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Bunnings Great North Road Environment Court decision released by Auckland Council Following recently concluded Environment Court mediation, two protracted and arguably flawed consent processes, Arch Hill residents, Kindercare and others have reached a compromise agreement with Bunnings allowing their proposed retail development at 272-6, 300 and 302 Great North Road, Arch Hill.

Music and Movies in the Park, 2014 Shale Chambers’ local board report in the September Ponsonby News is about events the Waitemata Local Board will support over the coming year. I’m flabbergasted that Music or Films in Parks are not mentioned. These events are crucial to the life of the city and mean much to residents and visitors alike. If one was a cynic you may think that the board is doing everything it can to kill these events.

While a number of design and operational concessions were agreed, the most significant change to the consent was the removal of all access to and from the Bunnings site via the western end of Dean Street, in effect making it a residential cul-de-sac and reducing the impact of truck movements on the adjacent childcare facility. Arch Hill residents and Bunnings have also agreed on a number of community initiatives.

It took two years of submissions to the Waitemata Local Board and a presentation to the Auckland Council to get the events back in the city after being pared back the previous year. Belatedly in the last local election Shale announced that five extra music and film events would be programmed within the Waitemata Ward. They did happen and despite a lack of promotion tens of thousands of folk attended. Had they been promoted better, attendances would have been even greater.

That Bunnings were able to gain consent for this development is much more of an indictment on Auckland Council planning process and very much at odds with the vision espoused by Mayor Len Brown for Auckland to become the world’s most liveable city. Arch Hill and the wider Grey Lynn community expect and indeed, welcome appropriate intensification along the Grey Lynn ridge as Great North road develops as a major arterial route and public transport corridor.

To quote the report in the Ponsonby News, “Civic events are an important part of celebrating what we have become as a community. Council plays an integral role, often in partnership with the RSA or local business associations. In the increasing popular April ANZAC ceremonies the board supports the RSL Ceremony Celebration in Grey Lynn”. He further writes one series of events that is currently centre stage is the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Spokesperson David Batten commented, “It has also not gone unnoticed that the permissive nature of the RMA in its current form means that communities which object to proposed developments, regardless of their inappropriateness, are perceived as pariahs and despite the raising and spending of many tens of thousands of dollars, struggle to have a meaningful voice in the process.”

Indeed these ceremonies are important. I’m personally involved with activities about this conflict and trying to make sense of unavoidable war, the senseless loss of human life, including uncles I never met. Music and Films in the Park are fine vehicles to help mark this conflict. For instance the army territorial band could be reassembled, the naval reserve band too. We have movies, poetry and art which would involve a wide group of our community and, as Shale writes, celebrate what we have become as a community.

While two years of sustained opposition to the development has not come without cost, the battle has engendered fierce determination to protect our way of life, profile for Arch Hill and wider Grey Lynn, and unearthed a diverse range of talents, skills and energy within our community.

It is not too late to have a well promoted Music and Movies in the Park programme this summer/autumn which also recognises what we have to come to terms with over the next few years. It is a commemoration, and in human terms far too costly to celebrate. GERRY HILL, Ponsonby

We have to acknowledge the support of residents, community groups, the Waitemata Local Board, Councillor Mike Lee, local MPs Nikki Kaye and Jacinda Ardern, and people from throughout the country who made contact. This support cements our view that this fight was a just cause. DAVID BATTEN, Arch Hill Residents

SHALE CHAMBERS RESPONDS: The column’s focus was on what we as a local board are supporting and helping to deliver, and also those events taking place in spring and early summer up to Christmas. Gerry Hill is correct in noting I did not mention the well-supported Music and Films in Parks summer series. An exhaustive events list it was never intended to be. The Music in Parks series of events is a regionally delivered Auckland Council programme, and Gerry Hill is correct that we helped get the programme restored and expanded locally last year, after it was cut back the previous year.

Prego restaurant - September issue Any restaurant worth its salt will surely endure. Any restaurant that’s managed to stay open for more than 20 years on Ponsonby Road must be recognised as one of the best. A more enduring legacy is a restaurant that one remembers fondly even after it’s gone. I well remember when Prego first opened its doors. However, nestled between Hamburger Heaven and Super Liquorman was the only other ‘ristorante Italiano’ of any note down that end of Ponsonby Road in those days. With a fabulous Neapolitan chef and two wonderfully talented kitchenhands, La Gondola was the real deal.

The programme is to be delivered again this year, with details not yet available to promote. The local board also helped restore the Films in Parks programme locally, and this again is a restored regionally delivered series, where it has local board support. We are again supporting a film event in Grey Lynn Park in February, with the detail being finalised at present. Far from wishing to see either event killed, Gerry Hills can be assured the local board is working hard to ensure both events continue to thrive within the inner city communities.

I rarely venture into Prego. Nice pizza, too noisy. La Gondola - quiet, authentic and the regulars’ favourite. Gone, but not forgotten. GABY LYNCH, Freemans Bay The Fabric-A-Brac event The Fabric-A-Brac event on 23 August was a huge success, thanks to your support. We had a massive turn out and everyone went home with bags of fabric for their sewing or craft projects. Mercy Hospice was also happy with the funds raised from the event. We are going to take a little breather before starting to plan for next year’s event, but I will be in touch once I have further details as we will be very grateful for your continued support. GRACE SAMUELSON, by email

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MANY OF US HAVE MORE OF A SPRING IN THEIR STEP when the warm weather arrives. We have included some options for enjoying summer outdoor living this month. We’ve always considered Three Lamps as Ponsonby’s High Street. There are accountants, solicitors, banks, cafes and restaurants, real estate offices, beauty therapists, hairdressers, fashion and homewares stores, watch makers and opticians.

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The reconstructed lamp post with the three distinctive lanterns gave this area its name. The giant lamp-post (then lit by gas) stood in the centre of the intersection and was removed in the 1930s as a traffic hazard. Three lamps of another design were placed on the corner of the Gluepot Tavern. After many years of lobbying the old lamp post was rebuilt next to the former Gluepot. On 10 August 2012, the Waitemata Local Board celebrated the ‘lighting up’ and the return of the Three Lamps at the corner of Ponsonby Road and Jervois Road. What a crazy month it has been with the General Election, Ponsonby Market Day and preparations for our October issue. When I think back to 1989 when the newsletter was launched, I was in London working in my first publishing job. We relocated to Grey Lynn in 2001, and I took over the Ponsonby Community Newsletter in July 2004, from John Elliott. He started the newsletter back in 1989, and I changed the name to Ponsonby News when I acquired the business.

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We are very excited to be celebrating this milestone and the front cover this month includes our team along with some of our long-term contributors. We were tempted to shoot our cover in Western Park beside TIP, John Radford’s buried building sculptures, however the weather was against us. Instead we asked the nice people at Toru, the café inside Ponsonby Central for permission to be photographed there. Throughout this issue we have included some snippets of local history over the last 25 years. We hope you enjoy it, as PN much as we have in producing it. Here’s to the next 25 years! (MARTIN LEACH) F

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DAVID HARTNELL’S: ONE MINUTE INTERVIEW FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS, ALEX FEASEY HAS BEEN THE MANAGER OF Harvest Wholefoods in West Lynn. He is passionate about natural organic food and living the best lifestyle possible. Which TV series would you never miss? Game of Thrones. What would be your dream holiday internationally? I’m really struggling to choose between Spain or Tibet so as it’s my dream holiday, I’ll do both. What is the best thing you have bought back from an overseas trip? A katana - which is a Japanese sword, walked straight onto the plane with it and took it into the cockpit for the pilots to look after. Mind you this was 1990, how things have changed. Which do you prefer, Tweeting or Facebook? I’m old school and prefer to be disconnected from the matrix. What or who is the greatest love of your life? A sense of exploration. How would you like to be remembered by your friends and family? As a great writer. What do you love most about the age you are now? A good mix of maturity and confidence, while still feeling fit and able. Whose greatest hits would you take to a desert island? Led Zeppelin. Who do you think is the best dressed woman on earth? Nigella Lawson. What is something that you really disapprove of? People texting while they are driving and hitting me. What song makes you really happy? ‘Believe’ by Lenny Kravitz. Can you describe one of your biggest disappointments? ‘The Phantom Menace’, it took 20 years and a zillion dollars to produce that! If you won a million dollars what is the first thing you would do? Hmmm, buy some good champagne, sit in the sun and plan my world trip. What is it that really motivates you? Getting fit. What do you think happens when we die? Kind of like falling asleep and drifting into a dream. What’s the best movie you’ve ever seen and why? The original Star Wars, it inspired my whole generation and still holds up with current sci-fi movies. Give your teenaged self some advice? Relax and enjoy, no wait I did that already. How do you chill out? Sunbathing on the beach. What is your all-time favourite book? Lord of the Rings. Which item of clothing can’t you live without? My leather jacket. What is your favourite time of the day? Sunset. What do you love about your life right now? Living in this beautiful country.

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Tell us about your dream home? An eclectic mix of Italian villa and Mediterranean white brick, with a Zen garden somewhere. Tell us something very few people know about you? In another life, I would have liked to have been in a hard rock band. What is your idea of perfect happiness? An unrushed day spent wandering around exploring an ancient ruin. What is your greatest fear? Telling people my greatest fear. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? To be ½ inch taller, I always wanted to be six foot. Which talent would you moist like to have? To be a fantastic writer. Which living person do you most admire? Dalai Lama. Do you have a life motto? An unexamined life is not worth living. Have you ever had any acting aspirations? No! What gizmo can you simply not live without? My laptop. Your greatest weakness/indulgence? Mocchachino with two sugars. Which website do you read the most? Wikipedia, I can get lost there for hours. Are you a handshake or a hug kind of person? Hugger. What is your favourite season? Spring. What is your comfort food? Baked beans. Your dream guest list for a dinner party and why? Winston Churchill and the dwarf Tyrion Lanaster. They are both brilliant rogues and I would love to sit back and watch their conversation. Do you have a party trick? I can do a mean handstand. Describe your first pet? Pure black, spiteful cat who clawed everybody - I loved it. How do you take your coffee? There’s nothing wrong with a mocchachino - it’s a real coffee, really it is... Do you travel light or heavy? Light on my way there, and heavy on the way back. What is the best holiday you’ve ever had? Getting a nice mix of Mediterranean outdoor culture and history in Athens and then the dazzling sights and relaxation of the Greek islands. (DAVID HARTNELL) F PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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SHALE CHAMBERS: WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD REPORT LAST MONTH NEW ZEALANDERS re-elected a National-led government, and the people have spoken. The Waitemata Local Board area resident Prime Minister, John Key, clearly remains a critical part of this Government’s success, as is support from Aucklanders to any government. Time will tell whether what is important to Auckland’s progress, such as starting the priority city rail link, gets appropriate government support. Electorate MPs are also local MPs and often constituents turn to their local MP for help or support even for issues more appropriate for their council to address or play a part in. So your local government representatives, including the local board and council officers, often work closely with the local MP to address various concerns. With the recent boundary changes to the Auckland Central electorate, the Waitemata Local Board area is now spread within three electorates, and its representation reflects the diverse and sophisticated nature of these fantastic inner city communities of which we are all a part. So congratulations to our three local electorate MPs on their success: Auckland Central’s Nikki Kaye (National City Centre, Grafton and Western Bays), Mt Albert’s David Shearer (Labour - Grey Lynn and Westmere), and Epsom’s David Seymour (Act - Parnell and Newmarket) and also our two locally-based List MPs, Jacinda Ardern (Labour Auckland Central) and Paul Goldsmith (National - Epsom). We look forward to working with you over the next three years helping to deliver on any shared goals that help make Auckland the world’s most liveable city. Meanwhile,

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the inner city Auckland that your local board has input into and influence over just gets better and better. An example is the success of the shared space laneways network opening up in our city centre. Last month I helped celebrate the transformation of O’Connell Street and open it as Auckland’s newest shared space, and it is the best yet. Metro Magazine recently called O’Connell Street ‘the finest little European-style boulevard in Auckland’. And they are right. O’Connell Street - one of the oldest streets in New Zealand established in 1840, and now revealed by removing cars and clutter - has been re-established as an important part of the city centre’s ‘laneway’ circuit - a walking route connecting a sequence of public squares and gathering spaces from Aotea Square to the waterfront. O’Connell Street’s scale, Edwardian and Georgian heritage architecture, beautiful paved look, activated frontage, large nikau palms, absence of parking buildings that can often complicate other shared spaces at peak times, the minimisation of cars with a reason to be there, the walkability of the space and the wonderful and relaxing atmosphere make this shared space special. This crowned a fortnight of a series of major improvements in the city centre coming to fruition. We re-opened a redeveloped Upper Khartoum Place, preserving the women’s suffrage memorial within the square forever, and opening up views of the award-winning Auckland Art Gallery from Lorne Street. We opened the joint NZTAAuckland Transport dedicated cycleway in Grafton Gully -

an Auckland first - bringing a connected and safe cycleway route a step closer and directly into the heart of Auckland. In addition Federal Street has also been completed as another shared space, and a redeveloped Bledisloe Lane is to open in coming weeks. The O’Connell Street upgrade, like the other recent shared spaces including Elliot Street, Darby Street, Lorne Street, Jean Batten Place, Fort Lane, and Fort Street were funded by the CBD targeted rate; a special rate of $20m a year paid by city centre businesses to fund development and revitalisation of the City Centre, and not by our general rates. When we think, as some do, that too much of our rates money is being spent on the city centre, the reality that much of it is funded separately by local business needs to be borne in mind. Following the completion of the most recent shared space; Fort Street, peak hour pedestrian numbers rose by 54%, consumer spending increased 47% and hospitality spending rose an astounding 429%. Aucklanders, demand in ever growing numbers for great public spaces in their city centre, such as the hugely popular Wynyard Quarter and the Britomart precinct, is once again demonstrated by this collection of vibrant lanes and their walkability. Finally, huge congratulations and aroha to Martin Leach and the team at Ponsonby News for 25 years of publication, serving much more than the wider Ponsonby community of its name. You are an institution! PN (SHALE CHAMBERS) F Contact me: shale.chambers@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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RACHAEL TE AOTONGA: LEYS INSTITUTE LIBRARY NEWS DURING THIS POLITICAL TIME, I WAS SO HAPPY TO LEARN OF THE support New Zealand’s literary darling Eleanor Catton gave Libraries in Stuff New Zealand’s ‘If I were Prime Minister’ series:

DIWALI Henna temporary tattoos - Let us adorn you with a spiritual, symbolic body decoration. Tuesday 14 and Tuesday 21 October - 3pm - 4.30pm

“If I were Prime Minister I would double the number of libraries in New Zealand and radically increase funding for library collections. A library is one of the few places in the world where you can transform yourself and your opportunities at no cost. I’d also make sure that every family in New Zealand had access to books and library facilities.”

Storytime followed by Diya painting - Celebrate the festival of lights by painting your own mini tealight holder. Saturday 18 October - 10.30am - 12pm.

Leys Institute is offering so many great opportunities for learning during October to celebrate some fun events. HERITAGE FESTIVAL Mrs Hobson’s Album - An illustrated lecture on the collection of paintings and drawings of early Auckland given to Eliza Hobson, wife of Governor William Hobson. Tuesday 30 September - 6.30pm - 7.30pm

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Super Hero Boot Camp - Train like a superhero in our special obstacle course. Ages 5+ Tuesday 30 September - 10.30am - 12pm Heritage Diorama Making - Create heritage themed dioramas. Ages 5+ Wednesday 1 October - 10.30am - 12pm Exploring Photography and Nature Portraits - Photography fun and nature portrait making. Ages 3+ Thursday 2 October - 10.30am - 12pm

Inside the Victorian Villa - A fascinating photo lecture on Victorian domestic architecture and interior decoration. Wednesday 1 October - 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Robot Madness - Robot storytime followed by recycled robot making Friday 3 October - 10.30am - 12pm

The Design of Victorian Houses - Discover more about the design of Victorian houses through this fascinating illustrated lecture. Thursday 2 October - 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Spring themed Storytime and ‘Nickle Nackle’ Tree Activity Tuesday 7 October - 10.3am - 12pm

Victorian Gardens - An engaging presentation on Victorian domestic gardens. Wednesday 8 October - 6.30pm - 7.30pm 20th Century Gardens - Local historian Edward Bennett gives an illustrated talk on post-Victorian gardens. Thursday 9 October - 6.30pm - 7.30pm Guided Tour of Leys Institute Building & Photo Exhibition - learn the significant history of our library. Friday 3, Monday 6 and Wednesday 8 October - 2pm - 3pm

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Sock Puppet Fun - Make a sock puppet, then act out stories in a puppet show. Wednesday 8 October - 10.30am - 12pm Claymation Workshop - Learn Claymation movie making. Ages 3+ Thursday 9 October - 2pm - 4pm Project Runway Challenge - Take part in our recycled outfit challenge. Ages 4+ Friday 10 October - 10.30am - 12pm (RACHAEL TE AOTONGA) F PN LEYS INSTITUTE, 20 St Marys Road T: 09 374 1315 www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz

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St Columba Centre The Marist Brothers opened their first school in Auckland on Pitt Street in 1885, however the site was unsuitable, being at the junction of three busy streets near the heart of the city. When Denis Gilmore MacDonnell died in 1908, Bishop Cleary purchased two acres of land on Vermont Street from his estate. The site was perfect for The Marist Brothers’ school because of purer air, a picturesque outlook and its proximity to the Sacred Heart Church on O’Neill Street. Two long, one-storey brick buildings were erected, comprising a residence for the brothers and classrooms for the boys - in 1917 further land was purchased for girls’ classrooms. The school was named St Columba’s and was opened in 1913 by Bishop Cleary, which was timely because the original Pitt Street school had grown too small. The number of students was about 220 with classes ranging from Standard 1 to 6 under the tutelage of six brothers and the Sisters of Mercy. Before the First World War ended, an influenza epidemic scourged New Zealand, Auckland suffering the most heavily. Between October and December one thousand Aucklanders died of the disease. The regular hospitals couldn’t cope with the continuous stream of admissions and desperate appeals were made for volunteer helpers. Bishop Cleary immediately offered the two Vermont Street schools as temporary hospitals, fully equipped by Auckland Catholics. The Health Department gladly accepted the Bishop’s offer because the buildings were able to accommodate 250 patients. Boarders from the convent schools were sent home, freeing the skilled Sisters to nurse the sick. The hospital gave shelter and healing to scores of patients. In fact it came to light later that the Bishop had offered every school in the diocese for the same purpose. He himself was indefatigable, transporting the sick in his own car, assisting at their bedsides, taking a turn in the kitchen and reverently attending the dead. By November, when the epidemic was clearly on the wane, the Vermont Street hospital had admitted 254 patients, 85 of whom died. The Sisters of Mercy worked calmly and cheerfully as long as there were sick to care for and they were lauded by the secular press as an example to other women in a desperate request for volunteers. The Sisters weren’t concerned with public recognition, just continuing their work as long as they were needed then quietly returning to their convents to resume normal life.

By the 1920s the school expanded to such an extent that Standards 1 and 2 had to be dropped and by 1925 St Columba’s was one of the largest schools in Auckland, boasting a role of 328 boys. Due to further expansion, Standard 3 was dropped in 1934, leaving just Standard 4, Forms 1 and 11. In the school’s archives there is an account by a past pupil describing his part in a working bee during the Second World War, digging air raid shelters in the grounds. All pupils had to turn out for air raid drills with cotton wool to stuff in their ears, a large cork to bite on and a cardboard name-tag on a string around the neck. They took the drill seriously because a Japanese scout plane had been reported off the coast and a submarine detected in Sydney Harbour. Also in the archives, a Standard 5 boy, William Bagley, describes the new school as “two separate brick buildings, one for the boys and the other for the girls. The hall is very large and the boys’ classrooms off the hall are each 25 feet square. Every room has a fireplace and there are hat and cloak pegs in profusion.” By 1995 it was ‘all over Rover’ when Lockwood Smith signed a notice for the New Zealand Gazette cancelling and annulling the integration agreement for Vermont Street school. He conveyed appreciation to the Catholic Education Office for valuable contributions made by the school, and its education of children over many years. The building was restored in 2000 and opened by Bishop Patrick Dunn as a high quality PN meeting centre. (DEIRDRE TOHILL) F ST COLUMBA CENTRE, 40 Vermont Street T: 09 376 1195 www.saintcolumba.org.nz

LOCAL RESIDENT GETS MENTORING BY FASHION DESIGNER KATE SYLVESTER For up and coming designer Olivia Tapper, it is a surreal but exciting experience to be sitting across a table in her St Mary’s Bay workspace from iconic Kiwi fashion designer Kate Sylvester. But thanks to a 2degrees initiative, Miss Tapper is receiving business advice from one of the country’s top designers and she is “completely stoked and delighted”. As part of the 2degrees Building Smarter Business project, four of New Zealand’s most successful entrepreneurs have teamed up to share their secrets with Kiwi business owners across the country. Sylvester, along with chef, restaurateur and author Al Brown, CEO of Moa Brewing; Chairman of Trilogy Group, Geoff Ross and ex-cricketer and Triumph; Disaster founder Dion Nash, are holding one-to-one, personalised mentoring sessions with eight lucky winners in September. Sylvester said: “Having been a small business owner myself, I’m excited to be sharing my experience with other Kiwis who are trying to make their mark. There’s a lot to learn when trying to balance where you want to take a business creatively and the realities of making sure you’re running a profitable and successful enterprise.” The 2degrees initiative aims to equip businesses with practical tools and advice to foster long-term success, and having just celebrated 21 years in fashion, there was no better person than Sylvester to offer Miss Tapper advice on how best to improve the efficiencies of her clothing line Formantera, which she started in 2012. Miss Tapper said: “Kate Sylvester is one of New Zealand’s best known and best loved fashion designers, and being an aspiring fashion designer, you only dream of accomplishing what she has. I’m so excited about her imparting some wisdom to me on the onset of my business.” Hearing first-hand the entrepreneur’s personal stories and learnings from her journey to business success, the experience has been “awesome” for Miss Tapper, who added: “Kate is so lovely and so warm, and so keen to help budding entrepreneurs. It was just

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DRINK +ASSOCIATION BE MERRY GREY EAT, LYNN BUSINESS Grey Lynn people are passionate about their place in Auckland. They have reason to be, says author and storyteller Lindsey Dawson. As guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Grey Lynn Business Association on Wednesday 8 October, she’s aiming to wow the room with stories of a suburb with style. Locals are all welcome to turn up at the Surrey Hotel at 5.30pm to hear about what makes the area so special. “Some of the street names are a clue,” says Lindsey. “Millais, Elgin, Coleridge and Dickens - they were named after interesting people. The painter John Millais, diplomat Lord Elgin, writers Coleridge and Dickens - they were celebs in their day.” Names mattered because when Grey Lynn’s 900 acres were first subdivided in 1883 - and named after prominent early politician Sir George Grey - the city planners wanted to attract up-and-coming homeowners. Its streets were a hit with officer workers, teachers and skilled craftspeople. Lindsey Dawson

“In a way Grey Lynn’s come full circle. It had a really seedy reputation in the 1930s and ‘40s, developed Polynesian pzazz in the 1950s when new Pacific Island immigrants arrived and today it’s highly sought-after all over again.” Lindsey doesn’t live in Grey Lynn - “I wish!” - but loves its intimate shopping zones and tree-lined streets. “The city went on a huge planting binge in 1924, importing elms, poplars and plane trees from a nursery in Australia. Local species weren’t thought to be suitable for street planting.” The legacy of that decision is the much-admired leafy zone around the West Lynn shopping area. Grey Lynn Park supplies the area’s green heart not because any pioneers went to special trouble but because it was simply too swampy to build on in the late 19th century. While Grey Lynn residents love its vintage look, the area is of course changing. “We forget so easily what used to be there, like the big old Sleepyhead factory on Richmond Road where Summerfield Villas complex now stands.” What doesn’t change is the area’s offbeat charm. “I’ve enjoyed meeting people from the business association. Grey Lynn apparently has the highest number of home businesses per capita in the country. It’s got a very appealing brand of independent spirit.” The association (GLBA) is taking a stall at the annual Grey Lynn Festival on Saturday 29 November so as to meet the public and, hopefully, attract more members. “I like the association’s slogan: be brave. It takes a lot of drive and heart to run a small company PN these days.” F Fore more info: www.glba.co.nz

WOMEN’S OUTDOOR PURSUITS If you enjoy the bush and would like to improve or refresh your skills in the outdoors, then join WOP’s introductory course running on two Saturdays 1 and 8 November. WOP’s is open to women of all ages throughout the Auckland area. Experienced trampers or beginners are welcome, no special skills or fitness needed. On completion of this course, tramping trips are available to members on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. To enrol or for more information visit www.wops.co.nz

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KIDS ARE A BIG FOCUS AT THE GREY LYNN COMMUNITY CENTRE There are still places left in the school holiday programme for children five to 12 years. The second week of the Cool Holiday Fun programme starts on Monday, 6 October, providing fun all week for its young participants. Highlights include extreme trampoline, an indoor games day, Amazing race - solve the clues, Grey Lynn Idol Rock Star karaoke, face paint and dress up, Guy Clapper Claymation and an American-style shared lunch. Leader of the programme Anushka Kariyawasan, who took over earlier this year, has a sports degree and extensive experience supervising programmes for youngsters. His boundless enthusiasm rubs off on his young charges, who come away at the end of a day having had a great time and looking forward to what the next day will bring.

Co-ordinator the the Kids’ Play Group James Doyle and Anushka Kariyawasan leader of the Cool Holiday programme at the Grey Lynn Community Centre.

The programme runs from 8am to 3pm, or 5.30pm. It is a CYFS certified OSCAR holiday programme and accepts WINZ subsidy bookings (the community centre has the relevant forms). Children bring their own lunch and morning and afternoon tea are supplied. A new face at the community centre, quickly making his mark is James Doyle, who has taken over as co-ordinator of the Grey Lynn Kids’ Play Group. “We were just so lucky to find James when he recently moved to Auckland,” says community centre manager Cath Bath-Taylor. “He comes with a wealth of experience in the sector for 35 years and already our younger children are benefitting from the wide range skills he brings.” He has had an extensive career as an early childhood educator, catering for children in the 0-14 age group and was one of the first males in New Zealand to qualify as a kindergarten teacher. As well he holds a diploma of teaching in early childhood education. James is enthusiastic about the opportunity the playgroup provides for parents as well as carers, who may be nannies or grandparents, to meet and talk, make friends and discuss shared issues and concerns. The children enjoy organised play, arts, and crafts and music in the light and airy Garden Room which opens out to the well resourced outdoor play area, with safe equipment in a secure setting. The group runs weekday mornings, except Wednesday, from 9.3011.30am. There is a charge of $5 for one child or $7 for two children per session, with a concession rate available. Morning tea is fruit which is brought by the children. Children are at the centre of a wide range of activity at the community centre. As well as the kids’ playgroup and the holiday programme, there is a German-speaking playgroup, Maori 4 Kids, Jumping Beans Gym, Claymation with Guy Capper, Goju Ryu Karate, Sum It Tutoring, Mendl Dance, La Petite Ecole, Mums and Bubs Yoga, Plunket PEPE, Mum and Baby Exercise Classes, The Philippa Campbell School of Ballet and the Grey Lynn Dance School. A programme is available at the community centre, or can be found PN online. (PHILIPPA TAIT) F GREY LYNN COMMUNITY CENTRE, 510 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn. T: 09 378 908 www.greylynn.org.nz

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JOHN ELLIOTT: SOAP BOX

National ecstatic - labour torn to shreds It’s a tough game, politics. National has cruised to a crushing victory, cementing John Key’s legacy as one of only a handful of three-term prime ministers.

In fact, apart from the Greens, this election was all about personality and not policy. Dotcom versus Key, Laila versus Hone, Winston versus the media, etc etc.

But, as commentators have said, he may have set the bar so high that a fourth term is entirely possible, come 2017.

Our seat, Auckland Central, was very interesting - quite a contrast with other electorates. Although the boundaries had changed, with Auckland Central losing a liberal chunk of Grey Lynn to Mt Albert, Labour’s Jacinda Ardern lost by only about 600 votes - a very good result for her.

On the other side of the coin, election night saw Labour demolished. Politics is all about winners and losers. The Greens did well to hold their vote. After special votes, from which they always benefit, they should have 14 MPs - the same as last term. They suffered, during the campaign, by association with the disparate parts of the left, poisoned by Kim Dot - gone. The Sunday Star Times political columnists have offered a plethora of reasons for National’s stunning win, and Labour’s equally stunning loss. However, none has mentioned the Presidential-style campaign. Throughout the campaign we saw only two faces on TV - over and over again - John Key and David Cunliffe. We saw constant replays of points scored or lost. “If it looks like a dog, and smells like a dog and barks like a dog - it’s a dog”, “Tell me David, is the family home in a trust, subject to your capital gains tax”. Commentators agreed Cunliffe did well in the debates, but he was no match most of the time for the slick, personable, cheery Key, one of the most popular New Zealand leaders in recent history. Nevertheless, we did not see anything of either National’s key cabinet ministers, nor Labour’s shadow team. TV viewers (few voters attend political meetings), were left to decide between Key and Cunliffe, as if no other candidates even existed.

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Also of interest was the party vote in Auckland Central. National secured 45% - a clear winner, and close to their national figure, but Labour and the Greens were neck and neck. Labour’s party vote was 21.95%, while the Greens garnered 21.14%. Congratulations to Green campaigners, Denise Roche, and the voters. Did the Green hoarding on my front fence help I hope so! So, congratulations Nikki Kaye on your victory. Good luck in future ministerial posts, but don’t forget your loyal Auckland Central constituents. And congratulations to Jacinda Ardern - a fine effort from a probable future Labour Party leader. So what went wrong for Labour, and why did National increase its majority and win a third term? Apart from the presidential-style campaign I have to say that Labour seemed unable to articulate its message, its core philosophy, and its key policies. To be fair, the dirty politics, the Dot-com and GCSB non-revelations were sideshows that prevented both Key and Cunliffe getting their policies across to voters, and probably helped National. The two major parties were seen as very similar - both leaders live in wealthy suburbs, they are both perceived as still wedded to free market principles, deep sea drilling, and continued p128

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NEWS FROM GREY LYNN FARMER’S MARKET

PONSONBY U3A: SEPTEMBER 2014

MECINA STANBURY; WAIKATO FREERANGE EGGS

MEMBERS ARE OFTEN ASKED ABOUT U3A, WHAT WE DO AND WHAT IS INVOLVED in being a member? Ponsonby U3A members are always keen to spread the word about our welcoming group, which supplies educational stimulus, social interaction and support for those in the Third Age of retirement. It is acknowledged that an active Third Age can postpone the Fourth Age of dependence.

Mecina Stanbury has been a regular at our Sunday Grey Lynn Farmers Market for as long as I can remember. Louise Carr-Neil asked her a few questions. How long have your been producing eggs? I have been free range egg farming for five years now. I started with 12 hens and sold eggs to the neighbours and it just grew from there. What’s your favourite thing about producing eggs? It is always exciting to go into the hen house and see eggs in the nesting boxes. The hens often bury their eggs deep in the hay and I have to fossick for them, it’s just like digging potatoes - you find one and then there is another and more and more eggs, it’s cool! If you could sum up your food philosophy in one sentence... I like to produce as much food myself that I can. Be it growing fruit and vegetables, raising animals for the freezer, milking the cow and collecting the eggs, baking and cooking whole meals from real ingredients. But most importantly my food philosophy is about respect for the animal that was once a living creature - never ever waste it. Where did you grow up? A hippy child from the Coromandel. What’s the biggest business challenge you’ve had to face? Not being able to supply the demand for eggs. What’s your favourite way to relax after work? Usually at sunset looking at the animals happy and content doing what they do. Knowing that everything is happy and healthy and a job is well done. What’s your favourite thing about coming to the Grey Lynn Farmers Market? I absolutely love the people and the atmosphere at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market - the vibe is incredible. It’s very positive and upbeat, everyone is happy and my regular customers always stop and have a chat. The Grey Lynn Farmers Market is definitely the place to be on Sunday. Plus I get to take off my gumboots and put on some lipstick! (as told to LOUISE CARR-NEIL) F PN

Currently there are around 2,500 U3A members in groups throughout New Zealand. Seventy of those belong to the Ponsonby U3A and, 20 years after its establishment in 1994, many of the original Ponsonby members are still active and enthusiastic participants. Being a smaller group compared to some, everyone has the opportunity to get to know each other at the monthly meetings or through the 13 special interest groups that provide the opportunity to gain greater knowledge of a range of subjects or learn new subjects, as well as opportunities for relaxation through Petanque, day trips and friendly scrabble games. A Ponsonby U3A member was recently heard to say that if she belonged to all of the special interest groups she would like to attend, she would be busy every day of the week. The monthly meeting, held on the second Friday morning of the month, has two speakers - a 10 minute speaker from within the membership and an invited guest speaker, often provocative, always interesting. Guests are welcome to attend monthly meetings. Last month’s guest speaker was internationally renowned bestselling author of genre pony fiction, Stacy Gregg. Well known as a former fashion journalist, Stacy has had 17 books of horse stories published, including ‘The Princess and the Foal’ based on the real life childhood of Princess Hay Al-Hussein of Jordan, which was a finalist in the 2014 junior fiction category of the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. She travelled to Jordan and spent time with the princess prior to writing. Stacy was well known as a fashion writer and editor for many years.

Author Stacy Gregg with U3A member Winifred Lamb

When her daughter was three months old and she was finding it difficult to do her usual work, her partner suggested “how about a novel”. She wrote her first pony book, which then sat in a drawer at Harper Collins for five years before they contacted her asking for two more books “before Christmas”. Many, many books have followed. Stacy’s latest book ‘The Island of Lost Horses’ has just been released in the United Kingdom and will be released here in November. U3A member Janet Williamson entitled her talk ‘A working trip around the world.’ In the 1980s she worked for Television New Zealand as a designer, which she said was a great time of creativity and enjoyment. Her talk traced a work ‘safari’ to a number of countries to explore ideas and see what was happening in other television stations. Her itinerary took her to Los Angeles, where he visited the Disney Studios, to New York and the archive office of the Metropolitan Opera. In London she visited the BBC and Thames Television and Covent Garden. In London she found designers were highly acknowledged with “creativity bursting at the seams.” From there she flew over the North Pole to Tokyo where she was hosted by NHK television and was bowled over by the huge studios, grand scale and crane cameras. Guest speaker for the October meeting will be Dr Jim Stinear, Academic Director of Exercise and Neurorehabilitation Programmes, University of Auckland - ‘Physical Inactivity - a global public health problem’.

photography: Michael McClintock

U3A member Gordon Macfarlane’s talk is entitled, ‘From Gondwanaland to Taupo and PN Rotorua’ (PHILIPPA TAIT) F

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9.45am, Friday 10 October. First Floor, Leys Institute, St Marys Bay Road

ENQUIRIES:

Annie Webster, President, Ponsonby U3A. T: 09 376 2902

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NEW TEAM MEMBER BRINGS FRESH PERSPECTIVE Meet Marina Joseph, our newest team member at Jerry Clayton BMW. She adds a welcome feminine touch to the sales team and a fresh perspective in a world largely dominated by men. Marina brings many successful years of professional sales experience in the overseas luxury automotive industry where she has worked in sales with Volvo and Alfa-Romeo, including nearly four years with BMW in Sri Lanka where she was Sales Manager. Upon moving to New Zealand in 2007, Marina had a break from cars and, with her love of working with luxury products she worked with Louis Vuitton in Queenstown. Marina: “It was a privilege to be associated with Louis Vuitton. Its prestige and glamour gave me pride to be association with the world’s most luxurious apparel brand. Customer satisfaction is of great importance to me, and it is so important to provide customers with a luxury service experience and represent these brands in the way they should be.” Moving to Auckland, Marina worked for Peugeot where she became their number one sales executive in the last quarter of both 2012 and 2013, and now she is back with her ultimate driving machine at Jerry Clayton BMW, where her association with the world’s number one automotive brand has now also become her passion. Marina: “Besides my passion for the BMW brand, I enjoy the pleasure of the drive and its handling along with its dynamic features, they are exciting and addicting! “The BMW prestige and glamour appeal to my feminine psyche and my love for the leading brand. We have some of the plushest interiors and most options for customisation all with very competitive pricing. BMW cars are dynamic and have precision, giving you confidence and you feel completely safe in them at any stage. “You always find something different to show the clients - give them an experience like no other brand.”

Work is also a retreat as Marina enjoys the Takapuna location of Jerry Clayton BMW: “I love that the Jerry Clayton BMW customers come not only from the Shore, but also Ponsonby, Parnell, eastern suburbs and wider, following the customer service that flows from this dealership. I enjoy working in Takapuna. It’s not only my love for good food and wine, with so many trendy restaurants and cafés, there are some great fashion shopping places too. I’m excited that the dealership is also so involved with the local community and organisations. I feel this is a very comfortable fit for me.” Does being a woman give her an edge with female customers? “I don’t feel any different being a woman in the industry, male and female customers have never treated me any differently. I guess I am able to understand a woman’s needs and am able to relate to the needs of a family. I’m also aware that trends report that female consumers are not a niche and are the most powerful consumer group globally; they control $20 trillion in consumer spending including influencing 65% of new car sales. But I say marketing to women does not mean you aren’t marketing to men. It’s not an either/or proposition. There’s a great saying that if you meet the expectations of women, you often exceed the expectations of the men.” Marina looks forward to meeting you next time you are in the dealership.

445 Lake Road Takapuna, Phone 09 488 2000 www.jcbmw.co.nz

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MIKE LEE: COUNCILLOR FOR WAITEMATA & GULF

A remarkable political triumph What an election campaign! And what a result! First of all, congratulations to John Key and Nikki Kaye. This was an historic third victory for both of them. It seems I was wrong to suggest in my column last month that the ‘Dirty Politics’ disclosures would take votes away from National. A week is a long time in politics - let alone a month. ‘Dirty Politics’, it seems, didn’t cost National any votes after all. This was probably due to Key moving in time to ‘surgically remove’ the odious Judith Collins, and a QC acting for Cameron Slater, aka ‘Whale Oil’, persuading the High Court to shut down the flow of hacked emails before they did lasting damage. In fact the mood of public opinion seemed to turn once media focus shifted from the suddenly invisible ‘Whale Oil’ to the limelight-hogging Kim Dotcom. But at least Dotcom has had the honesty to admit that his own clumsy attempts to manipulate New Zealand politics backfired badly. Last month I did say that any votes lost from National would not automatically go to Labour and the Greens. I suggested that the credibility of those parties as an alternative government needed to be demonstrated by signs of visible cooperation. Such as, for instance, persuading Green voters in Auckland Central not to waste their electorate votes and instead to vote for the only realistic alternative, Labour’s Jacinda Ardern. To be fair, this appeared to happen to a degree, but not sufficiently to prevent what was once a traditional centre-left seat going once again to National’s Nikki Kaye. This electorate vote splitting happened across the country, determining the results of a number of seats, for instance saving that slippery old survivor Peter Dunne. Ironically, MMP is not working for the centre-left. The National propaganda theme of the hapless red and green characters floundering around in a rowboat - all at sea - was not too far off the truth. The Greens co-leader Russell Norman, who criticised the unfortunate Internet-Mana for ‘damaging the left’, could well take a look at the Greens’ own strategy in this campaign. And as for Labour, how could it be that a key policy plank of a party claiming to represent working people was to push back national superannuation entitlement from age 65 to 67?

ST MARY’S COLLEGE - 150 YEARS CELEBRATION Last month St Mary’s College’s 150 year celebration - of when the school was moved to its current site in New Street from the city - was held over the weekend of 20 - 21 September. This was a significant and historical event for anyone with a connection to the school and an opportunity for so many people to reconnect with their friends. On the Saturday evening a cocktail party was held from 7pm in the PK Gym. The event was MCed by past student Hannah Lees and other special guests including Isabella Moore (winner of the Lexus song contest) who sang for guests during the evening. There was a lot of memorabilia on display to reminisce over and plenty to look through and purchase including some scented candles from St Mary’s College’s Young Enterprise Group. On the Sunday there was a Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral followed by an afternoon tea held in the PK Gym, this was MC’d by actress and past pupil, Theresa Healy. A guided tour of the school took place for those interested and more of the school’s musical and artistic talents were on display. A group photo of all attendees was taken PN at 5.15pm. F ST MARY’S COLLEGE, 11 New Street T: 09 376 6568 www.stmaryak.school.nz

Clearly, despite their brand, Labour policy makers are out of touch with people working shifts, cleaning, working on the roads in all weathers, swinging a hammer or driving a truck, which is probably also why Labour thought the idea of a third gender on the New Zealand passport was a vote winner. Labour clearly has much work to do to reconnect with the ordinary people it is meant to represent. After all, one can be very sure that the million or so eligible voters who did not show up to vote were not National supporters. So the outcome was a resounding victory for National and a remarkable affirmation of John Key’s personal popularity. Remarkable because several times during the campaign the PM was caught out, shall we say, being ‘economical with the truth’. In the post -election euphoria it should not be forgotten that were serious allegations involving the prime minister that he has yet to satisfactorily answer. In other words, throughout this campaign, for the first time in his political career, John Key was in trouble. But the allegations, particularly those made by ‘offshore people’, as John Key himself observed, backfired and rebounded in his favour. PN This was a remarkable political triumph. (MIKE LEE) F

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LOCAL NEWS GREY LYNN MOTHER LIVES ON $2.25 A DAY Sofia da Silva was lugging bags of gourmet food around the Food Show when she came across the Live Below The Line Campaign. Her arms actually hurt from the volume of food she was carrying so putting them down to learn about hunger and poverty was a relief. The irony wasn’t lost on this busy mother of two and it didn’t take long for Sofia to become touched by what she saw and read, and to ultimately take up the Live Below The Line challenge. Two friends conceived the Live Below The Line initiative in a Melbourne backyard in 2009. Both with a passion for fighting poverty, they wanted to devise a way of getting a glimpse into the realities of living below the poverty line. They took the World Bank's definition of the extreme poverty line, $1.25 per day, and decided to try and live on that for five days. While doing the challenge they found that friends who were previously uninterested in their work wanted to learn more and began sponsoring them and engaging in the cause. The Live Below The Line campaign was officially born in 2010. It’s a unique way to learn more about the challenges those in poverty face; and of course to raise money for the agencies fighting poverty around the globe. The original backyard concept has been a huge success and now runs in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and right here in New Zealand. It’s easy to forget that poverty is a big problem in our own country. Many of us think of New Zealand as a land of milk and honey, farms full of dairy cows and green paddocks overrun with sheep. But according to the child poverty monitor, 27% of Kiwi kids live in poverty. That means cold, damp, overcrowded houses, no breakfast or school lunches, no raincoats or good shoes. The lack of these basics that most of us take for granted results in more sickness and missed school days. With little money for doctor visits, children often go untreated, remaining sick for weeks. The lack of fresh food not only leads to poor health but also difficulty learning and poor outcomes at school. That’s the reality for 1 in 4 children in New Zealand.

PAYNE TAILORING - CRAFTING GOOD SUITS For 45 years Payne Tailoring has been in the business of creating beautifully tailored garments. With this wealth of experience and expertise they are able to understand their customers’ needs and fulfil them to the highest quality. When they tailor a bespoke suit the three most important things are the cut, the cloth and workmanship. That means that every stage is critical in crafting a good suit, beginning with the consultation. At this stage every detail is discussed with the customer and the cloth selected from our extensive range from the top fabric houses of Europe. The customer can feel confident and have a sense of ‘ownership’ in the process. Then there is the fitting stage where the shaping and refining occur. Complete quality control is assured as every step of the process is carried out in-house. Payne Tailoring also offers a remodelling service to existing suits as well as other PN alteration services. F PAYNE TAILORING, 105 Karangahape Road, T: 09 379 0735, info@paynetailors.co.nz www.paynetailors.co.nz

The cause that had the most impact on Sofia and prompted her to commit to the challenge is human trafficking. Those that live below the poverty line are most at risk of being kidnapped and trafficked into prostitution. The average age of a trafficked victim is 12 and, unbelievably, worldwide it happens every 30 seconds. Tear Fund is one of the charities that participants can donate their sponsorship money to, and they use the funds to educate potential victims and rescue girls trapped in sex work. Live Below The Line has partnered with 12 organisations and you can choose which one will receive the funds. Does planning a menu that costs $11.25 over five days have you stumped? Tear Fund have put together an amazing resource with recipes from the likes of Simon Gault and Nadia Lim to guide participants through the week (spoiler alert: you’ll be enjoying plenty of legumes and rice!). You can find the economically minded cookbook at Countdown supermarkets and the profits go to the cause. A great addition to the cookbook shelf even if you aren’t taking up the Live Below The Line challenge. If you would like to participate, go to www.livebelowtheline.com, sign up and spread the word. The New Zealand campaign runs for five days from 6 October. Rather donate than participate? Visit www.livebelowtheline.com to choose your charity or sponsor Sofia at www.livebelowtheline.com/me/happysof. PN (ANNALIESE JONES) F

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PONSONBY NEWS 1989-2014

L to R: Both ends of the spectrum; local historian John Holloway outside Open Late Cafe; SPQR by artist Mark Sandman

25 YEARS OF PONSONBY NEWS Ponsonby News is 25 years old this month and we couldn't help feeling a little sentimental about the years gone by. We've put together a diverse look at greater Ponsonby area, with some places, faces, businesses and events that we remember coming and going over the last 25 years. Ponsonby's changed - but we still love it here. We think global and we act local, supporting our businesses and the greater community. John Elliott started Ponsonby News in 1989. He was involved with the local business association and decided to create a newsletter to promote local happenings. So began the Ponsonby Community Newsletter - forerunner of Ponsonby News. "Ponsonby was more multi-cultured back then," says John. "Arty, musical, Polynesian. The Gluepot pub was still in its hey day." Ponsonby Community Centre re-opened in 1990 after fire the previous year. Dedicated to the people of Ponsonby, the centre expanded its services to include OSCAR programmes, subsidised adult education and a preschool as well as being a venue for hire. Keeping the babies happy since the 90s, the Ponsonby Toy Library opened its doors at 3 Dedwood Terrace in 1991 - and it keeps the mothers happy too. In 1992, SPQR opened in what was once a mechanics garage at 150 Ponsonby Road. The word 'iconic' is often misused - but not in this case. The iconic restaurant is synonymous with the Ponsonby strip. 1993 was a quiet year for greater Ponsonby it would

seem. But two friendly local businesses opened their doors for the first time that year: One Step Ahead Shoe Repairs and Barry Clarke Automotive. When the Gluepot closed it was truly the end of an era. The late 70s saw the Gluepot as a premier music venue packed with bands and patrons. The final days of the Gluepot in 1994 were marked by a three-day party with more than 100 acts playing all the bars. The Vista bar was demolished by a gang wielding baseball bats on the last night of the festivities. Santos Café first opens its doors in 1995 - and ever since has been the place to come for coffee with soul in Ponsonby. During World Cup football the peaceful and sunny courtyard gets rowdy... It's 1996 when the queens leg it up the road from Queen Street and the first Ponsonby Road Hero Parade is held. The parade was purportedly the biggest cultural event in New Zealand during its early years with huge numbers attending - up to 25,000 people. The parade was an annual event in Ponsonby until 2001. Local music and street culture TV station Max TV's final transmission fades out to the strains of Chris Knox's 'Not

given lightly' from the studio above the Ponsonby Post Office on 3 December 1997. Now a familiar sight, the buried building sculptures in Western Park were installed in 1998. Artist John Radford recreated buildings that once stood in Auckland. Carole Beu opened one of the best independent bookstores in New Zealand - the Women's Bookshop and it moved to 105 Ponsonby Road in 1999. Its top notch catalogue has been keeping readers' minds open and delighting their imaginations ever since. "Dozens of my customers brought their vans, trailers and trucks and moved the entire shop (from Dominion Road to Ponsonby) one Saturday morning. That was the revelatory moment when I understood that the shop had a ‘community’ and that my customers had a sense of ownership of the shop." Joe's Bargain House closes in the year 2000. The former Letholite luggage factory at 239 Ponsonby Road was the final home of Joe Adam's secondhand wonderland. In those days some people referred to him as the 'unofficial mayor of Ponsonby'.

L to R: Joe Adams outside his shop at Three Lamps; Onno Knuvers’ illustration for the cover of Ponsonby News October 2010; the interior of Santos Café

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L to R: ‘Tip’ buried building sculpture at Western Park; The Alhambra’s closing night; Art in the Dark 2013 in Western Park

The Ponsonby Business Association was established in 2001 and has been looking out for the interests of our business community ever since. They came up with the idea for the legendary Ponsonby Long Lunch and the regular Ponsonby Market Days. It's 2004 and originator of the Ponsonby Community Newsletter, John Elliott, receives a good citizens award for his work. When Martin Leach acquires Ponsonby News he transforms it from a neighbourhood newsletter to a community magazine loved by the locals. The Alhambra closed in 2006. The Ponsonby institution was opened by Jan and Russell Hughes in 1982 in the old Britannia Cinema building at Three Lamps. It was the hang out for musicians of every genre and one of the few music venues without a cover charge. Live music was played nearly every night of the week and Wednesday nights were Polynesian nights - it was the only place in Auckland where Samoan classical and jazz music could be heard. The Open Late Café closed in 2007. On the corner of Richmond and Ponsonby roads, Open Late was relaxed, unpretentious and always humming with people talking whether they knew each other or not! The owner of the Open Late Café, Victor Talyanich, also started Ponsonby Pies, which was for a time located in the shop next door. The infamous 'So-hole beach party' was held in the

construction site of the ill-fated Soho development on Crummer Road in 2009. An anonymous source told Ponsonby News, “I guess 'reclaiming of the city' could be an interpretation of our afternoon, but it was more about just having fun and making a bit of a unique, unsanctioned, unsponsored event for our friends... A kind of living, breathing brief artwork." In September 2009 the Ponsonby Road speed limit is changed to 40km/hr and the first Grey Lynn Farmers market is held at the Grey Lynn Community Centre. The inaugural Art in the Dark event took place in Ponsonby's Western Park in 2010. Each year Aucklanders continue to happily traipse about in the dark marvelling at the illuminated art installations. Ponsonby News turned 21 in 2010. There were no yard glasses or party buses because everyone was working so hard, but there was cake!

same Ponsonby neighbourhood as it was in the 90s; a two-bedroom unit, dubbed the 'half house', sells for nearly $1 million... This year Ponsonby Central's Dante's Pizza is declared 'Best Pizza in New Zealand' by judges who know their pizza, and with admirable community spirit, Arch Hill residents raise $40,000 to fight against 'big box' developments on Great North Road. Curran Street's red wooden bench was restored in February this year to become Herne Bay's love bench - inviting locals to take a rest. It's been a busy 25 years Ponsonby, we probably all deserve a rest, but if readers would like to share their favourite Ponsonby memories start posting on our Facebook page, we'd love to hear them. Here's to the next 25! F PN

Auckland hosted the Rugby World Cup in 2011. With every suburb of Auckland celebrating a visiting team's country of origin, Ponsonby adopted England and we were jolly good Anglophiles.

Images reproduced with kind permission of Random House New Zealand: Urban Village: The Story Of Ponsonby, Freemans Bay and St Marys Bay by Jenny Carlyon and Diana Morrow.

Ponsonby Central opened in November 2012, and was an instant and raging success.

Published by Random House NZ, 2008. RRP $50.

The Hero Parade made a glittering and glorious return in 2013 as the Pride Parade after an eleven-year absence. The festival brings back old memories, yet it's not the

L-R: Images top left and bottom left, copyright Estate of Robin Morrison, Auckland War Memorial Museum; Open Late Cafe, (second left) copyright Simon Young Metro Magazine; Closing Night at the Alhambra (above left), copyright Jimmy Gibb Collection; Georgina Street, 1971, (top right) copyright Mike Pritchard.

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LOCAL NEWS WHEN PONSONBY WAS THE BADLANDS Colin the cop takes a fond look over his shoulder at the young man whose beat covered several streets in the area and the good times he enjoyed in the badlands with his lifelong friend, Maurice, who remembers Ponsonby as being a great place for parties that would last from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon. If the grog ran out the shindig was catered to by sly grog outlets that might be a house or the boot of a car parked conveniently on Franklin Road. One individual would have what was called a Tarpaulin Muster that money was thrown into, and he’d promise to come back with the order in an hour. Sometimes he did, and sometimes he didn’t! There were also dances in the Maori Centre that Maori Wardens would police. The local constabulary worked with them and if anyone tried to take liquor inside they would confiscate it to drink back at the station. Nothing was wasted back in those days! The police station on the same site as the present one was once a two bedroom cottage where Sergeant Charlie Matthews lived with his sister. Colin remembers them as lovely people and Charlie as the most popular sergeant in Auckland. He was so popular that if anyone hassled him as he walked through a pub the other patrons would intervene. The Gluepot was a danger spot and Charlie would guide young constables through the premises. After a couple of months under his tutelage they would gain acceptance. Colin admits that the rundown houses in Weld Street were full of crooks and one incident in particular made headline news. An incensed man took off a secondhand dealer’s head with a spade on the corner of Richmond Road because of a deal gone sour. This caused a shudder to run through the eastern suburbs’ leafy enclaves. Who’d want to live in Ponsonby? In those days the sergeants were all more than six feet tall and weighed about 17 or 18 stone. One day as Colin accompanied a sergeant named Moose, they spied a street fight being waged. Moose observed, “first they’ll see us, then they’ll see me and then they’ll stop”. He was right because the fight lasted only two or three minutes after he was sighted. Even though they were big, imposing men, Colin claims they were gentle giants. Nevertheless if anybody assaulted a policeman they were taken back to the watch house and given, in Colin’s words “a bloody good hiding”. Moose also controlled Freemans Bay, and the Suffolk Hotel, now the Cavalier, was owned by an ex-policeman. After closing time at six o’clock the landlord would invite locals in as private guests. Moose regularly warned the publican when he was planning an inspection so the ‘guests’ then hid behind the bar. Moose, after pronouncing all was okay, would call out as he left, “Goodnight boys”. The six o’clock swill was in full force back then and drinkers would be seven deep at the bar to order their last beer. A good barman would run his hose along a lineup of glasses and ring them up on the till at the same time. Colin did once have an encounter with an irate man outside the Rob Roy after closing time, who advanced towards him

with a broken beer bottle. Suddenly seven foot Ivan Govorko, an ex Russian guard who worked on the waterfront, appeared out of nowhere, grabbed the would-be attacker, and dumped him on the ground, saving Colin from a tricky situation. At one time Maurice worked as a short order cook in the Trade Winds on Great North Road near the Ponsonby Road junction. It was owned by two Americans who had served in the Pacific and stayed on in Auckland after the war. The partners fell out and couldn’t work together so they divided the days in half. At the end of the third night the staff filed out of the restaurant carrying boxes of equipment to be stored elsewhere. Next day another set of equipment was brought in by the other partner. They each printed their own menus that were basically the same except the prices were different, which was embarrassing for the waiters when diners complained. One scary customer who came in to meet up with other Americans always sat at the bar with a folded newspaper in front of him which secreted an American army Colt pistol. A very different scene from the eateries that abound along Ponsonby Road today! ‘When lovely woman stoops to folly, the evening can be awfully jolly’. And a jolly time Colin and his fellow constables always had when there was a party at Flora Mackenzie’s house of ill repute. Flora’s background was impressive. Her father was a Knight of the Realm and Chairman of the Harbour Board. She was a talented seamstress and milliner and opened a dress shop, Ninettes in Vulcan Lane, which was highly successful. She sold it around 1958 and her father, realising she would probably never marry, bought her a villa in Ring Terrace that she initially ran as a boarding house. When Flora found two of her female tenants plying the oldest trade in the world it didn’t bother her at all and that’s how the most famous bordello in Auckland was established. On one occasion when she was brought to court and fined a thousand pounds she used one pound notes to make an elegant hat, presented it to officialdom and said “unpick that”. By the time Flora died in 1982 she had become a cherished civic figure and her funeral was well-attended despite her occupational side-line. Ponsonby remained a vibrant and ethnically diverse community for many years till gentrification took over, which was inevitable given its close proximity to the city. Remnants of the badlands days can still be found in pockets of the precinct but by and large it’s now indistinguishable from counterparts in other affluent suburbs. PN (DEIRDRE TOHILL) F

Image reproduced with kind permission of Random House New Zealand: Urban Village: The Story Of Ponsonby, Freemans Bay and St Marys Bay by Jenny Carlyon and Diana Morrow.

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BBQ’S & MORE - YOUR OUTDOOR LIFESTYLE EXPERTS It’s that time of the year again, the nights are getting longer and we are all starting to think about outdoor entertaining again. Look no further than BBQ’s & More, they carry everything you need to ensure you get the most of your entertaining area. They specialise in outdoor living including BBQ’s from great brands such as Weber, Prime Grill, Char-Griller, Memphis Grills, Bradley and the kingpin of all American grills Fire Magic. BBQ’s & More also offer an outdoor kitchen design service and can supply built-in grill, doors, outdoor refrigeration and more. They also carry a great range of smokers, outdoor furniture, outdoor heating and fire, BBQ parts and accessories, spa pools and wine fridges. The top brands are Fire Magic and Caliber manufactured in California and Memphis Grill from Minnesota. BBQ’s & More are also stockists of Bromic outdoor heating from Australia, Escea Outdoor Fires from New Zealand and Heat & Glo from USA.

BBQs & More is owned by local Herne Bay Entrepreneur and BBQ fanatic Mitchell Stronge - he is always looking to try new products, and has tested most of the products in store from the Govino Wine Glasses to the Memphis Wood Pellet Grill, he has cooked on both charcoal and gas grills that come from some of the finest grill manufacturers on the planet. Additionally you will find the LeVigne Fine Wine Cabinets from a 50 bottle under bench model to the full size 168 bottle unit perfect for storing your favourite wines. F PN BBQS & MORE, 616 Great South Road, Greenlane, T: 09 579 6699 www.bbqsandmore.co.nz

THE VALUE OF GREEN SPACE Vegetable gardens in the city, parks instead of commercial buildings, farmers markets and increased urban green spaces are not everybody's idea of progress. In fact, they are sometimes dismissed as a hipster-liberal trend that has more to do with an infatuation with the past than a vision for the future. Of course, if we are talking about 'progress', it all depends on where we want progress to take us - and it will be Auckland Council that needs to take responsibility for investing in the land for progress in creating pocket parks and larger green developments. Stephen Brown, immediate past president of the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architecture, explains that new urban green spaces will need to be 'harder', and more robust. "They will be used by so many people on a daily basis. Wynyard Quarter and its playground is an example of this kind of urban space," Stephen says. Community-run farmers markets and gardens owned by not-for-profit trusts have been steadily growing as people become aware of concepts such as food miles and in-season eating. In sprawling Auckland, urban space is gradually decreasing but it is still available and most people have a small spot outdoors free for a private garden. Chris Redditt is head gardener at Hello Garden, a local pop-up garden business with a vision. The company provides premade wooden boxes which it installs and fills with a 'lasagna' of garden goods. The company has teamed up with We Compost to promote each others' products - Chris is talking with local schools about installing garden boxes and is looking for funding to help the schools make it happen. "We’d love to see our community become a leafy green paradise where every home has a garden and there’s more than enough fresh veggies for everyone," says Chris.

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If households and schools producing their own small patch of veggies is a straight forward possibility, what about the future of urban farming and parks in Auckland central? "One of the things that has to happen as we decrease private space in Auckland is to offset that by an increase in public space," Stephen Brown says.

A plant box by Hello Garden

The towering vertical farms envisioned by urban planners remain a fairly science fiction idea - at least for the present. And while community gardens will improve access to fresh produce, their presence can lead to gentrification and the inevitable rent increases that come with it - and higher rents is the last thing central Auckland needs. The other side of higher rents is that 'progress junkies' who fear the loss of urban land to green space, can rest assured that the increased value of land surrounding parks and gardens will more than pay for the loss of the commercial land value. Central Park in New York is the perfect example. Green space is valuable, and that value is growing every day. Progress can bring us more parks, gardens and green space, or less; it all depends on the type of progress urban people choose to support. F PN (JESSIE KOLLEN) www.hellogarden.co PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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RAYN Inspired by the poetry of Surrealism, so rich with paradox and possibility, Philippe Starck has dreamed up RAYN. “I have used Surrealist poetry,” says Starck, “to express the disappearance of boundaries between inside and out.” The result is a collection of remarkable versatility, combining all the comfort and sophistication of the world’s finest indoor systems, all the outdoor knowhow and barefoot luxury of DEDON, and all the intelligence and creativity one would expect from the most celebrated designer of our age. “The centerpiece of the garden,” says Starck, RAYN has been designed to bring pleasure “not only to those sitting on it but to those surrounding it.” This is as evident in the collection’s innovative textile weaving as in the asymmetrical beauty of its forms. Crisscrossing horizontal ribbons of pale ecru fabric with vertical tubes of warm RAYN fabric, DEDON’s master weavers have covered RAYN’s powder-coated frame in an elegant new woven pattern, looser and more open than usual for DEDON, that brings out all the rich, tonal variations in the fabric itself. A modular system of remarkable versatility, comprising a wide array of typologies, RAYN can be configured to suit any setting - outdoors, indoors or somewhere in between. F PN The RAYN collection is exclusively available from the DOMO Luxury Furniture showroom: www.domo.co.nz

CREATING EASY OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE Design Warehouse is a manufacturer of high-end outdoor furniture which they showcase from their 6,500 square metre Parnell showroom. Because they are the manufacturer they can offer up to 70% off retail prices. Commercial and international clients, as well as the public shopping for outdoor furniture at Design Warehouse, can have confidence that they are receiving the best quality and value. You will find everything you need for your outdoor space. They offer sun loungers, deep seating, benches, dining tables, dining chairs, relaxing chairs, accent tables, umbrellas and accessories. When making the furniture, they only use the highest quality materials such as a-grade teak, outdoor wicker, reclaimed teak, raw concrete, #316 marine grade stainless steel, Sunbrella and Batyline mesh outdoor furniture.

Everything at Design Warehouse comes fully assembled and is in stock. They offer national and international white glove delivery so that creating your outdoor space is quick and easy. Customer service and quality is a top priority giving you a great shopping experience. To see for yourself, visit their extensive website and learn more about their high quality and beautiful products. Stop by the showroom or call and speak with one of their PN experienced sales teams. The showroom is open every day from 10am to 6pm. F DESIGN WAREHOUSE, 137 - 147 The Strand, Parnell T: 0800 111 112 www.designwarehouse.co.nz

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LOCAL NEWS REVITALISED VICTORIA PARK MARKET RETURNS TO ITS ORIGINS Built 100 years ago, Victoria Park Market was formerly a waste depot and its distinctive chimney used for burning the city’s rubbish. In the early 1980s the area was transformed into Victoria Park Market. It was the place to buy a leather jacket, incense, artwork, to get your hair braided and to have your fortune told by well-known clairvoyant Sheena Shuvani. Now a resident clairvoyant based at Ponsonby Central, Sheena said that the outdoor market was fun, “It had Turkish carpets, pottery, perfumes, and funky clothing all at market prices. I loved the historical setting of Vic Market.” Aucklanders have welcomed the return of the market to its origins, with the news of Victoria Park market in October honouring artists with their participation in Auckland Art week and on the weekend of 15 and 16 November launching the year-round weekend outdoor market. A local, Davey Polonowita who is internationally travelled with a soft-spot for Melbourne, feels there is a true gap in Auckland for a market such as Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market. Davey said: “I really feel that Victoria Park Market has the potential to fill this void; it has the character and the associated market history. It’s a central place where all can meet, with a rustic yet sophisticated vibe that draws people in.” From 10 - 19 October see Auckland Art Week at Victoria Park Market. Eighty different artists from the 2SeasNZ creative community will present art, music, film, fashion, spoken word, photography, painting, workshops, talks and entertainment. It is a rare opportunity to meet the artists, and understand first-hand the concepts behind each piece. And on opening night you can grab an individually signed artwork for free. With its central location, historic building and high exposure it’s hard to ignore the potential and possibilities that the market has to offer. The creative community 2SeasNZ has recognised this opportunity and is proud to collaborate with Victoria Park Market for this Auckland Art Week event. There has been a surge in applications from stallholders eager to be a part of the weekend market, with a modern twist to the type of stallholders of the past, handcrafted jewellery, Maori and Pacific original artwork and artefacts, organic health products, handblown glassware, henna art and delicious food offerings such as BBQ ribs, American Pies, Argentine, Brazilian and Hungarian and for the kids, potato curls. www.victoriaparkmarket.co.nz There are 70 stalls available for hire, food stalls $75 per day, craft and artisan produce stalls from $30 - $50 per day. For further information or to hire a stall contact Bayleys PN salesperson Leah La Hood on M: 021 897 788 leah.lahood@bayleys.co.nz F

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OUTDOOR LIVING GEORGIA GARDEN Since 1950 Sika Design has created handmade furniture with comfort, quality and sustainability as the main requirements for the design and the manufacturing process. The name comes from the Sika deer which is light and elegant. Today, the second and third generation of the company’s founder are in charge of Sika Design. The wicker furniture is handed down through generations, and world-wide several hotels, restaurants and cruise ships are furnished with furniture from Sika Design. Georgia Garden, one of the Sika collections, is designed to form a beautiful symbiosis with flowers, plants and trees in your garden. The collection is designed with inspiration from drawings of original wicker furniture found in old books and on old postcards and epitomises romance, cosiness and contemplation. Georgia Garden makes one’s mind drift on a dream trip to bygone times. Like Sika’s other garden furniture, the collection Georgia Garden is woven of maintenance-free fibres - best known as polyrattan. This provides more time and energy to immerse one-self in the garden life or to enjoy leisure time with family and friends on the terrace. The Georgia Garden collection is exclusively available from DOMO’s Classical showroom: www.domoclassical.co.nz

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The giant lamp post (then lit by gas) stood in the centre of the intersection and was removed in the 1930s as a traffic hazard.

NATASHA RADONICH - A HAVEN FOR YOUR HAIR A private little haven from the busy world, the Natasha Radonich salon is hidden away behind Flight Centre at Three Lamps, Ponsonby. Specialising in colour, Natasha and Hollie adore what they do. "We love making people feel and look fabulous," says Natasha. Natasha and Hollie are experts in the look of balayage, which is a freehand technique requiring a great deal of skill - and they only use ammonia-free colour. "Balayage is a modern go-to, chic hair colour which creates depth and dimension and leaves a sun-kissed finish," Natasha explains. At Natasha Radonich they are also trained in the Parisian technique, "a result we love over the classic one," says Natasha. The salon space has a very intimate feel and offers a one-on-one service, personalised for every client's needs. At Natasha Radonich salon they take particular pride in the fact that their clients do not have to wait for a hairdresser. Natasha and Hollie also try to get most colour services finished within an hour and a half. "The health of your hair is the number one priority for us," says Natasha. "We want all our clients to have beautiful, believable hair." F PN NATASHA RADONICH BOUTIQUE HAIR SALON, 326a Ponsonby Road, T: 09 361 5818, www.natasharadonich.com

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KILT - UNIQUE STYLE AND NEW ZEALAND-MADE At Kilt the garments are designed and made with love right here in little old New Zealand.

THREE LAMPS: PONSONBY’S HIGH STREET Three Lamps has often been known as ‘Ponsonby’s High Street’. There are accountants, banks, cafés and restaurants, real estate offices, beauty therapists, hairdressers, fashion and homewares stores, watchmakers and opticians. The lamp post was reconstructed with the three distinctive lanterns that gave this area its name. The giant lamp-post (then lit by gas) stood in the centre of the intersection and was removed in the 1930s as a traffic hazard. Three lamps of another design were placed on the corner of the Gluepot Tavern as a reminder of the origin of the name. After many years of lobbying the old lamp post was rebuilt next to the former Gluepot. (which still sports the other set of three lamps). On 10 August 2012, the Waitemata Local Board celebrated the ‘lighting up’ and the return of the Three Lamps at the corner of Ponsonby Road and Jervois Road. F PN

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Being New Zealand-made means the team at Kilt is able to react to what their customers want for their wardrobe at a quicker pace; Kilt are committed to controlling garment quality and love that they have the ability to support fellow Kiwis in both their fashion needs and careers. Kilt aims to bring its fashion-forward designs to customers as soon as the inspiration strikes, which is why at Kilt, designs are not limited by creating 'looks' or showing collections. Instead, every time customers pop into a Kilt boutique, there will be a new item they haven’t seen before. At Kilt they know everyone loves getting beautiful new garments to admire every week! If there are items customers desire but can’t find anywhere, just let the team at Kilt know - they love getting feedback. Kilt pieces are limited to a small quantity so your style will remain unique! Kilt has been a mainstay at 271a Ponsonby Road since 2011. Their dedicated team of stylists are trained to know what styles will suit your shape and they will go the extra mile to make sure you leave with a smile on your face (and hopefully an amazing outfit). So next time you are in Ponsonby why not pop in, catch up with Rose and her team of 'Kilt-ies' and experience Kilt for yourself, or if it's after hours you can always shop online at kilt.co.nz. F PN KILT, 271A Ponsonby Road, T: 09 376 1222, www.kilt.co.nz

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FREE PHYSIO AT THREE LAMPS Do you have a niggling injury you want to shift? Summer is just around the corner, so now is the time to get it sorted. It’s well known that injuries detected and treated correctly early on have a better chance of a full recovery. "We believe it’s important to fix problems early which is why we are offering the first session free - so you get an injury assessment. We offer 60 minute appointments,” says Zee Sharif of Ponsonby’s Return to Form. “So if you’re running a few minutes late you’ll still receive a quality session, with analysis, measurement, hands on treatment, stretches and a home exercise programme. Special for Auckland marathon runners! If you are running the Auckland Marathon make sure you are pain and injury free - so you can achieve your distance to your maximum speed on the day. It’s not too late to get some advice and ensure your body is in optimum form for the big event. Small niggles from injuries can hang around and ‘attack' just when we’re feeling vulnerable and fatigued. So it’s good to know you can avoid the disappointment of not achieving your best time by addressing any problems now. Let us know you are participating in the marathon and we will provide your first two ACC sessions free of charge. If you have any injuries, contact Return to Form now to book a free assessment; PN 0800 R2FORM (0800 723 676) or info@returntoform.com. F RETURN TO FORM, Level 1, 334 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 551 4460, www.returntoform.com

SMASHBOX PRESENTS: A PHOTO FINISH! The Smashbox Concept store at Three Lamps in Ponsonby is a one of a kind - and there’s more than meets the eye. At a glance, the boutique store looks like the perfect colourful apothecary of make-up wizardry where you can pop in to shop, or have your makeup professionally done - and it definitely is but Smashbox also offers comprehensive make up classes and fantastic makeovers. Try one of their master classes, a one-on-one session with a Smashbox make-up artist, or take your pick from the ‘Makeover Menu’ to make you the ‘Belle of the Ball’, a ‘Cosmopolitan’ beauty, ready for a wedding or a night of fancy dress and more. The Smashbox Pro Artist team aims to give their clients make-up confidence. Smashbox is the only store of its type in the world, they create their own products and tools, and are continually developing artistry tips and tricks. Bookings are essential for Smashbox’s Brow Bar, they offer precision tweezing and custom tinting. If it’s for a quick brow shape or even ‘Brow Rehab’, they can sort our your brows, starting from as little as $20. At Smashbox Cosmetics they’re always looking at beauty through a new lens - and this time it’s for a photo finish! Until 12 October, simply visit the Smashbox store or selected Life Pharmacies, buy any two Smashbox products and receive a free ‘Photo Finish Clear Primer’ duo (T&C’s apply). F PN SMASHBOX, 342 Ponsonby Road, T: 0800 SMASHBOX www.smashboxcosmetics.co.nz

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CROSS LEASES

UNION ON THE MOVE

The quarter acre section (1012m²) was the ‘standard’ lot which over time shrank to 200m² in some parts of Auckland.

When walking into the Union Clothing store at Three Lamps you feel immediately at home.

In the 1960s developers got around subdivision controls with cross leases sharing the land ownership and mutual leases of the dwelling footprints. These are quite different from fee simple titles. Older cross leases may not define any exclusive use areas. Recent controls have ended cross leases, leaving over 100,000 in Auckland.

Maybe it’s owner-designer Wendy Nelson’s friendly welcome (if you’re lucky enough to catch her), or maybe it’s the designs you know you’re going to want - it’s probably both. Wendy is just about to move Union to a new home - Lot 3, Mackelvie Street, where this October she will become neighbours with The Shelter concept store and the Deadly Ponies showroom. It’s a perfect location, and the little street is quickly becoming something of a fashion central for Ponsonby.

Cross leases control the development by other lessees (‘owners’) on the title. No construction can take place without their written consent. Owners face substantial costs for alterations. Before building they must obtain their neighbours’ written consent. Some leases say that this consent may not be unreasonably withheld. Owners who obtain resource consent, building consent, CCC, but neglect the neighbour’s consent or change the footprint of the plan on the title, face dismay and cost.

At Union Clothing you will find sophisticated black and whites, seasonal colours, sexy embroidery and embellishments - designs for a spiritual lifetime journey. Visit the new PN store this month and see Union’s intriguing and beautiful summer collection. F UNION, Shop 10 /130 Ponsonby Road, cnr Mackelvie Street, T: 09 376 1122, www.unionclothing.co.nz

A lessee owns a share of all the freehold and the lease protects the owner’s rights as regards other lessees, with rights and obligations that are not easily available between freehold neighbours. These rights include quiet enjoyment, control of development, control of pets, home businesses, maintenance requirements, insurance, and can be enforced by the Courts. While older cross leases may not have exclusive occupation areas, more recent cross leases do, and in that respect differ little in practice from a freehold title. This article is of general information only and each case may differ. Cross leases are PN complex and you should seek legal advice. F CLARK & CO, Level 1, 283 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 360 2413 www.clarklawyers.co.nz Penelope Campbell and Wendy Nelson of Union

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THE BEST LABELS ARE AT ENCORE FASHION RECYCLE Since moving into big, beautiful new premises a year ago, Encore Designer Recycle has gone from strength to strength. Selling not only some of the best recycled fashion labels from overseas and New Zealand, they have also secured more suppliers of new samples, ends of lines and last season stock from local designers. Encore is also the place to bring those online shopping mistakes if you can’t be bothered returning them. They are selling quite a bit of footwear that were online purchases that turned out to be the wrong size. The huge store is beautifully laid out by sizes, making it easier to find that particularly spectacular bargain. The space has plenty of light flooding in from double story windows and great shopping music. The team at Encore are professionals when it comes to designer fashion recycling. They let you know when your unsold items are ready to collect, giving you two weeks to come and collect before they are disposed of. They figure if they are asking for your expensive labels, then you should have the opportunity to have them returned. Encore Designer Recycle is now taking your spring/summer wardrobe clean out. To ensure the quality of the clothing and accessories, at Encore they are fussy about what they take; they appreciate you taking the time to make sure all items are clean prior to drop-off. Footwear needs to be free of mud and dust, and still have plenty of wear. “We look forward to being of service whether you are buying or selling with us. See you PN soon!” F

Stacey Milham-Johnson and Noa Sullivan of Encore Fashion Recycle

ENCORE FASHION RECYCLE, 305 Ponsonby Road, T; 376 1667, www.fashion-recycle.co.nz

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BAYLEYS PONSONBY CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THEIR COMMUNITY “Ponsonby is so much more than just the suburb in which we work. It is where we live - it’s part of our lifestyle,” says Bayleys Ponsonby sales manager Bernadette Morrison. In November they look forward to the Ponsonby School fireworks. Along with a financial contribution towards the event, Bayleys Ponsonby provides the photo booth on the night. This is popular with children and adults alike and it is great to see families enjoying Guy Fawkes in a safe environment.

“Since we opened our office in Ponsonby Road we have put down even stronger roots in the community. We love being in Three Lamps, the ‘gateway’ to Ponsonby, where we are that much closer to our clients and the properties we are selling.” The move has helped them to cement their position among the top Bayleys residential offices in New Zealand. They have a high calibre team including three salespeople in the top five percent of Bayleys salespeople nationwide. While experience and success count for a lot in this business, they all agree that a genuine commitment to the community is equally as important.

Bayleys Ponsonby is aligned with Bayleys Point Chevalier and they offer their support to the Point Chevalier School Fair on 16 November. Once again, they are bringing the ever popular photo booth for fair-goers to enjoy. The team at Bayleys Ponsonby are also passionate supporters of local sport and a major sponsor of the Western Springs Association Football Club. Congratulations to the men’s premier team that recently took out the first division and achieved promotion to the premier division.

For 10 years Bayleys has been the principal sponsor of Blind Foundation Guide Dogs, a partnership that has generated more than $2.8 million for the cause. At grassroots level Bayleys Ponsonby is a major sponsor, alongside Master Kelwin Flooring, of the Inner City Arts Programme involving 12 local schools. Each school has its own exhibition where they present book vouchers to the children with the winning artworks, in addition to a cheque towards each school’s arts programme. They then install a selection of art from each school at New World in Freemans Bay for the public to enjoy. Pop in and have a look, the art is up until 13 November.

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“Extending a helping hand to local events, teams and organisations will continue to be an important part of our philosophy. It is a highlight of our calendar and something we get great joy from year after year.” F PN

Bernadette Morrison of Bayleys Ponsonby

BAYLEYS REAL ESTATE LTD, Licensed under the REA Act 2008, 305 Ponsonby Road, T: 0 9 375 8494 www.bayleys.co.nz

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MILLY’S KITCHEN HAS BEEN AN ICON IN PONSONBY SINCE IT FIRST OPENED IN 1985 We were started by the Muir family, who were keen to bring the world’s best cookware to the New Zealand market. That tradition has now passed to a new family - the Oldfields - and they have a passion second to none when it comes to great action in the kitchen. Since we first opened our doors, we have been selling a grand eclectic selection of New Zealand’s best kitchenware - but we also cast our experienced eyes worldwide to ensure the very best for our customers. We are proud to stock the best brands from around the world, and regular deliveries from the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States are always met with great excitement in -store. Who doesn’t love stunning cast iron Le Creuset casseroles? Or colourful KitchenAid stand mixers? Whether it’s cooking or baking that’s your passion, we’ve got you covered. Along with the best imported products, of course, we are proud to stock a large number of Kiwi products - from beautiful rimu chopping boards through to hand-made cake tins. Simply, our store is a treasure trove to those who love to cook, bake and talk about food, trends and ideas. We have a demonstration kitchen which is always in use during the weekends, and where our knowledgeable staff will show you how to use the latest and greatest gadgets, appliances, juicers and much more. And don’t forget we also have a large retail store in Parnell to visit too, with plenty of customer parking. We congratulate Ponsonby News on reaching their 25 year anniversary, and understand the hard work and dedication it takes to last the distance of time in a fast moving market. Here’s to many more years for both of these iconic brands! MILLYS PONSONBY, 273 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 376 1550 www.facebook.com/MillysNZ www.millyskitchen.co.nz

The first five fabulous readers who rush into our Ponsonby store with their copy of the Ponsonby News will receive a free Milly’s tea towel and this gorgeous French wooden spoon set.

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MILLY’S - STANDING THE TEST OF TIME What is quality? For Milly’s it is the measure of excellence! We have always prided ourselves on quality - from the amazing products we sell, to ensuring your entire retail experience is second to none. Over the last few years we’ve seen customers opting for quality over price, understanding that a premium means more value in the long-run. In the 1950s, when the big household purchase was an oven, washing machine or fridge, you could guarantee it would last 20 years. It was not a purchase made lightly, but with much thought and justification. Today, the world is very different. Some people prefer to purchase based on price alone and are happy to replace often. But with an increased focus on sustainability and longevity, more of our customers are looking for value for money over an extended period of time.

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And nothing says value for money more than the iconic brands Milly’s has sold for over 30 years! Le Creuset, KitchenAid, Dualit, Magimix, Lodge, Demeyere, WMF, Mauviel, Apilco... the list could go on and on. Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff can talk to you about these products, ensuring your purchases will always be perfect for your requirements. Come in and talk to us - you’ll be glad you did! And not only do we have our iconic store in Ponsonby, we also have an amazing set up in Parnell. It houses our cook school, primarily running cake baking and decorating classes - but in the near future we will be showcasing some of New Zealand’s top cooks. MILLYS PONSONBY, 273 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 376 1550 MILLYS PARNELL, level 1 (above the Home Ideas Centre) 165 The Strand, T: 09 309 1690 www.facebook.com/MillysNZ www.millyskitchen.co.nz

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ROSS THORBY: SEA FEVER

Around the world with the Diva EVEN WHEN MARY MASTONY FIRST BEGAN SAILING ON THE QE2 IN THE EARLY 80S, SHE could no longer be described as being in the first flush of youth. She discovered, much to her delight, and the other passengers chagrin, that on board they regularly hold a passenger talent contest and Mary had always wanted to sing, evidence of which is still fortunately with us… www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVSTxkL83VE So, now you understand dear reader, that these talent shows are no ‘X factor’ and the performances range from the sublime to the truly ridiculous. An eagerly anticipated ‘World Cruise’ tradition enjoyed, if not for the hidden talents of those on board, then for the lengths that some people will go to have more than their share of fame. A show made up of the typical Cunarders of the day, a retinue of crazy debutantes from the 30s and 40s and the occasional famous face thrown in for good measure. After her first performance, Mary took the polite applause from the audience to heart and the next year arrived for the show with her old wedding dress and some plastic roses. These she duly handed out to the stage crew to throw onto the stage at the completion of her aria. Soon no show was complete without Mary warbling in the background, so much so that when she was once called “a bit of a Diva”, she rightly or wrongly took this as a compliment and started promoting herself as the ‘QE2 Diva’, writing several books under that pseudonym. Who could resist her, the now tatty dress, the wig slightly askew and the tiny high voice, but Mary was one of the many characters who frequented the QE2 and even now, a few still can be found holding court in various Cunard Ballrooms. These old dames were quite competitive and a rivalry existed amongst them. Mary’s nemesis was Bea Muller who, after her husband had died onboard one year, decided that she wouldn’t accompany his body back to the States for burial, but would in fact stay and continue her World Cruise. The ‘digs’ had already been paid for and there was no chance of a refund. Arriving back in the States, Bea spent a year getting her affairs in order to fund her retirement on board.

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In her words, she wasn’t interested in staring out of a window and seeing the same old tree day in day out for what remained of her days. Bea became famous for being the ‘lady who lived on the QE2’, but eventually, despite her best intentions, ended her days in landlocked retirement, no doubt faced with looking at the same old tree day in and day out. Some passengers had good experiences with her, others not so much. Those old regulars took on an air of ownership of the ships and any other cruisers on board were mere interlopers. A friend once sat in a empty chair in the ballroom to rest her well danced but now aching corns and was moved on abruptly by ‘Lillian’, who sat every night in that very chair, and no usurper or interloper should dare to sit there. Meekly, (we were new to cruising then) we moved. Lillian was a tiny but perfectly preserved and coiffed French lady whose late husband had owned an American football team. The diamonds that she wore could have doubled as the ships anchors. She sailed the world cruise every year and her wardrobe accompanied her in a separate stateroom. You never saw Lillian wearing the same outfit twice. Having escaped the Nazis, she was living out her days in the company of the other old ladies on board. One of her companions was Mrs Levy, who had also escaped Nazi Germany and with her husband had started up a world renowned pharmaceutical company. She was a heavy whiskey drinker and gambler and one of our personal favourites. About four feet four inches, and aged in her 80s when we first met her, she was witty, sharp as a tack and sailed well into her 90s - she, Mary and Lillian only recently disappearing from the passenger lists. Sadly, every year I get on the ship, more of the old characters have disappeared, but each year there is always a movie star, singer or famous name to pick out amongst the well-heeled passengers. I find myself asking who the next generation of crazy Cunarders will be and then catch PN myself in the mirror... and rethink that option. (ROSS THORBY) F

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TRAVEL BREAKS: THE NEW THERAPY!

LIVE LIKE A KING WITH ANDIAN STYLE Andy and Iain certainly are no strangers to Ponsonby, as they owned the very successful ‘Me’ Salon for nine years before selling up and moving on with their new venture Andian Style. Travellers, artisans, and consummate hosts with an eye for detail, they have focused their energy towards providing a complete concierge experience for you when holidaying in Bali. Whether it is family time together, a special anniversary, or simply a relaxing getaway... these boys have over 140 villas on offer that have been personally inspected and will show you reasons to enjoy Andian Style. If you’re looking for a wedding venue, the boys can organise everything from venue, caterers, decorations and entertainment, along with hair, makeup and photography. “Putting on a wedding here can be on a grand scale without breaking the bank,” says Iain. Tropical Asia has become their absolute favourite because as they say you get all the bells and whistles and more. “Bali, Indonesia has so much to offer,” says Andy. “There are incredible villa establishments that offer the ultimate in design, relaxation, and service while situated in stunning private settings. Villas can work out more economical than a hotel when travelling in a group and come complete with drivers, chefs, maids/butlers, groundsmen and guards. Seriously, you can live like a king (at least while you are on holiday)” adds Iain. Bali has a plethora of stunning eateries that equal the best in the world! The hospitality of the locals and appreciation from tourists makes Bali a safe international playground, alive with energy and inspiration for all. If you’re ready to escape and indulge, simply email andy@andianstyle.com with your requirements and he will tailor a vacation specifically for you. www.andianstyle.com Iain Smith and Andy Grant owners of Andian Style

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WINE AND WILDLIFE There is something about Africa that just keeps pulling you back. You could say it’s the ‘call of the wild’, but there is so much more to Southern Africa - the diversity of cultures in South Africa, the vast deserts of Namibia, and the incredible watery delta of Botswana’s Okavango to name a few. Nothing can prepare you for your first lion roar in the wild, it will send chills down your spine and have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation for what might unfold. A day on safari begins just before dawn with the smell of fresh coffee. It’s time to go bush! Africa is at its most exciting in the cool of the morning when all the action happens. Driving off-road, all eyes are peeled for what could be around the next corner. We spot a huge a variety of animals, anything from the comical warthog, to a matriarchal elephant with her herd, a lion making a kill, or even the elusive leopard. Back at the lodge there are tales of great sightings over breakfast, and then it’s time for a siesta, a dip in the pool, or a chat with the rangers who are so passionate about the wilderness. The carnivores also spend the hottest part of the day having a siesta, lolling about under bushes. Dusk is when their ears prick up again, and its off out in search of the next meal, so off we go to spot some more live wildlife action. African sunsets are to be celebrated, and what better way than with a cool G&T in the bush on the way back to camp. After a sumptuous dinner it is time to sit back with a South African red in front of the ‘bush TV’ or campfire. Flickering firelight and chirruping insects form a great backdrop to stories of the day’s highlights - ah the magic of safari! For a complete contrast head for the urban buzz of Cape Town, my favourite city in Africa. Like Auckland, it boasts a stunning harbour, but with the added wow factor of towering Table Mountain. The shopping is to die for, and Kiwis can claim back the VAT from our purchases when leaving the country. Head north from Cape Town for not even an hour, and you’re in the famed Winelands region, home to many award winning ‘new world’ wines, fascinating history, and stunning scenery. Most of the vineyards offer tastings and lunches, and with the current exchange rate being so favourable and the wine so delicious, I defy you to resist bringing some bottles home! I’ve just touched on a few of my favourite African experiences. Next May we’re hosting a small group of Kiwi travellers to the very best of Southern Africa. The luxurious Blue Train, Cape Town and the Winelands, Sossusvlei, and incredible safaris in Etosha National Park, the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park are all on the agenda, ending with the spectacle of PN Victoria Falls. Africa is calling me back. F

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GARY STEEL: VEG FRIENDLY

The veg friendly challenge A question for restaurant and café owners and chefs: Do you go out of your way to make sure that vegetarians, vegans, and other patrons with specific food requirements are being looked after? I’m not talking about those pesky, troublesome types who expect the kitchen to make spontaneous and passion-destroying alterations to menu items, but the menu itself. In devising that menu, have you sought to provide options for the growing ranks of non -meat eaters? And if so, how much effort have you put into making sure the vegetarian selections are both delicious and nutritious? After all, vegetarian cuisine isn’t just about taking out the meat. Now, if your menu does proudly sport some vegetarian selections, can you absolutely guarantee that they’re properly, authentically meat and fish free? Have you ensured that your salad ingredients and vegetables are cut on surfaces free of cross-contamination - or taste residue - from meat and fish products? And what about oils, sauces and stocks? When you call something ‘vegetarian’, do you really mean it? Do you cook with lard? Do your sauces contain any fish or meat material? And if you use stock in ‘vegetarian’ soups, are you sure they’re vegetarian stocks? What about hot chips and French fries: Are they cooked in oil or animal fat? Is that oil also used to cook non-vegetarian items, and if so, do you change it often? When you salt the chips, are you sure you’re not using that horrid chicken-infused salt? And if you buy pre-cooked chips, are they already dripping with dripping? Pizza restaurants: Are you using vegetarian cheese to make your vegetarian pizzas? Japanese restaurants: When you call miso soup ‘vegetarian’, are you sure it contains no meat or fish products whatsoever? What about those Bonito flakes often sprinkled on otherwise vegetarian meals - are your customers aware that these are fish products? Malaysian and Thai restaurants: Your menus often proudly display vegetarian sections, but can you guarantee that your red and green curries are free of fish stock, or that other seemingly vegetarian meals aren’t laced with fish sauce? Chinese restaurants: What’s that oyster sauce doing in your Vegetarian Delight? My wife, who works in a Japanese restaurant, has become adept at steering vegetarians away from anything they don’t want to eat. Of course, some casual vegetarians don’t mind a bit of fishy sauce if they’re eating out, but any genuine vegetarian will want to know. And that’s the rub: very few Asian restaurants tell their Kiwi customers that miso contains fish fragments, and that a wide variety of the sauces used in Asian restaurants are not vegetarian. Providing for vegetarians is one thing, but there’s a whole other layer of care required for vegan food. If you’re providing bread, is it free of milk products? Does your vegetable tempura contain egg in its batter? We think vegetarians have a right to know, and to be provided with something they can eat and enjoy. We also reckon in an age where fantastic vegetarian and vegan recipes are widely available on the internet, that there’s little excuse for cafés and restaurants to ignore that part of their clientele, and to go on offering the standard soggy risottos. It’s easy to acquire knowledge of tasty and nutritionally balanced ingredients suitable for vegetarian and vegan consumption, so what’s the problem? With this issue, Ponsonby News starts a countdown of the best ‘veg friendly’ restaurants in the greater Ponsonby area. Starting with Kokako, and every month, we’ll review a café or restaurant that really excels in vegetarian food, whether it’s exclusively plant-based or mainly meat-oriented. We thought about naming and shaming all the venues that provide little for the herbivore, but instead, we’d rather celebrate those who are doing it well. Do you run a café or restaurant that does vegetarian really well? If so, let me know on the email below. We’ll be sure to check out your eatery. And don’t be shy, okay? PN (GARY STEEL) F Gary Steel is an Auckland-based journalist who runs online vegetarian resource www.doctorfeelgood.co.nz. He can be contacted via beautmusic@gmail.com

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SPICY VEG PILAF This flavoursome rice makes for an easy and colourful veg side. Serves 4 Time to make: 25 minutes 1-1 ½ tablespoons curry paste 420g can no-added-salt chickpeas, drained, rinsed 1 ¼ cups basmati rice 1 cup liquid salt-reduced vegetable stock 500g packet frozen mixed vegetables or in-season vegetables equivalent 2 cups baby spinach ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley Heat a large oiled saucepan over a medium-high heat. Add curry paste, chickpeas and rice. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute until fragrant. Add stock and 1½ cups water. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover. Simmer for 10-12 minutes until rice is almost tender, adding vegetables halfway through cooking. Remove from heat. Stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir in spinach. Scatter with parsley. Nutrition: no dairy, low sodium, high fibre Recipe: Liz Macri Photography: Ian Wallace Recipe reprinted from Healthy Food Guide magazine with permission from Healthy Life Media Ltd. Find more great in-season vegetable recipes - plus get Your Healthy Kick-start Plan! free booklet - with the October 2014 issue of Healthy Food Guide magazine ($5.90), PN on sale in supermarkets and bookstores, or subscribe at www.healthyfood.co.nz F

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY But this time round, your favourite editor/publisher Martin Leach and myself chose from the menu, and it took ages to make up our minds. As we noted, for a vegetarian navigating himself through the meat world, life is often simple if boring, because most cafés only have one or two items we can eat. Suddenly, at a venue like Kokako, we’re confronted with a mind-boggling variety of options, all of which look delicious, and all of which we can eat! Now that’s democracy! Although we both ached to try the Black Rice Porridge, a vegan dish with salted coconut milk, paw paw and coconut ($12.90), in the end we settled for savoury options. Martin opted for the Bubble & Squeak Hash ($17.90) while I just had to try the Courgette & Chilli Fritters ($18.50). If there’s a criticism to be made, it’s that they’re not exactly generous in their portions, and that they would be unlikely to fill a very hungry person, but then again, that’s par for the course (so to speak) in cafés around Auckland, and side dishes are available for those happy to pay a few dollars more. In Kokako’s case, both the quality and the taste of the food make up for any deficiency in quantity.

THE VEG FRIENDLY CHALLENGE Finalist: Kokako It’s the great Ponsonby News Veg Friendly Challenge, in which Ponsonby-area cafes and restaurants line up to be judged on their vegetarian friendliness. What does that mean? Simply this: it’s a new day in food-land, what with even the likes of the award-winning Euro offering a complete vegetarian menu, and a more ‘green’ perspective to eating generally. It’s possible to be nutritious and delicious, and we’re going to name the cafes and restaurants that cater well to vegetarians and vegans, whether or not they’ve also got meat on their menus. Each month, we’ll review one of our favourite ‘veg friendly’ eateries, and at the end of it all, we’ll name an overall winner, and our coveted Veg Friendly Challenge Top 10. We just had to start with Kokako. This spacious, airy café sited in the old post office just behind Countdown in the Grey Lynn shops, has been doing a roaring trade since it moved here from its second spot in the suburb we colloquially know as ‘Parn hell’ back in 2011 it had started life as a simple coffee cart in downtown Auckland, providing New Zealand’s first organic beans. We think the Grey Lynn move was the right decision, and locals have taken to Kokako’s unobtrusively great table service, incredible freshly roasted organic coffee and full menu with considerable gusto. One of the notable things about Kokako is the absence of any signage warning customers that everything is vegetarian, and because of the normalcy this creates, I’ve been told that meat eaters often don’t even notice that their cherished bacon or snags aren’t available. Created by head chef Rohan Horner, whose background internationally is in the fine dining scene, the menu provides a wide variety of options, all of them fresh and green. The cabinet items are always tempting, especially the small but perfectly co-ordinated selection of salads, which tickle the taste-buds with all kinds of subtle flavours and are a meal in themselves.

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Martin’s Bubble & Squeak Hash looked most impressive, being a hearty stack containing poached egg, relish, leek, silverbeet and hollandaise. He loved it and told me, “this dish always takes me back to London, where it’s a very popular café-style dish and also one used as a ‘school dinner’ staple.” My Courgette & Chilli Fritters (with radish, watercress, pine nut, and cumin feta salad) were totally rad. Okay, so words fail me. All I can say is that every mouthful was savoured, then devoured, and I took my time, because it’s quite rare to find a fritter that isn’t bland or too sloppy or too floury or just too-too! These fritters were as next to perfect, and the salad was equally delicious, although the sprout bits and jagged juice-covered leaves had to be carefully stage-managed to avoid a) messing up my face and b) causing unsightly blemishes on my shirt. Such are the hazards of a life for the lettuce-inclined! In short, the food, the ambience, and the service were all splendid, and we adore the fact that everything on the menu is free range and/or organic, and that customers are encouraged to let them know if you have any specific dietary requirements. And then there’s the coffee, which is reason enough for a visit. In short, for both of us self-proclaimed galloping gourmands (in my case ‘galumphing’ may be the appropriate word), Kokako is one of the very finest veg-friendly cafes in Auckland. Let’s see if the other finalists shape up as well over the course of our Veg PN Friendly Challenge. (GARY STEEL) F Open Monday-Friday 7am-3.30pm; weekends 7.30am-4pm. KOKAKO, 537 Great North Road T: 09 379 2868. Do you run a café or restaurant that does vegetarian really well? If so, let me know on the email below. We’ll be sure to check out your eatery. And don’t be shy, okay? Gary Steel is an Auckland-based journalist who runs online vegetarian resource www.doctorfeelgood.co.nz, he can be contacted via beautmusic@gmail.com

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JULIE BONNER: NEWS FROM FROG POND FARM

Congratulations Ponsonby News 25 years - that’s what I call exciting! Twenty-five things Frog Pond Farm and why I love living in the country... in no particular order. Muriwai Beach - is only about 8km away and is the perfect place to go for morning walks with our pooch Dan and my camera of course. Fashion - not likely. My high heels are gathering dust; you are more likely to see me out shopping locally in my gummies! Sheep - we are the proud owners of two Dorper x sheep, Poppy and Lucy - slightly overweight. Frog Pond Farm - our 10-acre slice of heaven. Veg and flower gardens, orchard, native forest, chickens, rooster alarm clock, resident wood pigeons and... Organics - the only way to grow! Country cats - Lenny our old diabetic British Shorthair. Eric, a gorgeous black moggie who is a fantastic ratter. Grace, another British Shorthair in desperate need of a diet Dog - Dan our Border Collie - his mission in life, to bark and chase our ATV. His favourite thing to do - all of the above AND walk on the beach. Mishaps - watching the ATV bounce down the hill without a driver. What happened? It ended up in our duck pond! Did I do it? Not likely. Kawasaki Mule (ATV) - a hilly property such as ours needs one of these. Villa - there is something special about living in an old villa perched on a hillside. Southwest wind - is the prevailing wind and yes, it can ‘rock the house’. Spring lambs - you are hard pressed to beat giving an orphaned lamb a bottle of milk. Homegrown - quite simply the best. Orchard - there is nothing better than growing your own fruit. I just have to get used to sharing it with the wildlife! Pests - no there can’t be pests at Frog Pond Farm can there? What about turkeys, possums, magpies, rabbits... Neighbours - there is such an amazing sense of community living in the country. Chickens - free range 24/7. And quite simply, producing the yummiest eggs around. Chook Towers - where my hens and Colin reside (he’s the rooster by the way). Their abode is cleaned daily and a menu provided in the morning. Pardon? Ponsonby - only 35 minutes away off-peak. How good is that! Gates - keep them shut please. The sheep rather fancy my veg garden. Harvest veg - regularly. Fertiliser - I make my own, the garden loves the stuff. Lifestyle block - hard work trust me! Compost and mulch - two of my favourite things to do (go figure). Olive oil - our very own, home grown Frog Pond Farm olive oil. Delish! PN www.frogpondfarm.co.nz (JULIE BONNER) F

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PHIL PARKER: WHOSE WINE IS IT ANYWAY?

Spring has sprung With signs of seasonal change, for example - waggly-tailed fluffy white lambs in the rural west, magnolia blooms, daffodils, torrential rain, and intoxicatingly fragrant erlicheer flowers, it does appear that finally Auckland is ‘gettin’ springy with it’. (By the way - I always thought that they were called ‘early cheer’ as in - early, cheerful spring flowers). So much for my botanical nominative incompetence. Anyway - this is also, fortuitously, the time when wineries release their new wines on to the market and send out trade samples to wine writers for appraisal. I drink... therefore I am one. Here’s a recent selection. Mudhouse Pinot Gris 2014 $20.00 Pale gold colour. Aromas of lemon squash lime juice. Medium sweet and lush with flavours of spice, quince and poached pear. Time ageing in oak barrels has added a layer of complexity and softer flavours. Mountford Pinot Gris 2011 $29.00 Hailing from Waipara, this is a lush and unctuous late harvest style sweet wine in line with the Vendange Tardive style from northern France’s Alsace region. A mouthful of spiced quince, pear, honey and golden queen peach. Gladstone Vineyard Sophie’s Choice (Oak Aged) Sauvignon Blanc 2012 $35.00 A great ‘savvie’ for those who are put off by the Marlborough acidity. This one has spent 10 months in French barrels. Classic gooseberry and passionfruit flavours with a hint of toasty hazel nut, yet with a crisp finish. Main Divide Merlot/Cabernet 2011 $20.00 2011 wasn’t the best of vintages - with a cooler temperatures and a lot of rain late in the season. Yet, this is a good value merlot dominant blend - with cherry/berry fruit flavours, spicy characters and medium tannins. (PHIL PARKER) F PN

WHAT’S HOT AT SABATO OUR NEAL’S YARD DAIRY CHEESE SELECTION Our cheesemonger, Calum Hodgson, trained at Neal’s Yard Dairy, the famous London cheese mecca - so it is only natural that we would bring some of their hand-selected and expertly cared-for traditional English cheeses to join our range from France, Italy, Spain and New Zealand. Neal’s Yard Dairy and their unique mantra came about when Randolph Hodgson, one of the founders of Neal’s Yard, was sent some samples of cheese by an artisan producer - and he realised that there were people out there, in Britain, making fantastic farmhouse cheese vastly different to the mass-produced cheese on the market at the time - and people needed to know about it! This set in motion the concept of Neal’s Yard Dairy. They pay the best money for the best cheeses, hand selecting from around 50 producers, and they introduce these cheeses to consumers in London and beyond. Customers taste before they buy, they buy from someone who is an expert on the product, and they leave with a delicious product - and now Sabato can offer you some of their amazing selection with the same retail style and an expert resident cheesemonger. Sabato has several cheeses currently in stock, with more on the horizon. Love traditional English blues? The Colston Bassett Stilton and Shropshire Blue are sure to please, or unique Stichelton - made with raw milk - is full of flavour. Sabato also have the world’s three ‘real’ cheddars from Somerset - Montgomery, Keens and Westcombe - smooth, fruity and golden, each with their own personalities. Last but not least, have you tried Hawes Wensleydale? Mild, milky and deliciously creamy it is PN a real treat! F SABATO Limited, 57 Normanby Road, T: 09 630 8751 www.sabato.co.nz

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

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY MALT BAR PROMOTES LOVE OF READING Malt Bar in Grey Lynn has been running a weekly raffle for the past six months to help raise funds for local charities. Recently Malt hosted an event with Literacy Aotearoa and books purchased with proceeds from the raffle were given away to customers as part of the ‘Travelling Books’ initiative. The idea is for people to read the books then pass them on. Literacy Aotearoa, based across the road from Malt Bar, runs a range of adult literacy programmes with more than 8,000 students enrolled last year. Travelling Books, now in its fourth year, is sponsored by New Zealand Post and local publishers Huia, Random House, Gecko Press, Auckland University Press and Scholastic. Workbase, a not-for -profit organisation promoting literacy in the workforce, has also donated books.

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Malt Bar, on Richmond Road, holds a meat pack raffle every Friday, the proceeds of which go to locally-based charities, such as the Grey Lynn Community Centre and Grey Lynn Community Trust Family Support Services. Earlier in the year they raised $405 for Literacy Aotearoa. Shane McDonagh, the general manager at Malt, says the event on 9 September “went really well, there was a great turn-out and it was good to let our punters see what we're doing and where the funds are going from out charity fundraising”. Literacy Aotearoa's 'Travelling Books' are being given away at stalls in towns and cities all over the country. “Many learners come to Literacy Aotearoa with a fear of picking up a book,” says Chief Executive Bronwyn Yates. Malt Bar plans to continue their Friday fundraising tradition and is open to supporting other charities in the Grey Lynn area. (SIÂN ROBERTSON) F PN

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THE ICONIC PONSONBY INTERNATIONAL FOODCOURT In the heart of Ponsonby Road you will find the iconic Ponsonby International Foodcourt. With over 10 years in operation, the International Foodcourt is an institution - a hub for people from all walks of life; families, celebrities, locals, groups, clubs, travellers and every character imaginable will meet here with one commonality - a love of delicious food. Outside balcony seating for warm chilled-out relaxing days allows customers to eat and enjoy the Ponsonby buzz with a glass of your favourite drop, available from the food courts fully licensed bar. The food court offers a variety of different cuisines at restaurant standards yet at take -out prices. Diners are not limited to one type of cuisine, rather can chose which region they want to eat from and then meet back at their table to eye the food choices and maybe a taste sample of your companion’s food. Enjoy delicious international cuisines from 10 different regions: Italian, Vietnamese, Japanese, Malaysian, Chinese, Thai, Laos, Indian, Indonesian and amazing Papas Kebabs. The best thing is that the average meal is around $10-12.00. Visit the individual shops to view their awards and magazine clippings, hear their stories of famous encounters or simply find out what their specialities are or regular’s much loved favourite meals. Parking is easy with undercover parking available right beneath the food court. F PN Open 7 days a week: 11am-10pm. PONSONBY INTERNATIONAL FOODCOURT, 106 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 361 5398 www.ponsonbyfoodcourt.co.nz

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY MIKE'S CHAI LATTE WINS OVER NORTHLAND Readers may remember Michael Mckenzie as part owner of the former Agnes Curran café on Franklin Road, but if his face isn't immediately recognisable, it's probably because it's his coffeemaking skills most people remember. And now he's Northland Barista Champion 2014. At the MoreFM Home and Living show held recently, Mike walked away with first place honours. The competition ran over two days, with 12 of Northland's best baristas representing 10 cafés and five different coffee roasters. Mike's three-part, 15-minute presentation featured espresso, flat white and a signature coffee.

Champion barista Michael Mckenzie (centre) with the judges in Northland

It was his version of the modern chai latte that made the biggest impression at the competition. The judges observed as fresh masala ingredients were ground up and infused into the milk, combined with espresso and topped with Ghana chocolate - as well as a little sea salt. Mike described how the fresh herb combination counteracts caffeine’s ability to block calcium absorption, which means coffee drinkers receive the full benefit of both milk and coffee. Since November last year, Mike has been managing Tulip Espresso and Bakery in Maungaturoto in Northland, serving up 100% Organic Fairtrade coffee and winning PN over the locals with his friendly manner and great coffee. F

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EL SIZZLING CHORIZO - CORRADINO ANSELMI Most of you know El Sizzling Chorizo, and the delicious aroma of roasted meat sneaking into the Lane at Ponsonby Central. But what do we know about the cheerful guy behind it? Corradino Anselmi is a country boy, a real life gaucho from a big cattle farm in Argentina. He left the countryside to train and work as a chef in Buenos Aires, and it was whilst cooking at the NZ Embassy that he befriended the NZ Ambassador. Corra’s ambition was always to travel and his friend convinced him that he should go to New Zealand first. Despite not speaking a word of English, Corra took his advice and worked his way around the world within the international kitchens of Auckland. From Peter Gordon’s Dine, to Indian, to wok and tepanyaki Japanese kitchens, he soon realised that he didn’t need or want to go anywhere else. He had fallen in love with New Zealand. Then came a move to Waiheke, where Corra bought a boat, taught himself to sail, and got into a real kiwi lifestyle: fishing, diving and living off the land. Corra decided it was time to go back to his Gaucho roots and make true Argentine food; barbecued meat and spicy sausage. He built himself a food truck from recycled bits, made his own sausage which he sold to local restaurants and at the markets, and he was away. Clearing vines from the vineyards in return for firewood, making his own bio-diesel to run the truck, making and selling what he could, trading for what he didn’t have; it was a very simple, sustainable life. Till one day he got a call from Andy Davies. Andy had heard about Corra, his famous chorizo and amazing functions and he wanted him in Ponsonby Central.

LOVE. & MR LEWIS - STEPHANIE MORELLI Introducing Stephanie Morelli of LOVE. & Mr Lewis flowers, the latest addition to Ponsonby Central’s market area. You will find her in the heart of the produce market, behind a mass of exotically dyed banksia, willow and quirky succulents. Stephanie lives and breathes flowers, you could say she’s obsessed! She came back from Melbourne a year ago to pursue a dream job at Vida Flores in Newmarket, training under renowned florist Davina Prankerd. “I was thrilled to be a part of the Vida family and its incredible floral talent, I learnt so much and worked on some amazing floral installations.” Steph blossomed under Davina and, when the Ponsonby Central site came up, leapt at the opportunity to go it alone with her own business. “There are long days, late nights and very early mornings, but the happiness that flowers bring me and others makes the bags under my eyes well worth it!” With her own distinct floral style, Steph flits around her stall like a dancer, picking this, trying that as she puts together a unique bouquet. “I am drawn to the dramatic bloom, and I love finding the weird and wonderful to create something really personal for each customer.” Steph trained as a classical ballet dancer, and after dance came an obsession with flowers, and Frida Kahlo. She discovered the Mexican artist as a teenager and has had a fascination with her ever since. “It’s the creepy, dark depressive, juxtaposed with the exquisitely beautiful that is my fascination with Frida. She has influenced every thing I do.” That explains the scarlet roses, the black banksias and the eclectic assortment of cacti. Steph’s first business was making Kahlo-esque hair pieces and fascinators, and LOVE. & Mr Lewis has always been the sobriquet under which she markets her creative endeavours. Inspired by a romance novelette spotted in a second hand bookstore long ago, Mr Lewis represents the illusive romantic figure from the days of old-school chivalry and honour. A time gone by, when love was communicated by a grand gesture rather than a text. After all, flowers are about romance, whether it’s to breathe life into your home or into your relationship. Flowers can also make any event, dinner party, or space sparkle, their scent leaves a memory. Come and see Steph, she will make something truly memorable for you. E. loveandmrlewis@gmail.com M: 021 067 5764

Corra said yes to Andy, but with no capital behind him, set about building a restaurant in his usual manner: by trading and bartering, and doing it himself. He swapped his own labour for materials and the occasional tradesman. Most of the materials that make up El Sizzling are recycled from the refit of the main building; outdoor table tops are leftover floor boards, the table legs are ducting pipes. photography: Stacey Simpkin

It is simple fare, barbecued meat with salad and chimichurri (herb sauce), but it seems to be a winning formula. From day one El Sizzling Chorizo has had a loyal following. Between running the restaurant, Corra is fishing, sailing and fencing his property on Waiheke. The next project is building his own Gaucho-style mud brick dwelling for himself, his partner Celeste and baby Tane. Or perhaps another El Sizzling somewhere? E: info@elsizzlingchorizo.co.nz T: 09 378 0119 The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY TASTE OF AUCKLAND IS BACK, 13 - 16 NOVEMBER 2014 Tickets are now on sale for New Zealand’s most celebrated foodie festival, Taste of Auckland. The festival, which has doubled in size in the past five years, will settle into its new home of Western Springs during November. Attracting more than 23,000 visitors in 2013, Taste of Auckland offers foodies the opportunity to explore some of the most exciting Auckland establishments, as well as watch top New Zealand and international chefs cook right in front of them. TASTE OF AUCKLAND welcomes back Matt Skinner In 2014, Taste of Auckland is excited to welcome back Australian celebrity sommelier Matt Skinner. Matt, who co-founded Fifteen Restaurant with Jamie Oliver and Tobie Puttock, will lead wine enthusiasts through a fun and educational wine tasting at the Plumm Master-classes. • •

G.H.Mumm Champagne Bar The G.H.Mumm Champagne Bar is an exciting new addition to the festival this year.

Taste of Auckland visitors deserve nothing but the best, and we’re delighted to present to you the G.H.Mumm Champagne Bar. Relax in their lavish marquee, enjoy a glass of champagne and watch the fun of the festival from the best seat in the house. Dilmah Tea Sensology Dilmah Tea is creating a ‘Tea Sensology’ experience for tea-lovers and novices alike. Learn from the masters, sample a huge range of delectable teas and some innovative dishes using the range of Dilmah Tea that is set to excite your senses. Promising to be something really special, this is a sensory experience not to be missed!

Choose VIP and make Taste of Auckland an extraordinary event Looking for something a little more chic and sophisticated at Taste of Auckland this year? Then it’s high time you get yourselves into the VIP lounge this November. Enjoy priority access to the festival and a glass of chilled bubbly on arrival, before getting stuck into the delights of the festival from the comfort of the luxuriously appointed VIP Lounge. VIP Tickets are strictly limited and will sell out in advance. Priced from $99. Your ticket includes: • • • • • • • • • •

Priority access via VIP entrance Complimentary festival glass (RRP$14) Cuvée reception A cash bar facility throughout Dedicated wait staff $30 Crown Card (event currency) per person Lounge style décor with in-and-outdoor seating Access to guest VIP luxury bathrooms Complimentary Taste of Auckland menu cards Reserved parking (limited availability)

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LIZ WHEADON: WINE, GLORIOUS WINE As Ponsonby News celebrates 25 years it seems only fitting to put together a list of my top 25 wines for summer. Neatly broken into styles, these wines all stand head and shoulders above the crowd - just like Ponsonby News congratulations on your 25th edition, from all of us here at Glengarry. 1. Pol Roger Brut Reserve Non Vintage - it’s no secret that I do enjoy my Champagne

13. Rockburn Stolen Kiss Rosé - whilst one should not judge a Rosé by its colour, I do

and whilst there are many houses that I adore, Pol Roger is such wonderfully consistent, impressively well made Champagne. Made from 1/3 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and aged in Pol Roger’s deep cellars, a lot of the complexity and intensity is attributed to the depth of the cellars; just that little bit cooler than the other houses, the wine benefits from the long cool ageing.

like that Rockburn have given a nod to the Côtes de Provençe style and colour here; the only challenge with this wine - getting it before it sells out!

2. Perelada Cava - when it’s not Champagne, I have to admit to not being able to go past a good glass of Cava. Perelada’s quality continues to amaze; made from the traditional Spanish varieties of Parellada and Xarel-lo predominantly, and made the traditional way with the second fermentation in the bottle and then aged prior to release; that’s a lot of attention to detail for wine that sells for so little. 3. Santa Margherita Prosecco - whilst many dismiss Prosecco as a frivolous style (not made the traditional way, but rather the Charmat method), Prosecco is a wonderfully crisp, refreshing style of sparkling wine; slightly lower in alcohol, I find it a perfect aperitif or lunch time wine.

4. Akarua Central Otago Brut NV - no list of wines for summer would be complete without a top notch New Zealand offering. One of the newer kids on the block, Akarua have quickly made a mark with this very well made Chardonnay driven Central methode. 5. Gisselbrecht Pinot Gris - Alsace is Pinot Gris’ ancestral home and one sniff of this

14. Nga Waka Martinborough Chardonnay - a hidden treasure this is; made by Roger Parkinson, this is not a Chardonnay for the faint-hearted nor is it for the buttery bold lovers; this is well balanced oak aged Chardonnay at its best. 15. Séguinot Bordet Chablis - Jean Francois who heads up Séguinot Bordet today is the 13th generation of his family to do so. A producer with a long pedigree and top quality vineyards to draw from, Jean has made his mark and improved an already impressive range of wines to the point that they are so sought after we are now talking allocations.

16. Matawhero Church House Chenin Blanc - I do love a good Chenin Blanc and must confess that I’d usually be jumping straight to a Vouvray. Having tried this recently, it is now my new favourite Chenin; made by Kim Crawford, the style has changed a little this year - a direction change I like. 17. Mont Redon Côtes du Rhône - whilst the summer sun usually sees me diving for a glass of bubbly, Rosé or a crisp white, the smooth generous nature of a Côtes du Rhône works well in summer too.

18. Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages - made from the Gamay grape variety in Southern

little gem shows off the variety in all its glory. Spicy, stone fruit aromatics, a textural gem.

Burgundy, try this chilled through summer.

6. Zios Albarino - from Spain’s northern coastline, this is a brilliant example of what quality Albarino tastes like; stone fruit, smokey minerality and a refreshing finish that leaves you reaching for another glass.

19. Domaine Bellene Bourgogne - made by Nicolas Potel from 100% Pinot Noir; words that don’t usually go together, this is well made quality Burgundy for a great price. A tip - don’t break the wax off the top, pop the cork screw straight through the top.

7. Pasqua Soave - there’s nothing quite like a good glass of Soave and the great thing with Soave is you don’t need to fork out top dollar to enjoy a crisp refreshing style of wine. From the Veneto region which is located around Italy’s romantic city of Verona.

20. Rua Central Otago Pinot Noir - the latest release of this, the 2013 vintage, to me

8. Domaine Romanin Macon Pouilly - this is 100% Chardonnay grown in the very

21. Palacios Remondo La Vendimia - this is a wine I first fell in love with standing in Calle del Laurel, in Spain’s Logrono, where they serve it slightly chilled and as close to vintage date as possible.

southern parts of Burgundy, an area that is not as well sought after as the more northern parts of Burgundy; here the Chardonnay is pure, clean, a hint of chalk and minerality without the price tag to match - a hidden gem.

is the best Rua Matt Connell has made; a burst of red fruit greets you, a soft gentle texture, excellent New Zealand Pinot Noir.

year out Jules Taylor’s Sauvignon Blanc is exceptional; it captures Marlborough and pops it in a glass, brilliant.

22. Flagstone Dark Horse Shiraz - even in the middle of summer, a good structured red to go with steak grilled on the BBQ is required. From South Africa and although the winery is in an old dynamite factory this won’t knock you out - we promise, rather it’ll match perfectly with your BBQ steak.

10. Terra Sancta Miro’s Block Dry Riesling - a good dry Riesling is unfortunately

23. Finca Flichman Malbec - sticking with the BBQ red theme, this jumps out of the glass,

9. Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc 2014 - how she does it, I just don’t know. Year in,

becoming a little hard to find with many producers heading towards the off dry style, with a little sugar remaining. This is an excellent dry Riesling, encapsulating the purity of Central Otago.

11. Riotor Côtes de Provençe Rosé - this is a real little gem; made by the team at Mont Redon it is not a second label or a spinoff of their Rhône production, rather another property and winery set up with one goal in mind - top quality Côtes de Provence Rosé.

12. Léoube Secret de Léoube Côtes de Provençe Rosé - I just love this bottle, so distinctive and gorgeously packaged. That’s not all I love about this; this is amazing Côtes de Provençe Rosé, it has a texture that is seldom achieved in Rosé and is impeccable.

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all red fruits, fragrant and gorgeous with food or without.

24. Chateau Castelnau du Suduiraut - this is the second wine of the classified growth Chateau Suduiraut - it does work well with dessert, but try it chilled at the beginning of the meal, you won’t regret it. 25. Valdespino Fino Innocente - no summer list of mine would be complete without sherry and this one is stunning; aged and fermented (one of the very few) in barrels, off a single vineyard; buy it in 375ml bottles, the freshest you can get it the better. (LIZ WHEADON) F PN www.glengarrywines.co.nz

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LAURAINE JACOBS: THE SEASONED PALATE

Lauraine Jacobs dines out with a mission And now for something completely different. Everyone always asks me what’s new, where’s good to eat and what my favourite places are. But when the world’s most well-known food critic arrives in New Zealand what am I to do and where should I take her? Imagine being charged with the responsibility of eating around the town with Ruth Reichl. Reichl is an author, an editor, a blogger, is deeply caring about the future of food and was here in Auckland to speak at events organised by the Auckland Writers Festival and to attend WORD, the literary festival in Christchurch. She’s the ideal dining companion gracious, witty, erudite and loves food. “I want to eat as much as I can,” she told me a month ago and so it was agonising to have to make the decisions where to eat, especially as we have so much good food in Auckland. I decided to avoid fine dining, even though I would happily have led her to The French Café, Sidart, Meredith’s, The Grove and Clooney - all exemplary restaurants around our city. I would love her to have had the simply delicious food at The Engine Room, but it was closed for a winter break. And call me a chicken, but I was a bit too scared to invite her to my house as my last attempt to cook for an American celebrity, the late and revered Charlie Trotter, had seen some very tough lamb on the table. I did not want to risk a country’s primary industry with the former New York Times food critic. So the first night Ruth was in town we went to The Depot in Sky City’s Federal Street. Al Brown ate with us and I can affirm he is a generous and gracious host. As the oysters and clams arrived immediately from the raw bar, he plied us with Champagne and explained his aim for that restaurant was to recreate the feeling of the Kiwi bach. And he has. It is casual, unpretentious, lively and the food never seems complex or fussed around with. I would go as far to say that he has distilled the essence of New Zealand. The oysters won Ruth over immediately and oysters became a theme in almost all our meals. “I love your oysters!” she said, “they are briny, firm and taste of the sea. They are the only oysters I have ever had that you really want to chew.” We ate lots. We drank lots. Ruth loved Al’s pastrami, carried in from his Federal Deli next door, and high points were the sticky seasoned lamb ribs, a fabulous cauliflower salad and tuatua fritters. And that lovely Millton chenin blanc. It was the sort of good night that you go home from very happy and then have to plumb the depths of your mind next morning to remember everything you ate and drank. Such fun and so good. Next: Lunch on the deck at Soul, on a calm, sunny day. It doesn’t get much better than this and the sassy owner Judith Tabron completely charmed Ruth Reichl. Jude really knows restaurants and the pair shared tales of the food scene in both Los Angeles and New York. Oysters again, of course. Amazing kingfish and amazing scampi. All sweet and so ocean fresh they almost swam to the table. But for Ruth, it was Soul’s pasta dishes that really knocked her out. I was in heaven with the rags of pasta garnished with scampi and an intense scampi bisque, while Ruth was still talking about the pumpkin filled pasta pockets five days later.

The meal, with a couple of well selected sakes, was the perfect end to Ruth Reichl’s (and mine for a while) eating adventures in Auckland. But there’s more! Her next stop was Christchurch. I was there too, as I had been invited to interview Ruth on stage at WORD. Post-earthquake Christchurch moves forward like a snail but at least there are no longer any ‘no go’ zones. The Transitional Cathedral where our session was held is very impressive. Our conversation was a delight as we ranged through our worlds of food which hold many intersections. And ta-daa! We had three good meals together. I include them here as it is always good to know just where to eat in another city. King of Snake is a trendy Asian fusion restaurant very close to the city centre in Victoria Street. Spicy dishes are the boost you need when everything around you seems chaotic or even depressing. I am happy to recommend the platter of oysters, sweet clams with XO sauce, spicy prawns in a stunning sauce and a fresh vegetable stir-fry accompanied by, as Ruth remarked, “a bowl of excellent proper rice.” Two new places we ate at embody the spirit of the city as it renews and reinvents itself. The first is an intriguing use of a recycled brick building in High Street, known as Brick Farm. Surrounded by urban gardens to supply the kitchen, it is open for a simple breakfast on weekends, and offers delicious dinner in the evening. It is charming, rustic and personable. And I cannot speak highly enough of Shop 8 in New Regent’s Street. The brainchild of Liz Phelan and chef Alex Davies, it is a tiny place with an impressive fit-out using furniture and art from Rekindled. All the materials are recycled from material found in the city. The wooden tables were decorated with flowers foraged from abandoned nearby gardens. We ate the ‘taste of everything’ on the menu, including pig head ramen, chicken liver pate and hearts with radishes fried in duck fat, and a sustainably caught terakihi with oyster and shiitake mushrooms in an intense broth. And three perfectly ripe pieces of cheese to end as Davies confessed he does not like making dessert. Ruth’s comment, “This young chef has a huge future.” A compliment like that from the queen of food doesn’t get any better. And how lucky was I to share those meals, and how lucky are we to have fine New Zealand fare like this to share with visitors. PN (LAURAINE JACOBS) F www.laurainejacobs.co.nz

Our final Auckland dinner will come as no surprise to Ponsonby News readers. As I collected Ruth from The Langham she told me she was exhausted (I was too). But a welcoming glass of sparkling sake at Cocoro proved to set the world right. Chef Makato excelled himself with his degustation menu. Oysters to start. A Bluff oyster freshly shucked sat beside a Kaipara oyster. A wonderful contrast and just the ticket. Sashimi of alfonso and FARMED tuna (my capitals there as had we been served ocean-caught bluefin tuna Ruth would have been embarrassed. She eats ethically, wherever she goes. So this fish, flown in from Japan, impressed our guest). Another nice touch on the sashimi course - the freshly grated wasabi grown in our South island. I knew Ruth was a fan of Japanese food and had recently been on a very swish trip to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, as I had followed her eating adventures on Twitter (she has reinvented the art of the tweet with her imaginative and evocative tweets that almost always use the maximum 140 characters). So I had confidence that this Japanese dinner, cooked by the effervescent Makato would be superb yet simple. It was. The freshest of fish from Leigh Fisheries, some superb organic foods from Japan, a stunning chawanmushi, and perfect kingfish and pikopiko tempura served with seaweed, buckwheat soba grains and an intense miso scented broth.

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MOTORING TOM SILVERSMITH REVIEWS THE NEW HONDA JAZZ The Honda Jazz has reinvented itself, setting a new standard for small cars. The new model made me question everything I thought about the Jazz. It’s still the economical, spacious car I knew, but the exterior is sportier and more stylish. There is also the option of a Mugen kit if you really want to stand out from the crowd. I found it to be the perfect size for zipping through Ponsonby Streets and for sneaking into tricky parallel parks during rush hour. The reversing camera definitely helped make life easier. It’s packed with features that I didn’t expect in a small car - navigation, bluetooth, touchscreen, alloy wheels, magic seats and even a five-year warranty for peace of mind. Starting at $23,700, the Jazz is great value - style, technology and loads of space.

I was surprised to fit a surfboard into the Jazz thanks to the Magic Seats - the interior space is astounding. The car hugged the corners all the way to Piha. It felt stable and responded well when I put my foot down, which made for a fun drive around the windy hills. Dropping the car back at the dealership, I noticed the colour choices. There are 10 colours to match any personality - I drove the RS sport manual in bright yellow, which featured black leather seating and customised yellow stitching. This definitely suited my showy nature! I was surprised to see such modern detailing in the Jazz, and it was one of the highlights for me. The fun, spacious, economical and sporty car is getting rave reviews. Anyone considering a small car should definitely take a moment to check out the Jazz. It’s completely at home on any road in Auckland. (TOM SILVERSMITH) F PN www.honda.co.nz

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

Dear Rosie, How are you my dear? Full of health and happiness I hope! Well if you really must know, I am feeling flabby and frumpy! September was so wet that I found it difficult to make myself go for long walks, apart from those necessary trips to the shops. And I ate far too many sweets! To my relief most of the spring fetes have now finished so hopefully no more temptation. On the 1st October I resolved to start taking long walks in the morning and so far it has worked out well. I’m finished and breakfasted by 8.30 and am in the workroom usually by 9. I have so much more energy than ever before - who would have thought! Now that it is starting to get lighter earlier, I might even venture out sooner. I’m not sure however what Tiger will make of this. He’s taken longer than I have to get used to the new regime. What a lazy boy he is! It’s quite good going to the shops early too. Most of them are open by the time I get to them and the vegetables look so much perkier than in the late afternoon. So too are the flowers. I was spoilt for choice today with most shops offering a good variety of spring beauties. I couldn’t resist buying some anemones and freesias. I’ve told you about my garden disaster haven’t I? Not enough flowers to make even a small posy. I do have to venture out today however during normal business hours as I have to purchase a new pair of shoes or boots for walking. Shanleys has some nice soft kid brogues in their window that aren’t too high but I should really try and get something a little more sturdy and sensible! Houston’s [i] boot shop will sure to have something suitable. Not being particularly sporting (well not at all really!) I haven’t needed quite this sort of thing before. I daren’t tell Mother, as she is sure to tell me that my health craze won’t last. She calls me a ‘starter’ but not a finisher, which is rather cruel and unkind considering that I have made a good living from finishing all my orders! (She has a slight point though as I recall the crocket club, the golf clubs, the woodcarving tools and the pyrography [ii] set sitting in my attic!) I need to pop into Shanleys in any case as my wonderful assistant Lily - who works there four days a week - has let me know about some lovely shot silk lengths that they have only just got in. They should be in the shop this morning. There are seven different colours and they sound just perfect for a light summer frock style I’ve designed that should be very popular with my customers. It is basically a loose, Magyar [iii] - sleeved tunic, which I adapt for each customer. They can make it their own by requesting variations to the neckline, the sleeve length and whether it has pockets or not, for example. They can choose to wear the dress straight or tied loosely at the hips with a narrow matching tie belt. The dress doesn’t really need any embellishment but I have something quite suitable if they insist.

were simply too cheap and too lovely to leave there. They were tucked away in a dark corner of a cabinet so I’m hoping that I’m the only one who has them. I’ve enclosed two for you with this letter. What do you think? Oh, while I was at the British General Emporium, [v] (which is always good for a rummage) I found 10 expanding chrome purse tops that will look very well made into little silk bags for the ladies to take to garden parties to hold their lipstick and rouge pots. I think I’ll use the leftovers of the shot silk for one or two of these. You know one of the silks reminds me of the colour of the roses that old Mrs. Jonah has in her front garden. It’s a pale skin colour, created by weaving together a rich ivory and a pale brown silk. I like this colour the best and might save it for a robe de style [vi] that I would like to copy from a French fashion plate that my aunt sent me from Bath. She subscribes to a very expensive fashion magazine called the Gazette du Bon Ton and sends me plates from it for my birthday and at Christmas time. The gown I want to recreate is by Lanvin and has little panniers at the side to hold it out. You know the style don’t you? It’s like an ankle-length version of an 18th century court robe and has little panniers that hold it out at the hips - it’s narrow but wide. I think it’s a bit advanced to wear in Auckland but it will be lovely displayed in the little front room where I sit my customers to work out what they want. I plan to put a few handmade shot silk roses at the waist. I’ll see how I go but I’ll probably start it during January. Well my dear, I’ve quite cheered myself up with all this talk about lovely fabrics... and now it’s almost time to pop out and buy it! Unless Lily’s told all the local dressmakers, there shouldn’t be any need to be waiting outside for Shanleys doors to open. Well at least I hope not! Do write soon,

Love Maudie xx [i] Mrs. Mary Houston’s Boot Shop, 19 Ponsonby Road - 1925 [ii] Pyrography (or Pokerwork) involved burning an outline into wood with a heated poker and infilling the design with coloured stains

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[iv] Mrs. Mary Winifred Holmes, Draper, 1341 Ponsonby Road - 1925 [v] The British General Emporium, 4 Ponsonby Road - 1925 [vi] A romantic style of gown popularized by Lanvin in the 1920s

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[iii] Magyar is a batwing style sleeve At the end of last summer I bought two dozen of the prettiest Czechoslovakian beaded floral motifs from Mrs. Holme’s [iv] drapery sale. They’re very simple flowers, almost like a child would draw. I had purchased them with the intention of combining them with some primitive floss silk embroidery to impart a suitably ‘peasanty’ look to some afternoon frocks I’m planning to make. Apart from some hideous dark green motifs I purchased them all! They


FASHION + STYLE THE GEMSTONE FOR OCTOBER Donna Mills, owner of Jewels and Gems introduces us to the qualities of the gemstone Labradorite. The information comes from the scientifically conducted trials of German stone specialist Michael Gienger. Like its display of gorgeous, iridescent green-blue, paua-shell colours, labradorite stimulates imagination, creativity, intuition and mediumistic abilities. It bestows a child-like enthusiasm and a host of new ideas but at the same time giving us emotional depth, stimulating contemplation and inwardness, which enables us to see our goals and intentions and recognise illusions. Labradorite alleviates feeling cold, colds, rheumatic illnesses and gout. It has a blood pressure lowering effect, it is calming and can be worn, carried or used to aid meditation. In its white form we call it Rainbow moonstone but that is another story. F PN JEWELS AND GEMS, 54 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 378 4389 www.jewelsandgems.co.nz

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Ponsonby at New Zealand Fashion Weekend Ponsonby had a boosted presence at New Zealand Fashion Weekend last month, growing from one to two ‘Ponsonby Presents’ shows - a group show by Andrea Moore, taylor and Storm, and a solo show by Yvonne Bennetti.

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Designer Turet Kneufermann of tkstore also showed in a separate group show and Stolen Girlfriends Club held an open-to-the-public show for the first time. Off the runway, Herne Bay based skincare company Triumph & Disaster hosted a dedicated lounge. Vivienne Rosenberg of the Ponsonby Business Association says, “Ponsonby is Auckland’s supreme fashion destination and we wanted to share and showcase our talented designers at New Zealand’s Fashion Weekend. The response was outstanding and we are looking to grow our presence even further next year." F PN

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OUT + ABOUT

L to R: The Shelter owners, Vicki Taylor and Mark Thomson; The Shelter interior; Victoria Cooper-Smith, Laura Ind and Bruna Pastuk.

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L to R: Karen Spires and Lydia Brewer; Drew Duff-Dobson, Sarah Ewing and Mary Peirse O’Byrne of Blend the on-site cafe; bikes from toykobike.

L to R: Homeware from Foxes Den; Jessie Kollen makes a purchase.

Deadly Ponies: Carla Calder with Genevieve Ballinger.

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Vicki Taylor and Mark Thomson recently opened The Shelter. Located in the old Olympic Laundry building in Mackelvie Street, the pair are selling a range of international designers (from Belgium), Maison Martin Margiela, along with Danish designer, Barbara Gongini, Canadian jewellery designer Arielle de Pinto and local brands like Jimmy D, Monday’s Child (from Christchurch) as well as Vicki’s own brand Taylor. The shelter also includes homeware from Foxes Den, an onsite cafe and bikes from tokyobike.

L to R: Deborah Bush, Anna Jobz, Renee Wright; Dame Pieter Stewart, Myken Stewart, Storme McLaughlan; Liz Mitchell, Maggie Eyre, Deborah Bush.

THURSDAY 28 AUGUST, NEW ZEALAND FASHION WEEK @ VIADUCT EVENTS CENTRE New Zealand Fashion week teamed with Vogel’s to host a healthy breakfast and raise awareness of endometriosis, MCed by NEXT Woman of the Year Health and Science Winner PN (2012) Deborah Bush, CEO of Endometriosis NZ. F

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Local beauty: Jaime Ridge for Lindi Kingi Designs Poring over a selection of her own jewellery designs finally made flesh, Jaime Ridge is clearly one happy woman. The collection, simply bearing her name and the name of her artistic collaborator, Point Chevalier-based designer Lindi Kingi, is first and foremost inspired by Jaime’s Armenian heritage on the side of her father. The range is called Forella - a nod to the elegance and beauty of her late great grandmother Ella - and is a riot of the delicate and unique. It began with a piece based around an evil-eye motif, which was inspired by a tiny charm her father’s Sydney-based family gave her when she was born. “It’s something I’ve worn my whole life,’ Jaime says, and it doesn’t need to be said that family is extremely dear to the 21-year-old student’s heart. When asked to name her favourite pieces from the collection she starts off with the Mclane White Eye bracelet, which is crafted from agate and features an Armenian Eye. Named after her little sister, she says it’s a piece that she wears every day, and it also comes in the form of sky blue, mint, rose and coral Swarovski pearls that were flown in from Austria especially for Kingi. She is also very fond of the Sal Pearl Tassel bracelet, a delicate piece named after her mother, Sally. When I ask whether she has plans to expand the collection - made up only of bracelets and necklaces - she laughs and says, “right now I’m definitely not doing earrings, mainly because I don’t have my ears pierced and wouldn’t know where to start!” Lindi says that the collaboration has been a dream since the pair were put in contact with each other by Jaime’s agent Liz Delaney of Odd Management, who is also one of Kingi’s best friends. “I emailed Jaime at the beginning asking her to start thinking about stuff like her target market, price range and what she would like to see made,” Kingi explains, “and she pretty much had the whole collection nailed in two weeks, it was amazing. I was so impressed as she had all of the elements in place and was so savvy, I just had to help her make it happen.” Jaime says that she has long wanted to exercise her creative chops, so when the opportunity came up to collaborate with Kingi - whose designs she already wore - she jumped at the chance. “I love beautiful things and I really love jewellery,” she says with a smile, “so to be able to create my own collection was an absolute dream.” When asked who she hopes will wear the collection, both agree that it crosses all ages and is open to be interpreted in so many ways. Snapped up by twelve stockists around the country in just a few days at the recent New Zealand Fashion Week with more wanting to view the pieces over the next couple of weeks, it is already looking to be a success and much loved - and worn - by all sorts of women. Jaime picks up the ornate Ella Emerald and Rose Jewel necklaces and says that while her great aunt has bought one to wear to a ball, it could also look fantastic when paired with a simple grey marle tee shirt and boyfriend jeans. And one can’t forget the boys, for whom Jaime kindly created three strong, masculine designs: the York Eye bracelet, London leather bracelet and the Boston Ring bracelet. “I was trying to find a piece to buy for my boyfriend Josh and there was seriously nothing out there,” says Jaime, “so it was the perfect opportunity to just design something myself!” The campaign, which was shot by photographer David Shields, also includes an image of boyfriend Josh Bloxham, posed with his arms around his beautiful girl. Was he fully on board with being a part of the Jaime Ridge for Lindi Kingi Designs bigger picture? “God no!” laughs Jaime, adding “we didn’t tell him about that shot until about two days PN before... he was so not impressed!” (HELENE RAVLICH) F www.jaimeforlkd.com

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FASHION + STYLE RETAIL SUPERSTAR Shelley King, Koko Classics How did you come to be a retail salesperson? Several years ago I moved into Grey Lynn from the Waitakere Ranges having been a full -time Mum for 20 years. Moa had a sign in the window for part time staff, so I applied (a bit nervous) and it all started with those lovely ladies hiring me and also becoming lifelong friends. I love Moa!

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25 YEARS OF PONSONBY: WITH ROSCOE THORBY Ponsonby News ‘Sea Fever’ columnist Roscoe Thorby answered a few questions for the 25th anniversary issue. What brought you to Ponsonby? The funkiness that was Ponsonby in 1989. I’d just moved back from Sydney where I was working for a firm of stockbrokers, I moved into Franklin Road in October 1989 and I knew I’d arrived home. What was the Ponsonby neighbourhood like back then? Ponsonby Road was full of second hand clothes shops and cheap restaurants… remember Ivans? Old cars and a wealth of culture. Ponsonby News has been running for 25 years, can you recall a particular article that has stuck with you? Every edition is a standout! It keeps getting better and is a great read with a cup of coffee in a cafe with the sun on your back. What has kept you living in the greater Ponsonby area? Where else would you live? What will help Ponsonby continue to be a great place to live, work and visit? A return to its roots of multiculturalism and the arts, lots of PN markets and less commercialism. F

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What brought you to Koko Classics ? I was a big fan of Koko Classics’ Facebook page. I noticed they were looking for part -time staff and I needed something to fit in with Moa and Old MacDonald’s Farm. Turns out they were opening a new store in Ponsonby and the owner asked if I would manage it. Of course it was a resounding “yes please!” and that was almost two years ago now. What do you love about your store? I love how adults walk into the store and straight away you see their inner child appear, all in awe as if they had just opened the best Christmas present ever. I love that the store makes people feel like they’ve been on a holiday without leaving Auckland. I love the extraordinary people I meet and who come back, even if just to say hello. What makes a standout retail salesperson? In my opinion, it’s someone who can be a little bit ‘different’ yet be aware when ‘different’ needs to be shelved for more ‘conservative’. Someone that is happy, communicative, yet very methodical behind the scenes so that the customer gets the best shopping/ buying experience. Tell us about a memorable sale you’ve made this year... Dave Dobbyn and his daughter came in one day. I told Dave that his song ‘Welcome Home’ could still make me cry. He smiled and said, “then my job is done”. What a Dude (wink). If you could wave your wand and have anyone in the world walk into your store right now, who would it be? My husband (he transitioned in 2000). If you could wave your wand and have anyone in greater Ponsonby walk into your store right now, who would it be? Martin Leach of course, hands down! Where do you enjoy shopping? Moa in West Lynn Village, Il Buco for pizza and just to see Jonathan, and WE’AR - beautiful clothes and people, especially Nicola. Name someone you think is a great greater Ponsonby brand/store/retail salesperson... Jonny who ownes Il Buco (we met in the navy when we were kids). He sells the best food and coffee, but his honest smiles are for free. F PN Koko Classics, 2 Williamson Avenue T: 09 378 6451 www.kokoclassics.com

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25 reasons why Ponsonby is the country’s hottest beauty destination 1. Mecca Cosmetica - one of the first stores to truly put Ponsonby on the map as a bonafide beauty destination, the incredible Mecca Cosmetica is the perfect place to get lost for an afternoon sniffing and testing brands like NARS, Stila, Byredo and Serge Lutens. The in-house make-up artists are both knowledgeable and damn charming, and a regular makeover there is more than worth it.

17. Acajou - situated on Richmond Road for as long as I can remember, Acajou is where you’ll find French cult skincare brand Guinot, and their amazing Hydradermie facials.

2. M.A.C - opening this October, M.A.C’s first Ponsonby location will be a new store at 130 - 134 Ponsonby Road. Boasting the latest New York designed M.A.C fit-out, it will be home to well-trained M.A.C Artists and M.A.C’s lineup of trendsetting colour collections, tools, brushes and skincare.

19. Little Bird Unbakery - for creating food that is the perfect choice for nourishing skin from within and tastes pretty damn fine too!

3. Spa Ayurda - the home of Ayurvedic offerings in the ‘hood, including our wonderful editor’s favourite, the hot oil Shirodhara! 4. Stephen Marr - one of the first truly innovative hair salons to hit the Ponsonby strip, Stephen Marr - headed by the inimitable Stephen and Lucy - is still one of the busiest, most loved and creative spaces around. Loved by loyal clients, the media and the New Zealand fashion cognoscenti, and their ‘healthy’ approach to the business of hair has never wavered. 5. D&M hair design - a huge success from the minute it opened its doors, the always fun and always most definitely fabulous D&M on Redmond Street is like a glimpse into another world: one where everyone has way too much fun and the best hair on the block. 6. Carew Kitchen - just down the road every Sunday morning you’ll find Carew Kitchen Almond - and now also hazelnut - milks for sale at Grey Lynn Farmers Market. Created by the gorgeous Sophia Carew, it is guaranteed to get you feeling your best inside and out!

18. Harvest Wholefoods - for their extensive range of high performance, organic and/or 100% natural skincare, including brands like the iconic Dr. Hauschka.

20. Kirsty Gregg Studio - situated within re:ab on Selbourne Street, the charmingly tough Kirsty is my personal trainer of choice, and will have you whipped into summer - or year round - shape in no time. 21. Flash City - the best barber shop for the boys for miles around, Flash City can also take care of your flash-only tattoo needs, so make a day of it! 22. Olivia at Enrich Massage Therapy - for massages that will leave you feeling and looking - like you can take on the world. 23. The Make-up School - considered to be the foremost make-up school in New Zealand, this hive of learning is owned and lead by makeup artists Gabrielle Jones and Dianne Ensor. 24. The Urban Ashram - the Brown Street yoga studio headed up by wellness powerhouse Nikki Ralston is a beauty destination due to leaving with the best postworkout glow. 25. SPQR - because their carefully considered lighting makes everyone look their best! (HELENE RAVLICH) F PN

7. Bianka at Mollie’s Spa - Since therapist Bianka Seputich took the helm this beautiful destination has become a force to be reckoned with. She does the best St. Tropez tans in town and a fine line in dreamy massage. 8. The Skin Institute Clinic and Medical Spa - the place to go for all things needles, light and serious skin treatments. Their doctors and nurses are highly qualified and most importantly - gentle. 9. Smashbox - the local home of the iconic LA-based beauty brand and manned by clever make-up artists seven days a week. 10. Aroha Healing - whether you book in for reiki, an organic Phyt’s facial or a Kahuna massage, time spent with Rosanna and Benton at Aroha Healing is always time spent well cared for. 11. Persona Beauty - a Ponsonby beauty institution for many years with more than its fair share of loyal fans, Persona is where you’ll find Bestow Beauty flaxseed oil, a must-have if ever there was one! 12. TANK juice bar - for supplying fresh juice on the go that is packed with skin and bod-loving ingredients that make us all look great from the inside out. 13. Loxy’s - the only place in New Zealand (in my humble opinion) offering truly beautiful and wearable hair extensions, Loxy’s also do a brilliant blow wave that I can personally vouch for as being one of the best around. 14. Bare Waxing - the place to go when it needs to come off, Bare Waxing on Crummer Road is the local master of hair removal. 15. Room Nine - although technically in ‘Outer Ponsonby’ (AKA the Surrey Crescent end of Grey Lynn), Amelia Story at Room Nine beauty therapy is who I visit for regular Osmosis Vitamin A Infusions beyond compare. 16. Elisia Webb - creator of her own line of lash extensions and a professional serious about the business, Elisia is the queen of the lash.

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING SERIES 2 REAL PASIFIK - IT’S ISLAND FOOD, BUT NOT AS WE KNOW IT This show may be tucked away out of sight, but it shouldn’t be out of mind. The second series of television show Real Pasifik is back on our screens at 12.30pm Saturdays, on TV ONE and runs until 25 October. This food oriented travel show is worth seeking out and may just inspire your weekend’s cooking or even your next holiday destination. Pacific Island food doesn’t generally get the best rap, but there is so much more to this cuisine than meets the eye. And the show’s presenter, Robert Oliver, certainly knows a thing or two about Pacific food. New Zealand born Oliver is one of the world’s most acclaimed chefs specialising in Pacific cuisine with both of his Pacific focused cookbooks having won top prizes at the prestigious Gourmand Cookbook awards in 2010 and 2014. Not only is Oliver a superstar in the kitchen, he also has an incredible energy onscreen and in person. It’s this energy, combined with Oliver’s cheeky humour, which draws the best out of the local Pacific chefs and food heroes that he meets during the show’s travels through Samoa, Vanuatu, Fiji, Niue, Tahiti and New Zealand. New Zealanders will become accustomed to seeing more of Oliver on their screens too, with Oliver having been selected as one of the tasting judges on much-discussed television series, My Kitchen Rules NZ. Tuning in to Real Pasifik takes viewers on a profound and entertaining journey through the kitchens of isolated villages and five-star resorts across the Pacific. In addition, it provides an insight into the depth of credentials and expertise that Oliver will be drawing upon for his judging on My Kitchen Rules NZ. Produced and created by Auckland-based production studio, Zoomslide, this television series is another tool which enables Oliver to bring the world’s eyes squarely onto Pacific cuisine and all of the culinary delights that our corner of the world has to offer. Real Pasifik is set to reach a global audience with rights to the show being secured by international distributor All3 Media.

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Real Pasifik show presenter Robert Oliver The first series of Real Pasifik was applauded for its glorious imagery and enthralling storytelling. Viewers can rest assured they will be treated to more revelations and delights from the South Pacific which will be sure to have mouths watering. If you didn’t catch the first series of Real Pasifik, all the episodes are available to view via TVNZ Ondemand. Watch Real Pasifik on TV ONE, 12.30pm Saturdays. F PN

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SHEENA SHUVANI STARDUST ASTROLOGY 24 September - 23 October ♎ LIBRA The element of air. Symbol: The Scales Quality: Cardinal (= activity)

Planetary Ruler Venus. Character Balance, co-operation, win/win. Pleasing features, pleasant ways. Often beautiful or handsome and rightly famous for that wondrous charm, a balanced Libra is a good listener, fair arbitrator, intelligent, informed, well educated, well mannered, cultural and diplomatic (but will argue if sense of judgment is outraged). Libra is luxury-living, extravagant, talented, tasteful, and hedonistic. Give them gourmet food, fine wines, cash, perfumed roses, art and soft music and the best seats at the theatre. Libra loves erotica, fashion and are décor junkies. Give them perfume and scented candles. They love makeovers and redecorating and will equally dump last year’s sofa or lover if they don’t cut it. Unbalanced Libras can appear decadent, insincere and smarmy instead of charming, and always overspend, overindulge.

UPCOMING FUNDRAISING GARAGE SALE ON GREAT NORTH ROAD The Crossroads Clubhouse is holding their annual fundraising garage sale on Saturday 11 October from 8am. Crossroads Clubhouse in Grey Lynn is a member of the International Network of Clubhouses successfully operating in 24 countries around the world under guidance from Clubhouse International www.iccd.org Find a bargain and support your local mental health service. They are located at 393 Great North Road, T: 09 376 4267 F PN www.crossroadsclubhouse.org.nz

Career The iron fist in the velvet glove! Can be cuttingly critical of inefficiency or slow, poor service. Excels at organisation, strategy and likes to control. Often found in the professions, business and the arts. Judges, lawyers, psychologists, counsellors, architects, and writers. Must have harmonious, tasteful workspaces and agreeable people around. A dynamo at work but lazes about at home. Loves beautiful surroundings but will pay someone else to do the housework. Love and Sexuality Light, breezy, flirtatious and a confident seducer. Libra is romantic, sensuous, erotic and sexually passionate but ever reluctant to commit. A serial monogamist, Libra loves to be pampered and cosseted. Libra will spoil and indulge you sexually, make you the star of the show and usually have an understudy waiting in the wings - just in case. Helpful Advice Yes, by all means gather relevant facts, weigh up situations, explore options before making your final (right) decision! Just speed up the whole process or people may (mistakenly) think you’re indecisive. Actually you have excellent judgement. Your Lucky Number According to Cheiro, (the world’s most famous seer), the date of the day of your birth is the luckiest number of all for you. Favoured Precious Stones Diamonds, emeralds, amethysts, opals. Favoured Metals Copper, silver, gold. Favoured Colours Lavender-blues, sea greens, purple, crimson. (SHEENA SHUVANI) F PN

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING PONSONBY DENTIST IS ANGEL TO THE PACIFIC... Ponsonby dentist Yoshi Endiriweera is an angel to the Pacific. I met her in Tonga’s capital where she and colleagues from their charity Smiles for the Pacific spent a week at Viola Hospital, providing advanced dentistry to local patients free of charge, and helping train local dentists on dental trauma, accidents to teeth from falls, car accidents and sports injuries. The Viola Hospital is fully equipped by the Japanese, with modern gear and facilities. Yoshi has been working at the A & E dental clinic on Ponsonby Road for 20 years. She first visited Tonga thirty years ago as a dental student, and since then, the level of care has come on in leaps and bounds. In those days, teeth would be pulled out rather than filled. Dental care in Tonga is free, courtesy of the government, and now local skill levels are getting a boost from Smiles for the Pacific. Smiles is a New Zealand based charity, founded three years ago by Auckland dentists to spread fillings around the Pacific. Tongan kids in particular have dental problems as a result of sugar-laden drinks in their diet. This month Yoshi and her colleagues also packed a complete dental clinic into a 40 foot container and sent it off to Lautoka in Fiji, where it has been bolted on to an existing clinic by the local Lions Club. This new clinic is to treat serious dental problems. Volunteer dentists from New Zealand will visit the clinic on a rotational basis, a week at a time, while also training local dentists. Dental care in Lautoka is basic, and unlike Tonga, locals pay for treatment. The project is funded by voluntary contributions from the New Zealand Dental Association, and Auckland dentists. Smiles for the Pacific would like to establish clinics in a variety of other Pacific nations too. F PN

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Easy care summer hair Summer is my favourite season hands down, with long days at the beach, time spent swimming in the sea (and any pool that will have me) and sun-drenched afternoons on the horizon... all of which are not so kind on the hair as they are on the spirit. It really is the worst time of the year to keep your locks looking remotely top notch, so I’ve tracked down some tools, treatments and products that will make your hair’s journey through the warmer months that much easier. First of all, arriving soon at both Stephen Marr and D&M Hair Design is the Cezanne Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment - a “transformational, long-lasting and safe salon treatment that brings hair to its ideal, most beautiful condition without damaging the hair or using dangerous chemicals”. Like the sound of that? I know I do, and having tried it myself can vouch for its sheer awesomeness. Cezanne means beautiful, healthy, strong hair without the use of toxic chemicals, as it contains no detectable formaldehyde or ingredients that create formaldehyde when heated. Even the aftercare and styling products are sulphate free, paraben free and contain keratin, proteins, amino acids, vitamins and botanical extracts designed to extend the effects of the treatment, and it has been proven that results last as long as or longer than any formaldehyde systems on the market, but without the dangerous chemicals. You can also wash your hair whenever you want after the treatment (some older treatments had a 72 hour no washing caveat, which was a horror for clean freaks everywhere), and colour can be done the same day before or after the treatment. I found that the treatment lightened my brunette locks at least two levels though, so if you’re on the dark side then I would colour post-treatment for sure. Also on the plus side, it has cut my hair drying time dramatically in half, and my hair is the softest it has been in a long time due to the inclusion in the formula of sericin, a silk protein that is produced by silk worms. Sericin is able to protect the bonds of the hair and form it into a new smoother, straighter shape, meaning seriously easy wear hair. It works on all hair types and lasts for months, and unlike some treatments, it washes out over time, so there is no permanent change to the hair and there is no line of demarcation between treatments. Next up, those lovely people at ghd have been in the business of making life easier for some time now, and have just raised the bar with the launch of their first ever range of curling tools - ghd curve - to give gorgeous, shiny, healthy curls and waves that are insanely easy to create. The four-product range features two wands and two tongs that use the company’s own patented tri-zone™ technology. Six quick-thinking sensors in the barrel heat the tools to the optimum styling temperature of 185°C and maintain this heat, constantly and evenly, delivering long-lasting, healthier-looking curls - that last. They also have rapid heat-up, the ability to load more hair onto the barrel and a quick set time so fabulousness can be achieved in minimal time with maximum results and without compromising hair health. The four wonders are the curve soft curl tong for big, bouncy, beautiful curls, the classic curl tong, the creative curl wand for natural looking curls and waves for a beautiful beachy style (hello, summer!) and the classic wave wand for Hollywood-style waves. They are all available in store now from approved ghd salons at the rather reasonable price of $250. Get one, get ‘em all!

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Lastly, summer sees the arrival and re-entry of some great hair products, the first I’d like to focus on being O&M’s Surf Bomb Sea Salt Spray - a go-to of mine all year round, whether a dip in the ocean is an option or not. It’s the simplest way to get beach hair without actually going to the beach - just spray and tousle, and in their words: no need to worry about sand and sharks! Second up, Juuce Solar Enz is a fantastic leave-in conditioner that repairs the frazzled ends so often associated with summer hair, as well as protects against thermal, sun and chlorine damage. It’s definitely a summer holiday essential - just throw in your weekend bag and go. New from hair product masters Kérastase is Discipline Fluidissime, another leave-in that feels as luxurious as it sounds. Applied to either dry or damp hair, this translucent no-rinse lotion reduces friction, protects the fibre during styling and disciplines even the frizziest and most unmanageable hair. Last up, to make party hair last and last Redken have created two very clever offerings - Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender and Pillow Proof Express Primer. The former will extend your blow dry by two days (or more, in my opinion) and comes in the form of a fine aerosol mist that instantly absorbs the hair’s excess oil and gives a matte finish with zero residue. The latter protects your hair against heat, whilst cutting your blow dry time in half and amplifying the benefits from any styling products used. Magic! This summer, go forth and shine. (HELENE RAVLICH) F PN

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING THE SISTERS - D&M SPRING/SUMMER 2014 A darkly dramatic collection that is inspired by iconic women from the world of music and powerful muses from the Dark Arts; The Sisters is D&M Hair Design’s dramatic campaign for Spring /Summer 2014. Recently unveiled in the window of the award-winning Ponsonby salon, it features hair looks created by Danny Pato and Michael Sisaengrath with assistance from Sam Choi and Jess Ishak. Styling duties went to Rachel Morton and makeup was by Steph Lai, with photography by salon artistic collaborator Mara Sommer. Art direction was by Pato in association with Auckland creative Theresa Frankovich. The hair looks for the collection are rooted deeply in musical influences, with a nod to 60s girl groups and 70s female rock ‘n’ roll and punk icons. Pato says that the image of model Grace with a tousled mullet was directly informed by the likes of Joan Jett and Suzi Quattro, whilst the image of models Mary and Crystal is reminiscent of a pop art take on The Supremes. A look juxtaposing black and white takes a new approach to the contrasting colour of 70s music divas Lita Ford, Siouxsie Sioux and Debbie Harry. “I’m obsessed by the power of women who can create something unique and transform when they hit the stage, and this is my salute to them.” Co-art director Frankovich says, “Danny's vision was that of a powerful and mysterious woman. As we cast our eyes over Rachel's styling this heroine figure evolved into something more ethereal, with an underlying aura of dark seduction and magic. Aleister Crowley's muse Laylah with her lush hair and influence, inspired themes of the occult from 19th century mysticism and powerful women of mythology. The pair decided to use the title The Sisters “as it suggests something of a coven and kinship and power in numbers...”

GET THE ULTIMATE SUPPORT FROM YOUR TRAINER THE VISION EXPERIENCE PROGRAM IS WHAT MAKES REALLY LARGE HEALTH AND FITNESS goals such as losing 60kg or running a marathon achievable to people who couldn’t even see themselves losing five kilos or walking to the corner store for the Sunday paper. The program focuses on emotions, education, eating and exercise and is backed up by world class systems, training and an online tracking food and exercise diary. There are over 14,000 personal training and nutrition sessions being delivered weekly by the team of experts at Vision Personal Training. They are waiting to help you tackle your specific goals. There are some key points of difference the way the Vision Experience Program works. Their clients train in a small and friendly studio where everyone knows your name and they set and monitor client goals every week. They focus on the Vision Experience program, emotions, education, eating and exercise and they guarantee their results. All clients get access to the online training platform that allows trainers to assist their clients and provide real-time feedback throughout the week to ensure great results. The Vision Experience Program has been the leading personal training provider throughout Australia for 15 years and now announce the opening in Ponsonby of their 50th studio! Deni and Dean have a combined experience in the fitness professional of over 17 years. Dean has won awards in Australia such as National Personal Trainer of the year 2011, Australian Fitness Business of the year finalist 2013 and NSW Young entrepreneur of the year 2014. Call M: 021 942 712, to book in for your free heath PN history and body type analysis. F VISION EXPERIENCE PROGRAM, 202 Ponsonby Road, www.visionpt.com.au

Original clothing was created by New Zealand designer Turet Knuefermann for the shoot, with the latter saying, “it was fantastic to work with such visionaries whose work I have always admired. The planning and execution of creating such beautiful images was a pleasure to be a small part of, and it really was inspiring to work with such creative and talented crew.” Accessories label Blue Blank also provided intricately detailed harnesses that took Morton’s styling to a whole new level. Pato says that pared back versions of the campaign will definitely be showing up in salons, from pixie cuts to rock ‘n’ roll styles that exude attitude. “We don’t see our campaigns as representing cuts and colours you literally ask for in a salon, it’s more about a feel, a creative outlet that gets us and our clients excited,” he explains. F PN The campaign can be seen in the windows of D&M right now at 5 Redmond Street, Ponsonby. www.dandm.co.nz

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SUGAR-FREE HALLOWEEN Like it or not, the trick or treaters will be out this Friday 31 October (at Ponsonby News we tend to seize any opportunity to have fun and celebrate). In the interests of a healthier Halloween, here are some non-candy treats from Lush and Pumpkin Patch.

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1. Pumpkin Patch Kitty Cat treat bag $19.99; 2. Lush Pumpkin bubble bar (vegan) $7.90*; 3. Pumpkin Patch Monster Mash Plate $7.99; 4. Pumpkin Patch ‘Bat Boy’ cup with straw $9.99; 5. Pumpkin Patch Kitty Cat clips $8.99; 6. Lush Wizard bubble bar (vegan) $7.90*; *Available from 10 October for a limited time

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING PROJECT JONAH WHALE RESCUE TRAINING Ever wondered what it’s like to get close to a whale, or help save a life? Well now’s your chance to find out. While you’re warming up for summer and getting ready to hit the beach, Auckland based Project Jonah is gearing up for their busiest time of year. For this animal welfare charity, summer marks the start of the peak stranding season. Historically, New Zealand sees more strandings of live whales and dolphins than any other country in the world. These events occur every year and while some animals are sick or injured, others are healthy and just need a helping hand back out to sea. That’s where Project Jonah comes in.

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“Saving whales isn’t as easy as it looks. A stranding site is a dangerous place and people can sometimes make mistakes” says Freemans Bay resident and Project Jonah General Manager, Daren Grover. “It's important that people understand the complexity of strandings, why they happen, and what they can do to help.” Project Jonah is always on standby, ready to respond at anytime and anywhere. However they can’t respond without the help of trained volunteers across the country. Project Jonah has a national network of Marine Mammal Medics but they still need more, and that’s where you can help. Their Marine Mammal Medic course is a one day training programme where participants can learn new skills to help save lives and make a difference. Their training sessions are happening across the country this summer, and are coming to Auckland on 11 and 12 October. If the training isn’t for you, then there are other ways to help. Now 40-years-old, Project Jonah exists purely on the generosity of members of the public and small businesses. “We wouldn’t survive without the kindness and generosity of the New Zealand public. By simply giving up the cost of one cup of coffee a week and supporting us on a regular basis, you can help Project Jonah continue our lifesaving work this summer,” says Daren Grover. F PN You can contact Project Jonah on 09 302 3106 or check out their website: www.projectjonah.org.nz

A group of trainees practice their skills

LOOKING FOR A FUN NEW WATER SPORT THIS SUMMER The sensational sport of 'SUP' or Stand Up Paddle boarding is quickly becoming New Zealand's fastest growing water sport. Not only is SUP quick and easy to learn, it’s accessible and affordable. It gives you an all over body tan, trims your torso and burns off unwanted winter fat. FLUX, one of New Zealand's few specialist SUP shops are entering a third summer teaching the sport with their happy customers often becoming quite addicted.

The team at Flux look forward to introducing you to the sport of SUP and welcome enquiries from groups for pre-Christmas functions or any other special occasions. They also run regular paddle sessions and fitness classes. F PN FLUX, Westhaven Drive, T: 09 303 4030 www.flux.net.nz

Located next to Swashbucklers near Westhaven Marina and walking distance to the calm waters of St Mary's Bay - arguably the best place to learn to SUP in Auckland, FLUX stock a range of leading SUP board brands from NSP, BIC or RED inflatable boards. The inflatable boards can be stowed easily or be taken on holiday without the need for roof racks or oversize baggage fees. Flux also stock quality SUP paddles, Accent, Trident and Carbonerro. To try before you buy, you may prefer to rent all the gear for as little as $15 per hour. It is recommended anyone new to the sport take a beginner lesson to learn how best to stand and balance on the board (without getting wet) plus learn efficient paddling techniques. You will get to grips with the sport faster while staying safe on the water. This winter Waterfront Auckland has been investing heavily in a brand new pathway right around the Westhaven Marina with an overwater walk way and overwater viewing platform, making for very easy access onto the water.

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A NEW STYLIST FOR SUMMER COLOUR AT LOXY’S “Any woman can vouch for just how hard it is to find someone you trust wholeheartedly with your hair,” says Kate Jarrett of Loxy’s Hair Boutique. “And once you find them, you never want to let them go!” The reputation of Loxy’s new stylist Katie Hook preceded her, which is why Kate Jarrett brought her on board at Loxy’s Hair Boutique at the top of Ponsonby Road. Clients coming in for extensions (Loxy’s specialty) had been to Katie Hook for colour in her previous salon. “They couldn’t speak highly enough of her,” Kate Jarrett says. “Their loyalty was second to none, so when the opportunity popped up to work together I knew I had to grab it!” Loxy’s is a small team, with Kate specialising in extensions only, and Heather and Amy both gurus in all things colouring and cutting. Salon co-ordinator Maddie keeps everything running smoothly and now colour specialist Katie will add to the talent. “It’s a cliche, but I’ve always wanted to become a hairdresser really,” says Katie Hook. “I tried to fight it for a while after I finished school but to no avail!” Katie’s grandma still talks about when Katie was very young, before she started school, and would do the hair of the people sitting in front of her at church - whether they wanted it or not. After 10 years in the industry Katie has people lining up to have her do their hair, but she is still inspired by everyday women in the street choosing their own sense of style and working it. And what about summer hairstyles? “I’d like to see more hair-ups; simple messy texture, either in a loose high or low bun, braided or just catching the top high on the head and letting the rest down,” says Katie.

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Although she has always been based in the Ponsonby, Grey Lynn and Herne Bay hood, Katie has friends at different salons around the country who all inspire her. “Hair dressing in New Zealand is an amazing industry,” she says. Loxy’s owner, Kate Jarrett explains that a great stylist is someone who operates with integrity. That, coupled with being an excellent colourist and a whiz with a pair of scissors, makes for the perfect addition to Loxy’s team. “They need to have the kind of energy that makes clients enjoy every moment in the salon - and that’s Katie to a T.”

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Ponsonby News readers who make an appointment at Loxy’s and mention reading about the salon in this issue will receive a free moisturising hair treatment during October and November. LOXY’S HAIR BOUTIQUE, 4 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 378 7650, www.loxys.co.nz

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RICHMOND PSYCHOLOGY HAS OPENED IN GREY LYNN Richmond Psychology is the first Counselling Psychology practice in Auckland and consists of two psychologists, Grace Barcelos Owen and Katarina Nilsen. Centrally located on Richmond Road, we offer counselling and psychological services to the local community, and the wider Auckland region. We work with a range of concerns related to both our physical and psychological wellbeing, including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, grief, stress, relationships issues, addictions, trauma, chronic pain, life transitions and quality of life. Counselling psychology is a reasonably new scope of practice here in New Zealand; however, it is a well established and highly respected therapeutic approach internationally. Working as counselling psychologists means that we are guided by recent research in the field, and that the approaches we use are evidence-based. We are trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. We offer a compassionate and skills based approach to helping people in times of distress, and our aim is to empower people with the tools they need on their life journey. In other words, help people help themselves. We value working holistically and in collaboration with people, taking into consideration their individual context, culture, and unique background. If you are curious about how we may be able to help you or want to read more about us, visit our website www.richmondpsychology.co.nz for further information and resources. F PN Katarina Nilsen, M: 021 171 2142; E: katarina@richmondpsychology.co.nz Grace Barcelos Owen, M: 021 424 951; E: grace@richmondpsychology.co.nz

Katarina Nilsen and Grace Barcelos Owen

NEW ZEALAND BRANDS REWARDING CREATIVITY Two loved New Zealand brands are inviting the public to exercise their creativity to be in to win worthwhile prizes. Icebreaker is encouraging entrants to create tee shirt designs “representing the true spirit of what it means to adventure in nature.” The winning men’s or women’s design will be printed and sold on icebreaker.com as well as in select retail stores in New Zealand and Australia, and receive $1,500 worth of Icebreaker products. Meanwhile, Antipodes are celebrating that their new Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Hand & Body Cream 120ml tube fits into a handbag or make-up kit, by offering six Mi Piaci handbags, each filled with the winner’s choice of 10 Antipodes® skincare or makeup products. Entrants must share a photograph or video that captures an Antipodes® product in their environment, showing “how Antipodes® fits into their world.” Icebreaker entries: www.icebreaker.co.nz (until 8 October) Antipodes entries: www.antipodesnature.com (until 26 October).

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CARING PROFESSIONAL Marija Petkovic, Richmond Road Pharmacy Marija Petkovic came to New Zealand seven years ago from Serbia and has been working at Richmond Road Pharmacy for the last two years. How did you come to be a pharmacist? I always wanted to help people and work as a healthcare professional. A different language and various challenges in a new country did not lessen my great wish to become a pharmacist. I started volunteering as a shop girl in a small pharmacy before I definitively decided that I wanted to invest five years to study pharmacy. What do you love about your job? The pharmacist is a first port of call for everyone seeking healthcare advice. It gives great pleasure and satisfaction to know that you always do your best to help people and direct them to the doctor if needed. The best part of the day is when I close the shop, thinking, “I’ve done some really good things today, I helped as much as I was able to.” What do you find challenging? Time management is crucial, especially when you are the only pharmacist on duty. It is very important to spend enough time with each and every customer, regardless of their query. It’s hard when you have a lot of people waiting for prescriptions and you have someone wanting to speak to a pharmacist - you need to manage time so that everyone is served and no one has to wait too long. How do you differ from other pharmacists? Richmond Road is such a small community-based pharmacy and it has helped me to develop as a pharmacist. Since I am the only pharmacist on duty, I have to oversee and keep an eye on everything that is happening in the shop, even when I am busy with prescriptions. The main difference that you will find in our pharmacy, is that I always have time to answer any of your queries and I am trying to help as much as possible. What do you do to stay at the top of your field? As a health care professional I have to make sure that I am up to date with research, as there are always a lot of innovations. To maintain my continuing education I attend various meetings and conferences. I organise training in pharmacy for all the staff members and I also read various healthcare related magazines and articles on a regular basis. Can you tell us about a standout case? A very cute old lady came into the pharmacy to fill in her regular prescription. As I was dispensing her medicines, she was chatting to me from the shop, asking me all sorts of questions about being a pharmacist. She asked if I had to study at all to become chemist or if it was an apprenticeship. When I explained that I had to study for five years she was

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in such a shock and told me “Oh, what a shame! All that time to work as a chemist. One more year of studying and you could have been a doctor.” What do you do to care for yourself? Although I don’t have a lot of spare time, I am a regular gym member and I enjoy yoga. A good book is always my choice when I need to relax. Otherwise, every day off is spent with family and friends. What's your advice to people visiting a pharmacist? Always come to see your pharmacist first. We will try and help you as much as possible and if needed we will send you to see the doctor. Make sure that you put aside enough time to speak to your pharmacist and mention as much information as possible. Very often your problem can be solved just by seeing your pharmacist. F PN

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PLANET AYURVEDA: ASK DOCTOR AJIT

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I’m new to your column, but am put off by all the Indian food that one has to eat. To be frank, I can’t stand all those spices in my food. A. Grice, Ponsonby

While it is true that many ayurvedic recipes use Indian ingredients, it would be wrong to think that you only have to eat Indian food to follow an ayurvedic diet. Ayurveda gives us an understanding of the role digestion and nutrition play in creating a healthy life and an awareness of how food can be used as a medicine to treat illness. This awareness can be applied to all foods, not just Indian cuisine.

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Ayurveda, being the natural medicine of India, has an intimate knowledge of the dietary and health benefits of the fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices of the sub-continent but as it has grown outside its homeland it has incorporated many other foods into its dietary recommendations. However, what is true is that ayurveda considers many of the heavily processed foods in our Western diet to be detrimental to our digestion and good health. Many of our dietary habits do not support good digestion and can in fact impede the stomach’s ability to “cook” the food properly. For example: • Fruit and yogurt (heaviness of yogurt will impede digestion of fruit). • Fruit smoothies (both are cooling but milk is laxative and melon is diuretic). • Bacon and eggs (both are protein and heating but will take different times to digest). • Peanut butter and jam (heaviness of peanuts will clog channels and impede digestion). • Strawberry and cream (heaviness of cream will impede digestion of fruit).

• Fish and chips (coldness of potato will dampen and impede digestion). • Cereal and cold milk (heaviness of milk will impede digestion of cereal). Ayurveda recognises the importance of good digestion as it is through this metabolic process that the food we eat is transformed into life-giving nourishment for every cell in our body. However, if our digestive fire is weak, then the food we eat is not sufficiently broken down or ‘cooked’. This means that not only are the cells unable to access the nutrition they require for healthy metabolism but this indigestible food is considered a waste product and can clog the circulatory system. This indigestible food is called Ama in ayurveda and is considered one of the contributory factors in the disease process. To support the digestive process, ayurveda recommends cooking with herbs and spices like ginger, onions, garlic and pepper that will provide some ‘heat’ to the metabolic process. (Notice I haven’t included chili as a heating agent as it was only introduced to India by the Portuguese in the 15th century so is a recent addition to the Indian spice box). Other spices like coriander and fennel can be used to ‘cool’ the digestive fire. This is why ayurveda considers food to be a medicine. With the judicious use of herbs and spices in the cooking process we can help support and balance digestion and ensure that the body receives the nourishment it needs. There is an old saying in ayurveda, “When the diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When the diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” If we are eating a balanced diet and not overtaxing our digestive system then we can eat whatever we choose in the knowledge that we are giving the body the nourishment it requires to function in a healthy and balanced state. You can watch me prepare some delicious ayurvedic recipes on our You Tube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYezIyjm8rqYGxsuuK0l1WQ PN (DR AJIT) F

• Eggs Benedict (sour taste of sauce will disrupt digestion of protein). PLANET AYURVEDA, 41 Gillies Avenue, T: 09 522 5390 www.planetayurveda.co.nz

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MALONEY’S - THE REAL BARBER SHOP EXPERIENCE Spring is in the air and there’s new growth at Maloney’s Barber Shop. Here’s Julian’s run-down of what’s fresh in men’s grooming for summer 2014: • Young men are rocking a classic flat top for their first time, while short back and sides and skin fades are a perfect match for Wayfarers and a vintage Hawaiian shirt. • Locally made products like the vegan pomade from Kina Cuts, and Lambert’s Luscious Beard Oil from Wellington.

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• Beards are still in and Maloney’s is proud to be judging New Zealand’s first Beard and Moustache Championships at the King’s Arms on Friday 17 October.

It’s not quite a silver anniversary (congratulations Ponsonby News!), but owner Julian Maloney (pictured, with wife Susannah - he’s the one with the beard) has been cutting hair in the area for 20 years: eight in Three Lamps and now another twelve in his Victoria Street West premises. “It’s great seeing local clients who we’ve looked after for two decades - and now they bring in their kids and grandkids too!” says Julian. Maloney’s has recently expanded up to the first floor, with space for an additional three chairs. And with barbers Anthony and Cole joining the team, there’s already less waiting time which is good news for clients old and new. Check out their new logo, and a fresh look website is launching soon.

• But if you prefer that clean-shaven feel, Maloney’s is now offering a hot towel shave service by appointment - email sue@maloneys.co.nz and keep an eye on their Facebook page for more details. • Movember is approaching - just think of the prison guard Mendez in ‘Orange is the New Black’ for inspiration. See you soon at Maloney’s Barber Shop! 1/192 Victoria Street West (between Les Mills and Kathmandu) Weekdays 8am - 6pm and Saturdays 9am - 2pm www.maloneys.co.nz facebook.com/maloneysbarbershop

EXPERTS ON SUN PROTECTION AT GARNIER AMBRE SOLAIRE Ponsonby News attended the mid September media launch of Garnier’s Ambre Solaire suncare range, held in one of the Orakei Road boat sheds which opened out to offer a stunning view of the Orakei Basin. The Ambre Solaire range offers a broad variety of suncare products for the whole family, as well as notably high SPF protection against New Zealand sun. You may be surprised to learn that SPF50+ is now the most popular SPF in the market, with a 55% share of sales. Fittingly, Sensitive Advanced SPF50+ was the star of the launch; it’s the first sun protection from Garnier that fights against long UVA rays while targeting (but not limited to) those with sensitive skin, and offers protection from 90% of total UV radiation. Long UVAs were previously thought harmless, but medical research now shows it is critical to protect against them. All skin types are at risk, with fair, sensitive or sun-intolerant skin most at risk - especially that of children with delicate skin. Dr Rajan Patel (Head and Neck Surgeon, Skin Institute) told that 80% of sun exposure occurs in the first 18 years of life. Molemap Nurse Paula Champtaloup was another of the event’s expert speakers, whose great ‘takeaway’ was: if there is a mark on your body to which your eye is constantly drawn - get it checked. As with other cancers early detection is paramount. Five-year survival rates for patients with early-stage (Stage I) melanoma exceed 90 to 95%, but in later-stage disease, five-year survival rates drop to less than 50%. On a positive note, also present was Professor Margaret Brimble of the University of Auckland, who shared news of the start of a phase 1 human clinical trial of a vaccine for melanoma. F PN

Ponsonby News’ Beauty Editor Helene Ravlich at Garnier Ambre Solaire’s launch

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MICHELLE OWEN: POSTURE TO PERFORMANCE

The core is critical Core stability is a frequently used phrase word in the health, fitness and the sporting industries. But when I look around at the quality of training that presents itself, I can see that training the “core” it is a very misunderstood subject. What is the core? If you take away your arms, legs and your head, you are basically left with the core - your back and abdominals. The core is the only thing that joins our upper body to our lower body. Although the rib cage houses and protects all of the major organs in the upper thorax, it is the four layers of abdominal muscle that support and protect the viscera (organs) of the lower thorax. These four muscle layers wrap around the entire abdomen in multiple directions. When working properly they also assist in supporting good circulation and healthy organ function. Another major function of the abdominal wall is to stabilise our spine. The Core is the foundation for all our movement.

not stabilised by the core. You could relate this to the trunk of a tree. If it is weak, the branches would not get the required support and so they themselves would not be strong.

Layers of the abdominal wall The deepest layer is the transverse abdominals. It runs horizontally just like a weight belt or corset and is in fact our own natural weight belt/corset. With connections to the diaphragm, pelvic floor and lower back, or thoracolumbar fascia in more technical terms, the transverse abdominals are important when it comes to stabilisation of the lumbar spine, providing they are functioning.

Once assessed, the weak portion of abdominal wall should be isolated to regain neural function (brain body connection) however this is not enough. Once this has been achieved it is extremely important to integrate these muscles into all our functional movement patterns and exercises. In every day life no muscles work alone, they are a system, so it does not work to train them alone. Functional training can be related to big patterns that mimic human movement.

The next layers of the abdominal walls are the external and internal oblique muscles. These muscles run diagonally across your trunk. Their job is to rotate our trunk and assist in side bending movements.

This type of training should integrate the body as a whole and not isolate it into little areas. The only time muscles should be isolated is where there is weakness. Eg: Transverse abdominals may be trained alone at first so the brain knows how to control and operate them.

Then there are the rectus abdominals, which are the top layer of the abdominal wall. You can often hear this referred to as the ‘wash board’ or ‘six pack’. This section of the abdominal wall is like a shield to protect our organs. It is one big sheath of muscle that attaches from the upper ribs and xiphoid process right down to the pelvic bone. It has two different neural functions, driven by two different nerves, so when the upper abdominal moves the lower acts as a stabiliser and you have the reverse when the lower is being worked or moving. This muscle is commonly trained inadequately and too often with poor quality crunch style exercises. In the core, the rectus abdominals are considered the outer unit of the abdominal wall. When over-trained or tight, this muscle can pull people into a round shoulder forward head posture. The many layers of abdominal wall wrap around our trunk in many directions, just like a package that has been wrapped for a long journey. The core has eight different neural functions and as such this makes it a very complex area. What that means is that there are eight different nerves that facilitate the control and function of the core from the brain. To train the core/abdominal wall properly you should first be assessed to determine where the weaker portions of it are. You cannot determine a proper course of training and strengthening without a clinical assessment to determine the correct course of action to correct imbalances and apply the right training methods. In many years of testing abdominal wall function, more often than not I find weakness in the deep layers rather than the outer layers. Of course this is a generalisation. Quite often the rectus abdominals (six pack), although not always strong, are stronger than the inner and lower layers that support our spine and pelvis. If the deep layers of abdominal wall do not function correctly, there will be limited, poor support for the spine. This amongst other postural positions creates pain to many degrees in people. This in turn places different stress on our limbs and can reflect the pain or discomfort anywhere; the neck, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle can all be affected if the spine is

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Then it must be integrated into bigger patterns at a level the brain can still control, and built up slowly into strength. If you train with more load than the weakness can handle, the body will still do the job but something else will end up under load. This creates faulty movement patterns, pain and dysfunction. We are only as strong as our weakest link. Things that can happen from a weak core: Visarapatosis is an extremely common dysfunction, especially in women. This is when the deep abdominal wall is too weak to support the organs. The weight of the organs slowly adds pressure to the intestinal tract and then it can prolapse. This can shut down many functions within the body and is a major form of stress and embarrassment as one cant control their vital functions. Correcting the muscle imbalance and positioning within the core can really help with this common problem. Varicose veins and piles are another symptom of weak core musculature. Back pain The most common form of back pain can be traced to muscle imbalance within the abdominal structure. With proper corrective strengthening exercises you can improve imbalance and you can minimise or improve back pain related to core imbalance. Body fat myth You cannot spot reduced body fat from any specific muscle with a particular exercise. The idea of strength training the body is to strengthen and balance muscle structure, joints and bones. To gain tone shape or growth, adding muscle (active tissue) speeds the metabolism and hence uses more calories, which in turn burns more body fat overall. (MICHELLE OWEN) F PN MICHELLE OWEN, Level 2, 10 New North Road, M: 021 770 153 www.michelleowen.co.nz www.fitness-n-function.co.nz PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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CLARE CALDWELL: THE ART OF LIVING “ALL NATURAL LAWS AND PHYSICAL REALITIES THAT WOULD COMPRISE the basis for true technical, earthly efficiency and awareness if allowed, that could transform the world into a place of vast abundance and prosperity never before seen, have instead been buried and dismissed. They’ve been overshadowed by a certain kind of efficiency i.e. market efficiency, that tracks money and money alone; that’s decoupled from everything that supports and secures life itself; that’s circular in its reasoning as it has no recognition of the physical laws of nature which are the only real truths that’ll ever exist.” Peter Joseph ‘Culture in Decline’ Part 2. In this documentary Joseph examines the influences of two main economic paradigms: earth logic as opposed to market logic, looking at what’s “sustainable and progressive for the human species, as opposed to the mere mechanics of the movement of money”. Economists like to maintain an elitist barrier to keep us ignorant. Most people know more about the rugby scores or sitcom plots than what fundamental principles serve the survival of our species or how they’re affected by current economic policy. Economic failures across the world are ongoing: inequality, increasing poverty, debt collapse, bank failures, unemployment, riots - the list goes on. Some may argue this is a deliberate ploy to manifest an even more sinister agenda. Planet Earth is a system: an exquisitely complex and integrated system of symbiotic laws. The utopian dreams of globalisation and the free market are according to Joseph, “decoupled from the regulatory awareness of physical science” and he believes are outdated, inept and dangerous premises. Globalisation has resulted in exploitation of people and resources by opportunistic corporations and has failed as an economic model to bring optimum efficiency on all levels or true earthly management. It has lined the pockets of the privileged, mindlessly polluted the earth and further disenfranchised the poor. Joseph believes modern economics is merely “ an ideological philosophy built on presuppositions that have been given the illusion of permanence” and that there’s absolutely no relationship to the “scientific integrity of our planet” built into this model.

CLASSES AT AROHA HEALING If you feel a desire to heal and awaken sensuality within your body in a safe and supportive environment then Aroha Healing Bellydance classes for women are the perfect way to begin. Rosanna Marks has re-aligned her classes to include moving meditation and deep healing for all women of all ages, shapes and sizes to understand their bodies and energy flow with the sensual movement of Egyptian Bellydance. Rosanna incorporates floor work, breath, mudra and Bellydance into the hour-long classes and no dance experience is necessary as Bellydance is an individual expression of who you are. Beginners are most welcome. Women wear casual workout gear and bare feet or socks to class. With special attention given to the chakra system and focusing on pelvic floor work, Aroha Healing Bellydance classes are very popular for women who wish to enhance sensuality, fertility, balance hormones and temperament - especially associated with feeling low and hormonal fluctuation. With a strong spiritual awareness, Aroha Healing Bellydance classes introduce women to a path that will enhance sensuality in relationships and allows women to view their bodies in a more positive and empowering way. Classes are held on Tuesday evenings 6-7pm at our Maidstone Street premises and on Friday evenings each term at the Auckland Women’s centre in Warnock Street, Grey Lynn. The next Friday evening course commences Friday 24 October. For more information please contact Rosanna directly. F PN AROHA HEALING, 3 Maidstone Street T: 0800MINDBODY, www.arohahealing.co.nz

The market mechanism of mass consumerism is product-driven by producers who’ve no thought for symbiotic earth principles or sustainable outcomes - it’s all about supply, demand and profit, and its inherent psychology has nothing to do with anything except its own perpetuation. But we continue to be brainwashed into believing this paradigm will bring growth and prosperity for all! Our vast and ancient universe is governed by the laws of nature that are neither moral or religious, but timeless and ubiquitous. They clearly point out we either respect, respond and adapt to them or we suffer the consequences. In Joseph’s words, “the economy is the foundation of our social survival”. In our distortion of our priorities, will this beautiful creation called the human species bring about its own demise or will it wake up and smell the roses? (CLARE CALDWELL) F PN Clare (Claudie) Caldwell is a creative arts therapist who runs a small private practice from home. She is voluntary team leader of creative arts as therapy at Mercy Hospice Auckland, College Hill, where she has worked for the last 10 years. She is also a freelance artist. Enquiries: T: 09 836 3618; M: 021 293 3171; clare.e.caldwell@gmail.com

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING MARILYN SAINTY REFLECTS ON PAST PONSONBY Marilyn is a fashion legend in her own time, much of which has been spent in Ponsonby. Born in Hamilton, and after a short stint in Sydney, she made the move to Auckland more than 35 years ago, manufacturing clothes from a villa in St Marys Bay Road. At that time she was supplying Chez Bleu, later renamed London Affair, a boutique in Queen Street and eventually formed a partnership with one of the owners. The Council put a stop to her live-and-work situation so the partners opened a workroom in Blake Street. The Queen Street premises were taken over by the New Zealand Insurance Company, which owned the building, so they opened a retail shop in front of the workroom. Marilyn remembers the area being full of young people back then, busy doing up houses. She considers them the lucky generation who bought in here when the real estate was affordable. The greengrocers, butchers, fish shops along Ponsonby Road serviced families but there were also quirky enterprises such as Peter Roger’s Real Time and lots of secondhand dealers. There was certainly an element of danger at night because the streets were empty and even 25 years ago it wasn’t advisable to allow children and teenagers to walk down them

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unaccompanied. The restaurant culture had yet to arrive. Nevertheless Ponsonby was culturally rich and diverse and it was not uncommon to sit in one’s own backyard and listen to neighbours singing and playing music. When Marilyn’s daughter attended Ponsonby Primary it was a very multi-ethnic school. Marilyn became very angry when John Banks was elected as Mayor and declared himself our leader. She became even more angered when Banks took on the Darth Vader, Bill Birch, as his adviser who immediately recommended selling social housing and other community services. Rather than writing letters to the paper, she paid for a billboard that was shaped like a Christmas tree. It read ‘I love trees, the zoo, airports, libraries, art galleries, pensioner housing, community concerts, freshly mown grass verges, chemical free weed control. Banks is not my leader. Wake up Auckland.’ Her comment on this: “I wanted Aucklanders to to stand up and say no, we don’t want this. If one sits there and does nothing you feel utterly powerless”. She also wonders why we allowed our city to be taken over by irresponsible development. According to Marilyn there are plenty of such examples in Ponsonby and she deplores the destruction of some old buildings that have been replaced by structures of no architectural value. She remembers being shocked when the row of lovely old shops that bordered Western Park were pulled down, but admits the park had to be opened to the street and at least the beautiful sculptures now in place are a nod to what was there before. She also admits to being pleased when Expresso Love opened about 35 years ago and launched the coffee culture. Finally there was a place to meet friends and have breakfast. In her opinion Ponsonby has progressed, in some instances for the better. She really enjoys going to Burger Burger for a delicious lunch and believes that gentrification PN has brought some benefits. It was bound to happen anyway! (DEIRDRE TOHILL) F

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JOHN APPLETON: ON HEALTH

Is there a link between diet crime and delinquency? I have a book in my bookcase titled ‘Diet Crime and Delinquency’. It’s a fascinating account of the strong links between what we eat (or don’t eat) and the way we behave. Nutritional deficiencies and imbalances can impair brain function and set the stage for criminal behaviour say scientists who have conducted studies that confirm the links. Forget tougher punishments and hiring more police; research is showing that a solution to crime and violence could be found on the dinner plate. These findings are not new and what surprises me is that there is little interest in this approach at government level. I have previously suggested that we conduct studies in our prisons and indeed at schools where behavioural problems are of concern. For some reason our politicians remain locked into a system which focuses on throwing more and more money at the problem while refusing to acknowledge the role of nutrition. Back in the 70s Bill Walsh PhD, a scientist from Argonne National Laboratory in the U.S studied mineral levels in the hair of 24 pairs of brothers. In each case one brother was ‘good’ and the other a ‘boy from hell’. The results stunned him. The ‘good’ boys had normal mineral levels but the delinquents had two distinctive patterns. One group had very high copper and very low zinc, sodium and potassium and the other group had very low zinc and copper and very high sodium and potassium. Interestingly the troublemakers had high lead and cadmium levels - three times higher than their well-behaved brothers. Alexander Schauss, author of ‘Diet Crime and Delinquency’, says that environmental

exposure to lead is 500 times that experienced by 16th century man. Walsh decided to extend his research to adults and he found exactly the same patterns in 192 adults, half of which were incarcerated criminals and half law abiding citizens. He discovered behavioural traits that matched each mineral pattern. People with the very high copper and low zinc would repeatedly lose their temper (violent reaction) and later feel remorse. The people with the low copper and low zinc and high sodium and potassium never had a good day. Walsh found them to be mean and cruel, oppositionally defiant and they had no remorse. It turned out that the violent kids were found to have been born with a metal metabolism disorder and as a result they had an inability process minerals. Metallothionein is a protein needed for the absorption of zinc and the violent kids had poor metallothionein in the gut. Subsequently Dr Walsh analysed 207 patients with behavioural disorders who were treated at the Pfeiffer Treatment Centre in Illinois. 92% of assaultive patients who followed their prescribed diet and took supplements improved and 58% completely eliminated this type of behaviour. A sociology professor Stephen Schoenthaler at California State University also found powerful links between nutrients and behaviour. Originally a skeptic, Schoenthaler concluded that after 20 years of studies he’s a believer; nutrition has a huge role to play.

One study of juvenile delinquents and adult criminals in five U.S. states found that the offenders with the worst behaviour consumed the least vitamins and minerals. In California prisons, convicts with up to four nutritional deficiencies were 50% more likely to be involved in serious violent incidents and those with five to nine nutritional deficiencies were 90% more likely to be involved in such incidents. In the 80s Schoenthaler was involved with a study that changed the nutritional content of school lunches served to 1.1 million New York students. In just one year a more wholesome diet led to a 16% increase in academic performance and a 41% decrease in learning disabled children. I wonder what an optimal diet might have achieved. There are many studies like this in several countries. As to why it’s not front page news - I guess it’s the same reason why patients with life threatening illnesses continue to be refused treatment with vitamin C. An admission that such simple solutions exist could change the way that medicine is practised. That may not be a situation that is welcomed by those who enjoy the protection afforded by a government funded medical monopoly. PN (JOHN APPLETON) F APPLETON ASSOCIATES, T: 09 489 9362 john@johnappleton.co.nz www.johnappleton.co.nz

NEW CLINIC FOR NAIL FUNGUS TREATMENTS The Laser Nail Clinic has just opened in a very convenient location just off the Constellation interchange on the North Shore. The clinic has been set up specifically for the latest in treatment for the unsightly, and previously difficult to cure, onychomycosis (nail fungal infections) using state of the art PinPointe FootLaser. Most people suffering from the affliction will have spent considerable time, money and effort trying to eliminate it, generally with little success. Traditional methods are either the daily application of topical solutions for several months, these need to penetrate the nail to treat the bed of the infection. As most people know, it is extremely difficult to get anything to penetrate a nail so as a rule these treatments are not very successful. Another option has been to take a prescribed medication for at least six months. This medication has some rather unpleasant side effects and is not a 'sure cure’. For a very reasonable $500, the Laser Nail Clinic is offering an alternative that works in one (generally) painless treatment, using the scientifically purpose-designed PinPointe Footlaser, an option that is proving to be very effective in dealing with the affliction. All the technicians carrying out the procedure are medics who have been comprehensively trained in the use of the laser machine and have undertaken laser safety training - so you know you are in safe hands. F PN LASER NAIL CLINIC, Suite 18, 326 Sunset Road, Windsor Park, T: 0800 952 737 E: info@lasernailclinic.co.nz, www.lasernailclinic.co.nz

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It was 1973 when Bharat Mistry's uncle saw the Kingswood in the showroom at Schofields car dealership. He wasn't old enough to be eligible for a personal loan and he had to ask his mother to put her name on the paperwork - but at last the car was his. Today the Kingswood belongs to Bharat Mistry who grew up on the streets of Ponsonby where his grandfather had a fruit shop at 20 Jervois Road. His great grandfather was a milk vendor with a horse and cart who worked along Jervois Road. "Or so the story goes," laughs Bharat. "Not much of the shop frontage has changed," says Bharat of the strip where his grandfather's shop used to be. "For my first job I worked across the road at the ASB, the old Gluepot was around here. The ASB is gone too, but the police station is still there." Bharat's grandfather was planning to sell the Kingswood when 18-year-old Bharat started his job at ASB - apparently his grandfather intended to trade the Kingswood in for a Ford Laser. Bharat's grandfather agreed to the purchase, but insisted that nothing whatsoever could be changed in the vehicle, and as a man of his word, Bharat has kept the Kingswood in its original condition.

PONSONBY ROAD STARS IN UNIQUE CHARITY WALK Ponsonby residents and retailers are being encouraged to once again get behind a fun fundraising event and show thousands of participants what makes this area renowned for its nightlife.

As part of Holden car brand’s 60th birthday celebrations Bharat and his 19-year-old son Shaan feature in a neat little clip sharing their favourite memories of the Kingswood at www.holden.co.nz/60yearsloyal. “It was my first car, and only my uncle, grandfather and I have ever driven it - we treat it like it’s our Rolls Royce," says Bharat. "My son Shaan will inherit the car and continue the PN family history of the vehicle.” F

Walking Stars, a night-time half-marathon walk, is expected to attract more than 2,000 people, who will take in the sights of the Strip as they pass through on Saturday 22 November. With many dressed in neon colours and carrying yellow balloons, they caught the attention of people in the area last year - and received a lot of comments along the way. “Walkers praised the residents, retailers and revelers who encouraged them as they passed,” event organiser Mel Lloyd says. “They said the atmosphere and the camaraderie kept them buoyant as they walked, and made them feel proud of their achievement. So much so, we wanted to ensure that the route for this year’s walk passed through again because it was such a highlight.” Matt McGregor did the walk with his wife Shelley, in memory of his father John who had succumbed to four primary cancers.

Outside the family fruit shop at 70 Jervois Road

“Through Ponsonby and the waterfront the atmosphere was fantastic, everybody was out there cheering, saying ‘keep it up’. It was really motivating,” he says. The inaugural event raised more than $280,000 and Mel hopes to exceed that this year. One hundred per cent of the fundraising goes to The Cancer Society and Look Good Feel Better. The 21km walk starts and finishes in Auckland Domain, and walkers wear a bib on their back saying who they are dedicating the event to - many are themselves cancer survivors and others have registered to pay tribute to somebody they have lost to cancer. “Ponsonby did itself proud and I cannot wait to see everyone on the walk getting the most out of the atmosphere. We are grateful that you are helping to make their event so memorable.” About Walking Stars Registrations are open for the 2014 Walking Stars. Registration is $65 with participants getting a sports T-shirt, $40 Shoe Science voucher and training schedule. They are encouraged to commit to raise $150 for two cancer charities - The Cancer Society of New Zealand and Look Good Feel Better, with 100% of those funds being distributed nationally. Register at www.walkingstars.org.nz F PN The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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MEET THE TEACHER Mathieu Pulsford - Saint Paul’s College

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What are you currently teaching? Art - printmaking, painting, and photography.

52-Storey Treehouse, by A Griffiths, illustrated by T Denton. Pan Macmillan, $17.99.

How did you come to be a secondary school teacher? Both of my parents have been secondary school art teachers, so you could say it is in the blood. Where did you train? I did my Bachelor of Fine Arts at Elam, and my postgrad Diploma in Teaching at AUT. What brought you to St Paul's? I did a four week placement at St Paul’s when I was training to become a teacher in 2009. I got on really well with the then art teacher Roger and loved the school’s energy and spirit. When the position as HOD of Art came up I jumped at the opportunity. What are your favourite things about being a teacher? I really enjoy working with teenagers, inspiring them and developing their imagination and passion for visual arts. I enjoy their energy and enthusiasm for life.

Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton's incredible, ever-expanding treehouse has 13 new storeys with the recent release of the 52-Storey Treehouse. Included in the new storeys are a watermelon-smashing level, a wave machine, a life-size snakes-and-ladders game and a high-tech detective agency with all the latest detective technology, which is lucky because they have a BIG mystery to solve - where is Mr Big Nose? Griffith and Denton's creative partnership began with Just Tricking! in 1997 and now extends to eight JUST books with more than a million copies sold of the bestselling The Bad Book, and its equally bad sequel, The Very Bad Book. They are now published all over the world including the US where Andy's BUM books have made the New York Times bestseller lists. In 2011, the 13-Storey Treehouse marked the beginning of a fabulous new series from the duo. The 26-Storey Treehouse was a bestselling Australian children's title in 2012. The 39-Storey Treehouse debuted at national No. 1 in September 2013 and broke sales records. F PN DOROTHY BUTLER CHILDREN’S BOOKSHOP, 1 Jervois Road T: 09 376 7283 www.childrensbookshop.co.nz

Highlight of your teaching career? Seeing students excel and produce stunning original art works that they are proud of. Low point of your teaching career? The annual stress at portfolio deadline time, which is coming up! How would your principal describe you? I think he sees me as a young and motivated teacher driving the art department in an exciting new direction. How would other teachers describe you? Saint Paul’s College is a small school. The staff are very supportive and friendly, however we do enjoy a bit of banter at times. In a professional sense - hardworking. How would your students describe you? Firm but fair. If you could wave a magic wand in your classroom... I am currently the only art teacher. My ambition is to grow the department and have a colleague to work with and bounce ideas off. A new suite of Macs would be great, too. Five tips for mums and dads of high school students 1. It starts with you - be demanding, interested, available and committed to your kids’ education. 2. Understand NCEA. 3. Know when the significant deadlines are and help your kids reach them. 4. Provide a quiet relaxed space at home to study - away from distractions. 5. Attend parent teacher interviews.

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FUTURE GENERATION FREE SWIM LESSONS FOR A DESERVING CHILD

LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOL NETBALL TEAMS RECEIVE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME

Only 10 minutes from Ponsonby, the Mt Albert area has welcomed a brand new, fun and vibrant swim school into their community.

Bayfield Primary School recently enjoyed a netball coaching session from Silver Fern and Northern Mystics netball player, Anna Harrison, after winning a competition run by For Everyone Charitable Foundation (FECF).

Turtle Swim School runs lessons out of the Owairaka District Primary, and is offering one lucky child a free two-week swimming programme in January next year, valued at $110. The owner of Turtle Swim School, Helene Aitchison, says that only three out of 10 children under the age of 10 years currently know how to swim in New Zealand. “I want to make a real difference in our diverse community and want to give parents an affordable option so they can have peace of mind when their kids are around water,” says Aitchison. With 13 years’ experience, Aitchison takes a holistic approach to her lessons and swim teaching. The children are taught in a positive and friendly environment, using a range of songs, games and toys, and are encouraged and rewarded to ensure they grow confident in and around water. “I believe at first trust needs to be built between the instructor and the child. Once this is established then the child will feel relaxed, comfortable and ready to learn,” says Aitchison. Lessons range from two years old, up to school age children who are competent swimmers and need help with their technique. Turtle Swim School is looking forward to the start of another amazing New Zealand summer, out in the sun, teaching our little kiwis how to be safe around the water. To be eligible for the ‘Free 2 Week Swim Programme’ at Turtle Swim School, your child must have had no official swim training before. To enter, email turtleswimschool@ gmail.com with your name, child’s name and age, and tell us why your child deserves free swimming lessons this summer. F PN

Anna Harrison and fellow player Cat Latu have recently become ambassadors for the Foundation, which was founded by Richie McCaw, Dan Carter and Ali Williams and helps fund small projects in the community. Those who entered the competition were given the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime 90-minute coaching session with one of these two celebrated sportswomen and Bayfield Primary School, which has many keen netball teams, won the coaching session with Anna. One of the questions on the competition form was: “Describe one project that you and your team would like to do to help your community.” Bayfield Primary already partners with a low decile school, providing items for their breakfast club. However - after being inspired by For Everyone - this time, the netball team will go and spend time with students at Glen Innes school and interact through games, a netball play-off and a shared morning tea. In this way the girls can learn from each other with the potential to make this an annual event. The Bayfield players and parents also want to share the new netball knowledge and skills they learnt from their session with Anna Harrison. Bayfield year 6 manager Jen Ballantyne says the Bayfield kids wrote on the competition form that they “love the way the foundation provides the inspiration to help others, through cool sports people.” “The kids are thrilled to win the competition, as it gives them a rare opportunity for close contact and advice from one of their sporting heroes,” says Jen.

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Kate Ward-Smythe, Team Player at FECF says: “The competition provided a great opportunity for Kiwis to help their fellow Kiwis, by sharing their skills and passion for what they do best. It was also a great way for kids to learn more about what the foundation does and be inspired to take on projects in their own communities!”

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Funding for grants is generated through a percentage of sales from For Everyone water and the charity single, Song For Everyone, as well as sponsorships, donations and events. F PN

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FUTURE GENERATION WESTERN SPRINGS COLLEGE QUIZ NIGHT BRAINS BUSTER

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At the Richmond Road School polling booth in 2011, the National Party received 433 votes. Did Labour get more or less than that? (Answer below).

Businesses throughout Pt Chevalier, Westmere, Grey Lynn and Ponsonby again donated very generously to help raise funds at the annual Western Springs College quiz night. Organised and run by the Parents Action Group, the night combines a quiz and auction with raffles, and the enthusiastic audience of 200 parents and friends raised over $11,000 for the school. A huge thanks to gold sponsor The Locals, and to silver sponsors Orchard Gold Berries, Sue Tierney Mortgages, Anna Schimmel European Bridal Design, New Era, CG Hudson Consulting, Auckland University Science Faculty, The Specimen Tree Company, and Kokako. There were also very generously donated auction items from the Bridgeway Theatre, Kate Sylvester, Uno Design, Dear Reader, the Specimen Tree Company, Mechanix, Configure Express, Cathy Carter, Angela Scott Photographer and the Godden family. The many businesses who donated quiz round, raffle and other items on the night were: Westmere Pharmacy, Tart Bakery, Adventure Cycles, Gypsy Tea Room, Meola Kitchen, Yachtshare NZ, Fiesta Coffee Lounge, Bakers Delight, Video Ezy, Glengarry Wines Garnet Road, Allpress coffee, Karma Cola, Open2view, Presentz, Good Magazine, Briscoes, Harvest Wholefoods, the Westmere Butcher, Dish Magazine, Malt Bar, Dalstons, Waiheke Cruises, Price Wise, Hammer Hardware and Idealog Magazine. The quiz questions were once again put together by Metro editor Simon Wilson. Radio New Zealand’s Nick Bollinger provided the music round. MC Richard Smith maintained calm in the middle of the chaos, asking the questions, fielding challenges, dealing fairly but firmly with hecklers, and running a surprisingly competitive darts competition. And thanks to auctioneer Jeff Tubman from Harcourts. A special mention for the wonderful senior students who met participants, guided them to their tables, collected answers, sold raffles, and generally made sure the whole thing ticked along. Western Springs is blessed by such talented and supportive pupils. And the answer? Labour got fewer votes than National at Richmond Road School in 2011: Labour got 323 and National 427. (But Jacinda Ardern won the candidate vote, PN 600+ to 400+.) F

WHEN GROWING UP IS HARD Most Kiwi kids take running around and playing sports for granted. But for year 7 Grey Lynn resident Dayna Cornwell, there’s an ongoing trade-off between doing the activities she loves - dance, netball and running - and living with constant pain. For 18 months, Dayna has been suffering from two growth conditions - Sever’s disease in her heels and Osgood Schlatter disease in her knees. Common among active 10to 14-year-olds, both affect the soft growth plates. As the muscles fail to keep pace with the lengthening bones, the Achilles tendon and quadriceps pull painfully on the growth plates under the heel and knee, making them inflamed and tender. For most children, these conditions resolve themselves after a few months; but for some, the only effective treatment is to give up all physical activity until the growth plates harden. Unfortunately for Dayna, her issues have been long-lasting and severe, but she’s trying her best to manage the pain. “Each night, my dad massages my calves and quads,” she says. “I use heat and ice packs, tape my legs and stretch to help lengthen the muscles. I’ve also had to get permission to wear running shoes at school because our heavy school shoes are really bad for Sever’s. My teachers have been great, though, and my PE teacher lets me decide how much I can do during class. A lot of kids don’t understand why it’s such a big deal. They have no idea how painful it is. Some days, just walking around school makes me want to cry.” The previously active 11-year-old has had to give up runs with her dad and drop most of her dance classes in an effort to manage her pain. “It’s hard because all I want to do is dance and run, but it just hurts so much. My cousin Sophie is three years older than me and she has the same thing. We’re both really sporty and it’s usually people like that who get Sever’s and Osgood Schlatters. I can’t wait for the day when I finally stop growing and can get back to doing the things I love.” Dayna still does dance competitions as often as she can, doing solo and duo hip hop routines, as well as in a crew with students from her dance school, Northern Performing Arts. The stash of trophies and ribbons is growing. But for every routine and lesson, the pay-off is more pain. She recently bagged a lead role in NPA’s end-of-year performance of The Nutcracker. After the show is over, she intends to spend a couple of months doing absolutely nothing. Despite it all, Dayna is staying focused on her studies, achieving ‘excellence’ grades in subjects such as science, dance, speech, food technology and PE. She is also continuing to demonstrate the leadership skills she showed last year when she was house sports captain and won the Ponsonby Primary Lynne Symonds Award for Citizenship. Now at Diocesan School, she was captain of her netball team, and is earning praise from her tutor teacher, Mrs Gibb, for her leadership qualities. Mrs Gibb recently emailed Dayna to congratulate her on her enthusiasm, noting how ‘authentic’ and ‘incredibly caring and positive’ her class found her.

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“She also loved my fundraising idea where students buy a raffle ticket and win the PN chance to skip the cafeteria queue for a term,” says Dayna. F

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PUTTING THE ‘FUN’ INTO FUNDRAISING! Rebecca Russell at Mr Whippy enjoys working with local schools, sports clubs and charities to help support their fundraising efforts. School Events: “Mr Whippy is a great way to raise funds for your school or PTA.” Book Rebecca’s Mr Whippy van for your next school gala, picnic, disco, concert, quiz night or market day. Great for affordable class treats and rewards! Sports Clubs: Last month, Rebecca’s Mr Whippy van attended Richmond Rovers junior prize-giving. She supports Richmond Rovers and Ponsonby United junior rugby league clubs at home matches, tournaments and club fund-raising events at Grey Lynn and Victoria Parks. Charities: On Saturday 11 October her Mr Whippy van again will be at the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation Pink Star Walk in Auckland Domain. Rebecca also helped Mr Whippy New Zealand raise $7,500 for The Child Cancer Foundation as part of the Mr Whippy 50th birthday celebration this year. Rebecca can help you and your organisation to achieve your fundraising goals by donating a percentage of her turn-over at your event back to you! Call Rebecca or email to find out more. F PN MR WHIPPY AUCKLAND - Rebecca Russell, M: 021 954 563 rebecca@mrwhippy.co.nz www.localist.co.nz/l/mrwhippy

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FUTURE GENERATION ARE YOUR CHILDREN SAFE IN THE WATER? *Half of all 10-year-old children can’t swim 25 metres and a quarter can’t even keep afloat. This is a big problem for a country with more than 15,000 kilometres of coastline, not to mention thousands of swimming pools. Another problem is those children who think they can swim, but aren’t actually competent swimmers. Andrew Brown from Hilton Brown Swimming explains: “Some children, and their parents, think that being able to dog paddle from one end of the pool to the other is enough. But it isn’t, and it can mean that kids put themselves in dangerous situations. Becoming a competent swimmer takes time. It’s a complicated motor skill that isn’t learned in a couple of weeks.” At Hilton Brown Swimming, the focus is on teaching correct swimming technique, so that children feel confident in the water, can swim at least 200 metres without stopping and aren’t struggling for breath in the water. Then, if the child wants to progress from competent swimmer to competitive swimmer, Hilton Brown’s teachers can help them move into squad training. “Every New Zealand child should be a good swimmer. Our multi-level system has been carefully developed since my dad, Hilton Brown, started the school in 1973. We know it works, and from what children tell us, it’s great fun as well”, says Andrew. There’s a HILTON BROWN SWIMMING class near you. Call One Tree Hill T: 09 582 1111 or Newmarket T: 09 529 0177 to talk about your child’s needs. Summer, with all its swimming pools and beaches is just around the corner, so do it today. F PN *Statistics from www.watersafety.org.nz

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BILLY HARRIS: KIDS IN THE COMMUNITY

‘There’s gold in them thar mountains for Ponsonby kids’ Ponsonby Primary School usually features prominently at sports events around the city, but it’s at a hotly contested competition far from home that they’ve aquired a reputation as a team to fear. The Ponsonby “Blue” team has just come back from Mt Ruapehu with gold medals around their necks, having beaten 42 other schools, including near neighbours Westmere, Bayfield and Pt Chev, to take first place at the North Island Primary School Ski Championships.

Ponsonby could win the event. In those early days Ponsonby had just 10 skiers in the school, while now, to demonstrate the growth of the programme, they had 30 kids trial for the squad, with 20 - including some very speedy year 3s, which augers well for the future - training every Friday at Snowplanet.

Almost as impressive, and showing the extent of the depth of skiing talent in the school, was the result of the “White” team, who finished a highly meritorious seventh.

Another passionate parent, Andy Brokenshire, came on board soon after and also left his mark, becoming the school’s “most successful manager” in 2011, when Ponsonby did the impossible, taking first and second place at NIPS. The Brokenshire family also donated the trophy that the Ponsonby kids win so often, so they’ll be among those pleased to see the trophy return home after an absence of two years.

The school’s success continues a six year period of dominance, as since 2008, when they first won the event, they’ve finished on top in the primary school ski scene a remarkable four times. The championships, known as NIPS, are held every year toward the end of term three, and the competition just completed was the 25th edition. It’s also the biggest primary school sporting event in both Australia and New Zealand, with over 300 children converging on Mt Ruapehu from around the country. This all goes to make the outstanding performance of this year’s team, and the school’s enduring consistency, all the more admirable. Ponsonby sends two teams to the championships - the Blue and White teams - and it was the Blues, consisting of Toby Irvine (captain), Bella Browne, Sophie Mead, Patrick Hartley and Pierce Vesty, that took first place at Ruapehu. The White team, featuring Chloe Browne (captain), Xavier Box, Thomas Cranefield, Oliver Farag, Lachy Matla, Jack Harman, also kicked butt. Outstanding individual performances, among many outstanding performances, included: 3rd place Boys Overall - Toby Irvine 1st place Girls Ski Cross - Chloe Browne 3rd place Boys Ski Cross - Patrick Hartley 1/4 finalist Ski Cross - Jack Harman The Ponsonby success story started in 2006 - the year the school became one of the first Auckland schools to enter NIPS - thanks to the energy and passion of parent and avid skiier Tony Gavin. He believed in the event and in the positive benefits skiing can have on children and families. He also believed (justifiably as it turned out!) that

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As is usually the case in success stories, lurking not far beneath the surface is the back -up team. The school and the parents give great support to their ski team, and that includes getting some top coaching from the race coaches at Snowplanet, in particular Justin and Adrian, who do an outstanding job. One of the keenest supporters is principal Anne Malcolm. She’d have to be the only principal who travels to the event, stays at the lodge with the team, watches the children compete and, when the competition’s over, joins the kids for a ski-party that’s as much a part of the adventure as the attempt to win the trophy. The whole group hits the slopes, and the competition between kids and adults is as intense as the racing between the schools. Not surprisingly, the kids think skiing during a school week beats sitting in class hands down, as some of the following quotes attest. “Best week of the year!” “I love beating Mum down the mountain.” “A week off school and skiing all week. Yahoo!” “I loved the ski racing and can’t wait to go again next year!” The parents have a blast as well, judging from this quote: “It’s such a fun week. Yes, the ski racing is a part of it but so is skiing all day all over the mountain with your mates, snow fights, playing cards and of course doing lodge duties such as cleaning the toilets!” With fun like that, not only is Ponsonby Primary School certain to go again next year, judging by their incredible record there’s a fair chance they’ll come back with a piece of PN luggage they’ve grown rather attached to! (BILLY HARRIS) F PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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Finals day sees Auckland go One, One Auckland hockey’s trophy cabinet is bulging at the seams with both the mens and womens Ford National Hockey League titles now sitting proud in the club rooms. Sitting alongside the two titles is also the inaugural Ramesh Patel Shield for New Zealand’s best performing region across all three mens and womens Hockey New Zealand high performance tournaments (Under 18, Under 21, Ford NHL).

A goal from Marcus Child in just the third minute set the tone for Auckland and with key player Ryan Archibald ruled out through injury pre-game, replacement Veeran Morar quickly proved a worthy replacement with a stunning goal from the top of the circle to give Auckland a two-goal buffer at the break. Striker Jared Panchia slammed Midlands’ coffin shut tight in the third quarter with a magical effort by firstly dispossessing his opposite before flicking it over the keeper and into the roof of the goal. The goal earned Panchia top goal scorer for the tournament with seven field goals from nine games, while Midlands Australian import Tim Deavin took out top honours as most valuable player. “It was really helpful being able to go ahead on the score board early, with two goals in the first quarter we just had to hold on from there,” said Jared Panchia. “Four in a row is huge. A lot of the guys here have played two or three years now but we also have a lot of young guys coming through and that shows our depth. Hopefully we can keep going and win again next year.” In the womens final, veteran Krystal Forgesson, who recently retired from the Black Sticks, scored what proved to be the winning goal in just the sixth minute after pouncing on a loose ball to knock it in past goalkeeper Nicola Howes.

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What makes this year’s achievements even more exciting is that the mens 3-0 demolition of Midlands in the Challenge Shield final was for an unprecedented fourth successive time.

The Auckland women’s team winning the NHL Ford Trophy In the second half Northland responded and created several sustained periods of attack, with Stacey Michelsen playing a leading role despite being heavily marked. As time wound down the Aucklanders encountered plenty of pressure from their Northern Neighbours but held on to take home the league championship. Auckland captain and former Northland player Jan Rowsell was thrilled to come away with the title against a difficult opponent. “We always knew it was going to be a tough match. They came out today and showed they had intent to win, and certainly proved they deserved to be in the final,” she said. “Northland are a really tough team, they have been playing some great hockey and we had to keep fighting and fighting all game to come away with the result.” Northland’s Stacey Michelsen was awarded most valuable player for the tournament, while Canterbury Cats striker Sian Fremaux took out top goal scorer with seven goals PN from nine games. (GEORGE BERRY) F

BREAKERS WORTH BACKING IN 2014 After claiming three titles in a row between 2011 and 2013 the Breakers looked unstoppable, but as they say, what goes up must come down, and the Auckland basketball franchise would be the first to admit they hurtled back to earth with an almighty thump last year. But after making significant changes both on and off the court this season here are five reasons why I believe they’ll be back amongst the finalists again this year. 1. Cedric Jackson. If you’re a basketball fan in New Zealand the name Cedric Jackson will mean everything to you. Quite possibly the orchestrator of the last two titles, having Jackson is almost as good as having the prodigal son Kirk Penny back in amongst the Breakers bosom. Jackson has continued to chase his NBA dream but after missing out again last year and spending time playing in Europe he’s come back to what he now describes as home, back to the North Shore Events centre, where so many believe he belongs. The 2013 MVP has every chance of becoming that again. 2. Alex Pledger, at two meters 13 when Alex Pledger isn’t there it’s more than just big shoes to fill. In basketball it’s imperative to have a big man that can do the job, rebounding and creating pathways for others to slide into are just that much simpler when you have a ‘big’ the size and stature of Alex Pledger. Pledger spent most of the season out with injuries last year and while he’s not 100%, if he’s 90% or better that’s more useful than 120% of many others. If Alex Pledger can keep his body fit and injury free there’s not many in the league that can match it. 3. Last year’s horror season, after losing Cedric Jackson, the Breakers went on the recruitment drive and, unfortunately for them, what and who they came up with came up short. Kerron Johnson was recruited before being let go, with the club suggesting the changes to the style of game that’s now expected just didn’t suit Johnson. "With the changes to the way the league is being played and refereed, the club has decided we

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need to look for a different type of player in that role. This is no reflection on Kerron as a player or a person, he has shown nothing but complete dedication to the club in his first season in the professional game, it is simply a case of looking for a different type of player in that position next season," CEO Richard Clarke said at the time. But with an average of just 12.6 points and 4.3 assists per game one wonders why he wasn’t shown the door earlier in the season. 4. Corey Webster has been nicknamed the microwave because it doesn’t take long for him to heat up and I really think this will be his year to shine. After a few-run ins with both club and competition officials, issues with smoking marijuana - where he was released from the second year of his contract at the Breakers in 2012 - and just general growing up stupidity, the now 25-year-old looks to have grown up and is taking both his basketball and talent seriously. This year he lead the Wellington Saints to their eighth NBL title and was named the league’s MVP. Webster is without a doubt a talent and an asset, that’s why the Breakers have persisted with him for so long, and this year looks like the year to start repaying a bit of that faith. 5. They look sharp and they’ve already proved that pre-season match against Adelaide. Without any of their recently returned Tall Blacks, the Breakers went to Brisbane and played the sort of ball that saw them win the title three years in a row. Even 16-year-old school boy Tai Wynard proved he’s ready for some game time, scoring 12 points in the 15 minutes he got on the court. New import Tai Wesley has also shown some signs of slotting straight in and will take some heat off the likes of Alex Pledger. (GEORGE BERRY) F PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


Auckland’s Webster just keeps getting better Former Auckland Grammar student Sam Webster continues to dominate the world of men’s sprint cycling. Straight after a two week post-Commonwealth Games break, Webster was back on the bike and had already switched his focus to try to secure his place in the Rio bound Olympic squad. And on the opening night of the Avanti Bike Classic in Cambridge last month Webster, who won both the individual and team sprint gold medals in Glasgow, had to overcome an impressive performance from 20-year-old Australian prospect Jacob Schmid in the three-race final. Schmid, who won two world junior titles in Invercargill in 2012, snuck away to win the first final, while Webster controlled things from the front to even the score in the second. The decider then went down to the wire with Schmid leading out, only for Webster to edge him from behind in the final thrust for the line. “I knew where my legs were at and I knew I had a hard road ahead. I had to implement some different race plans but managed to come away with the win,” Webster said immediately after the win. “It means a lot to win a hard race when I am not at my peak. After the Commonwealth Games I now have a deeper belief that I can win big bike races, so to come away with a win in a tough battle was really pleasing. “I put everything out on the track to get that win. It was cool to come back as Commonwealth champion and I was glad I could put my best foot forward today.” Nineteen year old Patrick Constable from Australia edged Simon van Velthooven in two photo-finishes for third place. Earlier Webster held off compatriot van Velthooven 2-0 in two closely fought semifinals that required the photo-finish to decide, while Schmid PN prevailed over Constable in two straight rides. (GEORGE BERRY) F

COFFEE APPRECIATION MONTH Q&A WITH YVES ANDRE DOMBROWSKY, INNOVACTION, MASTER PERFUMER When did you first start drinking coffee? In my early 20s when I was in New Caledonia. The coffees there are very aromatic and artisan made; delicious! Do you have any quirky coffee drinking rituals? I usually drink my coffee prepared either via a very traditional steaming system (it looks more like a piece of glass laboratory equipment). It works by water steaming up to be in contact with finely crushed coffee beans in the upper glass container and it then drips back into the lower glass container by gravity. It takes a bit of time but gives off such an aroma. I sometimes add entire flowers or herbs in the upper chamber to make a different aromatic coffee. With frangipani flowers it gives a real hit of the flower smell into the coffee, very exotic! At other times I use the Bali coffee technique, where the coffee is ground very very fine so it can be added to the cup with water. The ground coffee does settle at the bottom of the cup fairly fast, leaving a very aromatic liquid and a strong taste. How do you enjoy your coffee? I love my coffee raw, as natural as possible and don’t mind having some pieces of the ground coffee beans in my cup. How far does your appreciation for coffee extend? I pushed my passion for coffees and Indonesian coffees as far as creating an artistic map of available Indonesian coffee styles. I asked a friend, who is an artist in Bali, to paint the Indonesian map on a canvases with mini canvas added that depict the coffee regions of Indonesia. Most of these coffees are in my closet and I constantly change from one to another, Gayo Aceh, Luwak Sumatrato, Kintamanu Bali, Toraja Sulawesi, or Papoua. I usually inspire my mood by looking at the painted map and choose the roasted bean I’m going to use. Pretty passionate right? Aromas as part of olfaction, taste and smell is my life for sure. The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

As part of De’Longhi Coffee Appreciation Yves will be hosting an ‘exploring the senses’ masterclass on October 9, 6pm - 7.30pm. Join us for a sensory experience led by master perfumer Yves Andre Dombrowsky to discover the power of fragrance. Yves is the go-to in New Zealand for all things fragrance and De’Longhi is offering you the chance to discover and create your very own personal scent. To purchase a ticket for this masterclass, visit iTicket. For more information, visit www.delonghi.co.nz

JAMES MILLAR, ORLEANS/RACKET BARTENDER When did you first start drinking coffee? I started drinking coffee around about the same time I started bartending and studying. Late nights and early mornings, coffee was the answer really! Do you have any quirky coffee drinking rituals? Not really, I am not very fussy. I guess the fact that I only ask my barista for a black or white coffee is a bit out of the ordinary given some of the more ludicrous orders Kiwis have been known to ask for! How do you enjoy your coffee? Espresso. How far does your appreciation for coffee extend? I recently have been introduced to single origin coffee. Being a bartender, terrior is a word that gets used a lot in our industry, so seeing how different origins affect the finished product is something that really intrigues me. It's also just a really unique ingredient to use in cocktails. Difficult but very rewarding! As part of De’Longhi Coffee Appreciation Month, James will be hosting a ‘Coffee Inspired Cocktails’ masterclass on 22 October from 6pm-7pm. Learn the tricks of the bar trade with the master himself whilst putting his three cocktail creations to the taste test. For more information on this masterclass, visit www.delonghi.co.nz F PN DEADLINE - 20TH OF THE MONTH

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FUTURE GENERATION PONSONBY INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS SHINE AT NIWA SCIENCE AWARDS Six Ponsonby Intermediate School students have cleaned up at the 2014 NIWA Science Fair. One of them, Aden Borlase-Mills, won a rare Gold Award for his Green House Top exhibit, Atmosphere and Water Section. Ponsonby News interviewed their teacher, Margaret Marsick about the successes. We asked her if Ponsonby Intermediate’s school organisation, which uses specialist teachers for all subjects, was helpful. She thought it was.

Margaret Marsick, Ponsonby Intermediate teacher

In most Intermediates teachers teach all subjects to a form class. They may go to a specialist physical education teacher or a music specialist, but all other subjects are taught by one teacher, just like primary schools.

Specialisation gives Ponsonby Intermediate an edge, says Margaret Marsick. She believes science is sometimes not well taught in primary years 1-6, and needs special attention by year 7. Margaret takes The Living World and Planet Earth and Beyond modules, while the other science teacher at Ponsonby does physics and chemistry. They work in well together. Marsick is a bubbly enthusiast, very proud of her students and bursting with pride at their Science Fair success. As we talked about the Science Fair it took me back 10 years or so, to the success of my son Finn, also a Ponsonby Intermediate student. After a gold award success at NIWA he was awarded a Sir Peter Blake Ambassadorship at a United Nations Children’s Environmental Conference in Japan - a tribute to Ponsonby Intermediate’s encouragement of his science interest. Finn now has a BSc (Hons) from Auckland University, something Margaret is confident is well within the reach of all this year’s successful students. The winners were: Aden Borlase-Mills - Gold award for his exhibit of a green house, self sufficient in energy, solar, sanitation, recycling, and completely engineered ready to build. His project was called ‘weather permitting’. Oliver Bishop - first in technology and a special prize, the Silver Sponsors Award. Oliver invented an ear tag for cows which beeps as they walk past water troughs or other designated objects, so farmers can check their safety in the paddock from a computer. He called it Moogle. Oscar Poll got second in technology and a special prize, the Silver Sponsors Award. Oscar made a DIY Speaker system, both cheaper and more effective than bought ones, for just $40. Jamie Norris - special prize - a Silver Sponsors Award - Dean of Science Creativity Award. Jamie produced an innovative project, measuring gut flora to see how long it took to dissolve various food and drinks. William Price - second in Living World. A bronze sponsors award and the Clare Butcher award for natural history. William’s project was called the Varroa Vanquisher, and with the help of 400 bee keepers around the region, William tested an organic product, Thymol, which he rubbed on bees, who rubbed it off and it then killed mites, the cause of varroa. He was narrowly beaten for first prize by a project on kauri dieback. Fraser McDowell - This was a statistical project and won a special prize from the Statistical Association of New Zealand. It investigated text talk (T3xt 2 T4LK), among different age groups. Statistics is an important tool in all scientific research. Congratulations to all the winners. Ponsonby Intermediate punched well above its weight, and Margaret Marsick, the students and the school should be proud of these results PN from a talented group of students. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F

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The NIWA winners photo line up - back row: Aden Borlase-Mills, William Price. Front Row: Jamie Norris, Fraser McDowell, Oscar Poll and Oliver Bishop. PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


FUTURE GENERATION MAKE A BUCKETLOAD OF DIFFERENCE FOR SPCA AUCKLAND A few hours of your time could make a bucketload of difference to animals throughout Auckland. On 7, 8 and 9 November is the return of SPCA Auckland's biggest fundraising event and they need YOUR help! The Annual Street Appeal is a great way to have fun with your friends and family while supporting a wonderful cause. This year the SPCA is hoping to get 2000 bucket rattlers out onto the streets of Auckland to raise $200,000 to help care for Auckland’s unwanted and abused animals. It's easy to register and you can volunteer for as little as two hours or as much as three days in an area that is convenient for you. They would love to have you rattling a bucket inside a mall, outside a grocery store, or on a busy street corner. So signup now, you really would be making a bucketload PN of difference. F To register, please visit www.spca.org.nz or call SPCA on T: 09 256 7312.

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Lisa-Maree Wallen, Boston and Betty Lisa-Maree Wallen has been an executive licensee salesperson for Ray White Ponsonby for 14 years. She’s a horse rider, health nut, foodie and Westmere resident - not to mention a partner to Glenn Hogg, pug lover and mum to Boston and Betty. Purebred black pugs, Boston is six years old and Betty is 10 months, both having birthdays in December. Lisa-Maree had each since they were a “so totally adorable” eight weeks old. She says that she has always loved pugs - that they are really affectionate, so funny and that they have a lovely nature. Lisa-Maree says, “We found Boston's name while searching the credits of a movie, and we really wanted a retro name for our little girl that complimented Boston. Betty it was.” The trio’s favourite thing to do together is - everything! “Beautiful walks, catch ups with friends, cafes for coffee, farmers markets, work - you name it. Boston also has acupuncture every six weeks for his back which he gets so much benefit from and absolutely loves,” says Lisa-Maree. The dogs have many friends as they are both very social, and Lisa-Maree says they meet the loveliest people as a result. Kenzie, Monkey, Charlie, Cooper are a few of their canine friends, in addition to the pair’s Facebook friends. Both Boston and Betty flourish on the 'Raw Food' diet and absolutely love Lyn and the team at Raw Essentials - their favourite shop. F PN

THE TRUE AND ONLY SLIGHTLY EXAGGERATED TALES OF CHESTER PONSONBY Episode One Have adopted Chester, an SPCA rescue teenage cat, who thinks home is just a place to eat and sleep, when there is nothing better on offer, or when he can’t be bothered gadding. Initially made to stay inside, progressed to walking on a lead, then off lead, but this had to include a lie down or two in the middle of Vermont Street, then some tree hugging and climbing. Today spent practising circus leaps up onto neighbour’s roof. Hours spent watching goldfish pond, but so far they’re safe. Found a heap of feathers in the garden - obviously one of next door’s cats. Took off for a week: some kind hearted person found cat with injured paw and took him to Vet Care, Great North Road, Grey Lynn - micro-chipping is useful. A month indoors - kitty litter duties anyone? Ponsonby Vet Centre recommended cat insurance. Collar purchased; collar vanished. New, stronger collar purchased, with phone number engraved by Animates on metal tag. More trips away. A building site in John Street proved worthy of inspection - the ‘Danger, Construction’ notice conveniently ignored. After 24 hours on the loose, found a family with lovely children to entertain all evening, in Selbourne Street, Grey Lynn. After dark, a few days later, headed for Herne Bay (real estate preference?). Three teenagers on the corner of Jervois and Albany Road kindly held him till his car came. Is Chester showing literary discernment by crossing Ponsonby Road to hang out happily at the Classic Book Shop? Obviously has some sartorial taste - enjoys visiting Fifth Avenue Menswear in Ponsonby Road. Off for two days before being taken by a thoughtful person to the Herne Bay Vet Clinic, Jervois Road, opposite her workplace. He has now done the trifecta of local vets. Concerned caller from Dizengoff café said she’d seen him heading towards Meekong Baby (better food than home?). No sign of him, but that evening he visited Victoria Park New World supermarket (despite there being plenty of biscuits here) and walked home again. It’s wet and cold, but I suspect it’s exhaustion that keeps him at home for a while. St Paul’s School Brothers in Richmond Road showed Christian charity, allowing me into their domestic quarters to collect him. After publicity perhaps? He crossed Ponsonby Road to sit outside George FM Radio’s doorstep until they opened. They talked about him on air, and interviewed me: his mission accomplished. After some cat yoga in the sun today, checked out the Vermont Street Community exchange book library box and meandered across and up the park, to the Richmond Road School. Found some children there to play with. Chester should keep to visiting his favourite haunts like Cook the Books, in Richmond Road (a foodie in the making?) or Amcal in Ponsonby Road. Instead, he dallies with death: he was seen attempting to cross Shelley Beach Road Harbour Bridge motorway exit. Thank you kind strangers who got together to head him off to the Point Erin Bath’s car park before phoning me. He did not learn from this adventure and continues to PN explore the Greater Ponsonby basin. (PAM TARULEVICZ) F

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PONSONBY PEOPLE + THEIR PETS ASK ALEX

LONELY MIAOW MAKE POSITIVE IMPACT ON ABANDONED FELINES The Lonely Miaow Association was incorporated in 1995. Peter Dormon started Lonely Miaow’s journey when, in the 90s he found abandoned cat ‘Tiger’ and gave him a forever home.

I have a tricky case up here in Thailand. I’d appreciate your help, Honey is a beautiful small crossbred Thai Special, she was hit by a car, brought to my shelter to care for and had surgery by Thai vets for a broken femur and hip six weeks ago. Attached are Honey’s medical records from the vet that did her original pin, plate and wiring operation.

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Now I’m thinking about amputating her leg. The clinic want to keep trying to save the leg, but poor little Honey is so uncomfortable with this lump of metal in her leg. She’s constantly restless, removing herself outside and rolling around from side to side. She’s trying to get comfortable and licking the bandages and driving herself crazy. Your advice is much needed, Sherin, Phuket.

An accountant with the University of Auckland, word got out that Peter was rescuing stray and abandoned cats and kittens throughout Auckland. The rest is history. To date, there have been hundreds of volunteers involved with The Lonely Miaow Association, who are all passionate and positive about cats and kittens. Currently, they have a backlog of hundreds of cats who need help in Auckland, from Albany to Howick, Papatoetoe to Green Bay; and this is just the tip of the iceberg!

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

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Pamela

To survive Lonely Miaow relies on generous discounts from vets, grants from trusts and lotteries and donations from the public. They are a volunteer-based organisation with minimal overheads, so whatever donations they receive are directed straight to the cats and kittens. They all believe that by giving their time, they can make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of stray and abandoned felines. Every day, they receive calls about injured, starving and lonely felines. On a yearly basis they rescue close to 600 cats with numbers growing each year. They are always looking for volunteers to help in all areas, including in cat rescue, fostering, fundraising and raising awareness of the plights of the stray cats and kittens in the community. F PN

When you see that many screws, plates, pins and wires in multiple fracture sites in an animal you know that the vets have tried very hard and spent ages working on saving those legs. With orthopaedic hardware it’s always a fine line between getting a sufficiently strong repair while not disrupting the blood vessels, nerves and other tissues trying to heal at the two broken ends of bone. Unfortunately in Honey’s situation with the cerclage wire and screws encroaching on the fracture site it wasn’t a good start. Viewing the ‘one month later’ x-rays the only course of action to be discussed is amputation, the plate beginning to bend and the repair having failed at this point. In this case that is why she is becoming so uncomfortable, it’s not from potential infection, or bandage trauma, it’s from the increasing movement at the fracture site. In the conditions you have there and knowing how well small, light three-legged dogs do, amputation should always be considered pretty hard right from the start. Two weeks from now Honey will be running around happily. Keep up the amazing work you are doing PN to help up there. (DR ALEX MELROSE, BVSC, MRCVS) F VETCARE GREY LYNN, 408 Great North Road T: 09 361 3500 www.vetcare.net.nz F PN

If this sounds like you, please visit www.lonelymiaow.co.nz to sign up!

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LOOK... WHO IS IN THE ZOO!

AFRICAN ADVENTURE FOR LOCALS Aucklanders can go on a safari to meet some of Africa’s most spectacular wildlife and enjoy an authentic African dinner by getting along to ‘Africa Night’ at Auckland Zoo on Sunday 26 October. The 4.30pm-9.30pm event is a fundraiser for Auckland Zoo and the Zoological Society of Auckland. Funds raised will go to support local and overseas conservation projects and provide grants to further conservation work or studies.

Since 1998, habitat loss and poaching has seen giraffe populations plummet from 140,000 to just 80,000.

The zoo is home to a great variety of African animals including lion, cheetah, hippo, rhino, giraffe, zebra, flamingo, and more! Your guided safari, inclusive of zoo-keeping staff, is a fabulous opportunity to see and learn more about these wonderful creatures, and enjoy the zoo after it closes to the public.

“I’d really encourage locals to get along and support this evening, which the zoo joins the ZSA in hosting. It’s unique, and one of the most fun, fascinating and value-for-money nights out you can have in Auckland, and all for a great cause,” says Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund programmes coordinator, Peter Fraser.

Fun workshop for young photographers Auckland Zoo is offering a fun and educational workshop for budding young photographers aged 10 - 14 years during the October school holidays. If you know of or have kids that love taking photos of animals, nature or people, but aren’t sure how to use creative scene modes or how to compose photos, then this is the workshop for them! This workshop is run by a zoo photography tutor as well as an experienced zoo guide who can share all the coolest stories about the animals and take the kids to meet one of our special animals up close. With so many great photographic opportunities and challenges at the zoo, participants will have plenty of pictures and new skills to take home. Young photography workshop dates Every day during the October school holidays (27 September - 12 October) from 9.30am - 2.30pm and Saturday 8 November, 9.30am - 2.30pm.

Along with the guided safari and dinner, Africa Night will also include an auction and a talk by the Zoo’s carnivore team leader Lauren Booth.

Participants: Maximum of 10 per workshop (for ages 10-14 years).

“Lauren will share her experiences of her time working at the conservation project, Cheetah Outreach in South Africa, and Cheetah Outreach’s highly successful Anatolian shepherd livestock guard dog programme.

Requirements: A digital camera (any digital camera, but we recommend bringing one with creative/scene modes), a fully charged battery, your camera manual, a charger and any other accessories you might have (optional). Please also wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

“This innovative programme is seeing Anatolian shepherd dogs being trained and placed on farms to protect farmers’ livestock, which in turn is preventing cheetah from being shot and killed by farmers,” says Peter.

Workshop fee: $95 per person. Book more than one child and save 10%. Enquiries and bookings: T 09 360 4700 or email experiences@aucklandzoo.co.nz

Did you know? • Hippopotamus is Greek for ‘river horse’. • Hippos spend up to 16 hours a day submerged in rivers and lakes to keep their massive bodies cool under the hot African sun. • Like us humans, giraffe have the same number of cervical vertebrae - seven; but each vertebrae is about 10 inches (25.4cm) long! Event details Africa Night at Auckland Zoo. Sunday 26 October 2014, 4:30pm to 9:30pm. Cost: $125 per person (includes guided safari, dinner, and guest speaker). To Book: Phone Auckland Zoo info centre on 360 3805. www.aucklandzoo.co.nz

Auckland Zoo is home to the only hippos in New Zealand - Faith and her son Fudge.

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HEIDI PADAIN: ENTERTAINMENT IN YOUR GARDEN What started out as a simple idea eventually morphed into a fully-fledged circus. We had been putting fruit out for the birds for quite a while, and mostly the takers were blackbirds, and the song thrush. Then the silvereye or wax-eye (zosterops lateralis) came along. Often they would arrive in quite large numbers a couple of times a day. Despite their community flight arrangement they are very competitive when it comes to food, and whilst it is rather amusing to watch them dive bomb one another in order to get their share, we soon realised that it would be fairer to have several food stations set up to eliminate the risk of casualties. When we started out engaging with these little birds we had no idea just how incredibly acrobatic and intelligent they were. Each time we found a new position to place a piece of fruit they would take up the challenge. It became a meeting of minds, both theirs and ours respectively. My husband Martin would dash into his workshop and come out with yet another mobile hanging device, or similar. Each time we would ask ourselves “Would they actually dare land on this?� I can honestly tell you that there were times when Martin and I would sit on our deck with tears of laughter streaming down our cheeks. The maori name for this little bird is, tauhou, which means stranger. They are certainly no longer strangers to us. Over a period of three weeks they had become so comfortable with us that we were able to feed them by hand. Engaging with these little birds is truly delightful. However, I do advise caution around where you put the fruit. Be mindful of any cats that may enter the environment and, so as not to encourage other potential predators, it is best you do not leave the fruit out overnight. To see some of my other photographic work, go to www.flickr.com and type Heidi PN Padain into the search box. (HEIDI PADAIN) F

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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. My teenage son, at the moment, lives at home with my husband and I while he attends university. He spends much of the day on the internet and has told me on numerous occasions that he downloads music and films illegally. It concerns me that he is using our internet for this and a friend of mine told me recently that as the account holders we could be liable if his behaviour is detected and he is prosecuted. What is the law relating to downloading on the internet?

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Thank you for your question. Downloading and uploading of copyright material is something very common in today’s Internet age and therefore it is important that you are aware of the legal implications of your son’s actions.

The relevant legislation is called the Copyright (Infringement File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011 and it came into force in September 2011. This was at a time when there was a growing concern regarding what is known as ‘file sharing’ and also a substantial amount of pressure put on the government from the big business copyright holders. Film and music industry profits were at an all-time low at the time. The legislation provides for a system whereby the Internet account holder, you in this situation, is sent warning notices when illegal downloading and uploading of copyright material has been detected on your account. It is a three-strike system and after your third notice, the copyright owner can apply to the Copyright Tribunal for an order against you for substantial fines and even the suspension of your Internet. The legislation has proved very controversial, primarily due to the fact that the account holder is deemed responsible regardless of who in fact downloaded the infringing material. This means that flatmates, parents or an employer could be liable. Since the law’s inception there have only been around 17 decisions of the Copyright Tribunal, regarding the legislation. All of the decisions have been related to the uploading of music (infringing material ranging from Rihanna to Elton John). All decisions found the account holder liable, with the average fine being around $500. With the three-strike system there is an ability to contest every notice. The legislation is educational, not purely punitive and therefore there are ample opportunities for the offender to cease the infringing behaviour. After all it is a dilemma when the illegal downloading is so easily enabled by today’s technology. However, after the third strike, the copyright holder can apply to the Tribunal for a penalty of up to $15,000. There is also the ability to have the account holder’s Internet suspended for up to six months, but this penalty has never been applied in New Zealand. The first strike is called a detection notice, the second a warning notice and the final is an enforcement notice. All notices are sent by the account holder’s Internet Service Provider who has been notified by the copyright holder of the breach of copyright. There are several time periods in relation to the notices set out in the law. Convey this information to your son and let him know the consequences for you if his PN downloading was detected. (MICHAEL HEMPHILL) F 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.

METROLAW, Level 2, 36 Williamson Avenue T: 09 929 0800 www.metrolaw.co.nz

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PONSONBY PROFESSIONALS: LOGAN GRANGER

IRD payment options are changing! If you are in business, self-employed or you are in an occupation that requires you to make payments to the IRD for various tax types such as Income Tax, GST, PAYE, etc, then there are changes happening next month that you need to be aware of. Changes to Westpac services Westpac will continue to accept your cash or Eftpos payments over the counter. However, after 1 October 2014, IRD will no longer accept any cheque payments, returns or documents (these will need to be either filed online or posted to Inland Revenue). Cheques must be received on time From 1 October 2014, cheque payments posted to the IRD must be received on or before the due date to avoid late payment penalties and interest. There’s never been a better time to go online. If you haven’t been making online payments when filing your returns, we recommend you give it some thought. Last year over 70% of the payments IRD received were made online. IRD online channels are secure, easy to use, and available 24/7. You can pay online by: • Your bank’s tax payment service (if it has one). • Online banking. • Credit or debit card through IRD website. • You can make your payments right up to the due date and your payment will show up on your bank statement straight away (depending on the bank’s transfer times). Go to www.ird.govt.nz/makepayment/makepaymentindex.html to find out all about IRD’s payment options. You can file your GST and employer returns online through your myIR Secure Online Services account. Ceasing to operate a business If you’re selling or closing all or part of your business, you’ll need to consider business tax obligations such as GST, employer-related taxes, income tax and depreciation recovery. When you cease or sell a business, or dispose of business assets, you must make an adjustment in your end-of-year tax return to account for the gain or loss. If you stop

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all taxable activities or if your annual turnover drops below $60,000, you may need to cancel your GST registration. However, if you’ve built GST into your sale prices then you can’t cease your GST registration even if your turnover drops below $60,000. Starting process of company wind up Companies can wind up either by appointing a liquidator or using the short form of wind up under S 318(2) of the Companies Act 1993. IRD has published a draft public ruling PUB0208. This explains what is acceptable to IRD as constituting the commencement of wind up. The recommended approach is a special resolution of shareholders (75% majority), which should state it is a resolution to: • Cease business. • Pay all creditors. • Distribute surplus assets. Then request removal from the registrar of companies. However, the department goes on to say, “Other steps may be taken that could also be the first step that is legally necessary to achieve liquidation.” It warns that the company taking a less formal approach may be asked to produce evidence that the first step to winding up has occurred. (LOGAN GRANGER) F PN If you would like to seek further information on any of the issues above or would like general support with your business services, we can provide you with tax tips and guidance here at Johnston Associates. Disclaimer - While all care has been taken, 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

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KIMBERLY SUMNER: HAPPINESS BUSINESS

Key first steps to getting more ideal clients We’d all like more time, but what’s particularly frustrating is when we spend 80% of our time on those 20% high maintenance clients who don’t pay, create a lot of extra work or sap our energy. Leaving no room to actually grow our business. Trouble is, if we’re not clear on who our ideal clients are, it’s easy to get distracted serving the wrong ones, despite our intentions for consistent growth. But you can’t meet everyone’s needs, and try as you might, serving high maintenance clients significantly impacts the energy you can bring to the rest of your business. Equally you can’t craft a marketing message that appeals to all, and if you try doing that you’ll end up painting yourself with such a broad brush that nobody notices you. So you need to focus your energy, and this provides two additional benefits. Firstly it allows you become an expert in your field, which clients are more willing to pay for. It also means your heart is fully engaged - for the simple fact a key criterion of ideal clients is you share a similar set of values. In other words, you like them. That might sound strange, but if you don’t gel, you’re never going to provide the type of value that’ll make them want to shout about your services from the rooftops to all their friends. And that’s what will help accelerate your growth. Remember, a happy you serving ideal clients attracts even more of these clients, and makes you want to leap out of bed in the morning. And because your heart is behind you, creating success becomes an easy proposition for much less effort. Whereas when you don’t, your heart isn’t engaged for the success you think you want, and you start doubting yourself because you’re not providing a value match.

Yet with the very best of intentions there are a number of reasons we don’t stick to our qualification criteria. One of which is there are going to be times when we stretch ourselves to make ends meet - making anyone with a wallet and a pulse a prospect. Meaning you must take a phased approach in the degree to which you qualify clients, gradually developing your skills, offering and marketing a message around your ideal one. And then set that as a ‘work toward’, qualifying harder the more successful you become. To uncover yours, pay attention to the type of people you’ve enjoyed working with most, noticing which factors were common. Typical factors are you get a buzz working together, you add significant value to them (making you a good match) and they recognize this value. For your time and energy are your most precious gifts. To get the buzz feeding your success and happiness you must use them wisely. A key component is being clear on who your ideal client is, with the end result a consistent pipeline of the right sort of clients knocking at your door. And seeing as you’ll be wanting this, wouldn’t you like to get an early heads-up on where you might be working extra hard on the wrong sort of clients for you? One ninja trick is noticing your responses to those time-wasting clients delivering little value. Reason being, our immediate reactions often fast track us to what we need to change in ourselves. If you’d like to know more, check out my website and video blog. PN (KIMBERLY SUMNER) F Kimberly Sumner, The Happiness Business Coach, helps women building businesses create success, abundance and happiness. M: 021 369 950 kimberlysumner@happinessblindspot.com www.happinessblindspot.com

SMART MONEY # 9 20 years on and planning for your future… Ponsonby News is celebrating its 25th year I hear you say? And congratulations to Martin and the team for a great achievement but this year also marks 20 years of the Rutherford Rede partnership in and around Ponsonby, Freemans Bay and Herne Bay; and we are proud of it! As we reflect on the past 20 years in business and plan for the next 20 years we ask the question of you: have you stolen a free moment lately to reflect on where you have come from and, importantly, where you and your family want to go to? Life plays out so fast these days and as we move through time it is all too easy to let it slip by, but planning your financial future is paramount, even more so than 20 years ago! As Financial Advisers we view a plan in life stages; while no two cases are alike, in general each of us will move through a stage of amassing debt which then gives rise to the need to reduce debt; the reduction of debt allows for accumulation towards retirement and then retirement itself. Remember, retirement should be a reward for all your hard work and we recommend a few simple steps to help you achieve that reward: 1. Start by sitting down to discuss with all involved, it is their future too. 2. Write it down! There is power in being able to read and review it again and again. 3. Set measurable goals, use different timeframes of say 1, 3, 5, 10 and 20 years.

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4. Don’t make everything too hard; achieving small goals will build your momentum for the big goals. 5. Tick your achievements or milestones off. 6. Revisit your plan every year. You may be a 30-something building your career and family, in your 40s and in the debt reduction phase of life or 50-plus and starting to seriously accumulate you retirement nest egg. Whatever stage you are at in your life we are certain of one thing - sitting down and planning for your future will make achieving that future much, much more likely. If you want to sit down with any of our financial advisers to plan for your next stage please get in touch. Rutherford Rede (AKLD) Limited, www.rutherfordrede.co.nz Phone 09 361 3670 Jocelyn jweatherall@rutherfordrede.co.nz Phil pashton@rutherfordrede.co.nz or Richard rknight@rutherfordrede.co.nz Opinions are of a general nature and are not to be considered financial advice, specific advice is recommended to be sought before action is taken. Disclosure Statement(s) relating to our advisers are available on request and free of charge.

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS

HIGH TECH - HIGH SPEC LIFESTYLE Wherever you are in this dynamic residence, you can be entertained with automated home entertainment and communication systems, plus there is a home theatre option for your enjoyment. Entertaining is key with several dedicated patios plus the extensive decking incorporating the heated pool and spa. There are two gas fires, one inside the spacious lounge for chilly winter nights and the other located on a private courtyard for balmy evening entertaining. The fabulous floating staircase takes you to the master retreat comprising an office or nursery, large walk-through wardrobe, spacious en-suite bathroom with double rain -head showers. All three double bedrooms on the main level enjoy beautiful bush, paddock and water views plus the advantage of large slider door access to a deck for relaxation. A separate staircase takes you up to a guest suite, with the lounge also being used for your home theatre. The bedroom of this suite enjoys the stunning sunrises over the harbour.

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Triple garaging from the sweeping driveway ensures your toys and cars are kept safely under cover. Now it is your chance to own this stunning resort-style property boasting panoramic views with a relaxing rural backdrop including your own paddock. This property has been successfully used to entertain visiting business colleagues and wonderful, massive family gatherings. Surprisingly, all this is just a ten minute commute from Titirangi village and under forty minutes, off-peak, to central city. F PN Auction: 12.00pm, Wednesday 29 October 2014 (unless sold prior) 4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue. Jeannette Young-Smith, M: 027 582 6640 jeannette.youngsmith@bayleys.co.nz Victoria Turner, M: 027 224 4892 victoria.turner@bayleys.co.nz www.bayleys.co.nz/1600055

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MY FAVOURITE ROOM

Dion Nash - Triumph & Disaster Dion Nash lives in Herne Bay, “married with three kids, a cat and a dog”. He founded Triumph & Disaster skincare and currently works as General Manager of the business. “I like to read and play the guitar (badly),” he says. Dion and his wife lived in Freemans Bay in around 2001, renting a flat there, later moving to Grey Lynn where they bought a house. “But then the kids and pets started coming, so around 2007 we moved to Herne Bay and it sort of feels like home now.” Dion’s favourite room in his house is the music room, which he uses for playing and listening to music as well as general hanging out: “It’s sort of the break out room when everyone is driving you mad,” he says.

It’s his favourite room because while it is the darkest room in the house, it has a nice diffused light in summer - a quiet room that you can escape to and spend some time alone. Dion tells that the music room also comes to life when you get a few people playing instruments in there, “but even then it’s not really a talking room, it’s a hanging and doing things kind of room.” “My favourite things in the room are my guitar and my amp, but also the time we have as a family in there trying to make swamp music.” F PN TRIUMPH & DISASTER, www.triumphanddisaster.com

INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER APARTMENTS WITH AN EDGE Forty Three Brown Street has only 14 apartments available, all architecturally designed, drawn, detailed and overseen, they are truly boutique. Honed and sealed white aggregate natural concrete walls, sealed warm-toned acoustically separated concrete floors, bespoke natural timber detailing, then carefully chosen artworks, designer standing lamps and beautiful rugs - what more would any Ponsonby resident want in their urban dwelling? Industrial Designer Apartments: architecture at its most Intelligent, ‘designer/ industrial’ feel at heart, exposed/expressed materials and structure, passive solar, sustainable/efficient. Concrete has an inherent capacity to absorb and store thermal energy. Temperature fluctuations are reduced and a more comfortable home is the result. The concrete building used 15.5% less energy than the identical timber one for similar comfort conditions. In winter, capturing the free energy of the sun is relatively simple with a concrete home; making it comfortable more efficiently. Carpet will insulate the concrete floor slab, which reduces its ability to absorb solar energy. Likewise plasterboard lining on concrete walls will reduce solar gain. In summer, energy from direct sun and/or warm circulating air is absorbed by the cooler concrete mass thus reducing the air temperature within the home.

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COTTAGE ADDITION – GREEN MODERN, CLAIRE MCCALL There are times when, in the pursuit of excellence, a hands-off approach is the right path. It would have been easy for architect Tim Dorrington of boutique designand-build company Box to advocate demolishing the pretty cottage on the front of this Grey Lynn site in Auckland. It would have been easier still to build a spacious, sparkling new residence on the roomy ground thus created. But it wouldn’t have been ethical or environmentally responsible. Box’s modernist oeuvre is not a natural partner with the Victorian aesthetic, but in this instance combining the traditional and the contemporary proved to be a future-perfect match. “The front house was a very proper little workingman’s cottage, but it was not heritageprotected,” says Dorrington. Nevertheless it had symmetry and charm, and the owners were keen to retain the history wrapped up in its weatherboards. Dorrington agreed. He devised a plan whereby the cottage would still present its fitting façade to the street while, in the backyard, a 67m² extension would allow the family more room to breathe. “Building becomes inefficient when you start to move existing walls and alter ceiling and floor heights,” Dorrington says. By treating the project as essentially two separate structures, then linking them with an access, the design integrity of each could be maintained.

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The result is a home that embraces the sustainable principles of retaining the old, and rejoices in the contrast of its architectural elements; you read good things in equal measure in both. In one part, texture, decoration and cosiness are the stars of the show. The other is a tall, light-filled space where the main decoration is the leafy view of the neighbour’s oak tree. Claire McCall has written about architecture and home design, globally, for more than 15 years. Born in South Africa, and domiciled in New Zealand since 1993, she has edited a number of New Zealand magazines, including HOME and Your Home & Garden. McCall lives in what she calls an ‘urban bach’ - Western Springs Road - and is striving to transform its compact garden into a sanctuary for bees. Green Modern is her first architectural book. F PN

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LOCAL NEWS WORK ON COUNTDOWN PONSONBY BEGINS Ebert Construction appointed as main contractor

CHECK THESE OUT AT TRENZSEATER Sea Explorer Lamp - The Sea Explorer Lamp is another stunning piece from the Eichholtz product range. It hangs from the ceiling by a rod and features a lamp head that can be fixed in different positions. It is available in either brass or nickel.

Progressive Enterprises is pleased to appoint Ebert Construction as the main contractor to build the Countdown supermarket in Ponsonby on the former DYC Vinegar site on Crummer Road, Pollen Street and Williamson Avenue. Ebert has been on site since early August undertaking preparatory works for the Cider Building, which will house the Countdown supermarket on the Williamson Avenue/Pollen Street side. Adrian Walker, Progressive Enterprises General Manager for Property, says while work has been ongoing at the site since December, the appointment of Ebert to begin work on the Cider Building is a significant milestone in the $95m project. “The Cider Building is central to the development and will be home to 14,000m² of supermarket, specialty retail and office space on the Williamson Avenue side of the site,” says Walker. “The building will consist of three levels of office space above the Countdown supermarket, which will also include 10 retail outlets fronting Williamson Avenue and Pollen Street. There will be five levels of car parking below the Cider Building, including 220 dedicated car parks for Countdown shoppers,” he adds. Ebert’s first task has been to undertake enabling works for the construction of a transformer room scheduled for completion in mid December, and they will soon commence piling along the Ponsonby Road boundary to form a retaining wall.

Polo Ottoman - The Polo Ottoman is the latest edition to our Ottoman range. It is made in New Zealand in your choice of fabric or leather with the powder-coated steel frame available in different colours or brushed stainless steel. It can also be made to a custom size upon request.

Most of the initial works for the Cider Building will be preparatory and not much will be visible until March next year when the basement structure will be above ground. Construction is expected to continue on-site until the estimated completion date in the second quarter of 2016. Foundation works commenced on site in December last year and focused on preparing the Vinegar Lane side of the site (Crummer Road/Pollen Street) for subdivision. These works are expected to be completed in September, at which point the individual lots will be ready for construction by their respective owners. Leasing opportunities • Office spaces covering 7900m² across three levels are now available for leasing, including 228 car parks.

The Light chair - from Luxy is a stylish addition to any office. It is available in different mesh, leather and fabric options for the seat as well as different base options. Luxy products are made in Italy and they have a great range of office seating.

• Nine out of the 10 speciality retail shops have been filled, with one still available.

photography: Shelley King

• Anyone interested can contact Lorne Somerville from CBRE on M: 021 384 442. F PN

Work on Countdown Ponsonby begins. Ebert Construction appointed as main contractor.

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LOCAL NEWS PONSONBY’S ARTISTS GIVE EXHIBITION A SOCIAL FOCUS The event will present more than 600 works of art made by selected artists, including sculptures, paintings, illustrations and photographs; funds collected will be donated to underprivileged youth. Art is present everywhere in Auckland, either on the streets or in galleries, and encouraging creativity is always a way to modify life a little bit. In the second half of October, an exhibition will not only bring together masterpieces from various artists, also it will allocate funds collected to help youth at risk of offending. Organised by Braveheart Youth Trust association, there will be 600 pieces, exhibited at ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane, created by more than 150 different authors who work with sculptures, paintings, photography and other arts. “I think it is imperative that something inherently special is associated with the fine art. I’m so glad to be part of it, I think this gives the exhibition an especially positive feeling,” said the photographer from Grey Lynn, Steph O'Connor. Passionate about photography since a young age, especially about the work of professionals such as Irving Penn and Cindy Sherman, Steph will present a series called ‘Over Saturn’s Limb’. “I love exploring the tension between ocurrence and aftermath through visual imagery, whether it be figurative or inanimate,” was Steph’s comment on the work inspired by a NASA google image. Steph wants to create a connectivity through colour and extraterrestrial light. Working on her second book, the illustrator Frankie Bakker is another name that will also participate in the art exhibition. She intends to recover the voice of intuition, the song of the animal (animal instincts) within us, and create a message for people to stop masking themselves from a world of expectation. Visitors can expect “large panels of bird head morphed figures.” Frankie has had a strong connection with art since childhood: “I must’ve been given a pen to suck on as a babe, and never let go of the comfort,” she said. The freedom of putting a line to paper gives her some kind of power and the start of the image is the most fascinating part to Frankie. Creativity is present all the time in the artist’s lives, for the most of things they have a different look. Frankie said she is enjoying the creative changes that are giving Ponsonby a new quirk. The image-maker Steve Lovett, who will also show some artistic works at ASB Showgrounds, agrees with Frankie on Ponsonby being an increasingly enjoyable place to reside. He has lived in the same house for 25 years. “I’ve seen

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Ponsonby and Grey Lynn go from being places where a lot of people who didn’t have much lived, to being what it is now,” he said. Lovett lives in the same street as his grandparents did and his work in the art exhibition will be about family. As an image maker, Lovett is interested in what moves around, what appears in multiples and in more than one place, and to “have some ability to record stuff our lives.” In this context, he intends to represent family photo albums, travel, uncertainty and change. Those who visit the event will also meet the Japanese legend of Sadako and the 1,000 paper cranes, with the work made by the sculptor Justine Paddison. Sadako was two years old when an atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and although she survived, she developed leukemia. She believed a legend which said that if she folded 1,000 paper cranes, she would be healed. Justine will depict the leukaemia action over the white blood cells. The photographer Cathy Carter, who has water as a source of inspiration, and the sculptor Brendam Adams, known for combining other materials with ceramics, both from Ponsonby, will also be showing their work at this exhibition. Social role The Braveheart Youth Trust art exhibition has Liz Caughey as curator, the association is comprised totally of volunteers and it’s an event “by community, for community”. A donation from the proceeds of the exhibition will be made to the In Zone Hostel, which 54 AGS students consider their home during the school year. The hostel accommodates Maori and Pacific Island boys from underprivileged backgrounds throughout New Zealand. These boys can attend Auckland Grammar School there. Braveheart’s inaugural exhibition at ASB Showgrounds in 2010 enjoyed around 700 people, including sponsors, volunteers and buyers. (THAIS SABINO) F PN Braveheart Youth Trust Art Exhibition From 17 to 19 October. 10am to 4pm. Sunday: 10am to 3pm. Pavilion 6, ASB Showgrounds, Green Lane, Auckland.

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT TOPS AUCKLANDERS’ PRIORITIES

DELIGHTFUL VISTAS - CUTTING EDGE DESIGN

The majority of Aucklanders say better public transport, less traffic congestion, and more affordable and quality housing are the top priorities for the region.

Urban Collective, the developers of The Dylan Apartments, have the vision and dedication to deliver outstanding residences, bringing unique style, design and personality to the residential market.

The results are part of an annual survey measuring what Aucklanders want from their council and how they feel Auckland Council is performing.

Their attention to detail and focus on quality have provided the inspiration to create what will become a landmark in Auckland in the years to come.

The annual survey is a valuable tool to help the council gauge the concerns and priorities of its residents, and to identify where the council needs to improve its services, activities and communication.

The Dylan site was specifically selected for the perfect combination of proximity and spectacular views. The delightful vistas over the heritage villas of Grey Lynn and the inner west to the sparkling waters of the inner Waitemata Harbour, and the dramatic sunsets above the Waitakere ranges are a particular favourite. The shopping and culinary delights of Ponsonby are mere minutes away, while parks and reserves are all within a short stroll.

The latest council-Colmar Brunton survey was concluded in September 2013 and measures a range of factors, including perception and attitudes towards council’s performance, and what Aucklanders want from their council. When asked what Auckland needed to focus on to become the world’s most liveable city, 61% of respondents said improved public transport, 54% said reduced traffic PN congestion, and 44% said more affordable and quality housing. F

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The building features stunning, timeless mid-century Scandinavian inspired architecture with a cutting edge interior where every finish, every wall, every cabinet has been laboriously considered to make absolutely sure that what is provided to the purchasers is the very best possible. All apartments feature seamless indoor-outdoor flow, allowing a connection to the outdoor surrounds. The courtyards, lanai and decks are all greater than 10% of the net floor size, while premium residences offer outdoor areas of up to 65m², providing a meaningful usable area that extends the living environment. Walking, riding or driving - The Dylan will place the best of Auckland within easy reach. You’ll enjoy living in a truly beautiful part of the city that always has something new and vibrant to offer. Visit www.thedylan.co.nz for more information.

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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

Goodnight Malaysian 370: The Truth Behind The Loss of Flight 370 By Geoff Taylor and Ewan Wilson (Wilson Aviation) For around three months after the loss of MH370, I scanned the press each morning, hoping and praying that the aircraft would be found. The unbelievable facts behind the loss of Flight 370 will shock the travelling public. The book by Kiwi pilot Ewan Wilson and journalist Geoff Taylor presents compelling evidence about what actually occurred in the final hours of Flight 370, based on new analysis and new interviews with pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s family. The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 captured the world’s attention and shocked everyone. The book takes you to Kuala Lumpur International Airport on 8 March and brings together the lives of passengers and crew, who ultimately met their fate on board what should have been a routine flight to Beijing on a well respected airline operating a state-of-the-art airliner with a near faultless record. For the first time, the book presents a detailed analysis of the flight, the incredible route it took, and who the authors believe was in charge of the aircraft as it plunged into the Indian Ocean. The book investigates each piece of evidence and eliminates all the possible scenarios until the reader is left with one shocking and unbelievable conclusion as to what happened to end the lives of 239 people that night. The authors also look at the most recent 777 tragedy MH17.

The authors: Geoff Taylor is a highly respected career journalist who is now deputy editor of the Waikato Times newspaper, one of the country’s leading daily papers. Ewan Wilson is a commercial pilot, former chief executive of Kiwi International Airlines and Norfolk Air and has qualifications as a transport safety investigator.

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The Eye of Heaven By Clive Cussler and Russell Blake (Penguin) Renowned husband and wife team Remi and Sami Fargo are on Boffin Island North Western Canada. They are on an enviromental expedition to the Arctic when to their amazement they stumble upon and discover a frozen Viking ship perfectly preserved in the ice filled to the brim with pre Columbian artefacts. But how can this be? As they begin their research and dive deeper into their find, they begin to see clues that reveal a link between Vikings and a legendary feathered serpent god, Toltec and a fabled object known as the Eye of Heaven. They aren’t alone however, as word gets out of the find, other interested parties, of the dangerous kind want the treasure for themselves. The Fargos find themselves on the run with information that could solve a thousand year old question. What follows is a ride through jungles, tombs and temples chased by bad guys and stuck between treasure hunters who want their secret and criminal Cartels who want to stop the Fargos for another more personal motivation. At the end of the road is the answer to a thousand year old mystery - or death.

They analyse how it occurred, the implications of the horrific event on future air travel and whether Malaysia Airlines can survive.

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National Ecstatic - Labour torn to shreds the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Labour had a plan for bridging the inequality gap, but Labour’s tax and minimum wage policies frightened some people, and when Labour did try to articulate their plans they were pilloried for daring to suggest fairer progressive taxes, including taxing capital gains. Capital gains tax exists in almost all countries comparable to ours, but Labour, and by implication David Cunliffe, was unable to sell it as a fairer distribution of income. Progressive policies got sidelined in the interests of ‘steady as she goes’, and ‘more of the same’. What has happened to our pioneering spirit, our determination to make something of ourselves, and not allow ‘international mantras and myths’ (Thomas) to rule our lives? Labour face a soul searching time ahead. There will be leadership questions, there will be organisational issues, but above all, Labour must clearly differentiate themselves from National, and one way of doing that is to comprehensively diss the neo-liberal free market economy which has clearly failed world wide, but which is still embraced by National in New Zealand. Too often, Labour MPs like Goff, Parker, and other of the old Labour conservatives, sound no different than National on trade, oil and mineral exploration, and the perennial right wing mantra - economic growth. Many commentators are now saying growth is the problem not the answer, particularly with respect to scarce natural resources. I disagree with commentators who say Labour must avoid a lurch to the left, and must embrace centrism. What New Zealanders need to learn is how many European countries, especially Scandinavian, have always accepted social democracy as the fairest form of government - a combination of state and private enterprise. It won’t be easy - PR companies, lobby groups, financiers, bankers, manufacturers, who have done well under dog-eat-dog free market economics will fight to the death to protect their unequal and unfair share of the cake.

New Zealand might be heading in the right direction according to a million National Party voters, but another million New Zealanders are worse off than ever, enduring ever increasing inequality, hundreds of thousands of children living in poverty, their parents on wages that won’t sustain a family. Even some of the million National Party voters are living with what Marx called “false consciousness”. They are seduced into believing that the interests of the rich and powerful are their interests or serve their interests, and the out-of-date belief that trickle-down still works for the poor. Many of those National voters have thus lamely handed a blank canvas to National to do what they like. We face a tough three years ahead. A clear majority for National takes us back to First Past the Post, where we had a series of revolving dictatorships. Key is pleased Winston didn’t get the balance of power. I wish he had. As former Court of Appeal judge, The Right Honourable Sir Edmund Thomas says, “It can no longer be plausibly denied that the lavish lifestyle of the uber rich is obscene and that the poor are increasingly marginalised and disadvantaged.” Thomas quotes the late Tony Judt who says in his book ‘Ill Fares the Land’, “we have lost the sense of collective purpose which was inherent in the values of social democracy.” A fiscal surplus is only one responsibility of a government which acts in the interests of all New Zealanders; we also need transparent fairness and justice for all. We hope John Key, who surely wants to leave a legacy, will embrace equality more PN emphatically than he has done in his first two terms. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F

HAVE YOUR SAY ON COUNCIL ENGAGEMENT POLICY

25 YEARS OF PONSONBY: OUT TO LUNCH WITH THE PBA

Aucklanders are being urged to have their say on a draft policy that will shape the way council engages with the community on its key plans, policies and issues.

The Ponsonby Business Association was established in 2001 and has been looking out for the interests of our business community ever since.

The council’s proposed Significance and Engagement Policy aims to better understand how and when Aucklanders expect to be involved in shaping council decisions, depending on the significance of the issue. Councillor George Wood, chair of the Regional Strategy and Policy Committee, says that the results of the consultation will empower Aucklanders to ensure their voices are heard on important issues.

They came up with the idea for the legendary Ponsonby Long Lunch in 2005, which was always a lot of fun - the Drylands Long Lunch was held at the Ponosnby Fire Station in 2006 and was part of the Ponsonby Fringe Festival.

“This is an important part of the council’s decision making process. To put an effective policy in place, we need to hear how the community wants to engage with council on the decisions that impact them,” he says. “Over the last few years we have made some real steps forward in improving our engagement with Aucklanders. This consultation highlights our commitment to continuing to drive that engagement forward.

The association continues to support local events, such as regular Ponsonby Market Days, working hard to promote Ponsonby proactively. The Ponsonby Business Association want to make the strip an attractive and vibrant destination for customers and diverse businesses, as well as advocate for Ponsonby at local board and regional council levels to ensure it remains ‘Auckland’s Hippest Strip’. F PN

“The process will provide us with a more complete understanding of their views and ideas, which in turn will help us to support the needs of our diverse communities and the future of the region. I wholeheartedly encourage Aucklanders to have their say on this important consultation by making sure they let us know what they think.” The policy is a result of the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Act, which requires all councils to adopt a significance and engagement policy by 1 December 2014. For more information and to make a submission on the proposed Significance and Engagement Policy visit shapeauckland.co.nz. The consultation is open now and PN closes on 19 October 2014. F

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REAL ESTATE UPDATE: KAREN SPIRES

Ghetto to fabulous While the quaint character homes, grand villas and modernised state units in Freemans Bay are now among the most highly sought after in Auckland, it is hard to believe the area was once the wrong end of town. The inner-west area of Freemans Bay was one of the first to be settled in the mid 1800s and for that reason it has a rich and chequered history. Prior to extensive land reclamation, Freemans Bay was waterfront, with the harbour covering much of Victoria Park. The area was the city’s industrial precinct with gasworks, foundries, shipyards, a sawmill and an abattoir. Victoria Park Market was once the site of Auckland’s rubbish processing plant and the original chimney from the incinerator remains as a nod to the suburb’s past. In 1910, the average price for a home on Franklin Road is reported to have been around 736 pounds, or $1460NZD in today’s terms. Many of Franklin Road’s original character villas remain, along with the plane trees planted by the City Council in 1873. It has become a family tradition of ours to walk the length of Franklin Road at Christmas to take in the impressive light displays and festive atmosphere it has become famous for. Around 23 acres of land were reclaimed to create more space for the growing Ports of Auckland and in 1905 Victoria Park was constructed including a sports pavilion and children’s playground courtesy of equipment donated by John Court of the John Court Department Store. The original playground has since been replaced with more modern equipment and it is one of my favourite places to visit with my son Jack. When the motorway was built it cut a line through Freemans Bay, separating the residential areas from the industrial and commercial precincts that now make up Wynyard Quarter and the Viaduct Basin. This paved the way for gentrification to occur making Freemans Bay the desirable suburb we are now familiar with. According to QV Property Valuation the median house value as of September this year was $975,000. This figure has grown by almost $300,000 in the past four years. The charming tree-lined streets and nostalgic feel of Freemans Bay are part of what makes it such a special place to live. Combined with its proximity to the CBD and it is little wonder people are eager to get their hands on a slice of the Bay. Karen Spires is a Bayleys Real Estate ‘Top Achiever’ - placing her sales data among the PN top five percent of salespeople within the company. (KAREN SPIRES) F

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Karen Spires collecting for charity on Ponsonby Market Day

DELIVERING EXCELLENCE Village Rentals & Property Management has recently relocated to Ponsonby Road, opposite Western Park. A family owned business, they have been operating for nine years and their reputation is extremely important to them - a source of great pride. Principal Adrienne Jonas-Gooch says, “We stand by our Mantra ‘delivering excellence’ in all that we do. Although we are based in Ponsonby and manage many properties in the city fringe, our portfolio extends Auckland wide. In order to give you the best possible service and keep good communication going between manager, landlord and tenant, we ensure our property managers are not overloaded with too many properties.” The future of your investment depends on how your property is managed and the experience and expertise of your property manager. An accomplished manager will be well aware of the key areas where things can go wrong (and they do) knowing what to look for and able to pre-empt most situations before they occur potentially saving you thousands of dollars. “Our audit trail is meticulous, and your property is managed by strictly adhering to the Residential Tenancies Act which mitigates unforeseen risks. We know through experience that the most important aspect of property management is attention to detail and when it comes to property reports, inspections and selection of tenants, you can rely on us for valuable guidance. Operating amidst a marketplace increasingly saturated with unlicensed operators purporting to offer a professional property management service, we can guarantee ours.” Village Rentals & Property Management has the legal knowledge to ensure their clients receive the very best advice with the services of PN a solicitor who specialises in the Tenancy Act. F VILLAGE RENTALS & PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, 68a Ponsonby Road T: 09 639 0080 www.villagerentals.co.nz

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HOT PROPERTY LISTINGS ARCH HILL - $800 Character two storied villa, 5 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Small living area and older style kitchen. Large steep section at rear of bush. Off street parking. Great group house. King Street. MT EDEN - $340 Split concrete bungalow. Two double bedrooms and spacious separate lounge. Kitchen and dining at the rear, sunny spacious backyard. Wynyard Road. GREY LYNN - $330 One bedroom flat under a large villa. Very tidy, new carpet. Sunny rear garden with veg patch. Quiet long-term tenants living upstairs. F PN For more information call Phillipa Gordon: HOT PROPERTY MANAGEMENT & RENTALS LTD, 1/1 Franklin Road, T: 09 378 9560, M: 0274 746 507, www.hotpropertyrentals.co.nz

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DESIGN FOR LIFE Fabric and interiors expert Rebecca Bowering shares her passion for design and textiles in a regular column. I have the pleasure of meeting and talking to many successful women and it’s always a surprise to discover how many are nervous about engaging an interior designer. Some tell me they dash to a retailer when they want interior style inspiration, usually without help and often resulting in costly and time-wasting mistakes. So I thought it may be helpful to discuss how you can approach an expert for advice. Having a relationship with an interior designer or retail design consultant can be wonderful, but it’s important to do some ground work first. The most critical thing is to consider the styles, colours and lifestyle choices that make you tick - that make your heart sing! Browse magazines and the Internet, save photos and note down any thoughts you have along the way. Don’t ask all your friends for their opinions. Undertake this process of contemplation quietly on your own. Think about how you would like to work with your consultant. For example, do you want to be very involved or do you feel happiest giving a detailed brief and then having just a few choices and decisions put before you? It’s vital to give your designer a comprehensive brief. Include such things as a time frame and budget for each block of work (work can be spread over time), how you would like to be involved, and an idea of what things are most important to you. Identify the areas of your home that may need more durable finishes and list any practical concerns you can think of by room. For example, is the dining room only used for special occasions or is it where everyone congregates daily with young children and animals? Your designer’s suggestions will be based on your brief. But how do you find your perfect designer? Ask around, look at magazines and never hesitate to call companies such as Atelier Textiles. We’re happy to give you suggestions and contact details. As much as most of us dislike discussing money, it’s imperative to have this conversation with a designer from the get go. Ask for their hourly rate, terms of trade (including payment terms), the markup they put on products supplied, whether they get commission on any other sales and whether they have a standard contract. Getting these details right initially can save heartache and ill feeling later. As with most things, choose someone you feel comfortable with. If your partner wishes to be involved on either the creative or financial side, I strongly suggest involving them too. From day one! Many a time I have seen a designer work with a client, and have it all come crashing down when the partner comes in to give the final nod (or pay the cheque!). With an honest brief from you, an expert will save you money and heartache. It’s a relationship that can last a lifetime. Consider them an investment in your future. For more information visit www.atelier.co.nz F PN

There are endless textile options, including these from the Manuel Canovas 2014 collection, however, an interior designer can help you make the right choices for your home.

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SAVE THE WORLD FROM BORING... We could all do with a bit of excitement in our lives… and if we don’t have the opportunity to travel, we can always make sure our living environments aren’t boring! Whether your preferred style is retro, vintage, Scandinavian, eco, bohemian, shabby chic, classic, or modern, a combination of all is available at Republic Home in their own fusion of style. Current trends in furniture and homewares see the use of recycled materials from a variety of sources, which gives an authenticity and patina to each piece. Up-cycling is king. Designers are pushing the boundaries in the development of furniture pieces as an art form in their own right. Mixing materials, such as powder coated, copper or brass finished steel, combined with zinc, glass, marble, or reclaimed woods from boats, trusses, demolition timbers, all of which can be reinvented and given a new life. Republic is working with selected designers globally to bring new furniture designs to New Zealand’s shores, expanding our range of options for our customers, including a wide range of vintage over-dyed and tribal rugs. When it comes to innovative designs, Republic has been working with forged metal designers to develop a unique range of industrial metal furniture in a variety of rusty, copper, brass or verdigris finishes. For the month of October, Republic will be running a dining table and chair promotion. PN Come and check it out for inspiration. F REPUBLIC, 3 Pompallier Terrace, Ponsonby; T: 09 361 1137 www.republichome.com

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MILLY NOLAN: DESIGNER GIFTS

Down to the wire Part utilitarian, part industrial, wire detailing is perfect for compact homes that need plenty of breathing room, or simply those who prefer a less heavy-set look. Here are a few of our favourite pieces:

Seletti Twitable Gold Metal Birdcage, $255 This quirky Seletti piece designed by award-winning architect Alessandro Dubini can be filled with fruit or precious objects for a unique countertop display.

General Eclectic Wire House candleholder, $40 A safe home for any candles burning, this copper hued candleholder will add just the right touch of industrial to the home.

General Eclectic Metal Basket Set, $80 With any possessions that are simply too good looking to hideaway in the cupboard, find a home for them in this lightweight metal basket set.

Timothy John Sidekick Low Stool, $399 It’s easy to create breathing space in your home or office, with visually unimposing pieces like Timothy John’s Low Stool. It’s lightweight but 100% sturdy.

Mamasita Suntable, $299 Mindful that we’re getting ever closer to another New Zealand summer, this light and airy outdoor table will do just nicely on a verandah.

General Eclectic Wire Stag Head, $130 A modern day trophy piece available in a variety of bright colours, as well as black and white. (MILLY NOLAN) F PN All products available from www.mildredandco.com

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BEAUTIFUL SALVAGED NATIVE TIMBER FLOORING Planning a major villa renovation, adding on a few (or many) square metres of living space or simply want to fill in a void after removing a chimney? Talk to Tauck Timber about your project. The team at Tauck Timber are passionate about beautiful timber flooring, skirting, sarking and wall linings. On their factory racks are packs of kauri, rimu and matai T&G floorboards ready to go to the next renovation projects. All sourced from salvaged timber and storm damaged forests and precision machined in their Onehunga factory. Tauck Timber are specialists in machining the old imperial sizes not normally stocked in hardware stores. Supplementing the New Zealand native range are New Zealand mountain ash (for the minimalist look), American oak, Oregon and imported hardwoods for decking. The overlay flooring range is a popular product that results in a solid 10 or 12mm timber board installed direct on particleboard, plywood or concrete transforming a simple extension into a seamless part of the home. Tauck Timber’s products have been used to transform cafés, art galleries, shop fit-outs and plenty of residential renovations. Working closely with your architect and builder they can manage the entire flooring project, ready to walk on, or supply do-it-yourself clients. With a showroom well stocked in timber varieties, floorboard sizes and different hues of timber stains, they’d love to hear about your upcoming project. F PN TAUCK TIMBER, 1/321 Neilson Street, Onehunga, T: 09 636 9315, M: 0274 97 3658 www.taucktimber.co.nz

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BIRD OF THE MONTH

TE PIWAKAWAKA - THE FANTAIL

DILANA RUGS AUCKLAND RELOCATES

It always came as a surprise to me that the fantail was not unique to New Zealand. There are similar species of fantail in Australia, India and Southeast Asia.

Dilana Rugs is a New Zealand artisan rug-making company based in Christchurch. First opened in 1980 in the arts centre, the workshop combines art-driven design principles with outstanding craftsmanship to produce unique wool textiles.

They are common in New Zealand and are one of the few of our birds that have coped with the extensive conversion of forest to farmland and urban areas. They are found in native and exotic forest, orchards, scrub, urban gardens and suburban parks, and have managed to weather the storm of introduced pests. The fantail is probably one of our most known species, as every New Zealander has experiences with this small, curious and fleet-winged bird. They are specialist aerial feeders, long since perfecting their techniques of feeding while flitting from branch to branch. They are never still, or almost never, darting from twigs or any other convenient object on the lookout for food. They have developed three methods to catch insects. Firstly, called hawking, they find a perch and wait for swarms of insects, this is often done in open vegetation. Secondly, called flushing, used in dense vegetation; they fly around to disturb insects. Lastly, as they are one of our least shy birds and very happy to come within metres of people, our own activities disturb insects that are gleefully preyed upon by the fantail. Fantails grow to a maximum of 16cm in length, with over half of that being their large tail, often fanned out, as their name would suggest. The tail has white edged or entirely white outer feathers, although there is a colour morph variety which is entirely black. These are rare in the North Island and make up about 5% of individuals in the South Island. They occasionally have a white spot over each ear. The pied variety are the more common and well known morph. The fantail’s call is very identifiable, described as a metallic ‘cheek’, often repeated like a chattering. They breed seasonally, and often have more than one brood per season. They, like many of our species, suffer from predation by introduced mammals while on the nest. Our two species of cuckoo occasionally use the fantail’s nest as a host for their own eggs, although fantail is a less common choice than the grey warbler, whitehead and yellowhead. In Maori mythology, the piwakawaka is often the harbinger of death and seen as the messenger between the gods and people. (FINN MCLENNAN- ELLIOTT) F PN

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Thirty years on Dilana, now offers New Zealand’s most extensive collection of limited edition rugs. The Dilana Rugs point of difference is the high level of design interpretation, something that can only be achieved in a collaborative environment. At the workshop the rug makers and artists exchange ideas, concepts and methods during the production of each design. Rugs from the Dilana workshop can be found in museum collections in New Zealand and overseas. Commissioned work, mostly for private homes, also extends to a diverse range of people and locations; Victoria and Harvard Universities, prime ministers and presidents, Government House and Bilbo’s Bagend, rock stars and famous tenors, embassies and holiday homes. In November, Dilana’s newly rebuilt show space at their workshop in Sydenham, Christchurch, will open and house the majority collection. To make way for this they are closing the doors on their George Street, Mt Eden showroom at the end of October. Hugh Bannerman, director of Dilana, discusses the move, “George Street has been a fabulous space to showcase our work. We are looking forward to combining everything under one roof again. 2015 will be exciting as we look to present new work from a new location in Auckland.” The Dilana Auckland relocation promotion runs from 5 - 18 October. F PN DILANA RUGS, 40 George Street, Mt Eden, T: 09 630 2337 www.dilana.co.nz

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HARMONY FOR THE SOUL The Audio Consultant is any music lover’s dream, stocking everything from $300 headphones to systems worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. It’s those premium products and the staff’s in-depth knowledge that really sets these guys apart. “The whole business is about engagement,” says store boss John Moher. “You can just stroll in off the street and take a look round, there’s no pressure. We’re totally committed to doing right by the customer. It’s not about pushing expensive equipment on customers just to make a fast buck.” It’s important, he says, to nurture customer relationships: “If someone is really passionate about their music and just starting out, we can provide them with a really nice entry system. Then, when they’re ready, or when funds allow, we can take them to that next level. They can trust that we have their best interests at heart.” Then there is the other end of the market, where money isn’t the limiting factor; “recently we kitted out the superyacht of one of New Zealand’s wealthiest men,” he says. “We’re also carrying out home automation at three of his properties too. It’s a relationship that has been built on trust over time. There has been a lot of planning.” These solutions include speakers by legendary French speaker maker, Focal, widely acknowledged to be the world’s finest speaker manufacturer and an absolute Audio Consultant favourite. The company pairs them with the ‘game-changing’ Devialet amplifier (also from France), which, John says, is the Holy Grail of the hi-fi world, and now the most awarded technology of its kind. It alone has produced an astonishing 58 world patents and is barely bigger than a laptop. “The Devialet is simply a sublime piece of equipment,” John continues, “It is a genuinely revolutionary design.” The Audio Consultant team can help with any design or challenge, from the simplest audio system to large multi-room home integration and automation projects. John stresses, those unfamiliar with the industry should not be intimidated. “We want to appeal to

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everyone,” he says. “We want men and women to come and be comfortable. Not to think this is some sort of high tech man-cave, that is not what we are about. Anyone can come in and ask questions, no one will be judged. We’re genuine and passionate and straightup and we genuinely believe we will provide the best solution for any customer’s needs.” THE AUDIO CONSULTANT, 23 Williamson Avenue T: 09 376 6176 www.theaudioconsultant.co.nz

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CREATING INSPIRING WORKSPACES Unison is a commercial interiors fit-out company. They offer energised thinking, practices and products from the world’s leading designers and manufacturers to help create inspiring workspaces. Their purpose is to help businesses create a workplace that will: • enhance the wellbeing and health of the workforce • attract and retain top employees • enhance collaboration, innovation and productivity • improve bottom line performance They view the workplace as an ‘evolution’ and never a one-time event, and recognise the importance of offering a ‘future proofed’ solution within a range of products and services, allowing customers’ investment to evolve along with their business strategy. With over 20 years’ experience in the field and access to the world’s leading products, the team behind Unison bring the skills, knowledge and passion to help create spaces that drive productivity and long-term value. Unison works in partnership with you on every aspect of your project from planning through to specifying, delivery and after sales support. They’ve worked with a large number of businesses and their A&D firms to understand, plan, design, develop, and build great workplaces. Unison has exclusive distribution agreements in New Zealand with a range of world-leading international furniture manufacturers so they can provide businesses with the right furnishing solution that best fits their needs. In addition to office furniture, Unison has an extensive range of architectural lighting brands from internationally renowned suppliers. Their lighting solutions are tailored to create unique effects or fuse discretely with the architectural environment. F PN UNISON WORKSPACES, Level 2, 165 The Strand, Parnell, T: 09 972 2493 www.unisonworkspaces.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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There seems to be a lot of anti-developer and anti-council feeling in the Ponsonby News articles. Why do you think this is?

Firstly upset people are news and Ponsonby News reports on local issues. Secondly, I agree, the developer is seen as the bad guy, but any change, be it good or bad, is due to a developer. But the developer could be a school, a church, the council with a new library or community facility. It could be a home owner simply adding a new bedroom. Development usually means change and generally we are nervous of change. There are council rules, the district scheme, in place to protect the community and which the developer must work around. These rules can be challenged and the community can fight back if they don’t agree with them. I like to think the development rules change as our lifestyles change. So saying council does seem to get it wrong sometimes and issue resource consents when the local community sees the proposed use as inappropriate. Even as a pro-

development guy, it annoys me too. However, over the years the council staff has had more and more rules to comply with and, more importantly, less and less discretion, and discretion runs both ways. As young architects we considered the neighbours and the context and often bent the rules with council approval and to everyone’s benefit. Litigation has put a stop to that. Our clients now just want compliance and to get on with their life. Lastly, no developers, no development. Great North Road is awash with proposed apartment buildings. While they aren’t for everyone, they provide housing for more people than the car yards they replace. They are close to Ponsonby, Grey Lynn and the city. The roads, transport systems, shops, parks services are already in place. Further the development pays the council a development contribution and provides jobs until built. Personally I would prefer locals who walk to local facilities than providing underground car parking for out of area shoppers à la Newmarket. (PAUL LEUSCHKE) www.leuschkekahn.co.nz F PN

LOCAL RESIDENT OPENS DOORS FOR CHARITY Claire Kingan Jones is looking forward to supporting a great cause when she opens the doors to her Herne Bay home for charity in early November. The local resident and former fashion designer will welcome up to 1000 ticket holders into her Masons Avenue home as part of the annual Festive Home Tour 2014 on 7 November. The tour, which raises funds to help improve child cancer treatment and survival rates in the Pacific Islands, sees 10 stunning homes in Herne Bay, Epsom and Remuera professionally styled to showcase a different festive theme. In addition, award-winning chefs such as Michael Meredith of Merediths, Nic Watt of Masu and Sarah Conway of Ponsonby Road Bistro are on-site in each home cooking up mouth-watering festive cuisine. Claire’s home will be styled in a ‘vintage eclectic’ Christmas look and in the kitchen Felicity O’Driscoll of Cook the Books on Richmond Road will be whipping up mini meringues sandwiched together with a spiced brandy cream.

“The funds raised from the annual Home Tours is changing that, significantly improving outcomes for child cancer patients in these Pacific Islands by funding vital medical training in techniques for treatment of childhood cancers and a raft of other educational measures. “The survival rates for children with cancer in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji used to be just 20% but over the last three years it has increased significantly - in Samoa it is now at 50%. This is a huge step forward and can be directly attributed to the funds raised by the Home Tours,” says Robert. The Festive Home Tour takes place in Auckland on Friday, 7 November, 10am - 4pm. Tickets cost $65 per person and are available from Ticketek.co.nz. F PN

Claire who recently retired from fashion designing and is now studying interior design, says she is very much looking forward to the day. “For me this event brings together some of my favourite pleasures - interior design, fine food, Christmas and entertaining,” says Claire. “I can’t wait to see my home styled for Christmas and hope to pick up some hints and tips that I can put into practice myself come December.” The homes on the tour offer something for everyone, from an ultra-modern clifftop mansion, a stunning island resort-style home, a contemporary villa renovation, a grand English-style Remuera homestead and more. The festive themes are just as diverse with ‘classic Christmas’, ‘Mediterranean alfresco’ and ‘modern retro’ just some of the styles to inspire ticket holders. The charity home tour, organised by leading home and interiors magazine Your Home and Garden, has raised more than $170,000 for World Child Cancer’s Pacific Chapter since its inception. And like previous years, the 2014 tour will see every cent from ticket sales being used on programmes to improve child cancer treatment and survival rates among children in Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. New Zealand celebrity chef and global restaurateur Robert Oliver is the new ambassador for World Child Cancer. Raised in Samoa and Fiji, Robert now wants to draw attention to the important work being undertaken by World Child Cancer in the Pacific. “Until recently, children in the Pacific who developed cancer had poor access to the treatment which cures 80% of children with cancer in developed countries like New Zealand.

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THE NEW S.P.Q.R COOKBOOK Celebrating the youngest 22-year-old restaurant situated on the Ponsonby strip. ‘Summer and winter, for lunch, dinner, a snack or drinks, you can sit on the footpath at a table with a crisp white tablecloth. It’s always been that way... It is a place for everyone, from millionaires to the stony broke, and all walks of life have always been welcome. It is in this way that SPQR has become a barometer of the city...’ Legendary Ponsonby restaurant S.P.Q.R has been a magnet for Auckland diners for more than 20 years. With its colourful atmosphere and sun-bathed pavement tables, there really is no other restaurant quite like it. The S.P.Q.R cookbook shares more than 85 dishes from the restaurant menu, all carefully translated and tested for the home cook. Some of the recipes included in the cookbook have been on the restaurant’s menu since it opened - there would be an outcry if they were ever taken off!

ADD A TOUCH OF GLAMOUR TO YOUR HOME Renowned American design studio Maison 55 finds inspiration in classic European and American midcentury design as well as taking cues from the art world. They embrace traditional form and detail but make unexpected choices, like bold colors and dazzling patterns. Every piece shares a thread but the similarities end there - silhouettes, proportions, seat heights are all distinct so they can fit at home in any interior design theme. Their designers believe the modern home is a dynamic, ever -evolving thing, and so they set out to create a collection that reflects that. F PN DAWSON’S FURNITURE is proud to welcome this exciting collection to their showroom. Now on display at 1/1 Holder Place, Rosedale, North Shore www.dawsonsfurniture.co.nz

The recipes follow S.P.Q.R’s Italian-inspired menu, including elegant primi piatti (entrees), insalate (salads), casual platters, pasta, pizza and riso, favourite seafood and meat secondi (mains), and stunning dolci (desserts), as well as basics, sauces and stocks. Photographer Tamara West captures the unique atmosphere of this landmark restaurant and bar. Writer Simon Farrell-Green introduces the S.P.Q.R story, paying tribute to the contribution the unique eatery has made to Auckland’s dining scene. S.P.Q.R’s owner, Chris Rupe, is humble about the restaurant’s success. But he acknowledges there are many reasons for its iconic status. “The local community have supported us from day one - they are the heroes, along with the staff. We’re like a family here and several of us have been working at S.P.Q.R for 15 years or more. “S.P.Q.R is ever-evolving. I travel a lot to see what is working well in other parts of the world. We keep the best of the old and bring in new ideas all the time. “At S.P.Q.R we are passionate about the detail. We know that from the moment a diner steps through the door they are in charge. It’s about exercising judgement and being perceptive to the needs of every single customer. Most of all, we believe in generosity.” Savour and devour the S.P.Q.R cookbook, the restaurant’s first publishing foray since it opened in 1992. S.P.Q.R cookbook is published by Penguin, hardback, RRP. $60.

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The premium Siena range is a six piece modular setting and with its angled back and Olefin cushions it exudes style, quality and comfort.

This marble top and stainless steel setting with six large comfortable chairs has the elegance to enhance any deck.

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SOPHISTICATED BESPOKE WARDROBES AND SO MUCH MORE! At The Wardrobe Company, not only do they provide the very best in bespoke wardrobes to suit every situation, they also offer the same custom design and manufacture service for a comprehensive range of other quality storage products including superior doors to provide ready access to your new wardrobes. These will complement the style and décor of your home and blend in beautifully, whether it’s a villa, a bungalow, a contemporary modern home, an apartment. Choices include bi -folding doors as well as The Wardrobe Company’s robust and stylish made-to-measure sliders utilising their own ‘Whisper-glide’ technology. With an increasing number of people choosing to work from home, The Wardrobe Company can design, manufacture and install everything you need to operate an efficient home-based office no matter if it is large or small. The popularity of media rooms is also well catered for with entertainment units individually designed to house everything in high quality cabinetry by The Wardrobe Company’s trade-qualified craftsmen. They’ll also provide the same customised products for your book shelving and wine storage. And, you’ll be amazed how attractive and functional your laundry can be with a total fitout by The Wardrobe Company - the latest cabinetry, slide-out laundry baskets, fold-out ironing board... doing the washing just got easier! To see how great this all looks, check out their website and to arrange a free consultation call into the conveniently-located PN showroom. F THE WARDROBE COMPANY, Unit 4, 93 Ellice Road, Glenfield, T: 0800 CLOSET 0800 256 738 www.thewardrobecompany.co.nz

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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL Simon Hoegsbro - Lightbox Launch Director Where do you live these days and when did you come to New Zealand? Wallace Street in Herne Bay. I moved to New Zealand from Copenhagen three years ago with my family. And your partner? Karen is from Denmark like myself. Do you have any children? Two awesome rascals, Clemens (3½) and Caroline (1½). Do you have any pets? Not yet. My son wants a cat and my daughter a budgie. It won’t last for long if we try to satisfy both! How do you keep fit? Running twice a week. Your mother would say of you..? She says she's very proud of me. As much as I acknowledge and value mothers' opinions of their sons, I once had this guy applying for a job in my team who had a reference attached to his application, from his mother! Nice try. What is your vice? Rowing to Birkenhead and pillaging the shops with my fellow Viking descendants. Who’s your ultimate rock icon? Probably Liam Gallagher from Oasis. What’s your secret passion? Electronic music. What’s your secret talent? Writing songs. And juggling, but I haven't found great use for that talent. Where do you spend your holidays? Mostly travelling around New Zealand and going back to Denmark once in a while. Recently we went to Fiji and definitely want to explore more of the Pacific Islands. What’s your perfect Sunday? Going somewhere with the family, like the beach, a farmers market or discovering a new playground. Preferably with a flat white in hand. What were you going to be when you grew up? An airline pilot. It is still on my list to do a private pilot’s license and fly around New Zealand one day. Which is your favourite Ponsonby café? Dizengoff for breakfast. Nothing in Auckland beats it.

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And your favourite Ponsonby restaurant? Tough one, as we’re fairly spoilt in Ponsonby. I’m a big fan of MooChowChow and Sidart. And Burger Burger undoubtedly has the best burgers in town. Please share your best kept Ponsonby secret... Try the pumpkin or sunflower rye loafs from Little Bread & Butter at Ponsonby Central. As close to traditional Danish bread as it gets on the Southern Hemisphere, great with salami or blue cheese. What has inspired you recently? Attending TEDx Auckland, awesome Kiwi speakers with great inspiring stories! The house is on fire and your family is safe - what do you save? Nothing but the family photos. “I’d be lost without my...” Sense of direction. Luckily it's still there. One thing you have learned about life is? Don't postpone the big things you want to do in your life for too long. There's never a perfect time. Just get on with it. F PN

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THE ULTIMATE IN LOW-RISE APARTMENT LIVING Pollen Street Apartments is a brand new boutique development right on the edge of greater Ponsonby, arguably one of the trendiest residential locations in Auckland. The site is well positioned only 150m from the bustle of Ponsonby Road, enjoying the sought after northwest aspect to maximise sunshine. The elevated aspect makes the most of the extended views out over the Manukau Harbour and to the Waitakere ranges in the distance. Thoughtfully designed by renowned Boyden Architects, these low-rise apartments combine the very best of access, convenience and lifestyle in a maintenance free package. The designer clearly understands modern lifestyles, and has expertly created 16 different unit types split over six levels, each with a balcony - catering to individual preferences. These apartments feel like freehold homes achieved by incorporating white clay brick, natural cedar, useful dimension and an abundance of plants. Finishes and fittings are top-shelf, featuring European Arclinea kitchens, HansgrĂśhe tapware and Miele appliances. The covered, timber-decked balconies facilitate an ideal indoor-outdoor flow, exploiting the enviable views. Basement car parks and bicycle

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MASONS AVENUE Early Auckland benefited hugely thanks to its philanthropic citizens who endowed it with munificent bequests that contributed to the city’s rapid expansion and progress. William Mason was one. An Englishman, born at Bagshot, Surrey in 1835 and he grew up in the pleasant surroundings of the famous county. As a young man he filled several positions as a gardner, among them at Appleby Castle and the famous Crystal Palace that was originally erected in Hyde Park to house the Great Exhibition of 1851. Eventually, in 1863 he joined his two brothers who had already settled in New Zealand and set up a business as nurserymen on Manukau Road. William first took a situation with the eminent General Taylor who, once retired from active service in India, had settled on a farm at West Tamaki. William held this position for five years before teaming up with his brothers in their business, which grew and prospered for 20 years. Eventually the brothers dissolved their association with James retaining the Parnell estate, George going to Claudelands in the Waikato, and William retaining the Ponsonby nursery, which lay from Jervois Road towards Cox’s Creek. He ran it for several years before deciding to become, of all things, a property developer. The land was cut up into plots and soon every section on the old nursery, which covered nearly 25 acres, sold rapidly at high prices for building purposes. He also owned a block of land across the road, comprising about 13 acres between Jervois Road and Argyle Street which he had laid down entirely as a strawberry farm, creating the largest bed in close proximity to Auckland. As the city expanded, suburban property continued to rise cost wise, so he next cut up this block into allotments because the land had become too valuable for horticulture. The glasshouse and strawberries disappeared and the thoroughfare then known as Mason’s Avenue was laid down to connect Jervois Road and Argyle Street in order to divide the estate. The situation was so desirable there was a rush of buyers and very soon the whole area was completely covered with buildings and no trace remained of what was previously a city landmark. William, one of the best known residents of Ponsonby, lived and died a bachelor, much like another philanthropist, Edward Costley. He was a man of good physique, good health and typically didn’t take precautions like all strong men who lead an outdoor life. Consequently he caught a chill which developed into a serious chest complaint that no doubt hastened his death at the age of 70 years, 42 of which were spent in Auckland, mainly on his Ponsonby estates. He was kindly man, always charitably disposed, contributing to many good causes and in fact needing only to be asked and he would then open his wallet. While he was still alive, he gifted the last section on his Ponsonby estate to the general trust board of Auckland’s Anglican Diocese. William died a very rich man and his relatives were not forgotten in his will but he bequeathed the bulk of his fortune to public institutions. The aggregate amount was probably more than £15,000. The Leys Institute received £1000 which was used to build the Institute’s Gymnasium. The Auckland Division of the Salvation Army, whose charitable work appealed strongly to William, received £500 and the same amount was left to Dr Barnado’s homes in England. The Society for the Protection of Women and Children and the SPCA each received £500 donations from the estate and being a member of the Communion of the Church of England, All Saints Church in Ponsonby received £500 towards the Permanent Building Fund. The residue of the estate, after payment of all liabilities, amounted to over £10,000 and was bequeathed to The Blind Institute in Parnell because alleviation of those afflicted had his greatest practical sympathy. So William Mason the unpretentious gardener-turned-nurseryman-turned-property -developer amassed a fortune which on his death benefitted the city. He joins the hallowed ranks of early benefactors such as Edward Costley whose monuments still stand in parts of the city, Sir John Logan Campbell who gave us the loveliest park in Australasia, James McKelvie, Sir George Grey, Edmund MacKechnie, Sir Arthur Myers and James Dilworth who established a school to educate and maintain boys from families in straitened circumstances. Auckland is indebted to those early citizens for their generous gifts that today and tomorrow remain to benefit and give pleasure to generation after PN generation. (DEIRDRE TOHILL) F

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RCG WINS AWARDS FOR COMMERCIAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE RCG, received four awards at the national retail design awards on Saturday 30 August. The RED Awards, run by the New Zealand Retail Interior Association, recognises design and commercial excellence in the retail sector. In the service division, RCG received the premier award for the AMI Concept Store in Takanini, a design that has positioned AMI as New Zealand’s leading face-to-face insurance brand. The concept store, the first of a new retail model which is being rolled out nationally, also won the Signage and Graphics Award, and the Colour award. John Lenihan, Director at RCG says that as a result of the new design, sales immediately picked up and have remained consistent. “AMI’s new store experience is globally innovative, it’s the best in the industry and the market’s response has surpassed expectations; their commercial results reflect this.” It was the distinctive street level frontage of Ziera in Newmarket that won the company their fourth design accolade - the Shop Front Award. Recently appointed Associate Director, designer Andy Florkowski said Ziera too have seen an upturn in business, “Alongside extremely positive customer feedback, the store results are exceeding business goals.” Both Ziera and AMI are finalists in the Best Design Awards which will be announced in October. In June RCG received two accolades at the Property Industry Awards. An excellence award for the Paul Keane Gymnasium at St Mary’s College, and a merit award for the Farro retail development in Grey Lynn. The company celebrates 25 years of business this year, and is known for its ability to create commercially successful environments from a mix of professional property, architecture, design, and research expertise. F PN For more information on RCG, visit www.rcg.co.nz

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1. Colorful terracotta tapas dishes handmade in Catalonia, Spain $14.95 each 13cm, and $12.95 each 9cm @ Milly’s www.millyskitchen.co.nz; 2. Golden Meercat by Ottmar Hori $350 @ Design 55 www.design55.co.nz; 3. Prepera Topper Chopper $44.95 @ Milly’s www.millyskitchen.co.nz; 4. Cablebin by Bluelounge $129.90 @ Askew www.askew.co.nz; 5. Ethically traded chocolate bars from The Wellington Chocolate factory, Craft Beer Bar, Trinidad & Tobago and Salted Brittle Caramel $13.50 each @ Askew www.askew.co.nz; 6. Brass horse tea light holder $295 @ Republic www.republichome.com; 7. ‘Hop to it Bunny’ by Morgan PN Haines $29 each @ Tessuti www.tessuti.co.nz F

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ARTS + CULTURE NZ SCULPTURE ONSHORE: ART, SCENERY AND A GREAT CAUSE 6-16 November 10am - 6pm daily Gala Opening - 5 November

Among the 100-plus artists exhibiting are Paul Dibble, Mary-Louise Brown and Lonnie Hutchinson, and Ponsonby locals Juliette Laird and Sally Tagg. Around 90% of the work exhibited has been made especially, or has not been exhibited in the Auckland region, and includes three-dimensional art, site-specific ephemeral installations, performance, light and sound works. Alongside the outdoor sculptures, a gallery located in the Officers Mess building offers very high quality smaller art works designed for gardens and home interiors.

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NZ Sculpture OnShore is once again set to wow visitors with over 100 works of art exhibited on a scenic reserve in Devonport. Proudly supporting Women’s Refuge New Zealand, the event presents some of the best contemporary New Zealand art while helping victims of domestic violence in New Zealand. All the works exhibited are for sale, with proceeds donated to Women’s Refuge.

Jack Marsden Mayer, Kashin 2012

Gala Opening - The twilight gala opening provides guests with a chance to see the exhibition before it opens to the public. Tickets are $85 (of which $50 is a tax deductible donation) and include wine by Vidal Estate and catering by Jeremy Schmid of The Officers’ Mess Café - which will operate onsite during the exhibition. photography: Gil Hanly

Something for everyone - As well as the Children’s Sculpture Exhibition, which showcases sculptures by children from Auckland schools and art groups, there is also a weekend activity programme to engage and amuse children. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors/students, $5 children (under 5s free). Family pass: $35; available online at www.eventfinda.co.nz or at the gate. F PN www.nzsculptureonshore.co.nz www.facebook.com/NZSculptureOnShore

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Marti Wong, Swirling Red Bull 2012

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ARTS + CULTURE SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY AN EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED ASB THEATRE, AOTEA CENTRE - 2 ONE ANOTHER 13 - 15 November photography: Julie Ibbotson

The Sydney Dance Company is returning to our shores after a long decade of absence, performing for four shows only. They are a truly amazing and spectacular dance company. This year they celebrate their 45th birthday and continue to wow audiences in Australia and on the international circuit. They employ the very best in dance talent and demand the highest calibre of skill and veracity from their company of 16 gorgeous and powerful dancers. Graeme Hitchcock Man Looking 2012

The show premiered in Sydney in March 2012, and has since toured all over Australia, North and South America and Russia - all to rave reviews while scooping up numerous awards. The work is choreographed by the brilliant artistic director Rafael Bonachela whose career has spanned the breadth of high end contemporary dance through to high profile commercial work with pop stars including Kylie Minogue and Tina Turner. He’s been controversial, successful and highly influential in his prolific career and his work is totally thrilling and has enraptured audiences all over the globe. “I can’t wait for Sydney Dance Company to return to Auckland,” says Bonachela, “it has been far too long between visits. I hope audiences will enjoy ‘2 One Another’, it has been performed in some of the world’s great stages from Moscow to Guanajuato, Mexico and it has a stunning lighting and stage design and a beautiful music score.“ It’s only four shows and who knows when you’ll get the chance to see them again - so don’t delay and get booking. Visit www.aucklandlive.co.nz/sydneydancecompany

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Yolande Joe, Look To A New Heaven and Earth; Louise Williams, Untitled; Toby King, Isostasy

SHOWING AT TOI ORA LIVE ART TOI ORA ARTISTS’ COLLECTIVE - IMAGINE Opening: 7 October 5.30pm Artists’ Talk in the Gallery: 11 October 11am The Toi Ora Artists’ Collective presents the exhibition ‘Imagine’ encompassing Auckland Art Week and Mental Health Awareness Week. Imagine a range of eclectic imagery informed by life experience and translated into personal narrative through a variety of mediums.

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TOI ORA CREATIVE WORKSHOPS Monday 6 October 6pm to 9pm Cost: Koha. Keep learning is the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2014 Print Making: All levels for this fun and inspiring class. Make a unique print or gift card using the techniques of woodcut and mono printing. Kick off your artistic practice or advance yourself to the next level at the friendly printmaking studio. Tutored by Mira Glisic-Milojev. Creative Writing: Get creative in a writing workshop and discover new skills on the page. The focus will be on poetry, but the techniques can be applied to novel or short-story writing, or to help form that concept you need for any kind of writing project. Some focus will be given to presenting your text on the page, and to performing it aloud. You should walk away with two short pieces you have written yourself, and one of them will be edited, polished, and performed to the group. See you there! Tutor Daniel Larsen-Barr. F PN To enrol contact TOI ORA LIVE ART, 6 Putiki Street, T: 09 360 4171 info@toiora.org.nz www.toiora.org.nz

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ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT WHITESPACE Nic Moon; Tissue Memory at Whitespace 7 - 25 October Artist talk, Saturday 11 October at 3pm - all welcome “For 25 years I have felt compelled to live within the breath of the Southern Alps, a long New Zealand mountain range created by the violent upthrust of an earthquake fault. “This journey began for me as a South Auckland teenager, when I embarked on a solo trans-alpine train journey between Christchurch and Greymouth. I was searching for the raw shelter of Rita Angus’s 1936 painting ‘Cass’. “For the first 10 years of my career I worked from a studio beside the Nelson Lakes National Park, five kilometres from the remote alpine settlement of St Arnaud. The spring-fed stream at my back fence provided my drinking water and became a familiar soothing presence. It was also the Alpine Fault Line. “This body of work delves into the changing implications of life for many of us post the Christchurch earthquakes and in the wake of our rapidly changing weather patterns. We are faced with a stark reminder of our transience within the cycles and forces of nature. “My work touches on aspects of trauma and repair, human touch, fragility and strength, and transience and renewal. I am exploring the physical and psychological effects of living in a beautiful landscape that also holds the memory of regular violent change.” - Nic Moon Nic Moon received a BFA from Ilam School of Fine Arts, Canterbury University and an MFA from RMIT in Melbourne, she has established a reputation with the formal and classic beauty of her paintings, sculpture, and photography. This is also evident in her elegant sculptural and installation works using gathered materials and found objects (both natural and industrial). This exhibition coincides with the opening of the Ranui Library, a project where Nic has collaborated with Jasmax architect Lars von Minden to create a sculptural installation PN referencing the Great Forest on both the interior and exterior of the library. F WHITESPACE, 12 Crummer Road. T: 09 361 6331, www.whitespace.co.nz

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Ranui Forest Canopy in progress

A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE DISCOVERING ANOTHER CULTURE New Zealand is a magnificent country, why not join the student exchange family and expose an exchange student to the wonders of New Zealand? The benefits are amazing. "Hosting opens your mind to all sorts of thinking and all sorts of possibilities. I cannot recommend it highly enough", says New Zealand host mum Trudie. "If you have the opportunity to host, just do it." The Cain family (from New Zealand) were thrilled to have French student Claire stay with them. Host mum Trudie commented, "we are so lucky to have Claire come stay with us. She is wonderful. Claire fits in easily with family life and adapted well to preparing her own breakfast and lunch during the week. Her warm and easy going nature made it easy for all the family to get along with her instantly." Trudie continued, "She was very happy to 'hang out' with the family, prepare meals and assist in clearing up after meals." Student Exchange is looking for host families across New Zealand to welcome a group of overseas students into their homes for anywhere between two and 10 months. It is an experience that is often referred to as a way to ‘reignite your passion for New Zealand’, whilst at the same time creating bonds and making lifelong memories. A hosting experience is an opportunity for both the exchange student and host family to learn first hand about the world around them. It is a unique experience to discover another culture, share your family values, and make lifelong memories and friendships. Students become another member of the family, attend a local school, and are supported by local coordinators. They all have basic levels of English. Student Exchange Australia New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation registered with the New Zealand Ministry of Education. For further information please visit their website www.studentexchange.org.nz/host-a-student or call their New Zealand office on PN T: 0800 440 079 to speak with an area representative. F

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ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT OREXART JANELLE WILLS - ‘ON A CLEAR DAY’ 16 September - 24 October

GARNET STATION STUDIO IN WESTMERE RE-OPENING

A sense of the past, or perhaps the hidden present, tantalizingly just out-of-frame, haunts and potentiates Janelle Wills’ work. She photographs apparently mundane, everyday suburban scenes - backyards, clotheslines, rubbish bins - and then paints them, infusing supposedly ‘objective’ representations with an almost palpable sense of absence or, unnervingly, invisible presence. Wills is interested in using banal imagery to create a sinister undertone that interrupts certainty and comfort, and alludes to something more ominous.

New Zealand actor Helen Moulder is bringing one of her solo shows to re-open the Studio at Garnet Station in Westmere.

Janelle Wills was born in Tauranga in 1974, and currently lives and paints full-time in Auckland. She holds an MA of Fine Art and Design from AUT, a PGDipFA and BFA from Elam, and a MA in Conservation of Cultural Materials (specialising in easel painting) from the University of Melbourne. She has extensive work experience in conservation and restoration in England, Wales and New Zealand, rendering two scenic paintings for Auckland’s Civic Theatre restoration.

The show is Helen Moulder’s new solo play Gloria’s Handbag, which opened at Circa Theatre in Wellington in March this year and has been touring New Zealand since August, including Nelson, Marlborough and Manawatu. After Auckland, Helen will take the show to Sydney. “I’m delighted to be helping Verity and Lisa re-launch their studio as my solo plays are designed for just this kind of space.” Helen’s last show, Playing Miss Havisham, has been in Auckland several times over the last eight years. “I’ll be performing Gloria’s Handbag in several Auckland venues for private groups, but wanted to do some public shows too.” Besides Garnet Station, Helen will be at Highwic House, St Andrew’s Church - Kohimarama and the Waiheke Art Gallery.

ArtWeek Event Landscape Painting’s Enduring Appeal, A Talk by Warwick Brown Saturday 11 October, 1pm OREXART, 15 Putiki Street, Arch Hill, T: 09 378 0588 for more information visit www.orexart.co.nz or contact rex@orexart.co.nz F PN

“It’s five years since we’ve had a performance in the studio,” said Verity “as we’ve been living in it. When Helen enquired about performing with us, we thought it a brilliant reason to move out!”

Gloria’s Handbag is about a 97-year-old woman who hasn’t long to live and who splashes out on a one-off Italian designer handbag. Her son is horrified that she has wasted so much money, but the purchase sets of a series of events which transform Gloria’s last days. “I think men might think the title a bit old-ladyish,” said Helen, “but there are six characters, aged between 21 and 97, including two guys, one of whom is an Australian gardener. It’s not about an old woman reminiscing about the things in her handbag. Anything but.” The play also includes music from Mozart’s Magic Flute and some magic tricks which Helen had to learn for the production. “Studying magic with two magicians has been fantastic fun. I thought I’d never master some of it, but with time and practise, it’s amazing what you can do.” Helen wrote the play with a colleague, Sue Rider, in Brisbane. “We wanted to write about all the stuff we gather over a lifetime and our relationship to objects and their influence on us, but other themes have crept in - the ageing process, families and a future where the accumulation of things may not be so important - it’s been a hugely rewarding experience.” Helen plans to keep the play in her repertoire for several years. “With a bit of luck, I may keep going until I’m 97.” Verity George and Lisa Prager have been running Garnet Station Cafe since 2007 and host all kinds of events at the cafe. “Re-opening the studio will provide us with the space to plan performances and events,” said Verity. “It’s also a great party space, so it’s exciting that it’s now available for hire again.” Gloria’s Handbag is playing over three dates. Tuesday 7 October, Tuesday 14 October PN and Wednesday 15 October. 7.30pm F On the lam, 2014, Oil on canvas, 640 x 560mm

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Garnet Station Studio, 85 Garnet Road; T: 09 360 3397 www.garnetstation.com

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THE DEVONPORT ARTS FESTIVAL 8 - 16 NOVEMBER Devonport Peninsula is being transformed during the second biennial Devonport Arts Festival. The village is hosting an array of art experiences for all visitors to the area, including a community mural, a free outdoor book swap, graffiti art, knit graffiti, music, chocolate sculpting, pottery lessons, pop-up art workshops, poetry readings and special exhibitions; the festival line up promises to cater to all creative palates. Opening with a village market day on Saturday 8 November between 2-5pm on Windsor Reserve, there will be art demonstrations, a handmade craft market, as well as free face painting, balloon twisting and a petting zoo for the children. The Devonport Arts Festival has roots far reaching into the 50s where it began as a hotly anticipated annual institution, sustaining a place in the community into the late 1990s. Often referred to as Auckland’s urban arts village, Devonport is teeming with talent, and it’s this local talent that has come together to produce a phenomenal line up of events. It’s a community project, proudly supported by Bayleys Real Estate, Auckland Council, The Devonport Business Association and the Devonport/Takapuna Local Board. For more details www.devonportartsfestival.com

ARTS + CULTURE VINTAGE, YET MODERN WHEN GRANT ALEXANDER AND HIS DAUGHTER KATE ALEXANDER FORMED A BUSINESS together in September 1999, it was with the clear purpose of using design to make brands speak louder. Their pitch to clients about what made them different was their ‘youth and experience'. Grant with his 25 year’s experience co-founding and growing Australasian company Designworks, and Kate with her graduate enthusiasm. This month Studio Alexander turns 15. Like Ponsonby News, they know what it means to be around a while. Today Studio Alexander boasts local and international design awards, clients of all sizes, and a team of designers who all trained at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts. Grant himself is a member of the Massey University Creative Industries Hall of Fame alongside the likes of Kate Sylvester and Sir Richard Taylor. It is this connection with education and emerging young talent that Grant says keeps him interested and engaged with the design profession. “I always have and always will, surround myself with graduates and young professionals,” says Grant. "Seeing the business benefits that flow from rigorous creative collaboration is rewarding for both emerging designers and clients." So what have Studio Alexander created that you might recognise? The re-brand for Pene Milne from Premium Herne Bay to Milne & Co., the brand and launch of the world’s first home brewery, The Williams Warn, the New Zealand-wide launch of Brinks Organic Chicken, the retail and event design for the art print store endemicworld at 62 Ponsonby Road and award winning posters for MOFO, a recent play at the Basement Theatre. What makes Studio Alexander ‘the only’ today? They’re vintage, yet still modern. That’s quite on-trend; combining the eras in an eclectic mix of old and new. So if you are about PN to engage in a project and want your brand to speak louder, give them a call. F

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ARTS + CULTURE ARTWEEK 2014 ARTWEEK is back for 2014 and boasting the largest programme to date. Launching 10 October, the weeklong festival unites nine Auckland neighbourhoods in a citywide celebration of our diverse and vibrant contemporary art scene. Over 10 days there are over 100 events and exhibitions across 90 venues and galleries, in nine precincts over Auckland, with the majority of events being free too. Ponsonby News caught up with two galleries here in the Ponsonby precinct ahead of the festivities. DIRECTOR, KYLIE SANDERSON AT SANDERSON CONTEMPORARY ART HERNE BAY

DIRECTOR, PHILIP CLARKE OF OBJECTSPACE What can we find happening at Objectspace during ARTWEEK 2014? At the start of the week we have the last day of Mark Cleverley Master of Craft. Mark is a senior New Zealand designer whose works are recognisable to many many New Zealanders... Ceramics for Crown Lynn and very distinctive New Zealand stamps as well as other graphic, textile and architectural designs. Starting from 17 October we have works from the internationally renowned Janus Press which surprisingly has a very strong and largely unknown connection with New Zealand and New Zealanders. And in the window a lovely installation by textile artist Miranda Smitheram whose work anticipates a time when textiles will be digitally interactive with the environment. What are your three top tips when visiting a gallery for the first time? 1. Find what the character and specific interests and strengths of the gallery are. 2. Ask questions. Surprisingly people often feel they should know, when the whole point of visiting is to learn. 3. Enjoy. How did you get into the business of art? Like a lot of people, a combination of sideways moves and following my heart’s desire. Who are some of your favourite local artists? Ponsonby artist Sarah Guppy is a great potter and artist. One of my favourite shows here was Au Revoir Marilyn Sainty that celebrated the achievement of local designer Marilyn Sainty of Scotties. I remember saying at the time I couldn’t think of a New Zealand designer, working in any medium, who might have brought more joy to people’s lives. What is the most awe inspiring art work you have worked with? Kingsland based stone carver Joe Sheehan’s first solo show, Limelight, was staged here. Years later I still think about his wonderful works and of course he has gone on to achieve international fame. What’s one painting or work of art you’d be happily trapped inside of for eternity? Anything by the late Rome-based United States painter Cy Twombly! A room of Joe Sheehan’s would do, as would a room of Richard Stratton ceramics. He is a Wellington based artist who has a show, Impending Situations, 8 October to 8 November at Anna Miles Gallery in High Street. What does ARTWEEK mean to you and Objectspace? Lots of people promenading up and down Ponsonby Rd and K’Rd galleries... a festive air. 25 years ago Ponsonby News was born - what were you doing in 1989? Working in the arts, thank goodness, at the Arts Council... then the QEII Arts Council, now Creative New Zealand.

What can we find happening at Sanderson Contemporary Art Herne Bay during ARTWEEK 2014? Artist Brendan McGorry is presenting The Belle Époque Project, a full immersion installation that completely takes over the gallery space. Brendan weaves familiar historical motifs from French Impressionists with contemporary imagery, creating an integrated installation of his paintings with an imagined French salon. It’s a fusion of past and present, so visiting the gallery during the show will be a unique experience. What are your three top tips when visiting a gallery for the first time? 1. Be open to appreciate the work - even if it’s not what you’re usually into. 2. Ask questions - most gallerists are enthusiastic to talk about their artists. 3. If you like the gallery, join the mailing list - it’s a great way of staying up-to-date and finding out about new artists you may not be aware of. How did you get into the business of Art? I’ve been in the art business since I opened my first gallery in 2002. I’d spent four years at university studying town planning before realising I had no interest in that industry; so, I decided to pursue something I was passionate about. Although I had no related qualifications, I was intensely interested in working with art - I took a risk and luckily it turned out well! It’s always really invigorating to see what young artists are doing. A couple of up-and-coming artists I’m really excited about are Amanda Gruenwald, who has just had her second exhibition in our Herne Bay gallery, and Josephine Cachemaille, who has a great exhibition opening in our Newmarket gallery in October. What other ARTWEEK events should people make sure they head along to? Besides the plethora of great exhibitions, tours, and artist talks, I always like events that allow you to glimpse behind the scenes. Tim Melville’s talk on ‘Collecting Contemporary’ is a great event to get some insight into the world of contemporary art and gather some tips about starting an art collection. But just check out the website and see what takes your fancy! What’s one painting or work of art you’d be happily trapped inside of for eternity? None! That sounds awful, no matter how much I liked the work. What does ARTWEEK mean to you and Sanderson Contemporary Art Herne Bay? During ARTWEEK people really create time in their calendars to go out and engage with art, so we have the opportunity to meet a whole new audience and introduce them to our artists. 25 years ago Ponsonby News was born - what were you doing in 1989? I was a student at Greenmeadows Intermediate School in Manurewa (Mrs Pearson was my art teacher).

KYLIE and PHILIP’S TOP TIPS WHEN VISITNG A GALLERY • RESEARCH: “Find what the character and specific interests and strengths of the gallery are.” Philip. • BE OPEN: “Even if it’s not what you’re usually into, be open to appreciate the work.” Kylie. • ASK QUESTIONS: “Surprisingly people often feel they should know, when the whole point of visiting is to learn”. Philip. • JOIN THE MAILING LIST: “It’s a great way of staying up-to-date and finding out about new artists you may not be aware of.” Kylie. • ENJOY! ARTWEEK 10 - 19 October. For the full 2014 programme visit www.artweekauckland.co.nz

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ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT DEPOT ARTSPACE GROUP SHOW: OUTSIDE THE SQUARE 8 - 20 November Opening in the Main Gallery - Saturday 8 November 2 - 3.30pm Mathematical or metaphorical! Divine or diabolical! Emotional or abstract! As part of the Devonport Arts Festival, 19 artists will each exhibit three works that encourage the audience to think ‘outside the square’. This opportunity brings together artists who are established conceptual thinkers and have diverse cultural involvement with their communities. The mediums artists will explore are painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and installation.

ST MATTHEW’S CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PARTNERING WITH THE AUCKLAND YOUTH CHOIR SUNDAY 19 OCTOBER 2.30PM Sage experience and youthful verve combine at this concert to perform Faure’s Requiem, a much loved choral-orchestra work, and the setting of the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead. Serious stuff with a heavenly touch! St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra produces the kind of music that is magic. The Auckland Youth Choir has received high praise from some of the most respected choral and media institutions throughout the world: Andre de Quadros, advisor of the International Federation of Choral Music says, “The (Auckland Youth Choir) is clearly outstanding in its musicianship and discipline.”

Featuring: Jo Barrett, Katherine Batchelor, Barbara Cope, Beatrice Carlson, Carole Driver, Erin Forsyth, Linda Gair, Robyn Gibson, Bev Goodwin, Diane Halstead, Jude Hoani, Sally Lush, Prue MacDougall, Dugald Page, Peter Raos, Mandy Thomsett Taylor, Jeff Thomson, Graeme Thompson, Jim Wheeler. F PN

This final concert St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra 2014 Concert Season promises to be extraordinary - please stay after the concert for a glass of wine and a nibble and for the launch of St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra’s 2015 Concert Season. F PN

DEPOT ARTSPACE, 28 Clarence Street, Devonport, T: 09 963 2331 www.depotartspace.co.nz

ST MATTHEW-IN-THE-CITY CHURCH, corner Wellesley and Hobson streets www.smco.org.nz

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ARTS + CULTURE INTERNATIONAL CIRCUS STARS IN TOWN THIS OCTOBER Two local award winning companies, Circability and the Blingling Bros have partnered up to bring Auckland their third Circus Convention from 16-19 October. This year’s offering looks set to be a stunner with an action packed weekend of workshops, competitions, forums and shows in Victoria Park and the Victory Convention Centre in Freemans Bay. The Circus Spectacular Gala Show hosted by The Blingling Bros (NZ Circus Award Winners 2013) is priced to sell with family tickets only $40. The Bros want to fill the stadium for the special performances by international and national circus stars, as well as talented young local artists. Circus leaders and practitioners can register for the NZ Circus Futures Forum to discuss the future of circus in our community with special international guests Gil Favreau

(Director Social Action and Community Relations, Cirque Du Soleil), and NICA (National Institute of Circus Arts) Programme Director, Rose Stephens. In pre-convention master classes, Mason West will offer a two day intensive focus workshop in acrobatic technique and form, safe teaching, performance methods and industry know-how. And Circability will offer their Free Family Circus Sunday in Victoria Park, where the whole family can learn circus together, or pull up a rug and watch the fun but fierce competitions in the Circolympics with crazy compeititons like combat juggle, toss the diabolo, longest hooper and more!

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Saturday 19 October 7.00 pm Victory Convention Centre

Circus Gala Show Hosted by the Blingling Bros (NZ Circus Award Winners 2013)

Thom Wall - USA (Cirque du Soleil), Mason West - AUS (Circus Oz), Chris Carlos AUS, Top NZ artists Spinnovation, Dust Palace

Friday 17- Sunday 19

Third Auckland Circus Convention

Workshops, Shows, CircOlympics, Family Circus

Wednesday 15 - Thursday 16 Victory Convention Centre

Pre-convention Workshops

Mason West - AUS

Sunday 19 October 10 am - 1 pm Campbell Free Kindergarten

NZ Circus Futures Forum Hosted by Circability; (2013 Arts Access Aotearoa Community Partnership Award Winners)

Gil Favreau Cirque du Soleil (Director Social Action); Rose Stephens, National Institute of Circus Arts (Program Manager) AUS

Sunday 19 October 2pm

Family Circus and CircOlympics in Victoria Park

Circability and the Blinglings

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No need for another Zeppelin reunion - Robert Plant is back Robert Plant has always been the thorn in the side of Led Zeppelin reunions. He’s been quoted numerous times telling the press he has no interest in rehashing the past. For many of us die hard Led Zep fans this has come as a great disappointment, and yet with the release of his latest album, Lullaby and... the Ceaseless Roar, I now understand why he prefers not to return to his younger days. He views his early lyrics and musicianship with disinterest and no small hint of scorn and, while he may be overly critical of himself, his latest offering certainly presents a well adventured and mature musician. I will make a bold claim right from the outset - this is the best album a member of Led Zeppelin has recorded since their final long play. While so many of Plant’s contemporaries are sitting back on their old hits, touring on the basis of their success or in some cases attempting to continue the same formula of their early career. Plant is experimenting with an eclectic mix of instruments and a variety of new sounds and morphing of genres. His long held interest in Afro-Celtic sounds is very visible in this latest release as he moulds it in a unique combination with Zeppelin-like music. Lullaby and... the Ceaseless Roar is an album I’ve been waiting for all year and it didn’t disappoint. Rainbow was released a month before the album hit the shelves and that track will be my most played song of September. It is one of my favourite songs released this year, it is one of the more classic rock sounding tracks on the album, reminiscent of Zeppelin, yet more restrained and bringing that collection of African instruments together with the classic four piece band. One of the things that stands out on Lullaby is how restrained Plant is with his vocals. Gone are the days of the high pitched belter in tight pants and no shirt, strutting the stage crying ‘baby’. He allows the band to carry the songs, highlighting his wonderfully crafted lyrics and simple delivery. At times the album could have done with an insertion of oomph from Plant in his delivery, and it does feel very safe vocally. There is a brief touch of the old days in Turn It Up which is followed by a well needed change in pace and tempo for A Stolen Kiss. This song shows that even without challenging himself vocally he can still carry a ballad to perfection. Possibly the best song on the album is Embrace Another Fall which is has some of the most incredible lyrics I have heard. This features guest vocals from Julie Murphy, in

a beautiful rendition, sung in the original tongue of the Lark’s Elegy. There are a couple of misses on the album, ironically these are the tunes without the African and Celtic roots that are becoming Plant’s forte. It opens with his stunning arrangement of the traditional Little Maggie which brings the banjo to the fore amongst keyboards from Massive Attack keyboardist John Baggott. The highlight of Maggie is the use of the Ritti, a one-stringed African folk instrument. The album closes with Arbaden (Maggie’s Baby) nicely bringing the album full circle and rounds out the Afro-Celt sound, even if it leaves you wanting more with a slightly unnecessary fade out. This is a must listen, and will definitely feature in my top albums of 2014, if not appearing right at the top. The album comes with a lovely booklet with Plant’s lyrics, so get out and PN grab it, you won’t regret it. (FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT) F Finn McLennan-Elliott has a Bachelor of Science Honours degree, specialising in human geography at Auckland University. In his spare time, Finn plays clarinet and guitar in an orchestra and a folk music group. He is hosting ‘Folk at the Old Folks’- on the first Sunday of every month at the Auckland Old Folks Association Hall, an intimate afternoon concert of folk music.

25 YEARS OF PONSONBY: AN ERA ENDS IN 1994 When the Gluepot closed it was truly the end of an era. The late 70s saw the Gluepot as a premier music venue packed with bands and patrons. The place was called the Ponsonby Club Hotel but came to be known as the Gluepot. Hello Sailor is the band attributed with igniting the Gluepot as a live music venue and ‘the’ place to play in Auckland. In 1977 they performed to a crowd of more than 600, the stage was made of beer crates and covered with old carpet. As years went by, for a local band to have played at the Gluepot it was a mark of having ‘made it’ in Auckland. A real stage was constructed, and local international musicians strutted the boards the Rolling Stones played there and Midnight Oil’s Peter Garrett is said to have jumped too high and put a hole in the ceiling with his head. Punk had well and truly arrived in Ponsonby when cult New Zealand band Toy Love played the Gluepot... The final days of the Gluepot in October 1994 were marked by a three-day party with more than 100 acts playing all the bars. The Vista bar was demolished by PN a gang wielding baseball bats on the last night of the festivities. F

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25 YEARS OF PONSONBY: WENDY NELSON Wendy Nelson of Union Clothing answered a few questions for the 25th anniversary issue. What brought you to Ponsonby? I loved the vibe and the exciting mix that Ponsonby had to offer and I wanted to be a part of it. Can you recall what you were doing back in 1989 (25 years ago?) Probably working out the back of Chlorofile my clothing store on Ponsonby Road, in the design room or might have just had a long lunch at Prego! What was the greater Ponsonby neighbourhood like back then? A little bit more alternative and not so many shops and restaurants - but still full of life and fun and the eclectic mix it has today.

ARTS + CULTURE THE THIRD ANNUAL CHURCH STREET ART SALE Sunday 9 November 11am - 4pm Originally conceived as a studio sell off-of pre-exhibited or older works by professional artists as a way of clearing old stock, this successful event at the old Devonport Power station continues to provide a terrific opportunity for people to buy great art at affordable prices. For one day only there will be on sale, a variety of art from multiple disciplines by over 20 artists including Rob Tucker, Anna Hollings, Campbell Hegan, Charles Rose, Clare Kim, Diane Curtis, Elsabe Pretorius, Frank Van Schaik, Jay Dixon, Garth Steeper, Jo Barrett, Paul Hartigan, Lucy Bucknall, Malcolm Walker, Marie Nalder, Polly Zee Walker, Prue Mac Dougall, Linda Gair, Robyn Gibson, Simon McIntyre, Ande Barrett-Hegan, Greg Page, Karl Amundsen and John Oxborough. OLD DEVONPORT POWER STATION, 47 Church Street, Devonport.

Ponsonby News has been running for 25 years, can you recall a particular article that has stuck with you? John Elliott used to come into the store often - he is always inspirational and a bit of fun. Chlorofile probably used to appear in the Ponsonby News often in those days. What has kept you living in the greater Ponsonby area? The eclectic mix of people and fashion. The shopping and restaurants are world class and the vibe is exhilarating and second to none in Auckland. Ponsonby has its own originality and freedom of expression. What will help Ponsonby continue to be a great place to live, work and visit? Love it how it is. Ponsonby will always grow organically and at its own pace.

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HERALD THEATRE, AOTEA CENTRE BLACK GRACE - XMAS VERSES Proudly supported by Auckland Live, 5 - 9 November Fresh from performances in Edinburgh, Seoul and New York City, Black Grace presents Xmas Verses, back in Aotearoa by popular demand. 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 our most celebrated artists, Neil Ieremia. Featuring music from Fat Freddy’s Drop, 2Pac and Al Green, Xmas Verses is inspired by memories of long hot Kiwi summers with family, friends, plenty of food and festivities. So take a break from the gift-wrapping, iron your favourite t-shirt, put on your best jandals, and come and laugh along to some Xmas Verses. “Xmas Verse... Strong explosions of dance that is so characteristic of the company and PN the creativity of Neil Ieremia.” - Theatreview 2013 F If you missed out last year here’s your chance - book now. T: 09 970 9700 www.ticketmaster.co.nz

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25 YEARS OF PONSONBY: JOHN ELLIOTT In the 1970s I was Deputy Principal of Bayfield School, but lived on the North Shore. When I returned to Auckland in 1982 I sought to live in Ponsonby, and have done so ever since. In October 1989 I was very involved with the local business association, and my main business was producing student diaries for schools throughout New Zealand. I decided to start a local newsletter to help promote local happenings, and so began the Ponsonby Community Newsletter - forerunner of Ponsonby News. The most interesting local issue in the last 25 years was the Western Bays Community Board’s trial of one way and closed streets around John Street in Ponsonby. This unpopular experiment caused civil disobedience, people drove up on footpaths to avoid the barricades, there were threats with AK-rifles. At the end of the trial Ponsonby Community Newsletter had received dozens of letters, mainly opposed to the changes. The board abandoned the idea. It was a great example of a Ponsonby neighbourhood issue - no one in Mt Roskill or on the North Shore cared one bit. It convinced me that a genuinely local magazine can succeed. Auckland is too big and there are too many suburbs to take an active interest in other areas. But we care, and have always done, about our own neighbourhood.

ARTS + CULTURE UPTOWN ARTS SCENE What’s on in October? Artweek! From 10 - 19 October, artists, galleries, community spaces, pop-ups, and businesses around Auckland host 100 free events over 90 venues! This will be Artweek’s fifth year of opening up art to the community, and of course the uptown area is highly concentrated arty goodness. On K’Road, there’s too much to mention: 17 events in 10 days. LOOK occupies the window fronts of 19 businesses. Nathan Thompson’s Black Filed Plates fill the Audio Foundation with sound, and Richard Killeen and Patrick Lundberg show new works at Ivan Anthony. Imogen Taylor’s latest exhibition Glory Hole opens 15 October at Michael Lett. Imogen also has work showing in Art Hall 4, the latest iteration of exhibitions from the artists who work at Studio Art Supplies. Held in the Crummer Road store’s upstairs space, the opening is on Saturday 11 October, with additional artworks by Evan Woodruffe, Dean Tercel and Michael Mitchell. Also in Crummer Road, Whitespace has Nic Moon; and next door at Silver Project Space is Mia Hamilton with the last couple of days of Mark Cleverley’s 60 year legacy of design at Objectspace. In Putiki Street, Two Rooms is showing Michael Shepherd and Elizabeth Thomson, Tahi Moore and John Skoog open on 17 October at Hopkinson Mossman, and Janelle Wills’ PN uncanny landscapes are at Orexart. F For full listings check out www.artweekauckland.co.nz (WILL PAYNT, STUDIO ART SUPPLIES)

The buzz, the cafes, the hot bread, the theatre, movies, art galleries, cosmopolitan PN lifestyle - who would want to live anywhere else? F

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Above L to R: Dave Weir has just voted; Douglas Benecke and Phillip Cui give out Chip Off The Old Block delicious chips; Glengarry Ponsonby Road

Above L to R: Hipstamatics perform; Le Vietnamese Kitchen food stall; Lunch on the strip

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Above L to R: Lynfield College Jazz Group Perform; Queen City Big Band performing at All Saint’s Ponsonby; Shoppers at Mark Maple Ltd

Above L to R: Voting booth at All Saints Ponsonby; Wakakura perform; Yuzu food stall

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ARTS + CULTURE ARTWEEK AUCKLAND ON K’ ROAD 10 - 19 October K’ Road is hosting over 30 free events for Artweek Auckland; from subversive, emerging and fine art to alternative sound and light installations, textile and ceramic crafts. Arts events, talks, workshops, tours and shows for adults, children, cyclists, the Rainbow community, Tangata Whenua, peoples of the Pacific, practitioners and all explorers. The specially commissioned work for this event is neon light with sound; Multiverse in La Gonda Arcade. LOOK has a record 19 windows along K’ Road for you to explore. A unique offering for 2014 is an Augmented Reality App for your phone with geolocating, a competition, artists’ videos and a ‘Game of Thrones’ style opening sequence rising out of the Artweek brochure. Dates and times and the APP can be found on www.artonkroad.com Multiverse Lawrence Brock and Mark Schafer’s Multiverse explores the way we sense rhythm, colour, tone and harmony using the purity of neon lights, and analogue sound synthesis. The installation will include multiple infinity panels connected to a sequencer and synthesiser, generating constantly evolving (but connected) musical and visual patterns. The Pop-up Games Arcade Come along on Wednesday or Thursday night to take part in a story-making game! We’ll work as a group to make an interactive story, where the reader can make choices to as they go. Come on Saturday to play the finished stories in digital form, running on Pop-Up Arcade’s hand-painted computers. You don’t need to book or bring anything. Just turn up! Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. 100 Domed Objects As a part of the 100 Days project Helen Jarvis and Alan Syxomexune will be creating one domed object a day for 100 days. Each object will be unique and intricate topped with a glass dome to preserve its delicate form. They will be showcasing a selection of our best design in the front window of our store for the duration of art week before exhibiting them at the 100 Days project exhibition. Reflections: artistRY, a creative collaboration group at RainbowYOUTH ‘Reflections’ is a collaborative exhibition piece by members of artistRY, a creative collective within RainbowYOUTH that explores the use of ordinary and everyday objects and moments to reflect the meaning and multiplicity of queer and gender diverse people’s embodied experience. Through observation and engagement with these fragments, we are able to construct meaning and understanding of others’ lives and identities. Highlighting the way in which authentic and artistic expression shapes our connectedness of experience, freedom and sense of community, the presentation of these pieces and our spaces reflect the ability to turn vulnerability and exposure into resistance and strength. ‘Reflections’ is a visual discussion and interactive exploration of the complexity, opposition, interplay and synthesis of experience and expression, connection/consumption, the meaningful and the ordinary, presentation/representation and self vs the whole. ‘From Toko to Tuhoe’ - Three emerging Maori artists show work in paint. ‘From Toko to Tuhoe’ describes the geography and whakapapa shared amongst these three. Walter Dewes and Tamararo Raihania hail from the East Coast,and Kezia Whakamoe has Tuhoe as her home ground. All three studied at Toimairangi School of Maori Visual Art in Hastings under the tutelage of Sandy Adsett and Chris Bryant-Toi. In this exhibition they stand together in that shared experience and also move away from that time as students and into the wider culture of art in the dynamic, and diverse experience that is the urban district of inner city Auckland. All three know themselves and the space they occupy, and move through both a refined and expansive way - creating lyrical and rich work in various media. All three have a clever knowledge and high level of skill in their chosen styles. Kezia and Walter currently paint full time in Hastings and Ruatoria respectively, and Tamararo works as a freelance Ta Moko artist - often found at Otautahi Tattoo on K’ Road. If they were described as music they would be metal meets hip hop in an underground scene; its art in the centre and on the margin. Nau mai haere mai. www.kroad.com/arts/ The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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L to R: John Wills addresses the crowd; a large group of local residents and the team from Custom Residential enjoyed their birthday celebration

L to R: Vicki Taylor and Mark Thomson; Craig Brownie, Nic Blackie and Clayton Munting

CUSTOM RESIDENTIAL 6TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, WEDNESDAY 10 SEPTEMBER

L to R: Glenn Wigley, Liz Wheadon and Andrew Taylor; Jak Jakicevich and Helena Karlbom

L to R: Kevin Wildman and Graeme Gash provide some entertainment. Joanne Barrett being poured a glass of Pol Roger Champagne from a 15litre bottle! Kevin Wildman, Joanne Barrett and Graeme Gash

GLENGARRY WINELETTER #200 CELEBRATION, MONDAY 15 SEPTEMBER, VICTORIA PARK

September’s Glengarry Wines Newsletter is its 200th edition. It is New Zealand’s longest-running wine dedicated publication and was first published way back in 1987.

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Above L to R: Club Manager Sharon Mitchell with Junior Coordinator Libby Vesty; Head Coach Justin Mackenzie with Jake Riordan; Head Coach Justin Mackenzie, President Al Monro, MP for Mt Albert David Shearer, and Committee Member Lawrence Watt

Above L to R: Jacqui & Yasmin Robertson, with Jennie Hosie, and Miles Grimer; Labour List MP Jacinda Ardern, & Head Coach Justin Mackenzie; Mark and Sol (Zuma) Osbourne

Above L to R: Millie and James Wesley; MP for Mt Albert David Shearer hits the first ball of the season; Murray Dewhurst, Lucy Mackenzie, and Club Manager and Treasurer Caroline Harrow

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Above L to R: Pablo Lemos, William Mitchell, Nic Varley, Blair O’Brien, and James Dominey; Sol (Zuma) and Mark Osbourne; Sponsor Paul Grubi of Club Power, and Bernadette Blumsky-Gibbs of Skinny Love

Above L to R: Tennis Serve; West End Lawn Tennis Club; Yasmin & Jacqui Robertson

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Above L to R: Anita & Leon Narbey of Narbey Olive Grove; Gaylene Whiteford of 5 Dollar Deli; Giovanna Sabbatino of Il Casaro

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Above L to R: Erik Cheah of Urban Fuel; Fresh Gardens Certified Organic Growers; fresh baked goods by Pataka

Above L to R: Honey Nectar & Bee Plant talk; treats by Artisan Italian Desserts; Griff Cooke - neuromuscular massage therapist

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Above L to R: Market Pooch; Market Pooch; Martin Leach and Pippa Coom at the Markets

Above L to R: Martin Leach and Pippa Coom; Luke Carrington of Salmon Man; Mecina Stanbury of Waikato Free Range

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Above L to R: Murray Joyce of Organic Herbs and Seedlings; Sophie Carew of Carew Kitchen with Kirsty Godso; Max Maxwell - Sing for Joy

Above L to R: Produce from Tikapa Moana - Bill Brownell, Francisco Barros, Marilyn Brownell & Caroline Weetink; Market Day Bustle; Portugese Custard Tarts by JamPak’d

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Above L to R: Anita Narbey of Narbey Olive Grove; Applause for Fionna Hill; Applause for Martin Leach

Above L to R: Bernie Griffen performing with Kirsten Warner and Ritchie Simms; Deborah Yates, Alison Jones, and Ron Miller; Denise Roche, Martin Leach and Deborah Yates

Above L to R: Fionna Hill of the Grey Lynn Community Gardens; GM of Localist Christina Sayers Wickstead, with Martin Leach; Grey Lynn Farmer’s Market 5th birthday cake

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Above L to R: Green Party List Member Denise Roche, with Martin Leach; Grey Lynn Farmer’s Market 5th Birthday; Grey Lynn Farmers Market Manager Louise Carr-Neil, with Farmer’s Market Committee Chair Pippa Coom

Above L to R: Isadora Jacobs cutting the cake with Lynda and Lachie Hallinan; Jennifer Northover of the Grey Lynn Business Association, with Fionna Hill of the Grey Lynn Community Gardens; Lynn Green of Grey Lynn Local Honey

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Above L to R: Tessa Clement of Sweet Expectations with her cake creation; Martin Leach watches on as Isadora Jacobs cuts the cake with Lynda Hallinan, Editor of NZ Gardener Magazine; Nico Leone of Nico’s Artisan Italian Desserts

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Above L to R: Tessa Clements serves the 5th Birthday Cake; Market day veggies; Pippa Coom MCs Grey Lynn Farmer’s Market 5th Birthday

Above L to R: Sophie Williamson of Poppy & Olive; Tejo Van Schie and Doris de Pont; Poppy & Olive Organic Coconut Butter

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Above L to R: Ali McIntosh and Petra Bettjeman; A welcoming spread at Tessuti; Nina Powierza, Jay Platt and Ali McIntosh.

Above L to R: Sarah Cathie at Simon James Design; Shoppers outside Dear Jervois; Father Rabbit’s magician.

Above L to R: Father Rabbit’s magician.

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Above L to R: Kathryn Wilson’s window; Local children enjoy toys outside the Ivy House; Angela Merrie of www.prettydamngoodforyou.com at Simon James Design.

Above L to R: Diners outside Dear Jervois. Annie Oxborough and Martin Leach; Christina Preston & Louise Birthwistle of Loft.

HERNE BAY SPRING MARKET DAY, SATURDAY 13 SEPTEMBER

What a shame the weather wasn’t nicer for last month’s market day held on Jervois Road. However, the local businesses just got on and enjoyed their day.

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FIREFIGHTER OF THE MONTH CHANGE YOUR CLOCK, - CHANGE YOUR BATTERY Daylight Saving has commenced; you’ve changed your clock but have you changed the batteries in your smoke alarms? Are your smoke alarms working? photography: Adam Kay

Test your smoke alarms regularly by pushing the test button to ensure it beeps. You may need to use a broom handle to reach the test button. Dust in the smoke alarm can stop it working and cause nuisance alarms. Gently dust the alarm with a vacuum cleaner brush every six months. Install long-life photoelectric type smoke alarms in your home Every year the Fire Service attend more than 3,500 house fires. In 80% of the fatal fires we attend smoke alarms are either not installed or not working. Many fire fatalities happen at night when people are sleeping and don’t smell the smoke. Working smoke alarms are the best way to make sure you and your family gets an early warning of a fire so you can get out alive. The New Zealand Fire Service recommends you install long-life photoelectric type smoke alarms in your home. For information on smoke alarm installation and maintenance, visit: www.fire.org.nz/Fire-Safety/Safety-Devices/Pages/Smoke-alarmsinstallation.html F PN Or contact: Ponsonby Fire Station T: 09 376 3558 shane.olsen@fire.org.nz www.fire.org.nz

Darren 'Daz' Hill is the newest member of the team at Ponsonby, having been stationed there for just over two months. How do you keep fit? The first hour of my shift is physical training, so I make the most of the gym at the station and on my days off I throw some tin around at Les Mills. I also play a lot of touch rugby and league. Best part of the job? The wide range of call outs we respond to, everyday is different and it’s a good feeling to be serving the community and doing something that makes a difference. Most unusual call out? I’ll keep you posted on that, I haven’t had anything too unusual as of yet. Favourite local café? Richmond Road Café. Best Ponsonby secret? Little Easy. Favourite super hero? The Hulk. F PN

25 YEARS OF PONSONBY: AN ANONYMOUS INVITE The infamous ‘So-hole beach party’ was held in the construction site of the ill-fated Soho Square development at the intersection of Crummer Road, Pollen Street and Williamson Avenue in 2009. The attendees received anonymous invitations and the party lasted around an hour. About 70-100 people turned up, including a television station. A source told Ponsonby News, “I guess ‘reclaiming of the city’ could be an interpretation of our afternoon, but it was more about just having fun and making a bit of a unique, unsanctioned, unsponsored event for our friends... A kind of living, breathing, brief artwork.” It is understood that at least one of the party-goers was issued with a trespass notice, but that a good time was had by all at the not-so-secret beach party, and no-one was injured - construction sites are dangerous! Heritage activists had opposed the construction of the Soho Square, which included a mall. But the ‘Sohole’ is to be filled at last, with the Vinegar Lane development and a Countdown supermarket. F PN The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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HOROSCOPES: MISS PEARL NECLIS

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

If you’ve been feeling low on energy lately it might be because you seem to be doing a hundred things at once. Take a deep breath and what you do next might change the course you’re taking in your favour.

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

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

Life seems to be a drag at the moment, you’re not enjoying work, you’re not happy at home. But as the month unfolds there will be something on the horizon to make you happy.

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

Try not to take things so personally, believe and trust in your instincts before you make any judgements or decisions. That brilliant idea you had could come in handy at work.

The month may start to appear gloomy and you may begin to think, ‘maybe I should have stayed in bed this morning’, but as your imagination fires into life, you know you’re making a contribution.

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

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

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

You have a chance to get your work done quickly this month, which should free up your time to get on with more important stuff. An on-the-spot decision could have consequences, think before agreeing to anything.

If you still feel like you’re cut off and not connected to those around you, now might be a good time to talk to someone about how you feel and get everything out in the open.

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

Any advice that you take or is given to you this month should be considered first before being acted upon. Do things in the order they present themselves, otherwise you will feel like you’re getting nowhere.

Pisces (the Fish): 20 February - 20 March You seem to be looking at other relationships and comparing them to your own, are you unhappy with the way things are at home? Focus on work if you can and your satisfaction will translate to your personal life.

PONSONBY NEWS OUTLETS FREEMANS BAY Ecostore, 1 Scotland Street Glengarry, Corner Sale and Wellesley Streets Kellands Real Estate, 4 Drake Street New World, Victoria Park Sale St, 7 Sale Street

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

Gemini (the Twins): 22 May - 21 June Try and keep yourself free for something unexpected to happen this month. You’re not sure what or even if something will, but your optimism will keep you going even when you’re disappointed.

Keep moving at all times if you can, write lists if you have to and set deadlines. You need to keep to a routine, which keeps you busy and tires you out. Life is always changing and sometimes it takes a little while for us to catch up.

Leo (the Lion): 23 July - 21 August Not everything can go according to plan and no matter how you try to control it sometimes you just have to let go, as soon as you do, you will feel your confidence rise as the pressure is turned off. Keep to what you know best and improve the quality as well as the quantity.

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

You seem to be caught up in other people’s troubles this month and as usual your focus is being diverted elsewhere, especially when something important is happening this month. Are you being distracted on purpose just so you’ll miss out?

NEWMARKET Planet Ayurveda, 41 Gillies Avenue Studio Italia, 96 Carlton Gore Road Taylor Boutique, 1 Teed Street

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

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

PARNELL Jane Daniels, 2 Birdwood Crescent Parnell Community Centre, 545 Parnell Road

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

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

WESTMERE

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

KINGSLAND Atomic, 420c New North Road

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

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