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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

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,

ANGELA REDFERN - Ripe Delicatessen 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 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 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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DECEMBER/JANUARY '10/ '11 Ponsonby News  

Christmas issue - covering December and January - news/views and all that is happening in and around Ponsonby