White will also appear within the new purposebuilt SUB-ZERO & Wolf Living Kitchen on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and evening. Set up to accommodate more than 400 people, if you want to see the maestro that taught Gordon Ramsay how to cook, this is your chance. Entry to the SUB-ZERO & Wolf Kitchen is free with your Taste ticket. Seating is on a first in first served basis. Be sure to also bring a book by the British chef, restaurateur and TV personality for book signings at selected sessions. GOURMET SHOPPING AND EXPERIENCES Head over to the 9K International’s Speakeasy Whisky Lounge to enjoy a timeless cocktail, or to the Schweppes pop-up bar to discover the brand’s new 1783 range of distinguished premium mixers.

creative concepts including cricket corn chips from Primal Future and personalised tea boxes from The Tea Curator.

Inspire your palate with a smorgasbord of delicious offerings from more than 80 artisanal producers including tasty treats from Appleby Farms Icecream, La Petite Chocolate and Petal Cupcakes, sensational seasonings from Taipa Salt Pig, Waiheke Herbs and Aromatics, divine drinks from Blush Gin, Lone Bee Mead and Kavalan Whisky, and

Sample top drops from some of the country’s top wineries including Mount Michael, Yealands, Black Barn, Palliser Estate, Nautilus Estate, Mount Beautiful, Gibbston Valley and Villa Maria, and enjoy beer tastings from leading craft breweries including Fortune Favours, New New New and Liberty Brewing.

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MUSIC Live music is a wonderful way to put the cherry on the Taste cake – Thursday evening sees Laughton Kora take to the stage; Peter Urlich is back for his traditional DJ set on the Friday evening, and Sal Valentine will warm up Saturday evening followed by the 10-piece funk and soul powerhouse Mister Speaker. Every session has live music with 12 live acts over the four days; see the website for details. VIP EXPERIENCE With an extra-special VIP offering this year, VIP ticket holders get exclusive access to the elevated waterfront Platinum Lounge with spectacular views of the Waitemata Harbour, a glass of No. 1 Family Estate Cuvee on arrival and exclusive access to The Curiosity Gin Botanical Garden. TICKETS ON SALE NOW From 31 October to 3 November, New Zealand’s biggest food and drink festival will see some of Auckland’s most exciting restaurants, chefs and artisans take over the waterfront’s Cloud and Shed 10. See for more details.

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A CONTEMPORARY TASTE JOURNEY TO JAPAN – Roku Gin When hand-crafted Japanese gin sets the theme for an exquisite six-course dining experience at local restaurant Azabu, it literally feels like you have been transported to Japan. Roku craft gin, created by the House of Suntory in Osaka, is something quite special and for anyone who likes gin, this is definitely one that should be on the shopping list. In the style of true and passionate craftsmen, the distillers aimed to extract the best and purest Japanese flavours to create a truly unique gin.

Roku is the premium Japanese craft gin created by the House of Suntory in Osaka, Japan.

Using six Japanese botanicals, Roku Gin creates a flavour that sets it apart from many other gins. The sansho pepper, sencha tea, yuzu peel, sakura leaf, gyokuro tea and sakura flower are all used in accordance with the concept of Shun – this means all these ingredients are sourced and harvested in Japan in their ideal season. Pretty impressive when you learn the sakura flower can only be harvested for one week of the year! But what about the taste? It’s fresh, clean and complex; it’s interesting enough to have neat, delightful with soda water, but truly comes alive when mixed as a gin Martini, Gimblet or Negroni. When iconic chef, Yukio Ozeki, of Azabu in Ponsonby designed a six-course degustation menu inspired by the six botanicals found in Roku, it was truly like being whisked to Japan. The flavors of each of the exquisite dishes were heightened by sipping a range of Roku Gin cocktails. Azabu has Roku Gin and Roku Gin cocktails currently on the menu and with the Rugby World Cup in Tokyo in full swing, mixing a Roku Negroni or Roku Gin Martini at home might be just the way to get into the spirit of the tournament. It could be just like being there with the guys in Japan.

Roku Gin Martini: Fill a mixing glass with ice and add 60ml of Roku and 15ml of dry vermouth. Stir ingredients until desired chill and dilution is reached. Strain into a chilled Martini glass and garnish with ginger twirl. You can buy Roku Gin locally from any Glengarry store, Liquorland Boutiques in Grey Lynn and Herne Bay and Liquor King in Ponsonby. Kampai! F PN

Roku is traditionally served with tonic, ice and slices of fresh ginger.

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Liz Wheadon: Lilbert-Fils - A Grower Champagne What exactly are Grower Champagnes? There are four different types of producers in the Champagne region. Négociants are producers that do not necessarily own all their vineyards and buy in some, or all, of the fruit they use for production. The Champagne region is made up of 299 houses with 1205 brand names. These houses own 10% of the vineyards they use, yet they are responsible for 69% of the sales. This in itself could be the key to why, until recently, we only hear about the big houses. Then there are Cooperatives – an impressive 67 selling cooperatives in Champagne, with 2234 brand names. There are Buyers Own Brands, which are labels created by négociants for specific retailers. Finally, Grower Champagnes; someone who owns the vineyard, grows the grapes, makes the wine and markets the wine. Grower Champagne houses tend to have far smaller production, with 4000 - 150,000 bottles being the range in general. Compare that to 200,000 cases for Perrier Jouët for example, and they are one of the smaller of the big houses. Lilbert-Fils is a family Champagne house that has been in the family for eight generations, since 1746. The first three generations were grape growers, selling their grapes to cooperatives and négociants. In 1907, with Alphonse Lilbert at the helm, the family became winemakers, taking their grapes from the vineyard through to the bottle. Since then, Jules, André, Georges and now Bertrand Lilbert, the current winemaker, have continued this tradition and are now fifth generation winemakers. Bertrand Lilbert studied enology and graduated in 1992. Like many of the younger and current generation in Champagne, he then travelled, starting with work in Sonoma Valley before returning to the Champagne region in 1994 to work as a consultant for winemakers in the region. It was in 1998 that he became the winemaker of his family house. Lilbert-Fils is all about chardonnay, with their vineyards located in the most prestigious area within Champagne for the variety. The

vineyards are a mere 3.5 hectares planted on chalk soils in the villages of Cramant, Chouilly and Oiry. These three villages are Grand Crus of the Côte des Blancs. Lilbert-Fils craft three Champagnes, all 100% chardonnay and all Grand Cru. Total production is about 26,000 bottles, with 75% of these exported. The family does no advertising or marketing, something Bertrand is very proud of. Those who know and appreciate quality eventually find Lilbert-Fils and come to them. These are exceptional Champagnes, from a tiny, family house that strives to produce the purest expressions of their terroir. We are delighted to have found these Champagnes and be their partner here in New Zealand. You’ll find Lilbert-Fils in all Glengarry stores, sitting alongside the largest range of quality Champagne in New Zealand. (LIZ WHEADON) F PN


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@ HARU NO YUME Haru No Yume is operated by head chef Rex Chang who prides himself on his ability to source the freshest local ingredients and then transform them into mouth-watering Japanese cuisine that’ll tickle your taste buds. Their new IZAKAYA menu is available every Monday - Thursday evening with more seafood than ever before. Featuring fresh oysters, bluefin fatty tuna, and ora king salmon, it’s a seafood lover’s paradise full of dishes perfectly suited to sharing! You’ll also find new signature dishes such as Tokyo chicken wings (must have for fried chicken fans) and for the more adventurous amongst you, Beef Yukke tartare. Wafu steak, Super ramen and Rainbow poke are just a few more of their latest obsessions. And as if that wasn’t enough, they’ve expanded their dessert menu to include soy pudding with yuzu sorbet, black sesame ice cream, and more. Their all-you-can-eat Japanese buffet is available exclusively on Friday and Saturday evenings, where you’ll begin with a large sashimi platter to share accompanied by edamame bean appetisers and followed by the traditional shabu-shabu (hot pot). They also have a wide range of sushi, sashimi, tempura prawns, chicken karaage and fresh vegetables available from the buffet, to name but a few. Our tip? Finish off with dessert and wash it down with a sake from their extensive drinks menu! F PN HARU NO YUME, 3 Vernon Street, Freemans Bay, T: 09 309 5446,

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@ SABATO Welcome the season of sunshine and long evenings by giving yourself the gift of time. Here at Sabato, we value spending quality time with loved ones, especially if it involves enjoying a delicious meal together without having to do the work! Sabato’s gourmet convenience range has been carefully curated using our premium local and imported products to provide a culinary experience within the comfort of your own home. Start your meal with one of our deliciously moreish cheese and prosciutto puffs, or for those who prefer a meat-free option, try our spinach and ricotta puffs. The combination of flaky pastry and generous fillings serves as an ideal snack. We love them with our sweet and sticky Julie Le Clerc rich onion relish on the side. Our chickpea, pumpkin and spinach curry makes for a lovely main. Enjoy this aromatic curry with dollops of Mahoe Greek yoghurt and Julie Le Clerc Moroccan chutney, along with some crispy Sardinian parchment crackers for a lovely harmony of flavours and textures. Omit the yoghurt for a complete vegan meal with tons of flavour. Finish your meal with our wholesome and comforting classic apple pie. Gently fragranced with cinnamon and lemon zest, our homemade apple filling is encased in a wonderfully buttery, short sweet pastry. We love to serve it with a dusting of icing sugar and mascarpone with a drizzle of Escuminac great harvest maple syrup. All these ready-to-go meals are easy to find in our freezer section at Sabato. Visit our retail store to taste our new products and chat to our knowledgeable staff, or shop online. F PN SABATO, 57 Normanby Road, T: 09 630 8751,

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@ New Leaf Kombucha Every tea has a story. Many people don’t realise that despite their different colours, tastes and mouth feel, all teas come from the same bush. Kombucha is an ancient probiotic drink based on fermenting tea and, at New Leaf Kombucha, our focus is on this wonderful plant. In our kombucha taproom in Ponsonby, we always have five different types of organic kombucha on tap. If I tell you a secret, all the recipes are the same – we just swap out different single origin tea leaves. Our Indian Assam tea kombucha is based on tea which comes from Assam State in northeastern India. This lowland tea is familiar to most as it is used as a base in many breakfast teas. Rich, malty and structured, the flavour is satisfying. The tea in our kenyan purple tea kombucha grows on mountain tops in Kenya on small farms and is relatively rare. This tea has the highest antioxidants of all the teas and brews up purplish in colour. However, the natural colour turns pink as the tea is fermented into kombucha and yields a delicate, summery, forest berry taste on the palate. Sri Lanka is home to the best black teas in the world and our Sri Lankan black tea kombucha does not disappoint. Smooth and with a crème brulee feeling, this kombucha is a little sweeter and enjoyable to drink. Perhaps our most popular kombucha is our refreshing gunpowder green tea kombucha brewed with tea from Zhejiang Province in China. Don’t worry, there is no gunpowder in it! The name comes from

a linguistical misunderstanding 200 years ago between non-Chinese speaking British tea traders and non-English speaking Chinese tea drinkers. When asked what kind of tea they were drinking, the Chinese thought the question was, could we have some? Always hospitable to guests, the Chinese responded, “Keyi, gang pao de!” which means, “Sure. It’s just made.” Gang pao de, sounded an awful lot like gunpowder to the English ear and the name for this very popular green tea stuck. Our fifth and final tap at the bar is for experiments. Every week we try something different. Perhaps it is a rooibos tea kombucha, or maybe masala chai, or yerba mate from Brazil, or... come see for yourself! (DEREK HILLEN) F PN

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@ BREAD & BUTTER BAKERY Preetinderjit Singh Riar is a baker at Bread & Butter Bakery. Known to the Bread & Butter team as Preet, he provides an insight into the importance of good quality ingredients from the seed up. Preet shares the link for his love of baking with his childhood on farms in India and tells of the challenges his birth country now faces. Preet’s journey to Bread & Butter Bakery began when he decided to come to New Zealand to study cooking. The reality of a commercial kitchen wasn’t quite what he expected, but once he learnt the joy of handling dough and baking bread, he was hooked. “Baking is full of life – sourdough is a living thing. You can sense that it is alive, you have to take great care of it and handle it gently like an animal. That inspires me.” While he loves baking and enjoys our passion for high-quality ingredients at Bread & Butter Bakery, he says one of the biggest challenges in his career is getting people to understand how important it is to have good food. He says many people, even chefs and bakers, don’t ‘get’ the importance of good ingredients – it’s not given priority in training, and for many people in the industry cooking is just a job, not a passion. But for Preet, growing up on a farm meant he could see the whole picture, from seed to table. “What people seem to forget,” Preet says, “is that whatever food you grow or make, it’s going to feed another living thing – to nourish and support life, and that’s a huge responsibility. So how can you make bad food?” I couldn’t agree more. In India, the government controls agriculture, setting the price for grain, subsidising chemicals and ‘encouraging’ the use of hybrid seeds. People still plant a lot of the old crop varieties, but that’s only for their personal use “because they taste better,” says Preet. 90% of all rice and wheat in India is bought by the government, who then store and distribute it around the country – and the government only buys the hybrid varieties. Anyone wanting to grow in a more sustainable way has huge barriers to overcome. According to Preet, this method of controlling agriculture was first started by the colonising British, who exported much of the wheat and rice grown. This allowed them to exert even greater control over their subjects, holding back food stocks and, in some cases, causing starvation. The system then simply continued on into modern times and allowed the large-scale roll out of the chemical farming system dubbed the ‘Green Revolution’. Many factors contribute to poor nutrition in India and when the Green Revolution started to transform agriculture around the world

from the 1960s onwards, India was a massive testing ground for the agrochemical industries. While some argue that the new way of farming in India’s massive commercial agriculture system has solved one problem – that of starvation – it created many more. Farmers using hybrid seeds are paid a higher price for their crops, tying them into a vicious cycle of purchasing new seed every year, and growing crops that demand high levels of fertiliser, herbicide and fungicide – generally made by the same large corporations that sell the seed. Sound familiar? Hybrid seeds may produce a larger crop in a shorter time, but it’s not without a price – Preet says in his state there are massive problems with pollution of the waterways and soil erosion where land has been abused rather than tended. Traditional farming used seed collected from previous seasons and farmers knew which seed suited their geography and climate. Crops took longer and were smaller, but the environmental impact was a lot less harmful, and farmers worked with nature, rather than against it. After all, farming has been practised on the same land in India for thousands of years. Closer to (New Zealand) home, Preet is investigating the milling of flour to start a kind of co-operative. He dreams of one day being able to process the grains grown on his ancestral lands and thus produce a value-added product that can be sold direct to market. Read the full PN story at (ISABEL PASCH) F

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ART, ARCHITECTURE AND MUSIC October brings plenty of things to see and do in Ponsonby Central. We have something for everyone, from school holiday workshops to keep the kids entertained to Artweek and BarkHaus exhibitions for the art, architecture and doggie lovers amongst us. For those that are connoisseurs of mixology or melody, then the Laneway Sessions are for you. We kicked off our Laneway Sessions in September with Taye Williams playing live, followed by Mr Big Stuff and Smokey Barrack on the decks. Don’t miss out on the next one, Labour weekend, Saturday 26 October. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to be the first to know when we release the lineup. Those long weekends are a great chance to check out the best that Auckland’s got to offer and I know we’re biased, but listening to live music in the lane whilst sipping on cocktails is one of them. During Auckland Artweek we have some amazing artists and galleries exhibiting. Make sure you get along to Stockroom at Sapphire where Whitespace, The Vivian, Masterworks and Melanie Roger Galleries are bringing their stockroom for you to peruse and have the opportunity to take home.

stockroom at sapphire 30 artists. 4 galleries. 1 amazing art experience. Thursday 10th - Sunday 13th October Opening times daily - 11am - 7pm The Sapphire Room, upstairs at Ponsonby Central

For something a little different, we are also hosting the BarkHaus architectural dog house competition. The entries are on display outside Bird on a Wire, come take a look and vote for your favourite design. Check out our calendar of events below, come to one, or to all!

23 SEPTEMBER - 6 OCTOBER BarkHaus Exhibition - Vote for your favourite design Wednesday 2nd & 9th OCTOBER Kids Honey Making Workshop - Burger Burger Contact Sam ( to book a spot. Tuesday 8th OCTOBER Kids Dreamcatcher Workshop - Dizzie Pixie designs Find out more at 7 - 20 OCTOBER Artweek Auckland - Pop Up Exhibitions Sean Beldon | Martin Horspool | Nicky Critchley 10 - 13 OCTOBER Artweek Auckland - Stockroom at Sapphire Saturday 26 OCTOBER The Laneway Sessions, live music outside Bedford Soda & Liquor

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Faces @ Grey Lynn Farmers Market Duncan Maas and his wife Bianca sell organic vegetables at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market on Sunday mornings. Did you grow up on a farm? No, but Bianca did. Her parents subdivided their Waihi farm 13 years ago so that we could farm next door to them. We started rearing calves and four seasons before we made the switch to horticulture and then growing vegetables. Farming is under pressure to be kinder to the environment, how does that affect you? Sustainability is very important to us too. We have fenced off our waterways to keep water quality up, and planted lots of natives. We are trying to get rid of introduced species and pest plants. There are lots of trees on our farm and we have noticed a big increase in native birds now that stock levels have dropped. What made you switch? Bianca’s dad was our inspiration – he switched first. I went with him to the Hamilton markets and loved meeting customers. He went organic and became a real advocate for organic vegetable growing. In the end he talked us into it. Had you grown vegetables before? No – it’s a steep learning curve. Obviously, Bianca’s dad has been a huge help and we are grateful to all the other farmers who have shared their knowledge with us. Of course, there’s also a lot of information online and some great social media groups where we can get answers and ideas. You also made the switch to being certified organic? Yes – we’ve been fully certified by Organic Farm NZ (OFNZ) for two years and it took us three years to go through the process. The Waihi OFNZ pod has five farms, including us and Bianca’s dad. We love the support that the pod provides. Why sell at a market rather than selling to a supermarket chain? We want to try to make organics affordable to a wider range of people – as long as we can pay our bills and get a holiday occasionally. I love being the face of our farm and being able to talk directly to customers. People want to know where the produce comes from and how it is grown. I love to hear from them about what produce they want me to grow. We like to grow quirky varieties that people might not have seen before. What products are the most popular? Our purple cauliflower, and small red cabbages. People seem to like it being easier to use the whole cabbage. We grow six to eight varieties of tomatoes – ‘Artisan Blush’ tomatoes are very popular so keep an

eye out for these around Christmas. And in mid-summer, spaghetti squash is a popular alternative to pasta – you just bake it and scrape out the stringy centre. What have you had to sacrifice to start farming? I used to do triathlons and have done the Ironman and quite a few ultramarathons. I grew up doing endurance running in South Africa and I love mountain biking. I have more bikes than the average person – I’ve got five bikes that are working. But there’s not much time for all that training now that we are farming. Are your holidays spent on a bike? Often. The rail-trail through the Karangahake Gorge is beautiful and local for us. There are some great mountain bike trails around Cambridge. But the highlight was our trip to Europe in 2016. We did a bit of cycling in Italy around Lake Garda. That was mind-blowingly amazing. We were taken up a mountain in a van then cycled down 6070km. The views were like we were suspended in the sky. F PN

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Gary Steel: Truth or dare? Alarming vegan stroke claims are simply untrue Most of us are by now aware that many of the stories from so-called ‘major news outlets’ are nothing more than beat-ups. Idiotic but titillating headlines stuck atop pieces that are designed to keep restless eyes reading rather than provide anything like balanced reporting. Still, we face a dilemma; if traditional news media isn’t doing its job, where do we go? There’s no obvious solution. Tabloid media has for many years sought the least discriminating readers by tailoring itself to the sensational. But since the advent of search engines, everything’s gone nuts, and even the most respected news organisations are under pressure to conform to the demands of SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Simply put, if you tailor a headline to a phrase that will make people click on the story, then that story will have a better chance of landing on page one of Google’s search links. This, quite understandably, has become all-important, as nobody bothers to read page two. And it’s ruining journalism. ‘Vegans and vegetarians may have higher stroke risk’, ran a recent headline on the normally reputable BBC website. Written by its health editor, Caroline Parkinson, and duly reported locally in New Zealand on sites like Newshub and Stuff – where the headline had become the unequivocal ‘Vegans, vegetarians higher risk of stroke’ and ‘Study finds a plant-based diet is linked to a higher risk of stroke’ – the piece was based on research published in the British Medical Journal. Except the story simply got it wrong and, it seems, intentionally so. For starters, the research was undertaken on both vegans and vegetarians, which completely invalidates the vegan/plant-eating angle as the latter group generally eats dairy and egg products. The scurrilous intentions of the story become obvious when you look at the first sentence of the original BBC piece: “People who eat vegan and vegetarian diets have a lower risk of heart disease and a higher risk of stroke, a major study suggests.�

It turns out that for every 1000 people in the research, there were 10 fewer cases of heart disease amongst vegetarians, and three more strokes. That’s right: the rather compelling evidence of fewer people with heart disease was completely ignored. In fact, the whole story is riddled with inconsistencies and insane assumptions, and the ‘Chinese whisper’ effect of other news organisations mutating the story to their own ends distorts the facts even more, losing all meaning in the process. It’s worth pointing out that this study was carried out on a range of people for 18 years, and the BBC story even bothers to point out that the diets of vegetarians and vegans have evolved a lot over that time, but that information, imparted by Dr Frankie Phillips of the British Dietetic Association, was well down towards the end of the story. In short, there is no statistical veracity about this observational research. Claire Insley of the Vegan Society Aotearoa NZ, says that the story is a nonsense. “The BMJ report actually said that plant-based eating was very much healthier than eating meat and dairy. This part simply was not reported by the BBC and it seems like no other media bothered to do their homework on it. “Also not quoted was Dr Malcolm Finlay, who pointed out how flawed this study was, particularly in terms of the analysis done to come up with such findings. In the end, this report was unable to draw any meaningful conclusions.� She also points out that the study was conducted by its participants’ own observations, so there was no control group and therefore the study holds little weight in research terms. “The inconvenient truth is that a plant-based diet is good for your body, good for the planet and all its precious resources,� says Insley. “And of course, it’s better for the animals. It’s high time the media stopped attacking vegans and started telling the truth about what animal agriculture is doing to our health and our planet. We simply cannot continue the same production methods if we want a planet to live on in the times to come. Stop eating your children’s future!� And so say all of us! (GARY STEEL) F PN

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Phil Parker: Off? Or on? Wine faults 101 When is a wine ‘off’? There are a lot of misconceptions around the concept of wine that has gone off. Okay – the classic example is a wine that has been tainted by a bad cork or by unhygienic winemaking – ie, a ‘corked’ wine. This is why people often sniff the cork as part of the wine tasting ritual. The culprit here is a chemical compound called TCA (2,4,6-trichloroanisole). It is present in moulds that can grow in a cork tree, and can also exist in damp surfaces within a winery environment. The chemical is so powerful, that we can detect a few parts per trillion. Typically, and at its worst, TCA smells like mouldy damp cardboard. In diluted amounts it robs the wine of any fruit flavours. Hence the gamble of wines sealed with a natural cork – and why I am such a fan of the screw top closure. Probably the second most common fault is a wine that is oxidised. This can happen when a cork breaks down over time and oxygen interacts with the wine, making it smell like sherry – or even vinegar. Also if a wine is opened for a few days, oxidation will start to happen. (That’s why I hardly ever order wine by the glass at a restaurant or wine bar). Less commonly are sulphides as a result of faulty winemaking, which typically results in a smell like rotten eggs or burnt rubber. Another fault – volatile acidity (VA) gives the wine aromas of acetone (nail polish remover). VA is acceptable in sweet dessert wines, but is a fault if you discover it in a normal dry table wine. Anyway, here is a selection of wines that have definitely passed the test and come out squeaky clean! Tohu Whenua Awa Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018 - $30 A very approachable style of sauvignon. Typical aromas of

gooseberry and passionfruit, but an unusually softer medium palate with rich guava, green capsicum and passionfruit, with a tad of lychee fruit. Availability: Glengarry. Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2019 - $21 Second tier label from Pegasus Bay, delivers great bang for buck across the whole range. Cape gooseberry and passionfruit aromas and a big hit of crisp elderberry, pink tinned guava and fresh cut pineapple, with clean mineral acidity. Availability: Glengarry. Giesen Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018 - $13 Nice and juicy pinot gris from Giesen. Great value for a fruity, drink any time wine. Flavours of stewed apple, nashi pear and a dash of fresh pineapple. Availability: Hera Gisborne Chardonnay 2018 - $70 From consistent Gisborne producer, Odyssey wines, this is a premium chardonnay with a great pedigree. Handpicked Mendoza clone fruit and fermented in 50% new French oak. A very elegant chardonnay that reminds me of Kumeu River. Creamy palate with toasty hazelnut woven through ripe nectarine and pear, with a lengthy crisp finish. Availability: Caros Wines Dry River Martinborough Syrah 2016 - $70 Another stunner from Dry River. Who says that you can’t make fab syrah south of Hawke’s Bay? Inky crimson in the glass, this wine is big and bold with firm tannins, lush ripe Black Doris plum and black cherry. Laced with a hint of peppery spice and fruitcake, this one’s a definite keeper. Very drinkable now, but could cellar for 10 years. Availability: Caros Wines (PHIL PARKER) F PN

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Helene Ravlich: Travel like a local They say that travel broadens the mind, but not if you hit the same spot in Fiji every year and never leave the resort. There are only so many times you can head back to that buffet, and you are quite possibly missing a world of amazing discoveries just down the road. Here are some ideas of what to aim for next time you land in a new destination, as well as a few mentions of some stellar places to go... EAT LIKE A LOCAL: For me, eating like a local is key to my experience of a new city, country or state and, although I’ve been challenged at times, the positives far outweigh the negatives. A huge part of the travel experience is getting to know local history and culture. Happily, you can get in touch with both just by eating where the locals eat. Whether witnessing a Japanese tea ceremony or experiencing the sights and smells of Singapore’s hawker markets, sampling a country’s cuisine in the way the locals themselves enjoy it, is a sure-fire way of making your trip much more memorable. And that applies to solo travellers, honeymooners and families – make like a ‘locavore’ and reap the benefits. A great idea is to research local foodie websites before you go, as opposed to Trip Advisor. I’ve sampled dubious-looking tacos on the streets of Mexico City, a classic tagine overlooking Marrakech’s hectic square, and tonkotsu ramen in its home city of Fukuoka, and will never forget the experience. The Vanuatu capital of Port Vila has Mama’s Market – another spot that will always stick in my mind, both for the street food and the football-sized avocados! Oh, and it might sound like stating the obvious, but a higher ratio of locals to tour groups is usually a good indication of how true to the culture a restaurant or stall may be. If you still prefer the safety net of a trusted dining spot overseas, however, aim for the ones that come with incredible reviews for their innovation and commitment to using local, seasonal produce. These kinds of spots can be found all over Bali, with a large concentration in the town of Ubud.

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STAY LIKE A LOCAL: I love the luxury and reliability of a five star property as much as the next person, but recently I’ve come to appreciate the concept of ‘staying like a local’ and opting for traditional-style accommodation when I’m exploring a new place. In April, I travelled through the countryside of Kunisaki in Japan and was lucky enough to stay in some beautiful Japanese inns. Ryokan are the most commonly used accommodation in the area, and despite not having the added extras that a five star may deliver, they serve an important purpose. They provide tangible glimpses of the experiences of Japanese travellers of old, and offer an authentic touch like no other. As is traditional, in some inns bathing and toilet facilities are shared. This could prove challenging for some, but the trade off is one of the most unique glimpses into Japanese life that you may ever encounter. In Morocco I stayed at La Mamounia Hotel in Marrakech, but when I return I’m keen to explore some of the legendary city’s more traditional options. Many visitors to Marrakech looking for less pricey but still fabulous places to stay, head to one of the many riads, which are traditional Moroccan houses with interior courtyards that have been converted into accommodation. My personal pick of the bunch is El Fenn, a unique creation devised by the enterprising Vanessa Branson (sister to Virgin’s Richard). It began as just one property with six rooms, before surrounding riads were added to the mix. It now has 28 rooms and suites, tree-filled courtyards, and a family of resident tortoises. Filled with hideaway PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

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Making soba noodles in Japan

In Japan, I made sure to bring home some beautiful examples of Kunisaki pottery, and as a beauty fanatic I loved getting lost in the J-beauty stores all over Fukuoka. Getting skin as soft as that of a baby on every part of your body seemed to be the goal, as well as investing time in some serious nail art! I also loved exploring the shopping precincts of Barcelona last year, as the Catalan city really is an enclave of originality. Its boutiques are hives of independent labels and designers, and merchandise is more than just beautifully crafted. Many of the stores have a moral compass too; a commitment to supporting local brands, to giving young creatives opportunities and to sustainability, eco-design and ethical manufacturing. (HELENE RAVLICH) F PN

A caftan dress by Sana’s Atelier

I loved that the designers I saw based in Morocco were moved by their surroundings and history. Saint Laurent was motivated to start using colour in his collections after spending significant time there, and today’s designers tend to focus on combining tradition – embroidery techniques, styles, textiles – with modern looks. A designer I discovered, and have kept in contact with since, is Sana Berrada, who creates kaftan dresses under the name Sana’s Atelier, and everyday pieces under Alasr. Also in Marrakech, the concept store known as 33 Rue Majorelle is akin to the now-closed Collette in Paris and one of a new breed of shops selling contemporary Moroccan fashion and homewares. It’s where you’ll find Bakchic, the label created by Instafamous designer Sofia El Arabi who designs clothes that effortlessly mix traditional Moroccan style and contemporary French chic.

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Ross Thorby: Dendera Hathor – The temple to love and beauty Now unprotected, its rediscovered existence is at risk of fading back into obscurity. Our long, languid days of sailing were drawing to a close in this land of the final pharaoh – Cleopatra. Soon our time here will only be referenced by a faded entry in a travel diary – one of many collecting dust on a shelf in my study. I was still reading my book on the last days of the pharaohs, hastily devouring its chapters during rare moments of inertia between monument touring, fancy dress evenings and gluttonous Egyptian banquets. It was apt that we were sailing the Nile in such a luxurious craft. I had read that several millennia before us, Cleopatra and Julius Caesar had also plied these waters in a month-long, honeymoon-style sightseeing cruise. Even though Cleopatra had just married her 10-year-old brother, they were not going to let a little marriage stand in the way of an illicit love affair. The Emperor Caesar, you may remember, was the father of her child, Caesarion, and also her lover, before he returned to Rome and his own wife. The two star-crossed lovers had visited the very temples that we visited this trip. They travelled through upper Egypt nearly as far as Ethiopia aboard a pleasure barge, almost the same dimensions as our own – 300ft long, 80ft high and with multiple rooms for dining, staterooms for entertaining and bedrooms for reclining. The lovers promenaded along its decks to receive the veneration of the Egyptian people lining the banks that had barely changed in the preceding centuries. The ‘Brad and Angelina’ of the day, the world’s first ‘A’ listers were beginning a tradition that is continuing to this day by tourists intent on filling their bucket lists. Caesar’s subsequent return to Rome proved disastrous for he was assassinated on the steps of the forum on the Ides of March. His friend, Marc Antony, conveniently stepped into his cooling heels with Cleopatra – and we all know how that ended. Cleopatra and Marc Antony dying in an early version of Romeo and Juliet, long before Shakespeare ever took up the quill. Cleopatra didn’t have much luck with her men it seemed, but she always had her eye on the prize. Our next call would be to Dendera which had featured heavily in Cleopatra’s story. A temple dedicated to the Goddess Hathor – the goddess of beauty and love – its reputation then, as now, is one of the best preserved and most beautiful temples in Egypt. Her visit there is remembered by one of the only acknowledged true representations of Cleopatra in Egypt, a 20ft high depiction of her

beside her son and wearing a diaphanous gown, offering incense to the gods. Her ethereal allure and charisma forever marked in stone together with that of her ill-fated son. After her death, Caesarion was assassinated and Egypt declined into a Roman backwater. We had left the coolness of the river to reach Dendera and travelled through landscapes of villages and farmlets where dates and bundles of sesame lay by the roadside drying in the scorching African sun. A solid facade with a portico of columns topped with depictions of Hathor, rose up from the desert on a raised platform of stone. Up a flight of ancient stone stairs worn down by generations of Egyptian priests’ sandalled feet, we were led through the cool, dark interiors, faint electric lighting delineating the contours and outlines of the carvings above us on the temple ceiling. Across the courtyard and over the tops of the palms, we could see the 40,000 sq m temple complex in its entirety, the buildings still complete, their form unchanged since they had been built. Over the past millennia the complex had been buried in sand, but slowly has been exposed by teams of workers. Bored with the general tourist patter from our guide, I wandered off and engaged in conversation with one of the guards who, after a little baksheesh (tip), led me outside the complex to view a wall inching up out of the sand. The excavators having left exposed the ancient walls now deteriorating in the Egyptian sun. The colours of the paintings already beginning to fade, but evident still the representations of the pharaoh Rameses enacting the fertility rites. Now unprotected, its rediscovered existence is at risk of fading back into obscurity. It’s ironic, considering that if left buried and undiscovered, its existence would fulfil Pharaoh Rameses II’s aim for eternal life, instead proving immortality in this land of perpetuity can be fleeting. PN (ROSS THORBY) F

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Top five culinary destinations Eat and drink your way around the world, exploring a vast range of cultures, tastes and sights with these scrumptious destinations! ISRAEL The streets of Israel are bustling with an abundance of flavours from a rich web of cultures. Indulge in everything from traditional Middle Eastern foods such as flatbreads and kebabs, to classic Mediterranean favourites (hummus), or the tastes of Jewish North Africa. Travel from the markets of Tel Aviv to the Old City of Jerusalem, taking the opportunity to sample all of Israel’s tasty treats and enjoy traditional food from biblical times, prepared by renowned chefs. ITALY Italy is the land of ‘la dolce vita’ – the good life! Creamy pasta dishes, endless vineyards and pizzas drizzled in a range of delicious toppings await you. For an authentic Italian experience, head out to the picturesque coastal villages of the Cinque Terre. The Ligurian region boasts some of Italy’s most sumptuous tastes, including decadent wines, freshly baked sardenara focaccia bread, locally made cheeses, and testaroli – the world’s oldest pasta dish. SPAIN Tortilla omelettes, cured meats, classic tapas and crisp golden churros are the pillars of a gastronomic venture in Spain. Perhaps one of the best ways to explore the country’s refined local flavours is on a luxury rail journey aboard the Al Andalus in southern Spain. Each day offers a new culinary experience, with fine dining served both onboard and in world-class restaurants along the way. QUEBEC CITY The cobblestone streets of Quebec City are dotted with quaint bistros, lively markets and gourmet restaurants. Unlike any other North American province, the area is wrapped in a wealth of French culture with French-speaking residents. On a guided culinary tour of the city, you’ll find all sorts of goodies, from classic French crepes to Canadian favourites such as poutine and maple syrup sweet treats. PERU If you’re looking for great food, Peru takes the cake! Voted Best Culinary Destination at the international gala of the 25th edition of the World Travel Awards for a second year in a row, this country serves a delicate blend of spices and bold flavours grown from a rich culinary heritage. From traditional dishes dating back to the Inca empire and an array of delicious street food, to over 3000 types of potatoes – you will be spoiled for choice! VIETNAM Vietnamese cuisine is fresh, fragrant and feisty. Few realise the delicious regional variations that are found in the south, central, and

northern styles. On a culinary tour of the country, enjoy exclusive cooking classes, market tours and meals from renowned restaurants. Think noodle soups, rich broths, fresh salads and a lot of rice! F PN

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1. Gerard & Allan from St Marys Bay sent us photos from their annual winter escape... a 10-night cruise from Venice via the Adriatic coast to GREECE. This shot was taken on the man-made island Our Lady of the Rocks, just off the coast of Perast, Montenegro. According to legend, the island was made over the centuries by local seamen who kept an ancient oath after finding the icon of Madonna and Child on the rock in the sea in 1452. 2. Gerard & Allan of St Marys Bay tell us, “We had a sit down at the port of Dubrovnik. We had just returned to the port from an excursion around Dubrovnik, and were accompanied by our travelling companion Ross.”


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SEVEN REASONS TO CRUISE WITH GRANDCHILDREN It’s called ‘Skip-Gen Travel’ – grandparents travelling with their grandkids, without the parents. And Kiwis are loving it. Here’s why. 1. It’s stress-free... honestly. There’s no moving from hotel to hotel; no trains to catch; no luggage to pack and repack; no foreign currencies to comprehend and nobody shouting at the GPS. Leave the navigation to the ship’s captain and, instead, spend the time relaxing. 2. Once on board, you’re pretty much worry free. On most cruise ships, children under 12 years wear a wristband with their important information. And when they’re attending Kids Clubs, they’re well supervised by cruise staff. Cruise lines have plenty of staff around to keep an extra eye out too. Disney even offers families portable Wave Phones. 3. Cruise line Kids Clubs are world class. Kids Clubs are common on almost all cruise lines. They’re the perfect hangout for grandchildren to meet kids their own age, make friends and enjoy an unending programme of activities. 4. Cruising keeps all ages busy. Some cruise lines even offer shore excursions designed especially for young cruisers. If you’d like to do as much as possible together, there are plenty of activities designed for all ages. 5. Kids get really involved. It’s easy for us older folk to forget what school was like but children are always working on projects and researching everything from Ancient Romans to Aztecs, world wonders to wildlife. What better experience to complement these learnings than the real deal. A Roman colosseum perhaps, or whale watching in Alaska. Textbooks come to life on a cruise holiday – and you get to be there to see it.

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Thinking of travelling? At Richmond Road Medical Centre we love travel. Most of all, we love safe travel and that’s why we have a clinic dedicated to travel medicine. Dr Sophie Farghar GP, our resident TravelSafe expert, is available for members of our community and registered patients to consult. A keen traveller herself, Dr Sophie has spent time exploring the world with recent trips to Peru and Mexico and is currently planning a visit to Patagonia. During her travels, through specialised training and discussions with patients at RRMC, Sophie recognised that all travellers require personalised advice to ensure a healthier travel experience. Sophie’s expertise ensures travel medicine is not just about vaccinations. At your TraveSafe consult, Sophie enables you with positive, preventative healthcare to enhance your travel experience, and with the tools to enjoy a safe and healthy holiday. Services offered include up-to-date pre- and post-travel advice, vaccinations for disease prevention, alerts to possible hazards and activities unique to your destination and a wide range of travel medical kits tailored for specific countries and situations.

We also take your personal safety seriously and stock water-purifying drink bottles (drinkable water in 15 seconds), plus a comprehensive range of personal safety equipment including alarms, personal safes and solar USB charging panels. Sophie’s number one travel tip: Have a specialised medical before travelling. So, if you’re planning a trip, give us a call or visit our website and schedule an appointment. Make sure it’s a trip you’ll enjoy always. Be an eco-warrior. F PN

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We love travel. Most of all, we love safe travel. We want you to enjoy your travel experiences, before, during and after, without undue concern. Richmond Road Medical Centre is committed to providing high-quality travel medicine services. More than just a quick stop for shots, we’re interested in your travel plans. So, if you’re planning a trip, give us a call and schedule an appointment. Make sure it’s a trip you’ll enjoy always. TRAVELSAFE RICHMOND ROAD MEDICAL CENTRE 452 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland 09 376 5621, email:

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Hello Cruise With a wide variety of cruise options available worldwide, where do you begin? At helloworld Travel Ponsonby we are passionate and pride ourselves on our cruise product knowledge. We can help find the best cruise suited for you, based on preferences, tastes and travel goals. Cruising ticks all the boxes for a great holiday. Whether it’s a romantic getaway, a solo sojourn or an all-in family holiday, it’s hard to beat the value and ease of a cruising holiday. Accommodation, transport, main meals and a range of onboard activities and entertainment are included in the fare. For some, the best part is visitng an array of destinations without the need for costly airfares and you only have to unpack once as the world comes to you. A taste of some current cruise options: Regent Pure Luxury: Regent Seven Seas is the world’s most inclusive luxury cruise line with a fleet that visits more than 375 destinations around the globe. Fares include all-suite accommodation, highly personalised service, acclaimed cuisine, fine wines and spirits, unlimited WiFi, sightseeing excursions in every port, all gratuities, and a pre-cruise hotel package for those guests staying in concierge and higher suites. Hello Princess: It is easy to get lost in the routine of daily living, which is why it’s so important to step away and reconnect with your life. And there’s no better way than on a cruise with Princess Cruises. Whatever your destination, let Princess Cruises leave you with a lifetime of memories and help you to relax, rejuvenate and ‘come back new’.

Europe with all-inclusive Silversea: Enjoy Silversea’s all -inclusive lifestyle while cruising through Europe in 2020: Intimate, ultra-luxury ships for a maximum of 596 guests; free WIFI for every guest; spacious suites with butler service; gratuities always included; open seating and speciality restaurants; wines and spirits served throughout the ship; in-suite bar with your preferred beverages. Magnificent Europe River Cruise: Avalon Cruises has mastered the art of blending luxury with comfort and even blurred the lines between outside and in. Combine this luxury with the wine appreciation, beer tasting and superb culinary experiences to ensure this is a dream river cruise experience. From Amsterdam to Budapest and travel along some of the most scenic and breathtaking rivers of Europe, including the Rhine and Danube. helloworld Travel Ponsonby is pleased to offer you the opportunity to join us on a small group escorted tour through French rivers in August 2020 with pre and post-river cruise features and optional self-travel extensions. Contact our team for more details. October is the best time to plan and book a cruise as it is ‘Cruise Month’. We are a registered CLIA Agent and have access to the best deals and frequent specials on offer. F PN

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Moontide’s Piha Carbonado High-neck Swimsuit – $84.99



Local labels and brands are increasingly committed to more sustainable practices and environmentally friendly products, giving Ponsonby News readers the assurance that their purchases will have lower carbon emissions than shopping sprees further afield.

Dalston Evelyn Dress black fleur – $276

Working Style Blue Linen Jacket – $699

We have put together a sample from the diverse range of styles from the latest arrivals for spring in local stores. There is something for everyone to ensure that you will be well-dressed for many seasons to come.

Karen Walker Society Bracelet in gold – $849

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Deadly Ponies Mr Mini Woolf Patent in emerald – $629

Deadly Ponies Mr Scurry Tote, Croc in periwinkle – $779

Huffer Penny Dress in yellow RRP $159

Shopping local has so much to offer. With so many wonderful local designers and retailers in the wider Ponsonby area, lasting fashion and high-quality accessories are an easy walk or electric scooter ride away.


Dalston Ethical Florals Dalston spring/summer 19/20 brings together florals and prints for relaxed and effortless daytime to evening dressing. The focus is on fit and shape and it’s made ethically here in Auckland. 481 Richmond Road


Superette Betta Blouse in mustard paisley– $189

Chambers: Rock Your Kid Kids have their own innate sense of fashion and style and Rock Your Kid designs the kinds of clothes that kids want to wear – clothes that both capture and enhance the fun, innocence and imagination of childhood. The Chamber’s team love how RYK collections celebrate the richness of popular visual culture and make the act of kids dressing fun. Wear a classic song loud and proud or amp it up with leopard print in pink. 289 Ponsonby Road

Ruby Penelope Silk Dress in pear

Deadly Ponies Deadly Ponies’ new season hues are influenced by the soft and delicate shades of the lotus flower, coming through in mushy blush and emerald, complemented by periwinkle and birch. Spring’s seasonal capsules explore reflection and texture, giving a playful sensibility to Deadly Ponies’ proven favourites and new-season silhouettes. 70 Mackelvie Street Huffer Spring and summer 2019/20 is about honing the hustle. Products are light weight, packable and water resistant. Easy options to pack or carry, exploring the streets is the priority. Garment dyes range from denim to terry to t-shirting, with technical elements, strong badging and branding. 182 Ponsonby Road

Wixii Lalu Silk Cotton Top in black – $175

Kate Sylvester Whether it is a bohemian wanderlust look or echoes of the 70s, Kate Sylvester has everything spring promises and summer delivers. From full-length, silk crepe dresses and on-trend yet timeless shirts and midi skirts. 134 Ponsonby Road

Ruby Mirella Set in lavender

Fifth Avenue Fifth Avenue Menswear offers you something you can’t buy anywhere else. Fifth Avenue believes it’s about having unique flair and individual style. Their collections come from some of the best international labels in the world. From great-fitting jeans to impeccably tailored suits and stylish hats to distinctive footwear. 216 Ponsonby Road

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Juliette Hogan Vera Dress in two-toned powder and chalk – $539

Kate Sylvester Claire Maxi Dress in yellow – $899

Kathryn Wilson Maile Heel in yellow gingham – $329

Fifth Avenue Eton Slim Fit Luxury Cotton Animal Print Shirt – $346

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Kate Sylvester Molly Sunglasses – $369

Moontide Moontide’s latest collection showcases the brand’s continued drive to combine fit and comfort with contemporary design for every woman. Form enhancing new shapes teamed with design to bring body confidence to the latest looks. 24 Williamson Avenue

Superette - In house Superette’s own brand keeps it local with ith the Superette Street Pant and the Betta tta Blouse, mustard paisley frill top. 282 Ponsonby Road

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Karen Walker The new Karen Walker jewellery collection, ‘Society’ invites you to select your letter to be personally engraved onto your choice of a signet ring, pendant or bracelet in sterling silver, 9 carat gold or 9 carat rose gold. 128a Ponsonby Road

9 Pant – $16 en’s Street

Kathryn Wilson Erin heel – $289

Ruby The Ruby Mirella Set in lavender, a twowopiece in a shirred cotton which is a total tal must have for the spring season. The he colour is so fresh. Great worn together or as separates. For something a bit more re dressy, Ruby’s Penelope Silk Dress in pear ear is a standout. 95 Ponsonby Road

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Moontide’s Piha Tartan Mix Bralette Bikini – $99.99

Zambesi Tarantino Waterfall skirt in teal plaid – $320

Karen Walker Society Pendant in gold – $1369

Wixii Quincy Linen Shirt in white – $195

Kathryn Wilson In the words of Kathryn Wilson, the latest collection takes us from gingham, satin and gemstones, to croc embossed trainers – spring/ summer 19 is a tactile lover’s dream. 236a Jervois Road

Dalston Cara Pink Rose Dress – $255

Rock Your Kid Pink Leopard Waisted Dress – $54

FASHION + STYLE Juliette Hogan Calla Culottes in shell – $469

Juliette Hogan Juliette Hogan’s two-toned powder and chalk Vera Dress could take you from the streets of Ponsonby to the catwalks of New York where the two-toned colour trend was a theme across many shows. The Calla Culottes, a modern, wide-leg silhouette, lend a sophisticated vibe that looks beautiful with a heel, or the ultimate in casual cool with a crisp white sneaker. 182 Ponsonby Road


FASHION + STYLE Fifth Avenue Eton Slim Fit Luxury Cotton Gingham Check Shirt – $346 Huffer Men’s 2.5L Slant Rainshell – $179.90

Working Style Grey with Navy WP Jacket – $699

Zambesi Tarantino Jacket – $795

Working Style For guys, Working Style is celebrating a continued softening and evolution of the current man’s wardrobe, with emphasis on adaptable garments. Mediterranean blue, sage green and tan are the foundation colours of the season, highlighted with powerful pops of yellow and ivory. Lightweight cotton and linen offer a relaxed and effortless silhouette, resonating with the laid-back nature of the summer months. 186a Ponsonby Road Zambesi Always classic, intelligent and interesting, Zambesi’s latest collections offer pieces that are timeless yet always fresh. Matching sets are the ultimate dramatic look. 169 Ponsonby Road The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

Rock Your Kid Land Down Under T-Shirt – $54

Wixii It’s all about natural fabrics with fresh clean lines emphasising the natural beauty of the wearer. The Quincey Shirt is crafted romance and the Liberty Dress in smooth liquid style. Both ready for preorders. 136/146 Ponsonby Road

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John Appleton: Chronic pain? Pea could be an option worth considering It’s estimated that the number of people suffering with chronic pain exceeds the numbers suffering from heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. It’s a massive problem for our health system. Opioid drugs are extremely addictive and are associated with many deaths. They are being over prescribed to the point where news articles talk of the opioid epidemic. Even simple over-the-counter pain relief medications can have very undesirable consequences when used inappropriately. While opioids are effective for acute pain, they fall short when it comes to chronic pain because they only act in a portion of the pain cycle. Acute and chronic pain are very different and require a different therapeutic approach. Chronic pain involves both peripheral inflammation at the site of an injury and central amplification of the pain stimulus in the brain. Chronic pain can be like living a nightmare. A safe alternative is urgently needed, and it seems as though a simple side effect-free, non-toxic fatty acid that is made in the body could be just that. Scientists have discovered that PEA palmitoylethanolomide (pal mit oil eth an ol o mide) can, over time, turn off the pain signal and when combined with another substance honokiol (an extract from magnolia bark), the effect may be further enhanced. PEA doesn’t work on opioid receptors and thus addiction is not a problem. PEA can be taken safely with other pain relievers and it can be taken long term. Researchers have demonstrated that PEA down-regulates distinct inflammatory and oxidative pathways and it has been shown to be particularly effective for neuropathic pain. A study involving 636 patients with sciatic pain were assigned to received 300mgs of PEA, 600mgs of PEA or a placebo. After three weeks both groups of people taking PEA experienced significantly better pain reduction and quality of life scores compared to placebo recipients. Those taking the higher dose had the most improved outcomes.

To gain an insight into the overall effectiveness of a treatment, researchers often estimate how many people would need to be treated in order to achieve a 50% reduction in pain. This number is known as ‘numbers needed to treat (NNT)’. Any number below five indicates a useful pain intervention. In the above study, the NNT was just under three by the second week and by week three it was down to 1.5 meaning that nearly everyone benefited. In a small study, 20 patients with migraines were given 1200mgs of PEA and they were monitored over a period of 30, 60 and 90 days. At 60 days, PEA-supplemented patients experienced significant improvement in pain levels and this continued until the 90 day follow up. These patients were using NSAIDs at the onset of an acute attack. At 90 days, researchers documented a reduction in the number of attacks and patients were able to reduce the dosage of the drugs. It seems as though PEA might also be helpful for quenching neuroinflammation in Parkinson’s Disease. Thirty patients with advanced Parkinson’s who were being treated with the drug Levodopa were given a battery of tests before and after daily supplementation with 1200mgs of PEA. They were followed for a year and researchers reported a significant and progressive reduction in both motor and non-motor symptoms. Large trials will be necessary but initial results are very promising. PEA is not a drug and an immediate response to treatment should not be anticipated. My own research suggests that maximum benefit is likely to be achieved after four to six weeks of supplementation. I like the idea of the combination of PEA with honokiol. It’s an option that you might discuss with your doctor. There is nothing to lose by PN giving it a try. (JOHN APPLETON) F




Photo Printing Framing

Shoe Repairs Key Cutting Shoe Care Products Photo Printing / Framing Knife Sharpening

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KEEPING UP WITH ONE STEP AHEAD Since 1993, Gary Ashton and his team have been ensuring Ponsonby locals are well heeled. The business that has been in its current location at the Three Lamps end of Ponsonby Road for over 20 years, has seen many changes to the local demographic. The Gluepot has gone and a range of new shops are all around but people still need their shoes repaired and protected – it is only the style and brand of shoes that change. “We have seen phases where people are more concerned with replacing than repairing but with many of the high-quality shoes available now, the best option is to protect shoes when they are new and repair as soon as they show signs of wear,” explains Gary. As we all become more mindful about what and how we purchase, protecting our new shoes is one way we can ensure they last and stay looking new while avoiding becoming a symptom of the fast-fashion throw away culture.

Gary has also added a highquality, large format, fine art printing and a custom framing service at One Step Ahead. An enthusiast photographer himself, Gary appreciates the need for high-quality archival printing and professional made-to-measure framing. “We do a full range of framing including everything from commemorative sports jerseys, to fine art prints and photographic work,” says Gary. They are committed to offering high-quality and fast turn-around times with all the work completed on site in the Ponsonby workshop. ONE STEP AHEAD, 287 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 376 3289.

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To have and re-home: Responsible decluttering We’re living in a post-Kondo world where charity shops are bursting at the seams. It’s a world that is really well set up to help us buy something, but less convenient at helping us at the end of that item’s useful life. Decluttering responsibly can be a challenge, but it is possible. Here are a few suggestions from the ecostore team to help you declutter without messing up the planet.

someone re-entering the workforce. The SPCA uses old towels and blankets to make dog and cat beds, and they’ll take your disused pet paraphernalia too. Unopened personal care and cosmetics are gratefully received by your local Women’s Refuge.

TAKE IT SLOWLY It’s taken years to accumulate. And you might be champing at the bit to see the floor again. But faster doesn’t always equal better. An extreme, rapid declutter might not give you enough time to consider and organise, so you make sure that everything you’re getting rid of finds the best new home. For example, it’s probably faster to rent a skip for that old bike, than it is to find a workshop where it can be fixed.

RECYCLE THE REST Consider how much of your clutter could be recycled. The forest of glass jars without matching lids, the stacks of magazines, or the barely closing drawer of takeaway containers can all be recycled at your kerbside. You can drop off your used electronics at Appliance Recycling and Electronic Recycling in Onehunga, plus ecostore also has a mobile phone collection point at our flagship store.

DO YOUR RESEARCH With a bit of planning and sorting your clutter into categories, you can support your local community organisations like the Salvation Army, and give unused items a new life. Good quality clothes donated to Dress for Success could give a confidence boost to

GIVING AND GIFTING If you’re looking for ways to ‘spark joy’, this last one could be it. If you have something that a friend really needs or loves, surprise them with an impromptu gift. Just make sure they really do love it, want it and it’s in good condition for its new owner. F PN ECOSTORE, 1 Scotland Street, T: 09 360 8477,

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Get weed into ADHB? Why you should vote Stopford Check this out. A friend’s grandfather was half crippled with arthritis (inflammation score/CRP:28), but a cannabis medicine (CBD and THC) reduced that by 26 points. Now he can dance, dig, build, garden. Not bad for an 86-year-old. But, ADHB says, “There is no strong justification for its use in rheumatologic conditions... cannabis-based medications will not be prescribed (in ADHB).” I think this is a bad call, and an abuse of the profession’s responsibility to patients. Thanks to ACC and our ‘no fault’ system, doctors enjoy zero liability for the addictions, harms and deaths caused by the dangerous pharmaceuticals prescribed daily. The least they owe us is every possible beneficial treatment. Especially when DHBs are struggling with increasing patient numbers suffering from chronic conditions. To not prescribe CBD for pain and inflammation makes zero sense, because the evidence is strong, both anecdotally and scientifically. Here’s a 19-year-old paper on the subject: There’s lots more recent work to show its effectiveness. (Not to mention my friend’s granddad’s experience, and the fact the US Government patented CBD in 2003 as an anti inflammatory, neuro protectant, and more – Nonsensically, another excuse for not prescribing cannabis is that “lessons from the opioid epidemic should be taken into account to avoid a cannabis crisis.” This is ignorant, incompetent or cowardly thinking for the following reasons: 1. The hemp plant can provide both CBD and THC for arthritis treatments. 2. There is no current solution for arthritis. 3. Hemp is not addictive or psychoactive. 4. Neither hemp nor ‘marijuana’ are addictive in the way opioids are. 5. Neither hemp nor ‘marijuana’ can kill, like opioids do. 6. Repeat: there is no current solution for arthritis.

Because our body makes and needs cannabinoids to be well, many conditions can potentially benefit. By prescribing these safe medicines at DHB level, we can quickly collect the evidence the profession requires to further ‘prescribe with confidence’. But until we can educate and motivate ADHB, uptake will be slow. However, a sitting ADHB board member nominated me because her MS-related pain and fatigue has been reduced with hemp. Patients are wise to the facts. That’s why I’m standing for ADHB, because the Hemp Foundation has educated 650+ medical professionals in this field, with over 90% approval for our objectives. Informed GPs recognise we can save ourselves a lot of pain and money if we are smart. We just need more people to start standing up, like Helen Clark and Paddy Gower have. As Professor Fischer at Auckland Medical School says, “Rugby is much more dangerous than cannabis”, and rugby can’t treat illnesses. I think it’s time ADHB prescribed hemp medicine, so vote Hemp PN Foundation if you agree. (TADHG STOPFORD) F

FUN FACTS: In Italy, legal hemp has reduced pharmaceutical sales by 11% in some categories. In September, MPI prohibited the popular ‘No Promises’ range of New Zealand hemp oils and balms from sale. (Despite NZHB being fully licensed producers of legal industrial hemp products.) They were being used by mothers, children, grandparents and animals for pain, anxiety, fatigue, arthritis, epilepsy, sleep and more. They cost only $38 versus the high cost of some prescribed medications.

7. Weed was successfully used to treat arthritis in Western medicine from 1839.

The ACVM rules ‘justifying’ it lack scientific reason and appear anti-competitive in nature. New Zealand regulators appear captured by big pharma, and vulnerable to informed scrutiny.

So, if we want to improve life for our parents and grandparents, we should get ADHB past its mental block about cannabis-based products.

What is contemporary is not always best. It’s time to bring herbal medicine back.

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FOOT MOBILISATION THERAPY Podiatry treatment that doesn’t require the use of orthotics. Foot Mobilisation Therapy (FMT) is a very effective form of joint mobilisation, which uses hands-on manipulation techniques to treat foot alignment and biomechanical issues. FMT is widely used by health professionals around the world to restore normal joint function and range of motion, without orthotics, surgery or drugs. Misalignment of joints in the foot can cause increased pressure and strain on the soft tissues. The body is forced to compensate, leading to pain, stiffness, arthritis and poor foot function. This can result in adaptations in walking style, which can lead to further complications, such as knee, hip and lower back strain. FMT is used to release restrictions in the feet and lower limbs, and allow the tissues to heal and repair to a healthy, functioning state. Orthotics are like reading glasses, they only work when you are wearing them, so the goal at Corrective Foot Solutions in Tauranga and Parnell is to correct the underlying joint and structural misalignments long term, maintain mobility, and improve strength, balance and foot posture – so that you can live an active and healthly lifestyle. Thorough history: We take the time to understand your problem. Biomechanical assessment: Hands-on joint and postural evaluation, foot and leg gait analysis. A treatment plan will be determined that suits you. Treatment will involve Foot Mobilisation therapy combined with corrective exercises. Together these two treatments will start the healing process.

This gentle, targeted and painless technique stimulates the body’s natural ability to repair and restore itself. With FMT, we change the structure of your foot – meaning your condition will continue to improve over time. While orthotics only work while you wear them, FMT provides a more permanent solution to your foot problems. Without reliance on orthotics, you can continue to wear the footwear that suits you. The treatment is further assessed; if an X-ray was taken initially then an X-ray will be taken post treatment to also provide objective feedback.

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Take the time to talk Sharing your funeral preferences is an incredibly thoughtful gift to offer your family. Thinking about your own funeral plans may seem odd to some, but starting the conversation not only makes things much easier for your family when the time comes, but can also offer peace of mind for you, knowing your wishes will be fulfilled. “Funerals shouldn’t be the only time we hear wonderful stories about someone we love and it’s important to remember that these initial conversations don’t need to be sad,” says Kaye Shannon, the manager of Sibuns Funeral Directors & Advisors. “If you start by sharing stories, this can be an enjoyable, comforting and bond-strengthening experience for you and your family. Rather than solely discussing funeral details, all these stories help build a clearer picture of your life, which your family and friends can honour and celebrate at the appropriate time.” When the time does come, grief can affect our ability to make considered decisions and it can be overwhelming to think of all the different options. By having these conversations ahead of time, you are relieving an element of stress from your family, as they will know they are making the right decisions for you. Talking about your hobbies and things you love, also opens the door to discussing any

personal touches you would like as part of your final farewell, or if there are certain things you don’t want. As well as talking to your family, meeting with a funeral director for a chat about your wishes can ensure that they are properly recorded. Kaye and her team are always available to meet with families to talk them through what they’d like, so there is no uncertainty after their loved one has passed away. They also provide a free funeral pack, enabling you to record your information, preferences for your funeral and all the information you need about their services. The other thing you can talk to a funeral director about in advance is the cost and this can help to avoid a financial burden on your family. The FDANZ Funeral Trust allows you to prepay towards funeral costs as the money is paid into the trust and released towards the payment of the funeral account when the time comes. “We plan for so many events in our life but, sadly, New Zealanders don’t appear so keen to plan for their funeral,” says Kaye. Don’t leave it up to someone else to tell your story, take the time to talk today, when you can enjoy being a part of the conversation.

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New Practice Manager - Lucy Lucy is extremely passionate about building a positive team and providing you with the ultimate patient care. Previously, Lucy worked in customer support and also as Matt’s (principal dentist) dental assistant, so she has a good dental understanding moving into her new role as Practice Manager. “I am really enjoying supporting Matt and Paris and all of our wonderful patients, alongside keeping up to date with the proficient systems we have in place here at Accent that help us provide you with the best possible treatment. “With the knowledge I’ve gained working in Matt’s surgery, I care deeply about all of our patients, and looking after them, and am here to answer any questions our regular or new patients have (whether it’s cosmetic or something else) – so please ask. “Outside of work I spend a lot of time at the beach in summer. I’ve been lucky enough to travel a lot over the last few years and love to do that in my free time. “I really enjoy being a part of the Accent team and look forward to seeing you all soon in the practice,” says Lucy. ACCENT YOUR DENTISTS, 332 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 376 4374,

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Burn 750 calories in 45 minutes at F45 Grey Lynn Imagine the changes you would see if you could burn 750 calories in just 45 minutes. This is just one of the many impressive results you can achieve training with the team at F45 Grey Lynn. We spoke to Amy Carroll and Ryanne Imre of F45 Grey Lynn to learn just what this programme is really about and why it’s different to everything else you might have tried. In a nutshell, what is F45? It’s a functional, 45-minute, personal training session in a group environment, delivered by experienced personal trainers. Our weekly schedule is set up so you can train every day, because what you do today won’t hurt what you do tomorrow. Our members have access to world-class workouts programmed by the best HIIT trainers in the world. What makes it different from other gyms or group fitness classes? The workouts merge three separate leadingedge fitness training styles – High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), circuit training, and functional training – into one. It’s designed to provide a functional, full-body workout while improving energy levels, metabolic rate, strength and endurance. We believe it is one of the most time-efficient ways of training, aiming to burn up to 750 calories in just 45 minutes! F45 is zero boredom. You’ll never repeat the same workout and the variation of exercise stations and work time/rest time ratio mean it is all over before you know it. Technology guides you through every session freeing up the trainers to focus on motivating and coaching you. The workouts are completely adaptable. Trainers will always demonstrate easier and harder modifications of each exercise and, as sets are time-based, you can continue to increase the number of repetitions or weight that you do as your fitness level improves. Most importantly – community! You’re not just another number in a big box gym, you are supported by us, and the people you train with. We are your work-out community and we are always there for you – on Facebook, in challenge groups, workshops, socially and more.

Our two-time 8 Week challenge winner, Trent Shirkey, tells us that one of his favourite things is that the trainers really care and that this has helped make the difference. “I was training at another gym, and despite going three times a week my fitness and overall health was going backwards. I was unmotivated and my weight was the highest it had ever been! I have positively re-engaged with my health and wellbeing thanks to the F45 Grey Lynn team,” says Trent.

Tell us about this renowned 8 Week Challenge? We’ve seen the photos and numbers – Wow! We have literally seen our members’ lives transform in just 8 weeks! The F45 8 Week Challenge is a health eco-system that encompasses F45 training, a 3-phase nutrition plan, a daily tracking system, full body composition scanning and community support that is truly the ultimate recipe for success.

One of our recent members lost 16kg after a really hard year. She had lost all her confidence, developed unhealthy habits, depression and couldn’t even face going through the doors of her regular gym where she paid an ongoing membership fee. For her, team training literally was life changing.

It’s a conscious collective of people who are all in it together, providing you the ultimate support network. You don’t have to think about anything, we support you the whole way including convenience options such as pre-made meals and meal kits to keep you on track.

From an idea that started in a single Australian studio, F45 has transformed into the world’s fastest-growing fitness franchise and is pioneering the industry through innovation and technology. Action star and entrepreneur Mark Wahlberg was so impressed with the program that he has invested in the company. We think it is definitely worth a try.

What do your members say about F45 Grey Lynn? Our members all have different stories but are united by one common purpose to be a better version of themselves than they were yesterday.

Melissa Paynter of Ponsonby News has agreed to take on the F45 8-Week challenge and we will report on her progress.

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Mind health matters At a time when the mental health of New Zealanders is at a crisis point, we need to talk about stigma. According to Statistics New Zealand, one in four of us will experience mental health issues (including anxiety and depression) in a given year. My hunch is that it’s probably more than that; I know that many who suffer are ‘flying under the radar’ so to speak. Anxiety, stress and burnout, depression or mood problems, substance use, the list goes on. I’ve been there – and my experience has taught me that there is no badge of honour to be earned for declaring perfect mental health. We know that if addressed early, these difficulties can resolve and provide opportunities for growth, improved quality of life, relationships, parenting and performance at work. And, effective treatments exist. Clinical psychologists apply their expertise using reliable and scientifically supported methods, so you can be confident that you are getting up-to-date and evidence-based treatment. Unfortunately, the stigma of seeing a clinical psychologist or any mental health practitioner for that matter is alive and well. Dare to declare it, and you might get met with raised eyebrows – “is it that bad?” Things are improving, but we’ve still got a long way to go. Part of the problem is that we still haven’t done enough to reframe the way people think about mental health versus other health issues. We would never leave someone with cancer or diabetes to self-manage, but that’s what many with psychological distress do because they’re too afraid of being judged in some way.

As clinical pyschologists, we want to normalise getting psychological support. It should be no different to going to the physio, chiropractor or osteopath, without feeling the need to sneak in to the therapy room unseen, or lie to our boss about the ‘appointment’ we’re going to each week. Regardless of whether you’re experiencing a mild stressor or something more significant and longstanding, clinical psychologists strive to support you in being as psychologically healthy as you can be.

Kathryn Harvey is a registered clinical psychologist, and leads the growing team of clinical psychologists and mental health specialists at illumen. They provide assessments and evidence-based treatments across a broad range of issues and experiences, including depression and anxiety.

In the same way that you exercise to keep your body fit, toned and agile, your mind can also benefit from a type of exercise. Alongside their clinical psychology services, illumen will be running a series of ‘Mind Health’ workshops over the coming months that work in a similar way for your mind. Together with in-house meditation courses, the illumen team work with people to reach and maintain good mental health and wellbeing.

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BARREFIGURE – Ponsonby’s favourite barre workout Barrefigure is an addictive and challenging workout and the results are worth it; you can expect to feel stronger and leaner in as few as eight classes. It improves posture, alignment and flexibility and creates a total body toning effect along with a strong mind and body. Be prepared to feel the shake and burn of a workout like none other.

The words ‘Find your inner strength’ adorn the studio wall and you’ll certainly live and die by those four words during class. Don’t be shy try a class for yourself! New client offers: 2-for-1 classes for $28 and/ or Into 30 Days Unlimited for $150.

Don’t be put off by the name – no prior ballet experience is required! Indeed, barre is a low impact workout and suitable for all body types and skill levels. Plus the classes are suitable for pre and post-natal clients, those with injuries and men and women. Classes are set to upbeat music and follow a 60-minute format beginning with a warm-up including upper body exercises with dumbbells, planks and push-ups, ab work and a brief stretch. You then move to the barre to perform leg and quadricep work with plies and pulses to fatigue them. Your legs will shake and quiver which is just a sign you are working hard and making lasting change in your body! Glute work is performed at the barre or in the centre, utilising balls and bands and follows with 15 minutes of core conditioning. Class finishes with a well-deserved, five minute relaxation and stretch. A complete body and mind workout in one hour! Choreography and intensity will vary each class to keep it interesting and prevent you from plateauing and expert instructors are on hand to guide and motivate you through every step. BARREFIGURE, 166 Richmond Road, T: 09 361 2083,


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Nurturing our mental health starts with our gut The connection between our gut and brain is a two-way street according to new research, with each and every bite influencing the way we think, feel and behave. Our gut health’s impact on our mood may have more to do with dietary choices and bacteria populations than previously understood. It is not just a lack of beneficial bacteria we have available but the fact that we aren’t feeding them with the right foods. The foods we eat literally change our microbiome. Modern lifestyles are fast-paced and subject to multiple physical, mental, emotional and environmental stressors. When coupled with diets high in processed foods and overuse use of antibiotics, the gut isn’t accessing the diverse range of bacteria needed to perform basic bodily functions such as maintaining and nurturing our physical and mental health. Up to 90% of serotonin and 50% of dopamine vital brain chemicals which impact our happiness, wellbeing, reward and motivation – are made in the gut. Which, in layman’s terms, suggests that our happiness is in our gut’s hands.

These recent findings on the gut-brain connection form the basis of my upcoming national tour which unpacks how gut microbes, which are biochemically connected to the brain, play a significant role in managing inflammation in our body and mind. Obesity, autoimmune conditions, restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia, metabolic conditions (heart, cardiovascular), metabolic syndrome, fatty liver and high blood pressure appear to be linked to the microbes inside us too. Instead of eating to resolve hunger, I suggest eating to nourish; fuelling our bodies and minds with whole foods rich in natural probiotics (kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut) and prebiotics (vegetables which feed probiotics), in addition to prioritising sleep, stress management and restorative exercise which can modulate biome by 20%.

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@ FICINO SCHOOL Life is all about transition from the time we are small children to the different life stages we pass through as we get older. Each transition can have its own challenges for us – how we cope with these is influenced by many things. Most parents will be aware that their child’s move from primary school to secondary school may be a time of uncertainty and upheaval as they are exposed to a myriad of different intellectual, social, physical, emotional and moral aspects of life. The Education Review Office has an excellent online resource that focuses on ‘The Transition from Primary to Secondary School’. It identifies two aspects that are key to ensuring a child’s seamless switch – their personal resources and their coping skills. Developing senses of themselves as competent and capable beings are important values that Ficino School instils in its students. In the second stage of education (years 5 – 8), children become much more aware of how others think and relate to each other – these values help them keep an important sense of self through this time. Ficino students are increasingly taught by subject specialists and encouraged to take responsibility for their learning at this stage, emulating secondary school. Skills in leadership, self-management and independence are encouraged and the tools and expectations to develop these are integral in their education.

Ficino School students exhibit many of the characteristics identified to assist in life transitions including a sense of capability and confidence, resilience, resourcefulness and problem solving. Interpersonal skills such as listening and communicating with others, tolerance and cooperation are interwoven into the fabric of a Ficino education. Limited places are currently available for the middle and senior school. We encourage parents to attend a school tour and witness the school in action. F PN

Young Minds Matter Ficino Preschool provides a holistic, well-balanced education for girls and boys. We stimulate young minds to discover their innate potential, preparing them to thrive academically and to grow spiritually. It is this holistic approach that helps all children embrace their capacity to excel in the years beyond. Ficino is more than an education; it is the Greatest Gift you can give your child.

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Meet the Teacher: Whaea Machelle Whaea Machelle is the Lead in Whanau Ata Rumaki Unit based at Freemans Bay Primary School. It is the oldest Rumaki Unit in the inner-city. She is also one of six Across School Teacher within Te - Ako o Waitemata. Kahui Why did you choose Whanau Ata? In 1995, I received a text from a very dear friend who said, “E hoa [friend] if you are looking for a school for your tamariki, go to Whanau Ata at Freemans Bay. It is amazing.” I went, I saw, I was impressed, and I enrolled my tamariki. I went back as a teacher in 2001 and am still there today. What do you enjoy about your job? - and I am privileged to play I am passionate about te reo Maori a small role in growing future rangatira who will return as adults to their own marae and become orators, kaikaranga or kaikorero. I am honoured to be a part of the revitalisation of te reo - will continue Maori. People will pass on, however te reo Maori in its growth and I am proud to have played a small part in it. Why Rumaki Reo? I am grateful to provide an opportunity that I and others of similar age to me did not have. I am grateful that whanau now have an option to be educated through the medium of reo Maori. - being spoken. I get excited for the future when I hear more Maori Tell me about your role as an Across School Teacher - Ako As the Across School Teacher for Te Reo o Te Mata- in Kahui o Waitemata, I have the privilege of working with the leaders and kaiako in the six rumaki units within inner-city and within - Ako o Waitemata. - It offers the opportunity for all the wider Kahui participants to work collaboratively to make a difference for all the students in our schools. Exciting times are ahead. What do you do to relax? I love spending time with my mokopuna and my whanau. Knitting,


listening to music, catching up with things that need doing around the house, makes me happy. I am creative and enjoy any sort of crafts, upcycling old furniture. Tell us about your whanau I have five strong, inspiring, driven, respectful tamariki and two absolutely gorgeous, intelligent mokopuna. My eldest mokopuna, Tamati, is four-years-old and he resides in Devonport, not too far away and easily accessible for much needed cuddles. My second mokopuna, Waitohirangi, is six-months-old and she lives in Sydney. My flights to Sydney are already pre-booked for the first week of every holiday to catch up on cuddles with her. In 2020 I will have four mokopuna. And will they be educated in Maori-medium kura? Tamati will follow the same education path as his father. He will begin in Whanau Ata and be educated through reo Maori. And I will be doing my best to convince Waitohirangi’s parents to return to New Zealand when she is five so that she too can be educated through reo Maori. My heart’s desire is that all my PN mokopuna are educated through reo Maori. F

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Logan Granger: the perils of working remotely and how to combat them Remote working offers operating cost reductions, as well as greater flexibility for staff, but it can pose risks. These risks largely relate to a remote worker’s physical safety and the safety of business systems and confidential information. Successful remote working also depends on employees with skills and personality traits that enable them to work productively and safely. With firms dealing with sensitive details such as tax, finances and intellectual property, there is a clear obligation to maintain confidentiality, whether the workers are in the office, a virtual office or sitting at an airport or cafe. Clients don’t care how their information was breached; it’s the fact that it was breached at all that is the problem. Training staff, or having processes or policies in place, would be part of any reasonable steps to protect that information. Playing it safe - some tips for businesses as they implement remote working Update policies - Too often companies implement a remote working policy but then fail to monitor or update it. You need to regularly assess and revise the policy. Enforce policies - No one wants to work for Big Brother, but it is important for employees to know and follow remote working security policies. Staff will need sufficient training around best practice to follow. Identify threats - Cyber threats change continuously, so alert employees to any potential new threats. Video chats are a great way to keep them informed.

How to protect yourself and your business Dialing into a conference from an airport lounge or working from a hotel while using an insecure email platform? Sound familiar? It’s so easy to do but could result in a client’s information being overheard or intercepted and used by a third person, giving rise to possible legal action. You want to be able to show that you’ve taken steps to educate people and that you have policies in place. Nobody can guarantee that their business won’t be hacked or suffer a security breach, but if you have to defend a legal action or your business reputation, the question will be whether you took appropriate steps to prevent a data breach occurring. Management focus Whatever managers do, they should not ignore workplace health and safety issues. Of growing relevance are mental health issues in traditional and remote workforces. With employees increasingly needing to be available around the clock via phones, texts and emails, the boundaries between work and home have never been more obscure, and can take a mental toll. The culture of ‘busyness’ is tied up with some really great benefits of working flexibly but it comes with some negatives as well. Simple actions can help to combat the sense of isolation. Businesses can encourage regular video catch ups with staff, so they still feel connected to the office. For any further assistance or guidance please contact us. (LOGAN GRANGER) Disclaimer – While all care has been take, Johnston Associates Chartered Accountants

Protect networks - Not all employees require access to all aspects of Ltd and its staff accept no liability for the content of this article; always see your a business’s private network. Identify who needs access to what information to professional advisor before taking any action that you are unsure about. minimise the risk of fraud or accidental data errors. JOHNSTON ASSOCIATES, 202 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 361 6701,

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A healthy alternative fundraiser The Founders Wayne and Maureen Startup are pioneers with 30-plus years in New Zealand’s Olive Industry. Their product is grown, harvested and processed solely within New Zealand, producing arguably New Zealand’s finest olive oils and well recognised in the hospitality and retail trade. Their olives are all sourced from the Marlborough region which are harvested each June and include a large percentage of organic olive oil. Their new label ‘The Founders’ products are primarily exported throughout Asia. Although the Freemans Bay-based owners have always been passionate in fundraising to assist schools, sports groups and charities in a healthy alternative to fundraise for their needs. They have made their fundraiser easy to manage with no upfront costs, no products to return, no minimum quality to sell and they guarantee

prompt service and delivery of their quality New Zealand olive oil. Their fundraiser package includes the very popular infused oils of lemon, garlic, rosemary and garlic oils along with their frantoio, barnea and manzanillo extra virgin olive oils. They have also introduced an innovative packaging for their 1L olive oil, which offers protection for the oil and is great for camping and traveling. This fundraiser is available for this year’s Christmas trade and they are also taking enquiries for next year. The founders offer quality New Zealand nutritional products, at exceptional prices with a great earner for the fundraisers.

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Metrolaw: Got a legal question? Ask Q: We purchased our home in October 2016 in Matarangi and, at that time, our neighbour below us had not planted any trees. Prior to them planting trees, we asked them to ensure they do not plant the trees in a position to block our views of the ocean and golf course. They verbally agreed. We have a photo from 2017 showing no trees were yet planted. Now, our neighbour has planted trees in positions that will permanently block our views of the ocean and golf course, and one of the trees is already starting to block our views of the water from our outside dining area. I have emailed our neighbour to ask them how tall the trees are expected to be, and notified them that I am requesting that they remove or relocate the trees now while the trees are small and young so our views are not blocked. I have not yet heard back from the neighbour, but I would like to understand if I can take legal action now before the trees become a real problem, or do I need to wait for the trees to block my views before I can take action? If this is a matter that your firm could assist with, please let me know. A: Thanks for your email, it raises a number of legal issues.

First, there is not generally any protection for a view at common law in New Zealand. Traditionally, property rights were considered to go ad coelum et ad inferos, ie, to the sky and to hell. If you want to protect your view, then you would usually need to have an agreement or ideally something registered on your title and the neighbour’s title. You could search these titles to see if there is anything registered. I don’t think that your agreement with the neighbour is likely to be contractually binding; key elements to the formation of a contract include the intention to create legal relations and the provision of some consideration (ie, an exchange of value) for the promise from your neighbour. Contracts in relation to land are also required to be in writing under the Property Law Act 2007. Disputes with neighbours can be bitter and are best avoided. I once represented a client who loved gardening and planted specimen trees which blocked his neighbour’s view. While he was at work, the neighbour would come over and poison his trees with weed killer. When he was asleep (he worked shifts), the neighbour threw stones on his roof. Not really a happy situation for either of them. Your first and best move will always be to meet with your neighbour, discuss your concerns and try to reach a solution that is workable for both of you. (MICHAEL HEMPHILL) F PN



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Baker Accounting specialises in working with clients who want to improve their businesses Hamish Baker is a chartered accountant and business advisor who lives and works in Ponsonby. He has just set up Baker Accounting Limited and specialises in working with clients who want to grow and better their businesses. Here are his five key tips for small businesses: 1. Modern businesses demand timely and accurate financial information. There are great cloud-based accounting systems available like Xero. It is important that these systems have been set up specifically for that business so the financial reporting is bespoke and meaningful to the user. Better information will enable business owners to make better business decisions. 2. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Small businesses need a business plan, even if it’s a one page document. Business is constantly changing, so think of it as a living, breathing document. Keep fine tuning it as things evolve. The business plan should contain financial goals including an annual budget. If there’s a target in place, it gives something tangible to work towards and drives performance. 3. Financial performance and position needs to be measured and monitored regularly. As a starting point, performance should be compared against budget and last year for the same period.

Significant variances should be analysed and reviewed to check if there are any underlying issues or risks with action required. 4. Reviewing financial results is typically a lagging indicator. This is why non-financial information needs to be looked at too. Nonfinancial key performance indicators (KPIs) can be useful in explaining and providing context for financial results and linking to overall business plans or goals. For example, if a company has a strategy to provide excellent customer service, customer satisfaction or retention would be a better indicator of success than sales dollars. A few key non-financial KPI’s should be tracked on a regular basis. 5. Ask for advice before making a decision. It’s generally more expensive to fix up a mistake after a transaction takes place than asking for advice beforehand and getting it right! For example, if you are buying a rental property, it’s better to take advice on what entity you should purchase the property in before the transaction goes through, rather than after you’ve purchased it. There could be risks or disadvantages that hadn’t been considered because no expert advice was undertaken. F PN

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6 PRINCES STREET, THE RESIDENCES The Residences Tower is an incredibly striking building situated only a few minutes walk from the Britomart downtown area. This neighbourhood is home to some of Auckland’s finest architecture, Auckland University grounds and Albert Park directly opposite. A short walk in every direction you will arrive at some Auckland landmarks, High Street, Britomart, Auckland Domain, Queen Street, to name a few. These spacious apartments have generous width, providing good options for re-design or re-furbishment in the future. Residents here have a unique membership to the luxury health and spa facilities unsurpassed to any other complex. Our Property Management division often promote these executive apartments on a medium to longterm rental, a very successful arrangement for corporates and the like. The quality of life simply doesn’t get much better than living adjacent to a five star hotel and having almost full access to its complete range of services at a fraction of the cost. It is without a doubt one of the best apartment residences in Auckland and definitely worth a look.

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OUTDOOR SANCTUARIES TO FILL OUR SOULS & MORE Our outside spaces come alive in the spring, we tend them, shape them and sometimes completely rework them in preparation for gardening, entertaining or just relaxing over the warmer months. The humble backyard is now, more than ever, an extension of the house, providing the backdrop for all sorts of activities with pools, fireplaces and thoughtfully selected furniture that continue an aesthetic from lounge to lawn. We talked with local landscaper Dave Paddy of Nikau Landscapes and landscape designer Fiona Webster, to understand just how versatile our outdoor spaces have become. Fiona is the owner and principal landscape designer of Fiona Webster Landscape Design and has a lifelong passion for design, the landscape and well-executed outdoor spaces. Dave is a landscaper with a decade working on landscaping projects in and around the Ponsonby suburbs. Our backyards are truly coming into their own, worthy of a luxurious blanket to keep us warm at night and lasting decor that will stand the test of time. According to both Dave and Fiona, it is part of an overall trend to turn backyards into outdoor rooms. It’s a mind shift about our connection with outdoor environments, they are no longer the poor cousins on the property. Of course, as we become more conscious and mindful of how and what we consume, our outdoor spaces are also reclaiming their role as producers. Not only are they areas to sculpt into alfresco entertainment sanctuaries but they are also an opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint and grow a few essentials for our kitchen as well as being a means to recycle and re-use our waste. Dave believes that people are increasingly making choices that reduce their carbon footprint. “Composting, edible gardens, beehives and native planting that are attractive to birds are all becoming more and more popular,” says Dave.

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For some, having gardens that contribute to the pantry have always been desired but, as Fiona points out, vegetable gardens are a bit of work and good planning and execution are key. “They are all wonderful items to incorporate because of the benefits they deliver to the home and garden, but they do require a certain degree of commitment, education and often, significant upfront expense. However, the rewards are well worth having if they are properly implemented.” Dave agrees; even keeping a simple design looking good can be a challenge. “Unless you are a really keen gardener, it is always a good idea to get someone in to do regular maintenance. I would suggest three to four times a year to keep things tidy and growing well and more regularly if you want more of a manicured look,” he says. Combining veggie gardens in with an overall landscaped look can be achieved with good design and Dave has run a number of projects that have done this very well. Many people believe that quality landscaping can be one of the most effective ways to add value to your home. Local agent Keith Dowdle of Custom Residential Real Estate agrees. “Landscaping is certainly a key component of the homes in our area. Given the comparatively small sites in Grey Lynn and Ponsonby, it becomes an integral part of the quality of lifestyle on offer. The link between indoor and outdoor is a key selling feature.” The trends in landscape architecture and design change over time and, as well as pools, outdoor rooms with sophisticated elements are a growing trend. “Over the last few years I have been asked to design outdoor rooms that specifically incorporate opening and closing louvres in the roof structure and gas or traditional wood-burning, outdoor fireplaces,” says Fiona. “Kiwis have an innate connection with the outdoors and we just love living outside as much as or more than being indoors, even when it’s pouring with rain and blowing a gale.” The demand for landscapers and landscape design continues to be high. “Pools are becoming ever more popular. I currently have five landscape projects with pools in them on the go at the moment,” says Dave. As pool areas and outdoor rooms continue to be an integral part of landscape design, the common outdoor picnic table is no longer enough. In fact, outdoor furniture is now just as sophisticated as pieces within the home. Investing in styles that continue your home’s aesthetic and are designed to last is the key to choosing well. “You can make your outdoor living space feel more luxurious and inviting with soft, outdoor furnishings such as outdoor cushions, a basket full of cosy merino or cashmere blankets to wrap up in on cooler mornings and evenings,” explains Fiona. She believes it is super important to look at the quality of the materials for outdoor furniture because of our very harsh UV conditions and weather patterns.

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“Outdoor furniture should be able to withstand the weather and pass the test of time – you really want to get 10-plus years out of your outdoor furniture investment.” Her suggestion, if your budget allows, is an outdoor rug made from a suitable UV/weather-resistant and non-slip fabric. It’s a gorgeous addition – and a fabulous way to make an outdoor space feel luxurious and inviting all year round. “My new favourite addition to outdoor spaces at the moment are Gan Rugs, particularly the Garden Layers Collection designed by Patricia Urquiola, which are outstanding,” says Fiona. “I always make suggestions for outdoor furniture items within a landscape concept plan, as this really helps my clients understand how the space can be used and Celebrate New Zealand demonstrates the connections between areas in a garden design excellence at the way they can relate to. It’s also an easy way to Auckland Garden DesignFest show the scale of a space,” explains Fiona. She (Saturday 16 - Sunday 17 November). also recommends selecting a neutral colour Raising funds for selected children’s charities, palette with pops of pastels and dusty tones tour through 18 of Auckland’s most beautiful, professionally to ensure these items stand the test of time. designed, private gardens and meet “Think navy, dusty purples and pinks, lemon some of New Zealand’s leading garden design talent. yellow, sage, copper, black. The Garden We have two double passes to give away! Party in Ponsonby Road has a wonderful RRP of tickets: $130 each (per double pass) selection of items for outdoor (and indoor) living. Adding splashes of colour is a great way Go to our Instagram @ponsonbynews to welcome the spring and summer months.” #GardenDesignFest for competition details Winners will be drawn on With spring well and truly underway, it is the perfect Thursday 31 October. time to get landscape projects started. While it would be a challenge to get a large-scale landscape project or pool completed before Christmas, it is certainly possible to enhance your outdoor sanctuary before this summer is out.

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Creating outdoor rooms of outstanding beauty Outdoor collections have just arrived at ECC. When the outdoors are furnished and lit with the same care as the interiors, standing in the garden, on the terrace or under a porch, not only appropriates an exterior room, but it also becomes another expression of living. Now is the time to gather your ideas and get your outdoor living ready for the summer. Although it seems early to mention Christmas, we are talking about what is on the ECC showroom floor now, or on the boat already from Europe, that will be gracing your exteriors this Christmas holiday. It’s just as well ECC has an extensive outdoor range of brands and styles in store.

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New to ECC is Roda, based just outside Milan in Italy. Roda is a fully 100% outdoor company with over 20 years of experience and the first to introduce the concept of ‘in and out’, which led to design driven, high-quality outdoor furniture. Roda’s vision of Italian design spread throughout the world has resulted in a sophisticated cosmopolitan style. The beautiful Piper sofa employs the refined style of Rodolfo Dordoni, and features coloured aluminium frames and soft cushions. Minotti has taken elements from last year’s interior collection and translated them for outdoor living. The leg detail on the Tape chair by Nendo anchors the Tape Cord outdoor range of chairs, sofas and chaises, and has even been applied to table legs. The wicker-effect corded backs on the seating adds extra flair.

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Anyone who has visited Barcelona will know that art and design are integral to the city. It is in this inspirational atmosphere that ECC lighting supplier Bover, creates its collection. Inspiration for its outdoor collection comes from wicker, a natural material made by Catalan craftsmen. The incessant research for an outdoor material that resembled traditional wicker led to a synthetic fiber that looks at home indoors or out. In addition to creating a soft outdoor atmosphere, Bover has more practical pathway lighting and a range of indoor lighting too. ECC can also assist in creating a lighting design for your garden area. If you are undertaking a landscaping project, be sure to consider pathway, step and feature lighting early in the process. Balancing light and shadow gives the best effect, which can be achieved by selecting trees, plants or walls to feature. In addition, some of our brands are producing portable, rechargeable table lamps, that can be carried from indoor to out and provide a flexible lighting alternative.


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Crest Villas – expansive views Anyone wanting to live in a luxuriously modern, warm, architecturally designed home probably wouldn’t expect to also have the bonus of it being in the hip, centrally located suburb of Grey Lynn. This home offers all the benefits of a home not normally associated with this suburb. It is constructed in concrete and has sweeping views across Auckland from the city and harbour through to the Waitakere Ranges. Freshly completed, this home is superbly set on the crest of Grey Lynn and cusp of the Ponsonby district. Insanely convenient, it is the lock up and leave lifestyle that modern city living demands. After work, residents can sit on the upper deck, take in the view and soak up the sun as they enjoy an aperitif and then cook themselves a meal in the designer kitchen. This is probably the warmest home in Grey Lynn due to its construction and the additional gas-fired open fireplace. Downstairs is dedicated to three generous bedrooms, two bathrooms and a laundry. Two carparks are a secure feature of this home, but mostly be tempted by the stroll to the nearby Ponsonby and Karangahape Road dining districts. Viewings of finished villas are possible every Saturday and Sunday between 12.45pm and 1.30pm or by appointment.

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Auckland Garden DesignFest At this year’s Auckland Garden DesignFest, 18 of Auckland’s most beautiful, professionally designed gardens will be open to the public for the first time. We chat to Westmere local, Richard Neville, one of the designers featuring in this year’s DesignFest and Director of Neville Design Studio. Where did your passion for landscape architecture come from? I’ve always had a passion for landscapes and people. This intrigue was cemented by an OE just before my studies. Our relationship with the world around us is the essence of what landscape architecture is all about. What has been one of the most rewarding gardens or landscapes you have designed for a client? I designed a garden for the children’s acute mental health ward at Starship Hospital a few years ago. It included a sensory garden and an active space. I stayed in touch with the staff and was so happy to hear the difference it had made. What are you looking forward to at this year’s Auckland Garden DesignFest? One of the things I look forward to at every DesignFest is the huge variation in each of the gardens featured. It’s a great way to open up the lens of how we see the possibilities in different spaces. Meeting the visitors and getting their perspective and opinions is always a great opportunity for the designers too.

What are some quick design tips or tricks you could share with our readers? There are so many opportunities in a space or garden that might not immediately meet the eye. Don’t be afraid to shift away from current trends and pull inspiration from a variety of places. Keep the bones of a design simple and remember to consider every element as part of a cohesive whole. The Auckland Garden DesignFest, 16-17 November 2019. Tickets available from iTICKET and Kings Plant Barn. For more information visit

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True Northern Slopes – 4 Saratoga Avenue, Herne Bay After 41 happy years, the proud owners of this expansive, architecturally designed, 1950s home are on the move and this is your chance to grab a piece of northern slopes Herne Bay real estate gold. Only moments from Jervois Road’s premium boutiques, cafes and transport routes and backing onto the wonderful and highly sought after Bayfield School, now is the time for another family to reap the rewards of all this location and large residence have to offer. Sitting proudly on an elevated and north-facing 685sqm section on a quiet, tree lined, no exit street, the options are endless. The home wraps itself around a huge outdoor entertaining space with a pool and a distinct Palm Springs vibe. The house retains many original features but is very functional and liveable as is, so you can move in and make your plans if you choose. It is currently configured as five bedrooms and two bathrooms with a modern-style kitchen and large separate laundry and storage space. Do not delay viewing – my vendors are on the move! You really won’t want to miss out on this. (CHRIS BATCHELOR) F PN Call Chris Batchelor on T: 0800 1 Agent or email,

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Bringing sound outdoors With the start of spring officially here, and the promise of summer not far away, we can’t help but begin to consider spending more time outside. Whether you’re working in the garden, reading on the deck, enjoying an afternoon swim or hosting a barbecue, outdoor speakers can help transform your backyard into one of the most popular places in your home. “Installing an outdoor sound system doesn’t have to break the bank,” says Skopik’s Darren Hogg. “But be realistic about your budget, what you are trying to achieve and have a clear plan, as when it comes to outdoor sound, coverage and control are important considerations.” With over 20 years of experience in the ICT and AV industry, Skopik is a specialist when it comes to home audio solutions, both indoors and outdoors. Offering everything from home audio design, wiring and installation; as well as home automation, security, IT, electrical and lighting; Skopik really is a one-stop shop for all things techy. With so many home audio products in the market, with more being released on a daily basis, it can sometimes be quite daunting knowing where to begin. “Regardless of the simplicity or complexity of the final solution, the most important thing when implementing an outdoor sound system is the planning stage,” says Darren. Skopik’s top tips to consider when planning an outdoor sound system are:

• Does your backyard have different zones? Think of each zone in your backyard as you would a room in your house. Small backyards are generally only one zone, whereas large backyards can sometimes consist of three or four zones. • Depending on the different zones, you’ll need to ensure you install the right amount and the right type of speakers for each zone. • Ensure your speakers are location appropriate. Many outdoor speakers are weatherproof, meaning they can withstand direct assaults of rain, sun and cold. Whereas other speakers are weather resistant, so they require some protection from rain. • Stereo speakers are great for small backyards, whereas stereoinput speakers are required for a large outdoor space to ensure you hear both halves of your music. • Control is also another important consideration. How do you intend to adjust the volume or change playlists? If you intend to have wireless control via a smartphone app you’ll need to ensure your Wi-Fi reaches into your backyard.

If you’re interested in an outdoor sound system, or any other home audio or home automation solution, get in touch with the team at Skopik by calling 0800 SKOPIK (756 745) or visit their website

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Turning your balcony into a garden retreat A well-designed balcony or patio garden can change the way a home is utilised by extending the liveable space and creating a transitional flow from the indoor to outdoor world. As multi-functional spaces, our balconies are often used as places to entertain, to relax and unwind and to escape from the hustle of city living. In addition to this, it’s also quite common for balconies to never be too far away from the prying eyes of our neighbours and hence privacy is key to ensure that we feel comfortable enough to enjoy our outdoor room. So why is it that so many of us are under-utilising our balconies and shying away from creating our own little slice of garden paradise? City Botanics suggests that the common underlying theme when meeting with their clients, is that they lack the confidence in knowing which plants and accessories are most appropriate to use in their space. Balconies generally fall victim to the extremes when it comes to exposure. They are often either too sunny or not sunny enough, too small or too narrow, open to the natural elements or completely undercover. Once you throw in the logistical concerns of shifting pots, plants and dirt and the fear of not knowing how to take care

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Human history is full of true stories about people discovering the secrets of plants: key ingredients for medicines, technology, food, building – and some of the stinkiest, biggest, most outrageous and hard-to-find flora in the world. In Grey Lynn Library’s first school holiday activity, real-life plant hunter Robert Vennell presented ‘show and tell’ about his encounters - both as a collection manager at Auckland Museum and in creating his new book ‘The Meaning of Trees: the history and use of New Zealand’s native plants’. Participants followed clues around the library to identify unusual plants and their discoverers (some of them also quite unusual). Robert lives and breathes the New Zealand forest; in fact his interest in plants began with wanting to see how he could survive in the bush: what was edible, and what definitely wasn’t? (Fortunately, he was careful and lived to tell the tale!) The Newsroom website describes The Meaning of Trees as “a lovely, leafy avenue winding elegantly through botany, evolution, craft, history, music, medicine, mythology, and food, lots of food.” F PN

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Duravit “A bowl filled with water on a simple table,” Danish designer Cecilie Manz describes her inspiration for Duravit’s Luv series. The result is Nordic purism combined with timeless elegance, created with gentle forms and sharp geometry. Luv is a brand new design that can be interpreted uniquely to suit your individual style.

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New Residential Tenancy Amendment Act 2019 A hot pot damaging a Formica bench top or a house cooking fire in a rental property: Who pays? You may have heard of yet another amendment to the Residential Tenancy Act – they are coming thick and fast now. In a nutshell, a key purpose of the Residential Tenancy Amendment Act 2019 is to clarify and balance inequality of outcome between landlords and tenants with regards to damages. A tenant is now held accountable for accidental or careless damage they cause to a property they rent. However, tenants’ responsibility is limited and landlords need to give them visibility on their financial risks relating to careless damage exposure. The tenant may have to pay the landlord’s excess on his insurance policy (likely to be between $250 and $2000) or up to four weeks rent if the landlord’s insurance does not cover or if the excess amount is more than four weeks’ rent equivalent.

landlords, but it requires a bit of homework. Landlords should dig out these insurance policy papers to check what their property is insured for or, better yet, talk to an insurance broker as it may be opportune to make changes to the existing cover and optimise the insurance premiums paid.

What does this change mean, in practical terms, for people owning a rental property? For new Tenancy Agreements or Renewals signed after 27 August 2019, landlords must tell a tenant if the property is insured, what it is insured for and what is the excess. The Tenancy Agreement must include a statement and insurance disclosure information.

Landlords should provide a copy of the insurance policy to their property manager who will disclose relevant information to tenants. Of course, building the habit of regular and thorough inspections to identify damages in the first place and be able to make a claim for a sudden event is paramount.

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@ ROSE & HEATHER 1. Trenail large 3 seat sofa shown in linen - $6890 2. Trenail Classic 6 drawer chest - crafted style - $5780 3. Newport one drawer bedside with Diamond Motif - $2480 a pair 4. The VVTB (Very Very Tallboy) 170cm tall by 78cm wide, it makes the most of a small floorspace with seven drawers - $4380





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A natural beauty... 19 Browning Street, Grey Lynn This charming family home, situated in a popular, quiet, tree-lined Grey Lynn street, seamlessly blends the ornate features of the original transitional villa with contemporary simplicity. Most of the hard work has already been done and this home is just one last step away from what will be an outstanding home you will be proud to show off. Boasting four bedrooms or three bedrooms and office, master with ensuite, separate lounge with ornate plaster ceiling and bay window, polished floors, a modern kitchen and bathroom and light- filled, open living space flowing seamlessly to the outdoors. Slide back the voluminous glass doors and enjoy al fresco entertaining and, for the children, a tree-laden private backyard to play in. Located handily to the increasingly popular West Lynn with its boutiques, cafes and Grey Lynn Park close by, this is a truly fabulous opportunity you will not want PN to miss! F To view call Carl Madsen M: 021 953 152, E:

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Coastal classic Urban sophistication meets resort-style living in this stunning kitchen in a new home north of Auckland. For the kitchen in their new home, the homeowners of this architecturally designed house wanted a space that blended in and worked well with its resort feel. Although the rough footprint was already outlined on the plans, including the location of a large scullery located behind the main kitchen, they needed a design team that had the experience and the know-how to translate their specific brief into a working kitchen that was to be at the centre of their new home. For this task, they took on Kitchens By Design, led by awardwinning designer Shane George. “My vision for the look of this kitchen was to give the cabinetry in the main kitchen a furniture feel and look, so that it blended and complemented the rest of the décor in the large open-plan living space,” says the designer. This was achieved by specifying textured oak with a mid-tone grey stain for the overhead cabinetry above the cooking area and also for the large bank of floor-to-ceiling cabinetry that takes up the entire side wall of the kitchen.

“For continuity, I used the same timber for the legs that support the bar top on the kitchen island. And for the benchtop on the island we specified titanium granite, with a leather finish that has a lovely textural, natural touch to it.” To contrast and complement the natural look of the granite, a narrow sheet of hardwearing Dekton with dark slate-look finish was chosen for the slightly elevated bar top – a perfect spot for friends and family to gather for drinks or informal dining. “For the splashback, I used light green tiles with a crackle glaze, with cantilevered display shelves in oak. The inclusion of subtle LED task lighting under these shelves and the over cupboards, and also along the foot of the island, plus four oversized pendants, complete the scheme.” Behind the main kitchen is a large, well-equipped butler’s pantry, which the owners use for all their prep work and storage for pantry goods. Fitted out and finished to the same exacting standards, this area is almost a fully functioning kitchen in its own right.

KITCHEN BY DESIGN, has two Auckland-based showrooms, at 7 Melrose Street, Newmarket, T: 09 379 3084 and 3 Byron Avenue, Takapuna, T: 09 488 7201. For inspiration for your new kitchen, pop in and talk to one of their designers, or take a look at their website at

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1. LOMBARDA expands the potential of contemporary architecture with a collection inspired by Ceppo di Gré, the stone used for Milan’s most iconic 20C buildings. The ceramic covering harmonises architectural forms to realise exclusive design projects. LOMBARDA is available in two colours, in natural finish, and inspires new architectural approaches where elegance and practicality meet. Country of origrin - Italy. 2. THE ROOM is inspired by the wealth of fine marble. It is grafted onto a current and contemporary language, and tainted with other textural flavours. It is a perfect mix of Italy and the rest of the world, of warm and cold colours, and of a well-known and an extremely rare product. Perfect for commercial and residential projects.

Made of full-body porcelain stoneware, available in two colours and formats of 120 x 260cm, 60 x 120cm both only 6.5mm thick, THE ROOM is suitable for both flooring and wall cladding. There are two surface finishes: a full gloss finish, and the other is a natural matt finish whose originality stems from the various light refractions in its surface. 3. WATERFRONT marries the essence of fired tiles and cement. The two styles have been brought together in a single project: the tradition and warmth of fired tiles share their uniqueness with the minimal and modern look of cement. A captivating dichotomy that lends spaces a classic and essential style with a modern twist. In lighter colours, the essence of fired tiles dominates the essence of the cement, whilst in darker colours, the opposite occurs.

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Blue-Chip Waterfront Kiwi Paradise

Floor: 190sq m | Land: 833 sq m (more or less)

With the tide lapping at the boundary of your elevated property it’s fair to say you can’t get much closer to the waterfront! Sheltered water views of the Waitemata Harbour through lush Pohutukawa trees, and with character living both indoors and out. Close proximity to the bustling boutique eateries, wine bar, movie cinema, local pub and ferry wharf (due to reopen 2020). Westerly-facing garden and decks bathed with afternoon sun light. Bedrooms conveniently spread over all three levels. The option of reconfiguring room uses to suit your family needs is there, additional bedroom, media room, or rumpus room? Completely rewired and maintained over the years, there is still plenty of potential to enhance this warm and inviting home, increasing its value in the process. But the time for change has come, and our vendor is determined to reach a result on, if not before, auction day. Viewing is a must - contact us immediately for further information.

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Heidi Padain: Entertainment in your garden I’m not much of a morning person during the winter months, but now that spring is here I feel vividly alive. There’s an explosion of life around our property that has me leaping out of bed in the mornings to check out what there is to see. On our property we have a karo tree (pittosporum crassifolium). This tree is currently in full bloom. Every year this tree produces small, dark red to purple flowers that attract a wide range of birds. If you’re lucky enough to have space to plant a new tree in your garden, this tree is a must have. I can honestly say that when the karo tree is in flower, it becomes a moving mass of bird activity. There are so many tui birds here right now I can’t count them all. Opposite this tree, along our deck rail, is where I have placed half rounds of oranges and mandarins. Tui birds love fruit. I almost have to duck for cover as they dart back and forth like fighter jet planes. I’m often asked for tips on how to attract native birds, so, here you go... Foods to avoid • Seeds, grains and bread. They attract introduced birds that outcompete natives. • Honey or honey water. Never put out honey or honey water for birds. Birds love it, but so do bees. This practice can spread bee diseases. How to keep the birds safe • Set traps to control introduced predators like rats, stoats and possums. Keep your cat inside, particularly at night. • Put any feeding stations well out of reach of introduced predators. • Clean your feeding stations regularly to avoid the spread of disease. • Provide water, particularly in summer, so birds can stay hydrated. Fruit Try hammering some nails into a board and securing pieces of fruit to a table or deck rail. Half-cut oranges, apples and pears can attract tauhou (silvereyes) and tui as well as kaka. I have found that when we have a variety of nectar/fruit eating birds around, they seem to attract the birds that predominantly eat insects. The attraction might be the fruit flies, but I’m also sure that they’re rather curious about all the activity, which is why I managed to get this lovely shot of the grey warbler. A good-sized water dish is a great idea. I have both kereru and tui queuing up to use mine. The more the merrier, I say. I love spring. (HEIDI PADAIN) F PN

To see some of Heidi’s other photographic work, go to and type Heidi Padain into the search box, or, you can contact Heidi by email, or look her up on Facebook – Heidi Padain Photography.

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Sat 26 Oct - Celebrate Independent Bookshops!

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Sun 3 Nov - Authors & Cakes!

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Automating Light You may think the world of curtains, blinds and awnings has changed very little over the years. However, the introduction of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant have revolutionised Lahood Window Furnishings. The next big thing in window furnishings is automation. Whether via a remote control, sensor, smartphone, tablet or even a third party home-automation system, it is now possible to control the role light plays in your home. “It can be just like a scene out of a Hollywood movie, with the heroine waking up in a luxury home, opening the blinds on command to reveal the day in every room of the house as she walks through,” says Lahood’s Clayton Sceats, Director. Lahood is increasingly installing a range of automated systems into homes using an innovative wireless system that controls your blinds, curtains or awnings. “You can use a remote, your voice or an app to open and shut blinds in different rooms throughout the house, which can be really handy for hard to reach blinds,” says Clayton.

• Set your blinds to close every day at sunset to keep in warmth, particularly in winter. • Create a holiday setting to close your bedroom curtains every night at 10pm while you are on holiday. Lahood blind, curtain and awning motors connect with most of the popular systems on the market such as Apple, Google® Assistant and Amazon® Alexa®. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a home automation enthusiast or just getting started with connected devices, Lahood makes it really easy to automate your home and control it,” explains Clayton. “Once you have your settings saved, you can control them on command with the remote control, your phone or even your voice.”

The possibilities are endless. Here are some common examples:

Home automation isn’t just about seamless convenience, it’s also about maximising the energy efficiency of your home. Shutting blinds at optimal times throughout the day helps the home regulate temperature, minimising the need for additional energy use on air conditioning or heaters. You can literally control your blinds from anywhere. If you are going to be home late, you can close the blinds and keep the warmth in via the app. There really is an app for everything.

• Set your curtains to open every weekday morning at 7am to gently wake you up.

For more information on automating your window furnishings, contact Lahood in their Mt Eden showroom.

Sensors can prevent damage to awnings by retracting them when winds exceed a certain speed and can control light by closing/opening an awning based on a customised light intensity setting of your choice. “Our motorised window coverings have no cords, reducing child safety concerns, making them a natural choice for families of all sizes,” explains Sharlene Thompson, Lahood design consultant.

Please visit our showroom, LAHOOD, 104 Mt Eden Road, T: 09 638 8463,


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AYRLIES PARKLANDS To share a very special place and help it endure. Ayrlies Parklands is the name given to the 11-lot subdivision which is an exclusive development surrounding the world renowned Ayrlies Gardens. The Ayrlies Parklands development shares the amenity, value and beautiful character of this extensive garden landscape. This project is a particular labour of love for the owners. One of the founders, Beverly McConnell, was the creator of the world famous Ayrlies Gardens in Whitford in 1964. It includes approximately 15 acres of garden and 35 acres of wetland – and it’s a very special, peaceful place. Ayrlies Parklands will firstly sustain the Ayrlies Gardens and Wetlands for future generations. It will also enhance the greater landscape beyond the gardens by providing countryside living blocks thoughtfully placed to provide excellent views and protect the wetlands and gardens at the same time. Fencing and planting of the 20m wide Esplanade Reserve and a salt-marsh area with coastal native species, will enable continuity of landscape and provide a protective habitat for thousands of native and migratory birds. The properties are only 45 minutes (non rush hour) from Auckland City Centre, 30 minutes to the Auckland International Airport and 20 minutes to Ardmore Airfield for private planes. The new Beachlands commercial centre is only minutes away. Whitford village shops, including cafes and restaurant five minutes and just 15 minutes to Botany, Howick and Ormiston shopping precincts and to the motorway junction. From this location it is an easy drive to the commercial hubs of Highbrook, East Tamaki and Manukau.

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Health services are also close by with quick access to Middlemore Hospital, Ormiston Hospital and the Botany A&E and maternity wing. There is an excellent daily ferry service to the CBD from Pine Harbour as well as services to Waiheke and Rakino Islands from Half Moon Bay. For further information call Wayne Rawson on M: 0274 824 662 or after hours on T: 09 530 662.


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1. The Cake! Made by the clever team at Bread & Butter Bakery and devoured by many; 2. Anna Sibbald - local and frequent market visitor; 3. Dave French & Jocelyn Patterson - growers of avocados and gold kiwifruit; 4. Family fun at the 10th birthday market; 5. Pippa Coom (past Chair of the Farmers Market committee) and frequent market visitor, Charlotte Gordon (past Market Manager), Callum McAlpine (past Market Assistant); 6. Customers enjoying the 10th birthday market; 7. Kathryn Nemec (Farmers Market committee member) and Glenda Fryer; 8. Rob Velseboer and Murray Joyce, founder stallholders; 9. Melissa Ly, creator of ‘Something Big is Brewing’ Kombucha; 10. Callum McAlpine (past Market Assistant) and Yvette Brooks, creator of ‘Red Hot Kiwi’ salsa and sauces; 11. George’s Garden Veggies - those in the know pre-order and have these boxes waiting for them; 12. Customers enjoying the 10th birthday market.


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OUT + ABOUT 14 of the 15 members of Birds of Paradise Art Group. Back row: Kristin Colthurst, Denise Leal, Natalie Paviour, Megan Dunbar, Megan Hyde, Anthea Baker, Nikki Darroch, Kristen Flannery, Kathy Peake and Wendy Norwood. Front row: Dianne Taylor, Karen Spires, Penelope Peebles & Madelene Strong

Karen Spires, Madelene Strong, Johl Dwyer, Megan Dunbar & Tim Melville

Karen Spires, Madelene Strong, Johl Dwyer, Megan Dunbar & Tim Melville

Kristen Flannery & Johl Dwyer

photography: Richard Myburgh

Kathy Peake & Karen Spires

THE BIRDS OF PARADISE @ TIM MELVILLE GALLERY, 11 SEPTEMBER 11 years ago Karen Spires, Kathy Peake and Kristin Colthurst set up an art appreciation group called the Birds of Paradise consisting of 15 members. At the Tim Melville art gallery the buying group Karen, Megan and Madelene unveiled their latest commission by artist Johl Dwyer. An evening of bubbles, laughter, art and friends.

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Group exhibition, Objects 5 October - 2 November, opening Saturday 5 October 1pm – 3pm Found, discovered, unearthed, manipulated, re-imagined, all the works in this show have started out as one thing and become another. They could be called ‘provisional’ or ‘incomplete’, on the way to becoming something else, or perhaps they have arrived, complete now that they are being exhibited. The incomplete or provisional are fleeting, captured moments, stopped mid-flight, hovering. They are works that oscillate between the impossibility of art and the equally persistent impossibility of non-art in a weird conversation of deliberation and indecision. It can be said that art that looks casual, dashed-off, tentative, unfinished or selfcancelling, deliberately turns away from the imposing history of art for something that seems to constantly risk inconsequence or collapse. The sense of casualness and unfinishedness in the work heralds it as fresh and connected with the foundational doubt of modern art that really had been lost in the marketing and professionalising, and in the technical slickness of the art market. Objects is a show of artists’ renewed curiosity about art’s material possibilities and their rediscovery of the act of making art. F PN OREX, 15 Putiki Street, T: 09 378 0588,


Bone Like This 6 October – 1 November. Preview: Sunday 6 October, 2 – 4.30pm. Artist Workshop: Saturday 26 October, 2pm. All Welcome. Hanna Shim’s previous chunky soft sculpture work talks about childish naivety whilst holding a sinister and foreboding undertone. Despite their cute exterior, they imbue a sense of unexpected twists and irony as the forms undergo a sense of metamorphosis. In her upcoming series Bone Like This, her work takes on an even darker tone as she speaks about death and mortality. Using a variety of different materials collaged together, Shim precisely creates unique forms on a smaller scale. Shim’s interest in the contrasting qualities of ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ stays consistent as she speaks about the cyclical nature of life; born soft – grow hard – die soft. Moving away from her typical soft material aesthetic, she combines her work with firm and rigid materials such as resin, glass and perspex whilst maintaining her unique sense of humour. Shim invites viewers to explore the realm of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’; ‘heavy’ and ‘light’; ‘serious’ and ‘witty’. Hanna Shim is an Auckland-based artist, born in Seoul, Korea and raised in New Zealand. She completed an Elam School of Fine Arts BFA in 2012 at the University of Auckland and has continued into MFA. Hanna is part of Artweek Auckland. F PN WHITESPACE, 20 Monmouth Street, T: 09 361 6331,

Ruler Cross by P. J. Smith





5 October - 2 November 2019 15 putiki street, arch hill open tue-sat, 09 3780588

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Angel Olsen’s last record was easily one of the best records of 2016 and was critically praised to that end. This new one comes three years after that release – out via label Jagjaguwar and Rhythmethod in New Zealand. Due for release on 4 October, it is an introspective deep dive and a vulnerable collection for someone who has already made a name for herself with highly intimate songs. My Woman, the last record, was a move away from the folk roots she had come from, with a taste of grunge and rock and an embrace of her own vocals more than ever before. “I like the wordless singing; I like making the music I make. [On My Woman] I wanted to play and sing more,” Olsen speaking about her last release. All Mirrors sees her again exploring larger sounds and huge arrangements, but ever present is that vibrato, and intimate voice that is Angel Olsen. In this process she has found a new sound and voice, a blast of fury mixed with hard-won self acceptance. String arrangements, synth and swelling crescendos are ever present. For those who love the long songs that build and build, this will be for you. The album strongly features string arrangements by Jherek Bischoff and Ben Babbitt and a 14-piece orchestra. Opening track, ‘Lark’ perfectly exemplifies all that makes up this new album, with deeply

photography: Cameron McCool


Finn McLennan-Elliott: Angel Olsen – All Mirrors emotive lyrics and huge arrangements of swirling strings, such that normal conducting to a tempo wasn’t possible for Bischoff. The song reaches a dark and completely engrossing climax, strings at the heart of it, but supported with huge drums and those piercing vocals Olsen has focused on. In creating All Mirrors, Olsen initially planned to work on a dual record release – a set of raw and real solo songs and a full band version of the same songs – both to be released at once. She recorded the solo version with producer Michael Harris in Anacortes, Washington. She was determined for these songs to remain bare bones, true to the songs. She began working with John Congleton to produce the more ambitious and fully arranged and fleshed out second half of this project. Congleton collaborated with Olsen on her critically successful and breakout album in 2014, Burn Your Fire. It soon became clear during this process that the songs that would become All Mirrors needed a full band, and so the heaviest version of these songs is what we now hear. All Mirrors is out now in all good record stores and on all the usual PN streaming platforms. (FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT) F

Angel Olsen

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First Tuesday Concert Series On Tuesday 5 November, young stars of the Pettman Academy will perform as part of the St Matthew-in-the-City First Tuesday Concert programme. This is the last concert in the 2019 series and has the foretaste of being a winner. At the end of the 2018 concert series, two amazing performers who are tutored by Pettman teachers wowed us with their superb playing, professionalism and sheer joy in performance. Pettman Academy is one of the finest training grounds for young musicians as it offers top professional support in nurturing musical skills, stage craft and in the development of the ‘wow factor’ which makes for an outstanding performer. St Matthew’s is a superb location for making music and during 2019 the series has grown with increasing attendance and beautiful programmes of a wide range of music. Vicar Helen Jacobi says, “We love to share our building with Auckland and the First Tuesday lunch-time music is a great occasion to both spend time within the lovely architecture and hear a beautiful, short concert.” She adds, “There will be more concerts in the First Tuesday Series starting in March 2020 and our organising team has been inundated with offers from performers wanting to play in the series. We are delighted.” F PN

Simone Roggen

@ St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra Performing Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy Op 46 with international violinist Simone Roggen and conductor Brent Stewart Sunday 20 October at 2.30pm If you have not heard St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra play, then you are missing one of the finest musical experiences in Auckland. Vibrant international violinist Simone Roggen was a winner from the start. Auckland born, she began violin lessons with her twin brother at age three; won a scholarship to St Cuthbert’s College; completed her Masters at the UOA with Mary O’Brien in 2004 winning the Senior Prize for the highest postgraduate mark; won the National Chamber Music Competition twice; was concertmaster of various youth orchestras from the age of 11; appeared on National Radio and Television and performed most of the major violin concertos. Internationally, Simone has travelled around Switzerland and Europe as chamber musician and soloist. In 2012 she became the Primarius of the Faust Quartett, which requires very high level of musicianship; performed Brahms’s Violin Concerto in Paris and became co-soloist of the second violins in the Geneva Chamber Orchestra. With Spira Mirabilis she has worked with top young musicians from around the world. In 2017 Simone led the London BBC Symphony Orchestra. In 2018 she won the position of Concertmaster in two different orchestras in Switzerland. In 2020 she will be recording her first CD and performing Beethoven’s triple concerto in Geneva. The winning continues. Now at her peak – this concert showcases Simone’s extraordinary talent. TICKETS Eventfinda or door sales cash only. Adults $30, Concessions $25. Children under 12 free. Student Rush on the day $15. F PN ST MATTHEW-IN-THE-CITY CHURCH corner Wellesley and Hobson Streets,

Rocketing Stars of the Pettman Academy Tuesday 5th November, 12.10-12.50pm Young players from the Pettman Academy make Music Entry by koha.

Sun 20 October at 2.30pm PROGRAMME

Anthony Ritchie The Hanging Bulb Bruch Scottish Fantasy Op 46 in E flat Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5 Op 64 in E minor SOLOIST Simone Roggen CONDUCTOR Brent Stewart ST MATTHEW-IN-THE-CITY Cnr of Wellesley & Hobson Street, Auckland City

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Finn McLennan-Elliott: St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is back for another summer St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is back for another summer and, once again, presented is an exceptional lineup of pop, indie, electronic and rock for Auckland Anniversary Day. Laneway is returning to Albert Park and has cemented itself as the festival to attend in recent years. It’s sure to sell out, so there’s no time like the present to get your tickets. Here is a small selection of what you’ll find at the festival, including some of the top New Zealand bands that are on the bill. Currently one of the most exciting and talked about bands in the world, The 1975 are returning again after a sellout show at Spark Arena last month. They are winners of multiple Brit and Q Awards and have been nominated for Grammys and Mercurys and, with another album around the corner, sure to add another number one album to the list of three in a row. The four-piece rock band are cult heroes and continue to defy expectations with each release. An early pick for stand out is relative newcomer Stella Donnelly. She leapt into the public eye with her thought provoking and conversation starting song ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ and has followed it up with a phenomenal debut album Beware Of The Dogs. 2019 was a breakout year for her, gracing the stage of Glastonbury, at Billy Bragg’s personal invite, selling out stages and festivals in London, New York and LA and a brief stop in New Zealand supporting Maggie Rogers. She is bound to win over a whole new country of fans at Laneway. Australian trio Rüfüs du Sol are one of the world’s pre-eminent live electronic acts off the back of two platinum certified albums and a touring schedule that has taken in nearly all the world’s best festivals. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are globally beloved and return to Laneway as easily one of the favourites. Since they last graced the Laneway stage they released five albums in a single year, and are currently on record number 15, the second for 2019. The band has only been around for nine years, yet has become an institution, hosting its own festival Gizzfest and reaching cult status wherever the band plays.

their last. You’ll pick up the words quickly but go and take a listen to ‘Smoko’, it’s worth going along knowing what you’re in for. Get ready for beats, angst and rhymes with the endlessly subversive Earl Sweatshirt. Emerging from the ashes of Odd Future (Tyler, The Creator, Frank Ocean, The Internet) with the lo-fi classic Doris, Earl has since become something of a misanthropic shaman for heads that love their hip-hop with a dose of gritty realism. Since his memorable last outing at Laneway, he’s released two critically acclaimed records that have each become progressively darker. Don’t miss the perennial enigma of noughties rap as he returns to our shores in 2020. The Laneway Festival hits Auckland’s beloved Albert Park on Monday 27 January 2020. Hands down, the best way to celebrate Auckland Anniversary Day! (FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT) F PN

Soaked Oats are a young four-piece band that percolated into existence in Dunedin, New Zealand in 2017. Catapulted by their infectious and joyful shows and fast-evolving, song-writing chops, the band’s profile and fanbase are on a steep rise. Described as “a southern stew of Kurt Vile and Mac DeMarco with a good shake of Kevin Morby,” the sound of Soaked Oats is happy and relaxed, full of whirling guitars, sweet melodies and surf rock drums. One of the most talked about local bands of the last year are Wellington trio Mermaidens. Childhood friends, this indie psych band are signed to the iconic Flying Nun Records. Characterised by twinkly, reverb-laden guitar lines, rich vocal harmonies and vibrant drums, it’s easy to see why Mermaidens’ ethereal and haunting music leaves audiences enchanted. The band are relentless, with successful tours internationally, and recent record Look Me In The Eye, they don’t look like stopping. Crafting a new genre in 2019 isn’t easy, but Queensland-based The Chats have almost done so, with their unique and hilarious take on rock. They are self-confessed ‘dropkick drongos from the Sunshine Coast’ and if you’ve heard their breakout song ‘Smoko’ you’ll understand why the description could be accurate. However, the way they tear up a stage and release hit singles with regularity would suggest they are anything but lazy. Their first appearance at Laneway, and surely not Stella Donnelly

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UPTOWN ART SCENE It’s important to keep a sense of proportion, both for an emotional response and an artist’s sense of scale. Patrick Lundberg is a Francis Hodgkin Fellow who exhibits internationally, most recently in London and Tokyo, and whose latest show In the Vastness of Sorrowful Thoughts at Ivan Anthony, displays a fine sensitivity to proportion. Experiencing his work through the sense of pro – taking care of, and portion – a piece or fragment, helps enter into Lundberg’s strange microcosm. For a start, these are the thinnest paintings I’ve ever seen, just 10mm wide and well over 1m long. Their thinness makes them appear sculptural, yet they are resolutely paintings which, in light of the exhibition title, might be running down the wall like tears. While such strips of painted material might in another artist’s studio be cut or torn scraps, these are individually crafted works with carefully constructed edges that act like the deckle of a fine art paper. These slivers of paintings emphasise the empty space between them, and to escape the void of the wall I’m drawn in to their brilliant stacked colours. This closer inspection reveals tiny marks and built up surfaces, the care and attention paid to detail, to inscribing small things with importance.

Patrick Lundberg’s thin paintings at Ivan Anthony

Getting close up is getting personal with the mark-making, entering into an intimate zone. One feels tête-a-tête with the artist, sharing a private conversation. The show title again informs my view: sorrowful thoughts are introvert, yet form a vast internal pool. Trying to read marks almost too fine for my eyes to focus on, I wonder – how can we access this private place, to truly feel empathy? Tolstoy’s famous opening line of Anna Karenina: “All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” surfaces, and the complexity of emotion is portioned out in Lundberg’s skilful placement of hot and cool colours. In our age of sensory overload, the monumental demands our attention, yet it is often the small actions of intimate conversation that give us a true sense of human connection. PN (EVAN WOODRUFFE/STUDIO ART SUPPLIES) F

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Teri Parat solo exhibition: 17 October to 3 November

Tom Koene is a craftsman tiler and artist living in west Auckland.

Teri’s paintings entirely comprise of portraiture these days (often featuring flowers and birdlife). Her work draws influence from a multitude of inspirations from classical portraiture to the world of haute couture. Teri worked in the fashion industry in Auckland for many years and her paintings, in oil on fine Belgian linen, reflect and showcase her love and appreciation of good design.

He was born in the Netherlands and learned his craft doing restoration in Amsterdam, learning traditional methods and styles.

She uses a fine brush technique on her portraits which reflect the past whilst holding a resolutely modern viewpoint. Teri has had a series of successful solo exhibitions in Auckland over the past two decades and has recently moved from Ponsonby to live on Waiheke Island to follow her longheld dream of pursuing a fulltime career as an artist. She finds the beauty of the island a constant source of inspiration and creativity for her PN work. F SMYTH GALLERIES, 41 Jervois Road, T: 09 360 6044,

Tom has worked in New Zealand since 1982. One day he was asked to do the tiling on the gecko that lies beside Khyber Pass Road, under the motorway. Since then he has not looked back. Some of his work is traditional, like Mexican bathrooms, but most is entirely unique. Tom’s work is influenced by Friederich Hundertwasser, an unusual and rebellious Austrian artist who also came to live in New Zealand and who designed the famous toilet block in Kawakawa. Tom’s designs are playful, anarchic and finely detailed with tiles that are hugely variable and often unique, with imperfections from the production process that give them curious colours and textures. 95% of the tiles are created and hand glazed in New Zealand. Included also may be pieces of pottery and stones, all skilfully integrated into free-flowing forms, like flowers and koru, and patterns that lead to discoveries of new resonances over time and space each day. Examples of Tom’s work include bathrooms and kitchens, indoor and outdoor patios and walls, paths, steps, pool areas, arches, barbecues, baths, benches, murals, birdbaths, pillars and other free-standing structures. Tom welcomes collaboration and help, although mainly in preparation of tiles, rather than design. The results are delightful and professional, works of art that can never be repeated. F PN


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Pictured left to right Martin Leach, Larissa Glubb & Alexandra Weston Last months art show ‘Two Ways’ was held at Corcovado, the new homewares and furniture store which recently opened in Westmoreland Street. It was great to hear Alexandra Weston’s passion for her artworks and to see the paintings she has been working on for months. The show is on until mid October.

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

Aquarius (the Water Carrier) 21 January - 19 February Any challenges you face will eventually make you a stronger person. Don’t doubt yourself in any way. You have earned your position in life. Anything you do now will propel you forward not backwards.

Pisces (the Fishes) 20 February - 20 March You’ll be in demand this month for your invaluable skill set. You might be called upon to test this out when your colleagues call upon you for support. Try to be gracious when called up for help. Your status will rise through the rankings.

Aries (the Ram) 21 March - 20 April Whatever news you’ve been waiting for will arrive soon. Just maintain focus on what’s ahead and not get distracted by any clutter. Your career will surge as long as it’s what you still want.

Taurus (the Bull) 21 April - 21 May Whatever you’ve been doing certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed. You’re fully appreciated with everything you do. Don’t rest up though over any praise, strive to do bigger and better. It is within you.

Gemini (the Twins) 22 May - 21 June Creating something that people will remember you by isn’t necessary. Just being in the lives of others has earned you a place that you’ll be remembered for. You’ll be remembered for the things you do for those around you and creating a better life for those less fortunate.

Cancer (the Crab) 22 June - 22 July Your boundaries are tested this month when someone tries to cross them. Digging your feet in and becoming immovable is not the answer. You can’t blame anyone for trying to get close. If the line does get crossed, deal with it with grace and do not let anything get out of hand.

Leo (the Lion) 23 July - 21 August You can’t keep relying on any past accomplishments to benefit you now. What you can do is use the skills that you have learned over your illustrious career to benefit others. You’ve proven yourself time and time again and it’s time to reap the rewards you deserve.

Virgo (the Virgin) 22 August - 23 September The input you give is vital and, whether you realise it or not, your efforts are very much appreciated. If you feel challenged in some way and it’s distracting, assert who you are and what you have accomplished to shut distractions down.

Libra (the Scales) There could be somebody standing right in front of you but the way you’re feeling you would not notice. If you start paying a bit more attention to your surroundings you’ll realise what you’ve been missing.

Scorpio (the Scorpion) 24 October - 22 November You do have it in you to become a leader but you must make sure that you don’t let it go to your head. Your friends will keep you grounded but your colleagues might not. Treat people with respect and you’ll always get it back.

Sagittarius (the Archer) 23 November - 22 December Knowing how to save money and doing it are entirely different. Giving in to an impulse that involves spending is not a good idea. Tightening your belt will help but really you need to get some professional help.

Capricorn (the Goat) 23 December - 20 January You feel invigorated this month and feel that there is nothing you couldn’t accomplish. Go ahead and finish any projects you might have. That feeling of empowerment when you finish something is intoxicating. It will fuel you on to do more.

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