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What my repeat clients have to say

“You made it feel it was a breeze from our side, although we do realise all the work you put into it and once again you had our house sold in an unconditionally cash offer in 12 days with multi offers once on the market, and of course we couldn’t resist.

We loved how you had people coming through our open house from the first open house day and especially all the shoes at the door were a bonus. We recommend you to sell anybody’s house as you are so professional and caring at what you do We are now settled into our new home in Mount Maunganui and hopefully it’s our last move for a while.

Thank you, John you are, amazing person to work with”

Repeat customers May 2023

“In the current market, we did not hesitate to call John when we wanted to sell the family home. We had used John before, and he achieved a great, quick result. The same thing happened this time. He is easy to deal with and trustworthy and totally recommend him”

Repeat customers June 2023

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Why on earth do so many businesses on Ponsonby Road still have their Christmas lights up? Leaving them up all year distracts from the impact and excitement from when they should go up for Christmas.

They look tacky and ridiculous. General rule of thumb is Christmas decorations go up on 1 December and come down no later than the end of January.


Following up on a concerned ratepayer’s letter re Bike Auckland’s funding, I thought it interesting to note that the organisation, which has a staff of 13, was registered as a charity in 2008. Bike Auckland, significantly funded by Auckland ratepayers, through AT, appears not to have filed one financial return or annual report to Charities Services. Perhaps Bike Auckland or Charities Services can explain this state of affairs?

Another Concerned Ratepayer


The city is awash with sink holes, pot holes and crumbling underground infrastructure.

Part of the problem is the abandoned underground asbestos pipes. Follow the map of abandoned old pipe infrastructure to see the correlation with the problems today.

Auckland Council is responsible but does not fund the removal of these pipes, why?

Is your property affected? Is your neighbour's property affected?

Who should pay for the removal? Future generations? Why has Mike Lee been unceremoniously removed?

Negligence by councillors who fail to manage the risks for which they have been elected.


The Auckland Council grapevine is reporting the 'floor crossing’, 'team deserting' Local Board Chair, Gen Sage, has been expelled from Communities and Residents. Well done C&R!

Our community voted for, and many people worked hard to achieve, the Sarah Trotman-led C&R majority on the Waitematā Local Board in the 2022 election. That majority, the first for C&R since the formation of the Super City, has been rendered useless with Sage voting with the left-leaning City Vision team on all material votes.

August’s Ponsonby News yet again had letters to the editor complaining about Sage’s “defrauding the electorate.” Waitematā is clearly a community struggling to process such betrayal – perhaps C&R’s commitment to respecting democratic process will help with some healing.

So, with Sage turfed out of C&R, I presumed for continued disloyalty brazenly displayed, where does that leave her political future? Unelected anywhere I suspect.


Please support the new petition to ensure New Zealand’s worst aviation disaster is known in perpetuity.

Successive governments have silenced the history of the Erebus disaster since the crash on 28 November 1979.

I am calling for this to stop, and for New Zealand’s worst aviation disaster to be remembered in perpetuity, through siting the proposed National Erebus Memorial where it belongs – as part of our nation’s aviation history – in a dedicated park adjacent the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).

Context: Since the crash, there has been ongoing sidelining of the Erebus disaster.

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage, which is charged with establishing the National Erebus Memorial, continues to sideline the story of Erebus by preventing the memorial being located where it belongs, next to and supported by New Zealand’s museum of aviation history.

Previous site selection: The previous site selected by the Ministry at Mataharehare-Taurarua (Dove Myer Robinson Park, Parnell), in the absence of due process, was not suitable, failed to gain community support and failed to meet Erebus family wishes that the history of Erebus be known and remembered through time.

Shifting of the memorial out of Mataharehare-Taurarua-Dove Myer Robinson Park is very positive for Auckland, and I thank you and 25,000 others for your support of this petition. We succeeded.

However, for the Erebus families, including myself, the grief continues.

New proposed site: I lost my father Aubrey Brough at Erebus. It’s been 44 years, and none of us are getting any younger. It’s time to ensure that the disaster is remembered so the same thing doesn’t repeat. This memorial needs an institution behind it to tell the stories when we are all gone.

Please support the new petition to ensure that New Zealand’s worst aviation disaster is known in perpetuity, through creating a dedicated Erebus Memorial Park next to the aviation section of the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).

Please click on this link or paste the web address into your browser to sign the new petition ‘Remember Erebus'.


For more information visit www.emp.org.nz

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We offer congratulations to Kol, which was awarded Two Hats in the ‘Cuisine Good Food Awards’ in August.

This month we chatted with owners Sid and Chand Sahrawat, the formidable duo behind not only Kol, but Sid at The French Café and Cassia.

We were excited to learn of Ponsonby Primary’s 150 year anniversary. The school was established back in 1873. Their 150 year birthday will be celebrated on Thursday, 21 September from 5pm - 8pm. It is going to be a lovely family friendly event with some delicious food, a studentdriven art exhibition and performances from the current Ponsonby Primary students and a special guest performance by NZ musician Dane Rumble. They welcome anyone from the community to come along and help us celebrate this significant milestone.

This issue we take a look at the local real estate market and talk with industry experts about what is going on right now. New to the strip will be Urban Collective’s new development offering both residential and commercial property – their newest site is Pompallier on Ponsonby with 12 luxury apartments.

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

Limn Gallery is holding a third show from the 16th of the month of the works by Otlis Frizell and Mike Weston. If there are any

Jay Platt and Martin Leach

barriers to where Otis Frizzell’s diverse, irrepressible talent and colourful personality will take him, he has yet to find them. Otis has more than 20 years of public graffiti art experience, and since 1998 has retained his position as New Zealand’s highest profile graffiti artist.

With Indian street food in mind, we sampled some of the delicious new vegan platters at Mumbaiwala in Ponsonby Road. There is a private dining room with 60 seats – what a great venue for office parties.

Please remember to vote and have your say in the General Election on Saturday 14 October.

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Marica Jurasovic is the clinic's receptionist/administrator at Ear Health in Grey Lynn. She is one of the nicest receptionists, always warm and welcoming.

Best thing about Ponsonby?

The locals are so friendly and I get to meet with them every day!

How have you survived the pandemic?

Weathered it well – it was a blessing to spend quality time with the family and not to mention the gardens and grounds were well maintained.

Where were you born?

Henderson, West Auckland. I had a happy childhood growing up in the 70s and 80s. We spent a lot of time socially with our cousins (living nearby) and neighbourhood friends.

I will die happy if…

I know my children and future grandchildren are happy and the future looks bright for them.

Which TV series would you never miss?

'Happy Days'. After riding our bikes up and down the cul-desac with all our neighbourhood friends, we would be called for dinner. Then the family would all sit to watch 'Happy Days'. Our routine and quite literally our ‘happy days’. Good times.

The most Kiwi thing about you? Jandals, pavlova, No.8 wire – the list goes on.

See yourself in ten years?

Travelling with my children and when not travelling, caring for my future grandchildren.

What other job would you enjoy?

I really love what I do but my other passion is the construction industry. I am currently studying towards a qualification in quantity surveying.

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

Olivia Newton-John or Rebecca Gibney.

What was the last thing you bought that you regretted? A pair of shoes that were way too high – they did look really nice.

If you were reincarnated, what would you be? I would be reincarnated as a doctor dedicated to finding cures for cancers.

Anything you dislike about your appearance? I have always been comfortable with my appearance.

What do you love most about your age?

Contentment and acceptance.

If you were an ice-cream, what would it be called? Neapolitan – a little bit of everything, the good, the bad and the ugly.

Something that you really disapprove of?

War – it is so wasteful.

If you won a million dollars, what would you do?

Purchase a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes –ones that are not way too high!

What motivates you?

Definitely my children.

What do you think happens when we die? Our loved ones are left feeling very sad.

The best movie you have ever seen?

‘Grease' - it was the first movie I ever went to with my friends. I was seven and it was ‘the’ movie to watch.

Give your teenaged self some advice. Don’t be afraid to give it a go – even if you fail, keep trying. If you are determined, you will eventually get there.

How do you chill out?

Go for a run, have a shower, grab a Tank smoothie and there you have it. Chilled and re-energised.

Which item of clothing can’t you live without? My dressing gown.

A movie that inspired you?

'Hacksaw Ridge’ – a true story of a gentleman that stood by his values and beliefs in the face of adversity regardless of the consequences. In the end, everyone who tried to make him change his values ended up respecting him.

Most favoured possession?

My photos – these are our stories left behind for others. A snapshot in time.

Something very few people know about you. I am ace at playing the piano accordion.

Which talent would you most like to have? Entrepreneurship.

What gizmo can you not live without?

Hair straighteners.

Your comfort food?

Fish ’n chippies.

Your dream guest list for a dinner party?

Simon Cowell, Oprah Winfrey and Robert De Niro – imagine the conversation.

Favourite movie?

‘Mama Mia’, totally for the music, has me singing along every time I watch it.

If you could change one law or policy in NZ what would it be?

I would have to have a good think about this one. There are so many things but what one thinks is relevant may not be relevant for another. (DAVID HARTNELL MNZM)  PN

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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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Ponsonby News asked three of the top real estate office managers to tell us what’s going on in the local market right now.


Ray White, Wynyard Quarter

Are auctions still the best way of selling?

There is no doubt that auctions are by far the best method of sale still, especially in this market where vendors are looking for cash unconditional sales in a shorter period of time in the market. Our clearance rate, year to date (sold under the hammer) for our Ray White Auckland Central and Wynyard Quarter office is 70.86% with an average of 2.7 registered bidders for each auction property and average of 30 days on the market.

Are CVs relevant these days?

CV's appear to be outdated in the market that we have travelled for the past 12-18 months. There have been so many differing changes to values across Auckland wide, buyers are looking for more statistical information about what has sold to make decisions when buying.

Debunking the myths in real estate

Myth: It is a bad time to sell and buy.

There is a lot of noise about fixed-term rates ending for some vendors and the elections. The real estate market is always relative to selling and buying in the same market – it is the same market whether it's a flying market or the market we have now.

The opportunity now as we head into the spring/summer market which is just around the corner, is to be on the market ready to go as the elections roll over to take advantage of a less crowded market. For those buying not selling, this is the perfect market to buy while values are affordable combined with some reasonable short term rates available.

Where are the buyers coming from – locals/overseas/ investors?

The majority of buyers are local Auckland wide, with a growing interest out of the regions to either relocate or invest. We are seeing a slight increase in overseas enquiry for both residential and investment property.


Barfoot & Thompson, Grey Lynn

Are auctions still the best way of selling?

People can think that if the property doesn't sell 'under the hammer' on auction day, that the auction process has failed. However, properties can sell prior to auction, on auction day and post auction.

We find, when you look over the same 'chunk of time' (say, 30-day period), more properties that underwent an auction campaign ended up selling than those marketed any other way.

Are CVs relevant these days?

In any market, a buyer will always look at a CV to try to work out the value of a property. In other markets, buyers used to 'add a bit' to a CV to estimate the value. In the current market, buyers are 'taking a bit off' the CV to estimate value. The problem is, not every property is selling under CV at the moment. Is the property you are looking to purchase one of these? At the end of the day, the best way to ascertain value is to compare recent sales (if available) to ascertain the value of a property in the current market.

Debunking the myths in real estate

Myth: Real estate is a great way to make money quickly (in the short term).

In previous markets in Auckland, we were a bit spoiled. Some people bought property and then sold the same property shortly thereafter, making a quick profit. Though this can occasionally happen and some investors can sometimes add value to a property and make a (taxable) profit in the short term, we would say that real estate is a great way to increase personal wealth in the long term.

Where are the buyers coming from – locals/overseas/ investors?

In Grey Lynn, we are finding local people wanting to live in the area (as opposed to overseas investors). People love the cool vibe of Grey Lynn, the awesome Grey Lynn Park, proximity to the city, Ponsonby, K'Road and Kingsland/Eden Park. Many of our buyers are locals that live in nearby areas and know how good Grey Lynn is and, for that reason, want to buy here.



Are auctions the best way of selling?

Auctions are an effective method of sale in all market conditions. Sellers and buyers are indeed more cautious in the current climate. However, a deeper understanding of the auction as a genuine, three stage process is valuable in realising the success of auction campaigns versus all other sale methods.

Latest Bayleys' data shows after 30 days properties that have gone to auction are 121% more likely to have sold unconditionally than those marketed using other sale methods. At 90 days on the market, a property is 43% more likely to have sold if the marketing campaign initially involved an auction. This data is incredibly similar to the 2022 calendar year and speaks to auction effectiveness despite a period of volatility.

The fear that many have is, what happens if the property doesn't sell? If not, a second wave is created by switching to a secondary method of sale, eg, price by negotiation or asking price. Our team has put properties back into a set sale date process or a second auction with a successful outcome. The latest saw a doubling in the number of interested parties at the second auction and a 6% increase in the sale price at the second auction, compared to the highest bid at the first auction.

Additionally, if a sale isn't achieved on the auction date, is it different to having a price on a property when first listed and no unconditional offers three to four weeks later? Not from an outcome perspective. However, from a strategy standpoint, you have yet to run the risk of pricing too high and turning buyers away or pricing too low and selling quickly when a higher price may have been achieved.

Are CVs still relevant these days?

The Auckland Council website has useful information regarding how CVs are calculated and says, ‘The capital value (CV) is the value of a property for rating purposes, not the current market value of your home’.

So, are they relevant?

They reflect the sale prices in our neighbourhood, the medians of which are among the highest in Auckland. From this point, they can be relevant as a guide. However, it's understandable to see how they are only sometimes applicable to the home’s sale price.

If a villa is in original condition, in a street with high-end sales, the CV may be much higher than what the property sells for.

The CV may be much lower than its market value for a recently renovated home that has yet to have its improvements considered.

For these reasons, we recommend engaging with the listing licensee, building a degree of rapport and getting the latest market feedback on the home you're interested in.

Where are the buyers coming from?

Once established in the neighbourhood, we often find people wanting to stay here, moving within the area by upsizing, downsizing or purchasing a renovated home rather than renovating themselves.

To give this question relevance to our neighbourhood, I've analysed the last 40 sales conducted in Bayleys Ponsonby office. The buyer composition was as follows:

· 79% local

13% wider Auckland

5% international

3% national

With 20% of these buyers coming outside the local community, it's important to consider the effectiveness and reach of a sales marketing campaign. We're seeing a reasonable amount of overseas interest from expatriate Kiwis and prospective buyers based offshore. While this enquiry is yet to translate into sales volumes, we anticipate a ripple effect from surging net migration, which is on track to reach 90,000 by year end. Many of these new entrants are competing against Kiwis for a limited supply of private rentals, so there may be pressure on the physical demand for housing, particularly across the city harbour suburbs, which feature some of the city’s most desirable amenities.





Over the past year, the property market has been once again in the news, with the ever-fluctuating post-pandemic real estate landscape a hot topic in the press and around dinner tables.

With that in mind, I spoke to some of the neighbourhood’s most well-known agents about everything from their most memorable sale to their favourite place to eat, and what gets them out of bed in the morning – rain or shine.

Working in real estate in greater Ponsonby for an amazing twenty years now, it’s safe to say that John Wills knows the area like the back of his hand. You’ll often see him out and about on the streets and in local cafes, and if you follow him on Instagram (@johnnywills73) you’ll know he’s a proud member of the '5am Club' – sometimes even earlier!

“I like to get out there early and get my exercise done,” he says, “this free’s up the day for work.” After that the magic happens, “and I absolutely love getting potential buyers through local listings. I love setting up marketing campaigns and launching new listings to market, then getting plenty of interested parties through the home. There is always a great energy around a fresh new listing, and that’s what gets me up in the morning.”

When asked if he has a particularly memorable sale from the last twelve months he says there have been several, “but one in particular stands out. This particular client had been in their local home for fifty years and when it came time for them to move, they entrusted me with the sale process. I had known this couple and stayed in touch with them for 20 years.” The power of relationship building at work.

BLAIR HADDOW Bayleys, Ponsonby

In the industry for fourteen years and a major player in the premium property market, Blair Haddow is one of the most focused and driven agents I know. Like many a high achiever he’s an early riser, training, “with my amazing PT Oscar at Les Mills Britomart at 6am on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and cycling with a group of guys at the same time on Wednesdays and Fridays.”

Then it’s into the office, where his success as an agent speaks for itself. Particular highlights from the last twelve months include “a couple of significant off-market sales that were concluded between existing clients looking for their next property, which then resulted in those clients bringing their properties to market with me.” A win-win for all parties involved, and proof that even in quieter times successes are still very much taking place. And when asked about the most creative marketing campaign he’s embarked on over the past year, Blair says it would have to be “the re-launch of my social media platforms, the exposure of all of my listings across Instagram and Facebook has been extremely successful.”

When asked to name his favourite café and restaurant in the Ponsonby ‘hood he admits that he’s spoiled for choice. “I live in St Marys Bay less than 100 metres from Ponsonby Road -with so many wonderful restaurants and cafes in our area it’s impossible to narrow this down to one favourite spot!”


When it comes to creative marketing campaigns, John admits there is, “nothing fancy involved: great photography, get the drone up in the air, smart social media, plenty of personal phone calls to likely buyers… then set up plenty of buyer appointments and keep working hard until the result is achieved for the client.”

And as for his favourite cafe and restaurant, on and off the clock? “It’s got to be Bambina on Ponsonby Road for client meetings, and Seabreeze in Westmere for both work and relaxing.”



This year has been a very good year for Luke Crockford, who made Elite for the Ray White group after ten years in the industry, placing him in the Top 2 percent of New Zealand. “This is a year where the industry has been struggling and has been 15 percent down for most of it,” he says, “so my focus has been on supporting as many local charities with sponsorships and fundraising as I can, giving back.” He says that what gets him out of bed in the morning is, “life itself! I love mornings and am a morning person, and we also have our five-year-old who is always up and around by 6am.”

He says he’s had more than a few memorable sales this year, “including 59 Dryden Street, right on Grey Lynn Park. The real Grey Lynn Villa do up, I had amazing vendors and just the most perfect buyers, who are doing the project now of restoring. 63 Selbourne Street was another highlight, with lovely vendors who had lived there for over 35 years. Taking them through the auction process was priceless, with a fabulous result.”

Luke’s most creative campaign was one he calls, “Did you say....”, a marketing campaign he came up with while shooting a video for a property. “They became 15 second Instagram and Facebook videos where I put myself in the position of a buyer, asking myself questions,” he explains. “Did you say... you have always wanted polished wooden floors, high ceilings, a double garage, fake grass, and so on,” says the popular agent, “and one of the videos got 6000 views, which is apparently good!”

Having lived in the Grey Lynn area for over 25 years, he says there are just too many great local hospitality spots to name, but a few stand out from the crowd. “Ponsonby Road Bistro, Longroom, Malt Bar, Swashbucklers, Blue Breeze Inn, Annabel’s, Prego, Little Algiers on K'Road… the list goes on, both old and new.”


MATT O’ROURKE Barfoot & Thompson, Grey Lynn

Working alongside Ryan Harding, Matt O’Rourke has been based at the Barfoot and Thompson branch in Grey Lynn for the past twelve years. The pair take a laidback, fun approach to what they do, but never at the expense of professionalism and some seriously great results.

“Billy the cat howling at my bedroom door demanding breakfast is what usually gets me out of bed,” he laughs, “but in all seriousness, it’s a good coffee that usually gets me fired up for the day. I like to get out for a run (but that’s not always done in the morning), then I look forward to seeing and speaking with our clients – including prospective clients, buyers and colleagues.

He says that the pair has had many good sales this year, “but one that stands out as memorable is probably the sale of 4 Farrar Street, Grey Lynn last year. It was a challenging year in for the industry and that ended up being a very competitive auction and resulted in a strong price compared to similar properties nearby.”

Looking back, he and Ryan had a few creative campaigns over the years, “and we were fortunate enough to get proactive about growing a local Facebook page (Matt and Ryan's Property page) early on. Media outlets started to follow us so we would often post something that would get their attention, 'click bait' if you will. We now have a bunch of newspaper clippings about some of the campaigns we've had.”

Like any loyal local, Matt says that he has too many favourites to mention when it comes to dining hot spots, “but my favourite dish was the wok seared chicken noodles at Saan on Ponsonby Road. Sadly, because of the pandemic, they had to close their doors. If anyone out there has found a similar equally good dish, please let me know! I like to mix it up but most of the local cafes are great and have excellent coffee and food.”

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LUKE CROCKFORD Ray White, Ponsonby


Family values and delivering a real estate experience powered by locals, for locals, is what drives the team at Ray White Grey Lynn.

The new Ray White Grey Lynn business will be led by Angela Saunders, brother and sister team Chloe and Scott Wither and siblings Tim, Rachel and Ruth Hawes.

Consistently raising the bar of what exceptional service means in the real estate industry and with decades of collective experience, their small but mighty team of agents consistently rank among New Zealand’s top performers.

The Hawes family has a strong history of business leadership, having owned and operated Ray White Kingsland for close to 20 years, and when Chloe, Scott and Angela joined the business in 2022, the working environment was so productive and cohesive that the team aimed to expand their businesses further together.

With much of the team living in and around Grey Lynn, they are already locals in the community.

“We are known for having a really strong presence in the community,” Angela said. “Living in the neighbourhood, we go to the farmers' markets and the local shops are great.”

Scott said local businesses are an important part of the community.

“A lot of the shops and restaurants near our office are independent, they’re run by owner operators which makes for a good fit as well,” he said. “Our roots are here which gives us a really great connection to the area.”

Tim said the team wanted Ray White Grey Lynn to become the agency of choice in Grey Lynn and grow their reputation for excellence.

“It’s been a long time since there’s been a true market leader in Grey Lynn and we’re excited to become a part of the fabric of the neighbourhood and meet more locals coming through our open homes.”

Ray White Grey Lynn is a local real estate agency, part of a community that understands what it means to call this place home.

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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 Road 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/threebathroom 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 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 October edition of Ponsonby News for coverage on how these campaigns rolled out. (BLAIR HADDOW)  PN

12 Dryden Street 18 Bayfield Road



We asked Brendan Goodwin to tell us a little about his business.

“Our family name, Goodwin, is synonymous with real estate in Auckland. Our lineage in this market spans four generations, 100-plus years and counting! It’s a history we’re truly proud of. Under our founder, my father Ashley Goodwin, who will celebrate 50 years in real estate in 2023, Goodwin Realty’s sales team was ranked #1 in New Zealand 13 times. The team was also ranked in the International Top 5 (during our early affiliation with franchised networks).

“In 2011 we moved with the market. After 20 years operating in the franchise-led sales model, Goodwins re-emerged as an independent and specialist property management business. And for the past 12 years, thousands of Goodwins’ clients have trusted us to manage their beloved homes. We currently have more than NZ$1.5 billion dollars of property under management in Auckland, and we’ve earned our reputation as the go-to agency for executive and international rentals.

“In 2022, Goodwins led the change once again. We’ve brought our property management credentials and vast collective sales experience back under one roof and relaunched as Goodwins Real Estate.

“We’re still family owned and operated, and we’re now a full-service agency that delivers to all our clients’ property investment and sales needs."

What do you know about our neighbourhood? How are sales in this area and who is buying?

“My Dad moved to Herne Bay when I was 15-years-old and he's been here ever since. I think it has been well documented that the market has been tough, but I recently sold a lovely property off market for clients in St Marys Bay as there is a shortage of quality stock in the market. Now, more than ever it is about your relationships in real estate. The easy days of just listing the property and having people lined up around the corner are gone. But there are people looking for quality homes.”

Any awards?

“I was just announced as a finalist at the national awards for REINZ Residential Salesperson of the Year - Rising Star. I was also the winner of Residential Property Management of the Year - Business Development Manager consecutively in 2019 and 2020.”

Do you work independently or with other agents?

“We definitely work in with other agents. I believe you have to in order to achieve the best results for clients. The recent off-market sale was in collaboration with another agency.”

What kind of advertising or marketing channels do you use?

“We are only just starting our first round of paid advertising with MediaWorks, a business, so readers will be starting to see our brand a little more. Up until now, we have just grown organically through referrals and word of mouth. When we were appointed as American Magic's property partner for the previous America's Cup held in Auckland, there was a press release which got a fantastic response. Similarly, when we were working with Amazon Studios shooting the 'Lord of the Rings' television series, that was also picked up in the media but we never had to pay for that.”

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

“I have two gorgeous children, Leila who is two and Jacob who is three-years-old. I also get to work each day with my wife and best friend Aleina. With skin in the game and being a family business, it's very personal for us. I also get to work with both of my sisters and brother-in-law, so it is a truly family run business with a team of 24. We're carrying on what my father started and we're proud to continue his exceptional legacy in real estate.”

Any favourite cafes and restaurants you enjoy eating in?

Any local places you’d recommend?

“My favourites are Cocoro, Azabu and Mekong Baby.”


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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.

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As they watch Northbrook rise out of the ground at Wynyard Quarter, it will be a tantalizing wait for those who will turn 70 by 2027 and who seek a luxury later lifestyle in Auckland’s waterfront downtown setting close to shopping, arts and entertainment, hospitality and the Waitematā Harbour, rail and transport links.

Northbrook is the latest of Winton’s projects and the Wynyard Quarter complex is the first of five to launch that will encompass a new concept of later-living in style. Wanaka, Arrowtown, Avon Loop in Christchurch and Launch Bay at Hobsonville Point are to follow, but the Auckland development will create a unique prestigious precinct where retirement living will be central but connected to the world on its doorstep.

Northbrook is a future-proofing choice for retirees who want to continue an independent active life, but who want the ease of convenient and stress-free living, together with the security of knowing that should circumstances change and needs arise, on-site professional health management services and transition to full care facilities is a ready-made solution.

And what is more, the timeless design and classic comfort of the Northbrook offering is second to none. From the herringbone parquet flooring to the panelled wall detailing, Gaggenau appliances and elegant appointments, no compromise in quality has been made and the living could not be easier.

154 residences varying from one bedroom to four bedroom suites are available for occupancy from the multi storied structure, where residents will have 24-hour concierge, secure lobby access, lounge bar, café and private dining space, spa providing sauna, pool, yoga space and fully equipped gym, and other services and comforts of home that support connection with residents and family and friends. Additionally, there are 35 care suites which will be supported by a full clinical team providing specialist care from hospital level to secure dementia care services.

Winton is a debt free NZX and ASX listed development company that has been instrumental in creating masterplanned residential neighbourhoods all over the country since 2014. With 27 projects currently, and a substantial land bank, the company has already proved it can deliver and promises much more to come with Northbrook Wynyard Quarter.

Winton also owns the adjacent waterfront land where it is developing a new waterfront hospitality precinct, Cracker Bay, which will include a boat club where Northbrook residents

will have automatic membership and private marinas and a boat stacker, which they will have priority to license.

All the low-rise facilities, gardens and walkways planned for this land, will connect this area to the Westhaven walkway but, most importantly, will ensure that Northbrook residences do not lose their north-west facing water views. A paradise on the doorstep indeed – and this neighbouring amenity will be simultaneously constructed for when the residents of Northbrook take occupation by the first quarter 2027.

The full-size show apartment at 136 Beaumont Street is open daily 10am to 4pm and the sales team welcomes visitors to see Northbrook for themselves and view the wider masterplan of Cracker Bay. Experience the peace and calm of the sophisticated interior fit-out and study the to-scale model which illustrates the entire site so no more imagining is necessary. A dream lifestyle awaits.




Senior Property Manager at Charlton Property Management

How did you start out in property management?

I started in the industry as an assistant property manager after a career in retail management. I have always loved property, interior design and architecture, so the career change came fairly naturally for myself. I’ve been a property manager for six years now and wouldn’t change it. I love the variety, problem solving aspects and the interaction with people it brings.

Over your career you would have seen a huge of number of changes, what has been one of the major changes in the sector?

The Healthy Homes legislation brought in was a significant change to go through and assess for all our managed properties and bring up to code where required. Overall, though, we have found it has been a positive change to ensure all rentals are warm, dry and meet a minimum standard for tenants.

As an Auckland property manager, what is your niche market in the residential property management world? I manage a large proportion of villas and apartments in the Ponsonby and city fringe areas.

This year, Auckland faced the Auckland floods and Cyclone Gabrielle, was your portfolio affected and how are the clients who suffered damage and loss of their homes?

We did have a large proportion of properties affected. However, most insurance companies covered the damage incurred and we also handled the process for the majority of our clients, as it was quite a lengthy process in some cases.

Where properties were more adversely affected, we used the time and insurance coverage to further upgrade and add future value where needed, bringing a somewhat positive outcome to a challenging time.

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What sets Charlton Property Management apart from other property management companies?

Our managed portfolio sizes are smaller than industry standard, ensuring we can give the highest level of service to all. We also have good systems and support structures in place which make property management as stress free as possible for our clients.

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We all know by now that cycleways and widened pavements have the dual functionality of squeezing vehicle access to central city locations.

The creation of pedestrian precincts, such as the council’s plan to convert Victoria Street (from the junction with Hobson Street down to Victoria Park) into a pedestrian zone, will go further in restricting private vehicle access to the central city.

At the Auckland Council Local Board meeting on 15 August, one particular statement struck me for its absurdity. It was uttered by member Anahera Rawiri, who stated, “There are currently 40,000 residents in the Auckland City centre and by 2030, there is a goal to increase that number to 100,000.”

That translates to increasing the population of the central city by 2.5 times over the next six years! So, at the same time as redesigning the city to be less friendly to private transport, they intend to swell and concentrate the number of dwellers.

Member Rawiri’s statement was in reply to a deputation presented by the CEO of 'Sport Auckland', a charitable trust, looking for green spaces on which to promote activity. The CEO admitted that their $722,000 fund to distribute, “… is for children and families of ethnic minorities and students of greater needs,” which included $200,000 to promote activity among the Asian community.

Green spaces are denoted as parks and reserves around the city, some of which iwi and council now have carte blanche to use for their plans of ‘intensification’. The deputation from Sport Auckland stated that, “The loss of green spaces would be counter productive to their aims of promoting activity.”

An example of extreme intensification (4000 apartments) on one previously green, open space to be covered in housing (destroying many of the arboretum of trees including those on the Tree Register) is former UNITEC land just outside the border of the central city Waitematā Local Board preside. But the smaller reserves in and around Ponsonby are all at potential risk.

Member Rawiri’s online profile states she owns her own business and has built her career in the iwi development, housing, health and property sectors. She also works for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei’s development arm.

What is driving local government – international planning or local interests? And, are there conflicts of interest?

Grant Mountjoy, Rock The Vote NZ


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September is the month when the sun crosses above Earth’s equator and moves from north to south bringing with it, you guessed it, spring!

Whether spring begins on 1 September or at the spring equinox on 23 September is a moot point. Who cares? It’s goodbye to those cold dark days.

Being clever Ponsonby peeps, you probably already knew that September comes from the Latin word for ‘seven’ –septem – the seventh month of the Roman year, which began the year in March. The Julian calendar reform (46 B.C.E.) shifted the new year back two months and September became the ninth month of the year. It’s the only month not named after a Roman god or goddess; the birthstone is the resplendent sapphire.

When you google ‘September’, most website entries focus on the Northern Hemisphere and the autumnal equinox, describing the month as a time to honor the harvest and the connection with the earth – a period of transition and change as the warmer months begin to fade away and make way for the oncoming cooler months. But while transition and change at this time is relevant to us in the Southern Hemisphere too, honoring harvest at this time is not so. With daylight saving starting on the spring equinox on the 23rd, we look forward to those longer days, warmer evenings and later sunsets and start thinking about planting out – not harvesting – some of our favourites in the veggie or flower garden.

In a spiritual and metaphysical sense, the spring equinox is associated with rebirth, renewal and reflection. It’s also a time of celebration of new life (think new born lambs, the kowhai flower and daffodils to name just a few). Throughout history, cultures have celebrated this turn in the seasons: Aphrodite from Cyprus, Hathor from Egypt, and Ostara, named after Ostara/Eostre, the Germanic goddess of spring and fertility. The latter being a pagan festival with the associated symbols of spring flowers, fairies, butterflies, rabbits and eggs.

The equinox, whether in spring or autumn, is also a reminder of the importance of balance, as a more or less equal amount of daylight and darkness occurs at all latitudes at this time. The word equinox is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night).

While the Northern Hemisphere has its cultural associations with springtime and the spring equinox, here in the Southern Hemisphere there are also many cultural associations in

Maoridom. Mahuru is the fourth lunar month of the Maori year – approximately equivalent to September. Although aspects of the tales differ, one has it that the God, Rehua, had several wives, two of them being Whakaonge-kai, representing warmth and light, and Peke-hawani, representing night and winter. The story goes that the two wives were constantly having eternal battles in order to gain the upper hand, but the days of the equinox brought calm as it was the only time when they were equally matched.

Transition, reflection, rebirth, renewal and balance – all things associated with the months of spring and food for thought as we approach the general election next month on October 14 to determine the composition of our 54th Parliament.

In the meantime, this classic poem of nature and joy springs to mind:

I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: A poet could not but be gay, In such a jocund company: I gazed—and gazed—but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils.



Kia ora Ponsonby!

This month at Leys is so wonderfully chaotic, we have so much happening. Not only are the school holidays this month, but the Auckland Heritage Festival kicks off at the end of September too. We are soon going to be some very busy librarians… but we love it.

Firstly, we are very excited to announce we are taking signups for our new Leys ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ club. Do you love elves, warlocks, fighting giants and winged beasts? Then join our new D&D club! Designed for kids over the age of 10, this club is for both experienced and new players. We will meet at the library every second Thursday at 3.30pm after school. To join, you can talk to any of our librarians or flick us an email at: leysinstitutelibraryponsonby@aklc.govt.nz

We have some exciting September school holidays' events lined up at the library too, where you might just see a dinosaur: Fossil Hunters (Saturday, 23 September 10am). Have you ever wondered what it’s like to uncover a fossil?

· Dino Diorama (Friday, 29 September 10am). Build your own 3D dinosaur land.

· Robogals (Saturday, 30 September 10am). Robogals are back by popular demand. Robogals are a group of Auckland University students who promote STEMskills with their wonderful kids’ workshops.

Email: leysinstitutelibraryponsonby@aklc.govt.nz to book. For kids aged 8-12.

· Dinosaur Scavenger Hunt (Saturday, 7 October 10am). Dinosaurs have invaded our library! Help us catch them.

And, finally, both Leys and our buddies over at Grey Lynn Library have awesome events planned for the Auckland Heritage Festival which starts on 23 September:

Love Ponsonby and Leys Library Ponsonby Road Heritage Hunt (23 September – 7 October). Pick up a Heritage Hunt map from Studio One Toi Tū or Little Leys and explore the historic and heritage sites of Te Rimu Tahi (Ponsonby).

· Leys Library Presents: Stories of the 1981 Tour Protest (5 October 6pm). Join Ponsonby locals Kitch and Dick Cuthbert and Tigilau Ness to discuss the actions that led up to the 1981 Springbok Tour protests.

· From Dawn Raids to Night Sprays (Thursday, 28 September 6pm): Grey Lynn, with its high density of media people and celebs, has been home to other influencers – anti-racist activists. Hear local authors Julie Helean and Lupematasila Misatauveve Dr Melani Anae speak and read on such times and places and where they have brought us today. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am4pm. Hope to see you at some of these events. (Florette –Leys Institute Librarian.)

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The realisation of Ponsonby Park, the new civic space at 254 Ponsonby Road, is continuing to progress well.

The working title ‘Ponsonby Park’ as everyone refers to it, has now evolved into ‘The Ponsonby Civic Space' as the project gains momentum towards delivery. We are hopeful the site may be one day gifted a name by mana whenua but this is not our decision to make. So for now, it will transition to ‘The Ponsonby Civic Space’.

The development of The Ponsonby Civic Space is to be completed in two phases with the open space being developed first in phase one, and the building being developed at a later date as funding permits, in phase two. Phase one will include the landscaping of the entire site so that it is all available, accessible and beautiful. Bravo!

The Park+ concept design chosen by the community is now being developed into preliminary designs by LandLAB. The Design Group has met several times already, with Community-Led Design Group representatives involved in the design meetings.

Good progress is being made including:

· The establishment of the co-design process with mana whenua

· An initial engineering report

· An onsite assessment for the deconstruction of the existing building and the ‘enabling work’. This work will be conducted with sustainability front of mind to minimise waste generation

· Future-proofing considerations of the building’s footprint

· Positioning of the new public toilets

· Heritage considerations

· CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) principles embedded in the design

· An initial meeting with Auckland Transport

The Ponsonby Civic Space is now well underway with the entire Design Group team focused on delivering a brilliant result for everyone. Soon this long-awaited civic space will be available to all the residents, visitors and local businesses to access and enjoy. It will be an urban oasis that will be good for the people, good for the environment and good for Auckland.

Bring it on! Keep watching this space. (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.



I need a rest, a change from fractured city life and caring for my dear old Dad. It’s been an exhausting year thus far, so I decide to escape the big smoke in favour of big nature.

My other half and I choose a winter adventure over a tropical location. Leaving road cones, speed camera surveillance and cycleway divisions behind us, we fly into crisp, sunny Queenstown to drive a hybrid rental across empty Mackenzie country, through cashmere coloured hills, black and white rocky ravines, along flat, straight, empty roads to Twizel. Not a sole to be seen out on the streets such was the cold. Our destination, Aoraki Mt Cook, where I was looking forward to throwing on new hiking boots in order to shirk off city anxiety.

Anxiety from chainsaws felling massive trees in public places. For years the locals have stood guard over the trees, the birds and the bees at the maunga known as Mt Richmond/ Otahuhu. Led by my old Epsom Girls Grammar school friend Shirley Waru, this group works tirelessly to protect the environment. They hoped the newish mayor would intervene to stop the Tupuna Maunga Authority (TMA) eradicating non natives like the massive Morton Bay Fig trees. But that was not to be. The battle drags on as these caring citizens prepare to take legal action against the TMA and their council cohorts.

Past Twizel at the turn off to Aoraki Mt Cook, we slide in as snow clouds gather in the valley’s throat, hugging the white cloaked mountains on either side. Devoid of humans, the profound beauty of the Narnia-esque landscape silences us. An empty countryside full of operatic vistas. I wind down the car window to expel the congested haze of Auckland and gulp deeply on fresh alpine air.

Two weeks before this great adventure, I attended a public meeting in the education classroom at Auckland Zoo arranged by Urban Ark – a well-meaning group calling for community support with a leaflet in my letterbox: “Te Wai Orea needs your aroha!” They asked for volunteers to help weed, plant and monitor Western Springs Lakeside Park where once there




Public Service Commissioner Peter Hughes, has described the spending of $40,000 of taxpayers’ money by the Ministry of Pacific Peoples to farewell its CEO as “not appropriate.”

That CEO, Mac Leauanae, is now the CEO of the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, a ministry that wasted over $3m of taxpayers' money trying to put the important Erebus Memorial onto an unstable cliff at Dove Myer Robinson Park.

A community of protectors opposed the Erebus Memorial being placed in the Parnell park for many reasons, including the instability of the cliff. Sure enough, when the rains came down in January so did the cliff. If only Mr Leauanae’s ministry

had been a forest. Utterly exasperated, I reminded them that over 15,000 native plants and trees were destroyed when the 200 Monterey pines were removed. Why don’t people pay attention when the shit is hitting the fan? Why do they allow bureaucratic stupidity to happen? And then, after the fact, they try to make it all better. Those exotics left to die slowly would have returned their nutrients back to Papatuanuku. No volunteers needed and climate change held at bay a bit longer in our small corner of the planet.

My head was spinning, I definitely needed a break. We awoke the next day to snow fall, icy scraps fluttering gently to the ground, adding a powdery layer to the tree boughs which drooped under the weight. Where the branches diverged, the clumps of snow looked like animals resting – wombat, bunny, cat, marsupial, skinny at first then growing fat until they slid down to the ground.

It is magical to be away from the hustle and bustle, to stop the constant modern worry about what we have done and are doing to our world, to instead be refreshed by cold and revived by the majesty of nature. Deep nature is what we need in our future towns and cities: big trees in public spaces, native species replacing the exotics as they naturally decline, concrete footpaths replaced with permeable surfaces, piped steams liberated. There are examples all around us of how to do things better, to be more in tune with nature and Grafton Gully is a shining example, planted with an abundance of native plants and trees to absorb the sound and emissions, while creating a microcosm for birdlife, lizards and the like. Standing in the shadow of Aotearoa’s tallest mountain, Aoraki, I am reminded that the greatest architect, planner and creator of all is Mother Nature. If we could only be quiet long enough to hear her ancient answers to our urban issues.


listened to the people instead of having a single-minded focus on a mission that was always going to fail.

One of the best examples of Mr Leauanae’s lack of judgement was when he presented to Auckland Council’s Waitematā Local Board in support of their Land Owner Approval for the memorial. His unveiled threat was called out swiftly by astute local board member Sarah Trotman, when she asked a simple question: “Mr Leauanae, did you just suggest you might spend taxpayers’ funds to sue the ratepayers I am elected to represent?” Mr Leauanae’s subsequent floundering gave the stunned audience an insight into the disregard he clearly has for the people his ministry is there to serve.

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On 27 July on the motion of Mayor Wayne Brown, I was removed as a director of Auckland Transport (AT) and replaced with Cr Chris Darby. I can’t say the move was unexpected.

I never actually asked to be on the board of AT. Frankly, my attitude to AT was similar to Huckleberry Finn: "I been there before."

Back at the start of the ‘Super City’, in November 2010, along with Chris Fletcher, I was appointed by Mayor Len Brown as one of the founding directors of AT. Len was to reappoint us for a second term in 2013. In 2016, his successor Phil Goff was opposed to appointing councillors to the AT board, claiming he’d a better plan for keeping AT accountable. That plan was never clear but Goff maintained his position throughout his two terms, during which time AT’s public reputation declined rather badly. Consequently, AT’s unpopularity became a key issue in last year’s local body election campaign.

At the height of this (less than a year ago, though it seems a lot longer) I was asked by the Public Transport Users Association to make an introductory speech to the mayoral candidates’ transport debate. During the debate, candidate Wayne Brown announced he would appoint me to the board of AT (hearty applause from the audience). The other candidates present, Viv Beck and Craig Lord, said they would as well (more applause).

Once elected mayor, Wayne Brown kept his word. But pretty soon after appointing me to the AT board, he became persuaded to sell the council’s airport shares. Despite our agreed positions on transport, my opposition to the sale of these shares became a sore point.

Ultimately, this led to my dismissal. It’s a price I realised I’d probably have to pay, so the call from the mayor, when it came, was no surprise. "He’s a vindictive b——" someone said to me when I was at Placemakers recently. "It’s not vindictiveness," I replied – it’s just politics." A major effort was made by the mayor to get the share sale over the line –even the partial sale he had to settle for in the end. It took a prolonged and intensive campaign; the finance bureaucrats’ drumbeat of ‘sell, sell, sell’ from almost the moment the newly elected councillors walked in the door, was matched by expensive council spin masquerading as ‘public consultation’.

Then there was the rather murky role pushing the sale played by Australian consultants ‘Flag Staff’ who have been paid more than $1.6m!

So, in order to secure key votes, the mayor had to offer rewards. This he did by trading, for instance, my AT director’s position and that of Cr Wayne Walker as a political reward to Cr Darby and Cr Shane Henderson. The move has not gone down well, especially with the mayor’s key supporters. Awkwardly, Cr Chris Darby has a somewhat different attitude to transport than myself, having a track record of supporting heavily engineered cycleways and the woke-ish war on cars and car parks.

As Mayor Goff’s chair of planning, Darby led the push for the privatisation of the Downtown Car Park Building and the removal of its nearly 2000 car parks. The fate of this important public asset still hangs in the balance, with AT yet to sign off on the deal.

Former National cabinet minister Cr Maurice Williamson often remarks on the differences between accepted practice in central and local government. The fate of former senior cabinet minister Michael Wood is instructive. Michael Wood owned shares in the airport company and via a family (JM Fairey) trust. It was considered, given the minister’s transport portfolio, that owning shares in the airport company could pose a conflict of interest, so he was ordered by the cabinet office and the PM to dispose of them. That he didn’t, led to his dismissal.

Though, to be fair, Wood could not have had a role in the fate of the council’s airport share portfolio, unlike his wife Cr Julie Fairey who also owned shares in their family trust. In her case she was given the okay to participate in the council debate and to vote (which she did, voting against amendments to keep the shares). In a similar position was Cr Darby, whose wife was a shareholder in the airport company.

Again, he not only participated in the council debate, but proposed a partial sale when it became clear a full sale would fail. But unlike Michael Wood, who was demoted and disgraced, Chris Darby was rewarded with promotion. Puzzled? Such things unfortunately are to be expected in ‘Super City’ politics nowadays. I wish to thank everyone for all the messages of support. For me, it’s not the end of the world. I will continue to work constructively, including with the mayor, to do the job I was elected to by the people of Waitematā & Gulf. (MIKE LEE)  PN


With Mayor Wayne Brown at the council swearing in ceremony November 2022. I never signed up to sell the public’s assets


Drinking Digby’s epic sparkling wines in the environs and seasonal offerings of the unique and iconic Petersham Nurseries in Richmond, London is like being truly inside the music of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, gently whirled and whizzed in violins and cellos, twirled through English country gardens, the scent of roses and herbs permeating the air, the red clay earth at your feet.

I am sharing a glass with Adrian Still, the head chef at Petersham. The restaurant is one of the first to receive the Michelin Green Star award for sheer excellence and sustainability.

Adrian informs me that the owners, Francesco and Gael Boglione, bought the nursery and house 24 years ago. Since then they have grown this hamlet into a veritable utopia of nurseries and gardens surrounding various forms of natural eateries including this incredible restaurant. Around 10 years ago, The Bogliones brought in Chef Skye Gyngell.

It was at Petersham that Skye became renowned for her distinctively seasonal, elegant cooking, creating dishes inspired by what she saw growing and blossoming around her. Adrian tells me that it is simplicity and sustainability that is the key driver. He, himself, has been bestowed the head chef mantle just this year. He seamlessly combines fine Italian cuisine with middle-England pub grub, a sprinkle of his Grandma and Ma’s cooking and a touch of the Orient, and it is fabulous.

We open a bottle of the Digby Non Vintage Brut Reserve. I take a swig. The wine is exceptional. To be honest with you, it blows pretty much all of the coterie of corporatised Grand Marque Champagnes (you know the ones) out of the water. The green sands of Kent are producing incredible pinot noir and the chalk and limestone soils of Sussex lend themselves perfectly to chardonnay. This stuff is the real deal, and I’m a man not easily swayed from my Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve.

Chef offers me a borage and courgette flower fritti – oh my gosh, the sun fills the room as I enjoy the pairing. I feel like I have grown gumboots on my feet and am inside nature itself. Chef tells me how patient you must be in the gardens to harvest good yields of the courgette flowers. We marvel at the Petersham’s market gardens. Here in Aotearoa, we all know deep down that we will have to transition away from intensive beef, lamb and dairy farming one day, and likely sooner rather than later, and without the luxury of time for the most detailed debate on the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’.

As I gaze out of the windows I think that a transition into a market garden society may work well for us. We will continue

to produce from our fertile earth and there is no reason why export cannot continue to flourish in such a culture. And ‘oh boy’ the produce will be so delicious.

In fact, Harry Boglione, the eldest son, has set up an organic and regenerative farm in North Devon. Head sommelier, the effervescent and knowledgeable Raffaele Givanetti opens the Digby Non Vintage Leander Rosé and we are brought Harry’s Haye Farm Lamb with baby gem, mixed beans and mint sauce. Now this really is quintessential English fare at its very best. The afternoon ambles into early dusk and for a few hours we enjoy life through the wrong end of the telescope.




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Ponsonby Primary School was originally established in 1873. It has a lot of history. The school was developed after a meeting of householders.

Dedwood District Church Street School was its first name. It was originally in the rented church hall. In 1876, threequarters of an acre was bought for the new school. In 1879 the school designed by Edward Mahoney opened and was leading-edge architecture with its big, open air, wellventilated classrooms. The school outgrew itself and by 1898 the school was also part of the existing Church Street School. The district was named Ponsonby in 1881 and, due to overcrowding, a new school was built in Curran Street. Curran Street School was built in 1921 and the pupils first attended in 1922 with Mr Hill as the first Principal of the newly sited, two large block building.

150 years is a long time, in what ways has the school changed during this time?

The key change we have seen over the years is an evolving curriculum. We are teaching our tamariki to become 21st Century learners, we “encourage students to look to the future by exploring such significant future-focused issues such as sustainability, citizenship, enterprise and globalisation.”

We have still kept our values based around our logo, 'Steadfast and True’. Our values align with the acronym TRUE: Trust, Respect, Understanding and Excellence. These values have been a significant part of the Ponsonby Primary history and culture.

What date is your festival planned for? What sort of activities will be on offer?

Our 150 year celebration will be held on Thursday, 21 September from 5pm - 8pm. It is going to be a lovely family friendly event with some delicious food, a student-driven art exhibition and performances from the current Ponsonby Primary students and a special guest performance by NZ musician Dane Rumble. We welcome anyone from the community to come along and help us celebrate this significant milestone.

Are there any well known former pupils?

Yes, Dane Rumble - musician, Olo Brown - ex All Black, member from the band Sachi, Rosie White - soccer player.

Sanjay Rama, the Principal, explains, "Our kura has gone through so many changes throughout the years but one thing that has never wavered is our commitment to being 'Steadfast and True'. We have a famous saying at our school, ‘once you are a part of the Ponsonby family you are always a part of the Ponsonby family'. With that said, I would like to extend an invitation to our Ponsonby whānau past and present to come and join us to help celebrate this tremendous milestone."

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It takes a lot of hard mahi to win an election.

I know firsthand the thousands of people you need to meet, the thousands of doors you need to knock, and the policy and social media platform you need to create. Once elected, you are humbled by the 8000 people who voted for you and you work hard to earn their respect and do a good job for your community.

However, in 2010, that dynamic changed when the government passed legislation under Auckland's Super City, which gave two seats at council's table so that Māori could be given a voice. The mechanism to ensure significant mana whenua groups are represented is given through the Independent Māori Statutory Board (IMSB). It's important to mention that these mana whenua groups are not some fly-bynighters but are statutory partners with the government, with a long history of tangata whenua and treaty negotiations.

Across New Zealand, these statutory relationships can seem like a nightmare. For example, many iwi might whakapapa to the same area, with one to a river, another iwi to the forest and one to a marae. So, you might have multiple iwi groups whakapapa to the same area for different reasons. Recognising and respecting these connections is crucial when considering representation.

I have had the privilege of sitting on the Auckland Domain Committee with members of the IMSB, and I can tell you they do a cracker of a job with a laser focus on environmental and inter-generational decision making. While they haven't always won every vote, you appreciate the kaitiakitanga that flows through council.

Personally, I support iwi statutory representation on council, but the IMSB's ability to represent is poorly thought through, and there are legitimate reasons why mana whenua groups may not want to have Māori Wards.

Let's say Māori Wards existed across all of Local Government, and you have one iwi group over represented by population winning the election or a popular outsider winning the

election that does not whakapapa to the ward. Essentially, the statutory mana whenua partners lose their voice on council and become an affected party to consultation. That's one way to cut your lunch.

So, the IMSB model would be the alternative option to ward elections for representation, but these members are currently bound by restrictions placed on them by legislation.

The council's 'Terms of Reference' for IMSB members is a bit of an egg. On the governing body, the IMSB member can discuss 'budget matters relating to annual and long-term plans’, which is outrageous given the breadth and depth of decisions given to the governing body. According to the IMSB website, they represent issues at council committees that deal with the management and stewardship of natural and physical resources. While there is a Māori Plan for Auckland, the legislative framework is holding back Māori representation in Auckland. Additionally, the acronym IMSB Member needs to be ditched and replaced with something meaningful like Mana Whenua Representative.

Before Auckland jumps headfirst into Māori Wards, the options need to be understood, well considered and supported by mana whenua.

As someone who has served as an Elected Member on the Waitematā Local Board, I have witnessed the importance of genuine representation and inclusion. We need to ensure that whatever mechanisms selected for Māori representation, they are effective, fair and empower mana whenua to have a meaningful voice in decision-making processes.

Let us foster a climate of understanding and collaboration where voices are valued and heard. Together, we can create a stronger, more inclusive Tamaki Makarau.

Rob Thomas, previous Elected Member on the Waitematā Local Board (2010-2019).

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While writing this month’s column, a torrential downpour is underway outside my office.

A dismal downpour in the cold weather is a great analogy for the Labour Government who is failing us time and time again with no solutions to tackling the cost-of-living crisis that is hurting so many families.

National has real plans to address New Zealand’s problems from education to the economy and from healthcare to law and order, we will get our country back on track. National is also committed to getting inflation down and lowering the cost of living. When people are relying on a fixed income, any costof-living increases are harmful, and the meteoric rise under this Labour Government has seen many people struggling. Only National has a plan to get our country back on track by addressing the underlying drivers of inflation. National will restore discipline to government, deliver meaningful tax relief and stop adding unnecessary costs to businesses. It's not about the economy for the economy's sake. It's about people – it's about lifting incomes, creating new jobs and being able to afford the public services that hard-working Kiwis deserve. It's about better health care, an education system that equips our children for success, and meeting our climate change goals. National knows it is only through a strong economy that New Zealand can deliver these things.

You also might have heard about National’s plan to end cell phone use in schools for students. Teachers and parents have told us the use of devices is affecting schoolwork and contributing to a lack of socialisation during breaks and, as many parents have found out, messages through digital media apps can assist the perpetrators of bullying. We know there are school headmasters and principals across New Zealand who are keen for a centralised policy so every student attending their local primary, intermediate or secondary school can get on with learning rather than looking at social media reels in the classrooms. The schools themselves will be able to decide exactly how they enforce the cell phone ban, but it could mean requiring students to hand in their phones before school or leave them in their lockers or bags. Parents will still be able to contact students via the school office, and exceptions for students with health conditions or special circumstances will be permitted. Education should be the great enabler that means every New Zealand child can pursue their aspirations regardless of where they start in life. However, when half of Year 10 students cannot meet basic reading and writing benchmarks needed to succeed in further learning, work and life, we are failing our children.

Finally, thank you to everyone who has come along to one of the public meetings I’ve been hosting with my caucus colleagues and other members of the National team. It is crucial we are able to hear your concerns so we can work towards getting our country back on track in October. As I’ve been door knocking across the streets of Grey Lynn and visiting community groups around our city, I’m hearing the issues that matter to you. From concerns about how proposals to change rail crossings for vehicles and pedestrians can affect commuter times, to your worries about crime on our suburban streets impacting your wellbeing, know that we are listening to you and your concerns.

By the time the next issue of Ponsonby News comes around we will be well into the election campaign season and voting may even be open. Overseas votes can be cast from 27 September and advanced voting from 2 October. If you are unsure about your voter details or want to find out more about the electorate you are voting in this year, go to vote.nz/2023-generalelection/get-help-to-vote/contact-your-electoratemanager/ and you can find helpful information. Alternatively,

email my office at mplee@parliament.govt.nz and we can point you in the right direction. On October 15 I hope to return to the 54th New Zealand Parliament and continue my advocacy for you all. Until then my Parliament teams in Auckland and Wellington are still here to support you with any constituent queries you may have.

Have a wonderful spring! (MELISSA LEE)  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

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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Tighter restrictions must be adopted by Auckland City on all new helicopter consents to prevent unacceptable noise levels and potential damage from rotor blade 'propeller wash'.

We also want the Waitematā Local Board to reverse its recent policy change by reinstating its previous policy of making helicopter landing sites in residential zones a 'not permitted' activity.

Environmental Creep

Recently, when one of the three approved helipad owners on the Herne Bay waterfront sought a consent change to dramatically increase helicopter landings, an opposing neighbour complained to Auckland Council about what the neighbour termed 'environmental creep' that:

· Prevented them from using their deck and garden when a helicopter came into land, forcing them to hide inside their house.

The downdraft from the helicopter blew loose material such as leaves and dust right across their property.

Because of the opposition to the Resource Consent to increase landings from four helicopter movements per week to 20 movements per week, this applicant withdrew their Resource Consent application.

Waitematā Local Board

We cannot believe that in March our newly elected local board reversed a long-standing policy of previous local boards recommending helipads be a 'Not Permitted' activity, in other words a banned activity for urban residential areas under the Unitary Plan. One local board member commented that there was no available public helipad on this side of the city, and it was therefore unfair to make users travel across town to Mechanics Bay.

Fortunately, the matter has been taken up by the Auckland Council Planning Committee and opposition from communities all over Auckland will, hopefully, force a review of the Unitary Plan and make helipads 'Not Permitted' unless for rescue or sited in areas well away from housing.

Current Helipad Consents

The current three helicopter consents are (see attached map) for properties on the foreshore at the bottom of Sentinel Road (granted in 2011), in River Terrace (2015) and for a property one the foreshore in Cremorne Street (2015). None of these Resource Consents were publicly notified.

Of interest is that once granted, these Resource Consents last in perpetuity. Also, consents go with a property on its sale. This happened when John Dunn, who owned a small helicopter he

flew himself, sold his property at 64 Sentinel Road to property developer Ben Cook who since then uses larger commercial helicopters for his outings.

While only one of these three helipad sites is currently well used, this could change at any time. We know there is an application pending for a helipad to be sited on the Westmere waterfront and another rumoured in Herne Bay’s Marine Parade.

Conditions We Would Like For Helipad Consents

For our association, the issue of helicopters creates more mail and more comment that any other issue. So, we feel it’s important to speak up about which residents are concerned and propose the following conditions for consents:

As over time helicopter types and dimensions change, we want an on-site acoustic test to set a measurable benchmark for the future management of any consent. This will permit noise comparison as new helicopter models are used.

· The maximum number of daily and weekly flights (a flight is one take-off and one landing) are specified. Flight movements must comply with Auckland Unitary Plan, or Morning Civil Twilight or Evening Civil Twilight rules whichever are more restrictive.

Flight paths must be adhered to and the consent holder must always use the transponder on take-offs and landings that records the flight path taken (that must be over the harbour). If a permitted flight path can’t be used, then the flight must be abandoned.

There must be restrictions on flight idle time, maintenance of flight log books, and Auckland Council must commit to verification of compliance to the consent conditions on a regular basis. These verifications must be at the expense of the consent holder.

Landing/take-off rotor pressure test to record maximum permitted pressure for future compliance of new helicopter models.

· If required by Auckland Council, the consent holder must install appropriate assessment telemetry capable of registering (recording) every helicopter movement.

These new conditions for consents can be contained as statutory in the 2026 Unitary Plan revisions.  PN




On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11am we offer free Seniors Yoga classes, led by the lovely Sally Haydon. These classes are endorsed by the Live Stronger, For Longer programme and are a low impact way for over 65s to maintain their strength and balance. To join the classes just turn up! Wear suitable clothing for stretching – we provide the yoga mats, etc.

Our free school holiday art and craft classes are always popular and this term we have started up the free after school art and craft classes again at the Freemans Bay Community Hall. The classes are for children aged 7-12 and run every Tuesday afternoon 3:30-5pm at the hall in Hepburn Street.

If you would like your child to attend, please email us on info@ponsonbycommunity.org.nz to register.

Also on Tuesdays, up at the Ponsonby Terrace Community Centre we have Ponsonby Playgroup running between 9.30am and 11.30am during term time. Antonio the Music Man makes an appearance and each week Genevieve, our Playgroup Coordinator, creates new activities for 0-5-yearolds to enjoy. All welcome!

Ponsonby Community Centre has a long-standing and popular preschool called Ponsy Kids Preschool – Ponsy Kids has been around for over 20 years and boasts long serving, registered teachers, high ratios and a homely atmosphere.

We've a lot going on at the community centre over the winter months and much of it is free. WE'VE GOT A LOT GOING ON!

We currently have available places for 2-year-olds on most days – please email admin@ponsykids.org.nz or phone T: 09 376 0896 for an appointment to visit.  PN www.ponsonbycommunity.org.nz

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Getting Auckland back in charge of Auckland’s Transport Projects.

Auckland’s system of planning transport is broken and is in desperate need of fixing.

It’s too complex, with too many parties involved and is not properly joined up. The Ministry of Transport, Auckland Transport, Waka Kotahi, Kiwirail, Auckland Light Rail, City Rail Link and more all have a say.

Agreements made between the council and the Crown, including the mayor and minister can be contradicted and relitigated every step of the way. So, we announce grand plans every three years as part of ATAP only to see them ignored.

Politicians are elected to set direction, but in Auckland we have no real say over which transport projects proceed and which do not. I don’t need to remind anyone that this is a major source of frustration for Aucklanders.

I’m proposing two ways of fixing this.

Firstly, a joint-committee with government to agree an Integrated Transport Plan for Auckland which will agree direction for transport in Auckland and ensure major projects are coordinated. This provides a statutory basis for some of what is being done anyway – the ATAP process and the integrated plan. It isn’t only about projects, but also about funding, revenue and governance.

Secondly, the Regional Land Transport Plan needs to be developed and approved by Auckland Council, rather than by a committee largely comprising of Auckland Transport board members.

Of course, Auckland Transport needs to be closely involved in that. Their expertise is important and we will work constructively with them in delivering a better system. But it must be for us as elected members to approve the final plan.

I intend to lobby all political parties for this necessary legislative change and I’ve made good progress on that already.

However, council also needs to step up and take initiative. Councils have the power to introduce legislation as a local bill which we should make use of where appropriate.

I’m proposing that staff work up a local bill over the next month to bring back to the governing body for our consideration.

After some further discussion, I am also proposing a few additional resolutions which I have put forward here and ask that they be accepted as a Chair’s recommendation. This reflects our intent to work with AT in developing the solution and in getting a change in approach underway in the meantime.

The legislation would also mean that Auckland Council will lead the preparation and approval of the Regional Land Transport Plan, just like all other councils do. The council will then have some control over the crowd of bodies with a say and it will lead to Aucklanders deciding our transport options, not bureaucrats in Wellington. (WAYNE BROWN)  PN

Mayor of Auckland




My legal, teaching, real estate and life experiences will be very useful if I become a member of parliament.

I have lived and worked in Ponsonby as a barrister for many years. I bring front line legal experience in the courts of New Zealand, including in Fiji post the 2006 coup period.

I am also a roster lawyer acting for those under the Mental Health Act in Auckland hospitals and have carried out a judicial position as a Visiting Justice in Auckland prisons for 12 years. My observations of the mentally unwell has indicated usage generally starts off with marijuana but then proceeds onto methamphetamine. Consequently, my views about drug legislation reform are conservative. The irreparable damage to the brain is not good reading. In respect to the Visiting Justice position, I presided over internal charges brought by a prison against prisoners. Prisons can be the breeding grounds for the advancement of gang membership, violence and some desperate prison officers being enticed to make money. It can be a place where prisoners do become rehabilitated but sadly the programmes cannot be a one size fits all.

As a former teacher, I previously contributed to the coaching of school sports teams. Having my then personal competitive interest in squash, good health was always a centre piece. Sensible eating habits and regular exercise have always been part of my regime for longevity and good health. Walking Boris (choc lab) is an extension of that in keeping fit.

The idea of standing as a candidate for New Zealand First emerged many months ago. But from an early age observing customs and values through speechmaking at Motatau Marae where I was brought up in the country was the grounding for it. Many years later I obtained a BA and MA in Politics at Auckland University as a mature student before the completion of a law degree. Women’s rights was for me at Motatau an important issue then as it still is today.

Whilst a long time Ponsonby resident and ratepayer, I have also observed the wastage of monies by Labour and the Greens. I think of the harbour bridge bicycle idea where $52 million was wasted and cyclists broke the law to ride on the Auckland Harbour Bridge. In Auckland Central some people literally are living desperately and the cost of living crisis has not helped. Every day in Ponsonby some mentally unwell people can be found walking the streets or begging for money at intersections. There is a female who sleeps on Ponsonby Road and has done so since Covid times.

Which brings me to the sitting Auckland Central MP who does not see the inappropriateness of her usage of $200k of taxpayers money via NZ on Air for a documentary about herself. This is a third documentary about Ms Swarbrick where NZ on Air has funded it. It was complained about by two political parties last year but Ms Swarbrick continued, not forgoing the monies from NZ on Air.

The problem when MPs have not run their own businesses, or have not had much real work experience, means they see taxpayer monies as a bottomless pit to be spent frivolously and thrown about on pet projects. This is a time of frugality not inappropriate spending. Word has it we are broke and all costs are skyrocketing. With all that, it is a strong reason for me to put my hand up to help our country recover from the mess Labour and the Greens have put us in.

It is here NZ First's slogan, 'Let's Take Back Our Country' is very pertinent.

We, NZ First, want to take back from:

Those politicians who no longer represent or understand the struggles and needs of hard-working Kiwi battlers. Those out of touch Wellington bureaucrats who want to dictate to Kiwis how to live our lives.

Those select few elites who want to rewrite history and create division and separatism in our democracy.

· Those global and local agenda-driven influencers who continue to threaten our independence and sovereignty.

· Those woke sociological extremists who want to change the social fabric of our society and who want to limit our freedoms.

The General Elections are to be held on 14 October 2023. We are asking for your party vote for NZ First in particular. You can vote for me too in the candidate vote. If you are on the Maori roll you can still party vote NZ First.

If you are not registered for voting, I can do that for you at our office at 41 Jervois Road.

Email me: heeni.williams@nzfirst.nz


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Rob and Jill had been together for 10 years.

They each had adult children from previous marriages and also had assets from those relationships which they had agreed would be their own separate property. They had seen their own lawyers and signed a relationship property agreement (or pre-nuptial agreement) agreeing on that. They lived in a house which Rob owned 40% of and Jill owned 60% of and they both owned shares in a business that they had started together five years ago.

Rob and Jill were looking forward to the next few years when they would sell their business and enjoy their wellearned retirement. They each had grandchildren living overseas and they were keen to spend as much time with them as they could. In fact, they also had their house on the market, intending to downsize and buy a 'lock and leave'.

However, one morning after walking their dog along the beach, Jill complained to Rob that she had a terrible headache. The next thing, Jill had collapsed on the floor and Rob rang for an ambulance. It transpired that Jill had had a cerebral stroke.

Rob was at a loss. The first thing the doctors asked was, who has power of attorney. Rob and Jill hadn’t got around to completing powers of attorney – they had done them for Rob’s mum who was in a rest home, but hadn’t thought that they would need them as they were only in their 50s. It wasn’t just Jill’s healthcare that Rob was unable to make decisions about. He soon found out that as Jill hadn’t appointed an attorney in relation to property, he couldn’t access her bank accounts to help with household expenses. There were also transactions with the company that he couldn’t deal with as Jill was a 50% shareholder.

But what was also concerning at this stage was that he couldn’t negotiate on the sale of their property as Jill owned her share of the property in her own name.

The only option was for Rob to hire a barrister to make an application to the Court to appoint him as Jill’s attorney. This was a very costly and frustrating experience as the consent of Jill’s adult children had to be obtained before Rob could be appointed as attorney. The time delays only added to Rob’s stress.

If only Rob and Jill had instructed their lawyer to prepare enduring powers of attorney for them. An enduring power of attorney is a legal document that everyone should set up to give peace of mind for the future.

Tammy McLeod
DAVENPORTS LAW, 331 Rosedale Road, Level 1, Building 2, Albany, T: 09 883 3284, www.davenportslaw.co.nz

Do you have an Enduring Power of Attorney?

The protection of assets that we have all worked so hard to acquire is an important consideration for most people.

If you have a will, but not assigned anyone to act as your Enduring Power of Attorney, you could inadvertently be putting your assets at risk.

An Enduring Power of Attorney will look after both your property and personal care and welfare should you become incapacitated to make your own decisions while you’re still alive.

If you have not put in place an Enduring Power of Attorney, contact Tammy McLeod or one of the Trust Team for specialist advice.


September may see above average sunshine and temperatures, but average rain amounts. The first week may be mixed for sunshine and rain. The second week may be driest and sunniest, with the highest barometric pressure readings. The third week is expected to be mainly clear except for a day of passing showers, and the fourth and last weeks may be the cloudiest, wettest and with lowest pressures. The month looks to average 1018mbs. The sunniest weekend is 9th/10th. Temperatures may feel spring-like in the last week.

For fishermen, the highest tides are on 1st. The best fishing bite-times in the east are around dusk on 1st-14th-16th, and

28th-30th. Bite chances are also good for noon of 6th-8th and 22nd-24th.

For gardeners, planting is best (waxing moon ascending) on 15th-22nd; and pruning on 1st -7th and 29th-30th (waning moon descending). For preserving and longer shelf-life, pick crops or flowers around the neap tides of 9th and 24th. (Allow 24-hour error for all forecasting . (KEN RING)  PN

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

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I’m not a career politician. Having spent my life working with startup businesses, I came into this political world because I want a better future for Auckland. We deserve better.

Auckland Central should be a thriving, safe, modern city and the economic powerhouse of New Zealand. But as I’ve door knocked, held public meetings and met you in your homes and businesses across this election campaign, I’ve seen more and more people experiencing hardship, disruption and crime. Our community is doing it tough and the hits keep coming.

We are at a turning point with the upcoming election. After considerable change over the past few years, we have a decision to make on which direction our country should go and what we want our future to be.

I, and a National Government, stand for empowering New Zealanders to be responsible for their own success, contributing together for a better country. This means supporting those who want to aim high through quality education and reducing barriers to doing business.

It also means providing the necessary resources to our schools and groups like City Mission, Community Patrols NZ and Lifewise – community-led organisations that know our needs best and have a track record of delivering.

Leadership from a local MP should mean proper community consultation with all groups, regardless of where they stand on certain issues. If I have the privilege of being your MP,

I will stand for all of you. I’ll work to turn things around for Auckland Central. And I’ll deliver outcomes that give us all a better future. (MAHESH MURALIDHAR)  PN

National Party Candidate for Auckland Central E: mahesh.muralidhar@national.org.nz www.national.org.nz/maheshmuralidhar

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Do you know what you spend each week on housing, heating, transport and food? How about subscriptions to streaming services? Your monthly transport costs, insurances or your spend on socialising?

You may wonder why you never have any money at the end of your pay period. You may never be able to pay off more than the interest on the credit card.

We’re in the middle of a cost of living crisis, and things are becoming more and more expensive while we’re still largely earning the same, and you can’t just budget your way out of that reality.

However, it can help. If you are feeling like your finances are getting out of control, sometimes the best way to take that control back is to start with the basics and find out what you spend.

And it turns out if you feel like your financial situation is unravelling, you are not alone. An annual survey by the Retirement Commission found the number of people in financial difficulty has increased by 17% since their first survey in 2021.

Of those surveyed, 51% of people reported they were 'starting to sink' or 'treading water', while a further 3.5% reported they were 'sinking badly'.

If this is something you can identify with, we have a weekly clinic at the Citizens Advice Bureau where the first thing our financial mentor does is sit down with you and go through your weekly, monthly and annual outgoings.

Looking at what you actually spend helps you focus on how to move forward.

Once you know where your money is going, we can discuss with you if there are areas where you might be able to reduce expenditure. Maybe you can look at an alternative power company or phone company. Maybe you are subscribing to several streaming services you don’t use.

By looking carefully at your spending, it does become easier to work out if you can start putting aside some money. Starting to put a small, regular amount into a savings account helps

ease the angst over how to pay for unexpected costs (such as a dental bill or new tyres to pass your warrant).

Kiwisaver is also worth contributing to, because if you save at least $20 a week into Kiwisaver the government will put in an extra $521 each year. And if you are an employee, your employer also contributes at least 3%.

If you have debt hanging over your head, it is hard to think about saving and it can be stressful even managing to cover your basic outgoings.

We can look at any debt you might have. Some examples are: rent arrears; credit cards; car loans; or other consumer loans (eg, for a computer, phone or furniture). Maybe you have some outstanding parking fines that went to court and they are now being deducted from your salary or benefit. We can investigate ways to repay them more efficiently or negotiate alternatives.

If you have gotten behind with a debt repayment, we can help you communicate with the lender. There is a lot of shame and fear around debt and many people put their head in the sand, or worry that getting in touch with the lender might somehow put them in a worse position. The opposite, in fact, is often true – the longer you leave it, the more likely that a debt collector might become involved.

If you are facing an unforeseen change in your circumstances – like job loss or health issues – you can apply under the hardship provisions of your contract with the lender, and you may be able to pay off the debt in smaller amounts, or take a 'repayment holiday' until you can afford the full payments again (though interest does still accrue during this time, so you will probably ultimately end up paying more).

So, please don’t wait till things are out of hand – make an appointment with us at CAB and we can help you take action.

I orea te tuatara ka patu ki waho – a problem is solved by continuing to find solutions.  PN

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I have been reflecting upon my time as an MP so far, and how it has broadened my worldview.

Before politics, I was an employment lawyer and I saw my mission as achieving decent wage growth in this country. In furtherance of that goal, my bill to restrict restraints of trade has now passed its first reading and is open for submissions. I would be grateful if anyone who has been negatively impacted by a restraint of trade made a submission.

A restraint of trade stops an employee from working in their field, in their area, or for a competitor after the employment has ended. These restraints restrict the labour pool, often tying low-income employees to large multinational companies. Many believe this is done with the intention of stopping competition from thriving, because it starves smaller businesses of labour.

Research from America has found that workers experience an average wage increase of 6% over five years when restraint of trade provisions are banned in their industry. Tellingly, the percentage increase is double that for women than it is for men. Benefits for innovation have also been proven. The success of Silicon Valley is attributed in part to the ban of restraints on trade, because businesses can access the skills they need.

This lesson in the detrimental impact of anti-competitive behaviour led to my keener interest in other costs people face due to insufficient competition. On the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee, the Reserve Bank raised concerns that banks were making record profits here that they were not in Australia. The Commerce Commission is now investigating, and I am keen to further this work because it has the potential to reduce the prices we all pay.

I am pleased that we have begun to take active steps to address the lack of competition in supermarkets. One such step is a Grocery Commissioner, who will oversee the actions of our supermarkets and hold them to account. This will help to ensure cheaper food prices and fair treatment of those businesses in the food supply chain.

In another step to reduce prices at the checkout, Chris Hipkins recently announced that as a part of Labour’s Cost of Living Plan, we will take GST off fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables from 1 April next year, saving families around $20 a month. The Grocery Commissioner will monitor supermarkets and report publicly to make sure that the actual cost benefits are passed on to New Zealanders.

My place on the Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee has been invaluable as an Auckland MP, because it is so relevant to our everyday frustrations due to decades of infrastructure underinvestment. Now I am based in Mount Albert, I will be seizing my opportunity to question KiwiRail about its response to Mount Albert residents who live along railway lines and experienced greater flooding due to water overflowing from rail corridors. For the whole of Auckland, I will seek KiwiRail’s assurance that when the rail corridors are rebuilt, they will be cognisant of any impact on neighbouring properties given the growing risk of flooding.

Having seen the impacts of flooding as a long-time resident in Sandringham, I have a personal stake in making sure future infrastructure is flood resistant. Intensification needs to be pursued in a way that takes account of climate change.

Minister James Shaw made a comment at a recent concrete industry initiative to become carbon neutral by 2050. He said the silver lining of a decades-long infrastructure underinvestment, is that we can now build our city to be more sustainable for the environment. I agree with him. One of the joys of my job is that I get to see success stories. Did you know that they are making concrete with algae in it… which acts like a tree by becoming a carbon sink? It is technological advancements such as this which make me optimistic for our future. (HELEN

Labour List MP based in Mt Albert. www.labour.org.nz/HelenWhite Funded by Parliamentary Services.

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Helen and the Prime Minister at the announcement of a second harbour crossing


The Liberation of Le Quesnoy: 4 November 1918

Ponsonby U3A’s August meeting members heard the story of Le Quesnoy, a small town in northern France occupied by the Germans for four years.

The teller of this amazing story was Greg Moyle. Greg is currently on the Waitematā Local Board, a member of the board of Heart of the City and a Trustee and former Board Chair of Mt Albert Grammar School Board. He has a strong background in the military and served for 37 years with the NZ Army as a territorial soldier and officer. In 2001 he became a founding trustee of the New Zealand Memorial Museum Trust-Le Quesnoy.

In August 1918, the New Zealand Division joined in the last big allied offensive of World War 1 and by October 1918 had reached the outskirts of Le Quesnoy. It was ordered to capture the town. This was no easy task as Le Quesnoy is an old fort. Set high above two rivers, the entire town was surrounded by thick stone walls, flooded ditches and fortified islands.

Estimated to be around 2000 strong, the German defenders refused all requests to surrender. The challenge for the New Zealanders was how to liberate the town without causing civilian fatalities.

The Division came up with a clever plan. First, they fired 300 oil drums onto the town’s ramparts. On impact, the burning oil drums erupted skywards emitting so much noise and smoke the Germans could not see what was happening. In the confusion, some New Zealanders reached the inner ramparts without being seen. Next, they placed four makeshift ladders to scale the 33-foot-high wall. As first one and then another New Zealand soldier burst over the wall, the Germans surrendered. Not only was the town saved but no citizens lost their lives. Sadly, latest research indicates that 142 New Zealand soldiers were killed and another 300 were wounded.

The people of Le Quesnoy have never forgotten their liberators. The town has adopted many New Zealand street names and is a special place for New Zealanders to visit. On 11 October 2023 the New Zealand Museum, Te Arawhata, will open in Le Quesnoy. It will tell the story of a liberation by a ladder while also honouring all New Zealanders who fought in Europe during WW1.

Ponsonby U3A’s Andrea Boyd was the ten-minute speaker recounting a heart-warming story of her experiences in Nepal fifteen years ago. She and her husband walked around the base of the Himalayas, eschewing guides and porters, and carrying no more than a backpack each. By travelling solo,

they realised they had deprived the Nepalese of muchneeded income and resolved to donate the equivalent.

Avoiding aid organisations, they chose a micro approach. They met a waiter with a son who desperately needed heart surgery and funded the boy’s surgery by using a public cardiologist in a private hospital. When the boy’s situation deteriorated, they enlisted fundraising assistance from their adult children in London and New Zealand respectively. Raising more than was needed, they were able to secure English language tuition for both the waiter’s sons and to set the waiter up as a guide.

The positive outcomes include one healthy boy ready to take over his father’s guiding business; the other son writing the first novel in English and winning a scholarship to the University of New Mexico; and the father becoming adept at fundraising through developing trekking relationships. Andrea is firmly of the view that education is the most important gift of all.

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

NEXT MEETING: Friday, 8 September.

GUEST SPEAKER: Rhonda Preston-Jones: 'Understanding Dementia’.

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

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


Companionship, stimulating conversation, reading, music, arts and crafts, appointments and other personal requirements provided. Flexible hours to suit.

Kind and experienced carer available to support senior family members in their own home.
021 079 4668 or email raesam@hotmail.co.nz
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CHLÖE SWARBRICK: Auckland Central MP

As that infamous cheese ad on the telly once said, good things take time.

This past month has seen the fruition of outcomes on some of our long-standing advocacy and work, including in reinstating legislated urban tree protection, greater conservation of our Hauraki Gulf and commitment of Government funding for the next step towards new Richmond Road Primary School teaching spaces.

Tree canopy cover in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland has been decimated this past decade, accelerated by the former National Government’s removal of RMA protections in 2015. Since being elected to Parliament in 2017, I’ve worked to try and get legal fixes up alongside my colleague and friend Hon. Eugenie Sage in the House and Environment Select Committee. Where we’ve found central government roadblocks, I’ve also worked with and lobbied the most recent two Auckland mayoral administrations, ultimately recruiting the support of former Mayor Goff in favour of legislative reform. This past month, the Greens won this fix in an amendment to the Natural and Built Environments legislation.

Urban trees are not only crucial to quality of life and as the highesttech, oldest-school carbon sinks to reduce climate-changing emissions, but their shade decreases the high temperatures we experience on the streets, their branches foster homes for our native birds and foliage slows down the impacts of severe weather, ultimately reducing flooding potential which feels all the more immediate and relevant in the face of Auckland Anniversary Weekend 2023.

While trees clean our air and sequester carbon, so, too, do our oceans, to the extent that scientists estimate that every second breath comes from the big blue. We’ve long known those ocean ecosystems are under serious threat from destructive, large-scale and indiscriminate commercial fishing practices like bottom trawling. Nowhere is this more apparent in Aotearoa than in the Hauraki Gulf, which our communities – including recreational fishers – and the Greens have long campaigned for at least 30% protection of. In early August, the Government finally announced its response to the 2016 Sea Change plan – increasing the area with some form of protection to 18%.

Unfortunately, they’ve also retained bottom trawling ‘corridors’ and obviously haven’t gone as far as the science and our communities demand on protected areas. While we can celebrate this win, the fight doesn’t stop until we achieve law change that will support a flourishing ecosystem for generations to come. This includes serious action and resourcing needed urgently on ecosystem-smothering caulerpa brachypus invasive seaweed, which I’ve been working on with Aotea Great Barrier Local Board and mana whenua since it was identified in 2021.

Back on land, locals may remember that a fire in January of 2014 burnt down one of Richmond Road’s blocks. Since then, a number of students have been learning in subpar, supposedly ‘temporary’ prefabricated blocks. Through sheer determination of Principal Whaea Jacqui Tutavake and her board, colleagues, our community of whānau and the constant pressure applied from our Auckland Central office, we have finally seen a commitment in writing from the Minister of Education confirming funding for the concept design stage. It’s always a good day when we cut through bureaucratic obfuscation and deeply embedded ‘computer says no’ culture to achieve tangible solutions, not the least when that gets us closer to better learning environments for our kids.

I also recently had the privilege of celebrating the opening of Kainga Ora’s Te Mātāwai on Greys Avenue, near our central city fire station. Here are 276 new homes for those who need them, with the state’s first pilot of 24/7 supported living to ensure people get the support they need to connect to job and education opportunities, mental health and addiction support, and that the community is intentionally built and supported. We’re working with a few local NGOs on occupying some of the ground floor commercial spaces, which I hope to have more to say on soon.

As always, there’s a lot more mahi we could discuss than would fit within these column inches, so if you ever want to share your thoughts, need support from me or my office or have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to reach out. Regardless, I’ll see you at Ponsonby Market Day!

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

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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.


I was born in Ngamotu, Taranaki with magnificent views from our family home of West Coast sunsets across the Tasman Sea reflected on the mountain.

Locals know, “If you can’t see the mountain, it’s raining. If you can see it, it’s going to rain.” After all, it’s the heart of dairy country and a great place to grow up as a ‘boomer’. My strong environmental and moral compass was forged between family Sunday roast dinners followed by ‘Disney World’ and reading Golden Books – ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’, ‘Chicken Little’ and ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’.

My career began with architectural drafting, for a multidisciplinary firm with international staff, drawing luxury house plans, or a housing subdivision, including roading and survey, or Maui rig living quarters, or the synfuel production station, or the gas pipeline seafloor plot. Then to Massey studying sociology and anthropology alongside social work students as the prerequisite for architecture. At Auckland Architecture School, I was the first female president of the Architectural Students Association, alongside peers who became partners in the top architectural practices,

Early in my career, ‘the rules’ in this male dominant world became apparent. I had to be better than the men to be equal to them, but get paid less! Easy decision – architectural contracting paid more. In the 80s high-rise office building boom, my skills as team leader were sought after in Auckland, in London, where Kiwis were lauded because of our building code manual, and in Sydney where behavioral sciences training gave insights into people's movement in Westfield shopping malls.

Before New Plymouth was the ‘Energy Centre’, it was the ‘Garden City’. World class, man-made Pukekura Park was my playground, where the red bridge over the lake frames Mt Egmont in a postcard portrait. No wonder I gravitated to Western Springs Lakeside Park once I came to Auckland. “I’m Gael and drive a Snael.” (My S-Cargo is “one of the three icons of Auckland, along with the Skytower and Harbour Bridge”, according to a gaggle of K'Rd drag queens.) “I live on the border between Gay Lynn and Westqueer, and I’m straight.”

My life literally changed tack on Valentine's Day 2011, when my back was fractured in a freak yachting accident. The physical restrictions also stopped my sculpting. I started working as an unpaid community advocate and, as I say, “the rest is ‘HERstory’!” Now with new insight into mobility impairment, that affects 25% of the NZ population, my brain is more active than ever, following my passion to protect trees, the environment and heritage using my skills.

Architecture teaches the ability to see design errors, but not to unsee them. I didn’t need to study ‘play behaviour’ to know that you don’t play on main roads, so I joined the discussion group on NZTA’s ‘Play Street’ for Ponsonby Road to stop this silliness. I didn’t need to witness my father’s nightmares at a near fatality with a school girl who ran out from a school bus, to know that 30km speed 24/7 around school is ‘overkill’, but illuminated signs at school’s start and end will ensure safety. Nor did classmate Murray McKellan need to have his head crushed by a bus for me to know that it’s safer to cross behind a bus, unlike the West Lynn village bus stop that even cycle lobbyists' media called a dangerous “fiasco."

Using our emissions reduction commitment as their weapon, a faction of so-called ‘urbanists’ insist that roads are “real estate

that needs to be taken away from cars." NZTA admitted 'causing congestion', knowing this causes more emissions is glaringly ineffectual social engineering!


Humps and bumps don’t ‘calm traffic’, they wreck suspension and anger motorists who speed away. Diverting traffic from Queen Street to Symonds Street, it’s playing Russian roulette with university students' lives. Putting a cycleway between parked cars and the kerb in residential streets is creating a potential blood sandwich.

Selfish developers have got on the bandwagon of not catering for cars. Each storey not required for parking means another storey of apartments. This increases their very lucrative bottom line. Profit is the name of the game.

Public transport and saving mature trees are how we’re going to reach emission targets, not cycleways. Let’s face it, there’s no such thing as ‘decolonisation'. Non-indigenous trees are not to blame, they’re bird habitat. The hypocrites who push this won’t give up making ‘colonial’ money.

Calling out injustice and hypocrisy, educating on local politics with honesty, transparency and sensible thinking, all whilst calling a spade a shovel as a writer for Ponsonby News is an honour. (GAEL BALDOCK)  PN GaelB@xtra.co.nz




I awoke this morning to the news from my balcony neighbours, that the ship now has its very own flasher as well as a permanent resident – though whether the two are related, I cannot confirm.

Not the sort of news that you want to wake up to when you have a woozy head from sampling the many proffered libations in the Gin Fizz Bar the previous night.

The thought of one of our precious octogenarian passengers flashing their bits to others in public was enough to make me want to stay within the comforting confinement of my suite. I mean, I have a bad enough time avoiding the mirror when I get out of the shower in the morning.

Today is a busy day aboard, starting with the crossing of the line ceremony, a time-honoured tradition when passengers aboard, who have not previously crossed the Equator, are initiated in a ceremony and transformed into ‘Shellbacks' by King Neptune and his ‘Queen' (usually the second officer in a wig and falsies). During the ceremony, I have definite plans to be at the other end of the ship. To finish off the day, the World Cruise Party is to be held – free booze and free caviar – I couldn't think of a better combination at sea.

Amongst the current spurious rumours doing the rounds on the ship: a fight in the laundry room, the presence aboard of an old movie star, the flasher and now another new one about the ship having its very own permanent resident could, on the face of it, be just another ship’s myth.

Previous Cunard ships had always been known for supporting permanent residents. The now retired QE2 was a positive floating petri dish of retirees permanently sailing around the world. Other ships from other fleets boast whole communities of these 'floating snowbirds’, but we were sadly lacking of our own. Until now that is, because this particular rumour I can confirm is true.

Dr Fred Blanchard joined the ship the previous year. After retiring from a life as an engineer and losing his wife the year before, he felt that his travelling days were not quite over. A story that seems to be common amongst this burgeoning community at sea. So he sold all of his worldly possessions and joined the ship’s complement for “as long as his funds would last." Fred is 90; fingers crossed that he will be here for some time yet.

The detailed costs he keeps sketchy, but he had worked out that based on retirement village rates, he is paying approximately the same amount that he would on land in an apartment staring out at the same boring tree, rather than travelling freely on the most beautiful ship in the world.

And who wouldn't do the same thing given the choice? He has been allocated his own permanent stateroom and is apparently welcome to bring a friend or family member aboard for as long as he likes, whenever he likes.

In his previous life, he wrote four books and is planning to write more about his adventures on the ship, currently collecting stories to fill his planned tomes. He was fascinated about the story of our supposed flasher, so I guess I can count him out of my list of suspects.

Fred’s biggest joy aboard, is the constantly changing complement of passengers because, as he says, with his early onset of dementia, he doesn't remember how long he has known his friends for, so they are all old friends. If he feels like getting off the ship for a wander around Cartagena or Durbin, then he can. If not, he’s happy to stay aboard and revel in the ship and each new view a different port brings.

Set under the canvas of the Pacific’s southern skies, Fred and I shared a drink with the cast and crew of the good ship Queen Victoria. Once again, in a sea of Champagne bubbles and caviar, the rumour of the flasher grows. It seems now everyone is talking about it, but no-one seems to know its veracity while our Captain appears to be tightlipped on the matter.

If it turns out to be false, I am going to be sadly disappointed. The ship loves a good story and fueled by 40% proof alcohol it has been providing an ample distraction from the world's problems.

I’m sure there’s more to be revealed over the coming days and, if not, I’m sure to read about it in one of Fred’s books.




Just 10 months after opening its doors, Kol is awarded two hats in the ‘Cuisine Good Food’ Awards and is going from strength to strength.

We catch up with owners Sid and Chand Sahrawat, the formidable duo behind not only Kol, but Sid at The French Café and Cassia.

Congratulations on your recent success in the Cuisine Good Food Awards and achieving 2 hats for KOL. What do you think the recipe for success is for any new restaurant?

We think the recipe is a great team who are in love with what they are delivering to customers and take it seriously. You may have a great concept and great food, but without the backing of a great team you won’t be able to deliver the experience you want consistently to your guests.

KOL is just 10 months old this month and there’s nothing really like it in Auckland. Tell us about the concept and why it works in Ponsonby?

We always believed that there was more to Indian cuisine than what is stereotypically presented to the customers. There is this tenet that lets us give the consumer what they are familiar with and like to ensure they come through our doors. We find challenging that belief as restaurateurs gives us that point of difference in the market. So, at Kol we use charcoal in a tandoor (Indian clay oven) and wood fire to cook most of our dishes. Kol is the Icelandic word for charcoal. We also have a big emphasis on cocktails. Mangesh Shah, our bar manager, has a rotary evaporator in the bar to distil flavours to create eclectic cocktails.

KOL has a real emphasis on drinks and cocktails. This is different from your other restaurants – have you had to do things differently?

Yes, it has been a real change having to think of happy hours, something we have never encountered in our previous business models. We also have one of the few rotary evaporators being used outside a science lab. The evaporator helps extract the flavour out of anything and turns it into a clear liquid that can then be infused into a cocktail. The easiest example is, think of a Bloody Mary but one that is clear. We also have a flavour blaster that we use to create smoke bubbles and we just love watching people have that childlike surprise with that cocktail and it is probably our most instagrammed drink. So, we are really pushing the boundaries with our cocktail and drinks programme.

What are the must try dishes on the September menu? And drinks?

We have just added some new dishes to the menu at Kol like our venison tartare, juniper and Jerusalem artichoke, for the vegetarians we have carrots with parmesan and cumin, and we have a dessert with parsnip – yes, parsnip! It has parsnip chips with elderflower and chocolate. The signature dishes like our goat’s cheese, porcini and truffle kulcha (stuffed bread) and vindaloo fries remain crowd favourites. Mangesh has created a new whisky sour with marmite and croissant and the ‘Agurk' is a new vodka-based cocktail with cucumber, lime and fenugreek.

Sid, you have a collective seven hats this year in the Cuisine Good Food Guide – that’s more than any other chef in New Zealand. How do you keep your feet on the ground? We don’t take it for granted that we will keep our hats each year. In fact, getting the hats adds extra pressure to live up

to them, consistently to prove that we deserve them, not only to the judges but also to the diners who come through the doors expecting that level of experience. We say a massive congratulations to our teams when we win the hats and we celebrate but we remind them that it now means consistently living up to that level each day, as they say you are only as good as your last dish.

What are your favourite places to visit in Ponsonby – eat, drink and shop?

Oh, so many. We end up doing Monday lunches at Prego, Silky Otter is great with the kids or for a date night, Deadshot for drinks, Mekong Baby for something Asian and tasty, Duck Island is the perfect treat to bribe the kids with. Chand loves to pop into Mecca and Karen Walker. I like Huffer, browsing in Milly’s Kitchen and Chambers in Three Lamps.

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KOL, 23 Ponsonby Road, T: 021 379 700, www.kolauckland.co.nz KOL Head Chef Viicky Shah photography: Josh Griggs
photography: Babiche Martens


For many Auckland locals and visitors to Tāmaki Makaurau, a trip across the sparkling waters of the harbour to Waiheke Island is the perfect way to while away days and nights during the warmer months and beyond.

It’s also the ideal spot for entertaining a crowd, be it corporates celebrating a successful year or family and friends toasting birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and more.

Ki Māha is a popular choice for those looking to spend time on the island, offering an inspiring seasonal menu featuring sustainable seafood, ethically farmed meats and local produce on the shores of beautiful Onetangi Beach. Within its super chic, contemporary surroundings you’ll also enjoy world-class service alongside a carefully curated wine list, the latter of which includes the restaurant’s very own specialty wines.

In the lead up to Christmas and New Year, Ki Māha really comes into its own, hosting an array of large groups with ease, both corporate and casual. Specialists in creating truly inspired group dining experiences from eight guests up to 80, the option of accommodating 120 is also available for those looking to secure exclusive venue hire and enjoy everything that the restaurant has to offer as a private group.

A set menu of Ki Māha favourites is available to accompany group bookings, comprised of three sumptuous courses of distinctly Aotearoa cuisine for a cost per head of $105. According to seasonality and dependant on availability, dining options could include the likes of Ōra King salmon cured in locally produced Waiheke gin, Yellowfin tuna carpaccio served with chilli, capers, avocado oil and lime caviar, or seared sirloin served perfectly medium rare with Café de Paris butter and pommes frites. The likes of salted caramel semifreddo Irish cream with hazelnut biscotti and dark chocolate rum marquise are there to effortlessly complete

the picture, and to further elevate your experience, Ki Māha wines are available as a pairing with every course.

Celebrated by local style publication 'The Denizen’ for both the beautiful interiors and innovative fare, Ki Māha is the perfect escape on the island at any time of year.

"Resting easily between the land and the sea and with panoramic views of the ocean, we welcome guests to arrive, relax and enjoy being a part of our very special beachside world."

Visit kimaha.nz to book and find out more.



Dida’s Lounge bears the name of Josef Jakicevich, and now his son Jak Jakicevich is also a Dida (grandfather).

Jak has instilled a deep love for whisky within Dida's and the dedicated team. He pioneered the Glengarry Malt Club, hosting legendary evenings that still thrive at Glengarry Victoria Park. Interestingly, it was during these gatherings that Matt Thomson caught the whisky bug, a fascination that ultimately led to the creation of Thomson whisky. Next month, Jak will travel to Scotland to be inducted as a Keepers of the Quaich. Nowadays, Jak's daughter, Aroha Jakicevich, is at the helm of these events. This shared enthusiasm has brought an unparalleled range of whiskies to Dida's.

Throughout September, the Dida’s team offers an exceptional Whisky tasting flight – four drams for $40. This month's selection includes the Glendronach Revival 15, a sumptuous whisky with a rich dark-fruited and memorable finish. The Highland Park Viking Honour 12, a perfect choice for wintery moments. The Glenrothes Speyside Single Malt 12, with its captivating vanillin cinnamon notes. And the fourth dram, Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10, masterfully balancing elegance with smoky barbecue nuances.

In addition to the whisky flights, September brings forth an international showcase of Whiskies at Dida’s. From Teeling Single Grain from Ireland to Scapegrace Single Malt range from New Zealand, Mars Iwai Tradition from Japan and Jack Daniel’s Bonded Tennessee from America. These whiskies complement an extensive collection of spirits and stand alongside our renowned wine selection. Drop by –the fireplace is aglow and we would be delighted to welcome you.

WHERE WINE MEETS FOOD – Dida’s Wine Lounge

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

Open Tuesday-Saturday 3pm-10pm.  PN

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Shanshan Li recently joined Grey Lynn Farmers Market with her delicious Witty Tui deli rolls –meat alternative products.

How did you end up in New Zealand?

I came here for a six-month trip after friends raved about their experiences in New Zealand. My childhood was big city life in China, so I didn’t really have much interaction with the natural world.

I was impressed by stunning views and easy access to nature… and I met my husband here.

So, you met Clifford here?

Yes, I met him early in my travels – he was a flatmate. I loved hearing stories about his great grandfather coming to New Zealand just after the gold rush. It was an easy decision to move here.

Tell me about your work and study experience.

In China, I studied bioengineering and worked as a chemical engineer, designing factories and workflows for big food production. It sparked an interest in the food industry, so I studied food technology when I moved here and worked in a lab testing for food-borne pathogens – I know how to keep things hygienic.

Where did the idea come from for Witty Tui?

Lockdown was a great opportunity to experiment with new recipes and food ideas. Out of that, Witty Tui was born. My professional experience made it straightforward for me to navigate the process of getting council approval and creating tasty, safe and reliable products.

What has Clifford’s role been in Witty Tui?

Clifford inspired the direction of Witty Tui – he’s plant based and I have loved creating new recipes for him. Also, vegan foods are not such a big leap for me because of the Chinese culture that I grew up with – many Chinese dishes are plant based. This plant-based deli roll is one of the things that I made for Clifford. He’s such a big part of my business, I couldn’t do this without him.

Is it a complicated process to make your products?

Not at all. The ingredients are simple things that many people have in their kitchen. It’s all about getting the correct ratios and temperature to create the best texture. The herbs and spices are all natural, and there are no preservatives. I don’t need them because my hygiene processes are sufficient for a long shelf life.

What has your experience of Grey Lynn Farmers Market been?

I love the market customers. They are so open minded and interested in trying new products and meat alternatives, even if they also eat meat. I’ve been very impressed at how many people bring their own containers and return jars and bottles to stallholders to be reused. This commitment to sustainability is very important to me.

What does food mean to you?

I enjoy exploring new recipes and new ingredients. Cooking and food really is my passion. I love sharing food with family and friends, and always believe food is love. Every meal that I make is a hug of love for those who will be eating it.

How do you spend your spare time?

Mainly spending precious family time with Clifford and our young daughter. And I’m really looking forward to my parents visiting next month. It’s the first time we’ll be able to be with them since we were last able to visit China many years ago.



Sunday mornings at the Grey Lynn Community Centre 510 Richmond Road


This month we catch up with Paul Brandwood of Thaiger and there’s a lot of exciting news to share.

Tell us what’s been happening at Thaiger since we last spoke?

There have been exciting developments at Thaiger that we’re thrilled to share with you. Our focus has been on enhancing the overall ambience and we're creating a more immersive tropical Thai experience by incorporating additional layers of lush greenery into our décor.

On the culinary front, we're delighted to introduce our newest team member, a talented chef freshly arrived from a prestigious 5-star hotel in Bangkok and bringing a wealth of experience and creativity to the Thaiger menu.

Do you have any new dishes on the menu?

Yes, we have been busy creating new dishes and have introduced several over the past few weeks with more to come in September. There is a new hearty sharing platter, Thai prawn and pineapple curry served in a natural pineapple bowl and the Skewer Hanger featuring a grilled skewer selection.

We hear congratulations are in order – you and Pim have become grandparents!

Thank you. Yes, our daughter Sunny has given us the joy of becoming grandparents to a healthy and beautiful baby boy. He's now six months old and has brought a lot of happiness to our family. We're truly enjoying this new chapter and cherishing every moment with him.

One of the things we love about Thaiger is the name. Tell us how it came to be, its significance.

The name ‘Thaiger' holds a special significance for us. It's a fusion of ‘tiger' and Thai’. My wife, Pimvalee, was born in the year of the tiger, and the name seemed fitting, marrying her Thai heritage and her affinity for tigers. Interestingly, in February 2023, our grandson was born and named Tyga, further deepening the tiger connection within our family.

Pictured is Tyga with his Tiger at Thaiger.

THAIGER, 2 Surrey Crescent, T: 09 360 0695, www.thaiger.co.nz


Some truly impressive, gorgeous wines this month. From premium South Island producers to an Aussie rosé, four classic French fine wines and the very first English sparklers that I have ever sampled. I love my job.

Rockburn Central Otago Fume Blanc 2022 - $32

Oak ageing has added softness and complexity to this 100% sauvignon blanc. Gooseberry flavours and roasted red bell pepper. Flinty and mineral with creamy medium acids and a nudge of sweetness on the finish. Available: Glengarry rockburn.co.nz

Penfolds Adelaide Hills Max’s Rosé 2022 - $35

Light and delicate. With watermelon, raspberry, red skin apple and herbaceous passionfruit. Bone dry. Available: Liquorland.

Esprit Gassier Southern France Rosé 2021 - $24

Very savoury and bone-dry Provence style. A blend of syrah, grenache, cinsault and rolle grapes. Slightly funky flavours of baked meat, but also cherry, strawberry, mushroom and truffle. Available: Dhall & Nash, Fine O Wine, blackmarket.co.nz

Domaine Tetsut Chablis Vielles Vignes 2021 - $40

Fab wine. 100% lightly oaked chardonnay from the traditional Chablis region of Burgundy in France. Vielles Vignes translates as ‘old vines’. Creamy, rich and very approachable as a young wine. Ripe apricot and peach, with a hint of manuka honey and a mineral, tangy long finish. Available: Dhall & Nash, Fine O Wine, blackmarket.co.nz

Domaine Tetsut Petit Chablis 2022 - $35

Restrained and elegant, compared to the Vielles Vignes. Produced from the Masalles clone of chardonnay. Mineral, crisp and yeasty with lemon citrus, fresh cut pineapple and a hint of herbal thyme. Available: Dhall & Nash, blackmarket.co.nz

Pegasus Bay North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2021 - $57 Ripe, gorgeous and inky. Dark berry fruits, with crème de cassis and dark chocolate. Umami soy and truffle/mushroom savoury flavours, with fruitcake spicy lengthy finish. Available: Pt Chev Organic wines, Fine O Wines, pegasusbay.com

Pegasus Bay North Canterbury Cabernet Franc 2020 - $35

Another stunningly good wine from the South Island. Cab franc is normally blended into Bordeaux style reds, but it is emerging in NZ as a single variety wine. Spicy, ripe, full bodied and generous with plum, savoury umami, black berry fruits, medium tannins, and a lengthy finish. Available: vinofino.co.nz pegasusbay.com

Pegasus Bay North Canterbury Merlot Cabernet 2020 - $35 And another ripper from Pegasus Bay. Ripe, generous, bold and spicy. Earthy mushroom and a hint of truffle. Ripe blackberry, boysenberry, Cuban cigar, raspberry, spicy anise, black olive and fruitcake. Available: Fine O Wines, Pt Chev Organic wines, Caro’s blackmarket.co.nz pegasusbay.com

Digby Fine English Vintage Reserve Brut 2013 - $98

From southern England. I kid thee not – frothy mousse of fine bubbles, with delicate melon and straw, crisp lime citrus acidity and a big hit of yeasty brioche and a creamy dry finish. Highly recommended. Huzzah! Available: Dhall & Nash

Charles Le Bel ‘Inspiration 1818’ Champagne NV Brut - $84 Delicate and elegant dry style, with a restrained palate of poached apple, yeasty croissant, a hint of rock melon and lemon curd. Available: Dhall & Nash

Digby Fine English Vintage Leander Pink NV Brut - $98 Savoury aromas, with a hint-of-a-tad of smokiness on the palate. Strawberries and cream, and bone dry with sour cherry, almond and yeasty tangy finish. Jolly good. Available: Dhall & Nash

Rockburn Central Otago Tigermoth Riesling 2022 - $30

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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.


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It does seem that we have been talking pretty non stop about Petit Chateau over the last few months (because we have).

These little gems so popular, we’d sold out and we could not contain our excitement when they came back in. Now, there’s more great news to share. We have landing a container jam packed (literally) with Petit Chateau, both some old friends and a new selection.

Before we jump into what the new selection is all about, a little about Petit Chateau: Reinforced by its imposing châteaux, the aristocratic Bordeaux holds court at the centre of France’s vinous universe. A large winemaking area, Bordeaux boasts a peerless pedigree with world famous wines that you cannot ignore. Some of the best value Bordeaux wines are crafted by the petits (small) châteaux.

They offer serious, estate-grown and château-bottled wines crafted by quality conscious individuals. These producers work hard at upping the stakes, and many are delivering earlier drinking, riper styles that allow a user-friendly route into the complex world of Bordeaux wine appreciation.

This year, whilst our General Manager Liz Wheadon was in Bordeaux to taste the 2022 vintage En Primeur, we despatched her to taste through a few hundred options for our collection. The wines that were selected for Liz to taste had been prepared by one of our long-term partners in Bordeaux. Liz had given their buying team a guideline as to what we were looking for. The selection Liz tasted then was just a small percentage of the wines tested and tasted in order to bring you the very best.

The container with these wines in it is due beginning of September, they will be available instore and online from that point. These wines also feature in the latest edition of our publication. They exude excitement, offer exceptional value and are simply delightful. At the conclusion of the tasting, Liz reflected, "While I relish the opportunity to partake in En Primeur tastings of the world's finest wines, being in Bordeaux and savoring the region's finest is one thing. Yet, discovering wines like these is super exciting. These are value-packed wines that deliver well beyond their price tags."

As with all the wines that Glengarry imports, these wines have been shipped to us in refrigerated containers thus ensuring that the same quality that was tasted in Bordeaux is what you will receive here in New Zealand. The wines presented to you as the winemaker intended.

Instore, you’ll find our team brimming with knowledge about these wines that they can’t wait to share with you. In the meantime, here’s a Bordeaux overview: Without getting into the overly complex. Let’s divide Bordeaux in two, the river in the centre. On the left bank, north of the city of Bordeaux, the area is referred to as the Medoc. It’s here that you’ll find gravel riverbeds and cabernet sauvignon dominant wines. Over on the right bank, there’s more clay and that’s merlot land.

Cabernet sauvignon as a grape variety crafts some of the most long-lived wines in the world. The firm tannins, brisk acidity and oak maturation that is common giving the wines the ability to do it. Ripe cabernet sauvignon tends to exude cassis fruit characters. You’ll generally feel the structure of cabernet sauvignon around the outside of your mouth. Merlot is all about the middle of your palate, the tannins and acidity softer.

There are plum fruit notes and mocha characters. Generally, you’ll find the wines of Bordeaux are blends, for petits châteaux, they tend to be merlot dominant regardless of where they come from. The merlot giving the mid palate and the cabernet sauvignon the structural frame.


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A day trip adventure!

Step out of the city bustle and into the tranquil charm of Matakana Coast, where a world of delights awaits just a short drive from Auckland. With the new motorway, planning a weekend escape is no longer a must, you can easily indulge in a refreshing day trip or a quick lunch getaway.

Embrace the picturesque landscapes, stunning beaches like Omaha Beach, and indulge in oyster tours, wine tasting at Brick Bay Wines, and wander through the captivating Sculpture Trail.

Home of the famous Farmers Market, Matakana Village boasts artisanal treasures, captivating art galleries, and a charming shopping experience every day of the week. Explore the passion of independent retailers, uncover hidden gems in boutiques, and savour locally sourced delights at our eateries. Don't miss the Matakana Cinema where you can enjoy the latest films in a beautiful setting, making for an unforgettable movie experience.

There is so much to do in Matakana from surfing to horse riding, paddleboarding, golf, shopping, spa treatments and more. A great resource to plan your trip is the Matakana Coast website www.matakanacoast.co.nz

Pack your sense of adventure and embark on an unforgettable day trip to Matakana Coast where surprises await around every corner. The new motorway makes it easier than ever to escape and experience the wonders of Matakana Village and beyond.


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SeventySix is a jewellery studio with a difference, focusing on modern contemporary design.

Shaun and Ange’s collective perspective and eye for the unique founded SeventySix. They specialise in one off, custommade engagement, wedding rings and the remodelling of old jewellery, using platinum, gold, silver, diamonds and other precious gems, plus earring and pendant collections online. SeventySix is the result of a long love for the arts which has enabled them to push the boundaries of what ‘ring design' really is all about.

Tell us more about SeventySix Design?

We have just hit the big milestone of 10 years servicing the Ponsonby community. We are still creating custom wedding and engagement rings, and other interesting pieces for special occasions, and restorations/remodels of old jewellery. We have also developed a wonderful collection of gift ideas available through our website and in our physical store.

You manufacture bespoke jewellery but we know you also handle repairs?

Yes, we do. We get asked a lot more about this type of service. We can repair a multitude of things. If you take a picture and email us, we can do our best to work a quote that way, or come in to the store.

Can you rebuild claws on an engagement ring, or repair a broken chain?

Yes, absolutely! We can repair claws, broken chains, size rings up and down, and bring it all back to life again. Claw work is a very important part of the maintenance for rings. We

suggest a yearly clean, polish and claw check at the same time, and a handy time to remember it is to come in on your anniversary. Insurance companies are strict on claw wear, so it is a vital one.

What’s the most unusual job you’ve had to sort? Not super unusual, more old family pieces, or something worn by a loved one who has past. These are lovely to see and work with – such history there.

What has the feedback been like? Any tears?

Absolutely, definitely tears. A lot of people come in and say, “I don’t think you will be able to do this.” Usually it’s a piece that has been shelved away and put in the too hard basket. When we are able to bring their pieces back to life, customers are overjoyed.

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September is Asthma Awareness Month and many of us will be more than just aware, we will be suffering! The good news is that there are many small steps you can take to help your whole household breathe easier this spring.

Eliminate the triggers

Two major causes of asthma in the home are dust mites and mould. Spring is a great time to deal with both. Wash and air your bedding and other linen. Vacuum your soft furnishings. Give your floors a deep clean. Vacuum and wipe the inside of wardrobes and cupboards. And remove any mould on walls, fabrics or windows using equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Don’t forget to wear a mask to avoid an uncomfortable allergy flare-up.

Cultivate a plant-based home

Did you know that there are many houseplants that have the power to purify the air in your home? Superheroes include the snake plant, ficus, peace lily and spider plant. Research into the types of environments these plants prefer (eg, peace lilies love the humidity of a bathroom) and don’t forget to wipe dust

off the leaves every couple of weeks with a damp cloth. Your plants will love the extra moisture hit and your allergies will love the dust-free environment.

Air is your friend

Giving your home a good airing will also help to keep the air fresh and asthma friendly. Wait for a dry, sunny, windless day and then open curtains and windows throughout your home for a few hours during the warmest part of the day. Of course, it’s better to do this once you’ve removed dust and mould to avoid allergens being blown around in the breeze.

Choose asthma-friendly cleaning products

Look for laundry detergents, household cleaners and body care products in low-irritant formulations. A good place to start is the Ultra Sensitive range from ecostore – a collection of dermatologically tested home and body care products that is endorsed by Sensitive Choice® to be safer for allergy and asthma sufferers. You can explore this range and refill empty bottles at ecostore’s Freemans Bay shop.

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We need our hands for almost every activity we do, and yet often we don’t realise the importance of well-functioning hands until we’ve injured them.

Whether it’s for work, sports or activities that matter most to you, even small niggles can have a big impact on how you manage day-to-day.

The Hand Therapy Group is a hand physiotherapy clinic dedicated to treating injuries and conditions of the hands and upper limbs – from the fingertips to the elbows. From post-surgical rehabilitation to treating accident or sportsrelated injuries, arthritis management, and carpal tunnel syndrome. The group’s team of specialists create personalised treatment plans that will get your hands functioning with optimal ease again. With a holistic approach to therapy, they

blend evidence-based techniques, offering manual therapy, exercises, scar management and ergonomic advice.

The clinic is a convenient new addition to Ponsonby’s suite of health and wellbeing providers for local residents and professionals. Located at 72 College Hill, alongside Baseline Physiotherapy, the clinic’s doors are set to open on 7 September.

Importantly, their care is accessible and timely, with no surcharge for ACC patients and no need for a referral; you can get in touch directly with the clinic to book an appointment.

THE HAND THERAPY GROUP, 72 College Hill, Freemans Bay, T: 0800 218 4444, www.handtherapy.co.nz

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Scores of sunflowers and kindy kids are set to star in Daltons Sunflowers in Kindergartens Project which launched across New Zealand last month.

Around 13,795 youngsters took part in this much-loved sunflower growing contest that helps sprout little gardeners and spark a life-long love of gardening whilst brightening up garden beds. This year marks a significant milestone in the project's history with the largest participation to date involving 277 kindergartens from 11 kindergarten associations across the country.

It will be stem against stem, flower against flower as they compete to grow the tallest or widest sunflower within their specific association’s region. There are some lofty heights set with the tallest sunflower grown nationally a giant 3.41m and the widest sunflower head at 35cm across.

Each child has the opportunity to develop gardening skills with hands-on learning about a plant's lifecycle by sowing seeds, watching them germinate, tending to delicate seedlings, transplanting them into the soil, and mastering the art of daily plant care. They also engage with numbers and measurement by tracking their plant's growth each week.

Teachers can also integrate aspects of the project into their learning curriculum through a range of activities and information in the Daltons Sunflowers Learning Centre.

The project runs through till Monday 11 December 2023, when final measurements are taken, and winners announced on Wednesday 13 December.

Daltons General Manager, Colin Parker, is delighted to see this biennial project run for the seventh time and says, "Gardening is now an even more valuable life-long skill for both children and adults, especially with fruit and vegetable

prices skyrocketing. Our project aims to not only develop these skills in children but also bring a sense of happiness and joy to everyone that takes part.”

Children will nurture the seeds of the amazing Skyscraper Sunflower, generously provided by project partner Kings Seeds. This variety has the potential to soar to incredible heights of 4-5m, with thick stems and stunning goldenpetalled flower heads that can grow up to 45cm across.

"We hope the project will also help children inspire their families to grow their own garden at home, whether it’s planting lettuces or strawberries to eat or creating a flowerbed for bees,” Parker adds.

The winning kindergarten for each region’s Tallest Sunflower Award, and Widest Sunflower Head, will receive prizes from Daltons and project partners The Warehouse and GARDENA.

The Homegrown Sunflower Award, introduced during the pandemic, also offers children an opportunity to grow a sunflower at home and involve their families.

Budding growers who go the extra mile will also be rewarded at the end of the project, as each kindergarten nominates their very own 'Daltons Best Little Gardener’ who receives a certificate and prize pack courtesy of Daltons. Participation certificates are also available for teachers to download and print off, so every child has their own special memento.

For more information on this special project to grow the next generation of gardeners, visit www.daltons.co.nz or visit our Sunflower Project Facebook page.  PN


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The middle-of-the-city school is back into full swing with its global relationships with AGGS once again hosting students from Ohtani Junior and Senior High School from Osaka in Japan.

Ohtani is a private Buddhist girls secondary school with a long and cherished history since its establishment more than a century ago, in 1909.

The school is a similar size to AGGS with 1100 students on its role and since signing its 'sister school' agreement in 2006, Ohtani students have visited to have real face-time with their AGGS ‘sisters’.

Every year, a group of about 30 girls have visited AGGS for a week in August, during their school spring break, and some years an Ohtani student has gone full immersion, living in Auckland and studying with AGGS for a year.

Chief Coordinator of International Education at Ohtani Junior/Senior High School Mr Akihiro Teratani says that coming to AGGS is like "winning the lottery for the girls." More than 200 Ohtani students apply to join the trip each year, with only 30 selected for the visit.

Last month’s (August) visit was Ohtani’s first trip back to AGGS since Covid and was a full cultural experience. Ohtani students enjoyed learning Te Ao Maori – poi, song and dance – and joined Samoan, Tongan and Japanese language classes, with these cultural exchanges strengthening understanding and respect of different cultures and developing new friendships.

While last month was all about Auckland Girls’ Grammar School hosting their visitors, AGGS has taken groups of Japanese language students to Ohtani four times in the past, with another visit planned in 2025. During these return visits, AGGS students stay in Ohtani home stays – giving them the rare opportunity to not only practise their Japanese fist-hand but also learn about Japanese culture and home life.

Mr Teratani says just as their students love their Auckland experience, they also look forward to hosting on return visits: “AGGS students are energetic, friendly and with warm hearts,” he says.

Meantime, the feeling is mutual. AGGS’ Principal Ngaire Ashmore says Auckland Girls’ always boasts that it equips students for the world – and this is just another example of how it achieves that: “This is such an important relationship for AGGS,” Ashmore says, “the girls get a tremendous amount out of their experiences both here and in Japan. And that is what the AGGS' Sisterhood is all about.”  PN



Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom

“... I suppose tapes, like photographs and videos, are a desperate attempt to steal something from death’s suitcase.”

One Friday night, Mitch Albom is channel surfing on his couch when he lands on a channel showing the face of his old professor and mentor - Morrie Shwartz. It is through watching the show that he discovers Morrie is dying. Shocked, ashamed at having lost contact with him, and reeling from the impending loss, Albom journeys to Morrie’s home, reinstating their old tradition of meeting for class each Tuesday. However, the classes don’t have a required reading list. They don’t have a syllabus. They are lessons on life taught by the old professor as he slips closer and closer to his eventual death. This is a true story of love, loss and learning that preserves Morrie’s memory.

This novel is fantastic and will make you consider the way you live your life, but beware of an ending rife with sadness that left me snivelling on my bed watching the Morrie Schwartz Nightline interviews. When reading the book, I got the impression that Morrie was a person who focused deeply on not letting life pass him by even as death creeps closer each day. I think that this is entirely admirable, and absolutely something we should all take note of in our own lives. This is a short but meaningful read that I entirely recommend.


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AGGS KAHURANGI students teaching poi to girls from Ohtani Junior and Senior High School – from Osaka in Japan


Not everyone’s favourite topic I am sure, but Financial Statements also provide a comprehensive overview of an enterprise’s financial performance and position.

It takes a bit of work and practice but the more often you review them with someone who can mentor you, the more you will learn, and that may result in better decisions.

They are used by owners, bankers, investors, analysts, and other stakeholders to assess an enterprise's financial health and to make informed decisions. To understand Financial Statements, you need to understand three components:

1. Statement of Financial Performance (Income Statement or Profit & Loss)

2. Statement of Financial Position (Balance Sheet)

3. Statement of Cash Flows (not always completed)

By reviewing the Financial Statements, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of an enterprise’s financial performance, including its profitability, liquidity, solvency and overall financial health. It is essential to review these statements in conjunction with other relevant information such as budgets/forecasts, and year to date reports/performance, together with industry benchmarks to make well-informed decisions and assessments about an enterprise's financial viability.

There may be additional tools to use, together with the analysis of the Financial Statements and limitations to them that readers need to be aware of:

1. Interpreting – comparative analysis, industry benchmarking, ratio analysis – may be needed.

2. Financial Ratios – liquidity, solvency, profitability and efficiency ratios – provided indicators.

3. Limitations – reliance on historic data, accounting policies and estimates, that may only capture financial data, they may look backward rather than forward (where you are going).

Statement of Financial Performance

(Income Statement or Profit & Loss)

An Income Statement helps assess an enterprise's profitability and ability to generate consistent income streams. It presents a summary of an enterprise's revenues, expenses, gains and losses over a defined period, including:

Revenue: Income generated from the enterprise’s primary operations.


Expenses: Costs incurred in generation of revenue, such as purchases, wages and overheads.

· Gains and losses: Resulting from non-operating activities, such as sale of assets or foreign exchange gains and losses.

Statement of Financial Position (Balance Sheet)

Helps assess an enterprise's solvency, liquidity and overall financial stability. It presents a snapshot of an enterprise's financial position at a specific point in time, on one day of the year (31 March for instance).

It consists of three key components:

Assets: These represent what the enterprise owns, such as cash, accounts receivable, inventory, property and equipment.

· Liabilities: These represent the enterprise's obligations, such as loans, accounts payable and accrued expenses.

Equity: Represents the owners’ accumulated funds in the business, representing their interest in the enterprise's assets after deducting liabilities. In simple terms, the assets less the liabilities represent the owners' share or investment (this is very simplified for here).

Statement of Cash Flows

A Cash Flow Statement helps evaluate an enterprise’s ability to generate and manage cash, providing insights into its liquidity and financial flexibility. It presents information about the cash inflows and outflows from an enterprise's operating, investing and financing activities during a specific period, consisting of three main areas:

Operating activities: Cash flows from day-to-day business operations, including sales, payments to suppliers and wages.

Investing activities: Cash flows from buying or selling long-term assets, such as property, equipment or investments.

· Financing activities: Cash flows from raising capital or repaying debts, including issuing or buying back shares, paying dividends or taking loans.

It you would like a hand with this area, mentoring or more information on any of the above topics, please contact us at Johnston Associates.

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.

Our team of dedicated tax specialists are focused on delivering practical, easy to understand advice for you and your business. With over 50 years of tax experience between them, including experience in the private sector, IRD investigations and public practice, our team is well equipped to handle any query you may have, or assist in resolving IRD matters. To review the full list of our Specialist Taxation Services visit: www.johnstonassociates.co.nz or call 09 361 6701 to speak with one of our Team.


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The Lahood showroom is located at 104 Mount Eden Road and is open Mondays - Fridays 9am-5pm and Saturdays 9.30am-4pm. The luxurious velvet and romantic florals with jewel hues in this Garden Wall design from the Painted Canvas Collection effortlessly transform any interior. With the metallic motifs on a range of translucent whites, creams and greys, the Starburst Collection adds a stellar dimension to any interior.

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Imagine harvesting home-grown potatoes, lettuces, strawberries and other produce for the Christmas table. Let’s face it, supermarket produce is expensive and growing your own food for the family not only saves you money, it tastes better.

Time is of the essence – you need to get your crops planted now to make the most of the warmer, sunnier days ahead.

Central Landscapes Avondale has weed-free Premium Garden Mix, a great mix to get plants established and growing. September is a great time to plant early crop potatoes, carrots, peas, spinach, lettuces, spring onions and of course those all-important herbs to flavour the summer dishes.

Small city vegetable gardens can work well. It’s a common misconception that you need a big yard to set up a vegetable garden. Using good mixes and fertilisers, you can grow a surprising amount of produce per square metre. Central Landscapes Avondale has a great range of wooden sleepers for building raised vegetable beds.

Raised beds keep the soil warmer, provide better drainage and generally vegetables out-perform those grown in the ground. Placing scoria in the base of a raised bed aids drainage and, after planting, adding a layer of pea straw around new seedlings helps keep the roots moist. If space is at a premium, grow summer vegetables that can be trained vertically like cucumbers, tomatoes, courgettes and beans. Height gives the plant more sun exposure and helps maximise the yield on the plant.

Shop online with Central Landscapes Avondale. To make the process easier, there’s an online store at Central Landscape Supplies. Go to www.centrallandscapes.co.nz enter your postcode and order all the necessary products to establish your vegetable garden.

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New paintings by Kathy Barber

7 September to 30 September

Award-winning Point Chevalier-based artist Kathy Barber’s paintings have always evoked a sense of place, but these new works are somewhere we can’t put our finger on. There’s a desire to widen perceptions – to conjure up limitless skies hinged to strange horizons. Large sweeping gestures affectionately coined as sidewinders flood all the works. Be they scribbled, blurred or carefully over-brushed, they invite us to weave through the layers of colour. These paintings are a magnificent leap of faith, like sinking into the unknown and bizarre world of a Murakami novel where we accept the unreality as reality and go along for the ride.

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Live wire (2023) 1350 x 950mm, open acrylic and oil glaze on linen Pointed at the dawn (2023) 1400 x 2000mm, open acrylic and oil glaze on linen To the earth below (2023) 1050 x 800mm, open acrylic and oil glaze on linen
Shakedown (2023) 1350 x 920mm, open acrylic and oil glaze on linen


Electro-pop whiz kids Brother Sister, channel their passion for the sound and style of throwback 80s culture into their uplifting blend of electro-driven synth pop.

A band of siblings, Brother Sister are an energetic trio that have shared a womb and now share the stag– featuring Dave Thomson (synth and lead vocals), Taz Thomson (bass and lead vocals) and Ben Thomson (drums).

When they are not performing as a band together, Dave runs his own creative company, 'Imaginary Friends' from Kingsland, producing music video and branding content for artists and companies throughout New Zealand. Teressa is the store manager at Ecostore’s flagship store located in Freemans Bay. While Ben buys and sells collectible toys and produces the band's music.

Their sound unapologetically references the rich, nostalgic sounds of 80s cartoons and cinema, but with plenty of surprising flourishes to keep it fresh. Pulsing keyboards, programmed drums, driving bass and dueling melodic hooks are expertly blended to take listeners back to the future. Their live performances are fun, punchy and irresistibly danceable.

Their latest single Space is a synth driven anthem giving voice to all the introverts who might be struggling in this noisy world – with the refrain “I need some space… can I get some?” With a clear nod to 80s and 90s production, the track features vocoders, driving synth bass, sliding synth leads and slamming 80s drum samples. It’s a track that would easily find it’s home on a 'Stranger Things' soundtrack.

Space is being released alongside an exciting music video project, directed by Brother Sister’s Dave Thomson, in a video

featuring an actor in a full-face casted alien mask. Inspired by Daft Punk’s 'Da Funk', our introverted alien seeks to find his own space by dancing down the main street of Auckland with headphones. His quest for space sees him breaking up with his girlfriend and cruising in a 1980s Jag, before being picked up by a spaceship and finally returning home.

Brother Sister have recently performed at Spirit festival and the Last Stand festival. They are currently working on the release of their third EP, set for release October 2023 in conjunction with a tour of New Zealand and Japan.  PN

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Sunday, 17 September @ 2.30pm. ‘Sweet Sadness’; Soloist Ashley Brown; Conductor Michael Joel

St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra is delighted to announce an enthralling concert which features cellist Ashley Brown performing Lalo’s spirited 'Cello Concerto', followed by Faure’s 'Masques et Bergamasques Op 112', 'Douce Tristesse' by Ken Young and Schumann’s 'Symphony No 3 Op 97 in E flat 'Rhenish'.

Ashley Brown, acclaimed as a musician of 'unimpeachable artistry’, is one of New Zealand’s leading soloists, collaborators, chamber and orchestral musicians and recording artists. He is a founding member of NZTrio and a passionate advocate for New Zealand music.

His teachers have included Alexander Ivashkin, Aldo Parisot and William Pleeth helping him to success in auditions, competitions and awards, both local and international. Musical curiosity has led him from an Artist Diploma at Yale to a Doctorate of Musical Arts exploring the collaborative relationship between composer and performer, and to sharing the stage with composers and artists as diverse as Dame Gillian Whitehead, Moana Maniapoto, Michael Houstoun, Kristian Jaarvi and Neil Finn.

Ashley plays the 1762 William Forster cello named ‘Liberté’.

Michael Joel is an experienced conductor who has led multiple performances in New Zealand and the UK, including being a member of the music staff of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.

St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra is Auckland's longest established chamber orchestra and has garnered a devoted following. Their performances are not to be missed.

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Faure Masques et Bergamasques Op 112

Lalo Cello Concerto in D minor Ken Young Douce Tristesse Schumann Symphony No 3 Op 97 in E flat ‘Rhenish’

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After nearly a year under wraps, Studio One Toi Tū moved back into 1 Ponsonby Road in late August.

The former Police Barracks has undergone seismic strengthening to ensure it stays our community art centre for many years to come. While this was happening, Studio One Toi Tū and the artists whose studios were in the adjoining building had to find temporary digs. What better place to decamp to than just around the corner in the vibrant Karangahape Road.

With the help of the KBA, Studio One Toi Tū set up below George Courts, on the corner of Mercury Lane. With glass frontage directly on the Strip, the space was highly visible and inviting. And no sooner in than they were involved with one of Karangahape Road’s First Thursdays street festivals. What a welcome.

This new location and visibility enabled them to connect with communities that had been under-represented in the past, especially Māori and Pacifica artists. It also allowed curatorial initiatives, such as the wonderful Niu Gold Mountain exhibition, which brought together the histories of Chinese and Pasifika immigrants, where Chinese in the 1860s sought their 'New Gum San' or 'New Gold Mountain' in the gold mines, while Pasifika in the 1960s searched for the 'Land of Milk and Honey’.

While forging new connections and directions on Karangahape Road, Studio One Toi Tū kept an eye on their building on Ponsonby Road. In partnership with Phantom Billstickers, they installed 10 frames along the site, providing space for artists to present six outdoor exhibitions during the strengthening project.

Siobhan Connelly, Toi Tū Manager, is enthusiastic about bringing the Karangahape Road experiences to Ponsonby: the new audiences and collaborators, joining these two creative hotspots and combining community and curatorial threads into a dynamic arts centre.

On Saturday 16 September, Winter’s End Pottery Market sees over 20 local ceramic artists showing across the whole facility, and five new exhibitions open in the gallery spaces 5pm Wednesday 27 September. See you there.


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EVAN WOODRUFFE, Studio Art Supplies Temporary artworks while No1 Ponsonby Road is under wraps


{Suite} is pleased to present Kate Yesberg's new exhibition, Levi I - VII.

This is Kate's fourth solo show at {Suite} and the first group of paintings in her new series, Levi.

Kate names each series for the intrinsic energy that emerges through the painting process. Moment to moment, the artist intuits the character of her work, painting ad lib, by hand, layer by layer atop a black canvas. The effect is striking geometric forms which from afar suggest hard lines and manicured edges but, up close, reveal the fluid nature of their creation. Formally, in this new series, there is a notable shift in Kate’s palette with the addition of a deeper cobalt blue, enhanced contrast and florid motifs.

The artist describes her Levi paintings as too fresh to have cemented meaning; they exist in an in-between state, full of possibilities. "Maybe they feel like paintings in the darkness just before dawn, or paintings in the winter just before spring, like they're gathering and preparing for something new."

For Kate, the process is about searching for what the work will become and letting it determine its own form.

Opening drinks with the artist, Wednesday, 30 August, 5.30pm-7pm – all welcome. Exhibition runs until Saturday 23 September.

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Levi IV, 1200 x 1200mm, oil on canvas Levi VII, 1000 x 1000mm, oil on canvas


Labour Weekend, Friday 20 – Monday 23 October, 10am – 4pm

For seven years KOAST was an annual event until Covid struck. Now, this year, KOAST is back in force and and being run by the Bay of Islands Creative Charitable Trust under a slightly different model.

Due to demand from artists outside of Kerikeri, plus feedback from visitors, this year’s trail, now known as KOAST – Tai Tokerau Art Trail, has been extended to include artists from around Te Tai Tokerau/Northland, stretching from Mangonui, to Hokianga, to the Bay of Islands and beyond.

KOAST – Tai Tokerau Art Trail will run for an extra day over Labour Weekend this year. It will give visitors more time to see their chosen artists and studios and take in the added attraction of the four exhibiting guest artists: Mike Cameron glass artist and carver, Joanne Barrett painter, Mark Graver RE print maker, and Prue MacDougall printmaker and artist.

This year, 142 artists are taking part in the event, exhibiting from their own studios, from shared studios, art hubs and seven galleries. This is exciting for the region as it promises to attract more visitors from around New Zealand to view this wealth of creative talent.

Te Tai Tokerau/Northland is beautiful. Take in the paradise of the 144 islands in the Bay of Islands, the magnificent sand dunes on the Hokianga Harbour and head up to Cape Reinga where the two seas meet. It is worth taking some extra time to visit these different areas while your senses enjoy the exceptional art that the KOAST – Tai Tokerau Art Trail has to offer.


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‘Fold’ ceramic, by Mark Mitchell ‘Along For The Ride’ acrylic on board, by Catherine Dunn


We have some changes and surprises in store for you this month at 250 GALLERY POP UP.

Tina Frantzen, resident artist of 250 Gallery, has a solo exhibition titled Marking Time showing at the Railway Street Gallery + Studios in Newmarket from Tuesday 19 September - Saturday 8 October. Opening event on Saturday 23, 3pm5pm. All welcome.

Her fellow resident artists from Railway Street Gallery + Studios will be coming to 250 Gallery in Ponsonby with their group show ‘Studio to Wall’ from Wednesday 20 September - Saturday 8 October.

Welcome to the gallery swap.

STUDIO TO WALL – Salon de Ponsonby.

This group show is a celebration of the diverse practices and styles represented by Railway Street Gallery + Studios' artists. We have embraced the French Salon wall and invite you to come and enjoy our celebration of art for the people. Opening event Friday September 22, 6pm-8pm. All Welcome.

Artists showing Kyla Covic, Sonja Drake, Maria Owens, Jo Dalgety, Olivia Courtney, Linda Gair, Peter Atkinson, Kathryn Carter, Prue MacDougall, Tina Frantzen, Paul Screach, Karen Covic, Erin O’Malley, Maggie McGregor, Ann Everard and Kirsty Black.

Stephen Perry – POP: spirit

Guest artist Stephen Perry is exhibiting this month at 250 Gallery from Tuesday 30 August to Saturday 16 September with his show POP: spirit. Perry's photo art presents familiar subjects in bold, dramatic ways to make the viewer reevaluate what they know about the world.

Landscapes, lunarscapes, seascapes and still lifes are delivered with a graphic, pop sensibility that utilises deconstruction and modification as required. Pop culture meets the spirit world. Perry has been a fine-art photographer for 35 years here in

Auckland, as well as Ontario, Canada. This practice has been in parallel with his commercial photography.

His work is natural environment and social justice driven, and presents in a wide range of sculptural and two dimensional ways.

In wanting to make her gallery a community friendly space, Tina has offered it as a venue for Auckland Playback Theatre group that performs monthly on a Friday night at 7pm. Next performance is on Friday 8 September, gold coin koha.

Tina has also been conducting fun art sessions on the second Wednesday of every month. Next session Wednesday 13 September. For more details about these, please contact Tina: tinafrantzen@gmail.com

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'Marking Time' solo at Railway St Studios


Sunday 1 October at 1pm

The much-loved Blessing of the Animals service at St Matthewin-the-City returns for 2023. Timed to be near St Francis Day, this year it will be on Sunday 1 October at 1pm.

We are very pleased this year to feature the wonderful work of The Animal Sanctuary.

Come along with your animal suitably controlled or contained, enjoy hearing about the work of The Animal Sanctuary, and bring your animal forward for a blessing from our animalloving clergy.

About The Animal Sanctuary

The sanctuary is an animal refuge run by Shawn Bishop and Michael Dixon in Matakana. They’ve been rescuing animals for over 20 years.

Their main areas of focus are to:

1. Rescue and rehabilitate abandoned, abused and neglected animals, and then either provide a permanent

home at the sanctuary or rehome them to a carefully checked, safe loving home.

2. Raise orphaned baby native birds and rehabilitate injured adult New Zealand birds, with the goal to always release them back into the wild.

3. Work in cooperation with farmers to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome laying hens from commercial intensive egg production farms.

On arrival the animals require intensive care and lots of TLC, but one of the most rewarding returns for all the hard work is watching a native bird soar away back to its natural life in the wild. Once the animals have overcome their fear, they become gentle, trusting and caring.

The Animal Sanctuary is now home to about 100 animals: two-legged and four-legged, native and exotic, warm and cold-blooded – all getting the care that they deserve.

Media are welcome at the service.

ST MATTHEW-IN-THE-CITY, 132 Hobson Street, www.stmatthews.nz

1 October, 1-2pm

Free entry | All welcome

Celebrate our love for all animals, great & small. Bring your pets for a blessing, or simply enjoy this special service.

For the safety of animals and people, please ensure all dogs are on a leash & smaller animals protected in a cage.

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The Dani of Papua – Guy Needham 26 September - 7 October

Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 3pm

Opening: Tuesday 26 September 5pm - 7pm

In the Indonesian province of Papua lives a tribe thousands of years old, yet unknown to the rest of the world until 1938. The Dani still live a simple life and, while not isolated from the march of modernity, their traditions and values have endured – including wearing the horim or penis gourd.

In 2022, photographer Guy Needham was invited into the Obia and Anemoigi villages as part of an ongoing project to document indigenous peoples.

This exhibition is a testament to the Dani – a collection of intimate portraits displaying both a quiet intensity and a subtle momentum. The images – all taken using natural light in front of a backdrop held up by villagers – are printed on C-Type photographic prints and Giclee prints.

All are welcome to the opening night and select images can be previewed at www.guyneedham.com/dani

Guy Needham’s work has been exhibited in New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Berlin, Los Angeles and Barcelona and seen on the pages of National Geographic Traveller, SUITCASE magazine, International Traveller, Wanderlust, and the Royal Photographic Society’s Journal.

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The Dani of Papua, Lokop Mabel The Dani of Papua, Domi Logo The Dani of Papua, Yunita Mabel


Sam Ford and Trudi Green were part of the fabric of Ponsonby from the 1970s until the turn of the century.

With their bands such as The Neighbours, The Sam Ford Verandah Band and Trudi and The Exceptions, they played at the iconic Gluepot more times than they can remember, as well as untold fundraisers for various environmental and social movements in the area.

They wrote and performed the theme song for the seminal television documentary 'Ponsonby Road'. The Gluepot, or the Ponsonby Club Hotel, to give it its official name, is long gone, as are all the bars, cafes and clubs that were the lifeblood of the thriving music scene that brought the area renown throughout Aotearoa, but Sam and Trudi are still very much alive and kicking and creating.

On 15 September at 8pm, they will be performing with their current group, the Soulahula Band, at the monthly Village Music event in Mt Eden, playing songs from their latest album, ‘OOOEE!', and other favourites from across their long career. It's a BYO event in an intimate environment and a good time will be had by all.

Tickets are available at www.eventfinda.co.nz

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Eight new episodes of unveiled award-winning homelessness series returns

The third season launched last month on Sunday, 20 August 2023 on Stuff.

The critically acclaimed web series, K'Road Chronicles, returned to our screens for its highly anticipated third season. With a commitment to shedding light on the lives of the homeless and impoverished in Aotearoa New Zealand, this groundbreaking series continues to provide a platform for their stories. Season 3 promises to delve even deeper into the realities faced by those living on the margins of society, exploring overlooked issues and sharing stories of hope and inspiration.

Hosted by transgendered journalist Six, who has her own lived experience of homelessness on Auckland's iconic Karangahape Road, K'Road Chronicles has garnered recognition and support from organisations such as Auckland City Mission, Lifewise, Housing First, Orange Sky, The K’Road Business Association and 155 Community House Whangārei. The series showcases deeply personal narratives that foster understanding, empathy and positive change for our vulnerable communities.

Producer Brian Holland says: “It’s an absolute privilege to have been able to tell these stories over three seasons. We’ve been welcomed into some remarkable lives by people who have stories to share and trust us to tell them with dignity and respect.”

Says Six, “By sharing these stories we hope to build empathy, understanding and tolerance from the wider community. We also hope to empower, encourage and inspire those caught in cycles of poverty, abuse and despair. I am proud to be associated with Stuff and thank our commissioning editor Janine Fenwick.”

Janine adds, “At Stuff, we are committed to telling the stories of all New Zealanders. It’s a privilege to partner with Six and K’Road Chronicles to help give the homeless community a voice, and celebrate the human spirit that comes from challenge. Each episode is gritty, confronting and profoundly hopeful. I've learned a lot from being part of this journey with Six and Magnetic Pictures, and I hope our audiences do too from watching it.”

In Season 3, K'Road Chronicles presents eight captivating new episodes, each offering informative, surprising and touching stories. Here are the highlights:

1. Episode 1 – 'Orange Sky': Six spends an evening with Orange Sky, a mobile laundry and shower service for the homeless, meeting clients whose lives have been transformed by this life-changing initiative.

2. Episode 2 – ‘Raymond': Raymond shares his inspiring journey of overcoming meth addiction, prison, and homelessness after becoming a father. Now working as a peer support worker, he is on the path to permanent housing.

3. Episode 3 – ‘Homeground': Six attends the opening of Homeground, Auckland City Mission’s state-of-the-art facility and residence for the homeless, reflecting on the journey taken to bring this remarkable building to life.

4. Episode 4 – 'The Māori Wardens': Joanne, from the Auckland City District Māori Wardens, reveals her personal journey of overcoming sexual abuse, drug addiction and homelessness. Six joins the wardens on a Saturday night patrol.

5. Episode 5 – 'Sunday Blessings': Six meets Danielle, the founder and coordinator of Sunday Blessings, a community kitchen that has provided over 140,000 meal packs for the unhoused community through food rescue and donations.

6. Episode 6 – ‘Foundations': Six visits two Auckland City Mission housing initiatives, exploring transitional housing for women and a newly refurbished hotel offering a safe and comfortable home for those in need.

7. Episode 7 – 'Six Goes to Hamilton': Returning to her hometown, Six visits a night shelter that has adapted to meet the needs of today's gender-diverse population. She meets Slay, who shares the challenges of being transgender and homeless.

8. Episode 8 – 'Six Goes Home': After revisiting her hometown of Hamilton, Six reflects on her journey of coming out as transgender, experiencing homelessness, finding shelter and pursuing a journalism degree. She visits her mum.

K'Road Chronicles Season 3 is made with the support of NZ On Air and is produced by Auckland production company Magnetic Pictures.


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

Aquarius (the Water Carrier)

21 January - 19 February

You shouldn’t have to struggle in any relationship especially an easygoing person such as you. But there are a lot of unspoken issues bubbling below the surface that you do need to deal with.

Pisces (the Fishes)

20 February - 20 March

There isn’t anything that you can’t accomplish this month, just as you finish one thing you are ready to start something new. Just don’t be disappointed if there is a long wait for any pay off.

Aries (the Ram)

21 March - 20 April

You’re finding it difficult to follow through and complete anything that you start this month, you’re being distracted and you don’t know why. Fortunately, you have support around you that can take over at short notice.

Taurus (the Bull)

21 April - 21 May

You do find it difficult saying no when someone puts a tempting offer your way. But you must resist as sometimes the offers are not what they seem.

Gemini (the Twins)

22 May - 21 June

You have lots of opportunities open to you but your expectations are often higher than they should be. Your priorities are important but so are others.

Cancer (the Crab)

22 June - 22 July

You have a great ability to provide support and remain positive when there is a lot of mess going on around you. Just remember to do what is necessary to alleviate your stress.

Leo (the Lion)

23 July - 21 August

Try and let go of the baggage that you carry around, make sure though that you don’t just dump it on someone else. Embrace what you have and life will be so much better.

Virgo (the Virgin)

22 August - 23 September

If you’re unsure of making the right decision and you’re being pushed into something that you’re not comfortable with, then trust your intuition and back off. You need the whole picture to be sure of the right decision.

Libra (the Scales)

24 September - 23 October

You might be surprised when you learn something about yourself that you didn’t know before. This could open up avenues that were otherwise closed off to you before.

Scorpio (the Scorpion)

24 October - 22 November

You could be forgiven for wanting to shine at work as you have been working behind the scenes now for quite some time. Go for it and see how it feels, you can always return to the quiet life if you choose.

Sagittarius (the Archer)

23 November - 22 December

You have your goals in life that are very important to you and it’s crucial that you get support when you need it. However, don’t let your ambition take over.

Capricorn (the Goat)

23 December - 20 January

You feel restless as you are being pulled from two directions at once. Think about where you want to go and head in that direction.

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