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PLEASE SEND LETTERS TO info@ponsonbynews.co.nz I just wanted to let you know of some good news and a tale of a great neighborhood spirit. Thank you for placing her on your Facebook page and offering to include her in your last issue. You may or may not recall we lost our very distinctive cat JAFFA a week or so after we moved from Howick to Grey Lynn. An interesting and a bit of a sad experience as we had never “lost” an animal before. We received a huge number of texts from our mailbox drop and power pole poster - over 40 texts and calls at least of sightings from so many really amazing and caring people. We think she did the entire swoop of Grey Lynn based on the text sightings last Sunday several sightings and on Monday my daughter, the real owner, found her while going for a walk, one street over and 10 houses up from us. Jaffa is a tad lighter by 40% (now 2.5 kgs from 4 kgs,) but otherwise this Persian Princess managed the life of rags … expect she may have had a few Italian leftovers …found lurking around Delicious! Again thanks for your help. JOCELYN WEATHERALL, Ponsonby Article on The Ah Kuoi Dynasty This is some feedback for John Elliot regarding his story on the Ah Kuoi family in Grey Lynn. Great story on the Ah Kuoi family! As a second generation Samoan I also come from a Samoan Chinese family who lived in Grey Lynn from 1961 onwards. I do however have to correct you on something. You stated Chinese were deported from Samoa for “doing too well” but the actual reason they were deported is because the governing New Zealand brought in a law that made it illegal for Samoans and Chinese to marry. The Germans who had governed Samoa before New Zealand had brought in the Chinese for labour purposes and it is well known that Samoans got on well with Chinese. This is obvious from the 30% of Samoans who have Chinese blood. I would hate for your readers to think Samoans had a problem with Chinese when this was not the case at all. Thanks again for the great story and I appreciate your time. TIANI PRITCHARD, by email Robbie Vanderlinden The article on Robbie came as a big surprise and shock that he had died. We went through school together in Kelston in the 70s, he was a really good tennis player and an intense character. I am sad, I didn’t know he had passed. I used to bump into him from time to time around Ponsonby and the CBD. Thanks for the nice comments. PETER VANDERSCHAAF, by email Gary Steel’s Veg Friendly Column It’s fantastic to see the new Veg Friendly column in Ponsonby News. I’m sure it will have quite a following among your animal-aware readership. I have a few suggestions for topics (just for starters): • An outline of the health benefits of a plant-based diet (referring people to compelling resources such as Forks Over Knives, and The China Project).

We arrived early to soak up the atmosphere and got to see the very latest from Storm, Kingan Jones, Taylor and Andrea Moore. There’s something very creative in the DNA in this neighbourhood, and we are so lucky to have so many great designers in such a small area. Thanks Ponsonby News for the chance to get a glimpse of summer style and support local talent. LOUISE PAGONIS, by email Dear Ponsonby, Grey Lynn and friends from other places! This is a wee update for those of you keeping tabs on developments in Arch Hill and in particular the Battle against Bunnings. On Sunday, 22 September, we held our first Arch Hill Street Party. Judging by the feedback, it should be an annual event! Beautiful food, fabulous music - ukulele band and a brilliant DJ, Josh Hetherington... who played perfect sunny Sunday afternoon music - and amazing raffle prizes on offer. It was a really enjoyable afternoon. Of course we had a mission... to raise as much money as we could to go to the fighting fund. And... we raised around $9,000! This brings our balance up to almost $42,000! People have been asking why we need to do this so I thought it timely to explain what I understand. (Disclaimer... I think I understand it correctly but it really doesn’t make sense to my idea of fairness.) In order for us to challenge the Bunnings applications, we need to follow the democratic process of challenging them in a sort of “local government court”. If we do this, the companies who have applied to build their monolith have suggested they may seek damages against the people who stand up. What this means to my limited understanding is that a large corporation with a huge wallet (and no interest in our community) can turn around and try to make us pay for challenging their application in court! By exercising our right to stand up and say what we want in our community. Hardly seems fair, but in order to be able to do this... we are fundraising to pay for the cost of this process. We have had an amazing response... some people have donated one or two thousand dollars. A local real estate company has pledged $5,000 and individuals in the community have offered loans that will be repaid through our on-going fundraising. We are going to the hearing on October 7th so watch our for our updates. If you are passionate about keeping communities active and alive, please contribute. It could be a loan or a donation... email: archhillcommunity@gmail.com for more information or make your donation to Arch Hill Residents Inc 38-9014-0148242-01 Continued on page 51

• A book review on the very powerful “Eating Animals” book and website, by Jonathan Safran Foer. • A beginners guide to “going veg”, with a selection of gourmet recipes/cookbooks (I have lots of these!) • Updates on the latest SAFE.org.nz campaigns regarding factory farming. Thanks again for helping to give a voice to animals and health-conscious consumers. LIBBY SCHULTZ, Freemans Bay Ponsonby Designer Fashion Show I was very excited to get a call from Ponsonby News telling me I had won two tickets to the Ponsonby Designer Show during fashion week. I don’t usually win anything so the call was a real surprise.

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ONE OF THE THINGS I’VE ALWAYS LOVED ABOUT OUR LITTLE COMMUNITY IS ALL THE quirky interesting people; Rachel Edilson, who works in West Lynn is the subject of David Hartnell’s one minute interview this month. She and I go way back to Sydney in the 80s, when she was a senior manager with Student Travel Australia. When I asked her for a favourite photo to run with David’s interview, she told me she didn’t have one. So I’ve dug deep into the archives and included a small shot of us in our younger days, on an airbed off Shark Island - P8. Diary date, Saturday 19 October for Jam on Toast, a free community event at Grey Lynn Community Centre. This event is expected to continue into the evening with live music and “adult refreshments” - P20.

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Several months ago Auckland Council stopped mowing the grass strips known as berms - Pippa Coom suggests we create “bio-corridors” - a place where people, plants, birds, bees and insects flourish - P 22. We are big supporters of Mercy Hospice, so if you’re a tennis fan you may enjoy their annual tennis tournament and fundraiser. There is talk of a gourmet lunch with fabulous items to auction - P31.

Two local businesses are part of this month’s Sustainable City showcase. Lyn Thomson from Raw Essentials is making pet food more sustainable. Ecostore founder and CEO Malcolm Rands is part of “What’s the hold up?” This event will demonstrate how the people of Auckland can work together to create a liveable, low carbon city - P39. Next month the Taste of Auckland festival celebrates its fifth birthday in Victoria Park. From modest beginnings this event has become the biggest festival of its kind in Auckland’s events calendar - P56.

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Don’t miss your opportunity to vote in the Local Body elections. John Elliott suggests looking beyond the clichés for the substance - P122. I’m saddened to report on the passing of Peter Taylor last month. Having been ill for so many years he announced he would stop all treatment following his celebration event at St Mathews in the City at the end of August. His photo, pictured right, was used on our front cover in 2008. We’ll never forget Pete. He brought a little bit of fabulosity to Ponsonby and will be missed by many. (MARTIN LEACH) PN

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In her same sex marriage editorial this month Jackie Russell-Green asks an important question, Now we can say “I do”, what’s left to do? The issue that most immediately springs to mind is the need to work on reducing the isolation and despair that too many young gay people experience and the self-harm that too often results from those feelings. There are many initiatives, such as the It Gets Better Project, that are contributing to a more positive environment for young gay people, and I am sure that marriage equality will make it easier to grow up gay than it’s ever been before. However, it’s important that we continue to find ways to reduce the difficulties often faced by young gay people - P32.

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DAVID HARTNELL’S: ONE MINUTE INTERVIEW

Rachel Edilson The delightful Rachel Edilson works in Dear Reader, the bookshop in Richmond Road. What was your childhood like? We lived in the country, so that was building huts and climbing trees, no OSH then. It was fab, music food, talk sea, gathering mussels, swimming, fishing... Who do you think is the most annoying celebrity today? Everyone is two years old and has written a biography... WTF. Would you ever consider having Botox? Yes! Send money now!

Who would play you in the movie of your life? Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis or Tracey Ullman. Who would you turn gay for? Catherine Deneuve. What is your all time favourite book? It really depends what mood I am in. The list would fill pages. Call me! What is your favourite time of the day? Early morning... no one has used the air.

What kind of drunk are you? Talky, filled with laughter, dancey, fortunately I have friends who know!

Tell us about your dream home? Warm, light, scent of frangipani throughout.

Which do you prefer Tweeting or Facebook? Neither! Nothing like a phone call or a flying visit.

What are you insecure about? Everything!

How would you like to be remembered? Never say horrid things about people always be interested.

Tell us something very few people know about you? Nothing... with this voice!

Whose greatest hits would you take to a desert island? Frank Sinatra and Amy Winehouse.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Family, friends, food wine, music and conversation - oh and a great hug.

When was the last time you turned off your phone? In flight... but now space waiters say “power down” love it!

What is your greatest fear? The attack of the spiders! WTF is that thing doing in Avondale on a shop, yuk!

Something that you really disapprove of? BULLIES!

Who is your favourite hero of fiction? Kathy and Heathcliff, from Wuthering Heights.

If you won a million dollars what is the first thing you would do? Pay off debt... and then share it.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? I know this is meant to be deep and I should say my “patience” but I will go with my thighs!

What’s your comfort food? Potatoes/cheese/rocket/meat/avocados... Champagne!

Which talent would you most like to have? To sing, to write and to tap dance.

What motivates you? My friends and family.

Which living person do you most admire? My family and friends.

Whose memoir would you like to write, and why? If I could get access it would be Putin - Mr Russia.

Do you have a life motto? It’s a good day.

What do you think happens when we die? We go that’s it... although I have been told I am on my seventh lessons karmic cycle, sigh... I have two more karmic lessens to go.... so tiring.

What’s your favourite tipple and why? Real Champagne, because you can drink it anytime of the day.

Do you believe in ghosts? Or angels? Or vampires? None of the above... oh apart from the visitations. What’s the best movie you’ve ever seen? Too many to list, but we could start with: Far From The Madding Crowd - Match Play - Gloomy Sunday and Gone with the Wind. When is the last time you cried? At every opportunity. Give your teenaged self some advice? Never judge, tell the truth.

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Far left Rachel Edilson pictured in Sydney in the 80s Which website do you read the most? Literary Review. Are you a handshake or a hug kind of person? Handshake on first meeting (if not known) but generally a hug and two or three kisses. What is you favourite season? SUMMER 28 to 32 degrees please! Do you have any recurring dreams? No. What is your comfort food? Anything that Christne Thackwell cooks... the comfort food is fab... and also am dreaming about the salted caramel rocky road. What is your dream guest list for a dinner party and why? Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, Dali, Jackie Kennedy, Oscar Wilde, Queen Victoria, Princess Diana, Bill Clinton, FDR, Nixon, William Boyd, Christopher Hitchens, Kim Philby. Helen Garner, Matisse, Bill Bryson, Martha Gellhorn, Orlando Figes, Simon Montefiore, Kate Atkinson, Steven Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein... and the list goes on. Why? Because I would mix these all with my friends and we would have such a good time. Do you have a party trick? Going to bed before my guests have left and they feel comfortable enough to continue. It’s great that they feel comfortable enough with each other and in my house to carry on. Describe your first pet? Lambie the lamb who grew to be the biggest ram and became protective of my mother. He used to stand on the porch and butt us off so that we could not get into the house... Wow, it was so fab. How do you take your coffee? Latte.

What cliché do you most abhor? Anything that reeks of self help!

Do you travel light or heavy? Lightish... just figure when it all comes down to it - YOU NEVER HAVE THE RIGHT FROCK! That’s all you need if everything goes pear shaped is your make up, spare knickers, passport and a credit card... welcome to my world.

What’s the best thing about your life right now? It’s winter, I really wish I was somewhere warmer.

What is the best holiday you’ve ever had? Anything with Andrew. Keep thinking of Portofino.

What gizmo can you simply not live without? Mobile phone... if I could just find it to answer it.

What is your opinion on today’s men? I adore them.

What is your greatest weakness/indulgence? Books!

If you could change one law or policy in New Zealand, what would it be? Protecting children. (DAVID HARTNELL) PN

Have you ever had any acting aspirations? NO!

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SHALE CHAMBERS: WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD REPORT If you have not yet voted please get those voting papers off the hall table or out of the “in tray”, fill them out for the Mayoral (vote for 1 candidate), Governing Body (1), Local Board 7) and Auckland District Health Board (7 candidates by preference 1 to 7), and then post them. They need to be posted by 9 October for counting on the morning of 12 October. If you are really late, and it’s not past midday 12 October, you can sprint to your closest Public Library to put your vote into their vote collection box. Thanks to those who came to the public meetings in Grey Lynn and Parnell to hear all the candidates, those who read the multitude of leaflets, and those who went online at www.voteauckland.govt.nz to take a further look before making your decisions. Local democracy is worth spending a little time each three years to make sure we get the best possible folk to be in charge of community assets, and to have you give your view through the ballot box on the future you want for your communities. Of course, I hope you may be able to support me and my City Vision colleagues for another term. The Ponsonby Market Day brought us all out again to another celebration of the foods, colour, music, talk and vibe of Ponsonby and Grey Lynn. The Market Day signals the beginning of the next seven months of summer sun, longer days to enjoy that sun, and that the council’s event season has officially begun! The Heritage Festival is halfway through with the school holiday section of the festival a great feature. Tombstone rubbing in Symonds Street cemetery as well as “Heroism, Tragedy and Heritage Roses”, Ponsonby the Pacifica Years, a Parlour Party at Highwic, St Kevins Swings, “The Great White Way, Electric Lights, Electric Trams, Electric Cinema” at the Karanga Gallery, K Rd, and “The Greatest Bridge in the World” by Grafton Bridge.

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There are lots of historical goodies at our libraries, the Auckland Art Gallery tells us about “Bungalow Abuse” and “A Reverends Recordings of Auckland”. The Voyager NZ Maritime Museum has sailings and exhibitions, Allan Matson lectures at Ellen Melville, and “Ponsonby Presents” has an exciting raft of events at the Leys Institute Library. The Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre is for giving up-and-coming young performers and production crew the chance to participate in a professionally mentored season of exciting and new New Zealand plays. This is the fourth year The Basement Theatre has presented this well received festival. On a personal note, I have immensely enjoyed my three years leading the Waitemata Local Board in this first important term of Auckland Council, and being an active participant with my fellow board members in all the many achievements that I have written about over the three years in this column. The new board next month should expect the same high energy roller coaster, but immensely rewarding, ride over the next three years. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Martin Leach and Ponsonby News for the opportunity to contribute this column each month, my fellow board members; my heavy lifting City Vision colleagues, Pippa Coom, Christopher Dempsey, Tricia Reade and Jesse Chalmers, and also Greg Moyle and Rob Thomas, for all their respective contributions to the successes of the board this term, and finally our engaged and active Waitemata communities. Without your support the progress made to date could not have happened. There remains much to do, and I certainly hope to be part of it going forward. (SHALE CHAMBERS) PN Contact me: shale.chambers@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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JACINDA ARDERN: LABOUR LIST MP AUCKLAND

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So, you want a low wage economy?

You will have no doubt heard (or read!) about me talking on poverty issues before. What you probably haven’t heard me confess, is that the situation in New Zealand, where we have 270,000 children in poverty, would be much much worse if it wasn’t for measures like Working for Families. But it’s not just poverty that the Working for Families package is masking, it’s also hiding the extent of our low wage economy. Government changes to employment law, which are currently before Parliament, have the potential to make the situation even worse. Even the Department of Labour has advised the minister overseeing these changes, that under this bill new workers doing the same work can be paid less. And by taking away New Zealanders’ rights to fair wage negotiation, workers will see their real wages fall. The Government frequently talks about higher incomes, but there seems to be an unwillingness to acknowledge that one of the most fundamental platforms of our wage setting system will be undermined by this Employment Relations Amendment Bill. The Employment Relations Amendment Bill contains the most significant changes in wage and standards processes in more than two decades. Its provisions are, in some ways, worse than laws that drastically cut wages and worker rights in the 1990s under the now infamous Employment Contracts Act. Every change, from allowing employers to walk away from negotiations, to stopping people from finding out why they’ve been sacked, to taking away basic things like tea breaks is hardly going to lift the lot of our low wage workers - people in sectors like aged care and the service industry. Cabinet papers show that despite Minister Simon Bridges claiming the changes are “moderate”, officials in fact warned him of the severity of the changes and the likelihood that they would expose New Zealand to international embarrassment through a complaint of breaches of New Zealand’s international obligations under International Labour Conventions. The changes the Government proposes are not the way to do business in New Zealand, and with workers likely to be worse off, tax payers will ultimately pick up the tab by continuing to top up wages through tax credits just so people can survive. It’s loselose, and won’t build the kind of job market that our young people will want to stay in New Zealand to be a part of. We can do so much better than this, and with a greater commitment to things like the living wage, backed up by laws that protect the rights of hard working Kiwis, we will. (JACINDA ARDERN) PN JACINDA ARDERN, Labour List MP based in Auckland Central www.jacinda.co.nz

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NIKKI KAYE: AUCKLAND CENTRAL MP

Conservation Park for Great Barrier will preserve island’s unique treasures When I was first elected in 2008 I committed to being a guardian of conservation in the Hauraki Gulf. We are incredibly fortunate to have so many beautiful islands on our doorstep. Last month I visited Great Barrier Island with the Minister of Conservation to launch Conservation Week, announce a pest eradication project, and my proposal the island to be the site of a Conservation Park for the Hauraki Islands. If this happens, it will be the largest Conservation Park in the Auckland area and a treasure for generations of Aucklanders. Barrier has the largest wetland in Auckland, a significant sanctuary area, two scenic reserves, eight recreation reserves and two historic reserves. The island is home to many precious birds, animals, flora and fauna including pateke, lizards, black petrels, teal ducks and blue penguins. There are also more than 100km of tracks that attract a high number of visitors, particularly during summer. In my view, this is an important decision that needs to be made in the interests of conservation and tourism opportunities in Auckland. Upgrading the publicly held conservation land will improve protection for Barrier, give it greater priority for management and help maintain the island for visitors. I also believe it will be a boost for tourism in the Auckland region.

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I am currently working with the local community, and iwi, to get their feedback on the proposal. These views will then be sent to the Minister of Conservation who will make the final decision.

I know many residents in the Western Bays care passionately about our environment and the Hauraki Gulf and I am interested in hearing from residents who would like to support this initiative. Please email me at mp.aucklandcentral@parliament.govt.nz

Preserving our local environment is one of my top priorities. Establishing a conservation park on Great Barrier Island will be an important legacy for Auckland, both as a local and national treasure.

PRIDE FESTIVAL 2014 I am delighted that the Auckland Pride Festival will be back - bigger and better in 2014.

I am also investigating the development of a conservation park trust that could help establish a link to support the park.

It was a huge privilege to help ensure the Pride Parade came to Ponsonby in 2013 and it’s great see confirmed funding from ATEED for the 2014 Pride Festival.

It is also significant that the Government has announced a wider Hauraki Gulf Plan called Sea Change. I am pleased the Government has put $1.8 million in funding towards supporting this. This is a plan that will establish a 30 year plan to better manage the Gulf’s 1.2 million hectares of ocean and 50 islands.

I support having a festival for the LGBT community, and the family and community friendly atmosphere at this year’s event was a credit to Ponsonby and Auckland.

A range of groups are working together to reach a shared vision on how we help protect the Gulf, but also make the most of it to help support Auckland’s future, and the lifestyle opportunities it offers us all. This is the first time spatial planning will be used in a marine and coastal environment. Auckland’s-growing population and economy means we need to take a more sophisticated approach to managing what is New Zealand’s business coastal space.

While supporting and celebrating our diverse local community, the parade and festival are major draw cards for visitors, with the huge benefits for local businesses. Festival organisers estimate the 2014 event will contribute an additional 4,000 visitor nights and $500,000 to Auckland’s GDP. I look forward to working again with the community and organisers in the lead up to 2014 Pride Festival. (NIKKI KAYE) PN HON NIKKI KAYE, MP for Auckland Central www.nikkikaye.co.nz

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LOCAL NEWS WESTERN SPRINGS COLLEGE QUIZ NIGHT photography: Fionna Hill

Question: The coastline stretching from Herne Bay along to Pt Chevalier looks across the Waitemata Harbour to a headland, west of the Chelsea Sugar Refinery. What is the name of that headland?

Grey Lynn Library librarians on 12 September dressed in style for ‘Superhero storytime’ during Comic Book Month

The Western Springs College annual test of parental knowledge was again an example of courage under fire. Held on Friday 30 August, the 220-strong audience tackled fiendishly difficult questions as part of WSC’s quiz night. The night has become a fixture in the social calendar, with great food, excellent wine and top company. This year the event raised just over $16,000 for revamping the school’s website. Quiz night could not happen without the generous support of local businesses and individuals. Particular thanks goes to the gold sponsor SOS Eyewear Services. Auction items were donated by Bridgeway Cinema, Mechanix, Lisa Shearer hair & makeover, Specimen Tree Company, South Pacific Pictures, Dear Reader, Wainamu Luxury Tents, Alison Bonney, Glengarry Garnet Road. The Quiz Night Silver Sponsors were The Specimen Tree Company, CG Hudson Consulting, the Monro Family, the Tapsell Whanau, New Era, Investors in People, B+M Associates Chartered Accountants, Planet Fun, the University of Auckland Faculty of Science, Anna Schimmel European Bridal Design, Motorscience, Raw Essentials, Phllip Rice Barrister and Karina Walsh Psychologist, Ray White, Auckland Actors, John Butters & Associates. The following businesses and individuals donated goods for the quiz and raffle - Glengarry Garnet Road, Total Sport, Farro Fresh Food hamper sponsored by Red and White Cellar, Moa, Video Ezy Pt Chevalier, Presentz, Adventure Cycles, South Pacific Pictures, Rethink Bags, Keri Ropati, Hakanoa hand made drinks, Bagel Love, Hammer Hardware Pt Chevalier, Sinful Treats Angel Food, Penny Oliver cook books, Ecostore, Dish and Good Magazines, Harvest Wholefoods, Meola Kitchen, New World, Spyglass, Fruit World, Pivot Marketing and Foxtrot A heartfelt thanks to all the sponsors, parents and supports of Western Springs College! Oh, and the answer? The headland is Kauri Point. And you know you should know that. (Thanks to Simon Wilson for the quiz questions, except the musical bits which were compiled by Nick Bollinger). PN

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JOHN ELLIOTT: LOCAL NEWS

Grey Lynn to lose Neighbourhood Law Office

Bhana Bros Support Daffodil Day Again

It is a shame we are losing the Neighbourhood Law Office from its long time home in Richmond Rd, but the good news is that it will still cater for the needs of Grey Lynn residents, albeit from its new home in Anzac Avenue in the city.

Thanks to the generosity of Bhana Bros, $4,000 was raised for the Cancer Society in just three days. Considering that the Thursday was so wet and miserable, it meant a remarkable result for the Friday and Saturday.

The central location has been chosen because it will be easier to get to by public transport, and will be more central for the office which caters for a huge swathe of Auckland City Central, and a portion of the North Shore.

Bhanas donate the daffodils completely free, and 100% of sales goes to the Cancer Society. I enjoy the collecting, and never cease to be amazed at the generosity of Ponsonby people and visitors to Ponsonby.

Ponsonby News talked to Dr Shaista Shameem, professional practice leader and Neil Shaw, administration practice leader (solicitor), both intelligent caring lawyers, about the work of their office.

It is a serious business and one woman wept as she fossicked in her bag for coins for a bunch of daffodils. Her close friend had died very recently of cancer. Others had stories to tell of relatives and friends who had succumbed to the scourge of this dreadful disease.

The office deals with people who walk in off the street with a variety of legal needs. Some visitors have been referred by the Citizen’s Advice Bureau across the road. There are six solicitors and several part time volunteers in the office. Problems range from very simple to extremely complex - employment contracts, sexual abuse, social and health needs. Some are rest home clients, who often have a succession of problems because they continue to make poor decisions. An important part of the work of the Neighbourhood Law Office is education. Regular seminars are held all over the city. Many issues arise in relation to new immigrants which often have language as well as cultural difficulties. While there is still a steady stream of locals coming to the office, the working poor who make up a good part of their work, are no longer a major demographic of Grey Lynn. It has become a highly gentrified suburb. The Neighbourhood Office has built a good working relationship with the Orakei Marae, and will be closer to them as well as just two minutes from Britomart.

But there were light hearted times as well, as I called out like a circus barker, “just two dollars a bunch, hurry there are only five thousand bunches left,” or “you can have any colour as long as it’s yellow, next year daffodil growers will supply multiple colours”. Yeah right! The Bhana Boys enjoy the fun too. “Buy 20 or more bunches and you’ll earn a kiss from Harry Bhana,” I cry. Harry laughed when I told him I had to end that promotion because people who wanted lots of bunches were buying 19 because they didn’t want the kiss. There were not too many Ponsonby celebs around, but hundreds of locals bought up large. As always local Bob Hawkeswood looked after the patch for the Cancer Society, and organised we collectors, bringing us scones and coffee. He’s a good bloke Bob, and I’ll thank him here on behalf of Ponsonby News readers. There are many unsung heroes in our community and Bob is one of them. So are the Bhanas heroes, donating thousands of daffodils, supplying buyers with cash out eftpos money, and entering into the spirit of the collection. Thanks to everyone who gave of their time or money for a good cause. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN

The staff are dedicated professionals. They burn out quickly in this high pressure environment. The average stay is two years, but it is a credit to their dedication that they sacrifice large salaries to work for the Neighbourhood Law Office.

photography: Martin Leach

We asked Shaista if it was missionary work. She preferred to think of it as a calling. We’ll miss this warm and likeable group of professionals from our hood, but they will still be able to look after the more vulnerable in our community, if they can get to Anzac Avenue to see them. Ponsonby News wishes them well. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN

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ROB THOMAS: WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD MEMBER

Dog-friendly policy on public transport They are part of the family, loyal and sometimes referred to as “fur babies”. Across the greater Auckland region there are 85,818 dogs registered, and this adds-up to a phenomenal amount of shampooing, vet visits and dog walking. Throughout this election I have door knocked over 6,000 homes across the inner-city and dog owners have told me their frustration with the lack of transport options. One lady mentioned the hundreds of dollars a year that she spends at the downtown carpark because her dog cannot ride on public transport to the ferry building. The current Auckland Transport rules allow only guide dogs and guide dogs in training on buses if under supervision of their care-giver. However, for decades dogs have been allowed onto Waiheke ferries and bus services and I believe it’s time we look at extending the dog-friendly network across Auckland.

LOCAL NEWS A RESIDENTS OPINION ON 254 PONSONBY ROAD The substantial land area at 254 Ponsonby Road was purchased by the council with the expressed purpose of creating a park for the community. At the time of purchase, the two Residential One sections on the western end of the property were earmarked for sale to contribute to the cost of establishing the park. At no time was there any mention that these Residential One properties might have zoning changes, intensification or potential mixed use retail and residential changes made to them. It is very disappointing that the original agreement with the community has not been promoted as an option.

Many international cities, like San Francisco, have small dog-friendly transport policies, which say “if it’s small enough to fit on your lap it’s small enough to go on public transport”.

The promises that were made to the community should be honoured. The local community was of the understanding the two western sections would be sold or developed into compatible, low rise, single residential houses as would befit a Residential One area to maintain consistency of building set-back, architectural mass, form, proportion, detail and materials.

To make this work, there will need to be rules in place to ensure dogs are well-behaved, leashed and that people clean up any mess. Whether or not a dog can ride on a bus or train should ultimately be up to the discretion of the driver.

In the Draft Ponsonby Road Masterplan there are now four options for the development of this site. Three of which are in conflict with the council’s stated proposal of creating a much needed park for Ponsonby as they involve building over the open space.

Pets teach children valuable life lessons like how to communicate, be empathetic, nurturing, confident and resilient to change. Dogs are an everyday part of living in Auckland and it’s time to take practice steps to have more dog-friendly transport options.

It is also unclear if the sections are to be sold off for a one-off sale price with on-going rates revenue or whether they will be developed as leasehold properties. This is a significant lack of detail.

Costley Reserve Playground to be upgraded On the final agenda of the Waitemata Local Board, the Costley Reserve playground renewal was approved in the 2013/14 local improvement budget. It has been a year and half long process but I am thrilled that this project that resident’s championed has come to fruition. After a public meeting was held at Costley Reserve on Sunday 7 April 2013, based on your feedback, the design is “getting back to basics”. The play equipment will be replaced, improved access and fixing the retaining wall at Renall Reserve. The upgrade will commence next year. Join the celebration! Please join me and hundreds of others as we celebrate the local government election results: 5pm Saturday, 12 October at Libertine, 37 Drake Street, Victoria Park Markets. Good luck to all the candidates. (ROB THOMAS) PN WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD MEMBER www.VoteRobThomas.co.nz

Maintaining this heritage residential neighbourhood and protecting the few remaining open spaces and view corridors must be a priority. The streetscape is an important element in this Residential One zone. “Active edges” are not wanted or required on the land at 254 Ponsonby Road. The open space is already defined by a café. Dizengoff is possibly one of Ponsonby’s and Auckland’s best-known and long-established cafes. Across O’Neill Street is the Plant Shop and Pumpkin Patch. We do not need more retail hemming in this open space. “Retail continuity” that involves closing off and building on the open space and restricting the view shaft down O’Neill Street is also not wanted or required. A significant part of Ponsonby’s charm is the low-rise nature of its buildings and the spaces. Auckland does not need another Parnell or Newmarket in Ponsonby. The gaps and spaces are not a disadvantage. On the contrary, they give pause for contemplation, a break from the relentless dominance of our consumer culture and provide a green haven for restorative interface. These open spaces must be protected. “Safety” has not been a problem on this site. Passive surveillance by the existing community and home owners has been sufficient in the past and will continue to be so. Having open spaces means that people self monitor. When there are places to hide and be furtive then safety issues are more likely to be problematic. I do not believe this concern is valid. The “Cost to Council” was always going to be there. Parks cost money. Council services cost money. The proposal to offset the cost by diminishing the resource is foolish and counter productive. In conclusion, I believe Concept D is the nearest viable option that adheres to the Council’s stated aim of addressing the need to provide a park and the community’s understanding of what we were going to get on this site. Changing the zoning to allow non-Residential one development on this last open space in Ponsonby is short sighted and borders on madness. Hemming this space in with retail, glass box cafes and high -rise developments would diminish the resource. It would also short change the Ponsonby community and the many visitors who flock here to enjoy the ambience of the special characteristics and qualities of the streetscape of this historic suburb. (JENNIFER WARD) PN

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MIKE LEE

Decision time for Auckland I have been very proud to serve the Waitemata and Gulf wards over the first three years of the Super City. The ward based around the parliamentary seat of Auckland Central but including Parnell and Newmarket comprises Auckland’s most historic suburbs Ponsonby, Grey Lynn, Arch Hill, Newton, Grafton, Herne, St Mary’s, Herne and Freeman’s Bays, the CBD, the waterfront, and the beautiful islands of the Hauraki Gulf - is in my view the “capital” of Auckland and Auckland at its best. Similarly, the people of Waitemata and Gulf represent Auckland’s at its most creative, liberal, progressive, generous and go ahead. The last three years have been challenging for the new Super City but led by an energetic and visionary mayor we have achieved something which should not be taken for granted and which many thought impossible three years ago - a cohesive, unified Auckland which is going forward. I have served in local government for 18 years now - most of that time as member of the Auckland Regional Council - and from 2004 to 2010 as its last chairman. As its legacy the ARC delivered to the Super City the regional parks network, the Ports of Auckland 100% in public hands, the exciting Wynyard Quarter redevelopment, with provision for a headland park on Wynyard Point, the opening up of Queens Wharf to the public and the decision to save Shed 10 and refurbish it as our premier cruise ship terminal. We delivered a public transport system in renaissance, including hard-won approval from first the Labour then National-led government for the electrification of Auckland rail - and laid the groundwork for City Rail Link project.

JAM ON TOAST - FREE COMMUNITY EVENT AT GREY LYNN COMMUNITY CENTRE It will be a day of celebration and festivities for families and Grey Lynn locals to enjoy and be a part of at their community centre. The event kicks off at 1pm on Saturday 19 October with loads of FREE family friendly activities - Jumping Beans, cartooning for the older kids with “The Cartoon Workshop” to mention a few. Loads of our fabulous regulars will be showcasing their classes and workshops, you will be amazed at the quality and variety on offer for both children and adults. The Grey Lynn Farmers Market will also be on hand to provide much needed refreshments throughout the day and for those keen on a spot of shopping Kraftbomb will have a mini market set up and a fabulous selection of craft items available for purchase. But wait there’s more! We don’t plan to finish there but will continue into the evening with live music and “adult refreshments” by way of a cash bar so put on your dancing shoes and come down and party with us. This is an annual “community event” so please come along, enjoy the day and help to make this a success - see you there! GREY LYNN COMMUNITY CENTRE, 510 Richmond Road, T: 09 378 4908 www.greylynn.org.nz

This legacy was taken up by Mayor Len Brown and incorporated into his wider mayoral vision for Auckland, which was overwhelmingly endorsed by Aucklanders in 2010. Its centre-piece the City Rail Link - is now supported by the government as announced by the Prime Minister in June. To achieve this vision for Auckland requires unity of purpose, and a shared determination to stay the course. That is why I am seeking your support as councillor for Waitemata and Gulf for three more years. I have mentioned the achievements of the recent past, but the achievements over the next three years can be truly transformational. Powerful, fast, quiet, new electric trains are now arriving in Auckland and will be in service early next year. We will be getting a completely reorganised frequent bus system - to get people where they want to go. I will also be pushing hard for new light rail, extending the Wynyard Quarter tramway across the bridge to Britomart making feasible a light rail option for inner city Auckland. I will also be pushing to complete a heritage train station at Parnell, and as I mentioned last month, supporting Skypath cycling and walking across the Harbour Bridge, and a Headland Park on Wynyard Point ready for the next America’s Cup. To achieve these goals, just as I will be supporting the mayor, we need a local board working supportively with the ward councillor. It has been a pleasure to work with Shale Chambers and his City Vision local board members these past three years. Shale, Pippa, Tricia and Chris are hard-working, dedicated, and eager to serve this community. They deserve to be re-elected along with Vernon, Deborah and Russell - please vote for the whole City Vision team. The next three years will be absolutely critical for Auckland and so now the spotlight turns to you the voter. Auckland is poised as if at a threshold - with the promise of a truly great city almost within our grasp. But it is decision time and we must not falter. If we do we will slide back to the same-old, same-old, fractious Auckland local body politics as usual. Rather we must push on - to build an Auckland where the quality of our civic infrastructure, our civic amenities, and Auckland’s built environment aspires to the truly sublime levels of Auckland’s natural landscape. (MIKE LEE) PN Councillor for Waitemata & Gulf www.mikelee.co.nz

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PIPPA COOM: GREY LYNN 2030 NEWS

PONSONBY U3A: OCTOBER 2013

Spring is here and the grass is growing. Around our neighbourhoods the berms (grass verges) are looking either very shabby or immaculately well kept.

In keeping with U3A’s stated aim of lifelong learning for older people, speakers at Ponsonby U3A meetings are carefully chosen to add to our knowledge and understanding of a wide range of topics.

This is because from 1 July Auckland Council stopped mowing the grass and the service has been brought into line with the old council areas of North Shore, Waitakere and Manukau (saving ratepayers around $3m per year). Officially we are now all “responsible” for taking care of the berms adjacent to our properties with some exceptions. The details are on the Auckland Transport website. Many residents prefer to maintain “their” berms as they can do a much better job than the contractors. It is also an opportunity to meet neighbours and look out for elderly residents. A few years ago Grey Lynn 2030 started a project to create bio-corridors on the berms. We think the new mowing arrangements are a perfect opportunity to revive this project for the benefit of the environment and our community. The goal is to create a beautiful and diverse urban landscape that supports a rich mix of flora and fauna; where nature is visible and celebrated; with streets where people, plants, birds, bees and insects flourish. By thinking about the berm as a “bio -corridor” we will end up with beautiful streetscapes; a perfect habitat for birds, bees, native invertebrates (such as lizards) and urban insects. Berms that are planted with suitable species support local pollination and bird life, reduce storm water runoff and soil erosion, improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If residents start taking responsibility for planting and maintaining the berm outside their own house it is hoped that over time gardens will form a continuous corridor in any street. In the same way as the Franklin Road Christmas lights, each house will have a different garden but together they will form a congruous whole. The gardens combined will be visually stunning and create a cohesive landscape that is pleasant to walk and play in. Grey Lynn 2030 encourages you to only plant what you are willing to take responsibility for and to avoid trees and structures. Ideal plants include hardy, low maintenance, flowering perennials and small shrubs. Native plants provide habitat and food for native flora and fauna. All year round flowering plants are ideal for bees. For example; lavender, hebe, native grasses, pohuehue (muehlenbeckia) manuka, swan plants, wild flowers, borage, nasturtium and comfrey. If in doubt, contact Auckland Transport and stick to the following guidelines for planting on berms: • Only low-level planting should be used. This should not impede pedestrians, restrict visibility or create a safety hazard for motorists or cyclists. • The planting must not affect the operation of utility services which are often located on the verge. • The planting should be maintained regularly. • Trees, large boulders, shells and similar, harder landscaping measures should not be used. While there is some effort involved to start, once established planted berms will be low maintenance and much less work than lawns! We look forward to seeing a whole new urban landscape flourish. Check out www.greylynn2030.co.nz for details. (PIPPA COOM) PN

Speaker at the September meeting, New Zealand Customs Service operations analyst Andrew Adams, quickly dealt with the issue of fruit and foodstuffs in cabin bags at the airport, and explained that protecting the border is a game of hide and seek. “We deal in the negative,” he said. “We deal with nasty people who want to bring nasty things across the border. Customs officers are trained to recognise criminals, explosives and other prohibited items. We like our officers to be nosy. Prohibitions - drugs, weapons and firearms - are the lifeblood at the border.” Andrew Adams, Operations Analyst at On behalf of the Immigration Service, NZ Customs Service gave an historical Customs officers check that visas granted overview of customs and excise dating relate to documentation. Every item back to the time of the Pharoahs. of mail that comes into the country is checked for prohibited items. As well as operating at airports every ship and yacht entering the country is checked. As a revenue collecting agency Customs collected $10.563 billion of revenue, as well as GST, in the 2010/11 year. Wherever there is export or import activity there is a customs presence. Today there are tariffs on almost every natural and manufactured item you can think of. The history of customs and excise goes back to the pharaohs of Egypt, with revenue gathering providing money for infrastructure, temples, pyramids and roads. The Romans had a sophisticated revenue gathering service and used the money for roads, aquaducts, infrastructure and coliseums. Mr Adams outlined the colourful history of revenue collecting throughout the ages in England and then turned to New Zealand, where revenue collection began at Russell in the Bay of Islands. At that time Russell was regarded as the “hell hole”of the Pacific. Governor Hobson’s request to New South Wales governor was, “I need the best customs men.” The reply he received was, “You will take what you get.” Hence the expression. “Hobson’s Choice”. Today there are about 1,270 customs officers in New Zealand and Andrew Adams believes that they give good value for money with the multitude of tasks undertaken and revenue collected. The 10-minute speaker was U3A member and former district commander of police for Auckland Norman Stanhope, who spoke about his early days in the police force, with links to the local area. At the time of 6 o’clock closing he was attached to the Freemans Bay Police Station in Franklin Road where the New World Supermarket stands today. It was the job of constables to see that the patrons from the notorious hotels in the areas got on their way home without incident. Special interest groups are the lifeblood of U3A - groups of people coming together to learn from one another. A wide range of topics are covered, some recreational. Groups meet monthly or in some cases fortnightly, in member’s homes, or in the case of petanque, at the Herne Bay Petanque Club. As well as the opportunity to learn, many firm friendships are forged. Always popular are day trips around the Auckland area. In September there was a trip to Morris and James Pottery at Matakana, where members were shown the pottery making process. On the way there was a stop at the honey shop and on the way back a chance to stock up at the Puhoi cheese factory. A trip to the Auckland Botanic Gardens is planned for late October. Special interest groups include Antiques and Collectables, Armchair Travellers, Petanque, Ramblers day trips, Art History, Current Affairs, Classical Studies, Gallery Visits, Music Appreciation, Green Fingers, New Zealand History, Scrabble and Dining Out (restaurant visits). Guests and new members are welcome at meetings held on the second Friday of the month. Next month’s speaker will be Ben Conway, head gardener at Auckland’s most famous garden, “Ayrlies”. (PHILIPPA TAIT) PN NEXT MEETING: Friday, 11 October 2013, 9.45am First Floor, Leys Institute, St Marys Bay Rd ENQUIRIES:

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OLD BOYS BEHIND NEW PUSH FOR ST PAUL’S COLLEGE The last 10 years or so have been quite a lean time for St Paul’s College in Richmond Road, but as reported in the August issue of Ponsonby News, there have been new initiatives from the Marist Brothers proprietors, the staff, and more recently a group of old boys. Now that academic standards have been seriously raised (see the graphs in the August Ponsonby News), and new senior staff recruited, a group of old boys led by Rick Johnston, an accountant on Ponsonby Road, are intent on encouraging more local boys to stay in the area and attend St Paul’s. There are plans to upgrade all the school’s infrastructure, add more classrooms, and keep recruiting top staff. Rick Johnston has fond memories of his time at St Paul’s, with good discipline. He recalls the boys were kept firmly to task. Parents welcomed that, and valued the tone and pastoral care that the Marist ethos promoted. After a somewhat drifting decade, where generally the standards were perceived to have slipped, the decline at St Paul’s has been turned around, and the school now has an excellent tone, with great staff producing academic results above its decile rating. Changes are now being driven with a strong, commercially focussed and committed Board of Trustees chaired by Denis Woods. And so, says Rick, these timely changes are driven by the Marist Brothers’ desire to have St Paul’s College as a school meeting the educational needs of local Catholic boys. With such an excellent location and large grounds, the potential is huge. Rick Johnston is confident about the future. With more business support, money can be raised. “We must look at the school as a business,” insists Johnston. A new charitable trust has been set up to raise funds. A major development plan will be released in October. Ponsonby News will publicise that plan. The advantages of a genuine local school are huge, so the school is targeting locals, many of whom have been sending boys to St Peter’s, Sacred Heart, and other boys’ schools outside the area. The plan is to encourage a good portion of those who go further afield to consider St Paul’s. Where else can you go to have small class sizes, excellent pastoral care, and a fantastic Marist education? Rick Johnston is full of enthusiasm for the task ahead, and is particularly confident when he sees so many old boys and local business people keen to put up their hands to help. As an ex-teacher, I have been impressed with the staff, the boys and the tone generally, as I’ve walked around the school. St Paul’s is a very worthy cause. Thank you Rick and your team for your enthusiastic input. I’m sure it will go from strength to strength. Ponsonby News will do what we can to support you and St Paul’s. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN

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NIKI WRIGHT: LEYS INSTITUTE LIBRARY NEWS Auckland Heritage Festival 2013 The Auckland Heritage Festival runs from Saturday 28 September to Sunday 13 October. The Auckland Heritage Festival is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate and remember our past and discover our heritage. Events this year include heritage walks, talks and tours, specials events and exhibitions. There are also a range of family-friendly events to keep you occupied during the school holidays. Visit the Auckland Heritage Festival website www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz to see the full programme of events. Heritage festival events at the Leys Institute Library We are hosting a series of Heritage Festival events in conjunction with the Ponsonby Business Association. Booking is recommended for these popular events. Please contact the Ponsonby Business Association on T: 09 360 9302 or email them at heritage@iloveponsonby.co.nz to book. Inside the Victorian villa Wednesday 2 October, 6.30pm - 7.30pm A fascinating photo lecture on Victorian domestic architecture and interior decoration. Presented by Edward Bennett. Exterior design of Victorian houses Thursday 3 October, 6.30pm - 7.30pm Discover more about the design of Victorian houses through this fascinating illustrated lecture. Presented by Edward Bennett. Guided tour of Leys Institute building and photo exhibition Friday 4 October and Wednesday 9 October, 2pm - 3pm Leys Institute is an impressive building and has played a significant role in Ponsonby’s history. Join us on a guided tour and discover more about its history. Heritage and planning in Ponsonby - information evening Tuesday 8 October, 7pm - 8.30pm Find out about the current rules around heritage and planning in Ponsonby and what could eventuate from the Unitary Plan. An informative presentation that home owners will find useful. The Victorian gardens Wednesday 9 October, 6.30pm - 7.30pm An engaging photo lecture on Victorian domestic gardens. Presented by Edward Bennett.

Post-Victorian gardens Thursday 10 October, 6.30pm - 7.30pm Local historian Edward Bennett gives an illustrated talk on post-Victorian gardens. TimeQuest school holiday programme Take the TimeQuest and travel through history with Auckland Libraries, rescuing the best of New Zealand’s culture in exciting adventures throughout the city. Visit the Auckland Libraries website www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz for the full list of events. TIMEQUEST SCHOOL HOLIDAY EVENTS AT THE LEYS INSTITUTE LIBRARY Time traveller’s quest scavenger hunt Monday 30 September - Saturday 12 October, 9am - 6pm Drop into Leys during the school holidays and travel back (and forward) in time through the library’s life. Collect your time traveller’s passport from the desk. Completed quests go in the draw for a prize. Classic Stories from Dr Seuss Tuesday 1 October 10.30 - 11.30 Join us for some of Dr Seuss’s well-loved stories and some exciting Dr Seuss activities. The real Dr Seuss visited the Leys Institute Library many years ago and we still have his signature on our wall! Traditional games Thursday 3 October, 10am - 12pm Travel back to when the Leys Institute first opened and enjoy a morning of games the children of Ponsonby would have played in 1905. Stories from the future Tuesday 8 October 10.30-11.30 Listen to some futurist stories then build your very own time suit. Thursday 10 October, 10am - 12pm Travel back to when the Leys Institute first opened and enjoy a morning of games the children of Ponsonby would have played in 1905. PN (NIKI WRIGHT RLIANZA) LEYS INSTITUTE LIBRARY, 20 St Mary’s Road T: 09 374 1315 www.facebook.com/LeysInstituteLibraryPonsonby

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LOCAL NEWS VINEGAR LANE’S SHOJI APARTMENTS – PERFECT PONSONBY LIFESTYLE With council consent now approved at Vinegar Lane, details are now becoming available of the planned new buildings which will take shape in the New Year. The lane is a European inspired cobbled way with small individual buildings either side, and a central private courtyard garden for the residents use. All buildings are architecturally designed and each must be unique to ensure an exciting architectural variety to the precinct. Buildings will comprise a mix of retail, office and residential uses. Shoji apartments is situated at the heart of the new Vinegar Lane, with a wide north facing frontage to the lane being perfect for apartment living and will be the only development of its kind on the lane. The building has a total of 12 apartments, all with two double bedrooms and two bathrooms.

A unique feature of the apartments is a series of sliding mesh screens over the lane façade allowing residents to vary the degree of sunlight and outlook to their decks and living spaces. Secure covered parking is also available to the owners in the basement of the adjacent Cider building, giving residents the buzz of Ponsonby lifestyle with the convenience of secure car parking to drive to work or escape to the beach. A premium interior fit-out completes the perfect city pad for the lucky few!

Each apartment has full width living and decks facing north into the lane to enjoy sun and the lane-side activity. All bedrooms are situated at the rear of the apartments looking into the private courtyard garden.

For more information call Virgil Roberts at Fresh Realty on M: 021 883 193 www.freshrealty.co.nz

ELIZABETH STREET ICON TREE Local resident Richard Ghent alerted us to the felling of an Elizabeth Street Icon Tree. “The large Elizabeth Street Norfolk Pine tree that was a potential hazard has been made invisible through the wonder of human endeavour with contractor skill,” he said. “It was a noisy but interesting exercise, reclining on the couch taking frequent glimpses of the next stage of disassembling this great big tall huge imposing piece of nature. Conditions were perfect, the scale of the exercise diminished proportionally with the process. Looking at the contractor strategically below the pinnacle during the moment of topping the crown and the resultant sway, respect was all I could think of as he was way up there. Not quite oxygen level but not far from it. It is always a mixed emotion when something so established is removed, but I think in view of the potential catastrophic harm to others it was sensible and the right thing to do.” PN

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THREE LAMPS SOME THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT CROSS LEASES CROSS LEASES HAVE RECENTLY RECEIVED NEGATIVE PUBLICITY. THERE IS ANOTHER point of view. Under our new city plan there will be unprecedented potential development where we could easily find a proposed multi-storied building on our boundary ruining our views and light. There is nothing a freehold neighbour can do about such development apart from objecting to the resource consent application (if there is one), with no guarantee of success. Cross leases control development of other cross leases on the title. Generally no alteration or construction can take place, even if it has resource consent and a building consent, without the written consent of the other owner(s). A lessee owns a share of all the freehold and the lease protects the owner as regards other lessees, with rights and obligations that are not easily available between freehold neighbours. These include quiet enjoyment, control of development, control of pets, prohibiting home businesses, maintenance requirements, and can be enforced by the courts. Some of the older cross leases do not have exclusive occupation areas (like a designated backyard), but more recent cross leases do, and in that respect differ little in practice from a freehold title. Cross leases have insurance requirements which can oblige an owner to reinstate when they might otherwise choose not to. This could be advantageous or disadvantageous depending on the circumstances. This article is of general information only and each case may differ. Cross leases are complex and you should seek legal advice. PN CLARK & CO, Level 1 283 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 2413 www.clarklawyers.co.nz

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HALLOWEEN CUPCAKES CHRISTMAS CAKES AND SUMMER COOKING Milly’s Kitchen is celebrating 30 years in business at the Three Lamps end of Ponsonby Road. The store has become an institution for both cooks and culinary professionals and they love to be “where people meet, who love to cook” and enjoy watching the ever changing face of Ponsonby with their customers, neighbours and tourists. October, traditionally, is when you make your Christmas cake. A good Christmas cake is made well in advance of the big day to allow it to mature and soak up its weekly “feeding” of brandy, which makes it more moist and luscious. If you’re new to Christmas baking, keep an eye on their cook school calendar as they’re running special Christmas baking classes. Also in October is Halloween and more than ever they see many families baking together and producing cupcakes and cookies with spooky decorations featuring witches hats, spiders, ghosts and bats. While this tradition used to be seen as an American idea with little relevance to New Zealand, younger Kiwis have embraced it and turned it into their own. They love Halloween at Milly’s and are always excited with their range of Halloween themed decorating classes and all their spooky accessories. As we head towards summer, and Christmas, they’d love to see you and invite you to come in and talk to their knowledgeable, friendly staff - and don’t forget to pick up a copy of their latest catalogue. It’s full of fantastic ideas to make your summer cooking rock! MILLY’S KITCHEN, 273 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 376 1550 www.millyskitchen.co.nz

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THREE LAMPS CHAMBERS FOR LINENS Now in to their third phase of retailing, a real milestone for a local business, Chambers Linens & Gifts and Chambers Home & Living stores have become somewhat of an institution in Three Lamps. Chambers Linens and Gifts opened its doors 18 years ago and this was followed by the expansion to their second store Chambers Home and Living eight doors down. Last year they launched their new online store, so now it’s not just Ponsonby shoppers, but the entire country that can enjoy the broad range of gifts, homeware, linen, childrenswear and so much more that Chambers have to offer. Chambers are now seeing real growth in their website sales where they offer competitive freight prices, complimentary gift wrap and a unique product range. Their Rock Your Baby and new Rock Your Kid range are definitely their biggest sellers online. They also offer a great choice of homewares, fragrant body products, accessories and jewellery. Owners, Erin and Thelma have travelled overseas many times this year and have come back with some exciting new exclusive products arriving for Christmas - but here’s a hot tip, get in early because they sell out fast. So pop in store, or jump online to check out Chambers website. Also follow them on Facebook for their new weekly product updates or join their VIP club so you are first in to get the best deals and special offers. Ponsonby News readers can enter Freight Code PONSONBYNEWS for free local delivery until 31 October 2013. PN CHAMBERS LINENS & GIFTS, 289 Ponsonby Road, CHAMBERS HOME & LIVING, 307 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 6479 www.chambersnz.co.nz www.facebook.com/chambersnz Chambers Linens and Gift team, Erin Santoro, Thelma Dorricott and Yvonne Keller

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DEIRDRE TOHILL: LANDMARK BUILDINGS

Ponsonby Baptist Church In 1874 a group of Baptist trustees purchased the corner section on Jervois Road in order to build a small chapel that was to be a timber structure with Gothic Revival influences. By 1885 the Baptist congregation had outgrown the chapel which was moved to the rear of the property and served as a Sunday School. The purchase of an adjoining section allowed for a large purpose-built timber church which is architecturally significant as a very well preserved example of work by Edmund Bell, a prominent Baptist deacon and president of the Auckland Institute of Architects. He supervised the erection of many public and private buildings and was also connected with a number of other public bodies and political organisations. Another building was added in 1905 and the three are historically important for reflecting the Baptist faith’s development in Auckland over a period of more than 135 years and now, in August this year the New Zealand Historic Places Trust has registered the entire complex as a Category 1 historic place of outstanding heritage significance. The new church building combined classical and Italianate architectural influences, as opposed to the gothic revival style favoured by more traditional church denominations and was erected with a focus on the front elevation. The interior is notable for 19th century architectural elements that are specifically linked with the Baptist faith, such as a baptistry and a raised rostrum that allowed the speaker to be seen and heard more clearly by the congregation, particularly as the sermon was regarded as the most important part of the service. The original pews in the main auditorium are still in place complete with individual numbering that harks back to when they were rented, a practice that was discontinued in 1909. The church has a rare treasure, a John Avery organ, only 10 of which are still in existence worldwide, and according to the New Zealand Organ Preservation Society, the oldest in Australasia. John Avery, a renowned craftsman, was one of the main organ builders in England during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He was a colourful character, occasionally falling foul of the law, declared bankrupt twice, and has been described as a “shocking drunken character”. Despite this, he was responsible for some important organs, including those in King’s College, Cambridge and Winchester Cathedral. According to some, he died in Giltspur prison which seems unlikely as he had been commissioned to build the Carlisle Cathedral organ shortly before his death in 1807. So, an organ built by an intemperate man resides in a very temperate church! In general, the Ponsonby Baptist Church membership was outspoken on social and moral problems, in particular gaming, alcohol consumption, and sexual immorality. Several of its pastors were activists in this regard. Manchester born Reverend A.H. Collins, president of the Baptist Union was a strong supporter of the trade union movement, and condemned exploitation of the poor. He was chairman of the Auckland Conciliation Board set up by the first liberal government and was responsible for overseeing several disputes including the bootmakers, carters’ and timber workers’ unions. During his pastorate, the Ponsonby church attracted a significant number of new members. Reverend Alfred North was another key player in matters affecting the community. He was deeply interested in the welfare of youth and helped found the Sunday School Union. While he was pastor, the temperance drive in the Ponsonby Church remained strong and was an advocate in the formation of the No Licence Committee which had the power to refuse licences in cases where hotels were badly conducted, or petitioned against by the majority of residents in the neighbourhood. He was an accomplished writer, and founded “The New Zealand Baptist” of which he was editor for many years. One of his greatest services to his denomination was a scheme he devised for providing annuities for aged and disabled ministers. As well as historical significance, the complex has social significance as a centre with members involved in problems affecting the broader community including child education and housing. It also has spiritual significance for its long association with the Baptist faith and is believed to be the oldest and longest-used place of Baptist worship to survive in Auckland. (DEIRDRE TOHILL) PN

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PONSONBY LAUGHTER CLUB THE PONSONBY LAUGHTER CLUB HAS BEEN MEETING IN THE POHUTUKAWA ROOM, 13 Maidstone Street for seven years and several regulars have been attending since its inception. Generally about 25 turn up to the Saturday morning sessions, with a few newcomers each week. Most clubs gather afterwards for refreshment and this social aspect is very popular. The Ponsonby group has been using the Williamson Avenue Café for a few years now. What’s interesting is the wide range of nationalities who attend at one time or another. They include people from Myanmar, Finland, Argentina and Slovenia, demonstrating how laughter crosses language barriers. Laughter clubs originated in India, quickly spreading throughout Asia, North America, Latin America, Europe and the South Pacific. Because it’s not mandatory to register a club, it’s difficult to know exactly where clubs are located in the case of countries which have limited internet access such as large parts of Africa, and of course where there is war. A number of clubs focus on servicemen and women returning from duties in those countries, helping recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder. Belonging to a laughter club has health and well-being benefits. One person regularly attending sessions at the Ponsonby Club was able to cut down from four anti-depressant tablets per day to one. Another found that laughing in the shower gave effective pain relief from a knee-operation. A member who teaches ESOL brings his students along as a way to connect with Kiwis in a social setting and develop their language skills. There’s a sense of belonging. For instance, when a member who lives alone was hospitalised laughter clubbers visited him and made sure he was looked after once discharged. To find a list of clubs and upcoming events in Auckland go to www.laughteryoga.org.nz Volunteers run them and most of the gold coin koha collected goes towards room hire, so there is little available for advertising. World Laughter Day occurs the first Sunday in May and combined Auckland clubs hire the community centre at Western Springs. Over a hundred people happily laughing together is an unforgettable experience. (DEIRDRE TOHILL) PN

A CLOSE SHAVE FOR TWO BRAVE GIRLS THE CHILD CANCER FOUNDATION HAS TWO NEW SUPPORTERS. ON 24 SEPTEMBER, Zoe de Reuck and Jess Dallas, both Year 9 girls at Western Springs College, shaved their heads to raise funds for the Foundation. They went under the razor during lunchtime at college and were thrilled with how many of their friends came along to support them. “Even our teachers turned up!” They exclaimed. The idea of shaving their heads was first mooted by Jess, who suffered cancer as a pre-schooler and knows how it feels to live with cancer. She found a willing friend in Zoe, “I mentioned it to Zoe and she was really keen so that sealed it.” As well as Jess’s first-hand experience, both girls have seen the effects of cancer on loved ones. They wanted to do what they could to help brave cancer kids and their families. And they have been gobsmacked by the success of their fundraising efforts. Their “funrazor” is still open to donations at www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/ZoeandJess. Zoe and Jess went shopping together for beanies, and plan to rock their new look. PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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MERCY HOSPICE AUCKLAND FINDS PERFECT MATCH Mercy Hospice recently struck gold while searching for someone to help champion its annual tennis tournament fundraiser. Grey Lynn’s Jacqui and David Mustard were delighted to volunteer their services. Jacqui heard about the charity’s need through a friend. No stranger to the game, coaching and running events, Jacqui says the opportunity came at the right time and it didn’t take a lot of persuasion to ask husband David if he would help too. “We’d been looking for a new way to give back to our community,” Jacqui says. “Tennis is such a passionate game and it’s quite rare in our circles to see couples work so well together,” David says with pride. Tennis was the catalyst that brought the couple together 13 years ago. Having represented New Zealand in the Davis Cup, David is a professional coach at the Herne Bay Ponsonby Rackets Club. Jacqui supports by coaching players and handling the administration side. David is looking forward to supporting Jacqui with the upcoming event. Mercy’s annual tournament will be held on Friday 8th November at the Herne Bay Ponsonby Rackets and Pompallier Lawn Tennis Clubs. The day is seen as a great opportunity for players and spectators to have lots of fun and raise vital funds for the charity. A delicious gourmet lunch will follow with fabulous auction items up for grabs. This year a number of local restaurants will contribute towards the popular cake stall and investment firm J B Were are premier sponsor of the event. The format will be doubles, where men and women players will be graded A, B or C. The entry fee is $85 per player which includes wonderful prizes for the winners and lunch. Spectators and lunch-only guests can attend for $60 per person. To register visit mercyhospice.org.nz or contact Lesley Dawson on T: 09 376 7571

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SAME SEX WEDDINGS NOW WE CAN SAY ‘I DO’, WHAT’S LEFT TO DO? THE LAST FEW WEEKS HAVE PASSED IN A BIT OF A WHIRLWIND. THERE HAVE BEEN competitions to be the first same sex couple in New Zealand to tie the knot and media coverage of happy couples celebrating their special day with family and friends. It’s been wonderful watching same sex couples embrace the opportunity to get married and seeing the joy that opportunity has brought. It’s also been wonderful to remember how many of our friends and families spent so much time and energy helping us to get there. To those of you who were part of making it all possible, thank you - you have literally helped some people make their dreams come true. In the middle of all this happiness and celebration, one of the questions that has, I guess almost inevitably, been asked, is whether there’s anything left to do now that this legal milestone has been reached. Although marriage equality is a tremendous step forward for gay people, to me there are still some issues that deserve our attention. The issue that most immediately springs to mind is the need to work on reducing the isolation and despair that too many young gay people experience and the self-harm that too often results from those feelings. There are many initiatives, such as the It Gets Better Project, that are contributing to a more positive environment for young gay people, and I am sure that marriage equality will make it easier to grow up gay than it’s ever been before. However, it’s important that we continue to find ways to reduce the difficulties often faced by young gay people. Another issue that is important is what’s happening for gay people and same sex couples in the rest of the world. There’s an old saying that “we’re not free until all of us are free” and I think the same applies to equality - we’re not equal until all of us are equal. It would be easy to rest on our laurels and enjoy living in a country where same sex couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples, but many gay people around the world do not have the same rights as we do in New Zealand. Our closest neighbour doesn’t yet have marriage equality, and in further flung countries being gay is outlawed and, in some instances, punishable by death. I think it’s important to do whatever we can to help increase the rights of gay people throughout the world, by, among other things, voting with our wallets and pressing governments to only provide aid to those countries where the rights of all humans, including gay ones, are respected. Finally, during the debate around marriage equality, it was clear how important faith is to many gay people and how sincerely some religious institutions are considering how they should respond to gay members of their congregations. For gay people of faith (and their friends and families) and the religious communities that they belong to, it will be important to continue to engage in open and honest conversation about issues such as same sex attraction and marriage. (JACKIE RUSSELL-GREEN) PN

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‘PEOPLE WILL STARE. MAKE IT WORTH THEIR WHILE’ – HARRY WINSTON Auckland Ring Company in Three Lamps Ponsonby offers a range of bespoke services for an extensive local and international celebrity clientele. From handmade fine jewellery and bespoke jewellery design for every occasion - to jewellery replacement for insurance claims, independent valuations, redesigns of previously loved treasures, repairs, professional jewellery cleaning and - you can buy everything at duty and tax free prices on departure from New Zealand. If you haven't found what you are looking for, visit Auckland Ring Company for a design consultation to discuss your dream design and diamond or precious gemstone references. A collection of diamond shapes and sizes are on-hand to view along with earrings, bracelets, cufflinks, pendants and rings for every occasion so you can see the many and varied traditional to contemporary styles you may like to incorporate into your own design. As bespoke jewellers of fine jewellery - anything is possible and you won’t find it en masse in a catalogue! Their bespoke jewellery is handmade in their Ponsonby studio just for you by skilled goldsmiths who have spent years mastering the art to make-by-hand exquisite and impeccable fine jewellery. Auckland Ring Company’s spectacular client commissions are for client eyes only and not always for display - but you will see some from time to time on Facebook. Auckland Ring Company have been creating fine jewellery since 1943, you can rest assured you will be well looked after by this experienced team. Visit their Ponsonby store. You’re invited. AUCKLAND RING COMPANY, 275 Ponsonby Road, Three Lamps T: 09 376 0275 www.aucklandringcompany.co.nz www.facebook.com/aucklandringcompany

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NICHOLAS JERMYN SHIRTMAKERS TO JOIN THE PONSONBY BUZZ With the opening of their 11th New Zealand store, Nicholas Jermyn has finally arrived in Ponsonby. Their newly refurbished store boasts an exciting modernised look for Nicholas Jermyn who say they are excited to be a part of the Ponsonby culture. “Ponsonby has really come into its own in the last five years,” says managing director Nick Harris. “We’ve always been keen to be a part of that, but were holding out for the best possible location. We’re really happy with how the store looks and are filling it with product and designs we believe will really take off in the area. Watch out for our newest release, due this summer - the Super Slim, destined to be a huge hit with the locals…” Harris says the team are feeling really positive about bringing their own style to the variety of other fantastic New Zealand retailers in what is known to Auckland’s fashion hub. Inspired by the famous Jermyn Street tailors of London, Nicholas Jermyn is the place to go for well designed, finely crafted shirts and accessories as well as knowledgeable service from a team of in-store shirt experts. All shirts are designed here in New Zealand and the range is constantly updated so you will be sure to find something different every time you call in. PN NICHOLAS JERMYN SHIRTMAKERS, 188 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 378 1165 www.nicholasjermyn.co.nz

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125 YEARS OF EDUCATION IN FREEMANS BAY AT THE END OF AUGUST FREEMANS BAY SCHOOL - KNOWN AS NAPIER STREET SCHOOL until 1978 - celebrated its 125th jubilee, to which all past students and staff were invited. In the 125 years of the school’s existence its student population has reflected huge demographic change. In the late 1940s Maori all over the country began to move into the cities, and in Auckland many of them settled in Freemans Bay. In the late 1950s the migration of Pacific people into Auckland began, and increased significantly in the 1960s and 70s. Again, many settled in Freemans Bay and their children attended Napier Street School, often arriving without a word of English. In the 1970s the worldwide trend towards inner-city gentrification began, gathering pace in the 80s and 90s until these days Freemans Bay is one of the most expensive parts of Auckland - a fact which would have astonished parents at the school only a couple of generations ago. Immigration rule changes in the 1990s have added another layer to the story, prompting people from countries the world over to move to New Zealand, most of them to Auckland, where many of them live - at least initially - in the new multi-storey apartment buildings in the CBD. The result is that Freemans Bay School enjoys one of the most diverse student populations of any school in the country, which is celebrated as a real strength. PN

Simon & Keryn at Wild on Waiheke

FUN TIMES AT WILD ON WAIHEKE From high heels to gumboots, corporate office to a shack under the deck - Ponsonby residents Keryn and Simon Matthews have uprooted and undertaken an exciting business on Waiheke Island - it’s a winery, a brewery, café, and outdoor adventure playground for kids and adults. The venue is popular for corporate bonding, and even more so for stag and hen parties or those who wish to show off their shooting skills amongst the picturesque vines. Wild on Waiheke is all about combining work and fun, and promoting a well-earned break from the daily grind. It’s relaxed and casual, caters to everyone. You can even come on your own, and dogs are more than welcome! Keryn and Simon love to use fresh, local products wherever possible, and support the local talent and businesses which make this island such a wonderful place to be. With 20 years’ experience in the wine industry, Keryn has held various a corporate sales positions. First with Glengarry Hancock’s then with the wine and spirits division at Lion Nathan, and later general manager of Cellar Select/Top Value Liquor Association and while travelling to Guernsey she worked for Randalls Brewery. Keryn works like a trooper, and loves to have a laugh at the end of the day, preferably with a glass of good wine. Simon started his career in hospitality then went on to study osteopathic medicine. Eventually he began teaching at Auckland Unitec, where he taught masters level students. Now back in the hospitality industry where for 10 years working alongside Keryn at tradeshows and events, he formed his passion for the drinks and food business. Simon is hardworking, hard case, and has finally found the ideal place to pursue his love of craft beer! PN WILD ON WAIHEKE & WAIHEKE ISLAND BREWERY, 82 Onetangi Road, RD1 T: 09 372 4225 T: 09 372 3434 M: 021 40 3434 www.wildonwaiheke.co.nz www.waihekebrewery.co.nz

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HONOURING A LOCAL DANCER ONE OF NEW ZEALAND’S ICONIC choreographers and dance personalities, Ponsonby local Mary Jane O’Reilly QSM, will be honoured at the very festival she has been synonymous with - the Tempo Dance Festival 2013 - as part of their Honouring A Dancer ceremony. A fitting tribute during the festival’s 10 year anniversary, given “MJ” served as artistic director for six years. With a professional career in dance spanning over 25 years both locally and internationally as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, director and producer, Mary Jane was co-founder, dancer and choreographer of the hallowed Limbs Dance Company (including seven years as artistic director). Her CV also includes the choreography of the opening ceremony of the 1990 Commonwealth Games (which had a cast of 6,000 and was viewed by over five million) and the 2000 Millennium Dawn event in Gisborne. She also founded and directed Auckland Dance Company, while creating over 60 original works for dance companies both in New Zealand and offshore including the first original three act ballet ever commissioned by the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Batten, in 1990. Over the years, Mary Jane has received numerous grants and awards - career highlights include the Allan Highet Award for outstanding achievement by a mid-career artist and being awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for her services to dance in 1990. In 2012 she was appointed curator of Auckland Council’s public art event Living Room 2012, an outdoor performing arts festival in midtown Auckland, and she continues to be the choreographer and co-producer with Flagrant Productions as well as creating the MojoCabaret class format teaching the movement material from In Flagrante.

LOCAL NEWS THE CAT AND FIDDLE - ECLECTIC GIFTS AND COLLECTABLES FOR ALMOST 15 YEARS the Cat and Fiddle in Kingsland, a regular haunt for those in the know, has been providing an eclectic range of hard to find gifts for folks who seek and appreciate something special. Customer feedback includes, “it’s my favourite shop!” From the vast array of items in-store, Loekie Kaye-Van Waart, the (ex Holland) owner, will help you find a piece of jewellery, that unusual gift or even a religious statue if you are so inclined. There is also a great range of brilliant cards and scarves for special occasions. The plethora of both old and new items in stock at any time will help give your home a different feel and create individuality. Items stocked include New Zealand made as well as such things as vintage light fittings, plates, old prints, pottery, small furniture and oodles of religious statues and crosses sourced in France, Belgium and Holland by Loekie. You will also find toys, candles, candlesticks and a range of other bits and pieces. Gorgeous Christmas decorations will soon be in store and for the non buying partner there are plenty of cafes close by while you wait patiently! From 1 November The Cat and Fiddle will also open on Sundays from 11am-2pm. THE CAT AND FIDDLE, 493 New North Road Kingsland T: 09 849 3646

Mary Jane has just returned home after a successful month-long season at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival, the largest arts festival in the world, where she was invited to perform her neo-burlesque show In Flagrante. Come along and help celebrate Mary Jane’s life and artistic career at Tempo’s Honouring A Dancer, 11 October 9.30pm at Q theatre. This is a koha event. For a full programme of events head to www.tempo.co.nz PN

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OUT + ABOUT LONGROOM GH MUMM CHAMPAGNE EVENING The art of opening a bottle with a sabre has been a popular part of the traditional serving of champagne since the days of Napoleon and on Tuesday 17 September the LONGROOM hosted The Art of Sabrage with GH Mumm chief winemaker Didier Mariotti.

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LOCAL NEWS SUSTAINABLE CITY SHOWCASE HOSTS NIGHT MARKET WITH A TWIST CENTRAL CITY WORKERS ARE INVITED TO TRY A NEW VENUE IN AUCKLAND’S CBD FOR their Friday night drinks. A buzzing Night Market at The Cloud on 18 October is part of the Sustainable City Showcase, providing an evening of fun and entertainment for those who want to take a step towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

work closely with DoC and Landcare Research to come up with secondary solutions to pest controls that avoid the use of poisons. All products are processed in New Zealand, reducing carbon emissions from transportation. Other pet food is sourced from the leftovers of the human food industry, such as chicken, lamb, venison and fish.

George FM will add to the vibe with music and DJs. Starting at 5pm, there will be cooking demonstrations, sustainable fashion, beauty and art installations. For those who want to grab a bite to eat there will be a large selection of sustainable food options available in the buzzing marketplace.

Ms Thomson says sustainability is a driving force for their business, right down to the basics with their use of keep cups and recycling bins. They also use a company called “lovenotes” who recycle their paper and in turn provide them with notepads to use.

“This is going to be an awesome night out with a fun mix of music, food, a market place and art,” says Rachel Brown, CEO of the Sustainable Business Network. “We want visitors to the Night Market to have a great night out while supporting local, sustainable businesses. As consumers we have tremendous power: every dollar we spend is an opportunity to support sustainable business. The Night Market is the ideal place to feel good about where your money is going and have heaps of fun at the same time.” The Sustainable City Showcase is an annual event created by the Sustainable Business Network to help promote easy, everyday sustainable solutions and cutting edge ideas. Held from the 17-19 October at The Cloud on Auckland’s Queens Wharf, the event will host companies showcasing sustainable workplace and fashion solutions, organic food and drink, hybrid and electric vehicles, business and lifestyle ideas and ways to make your home more sustainable. There will also be live entertainment and family fun. Lyn Thomson from Raw Essentials is making pet food more sustainable. A vet for 16 years, Lyn has developed a range of raw pet food for cats and dog that reduces their need for veterinary care but also makes her business more sustainable. This is done by hunting pest species, including wallaby, rabbits, hare and possum. Raw Essentials

Along with many other exhibitors, Raw Essentials will be at the Sustainable City Showcase on 17 October. Armed with freezers packed full of pet food, they will also be showing off their fully traceable and sustainable supply chain and demonstrating why their nutrient dense raw food leads to preventive health care. ecostore is a household name as a producer of environmentally-friendly and healthier cleaning and skin care products. Malcolm Rands, ecostore founder and CEO has been involved with the Sustainable Business Network right from the beginning and is taking part in year’s Sustainable City Showcase on 17 October. Malcolm has been invited to a part of Generation Zero’s event, “What’s the hold up?” on 18 October, demonstrating how the people of Auckland can work together to create a liveable, low carbon city. Generation Zero will focus on this vision through interactive displays, expert speakers, table talk discussion and design installations for a future beyond fossil fuels. His highly anticipated book “ecoman: From a Garage in Northland to a Pioneering Global Brand” will also be available. ecostore have said they would love to bring every product to the Sustainable City Showcase! But instead will have to settle on bringing as much as they can. They will have a special offer on their Healthy Home Starter Kits, and on Bokashi Kits. Check the website www.sustainablecity.org.nz for more details. PN

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ANGELA LASSIG: LETTERS FROM MAUDIE The monthly jottings of a free-spirited Ponsonby dressmaker of the 1920s, as imagined by Angela Lassig. VERMONT STREET, PONSONBY 15 OCTOBER 1925

Dearest Tilly

My weekend began early, on Friday evening. As you know, cousin Timmy is in the Ponsonby Boys’ Brass Band[i]. I can’t remember now if you were with us when we listened to them play in Karangahape Road last Christmas Eve? Or were you out doing some last minute shopping with your mother? I can’t quite remember.

What George hadn’t told me (and I’ve been so busy of late that I failed to realise), was that last night was the opening event of the Auckland spring festival - a water fête and Venetian carnival! In the late afternoon, as the crew began to drape the decks of our steamer in lights, streamers and balloons, George gleefully informed me that our boat was to form part of a procession of decorated boats. As dusk fell and the lights of the assorted craft around us began to play upon the rippling waters of the inner gulf, I experienced a deep happiness such that I haven’t felt in a long time. George and I sat together quietly, his arm about my shoulder, admiring the preparations before horns began to sound, signaling the commencement of the spectacle. Slowly our and the other little ships moved across the harbour towards Queen’s wharf, the gay balloons and lanterns bobbing and swaying to the lift of the waves. The scene was so picturesque, the brightly glimmering launches looking like so many fairy craft against the dark shadows of sea and sky.

Well the band is in fund-raising mode at present and has planned another two carnivals over the summer that they hope will do the trick. I think they visited 13 towns and cities last December and January and they’re repeating the tour this year. I know Tom felt pretty exhausted at the thought of it when I spoke with him on Friday night. I think this year he’d much rather stay around Auckland as I know he’s quite keen on the new girl in Shanleys. For a young man who I doubt even knew what a draper was until this latest infatuation, young Timmy has become quite the expert on millinery trims (the department ruled by his latest love!)

Once at the wharf, George and I alighted to join the throngs of onlookers viewing the spectacle from the shore. I’m pleased that we did as we would have missed seeing some of the charming smaller vessels - dinghy’s masquerading as gondolas, a Chinese junk, a dragon boat and two “swans” that motored close to the children seated on the wharves and mischievously pecked at their toes to screams of delight.

Anyway, the first event was an evening carnival that started at dusk near the Three Lamps. All the shops were gaily decorated, their awnings hung with pretty electric illuminations. There were sideshows and stalls at every turn selling all sorts of goodies. (Yes Tilly, quantities of fudge were procured and consumed by yours truly!)

I don’t think I slept much at all last night, my mind delighting in the memories of such a glorious day! After allowing myself a longer lying in than usual for a Sunday I arose and readied myself for lunch at Mother’s. Of course she had invited Aunt Dot who I’d forgotten was visiting from Nelson, so my quick getaway was thwarted.

I did my bit by making a dozen little armchair bags for Shanley’s stall. They are made to a design I found in a Girl’s Own annual owned by Rosie, George’s younger sister. It’s quite simple to make but so useful. The shape is like that of a circular purse, the upper edges of which are sewn over a brass ring to keep it open. A bright silk lining and piece of matching ribbon by which to pin it to the armchair and voila! While all the brocades and linings came out of my rag bag, Shanley’s donated the brass rings and tassels. Apparently they all sold within the first hour! I saw Timmy briefly this morning and he told me that the carnival raised a little over five hundred pounds! Isn’t that wonderful! They hope to have made around three thousand pounds by the time the campaign closes after the Christmas holidays. They really do need the money. There are seventy boys in that band and everything is supplied - the tuition, the uniforms as well as all the instruments. Tim is hoping for a new cornet. His reckons he’ll play a lot better on one without dents. George and I must have wandered around for about three hours before we decided that we’d had enough. Lucky girl that I am, I was escorted home, with instructions to be ready at nine on Saturday morning for a full day on the harbour! True to his word, George was at my door at nine and after a cup of tea, whisked me by tram down to Queen’s Wharf where we boarded a little steamer for a day’s outing on the gulf. We stopped here and there, with some of the “heres” offering much-needed refreshment rooms, while some of the “theres” were blessed with pleasant walking tracks for seaside strolling.

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So here I am, but only for a minute or two more dearest as I must start thinking about what to wear this evening. It’s a bridge party with Mother and her friends and I am expected to attend. It’s such a nuisance to have to go out, and only less of a nuisance to have to dress for the affair. I’m bored to extinction at the very thought. It’s times like these that I summon up the wise words bestowed by great Aunt Alice of Bath: “Move as if you were successful; smile as if you were glad. Walk as if you had just met good fortune”. I would, if only I could summon the energy to get up! Until next time, much love,

Maudie xx [i] The Ponsonby Boy’s Brass Band (1916-68) was started “for the musical betterment of the district boys...” The band was administered by a Committee of ten members, and financially supported by “friends who love boys.” The first President was Dr T W Leys. For an early photo see: http://timespanner.blogspot. com.au/2013/08/ponsonby-boys-brass-band-1916-1968.html

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I’ve had the most marvellous weekend that demands retelling to you immediately! I’m writing in the sitting room, my chair angled to catch the last rays of the warm afternoon sun, sipping a much-needed cup of reviving tea. I’ve only two hours to rest before I have to go out again - even though I’m bone weary and would much rather not. Tiger has the right idea. He’s already asleep, his little legs twitching and occasionally “running” after those elusive bunnies that occasionally hop into his dreams.


FASHION + STYLE POCKET SPECIALISES IN A UNIQUE HAND-PICKED SELECTION OF LABELS Pocket is the sister store to Britomart boutique MADE and vintage boutique Coucou. Pocket is a men’s and women’s boutique specialising in a unique hand-picked selection of labels from around the world. For men we feature exclusively in New Zealand La Panoplie from Paris as well as A.P.C. Beau Coops and American Vintage Paris. In denim we offer Levis and Nobody Denim from Melbourne. Our women’s selection is diverse, some of the labels we proudly feature exclusively in New Zealand are Sessun from Paris, Maiami hand knits from Berlin, Swedish Hasbeens, Not Shy Cashmere from Paris and Trois Petit Points jewellery from Paris. We have wonderful, colourful and inspiring collections from New Zealand designers Karen Walker, Standard Issue, Penny Sage, Hailwood, Arielle Mermin, Zoe & Morgan and Zora Bell Boyd jewellery. In addition to this we have a Coucou concession offering a unique selection of hand -picked women’s vintage clothing including a vast array of sequin pieces and plenty of prints! We have a great selection of both long and short vintage denim overalls and vintage tees perfect for this summer! Come by and visit our friendly and knowledgeable staff and experience something a little different or check out our website www.pocketboutique.co.nz facebook/pocketboutique PN

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FASHION + STYLE A WOOLLY STORY FROM RIGHT HERE IN PONSONBY IT’S ALWAYS GREAT TO SEE OUR FAVOURITE SONS AND DAUGHTERS RETURN TO THE fold carrying new treasure, so you can understand how excited we are to have Donna Lambert back in Auckland after 20 years - and bringing great treasure! When Donna departed, she left a legacy of Moontide and Xpozay swimwear and sportswear, fabric design and colour. Donna has recently returned from her high country and provincial New Zealand sabbatical having spent time in Marlborough and later Nelson, bringing with her an outstanding collection of superfine merino fabrics and clothing. In fact Donna was the first in New Zealand to introduce superfine merino to her much loved circular knit machine she knew so well from her swimwear fabrics and the result is spectacular. Her range of merino for men and women at the new store in Mackelvie Street includes an exciting array of colour and style sure to complement any merino wardrobe. “We select the best wools and manufacture to the highest standard right here in New Zealand. I have found that my love of merino has flourished over the last 20 years since I saw the first of my fabrics roll of the production line here in Auckland”. A last word from Donna after our woolly encounter at her new Ponsonby Store - “Don’t waste your time with merino you can’t sleep in. There are only a couple of reputable merino brands out there and the rest are a waste of money. They are itchy and uncomfortable, covered in fabric softeners that disappear in the wash. They all end up at the recycle or in your bottom drawer.” PN LAMBERT MERINO, 51 Mackelvie Street E: info@lambertmerino.co.nz

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FASHION + STYLE CLEANING COUTURE WITHOUT THE DRAMA For fashionistas who have acquired the latest complex couture - and those who just want to extend the life of their fashion investments, finding the right drycleaner to trust can be more difficult than finding a good babysitter! Luckily the search is over. Talking to some of New Zealand’s leading fashion designers, there is only one name that will always come up when talking about entrusting their masterpieces for perfect couture care - Regal. Kate Sylvester has labelled Regal as having “impeccable service” whilst Yvonne Bennetti proudly proclaims, “Regal are the art restorers of the fashion world.” Crane Brothers have had Regal as their exclusive dry-cleaning partner for many years and say, “We continue to be impressed by their service, attention to detail and reliability and they are the only Auckland drycleaner we recommend to our clientele.” Couture Care by Regal is a specialist hand-finished service perfectly suited to garments sewn with extreme attention to detail and finish, made from high quality cloth, delicate embroidery or intricate beadwork. This extends to leathers and fur which Regal have invested many years of research and testing to perfect their cleaning process. Garments of this quality deserve the highest standard of care and appropriate methods of cleaning.

Typically, the cleaning methods of delicate pieces include individual pre-spotting and post-spotting, gentle cleaning cycles at low temperatures, hand pressing, minor complimentary repairs and several levels of quality control. Regal’s legendary attention to detail ensures that ornate buttons and embellishments are protected or removed and replaced after finishing. This care and attention to detail extends to how they package the finished garment. The garments are carefully hung on custom wooden hangers and/or wrapped in acid-free tissue paper and placed in elegant fabric garment bags. With such an impressive portfolio of fashion designers and retailers of high-end local and international labels, you can relax when it comes time to hand over your most prized garments - Regal Drycleaners is your new best friend. PN REGAL DRYCLEANERS, Newmarket: 402 Broadway T: 09 520 4060 Eastridge: 215 Kepa Road T: 09 521 6066 www.regaldrycleaners.co.nz

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DAVID HARTNELL’S: HOLLYWOOD BABYLON I’M NOT ONE TO GOSSIP BUT… there’s a wonderful Hollywood urban legend about the man who bought the empty crypt above Marilyn Monroe’s. It goes like this: When his body was placed in the crypt above Marilyn’s, a few of his close friends stayed behind after the funeral so they could honour their friend’s last request, which was to turn his body face down, so he would lie facing Marilyn for eternity. Now I’m not sure if there is anything in this urban myth, but the crypt above Marilyn’s bears the name Richard F. Poncher, and the inscription reads, “To the man who gave us everything and more. You’re one in a million, Freddie.” He was born in 1905 and died in 1968, which is when the so-called event would have happened, if indeed it ever did. In 2009 his 80-year-old widow Elsie Poncher put her husband’s strategically positioned crypt on the auction block with a starting price of $500,000 (US). Bidding soared to $4.5 million three days later. An unidentified deep-pocketed fan placed the winning $4.6 million bid in an eBay auction for the crypt. Elsie planned to use the cash to pay off a $1.6 million mortgage on her Beverly Hills home. “I can’t be more honest than that,” she told The L.A. Times. “I want to leave it free and clear for my kids.” Richard Poncher bought the crypt from Joe DiMaggio during his divorce from Marilyn, Elsie said. Joe had planned to be buried on top of Monroe’s grave, until their made-in-Hollywood romance turned sour. Talking of turning sour, at the last minute the $4.6 million sale fell over and Richard is still lying face down for eternity on top of Marilyn Monroe. The James Dean Crash Site Memorial, is a modern, angular, chromium cenotaph, it indicates the spot where he was killed. The memorial was installed in 1983 by

a Japanese businessman, Seita Onishi, who personally commissioned a 120-ton, $200,000 wall sculpture for the site. Embedded around the entire monument are small James Dean medallions. In 1978 Charles Chaplin’s coffin was stolen from a Swiss cemetery three months after burial. It was later found 10 miles away on the 17th May 1978. To day it’s buried under a ton of cement. August 1998 saw O.J. Simpson’s infamous Brentwood mansion at 360 N. Rockingham Avenue, reduced to a pile of rubble. But the American gossip tabloid the Globe were quick to jump on the band wagon giving their millions of readers around the world an exclusive competition. In their August 18th issue a headline read: “A brick from Rockingham in a free contest”. You can won a piece of history salvaged from O. J. Simpson’s bulldozed estate simply by entering Globe the gossip magazine’s great O.J. giveaway contest. When the walls came tumbling down at Simpson’s former home in Brentwood, the Globe was there to retrieve six pieces of stone from his patio and four bricks from his driveway. To win, just answer correctly: What type of car did O.J. make his infamous getaway in? (a) Green Ford Explorer (b) Blue Jeep Cherokee, (c) White Ford Bronco (d) red Chevy pickup truck. On the 18, July 1989 a young man arrived at the front door apartment of actress Rebecca Schaeffer, (she played a lead in the American TV series My Sister Sam) carrying a gun and a picture of her. He’d tracked down her home address through the Department of Motor Vehicles, and thought it was time to pay the star some flattering one on one compliments. He was totally convinced after introducing himself to her she would fall instantly in love with him. Rebecca was very nervous at this unwarranted intrusion and tried to shut the door in his face. Immediately the young man pulled

the trigger and fired several bullets into Rebecca, killing her instantly, and then fled the scene. The next day he was apprehended by the LAPD and is now serving time behind bars. This was the first stalker Hollywood celebrity type murder. Mel Blanc, the “Man of 10,000 Voices,” got the last laugh on his gravestone when he died at the age of 81 in 1989. He did the voices for Buggs Bunny, Daffy Duck and dozens of other Looney Tunes characters. But his most famous voice is right at the end of the cartoons when stuttering Porky Pig says, “Tha, tha, tha, tha, that’s all folks.” And that’s exactly what Mel has on his head stone: “That’s All Folks.” Part of the cremated remains of the famous gay author Truman Capote disappeared in a macabre theft during a Halloween 57th birthday party thrown by Joanne Carson in her Beverly Hills home. Truman died in Joanne’s home in 1984. Since they were close friends, she kept half his ashes; the other half went to his long -time lover Jack Dunphy. Joanne’s party on Halloween fulfilled her promise to Truman, that she would give a Hollywood version of the famous masked ball he had held in 1966 at the Plaza Hotel in New York. Among the 50-odd guests that night were Sally Struthers, Valerie Harper, Judge Reinhold, Kelly McGillis, Phyllis Diller and Alan Thicke. In the morning Joanne found the ashes missing. No report of the theft was ever filed with the LA Police Department, and to this day the ashes have not been returned…but my lips are sealed! PN (DAVID HARTNELL)

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FASHION + STYLE SMASHBOX FOR PONSONBY PRESENTS AT NEW ZEALAND FASHION WEEKEND Helen Luo from Smashbox combined a minimalist style with a bold twist for spring, for the Ponsonby Presents show makeup. Eyes were softly defined with light brown hues and a kohl liner, leaving lips to take center stage with an amplified shade of tangerine. Two shades of ORLY were used on the nails - “Rose Pixel”, a metallic soft pink lacquer and “Hot Shot”, a bright electric pink. TONI&GUY created a sleek, low pony to complete the runway look. www.toniandguy.co.nz www.smashboxcosmetics.co.nz

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The 800-seater “Shed 1” at New Zealand Fashion Weekend was sold out for Ponsonby Presents - the first ever Ponsonby show at Fashion Weekend. Andrea Moore, Kingan Jones, Storm and taylor boutique showed highlights of their current season Summer 2012/2013 collections, with hair by Toni&Guy and makeup by Helen Luo at Smashbox. The 7 September show was organised by Vivienne Rosenberg for the Ponsonby Business Assocation. PN

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FASHION + STYLE LEATHER IS BACK A destination boutique with a difference opens in Ponsonby! LouLou loves many things, but her favourite thing is leather - and because she is on a mission for you to love it as much as she does, she founded new style brand “LouLou Loves Leather”, bringing leather right back into the heart of fashion. And LouLou wants everyone wearing leather autumn, winter, spring and summer (yes, even summer!) Using lusciously soft European leather in a variety of vibrant colours, prepare to be wowed with a new collection for spring/summer 2013-2014 of drop dead gorgeous garments and bang on trend accessories that have been especially designed and lovingly made for both men and women. So ladies, they invite you to come and try on a petrol-blue leather shift dress made with the softest Italian lambskin leather or perhaps brighten up your spring wardrobe with a snakeskin tote bag in mint green. Gentleman, check out their sleeveless leather puffas (complete with concealed hood in collar) and their range of nubuck satchels. They also have the most luxurious pony hide weekender travel bags just in. LouLou and her husband Tim created “LouLou Loves Leather” to provide discerning customers with a bespoke leather shopping experience - whilst starting a family business in the truest sense. Often in the shop are their adorable one year old son, Richie, and their almost as cute dog Guvnor. Come in, meet the family and try some leather on for size! PN LOULOU LOVES LEATHER, 14 Jervois Road, www.loulouloves.co.nz Like us on facebook - Louloulovesleather

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NEW G.NANCY SLEEPWEAR - PUTTING KIDS TO BED IN DESIGNER QUALITY The words “one to watch” can be overused, but 23 year old Georgia Nicholson’s g.nancy children's sleepwear business is growing so fast, you wouldn’t want to look away too long. A 2011 graduate of AUT’s Bachelor of Design, Georgia returned to New Zealand after a brief stint working for a well known menswear brand in Melbourne. She had realised that designing childrenswear was her calling and essentially knocked straight on Kristen Fordham of KAF Kids’ door. Georgia started as assistant designer but six months on it became apparent that there was a gap in the market for well designed, good quality children’s sleepwear. Georgia had put a lot of kids to bed over the years! With Kristen’s blessing she launched “g.nancy” not quite a year ago - a creatively-designed, high-quality, New Zealand-manufactured brand. The range is concise - less than a dozen styles - but stands out for its fresh colours, exclusive prints “to make kids smile” and clean aesthetic. Georgia is already selling into a couple of stockists in the U.S. - she once again displayed her door-knocking skills, and stores in New York and California bought then and there. Online is a big driver for g.nancy; her Hardhat-designed website and online store opened in April this year. “I feel like these days businesses have to be multi-faceted to succeed. I tried to put my foot into every door that you possibly could,” she says. A collaboration with Father Rabbit is on its fourth run, and g.nancy’s baby sleepwear line launches this October. PN G.NANCY, T: 0212957326 www.gnancy.co.nz

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DUCT TAPE WORKSHOP – A UNIQUE EXPRESS SERVICE

Duct Tape Workshop opened in Ponsonby Central last month operating from a large open plan industrial style space. Duct Tape is all about electronics, quality, express service and care. Electrical engineer and Duct Tape owner Guang Han explains, “We provide smartphone repairs and services with passion and we are proud of our select range of accessories. Our young team of technicians are University of Auckland graduates and are all passionate about technology. Some of them have had more than five years experience in the electronics industry.” A retail space for trade-ins and secondhand electronics is offered in the Duct Tape openplan industrial styled environment. They carefully select their electronic accessories from around the world: leather cases, screen protectors, batteries, car chargers and memory cards. Along with several other bells and whistles, they aim to provide you with everything you need to get the most out of your smartphone and tablets. A large space flows from the retail shop area into the workshop servicing area - with a semi open glass box and a clever space divider to enable the customer to see the work being carried out with the idea of keeping the servicing transparent. The Duct Tape Workshop has several engineers repairing phones and tablets every day. They fix broken screens, rescue water damaged phones, and find solutions to all other electronic problems you may have. At Duct Tape they believe all customers deserve fast and professional service and so all repairs are done the same day and within one to two hours. They also provide quick services such as applying a screen protector or cleaning

inside your phone after a trip to the beach. If you have spare phones, they welcome you to trade them in. “Duct Tape Workshop has been a long time dream of mine,” says Guang. “I have always been crazy about technology and when I was a child I would take apart radios and clocks and teach myself how to put them back together, which wasn’t always successful much to my dad’s dismay! While I was studying at the University of Auckland I purchased a different model of phone almost every week for a year to test and familiarise myself with them. After a few years of practice in the electronics field, I decided it was time to change the way phones were fixed whereby we allow our customers to see how we actually repair them - which is more fun.” Finding the perfect place to provide the highest quality repair service proved to be a lengthy process, for Guang, but as he says, “In the end Ponsonby will always be home and therefore the perfect place to stay. We love the quirky, fashionable people with an appreciation for the finer things in life as well as the hustle and bustle of Ponsonby’s unique, tight knit community, even with its proximity to Auckland City.” PN DUCT TAPE WORKSHOP, Shop 2, Ponsonby Central, 136 - 138 Ponsonby Road www.ducttape.co.nz

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY PIADINA ROMAGNOLA - AVAILABLE AT THE GREY LYNN FARMERS MARKET Local resident Giordano Quintavalle has recently started selling his Italian treats at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market What type of food are you selling? The food I am selling is worldwide known as Piadina Romagnola, and it is an unleavened bread - or flatbread - from the Italian region of Romagna, the eastern part of Emilia Romagna. It’s commonly prepared between the cities of Ravenna - where I am from - Forlí-Cesena and Rimini, on the Adriatic Coast of the Romagna region. At the moment piadina is for sale in three different variations, all using the same dough mix: plain piadina (traditional plain flatbread), smoked piada (a dough prepared using smoked bacon crumbs within the mix) and piada pocket (aka crescione - calzone-like folded piadina cooked with a selection of savory and sweet fillings). Traditionally piadina is cooked onsite and served hot/warm, which is what I do at my stall. “Piada” - the name I’ve chosen for my business, is the slang - or regional dialect word - for piadina. Why have you chosen Grey Lynn Farmers Market? I’ve chosen GLFM mostly because it is my local market - I’ve lived almost two years in Grey Lynn now, and just around the corner from it - and I wanted to identify myself and my product within my community first. GLFM is also known for being one of the “foodiest” markets in the city, with quite selective customers, and so far I am very happy with sales and feedback. Piada was at the Festival Italiano in Newmarket, at the end of September. PN Giordano Quintavalles facebook.com/nzpiada

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Grey Lynn Community Gardens will have a fundraising table at The Grey Lynn Farmers Market on Sunday, 20 October, 9am to 12.30pm In conjunction with the GLCG fundraising day there will be a spring vegetable gardening talk by Rob Velseboer of Heirloom Organix Seedlings. FREE, in the oval room, Grey Lynn Community Centre. PN

MILANO - COMO – PONSONBY GELATO WITH A TRUE ITALIAN TASTE GELATO AMANTE IS A FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS SERVING GENUINE ITALIAN ICE CREAM. You will find them on Ponsonby Road in the same little block as Kokomo and across the road from Longroom and The Ponsonby Village International Food Court. Gelato Amante is more than just an ice cream parlour. It offers a range of desserts like the ever-popular tiramisu and banoffee pie and has a range of thirst quenching options from their smoothie and juice bar. Whatever you fancy on the day there is something for everyone. Gelato Amante owner, Pedro is of Persian and Italian descent and has been in the restaurant business for over 10 years. He and his wife started making gelato in their restaurants as part of their dessert menu. Over the past five years they have been making gelato in Bona Pizza in Three Lamps. “The gelato and sorbet that we make is homemade with a true Italian taste, just like the gelato and sorbet you would taste in Milan or Como,” says Pedro. They make over 80 delicious flavours of gelato of which some of the most popular flavours are chocolate, Ferrero Rocher and pistachio but they are careful to only display 24 flavours of gelato at any one time as they like to “ring the changes”, by swapping out the flavours to keep it interesting for their customers. When you come into to Gelato Amante you will be greeted with a warm and happy smile and once you have finished tucking into a gorgeous gelato, a delicious dessert or a sumptuous smoothie, you too will leave smiling. PN GELATO AMANTE, 49 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 8833

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GARY STEEL: VEG FRIENDLY

The kindness of strangers Yesterday, I had lunch with my new good friend John Hanlon, whose pragmatic wisdom sent a lightning bolt through my senses. Some might remember Hanlon as the guy who sang those naïve protest songs in the 1970s - songs like “Damn The Dam” with its ecological message and unforgettable lines like: “Damn the dam cried the fantail - as he flew into, as he flew into the sky.” In fact, John Hanlon was the most successful New Zealand singer-songwriter of the 70s, selling truckloads of albums and going on to write and sing much better songs than “Dam The Damn”, but he walked away from it all in 1978, moved to Sydney, and made his fortune in advertising (you can see my full Hanlon profile online at the New Zealand Herald). What’s this got to do with vegetarianism? Well, it turns out that apart from still singing songs with lyrics about things that matter to him, Hanlon is the creative mind behind an astonishing anti-factory farming video for Animals Australia (these days he lives in Sydney) that he worked on pro bono for six months. The video, which can be viewed at the Make It Possible website, has been adapted by local animal advocacy organisation SAFE. The genius of Hanlon’s video is that instead of showing yet another parade of carnage and mutilation to bring on a case of the guilts, it’s uplifting and compassionate and plays on the essential idea that most people are intrinsically kind, and most people do actually care about animal welfare. It’s a mini-musical and in it, pigs do actually fly. I’m a hard bastard, and I cried. With YouTube and other internet video “channels” it’s easy to find horrendous footage of what goes on in slaughter houses, and numerous examples of mindboggling cruelty to animals in factory farming situations, and if we do choose to eat meat we should be willing to witness these sobering truths at least once in our lifetime. Hiding from the truth should not be optional. But repeat exposure to such footage is pointlessly upsetting. And, having grown up in an evangelising Christian household, I know that preaching to the converted is about as useful as teaching a dog to fetch its own droppings, come to think of it… The appalling deprivations and torture of animals that occurs in the name of factory farming is a matter of fact. What’s more, because it occurs behind closed doors, the torture is carried out in secret by a tiny minority of mindless killing drones for the eating pleasure of the majority - a majority of meat-eaters that are in all likelihood simply ignorant about how brutal the farming of animals has become in its industrial manifestation. While I choose vegetarianism, I’m also heartened by the movement towards conscious farming of animals - that is, farming that allows animals to enjoy their lives until the day comes to be sacrificed for human food. That awareness of the fact that each animal is sacrificed for our stomachs ultimately makes us more human. It’s why the Japanese say itadakimasu (“I gratefully receive”) before eating: an acknowledgement that’s far from the simple gluttony of a burger with three kinds of meat stuffed between its buns, or a beef patty with tiny bits of a thousand cows.

TASTE OF AUCKLAND TURNS FIVE Taste of Auckland celebrates its fifth birthday in 2013 with a stunning array of foodie delights on show at Victoria Park from 14 - 17 November. From modest beginnings in 2009, Taste of Auckland has grown to become the biggest festival of its kind on Auckland’s event calendar. This year the four day event will not disappoint even the most avid of foodies with new season tastes, textures and smells all on show. Festival director Rob Eliott is looking forward to the upcoming festival. “Our fifth birthday demands we celebrate in true Taste fashion this year,” says Eliott. “We’ve been busy with festival partners Fisher & Paykel and BMW in developing some fantastic features for the event, as well as putting together an exceptional line-up of talent and restaurant for Taste aficionados to try out,” he says. In 2013 Taste of Auckland welcomes consistently top performing restaurants FISH, Depot, The Commons, Toto’, Bracu and The Grove to Victoria Park’s green expanse alongside new comers Everybody’s Izakaya, Baduzzi and iVillage at Victoria Park Market. Masterchef winner Nadia Lim and Des Harris of Clooney Restaurant will be playing lead roles in showcasing cooking techniques and secrets while international sommelier Matt Skinner, recently named Best Young International Wine Writer 2012 by the Grande Cru d’Italia, will be on hand at Taste of Auckland offering insights and tips to wine enthusiasts at the Plumm Wine Theatre Masterclass. Accompanying the stunning selection of food and wine on offer is the Peroni Bandstand; a line-up of entertainment that sets the sound of Taste of Auckland, carefully crafted by music industry stalwart Peter Urlich. Full festival details including menus and tickets are available now at www.tasteofauckland. co.nz available now at www.tasteofauckland.co.nz PN

What’s great about our inner Auckland suburbs is the preponderance of farmers markets and specialist delis and restaurants where food origins are revealed. It’s what seems to be the early stages of a more conscious and more grateful attitude towards our food. People are starting to want to know where it came from, what it was fed, and how it was kept when it was alive. It’s about knowledge, and to get back to the beginning, the innate kindness of humans. And that video, it’s a genuine start, because it’s not just a litany of horror, or poking the borax at evil industry. I hate to use this word, but it’s genuinely empowering, because it acknowledges the fact that human kindness can actually change the world, even if it’s just a bit at a time. (GARY STEEL) PN Gary Steel is an Auckland-based journalist who runs online vegetarian resource www.doctorfeelgood.co.nz. He can be contacted via beautmusic@gmail.com

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY US EXPERT URGES KIWIS TO RECOGNISE POTATOES AS A ‘WHITE HOT VEGETABLE’ FOR HEART HEALTH Potatoes are “white hot vegetables” when it comes to providing vital nutrients for health and wellbeing, leading American expert Dr Maureen Storey has told the Potatoes New Zealand Conference. Dr Storey, president and CEO of the Alliance for Potato Research and Education (APRE) said that potatoes are the best source of potassium of any fruit or vegetable - yet even many health professionals are not aware of this. Potassium plays a major role in reducing the risk of heart disease and strokes, some of the biggest killers of New Zealanders. Among other health benefits, it also helps to combat high blood pressure and mitigate the impact of sodium on health. Along with vitamin C, a range of B vitamins, magnesium, iron, fibre and a range of phytochemicals, potatoes also contain lots of potassium. A cup of baked potato has about 610mg, a large proportion of the daily requirement of 3,800mg for men and 2,800mg for women. Dr Storey, who was in New Zealand to address the conference in Wellington and to meet with leading health professionals, said that potassium had been identified as one of the four crucial dietary elements which needed to be increased in Americans’ diets. “Only three per cent of Americans are getting enough potassium,” she said. “There is a widespread perception that bananas are the best source of potassium. Bananas are a good source, but potatoes have them beat. “There is a lack of awareness and a lot of misconceptions about potatoes, even among health professionals. People think most of the nutrients are in the skin, but there is also a tremendous amount of good stuff in the flesh.” Glenda Gourley, Food and Education Consultant for Potatoes New Zealand, said that it was important consumers understood the vital role potatoes can play in a well -balanced diet. “Potatoes are delicious, affordable, easy to cook, full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and we all love them,” she said. “As well as being rich in potassium, a medium-sized potato also contains nearly half the recommended intake of vitamin C. They are also fat free and a good source of carbohydrates, so they make you feel full for longer so you are less likely to snack between meals.” PN

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LITTLE BIRD COMES TO SUMMER STREET Years ago I first came across the Little Bird brand when I bought - far too many times - bags of their highly addictive macaroons from a little stand in my yoga teacher’s studio. I loved the fact that they were a delicious treat without many of the negatives usually involved with a little indulgence, and their creator, Megan May was truly inspiring. Fast forward a few years and I’m sitting over green smoothies with Megan in her newly opened Little Bird Unbakery at 1a Summer Street - the second in the stable after she opened the first in Kinglsland not too long ago. To say the latter was a runaway success is putting it mildly, and despite the fact that Little Bird started with very little money behind it the brand took on a life of its own. “It was a huge deal for us just to get the small space we had in Kingsland,” explains Megan, “and there was definitely no plan in place to end up in Ponsonby so quickly. It was just a matter of seeing what we could do and what we could afford to do,” and here they are. The great interior of the new location was designed by the very talented “Mr Bird”, AKA Megan’s partner Jeremy Bennett, an architect at Jasmax before he left his position to help build the Little Bird empire. He was the man who had the honour of being project architect for Jasmax on the restoration of the Tepid Baths in downtown Auckland, and also takes care of branding whilst Megan is the chef and creator of the Little Bird flavour. When I ask her if the quick success of the brand freaked her out a little she quickly nods in the affirmative and laughs saying, “we definitely were not prepared for that - at all! All of the people we’d bought in to help make product were suddenly finding themselves at work in the café and it was a huge scramble… but it was good, we certainly learned quickly.” Early menu hits included the always-popular Taco Plate with Black Beans and Dirty Rice and the Raw Pad Thai, and Megan says that as far as she is aware, the people coming to eat at Little Bird “get” the raw food fare on offer and most often keep coming back for more. After an early life as a flight attendant Megan threw herself into the pursuit of her dream of working with high quality, organic food to create something very special. Initially she enrolled to train as a chef, though not the raw, organic kind. Unfortunately this took a toll on her health and a two-year struggle with serious illness in the form of fatigue, upset gut and malignant tumours led to a total rethink of her situation. She was unable to work and frustrated, began the journey to good health and the establishment of Little Bird. She grew up in a family that helped pioneer the organic movement in New Zealand, so food and nutrition were always going to play an important part in her life and she embraced that fully - and we all get to reap the benefits. Raw foods naturally provide an abundance of nutrients that will make every cell in your body sparkle, but for Megan it’s highly important that the fare on offer at her two locations tastes amazing too. “Our food looks so appealing and colourful that I think they are genuinely interested to eat it,” she says, “and flavours that they are familiar with are still there. It tastes really good, you eat it and then wake up with a little more energy every day.” Megan has a cookbook in the works and her passion really is for spreading the word about “creating” incredibly good food that you can eat everyday and makes you feel amazing”. And who are we to argue with that? (HELENE RAVLICH) PN LITTLE BIRD UNBAKERY, 1a Summer Street T: 09 555 3278 www.littlebirdorganics.co.nz

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY HOSPO HERO AKA HOSPO HOTTIE Laura Lopez Lopez - Golden Dawn

How did you come to be a bar manager? I started as a “bar-back” - really wanting to work behind a bar - and within months was managing one of the biggest bars in Mexico City. I guess I was born to it! I moved on to cocktail design for brands and also did TV and radio slots both here and in Mexico. I jump back and forth from managing, to my main passion - being a mixologist behind the bar. What brought you to Golden Dawn? Having moved to New Zealand and Ponsonby with my Kiwi husband, I thought Golden Dawn was the coolest place, with exciting music and events. I thought my talents would be suited to an establishment that I had really enjoyed, even before working here. What do you love about Golden Dawn? The people I work with, the people who frequent the bar, and especially the music Matthew Crawley brings to make Golden Dawn a different experience, every day. What makes a standout mixologist/bar manager? For the mixologist, the ability to create. For the manager, getting along with people, making beautiful drinks, having fun and passing that on. Tell us about a memorable event you've managed this year... There are two events which stand out for me. Firstly, at Golden Dawn we are a team of managers under Nick Harrison and together we did the Marr Factory fashion series - and I had the opportunity to design cocktails for Karma Cola. The second was being invited to present cocktails on Radio Hauraki for The Saturday Special show. I love being able to communicate what I have to offer. If you could wave your wand and have anyone in the world walk into your bar right now, who would it be? I would say John Malkovich, John Malkovich, John Malkovich; actually I have already served him in one of my bars. But he is welcome again. If you could wave your wand and have anyone in greater Ponsonby walk into your bar right now, who would it be? Anyone with a smile. Where do you drink/enjoy drinking (or dine/enjoy dining)? Foxtrot Parlour, Sidart and Mea Culpa - when I’m not at the beach or looking for trouble. Name someone you think is a great greater Ponsonby hospitality worker... Ismo Koski at Sidart - a manager and sommelier who goes the extra mile. PN GOLDEN DAWN, Corner Ponsonby and Richmond Roads, T: 09 376 9929 www.goldendawn.co.nz

CAN FOR A COFFEE: MEET THE LOCALS CAFÉ The morning rush at pretty much every local café in my neighbourhood points to the majority of Aucklanders as being pretty serious about their coffee, and willing to shell out good money for it when it ticks all of the boxes. One very cool new initiative I recently heard about in the ‘hood however involves damn good coffee whipped up by professionals, but without a single coin changing hands. It’s simply known as Locals. Locals is what they like to call “a pop-up espresso bar with a difference”, which I think is awfully modest of the creators as it is in my humble opinion a bloody great idea. The brainchild of Brad Robinson, Oliver Johnston and Joshua Wong - a trio of young creatives who are passionate about their work, people and the community - it is the world’s first ‘can for a coffee’ cafe. Grab a can (or more) of food from your pantry before you go to work, take it into Locals and simply trade the said can for an espresso coffee on Fridays and Saturday mornings every week. All proceeds will be promptly donated to the Auckland City Mission Food Bank quick smart, making it a win-win situation all round! Locals is a not-for-profit initiative that came about when Robinson, Johnston and Wong approached coffee roasters Caffe L’affare for support and with the grain of a very good idea. The trio originally envisaged a pop up in their own garage, but Wellington-based L’affare were so enamoured of the plan that they offered their beans at no cost and their Auckland base at 13 Rose Road as a more central location. Next on board was Anchor, kindly offering to meet all of their milk needs for free. Then the race was on to open the doors and, in time, potentially take the initiative to the world. With their first partnering coffee roaster, Caffe L’affare, the pop up begins an exciting journey which the trio hopes will encourage other coffee roasters around the world to jump on board and create a “Locals” of their own (for more information see canforacoffee.com). For the trio the very first Locals cafe represents the small beginnings of a much grander dream - leveraging people’s love of coffee to help those struggling in their own communities. It’s a dream that will most likely become a reality if the amount of enthusiasm generated on opening day was anything to go by - and that was from the creators, their supporters and happy punters to boot. The initial plans for Locals Ponsonby see it sticking around for perhaps a month or a little more but I think it should be a feature year round and a great place to start the day during the summer months. So if you agree then grab your cans and get in there ASAP: feed your addiction and get a healthy dose of feel good while you’re at it!

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CELIA HAY: NZ SCHOOL OF FOOD & WINE

Taste is a riddle

Sometimes it’s hard to explain why you like to eat a dish or blend of ingredients which others can’t stand. Why do some combinations of ingredients appeal and others not? This is a fascinating subject and one that I have spent many years considering and sharing with my students at the New Zealand School of Food and Wine. The serious aspect There is a whole science behind how we taste that underpins the food service industry and what we buy in the supermarkets - think of all those ready-made dips from pesto to hummus or wacky combinations of ice creams. Consumer focus groups evaluate and rate products to consider their appeal to future customers. Scientists also differentiate between taste as chemical sensation from our taste buds and flavour which is a “fusion” of senses including smell, tactile (chewiness in the mouth), heat or even pain from eating hot chillies. We learn to respond to taste. For instance, in most cases we do not like food that is bitter - this is apparently a survival mechanism from our time as hunters and gatherers as bitter plants often contain poisons. Food that is too salty or acidic can also be unpalatable. Subconsciously we are making decisions as to whether to swallow or spit! On average, people have around 10,000 taste buds but some people may only have 1,000 while others have 13,000 and are highly sensitive to what they eat. So the world of taste can look dramatically different depending on your physiology. However, the influence of our taste buds does not explain everything as there remain important psychological influences that are less predictable but equally powerful. For instance, we often associate food with a happy memory - sitting on a beach, on holiday or with a special person, so that too influences our mood and how we perceive taste and flavour.

The fun aspect Putting aside the science, it is fascinating to learn more about your own preferences and why you like certain things and dislike others. It is also interesting to consider tastes or flavours that provoke behavioural responses and this becomes a personal story of discovery. I find that if I eat something sweet for breakfast - jam, Nutella (not happening) or sweet pastries, this just sets me up to want to eat MORE sweet food throughout the day. If I eat a poached egg for breakfast, followed by espresso coffee, I often do not feel hungry until 3pm.

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Yes, there are nutritional aspects here, but for me, the coffee is bitter and also has a long savoury finish that I like. I do not want to alter the finish on my palate and so for me, espresso is a “full-stop” and I don’t feel I want to eat. What’s more, if someone offered me a freshly baked lemon tart, just after I had finished the coffee, I would decline even if the tart looked amazing. The reason is that I do not want to introduce a citrus, sweet, slightly acidic flavour to my mellow coffee palate… but this is me! (CELIA HAY) If you would like to learn more, sign up to one of our food and wine pairing sessions: www.foodandwine.co.nz/food_wine_evenings PN

NEW ZEALAND SCHOOL OF FOOD & WINE, Level 3, 104 Customs Street West www.foodandwine.co.nz Email me: celia@foodandwine.co.nz

THE GLORIOUS SOCIETY OF BANGERS AND BEER Grey Lynn Butchers are at it again. They have just won first prize in the Hallertau Brewery’s competition to make a sausage to complement one of their beers. Their Typsy Snarler features freedom pork and Hallertau Maximus 1PA beer. Halletau are a boutique brewery in Riverhead. PN

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LAURAINE JACOBS: THE SEASONED PALATE

Trends from September Travels My palate has been truly seasoned over the past month. But not in Auckland. To celebrate a significant birthday that my husband marked in early September, we have been gallivanting around the globe, tasting and sipping our way through a variety of restaurant experiences. I am very excited and heartened by the major shift I encountered on menus. The husband has always been in love with Brasserie Bofinger, the very first authentic Parisienne brasserie he ever visited. It’s a spectacular place with an art deco glass dome in the central dining room, and can be found in a little side road just a pebble’s throw from the madness that is the continual traffic circling around the Bastille monument. It was always going to be first choice to eat at for his birthday dinner. A serious white burgundy was ordered to accompany a vast tray of freshly shucked oysters, and then we enjoyed various fresh fish dishes. I splurged on an order of sole for my main course and I can’t think of any waiter in Ponsonby who could deftly bone the cooked fish like mine was, leaving it pristine and as if no hand had ever touched it. With lashings of lemon butter it was utter perfection. The grand thing about the historic brasseries of Paris, which all fall under the ownership of the Flo Group these days, is the menus offer very traditional French cooking. They may not have the touch of genius that smart young and upcoming chefs around the city show, but you can always rely on seriously good tucker. Fish, meat or chicken are the stars but if you want your greens, you must order side plates. Happily most other meals we encountered showed exciting new direction. Vegetables are finally having their day in the restaurants of London, Edinburgh, Paris and Tokyo. On previous travel adventures I have always craved more salads, and veggies, and they have been so hard to find. My initiation into this new wave began with our very first meal after we’d flown into London at a new restaurant, Grain Store, in the newly constructed Granary Square behind Kings Cross station. There, in a cavernous space where the kitchen was integrated into the dining area, we were offered what was a revolutionary menu. I am so used to seeing protein being given star billing with vegetables mentioned as if they were the garnish. Grain Store’s menu read like a seed catalogue. Every item listed the vegetables and fruit of each dish and added the fish/chicken/meat as if it was an afterthought. Brilliant! The food really delivered too. I ordered three plates and each was fresh, interesting and vegetable-driven. Salted watermelon, marinated fresh peach, microgreens and salmon confit; baby beets with onions, dill oil and fresh goat curd; and salty marinated grilled aubergine slices topped with a tangle of herbs and leaves. Move over meat, I was convinced by this fresh and exciting approach. After this promising start, our fresh vegetable odyssey continued unabated. We spent time in Edinburgh and the wilds of Scotland, then moved on to anchor ourselves in Paris and Tokyo. Vegetarians we are not but we could well have been on this trip as there was surfeit of vegetable dishes on the menu to tempt us in almost all the restaurants and bistros we ate in. We ate a stunning meal, straight from the garden at The Gardener’s Cottage in Edinburgh. There were seven courses for £30, including a fragrant tomato and fennel soup with cheddar breadstick, some tender green beans with Shetland Blue potatoes and a soft free range egg, and a most unusual gooseberry jelly with hyssop cream, tiny meringues and borage flowers. Like so many places we ate, the chefs were young people who had worked alongside starry chefs in grand places and then moved away to start their own places with brand new initiative. These chefs can always tell you who grew their food and of course they always emphasise the best of seasonal bounty. In Paris we were wowed by the menus at some of the hottest tickets in town, Septime, Mon Viel Ami, Semilla and Parisien Terroir. Their menus were dictated by the kitchen (you have to trust these chefs!) and the courses were dominated by vegetables. I was completely captivated by their freshness and innovation. In other bistros, the dishes of yester-year had disappeared and chefs were cooking up light, fresh ingredients and seemed to have abandoned the heavy fare they were known for. In Tokyo the revolution continued. We ate at Roppongi Nouen, feasting on a menu that was entirely sourced from small farmers. We ordered their “Farmers Welcome Vegetable Platter”. The freshest raw vegetables ever were served to us on in the base a bed of crisp miso flavoured crumbs (they even provided a miniature rake so we could “do

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the gardening”) and accompanied by a dish of tasty pumpkin and ginger dipping sauce. And in our final meal at the very, very upmarket Takazawa, we encountered the ultimate vegetable dish. Simply entitled World Heritage, our plates were filled with more than 30 tiny vegetables, herbs and leaves each individually cooked, beautifully arranged and all sourced from small famers or from their own rooftop garden. Amazing. Often I have spoken about my food adventures at events, and always pose this perennial question to the audience. Given the time spent selecting flights, hotels and travel arrangements, how many people carefully book their meals before they leave home? Very few, it would seem, and yet that is the thing that makes or breaks the success of any trip for travellers. It may take a little time to do the research but anyone with computer skills can do it and it is well worth booking ahead at good restaurants. Most places around the world offer online bookings. For as sure as hell, popular places will be booked out by the time you find them on the road. You’ll be destined to eat with a bunch of other undiscerning tourists in random places where inferior ingredients are fashioned into smudgy food that will not make you feel great. (LAURAINE JACOBS MNZM) PN www.laurainejacobs.co.nz

GET READY FOR GASTROFEST To raise funds for gastro-intestinal cancer research, the event will showcase New Zealand’s best seasonal produce and entertaining ideas from four of the country’s finest chefs. Gastro-Intestinal Cancer Institute of New Zealand (GICI) has teamed up with the chefs to create a mouth-watering five course degustation menu which will be held at Auckland’s hotspot - Ponsonby Central. Taste buds will be set alive with a delectable menu created by Brenton Thornton (Euro), Kirsty Cardy (MasterChef 2010), Julia Crownshaw (Dollop and New Zealand’s Hottest Home Baker judge) and Jess Daniell (Jess’s Underground Kitchen), as well as wine and beer matching by Matua wines and Moa beer. TV personality Carly Flynn will entertain guests throughout the evening as the event MC and encourage guests to take part in the charity auction. A number of exciting items will be up for grabs, including “money can’t buy experiences”, with all proceeds going towards supporting clinical research of gastro-intestinal cancer. Gastro-intestinal cancers include cancers of the oesophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and bowel. Collectively they are the most common form of cancer in New Zealand. With nearly 4,000 new diagnoses each year, most New Zealanders are likely to know someone who is affected. Date: Thursday 7 November, Time: 6:30pm to 10:00pm, Venue: Ponsonby Central’s new upstairs function space. Tickets: Tickets are limited and cost $100 each or $900 for a table of 10 from gastrofest.eventbrite.co.nz PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


WHAT’S HOT AT SABATO SPRING INTO SUMMER... What a fantastic feeling it is that summer is really on its way! This fresh and flavourful salad is perfect as we look forward to many an alfresco dinner shared with friends, the barbeque coming out of storage and picnics becoming a regular occurrence. Mediterranean Spring Farro Salad Serves 6-8 1 bag Girolomoni Organic Farro 150g El Navarrico Piquillo Pimientos, sliced 3-4 tbsp Sabato salted capers (soaked for half an hour then drained) 125g Sabato semi-dried cherry tomatoes, sliced ½ 185g jar Salvagno pitted olives in oil (drain and save the oil) 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 1 small red onion, finely chopped 1 handful of fresh rocket (chopped) 75g KerNelZ walnut pieces (toasted in a 170˚C oven for 10 minutes or starting to brown) 50g fresh Italian parsley (chopped) Dressing: 2 tbsp of Forum Cabernet Sauvignon vinegar 2 cloves garlic, crushed or chopped finely 2 Ortiz anchovy fillets, chopped finely 4 tbsp oil from olives and extra virgin olive oil if needed Salt and Pepper Shake all of the dressing ingredients together in a jar until emulsified. Cook the Farro in boiling salted water for 20 minutes. Drain well. Mix all the salad ingredients together. Dress the salad, mixing well. Season with salt and pepper. This salad is best made a little ahead of time, allowing the flavours to develop and, as with all salads, this is free for you to chop and change as you please. Some variations we enjoy include replacing the semi-dried tomatoes with fresh cherry tomatoes cut in half, using shredded basil in place of the rocket or crumble goats cheese over salad just before serving. Buon Appetito! PN SABATO, 57 Normanby Road T: 09 630 8751 www.sabato.co.nz

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LIZ WHEADON: WINE, GLORIOUS WINE Not all sparkling wine is created equal, so what are the differences and how do you tell them apart? Quick fire facts to start then; • Sparkling wine is only champagne if it is from the Champagne region in France • The same production method used in Champagne is used elsewhere, this still does not mean it’s Champagne • There is superb quality sparkling wine that is not called Champagne Confused yet? Essentially the method of sparkling wine production used for centuries in the Champagne region of France is referred to as the traditional method and can be condensed as follows; it starts with great quality grapes (red and/or white); these are picked and pressed, the juice then goes through alcoholic fermentation - so essentially to this point the winemaking is similar to making a white wine, although the choice of grapes and ripeness is slightly different. The wines are then put into bottle for the second fermentation; during this fermentation the Co2 created through the process can’t escape and is trapped in the bottle, creating the bubbles. At this point the bottles are sent to rest in the cellar: for non vintage Champagne it’s a minimum of 18 months in the cellars with the wine in contact with the lees; the very best houses leave their non vintage a lot longer, it’s at this point that the wine develops those wonderful rich, biscuity complex autolysis characters. The bottles are then carefully turned and the dead yeast cells from the fermentation are gently encouraged to the neck of the bottle. The top of the bottle is then chilled to freeze the yeast cells and the small amount of liquid around them in the neck. The cap on the bottle is released and the solid frozen portion that has the dead yeast cells in it is expelled. The wine is then topped up and a dosage is added; the dosage is what gives the sparkling wine its desired sweetness. A cork is then fitted to the bottle and it is ready to go. In New Zealand we have many quality sparkling wine producers, making their wine by the traditional method, who are producing wines of exceptional quality. One of those responsible for leading the charge was Daniel Le Brun with his first cuvée Daniel Le Brun in Marlborough and more recently under his new company No 1 Family Estate. Cloudy Bay’s Pelorus has quickly become a benchmark New Zealand style, joined by the super Nautilus Brut; these three Marlborough sparkling wines would make any list of the best méthode in New Zealand. The other region in New Zealand well suited for sparkling wine production is Central Otago where Rudi Bauer has been making top (if not the top) New Zealand sparkling for many years. New kids in the central sparkling block, Akarua launched their first sparkling wines last year just before Christmas. Their first release was tiny, particularly of their Rosé, with a bit more volume now on the way. This year sees Akarua release their first vintage sparkling. The talented winemaker at Akarua, Matt Connell, is joined in the sparkling production by Dr Tony Jordan who has excellent experience in sparkling wine production from working at Cloudy Bay (Pelorus) and Domaine Chandon, amongst others.

TASTE NIRVANA FOR COCONUT WATER LOVERS Crack open the best tasting bottle of coconut water in the world! Coconut water is creating quite a stir around the globe with sportspeople and celebrities quickly picking up on the beverage du jour. Its natural health benefits have made it one of the world’s fastest growing new beverage categories. While people living in tropical regions have understood the nutritional value and enjoyed the refreshing taste of coconut water for millennia, it’s only in the last few years that the developed world has caught on. Taste Nirvana Real Coconut Water is the closest thing to drinking out of an actual coconut. The coveted allnatural coconut water from Thailand is newly available in New Zealand in three delicious varieties: Real Coconut Water, Real Coco Aloe and Real Coconut Water with Pulp. Taste Nirvana Real Coconut Water is exactly as the top of the cap states: happiness in a bottle. In fact, we’re so confident that Taste Nirvana is the best tasting coconut water on New Zealand shelves that we implore you to make the taste comparison for yourself! PN www.bestbeverage.co.nz

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You’ll find the excellent Akarua sparkling range - Brut, Rosé and Vintage in store and online this month www.glengarrywines.co.nz (LIZ WHEADON) PN

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JULIE BONNER: NEWS FROM FROG POND FARM

Keep Smiling … Spring is always a super time of year in the garden. The fruit trees are covered in masses of pink and white blossom, our flowerbeds are coming to life and suddenly there is colour in the vege garden. Most of our orchard pruning is complete … the pears have received their annual haircut, plus I’m feeling particularly happy as on a sunny Sunday a few weeks back my feijoas also got a trim. As they are bird pollinated, it is a good idea to “open” up the tree so those feathered friends of ours can fly through and “do their stuff”. The other good news is that Andrew hauled out the wood chipper, blew out the winter cobwebs and mulched all my trimmings. This wonderful stuff will end up back in my garden over summer as mulch to protect the soil and keep it moist. We are still munching on broccoli and cauli, peas, beetroot, lettuce and spring onions which look for the world like they are on steroids, massive things but so very tasty. As we both love cooking, our gardens are bursting with a variety of herbs, which by the way I have started throwing into my vege juices - pineapple sage and lemon grass having starring roles. September is the time I usually start sowing my seeds for summer plantings. I chose a selection of heirloom vege;- beetroot, lettuce, celery, chilli, capsicum, tomatoes, herbs and an array of wonderful flowers - lemon bergamot, cleome, zinnia, Shasta daisy, marigold and fever few. So into a rather large seed tray (think of a kitty litter tray) that was kindly donated by a neighbour, I covered the base of this with paper and then filled it up with a good planting mix. Once all labels were written and sitting upright in the soil, I then carefully emptied seed into my hand and then pinched it between fingers before dropping it onto the soil. Once all the seed was in situ, I sieved the soil mix on top of the seeds, removing any woody bits and also creating a fine even cover. A good spray of water and onto the heat pad, a “cat deterrent” rack on the top and hey presto, job is done and dusted. Regular watering and some warmth here is the trick. Within a week there was a wonderful display of activity with several varieties shoving their way through the soil. And to keep in the spirit of sowing, I poked some cucurbit and bean seeds into their very own containers and popped them also on to the heat pad. Seedlings, as you can imagine, need light to grow. So in their quest for such, and should it be limited as it is in our garage, they will grow spindly. As I have learnt previously, Andrew’s man shed which is filled with blokey things like tractors and spades and stuff is the perfect place to pop the seed tray during the day. Lots of sun; in fact it can become a bit of a sauna at times. I moved the seeds through into the shed, removed the rack from the top of the tray and closed the door, feeling confident that my seeds were indeed safe! Hmmm … if only I had seen the small gap under the roller door which was just large enough for a rather plump cat to squeeze beneath! Oh dear me. Devastation, labels had toppled, seedlings had been stomped into the dirt and there were paw prints everywhere. My seed tray had become a kitty toilet! I did manage to rescue some of those seedlings, pricked them out and repotted. To be honest, it would be so much easier to whizz out and buy those damned seedlings, but then it just wouldn’t be as much fun, would it? The trials and tribulations of growing your own! At least my chooks are all looking good and egg production is finally underway - that’s the spirit! Well that’s it for me for the month … happy spring gardening! (JULIE BONNER) www.frogpondfarm.co.nz PN

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PHIL PARKER: WHOSE WINE IS IT ANYWAY?

Mixed Lollies New New Zealand Wine Releases Around spring comes the time in the wine writer’s year when newly released wines start to enter the market. First a trickle, then a vinous tsunami is unleashed as wine producers large and small stack up all the new bottles for scrutiny and purchase. Writers get to sample for free in three different ways: trade samples couriered to your door, individual winery tastings - often with the winemaker, and finally large trade shows where a number of wineries club together for en masse tasting events. Obviously, my preference is for the mystery parcel dropped at my doorstep and the opportunity to open the bottle and evaluate a wine over an evening, letting it ‘breathe’ a bit and seeing how it goes with food. This gives plenty of time not to rush into judgement and to get a good idea of aromas and flavours. Plus, I can get a second opinion from my lovely wife, as long as she agrees with me. A hosted tasting with the winemaker is great too, because you can ask questions directly and also get feedback from other writers present. On the other hand you feel obliged to stifle any negative feedback out of politeness. So you say, “Mmmm … interesting,” instead of “Oh my god, what were you thinking?” But realistically, it is a rare occasion to get a dud when sampling our NZ wines; such is the consistency of quality across the board. Trade shows offer a mixed blessing. They do give the chance to catch up with other writers, winemakers and industry marketing folk. On the other hand it is often a bit of a mad zoo format with, say 10 or 20 wineries each offering six or more wines for sampling. Writers are invited along with hospo people (restaurant and bar), retailers, other media, PR folk and so on. A cynic would say, and I certainly would not - that some people come here to drink free wine and get a wee bit pissed. When I went to these shows in the early days I tried to be very diligent and dutifully went to each stand to sample all the white wines, and then second round - all the reds. Apart from confusing my palate, despite spitting and tipping I still ended up quite squiffy by the end. Nowadays, I confine myself to two or three varieties (usually Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) and finally leave the building reasonably capacitated. Okay. So here’s a few releases that crossed my path recently: Pegasus Bay Waipara Riesling 2010 $28.00 Medium sweet, full-flavoured wine with lots of mandarin and citrus crispness overlaying ripe stone fruit and minerality. Waimea Estates Nelson Grüner Veltliner 2012 $25.00 (Pronounced grooner felt-leaner). Probably the most famous dry style grape from

Austria. This is a good introduction for New Zealanders. Some floral aromas, with nectarine and herbal flavours and a dry finish. Waimea Estates Nelson Pinot Gris 2012 $23.00 Medium dry style, with a juicy fruit collection of ripe stone and citrus fruit flavours, plus a hint of stewed apple. Kumeu River Village Chardonnay 2010 $16.50 A label redesign and launch party saw Kumeu River’s entry level Village Chardonnay get a makeover. With the Maté’s Vineyard premium Chardonnay retailing at about $70, this is a more affordable option for everyday drinking. Flavours of hazel nut and toast from barrel fermentation, and some fruity peach and nectarine characters, but with a crisp clean dry finish. Lake Chalice Raptor Marlborough Chardonnay 2012 $28.00 Similar in style to Kumeu River Village, but a bit more depth of oak flavours and mid palate weight. Brioche and toast flavours with a nice balance of acid and peachy buttery characters. Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Waipara Pinot Noir 2010 $84.00 A great Pinot from a good hot, dry vintage. Ripe and luscious with spicy liquorice, black berry fruit, cherries and plums and silky yet persistent tannin. (PHIL PARKER) PN Read Phil’s blog at nzwineblogger.blogspot.co.nz Phil Parker is a wine writer and operates Fine Wine & Food Tours in Auckland. www.insidertouring.co.nz

YOU DON’T GET MUCH FRESHER THAN LIVE FISH RESTAURANT For a one of a kind dining experience you can’t go past LiveFish Restaurant and bar. As the name suggests you select your live seafood, choose your dish from the menu and it’s cooked to your liking then served to your table. LiveFish Restaurant is home to some of the freshest local New Zealand seafood and you can taste it! The range includes crayfish, clams, crabs, fish, paua, oysters with many others. In addition they have an extensive range of mouth-watering gourmet meat and vegetable dishes. The menu boasts fusion style cooking including delicious authentic Chinese cuisine.

Make a reservation today and rest assured that LiveFish will be added to your favourite dining venues. Call to make reservations and if you are using a voucher, please do not book online. LiveFish is a fully licensed restaurant. No BYO. PN LIVEFISH RESTAURANT AND BAR, North Wharf 39 - 47 Jellicoe Street Wynyard Quarter, T: 09 373 8872 www.livefish.co.nz

A range of beverages are available. Maybe you are in the mood for an after dinner espresso? Their coffees are made by their professional award winning baristas using only the best Italian coffee beans from Piazza D’oro. Perhaps a beer is more to your taste? The range of beer includes local varieties Steinlager and Lion Red plus international brands such as Tsingtao or Kirin. The wine list has been carefully chosen to match the specialty Chinese cuisine and includes some favourites, Kopiko Bay, Huntaway and Church Road and for a special treat they have a skilled bartender to make magnificent cocktails for you. Customers are the focus at LiveFish and they ensure their team demonstrates a superior ability to understand, meet or exceed the needs of every diner.

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JAY PLATT: WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT...

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Large leather hippopotamus $397 @ KOKO Classics www.kokoclassics.com; Ash & Carbon salt & pepper grinders by New Norm for Menu $188 a set @ Simon James Concept Store www.simonjamesdesign.com; Cartier style London carriage clock $550 @ The Empire Collective www.theempirecollective.co.nz; ‘Wow’ rechargeable Bluetooth speaker $99 @ Askew www.askew.co.nz; ‘Cuttings’ tumblers $180 set of 6, ‘Cuttings’ wine glasses $210 set of 6 @ Bob & friends www.bobandfriends.co.nz; ‘wet your whistle’ hip flask $49.90 @ Askew www.askew.co.nz; vintage style world globe $239 @ Republic www.republichome.com

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WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT 38cm paella pan $43.50 @ Millys kitchen www.millyskitchen.co.nz; Missoni ‘Laguna, Monterosa and Laguna’ candles $128 each @ Tessuti www.tessuti.co.nz; ‘Duck’ whistling kettle $95.50 @ Millys Kitchen www.millyskitchen.co.nz; ‘Many Hands’ Penknife $39.90 @ Askew www.askew.co.nz; Gold metallic ‘Piggy Bank’ by Harry Allen for Areaware $405 @ Simon James Concept Store www.simonjamesdesign.com; Missoni ‘oberon’ throw $986 @ Tessuti www.tessuti.co.nz; Abigail Ahern lamp ceramic bulldog with handmade French taffeta shade $769 @ Askew www.askew.co.nz PN STYLING: Jay Platt PHOTOGRAPHY: Danilo Santana David, Fisher Santana.

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PONSONBY NEWS READERS ARE EVERYWHERE

ROSS THORBY: SEA FEVER MOST SHIPS OFFER EXCURSIONS ALONGSIDE THEIR PORTS OF CALL and they can often work out to be particularly rewarding. This year, I went on “Safari”. The chance to visit Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa on a shore excursion seemed too good an opportunity to miss.

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Our accommodations in Zambia turned out to be tree huts built in Ebony Trees, but these were no ordinary tree huts. Air conditioned and beautifully fitted out with the latest mod cons and terraces that overlooked the Zambezi River. They were all linked by walkways and you could move from your “hut” to the bar, pool or riverside without your feet touching the ground. That first night we were treated to a boat cruise, well, I say “cruise” but it consisted of the guide taking us out into the river, turning off the engines and serving us cocktails. We floated serenely with the current in amongst the families of hippos and warthogs wallowing in the meandering river. Later we dined on impala steaks whilst watching more families of impala and zebra coming down to drink, keeping one eye on us and our meal and their other on the half submerged crocodiles lying in wait. That night, I awoke with a start thinking we were either having an earthquake or that my dinner was having its revenge, but at breakfast found out that no, my tree-hut was shaking because the hippos were using the tree-trunks as scratching posts. You don’t get much closer to nature than that. Our next stop was Botswana. When we arrived they promptly served us lunch and the house rules. The first rule in the African wilderness is that between the hours of 6pm and 6am you mustn’t venture out on your own. You have to phone the special number and an armed game warden will come and escort you to wherever you want to go, the spa, the bar, the restaurant or maybe, the pool. The second house rule; check the pool before you get in, you don’t know what may have decided to get in before you. Now, I come from the adventure capital of the world. We don’t often get scared by a little wildlife so I was a bit skeptical about these rules until the next morning, the garden was covered with hyena and leopard tracks - ahhhhhhhh now I get it, Don’t go out on your own after dark. And the pool? The pool that morning had a family of baboons in residence. Our days were filled with exciting safaris. Chobe Chilawero “hosts” 50,000 elephants, so you can’t fire so much as a blunderbuss without hitting one. We were screaming down a dirt track one morning when Possinimo, our guide, drove to a screeching halt. “Now don’t worry, we’ll be fine,” he said...we looked quizzically at each other then we saw the bull elephant step out in front of us.

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It was like “Guns at the OK Corral”. He stood eying us for what seemed an eternity, then trumpeted, shook his ears and raced towards us slamming his trunk on the bonnet. Although I was sitting in the front passenger seat at the time, I nearly wasn’t but shimmying up the nearest tree. We found out later that it was “rutting” season soon and some of the animals had started a little early... as a number of our party would attest later. Late one afternoon we were on a “River Safari”. Sitting in our boat beside a river bank, drinking our obligatory cocktails and watching the sky turning from an earthy yellow to a fireball orange to a brilliant red while the sun slowly set. A family of baboons were also watching alongside us and Possinimo pointed out a croc lying in wait at the waters edge about 10 feet away. All we could see were two little bumps in the water, until it leapt out at a bird walking along the bank, scaring us and the bird half to death. Africa is full of the circle of life and here you are constantly reminded of it. We counted later that on our six day adventure we’d seen over 55 species of wildlife and several “Kills”. All we see at home is the occasional feral cat. Capetown and the QM2 beckoned. We returned to our home away from home exhausted, but filled with just a little more wonder of our world than when we started. Everyone agreed it was money and time well spent. (ROSS THORBY) PN

1. Ponsonby boy, Ben Beilby checking out Ponsonby News as he does a lap of HOLLAND on a bike behind his 83 year old grandfather (Opa) Gouke Leek from Queenstown. 2. Toshiko and Raiden Frederiksens were photographed at OAK BEACH, AUSTRALIA. They were there to visit The Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Dear readers please keep sending us your holiday snaps reading your favourite magazine, we love getting them! Photos need to be in high resolution (300dpi), so please email them to info@ponsonbynews.co.nz without reducing the size.

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THE MAASAI & THE MIGRATION by Ange Pirie, Director, World Journeys

As we touched down on a tiny airstrip in the middle of the Serengeti, gazelle scattered left and right into the bush. I had finally arrived in Africa! East Africa is my favourite safari destination - the vast herds of wildebeest, leaping Maasai warriors, and the soaring slopes of Kilimanjaro will never fail to take my breath away.

Next it was on to the Ngorongoro Crater, a veritable “Garden of Eden” with its prolific wildlife - home to a permanent population of more than 30,000 animals in a mere 260km2 . Interestingly, a pack of hyena over 100 strong dominates all other predators in the crater. It was here that I also had the opportunity to interact with the local Maasai tribe, who are integral in the success of the crater’s on-going preservation. Experiencing my first Maasai “Guard of Honour” ceremony, with over 50 traditionally dressed Maasai armed with flaming torches, chanting as they leapt into the air, defying gravity, and generating gasps of wonder all round. This was East Africa at its best.

I may have a hankering for true wilderness, but do insist on some home comforts. My arrival at the safari “camp” was heralded by a chorus of welcome song from the staff, citrus scented cold towels and a chilled fruit cocktail. My vast canvas tent was decked out with a proper bed with snug duvet, and a teak chair on my “deck” that was perfect for gin and tonic’s at sunset. Definitely not the camping of my childhood! All that aside, I had come to Africa to see the animals. Each day began with an early wake-up call, hot chocolate and a quick snack before heading out in a 4x4 with an expert guide and tracker. Just as we were rousing ourselves for the day, the animals were making the most of the cool morning air. The pressure was on to spot “The Big Five” game - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. In the bad old days of hunting these were the animals most difficult to hunt on foot. Even now they can be elusive, but for the expert and instinctive skills of our tracker, whose keen eyes spotted spoor (tracks) and fresh droppings that led us to even the shyest - the leopard. It’s such a thrill to see these beautiful creatures up-close in their natural wild environment, indescribable. We were also lucky enough to experience the annual ‘Great Migration’ in action, with wildebeest and zebra moving in vast herds, almost single file, to the fresh feeding grounds in the north. Quite a spectacle, and truly one of the wonders of this world. I also headed north to another camp by the Grumeti River, where the tents featured amazing alfresco showers complete with pink fluffy towels! The main lounge area here overlooked the river, home to a huge bloat of hippo, as well as the giant Nile crocodiles. Needless to say, I confined my cooling dips to the camp’s swimming pool.

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TRAVEL BREAKS: THE NEW THERAPY! The area of Napier, the capital of the Hawke’s Bay province of New Zealand, was first sighted by Captain Cook in October 1769, when he sailed down the east coast of the North Island. Later traders, whalers and missionaries were the forerunners of permanent residency here. In the 1850s farmers and hotelkeepers arrived. The area was purchased by The Crown, a town plan was prepared and the place was named after Sir Charles Napier, the hero of the Battle of Meeanee in the Indian Province of Scinde. Many of the streets in this settlement are named to commemorate the colonial era of the British Indian Empire. On Tuesday 3 February 1931, at 10:46 am, Napier had a new start on life. A two and a half minute earthquake rocked the town, almost totally leveling all buildings and raising some areas as much as eight feet. More than 4000 hectares of seabed became dry land and today this has been developed into residential and industrial property as well as an airport. Napier is world famous for its unique architecture. Almost completely rebuilt during the depression, it has survived as probably the most concentrated collection of buildings in the Art Deco and associated styles, popular in the early 1930s. ACTIVITIES OF INTEREST Hawke’s Bay Museum and Art Gallery Featured exhibits: The Great Hawke’s Bay Earthquake, Newest City on the Globe, various Art Deco exhibits, Nga-Tukemata - the treasures of the Ngati Kahungunu people, Dinosaurs, Hawke’s Bay History, Art & Craft exhibitions. Open daily. 9 Herschell Street, Napier, T: 06 835 7781. Admission fee applies. Gannet Seabird Colony Cape Kidnappers contains one of the largest and most accessible mainland gannet colonies in the world. While rather clumsy on land, these relatives to the pelicans are designed for graceful flying and diving from great heights into the sea to catch fish. The season at Cape Kidnappers (the birds are migratory) runs between late October and late April. The best time for viewing is between early November and late February when the chicks are hatching and beginning to mature. The last chicks depart the colony in May for their exhausting migration to Australia. Public access to the gannet colonies is closed July to October to prevent disturbance to the birds during their early nesting phase. Napier’s Art Deco Walks and Tours These are operated by the Art Deco Trust, formed in 1985 to work for the preservation, enhancement and promotion of the unique 1930s architecture. The trust offers a variety of activities for visitors, which interpret the historic inner city and outlying parts of Napier. The trust is located at Deco Centre, 163 Tennyson Street, opposite Clive Square.

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NAPIER GARDENS Sunken Gardens Located on the Marine Parade next to the Visitor Information Center, this pretty garden is maintained year round. Stone pathways, wheelchair facilities and sheltered seating provide ease of access.

ranges offering good protection from prevailing westerly winds. The wide range of soil types in the region offer Hawke’s Bay another prime viticulture asset. In recent years the focus for new plantings has moved to inland areas on the margins of the Heretaunga Plains, that offer low vigour vineyard sights.

Marine Parade Gardens Located next to the Soundshell on the Marine Parade, these public gardens include the Veronica Sun Bay, the famous statue of Pania of the Reef, the floral clock, sundial and the Tom Parker fountain. Lovely stone pathways and seats are dotted around the garden.

The Hawke’s Bay climate is perfect for all premium grape varieties. Chardonnay and the Cabernet Sauvignon blends from Hawke’s Bay are leaders in the New Zealand wine industry, with Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and sweet dessert wines also commanding high recognition. The excellent climate and growing conditions have allowed the successful development of all the classical grape varieties to a very high degree of quality.

Centennial Gardens Next to Army Headquarters, off Marine Parade. Enjoy a lovely manmade waterfall and stone pathways. Botanical Gardens - On Spencer Rd. Fully grassed, bird aviaries, fishpond and walkways. Great spot for a picnic. Kennedy Park Rose Gardens Adjacent to the Kennedy Park Holiday Complex off Kennedy Rd. Open year round. No paths, flat access, grassy area. Superb in November. Scented Gardens This small garden designed for the blind is adjacent to the Kennedy Park Rose Gardens. Contains bushes, annual flowers and herb plants. SHOPPING Pick up the Hawke’s Bay Art & Craft Guide and the Art & Craft Retail Outlet leaflet from the Napier Visitor Information Center to see where you’ll find local artists in their studios. You will have the opportunity to purchase and personally see the processes used to produce works of distinction. Worm woolled creations to paintings on canvas, there is something for everybody. Be sure to stop by recently opened Statements Gallery, a contemporary and very exclusive New Zealand Art and Craft Studio. If you’re interested in antiques, there are 14 antique shops around Napier. Pick up a Napier Antique Trail Guide from the Napier Visitor Information Center. AROUND NAPIER: HAWKE’S BAY WINERIES Hawke’s Bay has some of New Zealand’s highest sunshine hours, providing the region with a key advantage for successful grape growing. The growing seasons are generally low in humidity with continued heat until April, which is ideal for late maturing varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling. It has a relatively dry climate with the rugged inland Kaweka and Ruahine

RESTAURANTS Napier offers numerous cafés, restaurants and wineries to inspire your palate. TAUPO The Lake Taupo region displays some of the finest examples in New Zealand of untouched, unspoilt, uncrowded country. This region holds many natural wonders such as the largest fresh water lake in Australasia (created by the world's largest volcanic eruption of the past 5,000 years), the best one day hike in New Zealand, majestic mountain peaks and the country’s largest ski area. Taupo is the events capital of New Zealand and the trout fishing capital of the WORLD! And if this isn't enough, they have beautiful bush, sub-alpine hiking tracks, the freshest and cleanest streams and rivers imaginable, plus Maori heritage and their vibrant culture with plenty of legends and traditions to learn about. The Lake Taupo region has every adrenalin pumping adventure you could want. And a heap you’ve probably never tried before. Options include jetboating, 4x4 motorbiking, white water rafting, kayaking, jet skiing, tandem skydiving, bungy jumping, horse trekking, parasailing, replica racecar driving, mountain biking, abseiling, rock climbing, skiing and snowboarding (winter only). Fine tune your game on one of the six excellent golf courses in the region. Dine out in one of the many wonderful restaurants. Soak in a natural mineral spa, sunbathe in a secret bay, sip a fine cappuccino at one of the many cool outdoor cafes. Or grab a map and follow our colourful new Arts & Crafts Trail. And remember not to pack too much for a Lake Taupo holiday because the shopping around here is excellent with many of the shops open seven days a week. PN

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THE POINT VILLAS The Point villas offer an unrivalled sense of luxury. Overlooking The blue waters of New Zealand’s largest lake. surrounded by beautiful areas of bush and exotic trees, situated in a private estate 10 minutes from Taupo village. Each villa is spacious and elegant, featuring living areas with expanses of glass opening to wide decks and your own private Magna swimming pool. Accommodating up to two couples or a family of four, both bedrooms open into glorious bathrooms, floor to ceiling glass, giving the impression of bathing outdoors.

The villas also boast beautifully appointed kitchens offering a range of options, from self-catering, through to an “all-inclusive luxury lodge experience.” Private helipad offers easy access to sightseeing and hidden fly-fishing rivers. Two tennis courts, petanque, croquet, and kayaks to explore the lake from your private beach. The perfect venue for your special occasion. Conde Nast Johansens recommended. PN ART OF TRAVEL, 17/386 Richmond Road T: 09 360 1456 www.artoftravel.co.nz

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING ABOUT FACE - GREAT LOOKING SKIN FOR A LIFE TIME About Face has arrived, joining Linda Forgie and her experienced hairdressing team at the established Clarins beauty clinic No. 18 on Jervois Road. With over 28 years of experience and with seven clinics Auckland-wide, they are pioneers in the beauty industry delivering high levels of service and professionalism whilst remaining friendly and approachable. They pride themselves on ensuring their clients are delighted with their experiences and results. About Face’s mantra is “great looking skin for a lifetime, without extreme measures.” They continually up-skill their team of experienced skincare specialists, using the latest technology and the best product ranges to make sure you look your best at any age. Marianna Glucina founder and co-owner of About Face explains her philosophy, “The lines of our face tell the story of our lives - we don’t want to erase them altogether, but we want to look as fresh as we can for as long as we can. We have two new state of the art skin rejuvenation lasers; Fraxel re:fine, and Clear & Brilliant. They reduce fine lines, improve skin firmness and restore radiance and vitality, slowing down the ageing process.” Have a look at their treatment menu and latest promotions on their website and while you are there, don’t forget to like them on Facebook and sign-up to receive their monthly e-newsletter. Call the friendly staff at their Ponsonby clinic to make an appointment. PN ABOUT FACE, 18 Jervois Road T: 09 378 4140 www.aboutface.co.nz

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WIN AN INDULGENT MAKEOVER AT MORE THAN SKIN

Perfect skin, perfect hair and a perfect makeover package… With the arrival of spring, we all tend to search for a fresh new look and the benefits of a rejuvenating boost. So to help restore your sparkle and revitalise your beauty routine, More Than Skin Ponsonby Urban Spa is offering you the chance to win an afternoon of chic style and luxury. Working in conjunction with Chantal Landais Hair Studio, the Urban Spa has created this gorgeous prize package combining the very best in French skin and hair care services. Simply enjoy any treatment with their expert team throughout October and you’ll automatically be entered into the draw to win a pre-Christmas makeover valued at $440.* The first step of your makeover focuses on replenishing and hydrating your skin with the tension-busting De-Stress experience. Relax and unwind as your professional therapist treats you to a soothing Aroma Massage (60min) and Aroma Essence Facial (75min) using France’s award-wining cosmetic aromatherapy brand, DECLÉOR. Attention then shifts to your hair, with a visit to Chantal Landais Hair Studio for a style consultation, cut, colour and blow wave. And of course the French connection continues, not only through this French-Kiwi salon owner, but also within the high-end product ranges available. For more information on our makeover competition or to book your appointment, call Vanessa and the Ponsonby team today on T: 09 361 2231. *The competition will run from 1 October to 31 October 2013, with the makeover prize to be redeemed during November 2013. PN

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When it comes to colour, go natural It has been interesting to watch innovations and shifts in focus in the hair industry over the last few years, with many of the global mega-brands so long-associated with colour and styling being edged out by uniquely wonderful new independent players or forced to change their modus operandi and their formulas. Most of the above has been with consumer demand and stylist health in mind, and has centred around the use of chemicals like ammonia to transform hair and its associated nasties. There have been links to cancer and extreme skin sensitivity cited, as well as the eventual toll that regular colouring of any kind can have on your hair. Over the past little while though natural and organic colour has been creeping its way delicately onto centre stage, with many now firmly established as the leading lights in the market. I met Original & Mineral’s Sarah Archbold, who was in town with founder Jose Bryce Smith back in late August. They had flown in to see the transformation of the Stephen Marr salon to all O&M colour, and catch the Marr Factory designer shows the brand had sponsored. Jose Bryce Smith is the well-tressed force behind the “chemically conscious” hair care company, which has come a long way over the past couple of years. From humble Sydney beginnings, O&M’s environmentally aware product range and natural hair colouring system has found a loyal Australian following, and now the international scene is catching on. In a big way. O&M believe hair will always benefit from being stress free. “We don’t believe you need harsh chemicals to colour or care for hair and set the bar pretty high for how our products should look and perform,” Sarah tells me, and the O&M CCT (Clean Colour Technology) colour range now in use at Stephen Marr is ammonia free, whilst their Watercolour range is both ammonia and peroxide free. Their hair care range includes natural actives and essential oils and is free from sulphates, parabens and other known nasties, and I have been a huge fan for years. Whilst I was there I had one of O&M’s new Liquid CCT treatments, which are designed to enhance natural colour, add luminous tones and depth, and are also top notch for grey blending and colour correction work. Enriched with antioxidant Tasmania sea kelp, Liquid CCT’s formula also contains a unique blend of nourishing macadamia and argan oils to leave the hair feeling soft, healthy and glossy and the shine factor on mine was incredible. Stephen Marr colour specialist Amanda Preston told me that she has had “more and better results with O&M than any other colour brand I’ve tried,” which is no faint praise. At the other end of Ponsonby Road is the award-winning D&M Hair Design, where owners Danny Pato and Michael Sissaengrath have decided to go natural too. “D&M cares about their impact on the environment, our staff and our clients,” Danny tells me, “that’s why we’ve gone ammonia free and chosen to work with A New Colour by Davines.” The beautiful colour service from the famed Italian family brand gone global utilises the likes of melanin, carotenoids, vitamin C, quartz powder and vegetable vaseline to provide extraordinarily velvety, intense, multifaceted results. Add to that maximum comfort for customers and full respect for the hair’s structure and you have a seriously inspired product, and unlike many organic and natural colour systems in the past it can get some dramatic results. Their bleaching powder is free from ammonia and persulphates yet has the ability to lighten up to seven levels, whilst the colouring cream is based on natural substances of vegetable origin (carotenoids and melanin) and has powerful antioxidant action going on to strengthen the hair. Danny and colourist Stephanie used A New Colour for what Davines call a “Flamboyage” service on my hair and the end result was seriously rich. Developed by Davines’ Artistic Director Angelo Seminara, it is what Danny describes as a “softer take on balayage, with serious shimmer,” and I have to agree. You can see A New Colour at work in D&M’s dramatic new collection, Arctic Opera, which was shot by Mara Sommer. Arctic Opera is a sister campaign to their Nomad series from earlier in the year and follows on the team’s celebration of global citizenship. You can see the influence of cultures such as Onna-Bugeisha and the Inuit, as well as from specific icons like Khutulun and Frieda Kahlo - along with some seriously beautiful, effortlessly coloured hair. So like the title says - when it comes to colour, go natural… and no, I’m not talking about the hue! (HELENE RAVLICH) PN

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CLARE CALDWELL: THE ART OF LIVING Not many of us can live life without the advent of change permeating it these days. And is change necessarily a bad thing? Some of us deal better with the comfort of regularity and predictability while others of us like the freshness and challenge that change can bring. Dealing with change can be two-fold especially when the changes involve a sense of loss. Death of a loved one or beloved pet, loss of a relationship, loss of health, loss of a job and so on. All involve big changes in our immediate reality and our sense of place within it. Our world view can discolour into many shades of grey as our coveted sense of self shifts on its axis. The main advice around changes that are traumatising is be kind to yourself. Don’t pretend everything is fine - it isn’t but it will be. Embracing rather than denying the confusion and pain these changes bring gives us time to sit with what’s coming up, reflect upon it and begin to gently assimilate it into our wider reality. If the changes have spun you into chaos, choose to continue with routines and rituals that you still have control over - such as keeping on eating healthily, or exercising daily. If the chaos is too overwhelming, confide in a trusted friend or seek professional advice. Change can also be exhilarating. It can expose us to new things, pushing us into arenas we would normally ignore or avoid. Make a plan to get yourself out there! Approach that art gallery for a show, join that gym, compete for promotion in your workplace, begin writing that book, explore another career path, start that course… All pretty scary challenges! Find the courage to be all that you can be in this life and not be held back by avoidance or procrastination. The rewards of overcoming the fear of change and moving out of our comfort zones can be liberating and enriching. As I was walking along the road the other day, engrossed in thought, a blur of orange fluttered past me. A monarch butterfly. Maybe our aim in dealing with changes in our lives, whatever they may be should be to embrace the metaphor of this beautiful creature whose existence brings joy to so many and whose biological imperative is new growth.

TONI&GUY – GLOBAL SUPER BRAND OPENS IN PONSONBY The world’s number one hairdressing brand TONI&GUY is now in Ponsonby. TONI&GUY are excited to announce the opening of their second salon in New Zealand, on Ponsonby Road. This global super brand combines a love for fashion and a desire to create world-defining hair trends like no other. TONI&GUY has long been renowned as a pioneer and innovator within the hair industry, providing the link between high fashion and hairdressing. Every year the global trend collection is launched, taking inspiration from international fashion collections and popular culture. These forecasting trends impact the global hairdressing industry. TONI&GUY is also a major sponsor at London Fashion Week and this year TONI&GUY New Zealand styled for shows at New Zealand Fashion Week including the Ponsonby Presents show featuring Andrea Moore, Kingan Jones, Storm and Taylor. 2013 has seen TONI&GUY celebrate its 50th birthday, marking five decades of the iconic brand’s presence since the first salon was opened in 1963 by brothers Toni and Guy Mascolo in London. The brothers pushed the boundaries of hairdressing, turning the salon experience on its head by encouraging clients to opt for trend-led looks. TONI&GUY are known for their world-class education program. Every stylist is trained to the TONI&GUY standard. Education is offered on an on-going basis to ensure that hairdressers are up to date with the latest in trends and cutting edge techniques. The system allows stylists and technicians an opportunity to advance their skills, giving them access to job opportunities across the world within the TONI&GUY community. TONI&GUY are always looking for new stars to join the team, please contact us if you’re interested in a career with us. PN TONI&GUY, 48a Ponsonby Road, T: 09 378 8998 E: ponsonby@toniandguy.co.nz www.toniandguy.co.nz/content/ponsonby

It changes many times and battles tenaciously to survive all of its stages, from egg to baby caterpillar to large adult, then if it has managed to survive predation to this point, it transmutes into a chrysalis. Out of this exquisite casing it emerges, still vulnerable but in its final form: a thing of great delicacy, determination and beauty - transformed, refreshed, ethereal and free. 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; E: clare.e.caldwell@gmail.com (CLARE CALDWELL) PN

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Rubywaxx arrives at re:ab on Selbourne

Fake it and you’ll make it

When three of the upstairs treatment rooms at my gym, re:ab on Selbourne, turned a hot pink shade it could only mean one thing - the arrival of the legendary Rubywaxx.

I’ve spent the month of August in France this year, where tanning is still a very serious business.

The sparkling new spot is one of three locations for Auckland beauty legend Ruby Francis, who first established her award-winning business way back in 1997. When she began working out of her first premises in Newton she was a sole operator, and the first therapist in the city to offer the now so-popular-it’s-almost-standard Brazilian wax. The latter is still their most asked for treatment, and Ruby and her team are such masters of it that it comes with what she calls their “world famous 15-minute guarantee”. Let’s face it: if you’re going to go through that sort of pain once a month then you want it to be over as quickly as possible, and they promise that same adherence to time every repeat visit… or it’s free! As well as waxing the salon offers time-efficient and highly effective anti-ageing treatments that actually work, including facials using the high performance Aspect skincare range from Australia that Ruby tells me are “mostly peels, although we can do the fluffy stuff if people really want it. Primarily we prefer to do really results-driven facials though, and our clients seem to appreciate that as well.” They even do more invasive anti-ageing procedures like injectables, Microhydrabrasion, skin needling with a Dermaroller and dermal fillers for those that really want that bit extra. At the more “feelgood” end of the spectrum they do masterful manicures and pedicures using CND’s Vinylux product range, as well as spray tans using MoroccanTan, an Australian formula infused with argan oil and enhanced bronzers that leaves the skin feeling soft and nourished after each application. Ruby says that the industry has definitely been affected by the proliferation of cheap deals and even cheaper services that have hit the marketplace over the last year or two but that she believes quality products and great service will win at the end of the day, every time. “We take pride in the fact that we pay our staff well and they reward us with great work and loving what they do,” she says with a smile, “and clients appreciate that.” She adds that her staff “have a real personal relationship with our regulars too, which is what you want when you’re having a service as personal as a wax or a facial.” And it’s not just all about beauty for Ruby - Rubywaxx won the Excellence in Retail Award at the Westpac Auckland Central Business Awards in November of last year - presented by the Auckland Chamber of Commerce - and Ruby competed in her first boxing tournament that same month, which is no mean feat. Up until her arrival at re:ab on Selbourne Ruby and her family lived on the premises at her Newton location and she says, “it was definitely time to move, and I’m so glad that we did. I really love being at re:ab and the happy vibe here and my staff agree.” (HELENE RAVLICH) PN

The general population invest time and money keeping themselves in close proximity to the sun at all times, be that on the beach, by a lake or a pool, or even lying out on one of Paris’ crowded, man made “plages” along the banks of the Seine. I got in to the spirit of things and relished the chance to try their legendary sunblock brands, many of which are amongst the best in the world. Their sun is also a hell of a lot more forgiving than what we get Down Under, where I stick religiously to the faux glow. Now I’m back home and the rain is bucketing down, but I am already planning for it to be THAT time of the year when the layers start falling off, so if you’re not working with some kind of tanning product now then I suggest you get to it - fast! And, if you’re as rubbish at applying self-tanners as I am then it’s high time you made a user-friendly self-tanner or gradual tan your friend - the best of the bunch are pretty much foolproof, and great for your skin to boot. One of my fave gradual tanners is by Australian beauty brand ModelCo, who recently signed up model-of-the -moment Rosie Huntington-Whitely as their spokesbody. They are a brand known for high performance, no -nonsense, innovative products, and ModelCo’s Gradual Tan (told you they were no-nonsense) is an everyday triple action self-tanning moisturiser for all skin types that acts as a self-tanner, tan extender and moisturiser all in one, allowing you to build or prolong a natural-looking, streak free tan gradually and easily. It helps to improve and even out skin tone, prevent the visible signs of aging and protect the skin all while delivering a gradual golden glow. It’s also scented with what they call “delicious summer fruits”, so there are no tell tale signs of tanning, just a fresh, yummy scent. On the true self tan front, one product I made sure to pack when I left the country was Kate Somerville’s Somerville360° Tanning Towelettes. The creator and director of her own renowned skincare clinic on Melrose in Los Angeles, Kate Somerville has devoted her life to creating flawless faces. When it comes to a clear complexion and a gorgeous glow, stars like Jessica Alba depend on Kate’s clever hands and killer products with good reason - they work. Every product in her range began life in her clinic, including the towelettes, which contain a paraben -free self-tanning formula to give you a quick and even application with no streaking. She formulated these after years of despairing over client Paris Hilton’s shockingly fake looking spray tans, and the Hollywood princess was all the better for it! Incredibly easy to use and perfect for travel as they come individually sealed - no need to stress about bottles or tubes busting out en route - each towelette is concentrated with a self-tanning formula to give you a quick and even application. To use, unfold the towelette and apply to dry, clean skin in a circular motion over your face and body, being sure to wash your hands immediately after you’re done. The end result is tan-tastic perfection and no over -spray coating the bathroom to spend hours scrubbing away afterwards. The brand is available at Mecca Cosmetica, who also stock Somerville’s self tanning pads formulated especially for the face - a great way to bring a little sun into your life early in the season and again, pretty much foolproof to use. Last up, I’d like to give a shout out to Australian brand Asyana’s Natural Sunless Tanning range. It was created to be a completely natural tan - in ingredients, look and feel - and contains only the best of fruit, plant and botanical extracts. Think the likes of aloe vera, green tea, grapeseed, allatoin and essential oils - all of the good stuff and none of the bad. The formulation is most importantly alcohol and paraben preservative free - and yep, it looks great! (HELENE RAVLICH) PN

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Why you should avoid that plastic water bottle A few weeks ago my editor sent me this email, which resonated strongly with me as a breast cancer survivor: “Bottled water in your car is very dangerous! On the Ellen show, Sheryl Crow said that this is what caused her breast cancer. It has been identified as the most common cause of the high levels of dioxin in breast cancer tissue. Sheryl Crow’s oncologist told her: women should not drink bottled water that has been left in a car. The heat reacts with the chemicals in the plastic of the bottle, which releases dioxin into the water. Dioxin is a toxin increasingly found in breast cancer tissue. So please be careful and do not drink bottled water that has been left in a car. Pass this on to all the women in your life. This information is the kind we need to know that just might save us! Use a stainless steel canteen or a glass bottle instead of plastic!” So many women - and men - I know save and refill their water bottles as a matter of course and with the planet in mind, and more often than not leave them rattling around in their cars for use at the gym. Many of those same women sourced specifically BPA -free bottles, stainless steel and plasticware for their bubs when they first had children, but as many of us do, neglected to think about themselves! But if you’re not ready to think about that yet, consider the planet. The majority of water bottles are made of completely recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics sure, but PETs don’t biodegrade they photodegrade, which means they break down into smaller fragments over time. Those fragments absorb toxins that pollute our waterways, contaminate our soil and sicken animals (which many of us then go ahead and eat). Plastic trash also absorbs organic pollutants like BPA and PCBs. They may take centuries to decompose while sitting in landfills, amounting to endless billions of little environmentally poisonous time bombs.

AROHA HEALING OPEN DAY Aroha Healing is having their first open day on Saturday 2 November 10am - 3pm. The team feel that this will be a wonderful way to introduce community into their premises to gain a better understanding of what goes on behind the doors of 3 Maidstone Street. Rosanna and Benton (directors of Aroha Healing) are taking this opportunity to welcome their friends that are highly skilled at what they do, and feel it will be a great way to promote alternative forms of holistic healing all under one roof, and help support the holistic community in a positive way. Visitors can look forward to Tarot card readings with Sarah Carrington-Fortune from Fortunes on Eden and Jackie Pope, director of Wyrdsisters Alchemy, also based in Mt Eden. Aura soma readings with Peace Summer Life, crystal readings with Lou Theobald, art therapy energy work with Donna Byrne of Cosmic Messages and Rosanna and Benton will be free for you to talk to visitors about their services and products; reiki, Aroha Healing massage, Aroha Healing candles, sacred tantra bellydance, Aroha Healing yoga and much more. A door charge of $30 will enable visitors to experience a few or all of the offerings on the day! Aroha Healing hope to make this a regular event on their calendar. For more information, updates and bios for the friends of Aroha Healing please go to their website and open the Aroha Healing Days page. Aroha Healing candles are here and are available at Aroha Healing for both retail and wholesale to selected businesses. Aroha Healing candles are proudly handmade by the Aroha Healing team in Grey Lynn. The candles are perfectly aligned with the unique approach that Aroha Healing do so well. Each candle is blessed with karakia, reiki and much aroha. Aroha Healing candles affect the energy of an environment in a positive way, nourish the chakras and enhance meditation practice via our olfactory system. Aroha Healing candles make the perfect gift and are wonderful for focus, self healing, love, sensuality, abundance and good positive energy! Please email or call the team at Aroha Healing if you have any enquiries. PN AROHA HEALING, 3 Maidstone Street T: 0800mindbody info@arohahealing.co.nz www.arohahealing.co.nz

According to the Ocean Conservatory, plastic bottles and plastic bags are the most prevalent form of pollution found on our beaches and in our oceans - it’s terrifying to imagine, but every square mile of the ocean has over 46,000 pieces of floating plastic in it. Ten percent of the plastic manufactured worldwide ends up in the ocean, the majority of that settling on the ocean floor where it will never degrade. Next, on to our health. Many will say, “but isn’t bottled water safer and cleaner?” No. In fact, the majority of evidence shows that it’s worse for you. Plastic leaches into the water it holds, which has been linked to health issues like reproductive problems and different types of cancer. Harmful hormone-disrupting phthalates leach into the bottled water we drink after as little as 10 weeks of storage, or much faster once the bottles have been left in the sun (like in the car), as aforementioned. So buy yourself and the ones you love - a stainless steel canteen ASAP. Mine is an ECOTanka and onto its second year - it’s safe, good looking and more than worth the initial outlay of around $20! (HELENE RAVLICH) PN

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LANI LOPEZ: HEALTHY LIVING

See A Healthy Future Eyes are a big part of well-being. Lifelong good eyesight is a key contributor to enjoyment and quality of life. But in the developed world we have an epidemic of AMD, age-related macular degeneration which means the majority of us will suffer vision loss as we age. But preventive healthy action can protect against AMD and postpone its progress if you already have it. As with most of our body, eyes benefit from nutrition and exercise, so let’s look first at foods. Naturopaths like myself have long prescribed food and eye exercises for recovery and prevention. In more recent times we have been joined in this by allopathic clinical practice. Visible Nutrients A good example is leading American Professor of Optometry Leo Semes, who wrote, “You are what you eat; it’s trite but it’s true. It’s been shown that certain habits like eating a high-fat diet are associated with, but not causative, in AMD (age related macular degeneration).” And his top recommendation? Carrots, yes your Nan was right after all! Professor Semes explains their value saying, “Carrots are high in beta-carotene. Lack of vitamin-A, a cousin of beta-carotene, is implicated in poor darkness adaptation.” I’ve compiled a list of specific nutrients beneficial to eye-health, and the foods to add into your long-term eating plan. If you are at a time of high stress or illness (or for women in pregnancy and breast-feeding) these are foods to double up on as your nutritional needs will be increased. 1) Eat More Healthy eyes need; zinc, selenium, carotenoids, vitamin A C D E. Good sources for these are; • Almonds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, hazelnuts and Brazil nuts. • Beef, turkey (dark meat), chicken liver; eggs, butter, milk. • Seafood; sardines, mackerel, shrimp, crab, salmon, halibut. • Noodles, brown rice. • Peppers, kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, beans, lettuce, peas, corn, tomatoes, broccoli. • Strawberries, melon, grapefruit, peaches, papaya, tangerines and oranges. Fortified juices. And good news for tomato sauce lovers, eat plenty. 2) Let The Sunshine In The best source of vitamin D is exposure to sunlight which stimulates production of vitamin D. Get a few minutes exposure to sunlight each day. So take action now, eat and enjoy your way to preserving and protecting lifelong vision. (LANI LOPEZ) PN Lani Lopez BHSc, Adv.Dip.Nat is a naturopath, clinical nutritionist and top-selling author. Founder of lanilopez.com find her and ask questions about your well-being on Facebook. com/lanilopez.com or email Lani personally naturopath@lanilopez.com

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A MILESTONE WORTH CELEBRATING Talento; lead by Shelley Taunt is celebrating its 25th birthday in the New Zealand talent industry with the launch of their new website. They have been providing professional representation to both emerging talent and industry veterans for over 20 years. Specialising in quality presenters, actors and talent and boasting one of the largest children’s divisions in the country, Talento provides personalised service to every individual Talento talent and they hold a firm reputation amongst New Zealand clients nationwide. Talento has been represented in a wide range of media including commercials, film, television, photographic stills and non-broadcast videos. They are particularly proud of their work on several feature films and on-going presenting work. Talento has launched many professional careers including Anna Hutchison, Dominic Bowden and Wendy Meyer. PN TALENTO, 29 MacKelvie Street T: 09 360 3377 www.talento.co.nz

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JOHN APPLETON: ON HEALTH

Your ileocecal valve - could it be the cause of your symptoms? Most people and indeed many Doctors may not be familiar with a very important part of the digestive tract known as the ileocecal valve (ill-e-o-c-cal). As our food passes through the stomach into the small intestine (which is approx seven metres in length) the process of digestion gets underway and if all goes well, by the time it reaches the end we will have been able to break down the protein - the fats and the carbohydrates and many important nutrients will have been absorbed into the blood vessels found in the wall of the small intestine. At the end of the small intestine (the ileum) there is a small valve (not really a valve but a sphincter muscle) which allows for the passage of our digested food into the colon (at the cecum) where it becomes “waste” ready for elimination. The ileocecal valve has a very important role to play. When it’s functioning normally it’s a one way system and “waste” is not able to pass back through it. If however the ileocecal valve malfunctions and remains open or closed this can cause a range of symptoms which can include: bowel disorders (diarrhea/constipation) - abdominal pain and bloating - nausea (the liver can become overloaded) - bladder infections - pain around the heart - right shoulder pain - dark circles under the eyes - right side pelvic pain - flu symptoms - postnasal drip - tinnitus - low back pain - face pallor - syncope - headache - bad breath - dizziness. There are so many seemingly unrelated symptoms - ileocecal valve dysfunction is often referred to as the “Great Mimicker”. When the ileocecal valve sticks in the open position (which is most often the case) there can be a “backflow” of toxic material which can exhaust antioxidants such

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as vitamin C as it works to detoxify the fecal material. If ‘colonic’ bacteria pass back into the small intestine it’s possible that they could be absorbed into the bloodstream and end up in the kidneys ultimately causing a bladder infection. If the ileocecal valve remains closed constipation can be a symptom of this. Problems with absorption of nutrients can be an issue when there is ileocecal valve malfunction. We can be eating all the right foods and taking good supplements but we don’t get the benefits from them.

With all of your fingers, press in FIRMLY and find the tender spot. This area can be tender in most people. It’s a bit like finding a golf ball under a pillow - but some of us have more “pillow” than others so keep palpating to locate the spot. Palpate means to press in slowly but deeply to feel for hardened or tender areas. I find that it is easier to do it while lying down with my knees raised. Once you’ve found it, massage it in a circular fashion as you would any cramped muscle. Massage with medium pressure, in a rotary motion for five seconds.

I found out about my ileocecal valve some years ago when I was trying to get to the bottom of unexplained “gastro” symptoms (burning and pain in the lower abdomen) that had plagued me on and off for a long time. It was only when a chiropractor told me I had an irritated ileocecal valve it came to my attention.

Then bend your right arm at the elbow and using your left fist, briskly stimulate the bicep muscle which is the reflex area connected to the ileocecal valve. Ideally, the above massage should be done three times a day before meals. At the least do it in bed before going to sleep and in the morning before you get out of bed.

The “chiro” had pressed firmly down on my “tummy” approx halfway between my navel and the top of my right hip (the high part of the pelvic bone). The area was very tender. A simple massage treatment worked wonders for me and I was very surprised to find that my “gastro” symptoms had eased the next day.

In addition to my massage programme I use a simple herbal product that I found in the U.S. known as ‘Valve Ease’ (Dragon River Herbals) which I make into a drink. Just how common is ileocecal valve dysfunction? I read an interesting book ‘Gut Feeling’ by Gary Richer and I discovered that ileocecal valve dysfunction is indeed a very common problem. One chiropractor says that 80 percent of his clients with difficult digestive symptoms had to work through their ileocecal valve problems before they could gain their way back their health.

Since then I have always had my chiropractor check my ileocecal valve and I have learned the massage technique so that I can keep on top of it at home. To locate the ileocecal valve area (its placement can vary slightly for each person), place your left thumb on your navel, your right thumb on your right hip (the high part of your pelvic bone). Imagine a line connecting those two points and find the middle of that line. Place all your fingers 2 to 3 inches below the middle of that line and you should be close to the ileocecal valve.

Digestive issues can be really debilitating and what I have learned about my ileocecal valve has been enormously beneficial. (JOHN APPLETON) PN APPLETON ASSOCIATES, T: 09 489 9362 john@johnappleton.co.nz www.johnappleton.co.nz

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TRISHA MARTIN: INNER DEVELOPMENT & WELLBEING Tales of Everyday Magic: Painting The Future Louise Hay, DVD $26 Hay House has released four magical and uplifting DVDs. The brainchild of filmaker Michael Goorjian, the series is a collection of hour-long “featurettes” that focus on the human condition. Speaking to the head as well as the heart, Tales of Everyday Magic are films about the transformative moments that give meaning to ordinary life. In the first DVD of the series Painting The Future the key message is that our thoughts create the life we live. Jonathan Page’s life took a devastating turn when he lost his eyesight to a rare illness. Once a successful painter and printmaker, Jonathan now lives in complete darkness, rarely leaving his apartment and angry at the world. When he encounters his precocious 11-year-old neighbour, Lupe, the two form an unlikely friendship. Her cheerful presence shatters his hardened exterior, revealing a gentle man struck by tragedy. Lupe leads him to a fresh perspective by showing him the power of kindness, compassion, and love. This is a story of how two people from totally different worlds can make a connection that is life changing and deeply profound. It reveals the darkness that can follow a person who is bitter and aggrieved over events in life. However, it is also a powerful expression of what can happen when a person holds their beliefs close to their heart, not waivering in their conviction, despite running into adversity time and time again. The DVD also includes bonus footage with Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson discussing the key points of the film. (TRISHA MARTIN) PN PATHFINDER BOOKSHOP, 182 Jervois Road, T: 09 378 6269, www.pathfinder.co.nz

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SHEENA SHUVANI STARDUST ASTROLOGY

(September 24 - October 23) ♎ Libra Element of air. Symbol: The Scales. Quality: Cardinal (= activity) Motto: Must have (but only if it’s the best). Planetary Ruler Venus Character Balance, co-operation, win/win. Pleasing features, pleasant ways. Often beautiful or handsome and rightly famous for that wonderous charm, a balanced Libran is a good listener, fair arbitrator, intelligent, informed, well educated, well mannered, cultured and diplomatic (but will argue if sense of justice is outraged). Libra is luxury-loving, extravagant, talented, tasteful and hedonistic. Give them gourmet food, fine wines, cash, perfumed red roses, art and soft music and the best seats at the theatre. Libra loves erotica, fashion and are décor junkies. Give them perfume and scented candles. They love makeovers and redecorating and will equally dump last year’s sofa or lover if they don’t cut it. Unbalanced Librans can appear decadent, insincere and smarmy instead of charming and always overspend, overindulge.

Helpful Advice Yes, by all means gather relevant facts, weigh up situations, explore options before making your final (right) decision! Just speed up the whole process or people may (mistakenly) think you’re indecisive. Actually you have excellent judgment. 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! Featured Precious Stone(s) Diamonds, emeralds, amethysts, opals. Favoured Metal(s) Copper, silver, gold. Favoured Colour(s) Lavender-blues, sea greens, purple, crimson. (SHEENA SHUVANI). PN

Career The iron fist in the velvet glove! Can be cuttingly critical of inefficiency or slow, poor service. Excel at organisation, strategy and likes to control. Often found in the professions, business, and the arts. Judges, lawyers, psychologists, counsellors, architects and writers. Must have harmonious, tasteful workspaces and agreeable people around. A dynamo at work but lazes about at home. Loves beautiful surroundings but will pay someone else to do the housework. Love and Sexuality Light, breezy, flirtatious and a confident seducer. Libra is romantic, sensuous, erotic and sexually passionate but ever reluctant to commit. A serial monogamist Libra loves to be pampered and cosseted. Libra will spoil and indulge you sexually, make you a star of the show and usually have an understudy waiting in the wings - just in case.

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What your stars hold this month ♎ Libra (the Scales): 24 September - 23 October

Are you able to decipher all the signals that seem to be coming your way? Your ability to look past the obvious can be challenging as well as draining sometimes, you seem to be distracted by anything other than your reality.

♏ Scorpio (the Scorpion): 24 October - 22 November

You seem to be rushing around more as your life is gathering pace, it’s as if you’re on some imaginary timescale, and now you’re beginning to make a few mistakes. Rein in those horses now before your life gets away from you.

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

If you decide to make any improvements in your life start with the inside first, you will begin to feel so much better. You will notice improvements in all aspects of your life, providing you take things slow and steady and not head full steam into something expecting immediate results.

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

Don’t agree to anything you’re not comfortable with, you have been feeling like you have been manipulated recently and have only been going along with things to please others. Stand up for yourself and say no, if you upset or lose friends, so be it.

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

You might think there are a few dark clouds hovering around you at the moment, as friends and family can’t seem to do enough for you. Enjoy it while you can, it’s the kindness that you show to everyone being paid back in full, it just happens that it’s all at once.

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

Try and concentrate on your own business this month and not get wrapped up in other people’s affairs. You could find you’re not wanted and come across as meddling. Don’t neglect your own work just because you’re eager to please.

♈ Aries (the Ram): 21 March - 20 April

Their are a few things in your life that you concentrate on that take up so much of your energy, that in the grand scheme of things are really not that important. You need to prioritise what’s important so you can accomplish more of what you want.

♉ Taurus (the Bull): 21 April - 21 May You don’t want to share your emotions but you sometimes have no control when they come bubbling to the surface, your work environment may be mixed up at the moment but you’re strong enough to cope as those around you may not be able to at the moment.

Gemini (the Twins): 22 May - 21 June You’re brimming with ideas on improving your work and home life but are hesitant in divulging how you feel as you have been knocked back before. Make sure your plans are clear and concise and then if they are rejected remember it’s not anything you’ve done, you may have to take a look at your situation.

Cancer (the Crab): 22 June - 22 July You have lots of dreams and ideas and can often get frustrated as you feel as there is something stopping you from realising these. Don’t give up on what you believe in as you still have a long way to go in your life.

Leo (the Lion): 23 July - 21 August You’re at the bottom of your proverbial barrel, it seems and you can’t imagine that there is a way out. Just know that you have many supporters and fans who will do anything they can to help you get back on your feet, you just have to help yourself too.

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

Make sure you finish any old business before you start anything new, you can be notorious for moving on and leaving the pieces for others to pick up. If you concentrate now on what you really want you’ll see how easy it can be to navigate through the hurdles that are in your way.

MIXING TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE WITH INNOVATION VG’S ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC PROVIDES TREATMENTS THAT ARE BASED ON THE TRADITION of thousands of years of Chinese culture; Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Owner Dr Virginia Jin continues to use the century-old ancestral episode treatments. All health care, rehabilitation, acupuncture, and massage treatments follow the philosophy of low dosage medicine and treatments with few needles. Dr Virginia Jin believes that this is the most natural therapy to address the sufferings of patients and solving all kinds of pain, such as back pain, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica as well as gynaecological dysmenorrhea and other internal diseases. The clinic centre has three treatment rooms in an elegant and comfortable environment. The team of three have professional qualifications and are New Zealand registered acupuncturists. The clinic advocates “patients first” and adopt an amiable service attitude with the aim to add skills and effective treatment technology to the inheritance, innovation and development of Chinese medicine. Acupuncture treats patients by manipulating thin, solid needles that have been inserted into acupuncture points in the skin. According to traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating these points can correct imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians. Cupping therapy is a method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum on the patient’s skin to dispel stagnant blood and lymph, thereby improving qi flow. Used in treating respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis, cupping also is used for many musculoskeletal conditions. Moxibustion is a therapy using moxa or mugwort herb that plays an important role in the traditional medical systems of China, Tibet, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Mongolia Practitioners use moxa to warm areas and acupuncture points with the intention of stimulating circulation through the points and inducing a smoother flow of blood and qi. PN VG’S ACUPUNCTURE, 117a Ponsonby Road T: 09 963 8180 M: 021 067 5090 www.vgacupuncture.co.nz

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING MANNING FUNERAL COTTAGE - AN INDIVIDUAL APPROACH After a decade working in corporate funeral homes, and facing her own struggle with breast cancer, Martha-Louise Asmus, managing director, decided there was a real need for a different type of funeral service. A boutique one; where it was not about numbers, but rather about celebrating the uniqueness of each individual, and so Manning Funerals was born. A delightful villa opposite the Domain in George Street, Newmarket presents a welcoming and relaxed environment, immediately putting visitors at ease. Whether it’s an intimate gathering in their chapel, or a service at another venue, Manning Funerals can assist you with all aspects of funeral planning. Manning Funerals believes strongly in returning something to the community, and so donates $50.00 from each funeral conducted to either the SPCA or cancer related charities. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss funeral arrangements, please call Martha-Louise. PN MANNING FUNERAL COTTAGE, 31 George Street Newmarket, T: 09 377 9790 www.manningfunerals.com

Martha-Louise is an avid supporter of the march against party pill testing on animals.

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ST PAUL’S COLLEGE - PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE Community Survey

AUCKLAND’S CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE MAKE HISTORY Auckland has become one of the first cities in the world to approve a strategy for children and youth developed completely in partnership with the young people it affects. At yesterday’s Auckland Plan committee meeting, councillors approved I Am Auckland - The Children and Young People’s Strategic Action Plan, the action plan for Auckland’s young people, developed jointly by Auckland Council and the Youth Advisory Panel. “I am really proud of the Youth Advisory Panel who have fronted this and presented it to the politicians face to face,” says Councillor Michael Goudie. “They have laid down the challenge that if we are to achieve our vision to be the world’s most liveable city, I Am Auckland will be integral to this.” I Am Auckland is the key document to achieve the Auckland Plan’s transformational vision to dramatically accelerate the prospects of all Auckland’s children and young people.

Feedback from the inner-city community is sought by the St Paul’s College Board of Trustees to inform its plans for the future. The board has prepared a short survey to gain feedback from the community about what parents think is most important to them in selecting a school. Recent developments have seen significant backing from Old Boys begin, an injection of new skills and energy on to the board of trustees and plans for the accessing of substantial financial resources. These will enable the college to begin preparing a new 10 year property plan with an upgrade and additional buildings and facilities planned. The long-term objective is for the college to become “THE COLLEGE OF CHOICE for Catholic boys”. Parents wanting to participate in the survey, which has been widely promoted in local primary schools, can also receive an electronic copy by emailing the principal’s PA at sbignall@stpaulscollege.co.nz Scholarships The principal, of St Paul’s College is delighted to announce a substantial sponsorship for a Talent and Diversity Scholarship programme. The objective is to promote academic and artistic achievement, and enable families to have their sons receive a Catholic Marist boys only education at St Paul’s College. The first scholarships will be made available for the 2014 enrolment intake with further support for 2015 enrolments. In conjunction with the support of an anonymous Old Boy funding has been made available for up to 20 scholarships that will cover fees for one year for a selection of preference students. These Talent and Diversity scholarships will be for students demonstrating academic, artistic or musical ability and/or potential. A full application pack will be forwarded to all local schools or is available by contacting the principal’s PA at sbignall@stpaulscollege.co.nz PN

“Auckland’s children and young people are irreplaceable. They are our region’s most precious resource,” says chairperson of the Youth Advisory Panel, Flora Apulu. “Too many children and young people have told the Youth Advisory Panel that they do not have what they need to thrive, achieve and succeed. Imagine a city where every child and person is cared about, and given the opportunities to succeed and thrive - this is what I Am Auckland is all about.” The strategic action plan was developed from the feedback given from 6,000 children and young people during development of the Auckland Plan as well as the feedback and actions received through the website www.putmefirst.co.nz earlier this year. I Am Auckland will be implemented in two stages. The first focuses on council commitments and actions, while the second stage will focus on actions developed through local boards and communities. PN

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PONSONBY PEOPLE + THEIR PETS

PAWS FOR THOUGHT:

What does your dog’s behaviour really reveal? Owning and looking after a pooch isn’t always a walk in the park - especially when they’re not feeling 100%. Unlike humans, they can’t tell you when they’re feeling under the weather and this can potentially lead to an underlying health problem going unnoticed. Heyrex is a new monitoring tool that revolutionises round-the-clock petcare. Designed in New Zealand, it offers owners the opportunity to keep a close eye on their dog’s wellbeing by monitoring their behaviour.

DOG-FRIENDLY POLICY ON AUCKLAND’S PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Mark Vette, leading animal behaviourist and consultant for 33 years and TV and film animal trainer for 20 years, says: “When a dog wags its tail, the majority of people can pick up on its behaviour to understand this action means it’s pretty happy. But other, more concerning, behaviour can often go unnoticed. Monitoring a pets behaviour is really important to ensure it lives a happy, long life. Through tell tale signs, we can find out if they’re well and healthy, or if there’s an underlying problem that could be causing them to be naughty, feel tired or be restless. Having put the product to the test on my dogs, I’ve been surprised by how much insightful information you gather.”

Auckland Council candidate Rob Thomas welcomes the discussion to allow for dog friendly public transport on Auckland’s train and bus services.

The Heyrex sensor is easy to fit on to the dog’s collar and you can monitor the information it provides through the monthly subscription service whenever you have a free moment, to make sure the dog is in a happy place.

Mr Thomas says, “Many international cities have small dog-friendly transport policies. If it’s small enough to fit on your lap it’s small enough to go on public transport.”

Heyrex knows every time your dog makes a movement and it remembers everything. It can tell you when your dog is exercising, resting or even scratching. Then it builds a picture of your dog’s activity and reports back to you - so caring owners can feel reassured about their beloved hounds, 24/7.

The current Auckland Transport rules allow only guide dogs and guide dogs in training on buses if under supervision of their care-giver. Other pets are not allowed. Waiheke Island ferries and buses are the only exception to Auckland Transport’s “no pets” policy. At last count Auckland Council said there are 85,818 dogs registered and 102,832 known dogs across the city. “There are thousands of dog owners across Auckland that are limited by their transport options and are forced into driving. For years Aucklanders have taken dogs on Waiheke Island passenger transport and now is the time to look at extending the dog-friendly network across Auckland.” Mr Thomas says that he has been door knocking residents across the inner-city that are frustrated with the lack of options which is costing them hundreds of dollars a year in parking and fuel while empty trains rattle past their homes. “To make this work, there will need to be rules in place to ensure dogs are well-behaved, leashed and that people clean up any mess. Whether or not a dog can ride on a bus or train should ultimately be up to the discretion of the driver.” “Pets teach children valuable life lessons like how to communicate, be empathetic, nurturing, confident and resilient to change. Dogs are an everyday part of living in Auckland and it’s time to take practice steps to have more dog-friendly transport options.” PN www.VoteRobThomas.co.nz www.facebook.com/VoteRobThomas

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Heyrex believes behaviour monitoring is so important to a dog’s overall well-being, it has compiled a list of key signs caring owners can keep an eye out for, encouraging them to take it seriously, too. Tell-tale signs that can indicate “something’s up”, include: • • • • • • • • • • • •

Excessive sleeping Lethargy - not wanting to go out for exercise Inability to settle/restlessness Poor quality sleep Trouble getting up, climbing stairs, not wanting to jump Overly clingy or stand offish Hiding Too much drinking (or not enough) Scratching Pacing Chewing Barking

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PONSONBY PEOPLE + THEIR PETS ASK ALEX

MAKE A BUCKETLOAD OF DIFFERENCE FOR SPCA AUCKLAND A few hours of your time could make a bucketload of difference to animals throughout Auckland. During the weekend of November 8, 9 and 10 sees the return of SPCA Auckland’s biggest fundraising event and we need YOUR help! The Annual Street Appeal is a great way to raise awareness of the SPCA in your community and an opportunity to have fun with your friends and family while supporting a great cause. This year the SPCA is hoping to get 2000 bucket rattlers out onto the streets of Auckland to raise over $200,000 to help care for Auckland’s unwanted and abused animals. It’s easy to register and you can volunteer for as little as two hours or as much as three days, in an area that is convenient for you. We would love to have you rattling a bucket inside a mall, outside a grocery store, or on a busy street corner, so why not sign-up now? You really would be making a bucketload of difference. To register, please visit www.spca.org.nz or call them on T: 09 256 2526

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

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The saga continues. Our 12 month old cat “Coco” is fit and well and has stopped peeing upstairs now thanks. She’s finally adjusting to life sharing her home. So you can count that as a win, but “Snagglepuss”, the new fella, has had a cough since we got him from the SPCA in January, and it seems to be getting steadily worse. We usually see him coughing about once per day and it’s now several times per day and the coughing lasts about a minute each time. When he coughs it’s like he’s trying to cough up fur-balls but he’s a short hair moggie and nothing has ever come up. I made a short “coughing” video yesterday which I’ve attached. Please let me know what you think we should do. Thanks, Allan, Kingsland.

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Great result with Coco, urine inside is a stressful nightmare for everyone. Thanks for the video of your new cat, the coughing sounds very harsh, is occurring in heavy bursts, is far from normal, and as you say is deteriorating so it’s certainly time for treatment. There’s a pretty big list of usual suspects. Young active cats that hunt (leaves at least) can get grass blades caught in the back of their sinus, others grow polyps in the same location, both cause harsh paroxysmal coughing, over eight months however you would expect other issues to have arisen. Chronic infection is common in cat’s upper airways, again however eight months of slow progression would be a bit weird. Many cats suffer from asthma, usually with intermittent signs, and lungworm (pretty easily treatable these days) would also be a strong candidate. A mixture of chest x-rays, scoping the throat and sampling airway fluids would give us the answers, let’s examine “Snagglepuss” and come up with a tailored plan. (DR ALEX MELROSE, BVSC MRCVS) VETCARE GREY LYNN, 408 Great North Road T: 09 361 3500 www.vetcare.net.nz PN

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PONSONBY PEOPLE + THEIR PETS ANIMALOSOPHY: DR MEGAN ALDERSON I often ponder the longer I work as a small animal clinician, the more difficult it seems to get. Every case is like a game of Cluedo. Ask the right questions (history), pick up the right clues (clinical exam) and solve the mystery (diagnosis) to win the game (treatment plan and follow up). Luckily, like most veterinarians, I am up for a challenge and being an “A type” personality I am of course motivated to win, or at least put the effort in trying. Sometimes on my weekly dog walking meditation afternoon, the clouds part and the light bulb fires. Am I approaching ill or suboptimal health the wrong way? In this day and age, especially with the urbanisation of our pet population, could poor health be simplified and could we do a bit more catching before the falling? If I had to decide on what most commonly causes pet health problems in our animal companions I’d say it comes down to two things… what goes on your pet and what goes in them. Consider your pet’s environment. Parasites, household chemicals (like floor and laundry detergents), weeds, grasses, moulds, pollens and of course what products we (or the groomer) use on skin and coats. Our pets are the canaries in the coal mine…often the first to go down when there is a problem in the home. What we feed our pet is equally, if not more, essential in the fight for better health. A healthy gut dictates optimal systemic health and overall wellbeing. As Hippocrates said “All disease begins in the gut”. No wonder he is the father of western medicine as this simple philosophy will be our catch cry in the near future. This month’s “Spring Clean” is about assessing your pet’s overall health. It’s a chance to go back over the basics and a reminder, as a pet owner, some things are easily missed or forgotten. Wellbeing checks are not just about disease protection and ensuring immunity is up-to-date. They are about making sure your individual pet is at its optimal wellbeing and is prepared for the year and health challenges to come. Let us help you to Spring Clean Your Pet. Find out more at www.thestrandvet.co.nz or go to The Strand Vet Facebook to WIN great prizes to help promote more thinking around choosing to optimise your pet’s good health. (DR MEGAN ALDERSON) PN THE STRAND VETERINARIAN, 114 The Strand T: 09 377 6667 www.thestrandvet.co.nz

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A WORLD FESTIVAL AT FREEMANS BAY SCHOOL This very special international gala day will take place Saturday 3 November, but why is it named a “World Festival”? Simple. Freemans Bay school is unique in New Zealand because it has pupils from 45 different cultures and its fundraiser event’s title is more than appropriate. Unlike other Ponsonby schools it encompasses inner city apartments which are the first stop for many immigrants. With so many pupils from different ethnicities attending, the school has a special sort of vibrancy. Angela Mount and Anthea Herron, both on the fund raising committee, have children at the school and are loud in their praise of the way the kids all accept one another, no matter where they’ve come from. They are also amazed at how quickly the new children pick up the English language. Within a very short space of time they are surprisingly fluent. The “minimal English” /ESOL students in years 3 to 6 receive support from Ann Smith, the learning support teacher and the teachers’ aides. The school receives extra funding from the ministry to help support this programme. The year 1 and 2 students get support from another reading and learning support teacher during classroom based programmes. A special feature of the school is Whänau Ata, the Maori Immersion Unit. There is Whänau Rau for children from new entrants to year 2; Whänau Puna for years 3 and year 4; Whänau Wai for children in years 5 and year 6. The school can rightly claim to be totally bi-lingual. Fund-raising is a constant for all schools nowadays but the way others in Ponsonby run their events is not relevant for Freemans Bay. It’s a six decile school whereas others only a few kilometers away are listed as ten, so running auctions where parents can bid up high is not a go. Also the fund-raising committee wanted to have a gala that involved everyone associated with the school.

FUTURE GENERATION ANNIE BOYD - HERNE BAY’S HOME FOR HALLOWEEN Ghosts, goblins and ghouls are everywhere but there’s really no need to run screaming - unless it’s in the direction of Annie Boyd at 232 Jervois Road, and that’s just to make sure you don’t miss out on the best Halloween decorations in Auckland. Noelene and her lovely staff have just unpacked a container of super spooky merchandise direct from the home of Halloween - the USA, and right at the front of the store it’s all arranged for you to see. Skulls, witches, spiders, pumpkins, horns, eyeballs, you name it, everything creepy, crawly and spooky you can think of. Some of the pieces are so stunning you will resurrect (pun intended) them again next year as they are too special to only use the once. She’s got everything from table decorations, lighting, party supplies, costumes and so much more, and there’s still another container to come! Herne Bay and surrounding areas come to life at Halloween and it has become a community event in the local area with everyone dressing up and coming out to trick or treat and having a great time. Why don’t you decorate your crypt and join in this Halloween? Annie Boyd really is a one stop Halloween shop with free street parking outside, they are open 10am - 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am - 4pm Saturday (closed Sunday). PN ANNIE BOYD, 232 Jervois Road, T: 09 376 2172 www.annieboyd.co.nz

To achieve this, the emphasis will be on food. There was a trial run at the 125th Jubilee in September that many past pupils attended. The international lunch they organised was a great success. It included Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian and Indian food all of which was savoured and appreciated no end. The committee views this as as an opportunity for the diverse cultures in the inner city to contribute and connect together, creating a sense of belonging, not just to the school but to the wider community as well. Already in the festival’s initial preparations, parents from extremely diverse backgrounds are coming together, feeling pleased to be able to exhibit something of their culture and at the same time having the opportunity to meet other parents and learn about their backgrounds as well. Hopefully strong and lasting friendships between cultures will eventuate during the preparation leading up to the festival. To this end, the committee have made an application to the Waitemata Local Board for funding to help with this project, a worthwhile one on all counts! The festival will not only provide a range of international food stalls but it will also include some of the usual traditional fair activities. Craft stands are alway a must and the children will be doing some performances such as a Fan Dance and a singing recital by the years 3 and 4 choir. The committee hopes to have some more shows from outside groups as well to provide entertainment for everyone. In addition there will be amusement for kids including a haunted house, (being so close to Halloween) along with some rides. Given this is a new venture, it will be run on simple lines to ensure its success and so become a precedent for future years. This will be a festival with a difference and one not to be missed, so make note of it in your diaries, readers and go along to Freemans Bay School on Saturday, 3 November to be entertained and have your taste buds tickled with as wide an assortment of delicious food choices you’ve probably not been privy to before. (DEIRDRE TOHILL) PN

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LOOK... WHO IS IN THE ZOO!

MINI MEERKATS After an 11-week gestation, Meerkat mum Mosi gave birth to her litter of four tiny kits early last month. Healthy and strong, they have been venturing beyond their burrows more and more, and are undeniably cute. photography: Michelle Mudford

Carnivores team leader Bruce Murdock says the team did all they could to keep Mosi happy through her pregnancy and birth, and is very happy with how the new arrivals are doing. “Once the kits were born, we closed off the surrounding area of their home to give Mosi space. This was also to minimise noise, reduce any stress and then give the kits time to get used to their new environment.” Baby meerkats are born blind, so don’t leave the burrow until their eyes have opened and they have grown a bit bigger. This is usually at three or four weeks old, which has now passed for Mosi’s kits who are out and about, standing at about 10cm, weighing 200 grams and even trying their paws at a bit of digging. The sex of the quartet is not yet known, but with the kits becoming more active and staying outside for longer periods, staff expect to be able to confirm their sex in the coming 5 -8 weeks. Meerkats have been part of the zoo whanau since 1991 and its meerkat ‘mob’ are part of an Australasian regional breeding programme for meerkats. Bruce says that, “Mosi was mating only three days after giving birth, which is not uncommon for meerkats, so we may soon have another litter.” The meerkat mob • Meerkats are extremely social animals. In the wild, they can live in groups or “mobs” of up to 30. • Found in Southern Africa (dominated by the Kalahari Desert), including South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. • Adults stand an average 30cm tall, and weigh 600 to 900 grammes. • Only the dominant male and female breed, with offspring helping rear young • They communicate by scent, sound and body language. Meerkats have over 20 different calls. • Meerkats can dig up to three metres under ground. • Amazingly, they are immune to snake and scorpion venom.

An adventurous night out in Africa

Auckland Zoo is getting ready for its annual Africa Night. This unmissable evening gives Aucklanders a chance to go on safari and see some of Africa’s most spectacular wildlife, then enjoy an authentic African dinner - without having to leave town! The evening is a fundraiser for the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund and Zoological Society of Auckland to help support conservation projects and provide grants to further conservation work or studies. Along with up-close animal experiences and a traditional South African dinner, Africa Night also features an auction of artworks and a talk by a guest speaker. Sunday 20 October, 4.30pm - 9.30pm. Tickets $120 per person including behind -the-scenes tour, dinner and a complimentary drink. Bookings can be made by phoning the Zoo’s Information Centre on 09 360 3805. Spaces are limited, advance booking recommended. More details about Africa Night can be found at aucklandzoo.co.nz

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BILLY HARRIS: KIDS IN THE COMMUNITY

Snow place like the mountain for Nate the great AN AUCKLAND KID EXCELLING IN SKIING IS like a boy from the Sahara being a top ocean swimmer, or a Tibetan being a skilled yachtsman, or a group of Jamaicans being good at bobsledding, as in the film “Cool Runnings”. But an absence of a skiers’ best friend - snow - doesn’t seem to be holding back Ponsonby Primary student Nate Gilbertson. The 10 year old has amassed enough medals in skiing - 25 at last count - to capsize a catamaran. They’ve come in the slalom and Nate’s favoured event, the giant slalom, which the speed freak prefers due to the fact that you achieve more speed. He has been in the school’s ski team since year 2 and has competed in the NIPS - the North Island Primary School Champs - every year since year 3. He actually made the squad as a reserve in year 2 as well, but as he was just six at the time, his mother thought the meeting between a small boy and a big mountain could wait a year. In 2011 Nate was the National Junior Interfield Overall Category Winner. He gained an entry level sponsorship from Dynastar in that year. In 2012 Nate gained a number of medals including 3rd in the dual giant slalom at the National Free ski competition held at Cardrona. This year Nate placed 1st in giant slalom and 3rd in slalom in a National Points Race, 3rd at an Interfield and 3rd in the Ngarahoe Club race in the under 18 category, coming in ahead of older boys who race with Nate’s older brothers. Nate was captain of the Ponsonby A ski team that won bronze at the NIPS this year. He was gutted with his own placing of 15th, even more so given he placed 10th last year. He’d hoped for a podium finish to push his team’s points up toward the coveted gold medal. In Nate’s view, the NIPS course was too flat for a grand slalom course, but Nate had little choice but to “suck up” his poor time and congratulate those who placed above him, no mean feat for a young man with a strong competitive streak. Skiing teaches resilience and sportsmanship and that’s one of the reasons Nate’s parents encourage their boys - Oliver, 15, Theo, 13, and Nate - to ski. It also teaches

the skills required to nail a good run, such as focus and self belief, which are relevant to life as well as sport. A coach plays an important role in imparting good values to their charges, and in this regard, Nate’s parents couldn’t be happier. Nate trains at Whakapapa, where Grant Stockman is based. Nate’s mum Anna explains: “Grant is head coach for Ruapehu Snow Sports and is an incredible coach. He has extremely high standards and expects a lot from his athletes. When they give total focus it pays off in their development and they get praise, Grant would be likely to say ‘Nate that was a bloody great run, you obviously weren’t thinking about chocolate or girls, why the hell don’t you ski like that all the time!’ On the other hand, if Grant feels the athletes aren’t focused, they hear about it, loud and clear.” Grant is also a fan of Nate, if his colourful description is anything to go by: “Where do I start with Nate the Great? His highly enthusiastic approach to whatever he sets his sights on is what impresses me most! And he also entertains me at the same time. “Nate loves to be in the thick of it all and the thicker the better. He is very gutsy in both training and racing and Nate is totally prepared to put it all on the line and this is the reason why when he crashes... it’s a sight to behold! “Arms and legs flying everywhere, ski’s ejecting into the stratosphere but at the end of it all as the snow settles... there’s the one and only Nate Gilbertson coming back to planet Earth as he quickly realises he is still in one piece and goes back up to do it all again! “The kid’s bulletproof. I should know, I was also the youngest of three brothers! You form a tough skin that’s for sure, and Nate’s proved that time and time again.” But how hard is it being a skier living in snow-free Herne Bay? “Yes living in Auckland is a challenge for a skier,” says Anna, “but Snow Planet and especially head coach Brad has been an excellent training resource for Nate. Travelling to the mountain regularly takes real commitment from kids and parents alike but it is a great bunch of kids who do this sport and an excellent risk-taking environment for young boys. During winter Nate trains for two weeks of the July school holidays and two out of every three weekends at Whakapapa during term three.” Nate’s passion for skiing has also taken him overseas a few times. Last summer he spent five weeks training with Grant, along with a bunch of other young Kiwi skiers, in Switzerland, where he not only worked hard on his skiing, but on consuming large quantities of German sausages and pommes. Away from the mountain, Nate diversifies by playing every sport going. He’s represented his school in rugby, league, softball, cricket, swimming, cross country, and athletics. He plays soccer for Western Springs, where he made one of the rep teams for his grade, and cricket for Grafton. He also dabbles in violin, drums, trombone, drama, and kapa haka and he loves maths. Last month, Nate was involved in the Mirimba Festival at the Cloud, making music with more than 1000 other youngsters. But it’s skiing which has captured Nate’s heart. At the time of writing, Nate was gearing up for the North Island champs at Turoa, with the giant slalom on Saturday 21 September and the slalom on Sunday. The following Wednesday he headed off to the National Free Ski Comp at Cardrona before heading back down to Whakapapa for the holidays. The future? Nate will keep flying down the slopes as long as the love is there, and if possible, to do it for a living. If that doesn’t happen, Nate has Plan B in mind - to become a lawyer. If he goes with Plan B, he’ll have had plenty of experience in the art of the snow job. (BILLY HARRIS) PN

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MEET THE TEACHER Hannah Giles Westmere School Currently teaching year 2 - 21 students How did you come to be a primary school teacher? Teaching has been my dream for as long as I can remember. What can be greater than educating children! Where did you train? Waikato University, Tauranga Campus. What brought you to Westmere School? I was drawn to the values that Westmere holds about educating the whole child.

How would other teachers describe you? Their words: “She has fitted into the team like an old slipper.”

What are your favourite things about being a teacher? I love the enthusiasm I am surrounded with every day and I love that I am able to see the world through the eyes of a seven year old again!

How would your students describe you? This gave me an opportunity to ask… their words were: nice, caring, makes the learning fun and interesting, always willing to help.

Highlight of your teaching career? Every day! Each day is different and full of wonderful memories.

If you could wave a magic wand in your classroom... I would wave this around after an arts and crafts afternoon!

Low point of your teaching career? Seeing the year about to end, I will miss my class.

Five tips for mums and dads of primary school kids 1. Take time to read to your child. 2. Never underestimate your child’s imagination. 3. Don’t throw out cardboard boxes…your child will find a way to use them! 4. Listen to them - they can be great teachers! 5. Take time to see the world through their eyes. PN

How would your principal describe you? Determined and committed to seeing students succeed.

CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW

The Frog who lost his underpants by Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Cat Chapman. Walker, $27.99. Will Froggy’s new friends be able to find his lost underpants? Hopping through the jungle, this way, that way. Frog is in a frenzy, scattering the ants. Teddy’s looking too now, this place, that place. Will they ever find those jolly underpants? Rhythm, rhyme and repetition make this book an outstanding read aloud. Written by New Zealand author Juliette MacIver, an outstanding new talent, who follows in the footsteps of the late Margaret Mahy. Look out for her next picture book, Toucan Can published by Gecko Press. PN DOROTHY BUTLER CHILDREN’S BOOKSHOP, 1 Jervois Road T: 09 376 7283 www.childrensbookshop.co.nz

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PONSONBY PROFESSIONALS: METROLAW GOT A LEGAL QUESTION? ASK MICHAEL@METROLAW.CO.NZ 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.

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I am planning on buying several hectares of bare land in the Coromandel. It has not been formally subdivided yet. What should I be thinking about? It is important to look at the “head” title of the land. It may sound simple but you need to find out whether the person you are buying the land from actually owns it when you sign an agreement with them.

You should make enquiries with your bank now about how much they will lend on the property. With residential properties the bank may lend up to 80% of the purchase price but bare land does not provide the same security for the bank. The bank may not be willing to lend as much as 80% of the purchase price. If you have a clear idea on how much the bank will provide before entering the agreement this can reduce a lot of stress as you move towards settlement.

If they do not own the land, then to save on disappointment and frustration it would be wise to make the agreement conditional on the vendor purchasing the land by a certain date, or a warranty to be in place that the vendor has an unconditional agreement for the purchase of the land that you are looking to buy.

Buying bare land can be a great opportunity for investment but it requires clarity in the agreement. You need to ensure that you have the ability to review the deal at important stages of the subdivision. Your solicitor will be able to help you put together an offer for the vendor or review an agreement before you sign. (MICHAEL HEMPHILL) PN

Before signing the agreement it is important to establish where the deposit will be held. Usually once you sign an agreement the deposit will be payable. We usually suggest that the deposit is held in your solicitor’s bank account until titles are issued. If it is not held by your solicitor then you should at the very least make sure that it is paid into a trust account, whether it be the vendor’s solicitor’s or the real estate agent’s account because you do not know how long the deposit will need to be held for.

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.

The agreement should reflect the description of the property accurately. With a normal purchase you can refer to the property by its certificate of title and deposited plan number. When the property has not been subdivided these descriptions are not available. You need to be clear about area of the land and have a draft plan of the subdivision attached to the agreement to show exactly what you are buying.

AUCKLAND’S FIRST ELECTRIC TRAIN HAS ARRIVED

Has resource consent been granted for the subdivision? If there is resource consent, you should have your solicitor review it. There will often be conditions that attach to the property which could limit your use or could require further expenditure by you. If resource consent has not been issued, then you should insert a condition allowing you an opportunity to review it when it comes out.

The first of Auckland’s new electric trains has arrived and has been delivered to Wiri Train Depot for certification.

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The train landed in Auckland last month after a five-week sea journey from Spain, via Baltimore and the Panama Canal. After clearance from Customs, the three cars of the train were trucked 25 kilometres from the port of Auckland to Wiri. The train was certified at Wiri Train Depot before being officially unveiled in early September. The new train, and others as they arrive, will be thoroughly tested and used for driver training before going into operation, once there is a sufficient number to begin running a commercial service. This is planned to start in the second quarter of next year. All of the 57 new trains will be in full service in 2015. Auckland Transport’s chairman, Dr Lester Levy, says this first train has been delivered right on time. “These trains will change the face of public transport in Auckland,” he says. “Train services have improved significantly in recent years and these attractive new trains will provide an additional incentive for people to get on board,” he says. The trains have been designed to meet the specific needs of Aucklanders and feature the latest in safety, comfort and reliability. “Along with so many Aucklanders, we are looking forward to the first trains going into service next year. This is a very exciting time for Auckland,” Dr Levy says. “We thank the people of Auckland for their patience as all the work and preparation is undertaken to get the trains here. Finally, the day has come for the first of our new fleet to land on New Zealand soil.” Each three-car train can carry up to 375 passengers - around 100 more passengers than the current trains and once all 57 three-car trains are in service, they will provide for a 40 per cent increase in network capacity. The total cost of the fleet is NZ$420 million. PN

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PONSONBY PROFESSIONALS: LOGAN GRANGER

Fringe benefit tax MANY BUSINESSES PROVIDE EMPLOYEES WITH BENEFITS OR PERKS; THIS MAY BE a car that is used privately or food and entertainment. Doing this is a way to recognise and reward your employees’ contribution to your business. Some benefits or perks are subject to fringe benefit tax. Fringe benefit tax (FBT) is a tax paid on benefits that employees receive as a result of their employment. This includes benefits provided to employees or shareholder -employees through another person. FBT is required by the IRD to be paid either quarterly or annually. Common fringe benefits: • Private use of a motor vehicles • Low-interest loans • Free, subsidised or discounted goods and services

An example of entertainment not subject to FBT is an employer providing food or beverages after work every Friday. Since employees can only enjoy this entertainment at a set time, the cost is not subject to FBT. However, the rules for entertainment expenses may apply. Calculating FBT There are three methods for calculating FBT; single rate, alternate rate, or short-form alternate rate. You can choose to pay FBT at a single rate of 49.25% on all benefits you provide to employees, including shareholder-employees. The alternate rate calculation process allows an employee’s fringe benefits to be taxed at their marginal tax rate. This process ensures that fringe benefits of employees earning less than $70,000 are not over-taxed. The short-form alternate rate option may appeal to employers providing attributed and non-attributable benefits mainly to employees who earn more than $70,000 gross equivalent income.

If, as an employer, you provide any of these fringe benefits to your employees, shareholder-employees, or other people associated with your employees (including family members or friends), you generally should pay FBT on the value of those benefits.

GST, income tax and FBT Usually, the taxable value of a fringe benefit includes GST, unless the fringe benefits are GST-exempt (for example, low-interest loans, overseas travel and life insurance). So when you’re working out the value of benefits to pay FBT on, you should usually choose the GST inclusive amount.

FBT on motor vehicles If a business or company car is primarily designed for transportation of people and is available to employees, shareholder-employees or their associates for private use, it is liable for FBT. For the purposes of FBT, private use includes travel from or to the employee’s home, and any other travel that involves a private portion. Leased vehicles that are available to employees are also subject to FBT.

In summary employee benefits will usually come within the provisions of fringe benefits if the employees can choose when to enjoy the benefit offered, or do not enjoy the benefit in the course of or as a necessary consequence of employment. Working out FBT can be a confusing process, and there are a number of other variances and considerations not covered in this brief article. If you have any further questions, or would like to discuss anything to do with FBT, please contact Logan Granger.

FBT on entertainment Some entertainment expenses are subject to FBT, some are subject to the entertainment rules and some are not subject to tax at all. There are rules to determine the treatment of each category of entertainment expense. For example any entertainment benefits provided by employers to employees, which can be consumed when they choose, or are outside their normal employment duties, are subject to FBT.

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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SIDELINE WITH GEORGE BERRY After competing for over a decade at the top level I thought Black Stick Phil Burrows was the ideal candidate to give his top 10 tips on improving your hockey. Phil is returning from Holland where he plays professionally to face the Australians at the end of the month where he’ll add to his 303 caps for New Zealand. One of the key reasons for Burrows’ longevity in the game is no doubt his level of fitness, playing up front he’s often at the centre of a break away and needs to be in a position to elude his opponents so this first tip should come as no surprise: 1. Fitness First and foremost to become a top hockey player you must have a good level of fitness. The game has become very fast over the years with some of the rule changes. I do some kind of running most days, whether that’s high intensity or a solid cardio session. Hockey at the top level involves a lot of high intensity, stop start kind of running, so I do a lot of interval running sessions. 2. Strength Not only is it important for things like speed and generating power when hitting the hockey ball, it is an important aspect for injury prevention. I am currently putting in four strength sessions a week plus a rehab session. My rehab sessions are based around stretching and balance. 3. Diet Important for many reasons such as energy, recovery, muscle cramp and of course general health and well -being. As a top sports player our weight and body fat percentage is tracked throughout the year to make sure we are kept in top physical condition to perform at the elite level. You don’t have to be measured all the time yourself - but do keep an eye on your body shape, if you feel you need to increase your exercise, you’ll often find it easier to monitor your intake. 4. Receiving Probably the most important skill to have in hockey, without this skill you won’t have the ability to move the ball on when needed or progress in this sport. The better quality your receive or trap is, the more time you will have on the ball to make the next pass or shot. A player must develop good receiving skills both on the forehand and backhand sides. 5. Passing Such an important part of a team sport, not only simple passing but passing in such a way you give your team mate time on the ball to execute the next phase of play. As a top player you must have the ability to pass in many ways like the push pass, hit, sweep hit, an aerial ball and a backhand pass. Then it’s a matter of choosing the right type of pass for the situation so it’s as efficient as possible. Experience will be the key to knowing when and which pass to deliver.

6. Vision As I mentioned above, passing is a crucial part of a team sport but you need to have vision to enable yourself to choose the best pass for the situation. When I am playing I will be constantly scanning the pitch to check where my team mates are positioned so that when I receive the ball I almost already know what I’m going to do with it. 7. Scoring Obviously an important part of any sport. A good goal scorer not only needs all the scoring shots in the book but they also need a desire and determination to get the ball in the back of the net. One huge part of goal scoring in hockey that is often over looked is to be brave in the circle. That ball can be flying at speeds up to 130kph through the circle and we need to have players ready to deflect those balls in. Types of goal scoring shots in hockey include the hit, push, flick, deflection, backhand hit and the lob. But remember if you can’t receive the ball well the shot on goal will become difficult as the ball will not be in a good position for a clean strike. So first things first, get out there and trap as many balls as you can. 8. Defending No matter which position you find yourself on the pitch, every player has a defensive role. In hockey it is important to keep pressure on the ball, that way the player who has the ball has their head down and focused on the ball making it tough to make a great pass. Good defending requires good footwork and smart channelling. When making a tackle we first apply pressure to the ball carrier, then with good footwork we channel the ball carrier into a position on the field where we are comfortable for them to be, generally the side-line away from the goal. Two types of tackling styles are used in hockey, the flat stick tackle which is having your stick flat on the ground and challenging the ball. The other type of tackle is the jab tackle, like a boxer you jab at the ball to hopefully knock it off the attacking player stick. But the best way is to combine them both, first jab at the ball to knock it loose them take the ball with a flat stick tackle. 9. Corner Skill Because the penalty corner plays a huge part in the game of hockey it’s important that each player can contribute

something at penalty corner time. Now of course it would be great if you could drag flick the ball at 200kph, but there are many skills required for a good corner. Other corner skills involve injecting the ball to the top of the circle, trapping the ball, and deflecting the ball. On the flip side of that, defending a corner is just as important with skills such as a brave first runner, defenders able to read a variation that may be coming and a player on the goal line helping the keeper save the ball from crossing the line. 10. Stick selection These days most players will use composite hockey sticks instead of wood. Materials used to make composite hockey sticks are fibreglass, Kevlar, and carbon fiber. These types of materials enable us as hockey players to generate great power on the ball and also keep the weight of the stick down so we can also still perform technical skills at a high level. I use the Atlas composite range hockey sticks, length 37.5 inch with a weight of 580 grams. (GEORGE BERRY) PN

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Keys sporting blinkers need to change BY THE TIME YOU SIT DOWN AND ENJOY THE SPRING SUNSHINE WHILE READING YOUR October edition of the Ponsonby News we will know the outcome of the 34th America’s Cup, the competition that has once again thrilled, stopped and entertained the nation. My word it was enjoyable, from heart in the mouth one second, barely able to speak, to parochial shouting at the screen the next. But for Prime Minister John Key to suggest that if the cup was not won by Dean Barker and his crew then the government would view the 36 million dollar investment in their challenge as a failure, seemed ridiculous to me. I have no doubt it would be extremely heart breaking for that to have been the outcome. You only have to head out towards the boat yards in West Auckland to understand very quickly how much interest there is in this challenge. Yes, some of that interest is squarely pointed towards how much work might flow their way in the lead up to the 35th edition of the competition. But also this is where thousands of man hours have been measured; were their number eight wire engineering techniques equal to or better than the millions of dollars that Oracle had at their disposal for their design. A New Zealand based graphics company has had millions of eyes on their handiwork. And with the likes of FIFA now investing in goal line technology, 36 million could be mopped in one simple deal given the exposure this type of company has had. At the Waiheke Yacht Club (the bar and restaurant set up for the duration of the Louis Vuitton and challenge series) in San Francisco, people have had the chance to drink New Zealand beer and wine, eat New Zealand food and potentially most importantly - kiwi style hospitality. The scores of people packing out pubs, bars and venues all around the country will bring with them a return to the government’s coffers. If only John Key understood that the America’s Cup challenge is far greater than just a sporting event. It’s been about science, technology, ingenuity and so much more. The 36 million is just a drop in the bucket for the return to the country. I’m sure it will come back tenfold, whether Barker, Dalton and Co are successful in their goal or not. (GEORGE BERRY) PN

Auckland to get more top flight rugby LESS THAN THREE YEARS AFTER HOSTING A SUCCESSFUL RUGBY WORLD CUP, New Zealand, and more importantly Auckland, will get the chance to do it all again.

GETTING YOUR PLACE ‘SALE READY’ IS NO ACCIDENT Getting the highest possible price when you come to sell does not come about by accident, if you don’t live in a virtual Show Home 24/7 then you know what I mean and what is involved come Open Home day. I always undertake the 10 point checklist with my vendors, listing areas that require attention prior to the first Open Home, then we decide how to attack it. I work with a team of professionals, from painters to water blasters, cleaners and Home Stagers that will transform your home in order to attract the largest pool of buyers ensuring you will be sold for the best possible price in the least amount of time. Presentation is incredibly important when you’re looking to sell. I am often asked “are the owners actually living here, it looks so amazing it must be home staged”. In many cases the presentation may be perfect, but other times I have usually either arranged a full home staging or partial home staging package to suit the existing property. This small detail can make the difference to you by tens of thousands of dollars. Storage and specifically lack of storage are extremely important to purchasers, so ensure you have cleaned out these spaces in preparation so as not to highlight a problem. Freshly trimmed lawns every week do look amazing, if you haven’t already tended the gardens, do and finally freshly potted colour does wonders. Photography, and by that I mean great photography is the key to selling. Do this when it best suits the property... not the photographer. Sometimes it requires a two-pronged attack particularly if it gets both great morning sun on one side and then also perhaps either afternoon sun or a twilight shoot to capture other strengths. Small things like freshly cut flowers, open all curtains to reveal squeaky clean windows, eliminate any potential damp smells, light up scented candles, all add to the ambiance. Keep the property warm if on the market during those cold winter months…and cooler in the height of summer, this will make your place that one property that stand’s out and that people want to come back to time and again…so much so, they will want to own it. Looking forward to helping many more people achieve their dreams of being SOLD, and happily assisting many more to buy their dream home. PN RAY WHITE CITY REALTY, CARLA PEDERSEN, M: 021 417 139 T: 09 282 4517

This time on a much smaller scale, but the announcement that the Junior Rugby World Cup will be hosted in Auckland is something for the NZRU and also Auckland Mayor Len Brown to be proud of. The junior tournament is yet to be played on our shores, whilst countries such as 2015 hosts Italy are queuing up for their second crack at it, so finally getting the nod is testament to the way Auckland has gone about insuring the success of their international sporting events. Since winning the tournament for four consecutive years the Junior All Blacks have looked flat in the past 2 events, losing in the final in 2012 in South Africa and the semi -final in 2013 in France. Getting to play in front of a home crowd should go a long way to seeing the Kiwis reverse the recent spate of bad luck. North Harbour Stadium and Pukekohe’s ECOLight Stadium have already been lined up for the majority of the matches, while discussion is still going on regarding the possibility of Eden Park hosting the final. This announcement is just another way of showing the Council’s commitment to being the number one sporting city in the world. It also follows the announcement from Hockey New Zealand regarding their intention to hold the Hockey World champs in Auckland in 2018, while the Auckland nines tournament in February is also another step in the right direction. My only hope is we don’t lose the Heineken Open or ASB Classic! (GEORGE BERRY) PN

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SARATOGA AVENUE THE BATTLE OF SARATOGA HAS BEEN LISTED BY HISTORIANS AS ONE OF THE CLASHES that changed the world. In 1777 Britain was intent on putting an end to the War of Independence and previous skirmishes seemed to indicate the British redcoats were going to easily overcome the colonist’s ill-equipped, ill-trained army of amateurs. Mind you, in 1776 the militia of New England would have won a crushing victory at the Battle of Bunker Hill if they hadn’t run out of ammunition, and America’s leading general, George Washington had won several small encounters at the turn of the year, but not enough to receive help from Britain’s European enemies. The British had built up a large army in Canada under the command of “Gentleman Johnny” Burgoyne, a playwright and sometime general. He had served with distinction in the Seven Years’ War, the last major conflict before the French Revolution, which involved all the great powers of Europe, and had an aristocrat’s contempt of common Americans who had dared to rebel against the crown. Like most members of the British upper classes he underestimated the colonists’ ability and determination to fight for their independence. His idea was to launch a three pronged attack on upstate New York to cut off New England, “the head of the rebellion” from the rest of the colonies. General William Howe was to move up the Hudson from New York, tying up American troops who might check Burgoyne’s advance. This plan went horribly wrong. Burgoyne was junior in rank to Howe and couldn’t give him direct orders. They had to come from Lord George Germain, the Secretary of State for the colonies, whose unclear instructions contributed to the Saratoga campaign’s failure. Howe pressed ahead with his own plan to capture Philadelphia, failing to link up with Burgoyne. In the beginning things went well for Burgoyne, and his campaign opened with what appeared to be a brilliant success. Shielded by Indian allies, his forces reached the badly defended Fort Ticonderoga which fell without a fight, but it wasn’t long before his plan started to unravel. Continually harassed by the Americans, it took Burgoyne’s men almost a month to reach Fort Edward on the river Hudson. By this time they were running out of food, ammunition and other essentials. The increasingly hard-pressed Burgoyne now learnt that Howe

was not marching up the Hudson valley to help at Albany as originally planned and he was left to struggle on unaided. He proceeded south, captured Fort Edward then crossed the river and set up camp near Saratoga in a final effort to take Albany before the onset of winter. Even though the American forces outnumbered them Burgoyne did not think this a problem, confident his well equipped soldiers could whip the American rabble. The first battle took place at Freeman’s Farm where the redcoats were confronted by General Horatio Gates, the newly appointed commander of the American Army. The resulting battle was notionally a draw but Burgoyne lost twice as many men as his opponents. This was because the Americans could shoot more bullets in less time than the British and their Kentucky Rifles were more on the mark. The British forces used the Brown Bess, a smooth bore musket that could be manufactured in large quantities but was not technologically advanced or very accurate. The only reason the battle wasn’t a complete rout was the way Scottish General Fraser inspired the men he commanded to hold their ground and withstand the colonists’ rain of bullets. The Americans’ General Daniel Morgan, leader of the sharpshooter regiment, the “Rangers” known as “Morgan’s Riflemen” was told the Scottish general on horseback cheering on his troops had to go. During the second battle, Morgan’s best man, Tim Murphy climbed a nearby tree with his famed double-barreled rifle and from 300 hundred feet away shot Fraser in the torso. The brave General died the following day. This crushing blow destroyed British morale and leaving their wounded behind on the battlefield they fell back into Saratoga and surrendered to Gates. When news of this pivotal victory reached Europe, France entered the fray on the side of the patriots which determined the eventual outcome of the war. (DEIRDRE TOHILL) PN

CHINCHILLA FOR FASHIONABLE FUR BABIES When a fashion executive gets her first dog and can’t find anything fashionable enough for her fur baby, a designer dog accessories business is born! Chinchilla retails luxury, high quality New Zealand made leather collars, leads and harnesses in a range of finishes with or without rhinestone embellishment. The Chinchilla branded leather range falls into three categories, “Dapper” (classic and sophisticated), “Chi Chi” (City Bling) and “A La Mode” (for fashionistas everywhere). You will also find dog and cat accessories such as t-shirts, treat jars, food and water ceramic bowls, food mats, walking leashes, toys, blankets, snuggle mats and cuddlies from a number of top international brands such as Paul Frank and Chilewich, at the Chinchilla online store. Chinchilla business partners Erin Hassall and Jane Francis met while working together in Auckland 12 years ago, and have since remained good friends and work colleagues in various fashion industry roles. “Chinchilla’s goal is to bring fashionable, high quality designer dog accessories to the New Zealand marketplace” says Erin. “Almost a year of research went into the products before we were ready to launch an initial small range of designer dog accessories that will be ever expanding.” Erin and Jane’s own fur babies, Chilli, Leo and their friends test all Chinchilla products before production to ensure the quality, and wearability is paramount. Chinchilla is currently available exclusively at Barkley Manor for the Greater Ponsonby area, and in a growing list of retail outlets nationwide. PN www.chinchillapetwear.com

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AUCKLAND HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2013: KEY DATES With more than 200 events on offer, many of them free and low-cost, the Auckland Heritage Festival is a great opportunity to learn more about and connect with the history of Auckland. Auckland Heritage Festival 2013, proudly brought to you by Auckland Council, runs until Tuesday 15 October. The festival, conveniently timed to coincide with the school holidays, has many family friendly events. From high teas, heritage walks and cooking on old coal ranges to vintage steam tug rides, there is something for everyone to enjoy. PN The official programme is available online. www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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Lahood Window Furnishings have just opened their new Window Furnishing and Design Centre You will find a wide selection of fabric samples to choose from and cutting edge displays that inspire. Knowledgeable consultants are on hand ready to help bring your home to life. Come in and visit their showroom, you will be delighted. To be in to win a set of silver Christy supreme towels simply email: promo@lahood.co.nz with Christy Towels in the subject line, and tell them what you like best about the new Lahood Window Furnishings showroom. Entries must be received by 31 October 2013. PN LAHOOD, 104 Mt Eden Road T: 09 638 8463 www.lahood.co.nz

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THE BOYS’ BOOK CLUB WHAT WE’RE READING

These include books us blokes on the Ponsonby News team have recently enjoyed. We love reading in the bath, or in bed. A real stress buster, especially now that winter is finally here!

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Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury by Lesley-Ann Jones

The Mayan Secrets Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry (Penguin)

For almost 20 years I lived a few streets away from Freddie Mercury and would see him regularly in the gay pubs around Earls Court. When he passed away, the brick wall surrounding his house was covered with graffiti from his distraught fans. As lead vocalist for the iconic rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury’s unmatched skills as a songwriter and his flamboyant showmanship made him a superstar and Queen a household name. But despite his worldwide fame, few people ever really glimpsed the man behind the glittering façade. Now, more than 20 years after his death, those closest to Mercury are finally opening up about this pivotal figure in rock ’n’ roll. Based on more than a hundred interviews with key figures in his life, Mercury offers the definitive account of one man’s legendary life in the spotlight and behind the scenes. Rock journalist Lesley-Ann Jones gained unprecedented access to Mercury’s tribe, and she details Queen’s slow but steady rise to fame and Mercury’s descent into dangerous, pleasure-seeking excesses - this was, after all, a man who once declared, “Darling, I’m doing everything with everyone.” In her journey to understand Mercury, Jones traveled to London, Zanzibar, and India - talking with everyone from Mercury’s closest friends to the sound engineer at Band Aid (who was responsible for making Queen even louder than the other bands) to second cousins halfway around the world. In the process, an intimate and complicated portrait emerges. Meticulously researched, sympathetic yet not sensational, Mercury offers an unvarnished look at the extreme highs and lows of life in the fast lane. At the heart of this story is a man . . . and the music he loved.

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Intrepid Sam and Remi Fargo, who have been tagging Great White sharks off the West coast of Mexico, decide to volunteer their services after a major earthquake hits the mainland. While taking medical supplies up into an isolated mountain village, they decide to look around and they stumble across the skeleton of a man clutching an old sealed pot, the contents of which contain an extremely rare and very old and well preserved Mayan book the likes of which have never seen before. Because of the earthquake mess they take it back to their home in La Jolla, California where Mayan expert David Caine fills them in on the value of their find. Of course, someone else wants the codex, in this case a very wealthy amateur archeologist, Sarah Allersby, who first tries to buy it, then later tries to steal it. The book contains valuable information about the Mayans and about mankind itself. Some people will do anything to claim the book as the Fargoes are about to find out.

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HERITAGE KIDS RULE SCHOOL HOLIDAY HIGH TEA MAKING CLASSES Entertain the kids with delicious results. Heritage Auckland as part of its School Holidays Kids Rule programme presents classes for children on how to make a legendary Heritage Auckland high tea these spring school holidays. Children can join the hotel’s chef for a fun two hour class, at the conclusion of which children and their parents can devour their creations. The classes are available to all budding culinary geniuses, both in-house and casual diners. The courses run on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the holidays at 2pm. The Heritage Kids Rule High Tea is suitable for children over five years of age and all children must be accompanied by an adult. The Heritage Kids Rule High Tea is $22 GST incl. per adult and $10 GST incl. per child. The high tea classes run until Friday 11 October. For bookings call Heritage Auckland Hectors restaurant on 09 979 7434. Places are subject to availability. PN www.heritagehotels.co.nz

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REAL ESTATE UPDATE: KAREN SPIRES

An opportunity to take action The recent announcement by the Reserve Bank means most home buyers will soon need a larger deposit to buy a property. Under the new loan-to-value restrictions, from October 1 buyers will be required to have a deposit of 20 percent or more rather than the 10 percent previously needed. For example, for a $1 million property, previously a 10 percent deposit of $100,000 was required, but under the new controls, the minimum deposit needed will instead be $200,000. The move is an effort to create more financial stability, take some heat out of the rising housing market and to keep interest rates low. While some say the changes could have a negative impact on buyers, these can be avoided if you look at the options and act now if necessary. If you are looking at buying a home, even if not until the spring, and you may have less than the 20 percent needed, the advice is that you get pre-approved for lending now. Doing so means your agreement will adhere to the current LVR controls and will remain in place for the next six months, during which time the bank is obligated to honour it. This will give you some time to find the home you want without the added pressure of needing a larger deposit. If you are already pre-approved or have a deposit of 20 percent or more you will not be affected. There are other potential benefits resulting from the new restrictions. The changes could work in the favour of buyers borrowing less than 80 percent by reducing competition from low deposit borrowers. About a third of mortgages with deposits of less than 20 percent are to first home buyers, according to a recent Roost home loan affordability report. Figures show it takes about 56 percent of after tax income to afford an 80 percent mortgage on a median house. Remember you’re better off buying now than paying more for the same property later. Happy house hunting. (KAREN SPIRES) PN Karen Spires is a Bayleys Real Estate “Top Achiever” - placing her sales data among the top five percent of salespeople within the company.

CURDS AND WHEY - A LOCAL BUSINESS Anna Rolfe can’t think of any disadvantages to running her online home cheese making business Curds and Whey from her home, except for perhaps a lack of conversation at morning tea and lunch times when she stops to draw breath. Other than that it couldn’t be better and there’s always a coffee break to be had at the Monterey Café, just along the road in the West Lynn shops. With a background in business, advertising and public relations, Anna came to Auckland from Scotland on her OE and while working in Auckland she met her future husband in the lift of the building where she was doing contract work - young handsome lawyer Christopher Rolfe. They have been married for nearly 40 years. Anna worked in the audiology section associated with the department of physiology at the Auckland Medical School before deciding to strike out on her own. The business she wanted to establish had to have integrity, professional and provide quality service. She is the Australian and New Zealand agent for the Dutch company Cvan’t Reit, providers of large commercial dairy equipment. But it was when she bought the agency for reputedly the best cheese slicer in the world, the Norwegian Bjorkland slicer, invented in 1925, that she recognised that there was a need for cheesemaking equipment for home cheesemakers, and that no one was offering support and assistance for people wanting to make their own cheese. It is definitely the personal touch that has made the difference. Today her clients include home cheesemakers, emerging artisan cheese making companies, schools that are increasingly teaching cheese making, technical institutes, artisan cheese and yoghurt makers, and many chefs making cheese for their own restaurants. People living on rural properties with cows and goats often make the family’s cheese supply. She even has an Italian client who lives in Thailand. Two emerging artisan cheese companies have won awards at the New Zealand Cheese Awards using the Italian Sacco cultures that she supplies. Curds and Whey sponsors two awards at the New Zealand Cheese Awards - home cheese maker and homemade cheese.

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Anna supplies everything you need for home cheese making, but suggests that people initially improvise with equipment from their own kitchens to get a feel for cheese making before making the outlay for the correct equipment. A home cheese making kit would include the appropriate Sacco cultures, rennet, two or three cheese moulds, Calcium Chloride - a saline solution that helps solidfy the curd, cheese wrap, recipes and introductory letter. There are helpful instructions on the FAQ page on the Curds and Whey website. The business is mainly online, but Anna will meet with customers who phone for an appointment. “Time and patience are needed to build up a history of successful cheese making,” says Anna. You need to note down how the cheese went compared to previous makings. Most important is the “affinage” period (ripening time). The correct aging of cheese is part of its manufacture. She suggests that people start with simple cheeses such as cream cheese, feta, cheddar and camembert. The tricky part is the ripening period. Planning is underway for “All Things Dairy” workshops starting in the near future. Participants will be able to work with a choice of milk, cow or fresh goats milk, or bring along their own. Details will be announced on the Curds and Whey website, Facebook or twitter. (PHILIPPA TAIT) PN www.curdsandwhey.co.nz

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CUSTOMISED STORAGE SYSTEMS “Too much storage space” Ask any real estate agent and they’ll confirm that this is not a “complaint” they’ve ever heard! Whether you’re building a new home or renovating an existing one, you’ll want to take advantage of the array of creative storage solutions the Innovative Interiors team can design, manufacture, and install specifically to your needs. There’s no place for a “one size fits all” philosophy when it comes to your home and at Innovative Interiors they understand that your storage requirements are as individual as you are. And, they’ve got the experience and skill to satisfy all of your storage needs including wardrobes and dressing rooms, home office fit-outs, book-shelving, garage storage, entertainment units, and more.

products and workmanship with a comprehensive 10 year warranty. No matter what age and style of home, the talented team at Innovative Interiors can take full responsibility for designing and creating the storage spaces you’ve always wanted. Their high level of repeat and referral business is testament to the reputation they have built up over 20+ years as the leaders in their field.

One of their experienced design consultants will visit you at your home to discuss your requirements and then develop a design to suit you. It will then be manufactured and installed in your home by their trade-qualified craftsmen. And, they stand by their

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You’ll have seen them on “The Block N.Z.” and now you can invite Innovative Interiors to your place to customise a solution to your storage requirements. PN

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ASK AN ARCHITECT: PAUL LEUSCHKE Each month Grey Lynn resident and architect Paul Leuschke of Leuschke Kahn answers readers’ property related questions. Email yours to jane@leuschkekahn.co.nz

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I keep reading the cost of a house is becoming unaffordable. What is your opinion?

and green field’s development costs have risen, so maybe now your first home is an apartment or terrace house.

A young guy at work said the cost of an average house is now seven times the average salary while in the 1990s it was only three times the average salary. While the statistics may be true there are other issues to consider.

These housing types offer a different living style. Apartments are low maintenance, no lawns to mow, are usually near the CBD but suffer from common lobbies and have an isolated “hotel” feel. But who cares if you only sleep there! Terrace housing is more familiar to New Zealanders. If you take a couple of Ponsonby houses with minimal side yards and join them, they become terrace houses. No side yards but you do have your own front door and back yard. What do we lose with these building types?

When I built my first house you couldn’t get a bank mortgage. The banks were commercial banks and were not interested in residential mortgages. We had money in a building society and some creative accounting was required to get the loan. These days all the banks are eager to loan you money and on comparatively low deposits. I remember my dad telling me that when he brought his first house, it didn’t have carpets, a fridge or a garage and why was I expecting such luxuries! The average home today is a very different beast from houses in the past.

Many of the past developments have been based on the cheaper end of the market. New developments will be of higher quality and aimed at owner occupier. These alternative types reduce the land cost per unit, provide security with close neighbours, need little new infrastructure, reduce traffic by being close to CBDs, and most importantly they provide an alternative housing type to the idea of a typical New Zealand house. (PAUL LEUSCHKE) www.leuschkekahn.co.nz PN

Why do we still expect to be able to afford a free standing house on a 600 square metre site? Our population has grown, land supply in the inner city has not increased,

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Blair Haddow, a real estate agent with Bayleys Western Bay’s team held a hopping evening … on a very wet Wednesday evening last month in The Object Room, Mackelvie Street. L to R: Jon Su, Luke McCarthy, Bernadette Morrison and Blair Haddow.

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MY FAVOURITE ROOM JENNA HEWITT Jenna Hewitt moved back to New Zealand from Melbourne a year ago to start her own, recently launched venture “the bubble”. “The bubble” is an app and website that showcases the best places to eat, drink and shop across New Zealand, customising search results based on what you are looking for. Jenna tells Ponsonby News, “I am the youngest of three, a sneaker fanatic and have a mild obsession with hearts and skulls. The feeling of velvet makes me cringe and the squeaky sound that cornflour makes gives me goose bumps.” The young entrepreneur shares a villa on Richmond Road with two friends. For them this is the perfect location, with Ponsonby Central only a few hundred metres away for strolling up the road to get coffee on a Sunday, or a “grass juice” from Ceres if they have been out the night before. Jenna continues, “Since leaving university (aside from when I was overseas) I have always lived in the Ponsonby area. I also share an office with the boys from DARKHORSE in Grey Lynn. I love it, living so close to work makes life a lot easier, my family and most of my friends are over this way too.” Jenna’s favourite room is the open plan living area. She says, “It’s a sanctuary at the back of our villa and where all of the action happens, whether it is sharing a bevvy with family, dinner parties, building forts with my friends’ kids, work or just hanging out. I love this room. It’s cosy in the winter and drenched in sunshine over summer.” Her favourite things in the space are the white sandstone Buddha (a birthday gift from Jenna’s brother and his wife) which she describes as “a little reminder to stay Zen and balanced when life starts to get crazy.” Jenna also loves the colourful artwork on the walls. “No-one wants to be surrounded by porridge!” PN the bubble, T: 021 129 0891 www.thebubble.co.nz

“MYTH OR REALITY – FIXED PRICE BUILDING CONTRACTS WORK OUT CHEAPER?” What form of building contract should you enter into? Clients often ask me what form of contract they ought to enter into with builders. One could readily assume that builders are going to do better out of a “charge up” or “costs plus margin” contract as they get to charge for actual time worked, and that fixed price works best for home owners in that they have a firm fix on the cost. But experience establishes that such an analysis is far too simplistic. Is there really such a thing as a fixed price contract? In broad terms every fixed price contract will identify items to which the builder is not able or prepared to allocate a fixed price. Further, some items may be allocated a prime cost sum and/or a provisional sum which give an estimate only of likely cost.

It is also important not to dismiss the importance of estimates. Assuming sufficient detail was provided, the home owner could hold the contractor (generally) to that estimate, and where there was significant cost overrun, the contractor would have to substantiate his reasons for exceeding items as estimated. One form of contracting does not necessarily fit each set of circumstances. It follows that it is not as simple as saying charge up only serves the builder’s interests, and fixed price is the only form of contract that serves the home owner’s interests. Ultimately the strength of the relationship between owner and builder will be reflected in the quality of building work completed. Legal Vision is a Ponsonby based law firm.

Even a relatively simple home renovation that is completed on a fixed price is likely to have its value change just on the normal variations that a builder may claim. For example, a builder may identify borer while renovating a 1950s state house. This change to the scope of work is in normal circumstances going to be treated as a variation which will increase the value of the fixed price contract. So in essence, I am not so sure any contract is truly fixed.

NOTE: This article is not intended to be legal advice (nor a substitute for legal advice). No responsibility or liability is accepted by Legal Vision to anyone who relies on the information contained in this article.

Arguments against contracting on a charge-up basis The typical arguments I have heard are usually twofold: a) A competitive tender is the only way to get a true and fair market price; b) If a builder is not held to a fixed price no adequate restraint is put on at least his cost of labour. In response to a), that argument seems to discount that it is still possible through tender to get a very distorted cost of building. For example, you may have a contractor coming in low who is attempting to “buy” a job, which will not provide you with a realistic cost of building. Further in response to b), this criticism of “charge up” contracts seems to completely discount the need for a builder to service all his other contracts/clients. There is also the matter of a builder’s reputation that he no doubt strives to maintain.

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CB PROJECTS - THE FRAMEWORK BETWEEN YOUR SUCCESSFUL PROJECTS CB Projects are a full service project management and building construction company that have extensive experience in residential renovations, new builds and commercial projects - including shop fits. The company is central Auckland based and focussed on helping their discerning clients get exactly what they want from their projects; economically, with expert advice, unparalleled project management, top quality building services and continued support from conception to completion and beyond to property maintenance. Whether you’re upgrading a kitchen, remodelling a floor, creating an entire new family home or planning an industrial or commercial build, CB Projects can help you get the results you want without any stress or hassle, on time and on budget.

CB Projects take ownership and overall responsibility for the entire project, regardless of size, complexity or duration and are fully focused on making the process as enjoyable and rewarding as possible for their clients. PN

CB Projects site managers are “Licensed Building Practitioners” and are members of “Certified Builders”. As a company CB Projects pride themselves on having clean and safe working environments.

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AUCKLAND HOUSING ACTIVITY INCREASES BUT PRICES REMAIN STABLE The average price for an Auckland home has barely changed over the past five months. Barfoot & Thompson’s average sales price in August was $647,647, more than $6,700 lower than in July and more than $2,200 lower than in June.

“August’s new listings were the second highest in a month so far this year, and were 20.7 percent higher than at the same time last year.

“For the past five months the average sales price for Auckland houses has remained constant,” said Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson.

“Sales in August were also strong, and at 1200 were up 5.9 percent on those for July and 18.1 percent higher than in August last year.

“After a rapid increase in the first quarter of the year, prices have settled down, and there has been no upward pressure on prices for the past two months.

“It added up to an extremely active market, but with prices restrained.

“This is confirmed by August’s median house price, which at $561,500 is down 4 percent on the median price for July, and down 4.8 percent on June’s median price. “August’s median price is right in line with that for November last year, suggesting prices have remained stable for nine months. “What did change in August was that there was greater choice for buyers than there has been for some months. “New listings in August at 1710 were excellent, and were up 4.5 percent on those for July.

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“At month’s end we had 2999 properties on our books. While this is relatively low, it was the highest number for three months.” A feature of August’s trading was a drop in the number of homes that sold for in excess of $1 million. “We sold 118 homes for more than a million during the month, well down from July’s 152 and the 144 in both May and June. “There was a far greater focus on the under $500,000 market, with 523, or 43.6 percent of all sales, being in this segment.” PN

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CARING UP CLOSEPROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL SARAH TALYANCICH Sarah Talyancich is an Auckland girl who grew up in the country. After physiotherapy school she worked at Auckland Hospital for two and a half years before hitting Europe for four years. Sarah returned to Auckland 10 years ago and has worked in Ponsonby/Grey Lynn ever since. She has also gravitated towards rehabilitation, and now finds it key in injury maintenance, management and prevention at her Body Reform clinic. How did you come to be a physiotherapist? I have always had a passion for learning about the body - anatomy and how the body works. At high school I took human health studies, and haven’t looked back since. I loved it! I was looking for a profession that could give me work environment flexibility and an opportunity to travel, as well as flexible hours in the future to have a family. Physiotherapy gave me all three. What do you love about your job? The people! My husband thinks all I do all day is talk to my clients, and nothing else... He is not completely correct. I obtain most of my information about a patient’s pain and disability by watching them walk into the clinic, and move from chair to bed, and talking to them during the appointment. This enables me to ascertain the exact diagnosis of their pain/dysfunction. The icing on the cake is watching them improve. I also love my clients. We have a huge database of loyal, regular and valued clients. We wouldn’t still be here today without them and I am always very grateful to see them in the clinic. What do you find challenging? Tricky question... taking people’s money, and the challenges of business. I’ve had to have training in this. Physiotherapists are not trained business people as a rule, but you learn quickly. How do you differ from other professions? The health field is a personal one. Each individual physiotherapist is unique with how they treat. I can only speak for myself: My approach is to listen to the client, and find patterns associated with their problem. Once we have the correct diagnosis, education to the client is key! If you don’t understand what is wrong, it is much harder to improve. Rehabilitation is key to management of all physical problems and plays a huge part in prevention of new injuries. What do you do to stay at the top of your field? Someone told me, a long time ago, “to be the best I can be” and I have never forgotten it. Professionally, once I finished my four year degree, the lecturers farewelled us and told us we now had “a licence to learn”. How correct they were - experience is key! During my four years in England I worked hard, travelled loads and took every course I could. There was a copious melting pot of postgraduate special interest courses to further develop ourselves professionally - far more than we would have had in New Zealand. I started my clinical pilates training in London also, and became a course presenter in this field. Back in New Zealand, I have continued ongoing education courses, and this year have commenced post graduate AUT studies. We now have a real time ultrasound machine (like they use in pregnancy) in our clinic, to assess and teach your pelvic floor and abdominal muscle contractions in real time.

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We also have established relationships with surgeons and sports physicians, so that we can work with them to provide a top notch service to our patients. We aim to give our clients that extra five percent service and effort to ensure we have your diagnosis correct. Finding out what exactly is wrong is the most important - I find the treatment is the easy part. Can you tell us about a standout ‘case’? Many of my clients are now stronger, fitter, faster than my friends in their 30s. A local man came for treatment for his foot/leg, following a skiing accident. Functionally he wasn’t able to keep up with the walking pace of his wife. I mentioned to him we needed a goal during his rehabilitation. After 18 months, he had signed up and was on the plane to Canada to compete in a triathlon! Not bad going when he had found it tricky walking around the block. What an inspiration! What do you do to care for yourself? I have two small children... so I now completely understand when clients over the years have talked about “you” coming last! Normally I exercise of course. Pilates, walking, resistance training, and previously running. Walking is like a medicine for me. I do most of my thinking and planning when I walk or exercise. And it makes you feel so great. What’s your advice to people seeking physiotherapy? See someone with whom you feel comfortable, who listens to you and can explain your pathology and treatment plan clearly. Your health professional should work with you and other health professionals to provide you with a top notch service. PN BODY REFORM, 1 Schofield Street, Grey Lynn T: 09 361 6415 www.bodyreform.co.nz

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THE PROPERTY MARKET REINVENTS REAL ESTATE WITH ZERO PERCENT COMMISSION STRUCTURE Fare Share designed to reward hard work with zero commission on the “easy” part of a sale price Auckland real estate agency, The Property Market, has turned the traditional real estate model on its head with the launch of a new commission structure, created for the Auckland market. Under the new commission structure, the Fare Share, commission is only charged on the top end of a sale price, at a percentage rate that explicitly incentivises high-end performance. The Property Market Director, Antonia Baker, says the current Auckland property market means houses sell within days, but with little incentive for an agent to put in the hard yards many home owners are missing out. “Given the demand for properties it really isn’t difficult to sell a house, and in record time. But in this market there is a risk that some agents can look for the fastest commission, rather than working to try and get the highest available sale price for the home owner - which is the whole reason you engage a real estate agent.” Many real estate agencies charge the bulk of commission on the first and lowest portion of the sale price. However, this new commission structure allows home owners to negotiate a level up to which zero commission is paid. “The figure at which commission kicks in is based on market data and analysis of property sales in the region. So if we don’t achieve the sale price a home owner deserves, they don’t pay over the odds. But if we achieve a sale price that is exponentially brilliant, we both do well,” says Baker.

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Deborah Kershaw recently sold her Freemans Bay home using the Fare Share fee. Under this arrangement the agency shared the financial risk associated with the sale, ultimately incentivising them to achieve the best possible sale price. “Basically it meant we were paying the agent for the hard work they did to get top dollar, rather than for the part of the sale price that could be taken for granted. It makes so much sense because it rewards the extra effort required to achieve a great price, rather than the minimal effort required in this market to achieve fast property turnover,” says Deborah Kershaw. Independent property commentator and founder of Properazzi, Alistair Helm, says the real estate industry still thinks largely as it did 25 years ago, and many agents have not adjusted to the way technology has changed business. “I think the belief that standard commissions are part of the business model for agents for ever is short-sighted. I think this new Fare Share concept is exactly the kind of thing this industry needs to show it is responding to smarter vendors. Vendors who ask why should we pay a commission on the total sale price, when I want you to show me you are motivated to get that top price. I trust you can do it, now show me your commitment. That commitment for me is embodied in the Fare Share concept.” PN THE PROPERTY MARKET, T: 09 965 3656 www.thepropertymarket.co.nz

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NEW CAREER PATH FOR LONG-TIME PONSONBY LOCAL LONG-TIME PONSONBY/HERNE BAY RESIDENT Peter Tanner has moved away from the corporate world of travel technology and IT servicing to take up a sales role with leading real estate agency Bayleys. Peter has a strong affinity with the area - having owned homes for 25 years in the Ponsonby and Herne Bay suburbs. Peter’s children also attended Ponsonby Primary School. Peter hopes his deep-rooted network of contacts in the area will enable him to quickly get a foothold on the property ladder with Bayleys. PN PETER TANNER; T: 09 375 7486; M: 021 379 379

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SÈTE: APARTMENT IN FRANCE Asking price: 188,000 Euros. Sète is known as “The Venice of Languedoc”. It is a vibrant, picturesque town on the shores of the Mediterranean. The apartment is in the old town with the front view looking out over the Canal Royal and the back view over the Place de la Mairie and the flower markets on Wednesdays. Gorgeous patisseries, cheeses, seafood, fresh fruit, vegetables and wines are within easy walking distance. The apartment is being sold furnished, with two double bedrooms, two showers, one toilet, a kitchen and laundry and two small window balconies. The apartment is 72 sq. metres and there are attractive murals on the walls painted by a well-known New Zealand artist, Gennie de Lange. Sète is 30 minutes drive from Montpellier, 90 minutes drive from the Spanish border and is on the direct fast train route from Paris. Montpellier airport connects with most European capitals and smaller airports nearby run cheap flights to the United Kingdom. The New Zealand owners are selling after 16 wonderful years in Sète. PN For more information please contact M: 021 148 0980 or M: 021 758 606

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Black or white You can’t beat the always chic combo of black or white for virtually any type of home décor. They’re colours that are simultaneously classic as well as modern, and because of this, are guaranteed not to date. Plus, you can easily add pops of colour to suit the ever-changing trends. Here’s our pick of the best of black and white home wares.

Hello Sailor Mug by Robert Gordon, $28 Perfect for lovers of the sea, drinking tea out of this Hello Sailor mug will make for a great start to the day. Chevron Cushion by Billy Heckenberg, $85 Designed by Sydney-based designer Madeleine Duggan, this chevron patterned cushion with its unique metallic zip feature will be a welcomed modern addition in any home. School Clock by General Eclectic, $80 Retro in design, this large clock will suit any interior as well as any room in the house ensuring you never lose touch with the time.

Model One AM/FM Radio Frost Collection by Tivoli Radio, $450 Described as "the best sounding table radio ever made", this Tivoli Model One AM/FM Table Radio is also fabulous to look at.

Our Place Plate Set by Rob Ryan, $90 Designed by artist Rob Ryan, this lovely plate is one of a set of four - each of which has a different design Hang on the wall as decoration or use as a dessert or side plate.

Houndstooth Weekender Bag by Citta, $65 This essential black and white houndstooth weekender bag will never go out of style and is the perfect size for a mini-break.

Z Table Lamp by Future Presence, $75 Simple yet completely contemporary, this small metal frame Z Table Lamp is perfect for beside the bed or on a desk. (MILLY NOLAN) PN

Origami Tall Vase by General Eclectic, $35 As lovely empty as it is filled with flowers, this Origami Tall Vase is both striking and unique in shape and texture.

WHAT’S HOT AT TRENZSEATER THE DA GAMA CAMPAIGN CONSOLE FROM ANDREW MARTIN FEATURES VINTAGE LEATHER trim, studs and polished steel surface, a perfect statement piece! The DA GAMA Campaign Collection of product from Andrew Martin is currently on display in their Parnell showroom. TRENZSEATER, 80 Parnell Road, open 7 days or visit www.trenzseater.com to view online. DA GAMA CAMPAIGN CONSOLE as pictured is $2,850.

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Party Politics and Local Elections - Vote by 12 October I have always believed party politics should be kept out of local government elections, and in New Zealand it largely has. But it has crept in, in recent years, so I thought I would do a breakdown of our local Waitemata ward candidates, none of whom profess to being National, Labour, Green, Act, Maori, or United Future, but when you analyse their policies they often show their true colours. Let’s start with mayor. It looks very likely that Len Brown will easily be re-elected. Brown has been a long time Labour Party member, and although standing as an independent he still has centre-left leanings. And next the Waitemata Council seat. Mike Lee will be favoured to win again. He is standing as an independent, but is endorsed by the centre-left City Vision group. Mike is unashamedly old left, and makes no apology for that. But the two most likely challengers for the council seat, Greg Moyle and Rob Thomas may be harder to pin down politically. In the case of Rob Thomas, it may just be that he is on a long term trip to eventually become mayor, and just now his youth and inexperience makes it difficult to assess his political philosophy. Perhaps he’s just a pragmatist. If you intend to vote for Rob for council, I suggest you ask him which side of the fence he is on with regards to the left-right issues I will discuss later in this article. Greg Moyle is more transparent. He previously stood under the C and R banner, the right wing council group that controlled Auckland for 50 years. This time with C and R re-branding as Communities and Residents rather than Citizens and Ratepayers, and rumoured to be in disarray, Greg is standing as an independent. His policy statements and brochure give voters a good steer where he stands on many issues, but not all. For the local board, Moyle has cobbled together a group under the banner Team Waitemata, which of course

says nothing. Scratch under the surface, however, and you will find clearly identifiable centre right policies. See their policy on the Uniform Rates Charge, calling for a higher standard user charge to reduce the burden on higher valued properties. That’s a right wing policy. If you think you will vote for Greg Moyle, and his team, check his attitude to asset sales, including Watercare, and his support for community activities like Music in the Parks. Would he make cuts to library services, the zoo or the art gallery? As far as the Waitemata Local Board is concerned, voters have 20 candidates from whom to select seven. The easiest to categorise are the seven City Vision candidates - they represent either Labour, Green or Independent Progressives (a euphemism for centre left). Of the others, Stephen Greenfield stands for Conservatives (that’s clearly right wing), while Stephen Berry represents Affordable Auckland. What that means I haven’t a clue, but anyone considering choosing by stabbing a pin into the ballot paper while blindfolded, should ask him before they give him their vote. There are also a number of independents. Kris McPherson spoke well at a candidates meeting. As I’ve suggested above, if you think you might vote for one of them, ask them for their policy on issues you regard as important. The most important question I want to pose here, is what difference does it make whether a candidate is left leaning or right leaning? The right generally believe in less local government rather than more. While that might result in rates being held which everyone wants, it is likely to result in cost cutting to services most citizens value. Ask those on the right wing if they support cuts to library services, to the zoo, to the museum. Will they want to impose user pays entry fees and other charges. Will they want

to sell assets like the Port and the Airport shares. Will they want to privatise Watercare (perhaps sell it to Coca Cola who owns water rights all over the world, or French Transnational Company Veolia, which already owns some New Zealand water rights). Look closely at those calling for a higher Uniform Charge for all ratepayers, which would put extra pressure on low income ratepayers, or a policy plank calling for a focus on core council activity (an old right wing policy). It is not always the case that Independents just put platitudes in their brochures which could mean anything. In an analysis of a number of flyers I have received in my letter box, I have been impressed with the clarity of Gerry Hill’s policies. Voters may not agree with them, but they are plain and clear, and include - restoration of Music in Parks, improved public transport, development of an affordable housing plan for the low paid, improved access to assistance for those who are impaired or disabled. These are clear centre left policies. His by-line is good too-“putting local back into local, and community back into community.” Another good by-line is, in Greg Moyle’s, “Taking Our Auckland From Good to Great.” But some candidates have only a single sentence byline and nothing else. Is that enough to show voters what people really stand for, and shouldn’t we be wary of vague generalisations such as: affordable progress, planned future growth that works, and pragmatic decision making? Look beyond the clichés, for the substance. While Waitemata is only one of 13 Auckland Council wards, citizens have a responsibility to choose wisely, and study candidates’ policies before they vote. But my plea to you all is - PLEASE VOTE. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN

BIRD OF THE MONTH The shining cuckoo is an extremely interesting native species. It is a summer migrant to New Zealand and, while it is common throughout the country, is small and difficult to see. Its colouring can make it quite difficult to pinpoint among foliage and it is often only spotted when they take flight after being disturbed. The cuckoo is more commonly heard, with a distinctive whistling call. There are two distinct characteristics that make the shining cuckoo an intriguing specimen. The New Zealand subspecies only breeds here but there are numerous closely related subspecies in the Pacific and Australia. The New Zealand birds spend their summer, spring and autumn in the country but migrate north to New Guinea and Solomon Islands for the winter. These small birds make this long transoceanic migration annually. They are more commonly found in or near forest and scrub but can be seen in rural or urban areas. It depends on the second intriguing factor, the presence of their host species.

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shining cuckoos, like many cuckoo species, are brood parasites. This means they lay their eggs in other species nests and allow the other species to raise their young. The adult cuckoo lays its eggs and then takes no further part in the breeding process, leaving all the rearing to the other species. In the case of the shining cuckoo, its host is the grey warbler (or on the Chatham Islands, the subspecies warbler that is found there). The young cuckoo is dependent on their foster parents for many weeks after they have fledged (have wings that can allow flight). This can lead to some amusing sights of tiny grey warblers caring for a cuckoo chick twice its size. Do not be too concerned for the grey warbler; it is almost always able to raise one clutch of chicks before the shining cuckoo arrives from its winter retreat. It is still somewhat of a mystery how the cuckoo gets its egg into the grey warbler nest. The grey warbler’s

nest is a covered, hanging nest with a circular entrance that is too small for the adult cuckoo to enter. It seems likely that the eggs are placed using the beak or claws, after laying them elsewhere. All I will say is that the difference in size of grey warblers and shining cuckoos is nothing compared to our other native, the long tailed cuckoo, which is nearly three times the size of its host the whitehead. The photo I chose displays a grey warbler feeding a fledging shining cuckoo. The iridescent plumage indicates the source of its name. Shining cuckoos in New Zealand are also quite often found having flown into windows, often leading to the first sighting of an individual for people. (FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT) PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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COMBINED 40 YEARS EXPERIENCE EQUALS HIGHLY EFFECTIVE RESULTS Liz Derbyshire and David Dowse of Barfoot & Thompson Ponsonby have teamed up to make an effective combination in the local real estate market. Their clients will now receive the benefit of over 40 years of real estate experience from two highly effective salespeople. Positive, great communicators, skilled negotiators and marketers, they both pride themselves on ensuring a stress free transaction for the vendor. Having been in real estate sales for over 20 years each, they have seen many changes in the profession and the local area. David moved to New Zealand from the UK in 1990, started selling real estate in 1991 and to date has had well over 700 transactions. Liz qualified as a solicitor, has a BA in Spanish language and modern history and previously lived in Spain and the Canary Islands for five years before embarking on a real estate career in 1995. Currently David and Liz are marketing 1/67 Argyle Street Herne Bay, a massive 1970s townhouse with four bedrooms, three living areas and with private beach access. This property is to be auctioned on 9 October 2013. In addition they are marketing a character bungalow, currently in two flats, situated at 27 Target Street, Pt Chevalier, across from Walker Park. With this property there

is the option to choose to renovate or rebuild. If you are thinking of making a real estate transaction and would like to have a chat, please call Liz M: 021 661 978 or David M: 0274 993 319 PN BARFOOT & THOMPSON PONSONBY, Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 303

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IS OUTDOOR FURNITURE ON YOUR SHOPPING LIST?

EUROPA ANTIQUES ARRIVES IN WEST LYNN

HAVE YOU VISITED DESIGN WAREHOUSE IN PARNELL YET? THEY HAVE OVER 30,000 sqft of fully assembled A-Grade teak, all-weather wicker, stainless steel, Batyline® mesh styles, indoor/outdoor restored teak styles, concrete tables and benches, and a new contemporary indoor range of settings - all ready to take home today.

EUROPA IS OPENING WITH A POP-UP SHOP IN THE OLD WINE VAULT IN RICHMOND Road, beside the Gypsy Tearoom. Presenting an eclectic mix of European antiques, mid -century furniture and Russian art, EUROPA will open for two months from 2 October.

The selection and quality is unbelievable, with everything from BBQs to umbrellas and much more! The new 2014 collections have arrived with amazing reclaimed teak and wicker with new colours and styles.

Richard Riddiford and Kim Gunter are behind the business which is importing a diverse range of unique objects, art and furniture sourced from Europe. The collection is a colourful mix of eras and styles for both interior and exterior living. Their intention is to offer a stimulating and surprising, if not a little eccentric range of functional and decorative items with an authentic European texture.

Design Warehouse has been distributing teak patio furniture in the New Zealand for over 18 years and is New Zealand’s largest seller of A-Grade teak furniture and ship both nation-wide and internationally to residential and commercial customers alike. Design Warehouse is a major supplier to the international market, supplying retailers, hotels, resorts, architects, landscapers, designers and the public in the pacific region, Europe and the United States.

To this end they have sourced a number of Russian “socialist realism” paintings through London art dealer, John Barkes. “Socialist realism” is focused around easel painting and depicts everyday Russian life under the Soviet regime. This is a rare opportunity to view and purchase unique artworks.

They have a huge amount of teak furniture, the largest in stock in New Zealand. The bonus is that there is no waiting and it can be picked up or delivered on the same day fully assembled. The Design Warehouse is a must to visit if outdoor furniture is on your shopping list this summer. Prices are all wholesale and open to the public. Open 10am to 5pm daily. PN

EUROPA’s furniture has been sourced from the UK, France and Belgium. Largely a collection of mid-century and industrial items with a smattering of 19th century French pieces, there’s something here to appeal to all tastes and home styles, including a large range of outdoor metal furniture. Richard Riddiford and Kim Gunter have worked in the film industry for most of their careers making documentaries and commercials. Richard has also owned a number of businesses in the area and started the Gypsy Tearoom with Mike Howie and the Tuatara restaurant on Ponsonby Road. PN

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THE RURAL LIFESTYLE JUST MIGHT BE COMING BACK IN STYLE THE REALITY OF OWNING AN AFFORDABLE INNER CITY HOME HAS FORCED MANY BUYERS to look further afield, and in fact, out of the city boundaries. For example southern towns like Pukekohe and Tuakau have experienced a massive influx of Auckland buyers and areas even further south are experiencing interest from families hoping to find that special place to call home. The driving force is simple - to own a great property without the stress of a scarily massive mortgage. Rural sales specialist, Hadley Pierce of Professionals Pukekohe, describes the interest from city buyers as pleasantly surprising. He says, “There seems to be a renewed interest in lifestyle property. For example Te Kauwhata village is only an hour south of Auckland off peak and I am getting more enquiries from Auckland people on the listings that I have there. Te Kauwhata is a charming country town, small and personal and yet with most of the services and schools people need.”

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One such property being marketed by Hadley and colleague Sue McCardle is in a rare lakefront location just 10 minutes from Te Kauwhata village. This is a solid and spacious three bedroom, three bathroom modernised 1970s home in a magical garden setting with panoramic views and riparian rights onto Lake Whangape. “This sort of property is very rare and of course just can’t be found close to the city and if it could it would cost a fortune” says Sue. The 6.32Ha property at 597 Glen Murray Road is in two separate titles and is going to auction on November 2. What an amazing place for kids to grow up. Perhaps affordability will make lifestyle living the next trend? PN For more information call HADLEY PIERCE, T: 09 263 8020 M: 021 404 307 E: Hadley@propertylink.co.nz SUE MCCARDLE T: 09 238 8098 M: 021 404 175 E: sue@propertylink.co.nz www.propertylink.co.nz/PL5399 DEADLINE - 20TH OF THE MONTH

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VIVO KITCHEN DESIGN MAKE QUALITY AND STYLE AFFORDABLE The family owners of Vivo Kitchen Furniture have been involved in the kitchen industry for over 40 years and have been importing kitchens from Italy for about 15 years. More recently - to give our clients more flexibility, better service, shorter lead times, and most importantly significantly lower prices - we are now manufacturing our “Newform” kitchen range here in Auckland. The last three years have seen an explosion of competitively priced quality components available locally. The impressive “Blum” and “Hafele” warehouses are just two examples. These days even small workshops tend to have quite sophisticated production machinery. As a result, the quality of locally made kitchens is now generally very good - albeit still expensive.

What is lacking is good design - Although there are some terrific designers in New Zealand, they tend to operate only at the upper end ($40k+). Our knowledge of the Italian design and production systems matched with our own manufacturing expertise has allowed us to incorporate great design into our standard range. We think that this is an unbeatable combination for style conscious home owners who are on a somewhat tighter budget. PN VIVO KITCHEN FURNITURE LTD, 83 Carr Road, Mt Roskill T: 09 620 7016 E: frank@vivogroup.co.nz www.italiankitchens.co.nz

MAKING OLD CONCRETE LOOK GOOD Concrete Grinding New Zealand specialise in grinding and polishing concrete surfaces. For the past 12 years they have been providing a range of high quality floor finishes throughout the Auckland and Northland regions. Their work ethic is about providing people with a reliable and consistent service and their goal is to establish and maintain long term relationships with all of their customers. They work closely with architects and interior designers and whether it’s a commercial or residential project, they are happy to discuss the details and help you choose both the look and the finish of a concrete surface, plus provide the specification schedules for your chosen finish. Much of their work is for quantity surveyors and the team at Concrete Grinding offer a quick turn-a-round, with accurate and competitive quotes for all types of projects including designer polished finishes, surface repair, glue removal and floor preparation. Mark Bragg of Concrete Grinding New Zealand says, “One of our most recent and interesting commercial projects was for Andy Davies’ Ponsonby Central fit-out. We were contracted to grind and polish the old concrete floors to help bring them back to life. We get real satisfaction from making old concrete look good and the Ponsonby Central project has definitely been one of our most exciting to date.” Mark and his team are open to answering all questions concerning concrete surfaces and call them at anytime for sales or general enquiries. PN CONCRETE GRINDING NEW ZEALAND, Auckland M: 021 226 25 62, Northland M: 027 210 20 25, or email to info@grindingnz.co.nz www.grindingnz.co.nz

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CLAUDIA ZINZAN - FATHER RABBIT

Claudia Zinzan from Father Rabbit describes herself as “Father Rabbit’s product picker, collection curator, shop reorganiser, Facebooker and general all round helper.” She lives with her partner Nick, their four year old, Tony - and another on the way! and a tabby cat in a split villa in Grey Lynn. Claudia told Ponsonby News, “Up until a few weeks ago the front half of the villa has been home to Father Rabbit’s General Store, so there’s been no getting away from him! We’ve been sad to say goodbye to this chapter in the Father Rabbit story, but equally excited in our new venture opening in BLOC at the beginning of October.” What are your virtues? Good listener, calm... until I lose it...

Who's your ultimate music icon? BEYONCE.

And your vices? Too much cheese and crackers. Not enough exercise.

What’s your secret passion? BEYONCE.

Your best friend would say of you... I have asked my friend Asha: “Claudia is a ‘tell it like it is’ friend who you can also tell anything to and feel heard. Full of love and laughter, and irony (in the best possible way). Who cares very, very deeply for the people she loves.”

Please name your favourite Ponsonby cafe... Conch and Dizengoff.

Your mother would say of you... She would say to me, “Go for a walk.” What were you going to be when you grew up? Interior designer. What's inspired you recently? Colour! Father Rabbit is all about a calm palette and aesthetic and as such I have been feeling the urge for a while to splash out. We’ve recently launched Father Rabbit’s Guest House and “Hello My Tropical Princess Birdfriend” has come to stay along with her bright, bold and beautiful products. This has given me the opportunity to get inspired about colour again and push my skills with combinations and styling. The products are brighter and bolder and will fit in a white palette as bursts of colour but they’ll also give an existing interior the pops it needs.

Favourite Ponsonby restaurant? I think it will be Orphan’s Kitchen, I am banking on it! Favourite Ponsonby store? Mecca Cosmetica. Favourite Ponsonby fashion label... Juliette Hogan and Sass & Bide. Your best kept Ponsonby secret? Richie McCaw Slice at Ripe... and the chorizo sausage rolls at The Little Grocer... these are my secrets! The house is on fire and your family is safe - what do you save? Memory boxes, photos and passports.

What's your perfect Sunday? Friends, lunch and wine (once this baby is out!)

“I'd be lost without my...” Nick, Tony and my cleaner.

Where do you spend your holidays? All over the place, but you can guarantee it will include sleeping, reading, swimming, but no hiking!

One thing you have learned about life is..? When one door closes another one opens.

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Nanette Cameron: Objectspace Master of Craft Nanette Cameron is a legend in her own time and Objectspace is recognising her achievements in this third series celebrating the accomplishments of outstanding artisans working in the fields of craft, design and the applied arts. The exhibition will open 18 October and run till 17 December. Gallery hours are Monday to Saturday from 10.00am till 5.00pm and admission is free. On 18-19 October viewers will have the chance to meet with and speak to Nanette who will be in attendance at the gallery from 10.30am to 3.30pm. On leaving school, Nanette gained a bursary to study Home Science at Otago University at a time when there were no Interior Design courses available in New Zealand or Australia. In fact the concept didn’t even exist down under. After graduating, Nanette served the mandatory two years teaching at Takapuna Grammar then embarked on the customary OE to the UK. Having a strong interest in the arts, she looked at design courses in London, but they were so expensive she decided to learn by “osmosis”, travelling widely and drinking in all the visual wonders of Europe. On her return she gained a position at Hurdleys, the Design and Furnishing Store in Auckland. Its new showroom in High Street was the nexus of design that revolved around Vulcan Lane. Brenner Associates set up by architects, Jelicich, Mullen, Grant and artist Milan Mrkusich to provide a complete package for homes were just around the corner in Queen Street. John Chrichton was producing his mosaic works and lamps nearby and John Greer Shoes run by John Greer himself turned the area into a Mecca for the design-conscious. Nanette calls her time with Hurdleys an apprenticeship. She stayed with them for many years and cites a co-worker, David Bishop, as a big influence in her life. She says he had a greater sense of colour than anyone she had ever known. Working at Hurdleys was an invaluable experience because there was no pressure and plenty of time for discussion, which contributed to her development as a designer. When her daughter was born she continued to do some assignments from home, then to her surprise was asked to take

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a night class, teaching continental cooking at Tamaki College. After one term she decided, “this is not for me” but then was seconded into running a design course instead. This was a more agreeable proposition and she relished the study involved in developing a successful course in interior design. Around the same time she joined a number of young mothers who formed a group called the Pakuranga Arts Society. The new suburb had excellent sports facilities and a library but nothing to do with art or culture. They asked Hamish Keith to give them some direction and he advised to simply put pressure on the council to do something so inspired by his urging they bravely went forth, taking a petition to a big council meeting. Fortunately the mayor, Lloyd Elsemore and his deputy, Barry Curtis, supported them and the upshot was a uniquely designed octagonal building named the Pakuranga Community Cultural Centre. Nanette now had a day job! The experience she gained teaching at night classes she took to the Centre which was officially named as The Nanette Cameron School of Interior Design. The Cultural Centre has since been re-named Te Tuhi, and the interior design school remains a significant part of the organisation. During its forty years history more than 4,000 students have taken the two year part time course which is well recognised throughout the design industry. Nanette moved to Freemans Bay four years ago necessitating a commute to Pakuranga which she takes in her stride. Each year she takes an Interior Design Tour to Australia, offering graduate students the opportunity to see the best of Australian architecture and design. They go to warehouse conversions, homes and studios and because Nanette has been in the industry for so long she’s acquired an impressive list of contacts. Her group returns not believing who they’ve met and what they’ve seen, an added bonus of the course. Accompanying the Objectspace exhibition are two publications, “My Life in Design” by Nanette and “Nanette Cameron and the development of Interior Design in New Zealand” by Dr Rachel Carley. (DEIRDRE TOHILL) PN

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Paul Little is presently enjoying considerable media attention. His nascent publishing house has just produced two books that are doing very well, “Grumpy Old Men” and the hilarious, satirical “50 Shades of Key”.

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What a pity it was published before the Key family “went to see the Queen”. Grumpy Old Men, compiled by Paul and Dorothy Dudek Vinicombe is far more serious than just an airing of grievances by peevish senior citizens. Forty seven men of a certain age were asked what gets up their goat and their responses cover every imaginable problem that besets modern society from the obvious like bad manners or food writers who know nothing, to the more profound such as the state of the film industry and our debt based economy. This is a book to be dipped into and savoured for its wisdom and humour, not read in one gulp. My favourite contribution so far is Russell Callander’s “Judicial review” and the many things he finds outrageous are bound to find resonance with other readers as well. The book came out to mark Father’s day and wait for it, a “Grumpy Old Women” is in the pipeline, due to coincide with Mother’s Day next year. Two more books are scheduled for the Christmas market. Paul’s wife, Wendyl Nissen, has written a chick-lit-come-mystery novel titled “The Road from Midnight” that he’s already sold well into Whitcoulls. The second is “The Secret Life of Kim Dot Com” by David Bishop who wrote all the Herald stories about our, ahem, folk hero. This is sure to be a best seller given this larger than life alien has been fascinating the populace ever since he arrived on our shores. When he was very young, Paul went to Law School and hated it so much that within a week he just threw down his mop and walked away. He then did an arts degree and his very first job was assistant editor for New Zealand Art Magazine with Ross Fraser and William Dart where, as a raw beginner he acquired much valuable knowhow. Next stop was Sydney where he managed to get a job as sub-editor on the Australian Women’s Weekly. His eight years experience there looked good on the CV and helped him land the role of assistant editor on the Listener when he returned home. He left the Listener in 1998 but still does some editing shifts there and works on anything else that comes his way.

Known as the source for hard floor and wall finishes, the European Ceramics network of suppliers and partners stretch across the globe. Now the dedicated team at EC have created an unparalleled design studio in Newmarket to service a discerning clientele. There are only a few opportunities in New Zealand to see, touch and feel the creations of international design houses and even fewer chances to absorb the beauty of planet earth’s natural stones. At EC’s new showroom on the first floor of the Foundation Building, Parnell, interior and exterior spaces are brought to life through design, in surroundings that promote true creativity. Let the EC team take you on a journey of discovery through the world of exquisite porcelain and natural stone. Working closely with architects, interior designers and developers has allowed EC to explore new and innovative ideas. It is their experience, garnered over 26 years, that will help you elevate your design ideas for your home, workspace or development. Stand out products from EC include stunning natural ivory stone in both cross cut and vein cut options, progressive porcelain tiles infused with digital printing techniques and a variety of porcelain coverings in impressive and even astounding sizes. A strong focus on indoor and outdoor flow has led EC to provide internal and external options that are fit for purpose and utterly stunning. With the resurgence in European porcelain products and the innovations sparked by technology, the EC experience will leave you completely prepared to create inspired environments. The promise of your imagination is the starting point for the team at EC - let the journey begin. PN EUROPEAN CERAMICS AND STONE, First Floor, Foundation Building, 8 George Street, Parnell www.euroceramics.co.nz

So what’s involved in setting up a publishing company? Well there’s a range of skills needed and first and foremost it’s necessary to know where to find the right people to work with. Having been in the media for so many years both Paul and Wendyl have all the necessary contacts in that regard. Next you need a good idea and in this instance Dorothy came up with Grumpy Old Men. Some sort of design sense is essential and Paul got around this by seeking out a book he liked the look of and then approached the designer, Katy Yiakmis who came aboard and lives just around the corner so it’s very much a Grey Lynn based operation. Paul and Wendyl have the editing skills required and then there’s sales skills and a relationship with people who buy for the big chains. Marketing is the hard part but that’s not a problem for this couple who both have high profiles and enough commercial skills and business experience to run a boutique publishing house. Paul says the publishing world is changing but it’s not going away because there will always be books and people wanting to read them. How they access them is changing so The Secret Life of Kim Dot Com will be an e-book as well because it will attract a lot of international interest. He is presently aiming at doing six books a year but doesn’t expect to earn a living from the enterprise because stores are presently ordering much smaller numbers than before. Nevertheless in times of change the waters eventually calm down and everyone has a clearer vision of what’s happening. Writers wanting to submit a manuscript will find all they need to know by visiting www.paullittlebooks.co.nz (DEIRDRE TOHILL) PN

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Ecoman’s New Book - Only the Beginning for Ecostore Says Rands Today, ecostore is a household name as a producer of environmentally friendly and healthier cleaning and skin care products. Its products are now sold around the world in the USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Malaysia, Taiwan, and the company is set for further expansion. Not bad for a company begun in a garage in Northland less that 20 years ago. Ponsonby News asked CEO, Malcolm Rands, if he was satisfied with how far ecostore has come, and if he can now throttle back and enjoy his 60s which he will reach next year. This was his startling reply. “I still regard ecostore as a start up company,” says Malcolm, “New Zealand needs more than one large company besides Fonterra.” So Malcolm Rands along with wife and partner, Melanie, are shooting for the stars. Malcolm is more determined than ever to work towards restoring the health and well -being of people by making it easier for them to be green and healthy. He told us he loves the business buzz, and is channelling profits into his not-for-profit entity, Fairground Foundation, to promote positive social and environmental change. One project the foundation is working on is an Urban Ecovillage. The book is an inspiring and fascinating read. Little success at school in Auckland, the big OE, boy bands, and experimenting with communal living, drugs even, mean Malcolm was a late starter in business. He had no idea what he wanted to do until he was 30. But he always had a good mind, and liked to think outside the square. This book should be compulsory reading for young people wondering what to do with their lives. Find a mentor, Malcolm advises. Work for nothing to build up skills, and absorb the advice of an entrepreneur. Ecostore’s struggle to get market share is really interesting. “You can’t compete with the big boys until you can produce a million products.” Even then, people still wrongly think, “I’d like to support this eco stuff but it’s too expensive and probably doesn’t work.” The ecostore team have worked really hard to dispel these myths - with great success. Malcolm and Melanie still get to their eco village in Northland regularly, but Malcolm is addicted to the success of ecostore, and is in no way ready to slow down. “I enjoy the work,” he tell us. “Money is the energy of business, and I want good profits to go to my not-for-profit foundation.” He reiterates that work should not be a dirty word. “The ecoman” was never one to conform. He maintains he never fitted in as a kid and was always marginalised. He was insecure as a teenager and as a younger man, but he’s sure got the wind in his sails now. Malcolm Rands says he didn’t need the book to boost his ego - he’s comfortable now in his own skin. A small business can make a huge difference to a community, Malcolm assures us, but a large company can make a difference in the world. That is clearly Malcolm Rands’ driving ambition. “Stick your neck out,” he says, “and put your balls on the line.” The first person to live to 150 is now born. The world is ecostore’s oyster. Who would bet against ecostore becoming New Zealand’s next big thing? “Comvita’s founder was an entrepreneur of the year finalist at 95,” declares Malcolm, in what could only be seen as a strong intention to be heading for such a goal himself. His self believe is huge, but it is tempered by a quaint humility born of experience and a competitive world. He is also kept grounded by his old friends at Mamaki, their Northland eco village. Conclusion: Move over Fonterra and make way for Malcolm Rands and ecostore. PN

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WEALTHY HERNE BAY RESIDENTS REJECT LOCAL HALL The Waitemata Local Board has resolved to sell off the Masonic Hall in Argyle Street, Herne Bay, for removal after locals showed no interest in turning it into a community hall. The history of the hall made it difficult for the board to do anything else. It sits on residential land, with a resource consent in place, solely for the now long gone Masons. The council bought the hall several years ago for something like 1.5 million dollars. For the last six years the Probus Club has met there once a month and they are disappointed to have been evicted. However, the club had only a month to month lease, and after complaining to the council about the sudden short notice, they were given 180 days to find a new space. The Masonic Hall suited their needs very well. However, despite reluctance from some Probus members, their committee has accepted space at the Petanque Club headquarters at the other end of Salisbury Reserve. They moved a month or so ago, so that they would not be left searching for a new home right on Christmas. I am told the first meeting there went well. So we wish this valuable local club well in its new home. Now the Masonic Hall sits empty, awaiting its fate. The council has canvassed locals, but there is little interest. Local board members Tricia Reade and Greg Moyle have tried to drum up support for use of the hall, with very limited results. Waitemata Local Board chairperson, Shale Chambers told Ponsonby News it was very disappointing that local residents showed so little interest in the hall, and that the board had no choice but to follow the council officer’s recommendation not to seek a resource consent change to commercial use, and to sell off the hall for removal. The compelling reasons for the board’s decision were: 1. The lack of strong evidence of the need for a community facility in this neighbourhood. 2. The time, cost and uncertain outcome, of a resource consent application. 3. The benefits of the site to Salisbury Reserve as open space. Chambers comment to us was that no worthy cause could be found to justify retention of the hall. If locals fought a resource consent application right to the environment court it could cost several hundred thousand dollars, and the council could still lose. It seems a shame that a wealthy community like Herne Bay does not see merit in bringing together old and young for sport, cards, gym, choir, bands, engagement parties, and wedding anniversaries. This loss of community engagement is a symptom of our individualistic, materialistic and selfish society. People would rather hide behind their security gates and huge walls - a fortress mentality which does nothing for a healthy balanced community. A society that does not support the maintenance of social capital, is not a moral society. The whole saga reminds me of an American book I read recently - Bowling Alone. This book bemoaned the loss of social engagement of communities, with few volunteers left to look out for the old, the young, and the underprivileged in our communities. The book took its name from the thousands of tenpin bowling leagues that flourished up and down America but which have now disappeared, making communities poorer, and forcing anyone who wants to bowl, to bowl alone. Many other such community activities have failed too. I think the Waitemata Local Board has made the right decision, albeit reluctantly, but the lack of support from local residents is very disappointing. When other communities are crying out for facilities, this affluent one has turned its back on a golden opportunity to make space available for valuable community activities. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN

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OUTSTANDING RATTAN OUTDOOR FURNITURE Iola recently opened their new showroom in the new Geyser Building on the corner of Garfield Street and Parnell Road. It is here you will find a comprehensive range of the most outstanding rattan outdoor furniture; just perfect to enhance any outdoor living space. Iola offers a commercial collection ensuring local customers peace of mind when making an outdoor furniture decision. Their components are the best on the market, German rehau rattan, commercial 1.8mm alloy frames and 316 marine grade stainless steel which is why five star resorts and hotels around the globe purchase this outstanding range. Their cushions are marine quick dry reticulating foam and USA sunbrella, all great components at really competitive prices. At Iola they fully understand that clients need to know their outdoor furniture won’t breakdown after a few years of high UV and at times heavy rainfall. Iola offer a comprehensive five-year guarantee on all components. Adam Kay, the founder of Iola maintains quality, design and price as the three key components to their global success. Arriving soon is Iola’s signature piece, the Sail Bed. Inspired by the Sydney opera house and taking 30 days to weave by hand, this is certainly one for any discerning home owner to consider adding to their repertoire. Iola offer a design service for your indoor/outdoor requirements and on their comprehensive website in most cases prices are shown. They are taking orders now for pre Christmas delivery, so don’t miss out! PN Hours 10.30am - 4 pm Monday to Saturday and Sunday by appointment. IOLA, Geyser Building, corner Garfield and 100 Parnell Road T: 09 940 0250 or Kathryn Wills on M: 021 900 051 www.iola.co.nz

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SPICE UP YOUR LIFE AT AUCKLAND DIWALI FESTIVAL Aucklanders have the chance to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of India at the annual Auckland Diwali Festival on 19 and 20 October in Aotea Square and Queen Street. The event - on from midday to 9pm - is Auckland’s largest free multicultural vegetarian festival and is set to attract thousands of Aucklanders over the two days.

This year’s festival will also coincide with the Prayas Theatre Company’s play Rudali - The Mourner on at the Herald Theatre at The Edge from 17 to 27 October.

Auckland’s 12th annual Diwali Festival is one of three major social anchor events run by ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development).

Auckland’s Diwali Festival is organised by ATEED in partnership with the Asia New Zealand Foundation. Asia New Zealand Foundation Chair, Philip Burdon says: “We work to build New Zealanders’ understanding of Asia, and events like Auckland’s Diwali Festival provide an ideal platform to showcase the talents of our Asian communities.”

ATEED general manager Destination and Marketing, Rachael Carroll, says this year’s event will really stimulate the senses by creating a festival that resonates more intensely with the “feel” of India. “Life happens on the street in India, so at this year’s festival we’re infusing more street theatre and surprise events than ever before, to inject even more spontaneity into what is already an exciting event,” she says.

Diwali “The Festival of Lights” is an important and ancient Indian festival celebrated by thoughts of people around the world each year. Diwali symbolises the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and the renewal of life. PN To find out more about Auckland Diwali Festival visit www.aucklandnz.com/diwali

“Auckland is known for being a multicultural city and the Auckland Diwali Festival is an amazing opportunity for people of all ethnic backgrounds to embrace a traditional Indian festival which has become an iconic event for our city,” adds Ms Carroll. The festival will see Aotea Square and Queen Street transformed into an Indian Mela (bazaar), with more than 50 food and craft stalls offering delicious vegetarian cuisine and Indian sweets, as well as a colourful array of clothing, jewellery, henna, handicrafts and art. A live performance stage will showcase a mix of traditional and contemporary dance from local and international artists and there’ll be the hotly contested Radio Tarana Bollywood dance competition. Other festival highlights will include the Rangoli craft workshop where children can create Indian artworks and classical music workshops for people to have a go at playing traditional Indian instruments. The event will end on a high note on the Sunday evening with the Diwali Finale Fireworks display, presented by Barfoot & Thompson.

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ZOOMSLIDE: BORDERLESS MEDIA Stories from our communities

Many of you will have read the article in last month’s Ponsonby News about chef Robert Oliver and the Real Pasifik television series on TV1 - Saturday’s at 4pm. What you may not know is that the series was created and produced by Grey Lynn based media production and motion graphics company Zoomslide. If you’ve missed the series so far, the good news is that it is still running. All of the episodes are available on TVNZ On Demand - and if you think it’s a show just about food, you’re in for a pleasant surprise! “We’re a team that puts creative first and we’re now creating ground breaking work like Real Pasifik”, says Zoomslide director, Mark Summerville, “…with a team of 10 full timers, built up over the last 13 years, we’re now creating challenging and innovative large scale multi-platform, as well as dynamic small scale projects.”

THE GIFT LOFT HAS LAUNCHED ITS ON-LINE gift service and home-ware store! The Gift Loft specialises in stylish, high quality gift items and gift hampers, beautifully wrapped (in a modern, sophisticated style and free of charge) and delivered either directly to you or to your intended recipient. The Gift Loft team aim to take the hassle and effort out of gift purchasing. Busy mums; time poor corporates and savvy on line shoppers can buy gifts from the comfort of home or work - it’s so easy. “Our customers love that they don’t have to think - our website guides you to the relevant gift range (such as Gifts for Her) and you then choose what you like and within your price range.” says Nicola Quesnel, director and manager of The Gift Loft. The Gift Loft caters for gifts for every occasion, whether it is for a birthday; a “thank you” gift for a host or hostess; to welcome a new baby; for a new mum; the new home buyer or flatmate; a granny food hamper for the granny who is so hard to buy for; or to set the scene for romance. They even have a selection of pet gifts for your furry dog friends, including the Nellie Tier body-care range for dogs, called Phoebe and Fitz.

They have a strong commitment to working with local businesses. “Building and strengthening links between businesses and their communities is one of our core values”, says Zoomslide general manager Ross Cunningham.

Or, perhaps you want to treat yourself to a gift! The homeware gift range showcases a range of beautiful items, suitable for any stylish home - see their gorgeous CC Interiors cotton throws and kilim cushions; quirky, art deco General Eclectic teapots and cupcake stands; and the European tint range of table linen, including table runners and napkins to freshen up your decor. They also have the muslin wrap for sale that Prince George wore when leaving the hospital!

If you’d like to know more, give them a call and visit them at their Elgin Street base for a coffee. T: 09 360 6453. You can check out some of their latest work at: www.zoomslide.com www.realpasifik.com PN

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Garry Currin l Scott McFarlane l Craig MacDonald Until 19 October Garry Currin’s work is, …“made major by a scope that encompasses not only the edgy physical attributes of its subject, but also the metaphorical implications, so that Currin actually captures the power, the darkness and the malevolence of the very thing that he paints.” Scott McFarlane is known primarily for his dark, powerful, spiritual landscapes but is equally competent in the ceramic discipline. Since graduating with honours from Otago School of Art in 1993, Scott has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand. From 1997 - 98 was artist in residence at the Rita Angus Cottage, Wellington. Originally from Wellington, Scott has spent time in Northland and Dunedin - the dramatic landscape of both islands influencing his painting. He now lives and works in Northland. Craig MacDonald first started working in bronze in the late 1980s in the studio of acclaimed New Zealand sculptor Paul Dibble. He has exhibited his works at numerous award, solo and group exhibitions with his work is held in private and corporate collections in Australia and overseas. In 2011, MacDonald won the Montalto Sculpture Prize, an acquisitive award with a prize of $20,000, for his work Witness. MacDonald is also the Master Founder at the Garage Art Foundry in Elphinstone, Central Victoria, and works with artists from all over Australia to realise their sculpture through the process of bronze casting. PN WHITESPACE, 12 Crummer Road T: 09 361 6331 www.whitespace.co.nz

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Penny Howard: Te Kuri O Te Wao - You leave footprints in the soft earth of my heart 22 October - 9 November Saturday 2 November (3 - 4pm) Artist talk and poetry reading with Doug Poole “Penny Howard was not given her stories, she had to go out and find them. As a result, the imagery that she uses to literally construct her history-making grandmother and her guardians is not typically, on the surface, Maori. The red line that runs through all of her figures (not just in this series but all of the ones preceding it) represents both a bloodline and a story thread, and it is hung with memory-triggering trinkets that define her stories. Howard’s life-sized silhouettes, raised with meaningful imagery the Howard herself defines, stand behind her as her recently discovered tipuna.” “Penny places images on metaphoric silhouettes. Folds within the “Va” (the spaces between us all) to launch from. Recreating the emotive forces of memory and reality; metaphor and motion, where dream and reality merge; where strands connect the future to the past, in the stories told by our ancestors.” Doug Poole, 2010. Penny has a Bachelor of Visual Arts her works are also held in other private collections in New Zealand, China, the United Kingdom and Australia. PN www.whitespace.co.nz

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Le Bal Masque - An ACO Performance

Beneath The Weissenborn - Thomas Oliver

The Auckland Chamber Orchestra (ACO) was founded in 1999 by music director and conductor Peter Scholes.

Thomas Oliver has long been my favourite New Zealand musician. I make a point of attending every show that his band, the Thomas Oliver Band, plays in Auckland and have enjoyed each one immensely.

It is a professional orchestra that comprises of Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra musicians and freelance professionals. They perform multiple times a year, and are about to present their fifth show of the 2013 season, entitled Le Bal Masqué. The ACO has always strived to perform diverse pieces to its audience, both contemporary and traditional classical masterpieces. The concerts are not always for the unadventurous and Peter Scholes has treated Auckland audiences to music that is not always performed by larger orchestras, often due to its bizarre and interesting nature. Chamber orchestras are smaller than traditional symphony orchestras, generally only made up of 60 players. These are the type of orchestras Mozart, Haydn and other Classical period conductors wrote for. It is a very different experience to the large orchestras, but the small size does not diminish the volume or diversity of sounds that can be produced. Peter Scholes has worked with all of the major orchestras in New Zealand, as well as founding the ACO, and has also worked with rock musicians. He conducted the ENZSO albums and tours, the legacy of which is still going today in ENZSO performances and music still regularly occurring. He conducted and arranged Six60’s second release Lost with the Auckland Philharmonic, and has associations with Killing Joke (who recently toured here). He has conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Closer to home, Peter has worked with singer-songwriter Hinewehi Mohi, alongside the ACO, to record an album of her songs entitled Rauketauri, with all proceeds going to the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre in Grey Lynn.

The band is a five piece, from Wellington, featuring Thomas Oliver on vocals and a variety of guitars, as well as the traditional band lineup and saxophone. Their debut album was a success, Baby I’ll Play, and each live show expanded on these songs in brilliant ways. I’m a huge Dave Matthews Band fan and to be treated to a cover of one of their tracks by the Thomas Oliver Band at their last gig was fantastic. I first saw them at the Dogs Bollix a few years ago, but they’ve played at the Whiskey on Ponsonby Road and more recently at the Kings Arms. Thomas Oliver has recently taken some time off and launched into a solo project with his weissenborn - a lap slide guitar. This has long been the iconic feature of his band, providing a point of difference. He plays it beautifully and has been become world renowned for his talent. The weissenborn is an instrument first made in the 1920s and Oliver has had his restored by Kapiti guitar maker Tony Francis. On August 23rd, Oliver released his first solo album, Beneath The Weissenborn, a purely instrumental collection of original songs and covers. He pushes the single instrument to its limits, with beautiful harmonics and perfect slides. He experiments with the entire instrument, creating a vast array of sounds that show off his phenomenal talent. “This entire album is made using weissenborns. Excluding the bonus track, there are no other instruments used. I wanted to explore the sonic possibilities of the instrument in the same way that I wanted to explore its harmonic possibilities. I wanted to tell a weissenborn story,” he said himself. It is difficult to pick a favourite from the album, as it is difficult to listen to just one song - I turn it on, and find myself listening to it in its entirety. A stunning rendition of the Pink Floyd’s, Coming Back To Life, fits perfectly with his own melodic, dynamic and haunting songs. The arrangement of the famous theme to Jurassic Park adds a bit of charm, as well as having garnered 100,000 views on YouTube. The opening track of the album, Born, and its gradual blend into There May Be Hope Yet, never ceases to draw me in, and once those opening slides sound I am generally unable to turn the album off. The Moment is a song he released onto YouTube in 2011 and sports over a 100,000 views itself, of which a good many were my own. I have come back to that song regularly in the last couple of years, and it plays beautifully. Beneath The Weissenborn is available for a live stream on Thomas Oliver’s Soundcloud page, to buy on iTunes and the physical CD is on www.amplifier.co.nz to purchase. This is a must listen. (FINN MCLELLAN-ELLIOTT) PN

Sunday 20th November will bring ACO’s fifth concert of the season to the Raye Freedman Arts Centre. They will be performing the titular Le Bal Masqué, written by Francis Poulenc, a French composer of the late 19th to mid 20th century. The piece is surreal and awardwinning mezzo soprano Christie Cook will add her beautiful voice and entrancing stage presence. It is certainly a piece that will be best appreciated live and will highlight the brilliant skill that the orchestra. Other pieces include contemporary composers Gyorgy Ligeti, Leos Janacek and Thomas Ades. Ligeti is considered one of the most important and innovative composers of the latter half of the twentieth century and his piece Bagatelles for a wind quarter is beautifully strange. In fact the last movement was not included in its first performance because it was deemed too dangerous by the Soviets. The piece is phenomenal and as a wind player myself I am excited to hear it performed by what will have to be some extremely talented musicians. David Guerin will be featured in Janacek’s Concertino on piano, and the ACO will perform Ades’ Living Toys, a piece written specifically for a chamber ensemble. Bookings can be made through iticket.co.nz but get in quick because Le Bal Masqué is sure to sell out. (FINN McLENNAN-ELLIOTT) PN www.aco.co.nz Finn McLennan-Elliott is studing for a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree, specialising in human geography at Auckland University. In his spare time, Finn plays the clarinet and guitar. He has a great appreciation of all types of music. E: finn.huia@gmail.com The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT TOI ORA GALLERY Dreamscape: 8 - 23 October Opening 8 October 5pm

Toi Ora’s “Paint the Sky” class presents their annual group show “Dreamscape”. Come and view this colourful work which combines a variety of styles and techniques. All work is for sale; discover the talent of emerging Outsider Art at Toi Ora gallery and support Mental Health Awareness Week (7-13 October). Gallery hours: 9am - 4pm Monday to Friday TOI ORA GALLERY, 6 Putiki Street, T: 09 360 4171 www.toiora.org.nz FIESTA IN THE PARK: Western Park from 12 to 7pm FREE PUBLIC EVENT 12 OCTOBER (Rain day: 13 Sunday) This is the third Biennial Fiesta in the Park at Western Park in Ponsonby. This year’s theme is CONNECT, well-being through connection. In celebration of Mental Health Awareness events across the globe Fiesta in the Park welcomes Sola Rosa to the Fiesta and are joined by old friends Jan Hellreigel, Emma Paki, SINA, Sam RB, The Desotos, Mike Chunn and Play it Strange, Gareth Edwards, Miller Yule, and Ash Graham. Spoken word poetry by Literatti and dance by Touch Compass. Feast on deliciousness from the Paella Pan, Gourmet Shuttle, Banger Boys and a little sweet from the Donut Dudes to go with your Coffee Guy coffee or Nitro Juice. Join in the art and fun activities including yoga, clown performers ZIG n ZAG and Circus in a Flash. The Fiesta celebrates Auckland’s rich diversity and culture. It’s a family day out and they can’t wait to see you there. This year you can join in the celebrations and participate through the Fiesta hosting a moving image digital artwork screen, themed around community connection and well-being. They are putting a call out for contributions of images, text, poetry, drawings, photos, whatever you like. Email to: toioradigital@gmail.com

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UPTOWN ART SCENE More art in the uptown area? Yes! The Browne School of Art is opening this month in Great North Road, with adult short courses and year-long courses in life drawing, drawing and painting for all levels. Matthew Browne, who studied at Camberwell in London and Elam here in Aucklalnd, is one of the most wellknown and well-liked tutors in the art community. After 20 years teaching at Ponsonby’s Artstation, Matthew has decided to offer specialised art training for those serious about their work, no matter if they’re just starting or already have plenty of experience. His enthusiasm is infectious! It was one of Matthew’s life drawing classes in the late 1990s that got me all fired up to take my interest more seriously and to become a painter (hence he has a lot to answer for!). My charcoal mess was teased into something worthwhile with humour and insight. Matthew has an easy way of encouraging your own style to develop. Three respected artists help expand the programme: Kathryn Stevens, Linda Roche and Zoe Nash, graduates of Elam, AUT, and Whitecliffe respectively. As well as workshops and weekly classes, this allows Browne School of Art to assist you on your path to prepare a submission portfolio for entrance into a tertiary art institution or to become an exhibiting artist. Makes sense when you’re in the middle of gallery mile! WILL PAYNT/STUDIO ART SUPPLIES PN BROWNE SCHOOL OF ART, Level 1, 194 Great North Road, www.browne.school.co.nz

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ARTS + CULTURE AUCKLAND FESTIVAL OF QUILTS 2013 01 - 03 November

A year’s worth of effort will be displayed at the Auckland Festival of Quilts next month, when quilts from the Auckland Quilt Guild are exhibited. Over 200 quilts will be on display, ranging from traditional bed quilts to wall-hangings and innovative art quilts. For the first time there will be the winning exhibits from this year’s “Trash to Fashion” Awards. Primary, intermediate and secondary school students have created fantastic wearable art from rubbish and recyclable materials. The special quilt exhibitions this year are the “Hoffman Challenge”, which challenges participants to create a quilt in an irregular shape featuring a challenge fabric, and “Colours of New Zealand.” Additionally, around a hundred smaller quilts from the Guild Challenge “Two Circles and a Triangle” will greet visitors entering the foyer challenging the viewer to find the circles and triangles within each quilt’s interpretation. Quilt shops and craft related merchants will be at the show, selling a variety of merchandise including sewing machines, fabric, books, magazines and gift items. The guild sale table in the cafe provides an opportunity to buy finished quilts, bags and other items at very reasonable prices. The annual guild raffle benefits The Arthritis Foundation this year. First prize is the large blue and yellow bed quilt shown here, second prize is a child’s quilt featuring traditional toys. Tickets will be sold at the festival. THE AUCKLAND FESTIVAL OF QUILTS, North Harbour Stadium, Oteha Valley Road, Albany. Opening times are Friday and Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm. There is ample free parking, disabled access, a full café with coffee, snacks, Devonshire teas and lunches. PN

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ARTS + CULTURE MOMENTUMS FEATURED ARTIST - JASON KELLY With its continual “pith” takes, satirical twists and quirky edges Jason Kelly’s work is asking you to have a chuckle. It’s light-hearted and fun with imaginary figures, global corporations and companies, created to push his point of view. It’s political and satirical, and can often be a re-creation of the past and its events. Jason loves recycling found objects and timber, which he carves, shapes and sculpts into popular works - which include surfboards and car doors, all with original hand brushed imagery and words. JK’s weapons are a fine selection of brushes, some up to 18 years old, and of course the mahl stick to steady his hand. Recent works include specially commissioned artworks to the Sustainable Coastlines Charity as well as custom artwork for local Auckland establishments. Expect to see his work around the hood! Jason remains steadfast with his R3 concept: “Respect, Re-cycle, Re-Use”. www.jasonkellydesign.co.nz PN MOMENTUM GALLERY, 1/182 Jervois Road T: 09 376 4749 www.momentumgallery.co.nz facebook.com/MomentumGallery

ARTWEEK 2013: 11 - 20 OCTOBER If Artfair was for the seasoned art collectors of Auckland, then Artweek 2013 is for the younger generation of locals who have either a keen interest in art or are perhaps wanting to know a little more but were too afraid to ask. Spanning Auckland-wide from 11 October, it’s Ponsonby that manages to capture some of the community events that would intrigue this younger sect. Chan Andressand Gallery plays host to The Arts Menagerie’s You and Me programme, with workshops from the fields of face-painting, shadow puppetry, miniature building and film-making providing a wholly interactive experience for participants. Meanwhile, English artist James R Ford presents his exhibition Redbush and Milk, which harkens on work being of an existential nature, contemplating the workings of the universe and how we spend time, using everyday materials and absurd scenarios, considers Sanderson Contemporary Art on Jervois Road its home. Perhaps befitting the community spirit is Ophelia Mikkelson and Louisa Afoa’s Everbody has a name, an exhibition and community based project in collaboration with the Uptown Arts Trust. Everybody has a name is a show that uses different snippets of everyday life produce an archive of shared knowledge through sight, touch, taste and sound. As curators we want to create a space where you can feel comfortable and participate in simple creative projects that sit alongside artworks in the gallery that respond to the thematic. These projects involve offering a small piece of knowledge about yourself, for example your name, a favourite recipe and a favorite song with the intention of bringing the local community into the gallery. Auckland city is home to many different groups of people and although these differences make us who we are, everybody has a name. Auckland ARTWEEK takes place from the 11th to the 20th of October. For more information, visit artweekauckland.co.nz PN

AFRICA ON MY SLEEVE The first ever African inspired fashion and art exhibition in New Zealand. 12 October 6.30pm - 9.00pm KFM 208 K’Road Elements of the African culture have been embraced by international fashion designers such as Burberry, Gucci, Michael Kors, Alexander McQueen, Yves St Laurent and Louis Vuitton. Africa on my sleeve will give New Zealanders the opportunity to be a part of the rise of the African creative class in an intimate setting. The show will fuse elements of a fashion show and art exhibition to give guest attendees a chance to experience the African creative class. The fashion show will feature four local African born designers and two local New Zealand designers. The art exhibition will feature batik paintings, canvas paintings and traditional artefacts sourced from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco and Egypt. Early-bird tickets are available for $20 but once they are sold out tickets will be on sale for $30. Tickets can be purchased from www.dashtickets.co.nz/event/5bgs8w0qj PN

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ARTS + CULTURE NEW CREATIVE PRECINCT OFFERS ARTISTIC OPPORTUNITIES Creative types keen to work alongside others in a vibrant new creative precinct should submit pitches now for studio hire, exhibitions and tuition at Artstation. As part of the revamp at the landmark Ponsonby building, Auckland Council is calling for proposals to use new studio and gallery spaces, and to run a wide range of creative tuition programmes during 2014. The changes at Artstation are the result of extensive community consultation, which identified a new strategic purpose for the centre: to support vibrant, connected and liveable communities through the provision of arts, creative and cultural activities. “This is an exciting time for Artstation. We are keen to involve as many creative people and ideas as possible in making the vision a reality for the city,” says Kaye Glamuzina, Auckland Council Manager Arts and Culture. “We want to cultivate a creative community that is vibrant and inspiring and that accommodates everyone from beginners to experienced creative practitioners and audiences.” In a first for Artstation, shared and individual studios can now be hired, establishing a community of artists-in-residence to foster collaborative working relationships. “One of our points of difference is a ‘dirty’ workshop, providing ceramicists, fused glass artists and others whose practices involve some mess the space and freedom to create,” says Ms Glamuzina. Artstation has a 30 year history of offering visual arts tuition but, from 2014, its public programme will also include tuition in other creative practices such as music, digital media, performance and writing. Weekend programmes, taster classes and shorter courses will be introduced to accommodate people’s busy lifestyles. Art and creative tutors are invited to submit proposals to run these.

ART WEEK AT THE ASTERISK Prue Macdougall - A Curious Translation 11 - 31 October Opening: 10 October 6.30pm Floor talk: 19 October 1pm

Prue MacDougall will present 30 solar plate etchings that merge traditional and contemporary approaches to printmaking. Drawing on figures both fantastical and real MacDougall creates hybrid images that are surreal and playful. Each of the prints from “A Curious Translation” were created for a solo exhibition in Cadaqués, Spain, the home of Salvador Dali, as a result of winning the 32nd Mini Print International of Cadaqués. MacDougall references Dali in one print in particular, Salvador, a chimera goat like deer dressed in a matador’s suit has the wild look in his eye as well as the iconic moustache. In many of her prints MacDougall also references contemporary life. In Swanning Around you see a woman high-wire walker juggling knives, making it look easy. Here she comments on how women today seem to easily juggle so many things in their lives. There will also be Claudia Recorean’s intricate mixed media works on display, a selection of Tony Lane’s most recent paintings, and Catherine Ellis’ anthropomorphic forms will be in the window space, Room Six. PN FOLLOWING ART WEEK ANN BRAUNSTEINER - SLEEPERS 23 October - 6 November Opening: 22 October 6.30 BLACK ASTERISK GALLERY, 10 Ponsonby Road M: 021 040 1168 www.blackasterisk.co.nz

Four new gallery spaces, being relocated to Artstation’s ground floor to improve public access, are also available to hire, individually or collectively. Expressions of interest for programmes, gallery and studio hire at Artstation for the first half of 2014 close on 14 October 2013. An open day will be held at Artstation on 4 October for anyone interested in finding out more about the changes. To register to attend or request an expression of interest pack, emailartstation@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or call Artstation on 09 376 3221. Artstation will close from 9 December until late January 2014 for cleaning and re-organisation of its spaces, ready to open again in February. PN

PLAYING AT THE PONSONBY CRUISING CLUB Charlotte Yates 16 October

Acclaimed singer song writer Charlotte Yates will perform with producer/multi -instrumentalist Gil Eva Craig for GANZ (Guitar Association of NZ) at the delightfully named Ponsonby Cruising Club, Auckland, Wednesday 16 October, 8.30pm. The full length concert features material from Charlotte’s sixth and latest album, Archipelago, which includes the gorgeous single A Heart to Make. From the gently acoustic Falling Down to the gritty rocker Stains Your Heart, Yates’s song writing has been fleshed out by award winning sound designer, audio engineer and producer Gil Eva Craig, who has brought a lush, at times almost eerie, electronic texture and depth to Yates’ songs. PN www.charlotteyates.com

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ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT THE RED BARN GALLERY Get off the Main Road III - Group Exhibition 20 - 28 October Opening: Sunday 20 October 11am - 4pm Grab a picnic, hit the road and head to The Red Barn Gallery, nestled in picturesque countryside, alongside Lake Whangape which this month plays host to a mixed media exhibition. “Off the main road”, is a group exhibition by seven eclectic artists and is the third in the popular series which saw hundreds descend from the city and surrounds last time they showed at Graeme Hitchcock’s studio. The exhibition will present a range of works by artists, Graeme Hitchcock (bronze, glass and paintings), Karin Barr (glass), Jonathan Bowman (rock sculpture), Judi Hadfield (glass), Michelle Judge (glass) and owner/artists of The Monument Sculpture Foundry in Penrose, Phil Neary (bronze sculpture) and Todd Butterworth (bronze sculpture). The gallery is located 5km from SH1, in a relaxing rural setting, and visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful surroundings while they take in the exhibition with the opportunity to meet the artists. The exhibition will be open daily, through to the following weekend for those that cannot make the opening day. PN THE RED BARN GALLERY, 597 Glen Murray Road, North Waikato via Rangiriri. For more information go to www.graemehitchcock.co.nz

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ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT OREXART STEPHEN ALLWOOD - FIGHT OR FLIGHT Until 5 October “The state of ‘fight or flight’ is an experience which we have in common with animals. While the animal is perhaps acting on an instinct, for us humans, the moment of decision to stand and fight or run away is a conscious act. In depicting this moment in animals, we also attribute this consciousness to them.” “The anthropomorphic nature of this interaction is especially apparent in pet portraiture. The visual power of a face on the mind causes us to unwittingly assign personality traits while trying also to empathise with them on a human level.” - Stephen Allwood, 2013

ANDREW CRAIG - FRACTURE 8 October - 2 November “The New Zealand landscape is particularly active where belligerent tectonic forces continually shape the land, as do the erosive effects of a boisterous climate. Consequently the land is constantly rising and falling, which is evident everywhere, particularly in areas where erosion strips away the land surface exposing what lies beneath.” “It is this interface which interests me, not only because it tells of our country’s origins, but also that of contest generally.” - Andrew Craig, 2013 PN

MOAN OF THE MONTH #@*! AIR YOUR GRIEVANCE A number of Franklin Road residents have been airing a collective grievance about the state of the footpaths for some time now. Last year in a letter to the Herald, Hamish Keith wrote about a need for an upgrade. Freemans Bay resident, John Mead also expressed concern in a letter to “Ask Phoebe” 1 November expressing the hope that once the high speed broadband was installed the footpaths would be upgraded. This turned out to be vacant hope as the footpaths today are still in a parlous state. In another letter to the same columnist 14 May this year, Suzi Smith who is a regular walker down the road describes the condition of the footpaths as “dire with uneven patches and a recipe for lots of twisted ankles”. Sadly, Auckland Transport’s latest schedule did not include Franklin Road. Declan Graham and Roscoe Thorby who have lived on the road for 13 and 22 years respectively have joined the chorus of complaint. They both expressed strong views about the urgent need for repaving, that was reported in a recent issue of the Harbour News. Roscoe, who has had a big hand in establishing the Christmas Lights extravaganza says that each year up to 150,000 people flock to Ponsonby to marvel at the spectacle the residents provide. It’s their gift to the city, and while the council is happy to promote the event it has done nothing to ensure the safety of the visitors. Both Roscoe and Declan have been lobbying the Waitemata Local Board and Auckland Transport to do something about fixing up the pavements. Declan has pointed out that children are unable to ride a scooter or even a trike on the left footpath and that last December a little girl tripped on the hazardous surface, putting a tooth through her lip. He questions why the council promotes this walking event when the footpath is very unsafe for pedestrians all year round. Add to this, the state of the drains that frequently become blocked resulting in the road becoming “awash like a river”. After venting his dissatisfaction at the lack of action on the part of the council to the local media, Declan received a response from Pippa Coom, deputy chair of the Waitemata Local Board. She informed him of a resolution passed at the latest monthly board meeting which: 1. Notes that Franklin Road is in a poor state of repair with the footpaths becoming dangerous for pedestrians and residents and the road surface a hazard for cyclists. 2. Further notes that in the Local Board Agreement, the board is advocating to Auckland Transport to undertake the planned upgrade of Franklin Road to provide for safe and continuous walking and cycling pathways.

OREXART, 15 Putiki Street Arch Hill T: 09 378 0588 For more info visit www.orexart.co.nz or contact: rex@orexart.co.nz

3. Requests Auckland Transport to work with Watercare and Vector to prioritise the upgrade of Franklin Road as a matter of urgency. Well, at times airing a grievance can produce results but Franklin Road residents are not counting their chickens as of yet. Lorna Stewart of Auckland Transport says there are still some questions around whether Franklin Road is a maintenance project or comes under infrastructure development so it seems it’s not yet on a priority list. She adds that Auckland Transport is working with other utility providers in the street, notably Watercare who have notified her that investigations of drainage systems in and adjacent to Franklin Road are underway. Supposedly residents have or are about to receive letters from Watercare advising them of these investigations. From my own queries I have not heard of any resident receiving such letters, so I fear an upgrade is still in the dim distance. But good on you, Declan and Roscoe for getting our local board on side who obviously are in support of your concerns that are shared by fellow residents and members of the wider community as well. (DEIRDRE TOHILL) PN

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ARTS + CULTURE KING’S COLLEGE FINE ART SALE 8 - 10 November

This year’s sale includes a tribute to the late Don Binney, a former student of King’s College. The Binney family has kindly allowed the college to exhibit a collection of 24 drawings of the Waitakere Ranges, where Binney spent years making many happy memories. Philippa Binney has also generously donated a rare lithograph, Edward VII, Kaiarara, which will be auctioned at the cocktail party on Friday evening. This work, printed in 1984, reflects Binney’s interest in exploring British colonialism and its impact on Maori and the New Zealand landscape. As well as the Don Binney tribute, the sale will also showcase a wide range of indoor and outdoor works from more than 160 established and emerging artists including Gretchen Albrecht, Dick Frizell, John Pule, Stanley Palmer, Emma Bass, James Wright, Grant Sharman, James Ross, Virginia Leonard, Murray Swan, Paul Hartigan, Ben Foster, Roger Mortimer and Gregor Kregar.

Lion Rock, North Piha, colour pencil on Arches smooth, Don Binney 2009 (Cover image for Drawing the Waitakere Coast, Random House 2010)

Other highlights of this year’s sale promise to be a display of works from a group of South Auckland artists, ranging from traditional Pacific artwork to video and drawing, and the very popular “Speaker Series” on Sunday. Friday’s cocktail party offers guests the opportunity to preview the sale and meet many exhibiting artists. Entry on Saturday and Sunday is free and there will be a great café open all day. Visit www.kingscollege.school.nz/artsale to purchase tickets for the cocktail party and for event details. PN

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PONSONBY NEWS OUTLETS FREEMANS BAY

Glengarry, Corner Sale and Wellesley Streets Kellands Real Estate, 4 Drake Street New World, Victoria Park Sale St, 7 Sale Street

GREY LYNN

Barfoot & Thompson, 533 Great North Road Barkley Manor, 400 - 402 Great North Road Grey Lynn Community Centre, 520 Richmond Road Grey Lynn Community Library, 474 Great North Road Raw Essentials, 401B Richmond Road Ripe, 172 Richmond Road Sliced,104 Richmond Road Tapac, 100 Motions Road Vetcare, 408 Great North Road

HERNE BAY

Herne Bay Post & Stationers, 240 Jervois Road Five Loaves & 2 Fish, 206 Jervois Road Icing on the Cake, 188 Jervois Road Momentum, 182 Jervois Road

KINGSLAND

Atomic, 420c New North Road

MT EDEN

Citta Outlet Store, Corner Enfield & Normanby Road Sabato, 57 Normanby Road

NEWMARKET

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

NEWTON

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

NORTH SHORE

Rug Direct, Wairau Park Dawson’s Furniture, Mairangi Bay Nose To Tail Dog Wash, Albany

Ponsonby News is published on the first Friday of each month excluding January. Copies go quickly so be quick to collect yours from any of the following outlets. The issue is also published on our website www.ponsonbynews.co.nz

PARNELL

Jane Daniels, 2 Birdwood Cresent Parnell Community Centre, 545 Parnell Road

PONSONBY

Artstation, 1 Ponsonby Road Barfoot & Thompson, 184 Ponsonby Road Chapel Bar, 147 Ponsonby Road Fitness Trainer, 36 Jervois Road Harcourts, 89 Ponsonby Road Leys Institute, 20 St Mary’s Road The Longroom, 114 Ponsonby Road Mag Nation, 123 Ponsonby Road Ponsonby Community Centre, 20 Ponsonby Terrace Spa Ayurda, 213 Ponsonby Road Whitespace, 12 Crummer Road WORLD, 97 Ponsonby Road

WESTMERE

Glengarry, 164 Garnet Road

Planet Ayurveda, 41 Gillies Avenue

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