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P39; Europa in West Lynn, is a pop up store selling European furniture, as well as Socialist realism art from the former Soviet Union. P116; Last month four full days of the hearings into the Bunnings consent application were held. Soala Wilson and Arch Hill residents joined Lord Auckland to show their resistance to the planned big box. P146; To celebrate the launch of the new Auckland Monopoly game, Mr Monopoly rode out to MOTAT on a vintage 1925 Packard to meet 25,000 school children.

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PLEASE SEND LETTERS TO info@ponsonbynews.co.nz Wealthy Herne Bay Residents Reject Local Hall I read John Elliott’s article on the Masonic hall in Herne Bay (entitled “Wealthy Herne Bay Residents Reject Local Hall”) with a mixture of incredulity and frustration. The decision to demolish or remove the hall had no connection to the wealth of the neighbourhood and yet the article suggested residents were too rich to bother with their local community. That’s a beat-up and factually off base. The hall was purchased by the Waitemata Local Board with the expressed intention of removing it for “green space”. Just check out the minutes of the meetings of the board at the time of its purchase and the council officer’s recommendation to uphold that purpose if you are in any doubt about that. The local community in fact has a surplus of community meeting places - the petanque club that Mr Elliot says Probus has to move into, is right behind the old Masonic lodge within Salisbury Park! It is also used by the local branch of the martial art Kempo and is rented out by other community groups on a regular basis. The petanque club obviously uses it regularly, but yet it sits idle many days a week and so is itself under utilized! There are other venues too, within a kilometer of the Masonic Lodge. Bayfield and Ponsonby Primary schools look to rent out their halls to the community for extra funds; so does the Westend tennis club just down the hill from Herne Bay, not to mention the Cox’s Park clubrooms, as well as the Grey Lynn and Ponsonby community centres. This is all made pretty clear in the council officer’s recommendations as the to future use of the Masonic Lodge, which Mr Elliott himself details in his article: The compelling reasons for the board’s decisions were: 1. The lack of 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 benefit of the site to Salisbury Reserve as an open space. Given these compelling reasons, I dispute there has been any “failure” on the part of wealthy locals to back the spending of even more tax-payer funds to mount an application for resource consent for another community centre. The building itself needs expensive renovations just to comply with building codes. For goodness sake Mr Elliott - it is still kitted out with a Masons’ temple, faded threadbare paisley carpets, an old crumbling kitchen, creaking floorboards and 70s wallpaper. Who’s going to pay for that? Not the so-called wealthy community it is found in. No, it’s the ratepayer who would have to front up, not the Herne Bay “richos” sitting in their gated “fortresses” as Mr Elliott so ungenerously describes the Herne Bay community. So much for community spirit Mr Elliott? MARIA KONINGS, Herne Bay Love your mag - Thank you I moved to this area around 12 months ago and didn’t really know where anything was... picked up your magazine and my life was made easier. I have discovered a new little store (coffee shop) at the corner of Ariki Street and Crummer Road. It opened last month... it popped up like a little mushroom at night! If you are passing, drop in for a chat and try one of their rhubarb and sour cream cakes... I was walking the dogs late today and so stopped there for a coffee and one of these little delights. It got me home with energy left over! LINDY NICHOLS, by email Ponsonby Road Masterplan - Born and raised in Ponsonby kids last? The draft Ponsonby Road masterplan has a fundamental flaw as it is an adult centric document. This is borne out by the respondent list of age groups starting at 15-24 years in the feedback form. The biggest land use opportunity is the creation of a small 2000sqm “pocket park” on the corner of O’Neill Street and Ponsonby Road. Ratepayers own the land but city hall is clearly kid adverse in leading with concept A on page 44 that shows 84% use for retail activities. The third and only 100% public space option on page 47 poses biased survey questions such as “How important is it that the development of an open space minimises disruption to retail?”, or, “has some development on it in order to reduce the cost to council? Council officers have also told the local board they will sacrifice $4m if Ponsonby wants to make the land all public space.

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What would kids design for this unique parcel of land? Cool play areas as per Wynyard Quarter, water play spurts as per Britomart, indoor/outdoor art space, digital story telling billboards, a performance stage, wicked seating, just to name a few. Great public spaces are where celebrations are held, friends run into each other, and cultures mix. In your mind, which public spaces best accomplish these tasks, and more importantly, meet that elusive goal of being a place that people hold dear? Global experts say liveable cities focus on luring people out of their homes into public spaces. Thankfully, Mana Whenua ask in their online analysis that this land be used for open space with play facilities for children. Let’s hope they are joined by all the big kids of Auckland to create something special for Ponsonby Road. In summary: In 2006, council bought the land on the corner of O’Neill Street and 254 Ponsonby Road (Nosh site at present). To off-set the price paid of several million some development of the rear of the site was expected. The recently released draft Ponsonby Road masterplan has three options - ranging from 84% commercial use (totally wrong!) to 100% public use (totally right!) This last option gives us a unique opportunity to create a really great kids park that rapidly becomes a major draw card for local residents and visitors. It is our one opportunity to be rated highly on Google’s world’s best children’s playground list. At no time has this question been addressed - what price do we place on a kids park? LUKE NUIE, by email Park at 254 Ponsonby Road It was with dismay that our community has learnt that there is the prospect of more unsuitable development at the top of O’Neill Street when the original intention of the council at the time the land was purchased was to create another park. We have had the decision to build a three story multi-purpose building on the Ponsonby/Pember Reeves junction to face. It will completely ruin the present landscape of two storey buildings from Franklin Road to Three Lamps except for the landmark church steeple. The groups that opposed the project were ignored although they tried to explain to the council’s commissioners that community feeling and passion for their own environment should mean more than just pure financial gain. This is happening again with the 254 site as parks will not be paying for increasing rates to go in the council’s coffers. From the early days in Auckland’s development the necessity for parks strategically placed particularly by hospitals was because open spaces and trees were the “lungs of the city”. As traffic increases along Ponsonby Road the community needs the biggest open spaces they can find and the Vandaleur site as noted in the draft Ponsonby Road masterplan with trees not buildings will contribute to the healthiness of our area. WINIFED LAMB and NORMAN STANHOPE, members of the Western Bays Community Group Local Body Elections I would like to thank the Ponsonby News for excellent local election content. Without the stories and analysis the voters would know little about the candidates for the local ward. All who run for public office are entitled to respect for offering themselves and as a community we should encourage people to run and we all should vote. Of note are the independents. They do not have the resources, the brand of the political machines. I know now how challenging it is to run as one. This was compounded by the faceless and spineless folk who rang claiming to be local media, and complained to council and the returning offices about minor mistakes on flyers and holdings. Unfortunately this distracted from meaningful debate over local issues. These tactics are of political apparatchiks from the Cold War and have no place in local government campaigns. I congratulate all the successful candidates and may they put local into local and community into community. GERRY HILL, Ponsonby

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LIKE US! www.facebook.com/ponsonbynews PEOPLE OFTEN SAY THE WORLD IS A VILLAGE, WHICH IS WHY I SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN surprised when real estate professional Virgil Roberts (of Fresh Realty) walked into the Ponsonby News offices last month. He has just started marketing apartments in Club Life Victoria. I hadn’t seen Virgil since the early 90s, when he sold advertising space for me back in London. I love reconnecting with old friends and colleagues, many of whom I’ve stayed in touch with for many years. It feels very therapeutic.

Lord Auckland, revered father figure of our city, would be extremely proud of the strength of our opposition to an unwanted big box development in our neighbourhood. The team was saddened to hear that local Westmere acupuncturist, Sam Corban passed away on 26 September following a lengthy illness. He was only in his 30s and we send our condolences to his wife Caroline and sons Felix and Thomas. We’re informed his colleague and tutor Linda Wang, who took an active clinical role in Sam’s business, will continue to run the clinic. Two minutes from our Richmond Road offices is the home of Monterey, in the heart of West Lynn. They have teamed up with their good friend and Chef Daniel Pearson to transform their newly renovated neighbourhood cafe into a local eating house.

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Last month, four full days of hearings into the Bunnings consent application were held at the Civic building in the CBD. How did they fare? The Arch Hill residents confounded the Council planners with their strength of community. As Sue Lyons says, “we wowed them with our quality and diverse presentation styles that proved effective in conveying the message. Our expert witnesses acquitted themselves to the level expected and a few left-field submissions, especially by the Kindercare big guns, set the scene for an interesting final day.” Martin Leach, Jay Platt and Jo Barrett country. Rain or shine, the festival attracts thousands of foodies every year ready to be the “taste palates” for yet-to-be-released summer menus from top eateries. While you decide where your stomach will lead you first, a soundtrack of summer tunes will resonate through to your toes thanks to maestro Peter Urlich’s handpicked selection of top musicians and bands on the Peroni Bandstand. With your mouth watering and toes tapping you then head to one of the ten restaurant marquees and order yourself a delectable tapas style dish using your Crown currency. You pair your dish with a taste of boutique wine, take a seat or stand at one of the communal eating areas and take your first bite of culinary excellence.

As well as offering breakfast and lunch, they are now open for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday. Dan will be drawing on his extensive experience from working in some of Europe’s toughest and best kitchens and focusing on producing a constantly changing menu. Check them out if you’re in the neighbourhood.

It’s Orangutan Caring Week from 9-17 November. Auckland Zoo is offering locals some great ways to help this magnificent great ape that’s genetically 97.4% the same as us, and edging closer to extinction due to destruction of its rainforest home.

Taste of Auckland arrives at Victoria Park on Thursday 14 November until Sunday 17 November, and will be celebrating five years of gourmet happiness - but if you’ve never been before, what can you expect? The first thing to capture your attention is the pristine white of the marquees used to house the annual event. On the green expanse of Victoria Park, Taste of Auckland remains the largest outdoor covered event of its kind in the

Set to illuminate installations and urban spaces for the Auckland public, Art in the Dark returns for its fourth year from 7 November. It transforms Western Park into a bustling hub under the bright lights for three nights. Art in the Dark challenges artists both in New Zealand and abroad to create projects that fit the aesthetics of outdoor urban areas and illuminate the dark using sustainable materials and energy wherever possible. (MARTIN LEACH) PN

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DAVID HARTNELL’S: ONE MINUTE INTERVIEW

Jay-Jay Feeney Jay-Jay Feeney is one third of New Zealand’s most popular music breakfast radio show, ‘Jay-Jay, Mike and Dom’ on The Edge. She is also an ambassador for Fertility NZ and lives in Pt Chevalier. What’s it like working on the radio with your husband? Not bad. I get to see him all day everyday which sounds like a nightmare to some people, but not for us. We feel lost without each other! His on air character is different to the man I live with, so he gets us in trouble a bit, but otherwise we work well together.

The best movie you’ve ever seen? Bridesmaids. Hilarious.

What was your childhood like? Difficult. Read all about it in chapter one of my book, ‘Misconception’.

Who would you turn gay for? Pink. And Ellen DeGeneres. Clearly I have a thing for blondes.

Would you have Botox? I’ve been offered it a few times for free and have so far turned it down. I don’t need it yet. But I’d never turn down a nose job or varicose vein removal. What kind of drunk are you? Easy. Prefer Tweeting or Facebook? If I want a response, Facebook is better. It’s way more interactive. How would you like to be remembered? For my generosity, my compassion and my sense of fun. What do you love most about your age? Not a lot. Nobody wants to be pushing 40. Whose greatest hits would you take to a desert island? George Michael and Pink.

Favourite book? When I was a kid I read one called Chilly Billy or something like that. About a boy who lived in the fridge and turned the light on for you every time you opened it. I LOVED that book. You know I have never found a copy since.

Your life motto? Shit happens. Deal with it.

Which item of clothing can’t you live without? My black cardigan. I’m always cold.

What cliché do you most abhor? I’m not racist but…

Favourite time of the day? Dinner time. Yum!

Best thing about your life right now? I can afford to pay the electricity bill.

Your dream home? It looks like something out of a Home and Garden magazine. Everything is modern and matches. It has a spa bath, a wine cellar and a huge wardrobe.

What gizmo can you simply not live without? The internet. I live on it. I shop on it, I book travel on it, I plan on it, I research on it, I learn from it. I need it.

Insecure about what? Everything.

Something that you disapprove of? Exercise. It works for others, not for me.

Your idea of perfect happiness? Everyone in the world earns a decent salary, lives without violence, and the sun is always shining.

If you won a million dollars you’d do what? Probably scream the house down. Then I’d waste it. I’m no good with money.

Greatest fear? Dying before I’m ready and not being able to guide my adopted nephew in the right direction.

What motivates you? Pay day.

Change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I wish I was more optimistic.

What happens when we die? I used to think our soul lived on, and then I thought we’d be reincarnated, but nowadays I’m a realist. We die. We’re dead. Get over it.

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Most annoying celebrity today? Rihanna. She irritates the hell out of me. She is such a bad role model, wearing swear words on her clothes, displaying drug paraphernalia, taking back the man who punched her in the face. Damn her being so talented.

Advice for your teenaged self? Lay off the carbs.

Which living person do you most admire? Blue Ivy. That kid is so lucky. Beyonce and Jay-Z will make sure she has the most incredible life.

Greatest weakness/indulgence? Chips. I can never turn down a French fry. A handshake or a hug kind of person? I’m a hugger. I’m very affectionate. Plus I’m a germaphobe and hate shaking hands. Favourite season? Winter. I love the cold - as long as I’m inside! I got married in the snow in Queenstown. It was incredible. Travel light or heavy? I travel a lot so I have packing sorted but I still tend to over pack. Best to be over prepared than under prepared. Change one law or policy in New Zealand, what would it be? I’m not too interested in politics. I like the way our country is run on the whole. We still pay too many taxes. But I’d tighten the rules on towies. $250 to get your car back? Ridiculous. (DAVID HARTNELL) PN

PONSONBY HISTORY… DID YOU KNOW? In 1860 Bishop Pompallier returns from Europe with a group of French nuns.’Under his direction they form the Congregation of the Holy Family, which concentrates on teaching Maori girls.

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SHALE CHAMBERS: WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD REPORT LABOUR WEEKEND HERALDS THE arrival of early summer and our communities close to the sea and inner city outdoor venues always offer the most that the sense of freedom summer brings. Bikes, walks, swims, warm sun, outdoor café dining and friends to share the pleasures of life with. I want to thank all those who took the time to vote last month. Looks like a more up to the minute technological system may be coming in three years to allow more of you to make our democracy work better. Thirty five percent voter turnout falls short of the fifty one percent of three years ago. Any initiative that raises public participation in our electoral system has to be welcomed. I am honoured to have been elected the chair of the Waitemata local board for a second term and will continue these columns to help inform you about what is happening locally. I will also suggest how you can help your communities by participating in consultative processes to make your neighbourhoods better for everyone. Getting community engagement right will be one of the top priorities for this board this term of council. The super city is a large and potentially alienating organisation, as perhaps the election turnout indicates, but we aim to see your local board come into its own this term, working in partnership with our communities to see your wished for outcomes realised. City Vision; the Labour, Green and Community independents’ team won five seats and a clear majority

on the board, the same as they did three years ago, although there is a change in personnel. Long time Ponsonby identity Tricia Reade, whose knowledge as an elected member of the arts in Auckland is unrivalled, was not re-elected. However, as one door closes another opens. She has been appointed to an important quasi -judicial position and will be able to put her knowledge of our communities to good use. Pippa Coom has been appointed deputy chair again to continue her brilliant work in transport and community. Christopher Dempsey is our planning guru and the other half of the effective transport team. New faces from the City Vision team are Deborah Yates and Vernon Tava, and they will add fresh ideas and energy to the board. Team Waitemata member Greg Moyle and Independent Rob Thomas easily retained their positions on the board to complete the lineup, after falling short in their bids for the councillor spot. We look forward as a team to helping move inner city Auckland from good to great.

document was well set out and made the different options clear. The public feedback will give our local board a good steer over coming months on what changes you want to see in Ponsonby. Your local board proudly supports the Art in the Dark festival of lights at Western Park. It is back on November 7-9 and has been so successful and well received over the last three years that it has been extended from two to three evenings. The lighted creations will delight families walking around the exhibition on longer warm evenings and will astonish with the visual artists inventiveness again.

Our councillor Mike Lee, who is a former chair of the ARC and for the past three years chair of the transport committee of Auckland council has been re-elected by an overwhelming margin. His passionate commitment to public transport and the city rail link is legendary, and as a board we look forward to continuing the good relationship we have enjoyed over the last three years.

We are all crossing our fingers that the other major local board supported November event; the Grey Lynn Park Festival will return a little later this year, on November 30 in stunning sunshine. We can then put behind us last year’s disappointment at its cancellation because of bad weather and enjoy it as a community event highlight. Your local board represented by myself, and also councillor Mike Lee stood proudly beside the residents of Arch Hill and their hugely persuasive presentations in the recent hearing opposing the inappropriate the Bunnings mega store proposal on Great North Road, abutting a residential heritage character cul-de-sac street. We’re all hoping for a simple decision; for the application to be declined! (SHALE CHAMBERS) PN

Thank you to the 600 people who made submissions on the Ponsonby draft masterplan. Most agreed the

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UNITARY PLAN NOW ONLINE The Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan is now online, marking its official notification and the start of the formal submission phase, that will run until 28 February 2014. The plan includes changes based on feedback from 22,000 Aucklanders and the decisions made by Auckland Council’s elected members. “Today we officially kick off the formal submission phase with a plan that has been developed in partnership with our communities. This gives us a great head start as we enter the next step in the process,” said Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse. Changes made to the plan since the release of the first draft in March have been summarised in factsheets based on local areas and key topics including residential zones, heights in centres, heritage and the rural urban boundary. Improvements have also been made to the e-plan, which includes the rules, maps and a search function to find out what the plan proposes for a specific address. The plan can also be viewed at libraries and council service centres for those who don’t have

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access to the internet. Also online from today is the first release of the Auckland design manual, which works as a practical companion guide to the Auckland unitary plan. The manual aims to help everyone from developers to homeowners achieve good design by providing the latest information on best practice processes and real life examples. During November Auckland council will be running a series of information expos on the proposed unitary plan that will include support sessions on how to make a formal submission. Following the five-month submission phase, there will be further submissions, hearings and appeals that will take place over the next three years. The proposed unitary plan, factsheets outlining key changes and the formal submission form can be found at www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/unitaryplan. The Auckland design manual can be found at www.aucklanddesignmanual.co.nz PN

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LOCAL NEWS SERVING UP SUMMER WITH THE WITHER HILLS WEST END CUP Now in its sixth year this hugely popular tournament looks set to sizzle this December at the West End Tennis Club in Westmere. Well known for the exceptional standard of tennis and with a line-up in 2013 including some of the top Australian and New Zealand players, the competition on court will be fierce. The battle for the men’s trophy will see high seeded Australian’s Dane Propoggia and Nick Lindahl targeting a place in the finals. To make it that far they will need to beat New Zealand #1 Rubin Statham and 2012 winner and fellow Davis Cup team member Artem Sitak.

Event: Where: When: Who: Cost: Website: Facebook page:

The Wither Hills West End Cup West End Tennis Club, Corner of Fife Street and West End Road Thursday 5 - Sunday 8 December A community event where everyone is welcome Free entry and grandstand seating for all spectators www.witherhillswestendcup.co.nz www.facebook.com/thewestendcup

Australia’s number #6 ranked player, Sacha Jones will be vying for the women’s title alongside last year’s champion Emily Fanning. Fanning won’t be easily beaten though. Having been the NZ champion at every age group and a member of the junior and senior federation cup teams, this could be one the last chances to see her playing here before she heads of to Florida State University on a college tennis scholarship in January! Centre court grandstand seating will be on hand FREE for all spectators throughout the weekend so it’s definitely worth settling in for the day. The kiddies will love the huge bouncy castle and face painting happening in the Kidzone, leaving the rest of us to enjoy the world class tennis, live jazz and great food and drink on hand. There is a strong field in the junior under 16’s event and both the men’s and women’s competition with more top internationals than any previous year making this a local event not to miss.

CIVIC TRUST AUCKLAND ANNOUNCES NEW PATRON Civic Trust Auckland is pleased to announce the appointment of its new patron, Hamish Keith CNZM OBE, arts luminary and well known Ponsonby personality. Hamish will be the guest speaker at the trust’s AGM on November 2, to be held in the recently restored Logan Campbell kindergarten at the bottom of Franklin Road.

the trust has been instrumental in saving the old customhouse and the recently restored buildings in the Britomart precinct.

Members of the public are invited to attend the AGM, hear Hamish’s address and join trust members afterwards across the road at the Birdcage for refreshments.

The trust took part in last month’s Auckland Heritage Festival with an open day at Scott Homestead in Mahurangi East, a former hotel built in 1877 which trust members worked over a period of 20 years to restore. PN

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NIKKI KAYE: AUCKLAND CENTRAL MP

Delivering a liveable inner city for Auckland’s growing population The recent census shows over 70,000 people live in Auckland central. The latest census results show our local community has grown by 12,000 people since 2006, which is reflected on our busier streets, the growing number of local businesses, and the number of expanding schools. Auckland Central has had the largest growth out of all electorates across the country, and confirms what we already know - our city is a great place to live and that more people want to live here. The large growth in Auckland region’s population means a new electorate needs to be created. We have worked hard since 2008 to develop local infrastructure alongside population growth. The Wynyard Quarter and the Victoria tunnel are open, but we have more work to do if we want to make Auckland a liveable city for generations to come. There are several significant local projects that are a high priority - starting work on the city rail link, implementing the Auckland housing accord and ultimately the unitary plan, delivering the second harbour crossing and further development of the waterfront space for both business and the enjoyment of our local community. As the MP for Auckland Central, I also want to ensure there is enough social infrastructure (like schools) to meet the large growth we are seeing in communities across Auckland, and to ensure we are growing sustainably. An example of this is the work happening to ensure we have enough schools and classrooms to meet student demand - which is even more relevant now with the census confirming that more and more people are choosing to live in Auckland.

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I recently opened a new block of classrooms at Grey Lynn school, and announced that another group of classrooms and a multi-purpose hall have been confirmed to be delivered by 2015. Superb new classrooms for Ponsonby Primary school have also recently been opened. There are a number of other local school projects on the go to build additional classrooms and ensure parents have good access to local schools. I anticipate there may be further announcements regarding progress on other inner city school projects over the coming months. I want to acknowledge local inner city principals, boards of trustees and the wider community for their support with these school developments. We are also making progress in delivering additional homes for Aucklanders with the first special housing areas announced last month by the mayor and the housing minister, Nick Smith. 6,000 homes will be built across Auckland in the first batch of “special housing areas”. This is a significant step towards the target of consenting 39,000 new homes over three years. The 10 housing areas are spread across Auckland, and a certain proportion of these new homes will also need to be affordable - which will vary across the region. Auckland’s growth is set to accelerate over coming years. We have taken the first brave, crucial steps in addressing major housing and transport and education infrastructure issues. We need to be working smarter, and harder, to ensure we can keep up with the growth and deliver a sustainable and liveable city. (NIKKI KAYE) PN HON NIKKI KAYE, MP for Auckland Central www.nikkikaye.co.nz

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PROFILE: MEGAN REES, GLBA CO-ORDINATOR

Megan Rees is a woman on a mission. As the new coordinator of the Grey Lynn Business Association she wants to let the wider Grey Lynn community know that the GLBA means business. Not in the traditional sense of the word mind you, for Grey Lynn has a focus on innovative and sustainable business, she says. Grey Lynn’s unique and eclectic community is reflected in the GLBA, which has a large number of members who are either running small businesses or home-based businesses. “Grey Lynn has a high number of people who work from home,” says Megan. One of the key aims of the GLBA is to provide educational seminars to its members. “We recently ran a series on digital marketing called ‘Winter Wake Up’ at the Grey Lynn Community Centre that was really well received and there are more educational seminars in the pipeline.” The GLBA’s directory of local businesses is ideal for small businesses that don’t have a website, she says. Creating a hub for small businesses can also have its lighter side. One of Megan’s most enjoyable tasks is organising networking drinks which are held on the premises of a different GLBA member each month. Given the GLBA’s diverse membership, these gatherings can be an interesting social experience, she says. Megan’s background in events, marketing and PR make her ideally equipped for her role. As part of her day-to-day activities the 41-year-old manages the association’s local business directory and social media. She also writes an email newsletter to members, as well as writing a blog.

Megan and her partner, furniture designer David Moreland, have owned their own home in Grey Lynn for seven years, although Megan’s involvement in the area goes back to her school days. The years she spent at Auckland Girls Grammar were a richly rewarding multicultural experience. Many of her school friends still live in the area. Megan and David’s six-year-old daughter Sophie attends local school Westmere Primary, while son Joe (aged three) will soon start at Westmere kindergarten. The family regularly enjoy the area’s many amenities including the kiddies pool in Grey Lynn park and the Farmers Market at the Grey Lynn Community Centre. “We love the multicultural diversity of Grey Lynn, its proximity to the centre of town, the character of the houses and people and its strong sense of community,” Megan enthuses. “Our favourite local bar is the former organic butcher shop in West Lynn now called Freida Margolis. The owner jumps on the piano and plays and sings regularly. We really enjoy its intimate, cosmopolitan atmosphere.” PN www.glba.co.nz

THE RISE AND RISE OF THE GREAT NORTH ROAD SHOPPING PRECINCT The loss of the Grey Lynn post office was a body blow to the Grey Lynn shops, but a fight back has begun. I recently got my hair cut (yes, I know I have very little) at a new barbers, N&A, at 505 Great North Road. A couple of lovely young guys, Brandon George and Tui Leituala, both fully trained hairdressers at Cut Above’s training school, are the barbers. Tui dealt to me, he was meticulous, taking his time around my head, face and neck. No wham, bam, thank you ma’am, about him. I felt pampered. Their prices slightly undercut other barbers around greater Ponsonby, which is good for an old pensioner like me. The manager is another of the well known Ah Kuoi family, Geoff, cousin to Fred and Peter.

The other Saturday I visited Tiritiri Island, the bird sanctuary in the Waitemata harbour, where I am a guide. One guide friend reckoned that the higher profile of the beautiful kokako, compared to the equally endangered and lovely saddleback or stichbird, was due partly to the prominence of Kokako Coffee, another valued Grey Lynn business. What with those new businesses, and other popular local ones like the prize-winning Grey Lynn Butchers, the Grey Lynn shops are beginning to prosper again. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN

Just down the road at 515, Wendyl Nissen has recently relocated her Wendyl’s Green Goddess store. She beat out the attentions of an unwanted liquor store. Good on you Wendyl.

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JOHN ELLIOTT: LOCAL NEWS

Ponsonby Road Masterplan The Waitemata Local Board has produced a 52 page, incredibly detailed, Draft Ponsonby Road Masterplan, for public consultation and feedback. Although it acknowledges previous work done, it does not mention either the Ponsonby Community Committee who under the chairmanship of Cathy Hawley, or Ponsonby Main Street Incorporated, both put many hours of work into ideas and plans for improvements to Ponsonby Road. There is an element of “reinventing the wheel” about this document, and while most feel it is well worth the discussion, there is a feeling that “if it’s not broken what is there to fix”, about much of the plan. The worry for local business people is that the plans in the document may be set in concrete and will be implemented, by hook or by crook. In fact, for a discussion document, it sets out a quite specific “implementation strategy” on pages 49 and 50. I would have thought that ideas in the mainstreet plans, such as painting up the outside of buildings, improving the whole stock of old buildings, was something that would help stop drift to the malls. Attractive environments attract people. Of course that means engaging building owners in the exercise. A disturbing number of Ponsonby business people had no idea the draft was even being produced, and had never seen a copy until the last week or two. Several I spoke to just a week before the Ponsonby News November deadline had still not seen a copy, or were sharing one with others. As I said in my sum up of the recent local body elections, real consultation is critical to council decision making. And I am concerned that has not taken place with regard to this Ponsonby Road plan. Three Lamps business people spoken to by Ponsonby News were horrified at major changes proposed for Three Lamps. One person told me they were shocked to see an artist’s impression of Three Lamps on the cover of the document, featuring two way traffic and cycle lanes.

$33 MILLION POWERBALL TICKET GOES ON DISPLAY EVER WONDERED WHAT $33 MILLION LOOKS LIKE? LAST MONTH, LOTTO NEW ZEALAND installed the winning Lotto Powerball ticket at the One Step Ahead store in Ponsonby, so you were able to witness this piece of Lotto history for yourself. Six weeks ago, a self-proclaimed “westie” from Auckland, who wishes to remain anonymous, became the largest ever individual Powerball winner when he claimed his $33 million prize with a ticket bought from One Step Ahead. “This life-changing yellow piece of paper is a unique piece of Lotto history,” says Emilia Mazur, corporate communications manager. “It deserves pride of place in this store.” In last month’s “powerball must be won” draw, despite there being two Lotto first division winning tickets and 35 Lotto second division winning tickets, only one ticket had the right powerball number, and that number turned out to be worth $33 million. One Step Ahead in Ponsonby has been buzzing over the last couple of weeks with the news that the big winner was sold there. “We’ve had so many people come in and ask about the big winning ticket,” says One Step Ahead owner Gary Ashton. “Many of our customers are keen to touch it for good luck when they buy their own Lotto tickets.” The ticket has been installed in a purpose-built plinth, underneath a glass-domed case to protect it from dust and damage. Background information: This is the largest individual Powerball prize ever won in the history of the game, and the second largest individual prize across all of Lotto New Zealand’s games. The largest ever individual prize was a Big Wednesday first division prize worth $36.9 million, won by a family from Masterton in 2009. Lotto New Zealand was established in 1987 to raise funds for community benefit. Thanks to Lotto players, over $200 million in profit was able to be returned to the community last year via the Lottery Grants Board. Last month a ticket sold in Christchurch won $22.6 million with Big Wednesday. The winner of that prize is yet to come forward. PN

Without further genuine consultation, some Three Lamps business people will dig their toes in, and point blank refuse to accept two way traffic through Three Lamps. “But it’s just a draft discussion document,” insisted now defeated local board member, Tricia Reade. Three Lamps business owners agree a strong Ponsonby Road is good for all businesses. They also say that a strong and thoroughly representative Ponsonby Business Association is vital to our success. Let’s hope good comes out of this. Three Lamps business people are planning a local business ginger group to look after their interests and avoid having fait accomplis forced on them. There has been a lot of talk about the failings of top down planning, and the need for grassroots, bottom up planning, so let’s make sure the new Waitemata Local Board ensures that is how our planning will move forward. No more surprises please, and don’t set the Ponsonby Road masterplan in concrete until everyone has had their say. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN

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BACK-TO-THE FUTURE DESIGN WINS AWARDS We were pleased to hear that two buildings in Ponsonby were recognised in the 2013 Auckland Architecture Awards, announced in mid-October. The awards are part of an official, peer-reviewed programme run by the New Zealand Institute of Architects. Both projects take their design cues from the history of our area.

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It’s hard to walk by the Mackelvie Street shopping precinct, designed by RTA Studio (a Ponsonby Road architectural practice), without noticing its unusual decorative façade. Although the white-cement sheet panels, with their cut-outs, are modern with a capital M, architect Richard Naish says his aim with this project was to reference the scale and decoration of the Victorian and Edwardian shops in the neighbourhood. The jury recognised his efforts in the commercial architecture category of the awards and described the project as “a lacy insertion into the fabric of Ponsonby” that was “a real head-turner.” We agree.

The second “Ponsonby resident” to be recognised, this time in the heritage category, was Allendale House. Locals will instantly know this as the landmark Italianate two-storey villa that is currently owned by the ASB Community Trust. The house, built in 1890 as a residence for a saddler named George Allen, holds a special place in our main shopping street and in our hearts. It has been comprehensively refitted by the team at Salmond Reed Architects who have restored many of the home’s original features, lost to alterations over the years. A new annex has also been added. The jury said, “The detachment of the light, modern form from the ground and the negative space between the buildings allow the villa to remain prominent and uncluttered. The level of detail in the new building provides depth and modulation to the new façade, avoiding the blandness of a very modern approach and balancing the decoration of the villa.” PN

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MIKE LEE

Election battle won – but the fight goes on First of all, I wish to sincerely thank the people of Waitemata and the Gulf for re-electing me with such a resounding majority. During the election campaign getting out and about meeting local residents and walking the streets of the electorate, seeing the lovely old homes and gardens reminded me how uniquely lovely this place is - Ponsonby, Grey Lynn, and the Bays. We are all so very fortunate to live here and I think of myself as doubly so to have the honour of representing the area, which I have done now since February 1992 - both as a member of the former Auckland Regional Council and now the Auckland Council. I was so glad to see City Vision’s Shale Chambers and Pippa Coom returned to the Waitemata Local Board along with talented new members Vernon Tava and Deborah Yates. But I was saddened to see my friend Tricia Reade did not make it back. Tricia was a key member of the last Waitemata Local Board and a wonderful community person. I guess the seriously large amounts of money spent by my two leading opponents, while apparently making no impact in the contest for the single councillor’s seat, did at least ensure them a place on the local board - which meant there was no room for Tricia. Also unfortunate to miss out was City Vision’s Russell Hoban - who is in my view a seriously good prospect for the future. And I would also acknowledge unsuccessful independents like Gerry Hill, Alan Matson, Kris McPherson and Charlotte Fisher who fought honourable campaigns. While the council election was in full swing, the hearing into a planning consent application by the Australian warehouse chain Bunnings to build a “big box” retail outlet on Great North Road was held in front of an independent commission. Though the application was non-complying, disappointingly it was supported by our “business-friendly” but rather less community-friendly council planners. I was asked to speak as a witness by Arch Hill Residents Inc, a group of local residents led by Sue Lyons, Katie Sutherland, Anita Aggrey and David Batten, which has sprung up to fight the Bunnings application. The Arch Hill residents hotly oppose the application and its team of experts led by Alan Webb and Brian Putt put up a formidable legal and planning case opposing the application. One of the key concerns is the enormous amount of heavy truck movements - up to 80 a day - and customer traffic which will have a hugely negative impact on the quality of life of the people who live in this historic part of Auckland. Arch Hill’s steep, narrow streets are a reminder that they were laid out long before the invention of the motor car. Frankly, it outrages me that the ratepayers of Arch Hill and Grey Lynn are being forced to pay out of their own pockets the serious costs of running a legal case against a wealthy big business - and their own Auckland Council that is meant to represent them. Putting a Bunnings in Arch Hill is not sustainable management - rather planning madness. On the other hand, Great North Road is a major transport arterial and a key public transport corridor with over 500 buses per day planned to run along it - the site would be ideal for intensive residential housing - on top of the ridge - lying to the sun with views out over the harbour. As I told the hearing, “my message to Bunnings is that quite clearly the people and community of Arch Hill and wider Grey Lynn do not want your big box warehouse imposed on their neighbourhood. Such a development will have significant adverse effects, on that historic quarter, their chosen homes and lifestyle… and on them I fear, personally. Such a development will deeply oppress them. I ask Bunnings therefore on behalf of the community to revise your plans and consider numerous other locations across Auckland, which are more suitable in terms of the district plan and where a Bunnings warehouse would be welcome. You are not welcome here.” (MIKE LEE) PN Councillor for Waitemata & Gulf www.mikelee.co.nz

TO MOW OR NOT TO MOW Thanks to a group of Ooooby volunteers, the patch of earth outside Barbara Grace’s house on Richmond Road is not a boring splotch of grass, but a glorious cornucopia of flowering plants and herbs. Barbara was more than happy to allow for this transformation because in England, where she hails from, neatly kept berms on wide streets are synonymous with stultifying conformity. In her opinion even shaggy grass is preferable to a shaved bit of lawn edged by a strip of weed-killed bare soil. By contrast, her berm is a haven for bees and butterflies and passers-by sometimes take the liberty of snipping a small bunch of thyme or pick up a few seeds for their own planting. Barbara does not find the task of maintaining her kerbside garden at all onerous and hopes other households will follow suit, as long as they are mindful of sight lines, ensuring buses and cars are visible. Corridors of similar plantings would certainly enhance the suburban landscape. Mind you, not all berms are suitable, particularly under tree canopies, but in that case why not introduce native ground covers that flourish under heavy shade? New Zealand ground covers grow all over the place in our bush lands and several attractive species are available in garden centres. Here’s another thought. If grass is a must, again, why not use our natives? Purei is a flat-leaved green sedge with attractive black seed heads found throughout New Zealand forest and scrub areas. Low growing ferns are another solution for shaded areas. Maidenhair is a beautiful fern that likes shelter and spreads easily by creeping rhizomes. The hen and chicken fern is another good choice and and one of our most popular natives. The list is endless and they are all the perfect low maintenance option. Meanwhile, Barbara is preparing for spring planting. Cosmos will flower among the marigolds, borage, sage and parsley. The swan plant will attract those lovely monarch butterflies, and all in all her efforts will continue to enhance Grey Lynn’s streetscape. (DEIRDRE TOHILL) PN

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ROB THOMAS: WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD MEMBER

Back on-board, thank you. It’s a humbling and awesome experience to be re-elected onto the Waitemata Local Board. As the second highest polled elected member on the board, it is with great confidence and the backing from our community that I will do my utmost to represent your views over the next three years. This year I stood to represent you as your councillor and despite missing the opportunity this time, I will stand again in three years with the ultimate goal to be mayor of Auckland. Congratulations to Mike Lee, Pippa Coom, Shale Chambers, Greg Moyle and Chris Dempsey for being re-elected, and welcome to the newbies Deborah Yates and Vernon Tava. Within days of being elected I caught up with Deborah and Vernon for a beer on Ponsonby Road and I believe they will make a great contribution. There were many capable candidates that stood this election that didn’t make it across the line. Please don’t give up. Elected representatives have an important role to play but this is just one avenue for creating change in

our community. It is often the dedication and fortitude of our local leaders and advocates in resident groups or business associations that make an enormous contribution. Thank you to my supporters, campaign team and family that worked so hard throughout the election. You guys are the best.

FINGERS CROSSED FOR A HOT SUMMER There’s an amazing line up of events this month, see you there:

Over the next month I’ll be re-connecting with the many residents in our community. The door knocking safaris over the last five months generated over a hundred issues that need to be followed up. Throughout an elected term there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of issues that land on the desk. It’s important to sort them out but you also need to stay focused on a handful of key projects. Over the next three years I look forward to working with our community to deliver safer cycling links, cleaning up Cox’s Bay and improving resident parking. It’s great to be back on-board. Thank you.

14-17 November, Taste of Auckland, Victoria Park www.tasteofauckland.co.nz

7-9 November, Art in the Dark, Western Park www.artinthedark.co.nz

16-17 November Parnell Festival of Roses, Parnell Rose Gardens 30 November, Grey Lynn Park Festival www.greylynnparkfestival.org (ROB THOMAS) PN WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD MEMBER www.VoteRobThomas.co.nz

Irene Leece, from Avon with Jane Drumm, Shine’s Executive Director

KIDSHINE 10TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT The charity Shine celebrated their 10th anniversary of KIDshine last month, at the Giltrap Audi showroom in Grey Lynn. At the event they were thrilled to be presented with a $25,000 cheque from Avon products.

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FRANKLIN ROAD CHRISTMAS LIGHTS This year for the first time in living memory, it will snow in Freemans Bay at Christmas!

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Organisation for this year’s annual Franklin Road christmas lights display is well underway and the future weather prediction is that it will snow for the opening night on Sunday 1 December as the lights are switched on creating a winter wonderland for the children. The planned interactive snow event for the children has been kindly paid for by the Waitemata Local Board in conjunction with the organisers of the event and it is hoped that it will help create a festive atmosphere for the month ahead. At a community barbecue on the night there will be a special local hero to turn on the lights of the first house, marking the beginning of the event. Although the original lighting date has been lost in the annals of time, it is thought that this is the 20th year that the residents of one of Auckland’s most famous street have been lighting their houses as a free gift to the people of the city. Its success is attributed to its continuation as a non commercial and sponsored event. The lights this year will be turned on Sunday 1 December and until Boxing Day. PN

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JACINDA ARDERN: LABOUR LIST MP AUCKLAND

The tipping point - a film industry in crisis They say that a week is a long time in politics, which means a month is virtually a lifetime. That’s roughly how long it has been since I took on a range of new and exciting challenges. The Labour reshuffle has seen me keep the children’s portfolio, but take on corrections, police and arts culture and heritage. While there is much to say about all of these areas, there are some issues within them that haven’t even seen the light of day. I count the crisis in our screen industry as one of those issues. It would be easy to assume that all was well in the area of screen production. After all, we hear frequently about the big projects running out of Weta, and the next big thing Peter Jackson is taking on. But Wellington is a relatively small player when compared to the fact that Auckland is home to roughly 70% of screen production in New Zealand, and the host of small businesses who prop it up. And it is those industries who are currently experiencing a tipping point. Roughly a decade ago, the Labour Government introduced an incentives fund aimed at attracting off shore productions. It was essentially a rebate, with a number of thresholds and criteria that meant it went to projects, who in turn put plenty into our economy. This regime has not just brought big budget films into New Zealand, it has attracted television production like Power Rangers and Spartacus, which have run much longer, and provided bread and butter employment for a number of small businesses and contractors. But a lot has changed in a decade. Recognising the economic spin-offs of incentive regimes, a number of countries have now adopted them. At the same time, the New Zealand dollar has strengthened against the US dollar, which you could argue has wiped out the relative benefit of the incentive regime. The end result is that we are now in a perfect storm. Two of Auckland’s major studios have virtually no work, and the people I have spoken with who work in everything from props, special effects and camera work, say this is the worst they have seen the industry in a decade, and in some cases two decades. In short, people are either looking to sell up or move on, and we are losing a huge amount of skill and expertise along the way. The Government has the ability to do something about this. The film industry is not alone in the fact that they are suffering under the weight of the high Kiwi dollar. A change in monetary policy is much needed. At the same time, the minister of economic development should at least be willing to look properly at the rebate regime, and the reasons why the UK and Australia have both altered theirs. In the meantime, to ignore the situation, is to ignore a crisis in an industry with a huge amount of talent, skill, and economic spin-offs. To lose all of that would be shameful. (JACINDA ARDERN) PN

NEW ZEALAND’S LAST BIRD OF PREY – NEW ZEALAND FALCON I remember for years my list of favourite New Zealand birds started with the huia, the New Zealand giant eagle and then the New Zealand falcon. The discerning readers will note that the first two are long since extinct. This left me with the falcon as my favourite living bird (I was a budding ornithologist as a younger child). The falcon (or karearea) is our only remaining native bird of prey - the more common Australasian harrier is more widespread than just New Zealand. It is found on both the North and South Islands and is relatively common and unthreatened. The falcon has three distinct ecological forms, which differ based on the area and habitat they locate. These forms vary in size and colour and are not generally found together. It is a fierce hunter and can reach speeds of over 100 km/h. They hunt live prey by watching from a vantage point (in the air or on a perch) and diving in a direct flying attack. They can catch prey considerably larger than themselves (they are relatively small - only between 40 and 50 centimetres in size). While it is still unthreatened, it is listed as declining in population. One of the major threats to the falcon from cats and other predators while they breed. The falcon does not build a nest but rather makes a scrape on the ground or under a rocky outcrop. This means that they and their eggs and nestlings are at risk from land predators. There is a lack of knowledge about this predation and more research is required. Human impact, primarily through habitat loss is also a major cause of their decline. Forest dwelling falcon often breed in rimu and other large canopy trees, using epiphytes in a similar way to the ground nesting individuals. The logging of forests reduces nesting habitat. Unfortunately, electrocution on power poles containing transformers is also a threat. The best place for Aucklanders to see the New Zealand falcon is at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre in Rotorua. They are the leading organisation for research and conservation of birds of prey. The core of their organisation is the protection and conservation of the falcon. They complement wild populations by releasing captive bred birds and rehabilitating injured wild falcons. Wingspan is a chance to see birds of prey (in particular the falcon) up close and witness flying displays and is a unique experience. I highly recommend visiting Wingspan, and getting the chance to see my favourite New Zealand bird up close. (FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT) PN

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DIARY DATE: GREY LYNN FESTIVAL - 30 NOVEMBER Begun in 1984, the 29th Grey Lynn Park Festival is only weeks away, so get ready to stroll through the festival market with its range of original works from New Zealand fashion designers, silversmiths, shoemakers, weavers, photographers, potters, printers, painters and candlestick makers. The festival team aims to give your Christmas shopping that touch of love. Think about buying a souvenir festival t-shirt from the fan club stall. There’s plenty of thought given to the young and the restless with small price fashion and toys to stretch their dollars into fun. Tots to teens rides and more to explore with astrologers, hair stylists, healing massages, circus acts, and Nek Minnit’s smoke free skateboard competition, listen in to Base FM for more information.

a minimum. The team is now required to meet the costs of recycling the waste generated by the cans and bottles, often brought in with the picnics and left behind in the park, as part of the council waste minimisation policy. Balancing increasing costs with the decrease in grants is all part of the fine tuning!

Food for every mood; chop suey, hangi, raw fish, roti, paella, paua, mussels, Chris and Diane’s dog, chips, and burgers, Ali and Melai’s kebabs, Hansie’s shavedice and plenty more offerings from our fundraisers. So work on your appetites! Don’t have breakfast, walk or bike to the festival, get hungry. The organisers continue to pay for free music stages, free workshops, free entertainment pods, subsidies and the increasing costs of council’s bylaws on event services.

Keeping the team going is the creativity of those who contribute their art and skills to the festival. One example from this year is the installation from artist Sean Curham, inspired by the Christchurch rebuild, and the use of pop up communal spaces. Working collaboratively with community groups and residents Camper Town will be created on the southwest hillside of Grey Lynn Park. The work is designed to get people thinking about urban design and how public and private space can work together allowing communities to truly thrive.

The festival team remains dedicated to a people powered day out. That good feel element of the festival is finely tuned. The festival team hopes people will enjoy the lack of visual pollution through their efforts to keep advertising and signage to

So give yourself lots of time, the festival has so many layers to it you really do need an all day, slow day. Enjoy the neighbourhood treasure that is the Grey Lynn Park Festival. www.greylynnparkfestival.org PN

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NIKI WRIGHT: LEYS INSTITUTE LIBRARY NEWS

Need a good book to read? EVER HAD THAT FEELING OF WALKING IN TO THE LIBRARY AND NOT KNOWING HOW to find your next great book to read? Summer is a fabulous time to catch up on your reading but where do you start? The team at the Leys Institute Ponsonby Library is always happy to help you choose your next book and I thought you might like some insider tips from avid readers. If you don’t have much time to select a book, just dash in and check out our displays - we have new books, recommended books and a changing range of fiction and nonfiction topics. Some people only ever take display books and others are happy to discover great new reads through the serendipity of browsing. There are people who have favorite authors but have read all their books.They want more of the same but their favourites don’t write fast enough! We have an excellent book ‘Who else writes like? A reader’s guide to fiction authors’. You can look up an author and find 5-10 authors who write, similar books. We also have a children’s version, ‘Who next? A guide to children’s authors’. Just ask for these at the desk. Some people want to know about all the new books. The best way to find out is to check the new book lists on the Auckland Libraries website www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz There are monthly lists of all the new books and multimedia items in the Auckland Libraries system. The lists are organised by topic, genre and format. We are happy to help you access this information here in the library. Also on the Auckland Libraries website is a page devoted to information on the books that have won literary awards and prizes including the NZ Post Awards, the Man Booker Prize and the Pulitzer Prize. This is an excellent way to rediscover outstanding books. If you have a long summer break, you might like to try reading all the Booker Prize winners (there are over 40 books on the list!) Book reviews are good way find out about interesting new books. My favorite sources are the book review pages at www.guardian.co.uk and local bookman Graham Beattie’s blog at http://beattiesbookblog.blogspot.co.nz. If you want more book review sources just ask the team here at the Leys Institute Ponsonby Library. Remember, you are not limited to what is on the shelves at the Leys Institute Ponsonby Library. Auckland Libraries has 55 libraries in the system, you can place a hold on any book from any library, and it will be transferred to the library of your choice free of charge. You can order by accessing your account in the My Info section of the Auckland libraries website or you can ask us to place the holds for you.

BOOK FOR BLOKES EASES BREAST CANCER JOURNEY A new book for men whose partners have breast cancer has been released by the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. She’s Got Breast Cancer, compiled by journalist and Westmere resident Peter Calder, is available free from the NZBCF. It features no-holds-barred interviews with 18 Kiwi blokes caught up in what’s commonly known as the “breast cancer journey” when the woman they loved was diagnosed with the disease. The men are from all over New Zealand - Whangarei to Christchurch - and from all walks of life, including farmer, bar owner, ad agency director, mushroom grower, sheetmetal worker, investment adviser. The common factor is that their partners (or, in one case, mother) were diagnosed with breast cancer, but each man’s experience was different. In She’s Got Breast Cancer, the men relate how breast cancer affected their relationships, work, sex life, friendships and self-image. They are honest to the point of bluntness, with humour and sadness underpinning many of the stories. Since the book was completed, the partners of two of the men have died, and one has been diagnosed with secondary cancer. “The men who read this book should know it holds no easy answers,” said Peter Calder. “None of these men would say they handled their partner’s breast cancer perfectly - and in fact, there’s no right way to deal with it. I hope readers will find some stories they relate to - they should take what they can from those and ignore the rest.” Calder came up with the idea of collecting the stories for She’s Got Breast Cancer after his wife, Alison Jones, was diagnosed in 2008. He was keenly aware of how isolated and powerless partners of women with breast cancer can become, particularly if they are not used to talking to other men about how they are feeling. Having sourced private funding for the venture, he provided the manuscript to the foundation for nothing and will not receive any royalties. “She’s Got Breast Cancer is an act of true generosity by Peter and by all the men who shared their stories,” said New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation chief executive Van Henderson. “It’s very satisfying to be able to offer it free to anyone who needs it - and going by the number of calls we’ve received from people who’ve heard about this project, there is a very real need.” PN The book is available in paperback and eBook formats. Order from www.nzbcf.org.nz/ForMen, or call 0800 BC NURSE (0800 22 68773).

The My Info section of the Auckland Libraries website is very useful for managing your reading - you can see what you have out, order books, renew books and “freeze holds” if you have enough to read at the moment or are going away. If you want to find out more about using My Info or any for the resources mentioned here please pop in to the library and ask any of our friendly team. There is so much going on, we recommend checking out our Facebook page, Leys Institute Library Ponsonby, where we will be updating you on new events, displays and exciting things happing at Leys and in other Auckland Libraries. PN (NIKI WRIGHT RLIANZA) LEYS INSTITUTE LIBRARY, 20 St Mary’s Road T: 09 374 1315 www.facebook.com/LeysInstituteLibraryPonsonby

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JOHN ELLIOTT: LOCAL NEWS

Local Elections Over, After Many Loud Yawns Just one third of Aucklanders bothered to vote in the recent elections. As predicted, Len Brown easily won the mayoralty, but his main rival, the little known right wing candidate, John Palini achieved 100,000 votes - pretty good for an absolute novice. While this clearly showed some concern about Brown’s stewardship of the new Super City, it mostly reflected the fact that while Brown has South Auckland in the palm of his hand, there are large swathes of National Party, right wing voters in Auckland, particularly in the old Auckland city, and on the North Shore. However, these right wingers were not persuaded to support Greg Moyle or Rob Thomas in the race for councillor in the Waitemata Ward. Incumbent Mike Lee, absolutely bolted in, with more than double the votes of Moyle, and another thousand ahead of Thomas. This result was despite a high profile campaign by both Moyle and Thomas. Lee has vast experience, and will again be a decided asset to the citizens of the Waitemata Ward. The Waitemata Local Board results were pretty much as expected. The seven member board will again be dominated by City Vision members, five of whom were elected. Moyle and Thomas are the other two who were successful. Votes were - Pippa Coom 7,257, Rob Thomas 6,592, Shale Chambers 6,212, Greg Moyle 5,930, Christopher Dempsey 5,633, Deborah Yates 5,272, Vernon Tava 5,074. Sadly, Tricia Reade, who worked extremely hard on the previous board, just missed out coming eighth with 4,923 votes. Tricia will be missed. There were a number of good candidates among the 20 who stood for the board, (Gerry Hill, Kris Mac Pherson, Allan Matson, just to name three), and none who offered themselves should feel let down. Please, all of you, keep contributing to your local community and have another go next time. And so, what of the pathetically low voter turnout? Suggestions have included electronic voting (how many of us now post letters?), making voting compulsory, or having an election day which could be declared a holiday. I think the voter apathy is at least in part because of an attitude that voters are never listened to. Consultation is often token, and then ignored. Until elected politicians consult regularly and really listen to grass roots citizens, people can be excused for thinking that their vote is a waste of time. It is not worth their time and effort to find out who candidates are and what they really believe in. This alienation from the democratic process is worrying, and must be addressed. Forcing people to close their eyes and stick a pin in the ballot paper is not the answer. Neither should candidates have to change their name to Aardvark, Abbot, Abysmal, or Anonymous, to get to the top of the voting paper. The schools can help with education about democracy and its importance, and there should be on-going community education too. After all, the old adage is true - if you don’t vote you can’t complain about how the council treats you, or whether or not it deigns to mow your berm. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN

DAVID HARTNELL WINS ENTERTAINMENT AWARD Congratulations to our columnist, Grey Lynn resident David Hartnell MNZM, who was presented with the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand’s prestigious ‘Fullers Entertainment’ Award last month. The award was presented by Glenda Law, the Variety Artist Club’s secretary and was awarded to a non entertainer, and someone who works tirelessly in the entertainment industry. David has been writing and broadcasting about the entertainment business both here in New Zealand and internationally for most of his life. PN

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PONSONBY HISTORY… DID YOU KNOW? In 1841 Jane Griffin (Lady Franklin), wife of Sir John Franklin the Governor of Tasmania, visits Auckland. During her time in Auckland she walks up a track in the Ponsonby area subsequently named for her as Franklin Road.

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DEIRDRE TOHILL: LANDMARK BUILDINGS >

St John’s Church

The mixture of religious buildings along Ponsonby and Jervois Roads, and in St Marys Bay all play a part in designating the area as one of Auckland’s most valued heritage precincts. In 1876 the Wesleyans took steps to provide a place of worship in Ponsonby at the same time as the Presbyterians. Both went on to build large timber churches in the gothic revival style for the suburb’s burgeoning population. This came about as a result of speculative house-building on the city fringe during the 1870s economic boom. St John’s Church was constructed to serve members of the Methodist faith who were among our first European settlers and on its completion was also celebrated by the wider Protestant community. The structure’s foundation stone was laid on 2 November 1881. Costing £2,240, the building was constructed by James Heron, one of the church’s foundation trustees. Architect, Edward Bartley who had worked as a designer-builder in Auckland since 1854 was engaged for the project. A wise choice as he had designed many buildings that are now designated Category 1 by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, as is St John’s Church. Edward hailed from St Helier, New Jersey, was home educated and at the age of 13 worked in the building trade with his father. When he turned 15 he left Jersey and travelled with his older brother, Robert, to New Zealand. He first worked as a builder’s labourer then contractor and gradually shifting from building and cabinetmaking into architecture. Apart from churches at Pitt Street, Grafton and Parnell there were hardly any Wesleyan places of worship in Auckland that had architectural pretensions before the event of St John’s. Most Methodist “chapels” so named were small and of humble design. In contrast St John’s was unmistakably a church. By the time the foundation stone was laid many Wesleyans who had settled here in earlier decades had become people of substance and nationally the Methodist denomination grew in strength during the 1880s. There was a large attendance at the foundation stone ceremony. The site was gaily decorated with flags, and a carpeted platform was erected close to the site for those taking an active part in the ceremony. A choir was in attendance rendering the hymn “Hear the voice and prayer.” Reverend Dewsbury delivered words from a parchment placed in the cavity. “Built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.” Mrs Dewsbury was then presented with a finely crafted mallet of puriri wood with which she laid the stone. A bottle containing documents, and coins was placed in the cavity before the stone was lowered into place. Children who had been collecting subscriptions for the building fund were requested to come forward and deposit the amounts gathered on the stone. The proceedings were brought to a close with the National Anthem. Afterwards a tea meeting was held in the Ponsonby hall for the large gathering, so large that two relays had to be served, but there was ample provision for everyone. The Wesleyan denomination grew in strength during the 1880s at which time an estimated one in ten New Zealanders was Methodist. During this period St John’s Church was the centre of its members’ religious, cultural and social lives. It even had a cricket team prior to the First World War. Like other churches it suffered a substantial decrease in attendance after the Second World War and by 1953 the exterior needed extensive repairs. The 1960s saw the inflow of Pacific Island people to Ponsonby and St John’s main ministry changed. The church became the headquarters of an Auckland District Samoan Fellowship and Reverend Siauala Amituana’i was appointed minister. An extension to the church was erected to accommodate a Methodist Samoan Community and in 1983 St John’s became the first Samoan Methodist parish in New Zealand. St John’s Church has high importance for its visual aspect which contributes to Ponsonby Road’s streetscape and is aesthetically significant for its ornate interior. Technically it’s valuable as a fine example of a timber ecclesiastical building in the gothic revival style and culturally it has provided for the social and spiritual needs of a continually changing community. (DEIRDRE TOHILL) PN

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HOME SWEET HOME Recently I sat at dinner with a guy I had never met before and had to listen to him droning on about how he had renovated four apartments in five years, selling each of them for a fat profit before moving on. He was particularly proud of the fact that, because each one was his primary residence, he hadn’t been required to pay any tax on the profit generated. “I suppose you could say,” he proclaimed smugly, that as well as being a (insert profession…), I am also a property developer.” Now, I don’t have a problem with anyone turning an honest buck. Good on him if he’s been able to make some nice fat cash on top of his normal income, but there is something about this attitude to the home purely as an investment opportunity that I find depressing. The guy in question has a young daughter and I wonder where all this profit - generating renovating and moving on had left her sense of home. I was incredibly attached to the house I lived in until I was 19, and have never quite got over the fact that my family left it, especially as it has subsequently been knocked down by property developers. With all the moves she has had in her short life, how could that man’s child possibly have enjoyed the deep sense of security and belonging that comes from a family home? Of course, you might say as long as she had her mum and dad around that ought to be enough, but I really don’t think it is. Humans get very attached to their surroundings and I think the notion of the family hearth as a sacred concept is not one we should casually chuck out in favour of cash in the bank. I understand the ridiculous property prices we now endure mean that few of us can afford to leave home and move straight into the house where we will raise our own families. These days we all have to do a bit of moving on, surfing the market to get our dream - or even dream-ish - home. Not many people these days are as fortunate as my neighbours, every time I pop round there I am transfixed by the two photos he has hanging in the frame by the front door. In the left-hand one he and his young wife - in early 1970s clothes - are carrying a small baby. In the right-hand snapshot, my neighbour is coming out of the same door, with a young woman in a wedding dress on his arm. It is his daughter - the one who was the baby in the first photo. What a sense of belonging they must all have - so much more meaningful than a fat bank account. And I think we have collectively lost sight of that. So while I can see the attraction of trading up to the best house you can afford, I do think a point comes when you should accept that you have chosen your brick and mortar bed and to lie in it for as long as possible. Or else we might as well all go and live in safety deposit boxes. (JOHN ROBSON, HERNE BAY) PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


WEST UP CLOSE LYNN: AND RICHMOND PERSONAL VILLAGE THE TROUBLE WITH RAW FEEDING… Raw feeding dogs and cats has gained a popular following over the past few years since Raw Essentials set up their lovely clinic in the West Lynn shops, behind Harvest Wholefoods. Their clients are spreading the word down at the local dog parks and they have a loyal following of the healthiest looking dogs and cats you could wish to see. “Raw Essentials would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our lovely clients for making our working life such a joy - how can we even call it work when we spend our days chatting to amazing people, with such interesting lives and such a cool approach to health and well-being.” With the growing interest in raw food diets for pets it’s essential to get the basics right. A well-planned raw diet can support optimal health in cats and dogs. However, if the diet is not appropriate or well-planned, raw feeding can lead to health problems - some very serious. Most of the problems are caused, or aggravated by, improper digestion, stemming from incorrect gastric (stomach) acidity. The stomach of a dog or cat needs to be highly acidic in order to properly digest a raw diet. Grains make the stomach less acidic. If a cat or dog consuming grains (processed pet food) is also fed raw food, its stomach will not be acidic enough to properly digest the protein and bone. Ill-health will follow. If you are thinking about raw feeding, pop in to one of their five Auckland shops for the best possible advice. Many pet owners are overwhelmed by conflicting nutritional information. Let’s simplify your pet’s nutrition so you can get back to having fun. If raw feeding your pet interests you, let Raw Essentials get you started. They provide a high quality, species-appropriate raw diet and optimise gastric acidity so that your pet can properly digest the raw food.

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If the diet is not well -planned and gastric acidity is inappropriate, you may find your dog is windy and has a grumbling tummy. He may have anal gland problems, irregular bowels, diarrhoea or constipation. Don’t delay, come in and see them at Raw Essentials. With five Auckland stores (their rapid growth all due to their amazing network of raw feeding advocates and the healthy happy pets) they have made it easy to source locally produced New Zealand pet food. Dr Lyn Thomson, holistic veterinarian is a huge advocate of natural nutrition for pets, and an experienced raw-feeder. As far as Lyn is concerned, a species-appropriate diet is essential to the health and well-being of every animal. She created the Raw Essentials range in order to feed dogs and cats a nutritious, species-appropriate, New Zealand -made diet. www.rawessentials.co.nz (DR LYN THOMSON) PN

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PIPPA COOM: GREY LYNN 2030 NEWS IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A SUSTAINABLE AND RESILIENT FUTURE for Auckland the results of the local government elections should be heartening especially at local board level. Individuals and teams across Auckland have been elected on a commitment to make the environment a priority and to empower local communities. I feel very honoured to have been re-elected to the Waitemata Local Board with the support of Grey Lynn 2030. With a great team on the board we have the opportunity to continue the direction we set last term to foster and develop vibrant, connected and sustainable communities. Initiatives underway include establishing a community -led resource recovery centre, developing a localised plan to cut carbon emissions and supporting community gardens and fruit tree planting. Thank you for making the Grey Lynn Farmers Market so great! The Grey Lynn Farmers Market celebrated four years of operation last month on a sunny day with live music from Soul Samba Circus followed by the AGM. We used the occasion to give thanks to everyone who is part of the Grey Lynn Farmers Market community - the stallholders, farmers, buskers, customers, sponsors, supporters, Friends of the Market and the volunteers behind the scenes who make the market a great place every Sunday. All of the current volunteer management committee put themselves forward for another year. We are fortunate to have a dedicated team who are committed to providing fresh, local produce for our community. We welcomed back to the committee treasurer Donald Streeter, secretary Susanna Stoddart and Maggie Gresson, Charlotte Gordon, Caroline Banks, Javier Egusquiza, as well as stallholder representative Rebekah Hay supported by market manager Sarah James. On Sunday 17 November the market has been invited to Auckland Zoo for a special one -off event as part of Orangutan Caring Week. All the market stalls will be there making the most of a unique outdoor location (no ticket required). Details on www.glfm.co.nz Transition Towns at the Sustainable City Showcase Last month Grey Lynn 2030 took part in the Sustainable Business Network’s Sustainable City Showcase at The Cloud as part of a Transition Towns stand. It was a chance to show off the many initiatives groups from around Auckland have underway and to connect with passionate sustainability champions from the community and business. Grey Lynn and Ponsonby businesses had a major presence at the showcase including Kokako, Ripe Deli, Raw Essentials, All Good Bananas and Bird on a Wire. Waste Away at the Grey Lynn Park Festival, Saturday 30 November Grey Lynn 2030 Waste Away will have a Cash for Containers stand at the Grey Lynn Park Festival offering 20 cents per recyclable glass, plastic or can drink container to raise awareness about the need for product stewardship in New Zealand. A requirement for producers and suppliers to take back packaging for reuse would greatly reduce waste to landfill and streams as well as reduce energy required for producing containers. (PIPPA COOM) PN

PONSONBY U3A: OCTOBER 2013 WELL KNOWN PONSONBY ARTIST JANET WILLIAMSON RECENTLY HELD A SUCCESSFUL exhibition at the Lake House Takapuna. As the 10 minute speaker at the October meeting of Ponsonby U3A it was thought that she might talk about her life as an artist, or perhaps her time as a creative head of Television New Zealand, or even the years developing and teaching a course on spatial design at Auckland University of Technology. Instead her talk was entitled “Rebel With a Cause” - some highlights from her life as a protester. Janet’s first protest was in her art school days in Glasgow in the early 1950s, then as a young mother in Toronto, and later in New Zealand, taking part in demonstrations against the 1981 Springbok tour and the Vietnam War and in support of a nuclear free New Zealand. In 1951 she was one of a group of students from the Glasgow School of Art that petitioned the Glasgow City Council against the purchase of the now famous Salvador Dali painting, ‘Christ of Saint John of the Cross.’ The painting and intellectual rights were obtained for 8,200 pounds, a price considered high at the time and the students believed (and some still do) that the painting wasn’t a great work and that the money could be better spent. Another Ponsonby U3A member subsequently recalled visiting Glasgow in the 1960s to view the controversial painting, while another visited in 1961 to find the painting had been attacked with a stone and the canvas torn and was undergoing restoration, which took several months. Discussing the 1981 anti-Springbok tour demonstrations, Janet pointed out the catastrophic polarising effects the tour had on many New Zealand families. Invited speaker Ben Conway, head gardener at one of New Zealand’s foremost country gardens, “Ayrlies” at Whitford, gave the history of Beverley McConnell’s renowned garden from its initial three bare acres around the McConnell home in 1964 to the 16 acre stunning garden and wetland that it is today. The garden is lauded throughout New Zealand and visited by garden enthusiasts from all over the world. Ben says that there is no other garden like it in New Zealand and described Beverley McConnell as “a unique and amazing woman.” She started the garden with her late husband Malcolm McConnell, founder of engineering company McConnell Dowell. After 10 years they decided professional help was needed and they travelled to England and recruited Oliver Briers, gardener, master craftsman and stonemason. He built every structure in the garden. In retirement he still lives on the property. Ben also lives at “Ayrlies” in the original gardener’s cottage built for Oliver Briers. The garden is busy all year round and Ben is assisted by two full time gardeners. He described many facets of the garden, in particular the stunning autumn vistas of the liquid ambers, planted in 1981. He said that overseas visitors are amazed at the size of the trees - they grow well because of the warm climate and availability of water. Ben also talked about his own career as a gardener and arborist, and other gardens where he has worked, including a period as head gardener at Government House. He first worked at “Ayrlies” early in his career and came back as head gardener three years ago. Speaker at the November meeting will be Sir Robert (Bob) Harvey, head of Waterfront Auckland. His talk will be entitled “Leadership and the Auckland Waterfront.” U3A is an organisation for retired people with aims of educating and stimulating its members through speakers at monthly meetings and by membership in special interest groups which offer a wide range of topics, some recreational activities and social dining events. Visitors and potential members are welcome to attend meetings, held on the second Friday morning of the month. PN NEXT MEETING:

9.45 am - Friday, 8 November 2013 First Floor, Leys Institute, St Marys Bay Road.

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Jane Jones, President Ponsonby U3A T: 09 378 7628

The festival is on Saturday 30 November, 9.30am - 6pm. www.greylynn2030.co.nz

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WEST UP CLOSE LYNN: AND RICHMOND PERSONAL VILLAGE WELCOME TO EUROPA! Europa is a pop up store selling furniture from France, Belgium and England, as well as Socialist realism art from the former Soviet Union. Located in Grey Lynn beside the Gypsy Tearoom the store we will be there until the end of November. The brains behind Europa are two slightly eccentric film-makers, Richard Riddiford and Kim Gunter, both of whom are mad about furniture and USSR Socialist realism art. Earlier this year, while in Russia making a documentary about a New Zealand spy, they decided to check out the local furniture and art. Driving a beat-up van for thousands of miles, they sourced pieces that took them from underground flea markets to elderly farmers’ sheds. Much of the furniture was carefully loaded into the van from Belgium, France and England. Dealer and Socialist realism specialist John Barkes bought the art directly from the artists in St Petersburg. What’s Socialist realism art? From 1932 - 1991 Socialist realism was the only category of art sanctioned in the USSR. Under the watchful eye of the state, only communist heroes and the lofty aims of the communism were to be represented. Portraits became commonplace, especially those of communist heroes.

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Common subjects were drawn from everyday people and workers as well as industrial and agricultural scenes. To deviate from Socialist realism was to risk persecution or worse. Any other form of art that existed before the revolution, for example, cubism or impressionism, was seen as decadent and bourgeois and was therefore illegal. All the works at Europa are by renowned Soviet era Socialist Realism artists. For more details contact Richard Riddiford, M: 021 682 528 richard@messengerfilms.co.nz and Kim Gunter M: 021 959 709 kimgunter@xnet.co.nz PN EUROPA, 453 Richmond Road, www.europaantiques.co.nz

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WEST LYNN: RICHMOND VILLAGE MONTEREY LOCAL EATING HOUSE - FRESH LOCAL AND SUSTAINABLE The folks at Monterey in West Lynn have teamed up with their good friend and chef Daniel Pearson to transform their newly renovated neighbourhood cafe into a local eating house. As well as offering breakfast and lunch, they are now open for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday. Dan will be drawing on his extensive experience from working in some of Europe’s toughest and best kitchens and focusing on producing a constantly changing menu. The aim is to provide the people of Grey Lynn with a delicious, reasonable alternative. The emphasis is on fresh, seasonal and local, with the vast majority of wines and produce being sourced from within the Auckland region. This will soon be complemented by fresh herbs and vegetables grown from their own vertical garden which is currently under construction in the courtyard out back. The team at Monterey are totally focused on sustainability and so all their organic waste is turned into compost in conjunction with local community gardens, which in turn will produce vegetables that make their way onto the menu.

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As well as the installation of the vertical vegetable garden, they will be covering the courtyard so people will be able to dine at night throughout the summer months. In addition, an upstairs area will be converted into a private dining room making this the perfect local space available for private functions. Monterey is well worth a visit, the team, as featured on our front cover this month, are the friendliest and most accommodating bunch; they care about the food they provide, they will take into account a customer’s dietary requirements and they enjoy providing great service - simply put, they are totally passionate about what they do. PN MONTEREY LOCAL EATING HOUSE, 432 Richmond Road, T: 09 360 0488 www.facebook.com/montereyAKL

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NEWS UP CLOSE ANDLOCAL PERSONAL THE GREY LYNN RSC IS YOUR ONLY REMAINING LOCAL RSC, IT IS NOT AN RSA

MARINA PROMENADE OPENS UP WATER’S EDGE TO WALKERS AND CYCLISTS

Located in Francis Street, West Lynn, the Grey Lynn RSC is in a building that was once home to Grey Lynn Primary School and later a picture theatre and movie production house. The Grey Lynn Returned Soldiers Club moved there in the 1930s.

More of Auckland’s waterfront will be opened up for people to enjoy thanks to a new promenade and cycleway around Westhaven Marina.

The RSC is not a formidable place where you cannot enter! We are different. You can be signed in by the manager to find out if you enjoy the surrounds and what the RSC has to offer - 365 days of the year. The RSC boasts four large screened TVs, making it a popular venue for watching live sports. Friday nights are busy with quality live dance bands such as the Larry Morris Rebellion Band, The Alibis and entertainers such as Tom Rodwell. The legendary Midge Marsden Band returns on Friday 8 November. Thursday night is quiz night at 7.15pm. There is a tasty and reasonably priced bistro kitchen open five days a week with a range of pub style food. The upstairs room is perfect for private functions with a dance floor, bar and seating area, and downstairs has a full TAB service, a snooker table, pool tables, a juke box, and gaming machines. Returned Services Clubs were formed when the RNZRSA would not allow merchant seamen to join after the war. For almost 80 years the Grey Lynn RSC has hosted the community on Anzac Day, however the RNZRSA decreed several years ago that Grey Lynn can no longer have a Poppy Day. Despite being denied poppies on Poppy Day, the spirit of Anzac continues on at the Grey Lynn RSC. The RSC asks you to support this great asset in our community, please join the club today to support this treasure. $30 associate membership to our neighbours is offered until December 2014. www.greylynnrsc.org.nz PN

The marina portion of the walkway will form a key part of a waterfront-wide promenade and cycleway from the Harbour Bridge to Tamaki Drive which has the potential to be one of Auckland’s most popular attractions. The construction of the route around Westhaven Marina began in October. Up until now, whilst popular with cyclists, walkers and other users, the section is narrow, congested and difficult to navigate. Waterfront Auckland chairman Sir Bob Harvey says Auckland’s city centre waterfront has the potential to be up there with the best of any waterfront city in the world and is pleased to see that more of it will be opened up for people to access. “This new walkway and cycleway will make it easier for people to enjoy more of their wonderful waterfront that’s been hard to get to for so long. “Westhaven Marina is spectacular. I want people to be able to come down and fall in love with living in a maritime city, and I want visitors to stop and stay longer in Auckland to soak up the stunning views and enjoy the picturesque surroundings that are on offer here. “This walkway will make it easier for people to walk and cycle around our city and it supports our aspirations to grow the walking and cycling network around the region.” Waterfront Auckland chief executive, John Dalzell, says the walkway and cycleway will offer a world-class visitor experience by incorporating best practice design initiatives including sustainably sourced hardwood timber, a Zero Energy Lighting Solution and a structural design that can accommodate future sea level rise. Mr Dalzell says the landscaping around the walkway and cycleway will be predominantly native planting reflecting its coastal context. The project is expected to be completed by late 2014, coinciding with the completion of large-scale landscaping and street upgrade works currently underway on Daldy Street in Wynyard Quarter. PN

Shale Chambers, Waitemata Local Board and Adrienne Young-Cooper, Deputy Chair Waterfront Auckland

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Maverick BBQ condiment set $49.94 @ Millys www.millyskitchen.co.nz; Cockatoo cushion $245 @ Republic www.republichome.com; Areaware bottle opener $39.95 each @ the Object Room www.theobjectroom.co.nz; Selection of enamelware mugs, jugs, bowls, indoor/outdoor use @ Chambers www.chambers.co.nz; iphone covers studded $55, Crystals $69 each @ H2phone www.facebook.com/H2PHONE; Citronelle/verbena aromatic candle $149 @ World Beauty www.worldbrand.com; ‘The Golden Hen’ by Ottmar Hori $460 @ Design55 www.design55.co.nz

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WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Unisex ‘jandals’ by Trash footwear $69 a pair @ ecostore www.ecostore.co.nz; ‘Black & White’ bath salts South Island lavender, Hawke’s Bay Tangerine & Dead Sea Minerals $165 each @ World Beauty www.worldbrand.com; 60s style vases $129 all squares & $99 square strip @ Republic www.republichome.com;’Neoflam’ Eco earth friendly ceramic pans $140, $155 & $180 each @ Askew www.askew.co.nz; ‘Escama’ mini clutch $89.95 @ the Object Room www.theobjectroom.co.nz; Fornasseti limited edition vintage gold ‘Gatto’ tray (edition of 10 pieces worldwide) $495 @ Design55 wwwdesign55.co.nz; Alessi ‘Duck’ timer (quacks instead of a beep) $118 @ Askew www.askew.co.nz PN STYLING: Jay Platt PHOTOGRAPHY: Danilo Santana David, Fisher Santana.

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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 NOVEMBER 1925

Dearest Sissy my customer until last winter when (you will remember I told you) old Johnson ran a campaign to undercut my prices for winter suits. Dora was the only defection and serves her right, as she looked absolutely awful! Johnson obviously has no shame in allowing Dora to order a suit in such wide stripes. Dora has a thing for stripes that I was able to temper by suggesting narrower patterns that I cut in panels and arranged in a way that flattered her figure. Johnson is obviously much more interested in making money than building a reputation.

You were perfectly correct in guessing that I would return to Smith & Caughey and buy that hat! How could I not! It’s a darling and perfect for summer. I know I don’t need to justify it to you dear, but I do feel just a tad guilty as I am supposed to be saving my pennies! I’m sorry that you couldn’t stay for the weekend. George and I went to three very good fetes yesterday. You would have particularly enjoyed the one at St. Stephens[i] as there were quite a few white elephant stalls selling bric-a-brac. I found a quaint Doulton jardinière that the stallholder told me was decorated by impressing with real ferns. It is really quite unusual and looks perfect holding a large maidenhair fern. And I found a very old silk shawl woven with satin stripes and printed with flower sprigs in between. It has a couple of small snags at one end but otherwise will be perfect to cut a blouse from, perhaps even a simple dress as it is very long. I recall seeing one at my great Aunt’s home in Bath. She is quite the Victorian and refuses to modernise!

The last of my purchases (apart from chocolate fudge of course) was a small pile of bits of old Chinese embroidery. These shall go into my ragbag for the little projects I attempt in my spare time. Most of them are still quite bright with only one or two that will need to be thrown away. Oh, the woman who sold me the sewing box also had several antique pieces of passementerie - glorious concoctions in silk cord and dripping in tassels. As I was inspecting them I caught a glimpse of that old dragon Mrs. Johnson who was making a beeline towards “my” stall. Of course I simply bought the lot, as old Johnson would no doubt have snapped them up if I hadn’t. As it was, I only just had time to grab the button box and take it to a quiet corner to sort through before she reached the stall. managed to find eight old gold filigree buttons, and a dozen quite beautiful circular glass buttons with flowers inside. They’re like Venetian beads but with shanks. They will look very well on a Swiss voile blouse! While I’m on the malodorous subject of Mrs. J, I spied Dora Skyring at the cake stall at St. Stephens. She was

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I am making George’s mother a long kimono style dressing gown from pale turquoise silk, which I shall edge with matching satin. It will be quite plain except for a flight of little beaded butterflies that I plan to appliqué to the upper back. I do hope she likes the style - it is modern but very feminine. At least I know she loves the colour. At St Margaret’s [ii] fair I met a lovely woman whose husband is the new manager of the Cambridge Shirt Factory in Brown Street. [iii] She loved my dress and enquired as to where I purchased it. She seemed delighted to know that it was of my own design and making. She said that she likes to support local industry and has promised to drop around soon and have a look at some of my sketches with an eye to an order! Best of all, she invited me to take a look at the factory’s stock room and avail myself of any remnants or ends of rolls that they’ve finished with. I suspect that most of the fabric is cotton but there might be some nice fine striped stuff that I could use for simple washing dresses. I thought it was awfully nice of her to suggest this, considering that we’d just met. I hope she remembers to tell her husband! At the end of a lovely day, George presented me with a lovely bunch of snapdragons and stock, which I’ve put in a large jug and placed in my sitting room where the smell of the stock is intoxicating in the warmth of the afternoon. Well dearest, I must get back to the workroom and finish a pair of bridesmaid’s gowns that are due to be fitted tomorrow morning. Lemon georgette with petalled skirts - so pretty! Did I say how much I enjoyed having you to stay? You know you are always welcome my dear. Write soon!

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I also bought a wee old wicker sewing basket that has a padded lining in the most striking emerald green silk. I am rather fond of these little boxes and buy them whenever I find one in good condition and at an agreeable price. It’s not only their usefulness that tempts me, but the pleasure of opening these unprepossessing little chests to be overwhelmed by such colour and workmanship. This little one has pockets sewn all around the sides, each gathered with a silk drawstring and trimmed with a tiny tassel.

George bought a few things, including a lovely old writing box made from burr timber that he is going to sand and polish as a Christmas gift for his mother. For his father he bought a quaint old pipe with the most detailed carving I have ever seen! It is shaped like a ship’s figurehead with the voluptuous figure’s arms holding a pipe bowl aloft. It came with a shaped leather case too. I think his father will be thrilled!


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9am - 12.30pm, Saturday 16 November Freemans Bay Community Hall, 52 Hepburn Stree Back for its third Auckland outing, Fabric-A-Brac is a free event where sewing and craft enthusiasts can pick up fabulous vintage, unusual and modern fabric at bargain prices. Patterns, upholstery, buttons and sewing accessories will also be available for sale. Last year’s debut event attracted 40 stall owners and over 400 attendees. This first pre Christmas event promises to delight. Hot cuppas and delectable treats will be available for sale from Mercy Hospice Auckland in support of patients and families. Visit www.fabricabrac.co.nz for details. Email: fabricabracauck@gmail.com to book a stall. PN

A LITTLE BIT OF PARIS IN AUCKLAND For more than five years Belgian storekeeper Françoise Duperoux ran a fashion shop in her birthplace Brussels, capital of the European Union, until in 2011 when she moved to New Zealand with her husband and their two children. Now settled in New Zealand she decided it was time to pick up the thread again and bring a “little bit of Paris” to Auckland, since she couldn’t find any of her favourite European brands in town. Françoise has recently set up and opened Everywear, a store with women’s wear from Belgian, French and Spanish designers situated right in the heart of the vibrant Chancery district of Auckland City. Every woman who ever dreamed of shopping in a little fashion boutique in Paris can now have this European touch in the centre of Auckland, in a colourful, cosy setting. Everywear introduces a range of European collections such as Pygmées (France), Goddess (Belgium) and El Naturalista (Spain). Françoise had studied art history and travelled extensively before she opened her boutique in the heart of Brussels, in 2005. It was during her travels that she met young Belgian and French designers, who produced their items in small workplaces in Bali under respectful and sustainable conditions. In her Belgium store she specialised in the collections of these designers. “These European designers are elated to now have their first selling point in New Zealand and the customers are delighted to have a European fashion store in central Auckland,” says Françoise, “they describe the collections as both elegant and comfortable.” PN EVERYWEAR, 44 Courthouse Lane, M: 021 0253 4032 E: francoise.duperoux@gmail.com www.facebook.com/everywear.nz

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Giving favourite dresses up for good The festive months are on their way, but if your wardrobe isn’t up to the whirlwind of parties and barbecues to come, we suggest you find something fantastic at The Great Dress For Success Designer Sale. You may even score a designer bargain pre-loved by a stylish celeb! The likes of funny woman Jaquie Brown and Shortland Street bad gal Zlata (a.k.a Kate Elliot) are among the famous faces donating precious items to raise money to enable local women facing tough times to attend job interviews looking and feeling great. Keen shoppers will find local brands, vintage pieces and unworn label clothing as well as shoes and accessories - all at fabulously low, low prices. Glamorous outfits and high quality casual wear are strongly featured amongst the fabulous clothes. Jaquie is donating the stunning Karen Walker blush pink dress she wore to her engagement party, and Kate is handing over her gorgeous gold lace Sera Lily gown that’s “never been quite right” but is sure to hit the spot with some lucky sale goer. A $10 donation to Dress For Success Auckland is all you need to get in the door, and then you can fossick for gold amongst the racks with a glass of complimentary bubbles in hand. Save the dates in your diaries, warm up your bargain hunting skills and get ready to be in quick, to nab fantastic finds for the silly season madness! The Great Dress For Success Designer Sale, Friday evening and Saturday 29 and 30 November, 4 Boston Road, Mt Eden T 09 377 2762. PN

UNION - THE EXCITING NEWLY RELEASED FASHION LABEL SOHO CLOTHING LIMITED IS THE EXCITING NEW COLLABORATION OF WENDY NELSON and Shona Parore. Both have over 30 years experience in the design and fashion industry and have now formed their edgy new label UNION; their union being the major key. During the 80s Wendy was owner/designer of Chlorofile on Ponsonby Road and more recently she returned to Auckland after running her own store Eclectic Culture out of Tutukaka. Shona has been for the past 16 years right hand to, and head of, Trelise Cooper’s design team. Both Wendy and Shona were looking for a new venture and a chance meeting and conversation was the beginning of what has become a very creative partnership. UNION’S target customers are ladies 35 plus, sexy, fun, quality focused with attitude. Most importantly comfort with individual style. A sumptuous range of beaded kaftans and shoes will also be available and they are doing their very own range of fabulous tea towels. They are focused on getting it right, from running the business to the design and are only producing very exclusive small runs, so you can feel confident that you will stand out in the crowd. Their UNION workroom, showroom and store are based out of Wendy’s home in Herne Bay. Viewing is by appointment only and they offer a private and personal service. Eftpos is available and their website will be live in four weeks so you will soon be able to purchase online. New styles are arriving weekly. To make a time to view this very exciting newly released label, contact Wendy and Shona. PN UNION CLOTHING, T: 09 376 8228 www.unionclothing.co.nz wendy@unionclothing.co.nz M: 027 557 7479, shona@unionclothing.co.nz M: 021 837 272

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Where do you enjoy shopping? I like to mix my K.S. with vintage finds from places like Vixen in St Kevin’s Arcade on K’Road, and with my own designs. I’m also a big Zambesi fan.

How did you come to be a retail salesperson? In my last year at high school an opportunity came up to work for a locally-based designer in their flagship store in Christchurch, and as someone with a keen interest in fashion and an obsession with sewing, I jumped at the chance.

Name someone you think is a great greater Ponsonby retail salesperson... Lela Jacobs up on K’Road - her brand, store, ethos and the way she encourages and cultivates creative community is very inspiring. PN

What brought you to Kate Syvlester? Walking past the old High Street store back in 2007 as a fashion student - the red cape from the Wolf collection was in the window along with a sign advertising for a part-timer. The stars aligned and I joined the fold. What do you love about your brand and store? Where to begin?! Kate is a brilliant designer who possesses that special knack of designing wearable clothing that doesn’t date, is always a little bit unexpected and often tongue-in-cheek, and flatters many a different figure. It’s a joy to be able to share her brand and the ethos behind it by working in this quirky little Ponsonby store, which is a bit grungy and a bit rock-and-roll - the best of mixes. What makes a standout retail salesperson? No-one likes a salesperson who sees you just as a dollar sign. My most rewarding experiences with my customers are when I’m able to connect on a relational level - then dressing these lovely ladies comes out of something more like friendship, and it’s always a pleasure to catch up and to solve any pending wardrobe crises each time they visit. Alongside this, really listening to what someone is wanting, knowing your product and being tactfully honest are pretty good qualities to possess. Tell us about a memorable sale you’ve made this year... A Cinderella moment: I had a customer come in who had an important ball to attend that evening and was a little beside herself as she hadn’t been able to find the right dress for it. None of the styles she’d tried up until then had quite worked for her, and she was going to settle for one of them nonetheless. Luckily we’d just had a new delivery arrive that same day, and I procured a gorgeous new gown she’d not tried. She slipped it on, it fit like a glove, and she looked incredible. She came back after the event to tell us what a hit it was. If you could wave your wand and have anyone in the world walk into your store right now, who would it be? Tilda Swinton or Alison Mosshart. If you could wave your wand and have anyone in greater Ponsonby walk into your store right now, who would it be? Anyone whose heart has been set to swoon-mode by Kate’s current collection, ‘The Last

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Rochfort Rees was wine of the month for October at SPQR. To celebrate, guests tried the latest additions to the Rochfort Rees portfolio - pinot noir from Bannockburn and sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough - as well as the classic rose and limited edition sparkling rose varieties, and fine food. PN 1. Angelique Fris - Taylor Publicity PR, Emma Cruikshank - Public Library and Kristen Allison - Publicity PR 2. Steve Dunstan - Huffer, Emma Cruikshank - Public Library 3. Rosie Kelway - Fashion Quarterly, Marc Moore - Stolen Girlfriends Club and Sally-Ann Mullin 4. Richard Nicolson - Q Theatre and Carolyn Enting - Mindfood 5. Oliver Scutts - Rochfort Rees and Bill Boyd.

DEADLY PONIES ‘GUERILLA STORE’ OPENS ABOVE FLOTSAM AND JETSAM After nearly a decade of making some of New Zealand’s most highly desired, leather bags and accessories, Deadly Ponies opened its doors to the public for the first time in early October. The Deadly Ponies Guerrilla Store is located on the first floor of Flotsam and Jetsam, corner of Ponsonby Road and Williamson Ave. Ponsonby News can vouch that the space is worth a visit for the fit out alone, as well as staff wearing outstanding Miss Crabb designed workroom aprons never before seen designs and custom products from Bowden’s well of creativity. The store houses the current Deadly Ponies collection in its entirety. What’s more, designer Liam Bowden and team will be offering a bespoke service in store, where

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GAEL BALDOCK: STYLE, NOT FASHION. UNIQUENESS AND INDIVIDUALITY It’s been 120 years since 19 September 1893, when New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the vote. Equality and liberation has come a long way since then, including legalising same sex marriage this year.

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The Woman’s Liberation movement brought into question equality and how we use language. Where I’ve most noticed hatred and double standards is in the lyrics of some songs and in particular rap. The message that is being sent to the next generation sadly is that our society still condones misogyny. Our language doesn’t even have an opposite word, as if men could hate women but women couldn’t be men haters. It has been suggested that since English is a growing language that we adopt the word misandry.

PONSONBY LOCALS WILL BE AS PLEASED AS ORGANIC PUNCH TO HEAR THAT New Zealand’s own eco fashion and yoga wear label WE’AR is opening a brand new concept store right here on our doorstep, and just in time for summer.

While Grey Lynn resident Kate Barnett might describe herself as a rapper, after interviewing her, I believe social activist in the medium of rap would be more accurate. She is so liberated that her lyrics shout for a woman’s right to like sex. As her lyrics include language that might offend some readers, you’ll have to look online to see how she achieves this. She advocates for a woman’s right to say no. That this right doesn’t just apply to the good girls but also all the “bad gals’ who have that right too. Her lyrics, “she likes to flirt, she likes to dance, but does that mean she is going to take off her pants? No, she ain’t going home with you.” Kate is working on first rap album under the umbrella Doubledipp. This name came from a Seinfeld episode where someone dipped their potato chip, took a bite then dipped again, to everyone’s disgust. She believes life should be extra saucy in both meanings. That art should be provocative by engaging people. She wants people to love or hate her work rather than having no reaction. Kate was born in Mt Manganui, grew up in Seattle and she now resides in Grey Lynn. This multifaceted, renaissance woman studied art history and performance art at university, sold make-up, ran an art gallery in Seattle, was a full time jazz and hip hop dancer and a stand up comedian. Until the idea of experiencing an audience not laughing at her jokes lead her away from that profession and she now works at Golden Dawn. In the daylight she follows her passions, and as a rap artist can combine and use her many skills in stage set design, painting, dancing, acting, choreography, make-up and costuming in self expression through performances. “I can do anything I put my mind to… fake it till you make it.” Her style changes from the big-eyed caricatures of her artwork images in checked patterns with sparkly boots, to floral dresses and sneakers she has decorated herself with feathers and mandarins. One day she’ll be wearing World trousers with colourful budgies, a paisley silk shirt and a brightly contrasting headscarf, then the next day she will be wearing a boiler suit with hand painted sneakers and a beanie hat with large gold earrings. “People love to look at a rainbow, not a cloudy day.” Her image is as multifaceted as her artistic skills. “Self image is to come into yourself and accept your darkness,” Kate says. (GAEL BALDOCK) PN

The Ponsonby Road store opens on November 11, hot on the heels of the all new website WE’AR just launched and, drum roll please, the New Zealand release of their newest collection Forever Paradise. A street wear collection of women’s and menswear that’s all about looking amazing whilst being swathed in the doubtless comfort of finely milled organic cottons and silks. Each piece has been cleverly created as an “intelligent separate” with the idea that you can mix and match street wear pieces with the sumptuous organic yoga range (that WE’AR fans know best) and accessories, to create your own look. Easily transitioning, from yoga to day to night and back again, this collection embodies the WE’AR spirit of simple freedom. Founder and designer Jyoti Morningstar describes the new collection as “luxurious off -duty wear”, with a colour scheme inspired by morning’s first light on the tropical reefs of Lombok and Bali, Indonesia (the label’s second home). She says it’s her favorite collection to date, and with the decadent textiles and stunning nouveau peacock and frangipani leaf prints on everyday-glamour pieces like the silk cotton tuxedo jacket (the Gatsby), it’s easy to see why! Designed on Waiheke Island and carefully crafted in Bali, the label’s life has always been something of an island love story. With a background in yoga, Waiheke local Jyoti, wanted to create something that at the same time as being beautiful and functional, would also be ethically made in harmony with nature. She set up the label in 2005 and it seems this ethos, coupled with the awesome creative result, resonated with many and saw the success and growth of an inspiring brand. WE’AR continues its commitment to making a positive contribution to the communities of both islands and hopes to reach out to the wider global community. The vision is to create a model for holistic business using truly sustainable methods of production. WE’AR combines innovative techniques with Balinese artisanal tradition to create natural plant dyes for specific garments and uses 100% certified organic cottons as much as possible. The new concept store will be the fourth store for WE’AR, with one on Waiheke Island and two in Bali. Each store has it’s own signature feel whilst singing an undeniably clear note of WE’AR. The Ponsonby store has been designed around the functional architectural lines of the original “shop-house” in which it is located. Inspired by the shop houses of her most frequented Asian cities, Singapore and Hong Kong, Jyoti wanted to retain the sincerity of the original wood and bricks, and has taken care to curate fittings and furniture that reflect the passage of time the building has stood throughout. An eclectic mix of vintage industrial and hand crafted wooden pieces the new store appears at once pared back and homely.) PN WE’AR, 122 Ponsonby Road www.we-ar.it

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FASHION + STYLE NICK VON K HITS NEW YORK It was not enough for Karangahape Road jeweller Nick Klarwill to launch his new collection ‘Midnight Carnival’ in Auckland in August! Klarwill recently set the jewel in the crown with an event in New York City held at internationally celebrated designer Nicole Miller’s boutique in Soho. Miller, who has three dedicated stores and is herself stocked in Bloomingdales stores across the US, has been a key Nick von K stockist in the US as well as a “super supporter” of the young Kiwi designer since she meet him at New Zealand Fashion Week 2010. The new collection is largely inspired by two goddesses at its heart - the Swan Queen and the Dragon Queen. An “exploration of the flamboyant, the outrageous and the unusual persona hidden within us”, with this collection Nick Von K encourages people to wear their wild side on the outside. “I wanted to really stretch myself creatively this time around, to make diversely different pieces to what I’ve made before and the Midnight Carnival idea with its crazy characters certainly pushed me to do this. This collection is still very ‘Nick Von K’ but it’s also very unique, which is exciting for me and my customers,” says Klarwill. PN NICK VON K, La Gonda Arcade, 203-207 Karangahape Road, T: 09 550 9505 www.nickvonk.com

REPUBLIC: STYLE FOR YOUR HOUSE AND YOUR BODY A few years ago visiting VIP fashionista Derek Warburton wore a beautiful locally made duvet he’d been gifted to the Huffer show at New Zealand Fashion Week. Now, we’re not saying everyone should go quite that far! But the tantalisingly fine line between fashion and homeware, homeware and fashion has again been excitingly blurred at Republic for summer 2013, with new drops of two favourite resortwear labels in-store. Brazilian-Taiwanese designer Lulu Yasmine has a smorgasbord of cultural references at her finger tips. Now at Republic, ‘Elements’ is the designer’s latest collection - “smart, bohemian chic for cool sophisticated woman who dresses elegantly without effort.” Expect organic silk, crepe, chiffon, cotton, voile and linen - all with fair trade in mind. Ponsonby News loves the youthful shapes and slightly sexed-up vibe around some of the Lulu Yasmine pieces - nothing “Nana” about her caftans, little dresses, slinky pants and all-girl tops. Beachgold Resort Wear uses socially responsible methods and traditional Balinese techniques to create collections designed to “exude tropical elegance”. Clearly not mass produced, the label offers soft-flowing voiles, hand crafted prints and garments with elaborate beadwork - all elegant, comfortable and individual. In another happy fashion-interiors synergy, Republic is proud to have “dressed” the VIP hosting room at this year’s New Zealand Fashion Week in September, creating a calm and peaceful setting for distinguished guests and international media to enjoy during the event. PN

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PONSONBY HISTORY‌ DID YOU KNOW? In 1872 The Ponsonby Anglican householders meet with local Education Board. The schoolroom of All Saints Church is rented at 30 per year to house Dedwood School. By 1874 Dedwood School is attended by 100 girls and 74 boys.

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NEWS FROM AUCKLAND WEDDINGS Auckland Weddings is the definitive guide to weddings in Auckland, offering an exclusive selection of the very best wedding suppliers. Each month we’ll offer expert advice on how to ensure your wedding is simply perfect. This month we spoke to Trousseau Bridal Shoes www.trousseaubridalshoes.co.nz.

There are many things to think about when planning for your wedding, and working in the wedding shoe world, one story we hear over and over again is the time and consideration dedicated to all aspects of the day, with one item not given enough attention - shoes. Well, fear not, we have put together a user friendly guide to take all the stress out of choosing your wedding shoes and avoid this situation happening to YOU!

The length and style of your dress will also have an effect on the heel height. Most designers and dress makers will want you to be in possession of the wedding shoes before your final fitting. The typical rule for floor length gowns is to have the height to allow the dress to JUST skim across the floor. Those with shorter, knee length dresses will have more flexibility with this.

Now is not the time to settle for an ordinary shoe - these shoes will play an important role in your day. They need to walk you down the aisle, pose with you in your photographs, and let’s not forget one of the big moments of the day - the first dance! These shoes need to be fun, fantastic, comfortable and most importantly you need to LOVE them!

Both your height and your partner’s height are also important factors - some brides will want to gain height and be closer to their partners, while taller brides may wish for a flatter shoe. It comes down to personal choice. Just remember, if you are on the taller side, a shoe with 10cm stilettos will only draw attention to this.

Shoe Style There are a variety of wedding shoe styles to choose from and the best way to decide what will work is to try on different shoes and have some fun! Vintage style, modern cut, dyed shoes, crystal, sandals, boots, stiletto, platform, wedge or ballet flats are just some of the options. Play around and get a sense of what you like. From there it becomes easier to eliminate what you don’t like.

Shoe Fabric The two general fabric types for wedding shoes are silk and satin. Make sure you take care in your choice of fabric, as there is quite a range in quality and also price. Choosing a shoe in either of these fabrics generally means the shoes can be dyed and this is a preference for many brides, either on the day or after.

Heel Height Choosing the best heel height is a very important aspect to think about when deciding on your wedding shoes. The height needs to be comfortable for you to walk in (all eyes in the room will be on you!) so try and stick to a height you feel comfortable with.

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So when it comes down to it, our biggest tip is to factor in time for some wedding shoe research. It’s not something you want to make a mad dash for two weeks before the big day, as these shoes really can be the finishing touch. PN Visit Auckland Weddings at www.aucklandweddings.co.nz

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FASHION + STYLE WOMAN-SPEAK FOR ‘JUST SOMETHING LITTLE’ The holiday season will soon be here and with it, Christmas - the time of giving. Have you thought about something for your significant other? Had any big hints dropped lately? Maybe it’s time to get engaged? Perhaps diamond earrings to celebrate a successful year or an eternity ring to celebrate your commitment to each other? Auckland Ring Company always has a selection of custom handmade jewellery for every occasion. To avoid disappointment, call in and see the Auckland Ring Company to find the perfect gift. If you are flying away on holiday, they hope you will take advantage and buy their custom handmade jewellery duty and tax free and save 15%. If you’re not the one travelling overseas, then your family or friends can collect your Auckland Ring Company purchase from any international airport in New Zealand on departure.

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This is a good time of year to have a jewellery service check to ensure the claws and settings are well maintained and securing your diamonds and precious gems. Ponsonby News readers - will receive a complimentary jewellery clean and polish… “just something little” from Auckland Ring Company. Auckland Ring Company is proud to maintain the trust and confidence of their customers with a range of services. With their personal service and own in-house studio, they are in a unique position to create custom handmade jewellery for every occasion. Visit their Ponsonby store. You’re invited. PN AUCKLAND RING COMPANY, Creating Fine Jewellery Since 1943, 275 Ponsonby Road, Three Lamps Ponsonby T: 09 376 0275 www.aucklandringcompany.co.nz www.facebook.com/AucklandRingCompany

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GARY STEEL: VEG FRIENDLY

‘Culinarily’ challenged Here’s a question for owners and chefs of cafes and restaurants in the inner city suburbs of Auckland: do you cater at all for the rising number of vegetarians and vegans in your community? There’s a growing tide of interest in vegetarianism that doesn’t look like it will reach its high water mark for some years (and maybe never) - so what are you doing about it? I’m not talking about flicking a boring risotto onto the menu to appease those who prefer not to eat animal flesh. The days are long gone when non-meat eaters were prepared to accept just any old muck so they could join their friends at popular restaurants, and in this social media era, it only takes a bit of furtive messaging to move your bookings to a more flexible gastronomic environment. The bar has been well and truly raised, but some chefs continue down the path well trodden, ignoring the requirements of those with specific dietary needs, and losing the business of an increasingly populous segment of the available market. If your reaction to all this is that vegetarian food is by nature boring, and that catering to vegetarians is too much trouble, then sorry, you’re a dinosaur. I’ve heard restaurants claim that there’s no need to provide vegetarian choices with the logic that “veggos” already have their own restaurants, and that’s true: there is a growing list of vegan and vegetarian eating houses around this old town. But they’re missing the point. I know vegetarians whose partners eat meat, and meat eating couples whose children are vegetarian. And then there are groups of friends and professionals with mixed dietary requirements, and invariably there’s at least one vegetarian or a vegan (if not more) in any large group. What people want these days are restaurants that cook splendid dishes, but which also react positively and flexibly to dietary requirements. And that includes mixed groups of carnivores and herbivores. One restaurant that has seen the writing on the wall and adjusted its template accordingly is Hector’s at the Heritage Hotel on Hobson Street in the CBD. Nesting on the ground floor of the iconic original Farmers building, several years ago management took a courageous decision in becoming one of the first hotel restaurants in the world to become vegan-friendly. Hector’s has two separate menus, one for the meat eater, one for the vegan, and all its vegan foods are produced with both fine food aesthetics and nutritional value in mind by chef Jinu Abrahams. The restaurant is also run with sustainable principles uppermost, and the food is by and large organic, locally produced and seasonal. But that’s not all: the kitchen has a completely separate preparation area for vegan foods, which means that the all too common problem of cross-contamination from meat to non-meat dishes is completely avoided. The stance taken by Hector’s (and now being set into motion by other Heritage hotels around the country) means that both meat and plant eaters alike can enjoy their delectable morsels, and vegetarians can eat safe in the knowledge that no meat or fish (or utensil) has polluted their dish. In most conventional restaurants, vegetarians never really know if their “vegetarian” meal includes cheese containing gelatine or some kind of sauce infused with fish stock or vegetable soup with animal stock. It’s a constant struggle to eat out for this very reason. Because Hector’s has made the investment and taken the effort to cater specifically to vegans, they have built up a terrific sense of loyalty, with the likes of the Vegetarian Society giving it the seal of approval and vegan gourmands flocking to its semi-regular degustation events. While there are other restaurants making a special effort for vegetarians, few are putting their hands up, and others are showing vast disinterest. So, if you run or cook at an Auckland café or restaurant and you’re up for the challenge of pleasing your vegetarian and vegan patrons, we want to hear from you. Please, email me at the address below if you think your café or restaurant is doing its bit for vegetarians and vegans. We’ll thank you for it. Similarly, if you’re a vegetarian with less than savoury experiences to recount about local restaurants, we’d love to hear from you too! (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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TAKING THE HASSLE OUT OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE... BUT NOT THE FUN ‘Life-size’ Sticky Trees have been developed with sticky fingers in mind. No hassle, no needles… and no mess. Simply stick them to the wall; they’re repositionable and removable. For those that are pushed for time, have inquisitive small children, or need an extra tree for the beach house, then consider a Sticky Tree. Maybe you have a business and requires some commercial cheer? Perhaps you simply can’t be bothered in your teeny-tiny apartment but need to make an effort for mum. Sticky Trees were created by Ponsonby mother Katie Mills to avoid her little guy from simultaneously eating/destroying the family Christmas tree. Guilt and regret for not having a real tree soon turned to relief and delight as there was no need to pick up needles, retrieve launched baubles off the lawn or watch for beads going up noses. There are Sticky Trees with small spaces in mind, personalised Sticky Trees and Sticky Trees for the summer holiday when there’s no room to strap a Christmas tree to the roof

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of the car. There are even mini Sticky Trees designed with your “fur baby” in mind (designed for much the same reason as for a toddler). Sticky Trees are available from $100 and are designed and printed in Auckland using the latest digital technology on repositionable, removable material to give you at least three honest attempts to stick and re-stick before you get stuck. To enjoy your Sticky Tree for Christmas ensure you order before 25 November. To order; visit www.stickytrees.co.nz, or find Sticky Trees on Facebook, Pinterest and twitter #stickytreesnz PN

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY PONSONBY BUTCHERS: AN OLD FAVOURITE BROUGHT UP TO DATE! Established in 1972, your local butchery is now under new management, bringing a choice of delicious new free-range and organic products just in time for summer barbecues and Christmas celebrations. Jeff and Rueben are the new faces of Ponsonby Butchers. Both lads have extensive butchery experience, including serving top London restaurants and local celebrity chefs. A wide variety of small goods are made on site including smoked chicken, dry cured bacon, cold smoked salmon and a large selection of hand linked gluten free sausages. As well as traditional roasts and steaks, we also have an interest in American BBQ cuts such as Boston butts, beef ribs, baby back pork ribs, smoked skirt and pulled pork. “We can provide you with exactly the cut of meat and size you require,” says Jeff. In addition we pride ourselves on stocking the finest organic and free range products from local suppliers including Freedom Farms pork, Good Life free-range chicken and Tironui Farm organic beef and lamb.” They are now taking orders for cured ham and free-range turkey for Christmas. If you really want to impress your guests this Christmas why not try a Turduckenqua of Master Chef fame! On Saturday mornings they have a barbecue outside the shop so drop by and try their delicious bacon and sausages. They look forward to seeing you in the shop soon. PN PONSONBY BUTCHERS, 224 Ponsonby road, T: 09 376 1862 E: ponsonbybutchery@gmail.com “Like” us on Facebook

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WATERFRONT MARKETS CONNECTING COUNTRY AND CITY Come November, Auckland City will have its very own weekly market. No longer will that relaxed feeling of strolling casually amongst the bustling market stalls be exclusive to the rural locations of Matakana and Kumeu. The Waterfront Market at the Wynyard Quarter will bring fresh produce and high quality artisan products to the central city. The Auckland Fish Market carpark will be transformed into a bustling and diverse market every Saturday from 8am-1pm, starting 9 November, offering quality fresh fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, artisan and gourmet foods, flowers, plants, handcrafts, and much more! The aim of the Waterfront Market is to connect local growers and producers with the people of Auckland City and provide a relaxed alternative to “supermarket shopping”. Whether it is for a weekly shop, a special something for someone or just an enjoyable day out, the Waterfront Market has something for everyone to enjoy, and so close to Silo Park playground and all the Wynyard Quarter has to offer. No long trip in the car required for locals to immerse themselves in both the ambience of the Waterfront Market and the vibe of the Wynyard Quarter. Simply stroll, ride a bike or jump on a bus and within minutes you can be immersed in the city’s very own country market. Mark the day of the first Waterfront Market on your calendar! Saturday 9 November, 8am-1pm, Auckland Fish Market carparks on the corner of Daldy and Madden Streets in the Wynyard Quarter. If you are a stallholder with a quality product and would like to become part of this exciting new market, contact info@waterfrontmarket.co.nz there are still have some sites available. PN

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY TASTE OF AUCKLAND 2013 LINE-UP PROMISES WORLDS OF FLAVOUR 14 - 17 November

It’s time to tune up your taste buds for Auckland’s most vibrant food festival, Taste of Auckland, with a top line up. Taste of Auckland director Rob Eliott says that this year the fifth festival will feature a diverse range of renowned chefs and restaurants bringing the best of their summer menus to Victoria Park in Freemans Bay. “Our fifth birthday will be a true celebration of modern cuisine, with the best of the city’s chefs creating stunning dishes inspired by local and global influences,” he says. “We have selected 11 restaurants all with something wonderful to offer.” Fans of Masterchef will get to see judge Josh Emett in action at the Ultimate BMW Experience in a showcase of impeccable taste and original design, and Masterchef winner Nadia Lim will lead a team of top chefs showing off their skills in the Fisher & Paykel Chefs Kitchen. International sommelier Matt Skinner will be sharing his expertise in the Plumm Wine Theatre, a new feature this year. International chefs also feature prominently on the line up with Robert Oliver, famous for leading a resurgence in Pacific Island cuisine, and Phillip Davenport who has been behind the iconic Balinese restaurant Ku De Ta for the past 10 years. Food and sunshine always go well with music which once again will come from the Peroni Bandstand as curated by New Zealand’s favourite impresario Peter Urlich. More than 120 exhibitors will be displaying, sampling and selling the best of their produce and products, and some exciting hospitality events will take place throughout the four days. “A lot has happened in the past five years in the culinary scene and we are looking forward to exploring this theme through the event,” says Rob. “We are also excited about our special deconstructed fifth birthday cake being created especially for the event. All the thousands of visitors are invited to try a piece. It’s going to be delicious,” he says. Some ticket types are already sold out, foodie fans should get their tickets now to avoid disappointment. Tickets are on sale at www.iticket.co.nz www.tasteofauckland.co.nz PN

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY WHAT’S NEW AT GUSTO? Aperitivo is back for summer! Aperitivo plays an important part in Italian social life and is as much about the food and drink as it is about socialising. The idea behind an aperitivo is to stimulate the appetite, a little something to get the juices flowing, if you will, so you can fully enjoy your upcoming meal. So from 4-6pm you can sit down with friends or colleagues and enjoy a small snack and glass of wine or beer, a spritz or another Italian aperitivo. At Gusto we want to keep things traditional and authentic making our own fresh pastas, pizza and breads. We want you to feel like you are in Italy for the night at Gusto Italiano! We have a “Degustazione” event coming up toward the end of November. Christmas parties! Our upstairs function room is available for Christmas parties as well as catering for birthday parties, family get-togethers, work functions, or even business meetings over lunch or ending with dinner. We will personalise the menu to suit your needs. Lunch special starting this month is $29.50 for a three course menu. Blackboard specials every day. Who is your chef? Armando, Alessio and Kiki are our team in the kitchen. With more than 20 years each in the business, they bring with them experience from different regions of Italy and local experience at some of Auckland’s well known Italian restaurants. And if you have been missing the pizza and pasta from Alessio’s in the Ponsonby Food Court, he has been with our team at Gusto for the past year and a half, so come and get your fill from us. Do you still run the opera evenings? Yes, we have opera performances with Soojin Baek-Morris, who is a principal operatic soprano. Classically trained, she has sung on the stage in Italy, Australia, Korea, the UK and New Zealand and now she honours us with her talent every second Wednesday night. Up coming dates are November 6 and 20, December 4 and 18. Reservations on these nights are recommended. We also have the pleasure of hosting the sounds of Greece from time to time, with a mix of both Greek and Italian folk music on our Mediterranean themed evenings. PN GUSTO, 263 Ponsonby Road T: 09 361 1556 www.gustoitaliano.co.nz

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY ICING ON THE CAKE CHANGES HANDS One of our favourite local cake stores has a new owner, Urmila Keshav.

Please tell us a little about yourself I have been working as a pastry chef for 10 years. My career began in Wellington at Logan Brown restaurant under the watchful eye of Al Brown. The focus on cakes came in my next role as head baker at Floriditas in Wellington where I was immersed in baking and decorating. I’ve always had a keen interest in baking which stems from my mother, who is a great home baker. I spent many Sunday afternoons learning how to bake cakes, biscuits and slices with her. In 2010, I relocated to Auckland to pursue my passion and learn as much as possible in various roles. Do you have any new plans? Matthew has established a great store with a solid brand and incredible products which are very popular with new and regular customers. We will be making some exciting additions to the selection of treats, including fudge and gingerbread cookies. Over the festive season we will be offering fully iced Christmas cakes. We have also reintroduced custom cakes, I have always had great interest in creating one of a kind cakes. There is something very satisfying in seeing the delight on peoples’ faces when they see their cake for the first time. Besides your legendary cupcakes, what else are you offering? We offer a fantastic assortment of treats; milkshakes with homemade ice cream, real fruit slushies, beautiful Valrohna chocolate coated cake pops and of course Cone Kings frozen yogurt. We are always developing and experimenting with new ideas to add to our existing delights. For those who are unable to call in, do you offer online shopping? Yes, we have an online store through our website. This is a fast and easy process and we can also arrange delivery. Our website includes plenty of images and examples of what we can offer. However, we are only limited by your imagination. For any enquiries you can drop us an email at yummy@icingonthecake.co.nz, we will be more than happy to discuss your ideas. PN ICING ON THE CAKE, 188 Jervois Road T: 09 360 9797 www.icingonthecake.co.nz

MERCY HOSPICE CHRISTMAS CAKES LOOKING FOR A CHRISTMAS GIFT WITH A BIT OF HEART? MERCY HOSPICE Christmas cakes have become somewhat of a tradition for families and are ideal as professional yet personable corporate gifts. Delightfully delicious, they contain high quality port-soaked fruit and New Zealand butter and eggs. Proceeds from their sale will help ensure Mercy Hospice Auckland continues to provide quality end of life care, 365 days of the year. Cakes are priced from $24. Call (09) 361-5966, visit the online store at www.mercyhospice.org.nz or pop into Mercy Hospice Auckland, 61 College Hill, Ponsonby, to purchase yours today. PN

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY JANKEN: FRESH, HEALTHY AND TOTALLY ORIGINAL JAPANESE From the moment it opened its doors I started hearing whispers about Herne Bay eatery Janken, which from day one positioned itself as a new Japanese eatery with a difference. Found at the Herne Bay end of Jervois Road near John Street, it takes its name from the traditional game of “Paper, Scissors, Rock” and is a real adventure for the tastebuds with a focus on great tasting, healthy - and often organic - fare. Its interior has a minimalist, almost industrial feel that echoes some of Tokyo’s coolest dining spots, with concrete walls and custom made wooden furniture that’s as comfortable as it is practical. And you’ll definitely be thankful it’s comfortable, as once you sit down in this very cool little café-meets-restaurant you won’t want to leave - or cook at home ever again. Head chef Yatsumi is committed to using as many organic and free-range products as possible, sourcing locally whenever he can to create some of the freshest and most unique dishes I’ve tasted in a long time. Menu options include vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and standard meatlover’s dishes, which are made using free-range chicken, free farmed pork and grass fed beef. The daily lunch specials are in my opinion the best in the hood, and all come with multi grain rice, Osozai salad and organic Japanese tea for a flat rate of $13.50. They change all the time but have included an incredibly flavour-packed Soy Sauce Ginger Lamb bowl, and the last time I visited the organic tofu with tahini sauce was definitely my pick of the bunch. If you’ve still got room to spare they have a beautiful range of macrobiotic desserts made using no dairy, no eggs, no white flour nor white sugar made by chef Yatsumi’s equally talented wife. Wash the whole lot down with Kokako organic filter coffee, cold brew coffee or your pick from the organic Japanese tea menu and you’re well on the way to a bright, breezy afternoon. And if you want to come back for more, Janken opens in the evenings from 6:00pm to 9:30pm for one of the healthiest, tastiest dinner line ups in Auckland. For the carnivores a great way to kick off proceedings is a plate of the steamed pork buns, which are crammed full of slow cooked, free farmed Kakuni pork belly and topped with a soy sauce glaze. The buns are all made in-house using a traditional Japanese dough recipe, and are light, fluffy and most often still warm from the steamer basket. Although not as traditional, I can most definitely vouch for the yumminess of the steamed buns with organic tofu, which come with a true teriyaki sauce and are so light they pretty much melt instantly on the palate. Mains range from the heartier to the super healthy, and include the usual sushi options but with a very Janken twist, i.e. the salmon option is made up of Marlborough Sounds salmon chunk rolls served with Japanese style omelette, cucumber and fish roe. The Janken Beef Bourguignon also has to be tried to be believed - think slow cooked beef in red wine sauce served with perfectly crisp vegetables. There are also the aforementioned macrobiotic desserts available, whilst the drinks menu is equally as impressive. It’s made up of an eclectic mix of organic sake, organic wine and cider, organic beer, gluten-free beer and vegan beer, as well as Japanese favourites Sapporo and Asahi beer on tap. Oh, and for those not wanting to imbibe, the likes of Gingerella, Karma Cola and Pete’s Lemonade are my top picks. After just a few months of being open Janken has become a go-to eatery for Herne Bay and Ponsonby locals who appreciate the inspiring, super healthy cuisine and incredibly reasonable prices. I recommend you get in quick before the “out-of-towners” hit en masse and you won’t be able to get a table! Janken is open six days a week from Tuesday to Sunday for both lunch and dinner. PN JANKEN, 158 Jervois Road T: 09 360 05555 www.facebook.com/JANKEN158 (HELENE RAVLICH)

THE KINGS ARMS - YOUR OWN LOCAL The Kings Arms in Newton has a long and colourful history that stems back to the 1870s, but in more recent years it has become better known as Auckland’s top spot for music, bands and entertainment! However, the Kings Arms is more than just a live music venue. What many don’t know is that it is the perfect place to celebrate a range of special functions from 21st birthdays, in fact all birthdays, farewells, work functions, and even weddings! And if you are planning your Christmas function then now is the time to book in for your Christmas party. The Kings Arms has two great bars - the smaller traditional bar has its own sunny deck just perfect to relax and enjoy a beer with friends. The main lounge bar opens out onto the newly built spacious deck and one of the biggest garden bars around. In one corner of the garden is the art deco caravan, which also makes for a popular outdoor bar. At night this is a magical spot with fairy lights and views of the city. Enjoy this unique garden experience, with trees and birds - and all in the middle of town. From December there will be live music, entertainment and food served on Saturday and Sunday afternoons; their chef Rick does great food with many options at reasonable prices. Every night there is something happening so it is worth a visit to The Kings Arms, here you have everything to make meeting with your friends a relaxing and enjoyable experience. There is plenty of parking available in their spacious car park. PN THE KINGS ARMS, 59 France Street Newton, T: 09 373 3240

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CELIA HAY: NZ SCHOOL OF FOOD & WINE Classic mayonnaise - Makes around 1 cup 1- 2 egg yolks (room temperature) 1 pinch salt 2 tsp vinegar or lemon juice 150ml canola oil 1. Place the yolk in a clean bowl. 2. Using a whisk, add the salt and the lemon juice or vinegar. 3. Then with your oil in a jug start pouring it in drop by drop whisking constantly. 4. Once the emulsion has been started you can begin to add the oil in a steady thin stream, whisking constantly as you do so. Mayonnaise remains one of those classic sauces that adds so much to your cooking repertoire. At this time of year I think it is a good idea to start thinking about salads again and how you transform delicious vegetables into something special. Mayonnaise is interesting because it also “holds” other flavours well - what I mean is that with the addition of other ingredients, the mayo can quickly change from classic to garlic - such as aioli or as in the recipe below, parmigiano. It is often tempting to buy the ready-made supermarket lines but when it comes to natural, good food, it is far better to make the mayo yourself. It takes five minutes and you don’t need much - one egg will do it! You can decide on the quantity of oil used as more oil will make it thinner and creamier. Vinegar or lemon juice is used to cut the oil and make the mayo have more of a coating consistency. I think the goal should be to make enough mayo for what you are cooking so you get in the habit of making small quantities that are freshly prepared. Asparagus is one of those vegetables that is delicious hot or cold, and with creamy mayonnaise flavoured by freshly grated parmigiano it makes a perfect starter, or served for lunch with crispy bread. (CELIA HAY)

5. When the sauce is thick, taste and adjust the seasoning and flavourings. To thin, whisk in a little warm water or more vinegar. Asparagus with parmigiano mayonnaise - Serves 4 20 asparagus spears 5-6 asparagus spears per person ½ tsp salt ½ tsp sugar ½ cup mayonnaise 50g parmigiano, grated 1. Snap off the asparagus ends or peel the last 2-3 centimetres. 2. Heat a pot of water to blanche the asparagus. Add salt and sugar to the water - this helps to heighten the green colour of the asparagus. 3. When water reaches a rolling boil, add the asparagus. Cover with a lid and cook for 3-4 minutes. Drain in a sink with running cold water and ice if you have it. Remove from the water when cool and drain and place on a serving plate. 4. Combine the parmigiano and mayonnaise and pour over the asparagus Sprinkle with flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and serve.

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LAURAINE JACOBS: THE SEASONED PALATE

Masu Move over salmon and avocado sushi. The current trend for Japanese food around the city is about to be overtaken by the ancient tradition of the robata grill. It’s not new to Auckland - Nishiki in Wellington Street, Freeman’s Bay and Industrie Zen in the Viaduct Harbour have offered menus featuring robata food for ages. But Masu, the new kid on the Sky City block of eating-until-you-die, takes robata to a whole new level. Prepare to be startled, for Masu not only offers an impressive array of these tasty grilled treats but is set in as dazzling a space as we’ve ever seen in New Zealand. Nic Watt, a talented chef who grew up in Auckland, has returned home to head up Masu. He learned his trade at the Park Hyatt in Tokyo, was recalled to New Zealand for a brief stint at Huka Lodge and then spent several more years overseas in London, as executive chef of the world wide Roka group of restaurants. He is a master of flavour, simplicity and artful design - the major components of Japanese cookery and presentation. Sky City Grand Hotel has always had a vast space in the foyer that has ached for something useful. For years it was a sort of art gallery with Karl Maughan’s bold and vast rhododendron paintings that could be viewed as diners approached the Peter Gordon restaurant before it closed. Now the space has been transformed, enclosed, constantly busy and very accessible with a bar spilling out onto Federal Street that marks the entrance. Inside there’s a vast robata grill that is central to the restaurant with swanky seating for dining and casual seating along a counter that is face to face with the chefs. At the back there’s a private room for 18, graced by what may be the heaviest wooden table ever constructed. Robata is a method of cooking derived from the simple idea of Japanese fishermen returning to shore from the north Japan Sea and immediately grilling their catch over live charcoal. Masu, under Nic Watt’s direction and with his head chef Darren Johnson, takes this to new heights; terrific dishes involving vegetables, seafood, chicken and meat including wagyu beef are prepared in full view of the diners and the aroma of the sizzling dishes pervades the room. The show stopper for me is the saiko miso and yuzu marinated black cod. It is everything there is to love about Japanese food; the freshest fish obtainable, a delicate blend of flavours that are absolutely mouth-watering and careful presentation that is as important as the taste. A leaf wrapped around the fish reveals a glazed and tasty thick fillet within. It is Watt’s signature dish, one of many I tried when he first cooked for us in London about six years ago. On that occasion my husband declared that it was the best meal he’d ever had in his life and he’s continued to say that ever since. (What about my own cooking, Murray?) The menu is extensive. A vast selection of sashimi is offered according to whichever fresh fish the kitchen can purchase daily. I cannot think of anywhere else in the city you could choose from fatty, semi-fatty or fatty, or yellow fin tuna, along with kingfish, king salmon, snapper, trevally, clam, prawn, scampi or eel. My advice is go for the chef’s

selection, or even better, try the nigiri selection where the expertly cut fish is draped over a little parcel of sushi rice. There’s also a section given over to maki rolls, and my pick of these is the soft shell crab, daikon, cucumber and wasabi roll. To sit at the bar and watch these delicate morsels being prepared is my idea of heaven. But it doesn’t stop there. There’s a selection of unusual dishes from the kitchen that include those little dumplings called gyoza, a wonderfully comforting king crab hot pot with wasabi tobiko giving a little subtle crunch, along with lemon and chilli, and some fine tempura dishes that almost float off the plate with their crisp lightness. There’s a Masu tasting menu at $88 per person which may sound a bit stiff but is superb value when you consider the quality of the ingredients, the complementary accumulation of tastes and the superb presentation. To drink, there’s a selection of fabulous cocktails, Japanese beer, some superb artisan sakes and a wine list that is loyal to New Zealand producers. Yay! A real feature at the bar is the large block of de-oxygenated ice and the theatre of this ice being sawn into blocks for patron’s drinks. For the sweet toothed there’s the fabulous almost liquid chocolate dessert that appears in a Japanese pine box accompanied by a dusting of green tea (sancha) powder. And more. Heading the front of house team is the debonair Matthew Aitchison, known to French Café diners. He’s a consummate professional and manages to attend to every detail. I’m picking this new venture is going to be the jewel in the sparkling crown of Sky City’s array of great restaurants. Open daily for lunch and dinner. (LAURAINE JACOBS MNZM)

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WHAT’S HOT AT SABATO GOURMET GIFTS AND GOODIES

Doesn’t time just fly by? The gift giving season is nearly upon us once again. With so much to do at this time of year keep your Christmas stress free by letting us handle your gift shopping in the most delicious way… Indulge your family and friends, colleagues and clients by giving a gorgeous gift from our artisan array. We have a variety of delectable and delightful options to choose from, catering to suit whatever your taste and budget may be. Brimming with carefully selected gourmet goodies, our gift hampers are always beautifully presented, nestled in charming baskets and boxes. They also come complete with tempting ideas and recipes to help the recipient make the most of their gift. We are also happy to work with you to custom create the perfect selection unique to you or your business. We welcome corporate enquiries and our skilled team will organise everything from the card to the courier - all you have to do is pick the present (and we can even help you do that!). Visit our Mt Eden showroom (open 7 days) or browse the range online. If you would like a hamper flyer and order form emailed to you, contact us by phone or by email; info@sabato.co.nz Keep an eye on our Facebook page for details each week www.facebook.com/sabato.nz PN SABATO Limited, 57 Normanby Road T: 09 630 8751 www.sabato.co.nz

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THE DARLING OF WESTMERE - CATROUX CAFE Catroux effortlessly renders the qualities attributed to its namesake, Betty Catroux. Muse of Yves Saint Laurent, her simple style and elegant qualities are mirrored in the loveable Westmere gem. Open for just over two years now, the beautiful white space is refreshingly simple and already boasts an enthusiastic loyal and local following. It is renowned for its innovative menu selection, generous selection of cabinet food and an abundance of sweet treats, fresh juices and slick coffee. Owner Adele Jenner set out to open a beautiful neighbourhood café with delicious yet simple homemade food, uisng seasonal, quality ingredients to reflect her passion for food. After completing a diploma in culinary arts and working in various Auckland restaurants, Adele left for London aged 21 where she was a sous chef at an event catering company running a team and cooking at numerous high profile events.

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She then set off to work on superyachts and in private chalets, everywhere from the Bahamas to Mexico and France to Switzerland. It was on her last trip home from France that Adele found the inspiration for Catroux’s name in a French magazine. Not just a café, Catroux also offers renowned event catering and an online cake ordering system. For more, head to their website or pop in for a coffee today. Open: Monday to Friday 7am - 3.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 7.30am - 3.30pm and Public Holidays 8.30am - 3.30pm PN CATROUX, 129 Westend Road, T: 09 376 3590 www.catroux.co.nz

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LIZ WHEADON: WINE, GLORIOUS WINE

Chateau Leoube in the South of France

Does the colour tell you the style of the wine?

Rosé wine comes in varying shades of pink - so many that a French wine retailer was inspired to run a 50 Shades of Rosé promotion. The colour comes from the production method used and has more to do with what the winemaker prefers than a clear definition or indication of the style of Rosé. There’s two main ways to make Rosé wine: mixing red and white wine or the Saignée method.

for him it makes a wine that is more textured, structured and with great layers of flavour. Making a Rosé this way does give the winemaker the opportunity to make it the colour they prefer; the Akarua is vibrant and bright.

Saignée translates as bleeding and refers to bleeding the colour from the skins of the red grapes during production. This tends to result in Rosé with very little colour, although this largely depends on the amount of time the Rosé spends in contact with the grape skins; even through this method the colour can be relatively bright. One of the Rosé producers that uses this method is Chateau Léoube in the Côtes de Provence, France. Arriving there a few weeks back we were just in time to see this year’s grapes coming in. The process is remarkably quick; the grapes were received, destemmed and then transferred to the press where the free run juice (the juice that is extracted naturally from the weight of the grapes) was a lovely light pink colour. It is from this juice that Chateau Léoube’s top wine is produced. With so little time in contact with the skin, where do the texture and structure this wine always possesses come from? Château Léoube’s location is unique; whilst enjoying basking in the hot southern French sun, the vineyards at Léoube also enjoy the breeze off the sea and are protected by natural forest that is full to the brim with Mediterranean herbs. The grape varieties used are Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah.

The one consistent thing with Rosé is that you can’t tell the style or the sweetness of the Rosé from the colour, nor can you tell the structure or the body; it’s really a case of trying a variety of producers and experimenting with different regions to work out which is right for you. My two favourite French Rosé - both light in colour, dry and gorgeously textured - are Château Riotor Côtes de Provence and Chateau Léoube Côtes de Provence. My New Zealand picks : Akarua Central Otago Rosé - a dramatically bright pink Rosé and Barrington Central Otago Rosé - a wine you’ll confuse easily with the French ones. (LIZ WHEADON) PN www.glengarrywines.co.nz

The Saignée method is also used by some red wine producers as a by-product of their main red production; by taking off a little of the free run juice, it can be a method of concentrating the red wine. There’s nothing wrong per se with Rosé made this way, however my preference is for a Rosé that is made from start to finish with the intention of being presented as the best Rosé wine possible. The other method is to add a little red wine to white wine. This is the process that is used to make Akarua’s Rosé in Central Otago. Matt Connell at Akarua prefers this method as

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JULIE BONNER: NEWS FROM FROG POND FARM

SPRING HAS SPRUNG It’s funny really, not ha ha funny just odd - I have so much going on in the garden but from time to time I find myself sitting in the office, chewing on a pen and wondering what on Earth I am going to write about. Not today though, I have much to tell!

This weekend is going to be busy - I have my eye on one of my raised beds which is going to be home to our summer salad vege! Yes, time to remove spent stuff - load that garden with lots of organic matter and get planting! Happy gardening. (JULIE BONNER) www.frogpondfarm.co.nz PN

Those seedlings that had a nasty start to their existence are now teenagers and busting to get out of their pots. It has to be something to do with the TLC they receive, the regular spray of seaweed brew and the special spot in our kitchen. Guaranteed that spring encourages everything to grow, including those weeds. And yes my garden is full of them. Not just weeds, but some rather gorgeous looking self-seeded flowers, the likes of calendula, Johnny-jump-up, forget-me-nots, poppies, alyssum and borage. Once you have the latter, you always will. While borage is an absolutely magical plant at attracting bees with its hairy blue flowers, it has the ability with its amazing growth to literally shoulder everything else out of its way, namely my garlic. Which I might add, is looking super as its greenery heads happily skywards - just hope those bulbs are getting nice and plump in the ground. Early September I planted some Whataroa spuds and an unknown variety that had kindly been donated by a good friend. These all went into a raised box full of composted horse manure, chook poo, coffee grounds, wood ash and lots of lovely compost (homemade of course). Did I overplant? Of course, I always do. Well, that was well over a month ago and those spuds have muscled their way through that organic material presenting a display of splendid looking greenery. Always a downside though, I’m not the only one that finds them appealing, the slugs who are hiding in the mulch during the day are feasting on those leaves at night. As you would expect at this time of year the pests and beneficial insects are also out and about. I even spotted an aphid this morning sunbaking on one of my roses. Cheeky! At the time I was spraying fish fert mixed with lavender water over the foliage to help with the black spot, which is already discolouring leaves. Truth is, if you are organic don’t even consider planting roses in Auckland, just not worth it! The green shield beetles are back in force and as smelly as ever when they are squashed. There are lots of baby praying mantises swaying to and fro on the rose bushes and sadly those pesky white butterflies have been spotted flitting over my vege garden. Our insectary is looking amazing and does a top job of encouraging bees. Mind you, the garden is buzzing with them, literally, and so was one of our totara trees the other day - we had a swarm! One of the queen bees had left one of our hives and had been joined by her team of loyalists. Amazing! Interesting that swarming bees are less likely to be aggressive, probably something to do with gorging themselves on honey before leaving home. I got the sheep shorn recently by our shearer Murray, a great bloke who lives down south. He did a sterling job as always and believe me, it is a toughie shearing those two, as my girls are on the plump side (I’m lying - they are fat). I have no idea how he manages to manoeuvre them while bending over and holding onto a weighty hand held shearer, I guess he has had loads of practice. As always, once they are shorn the weather strangely enough becomes inclement, must be Murphy’s Law in the sheep world I suspect. That said, they are nonplussed about the loss of their wool; in fact they appear to become rather lively, whizzing around in their new spring outfits. Our Oscar Neo roars into life every morning as I prepare our juice, which always has an interesting array of veg from the garden: sorrel, spinach, silverbeet, brassica leaves, rosemary, pineapple sage, lemongrass and I finally started juicing nasturtium leaves. Tasty too!

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PHIL PARKER: WHOSE WINE IS IT ANYWAY?

Take a walk on the light side Low alcohol wines

More low alcohol wines have appeared on the shelves over the last few years, mostly Sauvignon Blanc and other crisp acidic, and light fruity styles, with a few fun CO2 carbonated sparklers in the mix. And realistically, in summer a low alcohol option is probably a good idea when you are drinking to quench your thirst in the heat of the day. But on the other hand, alcohol content is an inextricable part of the mouth feel of a wine. Alcohol adds viscosity to a wine. Viscosity is probably too strong a word because it conjures images of treacle and oil… perhaps. But alcohol does add body to a wine. It’s like comparing a light watery Rosé to a full-on 16.5% alcohol grunty Aussie Shiraz. They are polar opposites. The old trick of tipping a glass on its side to see the skinny “legs” of glycerol sliding down the interior is nothing remotely clever, but merely an index of alcohol content. “Hey, look - this wine has alcohol in it.” Big Deal. You may likewise have noticed the thin viscous legs on a glass of Cognac or whiskey.

POTATO AND ROSEMARY PITA PIZZAS Warmer weather lends itself to casual/outdoor entertaining. These pizzas are perfect when you’ve got peckish guests and you’re after simple, quick-and-easy finger food. (They also work well as an after-school snack, or for a light meal serve pizzas with a rocket and tomato salad.) Serves: 4 Time to make: 30 minutes 8 baby potatoes 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 clove garlic, crushed 4 large wholemeal pita breads 1 cup grated edam cheese 2 tablespoons chopped rosemary ½ teaspoon pepper Step 1 Boil potatoes for 10 minutes until tender. Drain and refresh in cold water. Leave to cool. Step 2 In a bowl, mix tomato paste, olive oil and garlic. Step 3 Preheat oven to 180°C. Place pita breads on a baking tray. Spread tomato mixture on each pita. Top with half the cheese. Slice potatoes in 5mm-thick slices. Place on pitas. Top with remaining cheese. Sprinkle with rosemary and pepper.

Consequently you’re very unlikely to see any legs on a low alcohol version of Chardonnay, Cabernet or Shiraz, because the big flavour mix on the palate needs to be balanced by alcohol. But light, fruity wines can get away with a lower level of alcohol if there is up front fruit, acidity and a touch of residual sugar. Interestingly New Zealand’s most awarded sparkling wine is Northwest Auckland winery, Soljan’s Fusion - a sweet and fruity carbonated Muscat bubbly, and that clocks in at 8% alcohol. Anyway, here’s a new range of low alcohol wines - Little Harvest from Constellation NZ. Little Harvest Rose Hawke’s Bay 2013 An appealing pink shade, this wine clocks in at 9%. Aromas of strawberries and raspberries, with the same on the palate in an off-dry style. Chilled down, it will still have enough residual sugar and fruit flavours to cut it as a light aperitif style ideal for summer salads and lighter foods. Little Harvest Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013 On the nose this one comes off as a true Savvie - all gooseberry and passionfruit. It has a medium dry palate with a crisp citrus finish. Probably a bit light on the palate for most Sauvignon fans, with just 9% alcohol. Little Harvest Gisborne Moscato 2013 Not much at all on the nose, but once swished around the palate it does deliver that real grapey Muscatel sweet fruit with just a little spritz of effervescence. It finishes quite crisp and clean. At 6% alcohol it is, as a colleague described, a good summer wine for cider drinkers. (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

Step 4 Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Nutrition: high fibre, low sodium, high calcium, vegetarian Recipe: Sally Travis Photography: Melanie Jenkins Styling: Sarah Swain Recipe reprinted from Healthy Food Guide magazine with permission from Healthy Life Media Ltd. Find more vegetarian-inspired finger foods and other healthy delicious recipes in Healthy Food Guide magazine ($5.90), on sale in supermarkets and bookstores or subscribe at www.healthyfood.co.nz PN The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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The Ghosts of Nick’s Head “When the night was dark and scary, and the moon was full, and creatures were a flying and the wind went Whooooooooo” didn’t stop Joe and Eddie trying to find out why the ghost of a boy haunted the old house their parents had rented for the school holidays. Move over, zombies, ghosts are far more mysterious and exciting. Sue Copsey has written a cracker ghost story for children aged eight to twelve years old. Two years ago it was accepted by a newly formed publishing company that eventually failed but it’s still available in most bookshops, including Whitcoulls, and as an eBook on Amazon for $2.99. You can also buy it from Fishpond.co.nz for $18.94 including delivery. Goodreads has given it excellent rating and reviews. Sue was born in Rugby, England. Her business studies degree gained her a position in the press office at London Zoo. It was a dream job, meeting luminaries such as David Attenborough and getting to know all the keepers. Some years later she and her husband took time off to travel around the world. They stayed two months here with her uncle who lived on a lifestyle block and taught at Palmerston North Boys High. When they returned home she worked for Dorning Kindersley who were publishing illustrated books for children that sold widely all over the world. They also published a book she wrote, ‘Children Just Like Me’ that was an award winning international bestseller. When it was time to have a family Sue and her husband were doing a massive commute to London every day. He was working long hours in advertising, and she didn’t relish the prospect of being stuck at home with a baby, unable to go out much in the cold English weather. They decided to try living in New Zealand for a while and 18 years later they are still here in Ponsonby with leaving not on the agenda. Their first child was born nine months after they arrived and their daughter four years later. Susan found part time work with Pearsons School Books as a freelance editor and because of her experience at Dorlings she eventually had a say in the design of their publications as well. Around the time her first novel came out, Pearson NZ asked her to write for them as well. Ethnic diversity is very big in today’s schools so she travelled throughout New Zealand interviewing and photographing children from different backgrounds for a nonfiction title ‘Our Children Aotearoa’ which won an award, Storylines Notable Non-Fiction. Unfortunately Pearson NZ closed in August this year because the global bosses are focussing on the emerging Asian market and putting all their publications online. Sue has just written a sequel to ‘The Ghosts of Nick’s Head’ which she finished recently on the stroke of midnight. ‘The Ghosts of Tarawera’ is set in the Central North Island amid all the seismic activity and isn’t as spooky as the first, but more of an adventure story. After visiting a few schools with other authors she has kept in touch with some of the children who enjoyed her novel and intends to send the sequel to them for feedback before she sends it off to a publisher. Susan is aware that nowadays many writers are going down the self publishing route but it can be a tricky path to navigate with pitfalls aplenty. They may have mastered the craft but they also have to learn all the intricacies that are involved in actually getting bookstores to accept their works. A successful self publisher hires editors, designers, publicists, in fact becomes a tiny one person publishing company. It’s a steep learning curve that not every author wants, or is able to climb. Sue is such a one who believes she’s better off sticking to her knitting, or rather writing! Scholastic haven’t taken unsolicited manuscripts for a long time but recently announced they will look at those by writers who have already been published, which Sue has, so she may send her latest endeavour to them and hopefully ‘The Ghosts of Tarawera’ will soon take pride of place on bookshelves alongside its forerunner. (DEIRDRE TOHILL) PN

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TRAVEL BREAKS: THE NEW THERAPY!

BAY OF ISLANDS – THE PERFECT SUMMER ESCAPE! Only three hours drive from Auckland and so much to do. Also the gateway for trips to Cape Reinga either by small fixed wing planes, helicopters or coach tour. The townships of this historic bay are infused with both Maori and European history. You will find out why the Bay of Islands is considered to be the birthplace of New Zealand as a bi-cultural nation. You will also see how the Maori culture and lifestyle have adapted to modern times. Wherever you are in the Bay of Islands, there are plenty of recreational activities in the blue-green world of island and beach: charter a yacht or launch, dive or snorkel, paddle a sea kayak in and out of the islands’ nooks and crannies or swim with the dolphins. Paihia - Paihia is known as the jewel of the magnificent Bay of Islands. With shimmering safe waters and superb beaches, Paihia is a good place to be based for your Bay of Islands experience. Take a relaxing walk along unspoilt beaches, take a guided tour through historical sites or go fishing. If adventure is what you seek, perhaps try skydiving, parasailing, scuba diving or kayaking. Paihia is the place of friendly locals, happy cafés and people enjoying life. Whether it is swimming with delightful dolphins, taking in a spot of retail therapy or just lazing under a tree, Paihia is the place for it. Russell - A quick ferry ride across the water from Paihia is the charming, elegant township of Russell. This tranquil place was once known as “the hell hole of the Pacific” when it was the shore leave destination for sailors, whalers and traders during the 19th century. Today Russell is still a favoured spot for boaties who seek safe anchorage. Historic buildings to visit include the Catholic Mission “Pompallier” and Christ Church, which still carries the bullet holes from the Maori Wars. Discover Russell’s exciting past by visiting the museum, cafés, restaurants and craft galleries, while appreciating its colonial architecture.

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Waitangi - Truly one of New Zealand’s most historic sites, being the place where both Maori and European joined in signing the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. The Treaty House is located amongst a vast peaceful estate which includes a fully carved Maori meeting house, one of the largest Maori war canoes and a visitor centre and gallery. The estate is a must see for any visitor interested in New Zealand’s history and culture. The Waitangi Golf Course is located in a wonderful setting with majestic ocean views. And for a deeper understanding of how mangrove forests fit into coastal ecology, take a trek through to Haruru Falls or join a guided kayak tour. Kerikeri - Today Kerikeri is the commercial hub for the Bay of Islands. It was also home ground for the fearsome Hongi Hika, a Maori chief who terrorised many tribes throughout the North Island in the early 1800s. Yet he was kind to missionaries - allowing Samuel Marsden to establish New Zealand’s second mission station here. Kerikeri overflows with orchards and galleries, fruit and art. All along the roadside, orchards sell their delicious oranges, kiwifruit and avocados. Follow the art and craft trail and you’ll get to know some of the artisans. Visit the wineries, lunch in one of the many outdoor cafés, indulge in delicious handmade chocolates or locally made macadamia liqueur. Kerikeri also has excellent sporting facilities including golf, all-weather tennis and yachting. Expect a good choice of cafés and restaurants. Historical highlights of Kerikeri: the Kerikeri Mission House, the country’s oldest house built by John Butler in 1821, and the Mission’s Stone Store dating from 1832 and New Zealand’s oldest stone building. These wonderful buildings are regarded as the “cradle of the nation”, and are a must see for all visitors to the Bay of Islands.

Recommended place to stay - 25 minutes drive from Kerikeri is the luxury “Landing”. The Landing Residences are three superb residences offering luxury, privacy and bespoke service in truly unparalleled surroundings. Situated in the Bay of Islands, just a 55-minute helicopter flight or a 3.5-hour drive from Auckland, the residences sit within a 1000 acre landscape that is rich with history and blessed with spectacular scenery. Each residence has its own unique character and scale, with The Boathouse accommodating four, the Gabriel Residence eight and the Cooper Residence 12 guests. Each residence boasts its own garden with stunning ocean views, and all residences are decorated and equipped to the highest standard. A stay at the residences allows you to explore The Landing’s six private beaches, native bush and bird sanctuaries as well as a range of outdoor activities. You can play tennis, go game fishing, scuba diving, waterskiing or kayaking, enjoy a skippered sailing trip or play golf at nearby Kauri Cliffs, one of the world’s best courses. The Landing also offers an exceptional food and wine experience, with every meal prepared by your own personal chef. During your stay you’ll enjoy the best of the region’s outstanding local produce, including the bounty of The Landing’s own vineyard, fishing spots, orchard and gardens. Corporate Retreats; The Landing is an ideal destination for an executive retreat, team-building weekend or corporate event, offering both flexibility and diversity. (WENDY DOBSON) PN THE ART OF TRAVEL, 17/386 Richmond Road T: 09 360 1456 www.artoftravel.co.nz

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AWESOME OREGON by Corey Marshall, Travel Oregon

I wonder how many places in the world will still pass the “street map test”. I encourage you to try it when you are next visiting a city, or maybe right here in Auckland. Walk to a corner (any corner) of an intersection, get out your street map and study it intently. How long does it takes for someone to stop and offer their help? In Oregon… under 10 seconds. It’s just the way the people are in Oregon. Friendly, helpful, courteous and passionate about their home State, their city, and keen to help you get that inside view of America’s best hidden secret. I was lucky enough to host 10 Kiwis in Oregon this past August. Turns out, Oregon really isn’t that big of a secret after all - Australia and New Zealand represent Oregon’s fifth largest overseas market, with thousands upon thousands of visitors coming through each year. Being positioned between San Francisco (California) and Seattle (Washington) or Vancouver, Canada, it’s just so easy to get to Oregon from New Zealand with airlines such as Hawaiian Airlines or Air New Zealand. So what makes the place so special, other than the people? Let’s start with the natural wonders! Firstly, Crater Lake in southern Oregon offers a depth of blue only possible in the world’s deepest lakes, so vast you could literally drop the city of San Francisco right into it. Oregonians call their coastline “The People’s Coast”, as every inch of it is accessible to the public. Sand dunes, rocky cliffs and stretches of untouched white sandy beaches await. Act like a local and light a bonfire on the beach, roast some s’mores (marshmallows sandwiched with chocolate and Graham cookies), and watch the waves roll in. Central Oregon boasts over 300 days of sunshine each and every year and is an adventure enthusiast’s mecca. Head out east to the Columbia and Snake Rivers which have carved out some of the deepest gorges in the USA including Hells Canyon. The Columbia River Gorge itself is home to hundreds of waterfalls and hiking trails. Hood River is the windsurfing capital of North America, and the aptly named Painted Hills are one of Oregon’s national monuments. For the more urban focused visitor, Portland is a wonderfully quirky city. With its “Keep Portland Weird” slogan, Portland celebrates culture, creativity and coffee. Over 600 food trucks are dotted around the city in pods, giving budding young restaurateurs a willing testing ground for their skills. Bicycles are a major mode of transportation, with

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cycle lanes as wide as car lanes, bikeable bridges, and incredibly cycle-friendly traffic. Auckland take note! The craft brewery movement alive and well in Portland and Oregon, with 52 micro breweries in Portland alone, and 19 in the town of Bend. Craft beer is everywhere, and it is fantastic, no doubt because of the excellent quality of water, and the Oregon obsession with keeping produce local. Again… it’s all about those people. Oregon. One word to describe it. AWESOME. PN

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ROSS THORBY: SEA FEVER Until a few years ago, it was bad luck to mention the name Titanic onboard a ship. Now it is positively de rigueur. Titanic means different things to different people. To some the name conjures up thoughts of opulence and the end of the Edwardian era when man thought he’d conquered his environment. Much to his chagrin, he hadn’t. To others it conjures up the great social divide, gender discrimination, and a tragic appointment with destiny. But bygone eras have bye’d and gone for good reason. There have been a number of projects floated (pardon the pun) to resurrect the Titanic as a tourist attraction, a museum, an amusement park ride, and shock horror... an actual working replica. Few projects however, have gone as far as Australian Clive Palmer has. In a Chinese shipyard, he is about to lay the keel for Titanic 2, a ship that he claims will be an exact replica of the original White Star Liner. Set to sail in 2016, she will compete with the already established Queen Mary 2 on a transatlantic route that a few years ago was almost superseded by the much cheaper and significantly quicker method of flying.

The design of ships had to change to meet that demand and it hasn’t stopped. It’s hard to imagine, but a “sole-purpose” dining room was a new development for ship -life in the 1840s, and by the time the Titanic was designed it was still only the first class passengers who enjoyed the “Palm Court”, multiple dining venues, and later and most importantly for history... a band. The other classes were still in basic accommodation with fewer facilities. They were there to subsidise the first class passenger and provide profit. Of course with change came critics. They’ve flourished ever since Cunard added the dining room.

His project is interesting on, oh, so many levels. SHIP OF DREAMS Today’s passengers demand an entirely different shipboard experience than that of our forebears. Casinos, multiple swimming pools, spas, libraries, lecture theaters, movie theaters, multiple dining experiences, balconies, and particularly, ensuite bathrooms on ships that are three or four times the size of the original ill-fated liner. A fact apparently completely lost on Mr Palmer who thinks that his passengers will enjoy being denied access to the whole ship, sleeping six to a cabin and using the shower and toilet down the corridor. All while dressed in the period costumes he will provide for each passenger in the style of the class that they’ve booked. Good luck Rose, bad luck Jack. We have come far in the design and evolution of today’s passenger ships. The luxurious original Queen Mary had en-suite bathrooms in only its first class suites, everyone else sluiced together in the bathroom down the corridor. Today even the most basic of cruise ships are far superior in amenities than the most luxurious ships of 100 years ago and infinitely more comfortable. It was Samuel Cunard who really got ships rocking in1839 by winning the British contract to deliver mail across the pond to America in a time when passengers were still listed as cargo on a ships manifest. His ship, the 1154 ton Britannia, really started the ball rolling and from then on his passengers began demanding more comfortable quarters and facilities.

The original Queen Elizabeth was criticised because she had two funnels, where her sister Queen Mary had three, and her vast open decks were seen as too large and bland. Yet those very decks came into their own, remaining forever in the hearts of all who’ve sailed on her, when over 750,000 troops were carried on them during the second world war. When the QE2 was launched, ship enthusiasts were scandalized by her “one stack” (funnel) design. Contemporary critics were shocked by her streamlined look and space age 1960s appearance. It is interesting that she is so often quoted as the last word in ship design. Even the new Queen Mary 2, considered the current peak of maritime architecture, didn’t escape criticism at her launch because she was considered a poor copy of her smaller sister, the QE2. So here we are today, the new Titanic 2 is now reportedly over a year from completion. She will sport all the comforts and luxury of the early 20th century, depending on the class of accommodation you book. Yes, all the comforts of the early 20th century... except this time, more lifeboats. I can’t help thinking that ship design has taken a giant leap backward. (ROSS THORBY) PN

AUCKLAND ZOO FAREWELLS JANIE Auckland Zoo staff have said a difficult farewell to one of their leading-ladies, 60-year-old chimpanzee Janie. Head of Life Sciences Kevin Buley says Janie was euthanised last month, once it became clear that the zoo could no longer maintain her standard of welfare, due to multiple health issues and natural ageing.

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“Janie was and always will be a special part of Auckland Zoo and we are very saddened by her loss,” says Mr Buley. “While it was a heartbreaking decision, the overwhelming desire to preserve Janie’s dignity meant it was the right one.” The last of the “teaparty chimps”, Janie’s passing also symbolises the passing of an era. Janie was the oldest animal in our zoo family, and one of the oldest chimpanzees in a zoo in the world.

to showcase “Chimp tea parties” to entertain the public. Changing zoo and public attitudes saw the tea parties stop well over four decades ago, in 1963. Due to the incredible love and care Janie received from her primate keepers and our vet team, she remained in extraordinarily good health and spirits over the years. Janie was highly intelligent, cheeky, funny and wise, and in her 57 years here, connected with millions of visitors, was treasured by zoo staff, and loved by many in the Auckland community. In lieu of flowers, if people would like to pay tribute to Janie, donations can be made to the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund at the zoo or www.aucklandzoo.co.nz PN

She came to Auckland Zoo from London Zoo in 1956 with her three companions, Bobbie, Josie, and Minnie

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Best on the block: my top sunblocks right now Finally we’re seeing a little sun of late, which for me is a reminder that summer is - maybe? - on its way and new sunscreen needs to go on the shopping list. Whenever I’ve asked beauty experts - be they dermatologists, make-up artists or cosmetic surgeons - for their pick when it comes to anti ageing skincare, they all agree that the most important thing you can do to keep your skin looking good well into old age is wear a sunscreen. Daily. No arguments, no forgetting on a cloudy day, no saying, “my olive complexion is a sunblock in itself”! Most sunscreens last 12 months max after being opened too, so if you’re still got some sitting around in your beach bag from this time last year then chuck it - ASAP! The warmer days also mean I get a few new sunscreen formulas coming across my desk, and one that I can tell is a winner from the get go is Osmosis Shade SPF 30 Sunscreen/Moisturiser. Designed for daily use, it is a broad-spectrum physical sunscreen that protects against the damaging effects of both UVA and UVB rays whilst providing great hydration. All natural, it works by utilising micronized and coated zinc oxide and titanium oxide, making it a safe sunscreen option that provides transparent coverage while ensuring that your UV protection remains harmless and non-toxic. The high-performance, luxurious sunscreen-meets-moisturiser is ideal for all skin types and can be applied under makeup or after a shave, and has a vanilla, grapefruit and coconut scent that brings the tropics inside even on a cloudy day. Neutrogena’s Beach Defence range is the newest from the dermatologist recommended suncare brand. With SPF 50 it is high enough to really make a difference, and works to combat the effect of prolonged exposure to water and the sun, both of which affect the permeability of the skin’s barrier and make us more susceptible to UV rays. It’s formulated with the brand’s famous Helioplex Technology - which harnesses the power of two sunscreens, Azovenzone and Oxybenxzone - so forms a broad spectrum UVA and UVB protective barrier that has been clinically proven time and time again to help skin defend against summer elements. It not only protects skin against photodamage (yes!), premature aging (double yes!), and sunburn (essential); but even reduces the amount of free radicals released into the skin - amazing. It’s also available in two family sized formulations - a convenient and easy to use spray for effective sun protection on the go, or the sizeable lotion that is perfect to have on hand for sharing. The fact that it’s hypoallergenic, oil-free and PABA free makes it even more kid friendly too.

AROHA HEALING SACRED FEMININE RETREAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO FEEL MORE GROUNDED, BALANCED AND SENSUAL, WHILST connecting with like-minded women wanting to feel the same? Practitioners at Aroha Healing are passionate and skilled at healing, educating and empowering women. The team have found that many women have become masters at giving. Giving of their energy, love, everything, leaving very little energy and time for their own self nurturing, healing, time out and receiving of love. Women can often feel guilty about doing just that. Aside from their amazing healing and massage work, Aroha Healing have designed a nature workshop that reawakens and reignites the goddess within. Rosanna will be teaching a fusion of two ancient spiritual modalities designed to empower, heal and free the feminine form. Sacred Tantra Yoga instructor for Aroha Healing, Frances Miller-Roza will be teaching Sacred Tantra Yoga on the Sunday morning for participants. During the Sacred Feminine workshop you will learn ancient tantric philosophy; chakras, mudra, body awareness, sisterhood, honouring and simple beautiful bellydance movements including rituals that reflect the tantric philosophies. The bellydance component is for chakra activation and is ideally suited to beginners. We will be immersed in the beauty of nature, peace and be treated to delicious vegetarian food, sauna and an outdoor spa. This workshop is for every woman; age, size or shape wishing to awaken and learn the sacred, ancient secrets of feminine vitality, movement and expression. With her background in presenting, bodywork, healing, bellydance and women’s tantra philosophies, Rosanna Marks will be facilitating her Sacred Feminine workshop at Aio Wira retreat centre near Bethels Beach this month beginning on Friday evening 22 November - Sunday afternoon 24 November. To read more about Aroha Healing’s workshops and retreats visit the website below. For more information about Aroha Healing’s Sacred Feminine Retreat please contact Rosanna directly. PN AROHA HEALING, 3 Maidstone Street T: 0800mindbody info@arohahealing.co.nz www.arohahealing.co.nz

On the organic front, I haven’t tried - but have heard good things about - the Goddess Garden range. The company is slowly becoming a leader in natural, certified organic sunscreen that is safe for the whole family, which gets big thumbs up from me. Goddess Garden’s line of organic sun care products is water resistant to 40 minutes, apparently non-greasy, absorbs quickly (no telltale whiteness) and nourishes sensitive skin with the highest percentage of organic ingredients available in a sunscreen - up to 94 per cent! Definitely worth hunting down in my opinion. Last up is my most used brand from last summer - COOLA. A beautifully packaged collection of organic sun essentials produced out of Southern California, the COOLA range includes a plethora of yummy products that are high performance yet delicate and kind on the environment. It is produced in limited quantity batches in California (where the company is based), meaning that the range can be reformulated often, taking advantage of new developments in sun science and labelling regulations almost as they happen. The COOLA range has three distinct organic sunscreen collections to choose from: Plant UV, Mineral, and Classic, each based on different active ingredients. The Classic Sunscreens use organic active ingredients (commonly referred to as “chemicals”), while the Mineral Sunscreens use mineral (“physical”) active ingredients like Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide to scatter and reflect UVA/UVB rays. The mineral sunscreens are effective right after application, making them perfect for the whole family, whilst the Plant UV collection protects the skin with naturally protective plant cells that contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. (HELENE RAVLICH) PN

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LANI LOPEZ: HEALTHY LIVING

Love Lavender Could lavender be any more lovable? It smells divine, grows with enthusiastic vigour and flowers frequently. And lavender is a source of many health benefits. It grows all over Ponsonby so next time you pass a lavender take a moment to enjoy this remarkable herb. Pick a flower or 10, why not, they are so abundant? Press the flower between your fingers, the oil that seeps out carries healthy goodness. Lavender is used as a herbal remedy, contributing its oils to aid with a number of common conditions like muscle rest and recovery, supporting sleep, to soothe restlessness and insomnia, anxiety, stress nervousness, and depression. It is also used for a variety of digestive complaints including nausea, intestinal wind/flatulence, meteorism (abdominal swelling from wind), loss of appetite and stomach upset. It has also been used to help ease painful conditions affecting joints, headaches and migraine, toothache and even sores and wounds. Lavender applied to the skin can help with acne and is a handy treatment for hair-loss. Most common usage is as an inhalant and in bathwater. Adding lavender to baths relaxes mind and muscles. It also supports clearing of congested airways and helps improve circulation. Steam and soak in lavender for improved physical and mental well being. Everyone’s Nan took us as sickly children and poured boiling water into a bowl to create an inhalation. Forcing our reluctant but stuffy faces under the dreaded towel to struggle with the hot and heady inhalation she knew would help heal us no matter how we protested. Relive and reframe some of those memories with a wintry lavender inhalation to clear ariways, ease headache pain, assist sleep and calm nervous, anxious, stressed or frayed nerves. As exams arrive for students at this time of year get some lavender into the house, the bath and tea too. Tea Time A small handful of lavender flowers in boiling water creates a healthful herbal tea. This is just as effective as chamomile for promoting sleep and helping to soothe frazzled nerves. Handling Lavender For colour, it should be cut as the first flowers begin to open. For fragrance and oil, the oil content actually increases if you wait until flower buds have opened. (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

PONSONBY HISTORY… DID YOU KNOW?

In

1918 the wooden grandstand in Victoria Park was

used as a temporary morgue during the great influenza epidemic. The corpses were moved from there to the train station at the bottom of town and transported out to Waikumete Cemetery in West Auckland. Almost 1,700 people perished in Auckland.

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING PONSONBY PEOPLE: REAL LIFE BEAUTY FAVOURITES What beauty products do Greater Ponsonby people truly love? What shampoo would they cross the ‘hood to buy? What fragrance will they eat baked beans for a month to save for? Meet a dozen of our friends and read about the beauty products they’re prepared to put their names to. CRAIG WATKINS is a Ponsonby father of two. He is kept busy with Key2 selling "Vinegar Lane" - bespoke townhouses and apartment living targeted at baby boomers - in central Ponsonby. I was given... “Primal Earth 24 hour moisturiser - and now I can't stop using it as it’s light and not greasy.” I buy... “I wear Neutrogena Sports sunscreen spray when I’m out and about as it’s easy to use - fantastic onsite and on the boat.” I was given... “Schwarzkopf Osis Mess up. I’m into hair products and this gives me just the right amount of hold. The packaging in the tin is cool too.” KIRSTY GREGG’s Personal Training Studio can be found under the ReAb “umbrella” on Selbourne Street. When not encouraging clients to be good, and then better, she's usually found wrangling her mischievous Cornish Rex Ari, who she claims spends more time at Blue Breeze Inn than she does. I buy... “Maybelline Great Lash mascara. Gosh, I think I've been wearing this since I was 13 and read an 'Allure magazine' list of must-haves. Turns out as far as this product goes the article was right. Some of their boyfriend advice hasn't aged so well. Despite the garish pink and green packaging I've yet to find a mascara that comes close.” I buy... “EcoStore Vanilla Soap - this soap smells divine and thanks to its chemical free composition I'm even happy when my two year old completely smothers herself with it. I love what artist John Reynolds has done for the packaging too (he also did my logo); it's such a cute box to throw in your trolly.” I was given... “One of my clients (thanks again!) gave me a selection of the incredible Snowberry facial products...Such a luxurious way to start and finish each day and they're so easy to use, I can get up 10 minutes later, which means a lot when you start as early as I do.” JAY REEVE is ZM’s Drive host and expectant father of identical twins and lives in Grey Lynn with his beautiful wife Anna. He splits his time outside of work hours on his Social Media company Decoded and working on his vintage Triumph and Harley Davidson. His love of surfing and the outdoors has given him a self-professed 'well lived-in looking complexion'. I buy... “Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Flying Squadron Facial Scrub, it’s like taking a sander to my mug, great for people like myself who have a face like Gordon Ramsey. “Kiehl’s Eye Alert. I got on to this in my MTV days. After large nights and long days it takes you from looking like a living dead cast member to a normal human being.” “Neutrogena 85+ Sunscreen, I burn like a bandit over summer so I live in this. It’s waterproof and isn’t thick like you think it would be.”

KATHLEEN WAITE is a mother of one and owns childrenswear boutique ‘Peppin’ on Jervois Road. I buy it... “I cannot live without Aveeno tinted moisturiser SPF30, I have one in my bag and one at home. It's light and the tint is just enough, so no more foundation for me!” I sell... “Pineapple Heads hair product range for little ones. An all-natural, New Zealand-made product which smells amazing!” I was given... “Evolu Organic Rosehip Oil. I pop this on every night before bed and have noticed my skin has less dry patches during the day. The fragrance is divine and slightly addictive.” RYLAND WOOD is a brand marketer, originally from the top of the South but proudly Ponsonby for the past decade. His role as marketing communications manager for Boutique Brands, looking after a range of high end, ethical, professional hair brands, takes him from Paris to Papanui. The vegetarian lives with his fiancé (D&M's Danny Pato) and part-time pooch (Bruiser), and gluttony is his favourite sin. I rep... “I am utterly dependent on Davines More Inside Sea Salt Spray to give my otherwise flat and lifeless hair a much-needed boost of gritty texture, curl and volume. This Italian, hand gift-wrapped lifesaver is also carbon zero, so Captain Planet loves it too.” I buy... “365 days of the year, I'm drenched in a well formulated, completely broad spectrum, antioxidant-rich sunscreen - Paula's Choice from the US. It's an obsession my friends are well aware of. Sunscreens have to contain avobenzone, zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as active ingredients to block the full UVA spectrum.” “Diet is an important part of any beauty regimen. I prefer to cheat in this regard and have joined the green juice bandwagon, my fave being from Ceres Organics in Ponsonby Central.” SHAVAUGHN RUAKERE joined the cast of Shortland Street as nurse Roimata Ngatai in 2011. It is her first acting role, following years as a radio DJ and television presenter including co-hosting What Now. I buy... “Li Lash. We get roped into buying so many beauty products that don't do what they say they will, but this one truly does! It won't happen overnight, (give it a good six weeks at least) but I've definitely got more lash for my cash.” “Clear Shampoo and Conditioner. Ok, I probably didn't need Miranda Kerr telling me we've been treating ‘the wrong end of hair,’ who knew? But this supermarket buy suits me fine.” I was given... “Flower Bomb Perfume. I was at a party chatting to Karen Walker and I mentioned how much I love that scent. A week later a bottle of it arrived courtesy of Karen! I was blown away by that. What a class act.”

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING HELEN LUO: Soon to give birth to her first child, Smashbox Concept Store manager and makeup artist of nine years Helen enjoys working in Three Lamps, helping people to update their looks through her knowledge of the latest trends and products. I buy... “Trilogy Rosehip Oil. This was recommended to me by a friend to use during my pregnancy, and I have been for seven months now. It's such a lovely texture and the scent is really subtle. The oil absorbs quickly leaving my skin hydrated and smooth.” I sell... “Smashbox Halo Mineral Powder. This is my absolute favorite makeup product! I've used it as my foundation ever since Smashbox brought it out with a little bit of Photofinish Primer as the base. It's perfect for my combination skin type, gives a nice natural coverage and looks better on the skin as the day goes on.” I was given... “Murad Essential C cleanser. I was given one of these to try and have been hooked ever since. It's a quick and gentle way to cleanse morning and night. The scent is really refreshing and I love how my skin feels hydrated even before I put anything else on.” HELENE RAVLICH is a writer, copywriter, mum and Ponsonby News’ resident beauty fanatic. She has lived in Ponsonby for over 20 years and is passionate about health, wellness, red lipstick and great wine. I buy... “Bestow Beauty Oil. A true ‘food for the skin’, it’s what I like to call an edible cosmetic, putting your skin on the fast track to a make-up free summer and a happily “plump” winter by using just one yummy tablespoonful a day.” “NARS Pure Radiant tinted moisturiser. Whenever I wear this beautiful formula I get numerous questions about what I have been doing to get ‘that glow’. The SPF is an added bonus.” I was given... “Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye mascara - and I’ve fallen immediately in love with the supersaturated, kajal pigmented, extreme black colour and killer volume.” LOUISE PILKINGTON is creative director and co-owner of the popular Dry & Tea salons - Newmarket and CityWorks Depot - with more than 20 years experience in the hairdressing industry. She’s also co-founder of Loumina Jewellery. I buy it... “I love Karen Murell lipsticks. They are really moisturising on your lips, and as they’re made from natural based ingredients I don’t have to worry about them being full of nasties. The high-quality formula means they are great for my lips and are long-lasting.” I sell... “All Pureology hair products are absolutely amazing, and in particular their new ‘Fresh Approach’ dry cleansing collection. The Dry Shampoo and Dry Conditioner are new staples in my morning styling regime and leave my hair feeling fab.” I was given... “Aurora Alchemy Goddess Oils - fantastic! I wear them every day as they make me feel amazing and balanced. When I put them on, whether I’m feeling stuck or challenged, they make me feel uplifted and amazing.” SARA TETRO is a television host and owns 62 Models Management. She told Ponsonby News, “I work around young, tall, beautiful girls all day every day. I have a genuine appreciation of beauty in other women but like to feel nice and girly every day. Beauty

products are a biggie for me. In my job I am lucky enough to be given a vast range of products to try.” I buy... “Elta MD sunscreen, it's up there with oxygen for me. I don't leave my house without it on in summer or winter and neither do my daughters.” “L'Oréal BB cream. I'm time poor (often entirely my own fault) but this stuff is magic. It's very hard to get a streaky uneven finish so it’s invaluable if you're not great with make-up but want an even, well-protected natural looking base.” “La Mer hand cream - heaven in a tube - and Eve Lom lip balm. I often buy both for my friends and family.” RICKIE DEE is mum to two, son Rocco (5), and daughter Hawk (2) and co-owner of fashion and lifestyle boutique Superette. Home is a stone’s throw from the beach in Point Chevalier with her partner Onny and her pug Billie. I buy... “NARS Copacabana Illuminator - best when mixed with my foundation. It gives winter skin an instant lift and a glowing, dewy complexion that is sheer, natural and most importantly not sparkly! It's also great used as a highlighter sans foundation in summer with a tan.” I buy... “Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream... It took a long time and a lot of trial and error to find a moisturiser that wasn’t too oily for my skin all year round and one that I could apply both day and night. I finally found it!” I sell... “Nature Girl Jasmine & Lime Body Cream. This is a luxe body cream that I lather my skin up daily with, as it soaks in straight away and doesn't leave you feeling greasy at all. Mostly I love this one for the smell - it is like an instant tropical getaway! Natural Girl products are also completely natural too which is important to me.” LUCY VINCENT is co-director of Stephen Marr and Lucy and the Powder Room. In recent years she has added another brand to her fold - Sans [ceuticals] - a line of highly active hair and body products that is rapidly gaining international success. Point Chevalier is her home base, where she loves to hang at the beach with her two energetic sons, Billy and Johnny. I buy... “Synergie Super C Serum - this serum is a personal favourite because it gives my skin a hyper-real, dewy look. It's lipid-rich, free from toxic additives and because its stable form of vitamin C penetrates the skin on a cellular level, a little goes a long way.” I founded... “Sans [ceuticals] Baobab Regenerative Cream - I founded Sans [ceuticals] because I couldn't find hair and body products that were highly active but also pure and chemical free. Baobab Regenerative Cream has transformed my skin and is one of our hero products. It's loaded with potent levels of vitamin A and E, omegas and baobab lipids to plump and hydrate. It gets rid of those pesky little bumps on your arms too!” I was given... “Lipospheric Vitamin C. This is an insane collagen stimulator and immune booster. Its lipospheric coating means that the Vitamin C is absorbed on a cellular level and stays in the body a lot longer. It's my absolute go-to when I'm feeling tired or on the edge of getting sick.” PN

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SHEENA SHUVANI STARDUST ASTROLOGY (October 24 - November 22) ♏ SCORPIO Element of water. Symbol: the scorpion, the eagle, the gray lizard, the phoenix Quality: fixed (= stability) Motto: love and war. Planetary Ruler Pluto Character Scorpio’s empowered dark vital force is derived directly from the intense magnetism of the mysterious planet Pluto. Thus Scorpios are old souls born knowing of ancient secrets of birth, life and death. From self-mastery issues their cool, calm, steady control but they are deep, deep waters indeed concealing many secrets. Known for their self-honesty born from fearless self examination. Scorpio is also brutally honest with others. Perceptive, suspicious, psychic, strong and invincible, their game plan is to win. Respect them or you’ll witness their seething anger exploding like a nuclear bomb! And never forget Scorpio’s competency for revenge strikes to the very core! Career Integrity, curiosity, cool reasoning, powers of deduction and brilliant strategists, ambitious Scorpio is ever attracted to fame and money. They make excellent archaeologists, psychiatrists, geologists, scientists, physicists, genetic engineers, surgeons, undertakers, detectives, army generals, presidents, botanists, spiritual leaders. Love and Sexuality Scorpio, in love, can be sweet, gentle and tender. Highly sexed and sexually magnetic, to a Scorpio sex is the relationship, a mystic sacred union, unfathomable. Desire, passion and jealousy are ingredients to hurl into the cosmic crucible wherein the divine spark of new life is created. Scorpio alone, of all the signs of the zodiac comprehends the true hidden miracle of sexuality. Helpful Advice You don’t need any! Encoded within you is the blueprint to the mystery of the universe and you already possess the key. You exhibit an invisible sign saying, “Danger, private, keep out.” So I’ll respect that. 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) Topaz, bloodstone, black meteorite. Favoured Metal(s) Iron. Favoured Colour(s) Crimson, wine-red, black. (SHEENA SHUVANI). PN

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TRISHA MARTIN: INNER DEVELOPMENT & WELL-BEING Rider Waite Tarot Deck A. E. Waite $44 Tarot cards still remain a mystery to many people. The true origin of the Tarot is unknown, however the earliest known deck, the Visconti-Sforza dates from 1450, Milan. The 19th and early 20th centuries saw a revival in the study and application of occult teachings, and many of the associations between the Tarot and other mystical systems were developed or refined at this time. Predominant was the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, an English Rosicrucian society founded in 1888. Arthur E. Waite, a member of the Order, produced one of the most popular and influential modern Tarot decks, the Rider Waite. The Rider Waite like most Tarot decks has 78 cards. Fifty-six of them are suits, equivalent but not identical to the suits in an ordinary deck of playing cards with one card (the knight) added. This group is known as the Minor Arcana. The remaining cards are the Tarot Trumps or Major Arcana, 22 examples of complex pictorial symbolism representing events and energies that we are likely to encounter in life, such as determination, patience, new beginnings, loss, heartache, and decision making. Today the Tarot is used almost universally for divination or fortune telling. However, more and more people have discovered in the tarot a powerful tool for personal growth and insight, as many seek ways to blend inner and outer realities so they can live their lives more creatively. The Tarot can be used as a tool for achievement of self-knowledge. It can be used as a focus for meditation, for problem solving and for clarifying goals; a tool for seeing into the past, understanding the present, creating the future, and helping us come into our own power. (TRISHA MARTIN) PN PATHFINDER BOOKSHOP, 182 Jervois Road, T: 09 378 6269, www.pathfinder.co.nz

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UP CLOSE CARING AND PERSONAL PROFESSIONAL How do you differ from other acupuncturists? Training and experience is the key to effective TCM treatment. I completed a five year degree through UTS university in Sydney and then a hospital internship in Guangzhou, China. Following this I was fortunate enough to apprentice under a Korean master for eight years (in my own clinic) during which time I learnt the techniques I needed to fulfil the potential that I knew TCM possessed. Even as a student I was never intimidated by complex difficult conditions, rather I was challenged to find effective treatments, to experiment and never accept the status quo, and as such have based my practice on treating these cases. As a result I have become specialised and a leader in the fields of oncology support, auto immune disease, serious internal disorders e.g. Crohn’s ulcerative colitis, arthritis, paediatrics and infertility among others. Musculoskeletal conditions are treated mainly by my colleagues at Ponsonby Acupuncture Clinic (PAC) these days due to high demand. What do you do to stay at the top of your field? Continuing education is vital in any field. I attend a number of selected international research-based conferences every year, some medical and some Chinese medicine based. Interestingly, much of the recent research conducted in the fields of epigenetics, biochemistry and medicine are confirming the ideas and approach TCM has used for thousands of years. Most importantly much of the new research is suggesting a movement towards a new holistic approach to healthcare. I have a regular stream of students and apprentices through the PAC which stimulates my own thoughts and promotes discussion and development. At PAC we conduct clinical reviews, internal clinical research and record statistics on an ongoing basis in an attempt to continually improve the service that we provide.

DAVID CRADDOCK Acupuncturist David Craddock has been practising Chinese medicine and acupuncture (TCM) for 23 years and is currently the director and owner of the Ponsonby Acupuncture clinic, where three acupuncturists work full time. “I am blessed with four children and a wonderful partner and mother to my children, Faith,” says David. How did you come to be an acupuncturist? I have always had a passion for medicine. I attended Otago University but soon decided that Chinese medicine appealed to me more as a truly holistic approach to medicine. It satisfied my philosophical views, stimulated me intellectually and provided me with the vehicle to practice holistically, in a general practice. What do you love about your job? The community we develop from providing a family oriented general practice. The satisfaction in observing the positive influence on that community and the development of well-being within that group. I love people, I love their stories, I love the influence they have on my own development as a person - but most of all I love that I have something positive to offer them. To see significant change in a condition that is otherwise deemed untreatable or beyond treatment brings me great satisfaction (not to mention the joy that it brings the patient). What do you find challenging? Practicing medicine is challenging full stop. I am never satisfied with the status quo and strive to continually improve the treatments that I administer. TCM is a true “practice”. Your patients are your teachers. Every patient that you see should teach you and improve your understanding of disease and health, the causes of disease and therefore the cures. Certain conditions are more challenging than others such as cancer, genetic disorders, degenerative disorders such as Parkinsons, motor neuron disease, etc.

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Can you tell us about a standout ‘case’? There is one case of a young male (17 years) who had a recent case of rheumatic fever which led to severe damage to one of the valves in his heart. The damage was significant enough for him to be placed on an urgent wait list for surgery. Within three months of treatment his blood pressure had normalised, his ECGs were much improved and he was removed from the surgical list and placed on three-monthly checkup ECGs. He has since been moved out to six-monthly checkups and is living life normally. He continues to visit us for checkups and heart strengthening treatment. What do you do to care for yourself? Balance is everything, particularly in our fast-paced 21st century lifestyles. For me running a busy practice requires that I keep my lifestyle well tuned. One of the most important issues we face is how to work hard, stress free. Studies have shown that under stress a task can require up to three times more energy. Our capacity for hard work therefore increases if we remain stress-free and relaxed, not only in work but every day life. I use Qi gung practices that I integrate with my clinical work to help maintain an adrenaline-free relaxed mindset. Our bodies regenerate and repair at the greatest rate when we are asleep and as such I try to achieve at least eight hours per night, remembering that hours before midnight are the most beneficial. Exercise and fitness is vital: I mountain bike, surf, climb, ski tour and walk regularly. I maintain a diet high in green and seasonal vegetables - organic when possible - protein and seasonal fruit with very low carbohydrate and very little wheat if any (the recent evidence is overwhelmingly negative regarding our ability to digest this food). A healthy loving family life promotes a healthy work life and as such I place a great deal of emphasis on home life. What’s your advice to people seeking acupuncture? Acupuncture/Chinese medicine is a truly dynamic holistic modality. There are very few conditions that will not benefit from treatment. The key to finding a good practitioner is to ask for referrals. Modern marketing can be misleading but my experience is that the best practitioners are the ones most talked about. Referring professionals quickly establish who in their community is achieving the best results, as do the public. Ring or enquire through websites, ask specific questions about treating your condition and their approach to treatment. Knowledgeable people stand out. PN PONSONBY ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC, 5 Cowan Street, T: 09 360 5999 www.ponsonbyacupunctureclinic.co.nz

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JOHN APPLETON: ON HEALTH

Your sinuses How many us have suffered with a sinus infection or worse have chronic sinusitis? The pain and discomfort, fever, headaches nausea and cough associated with sinus infections send thousands of us to the doctor every year. I don’t have NZ statistics but in the U.S. 40 million people suffer with sinus infections each year and up to 33 million have chronic sinusitis which means the infection does not go away. We all have eight sinuses (4 matched pairs of hollow cavities): forehead (frontal), behind the cheekbones (maxillary), between the eyes (ethmoid), and behind the eyes (sphenoid). All of our sinus cavities are attached to the nasal passages and indeed to the nostrils themselves. So what do our sinuses do? They seem to have a number of roles including regulating pressure in the nasal cavity giving resonance to voice, absorbing shocks and contributing to facial growth. However, the two most important roles that we need to be aware of are; our sinuses form mucus and they increase the surface area of the mucous membranes to warm and humidify the air we breathe. In terms of our health, our nasal cavity and sinuses are our first line of defence working hard to filter up to 90% of bacteria entering the body and protecting against viruses fungi toxins and allergens. Touching our noses is the primary means of contamination with cold and flu viruses. When it comes to producing mucus the amount can be up to one litre every day. When the sinuses are functioning properly millions of tiny hairs (cilia) have the job of moving the mucus through into the nose and down into the throat. Problems arise when the mucus is not able to be cleared due to the passageways being obstructed

and the sinus cavities fill with fluid and become blocked. Inflammation is most often the cause and the villains behind the inflammation can be bacteria - viral or fungal infection and allergies. Structural issues when nasal passages are restricted and nasal polyps can also contribute to sinus woes.

“friendly” bacteria that populate our gut. It’s estimated that we have about 100 trillion microorganisms in our intestines, a number 10 times greater than the total number of human cells in the body. Given that gut “flora” plays such a massive role in our immune function we should be paying close attention to it.

Treating sinus infections can be a challenge because viral infections - fungal growth and allergies will not respond to antibiotics. Mainstream treatments have largely focused on antibiotics - antihistamines - decongestants and even steroids but there has been little success and with the over prescribing of antibiotics we are now faced with antibiotic resistant bacteria some of which have developed as “superbugs” e.g. MRSA (methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus).

When I read a book by high profile American clinical microbiologist - Professor John G Thomas entitled ‘Probiotics And Your Sinus Health’ I was really excited to learn about how four specific strains of probiotics may provide a powerful safe and very simple alternative to existing treatment options for sinus infections. Prof Thomas says that “Probiotics can break the vicious circle by: balancing beneficial organisms to help eliminate harmful bacteria viruses and fungi - strengthening the immune system increasing its ability to fight off infections and promoting the healthy flow of mucus to eliminate harmful organisms from the nasal passages.”

While the nasal mucus is the primary defence against any pathogens (infectious agents) the nose is also a breeding ground and incubation reservoir. The colonisation of our nasal cavities by bacteria is a concern for many of us and there are three bacteria that are often involved: staphylococcus aureus - streptococcus pneumoniae - haemophilus influenzae and research indicates that many of us are “carriers” who can infect others even if the “carrier” has no symptoms. Studies show that as many as 90% of people with chronic allergies are colonised with these bacteria. Clearing these bacteria from the nasal cavities would be the most effective way to prevent and treat sinus infections but until now this has been a challenge because dosing large numbers with antibiotics would only increase problems associated with antibiotic resistance. For some time I have been very enthusiastic about the use of probiotics (for life) for improving digestive function and supporting the immune system. Probiotics simply help us restore and maintain optimal levels of so called

Swiss researchers discovered that bifidobacterium bifidum - lactobacillus acidophilus - lactobacillus rhamnosus and streptococcus thermophilus are the key players when it comes to maintaining healthy levels of flora to support nasal sinus health. Even though I don’t have significant problems with my sinuses I was keen to do my own research and I have been taking a product developed specifically to incorporate the four probiotics mentioned above. I have been taking one 3 times daily on an empty stomach and I have been more than a little surprised. My nose which was often a bit “stuffy” in the morning has completely cleared and I find myself sniffing often because it’s such a pleasant experience to have both nostrils completely clear. The great thing about trying such things is that even if they don’t work they will do no harm. (JOHN APPLETON) PN APPLETON ASSOCIATES, T: 09 489 9362 john@johnappleton.co.nz www.johnappleton.co.nz

Jenny believes timing was a lucky factor in all these career moves. She got taken on by the Herald because she wrote a story about why she left teaching when that profession was in a state of unwelcome change. Later, newspapers were in a disruptive state with top journalists not applying for poorly paid jobs and there seemed to be a chance for women to come through when the industry was in a state of flux. During her newspaper period, at one stage Jenny had five different managers in 18 months. By the time she became editor of the Listener she was working in a very insecure corporate environment. The guy that hired her was transferred to Australia before she even arrived, the deputy who had applied for the job left in a huff so none of the people who had employed her were there anymore, which was difficult to say the least.

Tim and Jenny Wheeler

A TRULY REMARKABLE LIFE JENNY WHEELER HAS HAD A STELLAR CAREER IN JOURNALISM. SHE COMPLETED A BA AT Auckland University, a diploma at the Secondary Teachers College then taught third formers at Wellington East Girls High School before joining the New Zealand Herald as a general news reporter for four years. She then moved to New Zealand Woman’s Weekly as staff writer for six years before becoming editor of the Auckland Star. She was the second woman to hold such a position on a metropolitan newspaper. But this meteoric progression doesn’t stop there. She was founding editor of the Sunday Star newspaper and New Zealand House & Garden magazine, and the first woman editor of The Listener.

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After 10 years at the top of the industry she became disillusioned by the politics in those organisations. Also, journalism isn’t well-paid and she was conscious of not having a retirement fund. She and Tim Bickerstaff were partners in a romantic sense and he often suggested they start up a business. They were both at the same point in their lives when she happened to be reading a book on direct marketing. It was a “road to Damascus” moment. Tim had been selling on radio long before other talkback hosts and Jenny as an editor was used to focussing on stories that made people want to buy newspapers. We could do this, they decided and looked at the baby boomer market which they understood. Jenny had written many health stories for the Woman’s Weekly and Tim had a fix on men’s health problems. They co-incidentally heard of an apiarist in Nelson who was making a honey product containing bee venom. This sparked Tim’s interest because once hearing that bee venom relieved joint pain he had been crazy enough to catch some bees in a jar, remove them with tweezers and let them sting his knees. They approached the man in Nelson who was on the verge of bankruptcy and persuaded him to let them market his product, Nectar Ease under the brand name, Honeybalm. They were hugely successful and with only one staffer turned over a million dollars in their first year. Tim did not enjoy robust health and suffered occasional erectile dysfunction which he didn’t

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING TAKE THE ROAD TO HEALTH AND WELLNESS Olivia Green has helped hundreds of people on their journey to great health. Her specialities include sports nutrition, weight management and health issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. As well as being sought after to help individuals develop healthy habits, Olivia is regularly asked to present seminars, providing healthy inspiration and ideas for a range of groups including young athletes, new mothers, and workplaces. She has also written articles for ‘Good Health magazine’, ‘Fitness Life magazine’, and ‘Localist’ publications. Nikki Hart has been in practice for nearly 20 years. As well as running a busy clinic, she has presented her own TV shows, is a highly coveted speaker, and has written for many New Zealand publications. Olivia says, “It is my dream come true to work with Nikki Hart and I am honoured and excited to be a part of Nikki Hart Nutrition Ltd. Nikki has such a wealth of experience providing nutritional care in so many areas and I am looking forward to her influence, and being able to offer even more for my clients.” With a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and over three years’ experience as a nutrition consultant, Olivia is well equipped to help you achieve your goals - from health and wellness, to surviving the upcoming holiday season. Olivia offers a balanced approach to nutrition, and helps people to feel more comfortable in their own bodies. PN Contact Olivia Green now for an appointment: NIKKI HART NUTRITION, Shop 9, All Saints Centre, 282 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 360 6330 M: 021 910 022, or E: olivia@nznutritionist.co.nz www.nikkihartnutrition.co.nz

mind talking about at all. By coincidence again, Jenny met a guy at a trade workshop who told her about a herbal product that was just as good as Viagra. They gained the rights to market Herbalignite and then added a women’s libido product which helps with menopausal problems, a prostrate health product which is very effective and a natural gel lubricant for sexual function. Jenny started thinking of an expansion plan but Tim wasn’t in favour. However, he did consent to taking on a young man, Sam Kamani, who would focus on web development. Tim died in 2009 and Sam was appointed director of the newly formed company, Intenza NZ Ltd. Talk about from the tiny acorn grows the mighty oak! Now in commercial premises on Anzac Avenue they have seven staff, one of whom speaks Mandarin, nine websites and Jenny writes blogs, and is on Facebook and Twitter. She says her years in journalism were wonderful but when she stepped away from it she stood in a carpark one day, and shouted with glee. It was an epiphany a moment of certainty that she had made the absolutely right decision. (DEIRDRE TOHILL) PN

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CLARE CALDWELL: THE ART OF LIVING WHAT’S HAPPENING TO OUR WORLD? IN ATLANTA, AMERICA, wealthy Republican residents have voted to segregate themselves into a suburb that has become an independent “city” - a walled community of privilege and protection, declaring their taxes should serve only the needs of their immediate community. They despise the present tax system that attempts to try and alleviate the suffering of the less wealthy through social policy, especially the poorest of the poor, happily opting to just let them fend for themselves. It leaves me feeling horrified and disturbed. It’s happening in many places: science fiction is becoming science fact. The messages contained in such insightful movies as ‘Elysium’ are becoming all too real. As we head steadily and insidiously towards global financial domination by an elite of unbelievably privileged and wealthy families and corporates with their amoral agendas of crisis creation and media manipulation, coupled with increasing surveillance of our every move, I can’t help wondering about the morality of the future. In the movie ‘Matrix’, the real world doesn’t exist. It’s an illusion, a form of virtual reality designed to deceive and use humans by lulling us into lives of blind obedience to the “system”. (Huh! Sound familiar?) Behind this “matrix” is a parasitic computer programme of machines that think, learn and feed off human energy. UK philosopher David Icke postulates the theory that the “real” world we live in now is also a construct: an illusion or “matrix”, through which the human family is held in “disconnected servitude”. However, beyond this matrix, unlike the movie, is a source of enlightenment and wholeness to which we should all be connected. Icke believes that in our capitalistic narcissism, dumbing down and increasingly controlled reality, we’ve unwittingly and deliberately become detached from this true source, which he calls “Infinite Consciousness, Oneness, the One”, seeing everything in terms of division or duality. “This illusory sense of disconnection is the mind prison I call the Matrix.” So what do we do? We extricate ourselves from this growing darkness and push towards the light. We utilise people power and combat divisiveness with community and connectedness. We begin to think differently. We educate ourselves and our children to be aware and vigilant and operate in a loving, spiritual and altruistic energy and begin operating our businesses ethically, putting people before profit. By raising our individual and collective consciousness we help raise the consciousness of the whole planet. This darkness of the new “matrix” cannot exist at a higher frequency. We spread the word openly or more subversively through our art, music, drama, writing and dance. In the words of the wonderfully insightful UK band Muse… “Love is our resistance”. The battle for this beautiful planet has just begun! 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

POPULATION GROWTH PUSHING PLANET TO LIMIT People and the Planet report - 2012 Sir John Sulston, a British Nobel Science Laureate, chaired, between 2010 and 2012, a Royal Society investigation into population and consumption, the first time these two had been so comprehensively linked. Sir John was recently in Auckland to give the Rutherford Memorial Lecture at the Auckland Museum. Ponsonby News went along to listen. He emphasised how critical the 21st century is for people and the planet. The global population reached seven billion during 2011 and the United Nations projections indicate that it will reach between 8 and 11 billion by 2050. Human impact on the Earth raises serious concerns, and in the richest parts of the world per capita material consumption is far above the level that can be sustained for everyone in a population of seven billion or more. This is in stark contrast to the world’s 1.3 billion poorest people, who need to consume more in order to be raised out of extreme poverty. The highest fertility rates are now seen primarily in the least developed countries, resulting in an increased world population of 80 million a year, even though fertility rates have fallen in the more developed countries. Sir John emphasised the need to link population and consumption, because increased population means increased material consumption on a finite planet. One frightening statistic is that developing countries will be building the equivalent of a city of a million people every five days from now to 2050. “The Arctic ice melt, and the huge increase in species extinction, we can see with our own eyes,” said Sir John. We are running out of space, and it is as a result of a failure of stewardship. The human global footprint is out of control. We are already using the equivalent of 1.5 planets, and it is unsustainable for everyone to do what most affluent countries are doing, because we would need four planets for our consumption demands.” Sir John discussed the optimistic view that technology advances would save us. The way he put it was this,“Science and technology will find lots of ways forward, but not the way out.” We need to tackle low tech solutions like reducing food waste, better distribution and storage of food, and crucially learning to live without so much consumption. We don’t cost natural capital into our out-of-date GDP figures. We don’t account for real wealth. It is the constant demand for increased GDP which is driving consumption. The report concluded that governments alone cannot solve the problems. It will take more and better education, and input from a wide variety of stakeholders working together. It will require new socio-economic models, like the one economics Nobel Laureate, Joseph Stiglitz, recommends in his excellent book, ‘The Price of Inequality.’ A couple of other books I would recommend are ‘Consumptionomics’, by Chandran Nair, who recently spoke in Auckland, and ‘Enough, Breaking free from the world of more’, by John Naish. Finally, among the key recommendations of the Royal Society report were: • The international community must bring the 1.3 billion people living on less than $1.25 per day out of absolute poverty. • The most developed economies must stabilise and then reduce material consumption levels. • Reproductive health and voluntary family planning programmes urgently require political leadership and financial commitment. • Population and the environment should not be considered as two separate issues. There are other urgent priorities - this is an 800 page document, but Sir John Sulston told the audience that the report confirms the threats to humanity and the planet which large numbers of experts have been warning us about with increasingly shrill voices. We ignore action at our peril. Complacency is no longer an option. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN

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HOLIDAYS GET TAILS WAGGING KIWI PETS ARE WELL TRAVELLED WITH ALMOST HALF OF NEW ZEALAND PET OWNERS revealing they take their pets on holiday, according to the latest travel survey from leading travel website Wotif.co.nz Wotif.co.nz Product director Donna Rodios said 90.9 % have a pet and 46.3 % said they take their pet on holiday. “Dogs are by far New Zealand’s most travelled pet, with 85.1% of respondents taking their pooch on holiday, while 11.9% said they travelled with their cat and other travellers even admitted to taking their bird, rabbit, guinea pig or fish away,” Ms Rodios said. “Almost half the respondents said they go everywhere with their pet and holidays were no exception, with 96.7% of pets travelling by car and only 1.9% flying to their holiday destination. “Holiday homes were the most popular pet-friendly accommodation choice according to 51.5 % of respondents with caravan and camping parks following with 20.6% of the vote and only 15.9% of respondents choosing self-catering apartments.” Ms Rodios said some pet lovers even went to the extent of smuggling their pet into accommodation which wasn’t pet friendly. “18.7% of Kiwi respondents admitted to sneaking their pet into accommodation that didn’t allow pets and one respondent even smuggled their dog into a motel in a backpack. With sneaky cover-ups like this one it’s no surprise only 9.9% were caught. “There was no shortage of amusing pet travel stories with one pet owner revealing their dog jumped the fence into the neighbouring house through the window and stole their hot roast chicken right off the bench. “Another respondent said their daughter’s pet turtle escaped and they spent ages looking for him and finally found him hidden in a closet. “Some respondents also thought they left their pets in capable hands but came home to find their pet had changed colour. One respondent revealed they were surprised to find their pet had babies a few weeks after returning from holiday - before they had left their pet was a boy! “With so many pet lovers it’s not surprising 22.6% of respondents revealed they bought souvenirs for their pet while away on holidays without them, 17% carried around a photo of their pet and 10.3% called to chat to their pet.” PN

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MEADOWLARK DESIGNER GOODIES ON SALE FOR SPCA AUCKLAND THE LATEST RANGE OF PET-INSPIRED ACCESSORIES FROM LOCAL DESIGNER Meadowlark is now on sale - so Aucklanders have a fashion-forward way to help raise funds for SPCA Auckland.

“It’s inspired by the Rolling Stones’ super iconic logo and with ‘Gimme Shelter’ one of the Stones most popular songs, we think it’s a really fun angle and the perfect way to support the SPCA.”

The 2013 Meadowlark range includes T-shirts, tote bags, and mugs, and is inspired by dogs and the Rolling Stones. All proceeds go to supporting Auckland’s animals in need.

“The good people at Meadowlark love animals and were keen to help us raise the funds we need to keep helping the animals of Auckland every year,” says Christine Kalin, SPCA Auckland CEO. “We would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to Meadowlark for creating these stunning designs.” Last year’s Meadowlark range of designer items with a ‘Love Cats’ theme is still selling strongly - and has now been expanded to include stylish black and white notebooks and jotta pads. You can buy the new range online at www.spca.org.nz, or call T: 09 256 7307 for more information. PN

“We love animals and wanted to build on the success of the ‘Love Cats’ designs with something a bit different,” says Claire Hammon from Grey Lynn-based Meadowlark. “We know there are loads of dog fans, so we thought we’d make them a cool and playful print. We hope it appeals to all dog-lovers no matter what their favourite breed is.

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PONSONBY PEOPLE + THEIR PETS ASK ALEX

ATTEMPTED DOG THEFT IN GREY LYNN

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

You may have heard via social media (which went viral to over 300,000 people) there was an attempt last month to steal a dog in Peel Street, Grey Lynn.

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While no one is denying dog fighting and dog stealing does happen, the SPCA and Police are not reporting a recent increase in dog stealing across Auckland. They are however, saying that as always, we should take measures to keep dogs safe. The incident in Peel Street was not reported to police and the dog was in full view, in front of the house behind a chain fence. We should all be able to do this, sadly, these days we can’t and while we wouldn’t leave our belongings in an unlocked car, we probably should consider not keeping our animals in view of the street. The dog in question wasn’t stolen as thankfully the owner was at home at the time, however, at this stage it is unclear as to whether the people approached the dog to steal him. The dog is apparently often left unattended. What the Police and Paw Justice have confirmed is that there are organised dog fighting rings and dogs are stolen for bait. There isn’t any evidence of increased activity just more awareness of the issue thanks to Paw Justice’s good work. Regardless, last month’s scare is a great reminder for us to be vigilant and look into what we are doing to keep our dogs safe. Five tips for keeping doggies safe: 1. Do not leave your animal unattended in full view. 2. Register your car to a business or PO Box address - organised criminals can trace your car registration to your house so if they see you with your dog in your car at either the parks or shops they can trace you back. 3. Be situationally aware of strangers in your neighbourhood.

My long haired border collie cross has been consistently scratching and biting at her stomach area since finding on her these little hard lumps that appear pretty benign. There is no apparent rash although there are these small nipple (smaller than nipples) looking sores that are raw from her scratching (they don’t seem infected) I have had her on steroids, tried a liquid omega 3 for dogs, numerous ointments, and all to no avail. Would you have any idea why she would be continually scratching? It is coming to the point of annoying and when told to stop she ignores you. JACK, WESTMERE.

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I think the key thing to consider here is a biopsy, getting a sample of these raised little lumps tested to determine the type of cells present. There is no other way to be sure about their benign nature, you can’t tell for sure from visual appearance alone.

It’s definitely time to head down the path of testing now that basic treatments have not helped, and the sores are becoming severe enough to bother her constantly. We can often perform these biopsies under mild sedation and local anaesthesia, especially when lesions are small and raised like hers, obtaining what we call “punch biopsies”. I have seen similar lesions as pre cancerous sun damage in dogs that like to lie upside down in the sun, typically these will be shorter coated breeds like bull terriers, rather than your more hairy border collie. A biopsy not only gives information about potential malignancy but also can identify individual patterns of allergy cell reactions, e.g. flea or mosquito bites vs inhaled pollens. By narrowing down other potential causes of these skin lesions we can guide effective treatment, which could range from surgical removal to allergy medications. (DR ALEX MELROSE, BVSC MRCVS) VETCARE GREY LYNN, 408 Great North Road T: 09 361 3500 www.vetcare.net.nz PN

4. Share this message and tell your neighbours... build a safer stronger community. 5. Report incidents to the police (car burglaries at Meola are often not reported and this makes doggie crime hard to get the attention and resource of community police). (ANGELA BEER) PN www.petsandpats.com www.facebook.com/petsandpats

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BILLY HARRIS: KIDS IN THE COMMUNITY

William Horne An interesting character, in anyone’s language Everybody’s good at something. But not many are this good, or at this many things. Where to start with William Horne? Music? William has been playing music by ear from age six, including some very complicated pieces from the likes of Liszt and Beethoven. He has composed some of his own music and performed the pieces at school, some of which has drawn comment from those who know on the complexity and quality of melody achieved. Science? Art? He was awarded the Ponsonby Primary School award (Christian-Slane Visual Arts Award) when he finished primary school, a year earlier than most children his age, last year, and he was in the winning team for the BP science challenge in 2012. William’s enquiring mind is reflected in any number of ways. He used to have a fascination with space - at age three he had learned all the planets and their moons. While other boys dream of becoming an All Black or fireman, William’s hero was Yuri Gagarin and his fantasy was to be a cosmonaut. At age eight he became fascinated with aerodynamics and made hundreds of paper planes - mostly of his own design that were all tested for their performance. The flight times achieved by some of them would have given the Wright brothers a run for their money! He likes origami and has spent hours making everything from animals to buildings. Dominoes also captured his imagination, and they too were used for building impressive structures. So where did William get his unique abilities from? Is it inherited from someone way back on the family tree? Did the DNA of his Kiwi father and Russian mother combine like chemicals in a test tube to create something unusual? Was he bitten by a radioactive spider? His parents have no idea, they only know that it wasn’t long after his birth that they recognised they had a rather different boy on their hands. At age one and a half he knew numbers, two alphabets, and could recognise patterns. At age three he was assessed as a gifted child across several areas. He has a fascination with languages and alphabets. At age six while on holiday in Japan he chose not a baseball cap or a cuddly toy as a souvenir but a Japanese language book. Then he began copying and learning the characters himself at home. His parents had no idea that he was taking it all in until the day a Japanese speaking friend of a friend asked where he had learned all his Japanese from. Now William is learning Chinese at school and is one of the top students in his class, only behind students whose first language is Chinese. Given his ability and the fact that William’s IQ puts him in the top 1% of the population, you might have got the impression that the ACG Parnell College year 7 student is holed up in a room, wired up to a stack of machines and surrounded by scientists, trying to figure out the origins of the universe or to crack the North Korean nuclear code. Not so. Away from intellectual endeavours William does usual stuff, but he does it unusually well. He’s a red belt black tips in the Korean discipline of combined martial arts and working toward his black belt this year. He is also in the school ski team and was fastest for his school in his age group at this year’s national competition. Not bad for his first time skiing on a mountain. Prior to this he had only done a couple of school holiday programmes at Snow Planet. He also enjoys tennis and swimming, and wants to play water polo next year. Like most boys his age, he’s also hard to drag away from the computer, but not because he’s playing Gangster Rio or Commando. He’s generally researching topics he’s interested in. For example, this year he’s into chemistry and the Periodic Table. While most people don’t even know what the Periodic table is, William knows it by heart, as well as the atomic weight and number of every element, their place in the table and their characteristics! Applying this knowledge he correctly worked out by himself some of the chemical reactions. As a result of his new found interest, Dimitri Mendeleev, the founder of the Periodic Table, has become William’s latest hero, and he’s started collecting the elements of the Periodic Table, to add to his collections of rocks, minerals, coins and notes. So where to for William Horne? He has no fixed plans, but lots of ideas. He wants to be a scientist and inventor, and plans to make a positive difference in the world. Before he does that, how about a blockbuster movie, starring William Horne as a multi lingual, arse-kicking concert pianist-scientist-inventor-astronaut kind of James Bond -Tony Stark character, fighting evil and saving the planet? Or not. (BILLY HARRIS) PN

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FUTURE GENERATION CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW Big Book of Art by H Tullet. Published by Phaidon, $30.00

This is a first book of art! Grab it, hold it, flip through the pages, turn it upside down, there’s no limit to what you can create. What do you see? Scribbles and splotches, shapes and letters, signs and lines? Now you’re the artist: mix and match the patterns and paintings by simply turning the page. Use your creativity and your imagination, and most importantly, have fun! From the bestselling author of Press Here comes a new interactive book for children. The Big Book of Art offers hundreds of colours, shapes, and patterns that can be combined in different ways, leaving plenty of room for young artists to add their own stories and express themselves through their creations. PN DOROTHY BUTLER CHILDREN’S BOOKSHOP, 1 Jervois Road T: 09 376 7283 www.childrensbookshop.co.nz

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FUTURE GENERATION GREY LYNN SCHOOL GARDEN CLUB

Local resident and gardening enthusiast Fionna Hill invited Grey Lynn School to come and garden with her at Grey Lynn Community Gardens. The pupils will meet for an hour every week with some help from other adults. Grey Lynn Community Gardens have created the Grey Lynn School Garden Club, who began gardening in their own plot last month. They will garden every week and different groups will take turns. PN

PONSONBY HISTORY‌ DID YOU KNOW? In 1873 the name of the area was changed from Dedwood to Ponsonby. A farm in Shelly Beach Road was called Dedwood - named after a captain in the New Zealand Army.

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FUTURE GENERATION NEW CLASSROOMS AND SCHOOL HALL CONFIRMED FOR GREY LYNN SCHOOL Grey Lynn School will have four new classrooms and a multi -purpose hall space open to students in early 2015 says Nikki Kaye MP for Auckland Central. This is in addition to the eight new classrooms, worth $2.4 million, that were opened last month. “These new classrooms, and the hall space, will give the school room to grow and offer more modern learning environments and opportunities to students. “Space and land in inner city Auckland is at a premium, so increasingly we will see classrooms and school buildings go up, as well as out”, says Nikki Kaye. “It was superb to help open the new eight classrooms last week with staff and students, and see first-hand the benefits modern classrooms bring.

MUM TO THE CORE – WEBSITE AND BUSINESS LAUNCH – POST-NATAL RECOVERY Summer’s coming! And so is the opportunity for all you gorgeous mums out there to take time for yourselves in amongst the busyness of nurturing a baby, toddler, or even school age child.

“Grey Lynn School also has plans to establish a green space area at the back of the school with New Zealand native trees and plants. It’s wonderful to see a conservation project like this at the school. “Planning work will get underway shortly, with the building project due to be finished in early 2015. “Grey Lynn School is a fast growing inner-city school, and these new classrooms and hall will mean they will have more space to accommodate rising student numbers in modern learning environments.” PN

Want to lose your post baby belly and regain a strong waistline? Want to alleviate the laughter and sneeze leaks with a strong pelvic floor? Want to avoid low back pain? Want to boost your sex life? Or do you simply want to get in there and pro-actively avoid any of the above? You’ve come to the right place! Each and every mum deserves to give herself some special ‘mum time’ in an often busy and chaotic world. Mum to the Core’s innovative program combines elements from Pilates, Yoga, functional conditioning techniques, and abdominal reconstruction specific to the needs of a new mum. Diastisis recti is not something we hear a lot about, but it’s a significant condition that results from the growing baby splitting the rectus abdominis (top layer muscle, commonly referred to as the six pack). Being a mum requires lifting children, strollers, capsules, and generally just getting through the day. MTTC training will allow you to do everything you need to do, and get back into a regular training program by giving your body the opportunity to heal correctly after birth. Simone de Cunha is a local mum herself, a highly trained Pilates instructor (Stott Pilates & Polestar Education), and instructor trainer, worked alongside physiotherapists, within studio, rehab, corporate, and pre and post-natal, trained as a personal trainer, and has about 15 years hands on experience. Simone takes a holistic approach to the body, and understands why a mum’s functional conditioning needs, especially soon after baby, need to be specific and non-generic. Mum to the Core offers a number of options and programs to suit each individual or group requirement. We offer workshops (group training) for our Auckland mums, One -to-One, tailored to individual needs (via Skype or in person within Auckland), or our popular Online Programme - train in the comfort of your own home. Regardless of which you choose, it’s important that you do, and we support you along your journey, and track progress. Simone is in touch with the needs of the “now woman”, and believes the fusion of knowledge and support, nurture and an intuitive approach to be crucial in this important time of a woman’s life. PN www.mumtothecore.co.nz www.facebook.com/mumtothecore The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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MEET THE TEACHER Hayley McKeown Richmond Road School Currently teaching Year 1 and 2s How did you come to be a primary school teacher? I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. At the end of high school I went overseas on an exchange; I came back and wanted to see the world. I trained in a field where I could see the world, however after working two years full time, I decided that I wanted more than anything to be a teacher. Throughout university I had the best of both worlds, I was able to work part time in my trained field as well as being a full time student, working towards getting a qualification for my dream job. Where did you train? I trained at AUT’s North Shore campus, and loved it. What brought you to Richmond Road School? My poppa actually went to school at Richmond Road School. When I saw there was a job going here, I thought, what a great connection! I also liked the diversity of the four different units we have at Richmond Road. What are your favourite things about being a teacher? Seeing the amazing progress my students are making each day, interacting with my students and being able to be a big kid myself. Highlight of your teaching career? Winning a permanent contract at Richmond - yay! Low point of your teaching career? There isn’t really a low point at this early stage in my career. Probably getting used to all the planning, meetings and extra curricular activities we, as teachers, stretch ourselves to achieve. How would your principal describe you? Child-centered, energetic, hard working, optimistic and fun! How would other teachers describe you? Enthusiastic, organised, cheerful and a little bit crazy. How would your students describe you? From the mouths of my students: “awesome”, “super special”, “kind”, “super rock star!”, “The best teacher in the world!” If you could wave a magic wand in your classroom... I would redesign my classroom. I have very high ceilings, so would build a landing on one side of my classroom. This would create a quiet reading bungalow for my students underneath and create a space above. I would also have iPads or laptops available for all students throughout the day. Five tips for mums and dads of primary school kids 1. Have a routine for your children including a set bedtime each night. 2. Ensure they have healthy nutritious meals, both in and out of school. 3. Supervise their homework, don’t do it for them. 4. Be in regular communication with their teacher and support school events. 5. Bring flowers to school occasionally, teachers love flowers, especially hand picked ones from the garden. PN

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PLANT-BASED FOOD EDUCATION PROGRAMME Nutritionists SET OUT to change Children’s relationship with plant -based food one school at a time. Sanitarium Nutrition Service (SNS), a free community initiative that has been offered by Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing for the past 26 years, last month piloted a plant-based food education programme in Auckland Central. Ponsonby Primary School is one of four schools nationwide involved in the Eat Your Words pilot programme that brings to life the world of plant-based foods through a hands-on education and cooking workshop. SNS promotes the belief that providing children with a creative way to gain knowledge and tools in the kitchen will help transform their relationship with plant-based foods, including: vegetables, fruit, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds. The Ministry of Health reported that 60% of people between the ages of 5-24 years did not meet the recommended intake of three or more servings of vegetables per day. Moreover, it was reported that 31% of 5-24 year olds did not meet the recommended two or more servings of fruit each day. “By giving children a fun learning experience SNS hopes to break down the reluctance children have to trying new foods and encourage them to eat more plant-based foods, more often,” says nutrition services manager, Cherry Barker. The Eat Your Words programme has been designed to give children the chance to express their creativity, discover new foods, and to prepare and cook food before sharing a tasty meal with friends. It is proven that a diet rich in plant-based foods helps to substantially lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type II diabetes and some cancers. Programme participants leave with some key ingredients and recipes to impress those at home with their newfound skills and knowledge. “We hope that by inspiring children to get creative with plant-based foods on a seasonal basis it will create positive eating habits that will last a lifetime,” says Barker. Schools, parents and teachers can register interest in the Eat Your Words programme by contacting the team at SNS on 0800 100 257 or email nutrition@sanitarium.co.nz

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SIDELINE WITH GEORGE BERRY

Looking for a place to ride? With summer knocking at the door it’s time to dust off the bikes in the garage, pump up the tires, find your helmet and hit the road, or if you’re more of an off road sort then check out some of Auckland’s top places to mountain bike. Until recently I wasn’t even aware of the Arch Hill track. It’s inner city mountain biking at its best, accommodating children with a 600 metre easy ride to the more adventurous amongst us with the “Twist and Shout” a narrow twisting and turning track of just over one kilometre. Great for after work and or short weekend blasts with the kids.

course is tough without a doubt and you’ll find it sprawled throughout the bush behind Massey University. And of course there’s probably nowhere better that Waiheke Island. To head onto the actual track the best place to start is at the Onetangi Sports Park. The tracks are constantly looked after by the local MTB club so you can rest assured that your effort in getting to the island won’t be in vain. There are loads of different options for varying abilities; it just requires a couple of bikes and a ferry trip! (GEORGE BERRY) PN

Thanks to the Auckland Mountain bike club and Auckland City Council the courses are here to stay and you can find the start of the track at the start of the Reserve on Tay street. Of course there’s always Woodhill MB Park, which is undoubtedly the top dog of places to ride in the Auckland area. The forest insures the tracks are always pretty dry no matter the weather. There are also 120 odd kilometres to try your skills on so while you may not have the park to yourself, it can often feel like you do. The tracks also accommodate all abilities so whether you’re a beginner, a weekend dare devil or just out for a leisurely ride you’ll find it all at Wood Hill. The only downside is that it’s a bit of a hike to get there so pack some lunch. If it’s a cruisey hour or so out with the kids then Shakespeare Park could be right up your alley or track as the case may be, the leisurely 3km track won’t have you gasping for air on account of the effort required to ride the bike, but potentially through the scenery you’ll enjoy on your journey. Not too far away from Ponsonby is Totara Park in Manurewa. Not for the faint hearted, you’re guaranteed to get to know your bike and every muscle it takes to ride it on the narrow single track as it winds its way through the native bush. One minute you’ll be up high on the tops of the hills before crashing back down to the creeks below. The 15km of tracks are pretty easy to find, but my suggestion is to kick things off from the top of Redoubt Road. A quick trip across the shore you’ll find the Royal Albany, a trail run by the local club which boasts a course that will test even the most serious of mountain bikers. The The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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Kiwis making motorsport headlines Kiwi motorsport drivers seem to have worked out the right fuel mix or something all of a sudden, given New Zealand’s representation in all classes and all cars all over the world. Scott Dixon’s third IndyCar Championship last month was particularly convincing with Helio Castroneves 27 points back in second, especially considering only two weeks ago the Brazilian had a 49 point lead over Dixon. Add that to Earl Bamber’s possible elevation to a permanent drive in a new Porsche 911 GT3 after the 23-year-old won a chance to show off his talents behind the wheel at the Porsche Motorsport International Cup Scholarship. Bamber was one of eight drivers under the age of 26 to get the opportunity and will now have to wait to hear if he’s secured a full time drive in 2014. Mitch Evans’ second place at the Hungary Grand Prix 2 earlier in the year and good placings throughout the rest of the season see him in real contention of getting a Formula 1 drive in the upcoming seasons. The 19-year-old has until now been mentored by Red Bull’s Mark Webber, but with Webber’s impending switch to endurance racing Evans will now look to others for advice. However, if Webber’s words are anything to go by, it won’t be long before that seat once held by an Australian will be filled by a Kiwi. And finally after what was at times a frustrating year for Kiwi rally car driver Hayden Paddon, he’s finally exactly where he wants to be, behind the wheel of a fully-fledged World Rally car for the final two rounds of the year. This will be Paddon’s chance to foot it with the big boys and show he deserves his crack at a full time drive. The finances have been a bit of a struggle for the Canterbury driver for the past few years, but there’s never been any doubt regarding his ability to drive. (GEORGE BERRY) PN

Kiwis need to stick with it With a truck load of Warriors in the Kiwis side and given the Aucklander’s abysmal NRL season this year it’s easy to write off the teams chances of defending their Rugby League World Title. But take a few players from the Rabbitohs, Manly, the Storm and a few other teams, and add in Sonny Bill Williams and their prospects look a whole lot brighter. However, the big question remains the same - can they stick to the task? During the Kiwis 2011 Four Nations tour of the UK they proved they couldn’t, failing miserably by losing to an England side that quite frankly wanted it more. This time will be no different. It’s been a long season for many and daylight hours in England’s midlands are quickly becoming scarce. Places like Warrington are a far cry from the scorching beaches of Sydney. And if the Warriors form is anything to go by then there’s not a great deal of hope, they win when it seems everything is stacked against them and capitulate when they should record a convincing win. A week in France mid tournament will no doubt help reduce the depressing state of a tour in bleak weather and shortened days, but the key to their success simply rides on whether they can complete the job before checking out. Insuring their minds aren’t on the plane bound for home before their bags get the chance to catch up with them. They have the size, strength and obvious fitness to match the Pacific nations, they have the skills and ability to foot it with the English, but do they have the desire and want to take it to the Kangaroos? On paper the Kiwis have one of the best sides they’ve had for as long as I can remember. They have depth in almost every position creating options all over the park, when one player was ruled out of the squad another just as worthy was quickly ushered into their place. (GEORGE BERRY) PN

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Is Jerome Kaino really needed? It looks as though Sir John Kirwan, Sir Graham Henry and co have nailed down a Blues side that should finally have the ability to compete deep into the back half of the Super Rugby season, maybe even win the competition for the first time in over a decade. But after such an impressive start last year by the young squad and their ability to continually improve during the competition I’m left wondering whether the signing of Jerome Kaino and others towards the end of their careers is a little unnecessary. Since the news of his return to the Blues I’ve continually had a nagging question in the back of my mind - is Kaino just blocking the path of an up and coming player? Sure he’s a World Cup winning All Black, he’s played 85 times for the Blues, and he was often regarded as one of the best loose forwards in the world between 2009 and 2011. He probably deserved the chance to get to 100 Super Rugby caps, but not the right to come back after two years and add to that number at the expense of another youngster. And if Liam Messam’s form in the Black jersey this season is anything to go by, he’s proven that in order to become a world class loosie you need time on the park, potentially 20-30 regular games in the one position before you see those players really shine and fill out the jumper. For nearly a year post Kainos exit to Japan many questions were asked about Messam, but as he’s become more comfortable in his role the team has reaped the rewards. And by Kaino returning to the Blues, one up and coming loose forward will no longer get the chance to get that much needed experience. It’s clear the NZRU were willing to throw their arms wide open for the 30-year-old to return to New Zealand rugby as welcome cover to Kieran Read and his position in the All Blacks, but even they need to take a look at how short sighted that stance may prove to be. There are players about in other franchises that are more than capable of doing the job if given half the chance. Wellington’s Brad Shields is one that springs to mind, Canterbury’s Luke Whitelock will be tested during the All Blacks end of year tour as well as Auckland’s Steven Luatua. Both are in the rookie stage of their careers, which is exactly my point. Luatua is almost a cardboard cut-out of Read both in size and stature, and in his eagerness to employ brute force around the park. Signing Kaino can’t have just been about his experience either, John Kirwan made the statement that that’s why he signed on former All Black Tom Donnelly for the year and Tony Woodcock and Keven Mealamu have plenty of that too. I guess I can sympathise with Kirwan and crew for just focusing on winning the next game in front of them, but sometimes you need to look further than your feet. We can only hope the predicament the All Blacks find themselves in with the lack of hookers coming through doesn’t happen to the Blues loose forward department. (GEORGE BERRY) PN

PONSONBY HISTORY… DID YOU KNOW?

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In the Grey Lynn is granted heritage protection under the buildings laws.Grey Lynn is the largest concentration of wooden Victorian buildings in the world.

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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 a widower with two children in their teens. I have been in a relationship with my current partner for a year. She has a two year old from her previous marriage and is currently a stay at home mum. We are planning on moving in together and would like to buy a new property together to start afresh. We each have a property from our previous relationships. Mine is owned in a family trust. What should I be thinking about?

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As you own the existing property in a family trust there is a certain amount of flexibility on what you can do. This is one of the many advantages to owning your home in a family trust.

You need to decide whether you are purchasing the property with your existing trust, in your own names, or in a new trust settled by both you and your partner. Each will have its own benefits and drawbacks which a solicitor will be able to go through with you in detail. One of the important considerations to ownership will be how your existing property will be held for the children that you each already have. This needs to be flexible enough to provide for any children that you have together in the future. If you are planning on selling the current trust property then you will probably be using these funds to help purchase the new property. In this situation, the trust can lend the money to you, or a trust you set up with your new partner. That way the debt that is created will always be your first family trust’s property. This can ensure that the equity you have from your first property is maintained for the purposes of the first family trust. As relationships can be complex and there are more things to think about than just you and your partner (namely your children) the equal sharing provisions in the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 “the Act” are often not appropriate. Owning property in trust does not necessarily provide you with protection from the Act’s provisions. Under the Act you have the ability to contract out of the equal sharing scheme. A property relationship agreement can provide suitable protection for your children from your previous marriage by ensuring the equity you have from your first property is always regarded as your ‘separate property’ as opposed to property of your existing relationship. As you and your partner are in similar situations, this can be mirrored for your partner’s equity. When entering into a relationship property agreement it is essential to take into account your future roles and earning capabilities. If your current partner is a stay at home mother then this can be an important role in the relationship, especially when you have children together. It is important to make sure that this difference in roles is dealt with in the agreement. As many domestic situations are complicated, entering into an agreement that appropriately defines how current and future property is classed is the best way to provide clarity and protection for your children. A solicitor can assist you with creating an agreement that best reflects your relationship. (MICHAEL HEMPHILL) PN Disclaimer - This article is for general information purposes only. If you have a legal problem you should seek advice from a lawyer. Metro Law does not accept any liability other than to its clients and then only when advice is sought on specific matters.

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PONSONBY PROFESSIONALS: LOGAN GRANGER

Are you claiming home office expenses? MANY BUSINESSES AND PEOPLE CHOOSE TO OPERATE FROM HOME, EITHER FULL TIME or part time. Practically there is no reason to increase overheads by operating from a separate fully dedicated business, if it is possible and practical to do the same thing from home. To make the most of working from home, it is important that business owners and the self-employed know what they can claim as business related home office expenses and also the effect this will have on their tax position. What is considered ‘Working from home’? To be entitled to claim business expenses in your tax returns for working from home, you must be using an area of your home for business. It may be an office, storage area or workshop. Claiming home office is not restricted just to an office area, although the area in consideration must be used in a way that is relevant to your particular business. When working from home, it is important that a record is kept of the time that a part of your home is used for business, as well as a record of all the expenses you seek to claim. For example; a person working from home who only works six months a year may only be entitled to claim a portion of expenses relating to that period, they may not be entitled to claim expenses over the full year. Claiming expenses If you are working from home, you can claim a portion of business expenses in relation to the area of household resources you use to conduct business. Examples of commonly claimed expenses are: • Repairs and maintenance • Power • Insurance (home and contents) • Council rates • Mortgage interest • Telephone The claimable portion is based on the percentage of your home’s complete floor space that you use for your business.

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For example: Total floor space = 100 square metres(sq.m) Business floor space (storage in garage, plus office study) = 15 sq.m. Percentage of household costs claimed = 15 sq.m Divided by 100 sq.m = 15% This percentage can change depending on the type of use and amount. For instance it could be possible to claim a portion of kitchen and bathroom if there is extremely high use, you have clients visiting and or staff working from home. A few considerations When calculating expenses for a home business it is important to be clear about what you are entitled to claim, for example: • Correctly including or excluding GST from your calculations depending on whether you’re GST-registered. • Claiming only the interest portion of mortgage payments, no portion of principal payments may be claimed. • Making a fair and accurate judgement of the business proportion of Internet usage. • Claiming the correct portion of business related call costs when claiming home telephone costs. Depreciation and home office You may be entitled to claim depreciation on household assets you use in your business, such as computers, fax machines, copiers, office furniture and fittings, and any other related equipment. IRD provides specific rates at which these items must be depreciated. You cannot claim depreciation on the building or home. Calculating the claimable amount of home office expenses can be difficult, there are various considerations that must be taken into account that have not been covered in this brief article. If you have any further questions, or would like to discuss anything to do with home office, please contact Logan Granger. Disclaimer - While all care has been take, Johnston Associates Chartered Accountants Ltd and its staff accept no liability for the content of this article; always see your professional advisor before taking any action that you are unsure about. JOHNSTON ASSOCIATES, 202 Ponsonby Road T: 09 361 6701 www.jacal.co.nz PN

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LOOK... WHO IS IN THE ZOO!

RACE, SHOP AND PARTY FOR ORANGUTANS This Orangutan Caring Week (9-17 November) Auckland Zoo is offering locals some great ways to help this magnificent great ape that’s genetically 97.4% the same as us, and edging closer to extinction due to destruction of its rainforest home. 14 November: The Great Ape Race Along with daily on-site activities, locals can team up with their family or mates for The Great Ape Race - a mini “Amazing Race” around the zoo on 14 November (5-8pm). No experience required, just plenty of energy! 16 November: Cocktails for Orangutans Get along to Montage Bar in Pt Chevalier on Saturday 16 November (7pm-Midnight) for a great night out in aid of this precious primate. The fundraiser will feature music to swing to, specialty cocktails, nibbles, an auction and spot prizes. All profits from the Great Ape Race and cocktail evening go to support the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) - working to save orangutans in the wild. Full details at www.aucklandzoo.co.nz 17 November: Grey Lynn Farmers Market at Auckland Zoo Everyone who loves the Great Lynn Farmers Market should head to the zoo’s front entry plaza on Sunday 17 November (9am-1pm) - where entry is free. We’ve teamed up with the market so you can shop for the best and freshest from over 25 stalls - all of which will be palm oil-free. You can also watch Como Street’s head chef, Kevin Blackman take palm oil-free market ingredients and work his culinary magic. (Copies of his recipes will be available to take home).

palm oil consumption, and therefore demand. Our online palm oil-free shopping guide containing hundreds of supermarket products is a great tool to help you shop,” says Ms Day. Visit www.aucklandzoo.co.nz

Takahe take to High Country Takahe pair, male Montague and female Ahikaea moved into the zoo’s “High Country” exhibit in Te Wao Nui in September, and very quickly and happily made themselves at home. Auckland Zoo, the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Mitre 10 Takahe Rescue combined forces to relocate the aging pair (16 and 14 years respectively) from Tiritiri Matangi Island. The two produced seven chicks in nine years on Tiri. While they’re now thought to be beyond breeding age, Montague and Ahikaea will play an important advocacy role for their species here at the zoo, and for the first time, give you the chance to see takahe on the mainland in Auckland. Takahe are critically endangered, with just 260 known to exist and only 45 breeding pairs. Did you know? There were only four recorded sightings of takahe from 1800 -1900, then none were seen until 1948, when they were rediscovered by Dr Geoffrey Orbell in Fiordland National Park’s Murchison Mountains.

Buy palm oil-free The biggest threat to the survival of the orangutan is deforestation of its habitat on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra in Indonesia - primarily to make way for oil palm plantations.

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“These arboreal great apes are the ‘gardeners of the forest’. They play a vital ecological role as seed dispersers of hundreds of tree and plant species - helping themselves and many other rainforest species. But they also help us humans, as their rainforest ecosystems provide vital carbon sinks,” says the zoo’s acting primate team leader, Carly Day. “If current deforestation trends continue, orangutans could be extinct in the wild by 2022, and even earlier in the case of Sumatran, even earlier, but we can help. As wildlife advocates, Auckland Zoo believes the only way to save these species and habitats and slow the uncontrolled expansion of the palm oil industry, is to reduce The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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THE HISTORICAL BOROUGH OF PONSONBY AND GREY LYNN: STREET NAMES

ELGIN STREET THIS STREET COMMEMORATES EITHER THE SEVEN0TH OR EIGHTH EARL OF ELGIN BUT according to records it was once called Plunket Street and the name change is a bit mystifying when both earls were responsible for some very questionable activities. Thomas Bruce, the 7th Earl is notorious for committing “the greatest art theft in history”, by stripping the Parthenon of its marbles when Greece was under Turkish dominance. His son, James Bruce was responsible for looting treasures from the Yuan Ming Yuan imperial gardens when he was High Commissioner to China. To his credit, he wasn’t happy about carrying out the duty laid on him to bomb Canton, forcing the Far East to trade in opium. In a letter to his wife he wrote, “I never felt so ashamed of myself in my life.” Thomas Bruce was a career diplomat who, when he married the richest heiress in Scotland, Mary Nisbet, decided to restore his family seat Broomhall. Thomas Harrison, the architect he engaged, insisted the “classical style” was the most befitting for an aristocrat’s residence. When the Earl was offered a posting to Constantinople, Harrison saw this as an opportunity for Elgin to supply him with detailed drawings of ancient Greek architecture and sculpture which would assist him in designing a Classical Greek building and make Elgin the envy of fashionable society. His client was far from averse to this proposal and engaged his secretary, William Hamilton to organise craftsmen to measure and make plaster casts of the Parthenon antiquities. Unfortunately when Hamilton and his team arrived in Athens, the Acropolis was a squalid mess the Turks used as an ammunition store. They received no co-operation from the commander of the garrison but then the day was saved by someone who had a passion for antiquities. Doctor Philip Hunt, Chaplain to the Constantinople British Embassy urged Elgin to use his influence as ambassador and get permission from a higher authority to dismantle the Parthenon frieze. A firman (royal decree) was granted for its removal which occupied 300 workmen for over a year at personal cost to Elgin of around £70,000. He claimed his motive was preservation yet the marbles were very damaged when they had to be cut into smaller pieces during their removal. Eventually hundreds of them were boxed in 200 chests, waiting to be shipped to Scotland for the adornment of Broomhall. One shipment on board the British brig Mentor was

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caught in a storm and sank, but was salvaged, once again at the Earl’s expense. It took the divers two years to bring them to the surface. He was beset by other misfortunes during his time in Constantinople. The climate didn’t suit him and he contracted a severe skin infection that caused his nose to fall off, which his young wife found very off putting. She also had to dip into her own funds to help ship the marbles to England and became aware her husband was an appalling spendthrift and heavily in debt. On his way home through France, war broke out and he was taken prisoner by Napolean and held in detention for several months while Lady Elgin had to continue the journey without her husband. By the time he returned to Britain, his wife had left him for his best friend, Robert Fergusson who had given her much needed support. He began divorce proceedings, assuming he would receive lavish compensation from Mary’s inheritance but her family had made ironclad wills that safeguarded her money. The divorce trial was the most salacious in London’s history. Without her fortune Elgin was forced to sell the marbles to the British Museum for only £35,000 which was dispersed among his creditors so he didn’t receive a single penny from the sale. For the rest of his life he lived in Paris to escape his creditors, dying there in abject poverty in 1841. His pillage of the Parthenon remains deeply controversial even to this day. The Greek government has requested they be repatriated, a debate that has attracted extensive media attention. Well, it appears that what Britain has she holds. When Cameron was asked if he would respond to India’s call for the return of the Koh-i-Noor diamond he said he didn’t believe in “returnism’ and the same applied to the Elgin Marbles. (DEIRDRE TOHILL) PN

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS

62 PONSONBY ROAD JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER With Christmas approaching the range is growing. Endemic World have added almost 200 new prints to their collection; a collection that has grown from 350 to almost 600 prints by an ever emergent group of New Zealand and international artists. Bob and friends continue to add more great gifts to their collection from a selection of English candles and soaps by Heyland & Whittle and unique brand Soapsmiths who have created an entire range based on different areas of London. There are 3D puzzles from Cheatwell Games to include The Tower of London, The Titanic and Buckingham Palace to name just a few. Bob and friends are even stocking Marou chocolate from Vietnam and recently added a stunning collection of hand blown lights by brilliant New Zealand glass blower, Katie Brown

Endemic World have added almost 200 new prints to their collection at 62 Ponsonby Road. Featured above ‘Mandala of Skulls’ by Georgie Malyon

Bioattic continues to build the most beautiful terrariums in Auckland. They have a nice selection of cacti and orchids as well some exquisite Bonsai trees and a selection of Japanese pottery. Bioattic are also the makers of the fully organic skincare range Petal Head. Lastly there is Wendy’s 62 Ponsonby Road vintage and retro store, which continues to surprise with great collections of clothes, glass, jewellery, handbags and a whole world of wonderful pieces from the past. So whatever you are looking for you should be able to find it or something even better at 62 Ponsonby Road; four great home stores in one location. All located at 62 Ponsonby Road: ENDEMIC WORLD, T: 09 304 0526 www.endemicworld.com BOB AND FRIENDS, M: 022 021 0455 www.bobandfriends.co.nz BIOATTIC, M: 021 887 036 www.facebook.com/bioattic 62 PONSONBY VINTAGE AND RETRO, M: 021 332 069 62ponsonby@gmail.com

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REAL ESTATE UPDATE: KAREN SPIRES 10 tips to warm up your chances of a summer sale The wonderful weather we’ve been having recently makes it feel like summer is just around the corner. As the weather heats up, Herne Bay residents head out to make the most of the beautiful area we live in - enjoying the best our local cafes, beaches and community events have to offer. This month many residents will brave the waters in the Herne Bay Harbour Swim as part of the annual Auckland Harbour Swim Series, along with a number of other local events to take advantage of the warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours. If you are looking at selling your property in the coming warmer months, take some advice from real estate salespeople to help get potential buyers back up the path for a second viewing. The UK’s The Telegraph has put together a list of tips from the experts to improve your chances of a summer house sale. Check the list below and see what you can do to make your home as attractive as possible to potential buyers. 1. Lawn in order Summer-dried brown patches on lawns ruin the effect of a pretty garden, so keep grass as green as possible. 2. Clear purpose Make sure every room shows its original purpose and make this clear through design and decorating. 3. Let the air in Musty-smelling rooms are off-putting and make people want to get out before they have even looked around. Open windows regularly to keep rooms well aired.

4. Lighten up Open curtains to let in natural light and if you have a dark room, turn on a lamp. 5. De-clutter the hall This is often the first space potential buyers see. Make the entrance hall enticing, so they want to see more of your home. 6. Pass the sniff test A home that smells fresh and clean is more important than baking bread or brewing coffee, which won’t disguise stale odours anyway. 7. Window dressing Ensure the glass is sparkling, clear junk off window sills and keep curtains pulled well back to make rooms seem lighter and bigger. 8. Floor space The tidier the better - carpet clutter is the quickest way to make a room look smaller. 9. The pets have to go Dishes of pet food in the kitchen, especially in warm weather, are a turn-off, as are accidents left on the lawn. 10. And lastly… Let salespeople to do their job. During open homes vacate your home, leaving salespeople to show potential buyers around your property.

Karen Spires is a Bayleys Real Estate Top Achiever - placing her sales data among the top five percent of salespeople within the company. (KAREN SPIRES) PN

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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL RON REDEL - BOB AND FRIENDS Ron Redel set up Bob and friends two years ago after 30 years in advertising and film production. He originally did a degree in textiles and sculpture and after working all his life in film, thought it would be great to in a way go back to where he started - design. “I wanted to create something different and bring some of the best English design to Auckland.” says Ron. Ron and his event caterer wife Megan have three children - two are in New Zealand and one in England. Their son Johnny goes to Western Springs College and their daughter Charlotte has been having a great year travelling and working in bars around Auckland before going to university in January. The family live in Herne Bay with their three year old Spoodle, Jess. Your best friend would say of you... I think my best friend would say I never give up, always bounce back and always like an adventure. Your mother would say of you... My mother would have said he drives me mad! Never sits still. Please name your virtues. I’m a good friend. And your vices? I take huge gambles. Who are your ultimate music icons? Keith Richards and Leonard Cohen What’s your secret passion? I’m a compulsive jam maker - can’t resist a fruit tree. How do you keep fit? I just started working out again after years of neglect and the body seems to be responding but it’s got a long way to go. Where do you spend your holidays? We have a house in Majorca that I built 25 years ago and just love it. Describe your perfect Sunday... I love to get up, jump on the scooter and spend an hour doing the food shopping... hitting the amazing French bakery on Dominion Road, picking up a couple of baguettes, popping into Sandringham for some bits and then wandering around the Grey Lynn market before going home and making something - it could be a cake, a curry, or a jam. Then if I’m not working it’s always nice to head off to a beach. We love Mangawai or I sometimes go to Muriwai for a swim. If it’s winter we might go off for Yum Cha or have a great late Sunday lunch, Megan is a great cook. What were you going to be when you grew up? I always wanted to be a director which I did eventually do, but discovered I didn’t have that killer instinct that I believe you need to be a really good director. I had a production company for 15 years before coming here.

Favourite Ponsonby fashion label? I don’t buy a lot of clothes anymore - I find it very hard to find stuff for men here. I’ve moved to t-shirts more than anything so it’s a mix of Clothesline and I really like Wunderkammer. What’s inspired you recently? I have always loved glass and have collected it for years. I recently started stocking Katie Brown’s wonderful lights and I went down to her studio for a day and watched her blow. It was amazing. It’s one of the most beautiful things to watch, to see the transformation from molten core to stunning fragile beauty (they are in the store now). Your desert island distractions: song? movie and/or TV show?/book? The Long Goodbye, John Martyn’s “Singing in the Rain”, Breaking Bad, and Michael Chabon’s ‘The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay’ - one of the greatest books ever written. The house is on fire and your family is safe - what do you save? I’d grab my watches and probably a Taschen art book, the Denis Hopper. “I’d be lost without my...” ...kids. One thing you have learned about life is...? Life is about the small things. If you can enjoy those then there are magic moments every day. PN BOB AND FRIENDS, 62 Ponsonby Road T 09 378 7350 www.bobandfriends.co.nz

If you didn’t have Bob and friends you’d be? I’d probably still be in film - I loved it and still do. What’s your favourite Ponsonby restaurant? Ponsonby Bistro. Great food and a really professional approach. They’re lovely people and have become very good friends. Favourite cafe? The Supreme coffee shop on Douglas I love the atmosphere, the decor, and the coffee. What are your favourite Ponsonby stores? Everyday Needs and Flotsam and Jetsam - two very different stores. Katie has a great eye and buys beautiful things - we’ve never met but I like what she does. Cameron creates a wonderful atmosphere in his shop plus the Saturday donuts are the best.

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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!

MARTIN LEACH PAST MY EXPIRY DATE - LIVING IS MY BUSINESS By Peter A Taylor A 13 year dream to participate at the Olympic games proved to be Peter’s nemesis. At Barcelona Olympics in 1992 he was bitten by a sand fly and contracted a terminal illness destroying his bone marrow and internal organs. Having both HIV and Leishmania meant certain death within 20 months. However, now 21 years later past his expiry date, Peter explores why he is the only person in the world to live this long. Over the past 18 years Peter had a combination treatment of over 920 doses of chemotherapy and other similar drugs. Side effects of severe vision impairment and profound deafness, from the medication, became two of the uncertainties of this chronic illness. His art of wellness may be part of his longevity. In this story he shares his rise on the international equestrian circuits to his attempt to be the first in the world participating in the experiment to attempt to kill the parasites. Peter leaves you in no doubt of his heroic struggle to live and tells of the lessons he learned during his adventure. A powerful romp, this book is full of inspiration, humour and practised wisdom. Just before he passed away, Peter Taylor gave me a copy of this final book, which he wrote a heartfelt inscription in for me. “Darling Martin, with love Pete.” I’ll never forget him. Rest in peace, dear Pete.

JAY PLATT AUTOBIOGRAPHY by MORRISEY (Penguin Classics) The Smiths and Morrisey were huge during my youth in London, despite their hailing from Manchester. I thought at first, when I saw that it was going to be put out as a Penguin Classic, that this was just another of Morrissey’s whimsical appropriations of the things he loves, like getting EMI to reopen the “His Master’s Voice” label up again just for him. But having got only a fifth of the way in, it seems eerily prophetic, as this is a truly great autobiography, and its very existence in the physical world feels momentous, like finding the lost journals of Lord Byron or Oscar Wilde. Steven Patrick Morrisey was born in Manchester on 22 May 1959. Singer -songwriter and co-founder of the Smiths (1982-1987), Morrisey has been a solo artist for 26 years, during which time he has had three number one albums in England in three different decades. Achieving 11 top 10 albums (plus nine with the Smiths), his songs have been recorded by David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, Thelma Houston, My Chemical Romance and Christy Moore, amongst others. An animal protectionist, in 2006 Morrisey was voted the second greatest living British icon by viewers of the BBC, losing out to Sir David Attenborough. In 2007 Morrisey was voted the greatest northern male, past or present, in a nationwide newspaper poll.

HOPETOUN RESIDENCES OFFERING A TRULY ENVIABLE LIFESTYLE WELCOME TO AUCKLAND’S MOST EXCEPTIONAL NEW RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS. Hopetoun Residences by Tawera Group has heralded a new era in the luxury apartment market after record-breaking success. Hundreds of people arrived for the launch of Hopetoun Residences, the latest residential development to hit the market from award-winning property developer, Tawera Group. The demand for these luxury apartments is sky high with over 58 residences sold in the first week alone. Hopetoun Residences will feature 91 apartments across 12 storeys, all set to a backdrop of breath-taking panoramic views. Construction of these exclusive residences commences 2014 with a completion date of mid-2015. Discerning purchasers may choose from a variety of apartment styles and options. You can expect spacious, flowing floor plans, elegant fixtures and luxurious amenities. Many floor plans offer balconies of up to 66m2, allowing an intimate connection to your outdoor surrounds. Find yourself at the heart of something truly special. A short stroll to Ponsonby’s sophisticated cafes, restaurants and nightlife, yet moments from the CBD and daily conveniences. The combination of Hopetoun Residences architectural elegance and close proximity to quality schools, shops and transport facilities, has struck a chord with buyers. The new display suite is officially open for viewings from 12pm-3pm daily or via private appointment. Hopetoun Residences is a truly enviable lifestyle opportunity. It could be yours. Be in quick to secure your preferred apartment. PN BARFOOT & THOMPSON CITY, Corner Fort Street and Commerce Street Auckland Central, Aaron Cook M: 021 612 642 or Betty Shao M: 021 215 1570 www.barfoot.co.nz

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS ECOSTORE BUILDING NEW ZEALAND’S FIRST NET ZERO ENERGY COMMERCIAL BUILDING

LORD AUCKLAND WOULD BE PROUD OF ARCH HILL RESIDENTS

The well known and loved home of ecostore in Freemans Bay is now home to 48 solar panels, resulting in New Zealand’s first net zero energy commercial building.

Last month four full days of the Hearings into the Bunnings Consent application were held at the Civic building in the CBD.

The building will run entirely on solar power from the highly efficient solar panels, designed to generate over 17,500 kWh a year, which is expected to be enough to power the entire building for all of its electricity requirements.

How did we go? We confounded them with our strength of community - we wowed them with quality and diverse presentation styles that proved effective in conveying the message. Our expert witnesses acquitted themselves to the level expected and a few left-field submissions, especially by the Kindercare big guns, set the scene for an interesting final day. Lord Auckland, revered father figure of our city, pictured below with Grey Lynn resident, hairdresser Soala Wilson, would be extremely proud of the strength of our opposition to an unwanted big box development. PN

Ecostore’s not for profit arm, Fairground Foundation has been instrumental in this project coming to life. “The Fairground Foundation has been set up to take on projects that have traditionally been seen as too hard, making them commercially viable and then passing the learnings back to the general community. This project fits in perfectly with Fairground’s mission creating a healthier, more sustainable world through on-the-ground action, hence the enthusiasm for coordinating this project which has taken over 14 months,” says Malcolm Rands, ecostore founder and owner. Vector Limited (Vector) currently operates a solar pilot residential programme with a limited number of Auckland homeowners, one of which includes Rands. “The idea is to bring smarter energy choices to all Aucklanders. We have taken the learnings from our early successes in the residential solar programme and are applying them in new areas,” says Simon Mackenzie, CEO of Vector. The solar system allows solar power to be intelligently integrated into Vector’s electricity network. By combining solar panels with battery storage and a smart control system, the energy produced from the solar panels can be stored and used both when it is needed in the building and during times of peak network demand. The batteries are a Lithium-ion battery pack, the same technology used in the car industry to power hybrid electric vehicles. The batteries also provide a measure of resilience with some backup in the unlikely event of a grid outage The tenants at 1 Scotland Street will not be required to change their electricity usage behaviour to achieve the net zero energy result. Mackenzie says “In New Zealand now, the cost of solar continues to fall and Vector is leading the way. “Our research shows that giving people real time feedback about their usage leads to lower consumption.” The early stages of this project highlighted areas where further savings can be made so there is the possibility that the building could become a net positive energy building. A fixed monthly fee is all that is required for the solar services. “We look upon this investment as a commercially viable long term solution that costs no more than purchasing the same amount of power from the local grid. In addition I believe it adds value to the building,” says Jon Ramage, joint landlord with Jacqui Ansin, home to ecostore retail and the owners of Lily & Louis PR. Rands certainly leads the way with renewable energy. “We’ve been solar energy efficient at home, at the ecostore East Tamaki factory and now at ecostore. It’s a great feeling to know you are doing the right thing,” says Rands. PN

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INTERIOR DESIGNER ANYA BRIGHOUSE: What’s the one thing you are going to do, to update your home this summer?

After quietly spending the last two years on and off renovating our home, this summer we will be doing nothing to the house. Just enjoying it. What I will be doing is spending some time in the garden. You would have to know me to know what an earth shattering statement that is. In our last home (that we were in for 13 years) I had a bit of input when the garden was put in when we moved it. But that was it, and after that, simply nothing for 13 years. As long as there were no major holes in the lawn, or nothing was dead, I just didn’t care about the garden. Then we moved to a large house and garden that had been left to its own devices for a very long time. For the first time in my life, a garden, or lack thereof, intrigued me. All the time I was sorting out the inside, the outside was nagging away at me. Unluckily for me, whatever skill I have in interiors, I do not have in gardens. Not a creative bone in my green thumb (as it were). So finally, after two years of waiting, our new garden in nearly finished. I owe it entirely to the consummately talented Xanthe White. It is good to know what your strengths are. So now, I am going to do the one thing I can do to help it along. I am going to water it. Then watch it grow into this amazing new thing. Lucky me. www.beautifulbedlam.co.nz PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ART INSTALLATION MINI ROADSHOW ‘Top Secret’ an art installation created Mandalina Stanisich which was exhibited in QE2 Square, Downtown Auckland last year. This month the installation is touring Auckland in an awareness campaign - five venues in five weeks until 28 November. Mandalina is the driver of the project but she says “the real heroes are the members of the community who have come aboard - Westfield, Botany Town Centre, Sylvia Park Mall and Auckland Hospital.” Her hope is that if a person who suffers from domestic violence sees the art installation displayed in a public place it will help them reach out and talk about their experiences with family, friends or workmates. If you are in the position to donate to the campaign, be proud in the knowledge that you may change or save a life in the future. PN www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/DVArtInstallMiniRoadshow

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MACKELVIE STREET ‘HEAD TURNER’ WINS TOP ARCHITECTURE AWARD PONSONBY’S MACKELVIE STREET SHOPPING PRECINCT HAS WON A COMMERCIAL architecture award at the 2013 Auckland Architecture Awards. More than 300 people celebrated the “best of the best” of Auckland’s architectural work, from residential and commercial to public and school buildings, at Shed 10, downtown Auckland last month. The winning shopping site, which sits between Pollen and Mackelvie Streets with frontages on Ponsonby Road, was designed by RTA Studio and is owned by Samson Corporation. The other award winners in the Commercial category are ANZ Centre by Warren and Mahoney Architects, and Special Building, designed by McKinney + Windeatt Architects. Judges comments about Mackelvie Street include: “Succinctly referencing the scale and decoration of the Victorian and Edwardian shops in the neighbourhood, this lacy insertion into the fabric of Ponsonby is a real head -turner. Prodding heritage into a lively present, the precinct offers a future-proofed happy marriage of fashion and food.” The win came just two weeks after Mackelvie Street picked up a Highly Commended Award in the very competitive Shopping category at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore. RTA Studio director Rich Naish says it’s very satisfying to see the building achieving recognition at a local and global level. “We set out to make a building that felt comfortable in the context of Ponsonby’s history, the now and the future. We think it has a familiar scale and proportion that people can relate to in the context of Ponsonby,” he says. Samson Corporation general manager Marco Creemers says Mackelvie Street is an extremely stylish, charming building that’s light and airy with a scale that reflects local, street shopping, making it friendly and approachable. “It’s a great feeling to know that your everyday expectations are achieving such high accolades,” he says. The Mackelvie Street Shopping Precinct is now eligible to enter the 2014 New Zealand Architecture Awards which will be announced in May. PN

EXPERIENCED VALUER DISCUSSES NEW INSURANCE RULES Clayton Munting attained his Commerce degree in valuation and property management from Canterbury University in the mid 1980s. After a brief stint with The Valuation Department in Tauranga, and then a lengthy period with a large private valuation company, he branched out, setting up his own valuation business in Central Auckland. By the time valuers have got their university degree, worked for three years for a registered valuer, been examined by the Valuers Registration Board and a year later become an Associate of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers, seven years or more have passed. It’s a rigorous qualification, and so it should be when you are recommending that a bank lend large sums of money on a property you have valued or as an expert witness in litigation or arbitrations. Clayton services the Greater Ponsonby area - the area which Ponsonby News covers. While Clayton Munting has in the past covered a wide range of commercial, industrial and lifestyle valuations his practice now focuses exclusively on residential valuations. Among the commonest valuations Clayton does are valuations for finance for mortgages, those for extensions, trusts, for matrimonial separations, and for auctions. He has recently undertaken increasingly more insurance valuations for higher value properties and large houses. Since 1 July, insurance companies have required a detailed replacement cost for houses being reinsured. Clayton Munting explained to us how that worked. For an insurance certificate you must not only describe the house but detail items like decks, the materials to be used in reconstruction ( e.g. Kauri weatherboards), the contour of the land (sloping sections are more expensive to build on), cost of retaining walls, and even internal things like ornate pressed steel ceilings, heated tile bathrooms, demolition costs (e.g. for removing the burned out house ), professional fees, council consent costs and an inflationary provision for the increase in the cost of building materials over the planning and reconstruction period. It is not just the cost of the rebuild which must be taken into consideration“Now almost everyone we do a mortgage valuation for, needs an insurance valuation too,” Clayton told Ponsonby News. The New Zealand Institute of Valuers (NZIV) amalgamated some time ago with the Property Institute of New Zealand (PINZ), and Clayton worries that the role of the valuer has been lost in this amalgamation. “In my view PINZ don’t appear to be adequately promoting valuers to the public as the professional of choice for insurance valuations,” Clayton says. A home is a New Zealander’s most precious asset, and we all aspire to own one. No one likes paying for insurance, but we all need to cover the unaffordable scenarios, like total destruction by fire. We also like to keep up to date with what our investment is worth, and here the professional valuer is crucial to the many and varied options we may have. Do we sell and downsize once the kids have gone? Do we choose an apartment with less maintenance? What are the likely capital gain implications around apartment versus free standing house? What are the implications of leaky building syndrome? Should we consider leasehold as well as freehold properties. Valuers like Clayton Munting play a vital part in helping us make those and many other decisions. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN

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MILLY NOLAN: DESIGNER GIFTS

Burst of sunshine Leading into 2014, the key colour in home interior promises to be yellow. The vibrant colour will dominate the home making for lively and stimulating color palettes, fabrics and fittings. If you’re not brave enough to splash it on your walls or use it in your curtains, then instead add a cheerful ray with yellow hued accessories, cushions, throws, artwork, or perhaps a small chair. If neon yellow is not you, try a pale sherbet shade or even a yellow lime colour. Here are our favourite bursts of sunshine.

Chasseur Round French Oven, $439 While hearty stews or cassoulets may be more suitable in winter, the bright citron colour of this enamel-coated cast iron round French oven dish warrants its place on the kitchen bench all summer long. This is definitely not one to be hidden away. Citta Attica Hammock, $95 Perfect for hanging in your patio or garden, whether at home or at the bach, this incredible fringed hammock in bright yellow will be the most sought after spot during summer. French Country Cotton IKat Placemats Set, $60 Ideal for summer dinner parties or casual barbeques, this set of four vibrantly coloured placemats will brighten up any table setting with their yellow hue and interesting iKat pattern.

General Eclectic Wire Storage Baskets, $60 Lively in yellow, these fabulous wire storage baskets come as a pair of two different sizes. Use them as you wish either in the bathroom, office, bedroom or living area. Storage will never look bland again. Le Creuset Stoneware Mug, $16 What better way to start the day than drinking your favourite brew from a yellow coloured mug, such as this one by Le Creuset. Its sunny colour will leave you smiling and thanks to its stoneware properties, it will last you a lifetime. Pony Rider My Spot Throw, $230 Screen-printed with a simple dot design in a yellow lime colour, this cotton and linen blend throw will add an interesting point of difference to any room. While it’s designed to be thrown over the bed, it could also be hung on the wall or used on the back of the sofa.

Tivoli Audio Model One AM/FM Radio Frost Collection, $450 Add a splash of colour as well as great sound to your living area this summer with this fabulous table radio. Described as “the best sounding table radio ever made”, its sunflower yellow and crisp white colour makes it equally as good to look at. Aura Chevron Euro Pillowcase, $45 This wonderfully bold yellow euro pillowcase has an equally wonderful chevron pattern and also comes with matching pillows and a duvet cover so that you can add a whole ray of sunshine to your bedroom. All products are available from www.mildredandco.com (MILLY NOLAN) PN

FIESTA IN WESTERN PARK

The third Biennial Fiesta in the Park at Ponsonby’s Western Park was postponed from a Saturday last month to the Sunday. This year’s theme was Connect, well-being through connection, in celebration of mental health awareness events across the globe. Pictured are performers Zig n Zag and Ash Graham. PN

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WHAT’S NEW AT STUDIO ITALIA

Multilamp black freestanding lamp $1,400 inc GST

Seletti I-Wares range of tea and coffee set available with the handles in a range of colours. Price start form $50 per cup

Bouche table lamps. In blue, amber or maroon $350

Crystaled LED light pendants or table lamps. Available in clear, blue or amber in different shapes $350 each STUDIO ITALIA, 96E Carlton Gore Road, Newmarket T 09 523 2105 www.studioitalia.co.nz

PONSONBY HISTORY… DID YOU KNOW? In 1854 James O’Neill’s house becomes St. Anne’s School for Maori Girls run by the Sisters of Mercy. Responding to a Maori request for holy women to teach the children, the sisters of Mercy had arrived in Auckland from Ireland in 1850 already fluent in the Maori language. Their first school and orphanage was situated near St Patrick’s Cathedral.

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WINDOW FURNISHINGS TO COMPLEMENT YOUR LIFESTYLE Lahood Window Furnishings has always been on the cutting edge of curtain design and manufacture. For more than 30 years they’ve prided themselves on being New Zealand’s leaders for stylish, quality window furnishings. Their new, state of the art Window Furnishings & Design Centre in Mt Eden is the next step in their quest to provide unparalleled service and exceptional quality. Their beautiful displays combine with the latest technologies to provide you with inspiration and practical design advice. Their experienced design consultants have a wealth of knowledge and a passion for fabrics and design that will help you to create the curtains and blinds you have envisaged for your home. Relax with a coffee while a consultant guides you through their vast range of styles, fabrics, fittings and accessories sourced from the world’s premier suppliers. Choose from classical prints drawn from historic European designs and exotic weaves inspired by the Orient to leading edge designs from high-tech design studios. If you are unable to visit their showroom, they’ll send one of their expert consultants right to your door. Together, they will find the window furnishings that best complement your lifestyle. When the design and manufacture of your window furnishings is complete, their design consultants will work with their expert installers to ensure that, no matter how simple or complex, your vision is brought to reality. PN LAHOOD WINDOW FURNISHINGS & DESIGN CENTRE, 104 Mt Eden Road T: 09 638 8463 www.lahood.co.nz

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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 am undertaking an alteration and have obtained quotes from several architects, which are all different. Now I am confused. Won’t the service be the same and therefore the fee?

weather. Some weeks later, in a cold snap, he phoned to confirm it was too cold for the heat pumps to work. He also confirmed he had rejected the first quote and had accepted a cheaper one. He paid less but didn’t get the same quality.

I am always amused when a prospective client asks me, at the very first meeting, how much my fee will be? It suggests they understand what my role in the project will be and that I understand what they want. It suggests the cheapest fee will provide the same service as the more expensive fee.

The lesson is don’t always assume the cheapest will be value for money. Maybe the higher fee comes with years of knowledge, experience in that type of project and a fuller service, for example inclusive of kitchen and bathroom drawings, where the others don’t include these.

A recent client wanted ducted air-conditioning in his new house. When I suggested that it would cost in the order of $30,000, he said he had put in two high wall heat pumps for less than $10,000 and why the extra expense. I asked if his heat pumps worked in cold

Take time to understand what the architect thinks the project will involve, the issues and the scope of service. A cheap heat pump won’t keep you warm on winter mornings! (PAUL LEUSCHKE) www.leuschkekahn.co.nz PN

LET THE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING BEGIN AT CITTA OUTLET Do all your Christmas buying this season at the Citta Outlet Store in Mt Eden. The store boasts a dazzling range of home-wares in fresh contemporary designs. Visit the Outlet for all your Christmas gift ideas at bargain basement prices so come in with your list and let the shopping begin. Open Mon to Sat 10am - 4pm and Sun 10am - 3pm. CITTA OUTLET, 18 Normanby Road Mt Eden T: 09 623 9884 www.cittadesign.co.nz PN

PONSONBY HISTORY… DID YOU KNOW? In 1894 the new Bishop’s Palace was constructed to the designs of Pugin & Pugin (sons of Augustus Welby Pugin, the Gothic enthusiast responsible for much of the decorative work of the Palace of Westminster). The Bishop’s Palace was partly funded by donations from all over the world, including 5,000 schools in Europe and the US, the Lord Mayor of London and an Archduchess of Austria. An imposing dark brick Gothic pile, it is believed to be the first house in Auckland built to include electric lighting.

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SARABAN TREE AND THE ART OF GIVING For those wanting a lifestyle that “gives back”, and still allows them to enjoy the finer things of life - or give them as gifts - Saraban Tree provides the ideal solution.

WHAT’S NEW AT TRENZSEATER “The CHATEAUX Dining Table from TRENZSEATER is a stunning solid American Oak dining table that features hand turned legs and a parquet top. A combination of stain colours has been used on the top to achieve an aged look. The Chateaux Dining Table as pictured is $5990 and is able to be viewed at TRENZSEATER in Parnell.” PN TRENZSEATER, 80 Parnell Road, T: 09 303 4151 www.trenzseater.com

Their online gallery of thoughtfully curated artworks and art objects covers a range of budgets, and 10% of all monthly sales are donated to their charities. Saraban Tree opened in June 2013, founded to enable people to effortlessly make a difference. They do this by selling beautiful art and quality handmade artisanal objects, created by our Saraban Tree community. The finance generated supports organisations capacity building in marginalised communities, or active in other areas of social justice. Craig and Janet Mathewson opened Saraban Tree, after 20 years’ experience in a range of arts and charities. They are energised by seeing others discover their purpose in life, and are excited to be combining their passions in this fresh new retail experience. Nelson’s Kayan weavers from the hill tribes of Burma, who Janet met as Auckland manager of refugee services, now exhibit their stunning textiles alongside established 85-year-old Kiwi artist Daphne Mason, finalist in several major New Zealand art awards. The common thread with all our artists is their personal courage, and their skill in their chosen field. Their regularly updated range of original paintings and prints, exquisite hand-woven textiles, ceramics and jewellery (much of it exclusive to Saraban Tree) can be purchased at www.saraban.co.nz. Sign up for their newsletter so you don’t miss out! PN

Saraban Tree Craig and Janet Mathewson

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UK PENSIONS – THE WINDOW IS CLOSING The window of opportunity for returning Kiwis and UK expats is open but will be closing soon; this window gives you the chance to bring home your UK pension and potentially make considerable tax savings; this also applies to you if you have transferred your pension back to New Zealand already. New Zealand has proposed legislation to alter the way UK pensions are taxed in New Zealand; the new system will mean it is easier and more clear-cut for the IRD to track tax that you may owe them; these changes are retrospective and apply both to pensions already transferred and those that remain in the UK. The proposed legislation gives a window by which moving your pension back to New Zealand prior to April 2014 may allow you substantial savings on your tax obligations; the window has never looked more attractive (of course each circumstance is different and there are many aspects for consideration before moving any pension).

TRICKY BUSINESS - SUM-INSURED When assessed correctly, the move to sum-insured from replacement value insurance is good news for home owners. It gives you more control over the amount your home is insured for; how much you are paying for that protection and mitigates any nasty surprises should you need to rebuild. But like a lot of things worth doing, assessing the sum-insured value of your home is not always a simple exercise - the level of detail required can be daunting and at times confusing. For many homeowners this has already resulted in arriving at an incorrect sum-insured value - either meaning they are overpaying for their insurance or leaving themselves vulnerable to a significant shortfall between the actual cost to rebuild and what their insurance company would pay out. So before you jump online and use one of the many insurers’ calculators that have popped up to ‘help’ with the transition…

What next? The time to act is now, whether you have already moved your UK pension back to New Zealand or plan to in the future the proposed tax changes will affect you. To understand these changes and how they may affect you contact Jocelyn Weatherall or Richard Knight of Rutherford Rede (Akld) Limited, your local Ponsonby Authorised Financial Adviser practice, for a free no obligation evaluation.

Here are a few things to think about: • There are often major differences between the default sum-insured calculation by insurers and values assessed by professional property valuers. In the absence of a sum-insured assessment, the insurance company uses a default value, which can be hugely different to what the actual figure would be.

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For example: (1) A Mt Eden property with default value of $718,000 was valued at $1,575,000 by a property valuer; (2) A Green Bay property with a default value of $630,000 was valued by a property valuer at $701,000. Just a couple of examples amongst many of either over or under estimating the rebuild value.

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• Understandably, it is difficult for home owners to measure and assess their property for Sum Insured value - especially when getting into the detail of measuring a driveway accurately; the impact of a sloping section; decking and garages; types of materials used in construction etc. Not to mention the complexities of Code of Compliance requirements and forgetting about the all-important GST factor. These are all elements that can leave the home owner short on funds to rebuild should something happen to their property, or paying too much in premiums for inflated cover. • Online calculators - a promised solution but perhaps part of the problem. Insurance People recently ran a study of Auckland home owners which clearly indicated that the calculators can be complicated and confusing. The danger of course when getting frustrated with a system - which is supposed to help - is that home owners choose to use the default sum-insured value rather than completing a full assessment. The solution to sorting your sum insured value This really is something that home owners need to get right - both in terms of ensuring they are paying the appropriate amount in premiums and to safeguard themselves from potential shortfalls in rebuild costs. A quick and easy way to have peace of mind when sum-insured is first applicable to your home insurance is to get a registered valuation - this pretty much does the work for you. Yes, there is a cost - usually between $400 and $600 - but in the long run it is a worthwhile expense. Insurance People have established a number of alliances with valuation companies to offer a special rate for policy holders to help you through the transition. Or, talk to us. Sum-insured is a more accurate way to protect your home, but as mentioned above the process of arriving at the correct figure is not as simple as entering a few guesstimates into an online calculator. If you would like some advice on how to manage the transition, you’re welcome to call us at Insurance People - we know the ins and outs. Katrina Church is the managing director at Insurance People and has helped many home owners navigate the transition to sum-insured value. To talk to Katrina, call 09 361 0738 or email Katrina.church@insurancepeople.co.nz. PN Insurance People, Level 1, 30 Ponsonby Road T: 0800 823 823 E: enquiries@insurancepeople.co.nz www.insurancepeople.co.nz

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HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU’RE GETTING GOOD ADVICE? Getting a home loan is one of the biggest financial commitments we can make. Getting it right is simply essential; so it makes sense that working with the right home loan adviser is just as important. There are the obvious things to look for; whether your adviser is qualified (AFA or RFA; if they are involved in industry bodies (PAA etc); if they have access to a broad range of lenders and advise based on the best option for their client etc. But in our opinion at Mortgage People, it’s also about the level of counsel offered by the adviser. Here are some things to consider when shopping for help with your home loan:

Glenn Christie, Director at Mortgage People

Your goals: short-term and long-term Money matters are never just about the dollars and cents or the interest rate you’ll be paying. More importantly, it’s about how your money is put to work to effectively meet your goals and lifestyle needs. A good adviser does not take a vanilla approach to your home loan needs; rather they will take time to really understand what is driving your choice to buy a home now; what you want to achieve in the short term and the long term; any plans you have for the next few years - future investments; starting or growing your family etc. Home loans are pretty feature-rich these days and can be structured in a variety of ways to uniquely meet your needs. A good adviser takes your life goals and plans into consideration when helping you choose the right lender and loan structure. Loan management advice Sometimes the task of choosing a home loan and signing on the dotted line leaves little room to think about how you can be savvy in managing the amount of interest you will ultimately pay for your property. There are number of options available that can shave years and huge amounts of interest off your home loan - sometimes as simple as making fortnightly repayments or a regular additional repayment of as little as $100. A good adviser will make you aware of these options at the outset so that you can either implement one or more of the strategies from the start or plan to do it a little down the track. Jargon-free zone Finance is full of jargon - terms and acronyms - that can be hard to get your head around (especially for first home buyers). It can be stressful enough getting finance for your home or investment without the added pressure of feeling like you need a course in finance to make an informed decision. Good advisers know this and how to lay all the facts and options on the table without reverting to a plethora of jargon. What’s more, clear communication about upfront and ongoing fees; loan structure options and what these actually mean for your day-to-day finances are two things that are mandatory in good home loan advice. The affordability question Perhaps most applicable for first home buyers, the desire to get on the property ladder can sometimes lead people to overplay what they can actually afford. While approval criteria set by lenders has been established to ensure people don’t commit to a home loan without adequate uncommitted income to make repayments, it’s important to look a bit deeper. If taking out a mortgage means a huge change in spending behaviour, it is essential that that change is a realistic one; not one that looks workable on paper but then becomes a debt trap. A good adviser helps home buyers take an objective view on their finances and what is really going to be achievable, comfortably. If it is more responsible to come back in three or six months’ time, that is exactly what a good adviser will counsel. (GLENN CHRISTIE) PN Glenn Christie is a director at Mortgage People. To speak with Glenn, call 09 360 5620 or email glenn.christie@mortgagepeople.co.nz Mortgage People, Level 1, 30 Ponsonby Road T: 0800 823 823 E: enquiries@mortgagepeople.co.nz www.mortgagepeople.co.nz co.nz

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COLLECTIVE ENTHUSIASM - REDISCOVER NEST Nest will be remembered by many of you as a superb quality brand of home-ware that embodies everyday style for real New Zealanders. This is the story of a great brand being brought back to life for everyone to enjoy once more. Three business partners with a long and successful record in the fashion industry, Brent Millar, Kerrie McFarlane, and Bronwyn Smith are the funders of this new venture. The product style is still unmistakably “nest” - which is not surprising as they have collaborated with Pixie McKinnon, the original founder of nest. Contemporary crafted ceramics, beautiful washed linen bedding, handmade glassware, white enamelled cutlery are just some of the new ranges we see at the nest warehouse shop which opened in October. Set on the city fringe between Ponsonby and Newmarket, in an old warehouse, nest has the art of home-wares retailing nailed with a clever mix of old and new, rustic and smooth, classic and contemporary.

new venture is a mix of traditional nest products - like great Egyptian cotton towels, high quality glassware from France and white porcelain dinnerware at great prices, plus a new directions including hand decorated cups and plates, and washed linen bedding in fabulous colours - which are much more “kinfolk” in style. It’s nest reinvented, but beyond that it has been taken to a new level - our intention is to delight and inspire the nest customer with exclusive and beautiful products from around the world.” The new nest warehouse shop is in Dacre Street, Newton; there is a great community spirit developing in the area - with the fantastic cafe Modicum right next door, and plenty of parking.

Brent Millar says “our aim is to bring top quality product direct to you at the best prices possible. We have worked alongside some of the best factories and specialists in the world to bring quality, contemporary home-wares back into the New Zealand market. We bring everything in ourselves, so we keep our costs as low as they can be, with no middle men.”

Nest has a big customer base throughout New Zealand and Australia - and although there is currently only one store in Auckland, by mid November nest products will be able to be purchased online throughout New Zealand and Australia. Bronwyn says “with the continued trend for online shopping we are confident that the efforts we have made to create a responsive design website that is world class, with beautiful photography, will ensure that the online business will be an important component in the growth of the nest brand for the future.” Welcome home, nest. PN

The passion developed in the clothing industry and the skills learnt over many years in design and production of fashion, together with a love of home-wares, meant reopening nest was a very logical step for Kerrie McFarlane and Bronwyn Smith. Kerrie says “the

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INDICE’S AWARD WINNING INTERIOR DESIGNER Hilary Skinner and Skinner Design have been a part of the interior design landscape since 1975. Together with her husband Bryan, they have been active in the design industry in varying areas; from soft furnishing manufacturers to gallery owners and everywhere in between. This year New Zealand House & Garden introduced an award that was to recognise the vast and creative body of work in the interior design field. After many years in the industry, it was good to see this often under valued sector receive this sort of acknowledgement. Hilary and her team were thrilled to win this inaugural award, having entered a formal yet liveable sitting room. Although at first glance the room may appear structured, it is a well used space. There are pieces in here from several generation of the family, chandeliers purchased while on a trip to Venice, with classic contemporary elements. The space now plays host to a growing family; children, grandchildren, dogs and a parrot. Hilary has a 20 year relationship with the client that has seen their collaboration grow into a strong friendship. They have worked together on several other projects; retail, residential, commercial and holiday homes. Hilary works out of her Grey Lynn studio. The Skinner Design team includes her daughter Hannah Skinner, Virginia Craig and Gary Hicks. The showroom displays imported and local furniture, lighting, art, soft furnishings and accessories. They are open to the public. PN INDICE SHOWROOM, 4 Rose Road, T: 09 376 9167 E: hannah@indice.co.nz www.indice.co.nz

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An Excellent Vintage: Celebrating a group of New Zealand’s most senior and established artists. Artists include: Nigel Brown, Alexis Hunter, Mary McIntyre, Ross Ritchie, Michael Shepherd, Philip Trusttum and Greer Twiss. 12-30 November How do you create a good wine? With hard work, a bit of luck and the right combination of elements and some nurturing. After having plenty of time to mature, you will hopefully have a vintage full of flavour that has gotten better with time and become richer and fuller bodied. This show celebrates a group of New Zealand’s senior artists who have built and developed their art practice over many years. Like a good vintage of wine, their work has matured and become richer over time, both in subject matter and technique. To create an art career and ouvre that is rich and engaging through the decades, takes a lot of hard work and dedication. This exhibition celebrates the achievements of these artists and their work. EAT and be eaten by Philip Trusttum Canterbury’s earthquakes had a profound effect on Christchurch artist Philip Trusttum, with the disruption of losing his house and studio space forcing him to look for alternatives alongside his painting practice. He returned to drawing. These extraordinary works, at once captivate and confront the viewer. Philip has represented New Zealand on many occasions. In 1984, he was invited to participate in ANZART at the Edinburgh Arts Festival. The same year he exhibited on New York’s 57th Street at the Jill Kornblee Gallery. Philip has been awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, only the second New Zealander to receive the award. Philip Trusttum is represented in all major public and private collections throughout New Zealand. PN WHITESPACE, 12 Crummer Road T: 09 361 6331 www.whitespace.co.nz

MOMENTUM’S FEATURED ARTIST THIS MONTH IS GREG STRAIGHT Greg Straight is an illustrator, artist and graphic designer living in Auckland, New Zealand. As a former graduate of the Elam School of Fine Arts, he has followed a varied career in visual arts and has spent time based in both London and Auckland. Greg Straight is an artist best known for his iconic range of bold, graphic limited edition “Kiwiana” art prints. Greg has recently produced an artwork for the much loved Kiwi brand Chelsea, for their Golden Syrup Collectors Tin. Chelsea and Greg are stoked with the finished tin, which has also been highly acclaimed by the media. Set for his biggest year yet, Greg’s will be showcasing his ever-increasing body of work at his upcoming exhibition at Augusto in association with Momentum. The show will include a range of artworks inspired by Chelsea along with new unreleased works! PN More details online: www.facebook.com/gregstraightdesign MOMENTUM GALLERY, 1/182 Jervois Road T: 09 376 4749 www.momentumgallery.co.nz facebook.com/MomentumGallery

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ARTS + CULTURE DREAMING OF FILM-MAKING?

END TO END FILM-MAKING - A NEW SUMMER SCHOOL WORKSHOP 13 - 17 January 2014 “End to End Film-making is designed to emulate the entire film process” explains film director Bryan Hudkins. This is a new workshop offered as part of the Corban Estate Arts Centre’s Summer School programme. Bryan is an American film director and scriptwriter with a remarkable trajectory in the film industry. His experience includes an internship at Walden Media, producers of The Chronicles of Narnia series, as well as working in the Hollywood film Aliens in the Attic. He has directed TV commercials, participated in international and local film festivals and is co-founder of Dreams in Shadow, a joint venture with a group of passionate industry professionals. The Dreams in Shadow team includes film and art directors, stunt coaches, story-board drafters, executive producers, together with camera and lighting experts. In this Summer School workshop, participants will learn the art and business of film -making as they develop a story, create a budget, pitch it to studios, hash out storyboards, then cast and shoot a film with their team. In the edit room they will work with professional editors to prepare for the screening. “Workshop participants will emerge with an arsenal of tools ready for tackling any film project,” says Bryan. Enrolments for End to End film-making and other Summer School workshops are now open so ensure a place by contacting: CORBAN ESTATE ARTS CENTRE, T: 09 838 4455 E: info@ceac.org.nz www.ceac.org.nz PN

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ARTS + CULTURE SEE ART IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT ART IN THE DARK 2013 7-9 November 2013

Set to illuminate installations and urban spaces for the Auckland public, Art in the Dark returns for its fourth year from 7 November, transforming Western Park into a bustling hub under the bright lights. Held over three nights, Art in the Dark challenges artists both in New Zealand and abroad to create projects that fit the aesthetics of outdoor urban areas and illuminate the dark using sustainable materials and energy wherever possible. Over 40 artworks will light up even the darkest nooks and crannies of Ponsonby’s own green valley, as the free event becomes a platform for bright minds to show off their talents and show the incredible glow of ingenuity this event has brought to the city. Having started in 2010, Art in the Dark has grown into Auckland’s premiere light festival, with 2012 seeing over 40,000 people attending, witnessing over 30 light installations - with projections, performances and large scale immersive experiences from some of the most innovative creators the public will have a chance to see. This year the programme demonstrates just how far it has come with an incredible calibre of artists involved: Creature and Flox collaborate to bring an interactive piece, Flight of Fancy, which will allow audiences to bring a “static” installation to life. Wellington’s Darklit Design create Tracing Transcience, a light sculpture that explores how the shift from light of day to night creates an absence of detail for those passing through the environs. Art in the Dark also brings from Australia Experience Workshop, who present their work Screaming Rapture. A full body experience, a cleansing of the palette and one hell of a public spectacle, as someone shouts a radiant light escapes, flashing rapidly across viewers. Pulsating luminous patterns set off murmurs in the crowd and as they begin to speak quietly, the fluttering grows, eliciting shouts and noise until wave upon wave of light splashes out across the audience. In keeping with the idea of sustainability, Art in the Dark will once again run an environmental education schools programme, headed up by Sustainable Coastlines and Alex Bartleet. New Light will be formed by joining together different artworks from local schools each having been created from litter collected during a beach cleanup on Rangitoto. The mystery creature will be revealed on the opening night of the season. www.artinthedark.co.nz PN

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Sadly “Everybody has a name” - part of Artweek - was cancelled last month by Louisa Afoa, because of a death in her family. This allowed Rozana Lee to show her little community project “Patches of Life” and “Tsunami Hour” at Ponsonby Central. Rozana Lee is pictured with Evan Woodruffe. PN

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ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT BLACK ASTERISK EWAN MCDOUGALL - ‘OFF THE WALL’ 14 November - 4 December

David Eggleton wrote, in ‘Ewan McDougall: Painting’, that McDougall paints ‘like an eviscerator, a vivisector - like a raw-knuckled bruiser’. It is the energy that McDougall paints with, the dynamism that brings the life to the work. His palette is loud and lurid, a Neo-Expressionist, the paintings are informed by the self - his life experiences and ideas. Eggleton also points out a dichotomy at play, the figures and creatures seem at once vulnerable and aggressive, pathetic and amusing. Attack of the Xalataii 11 is shown. Unruly, compelling, and fresh McDougall’s ‘Off The Wall’ is on show for three weeks over November and December.

THE BLACK ASTERISK LIGHT SHOW ART IN THE DARK 7 - 9 November and daily until 13 November Art in the Dark last year attracting over 40,000 visitors to Western Park, great event for the Ponsonby community, this time Black Asterisk are joining in with their own light show - a group show of works that are both light emitting and light reflecting in the form of neon, gold, light boxes and bulbs.

SHOWING AT CROW CHRISTMAS POP UP SHOP CARLINA GOFFE, SILVERSMITH - “FROM HERE TO THERE AND BACK AGAIN” 27 November - 3 December

The Black Asterisk Light Show includes contributions from Tony Lane, Emma Bass, Carolyn Millbank, Catherine Carter, Stuart Broughton, and Carolyn Williams and will be switched on for the three nights Art In The Dark is on and daily for the rest of that week. PN BLACK ASTERISK GALLERY, 10 Ponsonby Road M: 021 040 1168 www.blackasterisk.co.nz

Grey Lynn Artist-Silversmith Carlina Goffe, has found in the “Crow” pop up shop, (next to the Gypsy Tea rooms) the perfect venue for her collection of Jewellery and other works. For one week only Carlina is showing wearable, elegant, affordable, sterling silver jewellery. The collection comprises earrings, rings, bangles, necklaces and brooches. The 2013 work has many new additions to the already established range. The Christmas shop will also include “From Here to There and Back Again” exhibition pieces, jewellery, silverware and precious objects, made whilst travelling overseas last year, also documented in travel blogs in Ponsonby News. At the heart of Carlina’s work is a love of making beautiful pieces with organic, curvilinear forms inspired by nature. Work is often fashioned using the hammer and anvil. The end result is designed to give pleasure to the wearer and on-looker. All pieces are for sale. CROW, 453 Richmond Road www.carlinagoffe.co.nz PN

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ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT TOI ORA GALLERY TOBY KING AND JAMES KING - TWO KINGS 6 - 29 November Opening: Tuesday 5 November at 5pm

‘Two Kings’: the original work of two emerging artists; Toby King and James King. Their paintings bring together colour, form, figure and abstraction giving us a unique and moving experience. Toby tries to provoke a reaction from the viewer that everyday choices have consequences, and that consequences require taking responsibility. James chooses not to fully define his pictures, and believes the paintings belong to the viewer so it’s that person’s responsibility to seek meaning for them. James has exhibited at The Depot, Pablo’s Art Station, Lopdell House, Te Karanga Gallery and was a finalist in the 2009 Waitakere Community Art Awards at Corbans Estate. PN Gallery hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm TOI ORA GALLERY, 6 Putiki Street, T: 09 364 4171 www.toiora.org.nz

UPTOWN ART SCENE Art Week offered Aucklanders 100 free events across 60 venues city-wide last month, with much of the action taking place in the Ponsonby/Karangahape Road neighbourhood. There was live music in Western Park, courtesy of Toi Ora Live Arts, cinema at Whitespace and walking and cycle tours. The Uptown Arts Trust held the second LOOK at K’Road, where businesses hosted artists in their windows, and new wall art was made by international street artist WERT159 on the corner of K’Road and Queen Street. His work can also be seen on the hoardings that surround the Vinegar Lane development, and as I type he is spraying his characteristic face on the roller door downstairs at Studio Art Supplies. Art Week, now in its third year, aims to open up our vibrant art scene to the community. It was great to see the streets alive with people and art happenings throughout the lighter evenings, ushering in the warmer weather with food for thought and a glass of wine! With Art Week over now until next year, there are still plenty of must-see shows coming up: Andrew Barber at Hopkinson Mossman in Putiki Street (an art cluster along with OREXART and Two Rooms), Seraphine Pick and Imogen Taylor at Michael Lett, Heather Straka at Stark White, and Nanette Cameron at Objectspace. WILL PAYNT/STUDIO ART SUPPLIES PN

SLICK, STYLISH AND STIMULATING The sparkling new incarnation of GLORIA is ready to set TAPAC’s stage on fire this November. Following a spectacularly scintillating season at Orewa’s Centrestage Theatre, GLORIA tells the tale of 21-year-old, Gloria Stanford who made international headlines as “The Bride Who Wouldn’t Leave New Zealand”. Almost seven decades later her granddaughters, Amy and Catherine Waller, celebrate her colorful WWII years in this sparkling solo show. “I couldn’t be happier with the way in which my granddaughters have depicted my life in this solo show. Some people ask me what I think of the ‘naughty’ parts and my response is ‘I think it’s great - after all what’s life for otherwise?’,” says the 89-year-old Gloria Stanford.

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GLORIA is a show for everyone! It deals with love and loss using the nostalgia of 1940s swing music, dancing and fearless physical theatre that promises to keep you on the edge of your seat. You will be taken from the domestic to film noir to the fantastical, in the blink of an eye. GLORIA re-examines this particular war bride’s tale as she recalls the secrets, struggles and spellbinding adventures of her infamous past. The Vintage Collective in association with Sharu Loves Hats presents GLORIA at TAPAC, 100 Motions Road, Western Springs, 23 - 30 November, 7.30 pm. No Shows on Nov 26 and Nov 29. Tickets: www.tapac.org.nz or (09) 845 0295 PN “A fascinating story and unique piece of theatre of one of New Zealand’s war brides” - NZ HERALD “Amy Waller does an amazing job as solo performer, holding a very slick 70 minutes together with panache and style” - THEATREVIEW

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ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT THE HERALD THEATRE, AOTEA CENTRE BLACK GRACE - XMAS VERSES - DANCES BY NEIL IEREMIA 27 - 30 November, 7pm 1 December, 2pm and 7pm

Not content to follow the crowd, Black Grace and THE EDGE proudly present - Xmas Verses. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas in true Black Grace style, Xmas Verses is a collection of original dance works laced with humour, full of invention and choreographed by one of their most celebrated artists, Neil Ieremia. So take a break from the gift-wrapping, iron your favourite t-shirt, put on your best jandals, and come laugh along to some Xmas Verses. Join them for their only home game this year. “Choreographer and company founder Neil Ieremia expresses ideas all his own, offering insights on the human condition that are both individual and universal.” Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2013 Tickets are available $45* each $35* each for groups 6+ * booking fees will apply T: 09 970 9700 www.ticketmaster.co.nz

Artistic Direction: Neil Ieremia photography: Duncan Cole

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FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT ON 30 NOVEMBER THE TRUSTS ARENA IN WAITAKERE WILL BE transformed into the site of the New Zealand Ukulele Festival. Among numerous international guests, workshops, amazing food and competitions, there will be a 3000 strong “smiling, singing, strumming,” school children’s ukulele orchestra - dubbed the Kiwileles. The festival is run and organized by the NZ Ukulele Trust. The trust was set up with the desire to get more children playing instruments in primary schools. There is a severe lack of funding for music in primary schools and so the trust provides an opportunity for schools to introduce music to their students. The only commitment the trust expects is that all the students must perform at the end of the year in the giant ukulele orchestra at the festival. I spoke with the chairperson of the Trust, Mary Cornish, about the raison d’être of the organisation and how they encourage new musicians. Over 150 schools are signed up with the programme. Upon sign up the schools are provided with a song book which has all the songs that the children will play at the end of year festival. Schools can apply for instruments from the trust and Mary points out that they do their best to make it easy for teachers who have never played an instrument before. She jokes that all they have to do is stay ahead of the kids. Singing is a big part of the process and learning how to read the music that they learn is a crucial part of the process for the kids. The ukulele is a gateway instrument, although of course the more skilled the player, the more complicated the ukulele can be. The trust aims to target kids who haven’t had lessons before and so provide the opportunity to play and be involved in music, in ways they may have not been able to. By the end of the year, students can play the melody or chords to most songs and have picked up an often very complex musical language, including complex chords. The trust is run by a lot of Ponsonby locals, many who have been involved since the first festival seven years ago. Miranda Rocca is the event manager of the trust, and was one of the founding trustees and has four kids who have played ukulele at the festivals. Robyn Gray, another trustee, has had all her sons at the festivals and one of them, Nick, won their annual “Quest” competition in 2011. Between them, Maria Winder, Mary Cornish and numerous local schools the trust has had immense support in the Ponsonby area. Ponsonby Intermediate, Ponsonby, Bayfield, Pt. Chevalier and Westmere primary schools all provide players to the end of year festival. The food for the festival and stalls has always been done by local Tara Brogan (of Foxtrot Parlour). As Mary says, support is crucial for the organisation to be successful and continue to be able to help and develop music in primary schools. The festival this year has the fantastic James Hill performing. He could be known as a rock-star of the ukulele world. You must check out his video of Billie Jean on YouTube, it is mind blowing - the sounds he gets from the little ukulele are unreal. He was at the very first festival seven years ago and has managed to get back now. He is providing

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a master class for some of the advanced players, including Nick, and last year’s winner Steven Nye - who has gone on to perform with James Hill and the Wellington Ukulele Orchestra. Winning the Ukulele Quest has opened doors for him and has provided some fantastic opportunities. As well as the festival this year, the trust is very proud to provide an intimate evening concert with James Hill on 29 November at TAPAC. This is open to the public but is primarily for the teachers who will be busy looking after their kids on the Saturday and often miss out on a lot of the music. Recognised as one of the best players in the world, this is an opportunity to see James Hill up close. The ukulele festival is free, and always will be, Mary informs me. They are determined to ensure that all the families of the children can attend and experience the day and music. Visit their website for more details about the festival, the workshop and the concert with James Hill, as well as more information about the trust and ukuleles in schools. (FINN McLENNAN-ELLIOTT) PN www.nzukulelefestival.org.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

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ARTS + CULTURE TWO WORLDS, ONE STAGE An Evening with Mandy Patinkin and Nathan Gunn 24 November, 6pm

Broadway legend Mandy Patinkin returns to Auckland with globally in-demand opera baritone Nathan Gunn for a special evening featuring their favourite music on 24 November. The eclectic programme features solos and duets - songs from musicals including The Wizard of Oz, Carousel and West Side Story as well as a sampling of opera, traditional folk and pop tunes. The vocal powerhouses met while sharing a dressing room for 2010’s Sondheim! The Birthday Concert with the New York Philharmonic at the Lincoln Center, and Sondheim fans can be sure the programme will include songs by the composer. Labelled “the first name in musical theatre” by backstage.com, Mandy Patinkin won a Tony Award in 1980 for his Broadway debut as Che Guevara in Evita and was nominated again in 1984 for his starring role as George in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Sunday in the Park with George. For many, it is as Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride that he is most loved, however, his latest role as CIA Division Chief Saul Berenson in Homeland has garnered him much acclaim and a 2013 Emmy Award nomination - he already has a 1995 Emmy Award for Chicago Hope. He leaves for this tour immediately after the third season of Homeland wraps shooting. Nathan Gunn has performed leading roles at many of the world’s most acclaimed opera houses and has recently ventured outside the standard opera repertoire with appearances in performances of Camelot with the New York Philharmonic and Showboat at Carnegie Hall. He appeared with Sting and Trudie Styler in the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center in Twin Spirits and appeared as an Italian opera singer in television comedy The Family Guy. Following his Australasian concert dates he heads to New York’s The Metropolitan Opera to play Papageno in The Magic Flute. Mr Gunn is a lyric baritone with a warm, resonant voice - New York Times and The Chicago Sun Times called him one of the world’s leading baritones. The duo will be joined by their long-term accompanists Paul Ford and Julie Gunn. Chicago Review Examiner describes the concert as “nothing short of genius, giving [concert] goers a night of musical excellence they will long remember.” PN ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre. Bookings 0800 111 999 www.ticketmaster.com

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ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT OREXART PETER WICHMAN - QUIET LIFE 6 - 30 November

Peter Wichman’s still-life studies include everyday objects, used over and over again to insist on their very ordinariness. At the same time, their value is increased by repetition, since repetition invites the viewer to look past the surface at the object’s special clarity and appeal. Their connectedness in clusters begins to reveal more than the individual parts, and when brought together with cut flowers, these objects also hint at meanings to do with the nature of human existence and human needs, inhabiting the ephemeral and the everyday.

ON WITH THE SHOW New Zealanders are among the best short film-makers in the world. Aotearoa has had the most short films screen at Cannes, after France. That’s why I started Show Me Shorts with some film loving friends back in 2006. We wanted to see these amaze-balls short films and we figured everyone else did too. Now in it’s eighth year, the festival has grown into a two-week affair screening at 15 cinemas nation wide every year. Last year Show Me Shorts became New Zealand’s first Academy Awards® accredited film festival. The programme includes 40 shorts divided into six themed sessions. Half from around the globe and half from home. You probably know some film-makers with shorts playing in the festival. Ponsonby is a haven for film-makers of all kinds. Highlights of the selection include high profile acting talent such as Michael Richards (Seinfeld’s Kramer), who stars in Walk the Light, as a man who works inside a “walk / don’t walk” traffic signal box. A Cautionary Tail is an award winning animation featuring the voices of Cate Blanchett and David Wenham, who tell the story of a little girl born with a tail that expresses her emotions. Closer to home, Andy Anderson gives a career highlight performance in Honk if You’re Horny, as a lascivious taxi driver telling a dirty story. Aidee Walker hits it out of the park in the award winning short film that she also directed - Friday Tigers.

PETER JAMES SMITH - ON MEASURING THE OCEAN 6 - 30 November

Show Me Shorts screens at the gorgeously renovated historic Capitol Cinema on Dominion Road from 6-20 November. There are also some one-off screenings in Matakana, Pukekohe and on Waiheke Island. Do yourself a favour and pick up a festival brochure or visit www.showmeshorts.co.nz. Bring the kids, or get a group together for a fun night out at the movies. (GINA DELLABARCA, Festival Director) PN

In December 2012, Peter James Smith, artist, mathematician and writer, boarded the Spirit of Enderby on an expedition to the wild deserted impasse of the Southern Ocean. 1000 km south to Macquarie Island then through the sub-Antarctic waters to New Zealand’s Campbell Island and the Auckland Island group. This exhibition is Smith’s record of a trip into that impasse and of history, bravely fought, fiercely loved.

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

Festival Director, Ponsonby resident Gina Dellabarca

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ARTS + CULTURE YOU DESERVE A GENUINE FRENCH VINTAGE POSTER FROM SMYTH GALLERIES "When it comes to any form of art, nothing beats the thrill of owning the real deal." Owner of SMYTH GALLERIES and well-known collector, Kieran Smyth says this with obvious conviction. "I recognise that in this throw-away world, reproductions and prints will always exist. But that's why I relish offering customers the special satisfaction that comes with owning a genuine, authenticated French Vintage Poster. Only a genuine poster exhibits the colours and sizes of the original design and only these posters will increase in value because they're not making any more of them."

MR MONOPOLY VISITS MOTAT TO CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF THE NEW AUCKLAND MONOPOLY GAME, MR MONOPOLY rode out to MOTAT on a vintage 1925 Packard to meet some of the 25,000 school children who visit MOTAT annually for Education Outside the Classroom experiences. The children from Kohia Terrace School (Epsom), Fairburn Primary (Otahuhu) and Kids Express Kindy (Swanson) were very excited to meet Mr Monopoly in person while he posed for photos on one of MOTAT’s historic Auckland trams. In all, 22 Auckland and greater Auckland property landmarks were selected to replace the famous London streets from the original board after the public was invited to offer up their suggestions via Facebook earlier in the year. MOTAT was proud to be recognised as an iconic Auckland landmark, especially as it approaches its 50th anniversary in 2014. PN

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Kieran further explains that vintage posters are original advertising posters dating from the late 1880s through to the 1980s. These posters were created to be displayed in France for a short period before being replaced by the next advertising campaign. The posters at Smyth Galleries have never been used in this way. They have been saved by printing houses, collectors and families of the artists and are now part of the collection that Smyth Galleries offer you. All of these posters are linen-backed for conservation and are in excellent condition. Kieran issues this invitation. "I recommend that you visit the gallery to see these stunning posters in person and we can then share our knowledge and passion for this wonderful art form. You will also see that there are various sizes and prices to suit every taste and every pocket - because these originals are surprisingly affordable." PN SMYTH GALLERIES, 41 Jervois Road, T: 09 360 6044 www.smythgalleries.co.nz

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Ponsonby. Anyone not heard of us? We are Auckland's most talked about part of town. This eMag is published on Friday, 1 November 2013.

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