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WHAT’S INSIDE THIS ISSUE 006 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 007 FROM THE PUBLISHING TEAM 012 NIKKI KAYE

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016 018 SIDELINE WITH GEORGE BERRY 028 JOHN ELLIOTT: SOAP BOX 030 GREY LYNN 2030 032 SUMMER HAIR & BEAUTY 032 HELENE RAVLICH: NATURAL BEAUTY 052 JULIAN MALONEY: LOOKING GOOD 050 FASHION + STYLE 054 JAY PLATT: WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT

077 TRAVELBREAKS: THE NEW THERAPY 079 EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY 082 REBECCA GIBB ON WINE 092 SID SAHRAWAT @ SIDART 096 LIVING, THINKING + BEING 096 JOHN APPLETON ON HEALTH 097 NIKKI HART: GOOD NUTRITION 104 HOROSCOPES: MISS PEARL NECLIS 106 FUTURE GENERATION 107 SUMMER DAYS OUT: SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

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PONSONBY NEWS eMAG I have found over the past few months that I’m getting more into the habit of viewing Ponsonby News online especially now you have your eMag and I have to say I do love those lovely little video clips you have been running. They bring our already lively community even more to life - who would have ever thought, our own little TV show. Keep up the good work. RAEWYN SADLER, Grey Lynn

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LETTERBOX OF THE MONTH I read in the last issue about the letterbox of the month. I had to chuckle to myself and think the lengths that some people will go to to avoid getting all that so called junk mail. Well yes perhaps some of it could be considered junk but our local and most loved Ponsonby News! Surely not! Oh well their loss and I’m sure someone else’s gain. PATTY TELFORD, Westmere

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RIP TIGER I am an animal lover and have a dog and two cats of my own, they become such good friends and they are loved as much as my own children. They become a part of the family in every way. So I was saddened to learn of the passing of your beautiful little Scottie dog Tiger. The two pages you had on him in the last issue really summed up what a little character I’m sure he was and the wonderful memories you will have with you always. So from one pet lover to another I send all my best wishes to the Ponsonby News team and Jack. PEGGY WORTHINGTON, Kingsland CAMPBELL FREE KINDERGARTEN How pleased I am to know that the Campbell Free kindergarten is being saved and restored. I have driven past that building now for over 17 years on my way to work in the CBD and have always felt quite sad for the forlorn little building. So this is good news and how amazing that it is exactly 100 years after it’s opening that the decision to restore it has been made. We have lost too many of our beautiful historic buildings in Auckland city - more recently the Palace Hotel in Victoria street and despite it being turned into a brothel surely that was no grounds to destroy the building without the owners knowledge or notification. And cracks appearing during renovations? surely they would have been repaired throughout the renovation process. Please don’t let any more of our historic buildings face the same fate as the Palace! ERIC MORRISON, Ponsonby PN

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WHAT A SAD TIME TO BE GOING TO PRESS AS WE LEARN OF THE UNFORTUNATE fate of the Pike River Coal miners whose lives were lost after a second explosion in the West Coast mine. Our thoughts are with the families of those miners at this difficult time especially with the run up to Christmas later this month.

IT CERTAINLY FEELS MORE FESTIVE WITH THE TELECOM CHRISTMAS TREE’S return to Western Park. Its height is equivalent to a seven storey building and the 375,000 lights have over 16 million colour combinations. The lights are linked with 156 wires and 20,000 cable ties. Designed by Joe Bleakley, the Art Director from King Kong and The Lord of the Rings it takes seven days to build and requires an 80 metre crane and a team of 15 people. We are fortunate to have it in our neighbourhood as it draws people from all over Auckland to Ponsonby to visit it and to take in the Franklin Road lights. Many stop for a meal, a drink or they come early for some retail therapy. BACK IN LONDON COLLEAGUES MARTIN AND JAY WERE ALWAYS INSPIRED BY their dearly departed friend Dennis Severs’ house. If you google 18 Folgate Street you will fall in love with his Georgian terraced house in Spitalfields, near Liverpool Street Station. He lived there for 20 years until his death in 1999 and took people on very creative three hour tours of the house!

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He recreated the rooms as a time capsule in the style of former centuries and created the Jervis family in his own imagination. He pretended they’d been Huguenot (French Protestant immigrants) silk weavers who lived in the house from 1725 to 1919. His thinking inspired us to create a new column in Ponsonby News about Maudie, a free-spirited Ponsonby dressmaker of the 1920s, as imagined by Angela Lassig, author of ‘New Zealand Fashion Design’ (published earlier this year.) We hope you will enjoy her letters, the first of which is published this month. WITH 223 ADVERTISERS THIS HAS BEEN A HUGE ISSUE TO PRODUCE AND at 180 pages it’s certainly our biggest to date. A big thanks to all our readers and our lovely advertisers. Our office will be closed from Tuesday, 7 December until Monday, 17 January for a well earned rest. THE ‘GONE FISHING’ SIGN GOES UP NEXT WEEK, SO MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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 LOCAL NEWS TELECOM TREE RETURNS WITH SPECTACULAR LIGHT SHOWS THIS CHRISTMAS The hugely popular Telecom Tree again brings some Christmas sparkle to all Aucklanders. The Telecom Tree has returned to Western Park on Ponsonby Road where visitors are able to enjoy incredible light shows – which they can design themselves - from dusk each evening until Boxing Day. Telecom is encouraging visitors to the Telecom Tree to bring gifts for children who will go without this Christmas. The gifts will be distributed around the country by Women’s Refuge – the official charity of the Telecom Tree - for the children to open on Christmas Day. “Over the past two years the Telecom Tree has become a popular Christmas attraction for many Auckland families as well as visitors, with more than 200,000 people experiencing the magic last year alone,” says Telecom CEO Paul Reynolds. “Our thanks must go to our partners The Auckland Council and the Ponsonby Business Association for their ongoing support in helping ensure the Telecom Tree keeps sparkling each year.” Ponsonby Business Association Chair Viv Rosenberg says, “We’re thrilled that the Telecom Christmas Tree is once again lighting up Western Park this year and makes Ponsonby even more magical for our residents and visitors to enjoy. It also ties in nicely with the line up of Christmas activities we have in the area, such as the famous Franklin Road lights.” The stunning 27 metre-high Telecom Tree (about seven storeys) is constructed from 375,000 lights and has 16 million possible colour combinations. The Tree also provides a place for children to ring the North Pole direct from dedicated Telecom Santaline phone boxes at the base of the Tree. As they make their wish, their voices magically activate the lights running from their phone box to the star at the top of the Tree. This year, anyone can design their own light show and have it displayed on the Tree. Those keen to try their hand can log on to telecomtree.co.nz from launch night, follow the simple steps to create their design, and then choose what time they want it to play out on the Telecom Tree. Then they need to grab their family and friends and head to the Tree to watch their design light up the night. Last year more than 950,000 calls were made from right across New Zealand. Hopeful children will again be able to call Santa to tell him they’ve been good and what they’re wishing for on 0800 222 222. Or they can submit their request online at www.telecomtree.co.nz PN

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 LOCAL NEWS WHERE DO PONSONBY PEOPLE GO FOR THEIR HOLIDAYS? As much as we love our ‘hood it’s good to have an occasional change of scene. Here’s where some Ponsonby personalities call home-away-from-home. REBECCA PURDY - Bare PR www.barepr.co.nz

Leigh! We only recently discovered Leigh again; I met my husband up there so it has an even more special meaning for us. Reasons we love Leigh: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Just over an hour out of Auckland Great fishing and diving spots Lovely sea views Surrounded by beautiful beaches The Sawmill Cafe that has fantastic bands playing throughout the year and serves great food 6. Close to Matakana and the Farmers’ Market on a Saturday morning. Last year I took a photo of my favourite spot in Leigh. That photo sat on our fridge for a year then a few months ago we noticed the section was for sale on Trade Me! It had dropped in price too... so we are now the proud owners of a section in Leigh and have just started building our first bach. Exciting! SUZANNE KENDRICK - Online Community Manager, www.theconnector.co.nz

ANGELA REDFERN - Ripe Delicatessen www.ripedeli.co.nz I have many, many favourite holiday destinations. I love trips back to the UK where although it’s freezing for Christmas, I love the buzz in the shops, BBC Christmas tele entertainment, hanging with my nieces, carol singers and the pubs. I’m staying in New Zealand this year and heading to the big lake. Very much looking forward to swimming with the trout, winning that prize with the hole in one and soaking in the hot pools. We are so spoilt in this country - so many beautiful places to go and enjoy your Christmas holidays. Happy hols everybody! STACEY HART - Sale St, Chapel Bar & Bistro www.salest.co.nz www.chapel.co.nz My summer holidays are spent in the glorious Northland destination of Whananaki. I’ve been holidaying there since I was one year old and you’d be hard pushed to find me anywhere else! Our family bach is situated on the water’s edge of the estuary at Whananaki South, with views over the water to Whananaki North, the hills and picturesque farmland surrounds. I spend lots of time just taking in the beautiful view - it never gets boring! We have a stunning ocean beach five minutes walk away with surrounding beaches and bays to visit and enjoy. With only 20 or so baches on the south side it is truly a tucked-away treasure of New Zealand. Swimming, boating, fishing and relaxing is what I’ll be doing this summer. Bring it on! VIVI HEETBRIJ - Custom Residential www.customresidential.co.nz The most mind blowing destination I’ve been to so far is without a doubt India. It hits all senses and emotions. One moment you’re in awe and exhilarated and you feel like there is no more exciting place on earth, and the next you just want to get out of there because you’ve had enough. A spiritual place, but often (in daily life) in a very matter-of-fact way. A pragmatic place – people simply surviving as best they can. A beautiful place: colour, sounds, smells, buzz! And an ugly place: with poverty and suffering. And then there’s good old Delhi belly when relations with the toilet intensify dramatically (the moment you find yourself in foetal position around the porcelain and telling it that it is your best friend, you’ve hit your low point). Closer to home favourite spots have got to be places like Waiheke and the Coromandel Peninsula. I love it love it love it. And after more than 10 years in this country I still can’t get enough of it. Fresh oysters from the shack down the road, a bottle of Sacred Hill sauvignon blanc, feet in the sand, ocean rolling in. Bliss.

With family connections to the deep South we visit Wanaka in the holidays. We are a tightly housed Grey Lynn family so really do enjoy the open space and postcard beauty of the South. Long summer nights, hot days and clear, star-filled nights. We get in plenty of lake swimming - nothing like the fresh cleanness of a lake swim. No salty towels and togs and hair. Delicious summer fruits - freshly picked raspberries, apricots and cherries.

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NIKKI KAYE: AUCKLAND CENTRAL MP

AUCKLAND CENTRAL – A FUTURE SILICON VALLEY OF DIGITAL MEDIA? If you have any doubts that New Zealanders aren’t innovative and inventive, then seeing the range of new products on display at the Food Awards recently would quickly dispel that. Last month I presented the Food Awards, representing the Minister of Economic Development and was blown away by the range of food products on display – and by the entrepreneurial spirit of the people behind the companies that sold those products. I happened to be seated with the ladies behind hand-made pudding producers Dollop Puddings, and I was hugely impressed with their enthusiasm and creative flair. Research and innovation is high on our Government’s agenda. We are investing heavily across many sectors and some, like the $144 million in Primary Growth Partnerships, involve traditional areas such as primary production. These two partnerships support research, development involving companies such as Dairy New Zealand / Fonterra, Silver Fern Farms, PGG Wrightson and the Landcorp farming programme and ultimately products, jobs and growth. This is one of the six areas of economic growth as the dairy and red meat industries are pivotal to the success of our economy. You could argue that we spend too much on innovation and research across too many sectors, though. You could argue that as a country we need to focus more on where that money is spent so that we get targeted results for our ingenuity and creativity, exactly as we do for the Olympic Games. But like the food industry, other exciting sectors are also emerging. Take digital media. I attended the launch of Omnilab Media and Oktobor, which recently opened its award winning visual effects, animation and digital computergenerated animation studio, Oktobor Animation. This has been created and launched in conjunction with Backyard Animated Pictures, a US-based company and will create 40 extra jobs next month in Freeman’s Bay.

Local National MP NIKKI KAYE is pictured here with US Secretary of State HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON. A reception was held on 4 November at the Banquet Hall in Parliament in Hillary’s honour.

The project presents an enormous opportunity for this area. I know Freeman’s Bay, Ponsonby and Grey Lynn contain a large number of people involved in digital media and the creative industries. These people represent some of our best and brightest creative brains in the country today. We already have the raw talent, I want to help to harness it and create a digital media hub in Auckland Central. Over the coming months I will be bringing the Minister together with key players to see how we can accelerate growth in this sector. As your local MP I always welcome feedback on issues of local or national significance. If you wish to contact me then please email me at mp.aucklandcentral.communitylinks@parliament.govt.nz (NIKKI KAYE) PN

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TEN BEST BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS Recommended by avid reader and radio reviewer Carole Beu of The Women’s Bookshop, Ponsonby THE DRESS CIRCLE: NEW ZEALAND FASHION DESIGN SINCE 1940 by Lucy Hammonds, Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, Claire Regnault $75 Three experts in the field reveal the long, rich history of New Zealand fashion, tracking down the pioneers and personalities who made it all happen. Full of intriguing photographs, this is a gorgeous landmark book – a marvellous resource that is beautiful to look at. MADE BY HAND by Julie Le Clerc $52 Nutritious and delicious! From a vastly experienced cookbook author, former cafe owner, food writer and celebrity chef, comes a stunning but uncomplicated book full of natural recipes (carefully coded: DF= Dairy Free, GF=Gluten Free etc) that use organics, wholefood and gluten free foods. Inspiring! YUM! HOME WORK: LEADING NEW ZEALAND ARCHITECTS’ OWN HOMES by John Walsh and Patrick Reynolds $75 When architects accept commissions they must fulfill their client’s aspirations. When they design their own homes they have only themselves to please. Walsh and Reynolds go inside 20 homes throughout NZ, designed and still lived in by their architects. Full of magnificent photographs, this is a fascinating and handsome book.

ARTISTS @ WORK by Richard Wolfe $72 This gorgeous, colourful book presents a fascinating picture of contemporary New Zealand painters and sculptors at work in their studios. With photos by Stephen Robinson, it gives insights into the practical aspects of the creative process, and includes established as well as emerging artists, revealing a rich variety of styles. KAKAPO – RESCUED FROM THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION by Alison Balance $49.99 This charming account of the rescue of the Kakapo is as much the story of human determination as it is a history of this enigmatic bird. Numbers have risen from 40 to more than 120. Ballance is on first-name basis with them all, and this beautiful hardback, with its superb photography, invites every New Zealander to share that intimacy. WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON by David Levithan and John Green $26 This hilarious novel joyously celebrates being proud of who you are. Two renowned authors, one straight, one gay. Two teenage boys, both with the same name, one straight, one gay. Add one brainy girl and a larger-thanlife gay teen whose hug is ‘like a sofa’ and the result is a stunning, uplifting read for teens and adults alike.

STILL LIFE by Jane Ussher $90 Breathtakingly beautiful, haunting photographs inside the Antarctic huts of Scott and Shackleton. Jane Ussher was invited by the Antarctic Heritage Trust to record ‘the unusual, the hidden, the minutiae of these sites’. Essays by Nigel Watson on the history and atmosphere of each hut complete this extraordinary and magnificent cloth-bound book.

ROOM by Emma Donoghue $39.99 Room is the entire world to five-year-old Jack but to his mother it’s a prison where she has been held for seven years. Through ingenuity and fierce love she has created an extraordinary life for her precious son. Told in his poignant and funny voice, Room is a powerful, inspiring novel, deservedly short-listed for this year’s Man Booker Prize.

THE HUT BUILDER by Laurence Fearnley $39.99 This quiet, reflective novel vividly evokes the South Island - Central Otago and Mt Cook in particular, where Boden helps build a mountain hut. Boden is a modest small-town butcher who becomes one of New Zealand’s best known poets. Ed Hilary and Charles Brasch make appearances. A gentle, beautiful little gem.

THE WOMEN’S BOOKSHOP, 105 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 4399 www.womensbookshop.co.nz

THE MAN IN THE WOODEN HAT by Jane Gardam $30 Stunning! This famous novelist is at her most wise and witty! This is life with lawyer/judge Filth (Failed in London. Try Hongkong) from Betty’s point of view – especially rewarding if you have read Old Filth ($28) first. Oh, all those unspoken things! Intelligent, sophisticated, highly amusing.

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DAVID HARTNELL’S ONE MINUTE INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD O’BRIEN Richard O’Brien writer, creator and narrator of The Rocky Horror Show, and now resident New Zealander, shares his view on his likes and dislikes. The Rocky Horror Show which he wrote back in 1973, has been seen all over the world, in nearly 40 countries, and has been enjoyed by millions of people. WHAT DO YOU BUY A CROSS DRESSER WHO HAS EVERYTHING? A larger wardrobe. THE ONE RULE YOU ALWAYS DRESS BY? Be happy! WHAT IS YOUR FASHION OBSESSION? Sprayed on trousers. WHAT DO YOU FEEL BEST WEARING? What ever makes me feel attractive. Most of the time its a pretence but I don’t truly care. WHAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED? I have never needed motivation, I cruise through the day and sleep like a baby. WHERE DO YOU GO TO GET AWAY FROM IT ALL? I just lock the front door and tell the world to go away, or words to that effect. WHAT IS THE QUALITY YOU MOST LIKE IN A WOMAN? Wit and intelligence. WHAT QUALITY DO YOU MOST LIKE IN A MAN? Ditto. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED? With affection. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE ON YOUR HEADSTONE? Dancing not allowed here. WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT? My children. I know that it’s trite to say so, but there you are. HOW DID THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW CHANGE YOUR LIFE? I was allowed to stay home more. WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR? That I shall not allow the primal beast in me to go into overdrive.

HOW DO YOU WATCH YOUR WEIGHT? I don’t have to. I’m a burner not a storer IF YOU HAD A TOWN NAMED AFTER YOU, WHAT KIND OF A TOWN WOULD IT BE? This has the ring of Jonestown attached to it I find it rather scary, so, no town named after me please! HOW MUCH WOULD YOU PAY FOR THE MOON, AND WHAT WOULD IT BE? I wouldn’t have it as a gift. Where would I put it? DESCRIBE YOUR OWN MIND? Light weight.

IF YOU HAD BEEN BORN A WOMAN, WHAT KIND OF WOMAN WOULD YOU BE? Gorgeous!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO SPEND A NIGHT IN? Is this a chat up line David?

WHAT IS THE TRAIT YOU MOST DEPLORE IN OTHERS? Closed minds and a dependence upon witch doctors.

WHAT IS THE QUESTION YOU ALWAYS GET ASKED THAT PISSES YOU OFF? Where did you get the idea for The Rocky Horror Show?

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST REGRET? That I have never found true love.

WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR? Sadly, not always the truth. But, I can dream.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT STATE OF MIND? Sober and for the most part untroubled. HAVE YOU EVER USED BOTOX? No, but I have no problem with people having a little ‘work’ done. HAVE YOU EVER HAD A CELEBRITY COME ON TO YOU? Of course! WHAT OF YOUR MANY SKILLS DO YOU PRIZE MOST? My lyric writing. THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU’VE EVER MET? Barry Humphries is one, while Willie Rushton is another.

DOES AGE WORRY YOU? Yes, I hate getting old. I am the vainest person on the planet. WHAT TURNS YOU ON? Cool Jazz. WHAT TURNS YOU OFF? Rapp, Madonna, Pink, Bono, Bar room bores etc IF THERE IS A HEAVEN WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE GOD TO SAY TO YOU WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE PEARLY GATES? What a pleasure this is Richard. There are a load of your mates down at the pool side bar who are just about to knock the top off a very agreeable Shiraz, let’s wander on down there shall we? (DAVID HARTNELL)

WHAT’S FRUSTRATING ABOUT YOU? I’m unable to grow up. YOU WERE BORN RICHARD TIMOTHY SMITH, HOW DID YOU SELECT YOUR STAGE NAME? In an instant when actors equity told me I couldn’t use my own name as they had someone on their books of that name. I chose the name of my maternal Grandparents. ARE ANY OF YOUR THREE CHILDREN FOLLOWING IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS? Only as stalkers. No, they are sailing in their own seas. APART FROM PLAYING RIFF RAFF WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE ROLE? The imitation of life, by Douglas Sirk. ARE YOU A BOXER OR BRIEFS MAN? Knickers, thank you. High waisted and unfussy. WHO WOULD YOU INVITE TO YOUR ULTIMATE DINNER PARTY AND WHY? Richard Dawkins, David Attenborough, Alice Roberts and the Pope. Now that should be interesting.

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SIDELINE WITH GEORGE BERRY GOLDEN GIRLS HONOURED IN AUCKLAND

WEST END CUP TAKES CENTRE STAGE

I recently had the opportunity to attend an awards dinner celebrating the six kiwi women that have won a gold medal at an Olympic Games.

WEST END TENNIS SERVES UP ANOTHER WEEKEND OF THE COUNTRY’S best up and coming tennis stars in the 2010 West End cup this month. The second in New Zealand’s four tournament long money circuit, the West End cup has provided some of the countries brightest talents with major opportunities. With the winner gaining the chance through a wild card entry to follow in the footsteps of Marcus Daniell, the 21 year old that caused great excitement this year when he won the 2010 Heineken Open Doubles Championship paired with Romanian Horia Tecau.

Yvette Corlett (nee Williams), Helsinki 1952; Barbara Kendall, Barcelona 1992; Sarah Ulmer, Athens 2004; Caroline Myer (nee Evers-Swindell) and Georgina Earl (nee Evers-Swindell), Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008; and Valerie Adams (formerly Villi), Beijing 2008. I was blown away by the fact New Zealand has had so many memorable sporting moments but how over such a long period of the Olympics we only have six women in this elite club. How it took 40 years for New Zealand to gain its second gold medal, and how similar all of these women are. Their can do attitude is something to be admired and replicated. It didn’t matter who you spoke to on the night they all said the same thing; if you put in the miles you got the results. They were all honoured to be part not only of the night, but of the six and felt the message was clear, if you put your mind to it you can do anything no matter where you come from, man or woman. (GEORGE BERRY) PN

VAST IMPROVEMENT IT’S AMAZING HOW WE GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FROM OUR experiences and make the necessary changes to go one better. Nothing more apparent for now Ponsonby local “Aussie Will” (Will grew up in Bathurst, Australia but has been an honorary local since coming to work for the Edge radio station eight years ago, hence the nick-name Aussie Will.) Will told me that other than a few cross countries at primary school he’s not really a runner but, with the opportunity to be part of the Auckland Marathon and run across the Harbour bridge, he felt he just had to be one of the 12,000 enthusiasts with a similar idea. After two cracks at the half, Will made the step up to the full marathon last year and completed it in a creditable time of just over four hours; although he believed that he had it in him to post a faster time. On a recent trip to the UK, Will was joined by an Edge prize winner Stacey Knowles. Unbeknown to him at the time Stacey was crowned the Auckland marathon women’s champ in 2009 in a time of 3.07. Through discussion Will decided there was way more to running a marathon than just turning up on the day. Stacey built up a programme for Will; a nutrition, exercise, and recovery plan that would assist him in his endeavour to better his four hour two minute effort. Working as the producer of the Fletch and Vaughan show on the Edge can be a long and trying job so fitting in a programme to build towards completing his 42 km mission was never going to be easy. However once he found his feet pounding the pavement Will says “running out there on your own is a great way to refresh your mind. Producing the show you need to keep your finger on the pulse so some alone time is very much needed and running gave that to me.” October 26th came and as Will lined up at the start line in Devonport, he mulled over the possibility of crossing the finish line in around three hours 40 minutes. Around the windy roads of the North Shore and up over the bridge he found himself streaking past the half way mark after just one hour and 40 minutes. Out to Saint Heliers and back, hardly missing a beat, Will’s second half split came in at a near identical time of 1.42 to see him cross the line in an amazing three hours 22, smashing last years time by 40 minutes. Then to top it off Will boarded a 12 hour flight that night to Argentina. A reward to himself for his efforts, but if one talked to any full time athlete they would have told you it was an interesting, maybe even crazy decision, considering the days activities. Will however pulled up fine and loved his time away, and totally believes if it wasn’t for the plan that Stacey put in place he would never have come close to achieving the turn around from the year before. He told me it’s amazing how much he has learnt about forward and post planning through the event and how he now applies those lessons to his everyday life. Will’s time of 3.22 also saw him cross the line inside the top 10% of the 2,500 Marathon competitors. Congratulations to all of those who competed, the volunteers and the organising committee of the 2010 Auckland Marathon. (GEORGE BERRY) PN

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This year’s tournament starts on Thursday, 9 December with their fantastic initiative of allowing players of all ages and from other clubs to get out on court and have a hit around with the tournament’s competitors. This year the majority of the New Zealand Davis cup team will be there, including New Zealand’s number three Aucklander Rubin Statham. Marcus Daniell will also be out on court however will not play over the weekend, as he’s continuing to recover from a shoulder injury that kept him out of the recent Commonwealth games in Delhi. From Friday the courts will be in full swing, hosting knock out tennis until the big finale on Sunday afternoon. The grand stand will be open and free to spectators, along with the bar and café to keep you refreshed. This is the third time the NZMT has been held at West End and looks to be gaining some real momentum with the calibre of players it’s attracting. Rubin Statham’s picked to take out this year’s tournament and says it’s great to return to Auckland, “I live in Australia now but love to be back in the city of sails.” Although being picked as favourite he’s not sure he deserves that title. After his January heroics Marcus Daniell told me these local tournaments are where it all starts for young stars of tomorrow, and if not for his unfortunate shoulder injury you could have guaranteed he would be back to compete in the West End cup. “These sorts of tournaments with such big local crowds and support help you to prepare for the bigger international tournaments, they give you great tools how not to get overawed and caught up in the moment.” So if you’re looking for a weekend of fun and the chance get some close court action, along with the chance to see a few rising kiwi and international stars I suggest you get to West End Tennis club from the 10th to the 12th. Its free for spectators and the club’s located at the corner of West End Road and Fife Street. They’re also raising funds for their new club house so get along and support one of the oldest clubs in Auckland. (GEORGE BERRY) PN

WORLD’S BEST SERVED UP AT CLASSIC STANLEY STREET’S MAKEOVER LOOKS SET TO BE CELEBRATED IN STYLE with one of the world’s most notable tennis stars making her way down under for this years ASB classic. There was talk that the ASB classic and the Heineken open would take a back seat this year to the Australian Open; however through a stroke of luck Russian superstar Maria Sharipova contacted Richard Palmer and his crew and asked to play in January’s tournament. Sharipova has never been to New Zealand and said “I’m excited by the prospect of starting my season in Auckland and can’t wait to get there.” Having posed for numerous magazines around the world the 23 year old former world number one is well known for her sex appeal, however it must be said that her on-court grunts and groans cause most of the head turning seen at tennis tournaments. Tournament boss Richard Palmer said “I’m delighted with the prospect of such a player choosing to come and want to play; it’s getting harder and harder to compete with the Australian Open with the sort of prize money they have to offer. However with this line up I’m confident the spectators will get their moneys worth.” To cap off Sharipova’s inclusion in the tournament the once ranked number two in the world, Svetlana Kuznetsova, has also signed up to play. Kiwi Marcus Daniell won’t be back to defend his Heineken open doubles title the following week, still recovering from a shoulder injury that has kept him out of the later part of the year, however the 2007 champ Spain’s David Ferrer will return to have a crack at adding the 2011 title to his long list of accolades along with top 20 ranked John Isner as well as 2008 champion Philipp Kohlschreiber. The ASB classic is on in Auckland from 3-8 January with the Heineken Open underway from 10-15 January. You can get your tickets at heinekenopen.co.nz and asbclassic. co.nz (GEORGE BERRY) PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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VOUCHERMOB CAN SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY Telephones are one of those inventions we can’t imagine living without and they’ve come a long way since Alexander Bell’s day. Now we have smart phones that connect to the internet as opposed to, in recent parlance, dumb phones that don’t. Presently only about seven percent of New Zealanders use smartphones but according to Herne Bay resident, Scott Bradley that’s about to change. Scott recently returned from a ten year stint in the UK where he co-founded one of the largest online energy trading companies Utilyx. He has a wealth of similar experience within the digital and communications corporate sector and he brings all that expertise to his new venture, VoucherMob. Voucher websites are the latest cool thing and to take advantage of them you need a smartphone. Scott says the smartphone market is about to explode with a number of telecommunication companies providing cheaper hardware than Apple’s iphone. He has watched what happened in the UK, Germany and the US and predicts by 2013 about 65% of people here will have some kind of smartphone. After all, with low cost phones on the market, why not have one? And he believes now is the right time for VoucherMob to drive home the value that digital technology can deliver.

DAVID HARTNELL Mc’d the launch of ANNA HOFFMANN’S latest book ‘Tales of Anna Hoffmann Volume Two’ at Shanghai Lil’s last month. Long time friend CARMEN flew in from Sydney to be the guest of honour.

In the current economic climate retailers are looking for more custom and consumers want good deals. VoucherMob provides a gateway between them. For instance a store can publish specials on www.vouchermob.co.nz and send out an e-voucher to consumers who are looking for a deal. The consumer can get the discount just by presenting the phone that received the voucher. The application is free for customers – they are only asked for basic registration information. The savings made by taking advantage of the best deals around far outweighs the cost of the smartphone and retailers can track the effectiveness of their campaigns. Ponsonby retailers would be hugely advantaged with this system in place. Customers can list their favourite stores on their phones which allow retailers to send information to the appropriate consumers. A customer can even email the store to see if his or her size is available, or any other information that’s required. Most importantly, customers have control of what products they want to be informed about and the cost to the retailer is minimal. Right now Scott is running free trials through to Christmas and maybe a bit longer to get everything up and running. He launched on13 October and already has about fifty retailers on the system broadcasting various good offers. So how does VoucherMob differ from similar digital voucher publishers? Well it’s the only one that offers a location based service. The smartphone knows exactly where its owner is so if you are out and about and decide you need to buy some beer just type in the word under the subject category and up will come the nearest outlet’s address. Because of its low bandwidth the component cost of using the service is very low, probably lower than sending a text. If similar systems are going more than well overseas it would be surprising if the concept doesn’t take off here as well. Smartphones on the Christmas list? I bet they are! After all is said and done, who’d want a dumb phone anymore? (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN

A RENEGADE BUNCH COMES TO PONSONBY Clinton Cardazo is the creative director of a group of entrepreneurs who are set on going places. On board with him is a photographer, music editor, writer, fashion editor and graphic designer. They all met at AUT and got together with an innovative concept that is bound to catch on. They have built a website on which they publish the creative endeavours of others as well as their own. It’s only a couple of months since they became active but already they have scored some interesting projects; the 2011 New Zealand Firefighters Calendar and work for Waikato National Contemporary Art. The collaborative have named themselves Renegade House and meet three times a week, at a space they have just leased next to Radio FM, to discuss the promotions and stories they are interested in. Any one of them may have six projects to consider at a given time and call on the others in the team to make their ideas a reality. There’s never one person who creates the whole concept – there’s input from them all. They are not like an advertising agency because there is no middleman and they are not keen on promoting people who are too protective of their work and not open to advice or suggestions. Their website www.renegadehouse.co.nz is very well designed and photographed. Already it has a wealth of stories from, and images of various artistes. They will launch an iPad version very soon and their singular vision is to put Auckland on the map internationally. Ponsonby News wishes them success in their endeavours because that’s something we’d all like to see happen. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN

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A LOOK BACK AT THE YEAR THAT’S BEEN FEBRUARY WAS A GOOD MONTH. THE DAYS WERE LONG, THE SUN SHONE and the Point Erin Pools were more enticing to frolic in than ever before due to an Auckland City Council revamp. Community Leisure Management was put in charge and focussed on making the facility as appealing as possible for locals and visitors alike. Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market kicked off the new year with an action-packed first market of the month. Lynda Halliman was a highlight, filming an episode of her new TV series, ‘Get Growing’. Ponsonby News was delighted to spread the good news that ‘The Insatiable Moon’, after major funding cuts, was finally shot shortly before Christmas with our shopping strip a major player. MARCH saw Ponsonby’s contentious Soho Square come on to the market after the developer went into receivership. The eyesore had been around far too long! Auckland’s oldest rugby club, ours no less, was chosen to host World Cup teams from Samoa and Tonga. A fitting choice given that Auckland’s large Pacific Island population has contributed much to our community. Locals rejoiced at the decision to preserve the Birdcage Tavern and fitting tribute was made to the movers and shakers at the launch of the project. On a perfect Sunday afternoon the Uptown Arts Trust held its inaugural event, The Fifth Plinth in Western Park, honouring long time and revered community worker, Betty Wark. APRIL and Luke Dallow launches Radio Ponsonby, a community based broadcaster with a unique music mix and cost effective promotions for local retailers. Ponsonby Market Day was blessed with balmy autumn weather and the turnout was mighty. Many businesses reported they had one of their best trading days ever. On the local governance front, twenty-nine year old Rob Thomas threw his hat in the ring, announcing intention to seek election as an independent for the Waitemata-Hauraki ward of the new Super City. MAY had no rough winds shaking the darling buds when Ponsonby songstress, Kirsten Morrell was the first Kiwi to ‘give a bunch’ as she signed up to the Fairtrade banana pledge aimed at lifting a co-operative of small scale farmers in Ecuador out of poverty. An international opportunity lured Justin Bade away from the Ponsonby Business Association where he had served as General Manager for twenty months. Marilyn Sainty’s protégés, Beth Ellery and Camille Howie gained recognition with their

FAIR TRADE MAKES GOOD SENSE MANY MOONS AGO, I HAD A CHANCE TO VISIT a refugee camp in the middle of the Sahara desert. It was home to thousands of people from Western Sahara who had lived in the camps for more than 30 years. While there’s a lot that could be said about the conflict that led to that camp existing in the first place, I learnt a few other lessons, such as how vital fair trade is to so many communities. Like many people who live in such conditions, or in developing parts of the world, work opportunities are often limited and, where they do exist, the wages are often meagre. In the camps I visited, the women combated this by setting up cooperatives to ensure that the weavers on one end of the production chain were paid a fair price for what they produced, no matter where that product was sold. And this in a nutshell is the concept of fair trade, a label more synonymous now with products like chocolate, coffee and tea that is produced in some of the most impoverished parts of the world.

inclusion in “New Zealand Fashion Design” a prestige Te Papa Press publication. There was also sadness when great singer Beaver finally succumbed to cancer. A farewell to the outstanding artiste was held in the Auckland Concert Chamber and her wake took place, fittingly, at Sale St Bar. JUNE was brightened up by the Labour nomination of glamour girl, Jacinda Ardern for Auckland Central in next year’s election. No old party hacks contending in our neck of the woods! Landscape architect Richard Reid won a silver award for his plans around the Birdcage placement. Thankfully Transit New Zealand agreed with his vision. Amcal’s ‘street corner worker’ Fiona was given due recognition for her thirty years employment in the pharmacy with a humdinger of a party at Bistro 222. Local lad, Jack Collinson carried on our proud sailing tradition when he was selected to represent New Zealand at the inaugural Youth Games held in Singapore. Smackbang Theatre Company’s Raising the Titanics played to sell out audiences at TABAC, and is predicted to go places according to its director, Raymond Hawthorne. MOTAT celebrated a significant milestone when it welcomed its 250,000th visitor, three year old Kavarm Perese-Smith, through the door. It was also Kavarm’s birthday and he was delighted to receive a gift from the museum. JULY brought success to Grey Lynn based FIELD_LA . It was the only landscape architectural firm to make it into the Queens Wharf development competition. A remarkable achievement considering they had been in business for only one year. TVWorks was really on the back foot when it was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay legal costs of $28,068.75 after its Target programme nearly put Ponsonby’s Café Cezanne out of business by wrongfully alleging the food was contaminated with faecal coliforms. It’s been a long, long time since children’s voices echoed in Victoria Park’s Campbell Free Kindergarten but with an agreement struck between the Auckland City Council and the NZTA the almost ruined heritage building will be restored at no cost to ratepayers. What a relief to see the wasteland that was once a petrol station become home to the all-new MINI Garage. More than just a dealership, it has a café, an event space and interactive electronic kiosks. AUGUST was definitely West Lynn’s turn in the limelight with the staging of its Red Carpet Fashion Benefit. Local fashion stores supported the event with enthusiasm and 10% of sales were donated to charities. The Cavalier Tavern celebrated twenty years of trading. Ray Wilson, sole owner since 1994 once played for the Kiwis and had his stag party there in 1968 when it was the dreary old The Suffolk. There’ve

Fair Trade isn’t just about singling out brands. It’s about making us mindful of what happened before a product landed in our stores or inside our cups, which means support for the campaign can be as simple as looking out for the fair trade symbol, encouraging local businesses to use Fairtrade Certified products (and proudly display that they do) and supporting local Fair Trade Community campaigns. I’ve been part of the group that are working on making Auckland a Fair Trade City, for about the past year. Pretty early on I realised how achievable it is – and with Ponsonby virtually a fair trade precinct already, we’re perfectly placed to band together and bring the rest of Auckland with us. There are so many issues that we need to tackle as a community – transport woes, environmental issues, social issues – the list is long. It would be easy to say that something like fair trade is not a priority amongst the many things that need to be done – but from small things, big things grow. That’s why I’ll keep playing a small part alongside our local community groups, businesses and the Council in order to see this initiative pay big dividends to folk like some of the women I met all that time ago. If you would like more information visit www.fairtradeauckland.org (JACINDA ARDERN, Labour List MP) PN

New Zealand is a long way from Western Sahara, or even places like Timor Leste where our coffee often comes from, but New Zealanders can and are still doing our bit. Last year, Wellington became the first Fair Trade Capital City in the Southern Hemisphere, with over 100 local businesses leading the charge and offering Wellingtonians fair trade alternatives to the products that they use every day. Being the competitive type, the first thought through my mind was “why shouldn’t Auckland join the commitment to Fair Trade, and why not have Ponsonby leading the charge?” Ponsonby (as we all know!) is a community minded place which has already shown its commitment to sustainability through the Ponsonby Sustainability Committee, which seeks to make our neighbourhood one of the leading and most sustainable areas of New Zealand. It seems fitting, then, that we should also be the community that leads the global Fair Trade movement in the Auckland region.

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been changes for the better twenty years on! Much loved Kashin died in August 2009 and Auckland Zoo commemorated her passing a year later with a day of fun filled activities. Part of the admission fee went towards the Kashin Conservation fund, to support elephants in the wild. SEPTEMBER and The Auckland City Mission was $40,000 richer when three robots sprayed hot water, shot flames and blasted steam to release the ASB donation trapped in a giant iceblock. Online viewers paid $3 to send a command to a robot and watch it executed on www.icemission.co.nz Generous businesses collaborated to put the innovative fundraiser into effect for free. Frocks on Bikes staged a spring celebration of cycling at Western Park, working in tandem with a bonza of a Ponsonby Market Day. Grey Lynn 2030 hosted a ‘Meet the Candidates’ evening at the Grey Lynn Community Hall, a golden opportunity to hear from councillors and local board member candidates. John Elliot gave readers the lowdown on Herne Bay resident, Dave Clark who won the top prize awarded by the Design Institute of New Zealand ‘for a lasting and valuable contribution to the design profession’. He’s an ex-pat Brit we’ve got for keeps, it seems. Local faces were well represented at New Zealand Fashion Week, which is no surprise considering the wellspring of talent in our area. OCTOBER and what is that depicted on the cover? A 21st birthday no less! Since 1989 Ponsonby News has been delivering parochial news to our community and in this month’s issue it gave a potted history of interesting happenings down the years. Long may it keep up the good work. Once again The Insatiable Moon makes news when it went on general release and received rave reviews. Keep in mind the Ponsonby News was among the first to give it an airing. Grey Lynn 2030 has finally got a Grey Lynn Business Network up and running. There is a steering committee and plans are being formed. Len Brown visited and talked to locals at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market then popped over for a cup of tea with the gardeners who have created the Wilton Street Community Garden. Getting out and about sure pays dividends. Grey Lynn Primary held its centennial celebration and played host to ex students who poured in from all over New Zealand and Australia. Ponsonby Intermediate held its annual art show and prize giving which is generously supported by Hills Flooring and Bayleys Realty. NOVEMBER and who would have dreamed a Freemans Bay writer could end up sipping tea with a member of the dreaded Taliban. Ian Robinson’s Tea with the Taliban is a vivid depiction of that benighted country. Two Ponsonby properties won Auckland Architecture Awards; an artist’s studio by Malcolm Walker Architects and a workshop fit-out by Pohio Adams. Victoria Park was turned into food heaven with the staging of a foodie festival, Taste of Auckland that lasted for four whole days. Tommy Parker of NZTA announced the Campbell Free Kindergarten restoration will be completed early 2011, a hundred years after its official opening. Westmere children and parents held their first triathlon at Cox’s park to help raise funds for a school hall. An annual event is planned with entries opened to children from other schools. DECEMBER, the month of peace and good will or the celebration of parent guilt and offspring greed, whatever way you want to view it. The self proclaimed mayor of Franklin Road, Ross Thorby, requested residents get their lights up and twinkling prior to the Ponsonby Street Christmas party held on the 4th. This noble group will suffer the crowds and inconvenience (and expense) with their usual stoicism and all breathe a sigh of relief come January. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN

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NEW JERRY CLAYTON BMW MANAGEMENT SET TO INVIGORATE DEALERSHIP THE LATEST ADDITION TO JERRY CLAYTON BMW IS NOT A NEW MODEL, BUT the return of a man who grew through the ranks of the dealership before embarking on an international assignment. “I’m excited to be home in New Zealand and proud to be working with such a highly regarded and aspirational brand,” said Steve Hilson, the new Dealer Principal of Jerry Clayton BMW in Takapuna. Fresh from two and a half years working as General Sales Manager for a BMW operation south of London, Steve is keen to develop a more relationship orientated dealership experience which focuses on top-quality customer service. “Regardless of whether you are buying a new pair of shoes, enjoying a meal in a restaurant or buying a new BMW, what’s most important is customer service. I’m a strong believer in establishing a lasting and trusting relationship with customers. That way they can enjoy their new BMW to the utmost and we can also share in their experience.” The 60 member team at Jerry Clayton BMW shares a similar philosophy and is equally as proud to sell the world’s most sustainable car brand, an accolade BMW has claimed for six consecutive years (as determined by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index). “BMW’s EfficientDynamic technology sets a new benchmark amongst prestige brands in terms of using less fuel, but at the same time increasing power and performance,” said Mr Hilson. “It is a remarkable achievement and one which enhances the green credentials of the brand.” And what does the immediate future hold for Steve and the team at Jerry Clayton BMW? “We’re building on a very successful year which saw the launch of the new X1 and 5 Series, as well as lifecycle impulse models for 3 Series Coupe, Cabriolet and X5. “There is considerable activity on the product front next year which gets underway with the release of the incredibly luxurious performance orientated BMW 6 Series Convertible, an unbelievably stylish yet fashionably understated all-new vehicle. I certainly have high hopes for the BMW brand and Jerry Clayton BMW.” PN JERRY CLAYTON BMW, 445 Lake Road, Takapuna T: 09 488 2000 www.jcbmw.co.nz

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LOCAL NEWS  PONSONBY U3A - NOVEMBER MEETING GUEST SPEAKER AT THE NOVEMBER MEETING WAS GILLIAN MOORE FROM the Fred Hollows Foundation NZ. First she spoke of Kiwi hero Fred Hollows, a strong advocate for social justice, who realised the only way to reduce the cost of expensive US manufactured intra-ocular lenses was to set up his own factory. Fred Hollow’s goal: ‘A world where no one is needlessly blind’. She told how the Foundation was set up in 1992 with the primary goal of fundraising for building two intra-ocular lens factories to manufacture low-cost lenses – one in Eritrea and one in Nepal. These factories were commissioned in 1994 and 1996 respectively, and have to date manufactured over four million lenses which are distributed throughout the developing world. In 2002 the Fred Hollows Foundation NZ commenced the avoidable blindness programme in the Pacific, and today the cornerstone of their work is training. The main training centre is the The Pacific Eye Institute in Suva. Under the leadership and guidance of Director, Dr John Szetu, 11 doctors and 102 nurses have been trained. After their training doctors and nurses return to their own communities to perform the necessary surgeries to restore sight. During training, doctors will perform around 400 cataract surgeries and go on to perform thousands more during their career. “It’s a miracle when you restore the gift of sight and its colours to a person. Every patient’s reaction is different; some laugh, some cry and some just want to hug you.” Dr John Szetu of Fiji. This year the Foundation’s fundraising goal has focused on the construction of a new building to house the Pacific Eye Institute in Suva, Fiji. This will be a world class purpose built facility which will have two operating theatres, an optical lab, a library and will increase the number of patients who can be seen, by at least 50%. It will also increase the number of doctors and nurses who can be trained. The Foundation is very proud of its achievement which sees 87% of money raised go to its programme work in the Pacific and is grateful to all supporters of The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ. Gillian’s talk was enhanced by moving stories of people and places and supported by excellent recently taken photographs. It was sobering to hear statistics of nearly forty million blind people globally, 90% of whom live in developing countries and that 75% of blindness is treatable or preventable. In the Pacific area 70% of avoidable blindness is due to cataracts.

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Before the visiting speaker, Ponsonby U3A Secretary, Alex Lanning presented an overview of a recent feedback survey of members, conducted at the time of the AGM. 31 responses were received from a membership of 68. There are 11 active study or activity groups and a number of suggestions were made for new groups. Meetings are held in the upstairs room in the Leys Institute on the second Friday of the month at 9.45am and new members are most welcome. The ages of Ponsonby U3A members are from the fifties to the nineties. The last meeting for the year will be held on Friday. 10 December and U3A member Lois Denbury, who trained and worked as a florist in London for 24 years will be demonstrating how to make Christmas arrangements with flowers and foliage from our own gardens. This will be followed by a shared festive morning tea. (NOELINE CREIGHTON) PN

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JOHN ELLIOTT: SOAP BOX NO IFS, NO BUTS - NO PRIVATISATION Newly appointed Waitemata Local Board Chairman Shale Chambers is an intelligent, articulate, if quite serious, commercial lawyer, and a longtime behind-the-scenes City Vision executive member. He looks younger than his 50 years. By serious, I mean that he chooses his words carefully and iterates his views in a measured way - as befits his 15 years heading local law firm Chambers Craig Jarvis in Ponsonby Road. But when it comes to discussing public assets, and possibilities for privatisation (eg. Water) Chambers face lights up, and he becomes very animated. This is an area of passionate interest to him. “No ifs, no buts, no privatisation”, he tells me, emphasising that he made that point loud and clear at his induction as Chairman last week. “Water”, he says, “is a human right and needs to be delivered at the lowest price possible. There are costs of renewal, and delivery, plus reasonable usage charges. But no price gouging under my watch,” he vows. He opposes sale of any public assets. Of course Chambers knows only too well that while he has a sympathetic Board (five of the seven are fellow City Vision team members) and a Councillor in the vastly experienced Mike Lee who shares his philosophy, too many decisions might still be made behind closed doors by Rodney Hide-appointed, right wing bureaucrats. Shale Chambers is quick to point out that he, and other left-leaning politicians will reach across the aisle to accommodate opposing views, but he acknowledges that people who stand for something group together to discuss it, both formally and informally. So party caucusing may not be a thing of the past. Shale says it will be a luxury and a pleasure to be able to work with Mike Lee as Waitemata Councillor. “I’ve worked with him for many years - he’s a consensus person, who unites people across the aisle.” The new Local Boards will have much more power than the old Community Boards did, believes Chambers. “Ours will be a co-governance model, but we are keen as mustard for the Council and the CCOs to delegate local issues to us.” “If we get a local call about a broken footpath, we are part of the problem, and we want to be part of the solution,” says Chambers.

Pictured left to right: CHRISTOPHER DEMPSEY, GREG MOYLE, JESSE CHALMERS, PIPPA COOM (Deputy Chairperson), PATRICIA READE, ROB THOMAS and SHALE CHAMBERS (Chairperson) Protection of this heritage is a passion of Chambers which he shares particularly with board members Christopher Dempsey, a planner from Parnell and Tricia Reade of City Fringe Inc. of Ponsonby. Unlike many of our city villages, the Waitemata Ward is a series of business districts, and so the health of the business economy is vital to our success. Chambers commercial law experience will be a decided asset. Shale is full of praise for his team on the board — all six of them. They have strong local roots, involvement over many years in great local activities. Four are keen cyclists, who share Len Brown’s vision for public transport. Many of Mayor Brown’s visionary projects are within the Waitemata Ward boundaries. Chambers and his team will strongly support the mayor wherever they can. Strong local consultation is very important, asserts Chambers. “We mean real consultation,” says Shale. Then the Board can advance community ideas to the Council. “Our board is inviting itself to the party,” is how Shale describes it.

Although this is the first time Shale Chambers has stood for a local community position, he was for two terms on the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust (he was in fact the only non C and R candidate to ever be re-elected for a second term). The new Chairman sees the new Board area as a compatible mix — people live in Parnell for similar reasons that people live in Ponsonby, he says. Both are inner city heritage areas, with a common historical connection.

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Shale Chambers will use his governance and facilitating skills to pull together a very talented team. He will seek the maximum regulatory delegation possible, trying always to promote policies in the very best interests of Waitemata Ward residents and business people. He may be new to it, but I predict he’ll be good at it. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN

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JOHN ELLIOTT: SOAP BOX SECOND OF TWENTY THREE AT FIRST ATTEMPT Pippa Coom is like a young athletic racehorse, raring to get into the starting stalls and begin the race. Although perfectly composed when I spoke to her, she seems only just able to contain her glee. At her first attempt at local body politics, she won a seat on the Waitemata Local Board, finishing second of 23 good quality candidates, and being voted Deputy Chair. Her success was partly due to her high profile with Grey Lynn 2030, the local community organisation which was praised last week at his Legacy Lecture, by world famous environmentalist, television host and academic, Dr David Suzuki. She also stood out on the hustings whenever she was given the opportunity to speak. Of course she credits (quite correctly) the excellent City Vision team, Mike Lee and new Mayor Len Brown for helping to get her elected. It was a strong team effort by City Vision - five of the seven seats. Pippa says it is a good time for her right now. She has a partner, but no children, and gave up her full time law job over a year ago. “I can devote as much time as I need to for the Board work,” she says. “The law gave me a good skills set, but I don’t want to wear a legal hat anymore.”

GREY LYNN 2030 NEWS Grey Lynn 2030 is proud to have been behind two local initiatives which have successfully taken on a life of their own. The Grey Lynn Farmers Market, now in operation for over a year and the newly established Grey Lynn Business Association. Both community ventures have Christmas events planned. GREY LYNN FARMERS MARKET The Market operates every Sunday of the month, except for the last Sunday, at the Grey Lynn Community Centre. In December there is a special Christmas market with all our stall holders on Saturday, 18 December from 1.30 – 5pm. A great opportunity to purchase edible presents while enjoying the live entertainment. Mother Christmas will visit the market at 3pm with presents for the children. The Christmas market will be the last market until Sunday 16 January 2011. GREY LYNN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The association is holding a Christmas Networking Social on Wednesday, 8 December, 7pm at the Quality Inn on Great North Road. Come along to find out how the GLBA can help your business and hear a presentation from networking guru Jits Doolabah. Entry by koha with a wrapped present that will be donated to the Grey Lynn Woman’s Refuge. The GLBA can be contacted at greylynnbusinessassociation@gmail.com. Grey Lynn 2030 is about creating a vibrant and positive community. Our first public meeting of next year will be held on Wednesday, 9 February. Our monthly community meetings are a fabulous opportunity to share ideas you have for local projects that promote sustainability. More details at www.greylynn2030.co.nz. Email greylynn2030@gmail.com if you would like to receive our monthly community newsletters. PN

“I come to this Board with a passion for local community activities,” says Pippa. “I have a positive vision for a vibrant connected community.” Pippa says we can and should be able to work, live and play in our own community - it is best for individual peace of mind and wellbeing, as well as gentler on the planet. Pippa is very pleased with the quick success of the Grey Lynn 2030 project (started just two years ago ), comprising a community garden, a waste minimisation programme, the farmers market, and a strong online presence. She stresses the need to transition from a consumer driven society with dependence on oil, to a more localised lifestyle. “In its simplest form it means ‘know your neighbours”, enthuses Pippa. Pippa Coom believes we must ask our neighbours what they want in their community and then ‘enable this wish list’. She cites Freemans Bay people who want a community garden, the Aotea market people who need a new home, as issues she wants to get involved with. Putting on her left leaning political hat she says we’ve suffered for years under C and R who didn’t trust local people to make decisions. Asked if the Super City is too big, Pippa Coom says not if Local Boards are properly empowered. “My vision is to help make Auckland the most livable city in the world, but we must live in a way that meets our needs and does not compromise the future.” Pippa Coom is already an asset in her own local community, now she can continue that work, but spread her wings a little and inject her enthusiasm and energy into the wider Auckland City political scene. As all new politicians do she will encounter a certain amount of opposition, cynicism and negativity, but her bright, sunny and positive enthusiasm will, more often than not, win the day. Our new Deputy Chair has a bright local body future ahead of her. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN

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EASY CARE SUMMER HAIR AND BEAUTY You don’t want to spend hours on your grooming, but nor can you hide inside with your hair scraped back and your trackies on. For a low maintenance solution, we asked mostly-local experts to share their easy care summer hair and beauty tips. (Boys - you’re on your own here - just be clean and sunscreened, or as Servilles’ Louise Pilkington puts it - “military meets GQ”). DANNY PATO - Creative Director d&M Hair Design www.dandm.co.nz Remember to apply a leave-in conditioner throughout your hair every hour when you’re at the beach to keep it smooth and stop it drying out. Brush it through your hair to keep it from getting tangled. This will also create a protective barrier to keep the salt (or chlorine if you’re pool-side) away from your hair.

ANGIE TINKER - tinker & tinker Moroccan Hair Oil is the only product that works on my merino mane of hair in this Auckland humidity. It smells divine and my hair soaks it up and manages to behave itself. It’s also amazing for when I straighten it - the oil protects my very porous hair strands and gives it a glorious glossy shine. I have a travel size bottle as well for when I’m on the road flogging frocks or floating around Pauanui and have to look completely fabulous! tinker & tinker are agents for Nude shoes and Elwood, among other fashion labels.

JOANNE LEONG – Marketing and Communications Manager for Shiseido Leave your face mask in the fridge a few hours before you use it. The cooling sensation will give you that muchneeded pick-me-up before you head out to your next summer barbeque.

LOUISE PILKINGTON - Servilles Ponsonby www.servilles.co.nz/salon/salons/ponsonby This summer is all about sexy, natural, slightly enhanced, not over-done hair. A great thing to do over summer is, when you go to bed, sleep with your hair in a top knot and when you take it out in the morning you’ll have soft casual waves.

JULIE ROULSTON - Fashion Editor, Ponsonby News I’ll be booking a $65 Shellac mini-pedicure - or OPI’s alternative Axxium - just before I go on holiday, in the knowledge that I can get FIVE WEEKS out of it. Technicians apply a gel to your nails that they ‘cure’ insalon, and you leave with varnish so dry that you can walk out with your shoes on. Ok, you’re not that glam at the end of the five weeks but you just need to make sure you have Acetone (get it at the pharmacy, to soak the product off) and/or your next appointment booked.

HELENE RAVLICH - Ponsonby News’ beauty specialist www.mshelene.com ANGELIQUE FRIS-TAYLOR - Fresh PR The heat of our Auckland summers makes my face pretty shiny. My lifesaver is a Primer. I use a little under my makeup to not only keep my foundation lasting all day and night, but to keep me from looking like a disco ball on a Christmas tree. Smashbox have a great oil-free one which also happens to iron out some of the wee lines around your eyes. Fresh PR is based in Franklin Road and represents brands like Orly, Wella and Dermalogica.

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This summer I’m all about three things. The first is using sunscreen religiously, every day. Find one that suits your skin type and lifestyle and make it a priority to slap it on before leaving the house. It’ll be the best - and possibly cheapest - anti aging product you’ll ever buy. The second is staying hydrated, especially around Christmas party madness. Try putting some sprigs of fresh mint in your water to keep things interesting, and make things easier again by carrying a bottle at all times. Last up, if you’re baring your feet then they’d better look good! A regular pedicure takes all of the hard work away, and at Diamond Nail Salon & Spa in Redmond Street they even have a loyalty program to keep you coming back for more.

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“Very natural and very sunkissed on the ends, We are softening regrowth so that clients have longevity in their colour. No hard-looking blondes, just soft caramel-kissed locks. Brunettes shouldn’t be too dark for colour and there are no blanket-looking shades - think Elle Macpherson and Jennifer Lopez.” - Kate Henry (ME Salon).

KATE McGAHAN - Maxted Thomas PR When I have spare time during summer, sitting in the hairdresser’s chair for hours on a hot day waiting for a colour to process is the last thing I feel like doing, so I book in for a toner instead. For around $25.00 at most Ponsonby salons I can get a toner put though my hair in a shade of my choice that freshens up the colour, tones down brassiness and blends in any re-growth. All this is a quick fix which means I can be in and out of the salon in half an hour (or an hour if I get a blowdry) and back to the beach! Maxted Thomas reps brands like Sebastian and Nivea, and is based in the Laundry Building in Surrey Crescent.

LAURALEE NOLAN - ME Salon www.mesalon.co.nz Start the summer season with a haircut to freshen up your look and ensure your hair is in top condition. The hot look this season is relaxed styling that looks like you’re fresh from the beach. Invest in products with UV protection. A great tip to restore moisture to hair is to leave conditioner in the hair then tie locks into loose braids – this is a great look while nourishing hair at the same time. Lauralee is a finalist for the Supreme Award in the 2011 L’Oréal Colour Trophy Awards.

NOTES ON SUMMER HAIR COLOUR TRENDS: NIKKI LOVRICH – Makeup artist Due to our harsh sunshine, come summertime you can be sure that any brown skin pigmentation patches will only get worse! Think about using a specifically designed anti-pigmentation skincare regime to combat discolouration (I am an Olay ambassador and they have a new anti-pigmentation range, Definity, which I love) along with applying sunscreen every day.

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“Cooler blondes are in vanilla with a soft cream tone finish. Warmer blondes are in honeycomb and syrup. Brunettes are sunkissed with caramelised toffee and hazelnut. Reds tend to be more amber, cinnamon and copper shades. We’re moving away from classical highlights and single flat colours and heading towards the surfer palette – dark roots with lighter pieces around the face and ends. Surfers get the best natural highlights. There’s no stop or start to them. The sun lightens their hair in such a way that it’s the perfect graduation from dark to light.” DANNY PATO “Smudgy depth at the roots rubbing out to lighter, sun-bleached ends - a very lived in yet saucy look.” LOUISE PILKINGTON

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HELENE RAVLICH: NATURAL BEAUTY

COLLAGEN BEAUTY BEDS – REAL FUTURE BEAUTY! OVER THE YEARS I’VE TRIED LIGHT THERAPY ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS AS an add-on to my usual skincare regime, and found it to be a great way to make my favourite products work harder and a nice boost to my skin’s health in general. The treatments I’ve had have been solely restricted to my face and decolletage, but now Collagen Beauty Beds have arrived in New Zealand and it’s time to get to work on all over great skin! Loved by those in the know and extensively used by medical professionals around the world, they are a ridiculously easy way to address the likes of fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots and pigmentation, as well as treat acne issues and aid wound healing. This non-invasive cutting-edge technology for full body skin rejuvenation is now available here in New Zealand at Solaris Tanning on Ponsonby Road, and is definitely worth a bash if you’re in the market for seriously good skin. The beds work by emitting visible light between 600 and 700 nm, which contains no UVA or UVB rays and is highly beneficial to the skin. Studies have proven that light within this part of the spectrum penetrates to the bottom of the dermis, stimulating fibroblasts that produce collagen and repair elastin fibres to help keep the skin firm and plump, which is what gives young skin its glow. While you’re lying down having 20 minutes of “me” time, the lamps shining all around you are working hard to improve tone and texture, control and diminish pigmentation and age spots and reduce pore size, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. As if that’s not enough, the light also stimulates blood circulation aiding in detoxification, while increasing oxygen and nutrients to the skin. This reduces inflammation and enhances the wound repair process as skin cells renew from 150 -200 per cent faster when exposed to this light wavelength. Used by doctors to reduce healing time, these benefits can be utilised to speed up the natural healing process in which your skin regenerates, aiding in a quick recovery if you’ve had more invasive treatments such as IPL. If you’ve just had Botox or fillers however, it’s recommended that you wait at least 24 hours before hitting a Collagen Bed. When I spoke to Alicia Berridge, the Director of Solaris Tanning, she recommended a course of Collagen Bed sessions to really address any issues you have with your skin. “Skin rejuvenation is a dynamic process. Commitment to light therapy is key, and a course of 20 light treatments is what is recommended for really great results.” She added that your skin will continue to improve for up to six weeks after your course has ended, and said that popping in once or twice a month for maintenance after that is the perfect way to keep your skin looking its best. She said results can be seen after just two treatments, and then great skin really kicks in at around ten. The beds have no down time or side effects and a treatment takes just twenty minutes, so you can pop down to Solaris in your lunch break for a top up whenever you need one. Lastly, the safe and painless type of light therapy is suitable for all skin types and is only contra-indicated for those with a photosensitivity disorder, and not recommended if you’re pregnant. Also, certain medications can cause photosensitivity, so check in with your beauty therapist or doctor if you think this might apply to you. If not, then I recommend you pop in and try the future of skincare out for yourself – Solaris have a special on right now whereby you can buy a 20 session course for just $199, which is less than half the price of a luxury skin cream! (HELENE RAVLICH)

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EASY CARE SUMMER HAIR AND BEAUTY SYLVIE – LINGERIE TO DIE FOR Like many women I know, I have a deeply emotional relationship with beautiful lingerie. It is one of the things I set out to buy when I’m in the mood for rewarding myself, and it always gives me a confidence boost at a time when it’s sorely needed. Lucy Caney is a woman with a similar take on a part of your wardrobe that is easily regarded as merely practical, and is so passionate about lingerie that she set out to create a range of her own. Called Sylvie, it was born out of a tumultuous time in her life - a break up that saw her go out and replenish her lingerie drawer with a fresh start and a mood boost in mind. She had been working as a merchandiser for a number of big name New Zealand apparel brands and had a great background knowledge of the industry, “and it was just something that I had to do”, she says. After working in commercial clothing for nearly ten years, Lucy says that she “just felt the need to do something special, beautiful and local”, so the elegant and rather sexy Sylvie was born. The 32 year old Westmere resident confesses to loving “really beautiful lingerie, especially silk which is my ‘signature’ fabric. Nothing beats the feeling of silk on skin, and I like to make sure it’s the first thing I put on every day”. She designs all of the pieces herself, and then works closely with machinists not far from home who are specialists in getting a perfect finish, every time. “After working for years with big manufacturers in China in my old career it’s just such a great feeling to be able to be totally hands on with someone creating my range just around the corner from my home,” says the willowy blonde designer, who is extremely passionate about buying local. Her first collection for Spring/Summer is available at Adrian Hailwood’s boutique at the Ponsonby end of K’Road, as well as online at www.sylvie.co.nz. Lucy says that the woman she had in mind when designing the collection is “someone who loves beautiful, unique stores and really values quality”. The collection uses silk satin, silk cotton voile and silk elastane fashioned into some truly beautiful pieces, and includes bras, briefs, nighties and some absolutely incredible slips that would work equally as well as a very slinky summer dress. Each piece has a woman’s name, with the Susannah slip and the Sophie slip the ones to remember if you’re in the market for buying something special for your nearest and dearest this Christmas, and Lucy is also available for made-to-order pieces if you’d like something special for yourself that you really won’t see anywhere else. “The Sophie slip comes in a beautiful hot pink and a charcoal,” says Lucy, “and it’s definitely the one piece that I think everyone will love. The bra and knicker sets are a great gift idea too, I gave some to my girlfriends last year and they loved them.” She says that in Mexico lore has it that if you wear red underwear on New Year’s Eve you’ll be lucky in love for the coming year, “and so we all wore them last year, but nothing seems to have happened thus far!” she laughs. Lucy’s own personal philosophy – and the mission statement behind Sylvie – is that beautiful lingerie is a way to pamper yourself that won’t cost the earth, “and a way to embrace being feminine and know how it feels to wear a little piece of luxury next to the skin, and to have that feeling everyday”. And with lingerie this beautiful on offer, who’s going to argue with that? (HELENE RAVLICH) PN

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HELENE RAVLICH: NATURAL BEAUTY SUNSCREEN – ARM YOURSELF THIS SUMMER! WHENEVER I’VE ASKED BEAUTY EXPERTS – BE THEY DERMATOLOGISTS, makeup artists or cosmetic surgeons – for their pick when it comes to anti-ageing skincare, they all agree that the most important thing you can do to keep your skin looking good well into old age is to wear a sunscreen. Daily. No arguments, no forgetting on a cloudy day, no saying, “my olive complexion is a sunblock in itself!” Oh, and last year’s model won’t cut it either – most sunblocks don’t last more than 12 months after being opened, so always reinvest. Finding the right sunscreen to fit your skin type and your lifestyle is vital, and many more of us are opting for all-natural versions due to the fact that many chemicals found in your average supermarket brand sunblock can be more harmful to your health than the sun. The most controversial is Oxybenzone, which can change the way hormones work in our bodies. The result could mean something as relatively benign and not life threatening as fertility issues, and then something as potentially life threatening as hormone sensitive cancers, like breast, prostate, ovarian cancers. In Europe, sunscreens with oxybenzone must carry a warning label on the bottle. Still, others say that wearing sunscreen laced with oxybenzone is better than wearing none at all. When choosing a sunscreen, it is important to select a reflective, non-absorbent formula, as the UVA and UVB chemicals are less likely to be absorbed into the bloodstream and are easier to wash off. Zinc and Titanium seem to be the best and safest on the market. Local beauty expert Lucy Marr tells me that second up, “look for a sunscreen high in antioxidants - ingredients such as Vitamin E. They protect the skin from damage by UV rays, help keep the formulation stable on the skin and ‘mop up’ any free radicals”. She recommends Cosmedix Reflect, a titanium, non nano formulation in a spray form that provides excellent protection. I recently travelled to the – very sunny – south of France, and before I left made the trip to Nature Baby to buy a new sunscreen for my son. He’d previously worn one by Dr. Hauschka that is now impossible to find, so I asked for the next best thing and was presented with one by Soléo Organics, a name I’d never heard of previously. Their sunscreen only contains natural and organic ingredients, so it is ideal for young children, people with sensitive skin and those who are simply health conscious. The brand’s formulations use zinc technology combined with antioxidants and plant extracts to provide comprehensive sun protection, without leaving your skin a rather unattractive ghostly white. The zinc oxide is the only non-organic ingredient in there, only because minerals cannot be certified as organic. Another super popular option is Invisible Zinc’s Face and Body Sunscreen SPF 30+, which is an easy-to-spread natural sunscreen that provides high broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. It’s very low irritant and is perfect for outdoor activities and beneath make-up.

A SLICE OF HEAVEN AT MORE THAN SKIN Are you looking to spoil someone special this Christmas? We’ve found a treasure trove of tempting gifts and treats at More Than Skin Spa & Beauty that can solve all of your holiday season dilemmas. As the madness of the silly season begins to kick in, the team at More Than Skin can help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list while you relax and enjoy a little festive pampering. A truly delectable assortment of Joyce Blok and Decléor Christmas gift sets and stocking fillers have just arrived in salon and are certain to bring a smile to the face of family and friends.

You can never go wrong with a MORE THAN SKIN GIFT VOUCHER and this year their ‘Slice of Heaven’ gift voucher is a tempting, home-grown gift for the angel in your life, or a great way to spoil yourself. Including a Joyce Blok Signature facial and a full body massage for only $150 (valued at $185), this indulgent treat comes beautifully wrapped and ready to go straight under the tree. More Than Skin also have a full range of gift vouchers available for your favourite treatments, or you can let your loved ones select their own beauty service and purchase a voucher for a specific dollar denomination to fit within your budget. And don’t forget to collect an “All I want for Christmas” card when you visit their salon to make sure your ideal present is sitting under the tree PN Call Megs today on T: 09 361 2231 for more information.

A great way to ensure you wear sunblock everyday is to choose a moisturiser that already contains a more than decent one. I currently use Ultimate Zinc, which is the creation of Sydney cosmetic surgeon Dr. Michael Miroshnik. It is moisturising, anti-inflammatory and healing, as well as harbouring a super high protection factor. Trilogy’s AGE PROOF Daily Defence Moisturiser with SPF 15 is another goodie, as is their Natural Actives: Men’s Moisturiser with SPF 15, which is a great lightweight, daily moisturiser for the boys that helps maintain skin elasticity and moisture with broad spectrum UV protection. Another goodie is Osmosis Shelter from The Marr Lab, which is like a treatment and sunscreen in one. PN Whatever your pick, a good sunscreen is a must this summer – don’t leave home without it! (HELENE RAVLICH)

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EASY CARE SUMMER HAIR AND BEAUTY GET FIT AND BEAUTIFUL! With summer upon us, its time to pack away our winter woolies and get reconnected with our strappy tops, shorts and sandals. The thought of all that flesh baring of body parts that haven’t seen the light of day for eight months is enough to bring anyone out in a hot flush. Forgotten wobbly bits and malnourished skin need not ruin ones festive feeling. It’s the party season and over indulgence is an unavoidable treat so the answer to a guilt free Christmas and having the confidence you need to flash the flesh is to get fit and gorgeous NOW! Owner Sibyl Mandow from boutique personal training and massage studio fitnesstrainer.co.nz understands that everyone needs a post winter pick me up to kick start a fabulous summer. That’s why she’s teamed up with the luxurious Beauty Within salon and spa to bring Ponsonby locals the ultimate summer package. Throughout December and January, purchase 10 personal training sessions and receive a FREE St Tropez spray tan or a total body ginger and lime salt glow scrub! It’s a combination guaranteed to have everyone feeling sizzling hot from the inside out this summer and gift cards are also available to purchase as a Christmas treat for someone special. FitnessTrainer.co.nz is a private personal training and massage studio at 34 Jervois Road specialising in weight loss, toning, fitness, boxing, flexibility, general well being and bringing fun back into exercise for even the greatest gym-phobic. PN For more information or to purchase this special offer, contact Sibyl on 0275 743 775 or info@fitnesstrainer.co.nz

HAMILTON BROOKS HAIRDRESSING SALON - ENVIRONMENTALLY AWARE RECENTLY OPENED HAMILTON BROOKS HAIRDRESSING SALON IS A LIGHT and airy space filled with recycled timber and the scent of freshly cut flowers. Environmental awareness is a key value of the Hamilton Brooks hairdressing philosophy. Using recycled plastics, wood, ethical paint and low emission hair dryers assist in offsetting the salon’s carbon footprint. Hamilton Brook’s hairdressing career started 13 years ago and still he derives satisfaction from transforming his clients to either a completely new look or bringing them up to date with their cut and colour. “Our team is 100% client focused,” says Hamilton. “The most important thing for us is our clients walk into the salon and feel at home. At Hamilton Brooks we’re inclusive, not exclusive.” The salon uses Goldwell colour and gives Hamilton and his senior stylists Nathalie Jensen and Karl Sullivan and junior stylist Kasey Groundwater, the tools to express their vision while offering clients the latest colour and colour care products. The salon also stocks the hair care and styling range KMS California. Hamilton believes keeping up to date with the latest colour and cuts is crucial, he follows fashion trends, regularly checks out the music scene and undertakes ongoing hairdressing education with companies like Goldwell. Having worked with some of the best salons in New Zealand and the UK, his career highlights include being part of the creative teams working on fashion weeks in New Zealand, Australia and London. He is a former winner of New Zealand Colourist of the Year. PN HAMILTON BROOKS HAIRDRESSING, 23 Nuffield Street T: 09 520 7494 info@hamiltonbrooks.co.nz

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EASY CARE SUMMER HAIR AND BEAUTY INTRODUCING LOUISE GRAY SKIN CARE IN PONSONBY Louise Gray’s new Skin Care Clinic launched this month on Ponsonby Road and is located next door to Working Style. Louise Gray Skin Care in Mission Bay is one of Dermalogica’s well established, award winning skin centres (including the New Zealand Beauty Industry Award for Best Therapist and Dermalogica’s Top Education Award two years running), first opening it’s doors in 2005 and going from strength to strength ever since. Louise and her team of experienced Skin Therapists have a consistent and practical approach to skincare creating a loyal clientele.

BUY DESIGNER PJS, SUPPORT THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation (NZBCF) has launched exclusive Liz Mitchell-designed pyjamas just in time for summer. The 100% cotton pyjamas, designed for comfort and style, feature a ribbondetailed short sleeve top and cute pin-stripe full-length pants. NZBCF Chief Executive Van Henderson says that The Foundation is very happy to expand their range of fundraising merchandise with the Girls’ Night In pyjamas.

Louise is embarking on a new venture with her clinic in Ponsonby where any labcoated, no-touch preconceptions of skin health can be left at the door: this dynamic, energised environment is where playing with Dermalogica products is as much on the menu as Face Mapping® skin analysis and 20-minute MicroZone® professional treatments that fix skin fast.

“Every summer we get women calling and e-mailing saying that there is nothing out there for your typical size 14 New Zealand woman who wants to show her support for our work. Liz Mitchell is in touch with the shape of New Zealand and we are delighted she has lent her design expertise to deliver this new sleepwear range,” she said. NZBCF Ambassador and breast cancer survivor Liz Mitchell was delighted to be involved in designing the sleepwear for The Foundation.

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“As a breast cancer survivor I am thrilled to be able to give something back by helping to raise funds. Hopefully women throughout the country will enjoy wearing these pyjamas as much as I enjoyed designing them,” she said.

Louise feels her new skin centre is just what Ponsonby needs: “In today’s market, people are time poor and budget conscious. A lot of people just don’t have the time for professional treatments. At Louise Gray Skin Care Ponsonby, clients will be able to pop in for tailored and results-driven treatments to target specific areas, to treat and correct. This is where I believe the market is heading and I’m really excited.” PN

Purchase a comfortable, funky set of pyjamas and you are also making a generous donation to The NZBCF. At under $30 a set with a whopping $12.50 to The Foundation, they’ll also make great stocking fillers for your favourite female relatives.

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EASY CARE SUMMER HAIR AND BEAUTY WHAT’S NEW AT THE MAKEUP SCHOOL It has been a fantastic year for The Makeup School in Ponsonby and there’s much more to come in 2011. They had a slick makeup team at Fashion Week this year working backstage on the Westpac Red Collection which was a large group show consisting of high profile New Zealand designers such as Zambesi, Huffer, Trelise Cooper and Pearl. Over 30 models made up the lineup which showcased various beautiful makeup designs. The Makeup School is now in the process of designing makeup looks for another fashion show this time the ‘Fashion For Quake’ Canterbury Earthquake Appeal. “This is an easy show to support as it is such a worthwhile cause and there are some fabulous designers on board,” say owners, Gabrielle Jones and Di Ensor. The Makeup School has just had its 2010 graduation at the M.A.C store in Chancery Lane celebrating with 18 graduates, families and friends. Lisa Marinkovich was awarded the Shortland Street makeup artist internship, Brya Fahy won ‘M.A.C.’s Most Promising Fashion Makeup Artist (chosen by fashion makeup artist Amber D). Other prizes were also awarded by Dermalogia Skincare. DON’T FORGET WHAT THE MAKEUP SCHOOL CAN OFFER YOU: • makeovers for those pre-Christmas functions • Christmas gift vouchers (for either private lessons or makeovers) • beautiful personal and professional brush sets for sale. Check out their website for information about personal tuition and their 2011 part time and full time courses. PN THE MAKEUP SCHOOL, Level 1, 46 Brown Street T: 09 376 6660 www.themakeupschool.co.nz

THE MAKEUP SCHOOL owners, GABRIELLE JONES and DI ENSOR

A recent MOOCHI shoot saw a truly Ponsonby team come together to create gorgeous images. Shot by ROB HART at moochi design pod in Ponsonby, the hair was by Shannon from d&M, and model Caitlin from Red 11 currently lives in Ponsonby. www.moochi.co.nz www.dandm.co.nz

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EASY CARE SUMMER HAIR AND BEAUTY SPA AYURDA – THE PERFECT PLACE FOR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING! USING BODY OILS AS A BEAUTY TOOL DATES BACK TO THE YEARS B.C. AND their importance has heightened in this profoundly chemical world. The best of the bunch are safe and chemical free, and they work like a charm. I’m a huge fan of using body oils myself, so it was with great excitement that I got my hands on a vial of Spa Ayurda’s beautiful Shanti oil and the beautiful handmade glass bottle that accompanies it. An incredibly light formula that will even be suited to the upcoming warmer days over the holiday season, Shanti is a gorgeous blend of some of my favourite oils. Deliciously fragrant, it has been designed to be applied as a daily ritual of sorts and is definitely the kind of habit you want to fall victim to. Shanti helps to bring about a state of calmness and wellbeing by reviving your senses, and is perfect for keeping on your desk for those days that are a little more challenging than others. It contains Tulsi oil -which is hugely effective in times of stress and for headaches – along with Naragi oil, which stimulates your circulation and gives the nervous system a good old kick-start. Added to this is popular favourite Lavender oil for a soothing and calming sensation, and White Sandalwood oil, which is a great replenishing oil that will leave your skin feeling like silk. The idea is to have the bottle on hand to open and inhale the fragrance deeply when you feel the need. Next up, apply it to your temples, your face and behind your ears, then gently massage in. As well as relieving the stress associated with a major workload – a factor applicable to just about everyone I know – it is great for reducing travel fatigue, making it a great gift for anyone in your life who works too hard or travels frequently. Or both! Another great gift – and one that went out of vogue for a few years but is back with a vengeance – is a beautiful soap, and Spa Ayurda have a gorgeous set of four, highly fragranced Ayurvedic bars that each have their own unique scent. Luxuriously packaged and 100 per cent natural and handmade, my favourite is definitely the Black Pepper, Ginger & Cinammon, followed closely by Lemon Grass & Orange. No home should be without them! (HELENE RAVLICH) PN

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STACEY LAW: WALK IT, RUN IT, BIKE IT, LOVE IT! Each month Stacey Law, physiotherapist and pilates trainer at Bodyneed Ponsonby, answers your questions about staying active, keeping fit, and feeling great – every day! Email her at bodyneed@bodyneed.co.nz

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT ACHILLES/HEEL PAIN? I have been running on and off for a number of years but never very seriously. Recently I have increased my training, as I would like to run and hike for ‘The Dual’ Event this March on Motutapu Island. Unfortunately I have struggled with on-going Achilles pain over the years and with the increase in training it seems to be getting worse. Should I be worried? I can still run but it is pretty sore. With thanks, JUDY SWIFT, Ponsonby

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The Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in our bodies – but it is also quite susceptible to damage and overuse injury. Achilles tendinopathy is a degeneration of the tendon and can occur with an increase in training volume or intensity as the load applied to the tendon exceeds its ability to withstand that load. Unfortunately tendons don’t have a great blood supply and therefore we have to be really careful to rehabilitate them properly.

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Because of the fact that your pain has been intermittent for a long period, and that it is now getting worse, I would recommend that you do something about it as soon as possible. Ignoring warning signs with your Achilles can lead to a more chronic problem, or even worse – a rupture of the tendon. Many factors can contribute to the development of Achilles tendon problems. These may be musculoskeletal issues such as tight calf muscles, and stiffness in the ankle/foot joints or abnormal lower limb biomechanics, or they can be due to changes in your training such as increased volume or intensity and decreased rest time between sessions. The first thing that I would advise is to check that your shoes are appropriate for your foot type and activity. Inadequate support can cause the structures around your foot and ankle to overwork and put increased load on the tendon. If you are concerned that your shoes are not right for you get them checked by a podiatrist or specialty shoe store. There are a number of things that can be done to address Achilles problems and prevent further damage. A physiotherapist can help in the following ways: • Strengthening programme – a progressive programme to strengthen the tendon under load is imperative to improve its capacity to absorb load • Stretches – an appropriate stretch programme for your lower limb to reduce tension in the surrounding muscles • Soft tissue work – to the lower limb and Achilles, including deep tissue massage, trigger point release and frictions of the tendon to break down any scar tissue that may have formed • Acupuncture – where appropriate to help speed healing in the tendon • Corrective training – for alignment and muscle balance problems that can lead to increased stress being placed on the tendon It’s never a good idea to ignore problems and continue to train through them. With some help from an expert I’m sure you will conquer the Dual next year! PN BODYNEED PONSONBY, 27 Crummer Road T: 09 360 8821 www.bodyneed.co.nz

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EASY CARE SUMMER HAIR AND BEAUTY BODY POSITIVE: CLUB PHOENIX CLUB PHOENIX IS AN INITIATIVE FROM BODY POSITIVE PROVIDING A WEEKLY drop in facility. This gives positive people greater avenues to develop and maintain strong support systems through social networking. Club Phoenix aims to provide a weekly forum for current members and indeed all people living with HIV or AIDS to get together regardless of gender or sexual orientation. FRIENDLY SUPPORT Often upon diagnosis of being HIV positive, people can sometimes find it hard to have real purpose or meaning. A lot of things can change in our lives. It is often lonely and isolating and some times the uncertainness can be quite debilitating. The Club Phoenix by-line; Getting on with Life reminds us of the importance of doing just that. Even for those living longer term with HIV or AIDS the isolation from time to time can turn our thoughts inward as the journey so far has been pretty full on. Yet your strength and wisdom when shared does make a big difference to those within our community. COME AND JOIN THEM Everyone is invited to provide camaraderie and peer support in a relaxed, casual and confidential environment. Come and share your thoughts, experiences and sense of humour, or just come in for a social chat. Body Positive house will be open from 7 to 10pm every Wednesday (so you are more than welcome to drop in). It is intended to maintain this after hours drop in throughout the year and will include the holiday period. Hot and cold non-alcoholic beverages are provided and some easy listening cafÊ style music to chill out to. A gold coin koha/donation to help cover costs is encouraged but not expected and you can bring along snacks or finger food to share if you wish. Special events throughout the year will be scheduled and bringing along goodies for BBQ’s etc may be requested. Alcoholic beverages will be allowed on these special occasions unless stated otherwise. PN BODY POSITIVE INCORPORATED, 2/3 Poynton Terrace, Newton T: 09 309 3989

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DEBORAH KELLAND: LIVE AND DIE WELL

A PAINTING FOR THE LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR A LOT OF TRAFFIC PASSES THROUGH ROB’S PATISSERIE AND YOU ONLY have to taste one of its little orange tartlets to realise why. It would be the ideal place to run a charity fund raiser and that’s exactly what Rob and his wife, Helena have done over the past two years. Helena’s sister, Marie Robben is an artist who resides in Paihia where she does commission works. When Rob showed the Little Sisters a religious painting she had done they loved it but had no money to buy that sort of thing. Their expression of interest in the painting was so heart warming, Rob and Helena decided to do something about it. The painting was duly displayed in the patisserie and a collection box put in place under a drawing of a thermometer with a small write-up about Marie’s art work. Customers were invited to make a donation that would go towards purchasing the painting which would then be given to the Little Sisters. The painting seemed to touch people in many different ways, especially women whose name was also Marie or Maria. Soon it became customary for buyers in the shop to put any change received into the collection box. Some even made five and ten dollar donations. Each week Rob would draw a mark on the thermometer and a record of the figure reached so far. Eventually there was enough money for the artist to receive a reward for her work though it was well below what it was worth. That didn’t matter because she was happy it was going to an appropriate home. Rob’s customers loved the exercise and their response demonstrates that a generous community spirit is alive and well in Ponsonby. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN

IT IS OVER A YEAR NOW SINCE MARTIN LEACH, MY EDITOR SUGGESTED THAT I write this column based on my personal passion for health and wellbeing. At first, I was confronted by not only what I know, but in particular, what I have yet to learn. I decided to share my experiences and my passion regardless of those self-doubts. The original column that I wrote was about the green smoothies -and so Martin called the column ‘Green for life’ based on Victoria Boutenko’s book. As my passion is all encompassing (as you would have seen from my articles each month), I now feel that the title – “Live and die well” reflects more my own personal mantra. My purpose in taking this title is to remind myself and assist others, to see life as part of death and death as part of life in a continuous way. I also want to see how discussion and support about death can be brought out into the open, as I saw first-hand with my young nephew’s death how our culture is quite awkward about how death evolves in each of our lives. My vision is to help people on every level, physical, mental and spiritual to be well. This has resulted in my spending a considerable amount of time using Jin Shin Jyutsu, an Art of gentle Acupressure; a modality that I have now been studying for some 12 years. Supporting people through challenging stages of their lives has proved a very rewarding journey for me. I am inspired by Clare Caldwell (who writes for the Ponsonby News), volunteers in Hospice work, and others, to work with people who are in the final transition of life. I am committed to assisting and supporting them; their families and loved ones, to make this transition be a calm and less fearful journey. This column has inspired me to put this dream into reality and I thank Martin and the team for giving this gift to me in my life. PN “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” Mary Burmeister, Jin Shin Jyutsu. (DEBORAH KELLAND)

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CLARE CALDWELL

THE ART OF LIVING

I had my first encounter with a Tibetan Buddhist sand mandala many years ago. This huge, multicoloured and exquisitely intricate work all done with coloured sands was at its final resting place in its entirety, at The Aotea Centre. For many of us, the Buddhist concept of the impermanence of things is hard to get our heads around, as was epitomised by the number of people photographing the mandala before it was destroyed! But destroyed it was, with great ceremony – big brushes, amazing head-dresses and blowing of horns. It was later taken to the wharf and thrown into the harbour – energy re-absorbing back into energy. The simplicity yet profundity of that beautiful and eloquently demonstrated principle has never left me. The circle is a cross-cultural archetypal symbol of wholeness and containment. Mandalas are sacred circles and appear in many spiritual traditions – in Native American sand paintings, Buddhist and Hindu art and ritual and in Christian labyrinths. My first encounter utilising mandalas on paper in the context of Art Therapy was with a young, traumatised refugee girl, who’d arrived in New Zealand from a war zone. As a substitute for words she couldn’t utter, she’d over a number of days, painted her own secret place; a place filled with beauty, safety and organic new life. In my work at Mercy Hospice over the years I’ve often utilised mandalas – both predrawn designs or simple empty circles on a page. Colouring in a pre-printed mandala can be quieting and meditative for a mind which is often burdened and cluttered. People have often commented how peaceful they’ve felt afterwards, how it “takes their mind off their worries for a while”. However, it’s more within the empty circle on the page that the deeper art therapy occurs. Images created are usually very gentle, favouring the abstract and organic (rather than figurative), massaged out from the deeper recesses of the subconscious. I often suggest people work with art materials that can be blended and smudged in intuitive ways – utilising the creative energies of the moment and not over thinking it. My role is to hold this ground, allowing these creative responses to surface to consciousness, finding articulation and gentle reflection. This can help people reveal themselves to themselves, discovering where they’re at in their process. Thus the circle becomes a sacred and very private space into which thoughts, feelings, hopes, fantasies, fears can be put - all contained within the safety of the circle and the larger invisible container of relationship with the therapist. With containment comes a sense of wholeness and self – often so absent when we feel torn apart by facing our death or that of someone we love. CLARE (CLAUDIE) CALDWELL is a Creative Arts Therapist who runs a small private practice from home. She is Voluntary Team Leader of Creative Therapies at Mercy Hospice Auckland, College Hill where she has worked for the last ten years. She is also a Freelance Artist. PN Enquiries: T: 09 836 3618; M: 021 293 3171 clare.e.caldwell@gmail.com

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EASY CARE SUMMER HAIR AND BEAUTY THE GIFT OF AN ORGANISED CHRISTMAS When you think of Christmas, do you think of fun times and celebrations with loved ones, or groan at the thought of all the things you need to do? This Christmas, focus on the good times and get organised with these handy tips for the festive season from The Australasian Association of Professional Organisers (AAPO). OUT WITH THE OLD Involve the family and complete a pre-Christmas clean out. Clear out unwanted toys, clothes and accessories. Donate items in good condition to a local charity. PLAY SANTA Draft a list of gift suggestions for everyone you wish to buy for. Do some research by browsing store catalogues, websites or make phone calls so you know exactly where to go. EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY Start planning the menu and pre-order your ham from the local butcher to pick up on Christmas Eve. Purchase many of the pantry items early to spread the cost and store them in a separate area in the pantry. HAPPY HOLIDAYS Make your holiday arrangements early to avoid disappointment and pay less. When packing your bags, create a list in advance and give yourself plenty of time to pack well. WELCOME YOUR GUESTS This time of year means visitors and overnight guests. Prepare the spare room for overnight guests. Add finishing touches like fresh flowers, a fragranced candle, bedside lamp and an alarm clock for their comfort. PN CHARLIE’S ANGELS LTD T: 09 360 4126 charlotte@charliesangels.co.nz

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FASHION + STYLE TEXAS RADIO: BEAT BOUTIQUE MY WINDOW WINNER ANNOUNCED Texas Radio Big Beat Boutique’s window has been a theatrical stage of creativity and performance this year. Brought to you by Tiger Beer, Beat Boutique my Window is Texas Radio Big Beat Boutique’s creative platform, facilitating a collaboration between art and fashion. Six notable New Zealanders were chosen from the music, television and film scene and provided a unique opportunity to showcase their individuality and creativity and to portray Texas Radio Big Beat Boutiques fashion brands in another dimension, which is fun, exciting and visually engaging. Featuring Kate Rodger, Dai Henwood, Rhys Darby, AjA Rock, Michael Hurst and Nick D. The public was able to vote over the past 6 months for their favourite personality/window and we are now extremely excited to announce the artist that received the most votes and the winner of Beat Boutique My Window 2010 is…. KATE RODGER! Kate’s love of all things Hollywood and old school glamour won over the public. Her window portrayed a vision of retro with lush red curtains framing two fashion clad mannequins, a retro television showcasing Kate’s journeys through the Oscars and vintage cameras and film reels to finish off the look. Her opening night was filled with glitz and glamour, a red carpet on arrival and a 1930’s gangster car positioned to complement her window. CONGRATULATIONS KATE! PN TEXAS RADIO BIG BEAT BOUTIQUE, 189 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 8181

WANT IT, NEED IT... For those of you who were unable to make the event held at taylor Boutique on Saturday 20 November, we thought an introduction to the amazing Kourbela label from Athens, exclusively stocked in taylor boutique was worth sharing. Innovative fashion designer Ioanna Kourbela focuses on using raw and original materials, and is inspired by the natural flow of elements like wind and water. The designer takes the body-conscious image to a whole new level with billowing fabrics entwined with creative layering - complementary to the traditional taylor way of showcasing the female form. Kourbela’s family-owned business was created in the 1970s using the brand’s own organic cottons to create an ancient Grecian look in casual-chic knitted pieces for summer days and nights. Kourbela is inspired by ‘all things of beauty and the beauty of women from within’. Designs enable the wearer to express themselves freely - each woman can dress for herself and feel beautiful. Like Vicki Taylor from taylor, designer Ioanna enjoys stretching the boundaries of design and encouraging women to create their personal identity on their body. You can check out the Kourbela video at www.kourbelaioanna.gr – taylor recommends clicking on ‘discover 2550.’ Come in and buy any piece of Kourbela over December from taylor and the store will treat you to a pair of Kourbela summer socks – perfect with summer flats. PN TAYLOR BOUTIQUE 20 Jervois Road T: 09 3766544 www.taylorboutique.co.nz

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LOOKING GOOD JULIAN MALONEY

BOOT CAMP FOR HAIR As I sweat my way through a gruelling set of press-ups in the middle of Victoria Park – having signed up for a five-week Les Mills boot camp in a moment of pre-silly season silliness – I thank my colleague Ben for giving me a short, military style haircut to keep me cool and make my post-torture ablutions easier. Summer heralds a need for change and there’s no better way to do this than getting a new haircut. So what’s new for men’s haircuts this summer? YES, SIR Glen, a uni student and regular client, also recently had his hair cut ‘military style’ – an increasingly popular marines ‘high and tight’ look. It’s a short Number 1 clipper cut on the back and sides, leaving slightly longer hair on the top – short and textured, but still blended and faded – not a severe bowl-like line! Glen was quite open about being influenced by TV, magazines and youth culture – think ‘Generation Kill’ - in choosing this style. BACK TO THE FUTURE Look around and you’ll see young men wearing the best of fashion from the last fifty years – leather brogues, retro canvas trainers, slim ties and well-tailored trousers matched with quality hand-made satchels and vintage sunglasses. This nod to the past is matched by a resurgence of the classic short back and sides haircut, as well as the James Dean quiff. I remember asking my local barber for a short back and sides in Papakura in the early 80s as I shed the overgrown locks of the 70s and embraced the post-punk movement. But this was my dad’s haircut – and his dad’s before him – a classic that’s making a serious comeback. It can be swept over to one side with some product or left natural for the young Colin McCahon look.

Whatever you plan for your summer style, don’t leave it till the last minute – queuing for a cut on Christmas Eve will only add to your stress levels. Aim to get your Christmas cut mid-December and go for a change – a new look for the new year. Have a great and safe Christmas – a special thanks to all our regular clients at Maloney’s Barber Shop. (JULIAN MALONEY) PN MALONEYS, 192 Victoria Street West T: 09 379 3060 W: www.maloneys.co.nz

A twenty-something client, Waldo, has maintained his short back and sides cut for years – partly in order to tame his naturally curly locks – and this complements his understated sense of style, which includes sourcing hard to find vintage denim manufactured in Japan on 1950’s machines – that’s seriously retro. If you’re not ready to relive retro, how about a subtle change with some inspiration from people you see around you each day – the guy who makes your coffee or the latest All Black. My colleague Sue Phelan says, “the faux-hawk has lost its shock factor, and has now just become a haircut of its time, which we will look back on fondly. Have a haircut that is ‘you’ – use our sportsmen as a guide if you like, but remember their look is also defined by their attitude and their tattoos.” “Maintenance is a key factor,” says Sue. “Some styles require a lot of daily maintenance if they are not suited to your hair type, so choose your style depending on how much time you have each day for grooming. Talk to your barber if you’re not sure what will work for you. Remember, they’ve seen thousands of heads of hair.”

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FASHION + STYLE NEW ‘COLLECT’ - DESIGNER ESSENTIALS JOSH KING WAS BORN AND RAISED IN PONSONBY AND GREY LYNN AND loves the area. When he was growing up there was a store in Three Lamps called Soul Gear, which featured classic Levis and Hanes white T-shirts. Josh loved the window which was filled with staple streetwear products. It was this store that inspired him to open his ‘classic fashion store’ COLLECT. In October Josh decided that Ponsonby needed a store for unisex style-icon brands like American Apparel, Converse All Stars, and great denim at reasonable prices, and he opened Collect for men and women. He says the response to the “store for those who love timeless classics” has been fantastic! Customers love the t-shirts, jeans, shorts and sunglasses and the friendly, laid-back feel of the store. Collect stocks RCVA, Dr Denim, Federation, Super, Comune, Cheap Monday, American Apparel, Converse All Stars, Vans and a great range of sunglassses and contemporary jewellery. There is a great collection of Cheap Monday and Comune t-shirts which have a stylish modern cut and really nice cotton, and Collect also offers American Apparel at what Josh calls the best prices anywhere. Collect has great men’s and women’s jeans, classic Chuck Taylors and sunglasses from Cheap Monday, Super and 80s Purple. Over the next few months Collect will hold several art exhibitions starting with a collection of Polaroids photos from a competition Josh curated, featuring amazing images including a triptyque of the Twin Towers being destroyed in New York. Collect has a collection of vintage Super 8 and SLR cameras and TWENCO industrial clocks which add intrigue and personality to the space. COLLECT loves analogue technology, playing records and taking photos, and getting back to basics - classic cars and old guitars. Josh has a great message for Ponsonby News readers. “I look forward to seeing you in-store for your summer essentials. Come in before Christmas, mention this article and receive a free mix tape cd of Collect tunes for those long summer days.” PN COLLECT, 134 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 6777

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JAY PLATT

Merryy Chr C Ne hr Ne ma s Ha p M Merryy CChrist ma s r! s Ha ppy New Y a r! CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Black Onyx necklace $195, Black Onyx Bracelet $110 both with Hand Carved Horn Devil @ Marvel www.marvelmenswear.co.nz; limited edition ‘Longboard’ design by John Reynolds $2500 @ One www.onelimited.co.nz; Aluminium ‘Zeppelin’ $560 @ Dawsons www.dawsonsfurniture.co.nz; Laptop/Macbook leather bag $590 @ Working Style www.workingstyle.co.nz; Small black ‘Geneva’ sound system $649 (ipod sold seperatley)@ Askew www.askew.co.nz; Postcard with Tin Sculpture $12.50 each @ Ecostore www.ecostore.co.nz; ‘Fedora’ hat $29 @ Republic www.republichome.com.

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WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT

ma s Ne CChrist ma s New hr Merryy CChrist ma s Ha ppy New Y a r! CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Denon Ah-D2000 Stereo Headphones $999 @ Strawberry Sound www.strawberrysound.co.nz; MK1 ‘MINI Cooper S’ Rally Car $59 @ Airships www.airships.co.nz; Bowties Yellow/Brown, Houses & Multi coloured $99 @ World www.worldbrand.co.nz; Candelabra $140 @ Nest www.nest.co.nz; Nature Habitat & Nature Press $25.45 each @ Ecostore www.ecostore.co.nz; ‘Music’ by Andrew Zuckerman (featuring quite a few of our Kiwi Artists) $80 @ Dear Reader www.dearreader.co.nz; Sunnylife Beach Cricket Set $59.95 @ Republic www.republichome.com STYLING: Jay Platt; PHOTOGRAPHY: Danilo Santana David, Fisher Santanta

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LETTER FROM MAUDIE

The monthly jottings of a free-spirited Ponsonby dressmaker of the 1920s, as imagined by Angela Lassig

VERMONT STREET, PONSONBY 1st December, 1920

Dearest Gertie

I can scarcely believe that it is December already! All the Ponsonby Road shop windows are brimming with glorious things. I swear the draperies are trying to outdo each other but they can’t compare with Mrs Wheatley’s Ladies’ Emporium. I’m positive that I shall find presents locally for everyone on my list! I’m using my daily walk to Hellabys as a window shopping expedition. By the way the butcher has taken a shine to Tiger who now receives a bone each visit! His halfhearted efforts to bury his treasure is making my garden appear quite bizarre. I have at least ten strange ‘plants’ sprouting at the moment! This week I paid a special visit to the Horticultural Society’s impressive marquee at the Auckland show and my, the flowers were a treat. Harry Goldie’s table showed the most exquisite stocks, roses, foxgloves, oriental poppies and snap dragons. But my absolute FAVOURITE display of the afternoon was that of Mr Brett which included the most gorgeous and fragrant sweet peas. He had some of a peculiar tint of lilac that has positively bewitched me! I have Shanly’s and all the local drapers on alert should they receive any new lilac silks as I have my heart now set on the colour for a New Year tea dress – for myself ! I must remember to shut all the windows when I’m out as we’ve got a sneak thief in the Ponsonby vicinity. Do you remember the Misses Miller of Trinity Street? I introduced you to them last summer during one of our too many visits to Mrs Taylors confectionery shop (she of the utterly delicious Turkish delight... now you remember, I’m sure!). Well. . . when they were out at the West End last Thursday afternoon - I can’t remember what picture they were seeing - the cheeky sneak thief ransacked the house. Apparently he was looking for money (but I fear he may have been barking up the wrong tree in that case).

He got in through the window on the front verandah that they leave open for Vera, their kitty. The sneaky devil even took the milk money! Gertie, I have to tell you about a meeting that Ivy has suggested we go to at the Union Office in the Tabernacle Buildings on the 9th. It seems there are more than fifty dressmakers and milliners who are interested in starting a union. Apparently they’ve started one in the South Island. I’m curious to hear more but will be sad to miss seeing cousin Fred play... the Ponsonby Boys Brass Band are at the top of Symonds Street the very same night. I have to tell you about this line in the Star that I found most amusing: “I always wanted to write,” said Miss Freda Sternberg. “Even when I was engaged in cultivating germs.” Do you find it funny too? I don’t know, everyone says I have the most peculiar sense of humour. Actually the interview was very interesting. Apparently before she became Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s publicity agent – did you know that he’s touring New Zealand presently – she studied bacteriology! I wonder if she assists the esteemed author with the more gruesome details of his horrible murder stories? Have you yet purchased your summer bathing suit? Milne and Choyce have some extremely smart styles just in. The one I really would like is a fine woollen Canadian two–piece in a striking heliotrope colour with heliotrope and white striped trimmings. It buttons at the shoulders which is a very sensible idea don’t you think? However, at 55/8 it’s a lot more than the 20 shillings I’ve budgeted for a new suit. A similar – but not so striking – version at only 19/6 will have to do. Did you read about the French airman who tried to decapitate pedestrians in Marseilles? Apparently he suddenly went insane and started making sweeping plunges on the crowd. Only frantic dashes enabled them to avoid the machine. He would have made a fair tally on Ponsonby Road on a sale day! Perhaps I should wear my tallest hat during the next airshow! I also read something about the world’s ugliest woman, but I can’t remember where she was from.

MisteR’s summer range “Water World” - MARVEL is the brand’s No 1 stockist. www.marvelmenswear.co.nz

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ANGELA LASSIG I am very, very, very excited about the Davis Cup that we are hosting December. Not so much for the tennis – you in the Domain in late l know that I prefer ccroquet – but the number of new gowns that I’ve been commissioned to make! I think it must be the thought of all those men that’s got the society girls all excited. handsome young American A It’s America versus Australasia. While I’m on the subject of handsome lads and gorgeous frocks... that a Mrs Fossett has deigned to propose at the the Star reports th Housewives’ Association conference an extravagance Melbourne Housew tax on young girls to help curb what she sees is a current flurry of flamboyant dressing! dressing All because her son feels intimidated by welldressed girls who lilike jazz parties! My advice to my customers: Say YES to those eextra three yards of Valenciennes lace! I must say that I’m really enjoying the Star’s Fashion Notes. What a thoroughly enviable career their ‘Expert’ has, going tho to all the Paris couturier’s shows and being privy to all that is in store for us in the ccoming seasons. It seems so strange to be reading about fur coats an and velvet dresses while we are sweltering but it does allow me to st start planning and thinking about what additional frivolities I can suggest sugg to further embellish my customer’s orders. I’m especially excited aabout the Parisian rose craze that the ‘Expert’ has predicted will follow in Auckland before too long. Did you know that I am quite the artist when it comes to making roses? I shall get to work in my spare time an and make a decent start on my rivals. What do you think about roses of o the same material as my customers’ dresses or coats sewn onto a black velvet ribbon and worn on the wrist?? I might bl try it out using some of the very little I have left of that divine peacock blue silk that I made up for Mrs Airey for the Mayoress’s At Home for Viscountess Jellicoe. Jellicoe Would you like one Gerty? I’m already planning a peony rose-colour rose-coloured velvet opera cape with a deep collar smothered in gorgeous full blow blown roses in the same fabric! Can you imagine how chic and alluring I sshall be!

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By the way, I’ve had to be VERY careful to write down which silk I’ve used for Miss A and which lace Miss B chose for her cuffs. It would be VERY BAD for business if Miss A sauntered into Miss C just as Mr bu American Tennis Beau came over to admire Miss A’s muff ! B Do I need to tell you how much I love hats! The papers and the magazines are simply sim full of them and the words they use to describe them are seduc seductive beyond my poor dressmaker’s means. Best I stay away from the millinery departments this summer. Perhaps if I drop eenough hints, Bertha will give me something chic, dainty and an artistic that’s been slow to sell in their Christmas show. I really don’t mind as EVERYTHING in the Misses re McCabe’s Millinery shop is heavenly! I send enough business their th way to deserve such an extravagant gift, don’t you think?! Well I think after aall this news it’s time for an invigorating cup of Butterfly tea and a w wee lie down. I really ought to keep my strength up if I am to ward off my fudge rivals at the Ponsonby Children’s Home fair this afternoon! Y You know how I love my fudge, Gertie! Tiger sends lots of ssloppy doggy kisses to Mr Scottie (who I’m sure will be delighted T. isn’t there to plant them on his sweet nose in person!). You know that you are EXPECTED to stay with me when you come to Auckland for your annual Christmas shopping expedition. sho Until Un then, dear cousin All Al my love,

Maudie xoxo

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CHRISTMAS GIFT WISH LIST Some of the best parts of the festive season is buying gifts for others. Especially the ladies. However this sometimes proves harder than anticipated. This is where I can help! These collection of gift ideas are perfect for the Ponsonby lady who has everything. Whether she’s a mother, sister, girlfriend, wife, grandma or friend, there is something suitable among the next four pages. Be inspired! STYLING: Pebbles Hooper pebbleshooper.blogspot.com PHOTOGRAPHY: Michael Ng www.ngfoto.com

Zoe & Morgan ‘Triple blossom’ hoops $201 @ JETSET BOHEMIAN

Loumina ‘Natures Bow ring Garnet stone’ ring $525 @ SERVILLES

Ann demeulemeester beetle brooch $225 @ WUNDERKAMMER

Stolen Girlfriends Club gold heart ring $POA @ BLACK BOX BOUTIQUE

D.L.&.CO apple candle $189 @ BLACK BOX BOUTIQUE

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FASHION + STYLE MORE PLEASURE… TOGETHER OVER THE LAST DECADE MANY KIWI COUPLES HAVE PARTAKEN OF THE ‘D.VICE experience’ and as a result have introduced sex toys into their love making. Our customers are adventurous everyday people with the desire to fulfill their pleasure and intimacy potential with their partner (or solo). Often they are new to toys and looking for ways to add to the fun in their sex life. At D.VICE, the toy shop for grownups, we believe that sex is an adult’s opportunity to play. Sex toys can enhance pleasure and encourage the exploration and sharing of new sensations. We often say that great sex starts at the lips…with great communication. Introducing toys into your lovemaking can be the catalyst for frank discussion on a topic, that as couples, we often find it hard to broach. Toys are about having fun, laughing and making your couple time together into playtime. So where to start on the pleasure enhancement journey? Over the last few years there has been a design phenomenon in the world of sex toys. The focus has changed from the unappealing toys of years gone by, to low noise, stunning designs, gorgeous colours, skin friendly materials and sensational technological advancements. For the environmentally conscious, rechargeable options are now available. The challenge is to decide on which toy, to add to-or to begin your collection. One gem of a toy that stands out as unique AND is now the most popular toy for couples at D.VICE, is the We-Vibe. Appearing on the global scene in 2009 the We-Vibe has won the coveted ‘Toy of the Year’ accolade at the prestigious European adult toy awards. Receiving rave reviews the We-Vibe has quickly gained in popularity and it’s easy to see why; it’s the perfect couple’s vibrator. Designed to be worn while making love, this innovative toy provides vibrating pleasure for you both at the same time. Made from 100% skin friendly silicone the We-Vibe is fully rechargeable, super silent and offers nine different pleasure modes, allowing you both to explore the stimulation of vibration to the full. Prepare to be swept away with mind blowing sensations! What better way to introduce toys into your lovemaking and experience more pleasure…together. PN WENDY LEE and EMA LYON: co-owners of D.VICE

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Bernhard Willhelm nail polish $55 @JAIMIE BOUTIQUE

Dead Martin skull necklace $320 @ MISS CRABB

Leone Absinthe Pastilles $6.00 @ WORLD BEAUTY

Guerlain ‘Mitsouko’ EDP $229 @ WORLD BEAUTY

Albert Jack ‘Caesar’ book $39 @ FLOTSAM & JETSAM

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FASHION + STYLE ‘ONE’ - INSTALLATION OF BEAUTIFUL, SIMPLE THINGS ALMOST NEXT DOOR TO ADRIAN HAILWOOD ON THE PONSONBY END OF Karangahape Road you’ll find Scrap Wall’s temple to beautiful New Zealand art, design and clothing. Opened in April this year, ‘One’ is a constantly evolving space where everything is for sale. A Fine Arts graduate who studied at Elam, in Sydney and in Milan, Scrap chose his site because he believes context is key. “It was most important that it was close to Ponsonby Road - it’s definitely the hub - while still being a little off the beaten track. The shop is surrounded by galleries, which is ideal. When people come in for a look, they consider things a little more than they would in a traditional retail environment.”

RAMPALL LATOUR AAT WORLDB WORLDBEAUTY B BEAUTY WORLDBEAUTY IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE ARRIVAL OF RAMPAL LATOUR shampoo, produced with organic honey and perfumed with 11 essential oils. Your hair will be hydrated and delicately perfumed thanks to a combination of vegetable oils that we select and the unique perfumes developed to honour Provence. Heir to a savoir-faire handed down over five genertaions, the Rampal soap factory continues to produce soap in an entirely traditional way from their factory in Provence, France. The factory was founded in 1828 by Pierre Rampal, a master soap maker at the Court-de-Payen. Across history, Rampal Latour has been applauded for its quality and beauty including winning a coveted gold medal at the Universal Exhibition in Paris. The soaps are natural, completely vegetable, biodegradable and contain no preservatives (EDTA) or artificial colouring. Your hair will be hydrated and delicately perfumed thanks to a combination of vegetable oils that we select and the unique perfumes developed to honour Provence. www.worldbrand.co.nz PN

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Scrap sees his business as a platform for interesting and expanding independents like himself, where he can represent work that has substance, with enthusiasm. “There is nothing NEW for sale in my shop that I don’t absolutely love and know the full story about,” he says. One also offers a rich ‘MensRecycle’ section. Having worked in the fashion industry throughout his studies and career to date, Scrap designs all One’s 100% New Zealand made (“locally...including a few Ponsonby residents”) clothing. He’s proud of One’s simplicity of design. “The shirts are refined, no decorative elements, no fusing in cuffs or collars, only pure shell buttons on best quality cottons in summer, and wools and heavy silks in winter.” A black voile shirt with a graduated button drop is his current bestseller - alongside the ‘de sade’ stool/sidetable/sculpture from Jonathon Logan. You may chose to visit One on Saturdays, when Scrap has cake delivered from ‘The Caker’ and serves L’Affare espresso from a custom E61 Rocket. “The machine is available to order, but the coffee and cake is on the house” he promises. PN ONE 5O4 Karangahape Road T: 09 550 5403 www.onelimited.co.nz

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Shanti Oil 30ml $45 @ SPA AYURDA

Nathan N th Haines H i ‘Heaven ‘H and d Earth’ E th’ CD $30 @ JAIMIE BOUTIQUE

Comme des Garçons ‘Lily’ EDP $150 @ SCOTTIES

Vintage tapestry cushion $95 @ FLOTSAM & JETSAM

Deadly Ponies ‘Mr Bandit Snake Clutch’ $290 @ JAIMIE BOUTIQUE

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FASHION + STYLE FROM YULIA AXENOVA’S SHOE FACT TREASURY Heels were invented in the Middle East to help lift the foot from burning sand. 82% of men think stilettos are the sexiest heels 79% of women have had ‘intimate relations’ wearing only their shoes 46% of men have asked their partner to wear heels in bed 8% of women own more than 100 pairs of shoes 25% of women are more likely to buy shoes than pay their bills (Harper’s Bazaar survey of 1,000 men and women) In 1927, X-rays were used to help people find a fitting shoe. Known as the Shoe-Fitting Fluoroscope, the apparatus was later destroyed due to health hazards. Shoes were made for the first time for both right and left feet In 1310. “A shoe is like a brassiere worn on the outside – there’s a certain amount of sex attached to them.” - Beth Lavine, shoe designer. “Shoes are contemporary jewellery” - Donatella Versace PN STILETTO, 235 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 7370 www.stiletto.co.nz

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Comme des Garรงons wallet $360 @ WUNDERKAMMER

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Dries Van Norton clutch $1450 @ MEI MEI

Agent Provocateur balm $65 @ JAIMIE BOUTIQUE

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FASHION + STYLE TATTOO ARTIST VICTOR VALOUR Tattoo artist Victor Valour grew up surrounded by art and artists, creation and creatives. Making art was all he saw throughout his childhood in Freemans Bay, and quickly realised he wanted to pursue a career in a creative industry. So when it came time to choose a career path, his fascination with the art of tattooing seemed like the right choice. He first tattooed himself at fourteen, and later took up an apprenticeship at the well-respected Moko Ink in Grey Lynn, where he worked for a year and a half. Later, he moved to London which, he says, taught him a lot – about tattooing, culture and life. “It changed the way I thought about tattooing and I took a different approach to art” he explains. “I was lucky enough to work in an amazing studio with some amazing artists. I came back inspired, and felt I could offer something different to a New Zealand market.” Victor returned home after a three month stint in London. He rented a space where he worked solidly, tattooing friends, then friends of friends, growing a steady and loyal clientele by word of mouth. After building a solid portfolio he started working at Two Hands Tattoo, owned by Stefan Sinclair. “I feel Stefan and I have a similar approach to tattooing and he has been a pleasure to work for over the past two years.” Victor’s aesthetic is delicate, illustrative and, quite frankly, rather beautiful. “I’m influenced by Art Nouveau,” he explains. “I love artists such as Alfonse Mucha and Gustav Klimt, as well as traditional Oriental artists. I love subtle, pastel tones and dark colours – I’m not so much into brights,” he adds. “I love the romance of Art Nouveau works. They depict nature, women, birds, and beautiful manmade objects in the most beautiful way. I don’t really like to work with negative imagery. What you put out in to the world is what you get back.”

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This fascination with art and research is immediately evident upon visiting Victor in his workspace, a light and airy recliner beside a window that overlooks Ponsonby Road. Art and photography books are piled high, jostling for space with screeds of pencil drawings; precise and fine, all pinned to the wall above his inks and needles. For Victor, it seems, tattooing is the perfect career, as his ideas and artwork will always leave a mark. Victor Valour works from Stefan Sinclair’s Two Hands Tattoo studio, upstairs at 127a Ponsonby Road T: 09 3766 999 www.twohandstattoo.com PN

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DESIGNER JEFFREY APPLING – ‘THE REBEL OF LUXURY’ Californian jewellery designer Jeffrey Appling is known as ‘The Rebel of Luxury’. He is one of the world’s leading designers working with gemstones today. His high-end, one of a kind designs are housed in museums and gather respected awards within the industry. Pushing the boundaries of what can be done with gemstones is a passion displayed in every one of his creations. His key pieces excite and tempt with their exotic flair and surprising affordability. Jeffrey sees all his pieces as art first and jewellery second. Using the precious gifts of nature as his paint and canvas, he strives for complete uniqueness that is wearable and has a high compliment count! The pieces we have selected for our collection ‘RINGS THAT ROCK’ let the wearer show they have attitude without the cliché.

RINGS THAT ROCK ‘KICK START HER HEART’ – The terminology originates from Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue’s song ‘Kick Start My Heart’. It almost describes what will happen when the ring is gifted! The anatomy of human hands and bone structure, have never been perfected in jewellery – until now. Not only are the details in these rings anatomically correct, they are to scale! One side of the ring is polished and the other is textured to allow the ring to be worn different ways, giving a new look and feel each way it is worn. The Metal Horns are instantly recognizable and give a ‘Rock n Roll’ feeling to the ring. They also mean ‘I love you’ if the thumb is kept in. The two fingers holing the other side of the stone were used as a ‘peace’ sign by the hippies or rock, but turned the other way was as an offensive gesture in the UK! The silver in these rings has a minute amount of the element Germanium to make the silver resistant to tarnish – an Appling imperative! The centre stone is an 8mm faceted Black Onyx. There are two faceted 4mm round Garnets, one each side. One side of the ring is bead blasted for a contrasting finish. With the Diamond option, all the diamonds are SI-2 clarity with a total weight of 0.9 carats. They are NOT chips – each has the 57 facets – the same as would a 1.00 carat diamond! ‘BAD ASS’ – the name ‘American Bas Ass’ came from Kid Rock. Now bad ass is an international concept, not just American, and we want to capitalize on the fact that a lot of people wish they were bad asses. They may not have a motorbike or be a true rebel, but they can buy the ring and be part of the sister/brotherhood. Represent! The bullet is not about guns, it’s about attitude and heartfelt expressionism. They can simply point to what is says on the back of the bullet casing and say “because that’s how I feel – like a BAD ASS”. A gold bullet was chosen as silver bullets are so cliché and associated with Werewolves and The Lone Ranger. Solid gold is unique and LUXURY.

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The ring uses the same non tarnish silver as the Kick Start Her Heart Ring. The heavy solid 18 karat bullet has a SI-2 .08 carat diamond in the tip and the tip is bead blasted to make it “pop”! The centre stone is faceted black Onyx. ‘SURFER RING’ – this is a ring not directly aimed at surfers, the name is just a hook. People ‘surf’ the net or ‘channel surf’. The inspiration and the soul of these rings comes from the soul searching long board surfers of the 1960’s and 70’s. The crest and trough shape surrounding the pearl can represent the patterns in life – or waiting for that perfect wave. The cool neon colours come from Jeffrey’s experiences in the 1980’s during his gemological training in Santa Monica. It was where he was exposed to everything neon from stickers, zinc cream, Oakley sunglasses to Body Glove swimwear and more. These rings evoke a personal response. Surfer rings are made to anatomically fit the shape of the human finger with a cushion shape – yet another unique Appling innovation - making them the most comfortable ring you will wear. They can be flexed in or outward to fit the individual, so no ring sizing is needed. Powder coating on jewellery is very rare due to its difficulty, to which Jeffrey just sees as a delicious challenge! The coating flexes with the ring and is designed to wear off over time, giving each ring a finish as unique as the wearer. Each ring has two genuine, unique, luxury pearls set into the ring.

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FASHION + STYLE A MESSAGE FROM THE TEAM AT SEVENTYSIXDESIGN WE HAVE BEEN BUSY CREATING SOME AMAZING NEW RINGS FOR stock, designed some beautiful tunnel earrings and sourced some amazing new pendants for you to see. If you don’t know already, we custom design and hand make jewellery. Rings, earrings, pendants, anything in fact. We design all our pieces for you by firstly getting a feel for what you like, then come up with some fresh ideas and put them forward. We always ensure that the design is exactly what you want before taking the next step and make 3D mock ups when required. There is no need to feel unsure of what a design would look like when its finished. There is still time to get a piece of jewellery custom designed and made before Christmas. Imagine how great it would be to open a present of unique handmade jewellery on Christmas morning? This is definitely the kind of present that would award some serious ‘brownie points‘!

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And if you are just looking for an extra little stocking filler, then we can certainly help in that department too! We have a wide range of earrings, pendants and necklaces and a selection of vintage inspired pieces that would be perfect. So don’t wait till the 12th hour (as so many of us do). Come in for a visit, check out what we have and then you can make a decision. Believe me, it will be a hard one as there are so many nice things to choose from! In November of 2009 we had our second son and got through Christmas with sleepless nights and lots of takeaways. Now, with the blur of a year behind us and more takeaways on the cards, we are ready to take this Christmas by storm! Cheers and Merry Christmas from the Team at Seventysixdesign SEVENTYSIXDESIGN, 45 New North Road T: 09 379 0276 PN www.seventysixdesign.co.nz

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I.T HELP NEEDED A PC owner for many years, I’ve recently purchased my first MAC and iPad. I now need help to learn a few programmes like iMovie, Photoshop and several others. Please call me if you know your way around these and want to help retrain me...on a paid basis! Phone Martin on 021 771 147.

NEW EXERCISE AND KIDSWEAR DESTINATION A VERY FRESH OFFERING OF BABYWEAR, CHILDRENSWEAR AND WOMEN’S exercise gear has arrived in Ponsonby. You may remember LM Clothing for their time based at Les Mills? Well now you can get their extensive New Zealand-made range of workout gear at A NEW JOURNEY in Ponsonby Road. We spotted some great basics like a cute shorts and the essential knee-length leggings, but we were also drawn to some super-fun pieces like the one-shouldered Angelina top sampled in bright royal, or the spaghetti strap, criss-cross and racer back bras. Once you’ve got yourself sorted, you can shop for all manner of littlies. Top of the line, New Zealand made and in locally-sourced fabric, is the A NEW JOURNEY range - beautiful, design-driven babywear for 0-2s, in cotton, organic cotton, organic merino and a merino cotton mix. If you want to send a gift overseas then the LOCAL MODE range of cute New Zealand -emblazoned gear for 0-4s will be just the ticket. And for kids here, a range of New Zealand designed ‘playwear’ at super-competitive prices will mean you can buy them leggings, tees, pjs, party dresses, distressed denims, you name it - with most of the rainbow represented. PN A NEW JOURNEY, 65-67 Ponsonby Road

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MISS CRABB AND DESIGNER INGRID STARNES ANNOUNCE 3-MONTH RETAIL COLLABORATION Old friends Kristine Crabb and Ingrid Starnes are collaborating on a store-within-a-store retail experience in the Miss Crabb boutique on Ponsonby Road, from 1 December to the end of February. Kristine is glad to be able to help introduce Ingrid Starnes, a label entering its third season, to retail on New Zealand’s best shopping strip. “I’m looking forward to adding a new dimension to the shop and most of all sharing ideas and swapping clothes!” says Kristine Crabb. Ingrid Starnes is also launching a lingerie range through the store in December, in time for the gifting season. A former member of the Kate Sylvester design team, Ingrid Starnes is excited to have a retail presence in Ponsonby, and it will be the first time her entire Spring/Summer range has been available in Auckland. “It’s a great opportunity to showcase the whole range together and to be able to do special runs of dresses and new summer things that we can have available just through the store.” she says. Miss Crabb will be trading as usual during the period with her summer range in-store now alongside existing labels, Dead Martin, Penny Sage, Celia Phillips and Areez Katki. PN MISS CRABB, 41 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 361 3322 www.misscrabb.com

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FASHION + STYLE LA MADU – BEAUTIFUL CLOTHING AND FURNISHINGS TO SUIT RELAXED LIVING After starting as one of the first pop up shops - six years ago, next to The Jeans Outlet Store on the corner of Richmond Road, Brown Street and Ponsonby Road - La Madu has become a well known and established business. The building suits the informal style of resort shopping and, though under threat of apartment development, has endured well. The fantastic availability of off-street parking is a huge drawcard and the envy of many main street businesses. The store in Ponsonby is abuzz with summer activity after becoming known for its ‘all year round’ resortwear range. Adele and Gaybrielle have recently returned from a buying trip in Sydney with a collection of fab affordable dresses for the party set finishing exams. They have also added to the ‘oneseason’ range from Melbourne to cater for their mother/daughter summer shopper. The La Madu label has created a year round-capsule of resort/travel pieces with fresh new silks and cotton voile cover-ups, pants and singlets that travel well and fit all sizes and shapes. Adele says “there is something in store for everyone. We have wonderful

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customers and have a lot of fun helping them sort their summer wardrobes”. The pair have recently opened a store in Milford after a successful pop-up shop there last year. “We had a lot of customers coming from Takapuna and the shore and they have been very enthusiastic buyers of our casual lifestyle wear”. This year it seemed a natural progression to pop-up in Newmarket. Melissa from Eterno in Morgan Street invited La Madu to join her in her gorgeous furniture showroom. She has a fabulous collection of antiques from Argentina along with her own creations and offers an excellent home styling consultancy. Adele and Gaybrielle have selected a range of silks and summer/resortwear to merge with and complement Eterno’s classic and stylish image. Drop in and enjoy hassle free shopping - there is loads of parking. PN LA MADU, 4 Brown Street, Ponsonby T: 09 360 4101 www.lamadu.co.nz

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FASHION + STYLE DIAMONDS ON RICHMOND, BRINGING ROMANCE BACK.... Christmas is just around the corner and if you’re thinking of a Christmas or new years proposal now is the time to visit Diamonds on Richmond to buy your perfect ring. Diamonds on Richmond are a locally based family business, specialising in engagement rings and wedding bands. The brother and sister team are dedicated to quality, service and making sure your experience of buying a ring is thoroughly informative and enjoyable. You can either choose from their selection or have a ring custom made to your specifications. With their ‘DOR guarantee’ you can purchase with total confidence and peace of mind (refer to their website for details). They also offer a great duty free service which means you have the option of either saving 15% off the purchase price or using the savings to take your loved one away. Appointments are private with no obligation to buy. Learn all you need to know about diamonds in a relaxed atmosphere where Michelle will explain what aspects to consider when purchasing a diamond (and there are more than just the four C’s to consider). This will enable you to make a thoroughly informed decision. They welcome enquiry via their website, phone, email or text. Appointments are very flexible and available six days from 9am to 9pm and Sundays by arrangement. PN DIAMONDS ON RICHMOND, Gallery located on Richmond Road. T: 09 376 9045 www.diamondsonrichmond.co.nz

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5 4. Ponsonby resident (Cowan St) and Ponsonby hairdresser RUTH BEDFORD (GROOM), sent us this of her son JOEL BEDFORD and partner JASON SHAW (both ex pats) on the balcony of their new apartment in MELBOURNE. A fabulous spot - so central to everything! 5. SUNNY, restaurant manager at La Porchetta, Ponsonby is pictured with her partner GOKUL. The pair had been enjoying travelling in SINGAPORE last month. READERS: Please keep sending us your holiday snaps – don’t reduce them in size as we require HIGH RESOLUTION images. info@ponsonbynews.co.nz PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


THE RIVERS OF PORTUGAL & SOUTHERN FRANCE by Brett Barclay, Director, World Journeys

Flying into Porto in June was sensational. Sunny, but without the humidity of Paris from whence I had come. Best of all, a welcome sea breeze. The old part of the city revealed crumbling buildings with that wonderful air of faded glory, and a latticework of cobble-stoned streets where families have lived for decades. An easy ten minute walk downhill brought me to the Douro River itself where the lively promenade area is known as the Ribeira. Sit at one of the great little cafes as the sun sets and watch lovers, families, people of all ages and nationalities strolling alongside the river’s edge. It was from Porto that I boarded my river cruise ship for a sojourn down the great Douro River. I love the Douro Valley; its lush vegetation alternates between forest, groves of impossibly tall eucalyptus and vineyards carved into steep ravines. Dotted alongside the river are whitewashed villages with orange tiled roofs and simple churches overlooking a plaza where the locals meet to chat. Cruising is the only way to go really – we stopped at villages in the morning to visit places of interest and after a three course French inspired lunch with local wines, we’d siesta on the sun deck with the odd splash in the pool. Dropping off to sleep with my cabin’s balcony doors open and the sound of the water slipping by - heaven. I wasn’t looking forward to the steep and winding road to get to Sandeman’s Port Vineyards but the stunning scenery and the incredible winery carved into the rock with incredible views was well worth it. There’s even a Kiwi connection, as Sandeman and our own Framingham Vineyard have common ownership! The growing of wine in this region dates back to the Roman invasion but was at its height when the UK banned the import of French wine in the 18th century as a ‘tit for tat’ against the French for banning British textiles. Sandeman was a Scotsman who developed port by adding brandy to the local wines to increase the sugar and alcohol content for preservation.

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From Portugal I headed to France and joined my next river cruise in Lyon. I was thoroughly looking forward to a week of French gastronomy on board and was not disappointed! Sailing south towards the Med the scenery changed as the river got wider. Gliding past ancient castles clinging onto mountainsides and tiny hamlets with colourful window shutters, our first stop was Viviers, a small town with a wonderful historical centre where life continues at a much slower pace. It was difficult but I just managed to drag myself away from the smell of fresh baguettes at the boulangerie and past the luscious cakes of the patisserie to wander the narrow streets to the church atop a small hill with idyllic views of the village rooftops and surrounding hills and ravines. This was the South of France and I felt immersed, ecstatically, amongst it. PN WORLD JOURNEYS, T: 09 360 7311 www.worldjourneys.co.nz

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY AUCKLAND TAPS INTO YEASTIE BOYS Auckland craft beer connoisseurs can now track down the beers of local concept brewers Yeastie Boys on any day of the week, with a permanent Yeastie tap at Galbraiths Alehouse in Mt Eden. The announcement comes with double reason to celebrate, with the mouth watering prospect of an upcoming collaboration between the two brewers in the new year. Much to the chagrin of Yeastie Boys’ Auckland-based co-owner Sam Possenniskie, a current caption on the Yeastie Boys’ website proudly claimed that this cheeky brewery sold more beer to Methven than to New Zealand’s super city. “Thankfully we now have a permanent home in one of our all-time favourite pubs.” Having been the sole Auckland tap outlet for the Yeastie Boys’ seasonal releases over the last two years, Galbraiths is pleased to have a permanent offering from the Wellington-based brewing company.

SAM POSSENNISKIE (Yeastie Boys) photographed with his wife ANNA, a teacher at Ponsonby Primary

Keith Galbraith says, “I’ve known Sam and Stu for a number of years now and always find their beers a great foil for ours. Whereas we brew classic English and European styles these boys go out on a limb and produce the wild and wacky - beers that challenge the accepted. Nothing from these lads is ever boring.”

and olfactory receptors” says green-trousered Yeastie Boy Stu McKinlay, “I can’t wait to get in there, mess with their equipment, and have fun with the team whipping up something slightly different to what they might normally produce.”

Keeping in line with the Yeastie Boys’ spirit of concept brewing, the permanent tap at Galbraiths will be pouring anything but regular beer. The Yeastie Boys will continue to mix it up, with the tap switching between their varied seasonal offerings and their multiple award-winning Pot Kettle Black.

Yeastie Boys is the brewing brainchild of Wellington brewer Stu McKinlay and New Zealand’s most notorious beer hunter Sam “The GrandMaster” Possenniskie. Since releasing their first beer two years ago, Yeastie Boys has built up a following for their unique “concept brewing”, mixing up classic styles of the brewing world with their own take.

“We always liked to keep it interesting for our fans” says Possenniskie, “and if the latest release isn’t to taste, the superb ales that Galbraiths brew are only a sidestep away.” Yeastie Boys and Galbraiths are also planning a collaborative brew in the new year, with a Yeastie Boys ale to be brewed at Galbraiths and served on cask in February. “The chance to work with and learn from any brewers you admire is brilliant - but cask ale, and especially Galbraiths Alehouse, hold a very special place in my heart

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REBECCA GIBB: ON WINE

KICK BACK IN KUMEU Women like to shop. Not this one. And Christmas is coming. Oh no. I could go and hide in a cave until it’s all over but then I’d miss out on some eating half my body weight in fruit cake and chocolate. Shopping it is then. I usually opt for buying on the internet as I don’t have to brave the crowds. But this year, I’m heading to Kumeu. Kumeu? Yes, it really is only half an hour’s drive from Ponsonby! And instead of fighting the crowds at Westfield, you can spend a morning on the sands of Muriwai beach or cycling at Woodhill before heading back through Kumeu to eat, drink and get your presents. Last time I went up to Kumeu, I arrived unfashionably early for a winery visit having given myself far too much time to get there. It really isn’t that far although some people think it’s the other end of the earth. With time to kill and desperate to powder my nose, I popped into WineArt on the glamorous State Highway 16. It’s a new cellar door, jewellery shop, and gallery rolled into one. Six wineries including Waimarie Wine and Kaipara Estate didn’t have a cellar door so they grouped together together to run this centre. As well as wine tasting, there are some very affordable artworks and locallyproduced jewellery. There’s even a local furniture-maker displaying his wares.

Head to Kumeu on Sunday, 12 December and there’s the added bonus of the first ever Kumeu Country Market. Based at the Showgrounds, it’s going to be a monthly event in 2011 and kicks off with a festive edition. Stock up for Christmas with local produce, or buy those hard to buy family members something off the arts and crafts stalls. You can also keep the kids quiet by packing them off to get their faces painted or ride a pony. Laden with wine, jewellery, art and food, that should be most people ticked off your list. But then there’s a trip to Hallertau’s on the way home. Named after the largest hop producing area in Bavaria, the microbrewery run by beer nut Steve Plowman and his wife has an open fire and couches so comfy that it’s difficult to drive past without stopping and popping in for a quick beer tasting. Previously the beers were only available on tap at Hallertau’s but that all changed this year and you can now buy the beers in a four-bottle pack for Christmas pressies, although you might like them too much to give away. Perhaps hiding in that cave with your newly-acquired stash from Kumeu might be the best option after all. (REBECCA GIBB)

Kumeu River is less than a minute’s drive up the road from WineArt. If you’re looking for a special bottle for your boss or mother-in-law, you could do a lot worse. Its Chardonnays are the best in the country, in my opinion, and don’t cost the earth. It’s come a long way since Mick, grandfather of the current winemaker Michael Brajkovich MW, first bought Kumeu River in the 1940s with the money he made selling his truck to the government for the war effort. Half an acre of grapes grew alongside pumpkins, strawberries and cattle on the 17 acre farm but today you’ll only find vines – 65 acres of them to be precise. Its single vineyard wines, particularly Maté’s Vineyard ($55), in honour of Michael’s father, hold their own against the best Chardonnays in the world. Nearby Cooper’s Creek and Matua Valley are also a great place to kick back and pick up a few bottles for Christmas. Reserve a barbecue at Cooper’s Creek, take your own meat and cook it using vine wood before having a game of petanque or giant-sized chess. It doesn’t cost anything to taste wines at the cellar door so you can decide which bottle of vino you fancy with your meat. The 2007 Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot ($28) is full of plum and tobacco flavours and its lovely acidity and structured tannins would work perfectly with a lamb chop.

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY CHRISTMAS CHEERS AT CHAPEL Christmas is a time for indulgence, so before I let you in on what we have planned for the festive season here at Chapel, I thought I’d allow myself a look-back on what has been a crazy, highlightpacked year. 2010 has been the year in which what we’ve all known for ages was finally made official … that Chapel is the best bar in New Zealand! The venue was named Best Bar at this year’s Hospitality Association of NZ Awards, beating off competition from all around the country. The award provided the perfect early birthday present before Chapel turned five in October … no I can barely believe it either, but it’s five years since I poured the first pint!

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Some great times and unforgettable parties have been had over these last five years, so while I’m allowing myself this spot of indulgence, I’d like to raise a glass to all of you who have helped to make the bar the success it has been – and promise that like a fine wine, Chapel will only get better with age!

matched to wines from some of this country’s finest vineyards. And to celebrate the beginning of summer, the legendary Ponsonby Long Lunch has just made a welcome return in November: four gourmet courses matched by the award-winning King series wines. Quite simply, mmmmmmmmm!

Talking of unforgettable parties, this year saw us bring glitz, glamour and even unexpected weather patterns to the Ponsonby Road strip.

It’s been an incredible year so far, however 2010 is far from over, and with our fantastic drinks selection and summer menu, I can’t think of anywhere better to enjoy the summer weather on Ponsonby Road than here at Chapel.

Back in March, as the evenings began to cool down everywhere else, we ensured that Chapel remained hot hot hot with our annual LBD party. For those of you that don’t know, at Chapel LBD stands for Little Black Dress, which one lucky party-goer got to ultra-accessorize by winning a $3000 diamond necklace. In April, I turned match-maker and hosted Chapel’s Lock n Key party, and while I won’t take too much of the credit, it���s fair to say that there were more lock-ins than lock-outs by the end of the night! The following month saw yet more glamour as we celebrated the release of the Sex And The City 2 movie with our own SATC party, complete with cosmopolitans, high fashion and fabulous prizes. And then in July, Ponsonby Road was dusted in a fine white powder – legally I hasten to add – as we even made snow fall outside Chapel for our Winter Party! But of course, Chapel was not just about the partying over the cold winter months – I’m far too much of a foody to let that happen! Seasonal meat, barbecue, seafood, cheese and wild boar tastings were all held to warm the cockles – with all foods perfectly

Coming up on Thursday, 9 December we have our festively saucy Mistletoe Party, where a buff young Santa and a hot Miss Clause will both be on hand for photos, last minute present requests and maybe even a quick cuddle under the mistletoe. Then we’ll be seeing out the year on a Spartacus theme with our New Years Eveacus party. While we’ll try not to make “Auckland tremble”, we’ll definitely ensure that Ponsonby Road rocks. So if you’re staying in Auckland this New Years, put your Glad(iatorial) rags on and come down to party like it’s 73BC! From myself and all my staff at Chapel, thanks for your continued patronage and support … and Merry Christmas! If you’ve got any suggestions or feedback from your visits, please feel free to contact me on luke.dallow@xtra.co.nz CHAPEL, 147 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 360 4528 www.chapel.co.nz

WHEN IT’S TIME FOR LUNCH IT’S TIME TO CALL RIPE THERE’S ALWAYS A FRANTIC EFFORT MADE COME DECEMBER TO DO A BIT of entertaining before the year is out. An anonymous hostess, who has featured in an earlier issue of Ponsonby News, was aware she owed a number of gal pals return hospitality and the month being a busy one, decided to have them to lunch and order in food rather than cook it herself. Who better to approach than Angie at Ripe and let her take control, even as far as making the irksome decision on what to serve? The invitees were quite an exclusive bunch; a well known actress of stage and screen, a high profile PR personality, a local body politician, and a popular columnist. The hostess was very aware they were a discriminating lot but she trusted Ange implicitly and was not let down by any manner of means! The menu comprised of a choice of Asian styled salmon or Moroccan Chicken accompanied by a large platter of four different salads. Then followed a selection of strawberry custard tarts and gingernut cheesecake.

better word to describe the way the guests fell upon them, all thoughts of moderate ingestion put aside. The strawberry decorated tarts filled with crème anglaise had the perfect balance of light consistency and sweetness. There was almost a battle over the last portion of gingernut cheesecake which also won on points for its delicate texture and whipped cream topping. The lunch lingered on until late afternoon and the triumphant hostess decided then and there the time was ripe to re-ignite her cooking skills. The next day she spied a copy of Ripe Recipes on display in the deli when returning the platters. Back at home she sat in front of her computer, went online, typed in www.ripedeli.co.nz and learned she could pre-order and pick up her own copy from Ripe. Nothing was going to prevent her from concocting buckets of the Raw Energy salad to have on hand whenever family or friends needed feeding. (AN ANONYMOUS FOODIE) www.ripedeli.co.nz

The salmon was declared a winner; moist with a velvety texture and a delicious crust. The chicken was equally well received and a guessing game over what mysterious spices flavoured the salads provoked lively discussion. To put their curiosity at rest the hostess was able to inform them the cauliflower salad contained dukkah, basil pesto and a yoghurt dressing. Coriander and sesame oil enhanced the brown rice salad and plenty of basil and feta enlivened the Greek salad no end. These dishes were all received with great acclaim but the raw energy salad won on several points. Nobody guessed the indefinable flavour of pomegranate molasses in the combination of grated beetroot, carrot, raisins, toasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and roughly chopped mint. Add balsamic vinegar, orange juice and honey to the mix and the munchers declared the resulting taste experience was tops. After a timely rest and much discussion on a wide range of subjects including the latest weight reduction craze, Zumba, it was time to sample the sweet treats. Scoffing is a

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY THE ART OF PERFECT COFFEE THE SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT coffee. Something many of us partake in every weekend, if we haven’t already found our favourite café that serves it beautifully, every time. But there’s more to the perfect coffee than you may think. Adrian Nicholas, head of the Espresso Coffee School, would tell you that it’s the barista who really makes the difference between a coffee that blows your socks off, and one that leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. Espresso Coffee School is one of Auckland’s longest running barista training facilities. Their vision is to produce exceptional baristas who continuously increase the quality of coffee being served to New Zealand’s discerning coffee drinkers. “You’ll come away with a real passion for the art of the espresso”, enthuses Adrian. If you’re looking to go pro, the Professional Barista Course is the way to go. Experienced tutors teach small classes both the practical and theory-based parts of espresso making, in a real café environment. And they even encourage their students to come back and practice after the course is over. If becoming a barista isn’t your dream but you still want to know how to make great coffee, then it’s the In-Home Tutorial you’re after. A professional barista comes to you, and in two hours will turn you into a coffee-making genius using your own machine. Your future guests will love you for it. PN Find out more about the Professional Barista Course or Home Course at www.espressocoffeeschool.co.nz or call 0800 04 44 44 to book today.

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY THOMSON WHISKY LAUNCHES THREE UNIQUE WHISKIES THOMSON WHISKY LAUNCHES WITH THREE unique New Zealand whiskies from Willowbank Distillery. Thomson Whisky seeks to satisfy the treasure hunter within you. Born of the belief that whisky is a living cultural icon to be shared, Thomson endeavours to unearth rare and precious stocks of whisky, making them available to enthusiasts once more. The first three releases under the Thomson masthead are 17 year old and 10 year old single malts, and an 11 year old blended whisky. Newly RACHEL & MATHEW THOMSON available these collectable stocks are limited, with the 17 year old being the contents of one single barrel – a ‘single cask bottling’. Perfected at Willowbank Distillery, Dunedin, these three whiskies are from reputedly the world’s southern-most distillery, since dismantled. Time being a natural credential of whisky Thomson has grown handsome with age. Matured in ex-bourbon barrels, flavour profiles are unique across all three Thomson variants - from natural honey, spice, hints of treacle, to citrus, and pannacotta richness tempered by coastal salt. All deliver sublime drinkability. Thomson Whisky is brought to you by Mathew & Rachael Thomson, who some years ago began the search for a whisky fit to bottle. Many casks were sourced and auditioned – some with only a few telling sips, and others nosed and discarded. The Thomson’s whisky collecting has now given way to a passionate pursuit to make special whisky stocks, some dusty and forgotten, available again. Thomson Whisky will exhibit at New Zealand’s Dram Fest 2011, alongside Laphroaig, Jura, Dalmore, Adelphi, Glenfiddich, Bowmore, Bruichladdich and many more international brands. Thomson Whisky is available at selected outlets nationwide. PN

SALE ST: ALWAYS TIME FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT ‘VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE’ MAY BE A PHRASE COINED IN 1700’S ENGLAND, but for Sale St it’s a mantra that has a very local 21st Century flavour to it. This year alone the venue has hosted press conferences, movie premieres, parties, comedy nights, markets and live concerts, incorporated an a la carte restaurant to rival any in Auckland, provided live theatre experiences, and unveiled an array of house beers. And the really good news is that 2011 looks like being even better… but more on that later! Sale St owner Luke Dallow kicked off the year by opening a 40-seat fine dining space within the venue in his own name. By combining his own restaurateur talents with the stunning cuisine of executive chef Nick Honeyman, formerly of French Café, Dallow’s has quickly established a glowing reputation for offering “a refined dining experience in a casual relaxed atmosphere” – adding a new dimension to the overall Sale St menu. Elsewhere in the venue, the Sale St brunch received a five star review in the Sunday Star Times, summed up with a single word quote: “brilliant”. In June, Luke and Nick decided to share a few tips with a Fine Dining at Home seminar, in which the boys explained how to prepare a four course restaurant quality meal to wow guests. However we had to wait a further two months for the real theatre of cooking, as Sale St put on Love Over Lunch – a modern interpretation of a Shakespearian play performed live in the venue to diners. Proof, as if you needed it, that Sale St is always able to provide something different! Another event very much from the “And now for something totally different” category, was the David Tua press conference back in March ahead of his fight with Friday “The Thirteenth” Ahunanya. Luke reckons the few tips he gave the Tua Man – not just to lay of the Whoppers - made all the difference. Sale St is also the official bar of Netherwood … the Kiwi made modern day Western being filmed down in Canterbury, due for release next summer. For more information on this very Kiwi adventure, visit www.netherwoodmovie.wordpress.com In addition to fights and movies, Sale St has also rubber-stamped its reputation for supporting New Zealand music this year by hosting numerous gigs and providing the venue for a variety of album launches. The Earlybirds, Opshop, Autozamm, Nathan Haines, the Feelers, Stellar and Hollie Smith have all unveiled albums and performed here this last year and Sale St will continue through 2011 to bring you more great New Zealand music. And talking of launches, Sale St also recently hosted Heineken’s Rugby World Cup launch, with All Blacks Bernie McCahill and Tane Randall … which brings us nicely to what to expect next year... Sale St is one of the official Rugby World Cup bars, making it the ideal spot to soak up the atmosphere before, during and after games next year and of course the only place to celebrate when the All Blacks lift the Web Ellis trophy. 2011 promises more than sporting success though, with some great live music events and weekend sessions coming up in January and February. Seeing this year out in style, Batucada Sound Machine will be playing live on Sunday, 19 December from 4pm till late, with support from Randomplay and Manuel Bundy – tickets are only $10 from www.iticketexpress.co.nz. De La Soul takes to the stage pre Xmas on Tuesday, 21 December with support from Scratch22 and The Turnaround, tickets $20 from Real Groovy and www.iticket.co.nz. On every other Sunday you can take in Nick Collings as the new Sunday Jams will be running through from brunch till 8pm, combining great cocktails, good tunes and dynamic people – and the best beer garden Auckland has to offer. For more information on what’s coming up over Christmas and the New Year, visit www.salest.co.nz. Or better still, round up a few friends and go and see for yourself.

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY UBER COOL HUBC4P I hadn’t been to Ponsonby Road for months. It’s been a tough year for many and Ponsonby Road has taken the hits along with the rest of Auckland. So it was a pleasant surprise when I spied the funky and delightfully modern new MINI Garage rising up ahead of us and standing very proudly in the space that used to be occupied for years by bare asphalt and wire fencing after the Mobil Garage closed down. With its bold container design (built in Germany and shipped out to be reassembled on site in Ponsonby) and its upside down Mini suspended over the footpath, this building has certainly added something special to the visual scorecard, not just of this corner, but the whole of Ponsonby Road. This has to be one of the most distinctive buildings both during the day and after dark and not just because of the cool looking Minis that peek out from behind the glass. You get the feeling that something is always happening here, it’s always changing. Then I discovered the very groovy café upstairs and I was in my element. It’s called HUBC4P, genius… It follows a loosely ‘British Heritage’ theme (check out the portrait of the Queen looking almost attractive) with some industrial automotive quirkiness (vintage oil cans and burnished metal shelves mix with soft leather club chairs and plywood flooring). There are old models of Corgi minis inside the food display cabinet and union jacks adorn the old suitcases that serve as tables. The coffee is ‘Supreme’ in every sense and the food is courtesy of Quintessential (Tara Brogan, ex Savour and Devour). While the cabinet is not spilling over with munchies by the time I cruise in (2:15pm), I am very happy to try a Beef and Guinness pie and salad followed by a ‘Buttery Rowie’ with marscapone and homemade jam. The food looks and tastes divine and the outside deck area is a perfect place to enjoy it and to survey the ebb and flow of foot traffic down at street level. I can just picture myself with a glass of Riesling here, watching the sun creep slowly over the rooftops as Ponsonby Road lights up for the Christmas season. This space is apparently available for functions I find out later and consequently it would seem that this will be a pretty busy spot over the coming month as the secret gets out. The one good thing for me is that people don’t know it’s open to the public yet and so the usual stigma associated with entering a car yard is still perceived by the general public. But no one pounces on me with a hard sell, and so I make a pledge to myself to return and try the ‘coddled eggs’ and maybe a cardamom bun. Oh yes, and there’s parking ‘in behind’ for customers. What could be better? The place is uber cool. Hats off to HUBC4P. (JESSICA WINTERBOTTOM) PN HUBC4P CAFÉ, 130 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 2568

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WHAT’S HOT AT SABATO SEASONS EATINGS This year Father Christmas swapped his sleigh for a container ship and brought us all kinds of fabulous festive delights! So pop into Santa’s grotto – whoops, we mean Sabato – now, as they’re here, but they won’t last long… CUBA VENCHI: Venchi is really an “atelier of confectionery art”, whose aim is to transform cocoa in an extraordinary experience. Many of you will already know how dangerous their rum chocolates and nougat are… Venchi were also discovered by Giorgio Armani this year (just a little behind NZ) – a true testament to their quality.

MASONI PIETRO: The Masoni family have been producing baked goods since the late nineteenth century, and their panforte is still made according to secret family recipes. The chocolate panforte always flies off the shelves, so make sure you nab yourself one before it’s too late! BOMBONS CUDIÉ: This family business of craftsmen has continued its traditions of hand-made production for over 50 years, using closely guarded recipes to create delectable moreish sweet treats made with Marcona almonds, and their family recipe nut praline. Joining these sweet treats are new soft amaretti biscuits from Rippa, whole organic French chestnuts, and new Italian olives, anchovies, pasta, olive oil… The list goes on! And don’t forget our latest collection of gorgeous gift hampers. We’ll also be open until 6pm from the 13 – 23 December. Buon Natale! PN SABATO, 57 Normanby Road T: 09 630 8751 www.sabato.co.nz

FLAMIGNI: For over seventy years Flamigni have crafted panettone and nougat in the original, traditional way, using only the highest quality ingredients and generations-old recipes. A Sabato Christmas essential – drop by for a taste and you’ll see why! FIASCONARO: Considered pioneers in the artisan confectionery sector, Fiasconaro panettone are instantly recognisable due to their natural leavening. They also produce traditional, artisan Sicilian nougat with Manna, an ancient natural sweetener. 1880 & EL LOBO: Self-proclaimed “makers of the world’s finest turrón”, 1880 have been making this crunchy Spanish treat since the late 18th century (1880 was the year the recipe was written down). Sugar free products are available, and El Lobo donates a percentage of their profits to Unicef.

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY ANDRE’S KITCHEN BAKING COOKIES WITH PASSION Ever since Andre Wike can remember he has always had a love for baking! It all started at age 10 when he needed money for a school trip to Melbourne so he started baking chocolate cakes and selling them to neighbours.

PETER GORDON, JACQUI, JOHN and PHIL hold jars of the new PETER GORDON / SABATO range of dressings, sauces, relishes and chutneys.

Andre trained to be a chef at Christchurch Polytechnic and over the years he has worked in restaurants and catering companies but more recently his passion has been to make cookies - particularly ones that taste like good old home baking. His first venture was Jafa Bites – a product he then featured on Dragons Den. Even though he didn’t find a sponsor he learnt a lot about business and being an entrepreneur. Earlier this year Andre noticed a lack of high quality cookies in New Zealand. So with an inventory of cookie recipes, a registered kitchen to work from and friends and family to test them on, Andre developed a range of top quality cookies made with all real high quality ingredients (e.g. real butter and not beef margarine). The end product turned out to be ginger cookies with real bits of ginger, Anzac cookies with chocolate chips, peanut brownies and garlic crostini using rice bran oil and real garlic. Andre’s Kitchen is currently retailing at Farrow Fresh and Market Kitchen (at the Auckland fish Market) and is looking for other outlets to take on his expanding range of top quality products. Look out for the re-sealable red bags with his smiling face. PN Contact: andres.kitchen@yahoo.co.nz

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY WIN A G.H. MUMM CHAMPAGNE GASTRONOMY EXPERIENCE Passionate people, from Antarctic explorers, to Formula 1 racers and round-the-world sailors embrace the audacious spirit of G.H. Mumm Champagne, which brings style and panache to all special occasions. The Mumm Gastronomy Experience gives Kiwis the opportunity to explore the most daring food matches, which have been created by some the country’s top chefs, to complement the unique flavours and qualities of G.H. Mumm Champagne. Philip Bothwell, the Champagne Mumm Wine Ambassador, explains the specific qualities of Mumm that make it a perfect food match, “Mumm Cordon Rouge is the ultimate all-occasion champagne. The Chardonnay in the blend gives freshness, elegance and immediacy making the wine ideal as an aperitif, whilst the Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier delivers complexity and richness enabling it to pair with the finest canapés”. To celebrate the launch of the vibrant 2002 Mumm Vintage Champagne and the Mumm Gastronomy Experience, three of Auckland’s leading restaurants have created beautifully presented Champagne Canapés to complement the exquisite and unique richness from the best of the House of G.H. Mumm Champagne. WHITE AND BELLINI AT THE HILTON AUCKLAND The Hilton Auckland is presenting an exquisite seasonal trio of canapés matched perfectly with a flute of G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge NV all served beautifully on a G.H. Mumm Canapé plate. Delight and intrigue all your senses with this stunning Champagne and food pairing on the balcony of White Restaurant or over a waterfront sunset in Bellini bar. $26. SIDART The team at Sidart has created an amazing feast for the senses in the form of a prawn canapé, smoked at the table, served with Japanese mayonnaise and wasabi caviar, all impeccably matched with the vibrant 2002 Mumm Vintage Champagne. Treat yourself with this delicious Champagne and food pairing. $25. NUMBER 5 Number 5 has crafted an assiette fruit de mer of seared scallop with black pudding and apple puree, a freshly shucked Te Matuka Bay Oyster, lemon vinaigrette and lastly South Island cured salmon, pickled beetroot, and avocado sorbet. Exquisitely matched with the vibrant 2002 Mumm Vintage Champagne and served on a G.H. Mumm Canapé plate. $25. Ponsonby News has three mouth-watering Mumm Gastronomy Experiences to offer our readers. Each prize features a Champagne Canapé with G.H. Mumm for two, from one of the participating restaurants along with a bottle of G.H. Mumm Cordon Rouge NV, two G.H. Mumm branded champagne flutes and a G.H. Mumm branded red ‘dinner jacket’ (RRP $350).

TO ENTER please email your name, address and telephone number to mumm@elevenpr.co.nz PN

COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS: The competition closes on 13 December 2010; You must be 18 or over to enter this competition (I.D. will be required as proof). Enjoy G.H. Mumm responsibly!

A couple of foodies who loved making good food came up with a plan. They decided to create real food, fresh food, kiwi style food with a modern twist. No nonsense, local ingredients make their way into the kitchen. The seasonal menu keeps the food honestly fresh. The food is delivered to you fresh from the kitchen in a chillybin - that keeps the food cool. They like making life easy so the food is ready for you to eat or to heat and eat. Cool food is perfect for any occasion. From a boardroom lunch to celebrating life’s good days.They can supply you with nifty packaging. It looks cool and it’s biodegradable and compostable. Plus they can also help with hiring gear, sorting staff and decorations. Sounds cool? PN Check it out www.coolfood.co.nz

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY “ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO WAIT” From Angie Redfern and her talented team of chefs comes RIPE RECIPES the long-awaited first recipe book from award-winning delicatessen Ripe. Created because their customers kept asking for it, the team at Ripe has worked tirelessly over the past year to assemble a collection of mouth-watering recipes: from wholesome meals and delectable baking treats to nearly 40 healthy salad recipes many of which were created by Ripe Chef Andrea Saunders. There are also recipes for dips, dressings and preserves which you can make and then label using the illustrated stickers at the back of the book. RIPE RECIPES is all about fresh, simple, delicious food that makes the most of the new season’s harvest. The recipes won’t have you spending hours in the kitchen, rather they’re easy to prepare, easy to follow and will have you creating stylish food bursting with flavour; from the Black Forest Roulade filled with fresh cherries to the gorgeous combination of grated beetroot, carrot, seeds and pomegranate molasses in the Raw Energy Salad. Many talented chefs, staff, friends and even customers have had input into Ripe Recipes. George’s Roast Banana Cheesecake is officially named after its biggest fan and a great suggestion, from a customer, to have a new ingredient added to the Christmas Bakewell Slice, has been incorporated. The colour and flavour of Ripe’s food has been captured in the book with simple, beautiful photography of every recipe. These are complemented by the delightful illustrations drawn by Michelle Ineson, Ripe’s Shop Manager.

RIPE RECIPES: The perfect gift for anyone interested in cooking great-tasting, seasonal uncomplicated food.

RIPE RECIPES AVAILABLE INSTORE AT RIPE FROM 13 DECEMBER. To go into the

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SID SAHRAWAT@SIDART MAPLE PANNA COTTA WITH MAPLE AND HONEY MERINGUE (Serves four) FOR THE PANNA COTTA: • 50g maple syrup • 150g cream • 1 leaf of gelatine • 75g milk Bloom gelatine in cold water for five minutes. Combine cream, milk and maple syrup in a pot. Place pot over a medium heat, enough to warm mixture and melt gelatine. Once warmed, remove from heat and cool over an ice bath. Once cooled, pour into dariole moulds. Set in fridge for two hours. FOR THE MAPLE & HONEY MERINGUE: • 1 egg white • 75g honey • 25g maple syrup Put egg white into mixing bowl (do not start mixing until completing next step). Add honey and maple syrup to a pot. Place over a medium – high heat and leave to boil. Once boiled, remove from heat. Start whipping egg whites (on high speed) until soft peaks form. Once meringue is at soft peak stage, slowly pour honey and maple syrup mixture into the mixing bowl. Continue to mix while pouring. Check bottom of mixing bowl, once mixture is cold and glossy, stop mixing (approx. five minutes). TO SERVE: Spread the maple and honey meringue onto the plate. Place the panna cotta on top. Cut irregular shapes of honey dew, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries and place neatly around plate. This can also be served with strawberry sorbet. PN SIDART, Level 1, Three Lamps Plaza, 283 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 2122 www.sidart.co.nz

From left to right : KATE FEEK, Brand Manager St. Ives, JULIE RICE, Sales & Marketing Manager for Garuda Indonesia, SHELLY REILLY – Winner and JASON WITEHIRA, Store Owner New World Victoria Park

NEW WORLD VICTORIA PARK SHOPPER WINS TRIP TO BALI Shelly Reilly lives on the Te Atatu Peninsula, but regularly shops at the Victoria Park New World because she loves the broad selection the store has to offer. She was the lucky winner of the national on-pack promotion St. Ives ran recently in conjunction with the release of the movie Eat Pray Love, which starred Julia Roberts. Entry was by means of registering a unique code found on the reverse of special onpack stickers. There were daily movie ticket prizes during the course of the promotion to see the feature movie. At the end of the promotion a draw was made to select the winner for the main prize which was a trip for two to Bali, courtesy of Garuda Indonesia and Garuda Orient Holidays, plus 30 runner up prizes of pamper packs. As part of Shelly’s prize she will be flying business class to Bali and enjoying luxury accommodation, staying four nights at the Grand Hyatt in Nusa Dua, followed by a further two nights at Pan Pacific Nirwana in Tabanan. PN

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LIZ WHEADON: WINE, GLORIOUS WINE

THE PERFECT TIPPLE FOR THE END OF AN EVENT PACKED CHRISTMAS DAY There’s a myriad of spirits and wines that are too often (in my opinion) overlooked. Many of these are the perfect tipple for the end of an event packed Christmas Day, here’s a few of my favourites explored. TARIQUET ARMAGNAC VSOP Armagnac is a brandy made in France from the Gascony region near the Pyrenees foothills. Armagnac has been distilled since at least the 14th Century. The difference between Armagnac and Cognac is the distillation process, Armagnac is distilled once and Cognac twice. Armagnac is made from a blend of varieties; this particular one is made from 40% Baco and 60% Ugni Blanc. VSOP stands for Very Superior Old Pale and whilst one of the youngest of the brandies that Tariquet make from Bas-Armagnac, it is aged for at least seven years in oak barrels. It’s a beautiful shade of amber, smooth and well rounded on the palate, it has a nice oaky taste with stone fruit on the finish. Armagnac is best served straight at room temperature, like single malt it can be cut with a little water and or ice, to release more aromas. DROUIN CALVADOS Calvados is a pear brandy made in Normandy, in the North of France, Drouin is a wonderful producer that starting making Calvados in 1960, with no fewer than 127 Gold Medals for their Calvados since then. Calvados like Cognac is double distilled and then aged in oak. Calvados can be served straight at room temperature and is also an excellent ingredient for cooking.

QUINTA DE LA ROSA VINTAGE 2000 – VINTAGE PORT 10 YEARS ON Quinta de la Rosa is a magnificent port house, located near the Pinhao Township on the banks of the Duero River in Portugal. Relatively small, this port house focuses on quality production. A vintage port is one that comes from a specific year, in this case, all grapes from the 2000 vintage. For Christmas 2010, Quinta de la Rosa have released a small amount of their vintage 2000 from their cellars, describing it as perfect 10 years on for drinking this Christmas. VALDESPINO PEDRO XIMENEZ SHERRY Most Sherries are made from the Spanish Palomino grape variety, there is however one sherry made from another variety – Pedro Ximenez, and this variety produces sweet rich wines. This sherry is perfect after dinner served at room temperature or chilled, can be poured over ice cream as a sauce, used to marinate strawberries or as we do in our Didas tapas bars in a sauce for lamb or duck. Valdespino are one of the best houses in Jerez, recently purchased by Jose Estevez, they are now located just outside Jerez in their expansive cellars, the prestigious house is in good hands. (LIZ WHEADON) www.glengarry.co.nz

NEW ZEALAND’S LARGEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT OPENS 29-31 JANUARY 2011 THE ANNUAL AUCKLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR A 5TH STRAIGHT YEAR. The largest seafood festival in New Zealand is the main event during Auckland’s Anniversary Weekend celebrations. At a fantastic new venue in the heart of the BIG little city on Te Wero island in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour. And for the first time a festival SEAFOOD MENU will be produced, showcasing the range of delicious seafood on offer. This will be available from our sponsor & media partners in the lead-up to the event. Held over three days the Auckland Seafood Festival is New Zealand’s premier seafood experience, a celebration of the best seafood dishes that New Zealand has to offer. Visitors can treat themselves to a huge variety of fresh, local seafood along with music over three stages, entertainment, competitions plus a great selection of New Zealand wine and beer. The Seafood School also returns to conduct cooking classes every day, open to all visitors with no additional charge. Tickets are only $15, with no booking fee, visit www.eventfinder.co.nz. We are proud to announce the event charities – Kiwi Can for Foundation of Youth Development and The Stellar Trust. The 2010 event raised $103,000 for charity. BREAKING NEWS: Festival organisers announce the launch of the Electrolux Restaurant Alley at the event. Four great Auckland restaurants – Sails, Kermadec, Two Fifteen and Café Hanoi - present their signature seafood dishes. Choose your favourite restaurant tasting pot, match it with wine or beer from the bar in the Alley, and grab a seat on the lawn under the shade and enjoy music from the nearby acoustic stage. PN

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NEWS FROM ODYSSEY WINES ODYSSEY WINES IS AN INDEPENDENT, AUCKLAND BASED WINE COMPANY making distinct regional wines from Marlborough and Gisborne. The Marlborough wines are made from their own vineyard in the Brancott Valley Marlborough, whilst the Odyssey Reserve Iliad Reserve Gisborne Chardonnay is made from some of the oldest vines in Gisborne. The Odyssey wines are sold locally. The winery’s aim is to make wines which reflect the region, complement food and age well. Odyssey Wines began trading in 1994 and now export to a variety of countries throughout the world. Ponsonby is always a special market for them as it’s where they began and where you will find many of Auckland’s best eateries and bars. This year they have bottled limited amounts of the highly rated Odyssey Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009 in 1.5 litre Magnums. Because the wines age better in bigger formats and because they make great gifts, and are more fun.

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ODYSSEY MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR 2009 (5 stars wine orbit 93) From their sloped vineyard in the Brancott Valley, this is a stylish Pinot displaying complex aromas of red/dark cherry, spice, dried herb and cedary oak character. The palate is beautifully fruited showing silky texture, lovely mid palate weight and fine, gently drying tannins. The wine is elegant yet richly flavoured with greater complexity to come with further cellaring. At its best: now to 2014. The Odyssey Wines are sold at Blend, Wine Vault, La Vino, K Rd Liquor, Bacchus, Caros, Fine Wine Delivery Company, Nosh Greenlane and Mt Eden as well as many great bars and restaurants around town. PN They are also sold direct ex Winery www.odysseywines.co.nz

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JOHN APPLETON ON HEALTH BREAST HEALTH: INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED KIWI TENOR WILL MARTIN PUTS HIS HAND UP TO HELP Some years ago when I was involved with a campaign to raise awareness about the bio-medical treatment for Autism, a young man kindly offered to sing for us at an event at St Matthews in Auckland. Will Martin was just 20 years of age at the time and when he sang for us, it was immediately apparent that this young Kiwi tenor (from Devonport) was going places. Since that time I have followed Will as he has forged ahead with his musical career. His debut album ‘A NEW WORLD’ was multi-platinum success and Will was the youngest ever tenor to top the U.K Classical charts. Will, now 26 has recently returned to New Zealand for the release of his sensational new Album ‘INSPIRATIONS’ which is a collection of twelve of the world’s most beloved songs performed to the music of the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Ever seeking to put back into the community, Will has recently signed on as an ambassador for a new charity that I have been involved with establishing – BREAST HEALTH FOUNDATION www.breasthealthfoundation.org which is the vision of North Shore GP Dr Paul Butler. Having worked with numerous breast cancer patients, and experiencing first hand, the suffering caused by this disease, Dr Butler saw a real need for change. Rather than spending his life trying to help women after their breast cancer diagnosis, Dr Butler believed that a greater emphasis on PREVENTION of breast cancer could be an effective way to improve breast cancer statistics. Every year around the world countless millions of dollars are spent on ‘searching for a cure’ but common sense tells me that the cure for anything is prevention and this is surely where we should be heading. BREAST HEALTH FOUNDATION is a Charitable Society established with the objective of educating and empowering women and men by starting a new conversation about breast health. A conversation that conveys simple messages about lifestyle choices and the environment - sharing information that has been largely been overlooked, de-emphasised or dismissed. For the cost of three cups of coffee you can join BREAST HEALTH FOUNDATION as a supporter and have full access to the information available on the website www.breasthealthfoundation.org When you join BREAST HEALTH FOUNDATION you are putting your hand up to join women and men from around the world - people who care - people from all walks of life who have come together to share knowledge and information - to help each other and contribute to an ever expanding resource that we can all use to help ourselves - our family members and out friends.

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Will has very generously offered to donate $1.00 to BREAST HEALTH FOUNDATION from the sale of every copy of ‘INSPIRATIONS’ until Christmas. Our team at BREAST HEALTH FOUNDATION has risen to the challenge of helping this remarkable young man to achieve his objectives in terms of sales. Word of mouth is always the most successful way of achieving this and I hope you can help. Not only am I very keen to see BREAST HEALTH FOUNDATION succeed, I would really like to see New Zealanders get behind one of the most talented artists we have seen in this country for a long time. Will Martin has more than what it takes to reach the top but he needs our help. So often we tend to believe that everything that happens overseas is better and we often overlook what we have produced in our own country. To purchase your copy or copies of ‘INSPIRATIONS’ go to www.breasthealthfoundation. org and click on the link under Will’s photo on the home page. Please encourage your family and friends to get involved. (JOHN APPLETON) APPLETON ASSOCIATES T: 09 489-9362 www.johnappleton.co.nz

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NIKKI HART: GOOD NUTRITION SURVIVING THE HOLIDAY- FESTIVE SEASON WITHOUT PILING ON THE KILOS! The festive summer season is a time when many New Zealanders, away from the routine of their daily lives, go on an “eating holiday” and many gain unwanted body weight. Great tasting, healthy foods and smart eating will take the hassle out of eating over the holidays without making you feel deprived or hungry. Thoughts of summer eating always makes me think of bright, colourful eating. We have such a wonderful and varied array of foods to enjoy in New Zealand especially over the summer months. Fruits and vegetables in particular add colour to summer eating. Many of the protective compounds in vegetables and fruit (phytochemicals) also give them their colour. So for good health all year round it is important to choose from each of the five colour groups every day – green, white, red, orange and purple. GREEN broccoli, asparagus, Asian greens, celery, kiwifruit, green grapes, watercress, lettuce, green capsicum, peas, beans, leeks, spinach, cucumber, courgette WHITE potatoes, ginger, cauliflower, mushrooms, garlic, turnips, asparagus, banana, lychees RED tomatoes, red capsicum, red onions, red cabbage, radishes, red skinned kumara/ potatoes, plums, strawberries, quavas ORANGE Carrots, sweet-corn, pumpkin, golden kumara, yams, oranges, peaches, mangoes, nectarines, apricots PURPLE Eggplant, beetroot, blueberries, purple tinged broccoli, purple capsicum, asparagus, purple grapes To ensure you don’t gain unnecessary weight over the festive season stick to a fat and alcohol budget – approximately 40g fat a day and two drinks. On Christmas Day, with all the high-fat nibbles and Christmas fare that you will be tempted to indulge in over the course of the day, I would encourage you to have a low fat, high carbohydrate breakfast. It does not have to be your usual bowl of high fibre cereal. Choosing bagels instead of pastry is a good way to get carbohydrate with lower fat. A selection of sliced tropical fruit and a dip made from cream fraiche blended with strawberries would be a great way to include fruit in to your otherwise decadent day.

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Plan ahead and choose your fats wisely – don’t waste your fat budget on things you don’t really love. Substitute corn chips (10g fat for 100g chips) and guacamole (28g fat for ¼ cup) for pretzels (3g for 100g); and select nuts (26g fat for 50g) over the cheese (10g for 30g) because even though nuts are high in fat , it’s a mono-unsaturated fat, with lots of vitamin E. Our summer weather allows us to enjoy BBQ cooking and alfresco dining. Grilling kebabs, lean meat and marinated skinless chicken and seafoods is a great way to avoid cooking with fat. Provide dressings and sauces for salads in jugs for people to add at their own discretion. If you are more traditional and have roast dinners on Christmas Day, cook on a rack so fat can drip away. Provide boiled potatoes as well as roasted ones and steam vegetables without adding butter. Before you reach for your favourite alcoholic drink this summer be aware that: • Alcohol requires NO digestion and is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. It contains 29 kilojoules/gram of alcohol. • Alcohol slows down the rate at which the body burns bodyfat. • Healthy drinking requires you to stick to 2-3 drinks (30g alcohol) a day for women and a maximum of 6 drinks (60g alcohol) a day for men (with 2-3 days alcohol free a week) • Alternate mineral water, soda, low calorie mixers with alcoholic drinks. Christmas sweet treats have the potential to be loaded with fat and sugar. For example the pastry that encases Christmas fruit mince pies contains a considerable amount of fat. My substitution is a recipe called: ‘NIKKI’S LOW-FAT CHRISTMAS FRUIT-MINCE ICE-CREAM’ • Mix 1 litre of lite Vanilla ice-cream with 1 standard jar of fruit mincemeat and 1 Tbspn of brandy • Freeze in a pudding basin

• Drape tea-towels dipped in boiling water over up-turned pudding basin to loosen the ice-cream • Decorate with sprigs of holly

Remember the key words when thinking of food for the Christmas holiday season – moderation, balance and variety. PN NIKKI HART NZRD MSc, Shop 9, All Saints Centre, 282 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 6330 www.evildietwitch.co.nz www.nikkihartdietitians.co.nz

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BUYING FOR MADAME THIS CHRISTMAS? HINT, HINT... Ponsonby News brings you a guide to some stars of the season’s ‘blockbuster’ fragrances. Stick with us and we’ll make sure you don’t get it wrong! LANCÔME Ô D’AZUR Lancôme was just voted one of the world’s coolest brands and we’re sure it’s no coincidence that kiwi Aaron de Mey is the brand’s creative director. Ô d’Azur is described as ‘a fresh summer sensation, tinged with sensuality.’ Fresh Sicilian bergamot around a rose centre, with lemon and pink pepper to lift the floral and a woody musk and amber resin base note. Choose a Lancôme fragrance for the woman in your life and you are saying you find her deeply feminine, and sophisticated. LANCÔME Ô D’AZUR available at selected pharmacies and department stores. Eau De Toilette 50ml $99; Eau De Toilette 75ml $125 GUCCI GUILTY Since Envy took the fragrance market by storm, Gucci fragrances have gained a reputation for being sexy and flamboyant. Gucci Guilty is described as “a warm yet striking oriental floral with hedonism at its heart.“ Mandarin and pink pepper top notes combine with lilac and geranium, laced with the succulent tactility of peach - can you imagine a more lush combination? Oh, and add a little patchouli - a Gucci hallmark - and amber. Is she arresting and somewhat seductive? A powerful, youthful woman? Get her Guilty.

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JO MALONE ENGLISH PEAR AND FREESIA This was only launched in New Zealand in September, but it’s already Jo Malone’s current bestseller. As you would deduce, it’s top note is King William pear and it’s ‘heart’ is freesia, while the base is patchouli. Described as a very fresh ‘cologne’, and created in the UK specially for spring, it’s from Jo Malone’s ‘fruity’ family. It’s not as exotic and sweet as a lily or a rose but equally as classic and appealing. Jo Malone’s English Pear and Freesia will suit a woman of any age who likes to surprise just a little. JO MALONE available only at 10 Courthouse Lane, The Chancery (will courier throughout New Zealand, charges do apply). 100ml $215; Regular home candle 200g $130; Body cream $160; Body and hand wash $100

GUCCI GUILTY available at Farmers, selected department stores and pharmacies. Eau de Toilette 30ml $115.00; Eau de Toilette 50ml $144.00; Eau de Toilette 75ml $188.00

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING YVES SAINT LAURENT PARISIENNE Can you imagine your loved one bathed in radiant morning light in Paris? That’s the feeling the Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne wants to empart. So the fragrance takes a vinyl “accord” (a precise synthetic recreation of the natural smell) and combines it with cranberry and a dewy mineral accord. A splash of rose, lily of the valley and violet leaf. Then musk, woody iris and suede for sensuality. If the woman you are buying for manages to be both timeless and modern, if she is a study in delightful contrasts, she will wear Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne with true panache. YVES ST LAURENT PARISIENNE available at selected pharmacies and department stores. PN Eau de Toilette 50ml $118

THE LEARNING CENTRE - FAMILY OWNED, UNIQUE CHILDCARE CENTRE Established in April 2007, The Learning Centre is dedicated to the highest possible quality of care in a homely environment. They believe that quality of care comes from good teacher to child ratios with small overall group sizes. ”We remain dedicated to being a 100% qualified teacher centre despite recent government funding cuts” says Marie Hindle, Licensee TLC The infant room at TLC is seen as an example of excellent infant care throughout New Zealand. They are influenced by the philosophies of Magda Gerber and Dr Emmi Pikler and weave their strong understandings of these philosophies into their practice with New Zealand’s ECE Curriculum Te Whāriki. One of the underpinnings of this philosophy is ‘free movement’. They have demonstrated conclusively that a healthy infant – when raised in a stable, respectful relationship – has the inborn ability to move, sit, and walk without being taught. (Pikler, 1971). When children have the opportunity to do this it is noticed they move like natural yoga masters. Through natural movement they improve their cross-lateral development, which greatly assists them later on in life with reading and writing skills. TLC provides a calm, peaceful and natural environment for babies with open-ended toys to capture each baby’s attention and support their exploration. They work with a primary care giving system where each child has a special teacher who knows and supports their development and routines. Their biggest focus is that the children feel safe and secure as when they feel safe they play, and when they play, they learn. PN THE LEARNING CENTRE 96 Vermont Street. T: 09 376 6857 www.thelearningcentre.co.nz enquiries@thelearningcentre.co.nz

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BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR SERVILLES PONSONBY AFTER 15 YEARS OF SERVILLES, LOUISE PILKINGTON HAS SOLD HER Ponsonby Salon to Libby Baxter, her loyal manager for the past eight years. It will be business as usual at the busy Ponsonby Salon, as Louise will continue to manage her busy clientele two days a week. The move lets Louise focus on her popular fine jewellery collections Loumina Light and Louise, which is sold through the Ponsonby salon and selected jewellery retailers throughout the country. “It has been some of the best years of my life but when the opportunity arose it seemed like the perfect time”, comments Pilkington. Louise has been working in the fashion industry for 21 years and has owned the landmark Servilles Ponsonby for over 14 years. www.loumina.com PN

NOETIC MANDALA MEDITATION – BRINGING LIGHT AND PEACE WE CAN ALL RELATE TO THE STRESSES AND CHALLENGES THAT LIFE BRINGS and not more so than over the past year. The demands of work, business commitments and financial challenges is on the increase leaving us feeling tired and with little quality time for ourselves. What does it take to create quiet time away from phones, computers and meetings, to take the time to be present to the pressures and busy-ness that our own inner voices generate. With the Noetic Mandala Meditation workshops run by Rae Holloway, colleagues Martin Leach, Clare Caldwell and myself spent a Sunday recently where we spent a day discovering our inner peace and tranquillity. Martin explains, “I was slightly nervous to spend a day drawing and meditating with friends who had spent time at Ilam and other art schools but Rae gave me the confidence to be creative. It was very relaxing and I switched my cell phone off all day!” Noetic: from the Greek word noesis meaning inner wisdom or direct knowing and Mandala: sacred symbols found in Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Jusdaism, Islam and various other religions. The workshop is held as a group session and throughout the day three meditations are carried out from where your get to create and draw your own Mandala in a time of silence immediately following each meditation. “As an artist I found the drawing of the Mandala to be a restful and reflective exercise and the nice thing was there was no pressure ‘to get it right’ it was just what it was.”

Although stencils were available MARTIN and JO’S work above was all hand drawn. Pictured left: the group’s combined work of Noetic Mandalas; Below RAE HOLLOWAY, the workshop facilitator

Whether you are an artist or not or whether you participate in the Noetic Mandala Workshop as a team or as an individual, you will get to experience a day of personal inner peace and connectedness with your self and those around you. (JO BARRETT) NOETIC MANDALA MEDITATION WORKSHOP T: 09 817-3930 www.noeticmandala.co.nz

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HEALTH WITHIN OSTEOPATH TACKLES GLUE EAR AND SUPPORTS COMMUNITY Not content with keeping her patients in the best of health with osteopathy, Rebecca Walker is currently doing doctoral research with Auckland University’s Department of Paediatrics to get to the heart of what really causes glue ear. “There is so much that is yet to be understood about this common childhood affliction. I’m looking closely at children’s immunity to infection, anatomy, nutrition and the role allergies can play. Too many New Zealand children still suffer from glue ear and for some there is concern of hearing loss leading to developmental delays,” explains Rebecca. “At Health Within Osteopathy we find that ear-aches and glue ear respond well to osteopathic treatment, providing relief to both the parents and the child. Part of being an osteopath is about being holistic in our approach to health and that also means playing our part in the wellbeing of the community. We’re always looking for ways to support the community and inform people about the benefits of osteopathy,” says Rebecca. The clinic has sponsored Westmere Kindergarten and worked with local midwives helping mothers to understand the importance of post-natal cranial osteopathy. Currently Health Within is finding ways to help Westmere Primary raise money for their school hall. Rebecca, Ryan, Ingeborg and Vikasini make a great team and their patients benefit from their expertise in a tranquil, relaxing environment. The osteopaths treat a wide range of health issues from common muscle strain and joint pain to more complex conditions such as arthritis, chronic lower back pain, digestive problems, period pain and migraines. PN HEALTH WITHIN OSTEOPATHY, 141 Garnet Road, T: 09 376 1980 www.healthwithin.co.nz

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TIRED OF THE JUGGLING ACT? “Achieve Wellness lifestyle coaching offers you the opportunity to achieve the life of your dreams and enjoy health, happiness and wealth through inspiration, coaching, mentoring and education.” Do you ever feel like you’re ‘juggling too many balls’ and that there’s never any time left for you? You may want to have it all, but multi-tasking and juggling too much at once can lead to feelings of dissatisfaction, low energy, stress, excess body weight, emotional eating, a lack of physical activity, low self esteem, disrupted sleep, illness or disease. It’s time to focus on you. Escape to stunning Waiheke Island or Whitianga on one of our luxurious Wholeness Retreats and spend the weekend being pampered. Renew your spirit, grow your knowledge and take the next steps to thrive. • The Wholeness Retreat will give you the opportunity to take a breath. • Be pampered with luxury accommodation, relaxing spa soaks, massage, and meals prepared for you. • Achieve Wellness Director Kelly Davis Martin will teach you how to feel beautiful and bountiful during the educational and inspirational seminars. • Blossom with twelve weeks of coaching following the retreat so that you can finally achieve your balance. Retreat with us so that you can reconnect with your life purpose, gain the knowledge to grow into the woman you want to be and have the support to thrive. You can juggle it all and still have time for you - let us help you discover how. PN www.achievewellness.co.nz kelly@achievewellness.co.nz

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ACCENT ON COMMUNITY TIME FLIES WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN. I KNOW MANY OF YOU ARE experiencing something similar – the Year of the Tiger has sure made for a very exciting and challenging year, a year of many changes. We too have been pretty busy; firstly with our sponsorship of Hammertime at Bayfield School in September (with three children at this wonderful school, we were delighted to be the principal sponsor), and secondly with all the professional training we’ve been doing, in order to be better informed and continue to provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment options. And to keep up with demand, we now offer our younger patients a regular six monthly checkup, including exam, X-rays, and clean, along with brushing and prevention advice. You’ll be surprised how readily children take teeth cleaning advice from someone who isn’t their parent! Speaking of children, many of you may have experienced a child damaging a tooth. Did you know that saving a tooth depends entirely on what is done within the first 30 to 60 minutes after the incident? If a tooth is knocked out:

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1. Do not handle the tooth by the root. 2. Do not brush or scrub the tooth. If debris is on the tooth, gently rinse with water. 3. If possible, replant the tooth by gently placing it back in the socket. Get your child to bite together to hold it in place. If unable to replant, place the tooth in cold milk, water, or wrap the tooth in a saline soaked gauze/handkerchief. 4. Contact your dentist immediately. Replantation within 30 minutes has the best rate of success. No doubt you’ll be reading this as the silly season comes once again upon us all. Enjoy, have fun, and I look forward to seeing you soon. (MATT SUMNER and the team) PN ACCENT DENTAL SOLUTIONS, 332 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 4374 www.accentds.co.nz

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Sagittarius (the Archer): 23 November - 22 December You might be able to resist change but it does not always mean you will get your own way. Lower your expectations and enjoy what you have now.

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Don’t worry about your future too much as what you do now will ultimately set the tone for how you live your life. If you want things to be real find some common ground to stand on.

Planning on checking out the famous Franklin Road Christmas lights? Why not bring the family to the ecostore Christmas fair – just off Franklin Road.

Aquarius (the Water Carrier): 21 January - 19 February If you focus on your personal life you can get some emotional satisfaction now. You can set new goals for work once you get your priorities right.

With free face painting for the kids, Kohu Road ice creams for everyone, and late night shopping specials. Monday 20 December - Wednesday 22 December 6.30pm - 8.30pm, then head off to look at the lights! PN

Pisces (the Fish): 20 February - 20 March There is something about this time of the year where we are all thinking about what’s around the corner. You have to meet your obligations now and deal with tomorrow when it’s here.

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♑ Capricorn (the Goat): 23 December - 20 January ♒ ♓ ♈

Aries (the Ram): 21 March - 20 April Your desire to move away or travel overseas is so strong that you can sometimes overlook the financial aspect of it all. However you may go ahead with your plans anyway as it’s not always about the money.

Taurus (the Bull): 21 April - 21 May You sometimes feel disconnected from your feelings and your intensity can often be overpowering. Soften your approach and you’ll be heard more.

Gemini (the Twins): 22 May - 21 June Try and get as much done at work as possible this month because you always manage to get distracted. You don’t have to compete at work if you find a place that makes you feel comfortable.

Cancer (the Crab): 22 June - 22 July You have had a very anxious time lately and you’re not feeling settled at all. Your ability to deal with stress has improved but remember not to anticipate the outcome of a situation when you have no control over it.

Leo (the Lion): 23 July - 21 August You would like to have remained hidden away these last few weeks with the thought of how much work there is to be done. But like always the work is done and you wonder why you put yourself through the wringer.

Virgo (the Virgin): 22 August - 23 September If you open your eyes to other possibilities this month you might feel like you’re letting your eyes wander from your main prize. If you’re able to broaden your horizons you will gather so much more experience for what’s to come.

Libra (the Scales): 24 September - 23 October You feel like you have to flex your power around you this month as your self expression is being blocked. You have a lot to say and fortunately you have time so just make sure you express it in a professional way.

Scorpio (the Scorpion): 24 October - 22 November You seem to have an uncertainty about you this month that could prevent you from reaching your potential. If you make some progress now you could put away any doubts and start believing in yourself. PN

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FUTURE GENERATION VIVE LA DIFFERENCE SNAKES AND SNAILS AND PUPPY DOG TAILS – THAT’S WHAT LITTLE BOYS are made of. We accept that boys are different from girls and it’s not rocket science to work out why nowadays they are lagging behind, particularly in primary schools. The reason touted by pundits throughout the profession is that men have become an endangered species in the teaching profession. Screeds of stuff has been written about the feminisation of the curriculum and how an over feminised environment doesn’t reflect the way a balanced society works and it’s the boys who are missing out. Back to la difference and why it’s become deleterious to a large section of our young population. It’s generally acknowledged little girls want to please and little boys want to win. Macho attention-grabbing and competitiveness seem to be denied in today’s schools whereas it should be harnessed, not ignored. With no excitement or challenge, boys become bored. I’ve read of a disruptive boy in a primary class who was finally challenged by his exasperated male teacher to an arm wrestle. The boy lost with good grace and became better behaved. A male code was at work that he recognised. The principal and teachers at Ponsonby Intermediate are well aware of what’s needed and make sure there is equal representation of both genders on its staff. Ponsonby Intermediate trialled an all boy’s class for two years but saw no academic gain. On the other hand all students have made significant gains from the mentoring programmes in place. A teacher may notice a child is needier than most and it could be for several different reasons. The mentor will then sit with the child during a one on one session, get the parents involved as well, and all work together at making a big change in the child’s life. Peer isolation can be a big factor in making a boy’s life miserable and mentoring a child who is struggling with socialisation and aggression builds confidence and helps him integrate successfully. Sociology students from university also come to the school to help and all staff members have had training in mentoring. John Winder of the Sephira Institute has a long association with Ponsonby Intermediate and has been giving guidance to groups of six boys at the school every week for eight years. He is widely respected for his work with young men, is a sought after speaker, author of Exam Success and Learning Success and is a grandfather of four children. He and wife Diane also founded the Winder Foundation which is a charitable trust committed to working in partnership with young people and families to bring about resilience, strength and harmony in homes, schools and communities. Their The B-Cool Program for Boys is designed to help boys who are experiencing emotional, social or academic difficulties. Winder says the reason many boys struggle with learning is because they don’t have as much contact with Dad as they should. Even though they may see plenty of him, they miss out by him not living at home any more. The B-Cool Program is not designed to be a mentoring exercise; he prefers the word transformation because the results are astounding. Every boy who has lasted the distance through it shows an extraordinary change. Boys want to be cool and Winder uses some of their language, not overly but enough to demonstrate he is on their wavelength. He comes in almost as an elder and the boys look up to him because he is, after all a grandfather! He also spends a lot of time with the teachers so he has a good deal of information about what is going on. This enables him to go straight to the heart of the matter and work out what can be done. He is very interested in primary education because while older boys have similar problems they are more complex and need more time, space and money. He and Diane feel it’s best to put emphasis on where the greater need is during a critical stage in a younger child’s development. In high schools they try and have more senior boys mentoring the younger ones, which has proved highly successful. Hello Tom Brown’s Schooldays.

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JOHN WINDER of the SEPHIRA INSTITUTE has a long association with PONSONBY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL While a lot of principals have strong views about the feminisation of education, Winder is not fixated on this but does think it’s sad for the boys that there is only one male in many primary schools, who will most likely be the caretaker. He does agree there is an amazing swing over the last two decades towards higher achievement for girls and in comparison boys are not doing as well as they used to. He works on boys in the mental area and a lot of it is around their emotions. Sometimes they don’t cope with their feelings and more often than not, revert to anger. The programme lasts a whole year, week after week and starts by moving through the anger quickly, and instead of them expressing it physically, helps them find the right language to stand up for themselves in a responsible manner. John and Diane Winder are constantly helping boys learn about engagement, making them aware that learning is going to help them have successful and powerful lives. This harnessing of their creativity and energy will result in some of these boys attaining wisdom and taking their place among our future leaders. Anyone concerned about a son’s progress or lack of it might be well advised to contact the Sephira Institute on 09 427 5823 www.sephiraexperience.com (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN

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SUMMER DAYS OUT Summer is the best time for family days out. The weather’s normally better than normal, so make the most of the holiday season with 48 different ideas for entertaining all the family over the rest of this month and next.

WILD BEAN CAFE ZOOM MUSIC 2011: 21 January - 4 March returns for summer 2011 serving up ‘concerts for conservation’ with five great concerts that are guaranteed a great night out! AMBURY FARM PARK Ambury is a working farm, an educational centre and a bird watchers paradise with a volcanic history – all just 15km from central Auckland. Grassy lanes between the enclosures help you get up close to the animals safely. 43 Ambury Road, Mangere Bridge T: 09 636 6118 www.arc.govt.nz/parks ARTSTATION Children’s holiday art programmes: Week One 17 - 21 January and Week Two; 2428 January. A range of workshops are available covering clay, 3D construction and painting and drawing. Adult summer school also available, see website for full details. 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby T: 376 3221 www.aucklandcity.govt.nz AUCKLAND ART GALLERY These magnificent buildings house the largest and most comprehensive collection of New Zealand and international art in the country. The gallery has programmes for children. For details check the website. Entry to the Gallery is free, admission charges apply for special exhibitions. Kids Club held every Sunday at 11am and 2pm. Cnr. Wellesley & Kitchener Streets T: 09 379 1349 www.aucklandartgallery.govt.nz

AUCKLAND BUNGY & BRIDGE CLIMB The AJ Hackett Bungy and Bridge Climb lets you do more than just linger wistfully on top of the Bridge - you can now get up, in, around, on top and then off the side with our exclusive ‘all areas’ access. And it’s safe, sensational and not too arduous. This is a must do activity for anyone from 7- 170! Plus a free pickup service from the Maritime Museum. Westhaven Reserve, Westhaven Marina T: 09 361 2000 www. bungy.co.nz AUCKLAND DOMAIN Auckland’s oldest park. Green and expansive, with a Winter Garden and Fernery, formal gardens, duck ponds, memorials and sculptures; also home of the Auckland Memorial Museum. Check out the website for summer concerts and details of the sculpture trail. Park Road, Grafton. www.aucklandcity.govt.nz AUCKLAND EXPLORER BUS The Auckland Explorer Bus is a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour with full commentary visiting Auckland’s big attractions. The buses depart every 30 minutes from the downtown Ferry Building, or you can pick it up at the Sky Tower in Victoria Street or the Civic Theatre on the corner of Queen and Wellesley street. It runs from 9am in the summer until 5pm. T: 0800 439 756 www.explorerbus.co.nz AUCKLAND MUSEUM A fascinating museum displaying Pacific Island and Maori culture and art, New Zealand’s natural history and birdlife and the story of New Zealanders at war. In the school holidays there are a range of activities to keep children and families busy, see website for details. Auckland Domain, Parnell T: 09 309 0443 www.aucklandmuseum.com AUCKLAND PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS Choose from over 45 playgrounds, all listed in detail on the website or the local parks, some with BBQ’s. A great, cheap way to get out and about in the fresh air and explore your own city. www.aucklandcity.govt.nz AUCKLAND ZOO Always a family favourite, with lots going on over the school holidays. Auckland Zoo is home to 179 different species and over 1300 animals. Wild Bean Café ZooMusic returns for an eighth season this summer, and will once again be serving up a sensational series of ‘concerts for conservation’ featuring top New Zealand artists. Be sure to check the website for all the latest news and events. Motions Road, off Great North Road, Western Springs T: 09 360 3805 www.aucklandzoo.co.nz BUTTERFLY CREEK Located just one minute from Auckland Airport, Butterfly Creek hosts over 700 free flying exotic butterflies, tropical fish, birds and lizards. It is a great family day out with things to do for both children and parents. Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Int Airport T: 275 8880 www.butterflycreek.co.nz CLIP’N’CLIMB Want something active for the kids to do on the dreaded rainy summer day? Clip’N’Climb’s action packed facilities offer individually themed climbing challenges healthy, challenging fun. 610 Dominion Road, Balmoral T: 09 630 6040 www.clipnclimb.co.nz

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SUMMER DAYS OUT Continues from page 107 CORNWALL PARK - ONE TREE HILL (MAUNGAKIEKIE) The park is renowned for its landscape design and its wide variety of mature trees. It has a great children’s playground, and both wood and gas BBQs available free of charge. Don’t forget to check the website for details of events and activities. Accessible from Greenland Road, Manukau Road or Campbell Road T: 09 630 8485 www.cornwallpark.co.nz

HOME BAY For bigger children - and adults - a swim at Home Bay is an absolute delight. Swim out into the seemingly vast harbour and look back at magnificent pohutakawa. You can dial Safeswim to check how clean the water is, but as a general rule, don’t swim at the beach for 48 hours after heavy rain. You can access the wharf at the end of Wairangi Street, Herne Bay. T: 0800 723 379

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN World class crystal and mineral museum set in the foothills of the Waitakere ranges, just a 20 minute drive from Auckland City. Amazing fossils, the biggest and most unusual selection of crystals and minerals in New Zealand, selected from around the world. Scrumptious cafe, farm animals and children’s playgrounds. 80 Candia Road, Swanson T: 09 833 5033 www.crystalmountain.co.nz

HOWICK HISTORIC VILLAGE Relax in the tranquil and rustic surroundings of an 1850’s settlement. This living museum is on a five-acre site - wander at your own pace, chat to the costumed staff, and savour the home cooked food at the Café. Victorian picnic in January, be sure to check website for details. Corner of Lady Marie Drive & Bell Road, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga T: 09 576 9506 www.fencilble.org.nz

DEVONPORT Hop on the ferry and make that part of the adventure. Devonport is a lovely historical village; there is a cool kid’s playground right by the water and two museums. For the more energetic a climb to the top of Mount Victoria, or North Head will be sure to tire out those enjoying a break from school. www.devonport.co.nz

KELLY TARLTON’S ANTARCTIC ENCOUNTER & UNDERWATER WORLD Plunge under Auckland’s waterfront and you’ll discover spectacular secrets of the Southern Ocean and see the magic of an Antarctic fantasyland - complete with penguins strutting in fresh snow and ice! A wonderful adventure for the whole family to enjoy. 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei. T: 09 528 0603 www.kellytarltons.co.nz

FERGS KAYAKS Take to the water and explore! You can hire the kayaks by the hour or join a tour over to Rangitoto Island or Devonport. A great way to see the City of sails and keep fit at the same time. 12 Tamaki Drive, Okahu Bay, Misson Bay T: 09 529 2230 www.fergskayaks.co.nz

KIDACTIVE This Richmond Road company could just be the answer to your prayers! They provide instructor based school holiday activities. Kids can learn skills in both sports and creative fields. Go online and check out the range on offer. 300 Richmond Road T: 0800 543 2284 www.kidactive.co.nz

FULLERS FERRIES Take to the water and enjoy one of the many water based tours. Explore Auckland Harbour or cruise over to Waiheke for a lazy day. Ferries also run to Great Barrier and Motutapu Islands. Pier 1 & 2, 99 Queen Street T: 09 367 9111 www.fullers.co.nz

KIWI VALLEY FARM For your ‘New Zealand Country Experience’ and fun for the whole family enjoy our ‘hands on animals’. A refreshing day out with farm walks, animal feeding, horse and pony rides, ‘Getting Lost in the Maze’ and discover the Hidden Cave! Check out the website for opening hours and general admission fees. 308 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson. T: 09 837 2952 www.kiwivalley.co.nz

GANNET COLONY Muriwai Regional Park is a windswept rugged coastline and one of New Zealand’s most spectacular black sand surf beaches. At its southern end, Otakamiro Point is the site of one of NZ’s few mainland Gannet breeding colonies. This headland and offshore islands are also home to white fronted terns, blue penguins and fur seals. 40 minutes drive from Auckland. www.nzbirds.co.nz www.auckland.nz.com GLENBROOK VINTAGE RAILWAY Volunteers dressed in 1890s’ costumes man the rebuilt station and buildings, or deal out cups of tea and snacks, while others prepare a grand collection of engines and carriages for your 12 kilometre journey. Sunday 19 December ride with Santa, and open every day from 26 December until 4 January then Sundays only thereafter. Glenbrook Station Road, Glenbrook T: 09 236 3546 www.railfan.org.nz HILTON BROWN For 35 years Hilton Brown has been helping generations of Aucklanders to be safer and more confident in and near the water. They have courses running throughout the holidays for all levels. Kids programme starts in January. T: 09 529 0177 www.swim.school.nz

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LONG BAY Safe swimming by a sandy beach, a wealth of shady picnic spots, plenty of open space for games, a flying fox and great kid’s playground make this a great place for all the family to enjoy. There is also a restaurant right on the beach. www.arc.govt.nz MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT AND TECHNOLOGY (MOTAT) The displays cover transport, communications and energy. MOTAT II features rare and historic aircraft. Take an electric tram between the two MOTATs and the Zoo. Motat offers special holiday programmes for kids. Great North Road, Western Springs T: 09 815 5800 www.motat.org.nz NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM Auckland’s vibrant waterfront is home to the NZ National Maritime Museum, one of the finest in the world. A visit here promises a broad overview of our rich maritime heritage. Check out the website for details on exhibitions, events and the summer school holiday programme, All @ Sea. Corner Quay/Hobson Streets, Viaduct T: 09 373 0800 www.nzmaritime.org

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PADDLING POOL AT GREY LYNN PARK If you have a pre-schooler, this free pool next to the playground in Grey Lynn park is heaven! Open Monday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm, weather dependent. The pool is monitored by a trained lifeguard throughout the summer. Grosvenor Street (off Williamson Avenue), Grey Lynn. www.aucklandcity.govt.nz PAINT THE EARTH You chose it and you paint it! From mugs to platters go and get creative. Allow a couple of hours to design and paint and 4-5 days to fire. A great way to entertain the children for a few hours. Bookings recommended for weekends and school holidays. 38 William Pickering Drive Albany (Behind Columbus coffee) T: 09 489 1117 www.painttheearth.co.nz PARADICE ICE RINK Fun skating for all ages. School holiday programme includes ice skating and ice hockey lessons. Check out the website for full details. 150 Lansford Crescent, Avondale T: 09 828 3800 www.paradice.co.nz PARAKAI Discover a best kept secret just over 40 minutes from Auckland’s CBD lies Parakai Springs. Large indoor and outdoor pools and two thrilling hydro-slides have been the main attractions for decades. Check out the website for details. 150 Parkhurst Road, Parakai. T: 09 420 8998 www.parakaisprings.co.nz PARNELL BATHS A popular pool with salty water of Olympic size. From its location at the foot of Parnell there are splendid harbour views. The baths are only open seasonally so now’s the time to take the plunge. This summer the SwimMagic Swim School is running at the Parnell Baths from 6 -16 December! Visit the website for details. Judges Bay Road, Parnell T: 09 373 3561 www.clmnz.co.nz POINT CHEVALIER BEACH AND COYLE PARK You really get it all here! A great playground, the park itself and Pt Chevalier beach all in one. You can even exercise your dog off-leash at specific times. 528 Pt Chevalier Road www.aucklandcity.govt.nz POINT ERIN POOLS The whole family can enjoy Point Erin’s outdoor recreation facilities. A large main pool, diving well (with slide and diving boards), spa pool, sauna, basketball and volleyball court, barbecue area and children’s playground are nestled among pohutukawa trees. Cnr Sarsfield St & Shelley Beach Road T: 09 376 6863 www.aucklandcity.govt.nz SHEEPWORLD (still Brigid’s Top Choice!) Sheepworld Farm & Nature Park, presenting all the farm favourites. Sheepworld is fascinating and fun whatever your age, whatever the weather, just 45 minutes north of Auckland Bridge. Shows include sheep and dog and dog and duck! 324 State Highway 1, Warkworth T: 09 425 7444 www.sheepworldfarm.co.nz SKY TOWER At 328m the tallest building in New Zealand and Auckland’s most popular tourist attraction, with an average of 1,450 visitors a day. Spectacular sights from the ultimate viewing level make it a worthwhile visit for any visitor. Corner Federal and Victoria Streets T: 09 363 6422 www.skycityauckland.co.nz SNOWPLANET An easy way to stay cool this summer. This is a unique snow experience, at temperatures well below freezing you better wrap up warm. School holiday programme includes skiing or snowboarding lessons. 91 Small Road, Silverdale T: 09 427 0044 or 0800 SNOWPLANET www.snowplanet.co.nz

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STARDOME This is New Zealand’s leading astronomical attraction. Stardome delivers an information resource and ‘edutainment’ experience to close to 60,000 people a year, 60% of which are children. Stardome can, through its planetarium, show you the sky at any time day or night, rain or shine. Stardome Observatory’s new 360˚ planetarium show, We Are Astronomers, reveals the collaboration, technology and dedication required to tackle the mysteries of the Universe. Showing during December, bookings are essential. School holiday programme runs from 10 - 28 January 2011. 670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill Domain, Royal Oak T: 09 624 1246 www.stardome.org.nz TAKAPUNA A great sandy beach with a new café along by the boat ramp and campsite. The Sunday market is worth a visit. There is a children’s playground by the market site. The Aquatic centre has a great warm small pool for younger children. Worth a day trip over the bridge. TENPIN BOWLING Tenpin Takapuna is a 28 lane up market, total entertainment venue located on the North Shore just ten minutes from Auckland City. An easy way to spend a relaxing few hours in rain or shine. See website for latest offers. 2 Fred Thomas Drive, Takapuna T: 09 489 9199 www.tenpintakapuna.co.nz THE LINK BUS The Link will get you to many of Auckland’s top attractions, including Newmarket, the Museum, Parnell, the Britomart Transport Centre, Queen Street, Victoria Park, Ponsonby and K’Road - all for one low fare of $1.80 per ride and running every 10 minutes. For more information about which bus to catch or information about the best fare for you, call or check the website. T: 09 366 6400 www.maxx.co.nz THE LEYS INSTITUTE LIBRARY Hot Summer cool books is an incentive based programme designed to encourage children to develop a love for reading. This is a free and fun programme with some little prizes to be won. Register from 6 December at The Leys or any Auckland Library. 20 St Mary’s Road T: 09 374 1315 www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz TIP TOP ICE CREAM TOURS New Zealand’s largest ice-cream manufacturer. Enjoy a magical tour and experience the wonder of ice-cream production. Oh and the best thing is the sampling of the fine ice-creams. The tours last about an hour and there is also a cool playground. Tours commence January 2011. Fonterra Brands (Tip Top) Ltd, 113 Carbine Road T: 09 573 7269 www.tiptop.co.nz TRAIN This has got to be one of the cheapest activities in Auckland. Take the train! From Kingsland station to Newmarket costs just $1.60 for an adult and .90 for a child guaranteed to delight under five boys and more. www.maxx.co.nz/train.html WAIWERA Auckland’s most visited water destination attracts over 350,000 visitors each year with its naturally hot mineral pools, water slides, picnic & BBQ areas and licensed café. Just 35 minutes drive from Auckland, it is the perfect place to unwind with family and friends. 21 Main Road, Waiwera T: 09 427 8800 www.waiwera.co.nz WESTERN SPRINGS Western Springs Park is a sanctuary for both people and wildlife. It surrounds a natural spring-fed lake, one of Auckland’s early water supplies. Enjoy feeding the ducks and the native orea (eel), which can be seen trailing the swans and ducks. There is a fabulous kids playground with lots of space to run around. 731 Great North Road, Grey Lynn www.aucklandcity.govt.nz

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SUMMER DAYS OUT Continues from page 109 WHANGAPARAOA RAILWAY This family owned attraction has been running since 1992. The narrow gauge track winds through a park like setting. There are plenty of picnic spaces, play equipment and a trampoline for the kids. A selection of friendly animals, and tracks to explore through the woods. A great day out. 400 Whangaparaoa Road, Stanmore Bay, Hibiscus Coast T: 09 424 5018 www.rail.co.nz YOLANDE LIGHT’S ART AND CRAFT CLASSES Yolande runs the most wonderful art classes for school age children. They create amazing things and couldn’t be in kinder hands. Classes run December 20-23, January 24-26, and January 31-February 2 2011. T: 09 845 5225 / 0274 230 173 ZEALANDIA SCULPTURE GARDEN An artist’s sculpture garden 45 minutes north of Auckland, traditional personification of New Zealand. The garden aims to surprise the viewer with a sculptural vision of pastoral New Zealand landscape. The spaces form a theatre for the dramatic appearances of the sculpture. 138 Mahurangi West Road, RD 3, Warkworth T: 09 422 0099 www.zealandiasculpturegarden.co.nz

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STOP PRESS DRAMARAMA Dramarama is located in Ponsonby, it’s an environment designed to stimulate, learn and most of all, to have fun! Your children will leave each class having learnt more about themselves, and expanded their minds in a way that is amazing and extraordinary to watch. The sessions are tailor-made for individual growth and learning, and as your child develops in his or her special and unique way, the learning environment around them will change and grow with them. DRAMARAMA also offers space for parents to kick back and relax with freshly brewed coffee and homemade baking whilst the children play. We also have a playpen for the up and coming DRAMARAMA siblings. A warm and friendly place to catch up, relax and get that well earned rest. 135 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 0173 www.dramarama.co.nz

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FUTURE GENERATION WILD BEAN CAFE ZOO MUSIC 2011 21 JANUARY TO 4 MARCH 2011 Wild Bean Cafe Zoo Music returns to Auckland Zoo with five fantastic concerts to liven up your summer in 2011. This year, the Zoo is giving 100% of all profits from the series back into conservation work for animals both at the Zoo and in the wild, so rest assured, your Zoo Music ticket is helping their future. Please note that while you can purchase alcohol at the concerts, you cannot bring it with you to the Zoo. Picnics are still welcome! Line-up Friday, 21 January – Dave Dobbyn with Artisan Guns and Lindon Puffin Friday, 4 February – Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Saturday, 12 February – Che Fu and The Crates with Young Sid and Iva Lamkum Saturday, 19 February – Sola Rosa with Knives at Noon and Rio Hemopo Friday, 4 March – The Phoenix Foundation & Liam Finn with The Thomas Oliver Band

NEW ZEALAND’S FIRST COMPUTER HOUSED AT MOTAT

TICKET PRICES Friends of the Zoo: Adult $32 (pre-purchase) / $47 (gate), children $16 (pre-purchase) / $27 (gate), under 4 free

How did we survive without high speed internet, computer games and iTunes? Come along to MOTAT and see what New Zealand’s first computer was originally used for.MOTAT is currently displaying the world’s only surviving and fully operational Meccano Differential Analyser, which visitors can see in action.

General admission: Adult $40 (pre-purchase) / $47 (gate), children $20 (pre-purchase) / $27 (gate), under 4 free Tickets are available from www.ticketek.co.nz or by phoning 0800 TICKET (service fees apply). Visit www.aucklandzoo.co.nz for more information. PN

Angela Willis, Marketing Manager at MOTAT, said the artefact is very significant to MOTAT. “We are thrilled to have the Differential Analyser as part of the MOTAT collection. Visitors will be fascinated to see how far computers have come, the Differential Analyser certainly isn’t something that fits in your pocket like today’s iPhones,” Ms Willis said. The first Meccano Differential Analyser built by Arthur Porter in Manchester was the inspiration for the second machine built at the Cambridge University Mathematical Laboratory in 1935. It was used to research the flow of heat, explosive detonations and simulations of transmission lines in World War II. New Zealander Dr. Harry Whale brought the computer to New Zealand in 1950 where it was used for radio wave research. Ms Willis said, “the Differential Analyser is housed in our 1950s themed exhibition, I Am the Last Tram, and can be seen in action on Tuesdays.” A miniature version of the Meccano Differential Analyser was also be part of the Meccano Display at Te Papa Museum on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November. DATES: In action on Tuesdays in MOTAT’s ‘I Am The Last Tram’ exhibition LOCATION: MOTAT main entrance, Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland. Plenty of parking is available at both MOTAT sites and trams will transport you between sites. Tram rides are free with museum entry. COSTS: You can view MOTAT’s Meccano Differential Analyser as part of your entry fee to MOTAT. You can also enjoy the rest of the museum, free tram rides and entry to the Tactile Dome and Voyager1 for one great price. PN T: 0800 MOTAT NZ (0800 668 286) or visit www.motat.org.nz

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FUTURE GENERATION DRYDEN STREET FOR THE FASHION CONSCIOUS TODDLER AND CHILD New childrenswear store Brother & Sister has opened its doors in Dryden Street, Grey Lynn in the old dairy on the corner of Baildon Street behind Grey Lynn Park. A small intimate boutique style store its owners Kate Mallin and Anne Bostock specialise in producing designer pieces for the fashion conscious toddler and child. Joining forces two years ago they began the successful merino label Dandylion, and combined their training and expertise as designers and mums to branch out to produce small ranges of beautifully made childrenswear for mums looking for something exclusive and different. Everything in the store is made in New Zealand and with a workroom locally based Kate and Anne are always offering to make-to-measure for their customers to provide the best fit. The rear of the shop holds a delightful corner of fairytale flowergirl and special occasion dresses, all individually tailored to every little girls dream dress. Not to forget the boys, stylish shirts and interesting fabrics keep the little men well suited, with new styles arriving weekly. Well known in the Grey Lynn and Ponsonby community with their fabulous merino range they have opened their doors to the local community and are happy to spend their time in the shop chatting to mums. New mums looking for advice on the best items to prepare themselves for their new arrivals can’t go past the merino baby range in store, with mum of two boys Kate happy to offer her best advice for how to prepare for the new arrival. For the month of December receive 15% off everything in store, including their great range of gifts for Christmas. PN BROTHER & SISTER, 43 Dryden Street T: 09 827 6601 dandylion@xtra.co.nz

WESTMERE KIDS GAVE TRIATHLON A ‘TRY’ TO HELP THEIR SCHOOL CHILDREN AND PARENTS PARTCIPATED IN WESTMERE SCHOOL’S FIRST ever triathlon on 21 November to help raise funds for the school hall. The Bayleys Westmere Kids Try involved a run, bike ride and water slide at Cox’s Bay Park. www.westmerekidstry.co.nz

CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW ‘QUAKY CAT’ BY DIANA NOONAN AND GAVIN BISHOP To be launched on 9 December, Quaky cat was inspired by the Canterbury earthquake on 4 September. On a cold Christchurch morning, while the city was sleeping, before the birds roused him with twitters and cheeping, curled up on the end of his friend Emma’s bed, Tiger woke with a start…and a feeling of dread. The Canterbury earthquake affected children in so many ways: homes gone, playgrounds destroyed, schools damaged, pets missing, favourite books and toys lost. Diana Noonan and Gavin Bishop have teamed with Scholastic to create a picture book for children throughout New Zealand - to bring comfort to those who experienced the earthquake and understanding to the children who didn’t. It is an evocative, uplifting story that will touch the hearts of all who read it and includes a note to readers from both author and illustrator about their personal reactions to the quake. This book is to support the people of Canterbury in restoring order to their lives. Royalties and additional proceeds will be donated to charity. One free copy will be given to all Year 1 and 2 children in the affected area. The book is being produced using all Christchurch businesses, from the design through to printing and distribution. PN DOROTHY BUTLER CHILDREN’S BOOKSHOP, 1 Jervois Road T: 09 376 7283 www.childrensbookshop.co.nz

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FUTURE GENERATION STUDENTS INSPIRED BY HISTORY During September, 17 year seven and eight students from Ficino School in Mt Eden journeyed to Europe to experience first hand the wonders of the Renaissance. The students accompanied by three teachers and five parents, embarked upon a 20 day tour of Italy and England where they studied key works from the Renaissance – 14th -17th centuries. The trip is a key part of the curriculum at Ficino School. Founded in 1997 by students of the Auckland School of Philosophy, Ficino School is located in Mt Eden and has a role of around 130 children who attend the school from all across Auckland. “Every second year we organise a trip to Europe. It is a key part of the learning programme for our senior students. It gives them the unique opportunity to see first hand the architecture and artwork of the Renaissance. This opens their hearts and minds to some of the most sublime creations of humankind,” says Principal Peter Crompton who led the trip. Whilst in Europe the students visited: Rome, Florence, London, Oxford, Salisbury and Bath. During their visit to London they joined with sister schools from around the world to perform in The Festival of Spirit at the Theatre Royale in Drury Lane, London. The festival celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ficino School’s founder Leon MacLaren. Teachers, Hamish Hudson and Dawn Roscoe, carefully planned the students’ itinerary to ensure they experienced first hand the key works of the Renaissance including Michelangelo’s David, The Annunciation by Leonardo Da Vinci and works by Sandro Botticelli. “We wanted to inspire our students and give them an appreciation of the glory of the Renaissance. We hope through experiencing the great artwork of this key period in European history, that they will be able to relate this back to the philosophical elements that are integral to Ficino School,” says teacher Dawn Roscoe.

FICINO SCHOOL pupils in St Peters, Vatican City

“My first impression of Michaelangelo’s David was Wow! The size and detail of it is just mind-boggling,” commented year 7 student Manisha Kika. Fellow year 7 student Findlay Boyes, was clearly moved by his visit to the Sistine Chapel, “I have heard but never experienced the phrase ‘lost for words’, but when I stepped into the Sistine Chapel the feeling of speechlessness flooded through me!” Year 8 student Rebecca Clarke recalled her reaction when visiting the Roman Forum, “We looked out over the ruins of the Roman Forum and I imagined what it would be like in the time of the Romans.” Classmate Hrishikesh Harish had a similar experience, “When I went to the Roman Baths, I could almost feel the presence of the Romans, but I could not imagine how such an amazing feat was possible.” The students returned from their trip in early October, and are back into the fourth term at Ficino School, but their experiences in Europe haven’t been forgotten. The learning from their trip of discovery continues. Having kept detailed diaries during their trip the students are now using their notes to prepare individual oral presentations highlighting what they learnt from their modern day tour of the Renaissance. PN FICINO SCHOOL, 27 Esplanade Road, Mt Eden, T: 09 623 3385 www.ficino.school.nz

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS NEW OUTDOOR RANGE AT STUDIO ITALIA KETTAL

For the first time in New Zealand this outdoor range is destined to find its home in some of the most beautiful houses in New Zealand. Their main designers are Patricia Urquiola and Marcel Wanders which are two of the most respected designers in the world now. MAIA COLLECTION: a unique collection that includes dining tables, lounge n furniture nge f it andd daybeds. d b d The Th Maia collection utilises aluminum structures and high-quality synthetic fibre which is h h-quality waterproof and can be made in a range of colours LANDSCAPE COLLECTION: The Landscape collection includes all you need for outdoor: modular sofas, dining, o gazebos and more. With the versatility of the sofa we can c create configurations to suit any space. Highly water resistant and extremely comfortable. foortable. MARCEL WANDERS is, without a doubt, one of the legendary geendary larger-than-life designers of our time. ‘With a rock star like image, Wanders eschews heews austere minimalist concepts to create more whimsical and decorative products.’ PATRICIA URQUIOLA a Spanish architect based in Milan stands out for the original designs of objects andd furniture that she produces for the best and most important international firms. The designer of some of the most emblematic pieces in the current range, she created the Maia collection, one of her most o ost characteristic works, for Kettal. PN STUDIO ITALIA, 96 Carlton Gore Road T 09 523 2105 055 www.studioitalia.co.nz

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS CHALLENGING AND BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS AT SIMON JAMES CONCEPT STORE Simon James Concept Store is an exciting offering of hand picked design objects, beautiful home-wares, lighting, and a selection of the very best jewellery, accessories and personal gifts from around the world. Our goal was to create a space that represented items of the highest quality that are both challenging and beautiful to everyone who visits us. The store is visually exciting and filled with objects created by the very best international talent including; Areaware New York, Established & Sons UK, Gras France, Jessica McCormack Jewellery London, and Fog Linen Japan. We like to offer products that are exclusive to our store so that our clients can always find something unique and special when they visit. For this reason we are always changing and evolving what is on offer from classic to contemporary designs, vintage and antique pieces, and a selection of wonderfully thought out inexpensive products right through to the unique and aspirational investment pieces. We can be found within the boutique destination retail space called The Department Store which is located on Auckland’s Northshore. Voted as the Best New Retail Store in the World by Monacle Magazine it is a truely special shopping experience. Over three levels it is filled with design, fashion, hair, beauty, food and coffee that is all bought together by the wonderful interior styling of Katie Lockhart. The Department Store and Simon James Concept Store regularly host exciting events, exhibitions, and new product launches with which we seek to surprise and delight our customers throughout the year making this a destination that you must visit. PN SIMON JAMES CONCEPT STORE, Ground Floor, 10 Northcroft Street T: 09 489 6955 www.simonjamesdesign.com

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS VISIT FPB’S RENOVATION HOME THIS SUMMER FOR THE BEST IDEAS WITH THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS COMING, NOW IS THE BEST TIME TO RENOVATE your home to add value and enhance your summer lifestyle, says Future-Proof Building. “The problem often is visualising what you could do,” says Aidan Jury, FutureProof Building’s Chief Executive. “Now you can get real inspiration at a renovation we have already done.” Jury recommends that people looking for ideas for their renovation project should visit Future-Proof Building’s best practice renovation home at 18 Robert Street in Ellerslie. “You will find loads of great ideas as to how you can transform your home, including indoor /outdoor flow ideas, decking and outdoor fireplaces,” says Jury. “It’s a great opportunity to see and use products in a realistic installed environment, and how you could add value to your home and turn your renovation dream into a sustainable, cost effective reality.” The home showcases some of the newest innovations for home automation, energyefficient heating, technology to keep the home healthy, rain water harvesting, efficient lighting design, outdoor living, landscaping and so much more.

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Jury explains that at 18 Robert Street, FPB went out and bought a typical early-1900’s kiwi weatherboard home. “With the expertise of Certified Renovations, the roof was lifted to add a second storey. The home was rewired throughout, insulation was added, rotting timber and old joinery replaced, and a re-design incorporated aesthetical features to meet the needs of kiwis’ lifestyles today and in the future. It was then finished in the latest colours, textures and furnishings.” The home is open Wednesday-Friday 11am-4pm and Saturday-Sunday 10am-4pm. To confirm your visit T: 09 846 6060 www.fpb.co.nz PN

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DENISE CLEVERLEY

THE PONSONBY GARDENER

SUMMER BLUES BLUE IS A WONDERFULLY REFRESHING SUMMER COLOUR, IMPARTING A subliminally cooling and calming effect – just right for lazy days relaxing in the garden. Some tones of blue also reflect summer’s beautiful azure skies and blue sits well beside many other colours, either as a complementary or contrast. True (primary) blue is rare among flowers, but many other shades of blue can be found in the garden from palest lilac to rich violet. Although usually thought of as a ‘cold’ colour, blue is actually divided into warm and cool. Warm blue has red tinges and ranges from cobalt to indigo, purple and red-violet. Cold blue presents green tinges and ranges from Prussian blue to blue-violet and the greener hues of aquamarine. According to colour experts, warm and cool blues should never be mixed! A monochromatic colour scheme of blues presents a tranquil sight. But as dark colours absorb ambient light, overuse of deep blue will dim the entire scene causing a cold, uninviting landscape, especially on a dull day. Add reflective pale blue and white, and the effect is immediately uplifting, especially if a good dollop of silver foliage is included. Classic blue and yellow is always a pleasing combination, but I prefer the stronger clash of deep blues and orange. Blue is also useful to create a trick of the eye in a small garden. Planted at the rear of a garden, it appears to recede into the distance, visually increasing dimensions and making a space seem larger. Bear in mind also, that blue is the first colour to disappear as night falls. So if you want to enjoy the outdoors on balmy summer evenings, mix in plenty of white and pastels to reflect any stray light beams and liven up the night garden. There are several blue flowering annuals and perennials to plant now that will provide continuous blue from now until late autumn. Among my favourites are: Salvia ‘Victoria Blue’, petunias, cerinthe, anchusa, verbena, felicia, scabious and Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ or ‘Rozanne’. Heavenly, vanilla scented Heliotrope is also a must – just delicious! English lavender is lovely to line a path or create a low hedge around a garden bed, but succumbs to our humid climate after a short period and needs to be replanted every three to four years. Medium to large sized, blue flowering, shrubs for summer include: Hebe ‘Blue Gem’ and ‘Beverley Hills’, Salvia uliginosa, caryopteris, perovskia, plumbago, and hydrangeas. Scented Brunsfelsia pauciflora produces masses of phlox-like flowers that change colour from violet to lavender to white over a three day period. Brunsfelsia

PLUMBERS, GASFITTERS AND DRAINLAYERS BOARD WELCOMES FINE FOR UNLICENSED PLUMBER The PGDB has welcomed the $1,500 fine handed down to an unlicensed plumber who illegally carried out work at a property in Ponsonby. Gholam Abbas Askari was fined for undertaking the plumbing work at 3 Seymour Street, when he did not hold a current limited certificate. The work included a number of defects including a lack of ventilation on waste pipes, potentially creating a risk of poisonous gases and pathogens entering the building. Other defects included the poor installation of waste pipes and soil pipes that may have caused blockages and loss of amenity to the occupants of the property. Kern U’ren, Acting Registrar at the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB), said: “The offending in this case is amongst the more serious of its type.

Pictured: HYBRID CLEMATIS ‘Tiny Dancer’ is a new compact form growing to only 60cm high and wide. Use shrubs as key background or filler planting in groups of three to five, depending on the size of the garden. There are also scores of blue hued roses to choose from. Two of my favourites are the sumptuous purple and intensely fragrant ‘Blackberry Nip’ and the very feminine, sweetly scented ‘Blueberry Hill’. Blue summer flowering climbers to train up veranda posts or over pergolas and gazebos include: Thunbergia grandiflora, Solanum wendlandii and stunning hybrid clematis. Last but not least is the wonderful jacaranda – one of the best summer flowering trees. (DENISE CLEVERLEY) www.tullyandgardener.co.nz PN FIVE IMPORTANT GARDENING CHORES FOR DECEMBER/JANUARY: 1. Weed gardens and trim the edges before Christmas Day! 2. Give containers around outdoor living areas a make-over (before Christmas Day!). 3. Arrange someone to water your vege garden while you’re away. 4. Fertilise subtropical gardens with blood and bone or Nitrophoska Blue. 5. Kids: offer to help water the garden so you can run through the sprinkler!

PRIVATE PIHA PARADISE: 18 AND 20 GLENESK ROAD, PIHA AHHH YES... IT MUST BE CLOSE TO CHRISTMAS – TIME TO PACK A SUNHAT and some togs, head for the bach and retreat from urban living. An iconic and uniquely situated property nestled amongst some of the lushest native bush the West Coast has to offer has now come up for sale – very rare indeed. Buy one or buy both! Situated above a stream, accessed via a foot bridge you are then greeted with 270 degree views of the ranges and surrounding natives. And did we mention the private access to a fresh water swimming hole? Bliss… PN FOR ALL ENQUIRIES: Keith & Sandy Dowdle M: 021 877 905 www.customresidential.co.nz/CR2073

Not only was the work carried out without a licence but it was seriously defective, breaching the Building Code and potentially risking the health and safety of the building occupants. “The PGDB treats any case of an unlicensed plumber undertaking any sort of work extremely seriously. The regulations, which require anyone involved in plumbing to be licensed and carry a licence card, exist for a reason. “They provide consumers with an assurance that the work is being legally carried out by an authorised and competent tradesperson, who is currently licensed by the PGDB. We welcome this sentencing and urge consumers to ask tradespeople for their licence card.” Mr Askari was sentenced in the Auckland District Court by Judge Hubble. PN

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS BRING SOME FUNK AND GLAMOUR TO YOUR HOME

ON THE MARKET IN PONSONBY

Cool Cow Rugs – Unique would be the closest word which describes this new local business which provides quality cow hide rugs to house proud, cow hide fashion-ites.

You can’t miss it when going down Ponsonby Road, this iconic building is currently being run as Uenuku Lodge regarded as one of New Zealands’s best backpacker operations. Situated in this highly sought after location the options are endless! Location, parking, aspect – all on a 645m2 section. Offering some pretty amazing views and out the back in the private courtyard it is so tranquil that you’d never think you are right in the heart of our vibrant area. Pure Ponsonby gold. PN

Convinced that there must be a way to make cow hide rugs more accessible to Aucklander’s local business partners Bryce and Errol went about sourcing premium quality hides from South America and bringing them direct to the local area. Cool Cow Rugs source premium hides from Argentina, all of which have been treated to ensure lasting softness and quality. Sourced from a number of tanneries throughout Argentina the range of hides is unique and classic and ensures a hide for any occasion. With no show room and no retail store, this is not your every day retail business with the owners choosing social media tool, Facebook as the main means of promotion.

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A Search for “Cool cow rugs” on Facebook will bring up their page and you can view current available stock through the photos pages. Cool Cow Rugs offer home consultations and can provide private viewings in the Auckland area, allowing you to view a selection of hides in situ. A Cool Cow Rug will bring uniqueness, glamour and just a tad of funk to your living rooms, kiwi bach’s and corporate offices! Contact COOL COW RUGS via Facebook, coolcowrugs@gmail.com or on M: 021 0292 0488 or M: 021 955 911.

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS HOT PROPERTY RENTALS MT EDEN $420 - Tidy, sunny downstairs flat in a large split house. Spacious lounge with fireplace. Two bedrooms, one bathroom, older style kitchen. French doors at the rear to a sunny deck and large garden. One off street car park. Suit a small family or couple. Top of Valley Road by the shops. Call Phillipa Gordon M: 0274 746 507 MT ROSKILL $420 - Tidy brick house. 3 double bedrooms. Older style kitchen. Spacious living area with fireplace and doors opening onto a small deck and large backyard. Single carport. Plumpton Avenue. Call Phillipa Gordon M: 0274 746 507 HERNE BAY $720 - Spacious villa, 3 – 4 double bedrooms, one bathroom. Separate living area with open fireplace. Kitchen/dining area at the rear not renovated. Double carport and large garden. Suit a family or group of professional. Wanganui Avenue. Call Phillipa Gordon M: 0274 746507 PONSONBY $750 - Stunning, spacious modern apartment with amazing city views. Three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, huge living area, very sunny. Two north facing balconies. Secure garaging for 2 cars. Ponsonby Road. Call Phillipa Gordon M: 0274 746 507 GREY LYNN $595 - Well presented 3 double bedroom bungalow. Fenced private rear yard. alarmed, woodburner and heatpump. Handy to Grey Lynn shops and St Lukes. Call Cath Williams M: 027 2722136 or T: 09 360 8453 PN HOT PROPERTY RENTALS, 1/1 Franklin Road. T: 378 9324 www.hotproertyrentals.co.nz

ON THE MARKET IN PT CHEV 1056 GREAT NORTH ROAD

A minter of a 1940’s Art Deco property offering all the conveniences of modern day living. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms and contemporary interiors that flow out to an entertainers’ deck overlooking landscaped tropical gardens wired for sound. And with an 728m2 site, there is ample room for the addition of a swimming pool. Lots of letters to Santa for this one so don’t miss your opportunity to see in 2011 in the this deco delight! PN FOR ALL ENQUIRIES: Dan Reed M: 021 191 2225 or Shelley Mitchell M: 021 376 891 www.customresidential.co.nz/CR2103

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THE BOYS’ BOOK CLUB WHAT WE’RE READING Books us blokes on the Ponsonby News team are reading, or have recently enjoyed. We LOVE reading in the bath, or in bed. A real stress buster!

JAY PLATT THE SACRED VAULT BY ANDY MCDERMOTT Published by Headline Publishing Group

MARTIN LEACH TALIBAN BY JAMES FERGUSSON Published by Bantam Press The front cover of ‘Prospect’ magazine a few months back had as its lead story, “Meet the Taliban: not as bad as you think” which made me shudder given their stoning of an adulterous couple in Kunduz Province earlier this year. Fifteen years ago, southern Afghanistan was in even greater chaos than it is now. The Russians, who had occupied the country throughout the 1980s, were long gone. The disparate ethnic and religious leaders who had united to eject the invaders - the famous mujaheddin - were at each others’ throats.

The whole word is in disbelief when historical art treasures are stolen but for what purpose. Eddie Chase ex SAS and Mercenary for hire turned good is once again drawn into an adventure that takes him to India. It’s another Treasure hunt this time for the Vault of Shiva that holds the legendary scrolls of the Hindu God of destruction. I love this kind of guns blazing cocky action archaeological romp with a bit of British humour thrown in. It’s a very enjoyable and easy read when you’re in the mood to lose yourself in a book. If you like this then look out for the other titles which are equally good to read.

For the rural poor of Kandahar province, life was almost impossible. On 12 October 1994 a small group of religious students decided to take matters into their own hands. Led by an illiterate village mullah with one eye, some 200 of them surrounded and took Spin Boldak, a trucking stop on the border with Pakistan. From this short and unremarkable border skirmish, a legend was born. The students’ numbers swelled as news of their triumph spread. The Taliban, as they now called themselves - taliban is the plural of talib, literally ‘one who seeks knowledge’ - had a simple mission statement: the disarmament of the population, and the establishment of a theocracy based on Sharia law. They fought with a religious zeal that the warring mujaheddin could not match. By February 1995, this people’s revolt had become a national movement; 18 months later Kabul fell, and the country was effectively theirs. James Fergusson’s fascinating account of this extraordinary story will be required reading for anyone who wishes to understand the situation in Afghanistan, now and for the future.

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REAL ESTATE EXPERT ASK JOHN.WILLS@CUSTOMRESIDENTIAL.CO.NZ Each month John Wills answers readers’ real estate related issues. No Question This Month. I can’t believe that nobody wants to talk to me this month... Anyway, you don’t get off that lightly, I love the sound of my own typewriter too much, so here we go. At open homes and around the traps, everyone always asks: “How’s the market going?” So, I’ll have a go at answering that one as best I can with the local information and knowledge I have. In a nutshell, the unprecedented lack of new listings is doing wonderful things for sellers at the moment. Buyer demand for our city fringe area is incredibly strong at present and this is expected to increase over the early part of 2011 as ex pats come home to visit family, get some sun and look at property before their actual return-home date which may be a few years away. If they like what they see, a lot of them buy and then find good tenants to look after their investment until they return. (Demand for rental property is seriously hot as well.) On top of that, there is a large number of local buyers who are in a strong position to act when the right property comes up. We and other agencies simply can’t find a home for them at the moment. Christmas is also a decision time for people and they come back from the break having decided that they need another bedroom, more parking, a better location etc so they enter the fray as well. I don’t want to sound like every single property waltzes out the door with a premium price paid, because that is not the case, but among the few that have come to market recently, many have done very well amid hot competition. (By the way, if you win an auction by out-bidding plenty of other potential buyers and feel that you’ve paid too much, the answer is that you probably haven’t paid too much because high-demand property will always be high-demand property. Next time it comes to the market, you’ll be the vendor watching all the action unfold...) Some very recent examples of the local market in action are Peel Street, Buller St and Williamson Ave with Custom Residential. Seriously strong results for the vendors amid plenty of competition. Also Prime Rd with Barfoot and Thompson and Wilton Street with Ray White. Almost all of these results were big street record prices! Anyway, hope that helps (even though you didn’t ask). Have an awesome Christmas and see you all tanned and gorgeous in the February edition. www.customresidential.co.nz PN

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS HASTA KALA - A 30 DAY CONCEPT STORE A 30 DAY CONCEPT STORE OF GLOBAL DECOR FROM INDIA AND AFRICA. Embracing handmade simplicity for those who love original, hard to source artisan crafts. Khadi cotton towels and napkins from Gandhi inspired villagers, block printed tablecloths from Rajasthan, wool shawls hand woven and vegetable dyed, fine cotton sarongs, Jain monk hand lathed wooden bowls, brightly coloured lacquer spoons and rolling pins from Gujurat, cast brass beads from tribals in Orissa, embroidered and appliquéd cushions from the Kutch desert, mats hand woven from recycled saree, woven baskets from Uganda, glass Masai trading beads, Congolese artefacts and tribal masks. Emily Carter and Hilary Niederer have a shared passion for global handcrafts and the importance of keeping these valuable arts alive. Emily is a costume designer and stylist in Auckland for television commercials and advertising. Hilary lives in Mumbai textile shopping for costume designers and sourcing for interior designers. Open daily until 24 December. Hours 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday; 11am – 4pm Sunday. PN HASTA KALA, Corner of Millais Street and Richmond Road T: 0274 488 436 (Emily); 021 077 2422 (Hilary) www.Stitchwallah.com

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THESE BEAUTIFUL NEW PACIFIC WALLETS IN SEVEN VIBRANT COLOURS, combine all the qualities of traditional craftmanship with contemporary design and unique Pacific Tapa pattern embossed on high quality leather. Designed locally in Grey Lynn, Kali Designs’ wallets make a great Christmas gift. Available for $80 at The Garden Party, 71 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 378 7799 PN www.thegardenparty.co.nz

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JEANNE CLAYTON UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL “I first specialised in up-market apartment sales in the CBD, then moved to Custom Residential. I have worked with Custom now for one year, though it feels like I have been here forever as we are like family. I value professionalism and always doing a good job whilst having fun – this approach fits in with Custom perfectly. WHO IS YOUR PARTNER? Evan Woodruffe, artist and manager of Studio Art Supplies. DO YOU HAVE ANY CHILDREN? Two daughters: Seira (16) and Sacchi (14). They are half Japanese with US/NZ dual citizenship. They attend Epsom Girls’ Grammar. HOW DO YOU KEEP FIT? Running up Mt Eden and swimming at the Hyatt, my favourite indulgence. WHAT WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND SAY ABOUT YOU? That I’m a good listener and always there when needed. WHAT WOULD YOUR MOTHER SAY ABOUT YOU? “Her housekeeping skills are challenged, but at least she has not starved the kids.” WHAT ARE YOUR VIRTUES? I’m trustworthy, up front, professional and always enjoy a laugh. VICES? Pre 1940’s Cocktails. Friends enjoy our little soirees and this is probably the closest I will ever get to a scientific application of measurements. SECRET PASSION? Pucci and stilettos. WHERE DO YOU LIVE? During the week I live with my girls in Mt Eden. In the weekends I’m with Evan in Ponsonby. WHERE DO YOU SPEND YOUR HOLIDAYS? Evan and I went to Barcelona to see a friend and to New York to see Evan’s brother and sister-in-law and catch up with some of my friends. Favourite towns. WHAT WERE YOU GOING TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? I had visions of joining the Diplomatic Corps since I loved languages. I went to university and ended up in Japan for 12 years, teaching and translating. HOW DID YOU COME TO BE A REAL ESTATE AGENT? I worked in import sales and really enjoyed the negotiating and relationship building. When I left that particular industry I applied those skills to a new area that allows me to be independent and achieve my personal standards. IF YOU WEREN’T A REAL ESTATE AGENT YOU’D BE? Agent 99. FAVOURITE PONSONBY CAFE? Agnes Curran. FAVOURITE PONSONBY RESTAURANT? SPQR and Yuzu.

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FAVOURITE PONSONBY STORE? Marvel and WORLD.. FAVOURITE PONSONBY FASHION LABEL? WORLD all the way. YOUR BEST KEPT PONSONBY SECRET? Yuzu – looks really ordinary as a restaurant but this place is top notch. Yuzu has a Japanese hotel-trained chef – great food at very reasonable prices. Yes, I know I am a bit obsessed with food. YOUR DESERT ISLAND DISTRACTIONS? Sun screen - being a redhead the sun and I are not great friends unfortunately. Long Island Iced Tea between applications. ONE THING YOU HAVE LEARNED ABOUT LIFE? It’s the people, the food and the experiences you remember – you can forget the material stuff. WHAT WAS YOUR STANDOUT SALE OF THE LAST 12 MONTHS? I sold a Marshall Cook-designed townhouse at auction in Napier Street. Great real estate in a fabulous location. Owners were stoked with the result. I take real pleasure in helping people achieve their goals. WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO PONSONBY HOME SELLERS? Invest in marketing and presentation - buyers really respond to those efforts. Make sure you have an agent whom you trust to execute a plan to achieve a premium result. Remember you only get to sell your home once so you want to get it right. WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO PONSONBY HOME BUYERS? Draw up a wish list, get out there and see everything you can in your desired location. Reassess the list and don’t be afraid to ask specific questions of the real estate agent. A good agent will always be trying to help find the perfect home for you. PN

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STRAWBERRY SOUND BRENDON DAVIES-PATRICK WELL, THAT’S IT. THE FIRST DECADE OF THE SECOND MILLENNIUM AD IS almost at an end. We’ve seen markets rise and fall, banks and finance companies disappear, corporate bailouts, erratic temperatures, volcanoes, tsunamis, earthquakes and floods, terrorist attacks and civil unrest, consumer despair, house prices peak and slide, half a billion people sign up to have their privacy tampered with and the All Blacks fail to obtain the World Cup - twice. A cynic could argue the only glimmers of hope were Obama, the All Whites, and a royal wedding to look forward to next year. Really? I’m not so sure. While it’s true the world is more populated, resources are becoming more scarce and almost a third of the world still live in absolute poverty, the fact is that we in little ol’ Noo Zillun have it pretty sweet. How sweet? Well, we rank third on the United Nation’s Human Development Index, behind Norway and Australia but in front of the USA, Germany and Switzerland. The HDI combines three dimensions of a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living. And considering those things - and that you’re reading this magazine and I’m writing in it - I reckon we must be doing ok. Which is why I so love and appreciate music. I’m not sure why music seems to be such an integral part of our existence, and why there isn’t a single culture in the world that doesn’t use music for one reason or another, but I do think we’d all be a lot worse off without it. It exists as a universal language above and beyond religious, ethnic and cultural boundaries and communicates that which painting, poetry and passionate discourse cannot. It cares not whether you’re a first-worlder or a third-worlder, of ethnic or native extraction, speak one language or five or whether you were responsible for leading investors to believe their money would see a return but if not then at least you got that boat and a newly-renovated kitchen out of it before you appeared in the paper. Music is for everyone. Which is why people like me make a big deal about hi-fi systems. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, and yes, talking about the wealth and poverty of nations as a segue into talking about stereo systems may seem a little... gauche. But fundamentally, I find it an incredible privilege that whether it be Adele, Autechre, Abba, Anthrax or Arvo Pärt, I can enjoy their respective brilliance all in the comfort of my living room time and time again. And the truth is I’ve found there’s a correlation between the quality of the reproduction and my appreciation of the music. Don’t get me wrong; a great tune can be enjoyed without needing to be played through thousands of dollars worth of electronics, and it is possible to build an impressive system and be utterly tone deaf - the point is that music must be played via a medium, and not all components are created equal.

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So how do you go about selecting a system that works for you? Firstly, work out how important music is to you. Downloading or still buying CD’s or vinyl? Listen to music more than you would watch TV? Catch live music on a semi-regular occasion? Then you’re possibly a music-lover and as such, it seems plausibly justifiable to consider something other than the three-in-one you’ve had for the last twenty years. Be honest and upfront about your expectations and budget and ask questions no matter how dumb they may seem. Bring your own music and be prepared to spend a couple of sessions just listening just by yourself and your significant other - preferably without the kids and without a dog perspiring out in the car. And go with your gut. One of the most commons things I’ve heard people say is “I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.” There may be some instances that will be true, but my experience is that people hear the difference in the first couple of seconds, and then spend the rest of the time trying to rationalize what they’ve heard. You may not have the lexicon to articulate what you’ve heard, but your brain processes sounds faster than any of the other senses and if you hear something and don’t like it then no amount of “it must be better because...” should make a difference. Auditioning a stereo system shouldn’t be too dissimilar to attending a wine tasting. A music appreciation system (after all, that’s what it is) should be something you enjoy. If you sit down, and aren’t engaged in what you’re hearing then ask to listen to something else. And be realistic. If you listen to Dubstep and live in a reconverted warehouse then expect to spend more than what you would on a pair of computer speakers from the chain store at the mall. My own system is pretty modest. But it’s been assembled in an attempt to cut to the core of the emotional intention of the artists, composers and musicians who make the music I’ve come to love. I doubt I’ll ever cease to choke up in hearing Johnny Cash husk his way through “Hurt”, or marvel at the genius that is Beethoven’s Ninth, or shake my assets to The Hardest-Working Man in Show Business singing “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag”. And I consider myself extremely fortunate that I get to enjoy them on a simple but engaging system. While no-one’s pretending the trials and tribulations of the world don’t exist, and indeed, won’t end tomorrow, no-one need not enjoy the privilege and simple pleasure of listening to the craft and art-form that is music. And should you choose to listen to music on a system of higher quality than that which emanates from the speakers on your laptop, then I’ll be the last to judge you. (BRENDON DAVIES-PATRICK) PN STRAWBERRY SOUND, 23 Williamson Avenue T: 09 376 0266 www.strawberrysound.co.nz

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I am weighing up the options between a full tiled shower or a tiled shower with an acrylic tray, which one would be best for my home? It depends on your bathroom design, full tiled enclosures offer a seamless effect, however the risks of water leakage is higher than that of an acrylic tray. Modern acrylic trays have been designed so that they are discrete but also offer leak protection.

In New Zealand, our living spaces are generally spacious, constructed from timber and include a mix of single and multi level houses. It is important to keep these building materials and construction methods in mind when installing a new shower in your home to ensure you meet local council regulations and create a healthier home. On a more personal level, when selecting a shower consider the amount of space available, who will be using the bathroom, any personal preferences, budget and the time frame required to complete. As the idea of a bathroom is now moving more towards a retreat and away from the view of it being a personal grooming and hygiene area, our bathroom spaces are increasing in size. Tiled showers are a flexible choice when it comes to bathroom projects as they offer the ability to select custom shower sizes including larger shower sizes, tailored tiled colour schemes, more drainage options and a seamless look from floor to wall.

to prevent leakage and reduce installation complications and cost issues associated with traditional full tiled shower enclosures. Acrylic trays such as these are quicker and easier to install than a full tiled shower enclosure as no pre forming of the floor is required for drainage and no water proofing membrane is necessary on the floor. There is also the added advantage of having no grout lines on the floor which may promote mould growth and are difficult to clean.

Particularly with tiled showers however, waterproof preparation by a trained professional is essential as inadequate waterproofing and incorrect installation will result in leakages. In multi level houses where there are tiled showers in the upper levels; movement in the timber framing and floor joists can often damage the floor waterproofing membrane and therefore create leaks. In general, the method of pre forming the floor for drainage and waterproofing is complicated, time consuming, costly and comes with a higher risk factor if the job is not done right.

Further information on the Athena Allora Lifestyle Series Shower can be found on the Athena website at www.athena.co.nz.

The option of a tiled shower wall with an acrylic tray is a safer approach to achieving the seamless look of a tiled shower but with the increased leak protection of an acrylic tray. Modern showers such as the Allora Lifestyle Series by Athena Bathrooms, include shower trays that are specifically developed for tiled wall shower installations

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Everyone wants to create a bathroom that enhances their home, lifestyle and ensures greater longevity in our living spaces. As the shower is one of the main components in the bathroom, installing a good quality product is an investment which adds value to your home. The most important point to remember is that you should create a functional bathroom that meets the needs of your family and all products have been installed using trained professionals. PN BUILDSPACE KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS – Design Build Install T: 0800 455 556 info@buildspace.co.nz www.buildspace.co.nz

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS HOMES BEING EATEN FROM THE INSIDE OUT Are you finding more of those little holes in the wood around your home? Spring sees the beginning of the borer flight season when the adult beetles emerge from their wooden food source to mate and start the cycle of destruction all over again. Homes in cooler and damper parts of New Zealand such as Otago and Southland are most affected by these destructive insect pests but no part of the country is immune. Each year, as more damage is accumulated, our homes and other affected buildings become weaker. It might take more than 50 years for damage to accumulate to the point of failure but the number of homes reaching such a venerable and vulnerable age is increasing. It is estimated that over six hundred thousand New Zealand homes are now over 50 years old. David Brittain of the pest control product manufacturer Kiwicare says “Thankfully borer do not damage timbers as quickly as termites. If the slow increase in holes is noticed at all, the progress of the damage is often ignored for years. Each year the floor boards might creak a little more and the weatherboards might take a little more filling before painting; but until a floor board fails and you fall through, or the weatherboards start to rot because of water penetrating the holes, you may not be aware that your home is in danger.” David says “Borer tend to attack softer timbers, so the older houses with structural timbers made of good quality heartwood are likely to be structurally safe, but even these houses often have decorative or non-structural timbers of softer sapwood. We often see weatherboards or floorboards riddled with borer holes next to undamaged boards. Even the same board may be heavily damaged in one area and undamaged elsewhere.” In the 1950s preservative timber treatment was introduced to new buildings and this has protected many timber homes of less than 60 years of age, but not all later houses used treated timbers and treatment loses effectiveness over time; it should not be expected the treatment will give protection for more than 50 years. There are many homes older than 50 years with susceptible timbers and the slow chewing of borer beetle larvae is now making more and more timbers fail. It might be too late for some parts of older houses but the borer damage can be stopped or at least slowed greatly by the use of protective borer products.

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The larvae of the common wood boring beetles (Anobium punctatum and Leanobium flavomaculatum) are slow eaters; they chew through the interior of untreated timbers for 2-4 years before emerging from the wood between October and March. As they emerge they open the small (2-3mm) holes in the surface of the wood that we identify as borer infestation. When we see these holes in our weatherboards, architraves, skirting, floorboards and furniture we only see the ‘tip of the iceberg.’ The vast majority of the damage is within the timber where a labyrinth of tunnels has weakened the wood. David says “Borer control can be carried out effectively by the use of borer fluids that penetrate deep into the affected timbers and provide protection for many years. Even the timbers that are hard to reach such as roof timbers and floor timbers can be given protection by the use of borer fumigators during the flight season. These kill the adult beetles that have emerged from the flight holes and stop them mating and laying their eggs back on the timbers. There are also aerosol injectors that can be used to treat individual flight holes in damaged painted or varnished wood. This will kill larvae deep within the wood and prevent eggs being laid in the holes.” Spring is a good time to examine your home for sign of borer infestation. David suggests looking for fresh flight holes. These will have a clean appearance inside the hole. It may take examining the holes with a magnifying lens. Sand like dust known as frass may also fall out of the flight holes when the wood is given a tap. So check your home and protect it from damage now before you fall through the floor. PN More information on borer and how to protect your home can be found at www.kiwicare.co.nz

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS OXFAM UNWRAPPED: THIS CHRISTMAS, CHANGE THE PRESENT AND CHANGE A FUTURE The holiday season is approaching and it’s looking suspiciously similar to last year…and the year before that. You’re wondering again what to get for that special someone, but coming up empty. Fear not. Oxfam Unwrapped is here, ready to help you change the present and change a future. Here’s how it works: you choose a present from the Oxfam Unwrapped catalogue, you get a card to give to your friend, and the gift goes to people in the developing world who need it most. In the past five years, Oxfam Unwrapped has raised nearly $3.5 million to help people achieve their fundamental human rights and work their way out of poverty. The impact is massive. Toilets have been built, gardens have been planted, clean water systems have put an end to hours of walking to collect dirty water, livestock has multiplied, farmers have gained organic certification, trees have been planted and small businesses have started up. There is a great mix of new gifts and old favourites this year. Feeling that animal attraction? A Piglet for $40 is a very sty-lish present! Plus there are Ducks for $18, Lambs for $40 and the perennial favourite, the Oxfam Goat for $47. These furred and feathered creatures not only make cute gifts, they provide food, fertiliser and income for a family.

If your friends and family like to get back to basics, how about giving Safe Water for 100 People, 20 Bars of Hand Soap, or a Toilet? It’s the season of giving, and what better thing to do than help a community take those first vital steps out of poverty? There are nearly 50 future-changing gifts to choose from. Prices start from just $9 so there are no more excuses for giving novelty socks or bubble bath! Oxfam Unwrapped gifts can be purchased online or by free phone 0800 600 700. Simply check out the website www.oxfamunwrapped.org.nz to find out more. With an Oxfam Unwrapped gift you really can change the world, one present at a time.

For foodies there are several gifts you can really get your teeth into like Organic Bananas for $10, Chillies for $15 and an environmentally-friendly Cooking Stove for $30. Or for a veggie-patch enthusiast, it’s easy to go green with Honey Bees for $35 or a gift to Feed a Family with a Nutritional Garden for just $20. Along with training in gardening techniques, these gifts help families create a reliable food source and become more self-sufficient.

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MY FAVOURITE ROOM Mark Gascoigne, Principal - Gascoigne and Associates (Retail Architects) www.gascoigne.co.nz Mark Gascoigne has worked on the design of over 1,000 stores in New Zealand and Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Germany. His background was in theatre and the music industry before he obtained his architectural degree in 1984. He lives with his wife Veronica, son Matt (17), daughter Portia (14) and a couple of cats in St Mary’s Bay. “We’ve lived in our current home for almost eight years, but in the Greater Ponsonby area for about 27 years. We started off in Freeman’s Bay, then moved to Westmere, followed by Herne Bay before the place we’re in now. My office is also in Ponsonby, so I feel quite familiar with the area by this stage! My favourite room is our living room which is open plan with the dining room and kitchen. It is used for a range of activities – it’s where I play the guitar, it’s where we read the paper on a Saturday morning, and it’s where we entertain guests. Also, my daughter does her homework in this room, often while I’m in the kitchen so I can talk to her from there. We also like listening to music or reading books in here. I like this room because it’s multipurpose and so great for entertaining. It’s great because it faces north and the big windows open up to a deck that give us lovely views across Westhaven. My favourite things in the living room are the couch, which I believe is from Holland and is nice and comfy, and the fireplace, which is wonderful in winter. I love the high ceiling and the big white marble bench where we often have drinks when entertaining. We have a great stereo in here so it’s perfect for listening to music, too.” PN

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS COMMUNITY CULTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT WE ALL OCCUPY AN ENVIRONMENT THAT WE DEFINE TOGETHER BY THE choices we make. These choices should be treated with the utmost respect, since the way we define our environment directly affects, and reflects upon, who we are and how we choose to exist for this moment in time and beyond. matter has made a choice, to commit to the environment and its users. matter believes success starts with people, continues with process, and concludes with a new beginning. matter promotes and enjoys the simple act of questioning while making. This often leads beyond immediate expectations to inspire the next step. matter presents a process of critical thought, applied to any situation, eventuating in the best possible solution. They believe in the value of all things, especially the vision and forethought provided through people trained and experienced in analysing situations and providing optimal solutions for client requirements. They encourage the idea of holistically approaching projects they are engaged in, irrelevant of scale or intent. Collaborating with all involved directly and indirectly has enabled them to produce exceptional results throughout a large body of work in many mediums. They wish to encourage the accessibility and understanding of what they contribute throughout our community. What better way to do this than with an introduction through the Ponsonby News. matter is based in an old brick building on Richmond Road where the pavement sometimes feels like part of their office. “We are passionate about our work, clients, and community. The joy we gain from our work is something we look forward to sharing with everyone”. To learn more about matter, feel welcome to stop by for a chat, visit their website at www.matter.co.nz, or their facebook page – ‘matter as a practice’. PN MATTER, 102 Richmond Road T: 09 360 6983

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS CUSTOM RESIDENTIAL CELEBRATES THEIR SECOND BIRTHDAY! Custom Residential would like to say a special thanks to those who celebrated their two year anniversary with them at Art+Object Gallery. The feedback is testament to the fabulous night that was had by all. SweetMixKids rocked the gallery with the upbeat tempo of 50’s funk and the Feijoa Vodka Cocktails went down a treat. Art+Object Gallery was a top notch venue providing the added bonus of a sneak preview of the ‘Important Paintings & Contemporary Art’ Exhibition. Custom Residential have had an amazing couple of years – what a journey! After opening their doors in a very tough market, a bucket load of persistence, some genuine hard work and a fantastic team have delivered some amazing results. With over 100 residential sales to boot this year alone they are certainly celebrating the end of the year on a high note. They are very proud of the huge market share they have secured in the greater Ponsonby area – their fresh new take on real estate has certainly filled a service gap in the market. Once again, they would like to express their gratitude to all their clients and suppliers for their ongoing support. They are looking forward to another exciting year in 2011. To find out more go to www.customresidential.co.nz PN

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS AUCKLAND NEEDS ULTRA FAST BROADBAND NOW Auckland Council’s Economic Development Forum has called on the Government to rapidly conclude tender negotiations for the Auckland region’s rollout under the ultra fast and rural broadband initiatives and ensure tenderers prioritise the Auckland region in their build. “We estimate that the innovation, growth and productivity benefits to the Auckland region from the delivery of ultra fast broadband are at least $900 million per year. Furthermore, there will be flow-on benefits for all New Zealand from early Auckland region rollout,” said Councillor Arthur Anae, forum chairperson. “This is a major policy initiative by the Government to realise both social and economic transformation. The Auckland region represents a third of the population of the country, has 31% of businesses locations, is in the four top regions of rural households and in the top three for rural businesses. “The region must qualify as an early recipient under both funds, if the transformational outcomes being sought by the Government are to be realised for New Zealand,” he said. ”We would hope to see ultra high-speed broadband under both these initiatives being delivered to our communities by the middle of next year at the latest.” PN

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BARFOOT & THOMPSON PONSONBY’S DONATION TO MERCY HOSPICE Jan Nichols, CEO of Mercy Hospice, College HIll is pictured above being presented with a cheque for over $3000 from Simon Smith, the manager of Barfoot & Thompson Ponsonby. This was part of an ongoing annual donation made by the company to the Auckland Hospice. They are pictured in the courtyard of Auckland Hospice on College Hill in St Mary’s Bay alongside the plaques which are created on behalf of the donors. All the staff at the Hospice do the most amazing job and to be involved in such a worthwhile cause is a credit to them all. PN

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GOT A LEGAL QUESTION? ASK MICHAEL@METROLAW.CO.NZ Email michael@metrolaw.co.nz with your question, and put ‘Ponsonby News’ in the subject line. Michael, a partner of the firm, will answer one topical question each month.

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Our neighbours on the downhill side are concerned about the retaining wall which is now leaning on quite an angle towards their property. Can you let us know who has legal responsibility for the retaining wall? This is an interesting problem. To start with you should see what you can find out from the council about who was responsible for constructing the retaining wall. If the retaining wall was not built correctly then this may give rise to a claim against the builder. You also want to determine whether the work was done by your neighbour or by an earlier owner of your property.

It would also be useful if you could determine whether the retaining wall is on your property, on the boundary or on your neighbour’s property. If the retaining wall is all on your neighbour’s property then it may well be their problem to deal with. You can try and find the surveying pegs on the property or you can look at the plan on your certificate of title and measure from other boundaries to get an idea of where the boundary lies or you could consult a surveyor. The owner of land has a right of support for the land in its natural state and there is a corresponding duty from the neighbour to preserve this support. However, this duty is a negative duty in that the obligation of the neighbour is not to do anything to remove support and not a positive duty to maintain support. If the removal of support is by natural causes then there is no liability. This is why it becomes relevant who did the work on the retaining wall as if it was the neighbour who carried out this work then this could provide the breach of duty. As you can see there are a number of considerations to take into account to determine who may be liable. The first step is to find out as much information as you can about the construction of the retaining wall, when this was done and who carried out this work. You will then need to seek further advice. (MICHAEL HEMPHILL) PN METROLAW, Level 2, 36 Williamson Avenue T: 09 929 0800 www.metrolaw.co.nz Disclaimer - This article is for general information purposes only. If you have a legal problem you should seek advice from a lawyer. Metro Law does not accept any liability other than to its clients and then only when advice is sought on specific matters.

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SHORTLAND STREET ACTOR RESCUES SINBAD Shortland Street’s Lee Donoghue is supporting the work of the SPCA Auckland by giving a former stray a new forever home. Lee, who plays Hunter McKay on the New Zealand serial drama, adopted Sinbad the cat last Friday. Sinbad came to the SPCA Auckland as a stray after he was found wandering the streets of Manurewa. He was de-sexed at the Animal Village and also underwent an operation to remove his right eye. “Sinbad may only have one eye but that didn’t slow him down at all,” says Martin MacKenzie, marketing manager. “He was nicknamed ‘action man’ by the cattery staff because he is so full of life and energy. They are happy he has found someone to give him lots of love and let him make mischief.” The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is New Zealand’s oldest and most respected animal welfare organisation, providing service to the animals of Auckland since 1883. The SPCA Auckland is open for adoptions from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. seven days a week and right now they are being inundated with puppies and kittens, not to mention cats and dogs of all shapes and sizes that need a forever home. SPCA Auckland is located at 50 Westney Road, Mangere, or you can visit their website www.spca.org.nz To help the SPCA Auckland continue their work in uniting animals like Sinbad with their new family, why not get involved in the Angels for Animals street appeal – check out their website www.spca.org.nz\animals to register online. PN

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PONSONBY PEOPLE + THEIR PETS ASK ALEX Each month Dr Alex Melrose answers readers’ pet related issues. e-mail yours to: alex@vetcare.net.nz

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Just wondering if I can bring Maxi in one day this week, around lunch time, as I am really worried about him? I’d like to get his back legs and hips x-rayed. Everyone thinks he has got something wrong as he is struggling to stand straight at times and has lost much of his strength.

Also, is there a supplement he can go on to get his legs stronger? I know he’s getting on, (12 next month) but this seems to have happened quite quickly so I just want to rule anything out. Hopefully he doesn’t have to get knocked out for the above but let me know how drowsy he’ll be. Thanks, C, St Mary’s Bay.

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Good plan to get some pictures, will give us plenty of information on why he is rapidly dropping back-end strength. We will be able to look for arthritis, disc degeneration, cartilage damage, bone spurs and chips, and vertebral bridging.

Despite how well behaved Maxi is, to get good x-rays of this area we will need to give him a general anaesthetic to allow proper positioning and get full muscle relaxation. We need him dropped off early in the morning, with no breakfast. An empty stomach removes the risk of possibly aspirating some stomach contents while under GA, as well as us having cuffed tubes in place in Max’s airways. Supplement wise we want him on Fish or Flax seed oil for its inflammatory modulating EFA’s, and also Glucosamine to assist joint surface repair. We also have a range of very safe non steroidal anti-inflammatory arthritis meds we can choose from. While he may be getting on at age 12 I’m sure there’s many things we can do to assist Maxi’s mobility and comfort for the next few years of his pampered life, we have loads of patients here at the clinic many years older than that (21 is the eldest!). See you and Maxi soon. (DR ALEX MELROSE, BVSC MRCVS) PN VETCARE GREY LYNN, 408 Great North Road T: 09 361 3500 www.vetcare.net.nz

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COLLECTORS SOUGHT TO HELP ANIMALS SAFE national street appeal against animal cruelty. SAFE is now calling for hundreds of volunteers to help collect during its annual street appeal on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 December 2010. “It only takes a few hours of raising money to help save the lives of maltreated animals,” says SAFE appeal organiser Sacha Dowell. “Collecting for SAFE is a fun and rewarding way to give something back at a time of year when animals are often forgotten.” Volunteers around the country are already registering to collect but the organisation needs well over 1400 collectors if it is to reach its target of $350,000. Money raised over the two days will be used to fund campaigns and humane education projects in the new year. A huge variety of colourful animal costumes will be available and collectors are encouraged to join SAFE’s new ‘Sponsor a Collector’ scheme to maximise their efforts. All collectors go into a draw to win a cruelty-free hamper worth over $500. PN

To volunteer as a SAFE collector please register online at www.safe.org.nz or call 0800 SAVE US.

RIP: OUR LOVELY FRIEND ROMMEL Rommel Townsend–Paley 1 March 2000 – 1 November 2010 It is with great sadness and many tears that we announce the passing of a very good friend of ours. Rommel, the Rottweiler passed away on Monday, 1 November at his home, surrounded by his Mum Vanessa, his brothers Bruiser and Klaus and his good friends and family. He was diagnosed with bone cancer earlier this year and many of you will have seen him hopping around on three legs after one of his limbs was amputated. He did very well on three legs, but unfortunately he developed a different kind of cancer in one of his other legs. He was almost 11 years old. Rommel has been a well known character in the area since he was a tiny puppy. Vanessa always brought her boy to work with her at Vetcare Grey Lynn and he has made many friends over the years. Known for his enthusiastic greeting of good friends, his beautiful white fur and his many tricks, Rommel has really made a name for himself and we know a lot of you will miss him. “All of us at VetCare miss him sitting behind us with his paws crossed, barking at couriers and bike helmets and giving us kisses upon request,” says Alex Melrose. “Whilst we will find it hard not to have him around, we know it was his time. Vanessa has always done the very best for her boy and this was no exception. We are all very proud of her strength and humility.” In lieu of flowers that we know a few of you may be thinking of sending, perhaps you could make a donation to an animal charity of your choice, to help other animals become as lucky as Rommel has been. Rest in peace our big friend. PN

RESCUED FROM VICTORIA PARK MARKET - PLEASE HELP ME FIND A LOVING HOME Living rough in a derelict building at Victoria Market isn’t easy. To make it harder, renovations to the market are starting soon leaving me without any shelter or a home. I am young, shy but very playful. I am slowly building back my trust in people and need a loving home where I will have lots of understanding and security. I am house trained and domesticated, and I have a love of mohair rugs! PN Can you help? Please phone Billie on M: 021 671 712 or T: 09 378 6860

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PONSONBY PEOPLE + THEIR PETS ANIMALOSOPHY: DR MEGAN ALDERSON PURRRR.... I wonder what my mummy (Megan) has got moi this year? Better be purrrfect!

ANIMALOSOPHY IN 1224 THE PATRON SAINT OF ANIMALS, SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI, STAGED the first ‘living’ recreation of the birth of Jesus and invited his animals to join in. It was a way of bringing the Christmas spirit to the local villagers of the small Italian town of Greccio, entertaining them in a cave on the outskirts of town with a donkey, an ox and actors dressed in Biblical robes surrounding the wax figure of the baby Jesus. On Christmas Eve, families travelled far and wide to witness the spectacle of the birth of Jesus. Saint Francis urged the people to rejoice in the season of Christ’s birth and put hatred from their hearts. Soon, other towns featured their own version of the play and every family had a nativity scene in their homes to help them celebrate the miracle of Christmas.

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This humble man, who had turned his back on his family’s wealth for a life of poverty, treated all of God’s creations as part of his brotherhood. He had as much respect for a sparrow as the Pope and preached forgiveness, compassion and understanding towards all living things. Strangely, one of the few prayers I can still recite today was one he wrote. He reminds us ‘For it is in giving that we receive’ and Christmas isn’t about having a buying frenzy, but the joy of giving of gifts and time to our family and friends, fur family members included. Christmas is a time to celebrate and appreciate the riches we do have in our lives and for me one of them is Sydney, my four-legged best friend. In Auckland many animals, and of course people, find this a difficult time of year with shelters overflowing with the homeless and hungry. The past few years have been tough times for all but adopting the philosophy of giving in order to receive perhaps is chaste advice from the Saint to get us through this December.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR PETS! THE GORGEOUS PRODUCTS ABOVE WOULD MAKE A PERFECT PRESENT FOR your special canine or feline friend. These are all available at The Strand Veterinarian www.thestandvet.co.nz PN

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Enjoy celebrating this holiday season with your fur companions who unreservedly give so much throughout the year and should not be forgotten. At The Strand Veterinarian we will be helping the volunteer organization the Lonely Miaow to de-sex and vet check the multitude of lost and hungry cats and kittens they pick up every week. Check them out at www.lonelymiaow.co.nz or look at our in-store gifts-for-donation at www.thestrandvet.co.nz (DR MEGAN ALDERSON) PN THE STRAND VETERINARIAN, 114 the Strand T: 09 377 6667

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CHANTEL MATTHEWS is a first year design student studying traditional and contemporary Maori weaving at Unitec. Last month Chantel and her fellow students held their very first end of year exhibition ‘Muka’ at Unitec Marae Te Noho Kotahitanga. As a Grey Lynn resident, Chantel is inspired by old villa’s and their interiors and her ambition is to incorporate these traditional weaving methods with interior design.

SHOWING AT MASTERWORKS GALLERY until 20 December NOW: POP CULTURE IN CONTEMPORARY CRAFT - GROUP SHOW NOW: Pop Culture in Contemporary Craft brings together a sensational fusion of artists working in the mediums of glass, ceramic and mixed media. Urban culture, science fiction and hybrid creatures are but a few of the inspirations behind the work that will be on show. Both international and local artists will exhibit work engaging in humour and whimsy to lift our spirits for the festive season. SUMMER JEWELLERY SHOW - GROUP SHOW For summer, there is a wonderful new collection of contemporary jewellery by a selection of New Zealand’s top contemporary jewellers on show at the gallery. Established artists will exhibit alongside emerging artists working in both precious materials and mixed media. SUBLIMINAL INFILTRATIONS - THINKSPACE There is a new wave of contemporary jewellers breaking into the Auckland Art scene. The seven members employ guerrilla tactics, creating a mobile exhibition space, to showcase their work. In a series of Subliminal Infiltrations, the work of a featured maker is worn by each member at every event attended. With this groundswell, these artists have begun to disperse their work throughout the Auckland community with a view to take on the world. THINKspace documents their progress so far. PN

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HEADLAND SCULPTURE ON THE GULF 2011 COMES ALIVE ON WAIHEKE ISLAND headland Sculpture on the Gulf Waiheke Island 2011, New Zealand’s leading outdoor sculpture event will be on from 28 January to 20 February 2011. New for the 2011 exhibition are artist talks on Sundays at the weekends. International artists have been selected to exhibit for the first time. Look for artworks by Marcus Tatton from Tasmania and Marcel Grosse from Germany. Located along 2.5 kilometres of coastal walkway on Waiheke Island, the exhibition of large scale contemporary sculpture has a backdrop of the spectacular views over the gulf and islands, sea and sky. headland is a showcase for New Zealand’s leading and emerging sculptors. The exhibition is always innovative and influential, and can be provocative. Selected New Zealand artists include acclaimed artists Virginia King, Phil Price and Gregor Kregar, artists working in iconic materials such as Jeff Thomson’s corrugated iron join other artists who will reveal unique kiwi themes. headland 2011 includes a unique interplay with the sea and coast and several works are actually in the water. headland publishes a comprehensive catalogue which is for sale at the start of the walkway. For the first time there will be an informative public seminar series with artist talks and discussions. Look on the website for more information, times and where.

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A selected exhibition with works critiqued by the headland 2011 selector’s panel of three who also assist confirm sites for the works. “headland is a freight train of artistic opportunity both for the artist and the visitor. Set in a beautiful location the artist engages with dynamic site, visitors and the forces of nature. We focus on artistic excellence and works that engage with the site and contemporary practice in exciting and rigorous ways,” says James McCarthy, selector, headland 2011. Take a ferry to the island for a day out with friends and family or maybe your walking or art group. The walk this year starts at Matiatia. A shuttle hop-on and hop-off bus connects from the finish to nearby vineyards, the Waiheke Community Art Gallery in Oneroa and the ferry terminal (all details and maps on the website). Walk the sculpture walkway then explore Waiheke Island’s galleries, seaside cafes and villages. PN Mark the calendar now. Open from 28 January to 20 February 2011. www.sculptureonthegulf.co.nz

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SHOWING AT WHITESPACE Until 24 December Nigel Brown(ONZM) has established a reputation as one the most important figurative artists working in New Zealand and is acknowledged as New Zealand’s leading narrative artist. His distinctive works are a blend of symbolic and expressionistic approaches with a deep social concern. “Birds don’t exist in isolation in these paintings but are related to humans. They retain their own identities but often have symbolic implications... the works are about creating a mythology and making commentary”. Nigel Brown Making commentary is what Nigel Brown does. He creates scenes and images that are confronting in their familiarity and at the same time imbued with references of a philosophical and physical nature. The subtlety and imagery are what make his work, and this series, what they are, personal, political, referential and reverential. Nigel Brown’s latest series of paintings, titled “Short Lives of Birds”, brings together a wonderful amalgamation of new experiences into familiar techniques and depictions. WHITESPACE, 12 Crummer Road T: 09 361 6331 www.whitespace.co.nz

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ARTS + CULTURE CHRISTMAS WITH THE NZSO AND AIVALE COLE - THE PACIFIC BLUE TOUR Auckland Town Hall - Saturday 11 December @ 7.30pm There’ll be classic Christmas music from across the centuries when the NZSO joins forces with the choir of Holy Trinity Cathedral and sensational 2009 Song Quest winner, Aivale Cole, on 11 December. From Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus to O Holy Night sung in Samoan, and a cappella singing. Works by Mozart, Corelli, Benjamin Britten, Reger, John Rutter and Respighi. Treat someone you love to a real taste of Christmas spirit! Family-friendly prices. This one’s going to be sooo good for the soul! AUCKLAND BOOKING DETAILS: Tickets start from $25. Booking fees apply. Book at The Edge - T: 0800 289842 www.buytickets.co.nz

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SHOWING AT SATELLITE GALLERY TINA FRANTZEN | EPHEMERA Until 23 December Tina’s work in recent years has been concerned with the emotive qualities of light. Her pieces are created intuitively, through a process of stripping back layers of paint. The details of each subject are unknown to her before painting commences, so that with each work there is a process of discovery. By not titling the pieces, Tina shares this sense of discovery with her audience who are free to interpret each painting as they wish. Her work continues to evolve. For this exhibition Tina has experimented with scale and colour palette. She gives more attention to the subject, which by virtue of increased scale, assumes a greater presence within the frame of the work. Though her works are often thought to contain figures she has recently experimented with what appear to be abstracted landscapes. As always, the artist leaves the freedom of interpretation to the audience. SATELLITE GALLERY, 136A Newton Road, T: 09 307 6416 www.satellitegallery.co.nz

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ARTS + CULTURE NEW ZEALAND INSPIRED ART NOW AT TANTRUM DESIGN GALLERY Tantrum Design Gallery has now opened on Newton Road just up from The Pelican Club. Their philosophy is to create contemporary art and gifts that are unique and affordable. Like hairstyles, parking meters and undies, change is good and they encourage the rotation of art in your house by offering affordable pieces that can be replaced when new trends emerge. “People often ask me why Tantrum,” says owner Shann Whitaker. “In truth I can’t remember why I chose the word Tantrum. Perhaps it came from those really dark times when I was living in London. Seriously, it was really dark, as we couldn’t afford our power bill. Since then times have changed and sometimes I leave the lights on just because I can.” From humble beginnings, driving around New Zealand in a motorized wheel barrow selling his wares to coastal fish n’ chip shops, Shann is now stocking over 100 stores with 15 different art products and over 150 designs, and he says he is really proud of how things have progressed. So naturally the next step is to open a seven-story department store on Queen Street. But after talking to his mum she seemed to think there might be a couple of steps to take before launching The Tantrum Design Multiplex Mall; hence the Tantrum Design Gallery on Newton Road has been born. So come in and see what’s new and discuss how to add a bit of colour, vibrancy and shazam to your walls. PN TANTRUM DESIGN GALLERY, 111 Newton Road. T: 09 377 1433 www.tantrum.co.nz

SHOWING AT LETHAM GALLERY CROSS MY HEART - CHRISTMAS GROUP EXHIBITION 7 – 24 December Preview: Tuesday 7 December at 6pm Letham artists have been given three wooden crosses each to hand paint, to manipulate, re-make, print on, scratch on, to deliver their favourite message and images on. The works are all original and will be in a range of materials and available to purchase from 7 December. They will make a perfect gift for your beloved. Artists include: Deborah Walsh, Dave Carson, Beatrice Carson, Martin Horspool, Greg Page, Jenny McLeod, Sam Broad, Bryony Matthew, Sue Ninham, Doug Gow, Kirsty Strong, Gary Smith, Caroline Herdson, Emma Bossley, Rae West, Todd Harris, Penny Howard, Persevere. PN Enquiries contact: info@lethamgallery.co.nz LETHAM GALLERY 35 Jervois Road T: 09 360 5217 www.lethangallery.co.nz

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WEDNESDAY, 10 NOVEMBER Jambalaya, a music and dance festival jam-packed with international and national acts, top international dancers, workshops, music, circus performers, and market stalls is to be held between 5 - 6 March in the magical grounds of the Corban Estate Arts Centre in the Waitakeres. Their launch was held at Ponsonby Social Club. www.jambalaya.co.nz 1. Wendy Douglas and Heidi Hughes; 2. Ken Vaughan, Georgia Croad, Freddie Haddrell and Jenna Morris; 3. Chris Wilkey and Ashley Turner; 4. the Enrique Morales band; 5. Mariela Barale and Scott Grafton; 6. Christian Gamst and Karyn Fromont.

CHRISTMAS AT SMYTH GALLERIES SMYTH GALLERIES HAS ASSEMBLED A STATE-OF-THE-ART CHRISTMAS collection this year in their Jervois Road gallery. Choose from the French vintage posters, Dick Frizzell’s genius, Leanne Culy’s Oars, Rob Tucker and David Bromley to name just a few. Kieran Smyth has made every effort to ensure that this Christmas there is an artwork to cover most preferences and most budgets. “I’m aware that affordability is a major factor this time around, so I have spent considerable time putting together a range of artworks that combine style and impact but at realistic prices,” says Kieran. Other highlights include the very affordable range of New Zealand vintage poster prints, each one evocative of our rich past. Also in stock are the best-priced, fullyframed “Mickey to Tiki” and “Keep Calm and Carry On” prints in town. Smyth Galleries are open 7 days a week from now until Christmas. PN SMYTH GALLERIES, 41Jervois Road T: 09 360 6044 www.smythgalleries.co.nz

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CUSTOM RESIDENTIAL PARTY, NEWTON

THURSDAY 18 NOVEMBER, 5PM John Wills is a smart operator. His boutique real estate company’s second birthday celebration at Art + Object included many of his oppostion’s salespeople! What is they say ‘keep your friends close and your competitors even closer!’ www.customresidential.co.nz photography: Max Lerneshenko www.snapstar.co.nz

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THURSDAY, 18 NOVEMBER, 5PM Friends and clients joined fashion designer Andrea Moore in celebrating the official opening of her Ponsonby Road store. www.andreamoore.co.nz 16. Caroline Trinica and Jo Jeffreys; 17. Anneliese Hillier, Nik Rush, Julie Smith and Scott Molloy; 18. Annette Daly and Andrea Moore; 19. Ivanka Blazevic and the Servilles Team; 20. Sam Gifford, Kylie Robertson and Jo Drummond; 21. Alex Beverley and Cass McGill. The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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THURSDAY, 11 NOVEMBER A very well-dressed crowd were out in force for the opening of Ponsonby’s newest menswear concept store! www.workingstyle.co.nz 22. Samantha Hayes, Jason Kerrison and Flip Grater; 23. Andrew Bull and Thom Le Var; 24. Linda Niccol, Sandra Harden, Thom Le Var and Tanya Harden; 25. Ross Hawkins and John Chaplin; 26. Don Braid, Chris Dobbs, Jason Kerrison and Tim Dobbs; 27. Robert van Deventer and Eddie Von Dadelszen; 28. David McNeill and Eloise Stevenson; 29. Sandra and Tanya Harden; 30. Maryann Brown and Mick Tinkler; 31. Che Miller and Gemma Lee; 32. Martin Denby, Charlotte and Tim Vickers, James Murphy; 33. Carolyn Paynter and Gemma Shire; 34. Jane Anderson, Sarah and Michael Hardy; 35. Jason Kerrison; 36. Ludo and Jo Campbell Reid; 37. Sarah McKay, Fiona Booth and Sarah Barty.

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FREEMANS BAY KINDERGARTEN CELEBRATES 100 YEARS MONDAY, 1 NOVEMBER

Sumptuous, elegant and well-attended were the afternoon tea celebrations for the 100 year anniversary of the Auckland Kindergarten Association’s first free kindergarten. The Campbell Free Kindergarten was established in 1910 with funds from Sir and Lady Logan Campbell, given to “the little children of Auckland for all times.” The kindergarten was moved to its current Tahuna Street premises in 1960 and it was many years later its name was changed to Freemans Bay kindergarten. The attendance of an impressive group of past pupils with astoundingly far-reaching memories made the afternoon tea all the more special. www.aka.org.nz 38. Joy Braithewaite, June Boneham and Fay Chapman all attended Freemans Bay Kindergarten during the 1930’s; 39. Paddy Purdy and Threna McDermott (nee McNamara) and Fred Morgan attended Freemans Bay Kindergarten during 1948 and 1949; 40. Sali Jones is the current head teacher at Freemans Bay Kindergarten and Nicky de Lautour taught and relieved there from 1985 to 1988; 41. Felicity Matla a former Committee Chair and Shelly Drader a former committee member have both had all their children go through the Freemans Bay kindergarten; 42. Jeremy Drummond President of the Board of the Auckland Kindergarten Association pictured here with Jo Wood the current Chair of the Freemans Bay Kindergarten Committee; 43. Past pupils of 1974 and 1975 Gabriel White then lived in Wellington Street, now lives in Hepburn Street and Sarah Tucker a former teacher from 2000 to 2003.

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RUBY BOUTIQUE, PONSONBY WEDNESDAY, 10 NOVEMBER

Fresh from the surprising-even-to-them, rapturous reception of their first New Zealand Fashion Week show, the delightful and uniformly gorgeous Sharma family and their Ruby staff warmly welcomed guests to their brand new “gem of a store” at 95 Ponsonby Road. www.rubyboutique.co.nz 44. Minty MacFarlane and Eleisha Balmer (Ruby); 45. Amanda Betts (62 Models) and Emily Miller-Sharma (Ruby); 46. Madeleine Brighouse and Anya Brighouse (thread.co.nz); 47. Samantha Shorter and Isabella Lau; 48. Anna-Lise Sharma, Emily Miller Sharma and Ryan Sharma; 49. Jane Harper and Oscar van Dijk.

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ROB TUCKER EXHIBITION OPENING AT SMYTH GALLERIES, PONSONBY

TUESDAY, 9 NOVEMBER We were slightly disappointed to turn up and discover he man himself was out of town - in Sydney - for the opening of his Ponsonby show! www.smythgalleries.co.nz 50. Georgie Malyon and Kieran Smyth; 51. Dave Harkness and Jo Barrett; 52. Amanda Gibbf and Logan Granger

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TUESDAY, 9 NOVEMBER Anna Crichtons’ Leapfrog In The Park And Other Pastures and Jocelyn Carlins’ To Be: Portraits www.satellitegallery.co.nz 53. Jocelyn Carlin and Anna Crichton PN

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Barfoot & Thompson, 533 Great North Road Barkley Manor, 400 - 402 Great North Road Grey Lynn Community Centre, 520 Richmond Road Grey Lynn Community Library, 474 Great North Road Raw Essentials 401B Richmond Road Ripe, 172 Richmond Road Sliced, 104 Richmond Road Vetcare, 408 Great North Road

Benediction Café, 30 St Benedicts Street Design 55, 55 Upper Queen Street

HERNE BAY: Five Loaves & 2 Fish, 206 Jervois Road Helen Talbot, 2A Kelmarna Avenue Icing on the Cake 188 Jervois Road

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PONSONBY: Artstation, 1 Ponsonby Road Barfoot & Thompson, 184 Ponsonby Road Chapel Bar, 147 Ponsonby Road Fitness Trainer, 36 Jervois Road Leys Institute, 20 St Mary’s Road Mag Nation, 123 Ponsonby Road Ponsonby Community Centre, 20 Ponsonby Terrace Spa Ayurda, 213 Ponsonby Road Whitespace, 12 Crummer Road World, 97 Ponsonby Road

KINGSLAND: Atomic, 420c New North Road Native Agent, 507 New North Road Tabou, 462 New North Road

Glengarry, Cnr Sale and Wellesley Streets Kellands Real Estate, 1 Cascade Street New World, Victoria Park Rhubarb Outlet Store 11 Drake Street Sale St, 7 Sale Street

PARNELL: Jane Daniels, 2 Birdwood Cresent Essenze, 285 Parnell Road Parnell Community Centre, 545 Parnell Road

MT EDEN: Planet Ayurveda, 578 Mt Eden Road Sabato, 57 Normanby Road

NEWMARKET: Studio Italia, 96 Carlton Gore Road Taylor Boutique, 1 Teed Street

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