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Expenditure and needs in the Waitemata Local Board domain All residents have an interest in our community and the amenities, we need to live in a city which is described as most liveable.

Dogs on our beaches I have just filled in the Dog Access form on Waitemata Beaches and I would be interested to know how many of the Waitemata Board themselves have dogs.

The major problems are funding and the costs of these projects; maintaining existing infrastructure such as footpaths and walkways so they are safe and fit for purpose. Salisbury Reserve, in Herne Bay, like all our parks is increasing in public use particularly with children. Also on this site is the former Masonic Hall, the Herne Bay Petanque Club and the former Herne Bay Women’s Bowling Club.

I would also be interested to know how often they use the beaches... daily, weekly, monthly, never? Because we see a lot of people we know enjoying the beaches but never the board members. I am not trying to be annoying or rude, but it does feel as if people who never use some of the city’s amenities are very keen on making it difficult for the rest of us. SALLY JAMES, Ponsonby

The Petanque Club allows the public to use their toilets when the members are there and this is the only toilet available for public use. To install a toilet would cost in excess of $300,000. Hopefully funding for this can be found before a public health risk occurs. The Masonic Hall is on the demolition list. Again, I hope the local board can take a longer term view and leave the hall locked. There is increasing need for public halls so Herne Bay residents may wish to have a conversation with the local board about the future of these assets and the community needs.

Jervois Road villa Are you aware that the lovely old villa that used to be Erawan Thai restaurant is now being removed (to sit rotting in a field in Kumeu) and will be gone by the end of next week? All this fuss about the kauri in Titirangi, but you can grow more kauri. You can’t replace this. Sad. Thanks Ms Woo. LINZI LUCCA, by email

There is intent in council to sell some assets and let’s hope that all within our ward is secure. The intensification that is now apparent to all residents is creating the need for more amenities and space.

Removal of liquor bans in local parks doesn’t make sense! For this Cricket World Cup, the Waitemata Local Board passed temporary legislation enacting liquor bans along the fan trail encompassing Great North Road and Bond Street.

It is regrettable that the council has decided to change all the street signs from blue to green. I have no objection to any colour but surely when money is tight, signs are replaced when they need to be.

The side benefit for Arch Hill - which is oft used as a short-cut and sometimes, especially after sporting fixtures at Eden Park, is being spared the antics of tanked-up late night revellers and broken bottles.

In Western Park we have a new toilet. This cost $257,000. Was it needed? There was an existing toilet which was usable, just needing some renovation. Not only have we got an expensive controversial loo, we have lost the existing one which with water and the storage facilities should have remained a community asset.

This bylaw makes total and practical sense as it works to the benefit of the local community - and long may it be imposed for future events.

The demolition of the old block and the building of the new block surely could have waited till a full consultation was held on Western Park. These are not the only parks in need of funding. Surely nothing should be done without a park audit? As the ward is constrained by a lack of capital, which is also impacting on maintenance of walkways then over the coming years more thought needs to be applied to the community needs and matching and spending of funds accordingly. This writer is away from Ponsonby and visiting lands from the Baltic to the Balkans. We will keep in touch with Ponsonby matters through the online edition of the Ponsonby News. GERRY HILL, Ponsonby Response to Evelyn Macdonald’s letter - March issue At Western Springs, we’ve put up signs around the lake warning people not to feed the ducks in the water. Avian botulism is a disease that affects ponds and lakes throughout Auckland during the hot summer months. Water quality deteriorates when water temperatures increase and dissolved oxygen concentrations decline. Throwing protein -rich food like bread into the water aggravates this, creating an ideal environment for the botulism bacteria to grow and produce toxins. It’s extremely painful or even fatal for the ducks that contract it. Council staff do a weekly deep clean of the lake using a boat; dead or sick ducks are collected, and sick ducks are taken to Bird Rescue. We have deliberated putting barley straw into the lake. However because of the size of the lake and the type of water, we would have to fill the majority of the water body with straw for it to have even a slight effect. Western Springs and its avian community are extremely important to Auckland Council, and we are fully committed to protecting and maintaining these precious assets. Thankfully, botulism hasn’t been as rife this year, but we want to encourage as many people as possible not to feed the ducks around the lake area. JADE COOPER, Auckland Council



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The current legislation relating to alcohol consumption in local park, is also eminently sensible. Anyone can for example, picnic in Grey Lynn Park with a civilised bottle or two of wine with friends and family on a summer’s evening. As most people tend to err on the side of caution when drinking in public places, so behave responsibly, pick up rubbish and try not to annoy the neighbours. But, by some quirk of government imposed local body law, as of 31 October, liquor bans currently restricting consumption in local parks outside the hours of 8am to 10pm during daylight saving time and 8am to 8pm otherwise, will lapse - unless it can be shown that in each individual public space: ‘there was or still is a high level of alcohol-related crime or disorder’. So, if your local park is currently subject to a ban and there have been no problems, which logically indicates that the restrictions are working, it will automatically lose its ban and our public spaces will be subject to a legally sanctioned consumption free-for-all any time of the day or night! Local board chairman Shale Chambers has indicated that they are supportive of lifting bans in some reserves reverting to an evidence based assessment and “will monitor parks very carefully. If there is any antisocial behaviour in these areas we won’t hesitate to take action”. Are we going to see board members’ phone numbers given out - turning up at 3.15 am like noise control officers to observe after-party revellers, breaking up fights, or cleaning up the glass in local parks? Not likely! Any action they will take will be after the event - too little too late and ambulance at the bottom of the cliff stuff! This approach is not only counter-intuitive but contrary to the tenor of Auckland Council Local Alcohol Policies which is all about further restriction of sales and reduction of alcohol-related harm. What the WLB is really saying is that we can’t have late night drinking in bars and restaurants - but it’s ok in a local park at 2am as long as you behave - yeah right! DAVID BATTEN, Chairman, Arch Hill Residents Society

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A comprehensive and holistic survey will be undertaken to assess the business viability and parking needs of Grey Lynn businesses, residents and visitors. We hope AT will listen to locals’ concerns - P18. Many locals may not be aware of the labyrinth at Saint Columba on Surrey Crescent. It’s wonderful to see it during rainy weather. Tony Bridge tells us that the labyrinth is based on the Chartres design and is painted in blues, greens and browns to reflect the colours of the Pacific - P24. The month of April is one where we always look at planning weddings. - P31. We were sad to say farewell to our great colleague Jessie Kollen, who has just left us, but we are delighted to welcome Angela Martin to our team. Angela is a long-term Ponsonby resident, who has great skills and we are looking forward to her input. We are delighted with our cover stars this month. It’s great to see local businesses working well together as the team at Foxes Island and

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Ponsonby Road Bistro celebrate food, wine and cultural diversity in Ponsonby - P55. Our congratulations to the Ponsonby Business Assocation for another successful Ponsonby Market Day. The weather was better than expected, which bought many locals out to enjoy the day - P71 and 136. My colleague Jo Barrett and I sold real estate for several years and we learned so much about the buying and selling process. This issue we asked all the local real estate experts to tell us why vendors should use a real estate professional. We also asked them to explain why auction is a good way to sell your biggest asset - P100. As this issue went to press the latest polls in the Northland by-election showed local St Marys Bay resident, Winston Peters in the lead with 54%, with National on 34% and Labour on 10%. By the time you read this issue we may have a very interesting result. Anzac Day is one day which is very special to me and I always take time out to remember my wonderful grandad, Cyril Bradbury, who lost one of his lungs in World War I, after being gassed in the trenches. He lived until 20 April 1971 and was a great friend to us all. I will spend part of Anzac Day in West Lynn at our local RSC. See you there. PN (MARTIN LEACH) F

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AT A MEETING OF LOCALS LAST MONTH, THERE were strong calls to Auckland Transport to postpone proposed changes to the bus stop configuration on Great North Road in the Grey Lynn shops until further consultation has taken place.


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NURTURING PRECIOUS FAMILY MOMENTS JO FRANCES PHOTOGRAPHY AUCKLAND AND KIWIOZ NANNIES UNITE Lisa Bentley, Director of KiwiOz Nannies and Sarah Nutt, Director of Jo Frances Photography Auckland are creative and successful businesswomen who focus their time on nurturing precious family moments. Lisa started her career as a nanny working with families around the world. She set up her first nanny agency KiwiOz Nannies in London in 2002, and since then the business has expanded with successful offices in Australia and New Zealand. Since 2005, Lisa has been based out of the Auckland office where she provides high quality in-home childcare to families throughout New Zealand. KiwiOz Nannies is a sought after agency with a focus on customer service that has allowed it to keep a loyal client base and uphold its commitment to providing New Zealand families with a better work/ life balance through quality and flexible in -home childcare solutions. Sarah Nutt also began her career as a nanny, she worked through KiwiOz both in London and New Zealand. Sarah speaks highly of her experiences with the agency

and making the change from nannying to photography seemed like a natural progression for her. Sarah now devotes her time capturing beautiful portraits, specialising in pregnancy, newborn, babies and children. Sarah and her talented team are dedicated to planning and creating images that show personality and evoke that special hint of nostalgia. Sarah’s attention to detail and stylistic ability defines all of her work, her studio walls showcase beautiful images that can be cherished forever. The connection between nannying and family photography. Lisa and Sarah both agree that working in the industry as nannies has been the backbone of their businesses. Sarah believes that fundamental to her success as a photographer has been her ability to interact with babies and children and understand that they can be shy, difficult, unpredictable and downright grumpy! Is hiring a nanny more expensive than daycare? Lisa: Hiring a nanny is perfect at any time, whether it is for your newborn baby or three children under the age of five! KiwiOz Childcare offers a licensed Ministry of Education

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Early Childhood Programme called Hop Skip Learn that enables families to access funding of up to $100 per week for a maximum of 30 hours per week, this funding helps significantly towards the cost of your nanny.

When are the best times to photograph babies and children? Photographer, Sarah Nutt, says there are special windows in a child’s life that she advises clients to capture. These include:

Angela McLachlan is the senior recruitment consultant at KiwiOz and has a special knack for matching the right nanny with each family. Angela is herself a mother, and worked as a nanny in Australia, United States, Europe and the United Kingdom before beginning her career in recruitment.

Newborns - ideally taken between 6-10 days old. Babies are nice and sleepy, and stay in womb-like positions. Booking a tentative appointment around your due date is advised to secure a photoshoot.

Do you have any tips for parents having family portraits taken?

Eight months old - able to sit up, babies are full of gorgeous smiles at this age.


Two years old - your toddler is turning into a little character and this is a great age to capture as their cheeky personality is starting to shine. These sessions are over quickly as the toddler always directs the session!

• Always do your homework, ask other people where they have had their family portraits taken and what the experience was like from start to finish. • A pre consultation is imperative, it’s a time for parents to meet the photographer and ask any questions. This is essential for the photoshoot to run smoothly and expectations met. • Quality over quantity, it’s not about having all the photographs on a CD for a cheap price. It’s about having the very best images to keep and display in your home. • You should never feel pushed into purchasing photographs, it should be an enjoyable process.

Between the ages of 5 to 8 - a more mature stage and people usually choose to have sibling or family photographs. These are the perfect way to capture and celebrate your family and the relationships within it.

• If an offer sounds too good to be true, it usually is. There can be hidden costs, so make sure you find out what to expect. 4 Dundonald Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland T: 09 379 2822, E: info@jfpa.co.nz www.jfpa.co.nz

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DAVID HARTNELL’S: ONE MINUTE INTERVIEW The delightful and always upbeat Mira Jukic has owned and operated the Monterey coffee lounge in West Lynn for the past eight years, it was named after an old movie theatre in Howick. This month she shares her innermost thoughts with us. What was your childhood like? That’s easy - Pakuranga magic! Who do you think is the most annoying celebrity today? Bishop Brian Tamaki. Which TV series would you never miss? I am totally addicted to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Where would your dream international holiday be? St Tropez - 1960s. What is the best thing you have brought back from an overseas trip? 1kg of Turkish hashish, as you would say David, “My lips are sealed”! Which do you prefer, Tweeting or Facebook? It’s all white noise to me.

If you won a million dollars what is the first thing you would do? Buy a mint green Citroen D super 5 with a cream leather interior and then learn how to drive. What is your all time comfort food? Irvine’s family mince pies. What motivates you? Fear of pain - emotional and physical. What do you think really happens when we die? Death! The best movie you’ve ever seen and why? Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman, need I say more? Give your teenaged self some advice? Don’t sweat it. Your brain is barely developed and anyway, life starts in your 20s.

Which talent would you most like to have? Invisibility! Which living person do you most admire? My local hero Margaret Davies - elderly, glamorous, politically active and she rocks a walker.

Who is the greatest love of your life? Paul, Chico and Colin (husband and cats respectively).

Who would play you in the movie of your life? I wish it was someone cool but it would probably be some ‘movie of the week’ unknown.

How would you like to be remembered? Indefinably odd.

How do you chill out? Jigsaws.

Do you have a life motto, is so what is it? All fur coat, no knickers (Coronation Street) not really a motto, but hey!

What do you love most about the age you are now? Finding life more and more absurd.

Name your all time favourite book? Perfume - the perfect modern novel.

What gizmo can you simply not live without? A cigarette lighter.

Which item of clothing can’t you live without? A good slip. I am a lady.

What are your greatest indulgences? Cigarettes and alcohol. Yeah what?

What is your favourite time of the day? Dusk. I absolutely thrive on melancholy.

Which website do you read the most? DListed - the only news you need.

Tell us about your dream home? Pt Erin Pools. I want it!

Are you a handshake or a hug kind of person? Awkward hug every time.

What are you insecure about? My slip showing.

What is your favourite season? The in-betweeners - spring and autumn.

Tell us something very few people know about you? Ok here it is. I like instant coffee!

Your dream guest list for a dinner party? Any group of people that will induce a screaming row.

Whose greatest hits would you take to a desert island? It would have to be an 80s compilation - music for every mood. Who do you think is, or was, the best dressed woman on earth? RIP Elsie Tanner (Pat Phoenix, Coronation Street) and Elizabeth Taylor. When was the last time you turned off your cell phone? Do you mean the Candy Crush machine? What is something that you really and truly disapprove of? Polar fleece. What song makes you really happy? 80s cock rock e.g. Sister Christian and More than a Feelin. Describe one of the biggest disappointments in your life so far? Realising that I’m just not that special!

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Pool, hammock, book, cocktails. What is your greatest fear? Spiders, sharks, heights, flying, social occasions. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? I wouldn’t be so neurotic - see above. Who or what is your favourite hero of fiction? Becky Sharp (Vanity Fair). She’s bad and balls out.

Do you travel light or heavy? It’s always as heavy as! What was your best holiday ever? Dumb carefree Kiwi road trips, which I did in my early 20s. What is your opinion on today’s man? Too beardy. If you could change one law or policy in New Zealand, what would it be? That’s easy! Ban the TPPA before it happens. (DAVID HARTNELL) F PN

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SHALE CHAMBERS: WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD REPORT Something is not quite right with council and the people of Auckland. It often has much to do with the complex and layered work of the Council Controlled Organisations, and their lack of appropriate political oversight, accountability and a meaningful ‘no surprises’ policy. Sometimes it is the lack appetite of the Mayor and senior councillors to exercise appropriate political oversight of their activity. The latest example is the Ports of Auckland expansion proposal. So it was on a sunny late March afternoon I joined 2000 concerned Aucklanders on Queens Wharf; with many good friends from Herne Bay and St Marys Bay evident, and many who had clearly never joined a protest before. We were there to hear strong and very direct speeches from Chris Dickson and Peter Montgomery, amongst the politicians, and to support a 300 boat flotilla off the wharf to say to Ports of Auckland and the council that enough is enough. A number of interlinked issues at Auckland’s waterfront are converging to embolden the ports into their latest announcement of their intention to commence construction later this month of two 100m long and 33m wide significant wharf structure extensions to Bledisloe Wharf. All to proceed on the basis of a non-notified resource consent obtained late last year without any policy oversight, public input, or even advice to ports 100% owner; the people of Auckland, and their representatives; the Auckland Council. Ports have provided no evidence the new wharves extensions are needed at this point. You cannot help but gain the impression they are doing this simply because they can. The long promised Ports Study; intended to look at the long-term economic, social and environmental needs of the port is yet to be commissioned, let alone completed to justify the expansion. Ports have been very upfront since this announcement that this is the first stage of their intention to reclaim the Waitemata Harbour in between the two new proposed finger wharves, for more container storage and to house a replacement carpark. This is what will greet visitors arriving in Auckland by sea. Aucklanders are justified in being a little cynical in this context that any resource consent in future for the actual reclamation will get a proper hearing. Our board has over the years been very supportive of the role of the ports in Auckland’s economy, but it needs to get more efficient within its existing footprint, before talk of further expansion. If it is the talk of the loss of Captain Cook Wharf that is driving the need to expand, then we say let’s hold off on that until the ports study is complete, and the conversation with Auckland over the future of their port has been had. Queens Wharf, as planned and implemented at great cost only three years ago, is doing a great job catering for the cruise industry at present. Let’s just put a buoy at its end, so larger ships can visit at a fraction of the price tag before any more talk of shifting cruise to Captain Cook Wharf at a cost of $200m is even contemplated. It is with this knowledge that it was therefore also extremely disappointing to witness Auckland Council move away from its previous precautionary approach of non-complying status for port reclamation in its Unitary Plan deliberations to the more enabling fully notified discretionary status. Council argues that this is the same zoning as the remainder of the waterfront. Legal advice to council had argued it would be more appropriate to re-zone all reclamation along the entire waterfront as non-complying. The harbour used to be 2000m across. It is now less than 1000m, and this latest proposal is a further 100m loss. The extensions will further narrow the harbour to close to a river and completely block any view of the harbour mouth from the waterfront.

The Anzac Day service will be held at the Grey Lynn RSC starting from the West Lynn shopping centre and ending in Francis Street on 25 April

AUCKLAND COUNCIL TO ACT ON PLASTIC BAGS Auckland Council is set to lead the way on sustainability after it agreed to establish a working group to minimise the usage of single-use plastic bags in the Auckland region. The decision, made by the Environment, Climate Change and Natural Heritage Committee, provides a basis for the development of an accord on how to minimise plastic bag and packaging waste. The group will be made up of interested retailers, consumer groups, industry representatives and communities. It followed a report that investigated the options available to the council to reduce single-use plastic bags in the Auckland region. In addition, council will work internally to reduce use of the bags among council departments, and will also build on existing community initiatives.

Our local board position remains that any further extensions or reclamations should be halted until the Ports Study has been completed, and any expansion plans can be measured against an integrated Auckland Inc view of the social, environmental and economic costs and benefits of the ports and their future expansion plans. Where is our Mayor Len Brown at this critical point in this conversation? We need to say, enough is enough.

Committee Chair Councillor Wayne Walker says that this is an important first step towards helping make Auckland more environmentally friendly.

The 2015 New Zealand International Comedy Festival starts 24 April with a large number of shows across Auckland until 17 May. This year is the centenary of Anzac Day and the Grey Lynn RSC Anzac Day march and service will be held once again from the West Lynn shopping centre and Francis Street on 25 April starting at 9.30am. Hope to see you there. (SHALE CHAMBERS) F PN

“The council is already making great strides tackling waste problems through the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, and this working group will focus on the use of plastic bags and packaging within the region.

Contact me: shale.chambers@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

“We will now look to retailers and the communities around us to help get this group off PN the ground and help take even greater care of our precious environment.” F

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“Single-use plastic bags are a well-known source of environmental pollution in our region. What we wanted to do was to look at ways to reduce their use in Auckland.

“We should be leading the way on this issue and I am also delighted that the committee agreed to look at ways council can reduce its use of plastic bags.


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NIKKI KAYE: AUCKLAND CENTRAL MP Delivering locally to improve transport and education infrastructure in Auckland Central. We have had a great first few months of 2015, with some great progress on projects in Auckland Central. I have been working hard as your local MP. There are more people cycling to work and recreationally in Auckland so it is important that we have more dedicated cycleways in our city. I expect to see the number of people on bikes increase as the government has announced that six urban cycleway projects in Auckland will receive $22.5 million. These cycle ways will enhance and expand the city’s cycling infrastructure. In Auckland Central alone, the $11 million Nelson Street cycleway will be a significant addition to the heart of our city, and comes on the back of the recently constructed Grafton Gully cycle way. The announcement is part of $37 million package of cycleway projects to be rolled out across the country in the next year, pulling together a range of funding sources to expand and improve New Zealand’s cycling network. The Government’s Urban Cycleways Programme is providing $100 million over the next four years so high quality projects can get underway faster. I also recently attended the opening of the Freemans Bay school bike track. This is a part of the fantastic ‘Bikes in Schools’ initiative which will provide children in Freemans Bay a safe place to learn to ride. I have confirmed as Minister of ACC that ACC will be funding the trust to ensure more bike tracks are delivered across New Zealand. This bike track will be a real asset to both Freemans Bay School and our inner-city school families. Auckland has the potential to become not just the city of sails, but also the city of cycles, and these developments are a step in the right direction. This will help support not only people who currently cycle, but encourage more Aucklanders to get on their bikes in 2015. This year will see major school property developments across Auckland as the government invests around $650 million in maintaining, modernising and replacing buildings and infrastructure. Last year, the government committed to accelerating new schools and major redevelopment in Auckland totalling $350 million. It is important we get ahead of demand to ensure there is sufficient student capacity in our biggest city, and we have begun moving to acquire sites to meet the needs of Auckland’s rapid population growth. I expect to make further announcements about this and other school infrastructure developments throughout 2015. I have been in contact with both Bayfield School and Freemans Bay School to ensure we are on track with these multi-million dollar redevelopments. Recently I met with the leadership at Western Springs College. There has been a lot of work done on potential issues raised regarding the site and buildings. The government has committed to a major redevelopment investing tens of millions of dollars and I expect decisions will be made in the coming months. I know how important it is to parents that we see plans for Western Springs College progress and I am working hard to help make this happen. It was a privilege to organise a morning tea a couple of weeks ago, inviting teachers and education professionals in the electorate to meet with the Minister of Education, Hon Hekia Parata. The Minister was delighted to meet so many of these dedicated teachers, who are so passionate about preparing children in our community for a bright future. Some of the issues raised were the challenges of workload, restricted contact time with students and teaching children with special needs. The government has confirmed a significant new investment of $18 million per year over four years to provide an additional 800,000 teacher aide hours to support children who have conditions that affect their learning, such as dyslexia, ADHD, and Asperger’s syndrome. Some of you will be following closely the issues surrounding the Ports of Auckland. I am opposed to further reclamation, and I am very concerned about the process undertaken so far. I have written to the Mayor and the CEO of the Ports of Auckland raising my concerns and I expect to meet with them to try and resolve these issues. This month I also launched my new website, and I would encourage you to take a look at ww.nikkikaye.co.nz to keep updated with projects around Auckland Central and my work in parliament. You can also sign up for my monthly newsletter here. We have delivered a lot locally in the first few months of the year, but there is much more to do to continue to strengthen Auckland’s economy and improve crucial education and PN transport infrastructure. (NIKKI KAYE) F Hon Nikki Kaye is the MP for Auckland Central. www.nikkikaye.co.nz

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Auckland Transport never seems to learn You will remember the recent fiasco over Auckland Transport’s proposal to cut down 80-year-old pohutukawas in Western Springs. AT management had to be brought, kicking and screaming, into further discussion about options which could save the trees. The board of Auckland Transport finally saved the trees. It was billed as a victory for democracy, but AT seems to have learned little from the incident.

Among the points Rochelle Rodrigues made were: We fully support better public transport.

At a meeting of Grey Lynn business people, local residents and shoppers on Tuesday evening 17 March, concern was expressed about Auckland Transport’s latest project. Over 60 people attended the meeting I chaired on behalf of Ponsonby News. Auckland Transport gave businesses immediately affected by their plan 10 days to send in a submission about their proposal to almost double the size of two bus stops in the middle of Grey Lynn shops, and to place a new one on Williamson Avenue, between the Kokako corner and Countdown. A dozen short-term parks would be eliminated.

Our businesses cannot sustain a loss of so much short-term parking. Local businesses are already struggling with the loss of the Post Office, and shortly the ASB Bank will close. Buses could be moved around the corner near the Surrey Hotel. We would support a lower speed limit like Ponsonby Road.

What angered locals most was the final page of Auckland Transport’s letter to businesses. It was headed, “How can my feedback influence the final decision?” And then it read, “Auckland Transport has already identified that these changes are necessary to improve pedestrian connectivity and public transport facilities in the Grey Lynn shops.” Whatever that means, it sounds very much like a fait accompli and not much like consultation. Attendees at the 17 March meeting included Councillor Mike Lee. Lee is a board member of Auckland Transport, along with Christine Fletcher. The rest of the board are unelected, and much of their work is conducted in secret. They represent the worst of the Rodney Hide inspired CCOs. Council Controlled Organisation be damned. Two Waitemata Local Board members were present, deputy chair Pippa Coom and member Greg Moyle. Both spoke eloquently in support of further consultation with the Grey Lynn community before Auckland Transport imposes anything on them. Holistic became the word of the evening, coined by Pippa Coom, calling for a comprehensive study of parking needs, walking, cycling, calming of traffic on Great North Road, possible speed restrictions like Ponsonby Road, a boulevard with seating, a safe environment for the aged and children, and less emphasis on cars, buses and trucks.

We don’t believe buses need to double up on bus stops. It is a scheduling issue. Would AT try this in other suburbs like Ponsonby? Are we perceived as a soft touch? Any future plans for Grey Lynn need to meet the needs of all businesses, residents and visitors. A comprehensive survey of these holistic needs should be undertaken before AT tries to impose its will on us. Other speakers strongly supported Rochelle’s submission and it was resolved to forward her submission to AT along with this unanimous resolution from the meeting: This meeting calls on Auckland Transport to postpone proposed changes to the bus stop configuration on Great North Road in Grey Lynn shops until further consultation has taken place, and a comprehensive and holistic survey has been undertaken to assess the business viability and parking needs of Grey Lynn businesses, residents and visitors. PN Auckland Transport - Please listen! (JOHN ELLIOTT) F

No one at the meeting opposed the further development of public transport, but many indicated it would be a long time before the car went the way of the dinosaur. Several speakers, including Mike Murphy from Kokako, said none of their customers came by bus. An eloquent plea not to proceed with the proposal came from pharmacist, Youvras Gopals, owner of Gopals Pharmacy. The elderly and the sick, many just out of hospital, come to his pharmacy to pick up prescriptions. That takes them about 10 minutes, but only if they can get a park handy to the chemist. Rochelle Rodrigues, of Grey Lynn Butchers, whose mother Lucia organised the meeting, spoke with great force and reason. Her comments were echoed and endorsed by the whole meeting. Mike Lee called for her submission to be sent in its entirety to Auckland Transport for their perusal. Rochelle Rodrigues, of Grey Lynn Butchers

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LOCAL NEWS FATHER SPLOREBOT AT THE GREY LYNN COMMUNITY CENTRE NEEDS A NAME The Splorebot family, designed and built by robot maker Martin Horspool, lives above the front door at the Grey Lynn Community Centre. Father, mother Rachael and baby Splorebot in its pram, are official mascots of the Splore Festival. The rest of the time they reside at the community centre for all to enjoy.

Father Splorebot (left) needs a name

Last year a competition to name mother Splorebot attracted many entries from local children. This month it’s the turn of father Splorebot. Children are again asked to put on their thinking caps and come up with a name for him, as well as colour his picture. Robot-maker Martin Horspool has drawn the picture for the entry form. The competition is open to all pre-school and primary school children. It closes on Thursday 30 April. Entry forms are available at the community centre office.

Martin’s robots attract attention wherever they go and the robot family members at the community centre are firm favourites with everyone who sees them. Centre manager Cath Bathe Taylor had approached Martin some time ago asking if he could help with something “big and interesting” as a feature for the community centre. She got everything she had hoped for with the arrival of the Splorebot family. They needed a home between festivals and they now live permanently at the community centre, only leaving to attend Splore. Martin visits every so often to keep the family spruced up. The man robot, who has built-in music and lights with a mirror ball and laser inside him, was made by Martin five years ago for the Splore Festival. He plays 80s techno music and flashes lights for the three days of the event. Martin soon built him a wife, followed by the baby in the pram. “Next year there may be a couple of dogs, or even another child,” says Martin. “I haven’t decided yet.” Over the past eight years Martin has made more than 200 robots. They are owned by people all around New Zealand and many overseas. Four of his robots live in the New York area. One keen New York collector is organising an exhibition of Martin’s robots in September. “I will be taking 15 or 20 with me,” he says. “They will be shown in a converted container, The Art Block Gallery in New Jersey. The robots are created from recycled retro objects from the 50s and 60s and Martin finds it important for people to recognise the individual components that make up each one. He is lucky enough to be able to visualise personalities hidden in disused household objects. Every month brings a new activity at the Grey Lynn Community Centre. “The recent installation of a new picture hanging system means that local artists will now have the opportunity to display their work in the community centre, along with some groups that already do so,” says Cath. “Currently we are showing a fabulous exhibition by artists from the Toi Ora group.” The community centre’s new website is now up and running. “It is more modern and more reflective of our community,” say Cath. “As well it gives an opportunity for advertisers to participate.” Next month heralds the Big Bird project, a collaborative project with designer Guy Capper and Unitech engineering students, with community involvement. “The Big Bird will hang from the foyer ceiling and we are looking forward to seeing the result of this PN exciting project,” says Cath. (PHILIPPA TAIT) F GREY LYNN COMMUNITY CENTRE, 510 Richmond Road, T: 09 378 498; www.greylynn.org.nz

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At its March meeting Auckland Zoo volunteer Marguerite Vanderkolk gave Ponsonby U3A members a fascinating account of the treasure on our doorstep, the Auckland Zoo. Marguerite gave a brief history of the zoo since it was first opened in 1922 and how it has changed and evolved over the years to its modern function and contribution to zoological science, conservation and global animal welfare. Many of us haven’t visited the zoo in recent years and Marguerite says that visitors would be astounded at the changes over the past 10 years. As an example, she pointed out the development of the gardens, “Wonderful plantings in keeping with the origins of the animals from all over the world.” She also talked about the area Auckland Zoo volunteer Marguerite Vanderkolk of the great habitat, Te Wao Nui, was guest speaker at the March meeting of encompassing a fifth of the zoo’s Ponsonby U3A. 17ha footprint with its unique experience of New Zealand’s animals, plants and culture in six habitats - the coast, islands, wetlands, night, forest and the high country. She told us that from the 1960s it was acknowledged that animals had rights and people began to question why we had zoos. In light of these changing attitudes and knowledge, Auckland Zoo decided to change its focus on how animals were cared for and the purpose of the zoo. However, as Marguerite pointed out, it is not simple to close down a zoo. Animals that have been born in captivity would not survive in the wild. The tea party chimps, viewed by thousands over the years, were the centre of a lot of controversy. People felt it was wrong to treat them like human beings and in 1964 the tea parties were disbanded. The last remaining chimp, Jainey, became an icon, dying at Auckland Zoo only two years ago having lived the equivalent of 90 human years. The breeding programme at Auckland Zoo is controlled and scientific in line with other zoos around the world, holding endangered species that are bred to stop them becoming extinct. To stop animals ‘going mad in captivity’ behaviour enrichment programmes have been introduced. This is an area of great interest for Marguerite and she is involved with the programme for primates. She gave a detailed outline of what is involved in this interesting and most important area. Former Auckland Police District Commander and U3A member, Norman Stanhope, was the 10 minute speaker. He touched on highlights of his 37-year police career, in particular his role in the 1981 Springbok Tour protests. Other major events of his time included the 1965 Mt Eden Prison riot, 1960s Vietnam War protests, 1978 Bastion Point occupation, 1979 Erebus Disaster, 1981 Timaru foot and mouth disease outbreak and the 1984 Queen Street riots. As well as speakers at its monthly meeting held at the Leys Institute, Ponsonby U3A has 13 special interest groups for its members, which are regarded as the lifeblood of the organisation. Included are Antiques and Collectables, Armchair Travellers, Art History, Classical Studies, Current Events, Dining Out, Gallery Visits, Green Fingers, Music Appreciation, New Zealand History, Petanque, Ramblers and Scrabble. The groups provide mental stimulation and learning as well as social activity. Many friendships are forged at the interest groups, which in the main take place in members’ homes. Ponsonby U3A meets on the second Friday morning of the month. Visitors and guests are welcome at our meetings. Guest speaker for the April meeting will be Ros Currie, Volunteer Co-ordinator at the Auckland Museum. PN The 10 minute speaker will be U3A member Janet Grabner. (PHILIPPA TAIT) F


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Vernon Tava throws hat in ring for Green Party co-leader Well known and popular Waitemata Local Board member and lawyer, Vernon Tava, has entered the contest for Green Party male co-leader. Tava (the name is of Italian origin, not Pacific Island as some have thought), has good Green Party credentials. He stood as Green Party candidate for Northcote in 2011, has served on the National Executive as standing orders convenor, as Auckland province co-convenor and as a Young Greens national co-convenor. Vernon Tava stressed to Ponsonby News that he is enjoying working on the local board, and fully intends staying on that board and standing again at the next election. He rightly sees himself as an outsider in the Green Party leadership race, but he brings a particularly fresh perspective to his candidacy. Tava also brings a keen intellect, he holds a Master of Laws, with first class honours in environmental law. Tava is concerned that the party has been framed both by the media and many of its MPs as left-wing with a green tinge (red-green) rather than as a party of sustainability. He is adamant however, that he is not advocating blue-green policy either. He is stressing green-green philosophy and policy. He is at pains to say that this does not mean getting into bed with National might be a good idea, nor is he rejecting Labour as a strong future coalition partner. In truth, Vernon Tava thinks that neither National nor Labour are adapting to the environmental, social and economic challenges of the 21st century and he seeks to forge a forward looking approach which doesn’t make clinging to Labour’s coat tails the only option the Greens have. “What I am advocating,” says Tava, “Is that the Green Party return to its original charter values as a green-green party that is neither left nor right and able to work across the political spectrum.” Tava stresses that this does not require the abandonment of the Greens social policy. “It does, however, require us to be clear about the wellspring of that policy in the green charter principle of social responsibility - grounded in an eco-centric ethic - as distinct from anthropocentric, left-wing social justice.” He goes on to say, “We reject inequality not because of a Marxist, socialist or social democratic analysis but because it is inherently socially unsustainable.” What does this all mean for changes to Green Party strategy and philosophy?

Tava points out that social responsibility is distinct from (but inclusive of) social justice as it takes a broader perspective in which ecological sustainability is paramount and harmony is sought between people and the rest of nature. Those who wish to read more about this can read Vernon Tava’s paper on social justice versus social responsibility, where the main difference he says is people-centred (social justice) versus environment-centred (social responsibility). Vernon Tava is up against three sitting MPs - Kevin Hague, Gareth Hughes, and first term MP, James Shaw. Tava does not wish to sweep everything away. Although policy formation is led by the membership and cannot be unilaterally changed by a co-leader, changes in strategy and campaigning approach are all necessary going forward. So he is a new broom seeking to listen hard, and then advocate for meaningful change. “The Green Party is at a watershed,” he says, “and while our fundamentals are sound, we must seriously consider our political positioning and future direction.” Australian Greens, German Greens, and former Green MP Nandor Tanczos, all said, in one way or another that the Green Party was neither left nor right, but straight ahead. This is a conversation that must be had, and Vernon Tava will ensure that it will be. He may not win the day this time round, but don’t mistake Vernon Tava for some right wing apologist, trying to lobby for partnership with National. He is a well balanced individual with an eye to a better performance by the Green Party next time around. The Greens need to distinguish themselves from both National and Labour, neither of which are properly committed to the major issues facing humankind: climate change, inequality, and environmental sustainability. Finally, I have to report that Vernon Tava possesses a keen sense of humour, a sharp mind, and a passion for the planet.


Many of us have become very concerned about the cult of personality that prevails in our society, including our political scene, but we can do with enthusiastic, passionate, intelligent individuals who can make a difference. Vernon Tava is one of these. PN (JOHN ELLIOTT) F

Tamaki Sports Academy offers mentoring, coaching, and work experience to South Auckland youth who have dropped out of the mainstream school system but show some sporting talent. A major fundraiser for the academy, and an excellent source of work experience for our members, is the free metal collection service we offer. We will pick up any old metal - computers, whiteware, roofing iron, metal piping, venetian blinds, batteries, car panels, cars, metal shelving, filing cabinets, machinery, lawnmowers, engines, and so on. If you do have any metal rubbish to get rid of, we are keen to pick it up for you. It is a win-win for both of us. Thank you to everyone in advance, and to those who have donated metal to us previously. F PN Contact Tricia on T: 09 276 0328; M: 027 510 5890 www.facebook.com/#!/TamakiSportsAcademy

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Reclamation of the Waitemata Harbour: ‘Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further.’ The way the council has gone about backing down on its agreed September 2013 Unitary Plan policy of making reclamations of the Waitemata Harbour ‘non complying’ is deeply worrying. The original policy was soundly-based, had strong political support and was in response to widespread public concern that it was time that 150 years of harbour reclamation was brought to an end. That the public have any idea at all about what has happened in regard to council decisions about the fate of this policy over the last month is largely due to unauthorised leaking of information. First of all, leaking of details of the secret committee meeting by a person or persons present at the meeting and secondly, leaking to the media about a legal opinion, the existence of which was kept from councillors. The details that appeared in the NZ Herald articles are substantially correct. As reports revealed, at the first behind-closed-doors meeting in February a senior council planner told the councillors that in the planner’s professional view the original policy could and would not be defended by that officer or any other council officers, and therefore if the councillors wished to retain the policy, outside experts would have to be hired to defend the policy before the Unitary Plan commissioners. But that in itself, the planner was careful to point out, would clearly signal to the commissioners that the council officers were not in support of their council’s policy. It was made clear that if the councillors wished to avoid that embarrassment, the policy would have to be weakened to make smaller harbour reclamation consents non-notified and the larger reclamation consents discretionary, and only notified subject to the usual officer ‘tests’ of notification (and we all know how that works). But the day after that meeting, I was stunned to learn in the NZ Herald of the existence of a legal report said to be in the possession of council officers that argued quite the contrary. In fact, when the legal opinion was finally provided to a subsequent meeting of the council, we were to discover it was commissioned in 2013 in response to assertions by the Ports of Auckland legal counsel Mai Chen that the council’s ‘non-complying’ policy was ‘illegal’. This was absolute nonsense of course. The opinion by the very reputable RMA lawyer and coastal specialist, Ian Cowper, pointed out that as well as there being no basis to the claim that the policy was

illegal, he went on to advise that all forms of reclamation should be ‘non complying’. It worries me deeply, and it should worry everyone, that council officers would make a case to the councillors to back down on an agreed public policy position without telling us of the existence of this legal opinion, the advice of which was in fundamental conflict with their own. Then, directly related to the proposed future harbour reclamation, we learned (again via the newspaper), that non-notified consents had been given for two new wharves extending nearly 100m out into the harbour, off Bledisloe container terminal on either side of the planned reclamation. Information is power and the full sharing of information is axiomatic to sound decision -making in a democratic society. The suppression of vital information in this affair, about a matter of the highest public interest - the future of the Waitemata Harbour - is a cause for grave concern. As public anger grows, not just at the U-turn in policy but at the very questionable way this was achieved, a protest organisation has been formed, ‘Stop Stealing our Harbour’. Its campaign was launched in the Herald with a full-page ad featuring the names of 110 prominent New Zealanders, followed by a big protest meeting on Queens Wharf. This is just the beginning. The Waitemata Harbour has been repeatedly reclaimed, hundreds and hundreds of hectares of it, since the 1860s. Now is the time to draw a line against this. The Waitemata Harbour must be saved for present and future generations. This is an enormously important issue for Aucklanders. The Mayor and those councillors and council planners who continue to ignore their own legal advice to defy the public will must change their attitude. The message to Ports of Auckland and the Auckland Council comes from the Bible, the Book of Job, “Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further.” This article is dedicated to the late Darcy O’Brien, former Commissioner of Crown Lands, who first raised the alarm about Waitemata Harbour reclamation in the 1970s, and who campaigned against reclamation right up to his death at age 96 in July 2014. PN (MIKE LEE) F Councillor for Waitemata and Gulf www.mikelee.co.nz

LOCAL HISTORY - THE LABYRINTH AT SAINT COLUMBA The Anglican church of Saint Columba in Grey Lynn was built in 1930 to replace the original church that had served the parish since 1909. The church is built of brick with a tiled roof in the Victorian Gothic style, with a wooden tower and copper canopy. The labyrinth is located at the west end of the church and is surrounded by gardens. The labyrinth is always open as it is in a public area adjacent to the church.

It was designed by John Allen and installed by the St Columba Labyrinth creation team in 2004 2005. It is made of painted concrete and is 13m in diameter. The labyrinth is a haven of quiet in an urban environment. We have walked it twice and on the occasion we took the photographs it had been drizzling. The labyrinth seemed as if it was underwater and the paint, faded in patches

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photography: Tony Bridge

The labyrinth is based on the Chartres design and painted in swirling blues, greens and browns to reflect the colours of the South Pacific.

under the trees, came alive with a new vibrance. The sense of connection to the waters of the South Pacific makes this labyrinth a joy to walk with the patterns changing at every step. (TONY BRIDGE & HEATHER BRIDGE-MCLEOD) F PN www.labyrinthsnz.com Reprinted with permission of Tony Bridge, www.ketemarama.com PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

LOCAL NEWS AUCKLAND HOBBY FAIRS TO BE HELD IN FREEMANS BAY “EVERYONE TENDS TO COLLECT SOMETHING DURING THEIR LIFESPAN,” SAYS LOCAL resident, Don Mathewson, a man actively involved in the joint management of the two biggest hobby fairs in Auckland. And he should know, as Don’s love of collecting began in the early 90s when he started collecting TV-themed toy production vehicles. However, he very soon discovered that storage space was an issue and chose to stick to diecast models. Spotting his first reproduction TV van at a Sydney swap meet, he bargained hard to buy it at a fair price. Thereafter, he returned to New Zealand and continued to find and purchase other similar vehicles. His love of collecting has continued. Another keen advocate of the Freemans Bay Hobby Fair this year is Michael Howell, also a member of the Auckland Lego Users Group. Michael’s love of Lego began at the tender age of five, when his dad came back from the United States with a Moon Landing Lego Set (number 565). He remembers it, at the time, being made up simply of square blocks and slopes; quite unlike the range of different elements that Lego has available today. Years later, Michael saw exactly the same set for sale on eBay but decided he was well and truly outbid when the bidding reached US$250. Resigned to the fact that he would probably never own that set again, he was overjoyed to find it, six months later, on TradeMe, and so purchased it for the far more reasonable sum of NZ$63. In talking about this year’s hobby fairs (11 April and 26 September), which are to be held at the Freemans Bay Community Hall, Don Mathewson expresses great enjoyment in watching others participate in their respective hobbies. During the events, enthusiasts can expect to find anything from diecasts to model kitsets to secondhand dolls, he says. And while Don will no doubt have his eyes peeled for more camera vehicles during the PN fairs, he concedes that he probably has “nearly all that he needs.” F www.aucklandhobbyfair.wordpress.com

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RACHAEL TE AOTONGA: LEYS INSTITUTE LIBRARY NEWS Auckland Libraries has got a fabulous announcement to make - we finally have our very own library app. Our aim is to make your library available to you anywhere, any time. Features of the app include the ability to: • Search the Auckland Libraries catalogue using keywords or scan your book barcode to see if it’s available at any of our 55 library branches. • Sign in to your Auckland Libraries account to renew items, check your holds, pay fees and view your borrowing history. • Check out and read eBooks and eAudiobooks via OverDrive, BorrowBox and Wheelers. • Search our Digital Library for research resources across a variety of databases from newspapers and magazines to heritage photographs. • Check what library is closest to you or see a list of libraries with their locations, opening hours and contact details. • Contact a librarian or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Download the app today from the App Store, Google Play, the Windows Phone Store or Kindle Fire. In other library news, Leys Institute has some great events happening during April. BOOK LAUNCH An hour with Nicky Pellegrino Wednesday 29 April, 6-7pm A good book should take you away from your everyday life to another place entirely. Bestselling author Nicky Pellegrino wants to take you to Italy with her latest book ‘One Summer in Venice’. Light refreshments provided with sparkling wine kindly sponsored by Glengarry Wines. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Paper Plus. This is a free event though bookings are essential. Please RSVP: At Leys Institute Library or phone T: 09 374 1315. APRIL SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Leys Institute will be the happening place to be in the April school holidays. Come along and join in on our free carnival themed activities. Create a Topsy Turvy Carnival Ride. Get creative by making some fun and topsy turvy carnival rides. Wednesday 8 April, 10am - 12 noon.

LOCAL NEWS FRANKLIN ROAD UPGRADE Auckland Transport convened a meeting on Monday 9 March in the Dorothy Winstone Theatre at Auckland Girls Grammar which was attended by a large number of Freemans Bay residents. The purpose of the gathering is to give an update on what is planned for Franklin Road. Greg Edmonds, the Chief Operations Manager outlined what progress had been made. He emphasised how important it is to improve the pavements, protect the trees and provide safety for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists as well as retaining as much street parking as possible. He reported that since the meetings with residents in April and November, Auckland Transport has analysed the feedback received and met with Vector who has made a commitment to underground the street lights. This is a complete turn around from the power company’s initial reaction to the proposal and is a very positive outcome. AT has considered whether a roundabout would work at the Wellington - England Streets intersection. During consultation with residents there was concern raised about the danger it posed to both pedestrian and vehicle safety. At this early stage it seems a possibility and would certainly slow traffic, provide safer egress from both streets and make the pedestrian crossing more visible. This is certainly a better option than traffic signals that at a distance would be obscured by trees and only visible when vehicles are too close to the intersection. Another favourable result from consultation was, pending approval, granting residential parking permits in Freemans Bay which will control the level of commuter parking that is so irksome for people who live there. So far, so good, but a planned cycleway on Franklin Road received a very negative response from the audience. AT has consulted with our local board and both are supporting the proposed cycleway that will be part of a network across the city. Not a single person I spoke to before the meeting was in favour. There was quite a list of objections; paint on a road doesn’t make for safe cycling infrastructure, cyclists would need to give way at four intersections, the downward gradient encourages a high speed buildup, there’s a high chance of being clipped by a car reversing out of a driveway, visibility is low particularly in wet weather and leaf fall adds to the danger of an accident, properties with high fences don’t have clear sight lines when reversing out of a driveway, the implementation of a cycleway is bound to result in accidents, even fatalities. A conversation with Ross Thorby, longtime resident on the road, revealed that it is not included in the Draft Auckland Cycle Network nor as a cycle highway connector or feeder in spite of Greenways documents mentioning it is. He opines that the road is not a logical connection to the waterfront but that College Hill is wider and more suitable, having less trees blocking sight lines and fewer residential traffic backing out of driveways. So, policy determiners, in this case people power might triumph as it did on Great North Road when an ancient pohutukawa stand was saved from destruction. PN (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) F

Carnival themed storytime and storyboard play. Enjoy a carnival themed interactive storytime, and then have a go at making your own storyboard plays. Friday 10 April, 10.30am - 12.30pm. Wacky carnival and masquerade wearables. Make a wacky themed wearable to wear to our carnival day. Wednesday 15 April, 2pm - 4pm. Carnival Fiesta! Come along to a fun filled afternoon with carnival games, activities, food and more. Friday 17 April, 2pm - 4.30pm. On a finishing note, the Auckland Writers Festival runs from 13-17 May. Programmes are hot off the press and we are very excited! An excellent line-up of literary talent is participating in the festival this year - come and collect your programme as well as books by featured writers from Leys Institute Library today. (RACHAEL TE AOTONGA) F PN LEYS INSTITUTE, 20 St Marys Road, T: 09 374 1315 www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz

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Ponsonby Fire Station The lovely little building at 15 St Marys Road is one of the oldest fire stations in New Zealand and its historical and architectural significance is recognised by the Auckland City Council with a Category B listing. There’s speculation as to who was the designer; records indicate it was probably Goldsbro’ & Wade but John Stacpoole in his book, ‘Victorian Auckland’ suggests it was Scottish architect, Robert Watt who designed the Leys Institute and Gymnasium nearby. The two buildings are very different style-wise and since Goldsbro’ was partner in the first architectural firm with a strong Arts and Crafts influence one would suppose he is the most likely contender. The building certainly has many features of Arts and Crafts architecture which allows the function of the building and its activities to determine the outer shape and the construction, leaving out excessive ornamental features. The buildings also tend to have graceful curved arches rather than pointed examples and many were designed on a modest scale. There was also a contrast in values between classical architecture and Arts and Crafts. Classical architecture was seen as being built by wage earners, whereas Arts and Crafts relied on a partnership between designer and craftsman in which the latter was highly respected alongside the artist and architect.

accommodation for the foreman. According to the superintendent of the Auckland Fire Board, a Mr CA Woolley proclaimed, “It is requisite that a foreman of the station is married. It is cheaper for the Fire Board to have him live at the station”. Goldsbro’ was architect to the Anglican Diocese and designed churches and parish halls in Papatoetoe, Howick, and Manurewa plus many houses in Remuera and Mt Eden, some of which have been demolished, including the Goldie house on St Georges Bay Road. It’s very fortunate that the Ponsonby Fire Station has survived, even though it was sold in 1923 when the staff and fire engine were transferred to a new station on the corner of Ponsonby Road and Lincoln Street, which was eventually replaced with a new building. The fire station had a string of new lives, first as a somewhat notorious nightclub, then later a funeral parlour, a tea business, a newspaper publishing company, a toy factory and finally a succession of fine dining restaurants. These have always been evening establishments but presently the building is undergoing a refurbishment and will be transformed into a daytime cafe named ‘Mary’s’, opening from 7am to 4pm Monday to PN Friday and 8am to 4pm weekends. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) F

George Golsbro’s father was a doctor who emigrated to New Zealand in 1860 and served as a surgeon during the Maori wars. George was born in 1870 and studied architecture under R Mackay Fripp who arrived here in 1881 from Bristol and opened an architectural practice, later becoming the secretary of the Auckland Society of Arts where he introduced architecture classes and competitions. He left for Canada in 1888 and Goldsbro’ moved to Australia to work under Shulman & Poweres, Howard Joseland and Theo Kennis, all of whom had pursued successful and influential careers there. With valuable experience under his belt, he returned to Auckland and formed a partnership with Henry Wade. The firm designed the main building of Auckland Girls Grammar School, and we assume, the yellow brick Fire Station at St Marys Bay that was constructed in 1902. The station was well equipped with all the early firefighting essentials. There were hose reels mounted on two cartwheels that firefighters could pull along manually as well as canvas hoses on a horse-manned two wheeled cart. These ‘horsed reels’ were in use until 1909 when the Fire Board took over Central and Ponsonby Stations from the City Council. New appliances were ordered for Central and an Ariel-Simplex hose tender which could carry a crew of eight was moved to the Ponsonby Station. Its stables were no longer required and they were converted into

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The old fire station building is soon opening as a new cafe





Remembering them 100 years on Everyone has a story - a yarn that’s been passed down through generations documenting the role a family member played in the ‘Great Wars’. Some have more than one story to tell, others just have the symbols and remnants; medals, papers, and maybe the odd photograph. In my family, it was my grandfather. He served in the Pacific, leaving behind a wife and three children. I only remember him talking about the war near the end of his life. Photograph of his time as a soldier remain the only time in my life where I ever saw my grandfather wearing shorts.

DEIRDRE THURSTON: ON MY MIND... On my mind, as I look out my window, is Auckland. My town, our city, which turned 175-years-old in January and is more exciting and breathtaking than ever. Tonight, our harbour bridge is lit up like Luna Park - although pretty rather than a tad gruesome. Turner-ish black clouds play tag with the moon in celebration of our birthday. How lucky we are to live in this great city. I’m an extremely patriotic Aucklander, always happy to come home from wherever else in the world I have been, no matter how magical. “What about the traffic?!” Naysayers bleat. I raise an eyebrow; “What traffic? It’s fine. Go to Beijing or Bangkok. Then you’ll see traffic.”

Then there was the great great uncle, the one who lied about his age such was his desperation to enlist during World War I. When he was sent home on account of his health, he enlisted again under a different name.

“Public transport then? We need trams back, like Melbourne.” They continue their negative blah. “Car share, cycle,” I retort, pretending they haven’t a leg to stand on.

It’s hard to comprehend what it would have been like to sit at the end of the world, watching a conflict that seemed so distant, but one that still created such an enormous sense of duty. It’s even harder to comprehend what the First World War in particular did to our tiny nation.

I can still remember climbing the steps of a tram near the bottom of Queen Street. My gran held my hand. She was resplendent in corsets (unseen of course) a blue taffeta dress, fox-fur cape and handbag over her arm.

On the 25th of April 1915, troops began to land at what became known as ANZAC cove. By the end of that day, 100 Kiwi men were dead. It was the beginning of a disastrous campaign that left the Gallipoli Peninsula in the hands of its Turkish defenders, and led to the death of one fifth of all of the New Zealanders who landed there. The impact of such a small nation losing 2779 of its men must have been profound. If you’ve ever had the chance to stop and observe the war memorials that are scattered throughout every corner of New Zealand, you will have been moved by the sites which document the loss of entire generations. And now we are on the cusp of marking the 100th anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at the Gallipoli Peninsula.

My pink dress had pintucks and my little straw hat boasted a bow at the back. It is the only memory of the trams I have. I would’ve been two or three. Trams were then replaced by trolley buses with comfy, padded, leather seats. Did Aucklanders perceive transport as a problem back then?

It’s a day we have commemorated from the time news of it arrived here in New Zealand. That commemoration was formalised in 1916, and we have continued to mark 25 April in our history ever since.

As I watch the bridge sparkle green, blue, red with birthday lights, I think again how exquisite Auckland is. Perfect? No - what city is? But, let’s take this summer: Day after day of fairytale, cottonwool clouds floating joyfully in blue skies smiling down on a silver and aquamarine Waitemata Harbour. Big boats, little boats puffing out their sails, shooting across the sea trailing lacy wakes behind them.

There is something about that commemoration that has remained remarkably static. Yes, some have used it to protest against war, or to claim that it was a key part of New Zealand’s birth as an independent nation - but no one can dispute the profound loss and sadness left in the wake of this conflict. As we mark the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, I hope we continue to remember that loss - that for every mention of ANZAC spirit, or the history of the landing, sat a mother, father, sister or brother that lost a family member. We would do well simply to remember PN that as we remember them. (JACINDA ARDERN) F They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. JACINDA ARDERN, Labour List MP based in Auckland Central. www.jacinda.co.nz

Now we have buses galore it seems. Certainly Ponsonby and surrounding inner city areas are well-served by the Link bus, which, my son used to say was amazing apart from the odd cockroach under the seats. I’m all for trains but don’t have personal experience of how our train service is doing for our city’s users.

We have enjoyed the seafood festival, Laneway music festival, umpteen art exhibits. Together we have saved six majestic pohutukawas standing in a crimson and green row, and a giant, ancient kauri - along with its many tiny inhabitants. Aucklanders are foodies and, along with our continued love affair with local oysters, scallops and whitebait, we’ve eaten raw, paleo, vegan, vegetarian. Kale has been a superstar as has chia and anything coconut. I understand that not everyone can saunter up the road and order a coffee, but Auckland remains a coffee culture. I don’t drink coffee, so whilst feeling a bit special for a second, I also feel somewhat leper-like. I don’t get the coffee thing. Or cricket. Clearly I’m a misfit. Naturally, there is another side of Auckland’s 175-year-old personality. Nasty politics. Ho hum. People in need of better housing. Or housing at all in some cases. Crime, thoughtless people who leave their pets in hot cars... there is always a dark side to everywhere and everyone. Stars can’t shine without darkness. While everything, good and bad, is part of the whole, I’d rather concentrate on the beauty we have before us each day and how fortunate we are to live here. No matter what our circumstances. I’m proud of Auckland. According to Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey recently, it is ranked the third best city in the world. Vienna and Zurich beat it. Let’s be kind to one another, Aucklanders, and do whatever we individually can to help mature our city in the best possible ways. Happy birthday, Auckland and many, many happy returns. (DEIRDRE THURSTON) F PN

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LOCAL NEWS GREY LYNN RESIDENTS VOICE THEIR CONCERNS The Grey Lynn and Arch Hill residents’ associations, plus the Waitemata Local Board, held a community meeting at the Grey Lynn Library Hall on 11 March at 5.45pm.

LOCAL AUTHOR TAKES US TO VENICE New Zealand author Nicky Pellegrino is back with another delightfully delicious novel, this time set in the maze of Venice’s canals, bridges and piazzas. ‘One Summer in Venice’, out 14 April 2015, follows Addolorata Martinelli who has set herself a goal to find the 10 things that could be the key to her happiness. “This isn’t a mid-life crisis OK? For a start I’m not old enough yet to have one of those. I’m calling it a happiness project. I’ve stolen an entire summer from my life and by the time it’s over I plan to leave this place with a list in my hand. The ten things that make me happy, that’s all I want to know. How difficult can it be? They may be small things - a perfect cup of coffee, a day without rain - or bigger ones. It’s still the beginning so how can I know?” Addolorata knows she should be happy. She has everything she thought she wanted - her own business, a husband, a child. So why does she feel as if something is missing? When her restaurant, Little Italy, is slated by a reviewer, she realises that she’s lost the one thing she thought she could always count on, her love of food. Addolorata heads to Venice for a summer alone, aiming to find the 10 things that make her happy. Once she’s found them, she’ll construct a new life around her 10 things, but will they include her life in London? A dollop of delicious food, a touch of travel, a generous dash of romance and a plot sprinkled with life-changing decisions, this heart-warming and scrumptious novel has it all. One Summer in Venice might even be perfect for a Mother’s Day pick... One Summer in Venice, by Nicky Pellegrino, published by Hachette New Zealand, RRP $34.99 F PN

Its purpose was to answer questions from residents and collect views on the Auckland Council’s 10-year budget. Members of the local board gave an overview of projects and proposals for the western part of the Waitemata, particularly the completion of the Weona Coastal Walkway, restoration of Western Springs native bush and funding of local events such as the Grey Lynn Park Festival. Shale Chambers gave a Power Point presentation to illustrate the council’s decision-making on the long-term plan which generated plenty of comment from the floor. On transport, the general opinion was that a 1.5 cent fuel tax is insufficient and the council is not being bold enough in pushing for a levy on petrol usage. A need to finish finish the City Rail Link and so reduce congestion on roads was emphasised and maybe a congestion tax should be another option to consider. As far as business was concerned a man who owns a cartage company stated the rates should not be reduced as owners make a profit off their properties, unlike householders. There was general consensus that the Grey Lynn centre needed an upgrade. Some I spoke to before the meeting commenced objected to Auckland Transport’s proposed changes to bus stops in the Grey Lynn shopping centre. This would remove 12 car parking spaces which is of great concern to local retailers and an inconvenience to shoppers. The liquor creep on residential sites, for instance on the corner of Peel Street and Richmond Road, was of great concern to the whole community. There was agreement that Grey Lynn Park is functioning well but needs to be made wheelchair accessible. The space above the dog walking track would lend itself perfectly to a BMX trail as there is a need to encourage young people to cycle. Everyone supported the removal of at risk trees in the Western Park pine stand, particularly those close to properties. Also the Home Street playground should be upgraded within the next three years. The local board was urged to advocate for funding from the long-term plan towards the 254 Ponsonby Road project and to stop ‘ugly’ developments that are poorly designed. (Of course that might prove a contentious move as one person’s aesthetic might be another’s poison!) The reduction of library hours was a big no, no and there was concern expressed about the implications of the fruit fly eradication programme on biodiversity, for example the bee population. So far the Franklin Road upgrade has been funded to the tune of eight to nine million dollars, the walking and cycling programme gets $70 million but residents parking permits remain unfunded as yet. The board’s advocacy areas include the mitigation of a flooding risk downstream from Western Park, completion of the Auckland Cycling Network, to secure funding for a regional greenways network, and the development of 254 Ponsonby Road into a public space. Back in 2012, the Waitemata Local Board allocated funds to develop the Weona Walkway along Westmere’s coastal reserve land, as part of a programme to create a pathway from Meola Reef to the Hobson Bay walkway via Parnell. Unfortunately the reserve land was neglected over many years by previous councils and neighbouring properties encroached on the land, making it no longer possible to walk around the coast except at low tide. The 1.4km walkway will eventually be a mix of aggregate surface and boardwalk, but questions were asked at the meeting about the water quality beside the walkway and the need for its improvement. This will be a staged project to be completed over the next eight years during which time similar such problems will be addressed. All in all it was a constructive meeting and will provide valuable feedback for the board to analyse and act on where possible. PN (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) F

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LOCAL NEWS HAYLEY TANGAROA SEAMLESSLY BALANCES MULTIPLE ROLES OF LAWYER, WIFE AND MOTHER Grey Lynn residents will tell you that they live in one of the most interesting parts of town with the most interesting neighbours. For example, neighbours like Hayley Tangaroa. When seeing this attractive, relaxed young woman walk into the Grey Lynn Community Centre with her young daughter headed for the Grey Lynn Kids Playgroup, you would never guess that in her modest, unmarked Grey Lynn office Hayley is a high-powered international lawyer, whose clients are the governments of developing nations. She is a director of Tuia International, a development consulting company based in Wellington, that provides legislative drafting, policy development, aid projects and investing advice to small countries or islands, particularly indigenous groups, in the Pacific and parts of Asia. Hayley frequently travels to the countries she is working with and also to Wellington on a weekly basis. Her current schedule includes visits to Australia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and Hong Kong. She seamlessly carries out her multiple roles of lawyer, wife and mother with her banker husband Kiwa, her parents and a loving nanny for Te Ataroa Ruby. “The drawcard always is coming home to raise my child among my family,” says Hayley. Hayley and Kiwa make a priority of doing “something worthwhile aimed at giving to others,” every year. The Make a Wish Foundation was a recent recipient of a fundraising effort by Hayley. Hayley and Kiwa have been together for 15 years and have travelled the world, most recently living in Copenhagen for four years, before settling back in Auckland to start their family. Hayley has a BA and law degree from Auckland University and completed a Masters Degree in Human Rights in Sydney and Thailand, while Kiwa has a Masters of Commerce (in International Business) from Auckland University Business School. Busy though she is, Hayley believes in giving to her community and was recently appointed to the governance committee of the Grey Lynn Community Centre. “We are so lucky to have her,” says community centre manager Cath Bathe Taylor.” Her knowledge and skills are invaluable in helping us fulfil our role in this diverse and interesting community. She also uses the facilities of the centre and appreciates what we stand for.” As well, Hayley has recently been invited to join the board of a trust established for the relief of poverty, the benefit of the community, and in particular to assist marginalised and economically disadvantaged people, especially women and children. PN (PHILIPPA TAIT) F

Hayley Tangaroa with her daughter, Te Ataroa Ruby

OXFAM TRAILWALKERS RAISE FUNDS TO EASE POVERTY Herne Bay and St Mary's Bay women, Yvonne McLean, Veronica Gascoigne, Lynne Fleury and Billie Harbidge (team name: 'Go Bertie') have been pounding the pavement. Readers may have seen them tramping city streets as they prepare to walk 100km in under 36 hours in Taupo on 28 and 29 March. Oxfam Trailwalker is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and around 1000 walkers aim to raise $1 million to go towards helping change lives of people living in poverty. For example, Oxfam is on the ground now in Vanuatu after the devastation of Cyclone Pam, one of the worst to hit the Pacific.

The Oxfam Trailwalker pushes you to the limit. However, it is nothing compared to what many, such as the people of Vanuatu, must endure.” F PN If you wish to donate to 'Go Bertie' go to www.oxfamtrailwalker.org.nz

At the time of printing the 'Go Bertie' team is close to having raised $10,000. And where does the name 'Go Bertie' come from? 'Bertildas' are female foot soldiers. Yvonne, Veronica, Lynne and Billie have had little endurance walking experience. Their training programme has comprised over 500km of walking locally, through the Waitakeres, night walks through Auckland parks, and up and down Queen Street (much to the interest of early morning commuters). They are feeling nervous, excited and ready for the experience. Yvonne, who heads Strategic Direction, specialises in coaching and leadership development. She says, “When you spend a lot of time with others, and you are all striving for a challenging goal, there is much that you learn about yourself and others.

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‘Go Bertie’ trailwalkers, Billie Harbidge, Veronica Gascoigne, Lynne Fleury, Yvonne McLean PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

PLANNING WEDDINGS AROHA HEALING - A ONE-STOP SHOP FOR WEDDING NECESSITIES Aroha Healing offers so many options for weddings and wedding planning. From beautiful luxury natural candles to makeup, Aroha facials, massage, yoga, yoga nidra, eyelash enhancements, bellydance and massage, we feel we are almost a one-stop shop for many wedding necessities. When planning a wedding it is natural to want the best of the best. Aroha Healing Candles are proud to be associated with The Wedding Associates who provide just that - the best of the best. With an extensive range of beautifully scented, or non-scented candles that bring a touch of aroha (love) to illuminate your special day. The Aroha Healing team specialise in producing pure white candles evoking truth, unity, love, protection, peace, purification, happiness and longevity. These exquisite natural luxury candles are hand-poured and blended in Aroha Healing’s incredibly decadent 18th century solid river stone premises in Grey Lynn No. 3 Maidstone Street is one of four historical buildings that energetically adds charisma and a touch of old worldliness to each and every candle. Aroha Healing candles add romanticism to any wedding setting and our petite candles are perfect wedding favours for your guests. If your intention is to light candles for those who cannot be present or in remembrance, as centrepieces for table settings, or as exquisite gifts for your guests, Aroha Healing candles are the perfect choice. Our candles have an ethereal, mood enhancing, energetic presence and are a united choice for both female and male taste alike. Beautiful Aroha candles bring a setting to life with a stunning point of difference. We currently have our 15 original scented candles and a sacred stone and crystal collection, or you are most welcome to choose your own unique blended scent or have non-scented candles for your special PN day. (ROSANNA MARKS) F AROHA HEALING, 3 Maidstone Street, T: 0800 646 326 www.arohahealing.co.nz www.arohahealingcandles.co.nz info@arohahealing.co.nz

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PLANNING WEDDINGS INNER CITY WEDDING VENUE - HOTEL DEBRETT The iconic Hotel DeBrett is nestled in the heart of Auckland city, at the crossroads of Shortland Street’s business and High Street’s fashion precincts, just two short blocks from the waterfront. Twenty-five rooms and suites are individually decorated in a mid-century modern style, showcasing contemporary New Zealand arts and crafts, overlaid with 21st century comforts.

The soaring glass-roofed atrium can accommodate up to 60 guests for a sit down dinner, or 100 fit quite comfortably for a canape-cocktail style function. Equally, small intimate groups can be accommodated within a variety of spaces and suites.

At the core of the hotel is a glass roofed atrium and courtyard, which provide ambient meeting spots for guests and visitors, with a casual gourmet restaurant ‘debretts kitchen’ at one end, and the legendary ‘house bar’ at the other. Tucked off to the side, and exclusively for house guests, is a drawing room stocked with a selection of their own art, books, music and movies.

A list of florists, photographers, makeup artists, celebrants and performers who have worked in the hotel previously are confidently recommended if you need assistance in those areas. The menu changes regularly, to reflect the seasons. Prices start at $85pp for a three course set menu, with various options to enhance your experience.

Hotel DeBrett is a vibrant, inner city boutique setting for the ultimate, sophisticated wedding. The dedicated events team, work with you to customize your wedding, in order to make it the perfect day, with no two weddings ever the same. Ceremony, reception and accommodation are all possibilities in these eclectic, colourful spaces.

Experience a mix of calm and bustle in central Auckland, and share this special home away from home with personal yet professional service. F PN

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HOTEL DEBRETT, 2 High Street, T: 09 925 9000 www.hoteldebrett.com


PLANNING WEDDINGS JANE YEH TALKS ABOUT ‘THE DRESS’ As part of our Planning Weddings feature this month we asked renowned designer Jane Yeh a few questions about her many years of experience in bridal couture. What do you enjoy most about designing wedding gowns? I love the special aspect of the romance of a wedding dress, designing a dress for a bride’s special day - something chic, stylish but also classic. How did you become a bridal designer? Previously I was a fashion ladieswear designer. However, I wanted to be involved in more creative, fairy tale designing - beautiful high quality fabrics to achieve somebody’s dream dress. The Jane Yeh bridal salon has made its home at 72 College Hill since September last year, what do you enjoy about being in Ponsonby? I love the heritage atmosphere of Ponsonby. It has a special character and an eclectic mix of fashion, boutiques and great cafes. What are the trends for wedding gowns? The vintage look is very strong; beautiful, delicate fabrics. The romantic fairytale bride is a classic look that never goes away. Many brides are getting married in resorts so they want a more casual, holiday look. We understand that you also design bridal undergarments... Perfectly fitting underwear is very important under a bridal gown. My underwear range ensures support and a smooth fitted look under a bridal dress. What are your favourite materials to work with? I love working with high quality fabrics such as silks and laces. Tell us about the process of being fitted for a Jane Yeh gown. After discussions with the designer, a number of fittings are required to ensure a perfect fit and shape for the client. As well as bridal gowns, I also design and make outfits and special couture - mother of the bride, and bridegroom, and occasions-wear such as ball gowns and race-wear. F PN JANE YEH DESIGN, 72 College Hill, Ponsonby, T: 09 378 1527 www.janeyeh.com

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The Crystal Ballroom ready to welcome guests at the Langham Hotel Auckland

A BRIDAL SHOWCASE NOT TO BE MISSED Romantic venues, exquisite banquets, bespoke service. Your dream wedding awaits you at The Langham, Auckland - and now is your chance to see why. For one day only this elegant hotel is opening its grand wedding venue doors and inviting guests from around New Zealand to view its lavish venues. There’ll be glasses of bubbles and wedding cakes, table displays, flowers and wedding suppliers plus The Langham’s very own event specialists to help make your wedding dreams come true. The perfect backdrop for all of this will of course be the opulent venues themselves. See inside the Crystal Ballroom with its crystal chandeliers and exclusive foyer and bar to see why this is the perfect place to impress up to 180 wedding guests. Then there’s The Great Room and all its glamour with seating for up to 900 guests. Rows of stunning crystal chandeliers that can be individually programmed to affect the mood and ambience of the room line the high ceiling in this enchanting venue. Last but not least, Chandelier will also open its doors to reveal its wedding elegance and sophistication. Chandelier can cater for up to 70 wedding guests who will no doubt be impressed with its private bar and the delicious cuisine.

Plus, every visitor on the day goes in the draw to win The Langham Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood experience and a Chuan Body Elements treatment for two. From an intimate ceremony to the most lavish banquet, you’ll see all this and more at The Langham Auckland’s Bridal Showcase from 10am to 3pm on Saturday 16 May. THE LANGHAM AUCKLAND, 83 Symonds Street, Grafton; wedding specialists T: 09 300 2901, E: tlakl.catering@langhamhotels.com www.langhamhotels.com

PLAN A WEDDING IN ONE DAY - WITH HITCH’D WEDDING FAIR Hitch’d is an exciting new initiative in wedding planning by Julia Clarke and Georgia Herewini, two women who love everything that is weddings and who independently run their own businesses within the wedding industry. Hitch’d was an idea that came about over a few days spent on a job - Julia and Georgia are both extremely passionate about working with the very best in the industry. Together they have hand picked the very best wedding professionals in Auckland and put together a boutique wedding fair that will be held in the Sapphire Room at Ponsonby Central next month. This is a special kind of wedding fair and, not just aimed at women, there will be something for everyone. On arrival visitors will sip champagne, enjoy a variety of food tastings and be given a goody bag to take home. Guests will have access to the most creative, talented and innovative wedding planning ideas all under one roof.

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Hitch’d is all about gorgeous weddings and steers away from mainstream design and styling. The fair offers couples the chance to plan their wedding in one day with vendors who are the best of the best! This is the first year for Hitch’d and two fairs will be running: the Summer Fair 16 -17 May and the Winter Fair 10 - 11 October. F PN HITCH’D, The Sapphire Room, Ponsonby Central, 16-17 May, E: info@hitchdweddingfair.com www.hitchdweddingfair.com PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

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PLANNING WEDDINGS HERA BRIDAL COUTURE - ALWAYS TRY ON YOUR DREAM WEDDING GOWN The temptation to save money and time by buying a wedding gown online before trying it on can be very strong, especially when the price can be so enticing - and more so when planning a wedding on a smaller budget. “Your wedding gown is the ultimate dress you will wear in your life time. There is nothing better than having it fitted to you like a glove,” says Katie Yeung of Hera Bridal Couture. “This requires professional tailoring at your atelier if purchasing off the shelf, at Hera this does not mean you have to have a big budget,” says Katie. “I have met many brides who have purchased their gowns online almost always ended up reselling on Trademe and had to start all over again. Sometimes the dress online will look nothing like the fit on the model and they are usually poorly made. The cutting of the dress cannot be salvaged even with our utmost experience and skills. Just remember you are paying for immaculate design, experience and workmanship. A well trained couturier of over 25 years does not come at $10 per hour.” Hera Bridal Couture is proudly New Zealand owned and operated, and all their bridal accessories are custom made in Hera’s K’ Road showroom. “All our gowns are designed here in Auckland and we have a small team of in-house experienced couturiers in Hong Kong under Hera to fulfill our bride’s demand on time and every time, Katie explains. “Fabrics are sourced worldwide; dresses are custom made to perfection.” Katie Yeung is proud of the service they offer, “Our quality and workmanship, fabulous service and experienced team enables our brides to achieve their dream gown every time. Why order online prior to trying it on, when you can have a beautiful custom made wedding gown in New Zealand?” HERA BRIDAL COUTURE, 501 Karangahape Road, T: 09 369 1988 www.herabridal.co.nz

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PLANNING WEDDINGS WHAT’S YOUR ‘SKIN WISH’ FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY? We all have one bugbear when we look in the mirror or catch a photo of ourselves on Facebook. For some it’s fine lines around their eyes, for others it’s sun damage. If you’re planning your wedding there’s never been a better time to talk to the team at About Face about making your ‘skin wishes’ come true. Their high-tech Skin-Changing Courses are on sale now and you can save up to $850. Autumn and winter are the best time as it’s easier to avoid the sun before and after treatments. There are six skin wishes that come up repeatedly in clinic: • To look younger with fewer wrinkles • Minimise breakouts or brown spots • Have soft, dewy skin • More even skin colour, less redness • Calmer less reactive skin • Remove unwanted hair Many years ago About Face devised Skin Packs, a fool-proof plan to fix such concerns. These are tailored to address your skin wish and consist of an intensive Skin-Changing Course using high-tech machines, homecare that really works and lifestyle tips to help your skin stay fresher longer. Over the years they’ve helped thousands of people to look in the mirror and see skin they love again! Are you keen to get started but worried about cost? There’s a payment plan where you can pay for your course over 12 months.

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Clear + Brilliant laser treatment - the perfect thing for gorgeous, glowing skin for your wedding day! Readers can find out more at About Face Ponsonby So, what’s the one thing you’d most like to change about your skin in time for the big day? Get started by speaking to the team at About Face Ponsonby. F PN ABOUT FACE, 18 Jervois Road, Ponsonby, T: 378 4140 www.aboutface.co.nz







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1. Areaware reality ‘Banana Bowl’ $299 @ the Object Room www.theobjectroom.co.nz; 2. Spaced 360 bluetooth portable speaker $499 and Spaced 360 case $49.90 (various colours available) @ Askew www.askew.co.nz; 3. Jonathan Adler Grecian vase $520 @ Askew www.askew.co.nz; 4. Willow wood bed tray $69 @ Tessuti www.tessuti.co.nz; 5. ‘Rottweiler’ by Ottmar Hori $1250 @ Design55 www.design55.co.nz; 6. Coral ‘Pacillopora Damicomis’ $600 @ Republic www.republichome.com

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1. 6 person retro picnic case $275 @ Millys www.millyskitchen.co.nz; 2. Solid oak ‘Chop’ chopping board by Tom Dixon $220 @ Simon James Concept Store www.simonjamesdesign.com; 3. Areaware reality Turtle trinket box $129 @ the Object Room www.theobjectroom.co.nz; 4. Flax charcoal salad bowl $169 and Flax platter $169 @ Republic www.republichome.com; 5. Black ash wooden block with copper clock $425 and copper Bluetooth rechargeable speaker $265 @ Askew www.askew.co.nz; 6. ‘Entertainment plate’ by Kelly Wearstler $750 @ Design 55 www.design55.co.nz; 7. Casper crystal candlesticks small $269 and medium $289 @ Chambers www.chambersnz.co.nz F PN STYLING: Jay Platt PHOTOGRAPHY: Danilo Santana David, Fisher Santana.

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PLANNING WEDDINGS THE GEMSTONE FOR APRIL Donna Mills, owner of Jewels and Gems, introduces us to the qualities of pyrite. Most of the information comes from the scientifically conducted trials of German stone specialist Michael Gienger. Pyrite is known as ‘fool’s gold’ because of its gold or silver metallic sheen. The crystals are cube shapes which form a mass of geometrical bundles or towers. The larger and more precisely the cubes are formed, the more sought after it is for specimen and ornamental pieces. It can also form flat sunburst shapes but these are rare. Pyrite means ‘fire stone’ and it was once used to ignite fire, as it forms sparks when struck. Therefore it was considered to be a magic stone and used since ancient times for amulets and healing. It is the stone used in marcasite jewellery, in place of marcasite which is more brittle. Another way it is used to fool us! In the same way that fool’s gold tricks people into thinking it is real gold, pyrite can help us with un-tricking ourselves about our own thinking and behaving. We like to think we are pure gold and blameless but if you want self-realisation, pyrite is one of the stones which can help us see into our own character, light and dark and greyish. It uncovers secrets and memories that were held back, so that we can be more open and honest with ourselves which inevitably leads to healing and forgiveness with others. The pyrite suns even go so far as to make us laugh at ourselves and stop thinking thoughts of misfortune, misery and anguish! Physically, pyrite clarifies the causes of certain life circumstances and illnesses, enabling us to make changes towards health and happiness. It can also clarify confusing presentations of diseases and unclear symptoms, showing the causal symptoms of illness. It’s good for the liver, intestines and detoxification and excretion. I read a quote from the recently passed on Terry Pratchett, which seems to me to be very much on this pyrite wavelength: “The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head.” or “The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in 10 minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.” Any help we can get with self-knowledge is a good thing. A stone may not unveil the whole mysterious plot of our life but if it can clear away a little of the fog and give us tools to face it more clearly, I think it’s worth investigating. F PN JEWELS AND GEMS, 54 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 378 4389 www.jewelsandgems.co.nz

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PLANNING WEDDINGS Top five picks for perfect skin, all day! From Helen Luo, Smashbox Pro Artist


1. It should be a crime not to prime... Every good make up starts with the perfect base. Smashbox Primer Water gives a burst of instant hydration and sheer radiance - all in just one spritz.

Paradis Beauty is a place where you can relax and rejuvenate in an exclusive beauty salon environment and enjoy personalised therapeutic beauty treatment.

2. Apply Smashbox CC Cream: The Game Changer - the advanced, lightweight formula neutralises and brightens skin for a more even complexion. It’s also proven to fade dark spots, sun spots and post-acne marks instantly and over time, gives the complexion a radiant glow with adjustable coverage.

The team at Paradis Beauty offers an extensive range of beauty services: nails - manicures and pedicures of every kind - facials, massage, waxing, IPL, eyelash extensions and tanning, as well as spa treatments that include neck treatment, aromatherapy, eye treatments and more!

3. Get a luminous, lit-from-within glow with the best-selling powder Halo - It’s the first anti-aging powder with the science of skin care built in. This advanced formulation of pure gold, 48 minerals, 11 amino acids and a powerful peptide delivers dynamic anti-aging benefits, while the patented hydration system continuously revitalises skin for a brighter, more radiant complexion all day.

There is also their ‘Happy Hour’ promotion, a $30 mini pedicure between 10am and 12pm and bookings for all Paradis services can be made online.


4. To instantly make eyes look brighter and more refreshed, use the Smashbox Always Sharp Eyeliner in Bare, apply in the waterline for an instant pick me up for tired eyes. Finish off the look with a touch of full exposure mascara to the upper and lower lashes. 5. Perfectly shaped brows complete any look, plus a defined brow can take years off your appearance. Use the Smashbox Brow Tech Trio, using a combination of the two shades to subtly create a defined and groomed brow that will stay in place all day. Smashbox opening hours: Mon and Sat: 10am - 5pm, Tue - Fri: 9.30am - 5:30pm, see their menu for bridal and bridal party make overs. F PN SMASHBOX CONCEPT STORE, 342 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, T: 09 376 0055 www.smashboxcosmetics.co.nz

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Every staff member is a trained professional with years of experience in the beauty industry. “We like to think we are providing one of the best services in Auckland,” says Amy Gao of Paradis Beauty. “The salon was established 10 years ago and the products we use are top brands, including OPI, Orly, CND, Dr Renaud, PRIORI Skincare and others. We have over 500 different nail polish colours, so it all comes down to your personal preference.” The salon can cater for small private functions, particularly wedding pampering or birthday celebrations. “Enjoy spa pedicures on customised massage chairs, relaxing massages followed with a hot spa and then show off elegant and beautiful nails that will last,” says Amy, “Only at Paradis!” F PN PARADIS BEAUTY, 341 Dominion Road, Mt Eden, T: 09 639 0988 www.paradisbeauty.co.nz




PLANNING WEDDINGS THE BEST DRESSED GUEST - WITH GOODNESS FASHION Dressing for weddings is not always as formal as it used to be, and although it’s probably a lot more fun, there are still a few guidelines for guests to remember. We talked to Ponsonby News fashion editor, Julie Roulston, about some of these ‘rules’, and we asked Chris Hales and Ange Tinks of Goodness fashion on Jervois Road about what it is to be a well dressed guest. Ange of Goodness says, “The last wedding I went to was in Rarotonga, that was two years ago. I wore a silky little number in blues greens and purples with silver sandals.” Chris Hales, owner of Goodness, says that a backyard marquee wedding she went to was ‘the best wedding ever’. “It poured with rain, which didn’t matter,” says Chris. “I wore a State of Grace 50s style dress in blue silk, with matching stilettos, but it should have been gumboots!”

Chris: The ‘green dress’, or perhaps the cream with black blotch print silk organza pussy bow shirt with charcoal knit pant. “Wearing a lot of black isn’t right for such a joyous event,” says Julie Roulston, PN fashion editor. “It’s sombre, and such a special occasion is not the time to go for your old fall-back. Of course don’t wear white either,” she laughs. “Never compete with the bride.” Julie advises that if you are unsure about the dress code, do ask. “Dressing beautifully honours the couple.”

And if Chris and Ange were putting together an outfit to wear to a winter wedding from the Goodness new season range, what would it be?

“As for shoes, the jury is out. Go comfortable, or wear something spectacular and keep a pair of ‘emergency flats’ tucked in your bag,” says Julie. “Don’t forget about the risks of heels and wooden floors, or heels and grass. And-” she adds, “If you feel you can’t justify new clothes, then go for the grooming: have a great hair style, PN immaculate brows, beautiful makeup and nails.” F

Ange: The blue paisley dress with nipped in waist and three quarter sleeve, with navy patent stiletto pumps.

GOODNESS, 158 Jervois Road, T: 09 376 0461 www.goodness.co.nz

LYDIA PLANS HER WEDDING Lydia Brewer is a a freelance communications consultant working in the creative industries in Auckland, she looks after marketing for taylor and Ponsonby store The Shelter, and many other clients. Lydia and her fiancé Karl have lived in Auckland Central for the better part of 10 years, “I definitely consider myself a Ponsonby regular,” Lydia says. Karl runs a production company called Monster Valley, based in Newton. He specialises in film, photography and events, and is also a huge advocate of the arts. When do you plan to marry? We tossed around a few dates, but we’ve settled on April 2016. We’d like to do it when the weather is a bit cooler and outside of the ‘wedding season’. April also gives our overseas friends and family enough time to plan a trip home. Where do you plan to marry? We’d like to do something a bit different - we’ve been looking at centrally located restaurants, bars and bistros with good food and great ambience. How many guests will there be? We’re hoping around 100 - it was so difficult to get it down to that number though. We have so many people we want there on the day to celebrate with us... and I have a big family. Will you use a wedding planner? A big part of both our day jobs is planning events, so hopefully we won’t need one. I’m also lucky that my bridesmaids include a fashion magazine editor and stylist, an excellent baker who previously worked at House and Garden, an event management pro and my sister, who can do literally anything she puts her mind to. They're a dream team. Is any one element of the wedding more important to you? Karl and I are both social people, so we really just want to put on an event where everyone has a good time. Karl is a craft beer enthusiast so we will definitely incorporate some good brews, and we both love food. I am budgeting to spend a little more on my dress - working in fashion that’s important to me.

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What about the hen and stag nights? My best friend from high school, who is one of my bridesmaids, has already put up her hand to organise that one. I’m a little frightened of what she’ll come up with! Karl’s stag will be organised by his best man Chris. Karl was recently Chris’s best man and he put on a fully staged event at a venue in Newmarket with five bands. So Chris has a lot to live up to. Do you have a poor weather contingency? As we’re getting married in autumn, bad weather is pretty likely. We’re planning on getting married indoors and in the city, so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Who will officiate? A good friend of ours is a marriage celebrant. It will be so nice having someone up there with us that knows us personally as a couple. In the same vein, one of my bridesmaids is a magazine editor and stylist - she will be overseeing the styling of the wedding. I completely trust her eye. Another one of my bridesmaids is an excellent baker, and she has offered to create and decorate our wedding cake for us. Now, the dress... That would be telling! As for shoes, although I predominantly wear black, I’m determined to find some white shoes I can wear again. I’m envisioning a court shoe in snakeskin with a chunky heel, but I haven’t found them yet. What is keeping you awake at night right now? Securing the reception venue - it’s a huge decision and the rest of the day needs to work around it. But neither Karl nor I are too hung up on the details. We’re both determined to have a good time and we know that a huge part of that is not letting the small things worry you. F PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

PLANNING WEDDINGS CAROLINE SILLS WINTER 15 COLLECTION IN-STORE AT SILLS + CO JERVOIS ROAD IN-HOUSE DESIGNED PRINTS ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE COLLECTION. SILK FLORAL prints are woven into knit wraps and boxy merino knit tees. Double layer quilted knit bomber jackets are in new refined super soft merino in colours of antique gold and rich dark navy. The star of the collection is the gorgeous cashmere capsule range - cute cashmere cardigans and luxurious oversized loose deep V sweaters. Delicate hues of clover pink

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and dove marl grey soften the aesthetic of grungy long line cashmere cardigans to be the ultimate indulgence. A tailored waterproof trench coat oozes sophisticated simplicity, worn over a soft crepe de chine silk shirt in colours of concrete and latte. The scuba wet look legging with chunky exposed ankle zips gives this look an edgy high PN fashion feel. F SILLS+CO, 220b Jervois Road, Herne Bay, T: 09 376 2835 www.sills-and-co.com




FASHION + STYLE RETAIL SUPERSTAR Mel Trexon, Icebreaker How did you come to be a retail salesperson? I arrived in New Zealand four years ago for the Rugby World Cup and fell in love with the country. I love working in a people-orientated business and knew retail was for me! What brought you to Icebreaker? I have always been active in the outdoors and I absolutely love the Icebreaker brand spirit and clothes. The opportunity to be the first retail manager for the new Touchlab concept store in Ponsonby made it even more exciting. What do you love about your store? In the heart of Ponsonby, I feel like our customers can connect with nature and we can give them a true brand experience. I love the feeling of being surrounded by images of New Zealand high country stations, having raw merino fibre in store that customers can touch and of course being surrounded by the latest new season gear. We also have a life sized sheep! If you haven’t met him yet come in and say hi. What makes a standout retail salesperson? Keep it simple, everyone who comes to your store is a friend, treat them like one! Smiling is so effortless and so free! Tell us about a memorable sale you’ve made this year... I had a lovely couple from Singapore in the store and we spent more than two hours chatting about what they were doing on their travels and trying to find the best combination of Icebreaker to suit them. They were very interested in the technicality of our garments. I showed them everything from underwear to outer layers and I made sure they wouldn’t miss any piece of gear to keep them warm when travelling in cold countries, or to keep them cool when in Singapore. I introduced them to our famous socks, which they didn’t know about, and they ended up buying five pairs! If you could wave your wand and have anyone in the world walk into your store right now, who would it be? Yann David - my favourite rugby player from Stade Toulousain (one of the best teams in Europe). He would look great in Icebreaker. Secondly my parents, they live in France so I never see them. If you could wave your wand and have anyone in greater Ponsonby walk into your store right now, who would it be? Someone from Ponsonby Central who would offer me free food for a year! Where do you enjoy shopping? Paris! So many small boutiques hiding everywhere - possibly why I love working in Ponsonby. Name someone you think is a great Ponsonby retail salesperson... Melissa Di Sipio - she works with me at Icebreaker and brings the other 50% of awesomeness in the team. F PN ICEBREAKER, Shop 5/130 Ponsonby Road T: 09 361 3602 nz.icebreaker.com

AUSTRALIAN FASHION BRAND SEED HERITAGE OPENS ITS DOORS IN NEW ZEALAND After months of anticipation, iconic Australian fashion brand SEED Heritage has opened the doors to its first New Zealand flagship boutique. The brand new 300m2 megastore, located in the heart of the stylish and bustling Ponsonby precinct at 100 Ponsonby Road, opened a few days ago. Since opening its first boutique in 2000, SEED Heritage has become one of the most widely recognised and best loved Australian retailers of women, teen and child fashion. This is the brand’s very first venture into the New Zealand market. News of its arrival has been met with great excitement from New Zealand’s fashion media, stylists, fashionistas and shoppers of all ages. SEED Heritage is known not only for its chic and highly covetable collections, but also its aesthetically stunning, inspirational stores and unrivalled in-store customer experience. To celebrate the Ponsonby store opening, SEED Heritage is putting on an exciting array of in-store entertainment, stylish fashion and food to welcome New Zealand customers, taking place on 18 April. “We are extremely excited about the opening of our first New Zealand store, and to share our collections with our fashionable customers of Auckland. We know we have a strong online clientele from New Zealand and we are delighted to finally have the opportunity to meet them in person!” says Denise Haughey, General Manager at Seed. The Ponsonby store is just the beginning for SEED Heritage in New Zealand. Plans are currently underway for additional stores in key locations around the country. “Expansion into New Zealand marks a new chapter in the SEED Heritage journey. Expect to find pieces from our AW/15 collection, from casual chic weekend wear to a dressier more sophisticated look that takes you from desk to dinner. There really is something to suit everyone’s taste,” Haughey continues. The new store will stock the full SEED Heritage range, which includes clothing and accessories for women, teen, child and baby. F PN SEED Heritage, 100 Ponsonby Road, www.seedheritage.com

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L to R: John Gow and Max Gimblett; John Irvine, Jo Aiken and Ivan Segedin; Jules Armishaw, Paula Murphy, Melle Van Sambeek and Sonia Gray

L to R: Karen Inderbitzen-Waller, Kingston and Delphine Avril Planqueel; Nglia Dickson and Helen Cherry; Martin Poppelwell

photography: Sam Lee

L to R: Melanie Trexon, Enuake Sirikage and Hadlley Pedgon; Michael Brown and Megan Poppelwell

L to R: Martin Poppelwell; Rachel Doughty and Cathy Wihongi; Tiffany Singh and Melanie Roger

MAX GIMBLETT - MARTIN POPPELWELL - WORKSHOP Workshop’s latest artist collaboration was launched on Thursday 16 March at the label’s flagship Ponsonby store to a packed crowd of friends, media and industry insiders from both the art and fashion worlds. Long-time Workshop partners Max Gimblett and Martin Poppelwell collaborated together for the first time specifically for this project. The works were created over four days at Poppelwell’s studios on Bluff Hill, Napier, from which elements have been translated onto limited edition Workshop garments. F PN CONTINUED P48

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FASHION + STYLE REPERTOIRE PONSONBY STORE ALL SET TO OPEN Dedicated followers of fashion will be excited by the news that iconic New Zealand fashion retailer Repertoire is opening its ninth retail store - in Ponsonby. Since 2007, Repertoire has held the enviable position of being one of New Zealand’s most aspirational brands, a position they have attained as a result of their signature style based on ‘solution-based fashion with an edge’. Designed for women of all ages, the Repertoire secret is to incorporate design elements that add an edge, without compromising fit and comfort. The philosophy of the in-house design team is to create fashion-forward clothing pieces that solve a woman’s wardrobe challenges. For some women, this means cleverly disguising a specific aspect of their figure; while for others, their wardrobe challenge might be how to purchase investment pieces that work together to create wardrobe solutions. Repertoire pays equal care and attention to the training of its retail team, drawing on the international training of Director Meghan Maher. “Styling adds another dimension to a wardrobe, so our team is trained to discuss styling options with clients, at all times taking into consideration where their fashion pieces need to take them,” says Meghan. The Repertoire range features AM-PM pieces designed to transition easily from day to evening wear, Repertoire Capsule featuring key basic and popular styles and their recently launched Repertoire Lounge range which has attracted huge loyalty because of its renowned comfort and edgy casualness. Repertoire in Ponsonby, opening PN 9 April 2015. F REPERTOIRE, 100 Ponsonby Road, www.repertoire.co.nz

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L to R: Anna Caselberg and Liz Gallagher; Anna Coe and Sam Southwell; Annamae Chilcott, Caroline Kroon, Karen Turner, Catherine Sandelin and Ingrid Jefferies

L to R: Marni and Carl Van Roon; Chloe Anscombe and Tori Taylor; Claire Sullivan and Sam Saxton-Beer

L to R: Claudia Chilcott and Caroline Rickard-Bell; Dick Frizzell; Elise Ratima, Chelsea Ratima and Alex Stanworth

photography: Sam Lee

L to R: Emma Cruickshank, Kate Gilbert and Sophie Donovan; Gregg Schneideman and Hamish Coney; Harry Hull and Emma Wylie

L to R: Helene Ravlich and Jules Clements; Ike Conway, Kate Sylvester and Tom Conway; Ingrid Jeffries and Shona Irwin


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FASHION + STYLE CARATS - THE JEWEL OF VULCAN LANE Carats Jewellery, established in 1996, is a long-standing Auckland business that caters to the vibrant inner-city community as well as clients abroad. Eighteen months ago Carats re-located from their High Street showroom to the iconic Vulcan Lane; the relaxed and charming environment fits the small team of passionate jewellers keeping the art of jewellery alive - especially in a day and age when jewellery has become commercialised and has lost some of its soul. At Carats they produce high quality jewellery you’ll always be proud to wear and their jewellers have developed an eye for exceptional coloured gemstones that possess that wow factor. No commercial grades here, just exquisite gems that, again, you’ll always be proud to wear. Carats has a broad design parameter, whether you are looking for modern, simple, classic, deco or something outside the square, they will assist you in finding the perfect piece. They also have a few renowned signature pieces: the ‘Carbonated’ collection, bold, bubbly and fun, or the ‘Flowers’ collection - build your own bouquet of flowers in a array of vibrant high quality gemstones. Or perhaps a piece from the ‘Hidden Heart’ collection, a simple design with a strong message - although you’ll need to come in to check this one out to see how it works. Carats has a lot more amazing concepts but they are keeping those secret for now... but if you want to be kept up to date on some of the latest creations, like them on Facebook PN by heading to Facebook.com/caratNZ. F CARATS, 25 Vulcan Lane, Auckland CBD, T: 09 309 5145 www.caratsjewellery.co.nz

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True shoe news Presenting new season shoe and boot styles with a point of difference. Available from Ponsonby stockists, these kicks are sure to turn your ‘want’ into ‘need’.








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1. Chaos & Harmony ‘Rosette’ $269 2. Chaos & harmony ‘Cherish’ $249 3. Sol Sana ‘Monk boot’ $259.95 4. Mi Piaci ‘Ainsworth’ $290 5. Mimco ‘Streamline Bootie’ $349 6. Moochi ‘fold boot’ $499.99 7. Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Easy Rider Tall Flat Boot’ $1,120 8. Miss Wilson ‘Rodelle’ Heel $299 9. B Coops ‘Domitius’ $340 10. Zambesi blue boot $890* 11. Mobi unisex brogue $399 12. Timberland ‘6” Premium Boot’ $329.00 13. Minnie Cooper ‘Stella’ $399 *Image: Connie Cao, kisforkani.com

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Stockists: B Coops @ Mi Piaci www.mipiaci.com Chaos & Harmony www.chaosandharmonyshoes.com Marc by Marc Jacobs @ Workshop www.workshop.co.nz Mimco www.mimco.com.au Minnie Cooper www.minniecooper.co.nz Mi Piaci www.mipiaci.co.nz Miss Wilson www.kathrynwilson.com Mobi @ The Shelter www.theshelter.co.nz Moochi www.moochi.co.nz Sol Sana @ Black Box www.blackboxboutique.co.nz Timberland @ Ruby shop.rubynz.com Zambesi www.zambesi.co.nz




photography: Matt Hunt



Ingrid Starnes and Xanthe White/ECC

Fashion designer Ingrid Starnes and garden designer Xanthe White collaborated on a breathtakingly pretty installation; one of several fashion-related contributions to Urbis Design Day 2015 (Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March). Over the event’s two days, 15 city fringe design venues hosting 20 companies and over 40 creative folk from different design disciplines created the various installations and activations on show.

Revie (Katie Revie)/Caroma

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Nathan Inkpen, Urbis publisher said: "After a break in 2014 is was great to see design professionals and the public alike getting back on board this event in such healthy numbers.� F PN

Hye Rim Lee/Studio Italia


FASHION + STYLE NEW SEASON AT SMITH & WESTERN - PONSONBY STORE IT’S SMITH & WESTERN’S FIRST AUTUMN/WINTER RANGE IN THEIR PONSONBY STORE, with new season stock that includes some of their signature styles in luxury superfine New Zealand merino and classic trans-seasonal knit tops in soft cottons, viscoses and wool. With a nod to the classics of the 70s, there are velvet and wool fitted jackets and timeless winter lace pieces, and the range continues to run the key draped dresses in winter hues

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such as deep teals, rich chocolates and smokey greys, freshened up with crisp ivory silks. Smith & Western is settling into Ponsonby with its take on homeware, spa and body products; quality pieces that enhance the ambience of the home, candle and scent ranges, throws, bedlinen, handmade jewellery and a timeless, quality range of clothing PN 100% designed and made in New Zealand. F SMITH & WESTERN, 14 Jervois Road, T: 0800WESTERN www.smithandwestern.co.nz





Foxes Island celebrates 24 years John Belsham, one of New Zealand’s top winemakers and wine critics founded Foxes Island in Marlborough 24 years ago. His focus is on handmade, regionally expressive wines - the philosophy that he absorbed in his time as a winemaker in France, where he lived in Bordeaux from 1977 to 1981. In 2010, Foxes Island achieved full sustainable certification. The following year, an organic farming programme was implemented on the estate.

Foxes Island Icon Lapine 2012 $60 This is actually another barrel fermented sauvignon blanc, with no mention of the grape variety on the label - à la French wines. Lovely complex and soft wine with aromas and flavours of roast bell pepper, black currant, ripe peach and a hint of herbs.

In mid-2013 Foxes opened their cellar door, not in Marlborough but at 15 Williamson Avenue, two blocks from Ponsonby Road. The central location and spacious, elegant show room/cellar door provides a tasting room with further options as a venue for weddings and corporate functions catering for up to 75 people. Onsite they also have a ‘wine library’ of hard-to-find older vintages for sale.

Foxes Island Single Vineyard Riesling 2010 $30 Aromas of beeswax, citrus blossom and tropical fruit. Tastes just off-dry. Flavours of baked apple and lime with soft acids.

Small group tastings are by arrangement and larger groups can be catered for, including the option of a private guided tasting with John Belsham. Foxes have a mail order Hunt Club where a mixed case can be shipped at regular intervals through the year, plus they have just launched regular Wine Wednesdays where locals save 10% on all Single Vineyard & FOX Wines.

Foxes Island Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2010 $45 Aromas of popcorn, lime and a hint of toast. Creamy, toasty and mellow with ripe nectarine, apricot and grapefruit with a long finish. FOX Pinot Noir 2014 $28 Incredible value. Silky and ripe with aromas of plum, cherry pie and a hint of star anise. In the mouth - savoury, rich and soft, with black cherry and black boy peach.

Company director Kelly Brown is often onsite. She has a sound science, viticulture and oenology background and has served on international wine judging panels. I dropped in recently to sample the latest line-up. They were all great.

Foxes Island Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009 $45 More complex and lean, with mineral aromas, and a hint of spice. Flavours of tamarillo, black olive and ripe cherry, with medium tannins. (PHIL PARKER) F PN

Foxes Island Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013 $26 A softer style of sauvignon without the over the top Marlborough acidity that can be off -putting. Fermented in oak barrels. Aromas and flavours of blackcurrant and pineapple, and ripe guava with a medium crisp finish.

FOXES ISLAND, 15 Williamson Avenue, T: 09 378 1369 www.foxes-island.co.nz Read Phil’s blog at nzwineblogger.blogspot.co.nz www.insidertouring.co.nz Phil Parker is a wine writer and operates Fine Wine & Food Tours in Auckland.

BE SURE TO GET YOUR ADVERTISING BOOKED IN EARLY... Because of Easter, April is a short month for the Ponsonby News team. The magazine needs to go to print a bit earlier to meet our publishing date of Friday 1 May. So our usual booking/material deadline will be brought forward to Friday 17 April.


COPY DEADLINE: Friday, 17 April PUBLISHED: Friday, 1 May


TO BOOK ADVERTISING: Jo Barrett on 021 324 510 t: 09 361 3356 or 09 378 8553 e: joannebarrett@xtra.co.nz w: www.ponsonbynews.co.nz

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY THE WOMEN OF FOXES ISLAND AND PONSONBY ROAD BISTRO CELEBRATE... Foxes Island and Ponsonby Road Bistro celebrate food, wine and cultural diversity in Ponsonby. With 24 years of winemaking, Foxes Island has never been your typical Marlborough winery. French - trained winemaker John Belsham made premium chardonnay and pinot noir for 12 years before entertaining making a sauvignon blanc. So it’s no surprise Foxes Island opened their stylish cellar door in the Ponsonby area on Williamson Avenue. “For us, wine is about living well every day and creating experiences for our guests without pretence,” says Belsham’s partner Kelly Brown. The Cellar is open six days a week for tastings and sales and is available for private and semi -private events. In addition to offering fine wines, there is an array of bespoke crystal stemware, New Zealand artist works, jewellery and even a gorgeous honey from Marlborough. L to R: Melissa Morrow (S. Africa), Kelly Brown (USA), Isabela Perrot (Brazil), Madeleine Sharpin (NZ), Head Chef Originally from New York City, Brown appreciates Sarah Conway (UK) @ Foxes Island cellar door the multi-cultural aspect of the neighbourhood especially since the Cellar staff are diverse in their heritage. The Express Lunch menu is available Monday to Friday from 12 to 3pm. Each paired with a glass of FOX wine, the two course menu is $35.50 and the three course $44.50. “We come from different backgrounds, speak different languages yet a passion for food and wine has brought us together in this little corner of the world; I just love that. Putting Sarah’s eclectic menu is a modern, global take on the classic bistro style. “As I change down roots here, has also allowed us to forge strong working relationships with local the menu every few weeks, it keeps us all on our toes both in the kitchen and on the floor businesses, like Ponsonby Road Bistro. - and very inspired!” says Sarah. Her signature style manages to effortlessly encompass great depth of flavour, good health and generosity - which keeps their very loyal and “Melissa Morrow of the Bistro was one of the first female restaurateurs I met when long-standing regulars coming back for more! I came to New Zealand; with her South African heritage and desire to provide a great food and wine experience, it was just natural to work together. Meeting Head Chef Sarah Conway reinforced the amazing things women are doing with food, wine and cultural experience in Auckland,” says Brown. In celebration of the Bistro turning six this month, The Express Lunch menu features Foxes Island wines. “Time certainly flies when you are having fun! PRB turns six - can you believe it?” laughs restaurant manager, Melissa Morrow. “And Sarah has developed some stunning lunch dishes that sit perfectly with the FOX sauvignon blanc and pinot noir. What works so well with this set lunch menu is that you can literally dine and dash - but the full a la carte menu is still available for those who wish to take their time.”

Chargrilled steak sandwich with mustard, aioli, salad and fries, paired with FOX pinot noir

Ponsonby Road Bistro T. 09 360 1611 165 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby

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Lunch Mon - Fri from 12 noon Dinner Mon - Sat from 5.30pm www.ponsonbyroadbistro.co.nz

Foxes Island


T. 09 378 1369 15 Williamson Avenue - Ponsonby (2 Blocks Off Ponsonby Rd) Mon - Fri 9 to 6 Sat 10 to 5 www.foxes-island.co.nz





Baby love. The pride and the prejudice... In this column over the past couple of years, I’ve documented the miscellaneous trials and travails - along with the joys of being vegetarian. I’ve explained how, several decades into the 21st century, it’s still not easy maintaining a vegetarian lifestyle, and the ways in which social conditioning impacts on those who do adopt vegetarianism. If it can still be a challenge simply being vegetarian, then I encourage you to consider for a moment what happens when a vegetarian breeds. On 28 September last year, my wife gave birth to our cherished baby daughter, Minay. More or less nine months earlier, we got the news. Our first real worry was the response we got from doctors. It’s something I’ve encountered many times from GPs over the years: “Oh, you’re vegetarian, we’d better check your iron levels.” It’s one thing defending your own position, but quite another when that position involves a new life; a life that you have a responsibility to do your very best for. In short, the arched brow of the conventional medical fraternity had me getting all concerned... for at least as long as it took me to check my facts. It’s true: Google is my friend, and it was relatively easy to confirm that everything I felt about bringing a vegetarian baby into the world was right. The truth is, that there are no known issues, although doctors persist in arching those browns and insisting that you check your iron levels more vigilantly than those of a meat lover. I always thought that doctors were supposed to be on the side of science, and yet they perpetuate the myth that the flesh of dead animal is the best form of protein, and the spurious information that the only place you’ll find decent amounts of iron is red meat. Which of course, is nuts. Speaking of which, nuts are high in iron, as are leafy greens like spinach. So a vegetarian who eats a balanced diet that includes nuts, legumes and plenty of leafy greens will almost certainly get not just enough iron, but all the other complex goodies those foods provide. But anyway, the doctor insisted that Yoko get regular blood tests during the pregnancy, and strongly recommended a particular vitamin supplement called Elevit, which is recommended by the Ministry of Health, and therefore all feeder organisations down to individual GPs. When we looked into Elevit however, we found that as well as being exorbitantly expensive, it wasn’t vegetarian, so we chose another brand that contained all the essential ingredients. We figured as a cautionary move to prevent spina bifida and boost our baby’s neural circuitry that it was a no-brainer, but in any case, every single blood test during the pregnancy came out perfectly normal. The next big vegetarian challenge was immediately before and after the birth. Despite having listed herself as a vegetarian, just about every hospital meal came out with meat in it, and every time, Yoko had to send it back and wait for a meat-free replacement to be sent out. At a restaurant, this would be bad enough, but when you’re going

through the trauma of childbirth, you don’t want to be worrying that you’re getting the right food. And it made us wonder: what if she was dangerously allergic to certain foods? Would they have forgotten that request, too? On top of that, the meals were almost inedible mush. What a shame that the very organisations that should be pushing healthy eating habits provide such appalling institutionalised slop! Luckily, baby Minay was able to breastfeed, because a quick scan of the milk formulas on the shelves reveals that all of them have meat industry-derived products in them, including taurine, a substance found in animal bile (yeah, nice!).

Hospital slop: Is this good enough for new mums?

We know that many challenges lie ahead. For instance, when she starts eating solids, how can she get healthy food from cafes and restaurants when they just about all serve meat-oriented, saturated fat-laden rubbish to kiddies? Will other parents encourage her to eat meat and other unhealthy foods at children’s get-togethers? And will those same kids taunt her for eating differently? We’re not a cult: we know that one day, Minay will decide for herself whether she wants to eat meat or not. But in the meantime, we want to give her the best chance in life. She started eating solids only last week, and already she’s chowing down greedily on spinach, kumara, mixed veg and banana. What’s that about kids not liking veg? Try PN another one! (GARY STEEL) F Gary Steel is an Auckland-based journalist who runs online vegetarian resource. www.doctorfeelgood.co.nz. He can be contacted via beautmusic@gmail.com

ROSSO POMODORO - YOUR LOCAL WOOD FIRED PIZZERIA With over five years at Pane e Vino Italian pizzeria, Tito and pizza maker Matteo have come to know how Aucklanders like their pizza and toppings, so it made sense to open another pizzeria, Rosso Pomodoro. Their vision is to become known as the local take-out wood fire pizzeria, serving pizzas that satisfy taste buds at affordable prices. Their wood fired classic Italian pizzas are topped with fresh local produce and quality Italian imported products such as porcini mushrooms, buffalo mozzarella, sundried tomato, pork cured meat and more. The mouth-watering Rosso Pomodoro menu includes pizza with the base of BBQ sauce or basil pesto and there is a vegan pizza with no cheese, just vegetables. Also sweet pizza with Nutella and south Italian closed pizza called ‘paposcia’ In addition they offer a variety of classic deep fried appetisers; Sicilian rice balls with different fillings, potato croquettes, vegetarian options and crumbed fresh mozzarella.

Traditional Italian desserts are also available to take out. Large tables are available to sit at and enjoy your pizza in a fun atmosphere with Italian music. After 20 years in the family hospitality business in Vieste - Gargano Peninsula, Tito moved to New Zealand in 2004 and has been sharing his passion for Italian food and culture with locals ever since. While managing Gina’s Pizza and Pasta Tito won a Lewisham Award (2006) as creator of best ambience and style, and was a finalist in the category ‘best waiter in Auckland (2009)’. He’s appeared on the Good Morning show for cooking demonstrations and continues to bring his passion for Italian food and culture to viewers. Matteo was finalist at the first pizza championship held at the Auckland Food show 2014. F PN ROSSO POMODORO, 356 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, T: 09 360 6257 www.rossopomodoro.co.nz


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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY THE VEG FRIENDLY CHALLENGE Finalist: Bread & Butter Bakery & Cafe It’s the great Ponsonby News Veg Friendly Challenge, in which Ponsonby-area cafes and restaurants line up to be judged on their vegetarian friendliness. What does that mean? Simply this: it’s a new day in food-land, what with an increasing number of restaurants offering a complete vegetarian menu, and a more ‘green’ perspective to eating generally. It’s possible to be nutritious and delicious, and we’re going to name the cafes and restaurants that cater well to vegetarians and vegans, whether or not they’ve also got meat on their menus. Each month, we’ll review one of our favourite ‘veg friendly’ eateries, and at the end of it all, we’ll name an overall winner, and our coveted Veg Friendly Challenge Top 10. You know that thing where you walk into a cafe for the first time and straight away you know it’s going to be a good experience? So often, important details are gotten so wrong - from interior design not made for humans to seating arrangements to acoustics to service to the main ingredient, the food itself. And I can’t state this strongly enough get any one of those wrong, and your venue is not going to be firing on all metaphorical cylinders. Bread & Butter gets it so right on every level. Situated in a huge, high-ceilinged industrial-chic space near Farro Fresh off Richmond Road, the first thing you notice is that because it’s so spacious, you feel delightfully free of the claustrophobia that’s a feature of so many Auckland feeding zones. And because of those high ceilings - and because your table isn’t crammed up against your neighbour’s table - the irritating, high-decibel babble that’s such a problem in cafes is all but eliminated. As soon as I find a pozzy, and plonk my rear end down, I think: I could happily while away the day here! That’s not an option, of course. Everyone knows that denizens of the Queen City are time-poor, and that leads to the second great thing about Bread & Butter: the attentive and swift table service. Ordering is easy and quick, because we don’t have to squint at a blackboard behind the counter, and the menus are easy to navigate. It helps too, that both breakfast and lunch meals are available all day. We could have chosen something sandwichy or roll-like from the counter cabinet, but we were here to sample the main course, as it were. Martin was in a morning muesli mood, so he ordered the organic toasted muesli with vanilla berry compote, seasonal fruits and natural yoghurt ($13.50). By the look of delight on his face, and the speed with which he munched through the delectable-looking bowl, I figure that his opinion was in the affirmative. The muesli, it turns out, is made by Bread & Butter themselves, and it’s fresh and crunchy. The same can be said for the quinoa and halloumi energy salad ($18.50), with its toasted walnuts, cranberries, pumpkin, beetroot, cos and honey and lime vinaigrette. Both light and substantial, the salad felt nicely balanced, and the combination of halloumi and walnuts really ramped up the taste factor. Unlike the majority of cafes on our watch, Bread & Butter is licensed, and the full menu is available each day until 3pm, which is certainly an improvement on some cafes that seem to think that late lunching is a sin. Scouring the menu, at first it seems light on vegetarian options: porridge, muesli, smashed avocado with poached egg, waffles, eggs any style, quinoa salad, Italian pizza, and that’s about it. We were assured however, on chatting to Isabel Pasch, the charming owner, that just about any dish on the menu can be adapted for vegetarians, and they will replace meaty bits with veg bits, rather than taking the easy option and just eliminating. Apparently, Bread & Butter has an ardent following amongst vegetarians because of this willingness to adapt. We applaud Bread & Butter for catering to vegetarians (and to those with complicated food requirements), but in our opinion, they should detail vegetarian options on the menu. There’s nothing more discouraging for a vegetarian than looking disconsolately through a meat-oriented menu, and having colour-coded options would be a simple solution, and enable the non-carnivorous to go straight to the food items they can consume, rather than scan all those they can’t... and then worry about whether menu items can be adapted.

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That said, we loved just about everything else about Bread & Butter. The only down side was that we were too full to indulge in the incredible looking sweet treats, or to sample the breads. As the name suggests, this cafe revolves around its amazing baked goods, so we’ll have been back a few times even before this issue hits the streets! (GARY STEEL) F PN BREAD & BUTTER BAKERY & CAFE, 34 Westmoreland Street West, T: 09 378 9111. Open Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat-Sun 7.30am-4pm. Do you run a cafe or restaurant in the Ponsonby/Grey Lynn area that does vegetarian really well? If so, let me know on the email below. We’ll be sure to check out your eatery. And don’t be shy, okay? Gary Steel is an Auckland-based journalist who runs online vegetarian resource www.doctorfeelgood.co.nz He can be contacted via beautmusic@gmail.com PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY GREY LYNN’S NEW LOCAL BAR AND EATERY Grey Lynn’s latest dining experience is garnering a reputation for modern Kiwi cuisine in a casual relaxed atmosphere. Taking over at the old Mondial, owners Chris and Ann Maree previously of The Fridge Cafe in Kingsland have created Dilecta, Grey Lynn’s new local bar and eatery. Renovations have created a lighter deco-inspired dining space, with stunning lighting to match the vibe of each night. A more open flow to the rear courtyard adds to the spacious feel. The kitchen has also had a complete refit. Head Chef Dean Wilcockson (formerly from The French Cafe and Meredith’s) brings his experience to deliver a delicious modern Kiwi cuisine. Highlights are ceviche, house smoked fish lavosh, ox cheek sandwich using crisps instead of bread and fresh house baked bread. The menu has a changing seasonal flavour, using free range and sustainable products used where possible. Chris and Ann Maree believe a dining experience should be a happy one. They thrive on providing excellent food and maintaining the highest standard of service and they simply love creating a welcoming atmosphere. Dilecta is open Wednesday to Sunday nights 5pm till late. Then from mid April will be open for coffee, breakfast and lunch from 8am Saturday and Sunday. Catch up with all Dilecta’s menu changes and goings on www.facebook.com/pages/Dilecta F PN DILECTA, 549 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, T: 09 376 6682

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JULIE BONNER: NEWS FROM FROG POND FARM At last my fave season has arrived. It’s still warm during the day but the nights and mornings are chilly. My plans for the winter veg garden are done and dusted. Seeds that I had sown into an old kitty litter tray complete with sieved compost, germinated within three days. They have since been pricked out, with the bulk of the seedlings happily growing in punnets and pots in the garage, enjoying the sunshine, daily watering and some seaweed fertiliser perfect! You may be wondering what the seedling collection comprises of? The bulk of them are brassicas with several varieties that I haven’t grown before. There is kale ‘Squire’ and broccoli, Precoce Romanesco that has decorative light green clusters of heads and ‘Winter Rudolph’ which is a purple sprouting variety and I just happen to love purple! There is also ‘Bright Lights’ silverbeet and Elne Celery and we can’t forget the Golden Detroit beetroot. Do you leave in self-seeded stuff? I do this all the time and before I know it the uninvited guest has shouldered some of the residents out of the way. In a bed with zinnias, Jack Be Little pumpkin and spinach, I have a self seeded tomato, cape gooseberry, calendulas and tansy plants. Until recently, I had also allowed a kumara to get bossy in a spud bed - not for long though, I yanked it out in haste the other day, it was time to give those potatoes some breathing room. I don’t know about you but one of my favourite things to do is make a ‘hot’ compost - nutty right? For my compost lasagna, I cut down a huge pile of canna leaves and had a load of dried stalks and leaves on hand, plus coffee grounds from the local cafe (great to add to the garden), weeds, blood and bone, egg cartons, food scraps and a tonne of seaweed which I grabbed from our local beach... shhh. Starting with a nice pile of twigs and branches to elevate the compost, I then added carbon and nitrogen in layers - hosing as I went. A couple of blood and bone scoopfuls (activator) in the middle, more layers, more water and words of encouragement and then a sheet of black plastic to tuck it all in. Within three - six days the heap should reach 60 degrees. Did mine? Well it did get relatively warm, okay, hot, in the middle, so I turned it, added more blood and bone, more water and covered it in grass clippings! We shall see. There is nothing better than home grown produce and as often happens everything seems to ripen at once. My father-in-law, Bill, was kept super busy in the kitchen preserving pears and peaches and making the best crab apple jelly, which is a process. Have your ever tried it? It is just amazing with lamb. Yum! All good things come to an end, and Bill has since returned to the United Kingdom, so I’m back in the kitchen again. And as it happens, habanero chillies are slowly starting to ripen and the jalapenos are colouring up, so I’m thinking of freezing and drying some and pickling the remainder. Perfect! We are still eating the odd pear, black boy peaches, butter beans, cucumbers (those that aren’t bitter), spuds, sorrel, spring onions, New Zealand spinach, beetroot and the odd zucchini although these machines are finally starting to tire out - job well done! It is this time of year when the powdery mildew covers the cucurbit leaves with white dustings and I know it won’t be long before they need to be hauled out. Do you snip off the infected leaves and bin them? A good idea for sure! There is always loads to do in the garden and things to remember when planting the following year. I did plant my spud varieties a tad late this year and was surprised when I poked my hand in the bed to find that the tubers were small, okay, tiny. It’s time to get those quince and fig trees netted or the birds will be dining on them soon. We have had some rain lately, which will no doubt help those feijoas to start swelling. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the first feijoa of the season. I also need to get cracking and haul out the runner beans that are looking rather jaded hanging from their trellis. Get them out Julie and some pea seeds in... (JULIE BONNER) If you are interested in more news from our place, or perhaps some gardening tips, then make sure you visit my blog www.frogpondfarm.co.nz

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WHAT’S HOT AT SABATO EASTER TREATS AT SABATO For a divinely indulgent Easter, don’t miss the decadent Valrhona and Venchi chocolate delights! At Sabato they have an array of Easter treats that are sure to please even the most discerning chocolate lovers. Fill your Easter basket with irresistible salted caramel gull’s eggs, strawberry marshmallow bunnies and praline foil eggs. Valrhona is the ‘Rolls Royce’ of chocolate and is committed to the creation of unique, artisan quality chocolates with complex, balanced, consistent flavours, whilst Venchi has become a worldwide exponent of fine confectionary known for their melt-in-your-mouth gianduja made with the famous Piedmontese hazelnuts. There’s nothing more sumptuous than the small of freshly toasted hot cross buns and our Sabato showroom is filled with delicious hot cross buns from Wild Wheat. Handmade and packed with fruit and spices, these are not to be missed! If you’re looking for something a little less sweet, we have some adorable ceramic egg cups by British ceramic designer Keith Brymer Jones. The egg cups come in a set of four and feature hand stamped words ‘what came first, the chicken or the egg’. For more fabulous Easter gift ideas and delicious recipes visit the Sabato website www.sabato.co.nz “Wishing all of our customers a fabulous Easter Holiday!” F PN SABATO Limited, 57 Normanby Road, Mt Eden, T: 09 630 8751, www.sabato.co.nz

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SALLY YU OF FRESH GARDENS Certified organic produce grown in Kumeu What do you enjoy most about growing vegetables? It’s so interesting to watch the vegetables grow. Every time you visit the garden the produce is different, right from the beginning as a little seed, until it is fully grown and ready to bring to the market. How long have you been growing fresh produce? Eleven years. Where did you grow up? I grew up in China and have lived in New Zealand for 16 years. What’s the biggest business decision you have had to make? The biggest decision we had to make was to become certified organic. We were already growing our produce organically, but made the decision to become certified as it would help to set us apart.

THE SURREY HOTEL - A GOOD REASON TO STAY If you or your business colleagues or members of your family are visiting and looking for a great hotel that is not in the CBD, but close enough to have all the benefits and none of the negatives, you should seriously consider the Surrey Hotel. Their new chef, Ron Rae Douglas, is getting rave reviews and if you like a jolly good steak that is perfectly cooked and reasonably priced, or a wood fired pizza (just to mention a couple of local favourites) you should pop in to The Surrey - you will not be disappointed. There are many good reasons to stay at the Surrey or use their meeting or conference facilities, and here are just some of those good reasons:

Sally Yu and her husband are at market every week. F PN

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THE SURREY HOTEL, 465 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, T: 09 378 9059 www.thesurreyhotel.co.nz

What’s your favourite way to relax after work? Going to the beach, reading books and watching movies.

photography: Michael McClintock

What’s your favourite thing about coming to the Grey Lynn Farmers Market? The playground area means that the kids can come to the market and have a fun time, and parents can have a coffee and do their shopping. It’s a nice family atmosphere.

10 minutes from Auckland city and three minutes to Ponsonby Road. 83 modern rooms, including apartment and motel style. Fully licensed restaurant and bar open seven days for breakfast lunch and dinner. Free parking. Competitive long stay and short stay rates available. Conference facilities for up to 120 persons, all fully catered. Indoor pool and gym on site. Wi-fi and broadband internet access. Public transport readily available at the front door, three minutes to the motorway. Close to some of Auckland’s attractions, including Eden Park, MOTAT and Auckland Zoo. F PN

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Perfect pinot This month at Glengarry our Wineletter explores the changing styles of pinot noir; it’s an idea that came to me when tasting at the grand pinot noir tasting in Queenstown late January. I was there with three colleagues for the 2015 Pinot Noir Celebration. An amazing event held over what seems like a week, but all happens in two days. You arrive the night before, a welcome drink at Rata and a few formalities take up the first evening. Day one is then the grand pinot noir tasting (more on this later); it’s a gathering of 30 or so of the top producers from Central, all tasting a 2013 release and something older for fun. After this, lunch in a vineyard is in order. You are divided into smaller groups and dispatched around the region; for me the destination was Mt Edward. The theme of the lunch at Mt Edward was homespun; the wines were of course locally crafted and for this event so was the food. After a pre lunch drink of gin made at Mt Difficulty, we started with a platter of salami and various cured meats that had been made by Duncan Forsyth - winemaker at Mt Edward and Matt Dicey - winemaker at Mt Difficulty, then it was halloumi which was crafted by the talented Sarah Kate from Maude wines. Fish was served ceviche next - courtesy of the end of another winemaker’s fishing rod, then it was on to the main course. We often hear about the effects of ageing on wine and cheese, but how about beef? We were served two pieces of beef (locally raised of course), each aged for differing times, the difference in taste and texture evident. The finale was some homemade sorbet and single bean chocolate. As you can see from my ramblings, it was an amazing lunch.

by the overall quality and amazed at the change since my last comprehensive tasting at this same event a year prior. As such a young winemaking country, we tend to be evolving rapidly and gaining quality at a remarkable rate. I was also very impressed with the different styles, suitable for different occasions, wallets and food pairing; from fabulously fruity wines, to the gently balanced, elegant wines and on through to broad and brooding wines - and everything in between. With this in mind, I set out and tasted a selection of wines for our April Wineletter, which further reinforced my thoughts that you need to throw the so called ‘rule book’ out. Not all central Otago pinot noir are cherry fruit driven bombs, Marlborough can make complex pinot noir and pinot noir does come in more than one colour. So pop in store this month and check out our pinot noir feature, divided into three neat sections to help you on your pinot noir journey. (LIZ WHEADON) F PN And do mark in your calendar now - 8 and 9 May and check out the details online for a pinot noir event you won’t want to miss. www.glengarry.co.nz/tastings

The day though was still young; we then went to Jack’s Point for a wine ‘cocktail’ party, the band played into the night and those a little wise decided to get to bed for a few winks before day two. The start of day two is always a formal tasting. This year the focus was on German pinot noir, which for much of the audience were a real surprise; although made in tiny quantities and reasonably highly priced, the German pinot noir is excellent. The formal tasting was followed by another lunch, this time at the Rees Hotel, hosted by Rudi Bauer of Quartz Reef - which always proves to be great entertainment before a brisk walk to clear one’s head and then dinner at the top of the Gondola, with... more wine.

photography: Kevin Judd

So amidst all this frivolity, I was struck by the diversity of styles of pinot noir being produced. Tasting through the wines on offer at the Grand Central Tasting, I was thrilled

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY MEET THE MAKERS AT THE ST MARY’S COLLEGE FUNDRAISER Saturday 9 May, 7pm - 11pm A celebration of wine and good food is the recipe for a successful fundraiser according to St Mary’s College. Now in it’s third year, the annual Meet the Makers event will feature an array of boutique wineries, delicious food from local producers and Ponsonby restaurants, and entertainment from the school’s many talented performers. The Meet the Makers event showcases local wineries, giving guests an opportunity to meet the winemaker in person, taste their varieties and buy at cellar door prices. As always, top-notch food from local Ponsonby restaurants and local producers will accompany the wine tasting. Entertainment together with a silent and live auction will add to the festivities. Winemakers from SOHOWINECO, Odyssey Wines, Cable Bay Vineyard, and West Brook Winery are some of the exhibitors showcased at the event. Special guest Mike McRoberts, 3News presenter and journalist will MC the event. McRoberts is one of the many parents at St Mary’s College who have donated their time, products or services to this event. St Mary’s College Principal Bernadette Stockman says Meet The Makers is a popular event on the fundraising calendar.

arts has been highly regarded and is an important and key aspect of the school’s identity. The funds raised from this year’s event will give performing arts a real boost, and ensure that St Mary’s continues to give students the best education and experience.

“We are now in our third year with this event, and it has just gone from strength to strength, thanks to our wonderful sponsors and exhibitors, many of whom have supported us right from the start,” says Mrs Stockman. Founded in 1850, St Mary’s College has been situated at its current site in New Street, Ponsonby for over 150 years. Mrs Stockman says the school relies on the local community for support and has been delighted with the support the school has received from local businesses, parents at the school, teachers and students.

The past two Meet the Makers events have raised a combined $76,000 - which has enabled the school to implement the upgrade of the tennis and netball courts with state-of-the-art turf surfacing to enable multi sport use. Tickets are $55 per person which includes wine tasting, Andiamo’s famous chicken curry, and a selection of finger food.

“St Mary’s has been part of the Ponsonby community for 150 years. We have a long history with the area and feel very much a part of the community whose support we rely on with our fundraising efforts. We invite parents, family, friends and the local community to join us at this special event to raise funds for our college,” says Mrs Stockman.

A cash bar will operate and wine orders can be made on the day at special event prices. Check out www.facebook.com/MeetTheMakersNZ for a look inside the event and a chance to win prizes! Visit www.meetthemakers.co.nz to purchase tickets and for more information about the event.

This year’s fundraising goal will focus on the college’s performing arts needs. From vans to transport girls to practices and performances, to new instruments, sound and recording gear, the list is long and costly. Since St Mary’s began, its reputation for excellence in music and


St Mary’s College, 11 New Street, Ponsonby (off College Hill)

Makes 18-20 buns

Try this easy recipe to make in your breadmaker: I’ve added a bit of chocolate because it is Easter after all.

At the beep 100g sultanas 100g chocolate, chopped or chips

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For the cross 1/4c flour water For the glaze 1/2c icing sugar 1 tsp all spice 1 tsp cinnamon 3 tbsp water (approx) DIRECTIONS Put the ingredients for the buns into your breadmaker, in the exact order as stated. Set your breadmaker to its dough setting. My breadmaker beeps 5 mins before it finishes kneading, so I can add some extras. Add the sultanas and chocolate at this stage. Once the dough has finished kneading, turn it out onto a lightly floured board. Cut the dough in half and form a thick sausage with the first half. Cut the dough into approx 2cm slices. I weigh each one and make them between 55-60g each.

Roll the bun quickly in your hands to make them round and place on a greased or lined baking tray. Repeat until done and do the same with the other half of the dough (you should have 18-20 buns). photography: Andrea Wong

INGREDIENTS For the buns 290 ml room temperature water 1 egg, lightly beaten 2 tbsp rice bran or canola oil 2 tbsp sugar 1 tsp salt 525g flour (13% protein content, minimum. I use high grade flour) 3 tbsp milk powder 2 1/2 tsp breadmakers’ yeast (yeast with bread improver) 1 tbsp mixed spice 1 tbsp ground cinnamon

Cover with cling film and leave in a warm place until they have doubled in size. Mix the flour with enough water, to form a thick but runny batter. Spoon into a piping bag with a small nozzle and pipe crosses onto the buns. Bake for 15 minutes in an oven heated to 190ºC. Once baked, place on a cooling rack and mix the icing ingredients together in a small bowl and brush over the hot cross buns with a pastry brush. Serve warm or toasted with lots of butter. (ANDREA WONG) F PN Happy Easter everyone! SO D’LISH, www.dlish.co.nz


POP UP IN PONSONBY CENTRAL Property manager Daniel Beetham is enthusiastically showing me around Ponsonby Central’s three temporary retail spaces; known as Shop 8, The Low Shelves and The Tall Shelves. Currently occupied by an online homeware store, a rather funky imported shoe range and Kitch, you can’t miss her, that’s the lady with the brightly coloured coats. You might have seen her before as she regularly pops up at Ponsonby Central. “It’s like a second home to me now,” Kitch says as she looks up from her sewing machine. “It’s like a full time shop but on a part time basis and it’s great to be in a space where I can both sew and sell.”

photography: Stacey Simpkin

We like to keep things fresh at Ponsonby Central, which is why we have our Pop Up spaces.

Shane Hancock

“It’s kind of a no brainer,” explains Daniel as we move on. “Pop Ups work best when people front their own product. Our customers love being able to chat to the maker, or the importer, someone who knows their product and cares about it.”


And for Ponsonby Central, it appears it’s a great way to keep things new and different. Rented on a weekly basis Monday to Sunday, the spaces are rarely empty and the offering is always interesting. Whether it’s a self-published author promoting a book, a jewellery designer, or an online store creating the opportunity to meet their customer base face to face.

I walk into Bedford and I’m struck by the feeling of being transported to another time in my life when I lived in the United States, and hung out in bars like this.

Fiona Shine of online home ware site SE3 enthuses: “I had a fantastic week with lots of foot traffic and excellent sales. I have also experienced higher volumes of traffic to my website and an increase in online sales due to heightened brand awareness. And I love being able to meet my customers in person.” Its obvious that foot traffic through Ponsonby Central is great, particularly at the weekends, the problem is finding a week that’s available! Give Daniel a call. (FIONA GARLICK) Daniel Beetham, T: 021 709 383, daniel@ponsonbycentral.co.nz

I find Shane in a galley-like kitchen prepping for lunch and the launch of Bedford’s new expanded menu. He is showing one of his staff how to plate up a new (but old school) bar snack: Spicy Wings, crispy chicken wings piled up, the micro greens just so and a generous side of blue cheese sauce.

Spicy Wings with Blue Cheese & Honey

“Try one.” I do and it’s delicious, salty, crunchy, and the sauce has that casual decadence that the Americans do so well. Except that it’s all Kiwi, the chicken free-range, blue cheese from Otago and honey from a local supplier. Until recently Shane headed up the kitchen at MooChowChow, and I ask him what motivated him to move. “Change is always good, and this is an opportunity to bring in some new ideas, and to have more of a teaching role. The lads here are pretty young and I love showing them new skills, putting in place good systems. Besides I’ve worked for these guys before, they’re great.” He means Sam Ansley who co-owns the bar, with mates Matt Nicholls and Jeremy Wells.

photography: Stacey Simpkin

Shane doesn’t seem that much older than the so called lads in the kitchen but he’s been cooking professionally for 14 years and for some pretty high-end taste buds; as a private chef in Queenstown he cooked for members of the Rockefeller and Bush families. I wonder what else he is bringing to the New York style meatball menu. “It’s still all about meatballs, but I’m about an emphasis on new fresh ingredients. We’ve got more salad sides, there’s a new salad main, and of course there is a new meatball on the menu; buffalo from our Clevedon suppliers. Laughing he slides across a delicious looking pile of donuts, dripping with raspberries: “And there’s even balls for dessert!” (FIONA GARLICK) Kitch pops up in the Tall Shelves The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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Woodpecker Hill Question: How long has it been since everyone who lives east of Queen Street has had to trek over to Ponsonby if they want to eat out and have a load of fun? Answer: Probably ever since Mark Wallbank moved on from Cibo in Parnell which seems like a lifetime ago. Well the tide and the tables have turned. Ponsonby has arrived in Parnell. And it’s a sure bet that everyone who loves good food and fun has become a regular at one of Wallbank’s three racy restaurants on Ponsonby Road (MooChowChow, Blue Breeze Inn and Chop Chop.) Now the Ponsonby-ites, if they already haven’t, will be heading to eat at his new venture, Woodpecker Hill, slap bang in the middle of the Strip that is Parnell Rise. And once again Wallbank and his chef, Che Barrington have raised the bar, venturing into territory that is new, racy and exciting. Across town, no less! The theme of Woodpecker Hill is American southern barbecue meets hot Asian spice. Chef Che Barrington is the master of south-east Asian flavours and his menu is a triumph of the combination of gorgeous smoky flavours of that southern American long, slow style of wood smoke cooking, and the fiery chilli, ginger, galangal, shallots and tamarind punch of Asian street food. But the real star of this unlikely amalgamation is Barrington’s heavy handedness with fresh, palate cleansing herbs like Vietnamese mint, perilla, lemongrass and more. It excites, it calms and it challenges the palate. So what’s on the menu? Delicious stuff! There are two absolute standouts. The first is a single mouthful - one oyster, freshly shucked, frosty and still in its shell, with a topping of the tiniest cubes of cured sweet pork and the added punch of finely sliced green chili and a splash of lime. At $6 this may be the best Bluff oyster of the season. The other standout is the fourteen hour smoked beef brisket - gorgeous sliced slabs of smoky beef straight from the restaurant’s stunning smoker, that are so tender they can be eaten with a spoon. Better still this beef is accompanied by what has become the signature of the restaurant, a tangle of the fresh green Asian flavours of herbs, chilli, galangal and lemongrass. I am sure the great and famous barbecue kings of the United States would be as blown away by this lovely dish as we were. What has become the modern dining trend is evident here. Don’t even think about going there and having that old format of entrée, main and maybe a dessert. Instead order a wide selection of what really appeals and share everything (we even ended up sharing a couple of our dishes with the diners at a neighbouring table as the food was too good not to). Price seems to be the determinant of whether a dish is small or substantial, although the ever helpful staff will happily advise diners. There’s a range from $10 for stir fried bok choy or the deep fried pickles through to $30-$32 for red smoky pork curry, a stunning chargrilled soy duck, an exceptional dry curry of BBQ duck (duck is a theme here), that aforementioned 14 hour beef, and a stir fry of soft shell crab that almost has hints of India with its flavour profile of turmeric, tamarind and crispy shallots. There’s lots in between too.

All sound good so far? There’s more. The wine and drinks document has been written with wit and knowledge. Do not miss it. There are at least 30 great choices of wine by the glass, and possibly the best selection of American whites and reds in any New Zealand restaurant. But there was something else that took me back to Louisville, Kentucky, the scene of the famous Derby and a place I have visited about 10 times. So here’s the thing. This is a restaurant with bourbon. Seriously, and in serious amounts. Even a beverage, White Lightning, that’s unique to Woodpecker Hill along with many other bourbons and southern whiskies. If you have never tried bourbon, head there as soon as possible, engage with the barman and do a tasting of this wonderfully smooth and heady drink. There’s also an ice shaver at the bar and the best selection of non-alcoholic drinks in town in a place that takes booze seriously. There’s something about the décor that also screams southern United States, despite those curious woolly sheepskins backing many of the seats. Maybe it’s the brown colour everywhere, the eclectic accumulation of lights and astonishing lampshades, the piles of wood logs or the spacious bar area where you can happily wait for your table. One thing is certain the décor works for me far better at night when it seems cosy and welcoming, rather than through the day when the brownness and wintry fabrics are a tad depressing. But that’s a very personal view and others I know love it anytime. What we all love is the return of the brilliant restaurant team of Wallbank and Barrington and their excellent staff and superb food and drink to Parnell. My money is on this place being the best new thing. Woodpecker Hill, 196 Parnell Road, Parnell. Phone 09 309 5055 open 7 days lunch and dinner. (LAURAINE JACOBS MNZM) www.laurainejacobs.co.nz WOODPECKER HILL, 196 Parnell Road, T: 09 309 5055, www.woodpeckerhill.co.nz

Barman Baz makes the perfect Mint Julip

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Also in line with modern dining, there is a fine choice of dishes that are concentrated on excellent vegetables. As one of my dining companions one night said this is a restaurant where you could be truly satisfied by sticking to vegetables only. On two occasions I have adored a crisp dish of deep fried eggplant in a light-as-air batter, served with tamarind, sesame and a toss of herbs. The current dish of roasted cauliflower is worth a detour, and the green papaya salad is filled with interesting flavours. (PN Editor please note - you will love it.) An interesting note in small print on the menu says: “Vegetarians, please talk to our waitstaff for tofu or vegetable substitutions for most dishes.” Now there’s a kitchen that is in tune with its customers.

Already changes have been made to the opening menu. Any kitchen will do this once the ebbs and flows of service and the customer response is taken into account. And that’s a really good reason those competitive reviewers around town who seem to have to go to a new opening within a day or two of the doors being flung open should hold their breath. A slimy pudding that made its appearance in the first week (I liked it but it seems no-one else did) has disappeared. It has been replaced by a complete rework so it is now sticky black rice with coconut ice-cream with the lovely gooey honeycomb that I fell in love with.

L to R: Salad of salmon pastrami, BBQ sweet pork, crispy fish cakes; Stir-fried soft-shell crab with banana chillies and shallots; Banana pineapple fritters, vanilla bean custard

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So much choice, so little time So much is written about the eating establishments in Ponsonby. So much choice, so little time! There are at least 85, yes 85, eateries on the strip alone catering for cheap (er!) and quick to finer dining. From Ponsonby Food Court to Sidart, every taste and budget is catered for. And I love the way that the various eateries are really onto it. Just recently I saw that old favourite Prego is promoting a dozen Bluff oysters for $22 served au naturelle - as they should be apparently - although I am rather partial to the tempura treatment!

And weren’t we all pleased to see that grotty old building on the corner of Richmond Road morph into the fabulous Ponsonby Central with its wonderful array of fine eateries - Blue Breeze Inn, Burger Burger, Dantes Pizzeria, Tokyo Club, Toru, Chop Chop, Foxtrot Parlour, the Dairy, Bedford Soda & Liquor, El Sizzling Chorizo and Maldito Mendez. I love them all.

So, of the 85 eateries, 15 have been reincarnated in the last two years - that’s almost a 20% churn. Not an easy business to be in with more competition than any other business, I would think. And I’ve been to 51 of them! And did you know that starting with Bird & Boy and heading towards Three Lamps there are 14 establishments in a row that sell food. Okay so I included the butchers next to Prego and the Lucky Taco truck that is parked on the other side of Prego but you take my point I’m sure.

And now for a bit of history. If my memory serves me well, an early trip to Ponsonby Road for us was to dine at the famous Ivan’s.

And speaking of Prego, it is one of two restaurants that have really stood the test of time - SPQR is the other. Prego will turn 30 next year and SPQR has cracked 22 years - a remarkable achievement and testament to the vision, imagination and fortitude of their owners - Kelvin Gibson and Chris Rupe respectively. If you look for common factors between these two hugely popular restaurants you’ll find it, I think, in their underlying philosophies - imaginative dishes using fresh and seasonal ingredients, simply and beautifully cooked by staff that have been there forever. Consistent high standards of food and service creating a memorable experience and an emotional connection. And of course their longevity has created a loyal constituency that now spans generations. Whenever I visit these restaurants I’m always torn between the old favourites and the newer dishes and while I have tried the newer dishes on occasion, I’m somewhat inevitably drawn to the old faves. Isn’t that why we go back, again, and again? Another contributing factor to their success I suspect is the extent to which they have embraced social media. Many of the eateries on the strip have an active social media strategy where we are bombarded, and pleasurably so, with photos of the delectable and the divine; enticing us to try them out. And I wanted to comment on another aspect of the dining options on the strip. There are two, what I would call, food halls on Ponsonby Road - not wishing, of course, to denigrate either by calling them food halls. The Ponsonby International Food Court, to give it its full title, is, in my experience, a most satisfactory destination for a quick meal. Granted it is an older style ‘food hall’ but the eclectic range of high quality food on offer surprises and satisfies. I’ve never had a bad dining experience there and we would go at least once a fortnight.

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Ivan’s was a casual restaurant, located where Chapel Bar & Bistro is now, which operated between 1964 and 1995. It offered simple, affordable food like sausages, steak and chips, eggs and buttered white bread right up until it closed in 1995. I can still taste the half a dozen battered oysters I had as a side dish with my steak, eggs and chips! Yes some of you might remember Ivan’s but do you recall what came next before Luke Dallow opened Chapel in 2005? Well let me help. Ivan’s closed in 1995 and up popped the Anglesea Grill which had an eight year run before being replaced by Charlie White’s for a short time and then it was transformed into Chapel. So I got a bit interested in the history of Ponsonby Road restaurants and in researching this topic I came across a fantastic post by Jesse Mulligan on his Auckland food blog from June 2011 titled Auckland’s Best Restaurants, August 1980. Jesse’s post was based on a list of Auckland restaurants provided to him by an old corporate colleague. The list was dated August 1980. I’m not sure if the list was conclusive; perhaps it only included the top end as it was compiled to inform the corporate lunch set back then! Notwithstanding that caveat, according to the list there were only 11 restaurants on Ponsonby Road. Goodness me hasn’t the landscape changed. The names are very evocative of the era and include some very (in) famous eateries - Toad Hall where Prego is, Bronze Goat where Mad Mex currently is on the corner of Pollen Street, Carthews where Tin Soldier now is, Deerstalker on the site currently occupied by the recently opened Ponsonby Workingmen’s Club, Oblios where Bolliwood is now, Orsinis in the now beautifully restored Allendale House on the corner of Crummer Road (now home to the ASB Community Trust) and Wheelers at the current Freeman & Grey address. And not to mention Bistro 260, Café 161, L’Escargot D’Or and Pabulum rounding out the first eleven. Just writing this I am slightly overwhelmed by the memories of what were iconic restaurants of their time. PN Don’t you just love Ponsonby? (GEOFF LAWSON) F

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY FARRO FRESH USE INNOVATION TO OVERCOME FRUIT FLY FIASCO Passionate Kiwi artisan food champion, Farro Fresh is upping the ante against the Queensland fruit fly invasion by ensuring its customers can still get the Kiwi produce they want, whenever they want, in Grey Lynn’s quarantine zone. Farro Fresh’s popular Grey Lynn store is situated in the Queensland fruit fly outer quarantine zone, right on the boundary of Zone B, meaning customers have been unable to take whole fruit and a variety of vegetables out of zone. Farro Fresh is a premium ‘one-stop-shop’ fresh food market. The destination store prides itself on supporting over 500 Kiwi artisan suppliers, including many fresh fruit growers, says co-founder Janene Draper. “Grey Lynn’s loyal customer base includes not only local residents who reside inside and outside the 1.5km restriction zone, but also many from further afield. So as soon as news of the fruit fly contamination broke, we knew we had to act quickly to support both our customers and our suppliers.” Soon after news of the Queensland fruit fly and quarantine system broke, Farro Fresh approached the Ministry for Primary Industries to offer an innovative solution to the conundrum. "Our idea was to package all fruit and vegetables off-site in a non-restricted zone and completely seal them for transport to, and thus from, the restricted zone. This way the Queensland fruit fly cannot enter the produce while it is in the zone, so it can be transported out of zone without any concerns, allowing our dedicated suppliers to continue to supply us and our loyal customers to continue to buy from us in the Grey Lynn area,” says Draper. Farro Fresh is the first retailer to approach the Ministry for Primary Industries and is now the first to be granted a register and permit system to allow their customers to move fresh produce outside of the restricted zone. A spokesperson from the Ministry for Primary Industries, says this is a very good example of how local people and businesses can work together with us in this important operation. Where it can, MPI wants to help the people of the affected community by minimising impacts on their lifestyle and livelihoods. “MPI very much appreciates the work that Farro Fresh in Grey Lynn has undertaken to ensure its fresh produce meets the ministry’s controls that are in place to contain any spread of the Queensland fruit fly.” All fruit will be packed, sealed, and checked off-site in a facility approved by the Ministry for Primary Industries before being transported to Farro Fresh Grey Lynn. Distinct green


stickers on the newly packaged goods will allow customers to easily recognise what can be taken out of the restricted zone. “The store has worked closely with us on a permitting system to enable customers to safely take produce from the store out of the controlled area,” adds the Ministry for Primary Industries spokesperson. Customers will need to sign an MPI register in-store to ensure they understand the restrictions. Then they will receive a permit to allow them to transport fruit and vegetables purchased at Farro Fresh out of the restricted zone. For those who live outside the restricted zone, the permit will need to be shown each time they shop for fruit and vegetables at Farro Fresh during the Grey Lynn quarantine period. “Farro Fresh will have additional staff on-hand to help customers and explain the new labelling, the register and the permit system says Draper. “The permits are great news. Customers can be assured that as long as the packaging remains sealed, it’s ok to remove the items from the restricted area,” adds Draper. As an added precaution, on the advice of the Ministry for Primary Industries, Farro Fresh will also be monitoring the quantities of product entering and leaving the store, she says. “We have built a company based on strong stock management systems. So we’re just adding a few more, to ensure our customers can continue to shop with us.” Draper adds. Farro Fresh Co-Founder, James Draper says Farro Fresh prides itself on innovation. “Throughout life, as a business person, you are always going to come up against potentially difficult situations. As a relatively small player in the supermarket industry we always look for creative solutions and ways to be innovative, “With sales affected by over 20% in the first week of the quarantine restrictions, our aim is to ensure our loyal customers know it’s safe to shop with us and the restrictions surrounding the Queensland fruit fly will not impact on our extensive array of quality products backed by the exceptional service they know and love,” says James Draper.

Herne Bay resident Maureen Tomlinson joins Tamati Coffey at his brand new Ponsonby Rd Bar in ROTORUA, and wow what a fabulous place it is. Tamati sends his regards to Ponsonby Road, Auckland.

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L to R: Locals outside Ponsonby Central; Gabriel from Ceres Organics, outside Ponsonby Central; Kitty outside Early Settler

L to R: Locals enjoy a chip at Burger Wisconsin; Heather, Rosie & Kelly from Freemans Bay Play Centre; Emily and Abby outside Fifth Avenue

L to R: Lyndsay of Good Health, outside Unichem; Young Nick and helper outside Meat on Ponsonby; Storm of Storm & India

photography: Martin Leach

L to R: Suzy D端nser selling pottery; Locals enjoying a treat at Allpress; Helen of Ma Cherie

L to R: Racks of fashion on sale; AK Samba outside ASB; Romy and Liby of Anchor Greek Yoghurt

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1 1. Mick Peck is pictured at the Temple of Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, THAILAND. 2. Peter and Linda Stopforth are pictured in Chiang Mai, THAILAND, catching up with the Ponsonby News.

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April 25, 1915 - lest we forget “Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours... You, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace, after having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.” Kemal Ataturk, 1934 These words engraved in stone, stand above Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli Coast; the small beach is surrounded by steep sandy hills on a windy and desolate peninsular in a country far removed from New Zealand. Just standing on this promontory brings our Nation’s history to life, there is definitely a hallowed atmosphere here, appreciated not just by those of us visiting from the other side of the world, but by the Turks themselves.


It may have been a hundred years ago, but the remains of that battle can still be seen, the land scarred and blemished. Where once there were trees there are now just lines of markers - the memorials to those brave young men who came here so long ago. Not only is there a sense of history here, but also a physical one. By digging with your shoes, it’s easy to unearth spent cartridges from that battle long ago and the small museum is full of recognisable Kiwi brands on tins, cigarette packages and old photographs brought and left here by the ANZACS. Our history is forever buried just below the surface and an undeniable part of the Turkish landscape. A ballot was held last year to allocate tickets for New Zealanders wishing to attend this year’s Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli. Two thousand New Zealanders will be lucky enough to experience the power and intensity of standing beside Ataturk’s memorial to our troops and look down the hillside at the small and significant sandy beach below, followed by a visit to the graves at Lone Pine. An emotional field of green grass and markers as far as the eye can see. A scene accompanied by the mournful wind whistling through the Lone Pine tree that gives the area its name. Many more Kiwis and Aussies will be accommodated in a large number of cruise ships anchored some two kilometres off the beach, all vying for position amongst the three or four battleships that are also expected in the area. It seems much more sensible to cruise to Gallipoli. We travelled there on a mind numbing four-hour drive from Istanbul passing half-finished houses and sharing the roads with worn out donkeys pulling decrepit carts and frequented by motorists, including our own bus driver, who considered road markings as “mere suggestions”. More ships now crawl along the coast on ‘cruise-bys’. A slow dawdle passing the monuments of the Dardanelles and finally Gallipoli Peninsula all whilst being lectured and some even entertained, by various experts who point out the important landmarks and facts over the ship’s tannoy. Some ships even dock at Cannakale for the ferry ride across to the peninsula that seems a far more sensible solution than sitting on a bus next to a smelly and tired tourist who “just came along for the ride.”

L to R: Rosalie Forbes, Jane Daniels and Cheryl Whiting

A local luxury travel company Viaggio, even chartered the cruise-ship L’Aurial, and has taken her on a ‘once in a life time’ tour around the Turkish coast to take in the warfields and will anchor off Cape Helius for the actual ceremony. Probably the closest you will get without a balloted ticket. Not surprisingly it sailed full and with a very eager passenger list including none other than Leighton Smith. The year1915 was arguably a coming of age for us. This year in February, when Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth called into Auckland, she brought with her an empty framework which was lovingly covered in poppies by the invited public during her stay. The completed work is being kept on board during her world cruise especially for her visit to Gallipoli, as part of an intended shipboard service and will be left at Gallipoli a touching tribute by Cunard. This gesture signals that cruise lines are taking notice of the growing popularity of cruising by Australians and New Zealanders, and are showing a willingness to tap into that market by catering to their needs and interests. Long may it continue. (ROSS THORBY) F PN

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By Chris Lyons, Director, World Journeys From sleek modernity of New Delhi and the glorious palace hotels of Rajasthan to the ethereal glow of the Taj Mahal at sunrise, the vibrant colour, scent and sounds of India never fail to impress me. I have never travelled anywhere else with such an intensity of colour as is found in India. Our western fondness of the ‘colour’ black is a dreary contrast to India’s brightly coloured turbans, stunning saris and temple flowers. Rajasthan, a land of vast deserts, camel trains, ancient forts and temples, is the ‘jewel in the crown’. The spices piled high in the market and the decorated elephants at the Amber Fort all make this part of India a photographer’s dream. The Taj Mahal in Agra, some 200km from Delhi, deserves the effort to arise early and experience it at sunrise when visitors are fewer and the light creates a dreamy hue. Intricately inlaid precious stones cover the walls, the monuments, the tombs. No photo or movie does this shrine justice - you must see it through your own eyes. Built by Shah Jahan in honour of his dead wife Mumtaz, he was imprisoned after being overthrown by his son and thus could never complete a black marble facsimile of the Taj across the river that was going to become his own tomb. One of the great tragic love stories of history! India has endured thousands of years of conflict and generated incredible wealth, leaving a legacy of beautiful palaces and fortresses. Some Maharajahs’ palaces are now

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the most gorgeous hotels where mere commoners can now stay in the opulence that was the hallmark of past Indian royalty. The most picturesque of these is the Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur where the James Bond film “Octopussy” was filmed. Others still feature the gorgeous glass inlaid walls, colourful wall paintings, and cool shady courtyards of the era - my favourite is the Samode Palace just out of Jaipur. At least 475 years old, each suite has its own unique personality, with marble baths, four-poster beds and stunning views over the mountains to delight even the most jaded traveller. Religion is an ever-present facet of life in India, with a diversity of faiths adding layers of intrigue to an already fascinating culture. Delhi’s Qutab Minar tower, the Jain Temple of Ranakpur, and the 17th century Jagdish Temple (Hindu) of Udaipur are just a few examples of India’s rich spiritual life. I always fly Singapore Airlines to India, and enjoy a stopover en route. Once there, travel around India has become so much easier over the years, bringing excellent hotels and vastly improved tourist services. The sensory overload this country provides can delight, confound and overwhelm the first timer, which is why a small group tour with an experienced host is a hassle-free way to go. But take an open mind, and allow time to get to know India and you will fall in love PN with the experience. F





Skin loving: plump it up this winter When the temperature drops so do the moisture levels in your skin, and if you haven’t got a lipid-rich, super moisturiser on board then all of the pricey serums in the world won’t do much for the texture and feel of your body’s largest organ. Thinner, duller, less vibrant skin is what you expect as you get older, mainly due to collagen and elastin diminishing, cell turnover coming to a grinding halt and environmental damage: i.e. sun exposure catching up with you. The more goodness you can put back in, the better. Over the years skin becomes thinner and more translucent, so capillaries show. Wrinkles, age spots, uneven pigmentation may also develop - especially if you weren’t diligent about sun protection from childhood into your 30s - and your skin produces less oil in your 40s, leading to dryness. Add to that air con and winter walks... and the situation isn’t looking good. But never fear, because as well as top-notch masks and serums and regular facials, a great moisturiser really is one of your best friends. One of my favourites is Aspect SMC Super Moisturising Complex, which is a super nourishing, anti-ageing cream with stem cells that has been designed especially to support a dry, dehydrated skin with ageing concerns. It is packed full of cell targeting ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium PCA, Peptides, Green tea, oil soluble Vitamin C and Sea Buckthorn Fruit oil, and is a joy to use.

perfect for use at night to recharge and repair. Used to calm and soothe very dry skin or to promote wound healing, it contains powerful antioxidants from raspberry oil, vitamin E, and calendula along with barrier-restoring natural lipids. Quench Plus + is formulated with a powerful plumper to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while firming and evening your skin tone, and is perfect to use under mineral makeup. Osmosis are also always improving their formulas, the latest being a reformulation of Clear, called Clear Plus+ Activating Hydration Mist. Clear is one of the key products in the collection, a hydrating mist that is applied after serums have been rubbed in to the skin. What it does is add slip or ‘wet’ the serums all over again so you can massage them into the skin a second time to help the ingredients better penetrate the epidermis. To create the new Clear Plus+, they took the beneficial frequencies of Clear and added active ingredients to firm, hydrate, soothe and nourish the skin. Like the original, the formula contains the Osmosis Harmonized Water, making it little bottle of magic if ever there was one! Bobbi Brown Extra Soothing Balm is another little wonder, a dense, concentrated balm made with avocado, geranium, and rosemary oils that delivers soothing hydration wherever you need it. With its concentrated formula, a little goes a long way. It’s perfect to have on hand to treat dry lips, cuticles, or even heels, and can even be dabbed on lightly over makeup to give cheeks a healthy glow.

The unique SMC formula provides protection against free radical damage while supporting the barrier function and bathing the skin with superior hydration, and it absorbs super fast despite the richness of its general ‘feel’. It also comes in a pump form that is super hygienic and dispenses exactly the perfect amount of product every time. Over the past year or so I’ve had more compliments about my skin than I have had in a long time, and the fact that I’m certainly no spring chicken makes that fact even more impressive! The first thing I tell people is that I swapped a lot of my daily skincare regime to the Osmosis brand. Osmosis has a different focus than most skincare lines, and creator Dr Johnson believes in building a “partnership with the skin”, which is a philosophy that I love. This partnership includes utilising ingredients that the skin recognises, maintaining the epidermal barrier while focusing most of the attention on the dermis, eliminating inflammation during repair and feeding the skin through increasing blood flow. The combination of these strategies and the ability of the products to penetrate the skin without harming it make this line one of the best in the world at restoring skin health and restoring its youthful verve. I’m a fan of their two key moisturisers - Immerse and Quench Plus + - which are ideal for adding to the mix at this time of year. The former is rich and delicious smelling, and

Last but by no means least, back when I first tried Lucy Vincent -Marr’s hair and body care range SANS, the one product that stood out for me was the beautiful Activator 7 Body + Hair + Face Oil. I used it once and never looked back - I must be on to by 12th or 13th bottle by now and use it on myself and to treat my son’s eczema. Pure, chemicalfree and highly active, the skin loving formulation hydrates and feels gently healing, as well as leaving not a trace of grease or residue on my skin post-shower. Ingredients include vitamin A, Omega 3, 6, 9 and vitamin E, which means that as well as being a welcome addition to your daily routine it addresses sun damage, scars and stretch marks. Oh, and did I mention it smells good enough to eat, in a very unobtrusive way? Killer product, PN absolute must have. (HELENE RAVLICH) F

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THE PONSONBY PHILOSOPHER Who is responsible for our good health? What responsibility does a society have for the health of its citizens? Or is it all about individual responsibility? Good societies provide clean water, clean air, an adequate food supply, warm affordable housing and safety regulations for all citizens. In more equal societies, citizens have better health - even the wealthy. Higher levels of education are also correlated with better health. Educating poor women has kept them from having too many babies they don’t want and can’t educate. Contraception is a social responsibility which promotes women’s health. Individuals are certainly also responsible for much of their own health, keeping themselves fit, exercising and eating well. Unfortunately, much modern processed food is full of additives, preservatives, colouring, and stabilisers. Without enough labelling we often don’t know just what we are inflicting on our bodies (or without time to read all the fine print). Our grandparents often ate copious quantities of cream, butter and meat, but it was fresh and unadulterated and did not carry the toxins and poisons so much current processed food does today. Environmental pollution, too, has taken a tremendous toll on individual health. Toxins from industrial farming, including dairying, oil spills, lead paint, asbestos, carbon emissions - all are damaging to our health. It is increasingly obvious that over prescribing of drugs has become a problem. The ever expanding influence of Big Pharma, and the ever expanding list of disorders in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, shows a now staggering list of behaviours which used to be normal but are now classed as

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disorders, including normal sadness, aiding Big Pharma in its constant push to medicate the masses. Chemists carry all sorts of drugs to counteract the bad side effects of drugs like statins. Statins are so heavily subscribed by GPs that there has been a national shortage in New Zealand. These are the drugs taken to reduce cholesterol levels. Many experts are now saying that statins do more harm than good. We need to change focus. We need to ensure we have political leaders who will work to prevent climate change, house the homeless, care for children, close the rich-poor gap, and provide more education resources. We will never be a truly healthy society until many of those imbalances are righted. We need to think hard before we keep swallowing more and more pills, pushed on us by doctors who are influenced by drug company propaganda. And crucially, we need to worry less about money and what it can buy us, and think more about sharing and caring, both in our own families, amongst friends and in our local communities. We’re all going to die. Premature death is a tragedy, but we should all accept that death at the end of a normal lifespan is inevitable. However, keeping ourselves physically and psychologically healthy can extend our lives well beyond the Biblical three score years and ten. But in due season it will be time for PN us to leave. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F





Xtend Barre’s Viv Gallagher I have loved watching the growth of ballet barre -inspired fitness classes in our neighbourhood of late, mainly because it’s something new that everyone can have a bash at, and it’s lots of fun whether you have a dance background or not. Having tried a few I have most definitely come to the conclusion that not all barre classes are created equal, and each offers their own benefits that may or may not work for you. The latest to arrive is Xtend Barre, which brings in elements of dance, ballet and Pilates to create an adrenaline-fuelled workout that strengthens, lengthens and chisels the body. Each class features an elegant yet energetic combination of movements that enhance flexibility, improve balance and challenge the core, and on the timetable at their boutique studio in Grey Lynn you’ll find all manner of class types for those that like to mix it up.

An Xtend Barre class in action

After meeting owner Viv Gallagher and hearing about what they offer, I’ve personally tried the traditional Xtend Barre class as well as Xtend Stick, which works a whole different set of muscles and was a lot harder than I imagined. “We are the only place in New Zealand where you can take a Stick class,” explains the ex-dancer with the body (seriously) of a woman half her age, “and there are 10 teaching programmes available in the Xtend Barre stable so we are very much more than just about the barre.” A class I am looking forward to trying when it’s up and running is Xtend Suspend, which utilises TRX Suspension Training, one of my favourite fitness tools to play with. There is also a Pilates Fusion Class and Xtend Yoga Flow, where traditional yoga is integrated with Xtend Barre creating a dynamic sounding class with just the right amount of strength and Zen.

class that goes at the pace of the mums and babies themselves. If a mum needs to stop and feed her baby she can, she can just come back in when she’s ready. “We are getting a whole cross-section of the community through the doors in the Grey Lynn studio,” she says with a smile, “and we’re really proud of that. I have a great team of teachers and classes to choose from and offer something for all levels and ages. “We just want to see people come in and have a good time, and leave feeling good and with a feeling of success,” she adds, which sounds good to me. (HELENE RAVLICH) F PN Xtend Barre Ponsonby, L1, 56 Surrey Crescent, T: 09 376 8091 or M: 021 245 5441 www.xtendbarre.com

Viv‘s own passion for dance started at age five when she began classical ballet, and developed over the years as she studied various styles of dance, gymnastics, yoga and pilates. Previously a key figure at some of the country’s most high profile gyms, she has more than 20 years’ experience in the fitness industry and is a fully certified Personal Trainer, Pilates Mat and Reformer Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor and former National Trainer in her previous role. She discovered Xtend Barre whilst teaching in Dubai and saw straight away the possibilities of taking a dance inspired, strength workout home to New Zealand with her. After opening her first studio in Newmarket a couple of years ago she saw a gap in the Ponsonby/Grey Lynn/Herne Bay market for what Xtend Barre offers, and classes have been growing since they opened their doors a couple of months ago. She says that she’s keen to emphasise that Xtend Barre isn’t just for the young, lithe and extremely bendy, saying: “I have women in their fifties like me and even older coming to class and absolutely loving what we do. I started teaching barre at my Newmarket studio two years ago and have a very diverse clientele there, the oldest being a 74-year-old woman who never ceases to amaze us.” Also an ex-dancer, the latter has studied Pilates for over 20 years to boot “and still has the flexibility and the strength to take on anything that we throw at her.” She also cites an extremely lovely email from a 61-year-old student at her Newmarket studio, who decided not to renew her gym membership, “which I was finding tedious and uninspiring,” and to try something new instead. “I have renewed my interest in ballet barre and pilates and have renewed vigour and vitality,” she says. “After a fall five years ago I have a total hip replacement. Post recovery I had a limited range of movement and weakened muscles but now attend barre classes 3-4 times a week and have regained strength, balance and posture once again.” “It really gets people moving again,” emphasises Gallagher, “and we’ve had great results with people who have disc issues and things like that. It improves core strength as well as posture, both of which can affect the lower back directly.” Xtend has also just launched a Babies on Board class that is designed for up to ten new mothers at a time with their babies in frontpacks. “It’s designed as a class to ease new mums back into exercise after their six week check,” explains Viv, “and it’s an interactive

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SO… THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS TO KEEP ACTIVE It appears we are an ageing population. So I’ll keep it brief. They say age makes us wiser. We certainly know what we like and what we don’t like. And we don’t like getting old and stiff. So how do you make a difference? The ageing process is not beatable, but it is manageable. So the difference has to be exercise smarter. Soft tissue needs constant maintenance - be aware that the soft tissue is changing. Archilles rupture peaks at 35 years, meniscal tears around 40 years, and cartilage thins at 50 to 60 years. The hormones are dropping, so muscles loose strength. Muscles need to be stressed regularly. Evidence shows that loading the muscles will improve your strength and bone density regardless of age. A remedial therapist can assess your posture for muscle imbalances, and help maintain correct muscle tone. The collagen fibres are degrading. So the white tissues (tendons, fascia, disc, cartilage + miniscus) are getting weaker. Tendons need constant stretching. Fascia is multi directional, and needs agile movement to maintain resilience. Massage can help to move tendons and fascial soft tissue. Joint mobilisation in all possible directions will improve the joint function. You can do this yourself, or have a massage therapist do it for you. Strength and stretch are both important to maintain optimal muscle tone and control around the joints. Pain in the joint can mean poor muscle control. Past injuries often weaken when ageing. The better your recovery from an injury the less scar tissue and massage can improve the matrix of the scar tissue as it heals. You have better endurance with age, so your cardio-vascular fitness can remain, if you maintain aerobic exercise. If you have exercised consistently most of your life, you will have good endurance. If not, then get exercise advice, and be consistent. Over 35 years means more recovery time after exercise.



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Eat well and drink water. Your thirst mechanism declines with ageing. Drink plenty of water a day, excluding diuretics like coffee or tea. Exercise smarter, and keep agile. Good Health. WENDY IRWIN - REMEDIAL MASSAGE THERAPY, M: 0274 306 346 www.wendyirwinmassage.co.nz




LIVING, THINKING + BEING FORMER GREENPEACE SENIOR MANAGER LAUNCHES CLEANTECH STARTUP Michael Tritt, Greenpeace New Zealand’s former Director of Fundraising, is launching a startup which will focus on bringing low-carbon technologies to the consumer. Greenpeace New Zealand surpassed $10 million in donation income last year, and Tritt says the timing was right to hand things over and move on to a new challenge. “I’ve worked on environmental issues for the last 15 years. It’s easy to get depressed about the inaction on climate change, but for the first time in a long time, there is real hope. The technology to get us off fossil fuels is now here, available to consumers, and it makes sense,” says Tritt. The business, Urban Cleantech, will focus initially on two technologies that Tritt describes as “transformative”. “A lot of our carbon footprint comes in two areas - our transportation and our electricity use, so we are bringing solutions to consumers in both areas.” Urban Cleantech will be distributing electric bikes, from Prodeco Technologies, one of the top three manufacturers in the United States, as well as offering rooftop solar solutions to homes and businesses. “I’ve been a cyclist for 25 years, but until recently didn’t think it could be a major transportation solution in a place like Auckland, but the electric bike changes all of that - flattening the hills and enabling longer trips,” says Tritt. “At the same time rooftop solar is going to turn the electricity industry on its head because it now makes economic sense to do it.” Tritt’s other experience includes working on energy conservation campaigns in the North American utility industry, and postgraduate study and work in the University of Otago Marketing Department. “I wrote a thesis on environmentally responsible consumers over a decade ago,” says Tritt. “Back then, if you wanted to do the environmentally right thing, it usually involved making a sacrifice - paying more, or putting up with an inferior product. That is no longer the case. The solutions make sense, and that’s why it’s such an exciting time to be in PN the business.” F URBAN CLEANTECH, 5 Scotland Street, M: 021 047 1262, www.urbancleantech.com

CLARE CALDWELL: THE ART OF LIVING Margaret Thorne is a friend and colleague who is a psychosynthesis counsellor with a special interest in working with clients and their dreams. Why is working with dreams as well as traditional talking therapies important to you? Dreams help us to understand our lives by bringing something to our attention and focus, alerting us to things that on reflection, often promote new growth and understanding. Dreams don’t only portray what’s wrong, they also serve to give courage, guidance and reassurance. Our dreams all mean something and can be valuable in terms of selfknowledge leading to new ways of confronting the world and life generally. Art therapy focuses on the terrain of the unconscious - i.e. the pre-verbal arenas - that bypass adult defence mechanisms produced by the rational, conscious mind struggling to understand life logically and linearly. Would the same be true of working with dreams? Yes. By working with dreams we enter the arena of the ancient and pre-verbal in us and get closer to what Jung called the “natural mind”, the “two-million-year-old human being in us all”. Talking tells us what we already consciously know. Dream-work allows the dreamer to bring the gift of the dream - wisdom, insight, energy - from sacred time into chronological time, thus disclosing a wider purpose - that of promoting emotional clarity and health and a better quality of life. Should dreams be approached as if they’re works of art? Absolutely! It’s really helpful to draw your dreams. This takes the experience deeper and taps into a different consciousness, freeing us from the burden of verbalising and allows us to connect intuitively, just as with art therapy. Our lives are subtly changed each time we look at a painting or hear a piece of music, even though we’re hardly aware of it and would find it difficult to explain why. That’s why the arts exist. Dreams are the art of the soul. Simply to watch them is to enrich our lives. So you’re saying, like artworks, dreams create a shift in perspective in the very act of beholding them? Yes. I’ve found it hugely helpful and revealing to share my dreams with others. Over the years I’ve been part of several dream groups and I’m now a member of the newly formed ‘Dream Network Aotearoa New Zealand’. It’s helpful to read your dreams in sequence when you’ve collected a dozen or so as patterns will emerge revealing the themes and stories our unconscious is emphasising and wants us to listen to. How can people contact you to talk further and book a session? My contact details are: T: 09 828 4068; M: 027 404 6401; E: purple8@xtra.co.nz “We should regard dreams as an endangered species ... as a potential casualty of technology. To prevent this we must continue to place great value on our dreams. They should be respected as feral in the sense... that we must resist all attempts to ‘scientize’ them.” (Liam Hudson.) (CLARE CALDWELL) F PN Clare (Claudie) Caldwell is a creative arts therapist who runs a small private practice from home. She is voluntary team leader of creative arts as therapy at Mercy Hospice Auckland, College Hill, where she has worked for the last 10 years. She is also a freelance artist. Enquiries: T: 09 836 3618; M: 021 293 3171; clare.e.caldwell@gmail.com

Michael Tritt speaking at the launch, with his business partner Ron Minkhorst to the left.

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CARING PROFESSIONAL Dr Stuart Carroll Ophthalmologist, Auckland Eye Ponsonby resident Dr Stuart Carroll is an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) at Auckland Eye, who has lived and studied in Auckland since he was a teenager. Stuart spent two years training in London and Melbourne before settling here in 2012 to work in public and private practice. He tells Ponsonby News, “I keep myself very busy with work - training registrars, volunteer work overseas, going to conferences, and I have several appointments with our professional college RANZCO. I have too many other interests to list, though in a parallel universe I might have enjoyed being a chef, musician, or architect.” How did you come to be an ophthalmologist? During my fifth year at med school I did an eye clinic attachment. I had no idea what it would be like and had never considered it before then, but it clicked with me instantly - I made the decision right away to pursue it. I wouldn’t change that decision for the world.

PHILIP TREACY FOR M.A.C He’s already designed hats for Alexander MacQueen, Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, and Valentino; now leading London couture hat designer Philip Treacy has collaborated with M.A.C Cosmetics to create a limited edition makeup collection. An O.B.E awardee, Treacy’s work has been worn by Kate Middleton, Kate Winslet, Sarah Jessica Parker and (ahem) Princess Beatrice - in fact, 36 hats designed by Treacy were worn at the royal wedding of Prince William and the now-Duchess of Cambridge. Famed milliner Treacy revisited his extraordinary decades-long career, culling inspiration from his work to create a trio of striking headpieces that showcase facial structure. Each hat was then paired with a collection of M.A.C. makeup products - highlight powder, a brush, lipstick, false lashes, and fluidline/paint pot colour - designed to enhance the PN face’s most evocative features, and available from 20 April. F M.A.C Ponsonby, 3/130 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 360 4281, www.maccosmetics.co.nz

What do you love about your job? It’s an amazing feeling to restore someone’s sight, it has a profound impact on people’s lives - I never tire of it! Ophthalmology is a very hi-tech field and keeping up to date with the latest technologies appeals to my inner nerd. The best part about a medical career is the constant evolution of knowledge and continual learning - I’ll never get bored. What do you find challenging? Working with children’s eye problems provides me with constant challenges - they don’t tell you what’s wrong with them, they can be difficult to assess, and you have to really engage with them if you want to look at their eyes up close with a big microscope! They say ‘Where there are great challenges there are great rewards’, and I find helping children with eye problems extremely satisfying and fun. How do you differ from other ophthalmologists? We’re quite a bunch of individuals so differences abound. I’m an adult and children’s eye specialist - many of my colleagues prefer not to see children because of the difficulties mentioned above, but I’ve made that a special interest of mine, and there are relatively few paediatric ophthalmologists in New Zealand. Can you share an anecdote about a case or cases? One of my patients grumbled to me after his cataract surgery that while his restored vision had been helpful, he now had a new set of problems - he hadn’t realised how filthy his house was, nor how many wrinkles his wife had! What do you do to care for yourself? I try to keep my life as balanced as possible - healthy food (I love to cook), exercise, and lots of hobbies. I just started learning the guitar, something I’ve always wanted to do. What's your advice to people seeking ophthalmologic treatment? Don’t be afraid to come in and get checked - it’s quick and easy to have a thorough eye examination, and modern laser and surgical techniques have made most eye procedures extremely safe, painless and predictable. F PN AUCKLAND EYE, www.aucklandeye.co.nz

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Fascia and myofascial stretching WHAT IS FASCIA? Fascia is the least known of all tissues and an organ in its own right! Fascia is becoming more understood but in the big picture it is still very new - this year will only be the fourth international fascial research conference so there are many physical therapy modalities, chiropractors, medical practitioners, surgeons and doctors who still don’t understand or recognise fascia and its connection to joint, muscle, nerve issues and body pain. Fascia consists of tough sheets of connective fibers that envelop and weave through every muscle, nerve and organ, and ties our whole body together. It enables us to maintain correct posture, holds our organs in place, prevents muscles from tearing and tethers tendons to bone, giving the muscles the mechanical stability they need to contract forcefully. If you think about an orange with all the juice tapped out, what you have left is the pulp and the fibrous webbing that separate the sections. All of this is just like fascia separating and connecting our body at the same time. A tough sausage casing holding in the sausage as well as joining all the sausages is another way to think about how fascia works within our bodies.

If you are wearing a jersey and you pull on one end you will feel the jersey twist, tighten and restrict many different areas. Everyone can benefit from myofascial stretching. Athletes especially need this work to even out fascial tissue that will keep twisting them up and pulling them around. This style of stretching can be learned one-on-one or in class situation. (MICHELLE OWEN) F PN

It’s a continuous supporting network that goes top to toe. For muscles and joints to function properly, the fascia and nervous system must both be healthy. This means moist, soft, flexible fascia and nerves that send full-strength signals to the muscles.

MICHELLE OWEN, Level 2, 10 New North Road, M: 021 770 153 www.michelleowen.co.nz www.fitness-n-function.co.nz

Injury, overuse, underuse accidents, surgeries and poor posture can all result in tight, restricted fascia that shuts off nerves, weakens muscles, restricts movement, and causes inflammation - and pain. FASCIA THICKENS AND HARDENS WHERE THERE IS CHRONIC TENSION Fascia holds imprints of our posture and old injuries. Like an old telephone cord that keeps springing back to where it has been coiled up for a long time. All the nerves and blood vessels run through the fascia. Therefore, if the connective tissue is tight and restricted the associated tissues will have poor nutrient exchange. This intensifies any painful situation. Thickening and hardening of the fascia will limit mobility. A lot of conventional methods and therapies focus on the spot that hurts. This is a big reason why people don’t get better. The spot that hurts is just where the pain emanates. The actual problem can be well up the chain. Imagine a beach towel spread out. If you grab it in the middle and scrunch it up you will see it contract in many areas. This is like contracted, restricted fascia. If you pull on all ends of towel evenly, it will straighten out. This is the focus of myofascial stretching and through doing this the tissues really evens out. These weird and funny looking positions are technical and specific to learn but extremely self-empowering and therapeutic. Once learned you can do them from home, on holiday, your hotel room, gym or park to enhance your sport, correct or maintain your posture and fix body problems. This method is powerful and effective! Fascial stretches focus on specific individual muscles but work by tethering the end points of a fascial chain. BENEFITS OF MYOFASCIAL STRETCHING Myofascial stretching performed correctly will stretch, loosen and rehydrate the tissue so it can be more supple, mobile and resilient. Eliminate body pain, correct posture, create postural strength, improve sports performance and general wellbeing, prevent recurring injuries and more.



Regular movement of the fascia through these skilled exercises is very powerful indeed.

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Help! I injured my lower back working in the garden several weeks ago and am experiencing quite debilitating pain, particularly in the mornings. It seems to ease after I’ve been up and around for a few hours but the pain can sometimes be quite excruciating. I’ve had a scan and there is no herniation. F. BISHOP, Ponsonby

In this treatment, the therapist prepares a dough from lentil flour which is shaped into a small ring and placed over the affected area. The dough is sealed to the skin and is then filled with warm, medicated oil. The oil is kept within the ring at a specific temperature for a specific time, the therapist adding more warm oil at intervals to maintain a constant temperature.


Ayurveda has been practiced for centuries so there are very few health problems that it hasn’t encountered. This experience has allowed it to develop an extensive range of therapeutic treatments to assist the healing process. One such treatment, called a kati basti, is ideally suited to your health problem.

The warm oil penetrates the stiff muscle tissue, softening and relaxing and allowing the natural movement of the muscle to remove the build up of waste. The warmth also promotes blood flow to the affected area which supports the healing process and prevents atrophy and tightening of the surrounding muscles resulting from inactivity.

As your GP suspected, chronic musculo-skeletal back pain can be the result of an intervertebral disc disorder such as a herniated or ruptured disc and is associated with pain, tingling and numbness, radiating from the buttocks down to the leg. Thankfully, you have been spared this debilitating injury but it is important that you take some action now before the situation deteriorates.

Once the oil is removed the therapist will massage the whole back, paying particular attention to the affected area, which further softens and relaxes these tight muscles. Finally, the treatment concludes with a jet of herbalised steam over the entire back, which enhances the effect of the treatment and helps to take the oil deeper into the muscle tissue.

From an ayurvedic perspective, musculo-skeletal back pain such as yours is due to the muscles in the area being stiff and tight, which inhibits their ability to allow the spine to move while keeping it erect and straight. This stiffness can come from a build up of waste product in the tissue or from atrophy as the muscle is under constant tension trying to keep the spine straight. Once the muscles lose their natural elasticity, they become vulnerable to damage from strain.

The main principle behind this treatment is to prepare the area before doing any muscle manipulation. In other forms of treatment, manipulation is done with little or no preparation, and in such cases there is a chance the problem can worsen. The area is already stiff, rigid and hard and if the practitioner tries to manipulate the area, they run the risk of further damaging the tissue, including the nerves in that area.

As you might be aware, ayurveda seeks to keep the body in balance in the knowledge that this state allows all the body’s natural processes to work in harmony. When out of balance, ayurveda introduces an opposite to bring about this harmony. For instance, when muscle tissue is dry and hard it will introduce oily and soft qualities to the tissue to achieve balance, which it does through the kati basti treatment.

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For the best result, this treatment should be done in a series of 5-10 sessions, which I can structure for you in your first consultation. However, you will notice an improvement from just one kati basti, which I have no doubt will convince you of the efficacy of this PN therapeutic treatment. (DR AJIT) F PLANET AYURVEDA, 41 Gillies Avenue, T: 09 522 5390, www.planetayurveda.co.nz





Fix the gut - fix the problem 2500 years Hippocrates who is regarded as the ‘father’ of western medicine said, “All disease begins in the gut”. He was really onto something and yet it’s only now in the 21st century that researchers are discovering the vital role that the gut plays in our overall health. How many of us visit the doctor with symptoms related to the digestive tract? From simple indigestion and diarrhea to heartburn caused by reflux, to irritable bowel syndrome, gastric ulcers, food intolerances, allergies and the more serious Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis there is a long list of gut related issues that cause misery for many thousands of New Zealanders. Gut dysbiosis is a term that may not be familiar to many people and very simply it means an imbalance of microbial colonies in the gut when the ‘good guys’ are outnumbered by the ‘bad guys’. Bacteria are part of us; we are home to trillions of them. There are more bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract than there are cells in the body. The bacteria in our gut would weigh in at close to 2kg. One third of our gut microbiota is common to most people, while two thirds are specific to each one of us. Our microbiota is like an individual identity card. Researchers say that the ideal balance of good bacteria versus bad bacteria is 85% good and 15% bad. How many of us achieve this or even get close to it? Apart from the many digestive issues that are linked to an imbalance of gut flora there’s another very significant reason for maintaining a healthy balance. Our gut is often referred to as a second brain. “The gut can work independently of any control by the brain in your head, it’s functioning as a second brain,” says Michael Gershon, professor and chair of pathology and cell biology at Columbia University. “It’s another independent centre of integrative neural activity.” We have all heard of gut instincts and gut wrenching; two expressions that give credence to this.

Scientists at the University College of Cork in Ireland and the California Institute of Technology have demonstrated that good bacteria produce thousands of chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine which are necessary for proper signalling in the brain. In lab studies mice that have been bred with no exposure to friendly bacteria have deficiency in memory and emotion and display autistic behaviours. Other studies show that mice suffering from anxiety have different gut flora than do healthy mice. We should all become much more aware of just how important it is to look after our gut if we wish to stay well or to improve our overall health. With 70% of our immune cells residing there, gut health should be top of mind every day. The very good news is that there is something we can do that may help win the never ending war between the good guys and the bad guys. The answer could be as simple as taking a good probiotic supplement. If only I had access to these 40 years ago, I may have avoided gastrointestinal surgery and countless drugs that I took to control very painful symptoms which plagued my life for three decades. Research into probiotics and their relevance is moving rapidly today and the news is exciting. Very recently, researchers in Melbourne looking into the use of probiotics for those with a potentially life threatening peanut allergy say they may have found a cure which could transform the lives of many children. In a study they conducted, children were given a daily dose of peanut protein together with a probiotic in an increasing amount over an 18-month period. At the end of the

trial 80% of the children could eat peanuts without any reaction. Although the study results are remarkable there is a lot more work to do and no one should try this at home in the meantime. My own experience with probiotics has been very encouraging. I have been taking them on and off for a number of years but it wasn’t until I increased the dose quite significantly that I really felt I had got to where I needed to be. Most probiotic supplements require refrigeration but I discovered one that doesn’t which means I can take it with me anywhere. I take them after each meal. For the most part I can now eat and drink almost anything without fear of the gastric upset that usually followed. It’s great to feel normal. It comes as no surprise that some of the most significant health issues facing all of us today come as a result of the over prescribing of antibiotics. Ask your doctor if there is an alternative and only take them when all else has failed. Antibiotics are not selective and thus they kill the good guys as well as the bad guys, paving the way for major imbalances. Yeast overgrowth following a course of antibiotics is very common and this is just one of the health challenges we might face after a course of antibiotics. As I see it, restoring gut function to the most optimal level we can achieve is the way to go. With probiotics we have PN a powerful tool to help us. (JOHN APPLETON) F APPLETON ASSOCIATES, T: 09 489 9362 john@johnappleton.co.nz www.johnappleton.co.nz

TONI&GUY HAIR CARE LAUNCHES LOCALLY Iconic British salon brand TONI&GUY hair care products launched in New Zealand in late March. Inspired by the world of fashion, the collection of products include a Cleanse and Nourish range and a Prep range, as well as four styling collections. TONI&GUY has designed innovative looks for leading designers at London Fashion Week for over 20 seasons. For its New Zealand launch the brand has collaborated with fashion/jewellery/retail brands Superette, Zoe & Morgan and PIA, to create looks “from head to toe and root to tip”. TONI&GUY will be exclusively available at Superette and P I A before hitting supermarkets nationwide in May 2015, with the price ranging from $9.99 - $17.99. F PN


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ARIES (March 21 - April 20) Element of fire. Symbol: The Ram Quality: Cardinal (= activity)

Planetary Ruler Mars. Character Liberated, independent, self-reliant, self-motivated, naturally innovative, a restless, cheerful, confident leader, friendly, guileless, enthusiastic, loyal, impulsive, egotistical, direct, assertive, pro-active, over-reactive, fire brand, hot tempered (but although you flare you don’t hold a grudge) and idealistic but underneath it all can be calm and wise. I could go on about you forever and you’d love that because Aries eats up attention, adoration, encouragement and applause and if it’s not about you, centre stage, you get bored and move on without a backward glance. Career Aries you are the ultimate free agent and with your pioneering spirit you love a challenge, a target, a deadline, a mission. You are brilliant in drumming up business and stunning as a broadcaster and can sell anything to everyone! You love games and sports and excel at sports commentary, radio announcing and being centre stage in acting and movies, or in a rock ‘n’ roll band you’d have to be the lead singer and revel in the loud adulation of the fans. You’d make a great celebrity, famous for being famous. In business you’d have to be the boss, a control freak who’s always right, roaring, “Do it my way!” and surrounded by yes-men. If you’re not the boss, then of course you’re completely anti-authoritarian and a law unto yourself. Self-employed you are motivated and energetic. You’d be a terrific stuntperson (but slightly accident prone). A great showman, broadcaster, TV commentator, dazzling trapeze artist, self-employed taxi driver, super duper salesperson, ringmaster in the circus! In real estate you’d make loads of commission because you can talk anyone into submission and won’t take no for an answer. “Make it happen now!” is your motto. Love and sexuality Aries you love the chase! You are the impetuous pursuer. Aries idea of courtship - notice them, track them down, buttonhole them, then back them into a corner and rant about yourself winningly. Tell them how amazing you are, show them how gorgeous you are, and if they are adoring enough and give you all their attention, always agree with you then it’ll be romantically thrilling for them to be with you! If someone plays hard to get, ardent Aries loves the challenge. Biggest turn-on for Aries is obedience. Famously Carly Simon composed this song for Arian movie actor Warren Beatty: “You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you.”

MRS MCGINTY AND THE BIZARRE PLANT Based on the beloved children’s book written and illustrated by Gavin Bishop, Auckland Live is to present six shows of The Court Theatre’s adaptation of Mrs McGinty and the Bizarre Plant these school holidays. Mrs McGinty is known around the neighbourhood for being a grumpy old lady, but deep down she longs for friends. So when the kids next door get bored during their school holidays, Mrs McGinty is the perfect target to play pranks on - you will always get a rise out of her. They spend the summer shooting arrows in her cabbages, hiding rocks in her letterbox and coming up with new tricks to drive her crazy. But all that is about to change when Mrs McGinty grows a plant in her garden that just keeps growing and growing. Overnight, Mrs McGinty goes from being known as cranky to the talk of the town. Mrs McGinty and the Bizarre Plant was a finalist of New Zealand Children’s Book of the Year, 1982, and has gone on to be a New Zealand favourite for children 4 to 12 years old. The story is brought to life from the page to the stage with the use of fabulous sets, clever puppetry and great songs composed by Luke Di Somma (Chief Conductor of the Christchurch Youth Orchestra, Artistic Director Christchurch Pops Choir). The fantastic set features iconic New Zealand architecture such as a 1950s bungalow and the classic Edmond’s ‘Sure to Rise’ factory sign. Early theatregoers can enjoy a treasure trail from 9.45am featuring an ‘Imagination Playground’, face painting and fun activities and crafts. Mrs McGinty and the Bizarre Plant will take place at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna from Thursday 16 - Saturday 18 April, 2015, with two 60-minute shows daily at 10.30am and 1.00pm. Tickets are $15 per person*(service fees apply) at Ticketmaster.co.nz.

Helpful advice Try not to lose interest because you didn’t get enough praise and complete the project anyway. Your lucky number According to Cheiro (the world’s most famous seer) the day of your birth is the luckiest of all numbers for you! Favoured precious stones Diamonds, amethyst, topaz. Favoured metals Steel, iron, gold. Favoured colours Carmine, red, crimson, scarlet (SHEENA SHUVANI) F PN

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FUTURE GENERATION NOISES OFF A LAUGHING MATTER FOR KRISTIN SENIORS Kristin students have a reputation for delivering spectacular performances in the performing arts, and the first major production for 2015 has once again proven the strength, breadth and versatility of the school’s senior performers. Noises Off opened on Friday 20 March with a cast of nine Year 12 and 13 students. The comedic play-within-a-play, by Tony Award-winning English playwright Michael Frayn, kept the performers and audiences on their toes as they navigated the farcical scenarios faced by a small theatre company that takes a production on tour. Kristin’s Director of Performing Arts, Lorna Rood, was full of praise for the cast and crew. “A production like Noises Off is no easy undertaking. Not only do our performers need to embody their characters, but also the roles of those characters throughout a theatrical season,” she said. “The complexities of this play, and the comedic genre, make this a major undertaking, but our students embraced the challenge completely. The result was hilarious and compelling; quite simply, one of the funniest productions I have ever seen on a school stage.” Kristin’s Senior School Play is a co-curricular extension opportunity with auditions open to all students across the two year levels, irrespective of whether they study drama as a subject. The cast of Noises Off included Mitchell Hageman, Lucas Hinton, Andrew Lee, Maite Rojas Mckenzie, Gracie Scott, Cameron Stables, Jamie Todd-Brown, Sophie Vincent and Livia Wicks. In addition to the performers, a 10-strong student crew operated the lighting and sound and took full responsibility of all backstage management. Many of these same students are already back in Kristin’s Performing Arts studios as they prepare for the 2015 Senior School Production of Miss Saigon, which will run from 7-9 May. This iconic musical features an immensely talented and vocally skilled cast and is sure to captivate the imagination of theatre lovers and newbies alike. Bookings for Miss Saigon are now open with tickets available from www.iticket.co.nz. F PN KRISTIN SCHOOL, 360 Albany Highway, Albany, T: 09 415 9566 www.kristin.school.nz

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MEET THE TEACHER David Okey Western Springs College Currently teaching Year 12 and 13 physics and junior science How did you come to be a secondary school teacher? After finishing university I worked for a few years in industry, but never quite saw the point of working for the ‘shareholders’ who I didn’t identify with. But I was drawn back to the ‘family business’ - both my parents were teachers as were many of my extended family. Where did you train? Auckland Training College. What brought you to your current school? Proximity and a similar philosophy to learning.

CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. Walker, $19.99 The wonderful 150th anniversary edition of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, published in a beautiful contemporary interpretation. For a century and a half Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll’s classic story of logic and lunacy, has delighted young and old alike. Gorgeously illustrated, this award -winning rendition is full of warmth and humour. The whole approach is contemporary and accessible: Alice herself is a child of today - casually dressed, personable, spirited. In Helen Oxenbury’s hands, the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland is a wondrous place indeed! F PN DOROTHY BUTLER CHILDREN’S BOOKSHOP, 1 Jervois Road, T: 09 376 7283 www.childrensbookshop.co.nz

What are your favourite things about being a teacher? No day is ever the same and there is a huge variety within each day. What has been a highlight of your teaching career? There are many, too many highlights in teaching to pick one. I am always really pleased when one of my ex-students continues on in physics at university. A career highlight was to be selected for an e-fellowship, a year’s project on a topic in e-learning about 10 years ago. I worked with a national group on a ICT (information and communications technology) focused project. This was an amazing opportunity to travel to a number of international conferences and hear about some incredible advances in education using ICT tools. More recently I was able to lead a group of WSC physics students for a trip to the US, where we visited NASA at Cape Kennedy and some of Florida’s theme parks, we had an incredible time. The behind-the-scenes tour at Universal Studios was amazing, including a ride of Spiderman, a holographic ride with lights on and then off to see some of how it works. What has been a low point of your teaching career? I try always to be positive and use failures as learning experiences and not to dwell on them. How would your principal describe you? Enthusiastic educator with a passion for the physical sciences and the students I work with. How would other teachers describe you? Enthusiastic and passionate about my subject. After so many years of teaching there are few things in the science teaching area that I have not tried and I am often asked for advice by my fellow science teachers. How would your students describe you? A passionate teacher that is able to find a physics angle in almost anything. If you could wave a magic wand in your classroom... Students would always be ready for you, have their equipment quickly at hand and regularly read their email. Five tips for mums and dads of secondary school kids? 1. Make sure that your students have all their basics everyday (including checking that they have a pen!) 2. Check that the students have an organiser of some sort, electronic or a diary/ homework diary. 3. Students need to read their school emails daily; this habit needs to ingrained by the time they reach the senior school. 4. All students need to become interested in their school work and often need support from home to find an interesting angle in any subject. 5. Students need to maintain an open mind to new ideas and be prepared to try new things. F PN

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Queen of scream coming to a theatre near you A horror movie about a horned demon who steals children at Christmas time doesn’t sound like the kind of movie you’d want your child to see, but Ponsonby Intermediate student Queenie Samuel won’t just see it. She’s in it! Working alongside those names is like a young rugby player getting picked for the All Blacks, or a tennis player having a doubles with Federer, Murray and Djokovic. So how did Queenie, a Kiwi kid who’s just turned 12, end up rubbing shoulders with the big hitters of Hollywood?

photography: Andi Crown

Born into a family of actors (her mother, father and brother are actors, her father Murray also directs and mother Fiona writes and directs), it was only natural she’d follow suit. At five, she was cast in televisioin drama ‘Life’s a Riot’, where she made her first contribution to her blooper reel.

She’s one of the twelve main actors in comedy-horror ‘Krampus’, an American movie being shot in Wellington, and she plays the role of Jordan, one of a family of obnoxious cousins who come to stay with the ‘hero’ family for Christmas. Not sure which is scarier. A darkly festive tale about an evil ghoul, or having your cousins stay for the holidays. This movie is the real deal. Director Michael Dougherty directed ‘Trick ‘r Treat’ and wrote ‘X-Men 2’ and ‘Superman Returns’ and the cast reads like a who’s who of the movie industry. There’s Adam Scott from ‘Parks and Recreation’ and ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’, Aussie Toni Collette, who’s been in everything, Allison Tolman (who plays Queenie’s on-screen mom) from ‘Fargo’, David Koechner from the ‘Anchorman’ series, Conchata Ferrell from ‘Two and a half Men’, Emjay Anthony (‘Chef’) and Stefania Owen (‘The Lovely Bones’).

As she tells it: “I was working on ‘Life’s A Riot’ and we were doing a scene where we had to meet our father for the first time (because he’d been in prison). We had to go into a room and they told us to ‘hug the first man you see’ and a poor extra standing by the door was very confused when I hugged him and yelled out ‘Dad!’, then realised that everyone else had gone to a man in the centre of the room and they were hugging him. I was only five, but I still remember thinking ‘Ooops, I got that really wrong!’ It was like eating a big slice of humble pie from the shame oven.”

So now she’s in Welllington for the seven-week shoot, but homesickness is not a problem. As well as the very mature head on her young shoulders, Queenie has her mother - who’s able to take her work with her - for company in the cottage organised for them in Seatoun. When she’s not working, she reads, watches Netflix (older readers, ask someone younger), listens to music, shops, Skypes her friends, and catches up with family and friends in Wellington. And does her homework, 10 hours a week with a tutor, who also supervises the three other children on the movie. When she’s on the job, she mostly hangs out with her chaperone Broghan, who keeps Queenie entertained with her guitar and bad jokes. Queenie’s choices of favourite actors aren’t exactly what you’d expect of one so young. Not for her Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon or Margot Robbie. Instead she lists Maggie Smith, the 80-year-old star of Downton Abbey, Chris Coffer from Glee, English comedienne Miranda Hart, Kiwi actresses Miranda Harcourt, Morgana O’Reilly and Chelsie Preston-Crayford and, not least, big brother Murdoch Keane.

That tiny hiccup didn’t ‘stop her’. She’s had a recurring guest role in ‘Nothing Trivial’, she’s an experienced stage actress, having appeared in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at the Civic, and playing several roles in the Company of Giants’ production of Homer’s Odyssey.

Her favourite movies are in a similar vein, and include ‘My Fair Lady’, ‘Moonrise Kingdom’, ‘Juno’, ‘Meet Me In St Louis’, ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Muriel’s Wedding’ (and she’s not just saying that because Toni Collette’s in it).

And all the time, she’s been unwittingly training, goofing around the house with the family, imitating voices from The Simpsons or Bob’s Burgers on TV, making up scripts.

And does she have a favourite director? “I can’t answer that question without a lawyer present!” she said. “My father is a director and he’s really good but just at the moment Michael might edge him out. Sorry Dad.”

So when the production company for Krampus decided to audition in New Zealand for the roles of the cousins, Queenie was ready. Indeed, she nailed her accent so well in her audition that the director thought she was from Michigan.

Don’t worry Queenie. If you help scare the bejesus out of PN him in Krampus, he’ll be overjoyed. (BILLY HARRIS) F

SUPPORTING WOMEN ON MANY LEVELS Mt Albert resident Pamela Elliott (pictured) grew up Waiheke Island, studied at Auckland University, then travelled the world teaching and working in film and television production, merchandising and retailing. This served her well when she decided to start her mobile lingerie business with lingerie giant Intimo. Today it’s her love of helping women understand the importance of good support and well-fitting underwear that keeps her as enthusiastic about her business now as she was when she started out just nine years ago. The company supports a number of women’s charities and April is ‘White Bra Month’. Pamela will be pushing sales of white bras to help raise funds and awareness for Shine, New Zealand’s national domestic abuse agency. Says Pamela: “I love working with a company that supports women on so many different levels. From helping to improve their appearance, increase their self-confidence and even providing them with an income stream, it’s very rewarding and very satisfying.” The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

Pamela’s passion and enthusiasm for the Intimo range verges on the evangelical and she refers to some of the best sellers as “investment pieces”. She has a strong following of repeat customers throughout Auckland, in fact all over New Zealand. Her customers understand the benefits of being properly measured and professionally fitted and appreciate discreet, personal service and top quality products. “Every woman needs a well-fitting white bra, it’s a key part of your lingerie wardrobe. Treat yourself to one this April. You’ll look wonderful and feel wonderful knowing you’re PN helping such a worthy cause!” says Pamela. F www.2shine.org.nz DEADLINE - 20TH OF THE MONTH




No C word at the Blues With the Blues off to their worst ever start in a super rugby season it got me thinking: where did things go so badly wrong? After all, they were initially one of the power houses of super rugby. First in the competitions inaugural year, champions again a year later and second the following year. But only once over the next 16 years have they won the competition or actually come close to resembling their former selves. When I started looking for answers I began with who’d been involved and at what times and I couldn’t help but think there’s been some fantastic coaches at the helm, quality coaches that have often paid the price for an under performing side. The question then lingered, surely these coaches couldn’t have been the root of the problem? After all, after nearly all of them had moved on, the below par results have continued. Men like Gordon Hunter, Frank Oliver, Peter Sloane and Pat Lam are all well regarded and at some stage seen as good enough to take the reigns in the first place. So I thought I’d spend some time with not only New Zealand’s but the competition’s most victorious franchise, the Crusaders, and see if there were any distinct differences. I even spoke to the competition’s most successful coach, Robbie Deans, who in recent weeks has been mooted as a potential saviour for the Blues. His answer, like the rest of my findings, “there’s no c word at the Blues,” and no, it’s not what you’re thinking, you don’t have to be a hard arse to get things done in fact partly the opposite. What Robbie was eluding to is ‘culture’. Crusaders assistant Aaron Mauger gave it away too, suggesting the coach isn’t always the problem. When I asked how he’d made the transition from playing to coaching he stated “we’re always mindful of giving too much, we think it’s really important you manage that with the players and they have a voice as well. They’re probably the greatest teachers the guys out on the field, all of us coaches played the game as well and probably something that we all acknowledge is our greatest teacher is the guys who played alongside us rather than coaches’ voices,” which reaffirmed what I was beginning to wonder. All Black Luke Romano reinforced that thought when asked where he gets his information about how to manage his body. Romano badly broke his leg during round 11 last year and sat out the rest of super rugby, the ITM Cup, and only played one match on the end of year tour. “You learn from a lot of the senior guys here, you just have to look at someone like Richie - played a hundred odd tests and over a hundred Super games, he obviously knows how to look after his body.”

Good enough means you’re old enough At 16-years-old, still a student at Mt Albert Grammar, you’d be forgiven for thinking the night of the Black Sox team naming that you would receive a call from the coach Mark Sorenson to say, sorry mate but your time will come, or that you might not even get a call. But when the phone rang for rookie Cole Evans the reaction was on script: “Speechless”. Furthermore, Evans, who plays short stop, has been given his chance in the squad at the expense of three-time gold medallist, Aucklander Donny Hale, and dual international Tyron Bartorillo. Sorenson, who also made his world championship debut at the age of just 16, lives by the philosophy ‘if you’re good enough you’re old enough,’ naming seven world championship rookies in his 17-man squad to defend their crown in Canada in June. Sorenson won the first of his four gold medals at the age of 16 in 1984. Evans will narrowly miss out on joining his coach for the record of New Zealand’s youngest to play at a world championship given he turns 17 before the tournament, but he already has one up on his coach, winning the MVP award at the under-17, under-19 and fastpitch championship senior tournaments in the same season, an achievement only he can claim to call his own. His early career achievements making it easy to catch the eye of the other former teen sensation, representing the junior Black Sox at the under-19 world championship last year. And while the year 12 student lacks experience on the big stage himself, he has it in truck loads to call upon when needed with a family full of softball history. His grandfather Stu and aunt Jan Kinghorn both represented New Zealand, while both his parents and two brothers played/play premier grade with him at the Mt Albert Ramblers. He’ll also have Sorenson at his side, a man who’s won four gold medals himself and now leads the side at the championship in June where New Zealand will hope to secure its record seventh world title. (GEORGE BERRY) F PN

It seems the players are at the heart and soul of everything at the Crusaders when it comes to making decisions, the coaches provide the structure and the players are expected to deliver inside those parameters. There is without doubt players like Namani Nadolo and Israel Dagg within the squad that have plenty of natural flair and play on instinct, yet they’re also acutely aware of the boundaries. You never seem to hear of the Crusaders players in trouble off the field and a fair amount of that is down to ‘culture’. It’s a culture that demands excellence both on and off the field and when they do step over the mark, they’re quickly shown where the door is. Coach Todd Blackadder explained to me earlier in the year that having those sorts of players within the ranks is like an infectious cell, they influence others and have by far a greater negative effect on the squad. He said “The negative they bring can often be doubly, sometimes triple, the positive aspects they offer.” Kieran Reads reaction to a stuttering start to their own season added further weight to that, “The whole team’s addressing (the issues), it’s really putting in for this team, we’ve probably shied away a little bit and a few guys might have gone missing so we certainly don’t want to be putting that on the track, for our fans again so we will look to remedy that and thats just a non-negotiable. Then it’s just a case of getting our skills up and playing the sort of rugby the team is capable of and the individuals are capable of.” Everything about the Crusaders demands, not asks for, but demands excellence, they’re very aware that perfection is something not possible but their culture, driven by the players expresses that each and every player, coach or management team put in over and above what they ever thought possible and that together they can beat anyone on any day. So potentially the answer to the Blues’ blues is not who they get rid of at the end of the year but what they need to actually bring with them when they turn up for PN Super season 21. (GEORGE BERRY) F

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The Blues practising recently in Auckland PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

LOCAL NEWS OCEAN RACING’S AMAZING WOMEN Sevent-five of the world’s elite sportspeople sailed into the Viaduct in late February/beginning March for the Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race - the world’s premiere ocean racing event. Of the seven teams competing, Team SCA stood out not only for its magenta colours and extraordinary pop-up pavilion, but because its crew is the first all-woman team to compete in the VOR since 2002. While no New Zealander sailors are on the team, its press officer is Annaleisha Rae - daughter of acclaimed local sailor Tony Rae who is crewing for Team Vestas Wind. Four other Kiwi sailors are competing: Daryl Wisland for ABU Dhabi, Ryan Housten and Dave Swete for Alvimedica and Rob Salthouse for Vestas Wind. The race - formerly known as the Whitbread - sees teams circumnavigate the globe from Alicante (Spain) to Gothenburg (Sweden) in nine legs (38,739 nautical miles), with stopovers in Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sanya (China), Auckland, Itajai (Brazil), Newport (USA), Lisbon (Portugal), and L’Orient (France). As well as a test of world-leading sailing, it’s a gruelling endurance event which takes place in four-hour watches aboard a 65m craft for some 20 days at a stretch. Syndicate owner SCA is a Swedish owned global hygiene and forest products company - you may be familiar with its locally represented brands Tork, Libra, Puresse and Tena - with a passionate sustainability mandate that will sit well with Ponsonby News readers. Team SCA’s actual racing is enhanced by a staggering digital presence incorporating a website, daily blogs from an on-board reporter, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Flickr and more. There is also a Tumblr dedicated to the team’s A.W.E (Amazing Women Everywhere) project - designed to inspire even more amazing women everywhere to achieve and live life to the fullest. Jenny-May Coffin, Amber Peebles and Carolyn Enting on board for the Auckland Pro Am 1 race

As part of the A.W.E project Team SCA ran a photography competition for Getty photographers, with 10 winners each being flown to one of the stopovers to capture amazing local women on the ground. Zelda Gardner travelled from Johannesburg to Auckland, and photographed the likes of MaryJane O’Reilly (see p131) and Black Fern Emma Jensen (pictured), as well as subjects at the Otara market and around the VOR village itself. A video cameraman, editor and stills photographer travelling with Team SCA also captured the Motuihe Trust project, Billie Jordan and her Hip Hop-eration dance troupe, and welterweight champion Daniella Smith on film.

photography: Zelda Gardner

Part of each VOR stopover are the Pro-Am races and in-port races - the latter contributing to the final points tally. Local media women Jenny-May Coffin, Carolyn Enting and Amber Peebles crewed in an in-port race. “The experience left me totally pumped, as well as in awe of this incredible team of athletes,” said Enting. Team SCA won the Auckland in-port race, making them the only team to have taken out two wins.

‘Amazing woman’ Emma Jensen, Auckland Storm and Black Ferns halfback

Ponsonby business Flowers on Franklin realised a unique commission for Team SCA. They fashioned a fully biodegradable wreath encapsulating 200 personal notes written 12 months ago at the funeral of their former sailing coach and veteran Volvo sailor, Magnus Olsson - to be released by the crew at Cape Horn in his honour. At the time of writing the race was being fought about halfway between New Zealand and Cape Horn in the Southern Ocean - universally agreed to be the most intimidating leg of the event - last VOR only one of eight boats arrived at Itajai intact. Team SCA are in sixth position, having lost many nautical miles over its competitors due to a Chinese gybe (a catastrophic gybe which sees a craft essentially tip onto its side in the water. A staggering four of the six boats currently racing experienced this on the night of 24 March - most in the dark and in freezing conditions - try a 50 knot hail squall). Skipper Sam Davies says, “When the boat is over at 90 degrees and you are walking on the walls below or holding on for dear life to whatever you can on the deck, it’s pretty full on. It’s a pretty good team building exercise... sometimes you have to do these things to learn PN how the Southern Ocean is, and we are learning really fast.” F

‘Amazing woman,’ IBF Female Welterweight World Champion Daniella Smith The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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Jo Bell, Bo and Louis Jo Bell, owner of Switch PR, lives and works in Ponsonby with her husband Chris and Burmese cats Bo and Louie. Jo has owned both cats since they were a few months old. She says, “Bo’s an old guy now at 14 and Louie’s the baby of the family at 3.” The couple’s friends had a couple of Burmese way back, and Jo and Chris instantly loved the breed. “They say Burmese are like dogs in terms of personality. Sure they’re relatively high maintenance but they give so much back” says Jo. Bo and his late brother Luke got their names from The Dukes of Hazzard, while Louie got his name from the family’s good friend (and his aunty) Lou - a joke suggestion which stuck. Jo, Bo and Louie love to snuggle at the end of a long day - on the couch, in bed or in front of the fire. The cats are besties, “Which is lovely given the age difference. Louie idolises Bo, follows him everywhere and copies what he does, and Bo looks after Louie like a big brother should,” Jo says. The cats eat ‘bog standard’ cat food, and spend their days at work with Jo - cuddled up PN together on their favourite chair. F

BUNNIES ARE SOCIABLE ADORABLE AND FUN! Did you know that rabbits make fantastic pets? They love human company and will happily sit on the couch next to you. They’re also smart, can be house trained, and love to play games - some even love to undertake agility tests. Don’t underestimate how much fun you can have with a bunny! SPCA Auckland has lots of beautiful bunnies up for adoption. Penny and Parker are two beautiful bunnies who were born at the SPCA Animal Village, after their mum gave birth to a large litter of eight. These smart bunnies love company and play together a lot. The rest of their litter have found homes, can you help these two go to a lovely home together? A lot of different breeds of rabbit have been domesticated, including Flemish giant rabbits. This breed is known for their docile personality and relaxed attitude... and of course, their size!

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We have a large number of these large rabbits at the SPCA. Taco and Stanley are two adorable Flemish giants, still only in their teens but already bigger than most bunnies. These bright bunnies are social, bold and will run up for nose kisses. Zac and Maisy are another pair of Flemish giant bunnies with gorgeous tan coats, who were found wandering the streets. They bonded at the SPCA and are now inseparable. All our big bunnies are looking for a big home to call their own, where they can enjoy each others’ company and your company too, please! We’re open from 10am to 4pm every day of the week, so if you’re thinking of adopting a pet, check out the rabbits for adoption at www.SPCAAuckland.org.nz or come out PN to SPCA Auckland Animal Village, 50 Westney Road, Mangere. F




Each month Dr Alex Melrose answers readers’ pet related issues. Email yours to: alex@vetcare.net.nz

At the Animal Emergency Centre we often see very acutely ill animals and while toxicity is always high on the list of possible causes, we do not have specific tests available to be able to tell what your pet has ingested.


A presumptive diagnosis based on the displayed symptoms is often the best we can do. In the case of Malo and Oliver, without any previous concern, Malo was found rigid, unable to walk and not responsive to his surroundings. He also had dilated pupils and intermittent seizures. His owners brought him in and while our vets are busy considering the different causes, like toxicity, brain dysfunction and other metabolic causes and running blood tests, he received supportive care, which consists of intravenous fluids, controlling seizures and intensive nursing care. Unaware of any possible toxins in the surroundings, the investigations continued and it turns out there’s a karaka tree on the property. The plot thickened and the symptoms fit with karaka berry poisoning. Oliver also had access to this area and he was rushed in as well receiving supportive care and he was monitored in case he would display neurologic symptoms as well. Karaka berry toxicity is unique to New Zealand and the tree is commonly found in many gardens. The orange fruit is very distinctive and large at 2.5 - 4cm long and ripens in summer and autumn (January-April). Dogs and humans can be poisoned by ingesting the fruit which contains the karakin toxin, which interferes with important processes in the brain. Clinical signs include seizures, ataxia and paralysis. Oliver has made a full recovery, but sadly Malo did not. PN (DR MARIEKE WIJNEN, CLINICAL MANAGER) F ANIMAL EMERGENCY CENTRE, 97 Carrington Road, Mt Albert, T: 09 849 2121 www.animalemergency.co.nz

I’m doing a school project and wondered if you could let me know your thoughts around our topic. Do you think that selective breeding is beneficial to the dog population or do you believe that it impacts negatively? If selective canine breeding were to be banned do you think it would have any major impact on our society, if so, how, and do you think that your opinions on selective breeding would be different if you did not work in the pet vet industry that you do? ISOBEL, Grey Lynn A very cool topic you guys are working on. Simple on the surface but as you dig deeper you start to deal with the human psyche behind pet ownership and so it becomes complicated and emotive. Selective breeding, used in conjunction with our current understanding of genetic traits, can be a tool for positive change, if used correctly to breed out poor health traits. A great example of this would be the worldwide screening of large breed dogs hips and elbows. By guiding responsible breeders to select very low joint scores in ‘parent dogs’, it has been possible to reduce the incidence of crippling hip dysplasia in breeds like the very popular German shepherd.


Historically there has been an enormous amount of negative impact from selective breeding which was for a long time done purely to create a certain look, to satisfy our human vanity. Attached to some of these ‘looks’ were genetic disease predispositions. The Wobbler syndrome in dobermans is a horrible example, with many young dobermans suffering partial paralysis due to a narrowed spinal column in their necks. This condition can be traced back to demand for a more upright neck stance in American show dogs almost 100 years ago. The biggest impact on our society if we banned selective dog breeding would probably be less dogs being euthanised at shelters and the SPCA, when you work in this field and know the numbers being put to sleep, it’s pretty horrifying. (DR ALEX MELROSE BVSC, MRCVS) F PN VETCARE GREY LYNN & UNITEC, 408 Great North Road & Gate 3, 101 Carrington Road, T: 09 361 3500, www.vetcare.net.nz


Adopting a beautiful SPCA cat brings pleasure to your world and happiness to theirs. View all cats online at www.spca.org.nz or www.facebook.com/SPCAFriends F PN

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Anjalee, pictured here with elephant team leader Andrew Coers, will join Burma (pictured right) at Auckland Zoo in June.

Introducing Anjalee Anjalee, a beautiful, playful and confident eight-year-old female Asian elephant from Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka, is to be Auckland Zoo elephant Burma’s new companion. By mid-year, after she has completed her required three-month quarantine period in Niue, Aucklanders will have the pleasure of seeing Anjalee here at the zoo. For now, Anjalee is settling in extremely well to her temporary new home - the beautiful island of Niue, where she’s in the very best of hands with our elephant team leader Andrew Coers, and other elephant team members. “It’s been a long five-year journey to find the right companion for Burma, so it’s with great excitement that we’re finally able to tell everyone about Anjalee,” says Auckland Zoo director, Jonathan Wilcken. “Everyone involved, especially our elephant team, have worked tirelessly to make this happen. It’s been an enormously complex undertaking, but hugely satisfying as we all believe so strongly that we can give Anjalee a great home, Burma a great companion, and continue to support vital elephant conservation efforts in the wild.” Anjalee is the first of two captive-bred elephants that will be coming to us from Pinnawala’s currently overcrowded orphanage, managed by Sri Lanka’s Department of National Zoological Gardens. Pinnawala was originally designed for 30 elephants, but is currently home to 77 and needs to free up space for other orphaned and injured Asian elephants.

Helping elephants in the wild

Asian elephants are endangered in the wild. In Sri Lanka, conflict between humans and elephants grows as wild habitat continues to be lost. In search of food, elephants stray dangerously into farms and villages - coming into conflict with people. The result: five elephants are killed on average every week, and at least one person dies.

Anjalee on Niue

Elephant team leader Andrew Coers spent six months in Sri Lanka getting to know Anjalee, and progressing transitioning her to our world-renowned, free-contact elephant programme before she was flown to Niue on a New Zealand Defence Force Hercules C-130. Andrew: “It’s been a pretty emotional journey, and is an incredible feeling for me and the team to now have Anjalee here on Niue. She’s such a calm elephant and is doing amazingly well, we really couldn’t ask for better! Anjalee is enjoying some local plants like coconut leaves and the coconut fruit, as well as the local Niue apple. “It’s fantastic having Niue locals helping source and deliver fresh plants and fruits to us on a daily basis. Plus, with Anjalee beings used to having people around, it’s also great having Niue locals and tourists coming to the public viewing platform we’ve built, so we can talk to them about Anjalee and the role of our elephant programme.” Follow Anjalee’s journey: Keep up-to-date with Anjalee and our elephant keepers on Niue by visiting www.aucklandzoo.co.nz and liking us on Facebook.

Be an Egg-splorer these holidays! Friday 3 April - Sunday 19 April Become an Egg-splorer these school holidays (3-19 April, 9.30am - 3pm) and you could win a very egg-citing prize pack! Report to the Auckland Zoo briefing station Egg-splorer! This is where you will receive your case to crack and your clue-cracking kit. Kids - as good egg-detectives you’ll need to find out who stole the eggs. On your mission through the zoo you’ll get to do some hands-on egg-sploring, including digging for eggs. Plus, you’ll discover fun and amazing facts about egg producing animals including ostrich, flamingo, leopard tortoises, kiwi and more! For details about the great Family Prize Pack up for grabs, plus the extra egg-ucational activities on line (where you can also win!), visit www.aucklandzoo.co.nz

A not-for-profit conservation organisation, Auckland Zoo contributes $1.4 million a year to conserving wildlife in the wild in New Zealand and around the world, including elephants. For many years, we’ve been helping fund programmes in Sri Lanka and Nepal, aimed at researching Asian elephant populations, understanding them better and helping to avert conflict. We’re also helping elephants in Sumatra through supporting the protection of habitat. “It’s through having over 700,000 people visiting the zoo each year to experience, connect and fall in love with incredible wildlife conservation ambassadors like Burma (and soon Anjalee) that we’re able to support these vital efforts,” says Jonathan Wilcken. “We are so thankful to everyone who supports the zoo, and extremely proud of what we’re able to achieve with this support and the skills and passion of our zoo team.”

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Flamingos feature as part of Egg-splorers activities at the zoo these April holidays PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


Meet Sandy Morris and her boy Percy Sandy is a fourth generation Ponsonbyite, her family has a long history with the area. Her paternal great grandfather was the founding member of the Ponsonby Sailing Club and her maternal great grandfather had a horse and carriage business in Murdoch Road. All generations have been animal lovers. In fact Sandy retells the story of her mum Robyn having more pictures taken with her dog Peter the Maltese on her wedding day than her groom Barry. Sandy has been a personal trainer at Les Mills in Victoria Street for the last 14 years, so continues her family tradition of living and working in the area. Percy the two year old Frenchie is Sandy’s world. Sandy describes herself as single and self-employed. “Percy was a deliberate project.” These days he is her flatmate and soul mate and Sandy jokes that she doesn’t travel overseas or buy as many clothes as she used to, as these days she spends her dollars on her doggie. With Percy, Sandy strolls the streets and says, “This has made me fall in love all over again with Ponsonby.” Another unexpected Percy bonus has been all the wonderful new dog friends two legged and four, they have met. Such is her passion for frenchies and community that along with another Ponsonby local she has co-founded the Frenchies Auckland Facebook page www.facebook.com/frenchiesakl. What started with just the two of them has grown to nearly 300 members and at their last Frenchie playdate there were over 40 furries in tow. If you know a local animal lover, email us at angela@petsandpats.com, the person featured in this column will receive a fabulous photoshoot and petservices worth $500.00. Furry and fabulous, bought to you by Angela Beer, owner of petsandpats.com and Fiona Tomlinson photographer www.fionatomlinson.co.nz

THE CATS OF PONSONBY Back in the late 70s, local resident Gary Daverne, Music Director Emeritus of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra and 2010 Variety Artist Club Benny recipient, held the New Zealand Education Department appointment of Composer in Schools. During that time he was asked to write a children’s musical for Glenfield Intermediate School on Auckland’s North Shore. He asked a close friend and teaching colleague, Ray Prowse, to help him by writing a script. The result was Cats of Ponsonby, a wonderful, creative story with 16 songs and the characters portrayed as cats, set around a restaurant in Ponsonby, Auckland. Why Ponsonby you may ask? That is where Gary was living at the time and there were many restaurants, plus a few stray cats in the area. For this production, Gary has revised and updated his music to a story and script that has well stood the test of time. The premier performance was in 1979 at Glenfield Intermediate School and over the years has received hundreds of performances in schools throughout New Zealand, with some international productions. Along with his cousin, Christine Daverne and choreographer, James Grant, together they are directing this new production at the Glen Eden Playhouse Theatre with a gala performance on Friday 10 April at 7pm. Other performances are: 11-12 April at 2pm and 7pm; 13-17 April at 11am and 2pm; PN 18 April at 2pm and 7pm. Bookings: T: 0508 484 2538; www.iticket.co.nz F www.garydaverne.gen.nz

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Allowable deductions for landlords Kiwis have a love-hate relationship with rental properties. The Love - for rental property investment • Rental property investment provides a generally stable return on investment. • Rental property investment provides more tax benefits than almost any other investment. The Hate - for rental property investment • A lot of Kiwis are not benefiting from reduced taxation as a result of owing rental investments. Why? Because they fail to take into account all the deductions available for owners of a rental property. We list some of the main tax deductions for owners of a residential rental property: 1. Interest and bank fees Interest is often a landlord’s single biggest deductible expense. The interest expense that is claimable will depend on the purpose of the finance/loans. This will include the following: • loans used to acquire the rental property • loans for improvements made on the rental property. Bank fees on the rental bank account are also deductible.

2. Depreciation Even though land and buildings cannot be depreciated, other property chattels like loose furniture and white ware of more than $500 in value can be depreciated. It is best to seek advice on this rule as exceptions apply. 3. Repairs and maintenance In general the costs of repairs to the rental property are deductible, as long as they do not go beyond replacement and property improvements. It is best to seek advice on this rule as exceptions apply. Some general examples are fixing gutters or floors, leaks, plastering, replacing broken windows, and repairing white ware. 4. Travel Landlords are entitled to a deduction whenever they travel to deal with matters involving the rental property which can include inspections, repairs and other tenant issues. 5. Property managers Whenever you hire someone to perform services for your rental property, you can claim that as an expense, i.e. property management/agent fees. 6. Insurance You can deduct the premiums you pay for almost any

insurance for your rental activity. This includes, fire, theft, as well as landlord liability insurance. 7. Legal and professional services Legal fees for buying and selling a property can be deducted. This is provided your total legal expenses for the income year, including the fees associated with buying and selling a property, are equal to or less than $10,000. Any fees paid to your lawyers, accountants, real estate investment advisors, and other professionals can be deducted. You can deduct these expenses as long as the fees are paid for work related to your rental activity. 8. Rates and body-corporate fee You can deduct the water and or property rates. Finally if you have a unit title then you can deduct the body corporate fee. (LOGAN GRANGER) F PN If you have any further questions or would like to discuss this matter please do not hesitate to contact Logan Granger. Disclaimer - while all care has been take, Johnston Associates Chartered Accountants Ltd and its staff accept no liability for the content of this article; always see your professional advisor before taking any action that you are unsure about.

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PONSONBY PROFESSIONALS FINANCIAL ADVICE - IT’S A MINEFIELD! Getting advice, the right sort of arms-length advice, can be a challenge. As you will find out, if you haven’t already, the community is full of friends and neighbours who are happy to provide advice, often without any expertise or any track record. It might be useful if we were to provide some basic tools and explanations. Firstly, there are three paths on which you could set out: 1. Go it entirely alone 2. Use a share broker to advise and transact for you 3. Seek the advice of an independent financial planner. Going it alone can be scary, you use your own wits, do your own research, decide on what to invest in, self-monitor and ensure you have the time, desire and growing expertise to manage your own portfolio. A share broker can offer you a better chance of success. They prepare research and make recommendations as to what to ‘buy’ or ‘hold’, and the occasional ‘sell’. Brokers are financially rewarded by placing your trades. From time-to-time they will be a ‘lead broker’ for a share or bond issue and their sole aim is to sell these securities. In other words they will encourage you to buy them. A New Zealand broker’s expertise is largely around direct shares and bonds across Australasia. Their offering to the public is that they believe that they can pick winners and advise customers to hold a narrow number of shares and bonds. They earn commissions and brokerage. At Rutherford Rede we as financial advisers are fee-only; we charge a fee for service and rebate any commissions back to clients. Our independence is crucial to us

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and it therefore allows us to recommend a portfolio of assets to a client using only securities which we feel are in our clients’ best interests. Our strict philosophy demands that we do not try to pick stocks, we identify all the asset classes that must feature in a portfolio and we cover each asset class with a range of appropriate securities. These asset classes have proven themselves in our portfolios for almost 25 years. For us diversification is the single most vital aspect of portfolio design. There are many shares and bonds that are newly issued where we advise clients to avoid them. Rutherford Rede has no vested interests in anything we recommend and you own your portfolio directly by way of a Custodian. What service you choose will, at the end of the day, come back to the service you feel is appropriate for you. All we say is - watch where you put your feet! Rutherford Rede (Akld) Limited, www.rutherfordrede.co.nz Phone 09 361 3670 Jocelyn jweatherall@rutherfordrede.co.nz Phil pashton@rutherfordrede.co.nz or Richard rknight@rutherfordrede.co.nz Opinions are of a general nature and are not to be considered financial advice, specific advice is recommended to be sought before action is taken. Disclosure Statement(s) relating to our advisers are available on request & free of charge.


What is currently ‘en-trend’ in terms of CV style? Generally speaking, a CV must be formatted in a professional manner, with your name, contact details and a mission/personal statement that is clear and targeted to the role you are applying for. There are no hard and fast rules around length of CV’s but currently three pages or so is typical. You need to list your Employment History in reverse chronological order and frame the role, your responsibilities and the organisation you worked for clearly-giving context around the size and scale of your role and the work environment is crucial. Also list all formal Qualifications and the institution gained from and date of completion.

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Do I include social media profiles? As your CV is a professional representation of yourself, it is relevant to include any professionally oriented profiles of yourself. For example Linked profiles are now widely included on CVs. My only other piece of advice in this regard is, if you are going to include them, make sure that all information on your profile is accurate and reflects your CV. Should I include a cover letter with my application. If applying for a permanent position, we would advise that you do include one with your application-it’s not so critical with contract or temporary roles. They do make for a more professional overall impression. Just ensure that you do tailor your letter to the specific role you are applying for. Too often we see applications addressed to someone else in relation to totally different roles - not a good look! If you are considering your work options this year or you are looking to grow your team with either contract or permanent resource, give the team a call.

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Email Michael with your question and include PONSONBY NEWS in the subject line. Michael Hemphill, a partner of the firm, will answer one topical question each month.


My name is Sarah and I have been employed by the same company for coming on five years now. I have just had my second child and live a relatively long distance from where I work.

On occasion I have worked from home and found being able to work earlier in the morning and later in the evening during breaks from my family duties made me more productive. I want to discuss with my employers the ability of working more flexible hours that suit my busy lifestyle at the moment. What law is there relating to employee work hours?


Flexible working arrangements are certainly becoming more common in the workplace and since we are now living in an age of laptops, iPhones and the Cloud it is almost surprising that the standard 9 to 5 workday is still so prevalent. As more and more employees strive to maintain a work/life balance the issue of flexible working arrangements will become an even more important issue in the workplace. As you have worked for your company for a number of years, your company will probably consider you an employee worth keeping. There is legislation which encourages flexible work hours allowing employees to manage multiple responsibilities at home and at work. Often flexible working arrangements make good business sense as they help keep valuable staff and reduce recruitment costs as well as improving productivity and efficiency as people can work at their most productive hours. Flexible work hours can also stop employees from being caught in traffic and contributing to Auckland’s worsening gridlock issues. Besides the obvious benefits of encouraging flexibility among employees, there are also statutory obligations under Part 6AA of the Employment Relations (Flexible Working Arrangements) Amendment Act 2007. This section provides certain employees with the “right to request” flexible working arrangements. Employees and employers have always been able to raise the option of flexible working arrangements at any time and the general duty of good faith that exists in employment relationships means there is a requirement for employers to be responsive and communicative. However, with the passing of the above act which came into force in 2008, employees now have the ability to submit a formal request for flexible working arrangements. Your employer then has an obligation to respond to this request within a reasonable amount of time, with a ‘duty to consider’ any request made under this right. A formal application process is prescribed in the Act which should be made available upon request. Once your employer has received a request for flexible working arrangements, they must deal with the request as soon as possible (no later than three months), notify the employee whether the request was approved and explain their decision should they refuse the request. There are multiple reasons why a request for flexible hours may be refused such as; detrimental impact on quality/performance, burden of additional costs and inability to reorganise work among existing staff. As the grounds for refusal are quite broad, an employer is never going to be forced into agreeing to flexible working arrangements. Therefore, you should think of the effect your proposed arrangements may have on the company. (MICHAEL HEMPHILL) F PN 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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LOCAL PONSONBY/GREY LYNN REAL ESTATE Ponsonby News asked the local real estate office managers to tell us what the benefits are for sellers when using a reputable real estate company, and whether to sell by auction or not. ANDREW COSGRAVE BARFOOT & THOMPSON, GREY LYNN Listing with a real estate agent gives the vendor a team of qualified expert marketers and negotiators working with the goal of attaining maximum price for their vendor. In Barfoot & Thompson any salesperson from any branch can bring a buyer to the property - so as well as the buyers attracted through the marketing, open homes and the listing salesperson’s database - any salesperson from any branch throughout Auckland can bring a buyer. As we all know, just one extra buyer at an auction can equate to tens of thousands of dollars difference with the sell price. With respect to auctions, let’s take a situation where property A is placed on the market ‘By Negotiation’ (not auctioned). The vendor may well be presented with an offer just a couple of days after the property is placed on the market. The vendor is then forced to make a decision at this early stage. The property has not been marketed for very long, and some buyers may have not had enough time to do their due diligence on the property. Take the same property but look at it from an auction perspective. Any pre-auction offer must be unconditional, with a 10% deposit attached. If this offer is acceptable to the vendor, the auction is brought forward (usually two working days after the offer is presented) and every salesperson in Barfoot & Thompson is sent an email to notify them (and hence their buyers) of the updated auction time. At the new earlier auction, this pre-auction offer is called out as the reserve and the property is ‘on the market’ - and more bidding is invited - trying to get even more for the vendor. Also, at an auction, purchasers have confidence in the value of the property through the bidding of their competitors. It is this competitive bidding that uses ‘social proof’ to encourage all bidders to keep bidding, hence maximising the price of the property. TIM IRVINE BARFOOT & THOMPSON, PONSONBY Sellers should use a real estate company for many reasons but the main one would be that we are specialists and clients prefer to deal with professionals rather than doing it themselves DIY style. If you are going to the dentist you prefer to deal with a leading professional and real estate is no different. Barfoot & Thompson create competition for the vendor and agents compete from all over Auckland to sell your home which just pushes the price up. The agent acts as the third party to negotiate for the seller and have many strategies and mechanisms in place that protect both parties. Real estate agents have a large database of buyers to call from and this is a huge advantage for any seller. Purchasers who look at buying private sales will generally discount the commission before making an offer.

Auction is our preferred method of sale for our vendors at the Ponsonby branch as it allows them the opportunity to put a number of buyers in the same room to compete for their home and certainly brings emotion into it. It is incredibly difficult to price any property in this market so a no-price marketing campaign is definitely the correct decision. At Barfoot & Thompson it is a completely even playing field and purchasers like the fact that there is ‘no vendor bidding’. Our auction clearance rate has been in excess of 90% for the past six months at the Ponsonby branch. BERNADETTE MORRISON BAYLEYS REAL ESTATE, PONSONBY Using a real estate agent is like employing a project manager when you are building a house. It takes knowledge, expertise and contacts to get the job done on time and within budget. From the first meeting right up until settlement date, a real estate agent manages the sales process for you. They know the market, provide specific advice on the best way to sell the property and maximise the sale price. Agents are well versed in industry legislation and guide you through the necessary paperwork. While choosing to sell privately is always an option, remember that a good agent doesn’t just look for one buyer they look for the best buyer. Their marketing reach and pool of existing buyers will always be greater than that of a private individual. Agents are experienced in creating professional marketing campaigns, buyer competition and are skilled negotiators, all while endeavouring to ensure the experience is as stress free as possible for the owners. Basic supply and demand economics supports the theory that auctions lend themselves to a market where there is a relatively low number of homes for sale and strong buyer demand. Ponsonby and surrounds sees consistently high demand for property and with Bayleys Ponsonby selling 16 out of 17 auctions recently, this theory is evidenced in the current marketplace. However, even in markets where conditions are reversed, the auction process brings buyers and sellers together. You have the option to price a property, but with median prices increasing in Auckland over the past 12 months, can you be sure that this is the best price that you can achieve? Talk to an experienced agent with a proven track record and an auctioneer at the top of their field. You can then make an informed decision as to what is the best method of sale for you, maximising the value of your asset. ROB TULP CHARLTON REALTY LTD HARCOURTS, PONSONBY There are many reasons why a seller should engage the services of a real estate company. The first obvious one is that we are used to the stresses that can arise from selling a home as we do it on a daily basis. We handle any ‘curly’ situations that

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REAL ESTATE may arise and are equipped to keep a deal ‘on track’. We have access to marketing options that are not available to the private seller - for example top rating websites www.harcourts.co.nz and www.realestate.co.nz and print media publications like Property Press. Most companies have an intranet system that enables agents of the same group to access property information - making it easy for them to present and show the property to their prospective buyers. Agents are more emotionally detached from the homes they sell than are owners - meaning that buyers can be more honest with their feedback to an agent without fear of ‘offending’ anyone with their comments.

STEVEN GLUCINA L J HOOKER, PONSONBY Auction creates a sense of urgency with a three-week marketing campaign. It stops buyers delaying decisions and it sends a clear message that you are serious about selling. The good thing there’s no ceiling price so you have the opportunity to achieve a price that could be well above your expectations. Auctions will definitely create competition between the buyers in a transparent forum. The most important factor is that auctions will produce an unconditional contract on terms and conditions acceptable to you - the only thing you haven’t established is the price!

Auction works in all markets of the real estate cycle - to achieve top price in a seller’s market where demand exceeds supply and to perhaps uncover an unconditional buyer in a buyer’s market where there is surplus property stock. Buyers have to get themselves in a position to purchase unconditionally - which means that sellers don’t have to take on any risk of buyers not getting finance or selling a home in the background. Everyone has seen YouTube videos or TV programmes where bidders pay ‘crazy’ prices at times when buying at auction and that’s because an auction is able to generate an atmosphere or energy (when done correctly) where people pay their ‘emotional premium’.

Your marketing campaign will reach more buyers who are currently in a position to buy right now and will eliminate the ‘time wasters’ and ultimately disappointments. Should you not be successful achieving your reserve price you can offer the home for sale immediately afterwards by private treaty with a price on it.

NICOLA KELLAND KELLANDS REAL ESTATE The benefits of using a good real estate company are:

There are no advantages of selling privately. The only reason to sell privately is to save the selling commission. There’s only one commission and the seller and the buyer both can’t save it.

Their experience - knowledge is power when selling a property, especially in a fast moving market. Without the latest sales statistics, which a real estate agent can access or knows about, how do you really know what your property is worth?

It is usually the buyer who saves the commission in the end by offering less than what they would expect to pay in a normal real estate transaction. The seller will do all the running around and run the risk of actually underselling the property especially in this market, then be gutted if the private buyer on-sells it, through an agent for another $50K more than they bought it for.

Marketing and presentation expertise - real estate agents market property every day, they know how to attract purchasers to your home. They can advise you how to maximize your home’s value through careful presentation, beautiful photography and marketing. Negotiation skills - it is very difficult negotiating with a potential purchaser or purchasers when you are the owner. An experienced salesperson brings years of practice to the negotiation table. Negotiations can be very emotional for buyers and sellers, an agent’s job is keep all parties focused on the desired outcome and the ultimate result. To auction or not - This depends on the property; there is no one size fits all. While Kellands auction a large proportion of their properties the decision to auction or not is based on our experience with selling similar properties. A very high end property with a limited number of potential purchasers due to its value may well be better being sold by tender. Or we find, that when a property is in a large complex, with a number of almost identical homes and recent sales statistics, that these sell more effectively when they are priced. There may only be one potential purchaser in the market for that particular property at that time. Once again knowledge is power, and a real estate agent is the best person to advise which method is best for your particular property.

There are many myths about the cost of auctions and really the only cost difference is about the $500 auctioneer’s fee, which is nothing when in a matter of a few minutes a competent auctioneer can get the buyers up by tens of thousands of dollars.

SIMON DAMERELL RAY WHITE PONSONBY, GREY LYNN AND POINT CHEVALIER A good licensed salesperson, backed by a strong professional company should add far more to the final sale price than the cost of any commission. A buyer, negotiating with a seller has one primary objective - ‘how can I buy the home at the lowest price?’ Our strategy is to ensure, regardless of sale method, that buyers are in competition with each other and not in competition with the seller. We are able to achieve this as we have no emotional involvement with the sale; we know the circumstances of each purchaser and with our strong negotiation skills ensure that each purchaser knows they will have to pay what they ‘have to’ rather that what they ‘would like to’. The sale contract and process is enormously complex and fraught with legal and representational issues. Using an ethical agency removes the risks for the seller as we are able to ensure that parties have received all necessary financial, legal and professional advice needed prior to the sale to ensure a smooth, conflict free sale. Assisting with banks and mortgage brokers, we can ensure buyers know their maximum borrowing/servicing capabilities therefore enabling them to go a little bit further if needed to secure their purchase.

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REAL ESTATE A strong agency knows what marketing methods work in each specific market place so we are able to ensure, within reason, that every potential purchaser, including ‘passive’ buyers, are aware the specific property is available for sale. Any savings we are able to negotiate with advertising suppliers, through the volume of purchases we make, are passed on to the benefit of the seller. To auction or not to auction: Expressed simply, buyers rightly expect a transparent process. Given the market in our area over the past decade, it would be a brave person who believes they can accurately predict the sale price of any given home. Buyers, in competition with each other, determine market value. Sellers decide whether or not to sell at that ‘tested’ market value. Creating emotionally committed buyers and putting them in open, transparent competition is our job. The auction process is the most transparent method of achieving this. If a premium is to be achieved, the auction process above all other methods, is the most likely to achieve this result for the seller. ROSS BRADER PROFESSIONALS, LOCHORES REAL ESTATE There are many reasons for selling through an agency. Firstly, the process of selling a home is not as simple as running an open home - we need to make many appointments, show homes during the week and are also required to co-ordinate building inspections, meet valuers, letting agents providing rental assessments, plus visits with buyers, architects and builders. This involves week-day appointments during business hours and not easy to manage yourself if you are at work. Secondly, we already have on our books an existing pool of motivated qualified buyers who are already well educated on values and know the areas they are looking for. Thirdly, we access marketing options that aren’t available to anyone else, for example www.realestate.co.nz which is a prime site where many buyers are looking for homes and finally, should you choose an auction it’s not easy to do this on your own account. With regard to auction, all options should be considered and your salesperson should explain the benefits of each. Auction puts negotiation of your sale price totally in the hands of the auctioneer in a rapid timeframe from opening bid to fall of the hammer, whereas a negotiated sale allows the salesperson to utilise their negotiation skills in a collaborative way with you as seller. If you’re choosing an auction then one thing you should do is hold it on site, ensuring your home is the sole focus of the auctioneer, with no pressure to move onto the next on the list, as is the case with ‘in room’ auctions! WAYNE BULOG UNLIMITED POTENTIAL There’s no doubt that a homeowner may be capable of selling their own home - the question really is about price optimisation. The ability to facilitate the promotion of a property to be seen in its best light is not something most amateur vendors can do well. The time, effort, strategy, presentation, photography and digital imaging required is certainly what we have invested heavily in as we know the value of first impressions. Buyers and homeowners don’t particularly find it easy to agree on price. We believe a third party, acting as an advocate for the vendor is worth more than the fee. Certainly

our position is we act for and are paid by the vendor to represent their proposition in the strongest possible light. The agency pool/database will often uncover buyers quickly. It’s one thing to find a buyer we see our function as finding the best buyers and then create a competitive environment in order to optimise the price. Often agreements are conditional on due diligence which often requires facilitating specialist reports. This can involve many hours working through issues with councils or other bodies, an experienced agent can liaise with all parties to bring solutions that can make the sale. Agreements that are conditional on the purchaser selling their own home - an agency can take this situation again and facilitate a transaction. Selling privately has been and is an option for homeowners - one that is fraught with the potential to undersell. The auction process is a proven method of establishing the best price the market will pay. The skills and expertise to do this well is another factor in using an agency that can demonstrate success in this area. In a firming market the answer to the question: “What is my property worth?” is one that is currently changing month by month. To use a listed price before having tested the market via the auction method risks either over pricing or under selling. Without the purity of competition the question of how much was left on the table is left unanswered. Taking a property to auction in the first instance is the ultimate litmus test of its value. Should the outcome not meet the vendor’s expectations (reserve price) the process helps to steer the steps towards finding today’s market value. JOHN WILLS CUSTOM RESIDENTIAL Why would you pay a sales person to market and sell your home? This is a very good question. In my opinion, the reason you select and pay a salesperson is to get them working very hard for you with high levels of skill, experience and integrity at the ‘pointy end’ of the transaction (i.e. when it counts). This is really the only reason I can see that justifies the fee. In all honesty, anyone can arrange beautiful photography and marketing, put on a great suit, set up bunches of flowers and smile nicely when taking names at an open home. This is important stuff - but the actual negotiating and closing of the final sale price is absolutely crucial, particularly in the market we are currently in. Sellers only get to sell their home once, and when the unconditional sale is achieved, that equates to a ‘net’ amount of money that the seller has available to them when they put their ‘buyers hat’ back on for the next purchase for the next stage in their life. For best results, speak to sales people with strong momentum in their own businesses and offer a proven track record in work ethic, customer experience as well as actual results. When you meet with them, try and assess if they genuinely love their job or not: After all, they will need to be out and about on weekends and in the evenings for you - searching for the best buyers for your prized home.

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The property bubble that won’t burst If you are holding your breath for the Auckland property market to correct itself, you could be running out of oxygen very quickly. The current market seems to have reached such dizzying heights that it looks set to topple at any moment, but there is evidence to suggest that this isn’t the case. Demand is outstripping supply. Those already owning property in Auckland are determined to stay put and new arrivals are hell bent on joining the party. Record breaking immigration figures are putting further pressure on the market with most new arrivals choosing to settle in Auckland. The latest figures from Immigration New Zealand show a net gain of 5500 migrants in January. It is the third time in the last six months that the figure has surpassed the previous record. Auckland recorded the largest net gain followed by Canterbury and Waikato.

Auctions are typically most successful when there is low housing stock in comparison to the level of buyer competition. The Bayleys Ponsonby office sold 16 properties out of a total 17 to go to auction in the past month. Results like this are instilling huge confidence in our vendors and casting doubt over rumours of a property bubble. (KAREN SPIRES) F PN Karen Spires is a Bayleys Real Estate ‘Top Achiever’ - placing her sales data among the top 5% of salespeople within the company.

Investors are looking to add more homes to their portfolios as the housing demand spills over into the rental market. Inner-city apartments and townhouses in suburbs like Ponsonby, Herne Bay, Freemans Bay and St Mary’s Bay are sought after as attractive investment properties with promising capital gain and solid returns. While there are plans to alleviate the pressure with new housing stock this year, the process remains slow. Unless something unforeseen upsets the current balance, Auckland’s property boom looks set to continue. Our local data supports these summations with another strong month of sales. Three of my last four properties were sold under the hammer and one went shortly afterwards after spending six months on the market with other real estate agencies.

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AUCKLAND FEBRUARY HOUSE SALES HIGH BUT GREATER CHOICE EASES PRICE PRESSURE While the number of Auckland house sales were at their second highest level in a February for seven years, a significant increase in choice eased the pressure on values with the average and median sales prices for the month both edging down. “February was one of our busiest on record, with sales up by 9.3% on those for the same period last year and new listings up 47.7% on those for January,” said Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson.

“With 843 sales in February, down 1.9% on those in January but up 9.3 percent on those in February last year, listings at month’s end were 3258.

“With choice far greater since November, some of the pressure on prices eased and buyers showed more caution about paying over the top to get properties.

“It means that we started March with the highest number of properties on our books since November last year, and a marked improvement over the 2500 listings at the end of December.

“The average selling price for the month fell by less than $10,000 or 1.3% on that for January to $747,521 and the median price by more than $13,000 or 1.9% to $686,500.

“Choice of property in the under $500,000 category remained strong with sales in this price bracket being a quarter of all sales in the month.

“The level of sales activity shows while there is still strong buyer interest, for the time being buyers felt property was fully priced.

“At the same time sales of properties in the million dollar plus category in February, at 174, remained constant with sales numbers in January.

“Buyer choice increased in February through 1771 new listings in the month, which was the highest number in the past 16 months.

“Property selling in the $750,000 to $1 million price category was in high demand. Property in this price range is often located in well-established suburbs which have PN older, quality homes where value can be added through remodeling and renovation.” F

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LOCAL NEWS GIANT POPPY ART IN AUCKLAND DOMAIN FOR ANZAC DAY New Zealand is to host the world’s largest poppy (a football field in size) in April this year to honour the ANZACS and the democracy and freedom they protected. New Zealanders and the artist will place 59,000 red metal discs with their messages and their names to create The Giant Poppy Art installation for the WW1 100 year anniversary. Everyone will be able to participate from all over the country and the world by going online. Also by personally visiting the Auckland Domain where the poppy will be built over nine days before Anzac Day - 16 - 24 April. The 59,000 red metal discs symbolise the number of New Zealand men and women who were wounded or killed in WW1. People in Auckland will be able to come to the Domain, and in return for giving a donation to support the RSA they will receive a disc. They can then write a personal message on the disc and place it as part of the poppy build. All funds from obtaining and placing the discs, whether at the Domain or online, support the RSA. “I want all New Zealanders to make the poppy their own, to use it to express their personal gratitude to those who protected our democracy and freedom,” said artist and creator Tony McNeight of The Big Poppy Art Project.

Dame Rosie Horton and artist Tony McNeight with Giant Poppy kids

“At previous Anzac Day events I have always wanted to lay my own wreath and this installation is my modern take on paying respect.” Tony had an epiphany at the Anzac Day Dawn Parade in 2014. He had always attended the Dawn Service to pay his respects. His father was in the Second World War and his great uncle died in France in the First World War. “My multi national colleagues also planted the seed when I realized they had no idea about Anzac Day and what it symbolised,” explained Tony. “Some of them came from countries where freedom and democracy is not a given and I believed an installation such as this would highlight those rights we take for granted and acknowledge those who protected them.” After Anzac Day last year Tony approached New Zealand Steel to make the discs and they immediately came on board with the metal discs and seed funding. “We were moved by Tony McNeight’s vision and passion for this project and welcomed the opportunity to be part of it,” says Margaret Gracie, VP People & External Affairs, New Zealand Steel. “This will be a high profile event for New Zealanders and will be seen across the world. With recent global events, it’s important we don’t take our freedom for granted and we remember the ANZACS who fought for it.” The support of New Zealand Steel made Tony believe it was possible to make the giant poppy happen although there was still a long way to go with funding. To create the poppy requires an investment of over $300,000 in funds and he needed to find a place for the poppy to be built. Tony is personally underwriting the art project but is now finding that as organisations and individuals understand his vision, generous supporters are coming on board. Another major step was the support of the RSA. National President, BJ Clark, said they were excited to see remembrance being embraced on such a large scale. “The poppy will not only be the largest in size, it will also be the largest in heart - containing 59,000 messages of remembrance and supporting our Kiwi ex-service and servicemen and women,” said Clark.

“Although I was not influenced by the poppy installation in London, as my inspiration occurred before I knew it existed, I was encouraged by the overwhelming response it had and it is my sincere hope that New Zealanders will also embrace and respond to this project which allows for total participation.” People outside of Auckland or overseas will be able to donate to support the RSA online PN via www.giantpoppy.co.nz and a disc will be placed on their behalf. F

The Auckland City Council has now given the permission for the poppy to grow on the sports grounds below the Domain. As this is an artwork Tony and his team will continue placing discs over the nine days until all 59,000 complete the poppy. Visitors to the Domain will place their own discs and the artist’s team will place others in the name of those who donate online.

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APARTMENTS – A BETTER WAY OF LIVING You will have noticed that in the greater Ponsonby area that apartment developments are mushrooming. There is huge demand for this contemporary lifestyle and the reasons are as varied as the buyers, ranging from the empty nesters to the professional couples who don’t want to live in the outer ‘burbs’ yet. The lifestyle offers location, security, comfort and the ability to get up and go at any time. Each building complex has its own personality, whether it is more rental or owner occupier and some are very pet friendly which is about time. If you are looking to buy an apartment, think about who you are and what you like to do and remember that the neighbourhood is equally important in making a decision because you will spend a lot of freed up time having a social life. Do you buy new or to do you buy second hand? Primary market is new build and you should be thinking up to $15,000 per square metre - it is high spec and built under the new building code 2004. If you want to avoid anything that you associate with the leaky home era then this is your market. The secondary market offers values considerably less per square metre and even the opportunity to renovate. If you like to refresh or put your stamp on an old design then this sector of the market can be quite a lot of fun to investigate. You can add value to as you give it a contemporary flavour. If you would like some advice on apartments, market updates or want to take advantage of joining the buyer database then give JEANNE CLAYTON a call, M: 027 2888 097. F PN

WHAT IS HAPPENING TO RENTS? The rental market is extremely buoyant at the moment with the usual beginning of the year rush still happening. This is caused by tenants breaking up to go on summer holidays, then all coming back in January and February searching for new places. This strong demand for properties is forcing the rents up. Tenants are seeing the strong competition at the open homes and realising they have to have a point of difference to get noticed therefore some have been offering a bit more rent to secure the place. This does not always mean they will get the place, as Hot Property are more interested in getting the right people for the property rather than the ones who will pay more. The change of tenancy is the best time to increase the rent without upsetting anyone. At Hot Property they always try for an extra $20 or $30 when advertising, and can always drop it if the market will not accept it. They are currently doing their annual rent reviews of their properties; a difficult job when trying to keep both tenants and landlords happy. The properties that change over every year or two generally keep up with the market rents fairly well. The difficult ones are when the tenants stay on long term. On one hand you don’t want to increase their rent as they have been great tenants and you want them to stay, but on the other hand after a while you look at the rent and realise how much more you could get for the property if they moved out. The best way seems to be small increases, often. Remember when increasing the rent on a sitting tenant you must put it in writing, giving them the required 60 days notice, as per the Residential PN Tenancies Act. F HOT PROPERTY, T: 09 378 9560, pgordon@ihug.co.nz www.hotpropertyrentals.co.nz

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A CLEAR FOCUS ON PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Joanne Rae Manager/Director of Harcourts Property Management in Ponsonby has been in the rental industry since 1990 having formerly owned the highly successful Bay Area Property Management in Jervois Road from 1997 until 2009. A very clear focus on property management, a passion of the rental business, and professional approach, all help her to deliver extraordinary outcomes. Her focus is to relieve the stress that’s often inherent in landlord/tenant relationships. Re: 44 Cumberland Avenue, Westmere “Caroline and I also just wanted to thank you for your help with renting out the house. You have been extremely quick to respond to our questions, and we are very happy with the tenants. You made the process very easy for us which is appreciated given the other things we have going on at the moment with the move.” Joanne believes there is an increase in business and the rental market is booming with supply and demand never being so high. This is noticeable right across the board from tidy one-bedroom apartments through to three and four-bedroom homes. Often there are more than 20 people lining up for the first viewing. Joanne is currently looking for executive type homes to rent for professional clients up to $2500 per week. If you want a confidential chat about your property or require a free rental appraisal give her a call. F PN CHARLTON Property Management Ltd, 89 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 632 1298 E: joannerae@harcourts.co.nz www.ponsonby.harcourts.co.nz

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O’Neill Street Allan O’Neill was born in the County Leitrim, 1802. He was a direct descendant of the historical O’Neills who for centuries were Kings of all-Ireland, Kings of Ulster and Princes of Tyrone. The family’s lineage has been traced in a book ‘The O’Neills of Ulster, High Kings of Ireland’ by Sir Iain Moncreiffe that was published by the Irish Heritage Association and the Royal O’Neill Clan Society. During his early years he was employed on the Ordinance Survey of Ireland. He then emigrated to New Zealand in 1842 arriving in Taranaki aboard the Timandra to work as surveyor for the New Zealand Company. He stayed with the company for only a short time and walked overland all the way to Auckland, a trek that took six weeks and was a hazardous undertaking. There were no roads or tracks, deep and dangerous rivers to ford or swim across, and the possibility of encountering hostile Maori. This intrepid traveller reached Auckland on the day Governor Hobson’s funeral took place. Shortly after his arrival he was was appointed the first city surveyor, later the provincial surveyor and given the task of laying out a number of Auckland’s streets. This work was so satisfactory the government soon seconded him to survey the North Shore along with its own surveyor, John Campbell, which included the district round Takapuna. He was next sent, again on behalf of the government, to map out the district between Auckland and the Bay of Islands and laid out the whole length of the Great North Road. He was the first white man to make the journey and in walking overland had to zig-zag from coast to coast to get an outline of the whole area. One cannot but marvel at such stoicism and determination. O’ Neill eventually entered the political arena and was elected a member of the Auckland Provincial Council and for a number of years represented the Northern division. He also held the position of Provincial Secretary for three years. A fervent anglican, he was a member of the Church of England Synod. His interests extended to Takapuna where he became chairman of that district’s Road Board and chairman of the Lake School committee. He and his brother, James Frederick who was a doctor of medicine, bought seventy-one acres at the end of Bayswater Avenue, now known as O’Neill’s Point. Allan built a home there for his wife and seven children. One of his descendants, James Frederick had a distinguished career in the Royal New Zealand Navy in World War II, serving on HMNZ Kiwi at Guadacanal where the vessel assisted in sinking a Japanese submarine. He is buried in the cemetery named after the two brothers. The Catholic Bishop took over James’s former house in St Mary’s Bay as his official residence and it eventually became St Anne’s School for Maori Girls run by the Sisters of Mercy. Allan died in 1886 after serving his adopted country with outstanding ability. He had taken part in all the struggles and vicissitudes of the young colony and was buried in the cemetery that bears the family name. At the time of his death his eldest son was chairman of the Waitemata County Council. For some years prior to his demise he took no part in public affairs but lived in retirement at his home on the North Shore, respected and loved by all who knew him. It’s very fitting a street in Ponsonby also bears his family name because he probably laid out the roads PN in our area. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) F

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS jacaranda and karaka trees, large-scale green walls and native shrubbery across each and every floor, it is designed to create the ultimate in ‘leafy suburb’ living in the inner city. Situated on a northerly aspect for all day sun, the apartments will also receive stunning views of the Waitemata Harbour and iconic Auckland landmarks, the harbour bridge and Rangitoto Island.

UNION GREEN: THE FUTURE OF AUCKLAND’S INNER CITY LIVING A new precedent for sophisticated urban living is set to be marked with the development of a brand new residential community on Auckland’s Union Street. Experienced property development company, Myland Partners is behind Union Green; a unique project that will redefine the way we live in Auckland’s ever-evolving cityscape.

Union Green is part of the ever-growing Auckland City Master Plan - an initiative to reinvent our central business district into a better area for work, relaxation and play. This design-led vision aims to create the ultimate liveable city for Aucklanders and meet the needs of a growing and changing residential population. The property is the ideal solution for urban professionals wishing to enter the competitive Auckland market without compromising on style and location, as well as empty nesters looking for a chic lock-up and leave solution. To bring Union Green to life, development experts Myland Partners have handpicked the best of Auckland’s property and design gurus using their years of expertise in creating some of New Zealand’s most-loved and celebrated buildings. Internationally-renowned architects Fearon Hay are the master planners behind Union Green, and have worked together with architects Peddle Thorp to create a community that will provide both relaxed suburb living and convenience of inner city location - the best of both worlds. Multi-award winning landscape designers Natural Habitats have added to the appeal with a vision of lush greenery that integrate with surrounding leafy spaces Victoria Park, Western Park and Franklin Road.

The modern complex will feature 75 terrace homes situated across three lush green clusters of landscaped gardens, partnered with ‘The Rise’ - a striking apartment tower comprising a mix of generously proportioned apartments, each with a recessed lanai balcony offering year round sheltered outdoor living.

To celebrate the launch of Union Green and give Aucklanders an insight into the project, Myland Partners is hosting the Union Green Speaker Series throughout April and May. This series of informative weekly events kicks off on 7 April and will feature industry insiders, property experts and renowned speakers Ludo Campbell-Reid, General Manager of the Auckland Council’s Auckland Design Office, Tim Hay of Fearon Hay, interior designer Camilla Temple and finance expert Sara Hartigan. Each speaker will focus on educating and inspiring Aucklanders on the plan for the future of their city and the potential of inner-city living, and will cover topics from architecture, interior design to effective money management.

At the heart of the complex is ‘The Green’ - communal parkland that creates a natural space for rest, relaxation, interaction and connection. With an abundance of mature

Interested parties can register to attend the Union Green Speaker Series and find out PN further details at www.uniongreen.co.nz F

Nestled in prime position at 39 - 47 Union Street, Union Green will bridge the gap between the bustling Central Business District and Victoria Quarter, with stylish precincts Freemans Bay and Ponsonby within stone’s throw.

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ABOUT KOHLER Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co is one of America’s oldest and privately held companies employing over 30,000 people worldwide. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bathroom products; engines and power systems; premier furniture, cabinetry and tile; and owner of two of the world’s finest five-star hospitality and golf resorts - one in Kohler, United States and the other at St Andrews, Scotland. Kohler bathroom products are well known for providing the total bathroom solution that strikes a perfect balance between form and function. Kohler finds inspiration in the world of art and pioneers new concepts to ensure customers enjoy the finest in bathroom design. Kohler New Zealand purchased Englefield, a privately owned, Kiwi-founded bathroom ware company in 2000, and is based in Glenfield, Auckland. The full ground level frontage of their head office at Diana Drive is currently being converted into a Kohler and Englefield brand showroom, featuring new finishes, new products and a fresh approach to advising and helping people choose their ‘dream’ bathroom. The showroom is scheduled to open late April 2015. F PN www.kohler.co.nz

CREATING DREAM RENOVATIONS AND NEW BUILDS When making an investment in building your dream home or renovating your existing space, Kitchens on Eden is here to assist you in every possible way. Their team of designers focus on listening to your needs. They assist you in bringing your visions to life while maintaining the connection to your needs, creating beautiful and functional spaces that will enhance your lifestyle. “Our services have evolved to encompass every stage of the process. We pride ourselves on our cutting-edge designs and also keeping up with market trends, from soft closing drawers, handleless designs, to more ergonomic concepts. The team at Kitchens on Eden continuously keep up with modern trends to include ranges of colours and textures within New Zealand with some overseas influence. Their background in kitchen design and interior design allows them to know how certain design concepts can be achieved. They use the latest in computer aided design software programs to produce three dimensional imagery, bringing your plans to life. Once your space has been manufactured, Kitchens on Eden will project co-ordinate the whole process ensuring your project will be installed on time, to budget and to the highest quality. Kitchens on Eden offer a complete professional service from conception to installation for kitchens, bathrooms, laundries, and wardrobe systems. Let them guide and support PN you through your dream renovation or new build. F

Skilled Kohler artisan works on an ‘Artist’s Edition’ Serpentine Bronze basin.

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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL Ben Glass, Ben Glass Furniture “I guess I’m an artist. I’m a furniture designer. Almost working entirely with wood. I design and manufacture high-end original furniture right here in Ponsonby. This is more of a passion that I've made my job. I try to make things you can use that are beautiful, and everything I sell is made by me.” Where do you live? Grey Lynn. Do you have any pets? There's a dog called Moe that lives in our house. Your best friend would say of you... “(Ben) has some smart things to say when he’s not laughing at his own jokes. Is good with people, can somehow make others laugh at his jokes. Or maybe Ben laughs so hard it sounds like everyone’s laughing - who knows.” Your mother would say of you... “You're a brick, Benny.” What are your virtues? Friendly, ambitious, optimistic. I have a habit of talking to strangers. And your vices? I don't sleep enough. Caffeine. There's quite a few of them in the workshop. How do you keep fit? Thankfully my job requires me to lift large parts of trees very frequently. Who's your ultimate rock icon? Rick Astley.

What’s your favourite Ponsonby Cafe? Craft Kitchen. Favourite Ponsonby restaurant? Is the food court a restaurant? Favourite Ponsonby store? Everyday Needs. Everything's so perfect.

What’s your secret passion? Shaving. You'd never guess it.

Favourite Ponsonby fashion label? World.

What's your secret talent? I can move my ears. Where do you spend your holidays? I spent the holidays just been at work. But last year I was in Europe for the holidays. What's your perfect Sunday? Eating a fatty pancake breakfast. Sitting in the sun drinking coffee. Then doing this again for lunch and dinner.

Your best kept Ponsonby secret? The tennis courts at the bottom of Western Park. They're a bit rough, but they're free! What's inspired you recently? The Dior building down the bottom of Queen Street. Now that’s an elaborate fitout! Your desert island distractions? Mirror by Little Dragon. Twin Peaks. Game of Thrones. So much depth.

What were you going to be when you grew up? I remember telling my brother I wanted to build dolls’ houses. I guess I kind of am.

The house is on fire and your family is safe - what do you save? Moe the dog!

How did you come to be a designer? I love making stuff. I've always loved it. When I dropped out of uni I started making lamps. They weren't well received. So I started making things out of wood and everything I made turned out better than I had imagined it to be. Eventually an old Japanese temple carpenter took me under his wing and taught me most of what I know.

“I'd be lost without my...” Loyal station wagon.

If you weren’t a furniture designer you’d be... An ambulance driver. Such spontaneity!

BEN GLASS FURNITURE, 19 Newton Road, T: 022 618 9120 www.benglassfurniture.com

One thing you have learned about life is..? Getting uncomfortable expands your comfort zone. F PN

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PLAN TO IMPRESS - HOME STAGING When it comes to finances, buying or selling a house is generally the largest transaction most people ever make. For this reason the presentation of your home when selling should be something you plan for right from the start. The home staging industry focuses heavily on ensuring your home appeals to the largest group of buyers possible. Good home staging is the art of creating a layout and scheme that will enhance the best features of a property, distract from any negative features and, perhaps most importantly, show buyers how the property could work for them as their own home. A staging professional can simply advise you on the best method to present your home with what you have or more commonly, provide the furniture and furnishings that will ensure that your buyers are drawn to the positive features of the house. Three key presentation tips: 1. Just because you love it does not mean everyone else will. Ensure your property appeals to the broadest buying public. If the decorating style is too far out, people will be put off by the ‘personality’ of the home, and it will be difficult for them to visualise themselves and their own belongings in the house. 2. Don’t rush to put the house on the market before it’s presentable. Selling a property requires careful planning. First, identify the competition, then make your house look better than others on the market. Care and attention to the details will impress potential buyers. 3. Less is often more. Furniture should be the right size for the room and not make it feel cluttered or small. F PN THE LOOK, T: 09 302 2400, sales@thelook.co.nz www.thelook.co.nz

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HEIDI PADAIN: ENTERTAINMENT IN YOUR GARDEN Recently a young tui bird arrived on our deck and presented with an injured foot. She can fly perfectly well, but has difficulty with balance. She sits with one claw raised, feathers all puffed up and generally looking miserable. My initial reaction is what can I do? I can stand close enough to her, so, if I had a net of some kind I could capture her, take her to the Bird Rescue centre or a vet. However, I dismiss these thoughts, knowing that the trauma of being captured might be enough to kill her. None the less it’s sad to see because she may not get her share of food, find a mate or, worse, easily become victim to a predator. We’ve seen this before with other birds, most recently it was young blackbird, born with a deformed claw. It was clear that her life would be a short one, but that’s just nature. There are happy endings of course. A few years back whilst driving home, we noticed, on the other side of the road an injured bird. It was a pigeon, and it had clearly been hit by a car. The pigeon was still moving, but the oncoming traffic continued in its path. We waited for a suitable gap in the traffic, then Martin leapt out of the car to pick the pigeon up. The pigeon appeared a little stunned, but we could find no obvious wounds aside from a raised claw, and some difficulty in remaining upright. We decided to take the pigeon home with us as it seemed likely that it would recover quickly. In the days that followed, I did some research, and learned a great deal about feral rock pigeons. You can tell male from female by the shape of the nodules (operculum) above the beak, and colour in their plumage, or lack thereof. I discovered that brown rice is the best thing to feed them under these circumstances, trust me pigeons love to eat! Our pigeon was female. Despite the dull plumage, she was far from dull in personality. In no time at all she had a following on Facebook, and was aptly named Tarmac. Tarmac could manage short flights, but the landings were spectacularly awful, so I would wander around the house with her on my shoulder. Tarmac didn’t mind being handled at all, but took a dislike to Martin. She would peck his hand as hard as she could to let him know she didn’t want him to pick her up. In contrast, she seemed to attempt friendship with our small, aged dog. Tarmac would hobble around her as she slept, and sit close to her basket, staring at her intently. It took roughly a week for Tarmac’s injured claw to heal, but there was a slight dilemma. I had become rather fond of her. I liked how she would sit on my shoulder, and snuggle in under my chin. I toyed with the idea of keeping her as a pet. People do you know. Sanity prevailed... It would be unkind, she needs to be with other pigeons. I decided to return Tarmac to the road where we found her, not literally of course, but close to what we assumed to be her original home, a house with a rooftop that is notably inhabited with pigeons. Somehow, she must have realised my plan. As I made my way to the car with Tarmac, she took flight into the bush. I resigned myself to the fact that she had

sought her freedom, and whilst the bush was hardly ideal, there was little I could do. This is where things get interesting. She came back! This became our routine. I would put her outside in the morning, and we would both go off and do whatever we do for the day, and then around dusk Tarmac would arrive on the deck, and there she would stand with her beak pressed up against the ranch slider waiting to be let in. It was lovely, she seemed part of our family now, and yet I doubted her success in engaging with our larger native wood pigeons. I was still plagued with the thought that she absolutely should be with her own kind. I couldn’t bring myself to do it, so it was Martin who eventually succeeded in getting her into the car and dropping her off. A small part of me hoped that she was a true homing pigeon, and would find her way back, but she never did, and I’m all good with that. There’s a fine line between providing care and encouraging dependency. The temptation to override nature is powerful indeed. A poem for Tarmac To have held you this close has been grand, but fly away little bird take your heart from my hand. Your path has been written, the music is clear, fly away little bird, fly away from here. Sing your sweet song all the way. I’ll leave a window open, should you come back some day. To see more of Heidi’s photographic work go to www.flickr.com and type Heidi Padain PN into the search box. (HEIDI PADAIN) F

HIGHLY VERSATILE DESIGN TO FIT INTO ANY HOME Calligaris briefed renowned design team Bernhardt and Vella to come up with a contemporary sofa design with great ‘liveability’ where aesthetic, comfort and flexibility are perfectly balanced. The result, the Metro sofa, designed and hand made in Italy. It’s versatility is thanks to an extensive range of seating modules that allows the client to choose from the 19 seating configurations available. Metro features tailoring details such as pipe work trim around the arm rest and cushions. The large soft seat and back cushions in mixed down offer pleasant comfort in daily use without forgoing elegance. Available with a matching pouf and in a choice of fabrics and leathers exclusively from: DAWSON’S FURNITURE, 1/1 Holder Place, North Shore T: 09 476 1121 www.dawsonsfurniture.co.nz

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LE MONDE OPENS SECOND SHOWROOM When Noelle and Craig Davies decided to expand their business and open a second Le Monde homeware store, Ponsonby was the only location on their minds. And they knew exactly who would run it too - their daughter Jess Graham, who had long dreamed of leaving the corporate world to join the family business.

Jess adds, “We want it to be inspiring, like looking at a beautiful magazine. You may only buy one piece but you also walk away with fresh creative ideas.”

“I grew up watching my parents and had always wanted to do this,” says Jess, who had previously worked in sales-based, telecommunications roles for almost a decade.

To see more of the stunning collections visit their website. Le Monde Ponsonby is now open in Ponsonby. F PN

“It’s kind of unbelievable that I am here and finally have the opportunity to own my own business.”

LE MONDE, 36 Pollen Street, T: 09 376 2993, www.le-monde.co.nz

Proud parents Craig and Noelle started Le Monde Home 12 years ago, with co-owner Jo Tuck joining six years later. Both Parnell and Ponsonby stores feature unique pieces from Africa, India, New Zealand and Europe, including French antiques. “Le Monde is French for the world and we have travelled the globe to source different pieces to create the essence of what will become a beautiful home,” says Noelle, who hand selects the international pieces on her travels. Speaking from their new store, Noelle and Jess say they can’t wait to be an established part of the Ponsonby scene. “There’s such a huge sense of community here,” Noelle says. “In the first weeks we had neighbours pop by to say, ‘Hi’.” “We’re going to try a few edgier things here too because we think Ponsonby is a little bit more adventurous and trendsetting.”

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Jess Graham, owner of Le Monde Ponsonby




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


THE SECOND CURVE By Charles Handy (Random House) I became friends with Charles Handy and his wife Elizabeth many years ago, when I published business to business magazines in London. I was delighted to be one of 20 Londoners profiled in his book, ‘The New Alchemists’. Charles is an independent writer, broadcaster and teacher. He has been an oil executive, an economist, a professor at the London Business School, the warden of St George’s House in Windsor Castle and the Chairman of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. Charles is one of the giants of contemporary thought. His books on management including ‘Understanding Organisations’ and ‘Gods of Management’ - have changed the way we view business. His work on broader issues and trends - such as ‘Beyond Certainty’ - have changed the way we view society. In ‘The Second Curve’, Charles builds on a life’s work to glimpse into the future and see what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. He looks at current trends in capitalism and asks whether it is a sustainable system. He explores the dangers of a society built on credit. He challenges the myth that remorseless growth is essential. He even asks whether we should rethink our roles in life - as students, parents, workers and voters - and what the aims of an ideal society of the future should be. Provocative and thoughtful as ever, he sets out the questions we all need to ask ourselves - and points us in the direction of some of the answers.


Kingdom of Darkness By Andy McDermott (Headline Publishing Group) It’s 1943 and Greece has been occupied by the Nazis. The SS mission was simply to round up Jews for the concentration camps. But beneath an isolated farmhouse they found a far greater treasure, a hidden shrine to Alexander the Great and an urn filled with water possessing strange qualities. The Nazis take the urn in the name of Hitler and disappear. Present day and the last survivors of the most evil regime in history have been hiding out in a remote corner of the globe waiting for their time to come. In this explosive adventure, Nina and Eddie are sought out by a young man desperate to warm them of a plan to raid the newly discovered tomb of Alexander the Great. But before he has a chance to explain, he is assassinated in front of Nina and Eddie. As Nina and Eddie search for answers, they discover followers of Adolf Hitler that have been hiding away for a long time are threatening to rise again. But the Nazis want more than power, they are seeking the ultimate prize of all - immortality. Will they succeed?

POWER TO THE PEOPLE With rising electricity prices and the need for energy coming from renewable sources, three engineers, Lim Kang, Tom Laurie and Morgan Look decided to give the power back to the consumers. The Ponsonby/Grey Lynn-based trio come from an engineering background and all have a diverse range of skills and experiences comprising lecturing, engineering design, international business management and everything else in between.

Tier 1 Panels provide higher efficiency solar PV. GenU source high quality tier 1 panels at a good price enabling them to provide excellent solar PV to match the micro inverters they supply.

GenU are looking to make a change and an impact on the industry by providing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to consumers and businesses.

GenU’s focus is on quality products and service. “We only recommend products suitable to the specific requirements of each household, and while our pricing is competitive our focus remains on providing a quality product,” says Lim Kang, business manager of GenU. PN Get in touch with GenU today to find out how you can start generating your own power. F

These systems use micro-inverter technology which provides higher efficiency, are less susceptible to shading and are more robust. These types of systems are also easily expandable which means consumers can start with a smaller system and expand later.

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WHAT’S BETTER THAN ‘ULTIMATE’? It seems everyone is an expert on the housing market these days, especially in the Ponsonby, Herne Bay and St Mary’s Bay area.

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If you got sick would you ask your next door neighbour for advice? If he or she is not a doctor, that would seem unwise. The same applies to real estate. If you’re thinking of selling and want the best advice, ask the experts - people who know the market, who have lived and worked in the area for many years. People like Steph Weldon and Robbie Robson from Bayleys Real Estate.

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“Our goal for our clients is to provide what we call ‘the ultimate real estate experience’,” says Robbie. To achieve this we have found the best approach is the simple and straightforward one. We meet, we talk, and most importantly, we listen. We get to know our client’s requirements, we come up with a plan that they’re happy with, and we stick to it.” Steph and Robbie believe that when it comes to selling your biggest asset, there should be no awkward surprises. To ensure this they undertake to communicate with their clients every step of the way. “Being kept in the loop takes a lot of the stress out of the process,” says Steph. ‘Ultimate’ is a high standard to set in such an active real estate market. But Steph and Robbie have no problem with that. “In this market people should be able to count on receiving the best real estate service there is, and what’s better than ultimate?” F PN STEPH WELDON, M: 0274 769 805, ROBBIE ROBSON, M: 021 840 208, T: 09 309 6020 www.robbierobson.bayleys.co.nz www.bayleys.co.nz

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ASK AN ARCHITECT: DANIEL MARSHALL Each month architect Daniel Marshall answers readers’ property related questions.

Q: A:

What is the difference between an architect and an architectural designer?

The word ‘architect’ has changed its meaning through recent history. The source of the word is from the Greek arkhitekton ‘master builder, director of works’. An old English version of the word was heahcræftiga ‘high-crafter.’ Scholars sometimes refer to Daedalus, from the ancient Greek myth, as the father of architecture. In the modern world the term is used in a wide range of terminologies such as software architect, landscape architect, etc. In New Zealand an act of parliament, The Registered Architects Act 2005, protects the term Registered Architect. Under Section 7 of the Act, in New Zealand no one except a New Zealand Registered Architect can: • use the title ‘Registered Architect’; or • describe him or herself as an ‘architect’ when providing building design services. Other persons may design buildings, but they may not call themselves ‘Registered Architects’ or ‘architects’.

Generally, an architect spends five years studying Architecture and then works in a practice for around four years before sitting the final registration examination. This means that they have a huge amount of training. More importantly, to remain a registered architect, they must continue with professional training and uphold the standards set out by the Registered Architects Board. If you are thinking of using someone to design your house, it is worth asking if they are a registered architect, and if they are a member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. This is because they are bound by a code of ethics. They also have access to the professional resources provided by the NZIA and the RAB. The RAB website www.nzrab.org.nz/c/Aboutthe-NZRAB holds a list of registered architects and the NZIA have a useful website called Talk to an Architect, www.talktoanarchitect.co.nz In New Zealand, anyone can design buildings, as long as they are a ‘Licensed Building Practitioner’. The standard to become a LBP is much lower than the standards required to become a registered architect and do not necessarily cover the same range of experience. If a project has a high level of complexity, then it is really important to find our whether the person you are using

has the experience to carry out the work. There are many architectural designers who are not registered architects but are extremely skilled at what they do, and there are many registered architects that are not necessarily skilled designers. The registration process is more about ensuring that you will receive a professional level of service through out the process, and ensures that an architect knows the proper process to follow when it comes to important elements such as contracts and insurance. (DANIEL MARSHALL) F PN DANIEL MARSHALL ARCHITECTS, 472 Karangahape Road, T: 09 354 3587 www.marshall-architect.co.nz

WHY IS RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY SUCH A POWERFUL INVESTMENT? Three words: ‘Other People’s Money’. “By other people’s we, of course, mean the bank! A residential property investor takes primary benefit of subsequent increases in a property’s value, without having to ‘front’ the full purchase price!” “New Zealand had a net gain of 55,100 migrants in the year through February, almost double the 29,000 gain in the year earlier period,” said Statistics NZ last month. There will be no slowing on rental demand in Auckland anytime soon! Key Reminders: Paying close attention to the fundamental indicators of price, rental yield, and occupancy level will form an essential part of your research. Tease out the finer points of your strategy - are you predominantly chasing growth, income, or a combination of the two? “The investment has to be a sensible commercial proposition. You’ve got to buy an asset that’s going to give you a real capital and income return over time.” Be proactive about mitigating your risks so you can avoid putting out fires later: Your tenants’ safety and comfort should be your top priority. That means regular inspections and maintenance, being responsive to your tenants’ concerns about security and repairs, and guarding against criminal behaviour by your tenants or others coming onto the property.

Carefully screen potential tenant’s income, credit/tenancy tribunal history, and prior landlord references. Keep well-organised and accurate records to avoid an audit and maximise your tax deductions. Diligently monitor rent payments and rent reviews. Protect yourself with the right insurance. If the unthinkable happens, you need to be prepared. Goodwin Property Management can ensure you maximise the value of your rental investment. Catherine Goodwin celebrates 10 years in the service of PN Residential Rentals this month! F

Catherine Goodwin

Available on email catherine.goodwin@goodwinrealty.co.nz or M: 021 437 710 www.goodwinrealty.co.nz

BE SURE TO GET YOUR ADVERTISING BOOKED IN EARLY... Because of Easter, April is a short month for the Ponsonby News team. The magazine needs to go to print a bit earlier to meet our publishing date of Friday 1 May. So our usual booking/material deadline will be brought forward to Friday 17 April.


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THE BROWN TEAL The brown teal is one of our smallest duck species, endemic to New Zealand and found in lowland freshwater systems. It was common in the early years of European colonisation, but has been one of the many species that have suffered heavily from human arrival. On top of common threats to native birds like introduced mammals, brown teal are impacted upon by the loss of habitat through wetland drainage and estuary reclamation. In the early years of colonisation they were over harvested as a food source, and it took until 1921 for them to become fully protected.

IKO IKO IS ON THE MOVE! After 18 happy years on Karangahape Road, Iko Iko is very excited to be moving just around the corner to Ponsonby Road. Their beautiful new store will be opening in early May and will be a colourful addition to Ponsonby Road retail. Iko Iko is a gift store with a difference, the home of all things fun and fancy free. Catering for all ages offering an array of treats, from toys to home wares sourced from all over the globe including New Zealand. A new shipment of stunning Mexican goodies has just landed in store. Check out Iko PN Iko’s new location... just look for the blue building! F IKO IKO, 53 Ponsonby Road, www.ikoiko.co.nz

They are a small dabbling duck, and they have been compared to a wetland rodent due to their omnivorous diet, restricted range and somewhat terrestrial lifestyle. They are often found living in the vegetation surrounding streams, ponds, dams and wetlands and will spend large portions of daylight in these rushes. They will also forage in pasture, lawns and wet forest habitats for seeds, invertebrates and fruits. They can still be found dabbling and upending like most of their relatives. Interestingly they are the progenitor of the Auckland Island and Campbell Island teals, and yet all three are now regarded as separate species. These species are flightless, unlike the brown teal, and have evolved quite differently due to their geographic isolation. The brown teal, or pateke, was listed as nationally endangered until 2008 but has been referred to as ‘recovering’ in recent years. This is largely due to the increase in numbers on offshore islands, and the protection of populations on Great Barrier Island and wild sites across Northland. They are still considered our rarest wild waterfowl and have no defences against introduced pests. Having evolved over centuries to protect themselves against diurnal birds of prey they are easy prey for mammals that hunt by smell. They are often found to hide in grass and overhanging vegetation throughout the day. This defence mechanism can easily be understood as an evolutionary response to these diurnal predators, allowing safe foraging and feeding during the night. Pateke breed in winter and spring, in the rushes and reeds alongside their water source. Females incubate alone, but males stay in the territory as a guard against all other waterfowl. They are often thought of as super parents compared to other ducks, with the male teaching his chicks to fly and nurturing them with more attentiveness than any other species. Breeding season is the easiest time to identify males as they sport a green head and occasionally a white colour. This green can be a strong vibrant hue. You can find brown teal on Tiritiri Matangi Island in the Hauraki Gulf, in the new aviary at Auckland Zoo, or further afield on Great Barrier Island. (FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT) F PN

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JJ Fong JJ Fong is an actress on the television show ‘Step Dave’ and a presenter as well. She loves singing, dancing and travelling - which she hopes to do a little more of later in the year. JJ tells Ponsonby News. “I live in Grey Lynn on my own with a beautiful black cat named Panther. I’m very much a long-time greater Ponsonby resident; I’ve lived in various places between Norfolk Street and Arch Hill over the years. My favourite room is the lounge. I use it for a lot of reading, a little TV watching, writing and working on my

computer. It is my favourite room because I love its homely feel - the bookcase through to the paintings and the comfy couch! It has a calm, soothing vibe. My favourite things in the lounge are the bookcase, definitely, and the eclectic book collection and the old chest used as a coffee table.” F PN

LOCAL ARTIST PROFILE - ALAN GOULD Grey Lynn artist Alan Gould is drawn to the beauty of the aging process of surfaces like concrete, rock, steel, copper, wood and decaying foliage. These surfaces inspire him, not to replicate nature but to express his own visual concept of it by capturing the colours, form and textures on large format canvas. After a lifetime of toiling in the building and construction industry, Alan has at last taken a leap of faith and committed himself to full time painting. Attracted by the harsh beauty of weathered surfaces and a growing awareness of it all around him is his inspiration. “Coming from a building background has definitely given me an unsuspecting advantage in adapting an almost industrial method to my painting process,” says Alan. He believes that having no formal training in the arts has advantages. His process of learning has come from experimentation and he doesn’t feel bound by formal perimeters of what is expected. “I am an observational person and am constantly captured by what I see and in turn endeavour to portray the beauty of objects often overlooked by others. I work in total isolation which grants me a sense of complete fearlessness.” As a recent arrival in Grey Lynn, Alan is now embedded in the old building charm and character of place. His daily walks with canine companion Mo offer an overwhelming motivation to paint, which directs him straight back to his workshop under his house.

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CALLING ALL BUDDING YOUNG WRITERS Unleash your imagination and become a published author. Barfoot & Thompson’s annual Young Authors Challenge is up and running for 2015 and local primary and intermediate students are being encouraged to pick up pens, pencils or keyboards, harness their imaginations and write up a storm for Starship. The short story writing competition, themed this year around ‘there’s no place like home’, offers up to eight young writers or groups the chance to have their winning stories published in the annual storybook. Fully funded by Barfoot & Thompson, it’s a unique opportunity for students and teachers alike. Not only does it fit within primary and intermediate curriculums and provide an interesting learning experience, it has the ability to open exciting doors for bright young minds. “Each year the stories submitted surprise and delight us,” says Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson. “It’s amazing to see what young people can achieve when they put their minds to it. The talent shown by local students continues to impress us year after year and we’re really looking forward to reading the adventures they take us on this time around.” Now in its eighth year, proceeds from the storybook have gone towards Starship Foundation and the Magic of Reading programme. This year is no different. Having raised over $150,000 since 2008, the winners of the competition get the privilege of making life a little brighter for other children who pass through Starship Hospital. “Anyone can be a writer. All you need is a little imagination. This storybook competition helps children discover the magic of writing. Over the past years we’ve run the challenge, we’ve seen so many young people step into their potential as writers. I think many of them are surprised by their own abilities. As the sponsors of the competition, we feel lucky to be able to open up a door of possibility for our local children.” The young authors get help along the way; winners are assisted through the story writing process at an authors’ workshop hosted by renowned children’s author Maria Gill, and their stories are then brought to life through illustrations by well-known names such as Keven Mealamu. Past books include Super Sparrow and The Black Cat, The Miracle at Gulls Bay, and Room 23 and Mysterious Miss P. This year the judges are after a structured storyline, clever characters, and a connection to the overall theme of ‘there’s no place like home’. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The Barfoot & Thompson Young Authors Challenge is open to all primary and intermediate students in Auckland and Northland. Individuals, groups and classes can enter a story of up to 600 words. All proceeds from the book go to Starship Foundation and the Magic of Reading programme. Entries are now open and close on 3 June 2015. For more information visit www.youngauthorschallenge.co.nz


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ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT COLLECT Andrew van der Putten In April we feature the work of ex Grey Lynn potter Andrew van der Putten at Collect. Andrew has been potting professionally since 1968 and his work is functional domestic tableware, hand-thrown on the wheel. With his wife Jeanne who is also an artist, Andrew divides his time between their workshop and their studio in a village in East Bali where he makes occasional pots for local use, along with teaching his craft to the local Balinese men. International exhibitions, awards, a QE11 Arts Council travel grant and invitations to a number of exhibitions have acknowledged Andrew’s high level of artistic achievement. In 1997 he was a Creative NZ funded travelling potter, teaching his many skills throughout New Zealand. F PN COLLECT, 12 Crummer Road, T: 09 361 6331, www.collect.net.nz

Andrew van der Putten, salt glazed 120 x 150mm

Ceramic crucibles by Nadine Spalter

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The Hipstamatics! If you walk into Grand Central and there is a brass section up the stairwell, a couple of performers on the floor and the rest of the band squashed into the stage you’d be right to stick around and see how this would turn out. Of course, by then you will have heard them, and once you’ve heard the Hipstamatics it’s nearly impossible not to stay until they finish. Blasting out covers in their unique soulful and funky style, plus interweaving their own originals they are the number one party band playing in Ponsonby. I caught up with Dillon Reisterer, one of the band’s three singers, to have a chat about what they’ve been up to over the summer and what’s next for the band. The short of it, they are in hot demand. Every bar wants them, and every bar should, especially in Ponsonby. They bring a crowd of supporters having played at Grand Central for over two years, and at Sweatshop (used to be Sale St) for numerous seasons.

I asked if there was a record on the horizon but Dillon seemed to think we shouldn’t hold our breath. They record each Grand Central show and use social media and live music videos to spread the Hipstamatics around the web. There are some great recordings of their appearance on Good Morning last year. Dillon believes that people need to see them live to really understand what they’re about. I couldn’t agree more, you will only completely understand the Hipstamatics when you’ve got your groove on at one of their gigs. Below is a quick summary of their next few weeks of concerts, but for the full list check out their website or Facebook page. (FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT) F PN

The Hipstamatics are a ten piece, including a full brass section of trombone, tenor saxophone and trumpet. They are unique in their vocal set up with three lead singers, something very few, if any, New Zealand groups have. Two males and a female singer give them access to precise harmonies, counter melodies and numerous variations of leading songs which can be perfectly used to shift the attention of an audience. Add to this mix of brass and vocals, a phenomenally tight and talented rhythm section and two soloist maestros on keys and guitar and we are left with a band that have found themselves the most desirable band for any event. They have just finished a chocker filled summer with such highlights as Splore, a Music in the Park with Sal Valentine, being part of the Volvo Ocean Race and just recently they performed at Phoenix Fest in Kingsland. Ponsonby locals may also be familiar with them from the last two years of Grey Lynn Festivals, a stage they finally fit on. They have only just started performing festivals, also performing at the International Waiheke Jazz Festival and the National Jazz Festival in Tauranga over this Easter weekend. They are excited to be part of the festival network and this has been one of the driving forces to get their own originals into the set list. It’s a surprise it’s taken them so long to introduce their own tracks, but they are wasting no time in integrating them. Now they’ve got their grip on the festivals, they’re not going to let them go. Many of the band bring originals to the table, often fully fledged, for the band to learn and work on. This highlights the musicianship of the band that there are numerous songwriters in their midst, all contributing a full song for such a diverse group of instruments. Arranging for a 10 piece is no easy task.

DIARY DATES: Tauranga Jazz Festival 4-5 April Taste of Matarangi 11 April www.hipstamaticsband.com www.facebook.com/hipstamatics.nz

Finn McLennan-Elliott has a Bachelor of Science Honours degree specialising in human geography at Auckland University. In his spare time, Finn plays clarinet and guitar in an orchestra and a folk music group. He is hosting ‘Folk at the Old Folks’ on the first Sunday of every month at the Auckland Old Folks Association Hall, an intimate afternoon concert of folk music.

MARYJANE O’REILLY TEACHES DANCE Acclaimed choreographer, dancer, dance teacher and co-founder of the iconic Limbs Dance Company MaryJane O’Reilly was photographed by Getty photographer Zelda Gardner recently, teaching an Intermediate ballet class at TAPAC. The shoot was part of Team SCA’s ‘Amazing Women Everywhere’ global campaign, a digital adjunct to the all -woman Volvo Ocean Race team’s exemplary real-life exploits. MJ teaches Adult Beginners ballet and Intermediate ballet classes at TAPAC in Western Springs on Tuesday nights, on Wednesday mornings at the Auckland Academy of Dance in New Lynn and on Thursday evenings at Wellesley Studios on Wellesley Street. She encourages you to attend the adult beginners classes if you have never done it but would like to give it a try. ‘I’m having such fun teaching these classes,” she says. “Learning ballet is so good for posture and core strength and apparently helps ward off dementia…yay! Team SCA is amazing, brave and resourceful - I wish them all the best of luck.” F PN The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied




ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT OREXART John Madden - Land Cadence Until 11 April “There is nothing consciously picturesque or sweet about Madden’s work. The ruggedness (of the landscape) is matched by the energy of his approach...” TJ McNamara, review NZ Herald 2014. This is not a landscape for the faint hearted. The dramatic west coast hills of the Waitakere Ranges are shaped by extremes; the stark severity of the terrain is often matched by the turbulence of the sea and sky. The west coast is part of our DNA; from the Awhitu Peninsular and across the Manukau Bar to Whatipu, Karekare, Anawhata and Piha, these are the brooding hills and wild beaches that made The Piano such an unforgettable film. John Madden has tramped, studied, lived in, and painted this landscape for twenty-five of his sixty-two years. Just as Tosswill Woollaston painted numerous scenes of the Nelson area, so Madden (who came under Woollaston’s influence early in his career) continues in the tradition and paints this area dominated by the Pararaha Ranges. Land Cadence is Madden’s fourth major show of landscapes at Orexart. PN Please contact rex@orexart.co.nz for details. F

OREXART, 15 Putiki Street, Arch Hill, T: 09 378 0588 rex@orexart.co.nz www.orexart.co.nz

UPTOWN ART SCENE Anna Miles Gallery has moved into the uptown area, to a space with beautiful views onto the Symonds Street cemetery. The gallery is down the alley next to the car park that’s on the left just after crossing K’Road, at 10/30 Upper Queen Street. The opening exhibition is a group show featuring works by artists from Anna’s stable, such as Johanna Pegler, who has a lovely soft sepia -toned landscape here, alongside some new faces: recent AUT graduate Emily Hobson -Ritchie’s tiny depictions of hairless proto -beings, and the hot coloured interiors of Kate Small. This show is followed by a solo exhibition of Barbara Tuck’s paintings on 16 April. Opening on the same weekend, Fox Jensen Gallery have relocated to 10 Putiki Street, bringing the Arch Hill streets concentration of galleries to five - surely a national record? The opening exhibition ‘painting ‘well’ after formalism’ shows work by a mix of international and New Zealand painters: Tomislav Nikolic (Australia), Winston Roeth (USA), Jude Rae (New Zealand but domiciled in Australia), and Geoff Thornley (New Zealand). Formalism here is shown by highly skilled artists looking back on the historical movement, both ‘well’ after formalism and painting it well, with fresh perspective and critical eyes. I hope to bring news of the third gallery move to the uptown area in the next issue of Ponsonby News, when Tim Melville opens his new Newton premises - watch this space! (WILL PAYNT, STUDIO ART SUPPLIES) F PN

Beginning of the Journey, 2015, oil on canvas 101x101cm

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Outsider Art Until 30 April

Pro Patria Mori 7-25 April

Stuart Shepherd reflects on the current exhibition at Toi Ora Gallery in context of the Outsider Art movement.

On 25 April 2015, New Zealand commemorates the centenary of the ANZAC landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.

In praise of alternatives: “The field of Outsider Art has become an increasingly popular topic of art conversations over the past 10 years. This new popularity might otherwise be seen as overdue recognition of alternative art manners, by a dominant (and well - recognised) socio-economic neuro-typical tribe.

Whitespace presents a group exhibition by invited artists responding to the tragic events of the time.

“The showcasing of ‘The Encyclopedic Palace’ by Marino Auriti (an iconic example of Outsider Art) by curator Massimiliano Gioni at the last Venice Biennale, helped shine an inclusive, popular, light on the field. Whatever it is, this is a time of finally recognising others, we are post-modern and ‘different perspectives’ is what we do. Even though embracing difference is still tough for many people, we know that humans come with all kinds of alternative, and legitimate, ways of responding to the world. We can no longer claim that one way is the only way; the more alternatives the better. “This exhibition reflects alternative creative expressions of our own culture, contemporary art from New Zealand and works on paper from Creativity Explored in San Francisco. Some of these artists have exhibited internationally, and have sold work to overseas collections. “These are artists who have not been schooled, respond intuitively to the materials and tend not to filter any narratives that pop up. Some people argue that Outsider Art is the place for authentic creative expression, as opposed to work that is more strategic in responding to the conventions and expectations of the art world.

Wellington painter Bob Kerr shows his six-metre long painting Hell Here Now-the Gallipoli Diary of Alfred Cameron. Like most young men of his generation, he was swept up in this wave of patriotic fervour. Eager to get away to war Alfred, who had been working on his uncle’s farm at Culverden in North Canterbury, took his horse Percy and went into camp in Christchurch on the 20th of August 1914, on landing in Gallipoli he had to leave his horse behind and fight as a foot soldier. His last diary entry, written just before his 21st birthday reads” “It’s just hell here now, no water or tucker, only 7 out of 33 in number one troop on duty, rest either dead or wounded. Dam the place, no good writing any more.” Alfred Cameron was evacuated to hospital in Egypt sometime in July, he then returned to New Zealand where he married and became a farmer in South Canterbury. Artists include: Bob Kerr, Ross Ritchie, Kenneth Merrick, Penny Howard, Mary McIntyre and PN others. F WHITESPACE, 12 Crummer Road, T: 09 361 6331, www.whitespace.co.nz

“As a university lecturer and as a practising visual artist I am continually inspired and delighted by the work I find in this sector of our cultural spectrum. Congratulations to PN all the artists and to their supporters who believe in them.” (STUART SHEPHERD) F www.selftaughtart.org.nz www.outsiderartfair.co.nz/stuartshepherd TOI ORA GALLERY, 6 Putiki Street, T: 09 360 4171, www.toiora.org.nz

Daniel Green Samoan Policemen. Courtesy of Creativity Explored San Francisco

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ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT RAILWAY STREET GALLERY Still in Motion - Kim Shaw 16 April - 5 May Preview: 16 April 5.30 - 7.30pm Movement and stillness are not separate; they are integrated, and they inform one another. Movement in daily life is constantly encountered but seldom given thought to. Stillness is not the absence of movement: it is dynamic and compatible movement. The main concern in my art practise is to translate the silent comprehension of motion in the same way that dance explores human movement through the medium of the body. I make work that addresses the surface, the body in action, stillness and material.

PONSONBY CRUISING CLUB Harbour view art exhibition 7 - 10 May 11am to 7pm Thursday to Saturday and 11am to 3pm Sunday Since 1900 the Ponsonby Cruising Club has existed (first in St Mary’s Bay) to promote sailing - whether it be racing or cruising - friendship and camaraderie. In 1920 Sir Thomas Lipton presented the club with a magnificent silver trophy to be presented to the winner of the annual Mullet Boat competition. This regatta is still sailed by these ‘mulleties’ every year along with weekly racing for their keel boat fleet. The challenge is to keep their sailing school afloat. The boats used for the school are always in need of repairs and maintenance and from time to time the club needs to add new boats to the fleet and safety vessels to keep the kids safe.

Arresting Motion III, 400x400mm

I practice the value of the unconsidered mark in expressing an authentic, dynamic display of organic energy. The brush carves out lines that trace my actions. F PN Contact Kim on M: 022 656 0869 or kims@clear.net.nz RAILWAY ST STUDIOS, 8 Railway Street, Newmarket www.railwaystreetstudios.co.nz

This art exhibition is being held to raise funds for the sailing school and will be opened by Patron Peter Montgomery and a guest speaker. Approximately 66 artists will be supplying over 250 fabulous works in all mediums as well as glass art, jewellery and swamp kauri furniture. As well as raising funds for the sailing school the club will be donating a portion of the profits to Auckland Blind Sailing. The club’s new lift is operational so that means the elderly or wheelchair persons can make it up to the second floor without difficulty. Maybe you will find a piece of art to decorate your walls, knowing that the funds raised will keep alive the Ponsonby Cruising Club sailing history and the sailors of the ‘City of Sails’ for decades to come. For more information email: p.goldstiver@clear.net.nz F PN PONSONBY CRUISING CLUB, 141-151 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven Marina T: 09 376 0245 www.pcc.org.nz

Arresting Motion II, 600x600mm.tif

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ARTS + CULTURE GARNET STATION TINY THEATRE POETRY - Not For The Faint of Heart 11 April, 7pm, and 12 April 5pm, $20 We need more poetry in our lives to transport us out of our routines, to hear words arranged in new ways that conjure new worlds, to nod at sagely acknowledging truths, to send tingles down our spine and tears sliding off eyelashes, to unleash mirth and child-like chortles. Four of Auckland’s talented women poets present their own work in a theatrical show. The performance is two hours long with an interval. THEATRE - Squirrel 15 - 18 April, 8pm, $20 Nicole Steven was a barista at Garnet Station while studying drama at Unitec. This time she’s back as a writer and actor with her first short play based on her childhood. Theatreview described its first outing at the Fringe Festival in February as "amusing... imaginative... energetic." West meets east in this tale of two Kiwi sisters living in Shanghai in the 90s, in a pleasant compound, surrounded by fences where the ‘one child policy’ is in full swing. Dark undertones mix with delightful confusion as these two girls discover the world around them. Directed by Lisa Fothergill, with Nicole Steven, Alice Pearce and accomplished musician Michelle Liu on the traditional guzheng. LIVE MUSIC Andrew McLennan & The Underminers 10 and 24 April, 8pm, $10 Enjoy intimate evenings of fantastic original songs (and a few covers) from Andrew McLennan, Michael Larsen, Gary Hunt and Piri Heihei, with guest choir The Midlife Crisis Unit.

Come to dinner before the shows for great tapas, wood fired pizzas, dessert and drinks in a delightfully friendly ambience. F PN GARNET STATION TINY THEATRE, 85 Garnet Road, bookings essential T: 09 360 3397 www.garnetstation.com

Above L to R: Karin McIver and Yvonne Bennetti; Pamela Gow, Carlene Kelly and Louise Kelly






Above L to R: Thelma of Chambers; Terry outside Millies; Alex outside Frenchie

Above L to R: Armando and his chef outside Gusto; Tammie Wharton of Soul Organics; Sophie and Rosie of Kids Can

Above L to R: Sirrah outside Bar 151; Paella anyone? Outside Chapel; Le Vietnamese Kitchen

photography: Martin Leach

Above L to R: A tight squeeze at Ruby; Catlin outside The Garden Party; Sally James and Gerry Hill

Above L to R: Finn & friends, Mackelvie Street; members of the Hipstamatics outside Golden Dawn


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Above L to R: Caroline Sills and Anna Clark; Anoushka Van Rijn and Charlotte Price; Claire Kingan-Jones, Maree Seerden, Ange Todd and Penny Milner; Colin Mathura-Jeffree and Craig Brown

Above L to R: Jill Jackson and Emma John; Kate Ashley, Mel Cairns, Bernice Mene and India Mene; Louise Cargo and Claire Pryor; Lucia Tigri-Brown and Lulu Wilcox

Above L to R: Meg Fenton, Judy Wrightson and Suzanne Robertson; Mihai Pascariu and Lloyd Sills; Lisa Deken and Megan Bedford

Above L to R: Ange Todd, Rebecca Garcia Huston and Maddy Walter; Colin Mathura-Jeffree and Louise Pilkington






What your stars hold for April ♈ Aries (the Ram): 21 March - 20 April

You are ready to show the world what you are made of, but you are also expecting everyone to be right behind you! Some people are threatened by your success.

♉ Taurus (the Bull): 21 April - 21 May

♎ Libra (the Scales): 24 September - 23 October

By all means let people know that you have an independent mind and you stand up for what you believe in. This month though you might have to take a supporting role.

It can be tough when you want to move quickly, because you seem to be getting off to a later start than usual and it’s making you fall behind on your commitments. However, your hard work and the dedicated side of your personality shows you care.

Scorpio (the Scorpion): 24 October - 22 November You feel left out because everyone’s busy but you. Don’t worry though, as you should realise that this won’t last and you’ll soon be hard at it. Enjoy your time to yourself and do what you have always wanted do.

♐ Sagittarius (the Archer): 23 November - 22 December

♋ Cancer (the Crab): 22 June - 22 July

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

Gemini (the Twins): 22 May - 21 June You have the chance now to be open about who you really are, the self doubt you have been experiencing has been lifted - a weight off your shoulders. Communication is the key this month.

This month, make absolutely certain what you want to say before you say it. You have been figuring out a plan in your head for some changes in your life, but until you’re ready it’s best to keep it to yourself. You’ll get more support when you’re clear about your goals.

Leo (the Lion): 23 July - 21 August You might hear something from a friend that you really take offense to this month, but it later turns out that the truth might have been exaggerated. Thankfully you have a great ability to give people second chances.

♍ Virgo (the Virgin): 22 August - 23 September

Your obsession with your plans to change your outlook on life is dimming your attention to the reality that is going on around you. Yes, you can research the facts meticulously but don’t get distracted from the real world.

You could be having a great time this month instead of defending your opinions. Relax and try to adopt a more easy-going approach, you will be more productive.

You always seem concerned about what’s going on in your friends’ and family’s lives. But you should be concerned with your own this month, as you might find out something you would rather not know.

♒ Aquarius (the Water Carrier): 21 January - 19 February

You’re genuinely blessed with waves of enthusiasm about any new project that comes your way. But lately you feel discouraged by the routine you have. Spicing things up on the home front can always have positive results.

♓ Pisces (the Fish): 20 February - 20 March

Just make sure you have the time to finish any project you start this month. Try and stick to any plans that you made in advance, your thoughtfulness will pay off.


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