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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 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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DECEMBER/JANUARY '10/ '11 Ponsonby News  

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