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We’re used to the All Blacks, or Air New Zealand topping global ‘best in the world’ rankings, but for the first time, an independent advertising agency from New Zealand has secured that accolade.

Advertising and design agency Special was picked as ‘Global Creative Agency of the Year’ by Campaign UK – one of the oldest and most prestigious marketing publications in the world. Now, after a bumper run of success, Special has set up shop in the heart of Ponsonby.

Astute renovation spotters might have noticed the bright ‘Special’ sign sitting atop a brand-new three-story building on the corner of Ponsonby and Franklin Roads – but wondered what was behind the stark white façade.

The answer is an advertising, design, and PR agency: one which has quickly outgrown its existing premises in Victoria Park following the collection of new clients, a growing headcount and industry recognition.

Special originated from humble beginnings 15 years ago – started by its three founders in a disused cinema in Kingsland with one table, three chairs, and zero clients. Since then, it has transformed itself to become New Zealand’s only homegrown global advertising network with offices in Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and New York.

Its new office on Ponsonby Road replaces the old White Cross Medical Centre and has been a customdesigned construction over the last 18 months to build a multi-disciplinary creative space. The new

office occupies the two top floors of the building and features studio space for photography, edit suites, larger conference rooms, private offices and room for flexible working and collaborating.

The space is home to more than 70 employees spanning advertising, design, PR, strategy and interactive capability and some of NZ’s most admired brands.

The impact of Special doesn’t end at Ponsonby’s fringes either. Special has expanded into territories such as the UK, USA, and Australia with an ambitious and innovative style of creativity.

The company now employs almost 300 people worldwide and is globally most recognised for its work with Uber Eats. The creative platform “Tonight, I’ll be eating…” for Uber now runs in multiple markets and has seen celebrities such as Lil Nas X, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian, and Simon Cowell feature in the brand’s platform. Other global clients include gaming firm Roblox, Virgin Australia, Bonds, Netflix, and Pepsi.

Special’s unique global footprint – founded and driven from New Zealand – has seen it partner with New Zealand businesses looking to export to the world including Rockit Apples, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, and Education New Zealand. “With our home in NZ but with offices around the world, we are in a unique position to take the best of NZ brands to the world” says founder Tony Bradbourne.

“We think we’ll be very happy in our new offices in the heart of Ponsonby and we’re hoping to make a Special contribution to our new community very soon”.

For more information visit www.specialgroup.com

Karma Cola: Brand and indentity design The entire brand identity and packaging design was handcrafted by Special’s design team.

Wellington City Mission: Silent Night Special managed to sell-out Sky Stadium in Wellington for an event where nothing happened, and no-one went to, to raise funds for Wellington City Mission.

FIFA pitch at the base of Aoraki Mount Cook for Tourism New Zealand to capitalise on the global attention around the Women’s World Cup.

2degrees: Play the Bridge

In a world-first, Special lit up Auckland Harbour Bridge with lights, that ‘danced’ to the playlist on your mobile phone.

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The graduation gown is a tradition that dates back over 900 years. Education has changed a lot, but what we wear to celebrate our achievements has not. In collaboration with New Zealand fashion designer Kiri Nathan, Special designed graduation gowns to reflect the connection to Te Ao Māori, respect for nature, and the sustainable and innovative ways of thinking that defines the New Zealand education experience.

This is Kiwi

Kiwibank: This Is Kiwi Special led the brand communication refresh for Kiwibank, introducing its new “This Is Kiwi” positioning.

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Boat building and innovation in NZ goes back a hundred years or more. Famous names like Logan, Spencer, Salthouse and catamaran designers like Malcolm Tennant all had huge input into the marine industry in NZ.

As a young boat builder, I heard of these names and longed to meet and work with these famous people. I have been fortunate to work closely with Malcolm Tennant on a production run of high-speed small ferries for the airport development in Hong Kong. Malcolm's ferries proved to be amazingly energy efficient and many operators tagged these designs as 'the secret sauce' for the efficiency of their commercial ferry operation.

Over several years, I managed to build 25 of these catamarans – mostly as commercial ferries.

The idea of electric ferries has been around for years. Recently, with a team of dedicated experts and a willing client, we realised 'the technology is available', let's build an electric ferry.

In 2019 we started a 19m ferry, 'Ika Rere', for the Wellington ferry company East by West. The project was designed for the specific needs of the East by West operation. It had its challenges but, with a dedicated team, the results have exceeded our expectations with more speed and endurance than thought possible.

Many times, we have looked at the cross-harbour challenges Auckland is facing: the idea of another expensive bridge and tunnels for cars and trains all seem so far away and are all capable of huge investments in ratepayer funds.

WEBBCo has designed a series of three cross-harbour bike and passenger ferries to ease the congestion on the already overloaded harbour bridge. Based on the experience and data from our successful build of Ika Rere, this run is very achievable.

These three bike boats would start the day fully charged and commence commuter runs for the first part of the day, during the middle of the day and off-peak times, each ferry would come offline in turn for charging assuring continuous service during the commuter runs each afternoon. As the day closes, each ferry would then come offline for nightly charging.

These vessels could be built and be in service in 18-24 months with engagement from AT.


In his August column, Mayor Brown states that, "Seattle has twice the population of Auckland and I was told they have nine councillors.”

He then goes on to use this to support his argument for a reduction in the number of Auckland councillors from its current total of 20. Unfortunately, the Mayor has been misinformed, for while the Seattle metropolitan area may have more than twice the population of Auckland, it is the City of Seattle with a population of 750,000 (2022) that is served by nine councillors, meaning that it has approximately one councillor for every 83,000 residents. By comparison, the Auckland Council area has a population of 1,673,000, which means that it also has approximately one councillor for every 83,000 residents.



Life Drawing sessions have been held at Ponsonby Community Centre for the last 30 years. Most of Auckland’s artists have probably attended them at some time in their lives. Drawing is the backbone of the creative process and members of the current Thursday Morning Group practise a variety of disciplines from painting to sculpture.

Last month, the Thursday Morning Life Drawing Group was given two weeks' notice. It has two weeks in which to find another venue, another place to meet, draw, talk and exchange ideas. The thought that the Ponsonby Community Centre is a space for us, the community, people, those who like to get together and draw and talk, seems to have gone out of the window.

The group didn’t move fast enough at a fire drill recently and this failure, it seems, has labeled us unworthy of renting a space. A model was interrupted when pulling on clothes before going onto the street, for the same drill, another no no. The situation is a sad one. But the anxiety caused by the disruption will undoubtedly surface in the work of the creators and makers.


My take on the proposed establishment of Māori seats for Auckland Council: Are we being set up to fail? Will representation be equitable for all ethnicities in Auckland or will we all find ourselves hostage to a new range of local controls set by iwi in that before you even as much as dig a hole on your property, consent will need to be sought from local iwi and a fee paid?

Feedback was briefly sought from members of the Waitematā Local Board at their 19 September meeting on whether Māori seats should be established for Auckland Council for the 2025 local elections. Member Northey (City Vision) who strongly supports the establishment of Māori seats on council boards said the purpose was to “maintain democratic representation." He also argued that Māori need seats to provide “an authentic voice” for Māori. So, the question arises – didn’t they have this before? Member Northey concluded saying he wanted “a new collective society.”

Member Sarah Trotman (Residents and Ratepayers) asked, “Why we would create Māori wards when we already have an independent Māori Statutory Board which is effective."

Member Anahera Rawiri (City Vision) is keen for more Māori representation in council for inclusivity.

I couldn’t help but notice the obvious language ‘priming' in use. Particular key words and buzzwords, the most widely repeated being ‘inclusivity', was followed by a key wordpair alluding to socialism, 'collective society'. Is this where we are being unwittingly directed? When people talk continually about ‘inclusivity', you should ask then who do you intend to exclude. Normally, we don’t give a second thought to including everyone, because we just do, and we have so far, in the history of this nation. How inclusive is a situation when you are allowing yourself to be excluded because you’re not Māori? It amazes me that people are seemingly unable to make this simple distinction. I am wondering whether the voices of all Aucklanders in the Waitematā will be heard and considered, regardless of ethnicity, as ‘inclusively' as that reserved for Māori.

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Our cover this month features Special Group, a Kiwi creative company who have recently been named ‘Global Creative Agency of the year’.

They have recently relocated their business to Ponsonby Road, in the old Whitecross building. Astute renovation spotters might have noticed the bright ‘Special’ sign sitting atop a brand-new three-story building on the corner of Ponsonby and Franklin Roads – but wondered what was behind the stark white façade.

Patrón Spring Laneways are bringing spring magic with tequila inspired cocktails to Ponsoby Central during October.

There is excitement over in Ariki Street's European Antiques where their containers have arrived. The new arrivals are being uploaded daily but they highly recommend scheduling a showroom visit.

In her fashion feature, Helene Ravlich says, “the ultimate statement in sustainable style, buying pre-loved, second-hand and vintage clothing has never been more attractive.”

Please remember to have your say later this month and vote on Saturday 14 October. (JAY PLATT & MARTIN LEACH)  PN

Correction from Cr Julie Fairey: In his Septermber column last month, Cr Mike Lee made a few mistakes so I’d like to clarify that Cr Julie Fairey did not own Auckland Airport shares through a trust when she voted on the Mayor’s proposal to sell council’s shareholding. Her husband had sold his small shareholding by the time of the vote on Friday 9 June, and had already committed to giving the full proceeds of the sale to charity, which has since happened.

Mike Lee responds: My very brief reference to Cr Fairey and the JM Fairey Family Trust in September’s Ponsonby

News was made in good faith based on widespread media reports and Cr Fairey's own formal statement at the start of the council meeting of 8 June. In this, she stated she had made two 'mistakes' in her declaration of interests, relating to Auckland Airport shares owned by her husband, and "indirectly through a trust that I [Cr Fairey] am a beneficiary of.” See councillive. aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

One can only assume, that just as Michael Wood reportedly sold his shares on that same day, so did the JM Fairey Family Trust. On that basis therefore when the council meeting extended on to 9 June and voting took place, I must accept that the JM Fairey Family Trust did not own shares in Auckland International Airport. My point was that the council had already cleared Cr Fairey to participate and vote regardless.

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Elliot Royce is the owner and director of Beyond Potential, and his mission is to empower leaders, teams and companies to unlock their full potential and achieve peak performance.

Tell us about your job?

I work closely with leaders, entrepreneurs, company owners, directors and board members. I provide them with the clarity, alignment and guidance necessary for their individual and business success. Through personalised coaching, I assist in developing clear plans, strategies and actionable goals that drive them to transform and achieve breakthrough results.

What do you like the most about Ponsonby?

There's always a fantastic cafe nearby to satisfy my caffeine cravings, and they definitely add to the energetic vibe of the area.

How have you survived the pandemic?

The pandemic presented challenges, particularly for my other business, The Urban Physio, which is also located in Ponsonby. However, we have managed to overcome those challenges and are now back up and running. We are currently experiencing consistently high demand for our bookings.

One positive outcome of the pandemic was that it taught me the importance of prioritising quality time with my family and not sweating the small stuff. It served as a valuable reminder to focus on what truly matters in life.

What was your childhood like?

It was filled with memorable moments and the support of my family. Growing up in a loving and nurturing environment has had a significant impact on shaping who I am today.

I will die happy if...

If I have managed to pass on some of my positive habits and values to my children. It would signify that they have learned from my journey and are on their path to success.

Your bucket list?

Reaching Mount Everest base camp.

See yourself in 10 years?

I envision my consultancy practice has expanded into a team of experts, supporting outstanding leaders and companies, both in New Zealand and overseas, who are making a positive impact in the business world. Personally, my goal is to broaden my reach, gain recognition as a leading expert in my field and collaborate with international clients, further expanding and strengthening my practice.

If they were to make a movie about your life, who would you like to play you?

I would love for Jack Black to portray me. His ability to blend humour and depth would capture the essence of my personality and experiences.

If you were reincarnated, what would you be?

If given the chance to be reincarnated, I would choose to be a bird. The freedom of soaring through the skies and exploring the world from above holds great appeal to me.

Like to be remembered how?

As someone who was genuine, authentic and freely gave their time to help others. Making a positive impact on people's lives and empowering them to achieve their goals would be a meaningful legacy.

What motivates you?

Witnessing others achieve their goals and push their boundaries is a tremendous source of motivation for me. Seeing the transformation and growth in individuals, teams and businesses I work with fuels my passion for what I do.

What's the best movie you've ever seen?

I would say 'The Shawshank Redemption'. It's a powerful story that showcases the spirit of hope, resilience and the triumph of the human spirit against seemingly insurmountable odds.

Give your teenage self some advice?

Never sit back and wait to be chosen, seek opportunities and grab them fully. Failure is an opportunity to grow and build resilience and it never usually turns out as badly as you thought it would at the time.

Most treasured possession?

My grandmother's ring, which my wife now wears as her engagement ring.

Your greatest fear? Heights.

What superpower would you like?

The ability to teleport. It would make travelling and exploring the world much more convenient and efficient.

What cliché do you hate?

'Time heals all wounds' – not sure that this is true in all situations and it's somewhat over optimistic.

Biggest indulgence?

Probably chocolate. It’s a pretty sure bet that’s the dessert I’ll be having at a restaurant.

How would your friends describe you?

Passionate, practical and values driven.




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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


I am currently undertaking a Master’s of Health Science at Auckland University, looking to undertake a PhD in Chinese Medicine, while still working full-time at The Health Clinic.

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Twelve opulent apartments in a premier location, with unobstructed ridge-line views, within a building imagined by internationally recognised architects Fearon Hay. This is Ponsonby Personified.

We asked what other developments have the developer been involved in?

Urban Collective’s developers have over 20 years of experience developing both residential and commercial property – with more recent developments including 59 France (105 apartments), The Citizen (95 apartments), Eden Terrace commercial offices, The Kauri Timber Building, The Dylan apartments, Littles Farm lifestyle subdivision in Queenstown and many more luxury homes. We have an established a reputation in the Auckland market for delivering quality, medium-density residential living for city fringe sites.

When did the developer start working on the concept?

The site came up for sale in 2019, we saw the opportunity to revitalise the Three Lamps end of Ponsonby Road, an area we know and love. We have been working on the concept since then; over four years now. Already in good company, with Beau, Annabel’s, Prego, Dizengoff, Bambina and Hotel Ponsonby a stone's throw away. Plus with the waterfront just down the hill, it's a brilliant part of Auckland.

What was the initial brief? Who is involved?

We invited Fearon Hay Architects to collaborate with us, and together began to understand the potential of the site, crowned by the signature heritage brick and plaster retail structures cornering Ponsonby Road and Cowan Street. Fearon Hay’s architecture and urban design response establishes laneway connections that bring together new and existing buildings, successfully accommodating commercial and residential occupation. In partnership with Eke Panuku, the existing AT carpark is amalgamated into the site, allowing for the public car-parking to move underground, making room for a green space which has been expertly designed by LandLAB.

We hear it’s five floors covering a huge 1869m2 site. We know that Ray White in Ponsonby has taken the first floor?

Exactly right, plus two levels of secure basement car parking, which is unheard of on Ponsonby Road. The development features bespoke retailers and hospitality at ground level, activated by laneways between the buildings, which open onto a landscaped plaza. Ray White Ponsonby will have state of the art auction rooms and offices on the first floor across both buildings, connected with a glass bridge. The three floors above in the new building feature 12 very generous, bespoke residences with unobstructed ridge-line views. These are accessed by a grand sculptural stair situated in a full height, light void opening onto a formal lift lobby at every level.

What is planned for the ground floor retail spaces?

What sort of businesses do you hope they will attract?

Rodd & Gunn will be occupying the north-east corner of the building with an international flagship store and restaurant, featuring a west-facing outdoor dining terrace. Alongside Rodd & Gunn we have the opportunity for a second restaurant to make the most of the western dining aspect. There is a cosy little bar featuring original heritage fabric which opens into the laneway and courtyard, perfect for a sunset glass of vino. There will be some quality retailers invited into the remaining

spaces, creating an eclectic mix of retail and hospitality, all spilling into the laneways.

We hear that the council had high expectations about the location in terms of the development being a landmark statement – how did that effect things from a planning point of view?

We are passionate about retaining the integrity of the architecture and our vision for the precinct which has required taking council on the journey with us. It’s an ambitious design and we have been working through the details and consenting with Auckland Council for four years now. We are proud to be collaborating with Eke Panuku to move the AT carpark underground and create a green space which can be actively enjoyed by the community. The consenting timeline on this project has been extensive. However, it’s paid off as we have ended up with a very unique, vibrant development.

Who do you see living in Pompallier on Ponsonby?

Will there be any communal space?

Living at PoP, you have all the luxuries of a large architectural home, (generous living spaces, media rooms, sculleries, en suites, dressing rooms, secure garaging) with the very best of Auckland at your doorstep; it’s a vibrant lifestyle in a buzzing precinct. Perfect for people moving from large homes in neighbouring suburbs looking to downsize and be right in the action, or those who need an Auckland- based pad when they aren’t travelling. Communal green space in the landscaped plaza is mentioned above.

Anything else you’d like to tell us?

Site works are scheduled to commence in Q4 this year, with a 22-month build programme leading to a completion in Q3, 2025.

Sales are underway now off the plans, with strong interest and five sales already.

The apartments are very highly specified as you would expect, but foundation buyers will have the opportunity to work with our suppliers to tailor interior elements to their tastes.

12 bespoke apartments: Level 3 and 4 - 1 bedroom @ 82m2 internal, plus deck and 1 carpark, from $1.85m

2 bedrooms @ 124m2 internal, plus decks and 2 carparks, from $3.3m

2 bedrooms + study + scullery @ 144m2 internal, plus decks and 2 carparks, from $4.2m

3 bedrooms + media + study + scullery @ 196m2 to 217m2 internal, plus decks and 3-car garage, from $6.8m

Level 5 Penthouse: Choose from 3 or 4-bedroom layout + media + study + scullery @ 315m2 internal, plus 150m2 decks and 4.5-car garage, $POA.

For more information please contact Patrick McAteer at Sotheby's on 021 664 859; or Steve Groves on 021 308 000

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This is Ponsonby Personified.

presents an incredible opportunity for hospitality and retail experiences to engage with a dynamic community. Situated at the northern end of Ponsonby Road, will deliver a fresh space with cafes, restaurants and retail to an already established district.

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WOW! So much clever, informed and well thought out (did we mention uplifting?) design work is being realised by LandLAB design studio as they evolve the concept design through to the preliminary design for the new civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road.

Mana whenua and the design group have met regularly to inform this work stream, with all parties being energised and enthused by the design work’s progression.

The Community-Led Design Group (CLDG) continues to represent all those who took part in the long and thorough process that has brought us to this point. We are delighted with the progress being made. Needless to say, we can barely wait to show everyone the new, developing work. However, we are embargoed from doing so until after the Waitematā Local Board Business Meeting at 1pm on Tuesday 17 October where the resolution to proceed is scheduled to be made. So, for now, be assured that the project is in safe hands, and be excited because the new Civic Space at 254 Ponsonby Road is going to be magnificent. BRAVO!

The evolution of the design thus far has resulted in six complementary, yet distinct areas.

These are:

the street interface

· the open-air canopy ‘room’

the urban plaza

· the activation zone

the green discovery ‘room’ and the garden ‘room’

The Ponsonby Civic Space design group understands the impact of this development will be far reaching. That it will enhance not only the lives of people here now but also

those of future generations to follow. It will be a place for people and families, where relationships can be built and strengthened through coming together. Where the environmental enhancement of the site will form part of a thriving ecological network adding biodiversity to the area whilst mitigating the impacts of climate change.

With the full and ring-fenced budget for phase one of the development available now, it is good to see the Waitematā Local Board supporting this much-needed and desired civic amenity. We are all well aware that any delays will only lead to the erosion of the Endowment funds assigned to the project.

Next month, we expect the new preliminary designs will be revealed. In the meantime, the design work is progressing exceptionally well.

So bring on the Ponsonby Civic Space and keep watching for updates.

For further information, or to view the archives of the Community-Led Design Group process that resulted in the international award-winning Concept Design by LandLAB, please visit our website 254ponsonbyrd.org.nz and our Facebook pages: 254 Ponsonby Road, or Ponsonby Park. (JENNIFER WARD)  PN

For further information or to contact the Community-Led Design Group, please see the website: www.254ponsonbyrd.org.nz or Facebook: Ponsonby Park and/or 254 Ponsonby Road.



254 Ponsonby Road progress – Community-Led Design Project

It is with growing excitement that we see one of our key Waitematā Local Board projects moving ahead, 254 Ponsonby Road civic park development. It’s great to see we’ve finally got movement on the ground and progression to the preliminary design. This will be coming to the Waitematā Local Board’s Business Meeting later this year! Then it’s shovels in the ground.

A little bit of history…

In the year 2000, the Auckland City Council had identified the Ponsonby area as "being in need of more public open space" (according to a study completed by Boffa-Miskell). The aim of the study was to examine the existing open space network and make recommendations regarding ways in which this network should be extended and/or upgraded. The study area has had a long and varied history which is reflected in its current rich and diverse built character. As residential development in the area grew, Ponsonby became Auckland’s third suburb, after Parnell and Grafton.

As times changed, so too did the residential mix of Ponsonby, which resulted in a change in the retail mix along the commercial strip of Ponsonby Road and Jervois Road. This change continues today. However, it still has its distinct character which we have all grown to know and love.

Public open space is critical infrastructure for people, communities and for health and wellbeing. It is a way for people to come together and connect with each other. It can provide visual relief to the built environment, improve pedestrian connections and contribute to streetscape amenity. These are places that support human interaction and are critical civic infrastructure for our communities. The recommendation was that there was a shortfall and a need for additional open space in the area.

In 2006, the site at 254 Ponsonby Road was purchased to address this shortfall. In 2013, the Draft Ponsonby Road Master Plan (DPRMP) included the site and a significant amount of feedback pertaining to it was received. As a result of this feedback the site was decoupled from the DPRMP and a separate submission process was undertaken in 2014. This resulted in almost 700 submissions with the majority choosing a whole of site option.

In May 2015 the Community-Led Design initiative was instigated. The brief, to deliver a design and budget for the whole of the site park – from which a design was chosen.

Fast forward to 2023, 23 years from its inception and 17 years from the time of purchase, the lead design contract has been awarded to LandLAB, a design and landscape architecture firm.

Progress had been put off for long enough. There needed to be some action and we have heard loud and clear that the community was eager to see the inertia lifted.

One of the most important benefits of urban parks and civic spaces is the opportunity to learn about nature and social cohesion. City parks matter, they play a vital role in the social, economic and physical wellbeing of our people and our communities.

Let’s make 254 Ponsonby Road a wonderful and vibrant space to enhance opportunities for people to connect. In a world where we’re all so busy, we need the space to sit and sometimes just watch the world go by. I know I sure do!

E: genevieve.sage@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz



Shery Gartner is a concerned Aucklander. An accountant, she has been waging a determined campaign to save the Downtown Car Park Building.

Shery is convinced that the building’s 1944 off-street car parks are vital for public access to downtown and the waterfront. 5939 Aucklanders who have so far signed her change.org petition agree with her.

Shery told me, “Over a year ago, someone at council mentioned that the Downtown Car Park was sold. I was quite distressed, as I use it all the time. I had not heard anything about it. Missed it in the news. I was shocked. I refused to believe this was happening, knew it was a very wrong decision and I felt I had to do something about it.”

The decision to sell the DCPB was made by the Auckland Council Finance Committee in December 2020, in response to an ‘unsolicited offer’ to buy. It was resolved that the CCO, Panuku, would lead a ‘market process’ to select a ‘partner’ to redevelop the site to achieve the ‘outcomes’ of the council’s planning committee in consultation with the AT Board. The selected partner was Precinct Properties, which owns a number of buildings along the waterfront. In June 2021, the council’s Planning Committee added a number of conditions relating to the site’s redevelopment.

The Downtown Car Park Building (DCPB) was built by Auckland City Council in 1970. At the time, it was the largest in the country. Since the advent of the ‘Super City’ it has been managed by Auckland Transport.

An earlier attempt to buy the building in 2015 was sternly resisted by AT because of its strategic value to the central city and its commercial value to AT.

In response to this second bid, initially AT pointed to the 196,000 trips per day by private vehicles into the city centre. It noted that with the progressive reduction of on-street parking from some 5000 parks in 2014 to 2400 in 2021, more than 50%, and with a growing population, there would be a continued demand from Aucklanders for short-term parking in the inner city.

AT disclosed it planned to retire long-term leased parking in the DCPB and transfer these to short-stay parks as it continued to reduce on-street parking. In other words, shifting on-street parking to off-street. As a lot of congestion is caused by cars looking for parks, this is an approach considered best practice by urban traffic planners around the world.

As part of the redevelopment, AT proposed the retention of 400-600 short-stay parks, EV charging, an integrated bus facility and bus driver facilities.

But AT officers were pressured in council meetings to abandon even these objectives. Part of that pressure came the anti-car ‘urbanist’ lobby and the previous Waitematā Local Board.

As part of the redevelopment, AT was told to forget about public car parks and the interior bus station. The proposed deal instead required AT to buy and fit-out a 3000m2 ‘micromobility centre’ (for scooters and bikes). AT was also instructed to pay for the demolition of the Hobson Street Flyover. In my last meeting as an AT director, my colleagues balked at these conditions and the costings (which embarrassingly for the Panuku and AT executives present, didn’t add up).

I understand the whole proposal will now go back to council. Shery Gartner believes the Downtown Car Park Building bookends Britomart, providing transport options and choices which make the downtown available to all.

“I have been a commuter and was so grateful to have it for days I needed to take my car into the city as I had an engagement after work – affordable for a whole day.

"I have taken my mother in a wheelchair into the city, and was so thankful to have easy, reasonably priced parking. I have been grateful to use the Tepid Baths often. I am a lone female, grateful for safe undercover parking at night, close to the Viaduct, Wynyard Quarter, Commercial Bay, and Queen Street.

“I have taken day trips to Waiheke and been grateful that it was reasonably priced on the weekend, and met island residents who rely on it for their city parking.

"I have seen record numbers of Aucklanders, from all over the city flock to the Viaduct for New Year fireworks' celebrations. Imagine if it wasn’t there?”

More than one petitioner has said that the removal of nearly 2000 public car parks will ‘kill the downtown’. Moreover, the word in the marketplace is that the proposed sale is commercially a terrible deal for the council and for the ratepayers. Given past performance of council privatisations, that’s no surprise. I’ll be supporting Shery Gartner’s mission to keep the Downtown Car Park Building and I hope Ponsonby News readers do too. (MIKE LEE)  PN

Here’s her petition: www.change.org/p/stop-the-sale-demolishing-ofdowntown-carpark




To be ‘chic’, you have to be glamorous, but with simplicity at the core. Your offering must seem effortless but, in truth, fastidious attention to detail underpins this sense of ease. Marilyn Monroe was always ‘chic’.

Michael Jordan taking flight for a slam dunk is ‘chic’. Indeed, Mahatma Gandhi was and the Dalai Lama is ‘chic’.

When it comes to hospitality, K’ Road has always been ‘chic’. Every operator has their own unique style and offering, and between all the operators there is a genuine feeling of collective good will towards each other – a true community.

At Atelier on K’ Road, owners Matt Gossett, Julian Albe and Kelian Monteil have brought French modern chic to our doorstep. Kelian, the chef, hails from Montpellier and for many years specialised in patisserie in some of the best restaurants in the region including the iconic Lido in Corsica, a Michelin restaurant perched on a rock with magnificent views to sea and a new menu daily.

The team strives to bring out classic French dishes, but with their own unconventional and delicious twist in a modern, convivial and shared-plate setting. The result is magnificent. Kelian presents to me his latest creation, chicken cordon bleu with mushroom ketchup and creamy dill sauce. The chicken breast is cut ‘portefeuille’ (French term for ‘opening the wallet') making it flat and long. This is then rolled with the raclette cheese and cooked sous vide for one hour and then deep fried with a slight crumb.

Finally, the dish is garnished with the creamy dill sauce and the most incredible mushroom ketchup. I spoke about attention to detail while looking effortless, and this completely fits the bill. Thirty ingredients go into this ketchup, including five mushrooms – oyster, button, shitake, portobello and enoki, then a number of Asian sauces and light spices. Chef tinkered for weeks to find the perfect blend merely for this garnish, in an eternal search for beauty, deliciousness, umami, style – ’chic’.

And so for the wine match, I turn to the enigmatic Easthope Family Winegrowers from Hawke’s Bay and their 2021 chenin blanc. I love the pairing. The chenin is grown around the alluvial basalts of the Tuki Tuki River giving the wine vibrancy, beautiful texture and length. This strikes well against the powerful raclette cheese. The tropical fruit notes with slight mealiness of the wine also contrasts beautifully with the mushroom, spice, cream and dill of the dish.

From the team that brought you beef bourguignon in a croquette and eclair with black pudding, it just goes to show that a sprinkling of the ‘old’ with a dash of the ‘new’, mixing

up the savoury where once there was sweet, leads us to new and delightful places. It is only with an open, knowledgeable, curious and free mind that we can achieve the heady heights of being ‘trés chic’. (PUNEET DHALL)  PN


“A focussed, taut and varietal bouquet with an apple, lees and gentle white spice complexity, moments of quince and brown skinned pear. Youthful and enticing. Fantastic on the palate with a taut, precise touch, flavours of fresh apple and quince, baked apple and a fine lees quality, a whisper of spice and back bone of acidity. A delicious wine, well made and ready to drink from 2022 through 2030+.” - 95 Points, Cameron Douglas MS

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“Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone, they paved paradise, put up a parking lot.” –

Or in Auckland’s case they took up all the red chip footpaths and dumped it in a landfill – Ooh, bop-bop-bop-bop, ooh, bop-bop-bop-bop. The last of the red pavements are being removed from Williamson Avenue, where they are taking the opportunity to widen the walkway, create surface drains and expand the driveway widths. Profiting in the process!

All my life I took for granted the soft red chip paths beneath my feet, oblivious to the fact that the red rock known as chert or McCallum’s chip is a semi precious jasper formed millions of years ago from the shells of dead micro-plankton and volcanic ash. It is a spotted or speckled stone, an opaque silica or micro granular quartz still mined from Karamuramu Island in the Hauraki Gulf, offshore from Kawakawa Bay, east Auckland.

In my research, I stumbled upon an article by the Auckland artist and scholar Finn McCahon-Jones who wrote, “our streetscape is actually a landscape built from multiple landscapes across time.” He posits that this created a connection for Aucklanders, we know it as wairua, the combination of the physical element and the mauri, the sneeze of life. Is this why so many of us have a nostalgic whimsical feeling about how the streets used to look and feel.

For over 100 years the Auckland region has been heavily mined to provide the building blocks of our city. Bluestone quarried and hand chipped by prisoners for our road curb stones. Scoria scraped from the volcanic fields crushed up for drainage. Sand repurposed from the seabed off Pakiri beach for concrete towers in the CBD. Having taken these natural resources and integrated them into our city and surrounding buildings we need to rediscover their true value. It breaks my heart to see skips of old bricks torn out of local villas. Most bear the name of the areas where they were made and fired: Arch Hill, Avondale, New Lynn. The resources our city is created from are finite and to be valued, treasured and reused.

Originally, the chert was mixed with locally made coal tar, a byproduct of the gasworks at the bottom of College Hill. Later mixed with bitumen, a stronger, more enduring by-product of the petroleum industry that flexed with the heating up and cooling down of the seasons. Like a living skin accommodating street tree roots as they grew, avoiding sharp fractures and softening the way under foot. This combo made Auckland special, unique, unified. All the streets were paved with this semi precious stone, rich, warm, red, glistening in the sun after a rain shower. I used to believe that it was the contractors who tore up the 24,147 kilometres of footpath and melted it down for reuse in the sand paper industry. How wrong I was.

Now we have unforgiving, dirty concrete footpaths that crack and lift up causing dangerous trip hazards, a snaking monolith of inferior material. A 2006 Bernard Oarsman article reveals that it was senior council officers, including the new, self appointed 'city design champion' Ludo CampbellReid, who lobbied hard for 'safe, clean, long-lasting well maintained and accessible footpaths', persuading Mayor Dick Hubbard, City Vision councillors and others to abandon the iconic red chip footpaths in favour of black concrete; this despite unanimous community opposition during a long consultation.

Concrete is cement and it’s good for building with, but poured on the earth it causes permanent damage to top soil as well as holding in the sun’s heat and giving it off at night thus warming up the planet. The concrete footpaths outside my shop are majorly cracking up because they don't flex in the heat and need to be laid with smaller scored sections that affords room to expand and contract as the earth is doing constantly.

It turns out that coal tar is a carcinogenic binder used on most NZ roads and footpaths pre the 1960s. Bitumen was considered less toxic but still dangerous. Up until the 2000s, it was still being mixed with red chip to resurface the existing footpaths. Might this be the real reason the red chip surfaces were scrapped?

It’s sad that our city has lost its unique look and feel because scientists have now developed a new technique to seal carcinogenic bitumen. Called foaming bitumen, it breaks up hot bitumen with high pressure steam, expanding it to 20 times its original volume, that then ends up strengthening and sealing it while remaining flexible. The process reduces shrinkage and cracking and acts as a stabiliser, sealing in the potential cancer-causing agents inside the product.

Tamaki’s civil contracting industry called their 2019 conference ‘Tarmageddon’. Now, it’s known as 'The Black Art Workshop’ and climate change is at the top of the agenda with groundbreaking asphalt recycling methods leading the sustainability wave. I am heartened that science is attempting to sort out the issues humankind has created. Surely that leads us nicely back to how to live in harmony with nature and relay safe, recycled, red chip footpaths.

“They took all the trees, put 'em in a tree museum, and they charged the people a dollar an' a half just to see ‘em”.

– Jono Mitchell. (LISA PRAGER, Westmere)  PN

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On 19 September 2023, we gathered at the suffrage memorial at Te Hā o Hine Place, Auckland to commemorate a day that marked a pivotal moment in the history of New Zealand and the world.

We remembered the trailblazing women who, in 1893, fought for and achieved the right to vote, making New Zealand the first self-governing nation to grant women the right to participate in the democratic process.

As we celebrated this historic milestone, we also reflected on the progress made since then and the work that remained. Suffrage Day was not only a day to honour the past but also a day to recommit ourselves to the principles of equality and justice.

We wore a white camellia, the flower worn by people supporting women's right to vote. I have a number of white camellias in my garden too because the flower is important to me, to women, and to our history as a city and as a nation.

In the 130 years since women gained the right to vote, we have seen remarkable advancements in gender equality. Women have risen to positions of leadership in politics, business and various other fields.

We looked at some role models – women in history who have stood out for us. One was Kate Sheppard herself, arguably the most prominent member of the women's suffrage movement in NZ, the editor of The White Ribbon, the first woman-operated newspaper in NZ, and whose portrait replaced that of Queen Elizabeth II on the front of the NZ $10 note in 1991 and remains to this day.

Also, Elizabeth Yates, the first woman mayor in the whole British Empire, which in its time was the foremost global power and the largest empire in history, so a monumental achievement. Dame Catherine Tizard, Auckland City's first mayor, and NZ’s first woman governor-general – an amazing trailblazer in both those roles. Yet when we look at the history of Auckland, we have had 39 mayors and only two have been women. So, yes, challenges persist.

Sadly, gender disparities in pay, representation and opportunities still exist too. We believe it is our collective duty to address these issues head-on and ensure that the legacy of those early suffragettes continues to inspire us.

The struggle for suffrage was not an isolated event; it was part of a broader movement for social justice and equality.

Suffrage Day is a reminder that the fight for equality is ongoing. It is a call to action for each and every one of us to be advocates for change. Let us work together to create a world where every person, regardless of their gender, race or background, has an equal voice and equal opportunities.

As we celebrated the progress made over the past 130 years, we remembered that each of us plays a part –our actions and our collective actions will continue to shape the future. Together, we can ensure that the ideals of suffrage and equality continue to shine brightly in

both Tamaki Makaurau Auckland, in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world.

Other speakers at the event:

Welcome, President National Council of Women New Zealand (NCW), Auckland, Barbara Myer

Councillor Desley Simpson, Deputy Mayor of Auckland

· Challen Wilson, great grand-daughter of Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, Suffragist

Life membership presentation to Jane Prichard

Isabelle Lloydd winner of NCW’s speech competition winner – speaking about the Mandela quote: “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.”

Joanna Maskell, Te Rōpū Wāhine Auckland Council’s Women’s Network

Desley Simpson, Auckland www.desleysimpson.co.nz

Pictured: Jan Morrison, Desley Simpson & Claudia Pond-Eyley Photography: Gael Baldock


On the doorsteps of Mount Albert I keep hearing the same things. New Zealand is in recession, the cost of living continues to rise faster than wages, and mortgages are becoming unaffordable affecting the ability for many to get into their own homes and rentals. Families, pensioners, students – everyone is worried about the future of New Zealand and the direction our country has been heading in and what that will mean for their lives.

We are failing to embrace achievement; we are failing to reward effort and our country is taxing and burdening success. It has to stop. We need a strong economy so we can have better roads, better public transport, better infrastructure investments into hospitals, schools and communities. As a country, we have to re-focus by driving technological innovation, supporting new investment opportunities and making key decisions that will keep talent from going offshore and grow the skill base of New Zealand.

A strong economy means everyone benefits and our nation can do more for our people. Under the last National-led government we got New Zealand through natural disasters and the Global Financial Crisis and ensured our country had low inflation. We also achieved growing superannuation at twice the rate of inflation and delivered economic relief through removing regulatory barriers and enhancing New Zealand infrastructure like through the world-class Ultra-Fast Broadband rollout.

This month, New Zealanders will be making a choice about their future, and I hope to be returned to Parliament so I can continue to serve the amazing people of our country and this wonderful city. As I said last month, my Parliamentary teams in Auckland and Wellington are still here to support you with any constituent queries you may have – just make a phone call on T: 04 817 6636 or 09 520 0538, or send a message on MPLee@parliament.govt.nz

Also, remember if you have any questions about the election, you can find a helpful list of topics at www.vote.nz I also hope to see you around the streets of our city in the coming weeks or at a public meeting or debate.

In other news, I’ve been attending a wide array of mid-autumn (Mooncake), Onam, Janmashtami and Chuseok Festivals across Auckland. It is such a pleasure to celebrate across cultures and communities those special occasions that form part of our traditions and heritage. We are so lucky here in New Zealand to have over 213-plus ethnicities that bring to our shores a wide array of language, cuisine and faith heritage we can all share together.

Have a wonderful October! (MELISSA LEE, MP)  PN

National Member of Parliament. National Spokesperson for Broadcasting & Media| Digital Economy and Communications | Ethnic Communities

E: mplee@parliament.govt.nz

Authorised by Melissa Lee, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

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

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

Melissa Lee

National List MP based in Auckland

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Authorised by Melissa Lee, Parliament Buildings, Wellington.


You have 55 years of history. Tell us the back story?

Payne Tailors was founded in 1969 by Burt Payne and has always existed at the top of Queen Street and Karangahape Road. We were the oldest surviving business on Karangahape Road to date. Nasir took over in the late 90s and directed the business towards a highly refined standard. Our work has traditionally ranged from officers' commissioners uniforms for the Navy and Police, to a great deal of work in costuming for television, movies and ballroom dancing. This has been facilitated by a very experienced team of tailors over the years and, with this team, we are able to offer a bespoke service where everything is made inhouse for our clients.

What do you enjoy most about the work/the job?

From Nasir: I love the work we do because it's transformational. For example, we did a classic vintage style suit for a fellow and he commented, "You did everything that I asked for. We take great pride in being able to fulfil our customers' expectations. I also love beautiful cloth, and being able to use it to make something truly unique for every client creates pure satisfaction. It's always wonderful to hear feedback from clients about the garments we make, especially when they love what they wear, on account of their bespoke pieces.

How big is the team?

How long does a suit take to produce?

The bespoke process is the most significant aspect of creating a suit, or any other garment. This involves the consultation, selection of the cloth and, of course, the fittings that determine the final and best fit. Our head tailor, Nasir, will lead the client through this process. His primary role is to consult with clients, present our range of cloth, conduct the fittings and oversee the completion of the garments. Nasir is also the main cutter in the business. Once he cuts the cloth, our tailors take over. We have dedicated coat makers, trouser makers and finishers who do the lovely hand finishing. The process behind a bespoke will take around eight weeks from the initial consultation to the final handover.

Do you offer services for everyone?

We offer our services to men and women. However, we stick with structured clothing for womenswear rather than dressmaking. Whether it's corporate wear, special occasions or casual wear, we can offer a wide range of garments.

Can you alter existing pieces?

Can you copy a favourite jacket?

Absolutely. Whether you want to make a repair or alter a garment to suit your body type, we can do it. We've had clients with garments sitting in their wardrobes for years and yet are only able to truly appreciate the piece once it's been altered to fit them better. Sometimes a garment just needs a refresh – whether it's a bit of slimming, shortening or you just want to make an older piece contemporary, we can help. It's definitely a sustainable way to update the wardrobe.

What does a good fit look like?

Selecting the right clothes for the right context. A person's physique is a significant consideration for fit. If a person is of a shorter stature, it's important that the suit jacket doesn't get too long. If one's shoulders are very broad, then you would lengthen the jacket to make the person appear slimmer. Taking into consideration a person's variations is incredibly important to enhance the look of a suit on a person. Sometimes, an off-the-rack suit that hasn't been fitted well will come off looking cheap.

What are some of the costs?

A two-piece suit. which would be using a European cloth from the top Italian or English mills, would start at $2500. A beautiful sports coat would start from around $1800. This is dependent on the composition of the cloth – cashmeres, silk, wools, etc.

What’s the feedback been?

Any repeat customers?

A personal goal, and the ultimate goal of bespoke, is to develop a long-lasting relationship with our clients and to create depth in their wardrobe, not to have a lot of clothes, but beautiful pieces that they are able to wear with a variety of combinations. Common feedback from our clients is that they can just walk into a room and immediately grab people's attention. We have long term relationships with the majority of our customers and we continue to remain relevant to them. This is a testament to our quality of service and workmanship.

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Central government mandates require Auckland Council to introduce Plan Change 78: Intensification, (PC 78), into the Auckland Unitary Plan, but adoption of further intensification should be for Auckland Council to decide, at its option.

PC 78 contains the potential to transform our suburbs, communities and city into radically different models, based on central government policy, instead of the Auckland -specific town planning principles and community living choices which have shaped our city until now. This plan change is currently on hold pending council’s report on flooding prevention and mitigation.

If implemented with the mandated intensification, it would represent a reduction of Auckland Council’s power over the town planning of Auckland, and consequent reduction of residents’ rights to participate in decisions about their city, through their elected council. Herne Bay Residents’ Association does not support parts of PC 78 which result from central government mandates.

PC 78 and the Auckland Unitary Plan:

Auckland Council was required by the Government, under amendments made in 2021 to the Resource Management Act 1991, to incorporate Medium Density Residential Standards (MDRS) and widespread intensification policies into the Auckland Unitary Plan (UP). The UP, which commenced as recently as 2016, already provides for more than sufficient housing intensification for the next 30 years (including approximately 900,000 new dwellings).

The UP also provides comprehensive and nuanced town planning, zoning and building rules, which were specifically developed for Auckland city, over years of expert planning input to the UP.

In effect the Government mandated content of PC 78 guts the town planning framework of the UP in favour of broad political imperatives. It enables haphazard MDRS 3 units x 3 storey developments across the entire city, as well as increased height and density on a scale far beyond the Auckland-specific intensification research.

Such greater intensification is unnecessary as the UP already provides ample capacity for intensification. It also already provides for higher intensification in and around centres and rapid transit hubs.

MDRS 3 x 3 developments (which are like upscaled infill housing from the past), do not require consent on most sites across the city, or compliance with design rules. However, there is no evidence that MDRS would make housing more affordable. Experts say that, instead, MDRS would lead to unsatisfactory planning outcomes: poor design, mismatched

pepper-potting of suburbs and adverse effects on neighbours (such as shading, dominance, lack of sunlight and privacy).

Owing to the random and dispersed nature of infill housing, MDRS increases both the difficulty of providing adequate infrastructure and the likelihood of consequential flooding. Preserving the Identity of Auckland:

Another flaw in the legislation is that it promotes intensification as the paramount goal of town planning. All other planning factors should serve intensification. Existing communities and neighbourhoods should be replaced by more intensified models. The only exception to the sweeping changes PC 78 could make to the face of Auckland are set out in the Qualifying Matters (QMs), allowed to be identified by council.

Council has included landscape and cityscape identifying features (such as volcanic cones and viewshafts, protected views, outstanding natural features, historic built and natural heritage and built special character), amongst other QMs.

Without protection of these identifying features, Auckland would lose its identity as a city. Without due recognition in town planning incentives, established communities and neighbourhoods would become fragmented and disappear.

Preservation of the best features of our environment should be consistent with planning incentives. Depletion and loss of Auckland’s built heritage is not necessary for planned intensification. As well as supporting all QMs identified by council, HBRAI supports protection and preservation of all heritage building in Herne Bay, and Auckland as a whole.

Auckland Council is the right entity to create and control town planning in Auckland, not central government. Already QMS identified by council are being challenged by Kainga Ora (in its town planning role, not social housing), and other Government entities, through the submission and hearings process of PC 78.

Residents’ groups and individuals simply do not have the financial resources to compete against the huge teams of lawyers, planners and other highly paid consultants employed by Kainga Ora to overcome any objectors/taxpayers at hearings. It’s up to us, as Aucklanders, to ensure that our elected city council retains its authority over planning Auckland, together with our rights to participate in that process.  PN



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As Mayor, I’m fortunate to have the statutory role to articulate a vision for our region.

It’s become clear that Auckland and the next government need to work together more than ever if they are going to drive the nation’s largest region forward.

But our hands are tied. Auckland has not been given the funding and financing tools to meet the challenges of growth.

We can’t even set parking fines, let alone make use of congestion charging, a bed tax, or fairly share the revenue generated by new houses. Wellington needs to stop planning Auckland and let us do the work we are tasked with.

We need the autonomy to properly be able to serve our region and deliver on things that affect Aucklanders’ lives. We know Aucklanders are frustrated with the lack of progress, but we don’t have the tools to fix it. Let us fix it.

The solution is for the region to be empowered to meet the challenges of growth in genuine partnership with the government.

We have done the groundwork. This manifesto includes specific policies in each of these areas that are needed to unlock Auckland’s potential and ensure its continued growth.

Ahead of the election, I asked political parties to make a long-term commitment to an Auckland Deal that will enable us to address our urgent priorities as a region, and implement our plan to fix Auckland, covering:

1. Partnership & Devolution: A fundamentally different relationship between Auckland Council and central government based on mutual respect and alignment of goals.

2. Transport: An Integrated Transport Plan to enable people and goods to get around our city faster, cheaper and with lower emissions.

3. Housing, Growth & Urban Regeneration: Tools and investment to enable Auckland to plan and deliver infrastructure, to support growth in decent houses and regenerate run-down areas.

4. Infrastructure, Water Reform & Climate Resilience: Finishing, fixing and protecting our existing infrastructure with tools to fund and finance the major investment required to deal with the deficit.

5. Environment: Enabling us to protect and make the most of our environment, including our three harbours.

6. Social, Cultural & Economic Development: A formal partnership to deliver and fund agreed priorities.

This plan will turn things around for both Auckland and New Zealand’s sake.

So, to whoever forms the next government, let’s make a deal to fix Auckland and drive it forward.

Read my manifesto for Auckland here: www.bit.ly/AucklandManifesto

If you like some of the ideas, get in touch with your local MP to make it happen. (WAYNE BROWN)  PN

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Green fingered plant enthusiasts will have the opportunity to grow their own collections at this year’s Parnell Festival of Roses, thanks to a unique stall.

In addition to the incredible displays on offer at the festival, for the first time, a cutting swap stall will be the place to bring seedlings and cuttings to swap for species that will help cultivate collections.

There’s no rule to what to bring, from house plants to fruit, vegies or natives, the goal is to help expand the variety of your own collection. While some cuttings will be there to get things moving, it will rely on people bringing cuttings to swap for it to work as hoped.

All the cuttings will be in water and provided wrapped in damp newspaper to keep long enough to take home.

Waitematā Local Board funds the festival, and chair Genevieve Sage says that having the stall will be a great way to get involved and feel a part of all the excitement of the festival.

“This year’s Festival of Roses is sure to be memorable for so many reasons and what better way to enjoy the experience than taking something home with you that you can cultivate yourself and have as a reminder all year round,” she says.

“Make sure you bring your own cutting or seedlings so that others can benefit as well, and let’s make the cutting swap stall a great success!”

Parnell Festival of Roses is a fun filled, free community event celebrating the Parnell Rose Garden in full bloom.

Festival goers will experience an array of cultural performances, food trucks, craft stalls and activities for the whole whānau.

There will also be a dedicated chill zone, run by Spectroom, for children on the spectrum to take time out from the excitement of the rest of the event.

Parnell Festival of Roses, Sunday 5 November from 11am4pm at Dove-Myer Robinson Park, Parnell.

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Jenny, Dan and Tania’s father had died five years ago.

trustees once they no longer had mental capacity. As Iris’ trust deed was an old one, if she lost capacity, then Dan would be the remaining trustee with the power to appoint new trustees. Because of the way the trusts had been set up and decisions made as to who would be trustees of the trust after their father died, Jenny and Tania now had absolutely no say in how they could help their mother move into care that was more appropriate for her current needs.

Their mother, Iris, was now in her late 70s and while she was physically well, they had really started to notice her mental capacity starting to decrease. Iris and her late husband had owned their home and investment portfolio in a trust they had set up in the 1990s. They also had an investment property they had purchased in their own names which had been passed to Iris by way of survivorship when her husband died. Iris’ daughters could see their mother slipping and thought now was the time for her to move into a retirement village. Iris was fine with that decision, although her son was reluctant. After many weeks of looking around various villages with her daughters, Iris paid a deposit on a unit in a village that was in the community that Iris had been living in for many years. They booked an appointment to see Iris’ lawyer.

Iris’ lawyer explained how the occupation license worked and that it was something that the trust couldn’t purchase. It had to be purchased in Iris’ name. The lawyer explained that the trust could lend the money to Iris for the purchase but that she would need the consent of the trustees of the trust to do that. The trustees of the trust were Iris and Dan, who had been appointed as a trustee after the death of his father. At that point, the girls were concerned. Dan hadn’t been keen for Iris to go into a retirement village because of the costs over time. He thought she was well enough to continue in her own home. He was very keen to preserve all trust assets for the next generation.

The lawyer also mentioned Iris’ diminishing capacity. She explained that under the new trust laws, people could not be

The lawyer then talked about enduring powers of attorney and how important they were at all stages of life. Iris had fortunately put those in place years ago. Jenny and Dan were jointly attorney for property and Tania was attorney for personal care and welfare. Jenny then became concerned that she may not be able to work with Dan given his position in relation to the trust and his mother’s care going forward.

Iris and her husband had appointed Dan to come on as a trustee when Iris’ husband had died, but perhaps had not appreciated the different view Dan might hold to his sisters. They had done everything right with having powers of attorney in place as well, but there may have been no thought given as to how that might impact the trust.

This scenario highlights the need to understand all the aspects of your asset planning. Sometimes the decisions you make around your powers of attorney will have an impact on who has the power to say who the trustees of your trust are if you lose capacity. In some trusts, that has no impact at all. In other cases, if you die, then the make up of the trustees may be different again. It is so important to take specialist advice to ensure that all facets work well together.

Diminishing capacity is becoming more of a talking point with an aging population. It is so important to continually review your affairs to ensure that you have a plan which works cohesively with all family members in all events – whether you are alive and functioning, alive with diminished capacity or deceased.

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Guy Cater was born at St Clare Maternity home which was, until 1957, at 26 Williamson Avenue, Grey Lynn.

Cater spent his early years above his great Aunt Dora’s sewing shop in Great North Road and going to the movies at the Cameo Picture Theatre in Grey Lynn. One day his life completely changed with his parents giving him a magic set when he was 10, from that moment on he was hooked on magic. As he explains, “From that day on, I never lost the thrill of fooling people."

Guy has been a longtime member of the Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians (BMA) and, for the greater part of his 75 years, a well-respected professional magician performing in London, Singapore, Dubai, United States and New Zealand.

Recently, I had the privilege as Patron of the The BAM, along with Alan Watson the President of the BAM, of presenting Guy Cater with New Zealand’s premier award, 'The Grand

Master of Magic Award'. Since its conception back in 1969, there have ever only been 19 awarded. The purpose for the Grand Master of Magic Award is to honour those magicians who are acknowledged by their fellow magicians both in New Zealand and overseas to be a master of the art and craft of magic.

The Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians has had a long association with Grey Lynn – the first meeting was in 1946 in a private house at 141 Great North Road. Meeting’s still take place in Grey Lynn monthly.

The presentation of the Grand Master of Magic took place at a special dinner in Guy’s honour at the Thai Thai restaurant 280 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn. (DAVID HARTNELL, MNZM)  PN


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Pictured: Richard Webster, Grand Master of Magic; Patron of the Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians, David Hartnell MNZM; Guy Cater, Grand Master of Magic and Alan Watson QSM President of the Auckland Brotherhood of Magicians.


Kia ora, this is my last opinion piece before the election, which is a grounding experience if ever there was one!

I have the pleasure of being the Labour MP based in Mt Albert where I have lived for my entire adult life. I was 18 when I moved into my first flat in Western Springs, and I brought up my three children in the electorate, so I know it well and this is a fantastic advantage when I am doing my job. I know where the houses and streets were flooded out and I have long-term relationships with local schools and business. I have a personal stake in making sure new buildings are flood resilient and housing and public transport work for all people living here. Now my kids are in their 20s, I have a personal incentive for making sure they can afford to live nearby. I am loving the job of connecting with the organisations and people in my area who work so hard to make that community better. I have talked about some of those organisations in earlier columns but there are so many unsung heroes.

I think most people come to Parliament with something that particularly drives them and for me it was getting wages up for low and middle income earners. As an employment lawyer, I understood the significance of earning a decent wage and being treated respectfully and how this increases wellbeing. I had watched New Zealand slip backwards, with an increasing gap between the rich and poor. Despite everything that has been thrown at us, we have managed to keep wages ahead of inflation and repeatedly increased the minimum wage. This is something that wouldn’t have happened but for the Labour Government. I know that because I was there each time we debated this in Parliament. National and Act argued against rises in the minimum wage every time.

A low-wage economy has never worked for New Zealand. I have seen that first hand as an employment lawyer. Under the low wage model, productivity has suffered. We need to transition to a high-wage green economy. This means prioritisation and support of the right industries. For example, the computer game development industry is low carbon, high wage but needs government support. We need to match the support given to this industry by the government in Australia so our talent doesn’t leave our shores.

I want to finish by mentioning a policy I think speaks volumes about the difference between a Labour-led government and a National-led one – free basic dental treatment for under 30-year-olds. My hope is that one day there will be universal free basic dental care. I mention the 'one day' because I think the future vision of each party is important when voting but so is whether the promises made are achievable in the near term.

One of the hardest things about being in government is having to be fiscally responsible and also visionary. It is a given we can’t make uncosted or unaffordable promises. With regards to dental, we have made the commitment that the country can afford at this time, but there is also an embedded value and vision in the future direction. I hope this is just the beginning. Free dental is going to make as practical a difference for under 30s as has the Winter Energy Payment for so many elderly. (HELEN WHITE)  PN

Labour List MP based in Mt Albert. www.labour.org.nz/HelenWhite

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The Red Cross/Red Crescent

Following Ponsonby U3A‘s Annual General Meeting in September, Rob High gave an impassioned and lively presentation on the Red Cross. Senior Philanthropy Adviser, Rob has had 11 years in various roles in the organisation. He described its extraordinary beginnings, its mission and values and how it works. A household word to most of us, Red Cross rarely advertises. Instead, donations go directly to where they are most needed.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network. The United Nations recognise 195 countries in the world and the Secretariat supports local action in 192 of these, bringing together more than 16 million volunteers for the good of humanity.

In 1859, Henry Dunant came across a battle in Soferno where about 40,000 people lay injured and dying. He mobilised local people to set up a makeshift hospital and convinced the townspeople to help both sides. To this day, Red Cross assistance remains impartial and neutral, based on humans providing help for each other.

In 1864, Dunant petitioned European governments to set up an organisation under the First Geneva Convention. Its mission is to help the vulnerable without discrimination and to alleviate human suffering wherever it is found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for human beings while promoting mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and peace, and to do so through voluntary contribution.

There are three arms to the movement: The International Committee, custodians of the Geneva Conventions and responsible for disaster responses be they from war or natural causes; the International Federation with vast numbers of volunteers (about 12 to 14m globally) which oversees and coordinates all national organisations of which New Zealand is one; and the National operations.

Ensuring consistency across all three arms, are the values of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence (in relation to fundraising), voluntary service, unity (only one Red

Cross/Crescent in any one country) and the universality of equality principles.

1932 saw the founding of Red Cross in New Zealand. Fifty percent of its funding comes from donations, bequests and, additionally, corporate partnerships, government contracts for services, first aid courses and retail.

The work done by New Zealand Red Cross includes Pathways to Resettlement for the 1500 refugees New Zealand receives per year. Refugees live in the Mangere Resettlement Centre for four to five weeks for orientation and information. They receive language tuition, information on how to get a licence to drive, employment guidance around developing CVs, interview skills and more.

Restoring Family Links works to put people separated through conflicts and disasters in touch with each other.

Meals on Wheels sports about 1100 drivers across Auckland and is always looking for volunteers.

A Disaster Welfare Support Team, trained to help after a disaster, deploys volunteers for up to four days typically door knocking and organising evacuation comfort.

Good and Ready is a community initiative. We should all be prepared by connecting with neighbours and having a grab bag with passport, medications, change of clothing, $200 in cash and a torch.

Recently, as the world awoke to the first news of the tragedy in Libya, it was no surprise that the Red Crescent was one of the first responders to bring humanitarian assistance to the devastated area.

Ponsonby U3A welcomes newcomers. If you are interested in attending, first as a visitor, please call President Ian Smith on T: 021 130 2330. (CHRISTINE HART)  PN

NEXT MEETING: FRIDAY, 13 October 2023.

GUEST SPEAKER: Brendan Hallam: Understanding Dementia.

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

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


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CHLÖE SWARBRICK: Auckland Central MP

Why do you do what you do? For your community, for the planet, for those who will come after us?

Those values are the things that connect all of us. They guide us in times of crisis and lay the blueprint of the future that we all deserve.

When the climate change-charged flood waters hit our community at the beginning of this year, we saw those values in practice. Aucklanders reached out and helped each other, no questions asked. I strongly believe that we all deserve politics that reflects those values –not only when responding to crisis, but in designing systems to support, fundamentally, the wellbeing of our people and planet.

People across Auckland Central have told us, in the thousands of conversations we’ve had through our record-breaking grassroots campaign, that they’re sick and tired of the status quo. That tinkering is not going to cut it. That the ‘economy’ as we’ve known it since the 1980s and 1990s, premised on trickle-down ideology, is not only failing to meet the challenges of our time but compounding them.

That’s why it’s been so important to me these past three years to not only elevate our issues to the halls of power in Wellington, but to work across our communities, neighbourhoods, social and frontline services and businesses to do everything we can to solve our own problems.

Precisely this creative and constructive collaboration has delivered us the four community safety hubs (Queen’s Wharf, Queen Street, Karangahape Road and High Street), operationalised by Community Patrols NZ and our Māori Wardens and open by the end of October.

It’s behind the discussions and planning with our Mayor on moving the Port to unlock our city’s waterfront for people; on pulling light rail above ground where it’s not only feasible, but cheaper and faster to deliver, with less embodied carbon; on daylighting streams and working with nature and green infrastructure to build a climate resilient city.

It’s our continual work with Principal Jacqui Tutavake and the Board of Richmond Road School to keep the classroom rebuild top of Ministry of Education’s priorities. It’s working with Waitematā Local Board Member Alex Bonham and green-thumbed community leader Mark van Kaathoven to plant out our berms, green our city and return birdsong.

otherwise – to raise their own voice, to engage and organise and help change our world.

In one of those recent debates, the congregation at Ponsonby’s All Saints Church made abundantly clear their expectations that our local representatives walk the talk, with evidence-based policies on climate action and addressing social and economic inequities that hold back talent and suppress participation in education, employment and democracy.

I was proud to speak to Green policy that unashamedly and clearly sets out the vision of what is possible, what we can achieve together. We can have clean water, air, climate action that would make our grandkids proud, thriving nature and communities. It’s all a matter of political decisions about the kinds of things that we want to prioritise out of the set of rules, regulations, incentives and disincentives we call our economy.

By the time the next issue rolls around, we’ll know how the chips have fallen after the election and we’ll be getting on with the work. I want to thank everyone in our community who I’ve had the opportunity to work with and help, as well as my incredible staff, Amber Cross, Jordan Keyzer and Sarah Saunders.

It has been the honour and privilege of my life to serve my home and community of Auckland Central and, as we all know, we’ve still got so much unfinished business.

This election, I’m not only asking for you to look across the values, vision and policies of political parties (where I would obviously suggest two ticks Green), I’m asking you to look around your neighbourhood, workplace and social circles and think about the kind of politics we deserve. Working together, we can change absolutely everything. In fact, it’s only through that dedication and organisation of regular people that we ever have.

In the past few weeks, across the dozens of debates, politicians have had the privilege of being listened to by New Zealanders. I’ve been thinking a lot about how that should actually be the other way around. I’ve personally never been particularly interested in talking on anyone’s behalf, but ensuring that everyone in our community is empowered – economically, socially, culturally or CHLÖE SWARBRICK, T: 09 378 4810, E: chloe.swarbrick@parliament.govt.nz www.greens.org.nz/chloe_swarbrick

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


I had an epiphany whilst driving along the Southern Motorway.

Everyone was traveling a long distance, or carrying goods or freight, or fitting in a multitude of tasks in a day. What would be the most crazy, Monty Pythonesque solution to remove all these vehicles? I know, BIKES.

I then started thinking about some of the other ‘solutions’ politicians have been suggesting in their desperate bid for our votes and consulted my parliament of owls:

My all time Looney Tunes favourite – tax cuts. The fairest solution of raising the tax threshold, to at least align with Australia, then taking it back from the higher tax brackets –off the table! Instead the bribe of a few measly dollars that might buy two cups of coffee to the 'squeezed middle'. In the Government hands, that $10, multiplied out by the 3.38 million individual taxpayers, could actually buy something substantial like an operating theatre or some classrooms or school lunches. I know what I’d rather have, and it's not because I don’t drink coffee.

Medically, there are a few wild cards. Extending mammogram screening to 74 years instead of no top age limit, considering the incidence of breast cancer increases with age. Free prescriptions for those who can afford to pay instead of 13 cancer drugs added to the Pharmac list. Free dental for up to 30-year-olds when those with missing teeth tend to be older. Beneficiaries already get $1000 per year for dental. Why not restrict it to a similar amount or even charge a fee per visit similar to doctor charges?

Remember the KISS principle? ‘Keep it simple, stupid’. Well our GST system is so much better than similar complex systems in other countries that make you want to tear your hair out in the complexity of accountancy required. Taking the GST off fresh food is one of those doozies. Their meme shows five fruit and veggies saving about 40c per kilogram. If you bought a kilo of each, the saving was $2.53. Did that buy your vote? I made my own meme showing a can of tomatoes bought for $1 (in another lifetime) with the tomato content being about 5 cents.

ACT’s leader wants to stop benefits to drug addicts if they don’t choose rehabilitation, leaving no means to support their habit other than crime. Our Auckland Central MP wants to remove all cars from Queen Street, to replace them with crime as proven thus far. Two very different policies that are bound to cause the same result. Crime without consequences, but also being too tough on crime, will not solve this complex problem. The solution is tied into the cost of living. Remember this Government promised to break the supermarket duopoly (and the building industry supply duopoly)? The Grocery

Commission ‘solution’ is not helping put food on the tables of children in poverty.

Most governments have failed to deliver on their promises. At the end of the day, the red team or the blue team seem to just rename things and only slightly shift the narrative. State Housing became ‘social housing’ under the blue team, as they sold them off. Then it became ‘public housing’ under the red team, as they demolished perfectly good native timber houses (instead of moving them) that had already been insulated, with cheap developer built ‘shit boxes’ (technical term) whilst selling off two-thirds of taxpayer-owned land. Meanwhile, both teams claim it’s about 'warm, dry homes', yet the only thing stopping warm housing is the sale of governmentowned electricity. The ‘Winter Energy Payment’ is what is keeping them warm, but the yellow team wants to stop this.

As far as the environment is concerned, we have been asking to bring back Tree Protection since Rodney Hide removed it. The Natural and Built Environmental Act has given councils their own rules to protect trees. In the meantime, pekapeka, our endangered native bat that won ‘Bird of the Year’, has lost significant habitat. 100-year-old trees were felled, two pūriri in Parnell and many natives from the edge of a housing development in Pukekohe resulting from bad ecological advice. This area is part of the 4% of arable land suitable for growing crops that was also meant to be protected from development.

Then there’s the ‘Roads of National Significance’ instead of maintenance and pothole repair. Light Rail aka dawdle down Dominion Road isn’t being mentioned (thank goodness, it was a billion dollar sinkhole), yet a busway to West Auckland is common ground to most transport schemes. I’m still waiting for the Super City review and giving Auckland back the power to determine our own future, especially a ‘Future Transport Plan’.

I haven’t even touched on guns, co-governance, mental health or ‘toilet policies’ (aka women’s rights), except for the 112 likes from my Facebook comment, “Willie Jackson, women's safe spaces need to remain 'willie free' to protect all women –young, old, ethnically diverse. This doesn't take away from the [transgender] minority of 0.08% of the population. Remember women are 51% of your voters.” We all need to be safe.

There’s such a mixed bag of assorted sweet treats and duds like Hogwarts jelly beans, I just want to pick and mix my own, in a red, blue, yellow, green and black ‘Best Of’ Policy, and I might end up with purple, or going away hungry.





“Where she stood in all her elderly glory, flashing her naked Rubenesque figure..."

Our early morning arrival into Suva had been accompanied by an unrelenting heat, relieved only by the ice-cold cocktails served later on the aft’ deck at the Sail Away party.

If I was a conspiracy theorist, I would believe that the alcohol was to distract us from the sight of the three shipwrecks on the coral reef at the entrance to the harbour and wonder aloud if they had been the last cruise ships to have visited here.

And for your continued entertainment, I can also confirm that the previously reported Flasher – a matronly woman no less, has now been exposed, and disembarked in Suva. Having joined the ship in Southampton for the full 108-day world cruise, she and her husband turned out to be quite the characters.

Doreen ('Queen Cunard’, as she subsequently insisted on being addressed) and her husband were all over the ship like a virus. Many passengers had stories about being accosted by the Queen. She had a penchant for following gentlemen whom she had taken a shine to into the bathroom, then recounting her life story, including her run-in with the FBI when they finally tracked down her one-man crime spree’d, drug-addled son, hiding out in her lounge. Her husband Will, would stand idly by just taking it all in.

Doreen had a large embroidered carpetbag that she was oft seen emptying in the ship’s grand public spaces like an alley cat marking its territory. A collection of trinkets and the irrelevant paraphernalia from a long and haphazard life, she would suddenly get up once it was emptied and wander off to some previously remembered appointment. The crew left to tidy up and safely store her bag for her later retrieval.

Queen Doreen was wont to climb onto the stage midperformance and ingratiate herself into whatever act was taking place, sometimes engaging the performer in a long dialogue before being gently ushered off 'stage left' by security. Although amusing for some, it was disconcerting for the entertainers because she also had a predilection for removing the stage notes from the lectern before a lecture –disastrous for the lecturer who would be left having to ad lib his performance sans his carefully compiled notes.

Each day brought about new Queen Cunard stories, including that of their stateroom – a reported hoarder’s paradise with various purloined flower displays and a collection of room service plates and cutlery. Among them, even a display bottle of Champagne that had disappeared

from a bar. Of course these bottles were actually filled only with water. One evening, when Doreen and her husband called over the sommelier to open their Champagne, he asked the maitre d’ what to do. “Why, open it of course,” said a bemused Sandesh.

So then it was opened at their table with great aplomb (and an audience) as Sandesh stood there and waited for them to taste their ‘Champagne’, which they did reluctantly, realising that their indiscretion had been discovered.

Of course the situation had deeper ramifications.

Queen D was obviously delusional, suffering some sort of severe neurosis and one can only guess as to how her family had imagined that the trip would have gone had she and her consort wandered off the ship and disappeared into some foreign city never to be seen again or, even worse, taken a long walk off a short balcony at sea.

Or perhaps that is what they were counting on.

The final straw seems to have been QD’s regular penchant for disrobing around the swimming pool.

I myself, just yesterday, retired to the solitude of the Wintergarden for a sandwich when, who should exit the swimming pool and enter the area, but our very own Queen, who proceeded to fully disrobe her ‘swimmers' in front of me. Mid-bite, I was caught like a deer in the proverbial headlights – there was nowhere to run as she stood in all her elderly glory, flashing her naked rubenesque figure, posing for all to see. Eventually reaching for a sari, she wrapped herself and disappeared back towards the bar, her emptied carpetbag’s abandoned contents again strewn across the once pristine public place.

Unfortunately, the event was witnessed by the Captain’s wife, who was sitting in a corner of the Wintergarden, and Queen Doreen and her consort were unceremoniously disembarked in Suva.

“Thank you for coming, please don’t come again.”

So the ship feels a little less entertaining this evening. Everyone has a story about our sadly departed shipmates and my friend, Fred, seems thrilled that he may have another chapter for his upcoming book.

God save the Cunard Queen… (ROSS THORBY)  PN



The Ponsonby Community Centre is mourning the loss of Clive Cooper-Smith, Chair of the PCC Board since November 2019. Clive passed away on 17 September 2023, after battling cancer for many years.

Clive was an Executive Manager with decades of experience with large corporations in operations, asset and change management. Clive used his many skills to guide the community centre through some of the most challenging times in its history – including the closure of the Leys Gymnasium and the three years of unprecedented societal upheaval that was the Covid-19 pandemic.

Even though Clive was contending with ongoing health concerns, he was always available for advice and support. He managed the board meetings with efficiency and fairness and always ensured everyone’s opinion was heard.

Clive was consistently encouraging and supportive to me personally and in my role as the Manager of the Community Centre.

He will be greatly missed but always remembered.

Lisa Rogers, Manager, the staff of the Ponsonby Community Centre and Ponsy Kids, and the members of the Ponsonby Community Centre Board.


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Pets are now paw-manently welcome onboard Auckland’s buses, Auckland Transport says.

Does this news sound fur-miliar? It follows on from the success of two previous pets on buses trials – small domestic pets in carriers and large dogs with muzzles and leads.

This announcement means that household pets can now travel on buses, trains and ferries in Auckland.

Councillor Josephine Bartley is looking forward to seeing more pets on public transport across the city.

“My dog Milo and I love travelling on public transport together. This news is really positive and I’m excited to see Aucklanders making the most of it,” says Councillor Bartley.

“I’m passionate about reducing barriers to access, so making public transport pet-friendly means more people will be able to live their best lives with their furry friends.

“Up until now, the rules around pets on public transport have forced many pet owners to rely on cars for essential trips to the vet or the groomers, but now they can use buses, trains and ferries throughout Auckland.”

Auckland Transport’s Improvement Delivery Lead Luke Clarke says AT received valuable feedback during the two pets on buses trials.

“We’ve used this feedback from our customers, bus operators and accessibility groups to make this final decision and set the terms and conditions for pets onboard our services.

"Those of us with pets know how important our animals are as part of the family, and now the whole family is welcome to travel on Auckland’s buses, trains and ferries.

“It seems that many of our customers also view this announcement as Auckland catching up with other petfriendly cities around the world, where pets are a regular sight onboard the tube, subway or metro.

"And no matter how old your pets are in dog years or cat years, they’ll all be able to travel for free onboard our services, with no need to apply for a Su-paw Gold Card.”

There are a few rules for taking pets onboard, including that they must travel outside of peak hours and bigger dogs must wear a cage-type muzzle and a lead if they do not fit into an approved carrier.

Service and assistance dogs are allowed on all services at all times and do not ever require a muzzle.

With pets now able to travel on Auckland’s public transport, the paw-sibilities of where to take your furry friend are endless!


For further information, including terms and conditions, please head to at.govt.nz/pets

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On January 27th the world changed for many Aucklanders and some are still living in uncertainty.

Climate change in our city has become more obvious than ever; homes were inundated around stream catchments while the land slid on hillsides and around the coast. Some of the worst flooding in the northwest quarter of the isthmus was around the streams of Newmarket, Ōpoutūkeha/Coxs Creek, Edgar's Creek and Waitītiko/Meola, as well as around Vermont Reserve and the Strand/Beach Road area.

City Vision elected members across Waitematā, Albert-Eden and Puketāpapa have been working with the community, council, central government and the Auckland Council Recovery Office, contributing to a number of initiatives such as:

Local community information sessions for specific neighbourhoods, including Grey Lynn in March, Balmoral/ Sandringham in April, Epsom and Mt Eden in June.

· A dedicated section of the Our Auckland website for recovery matters, as an online one-stop shop.

· A regional e-newsletter from the Recovery Office to keep people up to date.

· An official online information session for impacted properties, attended by over 700 people.

· Emergency preparedness training sessions offered for key community leaders.

· Community connectors and navigators being trialled in low-income areas.

· Increased maintenance of catch-pits and clearing of drains.

Council's Flood Viewer for easier to access info on individual properties and streets (Google search for 'Auckland Flood Viewer’).

We've also participated in sharing information through social media, creating info sheets and speaking at online and inperson sessions hosted by others. We have picked up dozens of individual cases to assist people where they have got stuck with council processes. Hundreds of placarded properties have been resolved. However, there are still many to go, and the property categorisation process will take some time yet.

Council's 'Making Space for Water' proposal will see the creation of blue-green networks to reduce flooding to homes in the future, building on projects many of us have already been involved in like Freeland Reserve in Roskill South and the Roy Clements Treeway in Mt Albert. Through park upgrades and stormwater improvements like these, we can increase the amount of water that can be soaked up in times of downpour, creating places for water to flow to and collect safely and, at the same time, improve the water quality of our streams and harbours.

The autumn and winter rains fell on already saturated ground, causing delays in repairing council's parks, but tracks are starting to re-open as they can be safely fixed. Please do take care, as council's work has been focused on safety for homes and businesses and restoring vital transport links, so there is still a lot to address. Many trees were lost and this year's planting season impacted too. The full catch-up and cleanup of parks and streets will likely take until next year at least.

This journey is going to be long and we have only just started. It is part of the broader climate action we need to take as communities and as a city – adapting as we continue to mitigate.

Please do get in touch with your local City Vision reps for any assistance or further information. You can message us on most social media platforms (search 'City Vision NZ'), email us CityVision.org.nz@gmail.com or you can text Alex Bonham for Waitematā on T: 021 643 575, or me (Julie Fairey) for Albert-Eden-Puketāpapa on T: 027 911 3030.

(JULIE FAIREY, for City Vision)  PN



1. Global Democracies Talk, Mt Eden, Helen Clark, 2. Public Transport Debate, Mt Eden Memorial Hall, Simeon Brown (National), 3. Tanya Unkovich (NZ First), 4. David Parker (Labour), 5. David Wilson (NZ First), 6. Ricardo Menendez-March (Greens), 7. Simon Court (ACT), 8. Ciara Swords (TOP), 9. Auckland Central Debate, Nicola Willis (National) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.


Women’s rights have been eroded in recent years by legislation that puts women’s and girls’ privacy and safety at risk; the erasure of the word ‘women' from our language; and workplace policies that silence women.

In the name of ‘inclusivity', women and girls are being excluded from speaking out in their schools, universities, political parties and workplaces.

That’s why the Women’s Rights Party commemorated Suffrage Day with actions that recalled those who won the right for women to vote in 1893. We also released a second edition of the podcast 'The White Camellia', focussing on women’s suffrage in Aotearoa.

The Party was founded by women who were shocked at the violence at the Albert Park 'Let Women Speak' event in March, a dangerous situation whipped up by leaders of Labour and the Greens, and by the mainstream media.

We are now a registered political party contesting this year’s election with a list of 12 women from all over the country.

We are calling for the repeal of self-identification on birth certificates, that encourages a belief that a man can change

his sex online and enter women’s spaces without being challenged.

Recently, an amendment to the Human Rights Act passed its first reading that will put women’s long-held rights on a collision course with rights of men identifying as women.

The Women’s Rights Party wants your Party vote this election to protect women’s and girls’ spaces, women’s and girls’ sports, and women’s right to speak out when sex-based rights are under attack.

We are also calling for the protection of children from medical intervention with puberty blockers and surgery that can cause life-long harm and irreversible damage.

We are asking women, and men, to cast your Party vote for the Women’s Rights Party to show that women’s rights really do matter.


Nick O'callaghan from Parkedup at Black Rock City is pictured at the Burningman festival. As he told us, "Old burners taking a break. You can take the man from the city, but you can't take the city from the man." Burning Man 2023 was a week-long gathering in the Black Rock Desert in Pershing County, Nevada. An estimated 73,000 people attended the festival. The Zonta Election Debate with Parmieet Parmar (ACT), Melissa Lee (National), Golriz Ghahraman (Greens), Camilla Belich (Labour) Grey Power Auckland Debate, Jill Ovens (Women’s Rights Party)


Through October, you’ll find the delicious Gemtree wines by the glass at Didas.

When you live in one of the most beautiful parts of Australia, which also happens to be one of its most celebrated winemaking districts, it must be tempting to put your feet up and do things the easy way. For vignerons Melissa and Mike Brown, owners of McLaren Vale’s Gemtree Wines, any such temptation seems to have been wholly avoided. Instead, they have taken the stance that they are blessed to live and make wine where they do, and have shouldered the weighty responsibility for the custodianship of their land.

Melissa’s parents planted their vines in McLaren Vale in 1980. Some 14 years later, Melissa, fresh faced from travel and studies, asked to work in the vineyard. She has been there ever since, learning the ropes of viticulture, organics and biodynamics, with her husband Mike taking care of the winemaking and business sides of the venture.

The vineyards themselves have been certified organic since 2011, after Mike and Melissa extended their organic fruit and vege gardening habits to encompass all 100-plus hectares of vines as well. Not content with just that extra level of difficulty in pursuit of finer flavours and healthier lands, the pair also experimented with, and ultimately implemented, biodynamic practices across their vineyards and winemaking.

That singular passion for sustainability and environmental friendliness is truly holistic and a key part of all operations at Gemtree. From the tasting room, which is solar powered and utilises rain as its exclusive water source, through to the labels on the wine bottles, which are made from recycled sugar cane waste, no stone has been left unturned in an effort to be energy neutral.

On parts of the property not devoted to vines, Melissa and Mike have established the Gemtree Eco Trail, a 10-hectare piece of South Australian heaven where previously barren land has been replanted with tens of thousands of native trees and shrubs. The wines themselves sing of their special place – classically McLaren Vale, fresh, structured and oozing balanced intensity.


Convivially yours, the Dida's Wine Lounge encourages leisurely engagements with the comprehensive wine list and

the ever changing, always innovative food menu. The smallplates style cuisine and the superb skills of our talented culinary team, who work hard to pair perfect morsels with the multiple by-the-glass options of local and imported and hardto-find wines are not to be missed.  PN

Open Tuesday-Saturday 3pm-10pm

The uber-stylish Gemtree are biodynamically and sustainable inclined, which is why we’ve gathered them in our wine-loving arms, of course

BE MERRY DIDA’S, 60 Jervois Road, T: 09 376 2813, www.didaswinelounge.co.nz Discover Gemtree. Come on in for a taste at


Nature's own theatre is about to raise its curtains in Matakana Village with the annual blooming of the cherry blossoms on the horizon.

Each year, as October dawns, the village transforms into a vibrant canvas painted with hues of pinks and whites. The delicate petals of the cherry blossoms, set against the charming backdrop of the village, create a mesmerising sight, one that has drawn admirers from near and far.

While the exact dates of the bloom can be elusive, the magic always happens around the first couple of weeks of October. It's this unpredictability that adds to the allure, urging visitors to embrace spontaneity. One moment, you might be strolling through the village lanes under the regular canopy, and the next, you're met with a sea of blossoms, painting the world in their ephemeral beauty.

And it isn't just about the trees. The atmosphere in Matakana Village during this time is palpable. The air is filled with a gentle floral fragrance, cafes bustle with patrons enjoying their treats under the blooms, and every corner seems to come alive in celebration of this natural spectacle.

So, if you've never witnessed Matakana in its cherry blossom glory, or even if you have, be ready for a visit. You can follow the progress of our trees on Instagram @matakanavillage


Experience Matakana Village vibes any day! 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana www matakanavillage co nz It's never been easier to join the fun with the new Motorway connection Enjoy beautiful dining on the rivers edge, art galleries, bars, live music and of course our famous cinema Matakana Village is open 7 days a week and is now just a short, beautiful drive away


Hasanthi Perera and Leigh Franklin take turns selling their hemp butter, along with hemp hearts and hemp oil, at Grey Lynn Farmers Market on Sunday mornings.

How did you two meet?

We worked together in the rag trade for eight years. We quickly connected and have become super good friends ever since. It’s amazing how much we have in common even though we grew up in different parts of the world – we’re more like sisters because we’re in each other’s lives so much.

What do you have in common?

We both come from large, close families and have young children. We share an interest in nutrition and love experimenting in the kitchen.

How did your business come about?

We wanted to create an allergen-friendly, healthy and tasty spread. Around the same time, hemp seeds became available in New Zealand so we started trying to make hemp butter at home. Two years later, we launched our first range of hemp butters. We were the first to launch a hemp seed butter in New Zealand.

What is so nutritionally good about hemp?

Hemp seeds are a complete protein, meaning they contain all nine essential amino acids that the human body needs from food. Hemp seeds also have the ideal ratio of omega 3 to 6 for our bodies, are anti-inflammatory and are packed full of protein and other minerals.

How easy was it to develop your hemp butter?

Really hard! Many experts in the industry told us it would be difficult to make a tasty, shelf stable butter without any preservatives. With a lot of determination we were able to achieve a stable product with no preservatives or nasties –just all natural hemp seeds, tree nuts and spices.

Where does your hemp come from?

When we started experimenting, we used Canadian hemp seeds but changed to locally grown seeds as more New Zealand farms started to grow hemp. This little superfood loves New Zealand soil and the hemp seeds we use are fresh and delicious.

What is your most popular flavour?

Our Vanilla Hazel Hemp Butter is popular with the kids and is often referred to as a healthy Nutella. Our Original Hemp Butter is a unique product and has a loyal following.

How does the market help your business?

Hemp butter is not a traditional product, so being at the market allows people to taste our products and ask questions. We love the customers at Grey Lynn Market because they are very open to trying new things and are interested in nutrition and taste. We love how many complementary products are at the market with us.

What has surprised you most?

It’s always interesting how people are using our products. We’ve had people buying for the family and for their pets. One customer showed us how our hemp oil calmed her eczema and many people use our oil for the high omega 3 content and the anti-inflammatory benefits.

What do you do in your spare time?

Family comes first and always takes priority. Pilates, music, trying to be present with our sons and always a focus on wellness and nutrition.

Sunday mornings at the Grey Lynn Community Centre 510 Richmond Road
www.thehempbutterco.com greylynnfarmersmarket.co.nz
Photography: Kyla Williams


Cheers! Here we go, folks. Another vinopalooza of fabulous wines from Aotearoa, California and Australia.

Pegasus Bay North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2021 - $28 Crisp, lean and elegant. Flavours of passionfruit, honeysuckle and guava with a hint of funky yeast.

Available: pegasusbay.com

Loveblock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (vegan/organic) 2022 - $27 Flavours of super ripe passionfruit, green tomato, cape gooseberry and gentle grassy herbs. From Kim and Erica Crawford’s biodynamic certified Awatere estates. Partly oak fermented. Available: Herne Bay Cellars, Fine O Wines.

Loveblock Marlborough Pinot Gris (vegan/organic) 2022 - $27 Quince, lime citrus, spiced poached pear and honeysuckle flavours with soft acids and a hint of passionfruit. Elegant dry finish. Also partially oak fermented. Available: Glengarry, Fine O Wines.

Duckhorn Napa Valley California Chardonnay 2021 - $74 A softer style than expected from Napa. Yet at a deceptive 14.5% alcohol. Smooth, lean and seductive – with stone fruit, poached apple and subtle hints of American vanilla and coconut oak.

Available: Dhall & Nash, Caro’s societyliquor.co.nz

Pegasus Bay North Canterbury Vergence Mk2 White Blend - $21 Made from semillon, sauvignon blanc and a blend of aromatic varieties. Mouth filling and creamy from time in oak. Flavours of passionfruit, rock melon, roasted red capsicum with a lime citrus finish.

Available: pegasusbay.com

Rockburn 12 Barrels Gibbston Central Otago Pinot Noir 2022 - $90 Medium bodied, soft, ripe and generous, with red summer berries and cassis, boysenberry, mocha, umami soy and a hint of earthy canned beetroot. Fab.

Available: Glengarry whiskeyonline.co.nz rockburn.co.nz

Rockburn 11 Barrels Gibbston Central Otago Pinot Noir 2022 - $99 Another winner from Rockburn. Again, medium bodied. Medium tannins and gently smoky, with cassis, dark chocolate, ripe black cherry, raspberry liquorice, plum jam and a soft finish. Available: Glengarry whiskeyonline.co.nz rockburn.co.nz

Te Kairanga Runholder Pinot Noir 2022 - $35

Light bodied. Savoury and elegant. With predominantly earthy and umami flavours. But also cassis, black cherry, plum, liquorice, dark chocolate and medium acids, with a dry finish.

Available: New World finewinedelivery.co.nz foleywineclub.co.nz

Duckhorn Napa Valley California Merlot 2019 - $87

Full bodied, complex and intense, with assertive tannins. Blackcurrant, blackberry, leather, spiced plum, liquorice, a hint of Cuban cigar. Drinking well now but would age for another five years.

Available: Dhall & Nash, Caro’s societyliquor.co.nz

Collaboration Wines Hawke’s Bay ‘Impression’ 2022 - $36

Soft, ripe and fantastic. Drink now. A blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon blanc and cabernet franc. Spicy plum, raspberry, sandalwood, black cherry, fruitcake and a hint of bubble gum.

Available: Dhall & Nash societyliquor.co.nz

Zema Estate Coonawarra Shiraz 2016 - $35

From the cooler south Australian Limestone Coast. Amazingly youthful for a 7-year-old. Cassis, black cherry, spiced plum, black pepper and a hint of anise. Medium tannins.

Available: Dhall & Nash blackmarket.co.nz

Zema Estate Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 - $35

From the same vintage as the shiraz. Typical minty cabernet flavours plus spicy fruit cake, dark chocolate, Cuban cigar and prune. Lengthy dry finish. Available: Dhall & Nash blackmarket.co.nz

Pegasus Bay North Canterbury Aria Late Picked Riesling 2022 - $45 Opulently sweet at 107 grams per litre of sugar. Intense flavours of beeswax, honeysuckle, grapefruit marmalade, canned apricot, with lemon curd citrus and crisp acidity.

Available: Glengarry, Caro’s pegasusbay.com

Chambers Rutherglen Muscat 375ml - $53

A simply gorgeous, fortified Aussie dessert-style muscat. Seamless palate of crème brulée, honeysuckle, toffee, dried muscatel raisins and caramel with a hint of citrus marmalade. Highly recommended. Available: Dhall & Nash blackmarket.co.nz (PHIL PARKER)  PN

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

“No. 2 Auckland Wine Tour” – TripAdvisor E: phil.parker@xtra.co.nz www.finewinetours.co.nz

Your host, Phil Parker wine writer. Affordable tours for small and large groups.

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Whilst we talk about the gifting season being on our doorstep right now, it does feel this year like there’s no need to wait to give a gift. Whether it’s for a special occasion or just to say thank you.

Here at Glengarry, we are super experienced when it comes to gifting. We are your gifting gurus. Alongside an extensive range of gifting items ready to go online (and hopefully you can also browse these instore soon), the services we offer in the gifting space are second to none.

Multiple address deliveries: We specialise in sending gifts to multiple addresses across New Zealand. Making it easy and seamless, we do this all the time.

Gift cards: Gift cards and messages can be added to all orders and sent with our multiple address service too.

Repeat order: On our website you’ll find the option to repeat an order at the end of the cart. Create the gift you’d like, send it off to one person, then you can start with that as a basis and edit it – that function is all there right now.

Create a gift online: We refer to it as DIY or pick a gift. The function on our website allows you to create a gift on the screen. You select a box, fill it with bottles and goodies. We’ll display that for you on the screen as you go so you can see what it’s looking like. Then select the ribbon and the card, or leave it blank, you decide. www.glengarrywines.co.nz/pickagift.jsp

Single bottle gift wrap: Looking for a nice bottle gift wrapped and sent off? We do that too. Simply select the bottle that you’d like and as you go through the cart you can gift wrap it.

Send nationally (and internationally): Wherever your family may be in the world, or wherever they are ordering from, ordering on the Glengarry website to send a gift to loved ones is another of the services we offer.

Personalized service: We have a super talented and experienced sales team on the phones, behind our emails and on live chat. Hopefully, soon you can also come and see the team in store. Whatever way you are shopping, the experience and service offered will see your gift giving sorted quickly.

We do suggest that you get your order in quick smart. It’s no exaggeration or clever marketing speak to share that the

global supply chain pressure is going to affect availability this Christmas. While we’ve got a great set of gifts to get started with in October, we do expect to sell out very quickly.


glengarry.co.nz/gifts | 0800 733 505 | sales@glengarry.co.nz

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Sustainable options, large-scale deliveries or bespoke one-offs, we can do it all!


Function dates available on request

Dinner: Tuesday – Sunday

Lunch: Saturdays (Friday & Saturday lunch from 1 December)

210 SYMONDS STREET T: 09 377 1911 www.sidatthefrenchcafe.co.nz sidatthefrenchcafe




SIDART, Level 1, Three Lamps Plaza, 283 Ponsonby Road

T: 09 360 2122 www.sidart.co.nz


When you dine with us, the focus is on freshly prepared classic dishes, featuring an excellent range of pasta, seafood, meats and our pizza classics.

also offer our pasta dishes to takeaway, phone for details or check our website for the menu. - Gusto Italiano -
PONSONBY RD, THREE LAMPS, 09 361 1556 www.gustoitaliano.co.nz
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The ultimate statement in sustainable style, buying pre-loved, second-hand and vintage clothing has never been more attractive.

Whether it’s the thrill of the hunt or to save a bit of money, shopping at op shops, specialty vintage stores and online for pre-worn designer bargains is the perfect way to indulge in a little retail therapy when the mood calls.

However, you may be leery of purchasing someone else’s castoffs, and rightfully so as some pieces may have excessive wear and tear. Buying second hand can be an adventure, so it’s necessary to be patient, especially if you are looking for a particular item. Having a clear goal in mind helps you not get overwhelmed with the options offered and makes the experience more enjoyable, and unless you’re just browsing, it’s important to remember that it may take a few trips to find exactly what you want in your size.


Second-hand style experts often say that you should prepare to spend a bit more time when you’re shopping for pre-worn gems, including hitting the sales racks and even the men’s section for oversized pieces like a great shirt or boxy jacket. Chances are, there are gems hidden around most secondhand stores, you just need the patience to look through the racks to get to what you want.

This can be a little harder when you’re shopping for pre-worn styles online, so make sure you only go to trusted websites where you can exchange or refund if you’re not happy with your purchase.


Experts also recommend that you scrutinise the condition of any potential buys carefully, as you don’t want to just inherit someone else’s tat. The clothing you reach for should be in tip-top condition, with rips, tears, holes and stains being the obvious things to look out for. You want to check over every part of the clothing well, even the inside where there can often be hidden damage such as ripped lining. Other places to check are the base of buttons and the armpit area, both of which can tear easily.

Also, remember to check specific locations for staining and pills, which are those tiny balls of lint that collect on knitted items.

Definitely check any white shirts for armpit and neck stains and woollens for pilling under the arms or elsewhere. Specialty fabric shavers are inexpensive and can revive lintladen pieces in a hurry, but tread carefully if you’re dealing with yarns like lightweight merino and cashmere.

Also, check stretchy pieces, like activewear and denim, to ensure no rippling, which occurs when an item of clothing has really been thrashed a little too hard in the washing machine.


Certain labels inside of clothing bear weight, especially when purchasing things second hand. Some fast-fashion brands design on-trend pieces to only last a season or two, whereas others produce clothing to stand the test of time. Well-known names – New Zealand and international – help ensure quality, so look for labels that you already know and have had a good experience with.

If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll be in a position to splurge on a brand new designer piece, but finding one at a resale shop is much more cost-effective and can be super satisfying. Go with labels you trust and would like to include in your wardrobe – no one will ever know that your brand name pieces are thrifted finds.


If you love buying second hand, your local alteration shop will be a place you feel right at home. Have items nipped and tucked to exactly your body shape and, once you trust them, try getting a bit creative with the tailoring. For example, you can buy a super oversized denim jacket and have the back taken in dramatically to create shape, or change an oversized men's shirt into a dress. The possibilities really are endless!

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161 Ponsonby Road

Established in 2006 by the wonderful Aimee Egdell, Tatty's is a female-run, owner-operated consignment fashion business that is so popular it has grown to several branches (check out Little Tatty’s at 78 Ponsonby Road and Tatty’s High Street at 41 High Street in the CBD). Having grown up in the second-hand fashion industry, Aimee's focus has always been to provide an alternative mode of consumption with sustainability and individuality at its core, and with over 10,000 items instore and online, Tatty's has a curated range to interest all.



299 Ponsonby Road

Sempre showcases a carefully selected, unique and everchanging collection of beautiful designer label clothing, shoes and accessories. Attentive fashion-styling advice is also readily on hand for a truly intimate and personal boutique experience, and they have a great selection of international buys.


Search and Destroy

80 Ponsonby Road

Previously called The Cross Street Market, Search and Destroy is known for its great vintage denim and rock’n’roll vibe, as well as French, Japanese and New Zealand workwear, vintage homewares and pottery.


Moral Fibre

63 Ponsonby Road

Moral Fibre is another hugely popular pre-loved store, and known for its well curated collection of vintage and designer

recycled pieces. As well as some great luxury brands, at Moral Fibre you’ll find upcycled pieces that have been totally transformed by co-owner Lisette Mayson.


Scottie’s Recycle

2 Blake Street

The pre-loved arm of the beautifully curated designer store of the same name, Scottie’s Recycle is renowned for its quality pieces from names like Chanel, Prada and Marni. You can rest assured that everything is in impeccable condition, with many pieces barely worn and just a couple of seasons old.


Encore Designer Fashion Recycle

305 Ponsonby Road

Surely a Ponsonby icon, Encore Designer Recycle has been helping the planet by recycling for over 40 years and they definitely know their stuff! A high percentage of their business is from repeat customers and referrals, and their store boasts one of the best selections of new and used fashion in New Zealand.


Boutique for SPCA

27 Ponsonby Road

With some seriously great window displays and an eye for designer pieces, the Boutique for SPCA has become a goto for many pre-loved shoppers. And as well as helping the planet by contributing to a more circular society, shopping at Boutique for SPCA stores also contributes to the wellbeing of animals throughout New Zealand. (HELENE RAVLICH)  PN


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Try exploring some of the neighbourhood’s top destinations for great pre-loved fashion:
STEP INN SHOES SUMMER 2 3 NEW STYLES ARRIVING DAILY Three Lamps Plaza 283 Ponsonby Road Ponsonby Ph 09 360 5512 www.stepinnshoes.nz OPEN 7 DAYS Mon–Fri 9am – 5pm Sat 9am – 4pm Sun 11am – 3pm FASHION & STYLE STEP INN SHOES, Three
Road, T:09 360 5512, www.stepinnshoes.nz
Mephisto - Belona Sandal Orange - $399 EOS - Curo Sandal Black - $235 Mephisto - Melanie Slide Floral Combo - $299 Hispanitas - Fabian Heel Orange & Pink - $299 United Nude - Tong Sandal Lilac - $399 EOS - Jovi Sneaker Gold - $239


Say goodbye to heavy coats and hello to floral prints, blooming colours and flowy dresses. Spring fashion is like a garden party for your wardrobe. It’s a season that encourages a playful mix of patterns and colours, allowing you to experiment with your style.

From picnics in the park to dinner out with friends, our style gurus are ready to find you the perfect fit for any occasion.

Our collection is specifically chosen with curvy New Zealand women in mind. Come and say hello, kia ora or bonjour to our team in-store.

ZEBRANO, 22 Morrow Street, Newmarket – opposite Westfield, T: 09 523 2500, www.zebrano.co.nz

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Sap Shirt by Maud Dainty – Made and designed in New Zealand – $333 Jayda Dress by Lemon Tree – Designed in New Zealand – $189 Hayes Underwire One Piece by Artesands – Designed in Australia – $199
Sonny Top by Lemon Tree – Designed in New Zealand – $149
14 Jervois Road, Ponsonby (entrance on Redmond street) + 64 9 376 0676 or 021 103 8524 www.seventysixdesign.co.nz Focusing on Modern, Contemporary Design and Repairs
T: 09 376 0676,
SEVENTY SIX DESIGN, 14 Jervois Road - entrance on Redmond Street,
1. An example of our custom service, using the client's materials 2. Yellow gold, Citrine and Diamond ring 3. Yellow gold and Pink Tourmaline ring 4. White gold, Tanzanite and Diamond ring 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 5. Frangipani Flower rings in yellow and white gold 6. Dedwood Collection, inspired by Ponsonby’s old Dedwood district 7. Chain Link Earrings, Peridot Pear Studs, Black Sapphire Studs 8. Doily Stacker Collection in white, yellow and rose gold

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Once seen as extravagant and unattainable, Reformer Pilates is seeing the popularity that it deserves.

The benefits of the low-impact exercise method are being recognised as returning impressively high yielding and fast results in the form of good posture and toning, stress reduction and being valuable to all different ages and fitness levels.

In an age where sedentary lifestyles, computers, desks and screen time have become the norm, poor posture and alignment issues are prevalent. As we age, maintaining proper posture and balance becomes increasingly important for sustaining mobility and longevity. Reformer Pilates, with its focus on core strength and stability, aids in improving both posture and balance. It enhances body awareness and, being a full-body toning form of exercise, it focuses on strengthening the core and back muscles responsible for maintaining an upright posture. The attention on alignment while in your Pilates class, reduces chronic lower back pain, neck pain and related problems which are incredibly common.

One of the unique aspects of Pilates is its emphasis on mindfulness and the mind-body connection. Life is stressful, having somewhere where you can go and focus on your body and breathing alone, without other thoughts creeping in, is very beneficial for mental health – call it a form of meditation.

Through focused breathing techniques and deliberate, controlled movements, Pilates lovers find that this mindfulness not only enhances the efficacy of the exercises but also translates into improved overall mental wellbeing, reducing stress, anxiety and ensuring you leave the class feeling better than when you walked in.

People of all ages and fitness levels enjoy Pilates, including those with joint issues, injuries or limitations that could see them avoiding exercise altogether. As a low-impact exercise, it reduces the risk of injury and provides a gentle yet effective way to maintain and improve overall fitness. For active

people, it is an amazingly beneficial cross-training addition to their fitness or training routine.

As Claire Mitchell says, “At Studio Pilates, we have developed a state-of-the-art, scientifically based way of transforming your entire body in the quickest time possible. Our unique choreography is sequenced and timed in a precise way to force the body to adapt and get stronger and undergo significant change. This is where our workouts excel. In just 40 minutes, each high intensity class is delivering you incredible results.

“There is no experience necessary for our classes, making it an excellent choice for anyone wanting to give it a go.

“We’d love to see you at Studio Pilates Wynyard Quarter. Use code PONSONBYNEWS for $10 off your starter pack! $50 for six classes now online or on T: 021 510 486.”

www.studiopilates.com/WynyardQuarter @studiopilates_wynyardquarter




October 16 – 22, is officially Recycling Week. As always, we’ll be embracing this initiative and doing what we can to stop our waste going to landfill for seven days.

And, in the spirit of Recycling Week, let’s also commit to changing a few habits for the future. Why not join us?

Before you recycle, reduce

The first step on your recycling journey should be to REDUCE the amount of waste you’re creating in the first place. Why not use Recycling Week to work out which of your non-perishable household essentials you can buy in bulk?

It’s a great way to reduce the amount of packaging required and put less strain on the recycling system. Reusing containers is another brilliant step towards reducing waste. Either take your empties to a refillery or repurpose them – empty tins and jars make great pen holders, for example.

Stop and think

One of the biggest issues with kerbside recycling is that many households use their bin inappropriately. Figuring out what can and can’t be put in your recycling bin can be a bit of a minefield. As a starting point, items that won’t be accepted

are batteries (and other e-waste), plastic bags, broken mirrors or glassware, clothing and textiles, food containers with food inside, building materials such as hard fill and paper towels, tissues or toilet paper.

The good news is that most of these items can be disposed of sustainably, with a little extra thought. Check out the Auckland Council website for information about responsibly disposing of unwanted household items.

Pop in to ecostore

As you’d expect, our friends at ecostore are right behind Recycling Week 2023. You can take your empty ecostore bottles to their Freemans Bay shop to get them refilled and while you’re there, browse their range of reusable and sustainable living products.

You’ll also discover concentrated products for everything from cleaning your kitchen to washing your clothes, that will take up less space on your shelf and in your recycle bin.

ECOSTORE, 1 Scotland Street, Freemans Bay, T: 09 360 8477, www.ecostore.co.nz

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October may bring well above the rain average, but below average sunshine. The month may be slightly warmer than normal.

The first week may be a mix of sunshine and morning showers, the second and third week may deteriorate, with most rain and lowest pressures expected in the third week. The last week may be sunniest with highest pressures. The heaviest rain may cause flooding around the middle of the month. The barometer may average around 1015mbs. The sunniest weekend may be the 7th/8th.

For fishermen, the highest tides are on 1st. The best fishing

bite-times in the east are around dusk on 14th-16th, and 28th30th. Bite-chances are also good for the noons of 6th-8th and 21st-23rd.

For gardeners, planting is best (waxing moon ascending) on 15th-19th; and pruning on 1st -4th and 29th-30th (waning moon descending). For preserving and longer shelf-life, pick crops or flowers around the neap tide of the 8th.

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For future weather for any date, and the 2023 NZ Weather Almanac, see www.predictweather.com

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





After 30 years working in the communications industry, Pippa Lekner has learnt many things, but right at the top of the list is 'talking helps'.

Achieving a BA majoring in psychology many moons ago, Pippa took the time over Covid to further her studies, having always known that after achieving enough life experience of her own she would make her way to the world of helping others. And her time has come with recently opening Optimistic Consulting, to provide counselling to those feeling lost, caught up in their own head or going through big life changes or challenges.

As Pippa explains, “We seek out expert advice for many things and when we are trying to achieve better mental health it should be no different. The very simple act of connecting with someone outside of your immediate circle and talking through what is happening is proven to help people through tough times.

“People are creatures of routine and comfort and sometimes this can see us backed into a corner when the way we have always done things, simply doesn’t work anymore. The very nature of life is that there is no one right way, there are many ways, but it is easy for us to lose perspective when we don’t surround ourselves with people who allow us to see a way forward.

“I take a positive approach in all of my counselling – hence the Optimistic name. I believe when you take a positive approach, people respond in a positive way because they believe they are capable and see themselves in a more favourable light. I have always taken an interest in people –they fascinate me. Everyone has the capacity for change and adaptation, they often just need some help realising it.”

Based out of Seven Senses Wellness Centre at 100 West End Road, Pippa offers one hour sessions where you are sure to leave feeling more positive, happy and optimistic about what lies ahead.

OPTIMISTIC CONSULTING@SEVEN SENSES, 100 West End Road, T: 021 500 760, E: pippa@optimistic.co.nz, website: optimistic.co.nz



Come along to the King’s College Art Exhibition for your new work of art.

The mahi of nearly 200 artists will be on display at the 20th annual King’s College Art Exhibition, to be held at the college October 27 to 29. The exhibition, sponsored by The Foundation Parnell, is open to the public, and the college warmly welcomes visitors to browse and buy work from emerging and established artists, as well as rangatahi.

Explore the sculpture garden in King’s College’s established grounds or choose from a wide selection of paintings, indoor sculpture, photography and glass and ceramics. There is also the Artbox display which has smaller items that can be taken home immediately after purchase.

The weekend starts with an opening night cocktail party on October 27 at 6.30pm, which is the first opportunity to purchase art. Opening night tickets are available to buy through the website www.kingscollegeartexhibition.co.nz

The exhibition is free to attend on Saturday and Sunday from 10am, with refreshments available from a fantastic cafe on site.

Artworks will also be available to buy online from 10pm on Friday, October 27, until 10am on Sunday October 29, with all artworks to be collected on October 29 between 1-3pm. Justin


Babel, or The Necessity of Violence – R. F. Kuang

“History isn’t a premade tapestry that we’ve got to suffer, a closed world with no exit. We can form it. We can make it. We just have to choose to make it.”

If you know me, then you know that I love a campus novel. Give me allusions to classic literature, give me a teacher that imparts not only academic knowledge but knowledge of life itself, give me an examination of scholarly life and the beauty and hardships that come with it. I. Love. It. So, when I began to hear about a novel that was set at Oxford University (squeal!), explored language and communication (squeal!) and ticked all of my aforementioned boxes, I was understandably excited.

‘Babel' follows Cantonese boy Robin Swift from when he is taken from his home, where his family has perished, and brought to England under the guidance of the enigmatic Professor Lovell. Lovell prepares Robin to attend Oxford University, where he will work with the most sought after material on a global scale in this fantastical version of Oxford – Silver. I do not usually gravitate towards fantasy reads, on the whole, they aren’t for me, but this book blends the fantastical with the authentic so seamlessly that it almost feels as though you are reading a true historical account. Reading this novel, you are gifted these beautiful descriptions of the city of Oxford, detailing the atmosphere of what it may have been like in the late 1830s.

The novel explores two differing methods of bringing about change in the world – through peaceful protest, the use of reasonable, critical thinking, through showing your side of the story, and through violence. Reminiscent of the two opposing ideologies of Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X, seeing these two methods played out, and the results they yield, was incredibly engaging. The book also brings up interesting questions about the nature of colonisation and the link it holds to linguistics and languages. It highlights the racism experienced at that time by anyone who did not appear ‘white', and presented the perspectives of different groups in a balanced and engaging way.

‘Babel’ has a secret society, a tight-knit class of eccentric characters and discusses the magic of linguistics. What's not to love?


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Volunteers will be on hand to help with any queries about the art or the purchasing process.

To keep up to date with news or a sneak peek at the works available, check out the website or follow on Instagram and Facebook @kingscollegeartexhibition

KING’S COLLEGE ART EXHIBITION, October 27-29, King’s College, Golf Aveue, Ōtāhuhu, www.kingscollegeartexhibition.co.nz


27–29 October 2023


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Artwork: Green, Always Green, by Nicola Bennett
Butterscotch Knot, Susan Rousselot Kaipūtaiao/Scientist 1, Anton Forde


Single-sex schools deliver strong academic results.

NCEA and scholarship results show that students in both boys’ and girls’ single-sex schools consistently achieve higher academic results than their peers in a co-ed environment. At Diocesan School for Girls, students also consistently achieve higher than average when compared to the national NCEA results and are a cut above their co-educated peers nationally in decile 10 schools when it comes to achieving NCEA Excellence.

Principal Heather McRae credits single-sex education as one of the key ingredients for our girls’ consistently high academic achievement and says results are in line with statistics from across the Tasman and in the UK. This difference in results does not mean that girls do not learn in co-ed schools; it means that the opportunities that are provided by girls’ schools enable girls to achieve their full potential.

“In a learning environment that is free from gender discrimination, girls achieve greater academic success, are more confident and assertive and are more likely to study science, technology and mathematics (STEM) subjects and participate in physical education. Post-school, they are more likely to pursue tertiary study and careers in STEM, hold leadership positions and earn higher wages.”

The fact that girls attending girls’ schools are more likely to take advanced mathematics, physics and chemistry than girls at co-educational schools, speaks to the different environment

that exists in girls’ schools. Gender stereotypes are less prevalent, and students are encouraged to take academically challenging, technologies and physical science subjects to gain entry to tertiary courses and pursue male-dominated but more highly paid careers in STEM fields.

Indeed, academic outcomes are only one measure of a wellrounded education. Girls fill every single leadership position for every activity in every year level of girls’ schools, from the Head Prefect to Heads of House, Council Heads, Tutor Representatives, to the most junior of sports teams. Girls also play all instruments in the orchestra, stage band or jazz band, from the bassoon and tuba to the drums and electric bass guitar. In a girls’ school, girls lead and participate more freely in discussions, they feel empowered to behave more competitively and to take more healthy risks, such as trying new activities.

The most important factor for classroom learning that distinguishes girls’ schools, however, is that there are no boys in the classroom to distract, discourage or overwhelm girls, and nor are teachers trying to teach two groups who have differing needs and interests. Overall, the differences highlight that while girls learn in other schools, girls’ schools provide greater opportunity to enable girls to achieve their potential.

We acknowledge input from the Australian Alliance of Girls Schools and their eBrief Report on the Advantages of Girls’ Schools. www.diocesan.school.nz

and inspire your daughter to be more than she ever imagined. Join us at our Open Day and experience the world-class opportunities awaiting your daughter at Dio. Register at diocesan.school.nz Wed 25 October, 9am – 11am Open Day BE MORE THAN YOU EVER IMAGINED Grace
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As the election approaches, the increasing mortgage rates and rising costs have brought into focus the critical question of which party is best poised to address the issue of inflation and thereby determine the composition of the next government.

The Labour Party has made several key announcements:

· They plan to discontinue the building depreciation assistance programme, which was introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic, in order to fund the removal of GST on fruits and vegetables.

· The trust rate is set to rise significantly from 33% to 39% starting on April 1, 2024.

They have proposed a gradual increase in fuel taxes by 12 cents (plus GST) over the next five years, with a corresponding increase in road user charges (RUC) for diesel vehicles. Notably, there are no proposals to impose taxes or RUCs on electric vehicles (EVs).

The National Party, in contrast, has introduced a package aimed at benefiting the ‘squeezed middle’. They claim that their package is 'self-funded', meaning that every dollar of reduced tax revenue will be offset by spending cuts or new taxes. Their major tax policies include:

Personal tax cuts for lower and middle-income earners through the adjustment of tax brackets for inflation.

The introduction of a new 15% 'foreign buyer' tax on residential properties valued over $2 million.

· The removal of depreciation deductions for commercial buildings, aligning with the Labour Party's proposal.

· Imposing a new tax on offshore online gambling operators.

· Introducing immigration levies.

Rolling back the 10-year bright-line test for residential land to a two-year bright-line test, which is a reversal to their own previous policy.

Reintroducing deductions for interest on residential rental properties, with a phased approach to full deductibility over three years.

Cancelling the complex GST changes for certain digital services, like Airbnb, Uber and Uber Eats, which were set to take effect on 1 April, 2024.

There is bipartisan support for increasing the In-Work Tax Credit by $25 per week and raising the Working for Families abatement threshold to $50,000 in 2026, with both the Labour and National parties endorsing these changes. Additionally, National proposes a 25% childcare rebate for households earning under $180,000, but they intend to eliminate Labour's policies such as 20 hours of free early childhood education for two-year-olds, free prescriptions, and public transport subsidies.

Other parties also have their tax proposals:

ACT supports a two-rate system that will be phased in.

The Greens advocate for a $10,000 tax-free threshold and a new 45% tax rate for personal income exceeding $180,000.

As the polls currently appear unfavourable for the Labour Party, their potential path to forming a government may involve forming a coalition with the Greens and Te Pati Maori. However, it's worth noting that both of these parties are actively campaigning for capital gain and wealth taxes, which have been explicitly ruled out by the Labour Party.

Disclaimer – While all care has been taken, Johnston Associates Chartered Accountants Ltd and its staff accept no liability for the content of this article; always see your professional advisor before taking any action that you are unsure about.

JOHNSTON ASSOCIATES, Level 1, One Jervois Road, Ponsonby, T: 09 361 6701, www.johnstonassociates.co.nz


Come home to Eden Village.

With a range of apartments in different layouts to suit every lifestyle, you’re bound to find something that feels like home at Eden Village.

Nestled in the heart of Mt Eden you’ll find beautifully designed one-bedroom apartments from $620,000 and modern two-bedroom apartments from $790,000, with two-plus bedroom apartments also available. Featuring designer kitchens, enclosable balconies and spacious open-plan layouts, our apartments are perfect for regular visits from friends and family.

Just a five minute drive to all the best parts of central Auckland, you can spend your time visiting popular eateries, parks and galleries and come home to the security of your modern apartment. Experience the peace of mind that comes with maintenance-free living, and the assurance that your Weekly Fees are fixed for life.

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It is the space where the whole family gathers to cook, eat and relax – be it first thing in the morning over breakfast before school or work, in the evening for the family dinner or at weekends entertaining with friends.

It is the one room in the house you need to get right, whether building new or renovating.

When it comes to design and installation, the kitchen is also the most complex space in the home. Most kitchen installations will require up to a dozen or more separate trades and suppliers and will need precise project management to complete on budget and on time. And when it’s finished, your new kitchen will have to serve many functions and look stunning – making its design crucial. It’s fair to say that your new kitchen can make or break your home, so ensuring every detail is perfectly executed from the outset is vital.

The team at Kitchens By Design has an impeccable reputation for designing and delivering beautiful kitchens spanning 30 years. It has also won over 70 National Kitchen and Bathroom (NKBA) Awards, making it the most awarded and trusted independent kitchen design company in New Zealand. In addition, Kitchens By Design has access to not only its own manufacturing facility, but also other high-end manufacturing facilities, meaning it can offer its clients a fully project-managed, concept-to-completion service.

It starts with great design

The foundation of any successful kitchen is an excellent design, which calls for a talented, experienced and qualified kitchen designer, of which Kitchens By Design has three. Because every space is unique, a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work with kitchen design. A kitchen designer will take the time to understand your lifestyle, tastes and cooking habits. They will also consider all the practical aspects of your space, including layout, plumbing and any structural issues that may need to be resolved. They will then craft a design tailored to your specific needs, ensuring that your kitchen is visually pleasing and the perfect space to work in.

Form and function

The designers at Kitchens By Design understand the importance of an efficient workflow and placing appliances, workstations and storage areas in strategic locations. This attention to detail ensures that your new kitchen will be a space where cooking is a joy rather than a chore. They are also constantly learning, updating their knowledge with the latest industry design trends, innovations and technological advancements.

Save money, create space

Engaging a specialist kitchen designer involves consultation and some initial costs, but the results can often lead to longterm cost savings. Designers help you make informed decisions about materials, appliances and layout choices, preventing costly mistakes. Additionally, they can suggest energy-efficient appliances that contribute to reduced utility bills over time.


Maximising space is a hallmark of effective kitchen design and the designers at Kitchens By Design excel at this. They identify under-utilised areas and transform them into clever storage solutions, incorporate space-saving furniture and ensure that every inch of your new kitchen serves a purpose.

One-stop shop

As mentioned, the kitchen is the most complex space to build or renovate. There are so many moving parts and it involves more sub-trades than any other room in the house. That’s why engaging an experienced team that can offer a complete design-build service is important – especially one with access to specialist cabinet makers and relationships with trusted subtrades and installers that go back decades.

Finally, delays and overspends are the plague of many home projects. Having one company and one ‘go-to’ person to deal with who will project manage the entire process of your new kitchen is essential to avoid any unforeseen problems, thus avoiding budget and time blowouts.

If you are thinking about a new kitchen or bathroom, whether a renovation or for a brand-new build, give the team at Kitchens By Design a call. Better still, make an appointment to talk to one of the designers in person at their new showroom at 9 Melrose Street, Newmarket. T: 09 379 3084. For inspiration, take a look at their website at www.kitchensbydesign.co.nz

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Enhance living and social spaces with the Label armchair – the latest release from Città’s Mount Eden-based design studio.

Form and function combine in the newly released Label armchair. The design is the latest from Città’s in-house furniture designers, who are based in a vibrant studio in Mount Eden.

The refined, wrap-around frame elegantly cradles the seat and envelopes the sitter to provide generous, supportive comfort.

Città product designer David Moreland says the journey to release a new design involves intensive refinement and collaboration and can often take years. “The Label armchair took three years of considered development across four generations of prototypes,” says David.

The design journey is also one of reward and celebration. “I’m proud of the clean, timeless form and close attention to detail across the more intricate design features,” says David.

The Label armchair works around the unique needs of you and your space, be it at home or in a commercial setting. Choose

between the two styles (high or low back) and versatile upholstery. There are two neutral-coloured fabric finishes available for immediate shipping or choose to customise with Città’s premium fabric selection.

Città’s considered approach to design sees the brand working with quality materials to meet industry certifications. The Label armchair is no exception, being crafted from FSC-certified timber and rigorously tested to BIFMA durability standards.

A sneak peek of the armchair was granted to patrons of the Wellington Design Fair in September. It was highly praised by design enthusiasts, and Città is thrilled to now showcase the anticipated design in its Auckland stores.

The Label armchair and wider furniture collection can be discovered at Città Grey Lynn, BLOC Mount Eden, and Takapuna. For further inspiration, visit Città’s social channels @citta and shop online at cittadesign.com



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Made to Order Belgian Linen Sheets is truly Investing in a good night’s sleep.

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Tempo Te Rerenga o Tere, in partnership with Auckland Live, will bring Capture: Aotearoa’s first live Digital Dance Showcase to Tāmaki Makaurau for nine days from 12 October. It will perform at Aotea Square and other central city spots.

The event showcases humankind’s oldest artform with a modern world expression; as an explosion of innovation, creativity and audience participation. Some of the country’s most celebrated artists are showing films, alongside exceptional, up-and-coming talent.

Tempo’s Cathy Livermore says the event captures a new era of dance making, after artists were relegated to their living rooms during Covid. Many films being shown were created by dancers who pivoted their artistic expression to a digital medium during the pandemic.

The films will be shown on rotation in Aotea Square and other CBD locations including Auckland Library. Artists include Freshman Dance Crew, Taane Mete, Daniel Belton, Charlene Tedrow, Oli Mathiesen, Threading Frames, MaryJane O'Reilly and many more. Topics range from exploring the delicacy of the insect world, to reimagined love stories, to volcanic eruptions in the Pacific.

Capture will also feature a live performance from the New Zealand Dance Company, which explores visual relationships between live dancing bodies and the screen.


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While the mid-winter months of July and August are usually associated with a ‘hibernation’ of activity in the residential property market around New Zealand, the scenario has been completely the opposite for Auckland inner-west real estate sales professional Blair Haddow.

After completing six substantial sales in six weeks – an achievement any real estate agent would be envious of achieving in a booming property cycle, let alone the current market – Blair Haddow’s portfolio of successful sales through Bayleys Ponsonby has confounded the market.

And Bayleys’ well-honed auction marketing programme and processes are being credited for driving the sales. Blair’s trail of trend-defying list of sales over July and August includes:

18 Bayfield Street in Ponsonby

A totally remodelled and elegant four-bedroom/two-living room/two-bathroom split level villa featuring a huge open plan living and entertaining area leading out to the private back deck and hedged garden which was being marketed for sale through an auction process until the vendors accepted a pre-auction offer of $3.5 million.

Penthouse 11D in Highgate Tower at 8 Howe Street in Freemans Bay

A three-bedroom/two-bathroom two-level penthouse apartment with stunning unobstructed views over the city immediately below, and the Waitematā Harbour beyond, which was sold post auction after being advertised at $2.250 million. The sale figure ranked as the second highest price ever achieved for an apartment sale in Highgate Tower.

12 Dryden Street in Grey Lynn

An immaculately presented, three bedroom early 1900s villa which was taken to auction earlier in the year but didn’t sell at that stage, even though there was bidding in the room and offers shortly afterwards. However, just hours before the next round of marketing was about to begin on a follow up auction campaign, an unconditional cash offer came in which was accepted by the vendors who were happy that they had followed Blair’s marketing advice.

Apartment 1005 at 8 Hereford Street in Freemans Bay

A very chic three-bedroom/two-bathroom corner apartment on the 10th floor of the Hereford Residences tower, complete with two secure car parks, which sold at auction of $2.125 million.

233 Jervois Road in Herne Bay

A gigantic six-bedroom/four-bathroom family bungalow home of some 490 sq m offering a raft of room configurations and uses including work from home office space, complete with garaging for four cars and an in ground swimming pool at the rear, which was sold after being advertised for $5.895 million.

3A Umere Crescent in Ellerslie

A four-bedroom/three-bathroom two storey executive residence which was taken to auction in May this year. It didn’t sell under the auctioneer’s hammer at that stage, but a second auction for the home saw it sell under the hammer recently for $2.908 million – some $200,000 more than the bid which the eventual buyer registered at the first auction.

Sales data just released by Bayleys Real Estate’s head office shows that if a residential property fails to initially

sell directly under the auctioneer’s hammer, it is 121% more likely to sell within the ensuing 30 days than any other method of marketing, such as by negotiation, with a fixed price or by tender.

Additionally, the Bayleys’ statistics highlight that a residential property which fails to initially sell directly under the auctioneer’s hammer is 43% more likely to sell within 90 days compared to any other ongoing form of marketing.

“The agency stats, in conjunction with my July/August sales, are clear evidence that the auction process is incredibly efficient at delivering desired results for vendors – either directly under the hammer, or during the ensuing period where the value of utilising a hard-working real estate agent really comes to the fore,” said Blair, who specialises in selling residences in the Ponsonby, Herne Bay, Westmere, Grey Lynn and Pt Chevalier locales.

“With such a high turnover of properties, the challenge for me is constantly having to find new stock to put before buyers –many of whom are under-bidders on my listing auctions, so I know exactly what they are looking for, and what price range they are positioned in. That is powerful information which I am happy to share with potential vendors looking at who to list their home with to sell.”

Blair had two other listings going up for sale under the Bayleys auctioneer’s hammer as this edition of Ponsonby News was going to press. Keep an eye out in the November edition of Ponsonby News for coverage on how these campaigns rolled out.




The Trio Contra – Thomas Friggens on Drums, Mostyn Cole on Bass and Wellington’s Ayrton Foote on Piano. 26 September 2023. Point Chevalier RSA.

The Auckland Jazz and Blues Club is on the move. Since forming around 1992, local, out of town, and at times, international stars have been entrancing us on a Tuesday evening at the Point Chevalier RSA in Great North Road.

On Tuesday evening 26 September it was announced that Tuesday 3 October Waikato’s JT+Agnostics would be the last artists to perform at the venue before the site is cleared for a new supermarket development.

At the time of writing, a new venue for the club was still unconfirmed, but it is believed that one may have been secured over the bridge on the North Shore. Check out the club’s Facebook page for up-to-date news.

The Point Chevalier Memorial RSA announced on 17 September with reluctance and sadness that members of the RSA had resolved and voted to close the hospitality business. The RSA would however remain focussed on celebrating the

contribution of veterans and their families. It also recognised and acknowledged their community supporters.

Singing the Blues and Feeling the Jazz on the loss to the area.


In a perfect pairing, Ponsonby Central and Patrón Tequila are bringing some spring magic to these long-awaited warmer days.

The laneways of Ponsonby Central will be alive with festive colours and our venues will be serving up tequila-inspired cocktails. Get merry with a Margarita, close your eyes and dream of a Tequila Sunrise or you could even try Tequila Mockingbird.

This October, Ponsonby Central is your place to be immersed in a pastel-coloured paradise through our outdoor spaces, enjoy live laneway music and, of course, experience a limited edition Patrón Tequila cocktail in many of our venues. This is a free nonticketed event at Ponsonby Central that runs during October in collaboration with Patrón Tequila.


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The works even include shadows, showing some familiar sights.

The artist specialises in watercolours of Maori artefacts. His exhibition will be on in the Park Hyatt, Wynyard Quarter. The show starts on 6 October and runs to 15 October. As Steve told us, "The Ponsonby watercolours set came about as I had a friend overseas and they wanted something to remind them of home."

These certainly do the trick! They look just like photographs as they have been beautifully painted by Steve.

Zambesi, 169 Ponsonby Road
8 Ponsonby Road 197
203-205 Ponsonby Road
For further information his website is www.stevedunlop.co.nz


A collection of new works by three diverse artists: Emma Green, Kym Burke and cj Hobbs at 250 Gallery, brainchild of artist and gallerist Tina Frantzen.

This October, INTERFACING at 250 Gallery features three women artists whose work draws on the ancient Celtic notion of ‘thin places’. These are the spaces where the boundaries between worlds are more permeable and the sacred becomes more readily available to us.

Thin places collapse the distance between the sacred and the profane; they transform us, unmask us. Structure, fluidity, sense-making and emergent vistas are explored through paint and clay, brush and fire. Crossing the threshold at a thin place is an opportunity to slow down, to pause, to look with fresh eyes and to recover a sense of wonder about the world.

All three artists carefully attend to, and are deeply inspired by, the interface between the elements of tide, horizon and landscape and the themes of belonging, connection and relationship to nature. Emma’s richly textured ceramic vessels invite touch and relationship, referencing spaces that echo with collective memories of cave, tide, sky and mountain.

Kym’s work seamlessly merges structure and fluidity, revealing everyday pathways as distant vistas invite the viewer closer. cj’s paintings are expressive and realistic, depicting where light falls beautifully on rugged surfaces.

Opening night Tuesday 10 October, 5.30pm-7.30pm and there is an artist talk on Saturday 14 October at 10am (bring your own coffee, we’re making scones).

INTERFACING runs from Wednesday, 11 October to Saturday 28 October. Opening hours 10am-4pm, Wednesday to Saturday.

Also happening in the gallery are fun art sessions run by Tina at 6pm - 8pm on the second Wednesday of the month and performances by the very popular Auckland Playback Theatre group at 7pm on the second Friday of the month. The next session is 13 October (gold coin koha). For more details about these, please contact Tina.

250 GALLERY, 250 Ponsonby Road, T: 0274 519 662, www.tinafrantzen.com

Instagram: tinafrantzenartist; two.fiftygallery; kymburkeartist; cjhobbs_

www.emmajanegreen.com www.kymburke.net



The Muriwai biannual arts exhibition is a multi-discipline group show that celebrates the fabulously diverse pool of artists and makers that have a deep affinity with this special coastal community.

Works will include painting, photography, print making, sculpture, film, textile arts and jewellery.

The concept for this year’s show is ‘FOUND'. "We gently encourage an open and tangible creative response/interpretation of this theme from contributing artists – ie, found place, found passion, found technique, found materials, found yourself...

"We also would like to acknowledge the extensive hardship and loss that the community has endured due to Cyclone Gabrielle and we honour our artists who have managed to keep productive through these challenging times."

The show will be held over one weekend and staged at the fantastic Muriwai Surf Club.

All works will be for sale and there will be live music to tickle the ear drums and delicious food to pleasure the taste buds. Come and join them at The Muriwai Surf Club, Jack Butt Lane, Muriwai Beach. Opening 27 October – 6pm.

All welcome. www.muriwaiarts.co.nz

Zoe McBride, Zicron, Oxidised Silver Kiri Abraham, Grid, Ink and Graphite Bridget Griffen, Untitled 11, Found Objects
Tanya Blong, Untitled, Acrylic on Canvas Catrina Lloyd, Surface series #1, Acrylic and Ink on raw unprimed Canvas Amanda Kemp, Manahau Tiles, Raku smikkel kurinuki tiles


Beethoven’s Triple: Soloists Monique Lapin, Ken Ichinose, Gabriela Glapska and Conductor Michael Joel

Sunday 15 October at 2.30pm

St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra is delighted to bring you another glorious concert which features soloists Monique Lapin, Ken Ichinose and Gabriela Glapska playing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for violin, cello and piano, under the baton of conductor Michael Joel.

The programme also includes:

· Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro Op 47.

· Bizet’s Symphony No 1 in C.

· Alex Taylor’s Silk/Gravel.

Monique Lapin began her violin lessons at the age of six with the Suzuki method and continued her studies in both Australia and Singapore. She was twice a finalist in the Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition, has performed with numerous esteemed conductors and musicians and is currently a member of the NZSQ. She will be showcasing her skills on a 1784 Lorenzo Storioni violin, kindly loaned to her by Mr David Duncan Craig, as trustee of the Lily Duncan Trust.

London-born Ken Ichinose was appointed Associate Principal cello NZSO in 2014. He is a member of the Ghost Trio and has performed with many well-known chamber groups (Kiwa Quartet, NZ String Quartet, Amici Ensemble and Stroma). He plays on a Lorenzo Carcassi cello, made in Florence in 1747.

Pianist Gabriela Glapska, born in Poland and now based in Wellington, has an impressive background in music achieving her MMus with distinction and is a sought-after chamber musician, accompanist and répétiteur. She is known for her strong interest in contemporary music and has collaborated with award-winning composers. She has also performed at various international music festivals and is a founding member of the Ghost Trio.

St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra is Auckland's longest established chamber orchestra and has garnered a devoted following.

TICKETS: Eventfinda or door sales. EFTPOS or cash: Adults $30, concessions $25, children under 12 free. Student rush on the day $15.

ST MATTHEW-IN-THE-CITY corner 132 Hobson Street, www.smco.org.nz

Sun 15 October at 2.30pm


Elgar Introduction & Allegro Op 47

Bizet Symphony No 1 in C

Taylor Silk / Gravel

Beethoven Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano Op 56 in C

SOLOISTS Gabriela Glapska (Piano); Monique Lapins (Violin); Ken Ichinose (Cello)

CONDUCTOR Michael Joel


Cnr of Wellesley & Hobson Street, Auckland City

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Effort is a word I often associate with art.

The artist makes the supreme effort of bringing about the artwork and, in this age of easy scrolling, it takes effort for the audience to stroll to the exhibition.

It also takes effort on the part of volunteers who staff the ARIs (Artist-Run Initiatives) and public spaces, as I realised on two successive attempts to view the exhibitions at RM Gallery, only to find the door firmly closed. I was hoping to see the ceramic works of 박성환 Sung Hwan Bobby Park, an artist who is rightly receiving plenty of attention for his queer viewpoint of military service and Korean handcrafts.

A significant portion of his practice reimagines military helmets with the inverted vessel-shape becoming a platform that projects the crazy thoughts inside the head it protects. On one, waving tongues spill past chunky teeth splattered with shiny glaze; on another, twisted horns are adorned with shrines of spikey zip-ties. One helmet is covered in hundreds of corn kernels, each one a blob of clay that’s been flattened and pinched into shape by hand. The effort in time and imagination is fascinating.

Battling spring weather down Karangahape Road and on to Two Rooms in Putiki Street, was rewarded with the warm, still paintings of Jude Rae. These small, square works play with the way we look at images. Using the traditional still-life format, Rae makes the act of painting and what it depicts visible simultaneously. Lines running from background and into the foreground can be read as a reflection on the surface and as a continuation of the painted line. The orange lip of a shelf is also the coloured ground exposed, showing us the process of

this painterly construction. With a little effort, we can see the paint in the act of becoming the illusion of a scene.

Good art looks even better in real life. I’m glad I made the effort to get off the couch!

EVAN WOODRUFFE, Studio Art Supplies www.studioart.co.nz

Sung Hwan Bobby Park, BTM Manifesto Photography: Josh Harvey Jude Rae's, SL476 at Two Rooms Sung Hwan Bobby Park's, BTM Cheese Corn Photography: Josh Harvey


Term 4 Drama Classes for ages 5-16 begin the week starting Monday, 9 October at TAPAC. These fun classes encourage creativity, imagination and collaboration.

“My daughter has LOVED her Tim Bray experience this term. I have been very impressed with the staff, and I know she has felt supported, cared for, and very, very happy." – Jo S., parent of TBYT student.

“[The drama class] pushes him outside of his normal comfort zone, helps him interact with his peers in different ways. And does so in a fun and supportive way.” – Parent of TBYT student. Classes are also offered on the North Shore.

Extraordinarily Creative drama classes in East Auckland and the North Shore are for autistic and neurodivergent children and teens that focus on the process of drama to allow students to grow and shine in their own time and space.

“My son really enjoys drama classes, and it is helping him to build confidence in his ability to socialise with others. He is learning to take turns, listen and work as a team, which are traits he finds very difficult with his severe ADHD and strong autistic traits.” – J.R., parent of EC student.

Extraordinarily Creative needs community support to grow and keep classes affordable.

Can you help with a donation towards the Mary Amoore Gift a Seat™ Scholarships for students of families in need?

Please visit: timbray.org.nz/support/#Gift

For more information: timbray.org.nz/youth-theatre

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Monday, 30 October - Sunday, 12 November 10am -7.30pm.

Messini Palace (Ngāti Apakura, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngati Mahuta, Ngāti Hikairo, Ngā Puhi) is excited to present her third Pop-Up Exhibition at Ponsonby Central.

As a self-taught contemporary Māori cast artist, Messini's Toi Māori (craft) transcends traditional whakairo rākau (wood carving) through her use of vibrant colours and modern mediums.

Casting in stone originally and spray painting each piece in an unexpected pop of colour, Messini has evolved, also experimenting with the beautiful multidimensional light and colour play that resin offers her art form.

There is a playful urban edginess to her individually handmade pieces which include wall art, small sculpture, light boxes, jewellery and some one-off, upcycled, hand painted denim jackets.

Whakapapa and iwi play an important role in Messini’s story telling. This show will include some statement pieces that speak to the effects of colonisation on her and her iwi, Ngāti Apakura.

This is a two-week opportunity to meet with Messini and have a kōrero, so come and say hi and view her latest works.

PONSONBY CENTRAL, Shop 8, 136 Ponsonby Road, www.facebook.com/messini.palace


'Unearthly Delights'

{Suite} Gallery is pleased to present work by Nicholas Ives, Jeremy Piert and Chloe Summerhayes in an exploration of the metaphysical and the enigmatic. Each painter, through distinctive styles, conjures a world of dreamy contemplation, brought to life through evocative forms and gestural brushwork.

Melbourne-based Nicholas Ives transports us to impressionistic realms, where surreal beings examine youth, power and poetic wilderness. From Adelaide, Jeremy Piert paints twilight dreamscapes that sequester human forms

and wildlife within illusory domains. Chloe Summerhayes of Christchurch offers introspective pieces, her figures caught in a dance between form and dissolution.

Bound by a shared aesthetic of fluidity and abstraction, these artists present a vision of mystery, fantasy and the allure of the unknown. Unearthly Delights invites viewers into worlds of captivating unpredictability, celebrating the vastness of human imagination.

Exhibition runs until Saturday 21 October.

{Suite} GALLERY, 189 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 218 4399, www.suite.co.nz

Nic Ives, Small Worlds, oil on linen, 615 x 410mm Chloe Summerhayes, Badger, framed oil on canvas, 680 x 530mm Jeremy Piert, The World Eater, acrylic on canvas, 1050 x 1675mm


The concert is planned for Saturday, 4 November at 7.30pm

This concert explores music written in France during the late 17th and early 18th Centuries. Focussing on the gardens at Versailles, the programme leads the listener on a journey through the gardens. Using readings from garden manuals and memoirs of the time, with music about some of the garden themes at Versailles, the audience will be taken through the exquisite experience of the lavish environment which Louis XIV created at his royal residence. Music will be by Marais, Forqueray, Dollé and other contemporary French composers.

The French bass viol was a Baroque bowed instrument with seven strings, a little like a cello. Around 1700, the French were just discovering the cello as a solo instrument; they had preferred to use it for ensembles, not as a stand-alone instrument. The Italians had already given up writing for the six-string viol in the late 17th Century, preferring the new violin family (violin, viola, cello). The French added a string and developed the seven-string bass viol into a virtuoso instrument, with a large repertoire of interesting music. The pardessus, smallest and highest of the French viols, was very popular with French ladies in the 18th Century. After the French Revolution (1789), the instrument became extinct, to be revived in the last 20 years of the 20th Century.

The harpsichord was the principal domestic keyboard instrument of the time. The French models were typically ornate with much gilt and charming bucolic scenes painted on the underside of the lids. Frequently, they had two keyboards and were called French double harpsichords.

The music presented in this concert will be solos for bass viol with harpsichord and cello accompaniment, solos for cello with harpsichord and viol accompaniment, solos for harpsichord and solos for pardessus with accompaniment from harpsichord and cello.

PONSONBY BAPTIST CHURCH, 43 Jervois Road, E: p.sussex@xtra.co.nz

Tickets: Book by emailing Polly, p.sussex@xtra.co.nz

Adults, $35. Concessions, $25. Under 12, free entry, or cash on the night.

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

Aquarius (the Water Carrier)

21 January - 19 February

It might be time to cut any unnecessary spending for a while. You can be very generous at times and you might think it’s not always reciprocated. Taking a break might make you realise that saving for the future is the way to go.

Pisces (the Fishes)

20 February - 20 March

It’s about time you spoilt yourself and this is the ideal time. You could go mad as you have been somewhat frugal all year. But as usual your sensibilities kick in and you have decided to be careful. Not a bad idea. A rainy day could be on the horizon. You’re saving for that.

Aries (the Ram)

21 March - 20 April

Make sure any conversations you have with anyone this month are remembered. The opportunity that you’ve been waiting for is about to reveal itself. Be clear about what you want and you’ll get it. This seems to be your time.

Taurus (the Bull)

21 April - 21 May

That creative streak you have will shine through and your time in the spotlight is now. Don’t be shy about coming forward. You don’t want to miss any opportunities so grab any that come your way with both hands.

Gemini (the Twins)

22 May - 21 June

You might be feeling a little vulnerable at the moment and that’s a good thing. The people who care for you will really come through. Take the help if you need it and don’t be embarrassed about asking for help.

Cancer (the Crab)

22 June - 22 July

Keeping all of your senses on alert this month might drain all your energy. You’ve been in that position before and it’s not a place you like going too. Be aware of your surroundings and use common sense. You’ll be okay.

Leo (the Lion)

23 July - 21 August

You could make a difference in someone’s life if you learn to share responsibilities and not try and do everything yourself. You have to make sure to keep things separate if you can and that your professional life doesn’t spill into your personal life too.

Virgo (the Virgin)

22 August - 23 September

Everything has been falling into place lately and you’re on a high. Do what you do best and keep that productivity flowing. You can rely on other people to help you, of course, but ultimately you’ll want to keep to the path you’ve been treading.

Libra (the Scales)

24 September - 23 October

Your energy levels are almost running on empty this month as you seem to be running all over the place. You’re obviously in demand. It’s great to be wanted and to feel useful but try and keep an eye how you’re coping.

Scorpio (the Scorpion)

24 October - 22 November

You’re not one to follow any trends or get caught up in any new fads, but occasionally something catches your eye. This month is no exception. You’re very excitable and that is catching. You’re in a position to make some changes.

Sagittarius (the Archer)

23 November - 22 December

Your skills as a negotiator might come into play this month as you seem to be in the middle of a silly dispute between friends. Your calm and collected manner will see sense rear its head and the drama will be over.

Capricorn (the Goat)

23 December - 20 January

Being able to stay connected to people is something you’re good at. You have this ability to make everyone around you feel relaxed. Take some time for yourself to regenerate and de-stress. Without you, some people would be lost.

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