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PREGO - SERVING THE COMMUNITY FOR OVER 27 YEARS... Long-term Prego regular, Angie Tinker with head chef Lennox Bull and general manager Brandon Lela’ulu. Lauraine Jacobs gives plenty of reasons for us to love this iconic Ponsonby business - P40


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P26; Grey Lynn Farmers Market last month celebrated their 5th birthday. Martin Leach and Pippa Coom were there to enjoy a slice of birthday cake; P53; New Zealand Fashion Week opened for its 14th year on Monday 25 August at the Viaduct Events Centre. Some locals faces were there. Natalie Cantell, Nick von K and Colin Mathura-Jeffree

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR FROM THE EDITOR DAVID HARTNELL: ONE MINUTE INTERVIEW SHALE CHAMBERS: WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD MIKE LEE, COUNCILLOR FOR WAITEMATA & GULF GREY LYNN NEWS NIKKI KAYE, AUCKLAND CENTRAL MP JACINDA ARDERN: LABOUR LIST MP AUCKLAND JOHN ELLIOTT: SOAP BOX U3A PONSONBY

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LETTERS + EMAILS Ponsonby Community Toy Library I just wanted to say a huge thank you from Ponsonby Community Toy Library for including us in this month’s edition. It’s wonderful to see the amazing community spirit generated by your magazine, and I was so excited to see our little piece, now I’m dashing off to pore over the rest! JENNIFER O’LEARY, chairperson, Ponsonby Community Toy Library Thanks to our wonderful Ponsonby community 82-year-old Jo Mereford-Cowell has lived in Ponsonby since 1975. Last month, Jo, who is almost totally blind, had a fall after she emerged from a taxi outside Three Lamps Pharmacy in Ponsonby Road. Local doctor, Michael Wah was on hand and he waited with her for over an hour until an ambulance arrived. Jo told Ponsonby News she would like to say thank you to everyone who looked after her. One woman even gave her a brand new blanket to keep her warm. Jo tells us that when she lived in London, she had an accident in Trafalgar Square and people walked past without offering any help. This is in stark contrast to our own wonderful caring community. Jo spent the day in Auckland Hospital having tests, but she is now fine and back home at St Catherines Rest Home. As told to Martin Leach by Jo Mereford-Cowell John Elliott’s ‘Local News’ column - July issue Regarding Kevin R Fraei’s letter in the August issue criticising John Elliot’s ‘Local News’ for being too left wing. He is correct in asserting that Elliot’s column is not news but opinion, and I believe it doesn’t pretend to be anything else, unlike most of the information that bombards us daily via the mainstream media. Mr Fraei’s assertion “that the media at both local and national levels (should) present balanced political opinions from all sides”, is true, it should, but the reality today is that it does not. This is evident whenever one watches the news or reads the Herald, both of which are unashamedly right wing and clearly biased towards the present Government. Journalistic objectivity in the mainstream media sadly died in New Zealand quite some years ago, and I for one think Mr Elliot’s column is a refreshing read, and goes a tiny way towards countering the right wing world view that saturates the print and television media today. SEAN JENNER, by email Under the cover of darkness on West End Road As a regular commuter along the picturesque West End Road, the visual landscape has become very interesting of late and the source of many amusing car rides. Now I do realise the defacement of election billboards is an act of vandalism and very costly to the party on the receiving end, as well as the tax payer, however you’ve got to commend the vandals on their deft drawing skills. In Cox’s Bay, to the right driving up toward Jervois Road, we’ve seen Conservative’s Colin Craig has an emo-esque gargoyle, here the vandal’s frenzied application of solid black ink concentrated on the eyes and then purposefully paint-run tears lends to the sombre bleak mood this portrait exudes.

Views in Ponsonby News reflect the author’s, and not those of Alchemy Media. www.twitter.com/Ponsonby_News Garnet Station alive and kicking! It was great to have the write up in the August issue about one of the groups that meets on a monthly basis in the dining room of our café. But I want to be clear that Garnet Station café, just turned seven, is still owned and operated by myself and my partner Lisa Prager. You can visit our website to find out all about who meets when, and also how to book our back studio for parties. www.garnetstation.co.nz VERITY GEORGE, Westmere What’s ‘left’ to vote for? I was reading the letters in Ponsonby News last month, which is always intriguing. There was a short one pointing out how John Elliot’s regular column ‘Local News’ should really be called ‘Views from the left’. This made me grin. It’s true, Elliot’s column is pretty left, but I guess that while his personal perspective is clear, it’s always relevant local issues being discussed - issues that will affect everyone living in greater Ponsonby, whoever they like to vote for. And speaking of voting, as part of a demographic supposedly apathetic about the upcoming election, I will be casting my vote on 20 September. Many of my friends in their late 20s and 30s are keenly interested in politics. Youthful apathy? Maybe with people much younger... the truth is, most people only care about issues when they are directly affected by them, and that’s usually as they get older. Anyhow, that’s something I like about Ponsonby News; it isn’t politically apathetic. Every month it gives space to politicians (left and right), local board representatives and community organisations, giving us a chance to find out what they are actually doing for our community. CASEY HOPPER, Freemans Bay Greater Ponsonby cares about community I am an avid reader of Ponsonby News and always enjoy finding out about the community focused events happening in our neighbourhood. After reading the last month’s issue it confirmed to me we are a community that cares about others by continuing to support various charities and good causes. I was pleased to see that our local real estate people are active in putting something back into the community with their various initiatives. I had no idea that they were so actively committed to supporting sponsorships, environmental clean-ups and fundraising across many good causes - well done guys and girls. I was also pleased to be reminded of the SPCA cupcake day and although I didn’t bake my share of cupcakes I certainly bought a few and thoroughly enjoyed them knowing that my small contribution was going some way to helping animals in need. The article on poverty in our country was an eye-opener and the work the Auckland City Mission does for the less fortunate in our community never ceases to amaze me - whilst I didn’t buy a ticket to their event, it is heartening to know there are people out there who care! All of this good work makes me proud to be a part of the greater Ponsonby community. MICHELLE R, Ponsonby

Across the road, the vandal exercises restraint in the use of a simple, yet effective single blood red circular shape, applied to the nose of New Zealand First’s Winston Peters, a similar treatment to National’s John Key, and a little further up this same use of repetition evident in the red nose planted on ACT leader Jamie Whyte. Clowning around aside, utilising the pared back red palette again, the vandal delves into darkness again in the approach to their next ‘Colin piece’, the devil; horns, cape, red blood everywhere! Things start to lighten up as we round the sharp corner towards the top of West End Road, Labour’s Jacinda Ardern as ‘the pirate’ with eye patch and swashbuckling paraphernalia, and toothless; the vandal somehow still makes her appear more of a friendly pirate that you’d gladly have entertain at your child’s birthday party. Well, whoever you are, where ever you’re lurking under the cover of darkness, if you don’t already, it might be nice to put those drawing skills to better use in a way that gives back a little... just saying. BERNADETTE SMITH, Westmere

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ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS ABOUT PONSONBY NEWS IS THE CONTACT WITH PEOPLE OF ALL AGES IN our community. Eighty-two-year-old Jo Mereford-Cowell has lived locally since 1975 and called to tell me how much she loves the community mindedness of Ponsonby people. Last month, Jo, who is almost totally blind, had a fall after she emerged from a taxi outside Three Lamps Pharmacy in Ponsonby Road. Dr Michael Wah was on hand and he waited with her, for over an hour until an ambulance arrived. Jo told Ponsonby News she would like to say thank you to everyone who looked after her. One woman even gave her a brand new blanket to keep her warm. Jo spent the day in Auckland Hospital having tests, but she is now fine and back home at St Catherines Rest Home. Prego is iconic and has been serving regulars on the strip for over 27 years. In her review this month, Lauraine Jacobs enjoys a meal at an oldie, but a goodie, giving well deserved praise to long term staff, head chef Lennox Bull and general manager Brandon Lela’ulu - P40. Another business worthy of note is Dante’s Pizzeria in Ponsonby Central. Kevin Morris, the owner makes the best Margherita in New Zealand. He is off to Parma, Italy next March to represent the country in the World Pizza Championships. We wish him well.

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We were sad to hear of the death of 52-year-old builder Jerome Box, who once lived virtually next door to our offices on Richmond Road. He was killed last month in a helicopter crash on a heli-skiing trip near Wanaka. We send our condolences to his wife Adelle and children Briana and Xavier. There is always building work and renovations going on in our community. This issue, our Home section has a focus on renovations. Now we are joining in and are renovating our bathroom in October. The budget is double what we expected to spend, but we know it will be worth it in terms of comfort and valuation. Next issue gives us a great excuse to celebrate the 25th anniversary of producing Ponsonby News. The publication was first produced as a newsletter when it was launched in 1989. Gwynne Davenport, Jay Platt, Jo Barrett, Jack and Martin Leach

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We are planning a special issue - last day for getting advertising to us is Saturday 20 September, which is the same date for voting in the elections. Voting is important, so don’t miss your chance. PN Diary Date: Ponsonby Market Day - 20 September. (MARTIN LEACH) F

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DAVID HARTNELL’S: ONE MINUTE INTERVIEW For the past three years the delightful and always bubbly Denise King has been the general manager of The Surrey Hotel in Grey Lynn. Denise has been a very happy resident of Freemans Bay for the past eight years. What was your childhood like? Typical middle class family growing up in the 60s, yes we drank from the hose if we were thirsty, came home when the street lights went on, etc etc, and definitely got smacked if we were naughty! Who is the most annoying celebrity today? The obvious answer is the Kardashians, but then I don’t watch them so they don’t annoy me! Which TV series would you never miss? Emmerdale, thank god for My Sky. Tell us where would your dream international holiday would be? Somewhere in Italy, for an extended time. What is the best thing you have brought back from an overseas trip? A husband, although he has since been returned to where he came from! Who is the greatest love of your life? Matt, the baby, lives in Perth with the grand baby Lily. How would you like to be remembered by your friends and family? Fondly. What do you love most about the age you are now? I am young enough to do what I like, and old enough to get away with it! The last time you turned off your cell phone? When I was on a plane. Hotel managers are always on call!

What is your greatest fear? Being stuck in a confined space... gives me goose bumps just thinking about it. Who is your favourite hero of fiction? Jack Reacher. Anyone who has read Lee Childs books would know - no explanation required. Which talent would you most like to have? I would love to be able to sing - even a little in tune would be good. Do you have any acting aspirations? Never! What cliché do you most abhor? There is no I in team.

What is something that you really disapprove of? Bullies.

Your greatest weakness/indulgence? Little liquorice Scottie dogs my friend Guy buys from Trader Joes in Los Angeles. Never happy until the whole lot are gone!

Describe one of your biggest disappointments? Not winning lotto!

Are you a handshake, kiss or a hug kind of person? Hug.

If you won a million dollars, what is the first thing you would do? Buy my dream cottage in Ponsonby.

What is your favourite season? Summer, especially Auckland summer.

What really motivates you? When everything goes to plan!

What is your comfort food? Sunday roast with mates is hard to beat.

What is the best movie you’ve ever seen? The History Boys was a stand out favourite.

Tell me your dream guest list for a dinner party? A couple of good friends, so they can remind me of our conversation, Graham Norton so the conversation would be funny, Richard Gere and George Clooney for eye candy and of course Cameron Diaz to help her out when she plays me in the movie.

When was the last time you cried? When my sister told me she had breast cancer. Who would play you in the movie about your life? Cameron Diaz - no question! How do you chill out? Mates and a ‘chardy’ are a good start. Do you have a favourite time of the day? Walking in the morning when the city is just waking up. Or is it wine o’clock...? What do you love about your life right now? Everything! Fantastic job, great mates and good health. Tell us something very few people know about you? I am good at keeping other people’s secrets, everyone knows all about me! What is your idea of perfect happiness? I think I live a pretty happy life, the doll’s house and my son living nearby would make it perfect.

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Do you have a party trick? Doing the model walk with a book on my head! Do you travel light or heavy? Heavy, even when I travel light it is still heavy. What is the best holiday you’ve ever had? Christmas in New York, New Year in Los Angeles a couple of days in Buenos Aires and then 10 days cruising round Antarctica! What is your opinion on today’s man? I have some lovely male friends young and old, a gorgeous son and a great brother I quite like today’s man! If you could change one law or policy in New Zealand, what would it be? Much tougher sentencing especially for burglary, it is not taken seriously enough in my book. (DAVID HARTNELL) F PN THE SURREY, 465 Great North Road, T: 09 378 9059, www.thesurreyhotel.co.nz PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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SHALE CHAMBERS: WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD REPORT EVENTS OF ALL TYPES, CIVIC, CULTURAL or pure entertainment are an important part of making our city a liveable city. They can range from events that bring significant economic benefit to our city, celebrate our cultural diversity, enrich our lives through a celebration of artistic creativity, help bring local communities together, be for the pure enjoyment they bring, or acknowledge important civic milestones from our history as a city or nation. From Auckland Diwali Festival (11-12 October) to the Lantern Festival, Matariki and Pasifika, to the Heritage Festival, our Waitemata inner city communities are lucky to host a wide range of regional events. As a local board we continue to support these events for local people and visitors to enjoy, as they do in ever increasing numbers each year. As a board we have also sought to support the growth in number of local events that are free, diverse, safe and environmentally responsible so that people can connect with each other and have a sense of belonging to their community. September marks the early spring beginning of the events season; a time when we venture out more on weekends with our families or loved ones as the weather stabilises after the wet winter months. The Waitemata Local Board has this year introduced three-year funding partnership arrangements to support some signature local events to become more self-sustaining over time. This month’s now Newmarketbased celebration of all things Italian, Festival Italiano (28 September), the City Centre and fringe-wide, Art Week Auckland (10-19 October), Western Park’s hugely popular Art in the Dark (13-16 November), and the iconic Grey Lynn Park Festival (29 November) all benefit from this new arrangement. These community-led events built on the skills and sheer dedication of mostly community volunteers or creatives are complemented by the local board delivered long-running Parnell Rose Garden’s Parnell Festival of Roses (22-23 November), and this year’s funded but community-led completed pilot

of the innovative POP programme; a series of interactive creative arts projects and free public events. The board also supports community events such as the Franklin Road Christmas Lights opening night; kicking off the amazing Franklin Road residents’ December-long gift to Auckland. We also continue to support and grow new events through contestable grants. Amongst the events supported this year are the city centre-focused, biannual early 2015 Auckland Fringe Festival, and the Westmere, West End Tennis Club’s West End Cup. 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 increasingly popular April ANZAC day ceremonies throughout the region. This board supports the RSL ceremony in Grey Lynn. One series of civic events that is currently centre-stage is the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of World War I, 1914-18. Over 10% of the population of New Zealand at the time marched off to war, and over 18,500 did not return. My grandfather was one of the lucky ones to return, but my great uncle died in Egypt as a result of illness after being evacuated from Gallipoli. My family’s story is not uncommon amongst those families that have been in New Zealand for a few generations. In July I had the privilege of visiting ANZAC cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula for Turkey. It was a very moving experience to see first-hand the sites and memorials to places that have formed such an important place in the nation-building of both our young country, and the Turkish nation in the making. Last month was the centenary of the start of the Great War, marked by a moving ceremony at the War Memorial Museum. This month on 27 September the Auckland Waterfront will see a public event featuring the Royal New Zealand Artillery Band Parade, a concert symbolising the re-enactment of the centenary of the first troops’ departure for the war, and the opening of the Auckland Heritage Festival.

Shale Chambers pictured last July at the Chanuk Bair memorial at Gallipoli Last month Mayor Len Brown outlined the proposed rates increase and funding levels for council for the next 10 years. The Mayor had previously signalled that there is no public appetite for large increases in rates or debt. He called for a frank discussion with the community on questions such as what is the right balance of progress and affordability, and what things will council stop doing, or do slower, to remain affordable. This is an important debate, which will exercise your board members’ minds over coming months. The outcome will help shape the Auckland we can look forward to over the next decade. My wish is that important place making activity such as council’s limited role in support of the arts and events will not be part of what council stops doing. We welcome PN your input into this debate. (SHALE CHAMBERS) F Contact me: shale.chambers@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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Dirty politics - Key needs to come clean New committee for Grey Lynn Residents Association I find it an intriguing aspect of modern democratic societies - where power is contested by two major rival parties - that the closer their policies get, the more bitter and rancorous their political differences.

The stormy weather didn’t deter the roomful of local residents who turned up for the first AGM of the Grey Lynn Residents Association on 19 August. Four current members of the committee were stepping down and four staying on.

The classic example is the United States, the home of neo-liberalism, where the policies of Democrats and Republicans are indistinguishable, but where the political divisions are so deep and toxic that they lead to periodic shutdowns of the government. The same goes in Australia where, year after year, on Sky TV News on any given night, one could see the then opposition leader Tony Abbott tearing into the prime minister Julia Gillard in the most brutal fashion.

The new members unanimously appointed are: Kris Macpherson, Grey Lynn resident for 15 years, experienced in urban design and parks and reserves, a member of the Grey Lynn Park Advisory Group; David Batten, Arch Hill resident for 12 years, and very involved in the local action against the Bunnings ‘big box’ store on Great North Road; Brandon Wilcox, Western Bays resident for 25 years and Grey Lynn resident for 12 years, set up a Neighbourhood Watch group in the Crummer Road area and recently established a popular local dog group, a key player in the residents’ response to the seven-storey apartment proposal for the top of Harcourt Street; and Warren Wood, Grey Lynn resident for 18 years and active on a range of local issues.

In New Zealand, despite a blurring of policy differences between National and Labour parties, both accept the post-Rogernomics consensus, we have seen much the same thing. It’s in local politics also, where I have been intrigued by the level of vitriol Mayor Len Brown has attracted from the right - given how ‘business friendly’ and pro-development, indeed how right-wing, his policies are. I am not sure whether this seeming paradox, ‘similar policies-bitter politics’, is a matter of cause and effect, or if it is an expression of another underlying factor. This general election had already become very much focused on personalities, especially that of the prime minister, John Key, rather than on policies, long before Nicky Hager released his latest book Dirty Politics. One reason for this is that National had decided to heavily promote John Key’s personality and capitalise on his ‘relaxed, nice guy’ image as its main campaign theme. It was also because a bitter personal feud between the German multi-millionaire Kim Dotcom and Mr Key had escalated into the political arena with the start-up of Internet Mana - whose campaign rallies feature crowds of young people chanting ‘expletive-deleted John Key!’ But the revelations of Hager’s book based on hacked emails indicating secret and unsavoury dealings, principally around the Whale Oil blog-site have taken things to a new level. Even the most hardened follower of politics after reading this book could not put it down without a sense of deep unease. As Duncan Garner said, “this is about a group of bloggers and political operatives dealing to opponents with brutal tactics and blackmail.” Even worse the group has links to the prime minister’s office and to the Minister of Justice who, if the book’s claims are true, have secretly manipulated information to damage political opponents.

The meeting discussed the upcoming Community Needs Assessment survey. The association will start publicity for this within the month. Gerald Hill spoke as a representative of the Western Bays Community Group and stressed how critical it is that all community groups in the Western Bays work together on common issues. The status of the Cooper Cars site on the corner of Harcourt Street and Great North Road was discussed, as was the current rush of apartment consents now occurring along the Great North Road ridge, generally at heights that would surprise residents, and with almost no community input via notification. The attendees were also given an update on the Little Grocer/Hummingbird development issue and the forthcoming pre-hearing on Hummingbird’s proposal to open a café and roastery on this site on the corner of Peel Street and Richmond Road. PN (NICOLA LEGAT) F www.greylynnresidents.org.nz www.facebook.com/GreyLynnResidents

That John Key has stuck to a script attacking Hager as ‘a left-wing conspiracy theorist’ does him no credit. As the normally National-leaning political commentator John Armstrong has pointed out, Key’s personal attacks on Hager seem like something straight out of the Hager book. Clearly Key needs to take steps to quickly and surgically disassociate himself and the office of prime minister from the Dirty Politics scandal. I am puzzled why he hasn’t. That he refuses to (so far) might also be revealing. Whatever, the fallout from the Dirty Politics affair is likely to end up damaging John Key’s ‘relaxed, nice guy’ image - and cost National a bunch of votes into the bargain. Where those votes go is another matter. Swinging voters in particular will be eyeing the opposition to see what sort of Government a Labour-led coalition might form.

The new Grey Lynn Residents Association Board. L to R: Brandon Wilcox, David Batten, Simon Keely, Jamie Hosking, Dan Salmon, Warren Wood, Nicola Legat and Chris MacPherson.

The credibility of such a coalition in this Auckland Central electorate would certainly be enhanced if Labour and the Greens could persuade Green supporters in particular not PN to split the electorate vote as they have in the last two elections. (MIKE LEE) F Councillor for Waitemata & Gulf www.mikelee.co.nz

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Hello Ponsonby! My name is Rachael Te Aotonga, I am the new manager at Leys Institute Library and I am privileged to be working with the team at Leys Institute Library. I have been working at Titirangi Library for the last eight years and love the special, personal service small community libraries like Leys Institute bring to Aucklanders. I am very fond of your beautiful heritage library and excited about the prospect of hosting events like author talks and fun activities for children and youth in the area. Naturally, I love a good read so please pop by for a chat and to discuss what you’ve been reading. Our place is your place. Spring is here and we have lots of exciting news and events to share with you: September is Comic Book Month at Auckland Libraries Discover the world of comics and graphic novels through events, talks and workshops at libraries across the city. At Leys Institute Library we will be having a series of events and activities for children and teens. Saturday 6 September, 10.30am-12.00: Superhero Storytime and Costume Design. Tuesday 16 September, 10.30am: Comic Adventure Storytime. Saturday 20 September, 10.30-12.00: Snap! Superhero Storytime and Photobooth (Join us for a supehero dress-up morning! Come along for storytime wearing your superhero costume and get your photo taken in our superhero photo booth). Tuesday 30 September, 10.30am-12.00: Superhero Bootcamp (Ages 5+). Throughout the month of September we will be having a create your own comic book competition. Created comic books or comic strips can be handed in at Leys Institute Library to go into a prize draw. (Ages 7+). We will also be having weekly comic book quizzes that can be completed and entered into the draw to win prizes. (Ages 7+). Superhero Tales by Twilight Back by popular demand is the Tales by Twilight Storytime that will be running from 6-7pm on Friday 12 September. Join us for an exciting evening of superhero stories. This a great chance for family members who can’t get to the daytime storytimes to come along with the children and enjoy some stories and songs. These storytimes are suitable for preschool and school age children but the whole family is welcome! Children can come dressed up as a superhero and bring along a blanket and a teddy bear to snuggle up with. Adult Learners Week 8-14 September Auckland Libraries celebrate the efforts, achievements and contributions of adult learners with Adult Learners’ Week - He Tangata Matauranga. At Leys Institute Library we will be offering Book a Librarian sessions throughout the week of 8-14 September. Book a session with one of our friendly librarians to learn about our wide range of digital resources including ebooks, e-audiobooks, library databases and help with basic computer skills. Phone Leys Institute Library to book a time. (RACHAEL TE AOTONGA) F PN

AS A CABINET MINISTER WITH FIVE PORTFOLIOS I HAVE BEEN WORKING HARD FOR YOU on Auckland issues. Working both at a local level and at the cabinet table serving Auckland is a huge privilege. Our Government has invested more than ever in areas like Auckland transport, including $1.6 billion for the electrification of the rail network. Last year we announced a $10 billion future commitment to deliver AMETI, the second harbour crossing, and the City Rail Link. There is still a lot more to do. As Associate Minister of Education I have also been working hard to ensure we have more schools and classrooms in Auckland where there is high growth in areas like the Western Bays. Recently, I announced that a National Government would spend an additional $350 million of new money on Auckland schools, classrooms and major redevelopments including Western Springs College. The extent and complexity of issues impacting the college has been highlighted in recent years through specialist geo -technical, structural and environmental investigations. We are waiting on a final report. However, there will be a number of exciting options for the school that involve a major redevelopment or complete rebuild. It has been a long road for many parents and I have committed that a decision will go to cabinet on the options within six months. Education is a major factor in determining our economic and social progress as a country. Our quality of life as Aucklanders will be determined by the educational success of the young Aucklanders in schools now. The $350 million package involves the build of as many as nine new schools and at least 130 new classrooms in the Auckland region. Ensuring young Aucklanders have modern learning environments is also crucial to their future success and contributions to New Zealand. Last year I took through cabinet a $211 million package to ensure all schools who want it can access uncapped data funded by the crown with fast internet connections. This is a project I am very proud of and hope to continue if we are in government. The opportunity to enable all children wherever they grow up and whatever family they are born into in New Zealand access a good education is something that drives me. Over 700 schools are now connected to the Government’s Managed Network which includes unlimited, fast internet. Having access to predictable, ultra-fast broadband is critical in enabling both schools and businesses to explore more innovative approaches and new technologies. These infrastructure initiatives will all give Auckland a great foundation for growth, innovation and a better quality of life for young Aucklanders. We are also focused on a range of policies to improve home ownership for young people. We want more young Aucklanders to be able to own their own home. These are exactly the policies Auckland needs to continue to drive New Zealand’s economy, raise incomes and deliver better investment in health and social services. My proposal for a conservation park on Great Barrier Island (now the largest in the Auckland area) is about ensuring we better protect our environment in Auckland. I have worked really hard over five and a half years to deliver over 60 projects for the Western Bays, central Auckland, Waiheke Island and Great Barrier Island. I am hugely dedicated to being your local MP. As an Auckland cabinet minister I believe my constituency work helps me stay better connected when we are making big decisions at the cabinet table. One thing I have learned in politics is that regardless of my record you want to know what is next and what we can do to improve our city and our country. Recently, I sent you a snapshot of projects that I have delivered across the electorate and a copy of my Auckland Central commitments to you. Being your MP for Auckland Central is a huge privilege. I hope that I can continue to work hard, and deliver for you in PN Parliament, locally and for Auckland. (NIKKI KAYE) F HON NIKKI KAYE, MP for Auckland Central www.nikkikaye.co.nz

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LOCAL NEWS CELEBRATING THE WORK OF CHARMEYNE TE NANA-WILLIAMS On Thursday 7 August a celebratory dinner was held at the Tamaki Yacht Club in honour of Herne Bay resident Charmeyne Te Nana-Williams to acknowledge the immense contribution of her work to the betterment of healthcare for families and communities across Aotearoa and especially individuals with significant disabilities. Her impact has been felt also on an international scale. Almost 13 years ago and reeling in the midst of a family tragedy, Charmeyne Te Nana -Williams used her experiences to establish a company that would change the way people with disabilities are cared for in the community. What Ever It Takes provides individuals with disabilities and their families with a voice about the type of care they want and includes everyone in decision making processes. Although a client centred approach is not a new concept, the practicalities and realities of implementing such a process in complex situations are challenging. Charmeyne is very clear that authentic relationships, trust and confidence are the key to their success. “I guess we’ve tried to master the art of collaborating, but at the end of the day it comes down to common sense, commitment and doing what’s right. Our approach is based on real life experiences. Relationships are extremely important to me and basic principles such as kindness are essential when you are working with people who are extremely vulnerable. I truly believe if we all did our bit in terms of social responsibility then many of the issues we see across our communities could be resolved.” Charmeyne was among those recognised in the Queen's Birthday 2014 Royal New Zealand Honours. She has been awarded the Queen's Service Medal for services to people with disabilities. What Ever It Takes has evolved over the last seven years and now, with their 150 staff in Auckland and Wellington, is focusing on all vulnerable and isolated communities including the elderly. Charmeyne is living proof that the human will does have the capacity to do whatever it takes to ensure loved ones not only survive, but thrive, in the face of adversity. What Ever It Takes Trust chair Rihi Hoskins said, “Charmeyne has had a profound effect on making disability visible politically, within communities and in terms of much needed PN resources for a dedicated group. We’re very proud of what she’s achieved.” F

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Dirty politics - not good for anyone

Leys Institute

The last few weeks of the election campaign have been dominated by stories that could all be broadly put under one heading - dirty politics. And that’s not good for anyone. For those who have said that this is the way politics is, or will always be, I just don’t accept that. Most MPs would never condone what is documented in Nicky Hager’s book, and it’s right that the public have been appalled by it. But there is one big underlying message for me in all of this - we have to do politics differently. That means that there has to be some accountability for what has gone on here, and reassurance to the public that this kind of behaviour isn’t okay. Not in politics, not anywhere. If we want to make sure people keep engaging in elections, they first have to trust that politicians are focused on the things that matter, and not on a game of trying to take out political opponents using underhand tactics. Ultimately, we all lose if people believe this is what politics is about. Recently I had the opportunity to debate the issue of child poverty with Paula Bennett. This issue is up there with the economy in terms of things that people are worried about. And these are the things we want to be talking about this election. How do we improve the lives of the 260,000 children and their families who are living in poverty, how do we reduce our growing inequality, how do we bring down the cost of housing and ensure that owning a home isn’t just a dream for the next generation? And how do we make sure that people are able to meet basic costs, like healthcare? These are all issues that we know politics can make a positive difference around. In fact, we used our campaign launch recently to share our vision for bringing down the cost of healthcare for more New Zealanders. Sadly, last year more than half a million New Zealanders needed to see a doctor but couldn’t afford an appointment, and a quarter of a million didn’t fill their prescriptions last year for the same reason. This is not the New Zealand Labour believes in. We’re a better country than that. That’s why we will radically reduce the cost and improve the quality of healthcare for hundreds of thousands more New Zealanders. Not only will we ensure that children up to the age of 13 receive free doctors’ visits, we’ll do the same for all New Zealanders aged 65 and over. We also want to target those with chronic illness, and make it easier for them to access affordable care. All up, nearly 40% of New Zealanders - or 1.7 million people - will get free doctor visits and prescriptions under Labour’s health package which has been carefully costed as part of our responsible fiscal plan. That’s up from 12% at the moment. Ultimately, I believe people matter most, that’s why I got into politics. So long as we continue to talk about the issues that matter, I am sure we can turn this election into the PN critical debate about ideas that it deserves to be. (JACINDA ARDERN) F JACINDA ARDERN, Labour List MP based in Auckland Central www.jacinda.co.nz

OF ALL THE LANDMARK BUILDINGS in Ponsonby and its environs, the Leys Institute is unique in that it still benefits every man, woman and child in the community as the Leys family intended it should. William Leys was born in Nottinghamshire, the son of William and Hannah Leys who became involved in the Albertland scheme to found a nonconformist settlement in New Zealand. Subsequently they arrived with their three sons at Auckland in 1863 aboard the ‘Tyburnia’. However, they decided to settle in Auckland instead of accompanying the other settlers to Port Albert. William attended Newton Central School before being apprenticed to a local bookbinder. By the time he was 20 he had his own business and became very active in local affairs. On many occasions he expressed deep distress at the plight of young boys who had left school and played on the streets, mostly hanging around the then notorious Gluepot Tavern. He determined there had to be another way to further their education and provide opportunities to lead a productive life. When William died, he left a sum which he knew was insufficient to realise his dream of establishing a Mechanic’s Institute but he hoped it would ‘light the torch’ that others might carry forward. Enter his younger brother, Thomson W. Leys. who had been apprenticed as a compositor on the Daily Southern Cross. He went on to become a successful journalist and in 1872 was appointed sub-editor of the Evening Star (later the Auckland Star) and eventually was promoted to editor, a position he held for 45 years. When Henry Brett obtained full ownership of the Evening Star he made Leys a partner, whose enterprising leadership expanded the newspaper in size, and by 1900 it had the largest circulation of any paper in New Zealand. A man of wide interests, he was involved in many civic and community affairs, and like his older brother had a particular interest in education. According to his brother’s wishes, Thomson set up a fund to supplement William’s legacy. Local residents contributed, but it was Thomson who donated half the required money on condition that the Auckland City Council provided the site. The council accepted the offer and the institute was opened in March 1905 by the mayor. A year later a gymnasium was erected. In addition Thomson donated his personal library of 4,400 books which was a greater number than when the city library had opened in 1880. Up until the 1950s the Leys Institute was rated the fifth largest in New Zealand after the four main centres, and for many years the stock was augmented by the Auckland Star’s hundreds of review books. Thomson also set up a trust fund in memory of his wife, which eventually paid for the Hilary Leys Memorial Wing. The reading room had seating for 60 readers and the magazine and newspaper room for 22. The small lecture hall, known as the Chess Room, had seating and sets for 50 players and the large lecture room held 132. While the Institute’s main function was as a library it also provided a base for various organisations. While Ponsonby’s clubs and societies were given free space for meetings, under William’s deed of trust no religious or political gatherings were allowed. This ruling applied up until 1964. The Leys Institute is an important example of turn of the century Edwardian baroque architecture, one of the few examples in Auckland. At the time the numerous buildings that fulfilled a civic function had no set architectural style. This is exemplified when comparing the Leys Institute with the nearby former post office. Several public libraries in Auckland were designed at a different time and style which serve as a record of changing philosophies in architectural design. The Jervois Road intersection forms an historic corner with the institute, the post office and the public toilet collectively forming a good streetscape facade. Historically, the Leys Institute plays a significant role in Auckland’s history. Its construction indicated recognition of the city’s boundaries and the establishment of Ponsonby. It also stands as a monument to the Victorian ideals of education and self-improvement for the community and the philanthropic urge of the Victorian middle class. The Leys family involvement didn’t cease with Thomson. His son, Sir Cecil Leys succeeded him as president of the institute and after the last surviving beneficiary of Leys will died in 1965, PN the estate became part of the Auckland public library system. (DEIRDRE TOHILL) F

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JOHN ELLIOTT: SOAP BOX

Why don’t young people vote? A recent Ponsonby News survey of students at Auckland University proved very interesting. About half the nearly 50 students who were interviewed said they did not intend to vote. Ponsonby News asked them why they wouldn’t vote. There was the predictable group who were “not interested”, “it doesn’t matter whether I vote or not, they will do what they please”, “there is no democracy”, “It’s not relevant to me”, “I’m going overseas”, “can’t be bothered”. National: In favour of dangerous deep sea oil exploration. There was also a small group who said they would vote as their parents do, although one student when asked if he would vote the same way as his parents, said, “no way”. One said, “I get hassled by my grandmother, urging me to vote National. She was a farmer’s wife and has dozens of historical reasons for hating Labour, but I will vote either Labour or Green.”

MY 10 REASONS TO NOT VOTE NATIONAL

A thoughtful medical student believes students from right wing families whose parents voted National were more likely to vote National. She believed there should be more politics discussed at school. Most of her friends were pretty uninformed she felt.

1. The inequality gap - reduced taxes for the wealthy and increased GST for everyone was National’s response.

However, among the non-voters an interesting take was that they were so uninformed. They were not going to vote for superficial reasons - best body, best hair, funniest candidate etc. This group agreed that too many people voted on the flimsiest pretext, and they couldn’t in all conscience do that. Some said they would not be sucked in by sloganeering, and would try to delve more deeply into party policies, if they had time, and become a more informed voter.

3. In favour of dangerous deep sea oil exploration.

There were a predictable number of students who were looking at “what’s in it for me?” Including one who thought the Green Party free public transport in off peak hours was great, but mused, “is it affordable?” One student offered the view that he couldn’t complain about policies after the election, if he hadn’t voted. “We’re stuck in this system”, he said, “so we should contribute, and study up, so we are better informed.”

6. Proceeding with the controversial and secret Trans Pacific Partnership, which may compromise our sovereignty.

Ponsonby News was impressed with the willingness of students to discuss the forthcoming election and the mostly intelligent discussion that resulted. Generally they do care, but feel very ill informed, however many are committed to swatting up on issues, and casting a vote on 20 September.

9. Withdrawal from Kyoto protocol on climate change.

2. Sale of state assets, against public opinion.

4. In favour of mining the dirtiest coal - lignite - even in beautiful bush areas. 5. Seeks to further weaken the Resource Management Act to advantage developer mates, at the expense of a trashed environment (potential partner Act would abolish the RMA).

7. In favour of foreigners buying land (a Campbell Live poll was opposed by 94% to 6%). 8. Cuts to Department of Conservation staff and funding.

10. The dirty tricks exposed by Hager’s book exploring hacked and leaked documents. PN (JOHN ELLIOTT) F

It is up to politicians to persuade the disillusioned ones that they are listened to, and will continue to be listened to, although as an old politician once said to me, “a politician is someone who shakes your hand before the election, and your confidence after it.” Cynicism is unfortunately alive and well, but the young are not to be underestimated and politicians must court their votes assiduously. A by-product of the survey was the discovery that those who will vote favoured the Greens, followed by Labour, with a few for National and one solitary vote for New Zealand First (Winston is a good whistle blower!) As Ponsonby News was leaving campus, several young men sporting Act Party rosettes PN strode onto campus. I doubted they would get much of a hearing. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F

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The Election hot issues - party policies By the time you read this there will be less than three weeks to election day - Saturday 20 September. Campaigning so far has been lively and at times nasty. Personal attacks have been frequent. Nicky Hager’s book, exposing National Party dirty tricks, has opened up a new can of worms. David Cunliffe is still failing to get much traction as leader. With less than three weeks to go, National still has a handy lead, and many of the pundits have largely written Labour off. But this is an MMP election and, as the old saying goes, a week is a long time in politics. Neither National nor Labour, the two big parties, are likely to win alone. A coalition will be necessary, and here National has the bigger problem. It has the perennial prostitute Peter Dunne, and a dying Act Party to bolster its numbers. Colin Craig’s Conservatives look unlikely to hit 5% and will therefore not be a player. The Maori Party may win a seat or two, and then may (or may not) go again with National. New Zealand First looks increasingly likely to reach the 5% threshold, and Winston Peters may once again be the king maker.

On the left, Labour has the Greens, who are polling well, as definite partners, possibly New Zealand First and possibly Internet-Mana. And so what are the main issues exercising voters’ concerns? Leadership is always critical, and John Key’s personal popularity is way ahead of David Cunliffe and all the other party leaders. Increasingly, our elections are presidential in style. Voters see little of the rank and file MPs, including Ministers and Shadow Ministers. They may follow their own electorate candidates quite closely, but will rely heavily on the television following and commentary Key and Cunliffe receive as they criss-cross the country. That gives National a huge start, because Key is so popular. The economy is always important. People vote on how policies will affect how much is in their wallet. The chart below outlines the differing party policies on some of the major issues.

Major policies ECONOMY National - a budget surplus, lower taxes, sell state assets, inequality not a problem, deep sea drilling, lignite mining, reliance on Fonterra and logs. Fund more science and engineering students - encourage foreign invesment and land sales support. Complete secret Trans-Pacific Partnership. Labour - no asset sales, capital gains tax, increase minimum wage, regional boost, stem inequality. Regional boost of $200 million. Encourage timber processing - fund trade training and apprenticeships. Greens - stop inequality increasing, smart, clean, green economy - $1B on research and development into new technology, ban deep sea drilling or land mining. Fund more maths, science and computer science at university. HOUSING National - sell off state houses, hand social housing to social welfare and private companies, allow urban sprawl in Auckland, will build 10,000 houses a year in Auckland but no guarantee to build affordable houses, cut red tape to increase homes built (read further weaken the resource management act which will benefit developers). Act - abolish Resource Management Act to allow people to do what they like on their own land. Labour - 10,000 affordable homes a year, pensioner housing for life, for intensified urban development not sprawl, elderly and disabled exempt from social housing review, introduce a capital gains tax. Greens - assure security of state house tenants, more affordable modest entry level housing stock, protect heritage areas, develop a sustainable housing strategy, introduce a capital gains tax. ENVIRONMENT

development easier, allow deep sea mining and lignite extraction, keep DOC funding cuts, clean up rivers.

Greens - no to charter schools, extend free pre-school to 20 hours free for all two year olds.

Labour - allow deep sea drilling with strict conditions, opposed to lignite mining, ease restrictions on RMA to fast track desirable developments, clean up rivers and lakes, enhance DOC-money to fight kauri die back.

HEALTH

Greens - no to deep sea or land mining, uphold core principles of RMA, no GE, educate for sustainability, tackle air quality via vehicle emissions, very strong policy on rivers and fresh water controls, give DOC more staff and money, environment before economy. Protect Maui’s dolphin. TRANSPORT

Labour - free doctors up to age 13, free dental care for pregnant women, national bowel screening programme. Greens - free doctors visits up to age 17, free warrants of fitness each year, levy on sugar drinks, free dental care for students, beneficiaries and superannuitants.

National - roads and cars preferred to public transport including rail, millions set aside from asset sales for regional roads, for Puhoi to Wellsford holiday highway, interfering with Auckland Council plans for public transport.

Act - more privatisation of healthcare, more fees for patients who can pay.

Labour - more public transport, for inner city rail network.

Act and Conservatives - one law for all (read no more Maori privilege, and end treaty negotiations). Tougher sentencing.

Greens - $10B to public transport over next decade, buses and trains every few minutes, oppose holiday highway Puhoi to Wellsford, strong support for rail network Auckland. FOREIGN LAND OWNERSHIP National - strongly in favour. Act - in favour. Labour, Greens, New Zealand First, Conservatives all against sales to foreign ownership.

OTHER MAJOR POLICIES

New Zealand First - limit immigration (read, especially Asian). GREENS V NATIONAL ON ECONOMY GENERALLY Greens - clean, green, smart economy. National - dirty, extraction, polluting economy.

EDUCATION National - for charter schools, pay better teachers more based on exam results. $50,000 extra salary to attract principals to struggling schools. Labour - no charter schools, more teachers for reduced class sizes. $100 per student to schools that stop donations.

National - amend the Resource Management Act to make

I have concentrated mainly on National, Labour and the Greens - the three biggest parties - with some policies of minor parties. There are likely to be coalition deals after the election, so you may want to ask your candidates what their bottom lines are for coalitions. One example, might be to ask New Zealand First if they could go with National, if National insists on allowing foreign land sales.

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National - free doctors up to age 13, increased privatisation, healthy families scheme in 10 communities, more elective surgery.

THE SECRET TRANSPACIFIC PARTNERSHIP NEGOTIATIONS Ask your candidate what it is and where they stand and how it may affect our sovereignty. Conservatives - binding referenda with 67% vote. ANIMAL WELFARE Ask your candidate for their policy on animal welfare, factory farming-cages, testing with drugs.

Overall, National is for free market neo-liberalism, with minimum government intervention, while Labour is for state intervention to moderate and control rogue markets, and help with fairness and justice for all, especially to limit the growth of inequality which now sees New Zealand among the most unequal societies in the OECD. I predict a close election. PN Above all, I do hope everyone, including the young, will vote. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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JOHN ELLIOTT: LOCAL NEWS

Population intensification - a third way Auckland Council wants to house about 70% of the estimated one million new Auckland residents expected over the next 30 years inside the current city boundary. This is to prevent further urban sprawl. Current owners, including many inner city people, are concerned at loss of amenity if thousands more people are crammed into high rise or intensive terrace housing. Many of these ratepayers support intensification in principle, but would rather see the city expand outwards, than face increased noise, increased traffic, more noisy parties, loss of views, loss of trees and gardens. In other words, their precious amenity values. Others are quite happy to let the market decide, and if that means more urban sprawl - so be it. It is not for councils to dictate, they argue. And now another option has been proposed by a group of Unitec landscape architects, which could be described as a third way. Ponsonby News talked to Matthew Bradbury, Senior Lecturer in the landscape architecture programme at Unitec. Matthew is a Fullbright Senior Scholar, with a Masters of Landscape Architecture (RMIT), and an honours degree in architecture (UoA). Matthew Bradbury’s specialisations include the integration of landscape, infrastructure and urban development, and he was co-author of ‘Auckland 2040 - A Resilient Urban Region On The Water.’ Bradbury is sceptical that the council’s intensification plan can work. He is not opposed to population intensity, and admits that Great North Road and Great South Road are easy sells for high rise development, but further intensification in the suburbs will be very difficult, and he agrees with my thesis (Ponsonby News August 2014) that amenity values could suffer if too many people are crammed in. Bradbury and Associate Professor Dushko Bogunovich postulate a polycentric city, eventually extending banana-like from Tauranga to Whangarei. This is not to be misconstrued as random ribbon development, but planned with nodal intensive town centres along the way. These nodes would have necessary infrastructure in place, including recreational space, commercial zones, industrial zones, mainly on the inland side of a central spine, with the seaward side emphasising residential close to the coastal beaches which follow the eastern coastline. It is poetically described in one of their papers as “the linear city and the water city forming a necklace of town centres.” Bradbury and his colleague Dushko Bogunovich further describe ‘a land-based methodology for an ecological urbanism developed from a close understanding of both infrastructure and landscape to produce a radically new design for the post-city Auckland.’

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We asked Matthew Bradbury to translate that for us. First of all, he told us that ‘post-city’ is a term for a new style of development, where a city has no traditional centre, but many centred nodes. He used the analogy of an egg. The medieval city was like a boiled egg, with a hard outer shell, and a soft inner core. The traditional city was like a poached egg, with a centre radiating out to suburbs. The post -city is more like scrambled egg - no one centre, polycentric. Matthew Bradbury, Senior Lecturer in the Further, development should Landscape Architecture programme at Unitec echo the topography and the landscape, using the land in the best possible ways - some for residential housing, some for commercial or industrial, and some for recreational use. This is planned development not random ribbon development, and it seeks to utilise the best of our city’s assets, which include our world famous beaches and beautiful natural bush and rural landscapes. These, Bradbury emphasises, are what makes Auckland an already highly liveable city, currently ranked 10th in the world. “International students who come from population intensive cities, love the lifestyle that Auckland affords its residents,” Matthew Bradbury tells us. Further development of electric cars, more urgently needed public transport, especially along the main spine of the banana, will be helpful, but planning should aim to provide plenty of local jobs for people inside the town centre nodes. These nodal centres should be planned to be self-sustaining, including solar heating units, and with good local water supply, local food, clean air, safe streets and homes of differing values and affordability, for all ages to enjoy. To sum up the thesis of Bradbury and his colleagues, liveability and lifestyle are important factors if Auckland is indeed to become one of the best cities in the world in which to live. Enabling a close connection to its extraordinary natural landscape is more likely to attract the type of people we are told we must draw to make Auckland a successful city. A unique city, rather than attempting to imitate the dense urban environments of the Old World. I’m sure many Ponsonby News readers would be sympathetic and supportive of such a planning approach, especially those who do not want to lose the amenity values built up over a century around their inner city Victorian villas. (JOHN ELLIOTT) F PN

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PIPPA COOM: GREY LYNN 2030 NEWS

PONSONBY U3A: AUGUST 2014

The Grey Lynn Farmers Market 5th Birthday

Ponsonby U3A marked its 20th anniversary with a celebratory lunch at the Herne Bay Petanque Club rooms.

At a Grey Lynn 2030 community meeting in 2008 the idea was thrown around to set up a farmers market to provide an alternative to supermarkets, and give the community access to locally grown, fresh, seasonal produce. The first Grey Lynn Farmers Market management committee was formed, and a year later, after many hours of hard work, the market opened at the Grey Lynn Community Centre on 9 September 2009. Opening day is remembered for the huge crowds that attended and for the excitement at the arrival of a farmers market in Grey Lynn. Today the market continues to build on the vision and kaupapa of the market founders. We are committed to supporting a local food economy by providing a vibrant inner-city venue for local farmers, growers, producers and small food businesses. Uniquely, the market has a community trading table, where backyard growers can sell their garden surplus. We are committed to being trailblazers in the area of sustainability. With the support of Grey Lynn 2030 Waste Away Group we are aiming on becoming a zero waste market, with no waste to landfill created at the market. Compostable coffee cups and plates all end up in a compost bin taken away for free by WE Compost. We prioritise producers who use locally sourced ingredients, as well as those who use fair trade, organic, free range and GMO free. The market is far more than a shopping experience. Over the years the market has provided an opportunity for budding artisan food producers to test the market and grow business skills. We have become a meeting place to catch up with friends and neighbours each week. We have regular classes and workshops to share skills and information. We provide a family friendly space, with children’s entertainment and a large playground. We provide space for charities and community groups to do fundraising stalls. There is much to celebrate that the market continues to thrive after five years. The market is community owned and operated with a volunteer management committee supported by a market manager and market day assistant. Any profits are returned to running and promoting the market. The market would not have survived from the earliest days without volunteers, Friends of the Market (members of the GLFM incorporated society who subscribe each year), sponsors (in particular Ripe Deli who have been a sponsor from day one), supporters, and of course our stallholders and regular customers. There are so many people to thank.

Members enjoyed a spit roast meal and entertainment provided by the Marvellous theatre group, which includes members of Ponsonby U3A. Winifred Lamb and Norman Stanhope were honoured with life memberships for their wide ranging contributions to U3A. It was announced that a bench seat will be presented to the Herne Bay Pentanque Club as a memorial to U3A and petanque club member Alex Lanning who died recently, and to his late wife Lucy who was instrumental in founding Ponsonby U3A. The August meeting was the AGM. President Jane Jones stood down after two busy years. New president, Anne Webster, joined Ponsonby U3A when she returned to Auckland after many years in radio and print journalism in Australia, New York, London and Glasgow. She also pursued “the thespian dream as an amateur and at a mildly professional level.” As well as her new role with U3A, she has recently become acting secretary of the Marvellous theatre group for people over the age of 65. “What a treat to be the latest U3A president. I am really looking forward to the year ahead and know I have big shoes to fill - Jane really made her mark with her energy, enthusiasm and sense of humour.” Speaker for the August meeting was Professor Tim Hazledine from the Department of Economics at Auckland University. His talk was entitled “Why economics is harder than physics and what we can do about it.” He explained that for nearly a century the story of the world economy has been a cycle of crises, each in turn dealt with by a brilliant solution, which however inadvertently creates the next new crisis. Now we have three huge problems still awaiting their brilliant solution: global warming/resource depletion, the hollowing out of income distribution and the effects and aftermath of the global financial crisis. He focused on the second and third problems and pointed out that our smallness may be turned to our advantage, if we are willing to challenge conventional wisdom and look forward rather than to the past. If, as the title of Professor Hazledine’s talk stated, economics is harder than physics, he certainly couched his talk in terms that had his audience wanting to know more and expressing the hope that he might return in the near future to continue the discussion. Ponsonby U3A is a welcoming and stimulating group of about 70 members in the ‘third age’ that gathers to learn from each other though a wide range of special interest groups, held mainly in members homes, and meets monthly at the Leys Institute to hear interesting speakers on a wide range of topics. Meetings are held on the second Friday of the month. Visitors and intending members are welcome. Next month’s guest speaker will be best-selling author of pony genre fiction Stacy Gregg. She has had 17 books published, including The Princess and the Foal, based on the real life childhood of Princess Hay Al-Hussein of Jordan. She will talk about the research process behind her work and show images of the horses she has met on her travels. Former journalist Stacy lives in Auckland and divides her time between riding horses and writing about them.

The market belongs to the community so we hope you will join us for our 5th birthday party. You can keep up to date with the celebration on our website glfm.co.nz PN (PIPPA COOM) F

The September 10 minute speaker will be U3A member Janet Williamson PN “A working trip around the world”. (PHILIPPA TAIT) F

photography: Fionna Hill

For our 5th birthday celebrations on 14 September we would like to extend a big thank you to all those who have generously supported the market and welcome everyone to the party. From 9am - 12.30pm there will be live local music, a market birthday cake, prizes, fun for the kids and lots of specials.

NEXT MEETING:

9.45am, Friday 12 September. Leys Institute, 20 St Marys Bay Road.

ENQUIRIES:

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

Immediate past president Jane Jones with Annie Webster new president of Ponsonby U3A.

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Ray Woolf, Sir Peter Leitch and David Hartnell

BLUE SEPTEMBER Our columnist David Hartnell MNZM has been appointed as an ambassador to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand. He was delighted to take up the appointment, saying that he has a real understanding and empathy for those who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. David shared a journey with his lifelong friend of 53 years, theatre director/choreographer Robert Young. David was with Robert throughout his diagnosis, treatment, and with him when he passed away on 1 December 2013. Robert was instrumental in Rob Guest’s early musical stage career and gave him his first big break in the title role of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Graeme Woodside, Chief Executive of the Prostate Cancer foundation of New Zealand says, "The role of David as an ambassador is an important role for the Foundation. As well as giving support to prostate cancer sufferers, it is to build greater awareness of this disease and the need for men to be checked regularly as part of their overall health checks. David is passionate about this and is helping to build this awareness in the community for Blue September. Three hundred men are diagnosed each year with PN prostate cancer in New Zealand." F

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PONSONBY’S URBAN DESIGN QUARTER EAT, DRINK ++BE MERRY MAIDSTONE, MACKELVIE POLLEN STREETS

OH SO PERFECT FOR A PRIVATE FUNCTION Slightly off the beaten track and away from the hustle and bustle of Ponsonby and Grey Lynn, you will find ohSO, a local favourite known for great food, friendly service, fantastic Allpress coffee and free Wi-Fi! In April this year ohSO café was taken over by Edison and Frances Zajmi, formerly of Nuffield Street Café and Little Nuffield in Newmarket. Having sold their businesses last year, they are excited to be bringing their experience and passion to the already popular and successful ohSO. Check out the delicious sandwiches and pastries in the cabinet, their all-day menu caters for a range of tastes with a selection of cider, wine and beer. If you are driving, they have super convenient off-street parking, just down the driveway before the café as you’re coming down Crummer Road. ohSO is a licensed venue with a lovely indoor-outdoor flow, a perfect setting for a relaxed private function. They are licensed until midnight, seven days a week for up to 80 guests, although they are able to extend these hours with an application to Auckland Council six weeks in advance with an $80 license fee. “Our venue allows us to be flexible with the style of function we can host,” says Frances. Whether you are after a BBQ on the deck, drinks and nibbles, or a sit-down dinner, they can tailor a package to suit your party, consulting with you to get just the right mix of food and drinks, and even personalise printed menus. PN “We would love to talk to you about your next birthday, family or work function.” F

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PONSONBY’S URBAN DESIGN QUARTER MAIDSTONE, MACKELVIE + POLLEN STREETS

‘SENIOR WELLNESS MONTH’ AT PONSONBY AND HERNE BAY VETS PONSONBY AND HERNE BAY VETS, your local vet clinics are located in Pollen Street, Ponsonby and Jervois Road, Herne Bay. Ponsonby Vet is open seven days a week to service clients at both clinics. They are focused on providing a premium customer service experience and the highest level of patient care. They recognise that their patients are more than just pets - they are members of your family. “Our team will treat your pet as if they are one of their own and will strive to ensure that their time at the clinic is as comfortable and stress free as possible.” Each patient has a dedicated fully qualified veterinary nurse assigned for the day and will be monitored very closely through all procedures and throughout the recovery period. The experienced veterinary team is highly qualified with masters qualifications and CVE certificates in small animal medicine, surgery, dentistry and imaging. Ponsonby Vet is a modern veterinary hospital with state of the art diagnostic equipment including ultrasound, hospital standard x-ray machine and digital x-ray processing. They use one of only two Vetguard anaesthetic monitoring systems in the country which enables them to avoid many anaesthetic complications. September is ‘Senior Wellness Month’ where both clinics are providing FREE senior consults for pets over seven years of age. For additional information see their advertisement, visit their website, like their Facebook page or stop by any time and chat PN to their friendly staff. F PONSONBY VETERINARY CLINIC, 48 Pollen Street, T: 09 360 0961 HERNE BAY VETERINARY CLINIC, 159 Jervois Road, T: 09 376 3477 www.petvet.co.nz

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY BRAVO BURRATA! il Casaro celebrates New Zealand cheese month in October. There was a time when New Zealanders knew mozzarella in one form only, but Massimiliano De Caro is changing all that. In 2012, De Caro introduced burrata to the New Zealand market - a cream-filled parcel of fresh mozzarella that is catching on with high-end restaurants and cheese lovers throughout the country. De Caro is master cheesemaker at il Casaro and earlier this year his burrata won a Gold Medal at the 2014 New Zealand Champions of Cheese Awards. During Cheese Month this October, he’ll introduce burrata to a wider audience. Born in Puglia in the south of Italy, De Caro is the real deal - an artisan cheese-maker who learnt the skills of his trade from his father. He handcrafts all his cheeses in a boutique factory on Auckland’s North Shore and uses organic cow’s milk in all his products. Burrata, which means ‘buttery’ in Italian, originates from the Murgia region of Puglia, just 12 kilometres from where De Caro was raised. It was commercialised in the 1920s by the Bianchini family so is considered a fairly ‘modern’ cheese. The il Casaro version sticks with local custom and is filled with stracciatella (mozzarella strips) and cream. “Some producers fill it with cottage cheese and in Australia they put little balls of butter inside the mozzarella - but that is not traditional,” explains De Caro. Creating the burrata is an art form. The technique of knotting the pouch around those creamy contents while the mozzarella is still warm and pliable requires speed and dexterity. “It took me one year to perfect the process of making burrata: slowly slowly, step-by-step,” he says. The results, where the milky, mousse-like filling oozes from the silky-textured sack, are irresistible. Masterchef judge, Ray McVinnie, lauded the il Casaro version as: “the best fresh burrata I've tasted in New Zealand. It’s a treat I thought was enjoyed only in Italy, but now we can have it here.” Tempted to try it? Get along to a special event at Parnell restaurant Non Solo Pizza on 7 or 28 October where De Caro will demonstrate how he hand-forms his burrata and NSP owner Antonio Crisci will make a dish using this milky orb. Or visit one of the places where il Casaro’s fresh cheeses are sold including the farmers markets at Grey Lynn, Parnell, St Heliers and Oratia. Ways to use burrata: • Brush vegetables such as sliced zucchini and eggplant with a mixture of oil, lemon and chopped mint. Grill or barbecue then serve topped with burrata • Make a luxury pizza with a pulled-apart burrata as a topping instead of mozzarella • Serve minestrone soup topped with a ball of burrata and allow it to slowly melt • Burrata makes the perfect partner to fresh figs. Or serve with sliced and grilled stonefruit drizzled with honey for a sweet/savoury end-of-meal treat. F PN www.ilcasaro.co.nz

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY Dianne Hodgson owner of Café Liaison

GOODBYE CAFÉ LIAISON Last July we said goodbye to Café Liaison, a long standing, well-loved café in Pompallier Centre. Serving the people of Ponsonby for the last 26 years, Owner Dianne Hodgson (Di) welcomed anyone to her intimate and vibrant café, including wandering cats. Reviewed as "one of the only places in town you can come to and truly relax", Di has made a lasting impression on us all with her range of home-made treats and sandwiches, and ornamental cat collection. Thank you for your great contribution to the Ponsonby PN community, your warm smile and hot coffees will be missed. (MEGAN TAYLOR) F

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY MOST JUICE A new range of organic juices have just launched in our favourite Ponsonby cafés, and we can’t wait to give them a try. MOST Juice is set to quench Kiwis’ thirst with their specially crafted organic juice, promising organic juiciness in every drop. MOST is Certified Organic with no added preservatives, artificial flavours or colours, and is lovingly crafted from New Zealand apples. With five flavours to choose from, try them now at your local café. F PN

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO? The run down Ponsonby and environs I knew in 1970 were peopled by communities of Maori, Pacifika and artists among others. I remember Pacific music on front doorsteps, a house of jazz musicians, another of political radicals, a dress designer, a photographer and a whole host of aspiring intellectuals. These were the founders of the edgy, arty, cultural Ponsonby we all love and benefit from today. Most did their creative and intellectual striving on the smell of an oily rag and in the face of a very dour and disapproving mainstream culture. Some were pretty wild, it must be said. Many of these same people are still living in and around Ponsonby. Some made money and were able to buy houses and keep them in good condition. Others bought properties but maintenance and rates have been a burden. Still others live in former Auckland City Council homes, sold by John Banks to Housing New Zealand 10 or so years ago. When I went door-knocking during last year’s local government election, I was delighted to discover some of these characters, full of stories, insight and humour. But the HNZ tenants were also upset and anxious. They told me they were afraid of losing the homes they were promised for life. HNZ appears to be looking to sell them off or go into partnership with developers, which would involve moving the occupants out and not moving them back in. I spoke to two 90-year-olds, who have lived in Freemans Bay for many years. They were afraid they would be pressured to sign three-year leases, which to them spells displacement. Meeting them had me wondering whether we give our elders the recognition they deserve or include them in our local community. Do we invite them to events and give them a hand to get there? Call on them and ask their advice? Swap garden produce and knowledge? Share a bottle of wine? Are we prepared to let them disappear without a fight? HNZ was thwarted in its efforts to get its local pensioner villages classed as Special Housing Areas, but has put in submissions to the Unitary Plan to have most of those and their individual properties re-zoned to allow for more intensive development. The Freemans Bay Residents’ Association has been proactive in researching this. They’ve also acknowledged the plight of the pensioners, some of whom have become members. This is a great move and I’m sure we could all do more to actively recognise, include and support these truly special Ponsonby elders, to whom we owe so much. PN (DEBORAH YATES - ELECTED MEMBER WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD) F

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LIZ WHEADON: WINE, GLORIOUS WINE

Glengarry celebrates This month Glengarry celebrates the 200th edition of the Wineletter, a publication that over the years has led the way in wine education; presented in an entertaining, amusing style that has carved a unique place in the New Zealand wine landscape. Learning about wine is definitely what drew me to working for Glengarry (some time ago now) and with every new vintage, new style, producer and exciting corner of the world to explore, constantly widening my knowledge is something I love. Education has been a cornerstone of Glengarry right from when the Wine Academy was started; originally to train our staff and now offered to the public, with both a stage one and stage two course taught. Right on your back door in the greater Ponsonby area there are two regular tasting clubs that just must make it into your calendar. One conducted by yours truly - a pinot noir club - and the other by Jak Jakicevich - a malt club.

Liz Wheadon with Executive Chairman of Glengarry, Jak Jakicevich

The Pinot Noir Club A monthly tasting night that looks at everything to do with pinot noir, whether it’s grown in God’s own, from its home in Burgundy or is in fact not pinot noir but Nebbiolo which bears a remarkable similarity on the vine and in the glass. These tastings are perfect for wine consumers at all levels, presented in an informative way with a fair amount of humour, stories and of course great wine along the way - what’s on the agenda next? In September the pinot noir club looks at New Zealand pinot noir, exploring the regions, new releases and new producers; a real round up of what’s hot out there right now. The evenings wines will be presented in a Riedel pinot noir glass, which you get to keep at the end of the night. Then in November, the Pinot Noir Club looks at the very best of the year with one final tasting for the year. The Malt Club A must for malt lovers and anyone who loves a great story - Jak Jakicevich is full of them and loves to share his knowledge and enthusiasm. The September Malt Club is all about peat. Where there’s smoke there’s fire and it’s usually a bonfire with seaside aromas through to medicinal notes. The use of peat in the Scottish whisky industry has helped produce a drink that has a unique flavour and this tasting will show them at their best. Then before Christmas, there’s a rather unique event planned for the Malt Club - malt and champagne evening - you have read correctly, it’s not a typo; Jak will present the malt and I’ll talk all night, if you let me, about champagne. Check out our website for the details of our 200th Wineletter celebration, we’d love to PN see you there. (LIZ WHEADON) F For more details on these events and the Glengarry Wine Academy - go to: www.glengarrywines.co.nz/tastings

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HELENE RAVLICH

Carew Kitchen’s Sophia Carew EVERY SUNDAY THERE ARE MORE than a few of us rocking up to Grey Lynn Farmers Market to grab our fix of Carew Kitchen almond milk. Vegan and gluten free but insanely creamy and rich, it tastes so decadent that it’s almost hard to believe that it’s so good for you - not to mention dairy free - but by golly, it is. Perfect on its own, in smoothies or even in coffee, it is also seriously addictive - to the point where when I couldn’t get to the market one Sunday I hunted down a spare bottle via Instagram, grabbing my supply from the very obliging Felicity at Cook the Books, who serves it in store and raves about its quality. The woman behind the Carew Kitchen name is petite brunette Sophia Carew, who told me that the brand “has been in the pipeline for a few years now - it is a labour of love that started with me cooking nutritious gluten-free treats and nut milks for my family and friends.” After a serious motor vehicle accident three years ago saw her facing years of recovery she re-focused her attentions and decided that pursuing Carew Kitchen would be the way forward, and she began working on the business in earnest. When I ask if she thinks she would have created Carew Kitchen without being affected by trauma she says quite honestly, “I don’t believe so; I think I would still be living in Sydney working as a brand manager in the fashion industry. Even though I was healthy and fit before the accident I think it took going through such a trauma with over two years of rehabilitation to see first hand how important it is to look after your body and your health, and that life is too short not to pursue your dreams.” So why almond milk, as opposed to any other type of nut milk? For starters, almonds have a great neutral flavour when turned into milk, and as well as their delicious creamy consistency they are full of nutrients, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron and omega 3s. “Almond milk was the original nut milk I started making after refining my recipe,” says Sophia, “and one that my customers love. However I am about to launch hazelnut milk, which Wilder & Hunt in Ponsonby are offering in their hot beverages and smoothies. I have been trialling a few other nut milk blends as well, so watch this space...” She also offers almond meal to her customers, which is a by-product of the almond milk “so there is no waste from the milk process and best of all it is nutrient rich and amazing in cakes, cookies, protein pancakes - even meatloaf!” She says that it is ideal for those following a paleo diet or those who are gluten intolerant. “I love experimenting and creating healthy, gluten/dairy free and sugar free snacks and treats,” says the brunette

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beauty. “And I started out with making cookies and bliss balls as an alternative so that I didn’t have to go without, as I have a sweet tooth!” As well as the Grey Lynn markets she is planning to also be at the Parnell markets this summer, and a few cafés are currently using Carew almond milk such as the aforementioned Cook The Books, White and One café, and Wilder & Hunt. “Wilder & Hunt will be stocking my almond milk soon on a pre-order basis,” she adds, “and Zomer’s new spot in City Works which is due to open in September will also be using and selling my almond milk.” She says that she has been quite surprised as “not a lot of my customers are vegans or dairy free, they just love the flavour compared to cow’s milk. Carew Kitchen’s customer base is a real mixture - from health conscious people who love it in their protein shakes, to those avoiding dairy to reduce their cholesterol, some are vegan.” She has also had several mothers as regular customers who give their children her almond milk instead of cow’s milk, “many have eczema or are dairy intolerant and are pleased that there is an alternative so that they don’t have to go without.” When asked if she has much time outside of developing her brand, Sophia admits “producing Carew Kitchen almond milk is a very time consuming process as it is all hand -pressed and bottled raw - to ensure the maximum health benefits. But when I do have some spare time I love to spend it with my family and friends especially my eight-month-old nephew, Arlo. I also love to be amongst nature, we are so fortunate living in Auckland as we can easily drive out to Bethell’s or Forestry and see the most incredible scenery.” She is kept motivated by others in the health and wellness arena, such as her friend Kirsty Godso, a Nike Master Trainer for Les Mills whose “constant motivation and determination keeps me inspired to head to the gym! Nikki Ralston from Urban Ashram is the loveliest person and most incredible yoga teacher, and Emma Seibold, my old Ashtanga yoga teacher from Sydney is too.” If you’re in the market for your own inspiration then I think Sophia Carew should be added to the list, and her Carew Kitchen goodies added to every PN home fridge. (HELENE RAVLICH) F

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WHAT’S HOT AT SABATO EASY SPANISH TAPAS IN A TIN... We just love our delicate and moist ‘pilchardus’ (sardines) from Conservas Albo, a Spanish company dedicated to quality seafood. Albo sardines are from Galicia, on the Atlantic coast of Spain, and are processed and packed in olive oil the day they are caught to preserve the quality and integrity of these delicious little fish. A pantry staple to have on hand for a healthy breakfast or quick lunch, enjoy on wholemeal bread with a splash of Forvm vinegar.

NEW ZEALAND’S GOURMET VEGAN A NEW BRAND TO WATCH... BAY OF PLENTY AND AUCKLAND VEGETARIANS AND VEGANS FINALLY HAVE THEIR OWN version of Linda McCartney products, with a new brand of frozen vegan sausages, rissoles and ‘mince’ hitting the wholefood stores. Gourmet Vegan products are made predominantly of sunflower seeds, nuts and vegetables, with a bit of tofu and chickpea flour to hold them together and boost the protein. They are frozen to ensure a long life, without any preservatives or additives. Made by a small company in Tauranga, the products are proving a hit with folk looking to eat less meat too. They work for the paleo followers too, as they are low carb and high protein, and tick the boxes for real ingredients.

Joining these tasty fish we now have a range of delicious ‘tapas in a tin’ from Albo on our shelves. Unique and divine, these versatile products are a fine example of quality tinned seafood, which you would find right at home among the array of tapas on offer in any pinxtos bar in San Sebastián. Albo sardines in hot sauce are a tempting change from the sardines in olive oil. Bacalao (Salt Cod) in Biscayan sauce with flavours of tomato, red pepper and spices is delicious with crostini, and a touch of Sabato aioli. Or try the squid in Americana sauce or squid in ink with a squeeze of lemon or dash of vinegar on fresh bread, or heat gently and toss through fregola with preserved lemon and parsley. Enjoy any of the Albo range with crusty bread, some bowls of Gordal olives, Marcona almonds and Manchego cheese and you have a superb Spanish feast, perfect to share PN with friends over a leisurely afternoon. F SABATO Limited, 57 Normanby Road, T: 09 630 8751 www.sabato.co.nz

Food Garden owner Carol Garden says she began making the sunflower-walnut mince when she owned Tauranga’s only vegetarian café. “Customers really liked them, and asked about buying them to take home. When we closed the café, we thought it might be a way to meet that gap in the market.” Determined to create a product with integrity, Carol spent months searching out home compostable packaging options to ensure they were good for the environment, as well as our nutritional health. And unlike the other imported frozen brands, they do not have the food miles cost either. Gourmet Vegan mince, sausages and rissoles are currently PN available at Harvest Wholefoods and at the Wise Cicada in Newmarket. F

HONEST COFFEE POPS UP AT PONSONBY CENTRAL AT HONEST COFFEE COMPANY, THEY BELIEVE THAT WHEN YOU GIVE SOMEONE your word, nothing should stop you from following through. That’s why when they promise to give you an environmentally friendly coffee capsule that doesn’t lack in taste you can bet your bottom dollar they’ll back their word. Their coffee capsule is the most environmentally friendly capsule on the market, world -wide. Where their competitor’s capsules can take up to 500 years to biodegrade, theirs will do the same in only 180 days. This is due to the fact that their capsules are crafted from plant fibres and leaf starch, not aluminium or plastic. In fact, Honest Coffee Company cups are so biodegradable that it takes an orange peel a year and a half longer to go through the exact same process. Their coffee capsules taste just as good, if not better, than any other brands. Made from the finest product the bean belt has to offer, their coffee has come out on top in countless blind taste tests. And although they also provide high end coffee capsule machines as well, their products are compatible with Nespresso machines. Instead of just taking their word for it, they’ll let their product speak for itself. They have a pop up store in Ponsonby Central between 8 -19 September. If you have any other questions about their product, the company or even just want to have a chat, they are happy to be an open book. For more information, go to the Honest PN Coffee website. F

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JULIE BONNER: NEWS FROM FROG POND FARM I’m feeling particularly pleased with myself as I have finally prepared my summer garden plan. As we have several hillside raised beds a plan is much needed, especially as I like to rotate my crops. So here goes; Raised Bed 1 - summer salad garden Tired brassicas have been removed from this bed and next up I’ll sow a cover crop. I’m thinking buckwheat (loved by beneficial insects), phacelia or lupins. Closer to summer this stuff will get removed and salad seedlings will be planted: lettuce, cucumber, celery, beetroot, dwarf tomatoes and beans. As beans aren’t too enamoured with the company of tomatoes, I will need to make sure that these two have a bit of breathing room. Raised Bed 2 - chillies and peppers This bed is currently an array of salad veg, geranium and the usual plethora of selfseeded stuff. Chillies and peppers will feature here over summer which I’m opting to plant in October. Do I close plant? Of course I do, which as chillies love a humid environ they will enjoy. I also read that they like growing with majoram and basil, so I shall stuff some of these delicious herbs in this space also!

Sowing is underway - garden plan done

Raised Bed 3 - cucurbits, celery and spinach This bed is going to be a jumble of things. I love flowers in my veg garden and having them helps to not only encourage beneficial insects, but helps to deter some pests and generally add colour, aroma and cheer; they will be joining the cucumbers, Jack-be-little pumpkin, celery and no doubt anything else I can poke in this bed. I’m thinking, marigolds, zinnia, alyssum, lavender, nasturtium, lemon bergamot, chamomile, geranium, feverfew. Raised Bed 4 - spuds Currently home to my Egyptian walking onions and red onions, and yes, a host of uninvited stuff, this bed will end up being my spud haven. They will get poked into the soil sometime in January once the alliums have been removed. And as I do, I like to chit my potatoes before planting - gives them a bit of a head start. Raised Bed 5 - summer salad garden There are more brassicas in this bed doing their thing. We have so enjoyed eating them over the past few months and juicing the kale. This bed I have earmarked for a couple of heirloom tomatoes, zucchinis, herbs and flowers and no doubt plants that I can’t resist buying from the local nursery. I’m considering doing a cover crop in this space in the interim, but I may well run out of time.

Colin is crowing - bolshy

Raised Bed 6 - Spuds, spuds and more spuds My peas are still growing happily in this garden as is the garlic. Into this bed next up will be more spuds - and we can’t forget the trellis in this space, which will support some nice heirloom bean varieties - bring on those nitrogen fixing plants! As my gardens will be chocka with plants, I have been super busy sowing seeds. I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy this process. Cleaning the seed tray, setting up the heat pad, sorting through my seed collection, which leads to plenty of ‘umming and ahhing’. I usually sieve the planting mix prior to sowing, but this time around I didn’t, which thankfully hasn’t stopped those seedlings from germinating and shoving aside chunky organic bits. I’m in the throes of pricking out those seedlings and popping them into their own pots. Like anything that is growing, they need plenty of nurturing and loads of sunlight and warmth. Fortunately we do have a ‘mini’ greenhouse which hubby has cleared of overgrown shade trees and clutter! What a guy... Have I finished pruning those olives? Have I? Not likely... every opportunity I get I’m out there with secateurs and now to add to my ‘tree tidy up’ list, are the pears and apples. Speaking of the hubby - he happens to cook one of the best roast dinners ever. Chook stuffed with preserved lemons and home grown garlic, roast veg sprinkled with decadent truffle salt and homegrown broccoli drizzled with our very own olive oil (heavenly stuff). To stock up the larder, I preserved more lemons the other day using a top recipe by our good buddy Greg Malouf, which by the way, you can grab from my blog if you are interested. Yes, there has been plenty of activity at Frog Pond Farm lately... and it just so happens that Colin has started to crow! In fact, that’s not all he has been doing either... wink wink. PN Happy gardening! (JULIE BONNER) F www.frogpondfarm.co.nz

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY PONSONBY IS HOME TO NEW ZEALAND’S BEST PIZZA The search for New Zealand’s best pizza is over. Local Ponsonby eatery Dante’s Pizzeria has taken out the coveted title and will be off to Parma, Italy to represent New Zealand on the world stage to compete at the annual Campionato Mondiale Della Pizza or Pizza World Championship. Winning chef Kevin Morris is a traditionalist when it comes to making pizza and learnt to make pizza in Naples, Italy having studied at the highly regarded Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana.

This is the first time New Zealand has put forward a contender for the World Pizza Championship. It began in 1991 and attracts specialists in the field and sees more than 500 chefs representing 35 countries in 11 disciplines ranging from the fastest pizza maker, freestyle acrobatics and the largest dough stretch to the traditional Neapolitan pizza category which Kevin will compete in.

Judging took place at The Food Show Auckland, with four categories Pizza Classica, Pizza Napoletana, Gluten Free Pizza and Dessert Pizza. Competitors’ pizzas were judged according to their preparation, presentation and cooking skills and of course the taste test. Judges critiqued the dough and asked questions about the mix, rise and ingredients used.

People underestimate the humble Margherita pizza. They think it’s the easiest pizza to make, but it’s actually one of the hardest. Because it has so few ingredients you can taste the quality of the dough and the toppings have an eye towards balance and simplicity. With other types of pizzas the dough can be masked with inventive combinations of toppings.

Timing is a really important factor when making dough as competitors’ chance to cook is determined by a draw. The real skill of a pizzaioli is making sure you have proved the dough for the optimum amount of time. Kevin doesn’t use a set recipe on a piece of paper, rather it’s all about the touch and feel. After all the ingredients are just flour, water, salt and yeast. Rather it’s having the knowledge to take those four simple ingredients and factoring in elements such as the temperature and humidity which are the important components that help make a winning pizza.

Kevin Morris however is a brave man. It’s a strong statement to stand up and have an unwavering commitment to serving only traditional Neapolitan pizzas. He was confident that one by one people would be drawn to his artisan approach to the ubiquitous food. “If you keep it narrow and focused, you’re more likely to get it right,” he explains. “We’re not offering calzones, pastas or soups. The most crucial thing for me is keeping it simple. I think that’s what I loved about the food to begin with; everything’s very simple and fresh.” I can’t help but feel extremely grateful to him as I devour another slice. F PN

In a competition, there are 20 minutes to set your station up, produce and cook the pizza and then clean down the station, all under the scrutinising eyes of a panel of judges. You have just one chance to get it right.

DANTE’S PIZZERIA, Ponsonby Central, 136 Ponsonby Road T: 09 378 4443 www.dantespizzeria.co.nz

On the subject of pizza, there is never any shortage of opinions. Allegiances run deep from the thin and crispy to the American-style ‘Pizza Supreme’ so loaded with toppings that the crust is entirely lost.

PALEO CHOCOLATE WITCHCRAFT WITH NESPRESSO

Nick Honeyman, Executive Chef - Sofitel, created the delight below for the Nespresso Masterclass at the recent Food Show. It’s a breeze to make, and will bewitch those to whom you serve it. NESPRESSO PALEO CHOCOLATE GANACHE Serve with warmed croissants and fresh fruit.

photography: Jono Parker

Who would have thought that ‘Paleo’ and ‘Chocolate Ganache’ would be found in the same sentence?

Ingredients Chef Nick Honeyman 30g 70% cocoa chocolate chopped finely 5g grated palm sugar 10ml extraction of Nespresso Arpeggio Grand Cru 20ml coconut cream - hot Method Place chocolate in a small metal bowl with palm sugar. Heat the coconut cream in a small pot over the stove top. At the same time, using your Nespresso Arpeggio Grand Cru, extract one short black from your coffee machine. Add the coconut cream and espresso to the chocolate mix. Working quickly, whisk it in until smooth and glossy. Serve immediately with fruit and pastries. Cool any left overs and refrigerate for another use. F PN

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LAURAINE JACOBS: THE SEASONED PALATE

Prego - Lauraine Jacobs finds on oldie but a goodie on Ponsonby Road Restaurateurs who have the knack can make a restaurant timeless. Walk into Prego and the veritable buzz is as vitally charged as it was on the day owner Kelvin Gibson bought it in 1986. At that time we had all fallen in love with the fabulous Italian inspired menu and we’re still in love with it. The place has always been noisy, has always felt a tad too crammed and there‘s always been that gorgeous outdoor courtyard, filled with some of the city’s best celebrities and pretenders who want to be seen lurking in style on Ponsonby Road. Recently Kelvin undertook a timely refurbishment and the gorgeous green tiled walls, the new comfortable chairs, the ceiling baffles (which may or may not have reduced the noise level) and the bright new paint have lent new vigour. But what has not changed is Chef Lennox Bull’s menu. He arrived in 2008, inherited food that was beloved by scores of regulars and wisely has not messed with that. He deals with a vast menu but it is hard to fault a single dish. Antipasti, pizza, pasta, grills and sweet treats are all there. They are classics. He tweaks it occasionally but it is a reliable bet that if you love something you will return and eat it again. Over and over. First things first. That bread. Yes! A warm, shiny, puffy loaf is delivered to the table sitting atop a bread board, accompanied by a bread knife and a bowl of good olive oil mixed with good balsamic. Cut into it and it squashes before your eyes. There’s enough for four or six people but I have seen couples devour the whole thing in the time it takes to drink that first glass of wine. And if you’re looking for something in the same vein but a little lighter you can order the thin crisp garlic and olive oil pizza bread, also straight from the oven. Next. Pizza. Prego pizzas are known around town. No pineapple or other silly contortions but fabulously fresh Italian styled pizzas on thin crisp crusts produced by that same pizza chef, Kava Likiafu, for the past 24 years. Perfect lunchtime fare or for sharing at a large table. And a shared table is a great way to dine at Prego as there’s so much worth eating if you can get to split little tastes of this and that. Classics not to be missed: crunchy tender calamari fritti with garlic aioli and thoughtful rocket leaves on the side that cut the intensity of the dish, the vitello tonnato with its crispy capers scattered over the veal and tuna, and melt in the mouth arancini balls stuffed with gorgonzola.

The menu may be filled with Prego classics, but what were these dishes I spied recently? Gunaciale, beef cheeks gently slow braised with cocoa served with a parsnip and goat cheese puree and roma tomatoes, and a nutty barbabietole, warm roast beetroot, hazelnuts, goats cheese, and aged balsamic. Dishes that prove that while the favourites are as good as ever, there is room, imagination and respect in the kitchen for modern touches and ideas. Both dishes well recommended. What is very interesting at Prego is the wine list. Being the social place it is, wine is a very important part of the experience. You’d think Italian fare encouraged Italian wine but the management know that we all love local New Zealand wines. They choose the best for their menu. Even though it is infanticide to drink it now, there on the wine list, Felton Road Block Three 2012 pinot noir. It may set you back $180 but it’s probably the only way most of us will ever get to experience this star of Central Otago. Of course there’s also plenty of more modestly priced choices and lots of wine by the glass on offer. Interestingly the only two wines from Italy on the white wine list are worth a try. A rosé from Puglia, that newly fashionable destination and of course, a pinot grigio from the Veneto. To finish it would be hard to go past the cheese selection or for dessert lovers, a classic tiramisu. Or maybe throw caution to the wind and order Prego’s cioccolato, an amazing concoction of Valrhona caramel chocolate marquise with salted peanut caramel sauce and chocolate pearls. If that sounds good at $14.50 why not upgrade to the recommended Prego espresso martini cocktail for a mere extra $17.50? Expensive indulgence but worth it. There’s no show however without Punch. Manager Brandon Lela’ulu has looked after the rich, the famous, the passionate, the new and the regular diners at Prego for over 12 years. He’s the consummate host and ensures that everyone is well served, and that service flows seamlessly in a friendly, unpretentious manner. No bookings, apart from the large table to the rear for very large groups. Open seven days from noon until late. PREGO, 226 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 3095 www.prego.co.nz PN (LAURAINE JACOBS) F www.laurainejacobs.co.nz

photography: Michael McClintock

Pasta lovers are spoilt for choice with about eight different classic pasta choices, but my favourite in that section of the menu is actually a risotto. Shreds of roast duck, mixed mushrooms and perfectly moist rice cooked with a tasty stock could get me back and back to eat this dish again and again. Risotto also stars in the fish of the day dish and it’s been that way for yonks. Tender pan fried fillets perch over a soft lemony, herby risotto and it’s no accident that you will see lots of other diners eating this lovely combination. Everyone deserves to have the Prego pie at least once in their life. The filling changes

daily - it might be smoked fish, beef with rich porcini gravy or something else dreamed up by the chef, but it is always sitting on a mound of very moist potato parmesan mash and lovely wine jus gently lapping the edges.

L to R: Prego’s Chef Lennox Bull, long-term customer Angie Tinker and Manager Brandon Lela’ulu; Prego’s delicious gnocchi dish

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THE DAIRY In the heart of Ponsonby Central ‘The Dairy’ is in amongst all the action. Looking out onto both the Produce Market and the sunny side of the Lane they have a stunning array of cheeses sourced from around 30 specialist artisan cheese makers on farms all over New Zealand. Many of the cheeses are aged in The Dairy’s own maturing room, and can be viewed through the glass porthole as you savour one of the delicious samples that are always on offer to passers by and lovers of cheese. A team of five take care of the cheeses, carefully turning them and brushing or washing them until they ripen and are perfect for eating.

KEVIN MORRIS DANTE’S PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA It’s official, Kevin from Dante’s Pizzeria Napoletana in the Lane at Ponsonby Central makes the best Margherita pizza in New Zealand. He has a certificate on the wall to prove it. On 31 July this year Kevin and 24 other pizziaioli (pizza chefs) from all over the country competed to represent New Zealand at the World Pizza champs next year. Kevin won the Margherita specialty and will be going to Parma Italy in March for the Campionato Mondiale della Pizza 2015, where he will be up against pizziaioli and chefs from all over the world.

Cheesemonger Helene Grewis (pictured) is excited by the new season’s offerings like the ‘Flat White’ and the ‘Dirty Devil’ from Crescent Dairy Goats Cheeses, and also by the amount of interest from the public in the wonderful new varieties that Kiwi producers are making. More and more people are choosing to buy their cheese cut fresh and wrapped, ready to eat right now and that is an encouraging sign for artisan cheese makers and vendors alike. The Dirty Devil (pictured) is not for the faint hearted. This small washed rind cheese has a very strong aroma encouraged by frequent washings, the last few with brandy. The pungent exterior hides a sweet, smooth, almost flowing interior. A connoisseur’s delight and a very popular addition to the spectacular range available at the ‘The Dairy’, Ponsonby Central. www.thedairy.co.nz T: 09 972 2642

So how exactly does one judge a pizza? “They provide the pizza oven, and you bring all your own ingredients. The judges observe how you handle and stretch the dough, how much of the ingredients you use and of what quality, and it has to be in the oven within 15 minutes and out again in under 90 seconds.” explains Kevin. Bear in mind this is to make an authentic Napolitan style pizza which is his specialty, and for which he has earned certification from the Associazione Verace Pizza Napolitana. Was he nervous making pizza for such high stakes? “I thought I would be but I wasn’t at all, after all, this is something I do every day.” And since opening Dante’s in Ponsonby Central, Kevin has garnered quite a following for what he does so well. People travel across Auckland to eat his pizza, and he’s even had someone fly in from Sydney especially for one. Kevin is passionate about converting his customers to real authentic pizza and it seems to be working. “Once you have tried this pizza, you’ll never eat another!” One man said to his companion as they walked in the door. So where to next Kevin? “Beating the Italians on their own turf, that would be amazing!” He says with a smile. And of course he will be building in a holiday in Italy, his favourite part of the world, where a little boy from London first tasted real pizza made by his grandfather. www.dantespizzeria.co.nz T: 09 378 4443 The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY THOMSON WHISKY BRINGS MANUKA SMOKED WHISKY TO THE WORLD New Zealand’s first commercial batch of manuka smoked whisky has been distilled by Thomson Whisky, breaking new ground for the global whisky industry. Believed to be the world’s first manuka smoked whisky, once released to domestic and export markets, it will further emphasise New Zealand producers are capable of making diverse whisky styles. The single malt is being made from barley grown in the South Island and kilned using New Zealand Manuka wood. Rarely produced in New Zealand, smoky or peated whiskies normally hail from Scotland, and have cult followings of self-proclaimed ‘peat eaters’. The new Thomson product will impart a smooth natural smokiness reminiscent of peated Scotch, but will be entirely unique to New Zealand with its distinct manuka notes. Well known craft brewing supplier Gladfield Malt of Canterbury is working closely with head distiller Mathew Thomson to perfect the brand new manuka smoked malt for the brewing and distilling markets. Gladfield have designed and engineered a custom smoker to impart the best manuka and smoke flavours into the finished malt. Responsible for the germination, smoking and kilning of the malt prior to distillation, it is a world first for Gladfield Malt as well. Mathew Thomson says debuting the manuka smoked malt has taken collective expertise, extensive testing and trials. “A very good measure of passion and innovation has gone into this whisky and we’re excited about the possibilities that can result from it. As one of only a handful of commercial whisky distilleries in New Zealand, Thomson is proud to be producing an original and world first whisky in our home country. The distilling is taking place at Thomson Whisky Distillery, based at Hallertau Brewery in North West Auckland, where the brand is laying down barrels of single malt for maturation using a traditional copper pot still. The craft distillery was launched in April this year to support future demand for the company’s single malt whisky. The brand won gold and double gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2014 for its 21-year-old and 18 year old single malt bottlings. Thomson manuka smoked whisky will mature in exbourbon barrels for three to five years adding to its depth of flavour, and will be available to Thomson Whisky fans once matured. F PN www.thomsonwhisky.com

TURNING CRIME INTO COMPASSION A few weeks ago a drunk person smashed through the glass door of The Blue Breeze Inn in Ponsonby Central - trying to steal a Tiki cup. Safety boards were put up and local artist Sparrow, of Component, turned these boards into a canvas for his street art. The team at The Blue Breeze Inn, continuing with this transformative philosophy, decided to sell this beautiful piece of art on Trademe and donate the funds to Mercy Hospice Auckland. What a way to turn crime into compassion. $407 was raised from this art auction which will be used by Mercy Hospice Auckland to continue to provide quality, compassionate care to those in our community living with a life-limiting illness. The team at Mercy Hospice Auckland are grateful and inspired by this wonderful story. And all because of PN a smashed window! F

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CELIA HAY: NZ SCHOOL OF FOOD & WINE

Know your cheese Cheese is a product that most of us always have in the fridge to snack on, turn into toasties or as a garnish for pasta or pizza. But did you know that cheeses falls into seven different categories? Understanding the different styles of cheese can give you a better sense of how cheese can enhance your meal preparation and give you new ideas in the kitchen. Fresh cheeses such as cream cheese, ricotta, and mozzarella are those without a rind and do not keep for long. Aged fresh cheese is a category that is not well known in New Zealand. The French have mastered this style where the cheese has been able to dry out. Well-known examples include the delicious goats cheeses produced in the Loire Valley. Brie and Camembert fall into the category of soft white cheese have a distinctive creamy white mould on the exterior and when perfectly ripe, ooze soft cream when cut open. Ripe Brie is irresistible and tends to be the first cheese to disappear when served on a cheese board or platter. Semi-soft cheeses such as Edam or Port Salut develop an orange - brown rind on their exterior. There is a sub-category known as ‘washed rind’ such as delicious Epoisse. With these cheeses, the rind has been regularly brushed to impart new flavours into the cheese. Hard cheeses are those that we traditionally associate as being “cheese” in New Zealand and are your classic cheddar with its dense texture and salty flavour. The beloved, Parmigiano Reggiano from Parma in Italy, falls into this category. These cheeses are able to age over a number of years. Blue cheese is derived from a different family of moulds and during production is pierced with rods that expose it to air in order to encourage the development of its distinctive blue colour. Cheese makers can also add flavour to cheese such as adding cumin seeds to Gouda, dried apricots to fresh cheeses as well as smoking cheese over wood chips. Juliet Harbutt, international cheese writer and authority on cheese will be at the New Zealand School of Food and Wine teaching about cheese from 14 - 22 September. As part of our W&F Wine and Food Celebration, Juliet will be running 90 minute seminars on Sunday 14 and Monday 15 September where you get to sample these different styles of cheese and learn about their special characteristics and development.

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Juliet will go on to run a five day Certificate in Cheese course from Tuesday 16 - Saturday 20 for those wanting a more in depth understanding of the world of cheese. In this programme participants learn about the history of cheese and the types of moulds that are used as well as having the opportunity to make their own fresh cheese. Juliet will also talk about ways to care for cheese to extend its life and ensure the flavour remains genuine as it ages in the refrigerator. For those working with cheese, Juliet will explain how to display and present cheese effectively. Juliet is also a great advocate for enjoying cheese at the end of the meal as a delicious alternative to dessert. If you want something sweet then Juliet suggests combining fresh cheeses such as ricotta with fresh or poached berries or you can experiment with combining it with dried fruits and toasted nuts. Follow this link to find out more: http://event.foodandwine.co.nz (CELIA HAY) F PN New Zealand School of Food and Wine, 104 Custom Street West, Viaduct. T: 09 377 7961

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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY LIQUORLAND BOUTIQUE NOW AT YOUR SERVICE The first of a new, small format concept from liquor retailing franchise Liquorland has opened its doors in Grey Lynn, replacing the old Perry’s Wines Ales & Spirits in Great North Road. Designed specifically for smaller retail sites than regular Liquorland stores, Liquorland boutique is small in size but big on local favourites and helpful advice for customers. “Liquorland is always about serving people in the local community with the products they want and a level of service which goes beyond expectations,” says Liquorland CEO Rod Gibson. “The Liquorland boutique concept allows us to do this in a smaller retail format and will be introduced in neighbourhoods and urban areas where retail space is at a premium. While providing a smaller breadth of product, the Liquorland boutique offering will include premium wines, premium spirits and craft beer. It will also be tailored to suit the needs and preferences of the local community.”

TREAT YOUR TASTE BUDS AT DAZZLE CAFÉ It’s always nice to try something new, so grab your family and friends and come on in to Dazzle Café, located on Ponsonby Road in Three Lamps directly opposite Republic. They have a great breakfast and lunch menu and serve up a good coffee as well. Their food will leave your taste buds wanting more!

Consumers will still be able to expect the same great shopping experience from the smaller stores including the use of Fly Buys in-store. Shoppers will be able to collect Fly Buys points when shopping and will also be able to redeem their points for products. For opening hours and contact details please refer to the Liquorland website.

They have a wide variety of food on offer from fresh sandwiches and salads to a choice of delicious full breakfast and lunch meals. If you are in need of a caffeine hit, try their yummy coffee from 777 Espresso and pair it up with something sweet from the selection of homemade goodies.

As a 100% Kiwi owned and operated franchise, Liquorland owners call on their specific local knowledge to personalise the experience and provide outstanding customer service. Established in 1981, Liquorland has grown to almost 80 stores nationwide in 30 years. Liquorland is owned by Foodstuffs New Zealand Limited. F PN

The café is modern and spacious with comfortable couches for those who want to kick back and relax, while the kids colour-in or entertain themselves with the toys provided.

LIQUORLAND BOUTIQUE GREY LYNN, 219 Great North Road, www.liquorland.co.nz

For those who want a change from looking at the four walls of the office or prefer to meet a client over breakfast or coffee, then Dazzle is the perfect spot for that too. They have free WiFi - just ask the staff for the password. The team at Dazzle Café look forward to PN seeing you soon. F

photography: Martin Leach

DAZZLE CAFÉ, Shop 12, 304 A Ponsonby Road, T: 09 360 1188

Rikin Patel, Manager, Liquorland Boutique, Grey Lynn

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VISITING MATAKANA SINCE 1841 FIRST SETTLED IN THE 1840s, MATAKANA WAS A DESTINATION FOR AUCKLANDERS voyaging by boat up the Matakana River to purchase fresh produce, timber, beer and other commodities produced by its early settlers. This tradition continues today with Aucklanders continuing to journey north to visit the Matakana Village Farmers Market and its boutique shops and galleries. CafÊs, bars and restaurants, and cinemas also offer the visitor entertainment and a wide variety of gourmet food and refreshments. The Village is also the heart of the famous Matakana wine region. With over 30 boutique vineyards, many offering cellar door tasting and gourmet food made from locally grown produce and seafood. Matakana is an extremely popular destination for not only Aucklanders but increasingly visitors from all over New Zealand and the world. Matakana is also the gateway to north Auckland’s beautiful east coast. Its popularity and population increase over the summer so Matakana is never short of visitors looking for entertainment, great shopping, food and wine. Boasting safe, white sandy beaches, tranquil harbours, marine reserves and coastal regional parks along with with vineyards, art galleries, restaurants, markets, shopping and great accommodation. Matakana is a truly special destination that visitors keep PN returning time and time again - since 1841. F www.visitmatakana.co.nz

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GARY STEEL: VEG FRIENDLY

PHIL PARKER: WHOSE WINE IS IT ANYWAY?

Person to person

Bogle Wines of California

When a certain distinguished editor of a certain distinguished magazine lost a member of his immediate family last month, he took to social media to share his profound sorrow, and to celebrate the sharing of a life well lived and much loved.

Every now and again, I get a pack of trade samples to review that really impresses me. Not that often, though. Mostly it’s a mixed blessing - maybe three out of five wines that stand out of the pack, but it is rare to get a consistent line-up of truly outstanding wines.

But while reading these posts, I momentarily heard my dad’s gruff voice going: “For goodness sake, it’s just a dog!”

But recently I received some samples from local Ponsonby -based importers, Dhall & Nash. This time it was wines from a large Californian family winery - Bogle wines. They source fruit from their own vineyards and contract growers, in and around California, with around 25 vineyards in total. The Bogle family has been farming in California’s Sacramento Delta for six generations. Three siblings, Warren, Jody and Ryan are all involved in management and administration, while a team of wine makers and viticulturalists get on with the production end of the operation. I couldn’t estimate what their production is but I’d guess that they are a significant middle sized producer in the vast Californian wine scene.

Let me explain: In all the years since it happened as a child, I don’t think I ever quite forgave Dad for accidentally squashing one of our most-loved guinea pigs while moving the hutch, and then responding to our admonishment with something like: “It was just an animal!” Dad liked animals okay, but he was of a generation with a firm belief in the Biblical tenet that humans were God’s shining light, and animals (along with everything else in creation) were here to be exploited, wrestled with, and used by mankind in the way we saw fit. His was the prevalent attitude right throughout the 20th century, but recently there’s been an attitudinal sea change towards ‘companion’ animals, of which Martin Leach’s Facebook posts are a great example. Fifty years ago, accepting an animal as part of the family would have been considered weird. But in 2014, who doesn’t think of their pet as a person? Somehow, despite the fact that we blithely go on ignoring the horrendous plight of farm animals, humankind has tweaked its consciousness up a notch to cross the interspecies barrier in regards to their pets. It’s now become an awful thought that a favourite pet could be regarded as an ‘it’, or a ‘thing’, and without even thinking about it, they’ve become people - just people who come from a different species than us! This is one of the reasons I remain optimistic, and even a little positive, about the human race. For all the horrid things we do to each other, in the name of God or vengeance, we’re also capable of tremendous compassion and sacrifice, and freed from the bondage of religious doctrine (or at least, old-fashioned thinking on religious doctrine) we’re finally starting to get the fact that we’re animals too, that we’re part of nature, not superior to it. And part of that raising of consciousness involves an appreciation of nature that old-fashioned modes abhorred, and with it, a real sense of connection to other members of the animal kingdom. The idea that animals are people too is not new, but discussion of the topic is a rarity. In 2000, Steven M. Wise published Rattling The Cage, a book that advocated legal rights for animals on the basis that they were people, not things, and that line of thought led to last year’s Personhood Beyond The Human, the first conference (held in New York) dedicated to ‘nonhuman animal personhood.’ That conference was inspired by the recent failed attempt to have captive chimpanzees (our closest cousins) legally recognised as persons, not property. When you think about it, the idea has sound logic. Animals share more characteristics and patterns of behaviour with humans than they don’t. Like us, they’re born, suckled, raised to survive, mate and experience life according to the needs of their species. Like us, as anyone with a much-loved pet will verify, they love companionship, fun and games, being rubbed and petted, and can have a wicked sense of humour. Perhaps the way in which they are most unlike humans is that other animals don’t tell lies, or obscure their emotions. While we grow into a complex social order where we learn that a degree of deception can help us climb the ladder to success, other animals have no such concerns. Perhaps that’s what makes them so lovable, because they love us with a pure heart, no secrets are kept, and what we see is what we get. Sharing my life with other animals teaches me more than years of social conditioning at primary and secondary school ever did. It teaches me that there is nothing to fear in remaining open, that being openhearted and naïve is preferable to being scornful and always skeptical of others’ motives. What’s so great about other species of animal is that they are always themselves, and I’m convinced that it won’t be too long before the whole PN of human society will acknowledge that yes, animals are people too. (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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I must admit that the very few Californian wines I have tasted in the past were like Jim Carrey on methamphetamines - lapel-grabbing, ‘look-at-me’, over the top jammy alcoholic Zinfandels and sweet, over-oaked Chardonnay, or gaggingly sugary ‘White Zinfandel’ rosés. So much for my prejudices... Bogle Chardonnay 2012, $30 A very classy and elegant Chardonnay that reminds me very much of Kumeu River’s Mate’s Vineyard Chardonnay. Green gold in colour, with aromas of pineapple, minerality and hint of herbs. In the mouth - stone fruit and spice, toast, creamy yeast influence and a crisp mineral finish. Bogle Chenin Blanc, $30 Pale gold. Aromas of tropical fruits, nougat and a hint of herbs. In the mouth - lush and ripe with peach, nougat, quinine. Mouth-filling and unctuous with a soft but lengthy finish. Very much in the style of France’s Vouvray Demi-Sec. Bogle Petite Sirah 2012, $30 Upon research (looking up a bunch of wine books from my library and asking Mr Google) there is a bit of debate about what grape variety Petite Sirah exactly is. One school of thought says it’s a French variety, Durif. Another says it’s a hybrid of Syrah and obscure grape called Peloursin (which may be Durif anyway). Another says it’s the same as Syrah. Whatever... This is a knock-out red if you love silky tannins and ripe spicy dark fruit characters as I do. Deep opaque garnet colour, a wee bit of cigar box aroma with a hint of spice on the nose. Spicy and integrated ripe black cherry and berry flavours. Bogle Merlot 2012, $20 Deep garnet red, almost opaque. Aromas of spice, beetroot, black berry. Palate of spicy, ripe black fruit, with earthy undertones and a lengthy dry finish. Bogle OId Vine Zinfandel 2012, $30 Garnet red colour with aromas of black berry fruits and a lovely floral hint of pot pourri. The palate is slightly rustic and mellow with soft tannins, and flavours of spice, black berry fruit, liquorice, cassis, and muscatel and toasty oak. Lengthy finish. Available from Caro’s, Farro Fresh, Fine Wine Delivery Company. Restaurants: Moochowchow, Blue Breeze Inn, Clooney, Cassia. (PHIL PARKER) F PN Read Phil’s blog at nzwineblogger.blogspot.co.nz Phil Parker is a wine writer and operates Fine Wine & Food Tours in Auckland. www.insidertouring.co.nz PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


'HOUSING MATTERS TO ANIMALS TOO' SAYS ANIMAL ADVOCACY GROUP Last month animal advocacy organisation SAFE, with the help of actor Robyn Malcolm, launched its ‘Housing matters to animals too’ election campaign, urging the public to support those political parties with firm policies banning all factory farming practices. The election launch erected a thought provoking election sign at Ponsonby’s Western Park. SAFE wants political parties to consider the animals too when debating housing issues this election. “Although it’s widely agreed that New Zealand has a housing crisis, housing is an even bigger issue for animals,” says executive director Hans Kriek. “On factory farms over 100 million animals are cruelly confined in overcrowded, barren living conditions, making it New Zealand’s number one animal welfare issue.”

THE POLITICAL PARTIES’ STANCES ON FACTORY FARMING: National: Has started a phase-out of sow stalls, replaced battery cages with another type of cage. No further actions on factory farming have been announced. Labour: Has stated they intend to ban factory farming, have not yet released an official policy. Green: Has a policy against factory farming.

SAFE is calling for a change to the law that will end factory-farming. Cruelty that is currently legal includes keeping pigs in crates so small they cannot turn around and keeping hens in cages so small and crowded they cannot stretch their wings.

NZ First: Has not yet indicated a policy on factory farming. Internet/Mana: Supports a ban on factory farming.

“With several political parties promising to end factory farming it is important that we get the word out and ensure every New Zealander is aware of the animal policies of each party,” says long standing SAFE supporter Robyn Malcolm.

Maori: Supports a ban on factory farming. United Future: Opposed to factory farming, but has no concrete proposals yet. ACT: States “Abolishing intensive farming in a primary production nation is an ‘unreality’.”

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“Opposition to factory farming is bigger than ever,” says Mr Kriek. “Now it is time to make sure every New Zealander is able to make an informed decision on Election Day.”

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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 AUGUST 1925

Dear Bunty,

I don’t mind a bit of baking every now and again but now George’s mother’s friend, who is in charge of the fundraising committee for St Margaret’s Maternity Hospital [ii], has asked if I would contribute four dozen more almond biscuits. I must admit that they are delicious and not difficult to make, but I’m up to my ears in orders at present. If I didn’t have laryngitis I would scream with the stress of it all... screaming, even if into a cushion, does one a power of good! You must try it! Because I had to get to the fair early to deliver my goodies, I was able to have first pick of the fudge! Apart from the Costley Training Institute [iii] fete, which without doubt attracts the suburb’s best fudge makers (a very competitive bunch!), today’s haul was rather good. I’m just having another piece with my cup of tea. As I am determined to be svelte by summer, I am limiting myself to two pieces of fudge a day, one each with my morning and afternoon tea. I must say that St John’s white elephant stall was also rather good. I got two good books about beekeeping for George (who rather fancies himself as an apiarist one day), and a very fancy wirework birdcage that I think is probably Victorian. I then bought a large maidenhair fern that I had the notion to put inside the birdcage. It’s now hanging up on my verandah at the glassed-in end where it’s not so windy. It looks really quite lovely... a novel idea don’t you think? Even though I’d love to keep a little canary to whistle to me, I don’t dare have a bird with my Pusskins around. She’s such a mighty hunter! What else? I bought a pair of pretty lace curtains that fit very well in my spare bedroom. I just need to take them up a little and give them a jolly good soak. Don’t tell Vera I bought secondhand curtains... she really doesn’t understand that I quite like old things and don’t mind if everything I own isn’t brand new. I know you appreciate that the things that make one’ s heart sing can’t always be bought new in a shop. Which brings me to confess that on the way home from St. Johns (well not directly, I must admit) I popped in to Mrs Keane’s shop to see if there was anything new since I visited last week. To my delight, she’d bought a collection of old jewellery amongst which was a delightful bracelet of Scottish malachite of the most beautiful green. It took the form of a row of ivy leaves and the back is silver. Mrs Keane told me that in the language of flowers the Victorians used, the ivy leaf means fidelity and marriage. As I can’t count on George dropping into a secondhand shop by choice, or popping the question anytime soon, there was nothing for it but to buy it myself ! I have it on as I speak and know I will be wearing it a great deal as this particular green is one of my favourite colours.

Mother dropped by this morning and brought me a bucket full of daffodils from her garden. I’ve put them all over the house and in my workroom and it really does help cheer one up. I think I’ve told you that my spring garden is an absolute disaster this year although I did grow a few pots of hooped petticoat dafs on the verandah. George has promised to help me transform my mess over the summer so this time next year I should be picking armfuls of my own fleurs.

Just back from pouring another cup of tea...What else was I going to tell you? Oh yes, this is so funny! My kowhai tree seems to be a favourite with the local tui, one of which has taken to mimicking my sewing machine. At first I thought Tiger or Pusskins must be the culprit and rushed in to find the room empty. It does get a little frustrating though when I’m having a break... Speaking of Tiger... he has become absolutely obsessed with a new ball that George gave him last week. He is forever dropping it at my feet, and when ignored, nudging my knee with the ball in his mouth and looking at me imploringly! No wonder I was behind schedule this week. I’m going to have to work all day tomorrow to make up for it. George is going to take Tiger (with his inseparable ball) to Western Springs park tomorrow morning, which hopefully will tire him out for the afternoon. My spring wardrobe sample collection has been working a treat. I’ve had so many orders from it that I’ve taken on an assistant who comes in on Fridays to help with finishing. Lily works four days at Shanley’s and is thinking about becoming a dressmaker so she’s very keen. She has such a light and even touch with her needle that already I am having her hem the silk satin gowns that I find so tiresome. While some of my customers want complete exclusivity of design, the sample collection has sold well locally. I’ve had a few ladies knock on the workroom door simply by recommendation and word of mouth! Some of them have brought in their own fabric to be made up in one of my styles... something I didn’t even think about as an option. Well dear, I must get up and into the workroom. There’s still time to cut out a couple of blouses before the light fades which will give me a head start for tomorrow. Do write soon and give little Tommy a hug from his ‘Aunty’ Maudie.

Love Maudie xx [i] St John’s Methodist Church, 229 Ponsonby Road (in 1925) [ii] St Margaret’s Maternity Hospital, 231-235 Ponsonby Road (in 1925) [iii] Carlile House building, 84-90 Richmond Road

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I’ve just come back from St John’s Methodist Church [i] spring fair armed with more than I took which was not the plan. I’ve been very good the past two days, baking dozens of almond biscuits, two chocolate cakes and two apple teacakes. All this, because I wanted to impress George’s mother, who is on the church fundraising committee.


FASHION + STYLE A.JEAN STORE - THE NEW PLACE FOR DENIM It’s the new place for denim - A.Jean Store has arrived! The shop at 208 Ponsonby Road has been looking a little lonely lately, but no longer. The folks at A.Jean Store are bringing a contemporary denim attitude to the greater Ponsonby neighbourhood, and have re-designed the new space with modern impact and a gallery feel. Denim has come a long way since its ‘serge de Nimes’ days, when it was named for the French city of Nimes. Denim took on its next identity as ‘jeans’ from the French word for the Italian city of Genoa… and from Europe to USA and to the Antipodes, jeans can still be whatever you want them to be. A.Jean Store bases its approach to denim around Abrand jeans, a vibrant brand with an ideology of ‘living life with no regrets’, rooftop parties, travel, urban-meets-beachside lifestyle and, let’s face it, coolness of the very coolest kind. The Ponsonby store will be a permanent location for full new season ranges from great contemporary brands such as Neuw Denim, Rolla’s, Abrand and motorcycle culture brand, Deus ex Machina. A.Jean Store has regular specials and will remain open till 6pm every day of the week. Look out for ‘A’ deals like A.Sample Sale and more - they’ll be building a strong local following in no time. F PN Find them on Facebook @ fb.com/A.Jeanstore, or Instagram @a.jeanstore A.JEANSTORE, 208 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 378 1856

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HELENE RAVLICH

Definitely a woman to file under the ‘quiet achiever’ category, softly spoken jeweller Petra Bettjeman has been creating beautiful, fine pieces since 2011 and her career trajectory is only going up. I met her for the first time when she opened a pop up shop in Ponsonby Central in August opposite Chop Chop Noodle, and she will be returning 4-17 October. A trained goldsmith, Petra started small by selling bracelets through her parents’ - New Zealand hairdressing legends Grant and Phif Bettjeman - Orakei hair salon. She had just returned from an OE and decided she would like to study at Peter Minturn Goldsmith’s School, but realised that timing meant she had missed the first intake for the year. “So I started working as a nanny and decided to make a few bracelets to sell for a little extra pocket money for Christmas,” she says. These were a hit beyond belief, and as soon as she could she entered her goldsmiths course and began her career in earnest. She started her fine jewellery journey with some beautifully rendered, delicate charms, including the popular wing design that you’ll still find in her collection. “I started putting charms on the original bracelets and then decided to use sterling silver beads,” she explains, “so the first thing I started doing really evolved into what I am doing now in a more deluxe form.” She says that she’s always been fascinated by jewellery, “but more everyday, wearable styles” that you just don’t want to take off. She started making rings for herself along with more luxe bracelets and “my friends started wanting them too, so I decided to really work on refining my style and my collection at the end of 2013 with a view to creating something that was really me.” The Calavera design (which is my absolute favourite and has to be seen to be believed) was the first style she developed with retail firmly in mind, “and it actually grew out of an earlier sugar skull I created in combination with a larger skull piece I made for my dad’s birthday a few years ago,” she explains. There is now a Calavera range that includes the most beautiful earrings, which was followed by more stackable, fine rings and necklaces and the sweet Cute As A Button range that was released earlier this year. “That range was also inspired by what was happening around me,” she says with a smile, “it seemed like all of my friends were having babies and the phrase ‘cute as a button’ really summed it up.” She says, “pretty much every collection I have comes out of a time in my life and everything has a story behind it, which is what I really set out to do when I started designing full time. I wanted to design things that I felt an affinity with and hope other people do too.” The latest example of this is an antler design that she created with her mother in mind, “it is very strong and almost ‘Game of Thrones’ inspired, and quite bold and big compared to many of my other designs.”

STOLEN GIRLFRIENDS CLUB AT WESTERN SPRINGS SPEEDWAY PONSONBY LABEL STOLEN GIRLFRIENDS Club delivered a flawless, slick show that was no less rock ’n’ roll than its more adolescent outings, at Western Springs Speedway on the first night of New Zealand Fashion Week (Tuesday 26 August). The fall/winter 2015 collection shown is called ‘The Guilty Ones’ and, with its tone inspired by TBA David Lynch television series ‘Twin Peaks,’ describes itself as ‘camping grunge meets utilitarian glamour.’ Womenswear was uniformly sexy and featured lots of black leather including a classic biker jacket. Forget your lazy pants - the Stolen Girlfriends Club man will be encased in an attention-getting super slim leg next season. Of a rich and extensive collection (quilting, prints, plaid, knits and more), a denim boiler suit embellished with black jewels was a standout. Flawless styling by Duncan Lamont Brown and M.A.C. makeup that made models’ cheekbones stand out as much as their long bare legs, deserve special mention. All this under the atmospheric Speedway lights complete with dry ice and a killer soundtrack by Ben Lawson / Red Bull Studio. Guests were handed printed black plastic rain ponchos on arrival - you can’t get away with that ordinary garbage bag, ever again. Stolen Girlfriends Club soundtrack: http://www.mixcloud.com/stolengirlfriendsclub/ PN nzfw-2014-the-guilty-ones-soundtrack/ F STOLEN GIRLFRIENDS CLUB, 31 Crummer Road, Grey Lynn, T: 09 360 3475, www.stolengirlfriends.com

She is passionate about keeping her jewellery made in New Zealand, and she uses GIA certified diamonds and utilises only New Zealand and European metals in respect of those who suffer reactions to poor quality metals. “I think poor quality metals flooding the market are a real problem at the moment,” Petra explains, “and I really think we should be educating people about the real cost behind fast fashion and what they are wearing. There is a lot of nine carat gold out there from China and Thailand that has a lot of nickel in it, which can be really poisonous and impossible to fix if it gets damaged.” So why Ponsonby Central for her small but perfectly formed pop up store? “I just love the area so much,” says Petra with a smile, “and I looked everywhere for a space before Daniel from Ponsonby Central contacted me. I jumped at the chance as it’s such a shopping destination and a great way to get out and meet customers and hopefully new clients. It’s such a different market to where I am based now out of a studio in Orakei, which is more of a workroom and a place to meet clients who are having bespoke pieces made.” Her main retail outlet over the years has been “at the lovely Tessuti, who have supported me from the beginning and just been the most amazing stockists.” Lastly, she tells me her dream would be to create bespoke pieces full time and also offer retail collections with the support of other designers, a Petra Bettjeman jewellery empire so to speak. “I want to have a household brand that is proudly made in New Zealand using quality materials,” she explains with a smile. “I have every charm cast here in Auckland and I hand finish every piece, and I want to keep it that way. I think that’s what my customers want too.” (HELENE RAVLICH) F PN www.petrabettjementjewellers.co.nz

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Meeting Petra Bettjeman, jeweller


FASHION + STYLE THERE’S MORE TO DIAMONDS THAN MEETS THE EYE At Guthries, they’re all about clarity. For almost 50 years Guthries Jewellers have been supplying quality diamonds at exceptional prices. When it comes to clarity, their clients are discerning and Guthries go to great lengths to procure the best diamonds and other coloured gemstones. When you buy diamond jewellery you’ll want the diamonds, no matter what their size, to be the best quality available. Two diamonds that look alike at first may in fact be very different, and two diamonds of equal size can have very unequal values. The characteristics commonly known as the four Cs are what determine the value of a diamond and what makes it unique. Focus on those factors most important to you, and choose a diamond that satisfies your individual standards for beauty and value. Once you have decided the combination of Colour, Clarity, Carat weight and Cut that match your requirements ensure you look for a diamond with an international certification. Companies such as the Gemmological Institute of America or GIA offer stringent grading standards and will ensure you are getting the diamond that fulfils these desired specifications. Guthries source internationally dealing direct, thus passing on the savings to their clients. With their experience they will be able to guide you through finding the optimum balance between these four Cs to reach the best possible outcome for you. F PN

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FASHION + STYLE A NEW PRESENCE IN PONSONBY Announcing the addition of New Zealand designer Jane Daniels to the Ponsonby Road shopping experience. Jane has headed up the design of the new space at 63 Ponsonby Road to create a welcoming and modern environment to best showcase her garments. It has a neutral black, white and grey theme with industrial metal fittings. All the metal elements in the store have been designed by Jane in collaboration with a talented master of metal work who has helped make Jane’s inspiration a reality. F PN JANE DANIELS, 63 Ponsonby Road, T: 361 6333 www.janedaniels.co.nz

The Sustainable Coastlines team gets cleaned-up for their 2013 fundraising ball; a sellout success that promises to be even bigger and better this year.

SUSTAINABLE COASTLINES CHARITY BALL The stage is set for fundraising ball ‘Let’s Get Cleaned Up’ on Saturday 4 October, 2014. Back for the fourth time by popular demand at Auckland CBD’s Hilton Hotel - the Sustainable Coastlines charity ball is the perfect chance to get cleaned up, dust off the dancing shoes and have a rollicking good night. All while helping raise critical funds to continue their work. Starting at 7pm at this fantastic harbourside location, there will be world-class entertainment, delicious drinks and a mouth-watering three-course dining experience; a stellar combination for a night that you will not forget. The evening features performances from: • The soul-powered funk of the Hipstamatics • Special guest Peter Urlich • Man-about-town DJ Murry Sweetpants Tickets include a three-course meal, all your drinks, world-class entertainment throughout the night and free coach transfer and ticket to the official after party at a top secret luxury venue. All ticket sales, along with live and silent auction packages (to be announced soon) up for grabs during the evening, will raise funds for ongoing work motivating and educating communities to look after our coastlines and waterways. This will be the night out to celebrate the winter’s end and ring-in spring. Strictly R18, PN sorry kids. www.sustainablecoastlines.org F

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L to R: Kara Rickard and Thank Kirby; Rebecca Wadey, Maia White, Belinda George, Kate Sylvester

NEW ZEALAND FASHION WEEK New Zealand Fashion Week opened for its 14th year on Monday 25 August at the Viaduct Events Centre.

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Guests were treated to a performance by the Cirque du Soleil and designers Zambesi, Kate Sylvester, Vicki Taylor, Juliette Hogan and Celine Rita each cut cakes to celebrate their 35th, 21st, 15th, 10th and 5th anniversaries, respectively. Trade shows followed over the next three days, with New Zealand Fashion Weekend commencing on 29 August and including two ‘Ponsonby Presents’ shows: Andrea Moore, Storm and taylor Boutique, and Yvonne Bennetti. F PN

L to R: Faith Lord, Josie Wells, Adam Katz Sinding, Hannah Ongley, Alex Catarinella; Natalie Cantell, Nick von K and Colin Mathura-Jeffree

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FASHION + STYLE: JULIE ROULSTON

New season from new designers For a fresh and individual take on the new season, who better to ask than an emerging designer? Or five? Ponsonby News spoke with the ‘Gatecrashers,’ emerging designers who showed their summer 2014-15 collections as a finale to The Marr Factory series at the Golden Dawn in August. Eugenie Eugénie is designed by Liz Wilson who, prior to opening her boutique, worked as both a textile designer and as design assistant to Karen Walker. “When I’m designing I keep in mind a muse whose most prominent feature is her strength of character. Women like Charlotte Rampling or Isabella Rossellini inspire me,” states Wilson. “I design for women who care about the fine details of a garment. They know a good cut, quality fabric and excellent tailoring, but they are confident enough to keep it fun, play with silhouette and be adventurous.” Eugénie just opened the doors to their flagship Mackelvie Street boutique. “Taking the leap of opening a store was always the goal for me because I care so much about the experience of people encountering the range. We tried to create a fresh space that is inspiring to visit.” Spring 2014: “For the first collection I deliver for spring, I’m definitely feeling a strong Lauren Bacall influence. I wanted to celebrate women like her by making some pieces that are powerfully feminine. To keep things fresh I like to contrast that direction with beautifully cut masculine tailoring. There is a bit of 1950s in there, I’m also experimenting with pops of invigorating colour and luxurious silks. I don’t work to strict seasons, so there will be new injections arriving in store often.” www.eugenie.co.nz Georgia Alice Georgia Currie, designer of womenswear label Georgia Alice, designed her new season collection Waves at with an educated and beautifully spirited girl in mind, creating a “modern, cool and effortless” collection. She lists her essentials for the new season: Spring summer 2014-15: 1. stripes and nautical vibes 2. linens and man shirts 3. relaxed tailoring 4. ocean swims 5. giant flax hats 6. long structured vests over swimming togs 7. giant gold jewelry 8. cropped flares 9. frozen yoghurt (the nice kind) 10. sand everywhere. www.georgiaalice.com Glen Prentice Prentice wrote for Ponsonby News: “As a designer I am focused on creating refined, understated womenswear. Strong shapes react with classic materials and are paired with contemporary details. Influence is referenced in the most subtle sense, dismantling concepts to just a suggestion. My brand represents the modern woman.” Summer 2014-15 “I love the way summer collections look. They should always be the most simple and clean collections, but also identifiable. We recognise summer in the clothes we wear, each week skimping down on garments further and further until the hottest time of the year. These days are the best. “Summer is also when your most precious pieces of clothing experience the frivolity of day to day life. You can only wear one thing; it’s so hot, why not let that one piece be the most beautiful silk dress you have? These are the times that these pieces look their best. Relaxed. “My collection signals these ideas, it has pieces needed for the earliest point of spring through to the peak of summer. It’s realistic in its extremes. And looks best, relaxed.” www.glenprentice.com

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Harman Grubiša The Harman Grubiša brand has been developed by the design partnership of Madeleine Harman and Jessica Grubiša. Jessica Grubiša is well known to the New Zealand fashion industry as fashion editor to Black magazine, and has worked for World and Adrienne Winkelmann. Madeleine Harman recently returned from New York, where she worked for fashion think-tank Lidewij Edelkoort and Tocca NY. Harman Grubiša seeks to offer inherently fashion forward clothing. Luxury fabrics are paramount, and timeless styles seek to be beautiful above all else. Both work and weekender pieces take women from day to night, injecting a touch of glamour into everyday life. The label offers top-to-toe dressing with a range inclusive of quality handbags and footwear. “We create a premium product with longevity. Our intention is always to create unique quality pieces that become a part of our women’s lives... not a throw away but a pleasure to wear, to be kept forever.” Spring/summer 2104-15: All that Matters was developed after exploring film maker Gus Van Sant’s foray into painting. This sparked an extensive look into painterly colour variants and how they translate to textiles. “We went on to commission two watercolour pieces from local and budding artist Veronika Djoulai that became the foundation for the range... All that Matters is the beginning for Harman Grubiša and therefore provides the building blocks for a glamorous wardrobe full of luxury fabrics and timeless styles.” www.harmangrubisa.com Penny Sage Made in New Zealand, Penny Sage is by Auckland-based designer, Kate Megaw. She says, “Penny Sage is created for those who find beauty in structure and form, in things that have been crafted with consideration and care. As well as a beautiful garment, they appreciate pieces made from natural fabrics that feel good on the body. “I aim for my clothing to be special, subtle and timeless. Initially drawn to fabrics and colour combinations that tread a fine line between ugly and beautiful, I find that over time, those are the ones that I end up loving for seasons to come. I draw inspiration from mis-remembered nostalgia, nature, films and music.” Knitwear was the starting point for the brand; the first Penny Sage pieces sold were hand-knitted by Kate’s mother and grandma. Knitwear still plays a huge role in the collections, but is now created alongside a local knitwear company using locally sourced yarns. Spring 2014: ...is made of “carefree feelings, adventure, and the spontaneous, and that feeling of teenage freedom.” Megaw says, “The ‘Sleepaway’ collection was born out of a certain type of nostalgia: for adventuring, for camping, for the natural world. It’s imbued with a youthful attitude to dressing - simple, wearable basics in lightweight linen and silk mix, cotton and linen gauze, silk crepe de chine, and flocked or knitted cottons. “The collection combines elements of sportswear, an insouciant feeling of ‘working with what you have’ and that teenage bid for expression that often comes across rather awkwardly. This season’s collection also stems from a personal memory of an American volleyball team visiting my small hometown during my formative years - I remembered them as beautiful, healthy and sporty. “80s cult horror film ‘Sleepaway Camp’ also played as inspiration, with its ‘California dreaming’ pop culture lens, refuelling my teenage escapism, all realised in the collection’s silhouettes.” www.pennysage.com F PN

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FASHION + STYLE THE GEMSTONE FOR SEPTEMBER Donna Mills, owner of Jewels and Gems introduces us to the qualities of the gemstone, smokey quartz.

JANE YEH - BRIDAL WITH INTIMACY AND ELEGANCE After more than 20 years in Newmarket and Parnell, renowned New Zealand bridal designer Jane Yeh has moved to Ponsonby.

The information comes from the scientifically conducted trials of German stone specialist Michael Gienger.

Jane’s College Hill villa, set in beautiful garden surroundings, now offers an intimate and elegant setting for her exclusive bridal, mother of the bride and groom, and special occasion wear. Made to measure and ready-made ranges are both available.

Smokey quartz could be the gemstone equivalent of valium without the side-effects! It increases our tolerance to stress due to its deeply relaxing influence, dissolving mental, emotional and physical tension. In the long-term, it takes away our tendency to be overwhelmed and makes us more resistant to stress factors. It helps us cope more easily with hard times and be able to exert great effort to do the work which has to be done in such times.

Jane Yeh has designed and made gowns for countless New Zealand brides, including celebrities such as Mandy Barker, Lorraine Downes, Wendy Petrie and Toni Street.

It helps us bear sorrow, encouraging the separation of feelings and thoughts, stimulating practical thinking and concentration. It is pain alleviating, fortifies the nerves, dissolves cramps and tension in the body, and is especially helpful with back problems, tense shoulders and headaches. It also protects us against the effects of radiation and helps alleviate the damage caused by radiation. Smokey quartz should be worn as a chain or pendant for longer periods of time to give strength. In situations of stress, two polished or rough crystals held in each hand will help. In order to dissolve pain, lay it directly on the painful area of the body. And remember to think of it if your pet has been frightened or injured. Gemstones can help PN animals just as well as people. F JEWELS AND GEMS, 54 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 378 4389 www.jewelsandgems.co.nz

Jane has also been given the honour of being asked by Te Papa museum to design a bridal dress for the Victoria and Albert exhibition. Design and production at Jane Yeh has worked well over the last two decades because of a dedication to creating custom made couture gowns with innovative designs, high quality fabrics and outstanding workmanship. Jane turns her designs into reality with the help of her team of expert cutters and sewers. A professional consultation system advises clients on what style will best suit, gowns are then custom made with a number of fittings to make certain it is their dream dress and a perfect fit. All brides receive an intimate and professional service so that they leave happy with their gown - and the entire experience. A visit to Jane Yeh on College Hill is appointment only, but an Open Day on Saturday 20 September 11am - 3.30pm will give prospective brides an opportunity to view the new premises and find out more about Jane Yeh’s beautiful designs. F PN JANE YEH, 72 College Hill, Ponsonby, T: 09 378 1527 www.janeyeh.com

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FASHION + STYLE THERE’S A NEW STAR ON THE RISE Bintang means ‘star’ and that’s certainly the sort of glow Patric Seng has about him. His exciting new modelling agency, Bintang Models, has been slowly raising its profile in Auckland over the past year and has set its sights on the stars. “We provide a personal touch to agency-model relationships,” says Patric. “That means a more positive and constructive environment for both parties. This is what makes us different.” Last year saw Bintang Models providing fresh faces for French83, FaceMe makeup and Barkers, as well as wedding shows and editorial in Bride & Groom magazine. So far 2014 has been busy, most recently with a Ronald McDonald charity show, a mention in the Herald Sunday Star Times, and of course, there’s New Zealand Fashion Week; Bintang models Anisha and Vanessa were selected for two shows during the prestigious Auckland event. “Everyone on our books is a star,” says Patric. “And we are always open to hearing from talented people.” Patric describes the excellent work Bintang models did for Fudge hair, Zambesi. “I was so proud of them!” he says. “I expect a lot from our models because we work hard to equip them with both technical knowledge and confidence.” The Bintang Models management team has a solid network and an experienced background in the field. “Our team is incredibly friendly as well as being extremely professional,” says Patric with his infectious grin. “The agency sees itself as the epitome of east-meets-west. Our models reflect that synergy with their unique appearances, while excelling in motivation and passion for their respective clients.” To contact Bintang Models, email: info@bintangmodels.com or talk to Patric on M: 021 1300 182. www.bintangmodels.com

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FASHION + STYLE SUMMER MEANS ‘HAVIS’ AT CITTA DESIGN Grey Lynn locals Havaianas and Citta Design have joined forces city-side with Havaianas returning to Britomart over the 2014-15 summer in a pop-up kiosk within the Citta Design store on the corner of Galway and Gore.

RETAIL SUPERSTAR Nikola Boswell WE’AR Yoga and Off Duty Wear How did you come to be a retail salesperson? I was looking for a lifestyle change. I was unhappy with where I was heading with my career. So I took some time off; I travelled, I deepened my studies and I found a place where I wanted to be. What brought you to WE’AR? Alignment, timing and pure luck. I had just arrived home from studying yoga and meditation at an ashram in India. I was 27, unemployed, single, living at home - I had none of all those important markers we measure our success on - and I was the happiest I had ever been. I had found my niche and where I wanted to be. I came across WE’AR online, and after reading the first paragraph of the WE’AR philosophy I picked up the phone. I simply HAD to meet the person who wrote it. And so I did. And here I am.

The bright and colourful offering from the iconic Brazilian brand will sit harmoniously alongside New Zealand homewares collection Citta Design, renowned for their own love and celebration of colour. The Havis Kiosk will offer the complete summer collection alongside exclusive styles only available through Havaianas’ web store and Grey Lynn Showroom. With this combination of summer family footwear from Havaianas with home and holiday -wares inspired by our Antipodean lifestyle from Citta Design, the retail destination overlooking Britomart’s greenspace on the corner of Galway & Gore promises to be a one-stop shop to get you through a New Zealand summer in style.. F PN HAVAIANAS POP-UP KIOSK AT CITTA DESIGN BRITOMART, Citta Design, Corner Galway and Gore Streets, Britomart www.havaianasnz.com

What do you love about your store? I love the WE’AR philosophy. Being a yogini myself, our mantra aligns so well with my own beliefs and lifestyle. I get to work with inspiring people who share these beliefs and we manifest our goodness together every day. And then there are our customers; I get to interact with some incredible people with beautiful stories. It is heart warming and satisfying, and because of this beauty and creativity, the store holds such an engaging energy. I like that I can offer herbal tea too, that always gets a smile. What makes a standout retail salesperson? Passion. Someone who believes in what they are sharing with their customers. Tell us about a memorable sale you’ve made this year... It was a mother and daughter, and they were beautiful and had a lovely relationship which was delightful to observe during their visit. Their first visit was heart warming - they shop with us often, but I will always remember that special afternoon. If you could wave your wand and have anyone in the world walk into your store right now, who would it be? I would love to dress a woman called Colleen Saidman in WE’AR goodness. She is the founder and owner of Yoga Shanti, a studio in New York. It would be pretty awesome to meet her. If you could wave your wand and have anyone in greater Ponsonby walk into your store right now, who would it be? Nikki Ralston from Urban Ashram! I have met her once and admire her courage a lot. She is a strong, inspiring and beautiful woman. Where do you enjoy shopping? This is embarrassing because yoga pants are such a staple outfit for me. I do wear a lot of WE’AR goodness, otherwise you will find me in my Vans, high-waisted jeans and a loose tee. I tend to be a spontaneous shopper. Name someone you think is a great greater Ponsonby brand/store/retail salesperson... Amy and her team at Wilder + Hunt, we get treats and our coffee fix from them (regularly). Lovely team, beautiful space and they have a great philosophy and approach to their business. F PN WE’AR, 122 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 378 8140, www.wearyogaclothing.com The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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THE MARR FACTORY August 17-23, 2014, The Golden Dawn Stephen Marr once again hosted six nights of in-season fashion shows at The Golden Dawn in Ponsonby - a series of shows open to the public in the unique Auckland setting that has become infamous for its rock ‘n’ roll vibe. Karen Walker, Nom*D, Zambesi, Workshop, Helen Cherry and Sylvester by Kate Sylvester each presented their spring/summer 2014 collections with Stephen Marr and Lucy Vincent-Marr’s team of stylists presenting contemporary hair trends for the season. Standing behind young fashion talent and giving them a platform to unleash their ideas is at the heart of The Marr Factory concept, and was pivotal to the event’s creation in 2005. Five emerging designers (see page 54) made up the ‘MF Gatecrashers’ and showed on the event’s final night. F PN

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ON THE COUCH WITH ST. ANTONI REPUTATION MANAGEMENT AGENCY What does St. Antoni do? St. Antoni is a reputation management agency. We help organisations or individuals build their reputation, by brand or individual name. Conversely, we help repair reputations that have been tainted or, in some cases, devastated. Isn’t that public relations? In a broad sense, yes. We use communications mechanisms which are familiar to the PR discipline - media, issues and crisis management, social media, corporate communications, government relations, stakeholder engagement - but we apply a very intimate and tailored overlay which allows us to uncover the various ‘layers of the onion’. It’s a kind of industrial psychology that both of us have worked with extensively abroad.

FASHION + STYLE NEWLY CREATED SPACE AT ENDEMIC WORLD New Zealand’s popular art print shop, endemicworld, just got bigger and better. Get yourself to 62 Ponsonby Road where you will find a massive variety of contemporary limited edition art prints alongside one-off original works. They have exhibition and event space for hire. Bespoke framing, fine art printing, interior styling. Watch this (art) space. F PN ENDEMIC WORLD, 62 Ponsonby Road www.endemicworld.com

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Who is Saint Antoni? Sanit Antoni (1195-1231) was the patron saint of lost things, considered one of sainthood’s greatest communicators. St. Antoni Reputation Management is husband and wife team, Antonios and Victoria Papaspiropoulos. We chose the name because of the obvious play on the Greek name, Antonios, but also because in a business or brand sense, people often don’t know what is missing. What is your background? Antonios: I come from a career in journalism, government, consulting and corporate communications. Before coming back to New Zealand last year, I spent 15 years in Australia, Asia and Eastern Europe working for Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron Corporation, and BHP Billiton. Victoria: I’m a Melbournian who grew up in a mining family, around the world. I’ve managed stakeholder relations, communications and HR functions for industries including oil and gas, mining, insurance, government, not for profits. We met when both were working on the world’s largest gas project, the $55 billion Gorgon project, off the coast of Western Australia. We secured all of the environmental and government approvals. Who are your clients? Our clients span fashion, food, music, film, foreign investment and Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG). Thoughts about New Zealand/Ponsonby? We love living in Herne Bay - Bayfield School, Herne Bay Beach, Conch, Ponsonby Central, Dida’s, Mekong Baby, Bashford Antiques, the flower lady at Cox’s Bay. The places and people are unparalleled. After years abroad, it’s so good to be in a place where people look out for each other and where inventiveness is rampant.

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TRAVEL BREAKS: THE NEW THERAPY!

ANTARCTICA By Chris Lyons, World Journeys No matter how well-travelled you are, there always remains one final frontier to be conquered. That for me was Antarctica. I set off in March this year on an expedition-style cruise out of Ushuaia with 100 fellow passengers from all corners of the world. Don’t be put off by the word ‘expedition’, these cruises offer the best of both worlds - a true sense of exploration and all the comforts of a modern ship with spacious and extremely comfortable cabins. Leaving Ushuaia it was into the famed Drake Passage which lived up to its reputation only for the first day on the way south. After two days of cruising we saw the first ice. It was real, we’d arrived. Great views were available from the open bridge as we navigated into bays and around icebergs. Even better, once you arrive at the Antarctic Peninsula, calm seas prevail as you are in the shelter of land. Twice a day we’d split up and pile into Zodiac inflatable boats to go ashore. The wildlife we encountered was so ambivalent to our presence you could get up close for photographs. Chinstrap, Adelie and Gentoo penguin chicks hassled their mums for the krill in their bellies. Ungainly and somewhat comical on land, they are wonderful swimmers, as they must be to survive - the slow ones end up as leopard seal dinners!

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The expedition staff were outstanding - a great bunch of highly qualified people who delighted in sharing their knowledge. They also doubled as Zodiac drivers who took us ashore, acted as guides, and often joined us for dinner. During the day we discussed history, birds, whales and geology, while over dinner it was politics, sex and theology. The whole thing had a relaxed ‘happy family’ feel about it. Surprisingly it wasn’t anywhere near as cold as anticipated, being a dry cold. Layers of merino thermals and keeping the wind out were enough to keep the warmth in, and the parka you are supplied with (for keeps) offered amazing protection against the elements. A traditional Polar Plunge saw the more intrepid passengers tied to the ship for a mad dive into the freezing waters. Those who partook soon beat a hasty retreat to the hot spa on deck. And you get a certificate for this insanity! The absolute highlight for me was cruising through the Lemaire Channel, aptly nicknamed ‘iceberg alley’. It was totally surreal, slowly gliding through a sea of icebergs, some towering above you, in a myriad of stunning aquamarine blues. If you’re thinking of going to the Antarctic, book early! Cruising is only possible November to March when the temperatures are favourable, so there are limited sailings, and it’s a long wait until the next season! I have to say, the memories of whales breeching and beautiful icy scenes are the stuff dreams are made of. A frontier no longer. F PN

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ROSS THORBY: SEA FEVER

A Greek tragedy in three parts TECHNOLOGY IS A WONDERFUL THING. A SHIP SANK HALF WAY AROUND THE WORLD and through the wonders of technology, we were not only able to watch the sad hulk lying forlornly on her side 11,500 miles away; but the live progress of her salvagers working diligently to right and refloat her some 30 months later. A three act drama played out against a sea of publicity in front of the world’s media. The sort of publicity any Broadway producer would dream of, but the head gaffer of a shipping line would find a nightmare. Act One: The birth of the Costa Concordia at a cost of $USD570 million in 2005 when at the time she was one of the largest ships ever built in Italy. Act Two: Her short life of only seven years traversing the Mediterranean. Finally, Act Three: Her abandonment and death inconveniently wedged on the rocks in a place few of us had heard of - before her captain decided to show off to his paramour and, like Icarus, fly too close to danger. In July, Costa Concordia began her last journey through the remaining Greek Islands (that she managed to physically avoid colliding with) and on to Genoa for the curtain call in a Greek tragedy mercifully few of us are likely to endure. Over the last two years I have watched her lying on her side through a webcam positioned on Giglio and seeing the captain’s face spread across the media, a man with all the apparent morals of a polecat, has made me reflect on the quality of the officers and people who come to sea and take our safety into their hands. In 1991, a Greek ship, the Oceanos, sank off the coast of South Africa. The Greek crew and officers abandoned their posts and filled the lifeboats, apparently with their luggage, before making for the shore and leaving the remaining 571 passengers to be assisted by the British entertainment crew. Left alone and now without life-rafts, they awaited the helicopters from the South African airforce sent to assist them. The last to leave the ship was the Chief Entertainment Officer, being winched off the ship moments before the stern sank below the surface into shark infested waters.

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The captain’s reasons for leaving so prematurely? To assist the evacuation from land. Funnily enough the same reason Italian Captain Schettino from the Concordia used after he apparently ‘fell’ into a lifeboat. Titanic’s Captain Smith who reportedly remained at his post until the last would shudder in disbelief. I often think of these incidents as we stand about at ship’s muster. A procedure that is standard practice on any cruise ship, but where the timing is more lax on some than on others. Here, dressed in bright orange life jackets, we are directed on the safety procedures in the case of emergency much in the same way as we are directed to the exit rows on an aircraft... “Don your life-belt, walk quickly to your muster station, do not use the lift, do not pass go, do not collect $200.” A few years ago in 2008, on the good ship Queen Victoria whilst sailing though the Gulf of Aden, a small French cruise ship ‘Le Ponant’ was travelling some 2000 metres behind us, supposedly piggybacking the force of the frigate and security employed by Cunard; but was attacked nonetheless, hijacked and subsequently held for ransom by pirates. Their gamble of not providing their own security in these waters sadly failed them. Fortunately there were no passengers on board and the only casualties were the pirates who subsequently failed in a bid to successfully transact their ransom demands. Those left alive after the shootout with the French Foreign Legion on the shores of Somalia were captured and jailed in France. Our security force got us out of immediate danger, the captain ‘flooring it’ and the frigate jumping into protective action around us. Unlike those of us watching from the pool, most passengers below decks were not even aware of the situation until we arrived in Egypt some hours earlier than originally scheduled. The Cruise Lines International Associate reports that from 2005 to 2011, the odds of death on a cruise ship in that period were 1 in 6.25 million, making cruising one of the safest ways of mass transportation that we have. I would take my chances on a cruise ship as opposed to a bus any day, though maybe I’ll PN check out the quality and morals of the captain first. (ROSS THORBY) F

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RELAX AND UNWIND WITH HAURAKI BLUE CRUISES SEE THE HAURAKI GULF AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE - WITH NEW ZEALAND’S largest permanently-based cruise ship which set sail last month. Moored in the Viaduct Harbour, Ipipiri, the 146 feet (44.5 metres) vessel offers overnight and lunch cruises plus private charters for weddings, evening cruises and corporate events. The ship arrived in Auckland from the Bay of Islands in mid-June and has since been rebranded and refurbished. Hauraki Blue Cruises offers the ultimate floating venue to showcase the sights of the stunning Hauraki Gulf for locals and visitors alike. Designed for comfort and effortless cruising, their on-board team are passionate about creating unique, relaxing and idyllic mini breaks and events with the wow factor. Once on-board, guests can enjoy sampling fresh, quality cuisine in the 80-seat restaurant and bar. They can also take part in a range of water activities including kayaking, snorkelling and swimming. The sun deck provides an amazing place for guests to relax, unwind and enjoy the stunning views. Overnight cruise guests stay in ocean view cabins, complete with en suites. Overnight Cruise: Departs Viaduct Harbour at 3.00pm, returns 9.00am the following day Adults: from NZD$299 | Children: from NZD$224.25 Lunch Cruise: Departs Viaduct Harbour at 11.00am, returns 1.30pm Adults: from NZD$99 | Children: from NZD$49.50 NB: Bar charges not included in above prices Charters, weddings, evening cruises, conferences, functions (100 passengers maximum) Customised quotes will be provided upon request Visit www.haurakibluecruises.co.nz for more information. F PN

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I intend to spring clean my house this month and wonder if I should do the same to my body? Do you have any suggestions for a detox programme? K. Todd, Ponsonby

Ayurveda tells us that each individual has a unique bodily intelligence and as long as that intelligence is in a balanced state it has the ability to flush out the toxins that accumulate in the body on a daily basis. These toxins are just waste products, the result of cellular metabolism that the body normally excretes. But when this intelligence is imbalanced, the body loses its ability to flush out these toxins and they start accumulating in the body which, according to Ayurveda, is the principal cause of all disease. This intelligence gets imbalanced by the incompatible choices we make in our diet, lifestyle and environment. When this occurs, the best way to return the body to balance is through a programme of de-toxification. This is why Ayurveda recommends a number of daily and even seasonal cleansing routines. However, if the toxins have been allowed to accumulate in the body for a long time, a specific de-toxification programme is required. Ayurveda has a unique detoxification and rejuvenation programme. Called Panchkarma, it is one of the most profound and systematic cleansing and rejuvenating programme available to complementary medicine. In this procedure the body is prepared with daily massage and herbalised steam so the toxins can be safely dislodged from the tissues. These toxins collect at various sites in the digestive system, where, through a number of treatments, they are collected and eliminated from the body. Finally and most importantly, changes to your lifestyle and diet are recommended to prevent the buildup of more toxins in the future. Ayurveda recommends that everyone should have a 7 to 10 day Panchkarma treatment at least once a year as it helps to eliminate the build-up of toxins and rejuvenate the body’s intelligence. In the past, people wanting this treatment would have to travel to India but I am pleased to advise that my clinic in Newmarket is one of the few places outside India where you can receive this profound and healing programme. In the past 16 years of my clinical work here in Auckland, I have guided hundreds of people through this detoxification programme, so I know that its effects are profound.

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I would encourage you to experience a Panchkarma treatment in the belief that you would find many of the symptoms you are experiencing would disappear. Of course, many of us don’t have the time to commit to such a programme. Thankfully, Ayurveda can offer a number of cleansing routines that can be incorporated into your daily life to regularly flush out toxins from the body: • Brush your teeth and scrape your tongue first thing in the morning. • Each morning, drink a cup of warm water with 1 teaspoon each of lemon juice and honey and ½ teaspoon of fresh grated ginger. • Take 10-15 slow, deep breaths at least twice a day. • Massage your body daily with warm sesame oil (use only cold pressed oil). • Eat only warm, cooked foods. • Eat a handful or raisins and 5-10 peeled almonds at least twice a day. • Eat fresh fruit but avoid raw apple and banana. • Avoid such foods as peanut butter, bread, cheese, tomato and soy sauce, carbonated drinks, tinned foods, coffee and alcohol. • Take Ayurvedic herbal supplements such as Stress Guard and Livgood, both available at Planet Ayurveda. These routines may seem simple but they can have a profound effect on your health. So take this opportunity as spring comes into full bloom to try some of these routines to help return your body to balance. (DR AJIT) F PN PLANET AYURVEDA, 41 Gillies Avenue, T: 09 522 5390 www.planetayurveda.co.nz

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SKINNY LOVE - IT’S IN THE NAME “We are safe and friendly,” says Kristin. “And we don’t bite,” she adds with a laugh. We’re talking about Skinny Love, a beauty studio on Jervois Road that specialises in cavi lipo. “I think many people feel it may be too good to be true,” says Kristin. “But they need to understand that you can’t have a treatment then eat a pile of junk food! You need to follow a healthy lifestyle and do some exercise.” Cavi lipo uses ultrasound to breakdown fat cells. The procedure is based on a natural fat clearance process where fat cells are processed by the body’s natural physiological and metabolic pathways. “The treatment is pain-free and you lose centimetres within minutes,” explains Kristin. The treatment targets particular areas, which means some people may need more than one area to get a good result. Kristin was in Australia when she first tried the weight loss treatment for herself. “I was there to be a bridesmaid, and an old friend of mine had a clinic so I looked further into the service and discovered it was non-surgical - that appealed to me,” Kristin says. “I got results right away, and at my friend’s wedding she walked down the aisle to the song ‘Skinny Love’, I really liked the name.” When Kristin returned to New Zealand she and her friend Rita decided to open the first Skinny Love salon in Wellington. “We started Skinny Love especially to offer cavi lipo - because it works,” explains Rita. “Our Wellington clinic is absolutely flat out providing it now, but at Skinny Love we do deliver the full range of beauty therapies! Including waxing, eyebrow shaping and tinting, massage, facials and spray tanning.” The Skinny Love premises in Ponsonby has an Auckland business partner, Amie, who tried cavi lipo with Kristin and lost 12.5cm off one leg in three weeks - she was so impressed she asked to become a partner. Resident beauty therapists at Ponsonby, Bernadette and Georgia, are both fully trained in cavi lipo, and Georgia specialises in Medik8 products and facials - she’s also amazing at shaping eyebrows and giving a relaxing massage. “Medik8 skincare is a powerful product that gives good results,” Georgia says. At Skinny Love they also work with protox gel, a needle free alternative to botox so popular it often sells out. The team also provides body wraps that can be done at home - another hot product they have to order well in advance.

DHALL & NASH’S NEW OFFICES BRANDON NASH AND PUNEET DHALL OWNERS OF DHALL AND NASH FINE WINES have recently opened their new offices at 84 College Hill. The Dhall and Nash cakes to celebrate the occassion were produced by local Grey Lynn producer Danielle van Rossum from Fete Accomplice. F PN

“The team at Skinny Love all like going to a relaxing, beautifully done up salon,” laughs Kristin. “And that’s why we have created the atmosphere the way it is.” The salon is beautiful and they love the Ponsonby location. And, as Kristin says, Skinny Love is not here for a short time or to make a quick buck. “We want our customers to become friends and see us often - we want to be your local. Whether it’s cavi lipo and body wraps for weight-loss and cellulite reduction, or a facial to help smooth and rejuvenate your skin to look healthier and younger, new clients who mention this article will receive 25% off. Come see us for a consultation if you’re unsure, we concentrate on customer service, we want you PN to be happy with your treatment.” F SKINNY LOVE, 21 Jervois Road, Ponsonby, T: 09 378 9612 www.skinnylove.co.nz

Kirstin, Rita and Amie of Skinny Love

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CLARE CALDWELL: THE ART OF LIVING With all the global atrocities inflicted on our senses daily through public and personal media, it’s no wonder many people are depressed. I’ve been feeling pretty overwhelmed with the negativity, manipulation from impossibly higher levels of power, and hopelessness in the face of man’s inhumanity to man. Coupled with this are the dire, increasingly disturbing and largely unheeded predictions of our imminent demise on this planet. Our wonderful Earth civilisation it seems is slowly collapsing. So how do we counter all this aggression, all this apocalyptic fear and negativity? How do we find balance in our lives within these increasingly dark times and find belief in hope and light? Recently I came across two discussions by Andrew Harvey and Carolyn Baker: “Transition and Transformation: The Joy of Preparation” and “How We Should Live in the Face of Catastrophic Climate Change”. In it, Baker redefines the word ‘apocalyptic’, taking it from the original Greek to mean ‘the unveiling’ than the usual ‘end of the world’. Harvey and Baker believe three major sectors are now starting to be ‘unveiled’ by the thinking worldwide public: the banking, corporate, industrial, military and media machines; the stranglehold of religions with their dogma “thinking they have a mandate on spirituality”; and the New Age self-help cult of denying anything dark, which they believe is grounded in a “fundamental misunderstanding of the paradoxical nature of the Divine” i.e. its dance of opposites. By understanding what’s manipulating us we can start to make changes. Harvey and Baker’s call is for us all to create an ‘inner container’ strong enough to hold this disillusionment, to talk together with other like-minded people, to constantly find ways to manifest beauty in all its forms and move through to a state of what they term ‘sacred activism’. Climate scientist Ben Walton sees our demise as inevitable and terminal, that we’re a species heading for extinction because of our shortsightness around living sustainably on this planet. However Harvey, Baker and philosophers David Wilcock and Eckhart Tolle believe this demise will bring opportunity. That an apocalypse offers the paradox of “destruction and new life”; great creativity and opportunity for expanded consciousness out of suffering. That when we go right up to that edge, as in the initiation rites of indigenous cultures, we tap into an enormous proclivity for transformation of spirit.

AROHA HEALING REIKI IS PURE HEALING ENERGY “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics” - Albert Einstein. Everything is energy. Aroha Healing Reiki is pure healing energy and the benefits of Reiki are limitless. Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a very powerful Japanese healing art which can be learned very quickly. As a holistic practice, Reiki can safely restore harmony and balance on all levels - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It relieves daily stress and reduces pain, assists in cleansing the body of toxins and allows for a new perspective of life. Everyone and everything can benefit from Reiki. Learning Reiki can be a profound experience, so simple, yet powerful in application. Being attuned to Reiki will change your life. Reiki has a way of accelerating spiritual growth and clarifying your life path. Reiki increases self-confidence and trust in life, and helps a person grow in self-love and love of others, awakening greater compassion and sense of connectedness with all of life. Reiki sharpens your intuition. Aroha Healing in Grey Lynn facilitate regular Reiki workshops for individuals, both on and offsite. Their next Reiki 1 workshop is over a weekend and will be held on 13 and 14 September at their beautiful Maidstone Street premises. The first level of Reiki is all about self healing, and the Aroha Healing facilitators teach a full chakra workshop, how to place your healing hands on others, and include an animal healing module within the workshop. You can expect a more peaceful, caring and connected life after a Reiki 1 workshop with Aroha Healing. F PN AROHA HEALING, 3 Maidstone Street T: 0800 mindbody www.arohahealing.co.nz

While not denying things will be really tough as everything collapses, they join with many other intellectuals who see that if we activate the Christ impulse within us, if we replace negativity with love, “out of this could come change - out of this could emerge a new, more enlightened way of being”; a chance to become more evolved humans; that this is all meant to happen and that “Divine love is behind this and will see us through”. Maybe it will ultimately be up to every individual as to whether they choose slow suicide or transformation. (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 EXCEPTIONAL PRIMARY MEDICAL CARE Victoria Park Medical Suites opened its doors in June this year. Located just behind Victoria Park Market, the bespoke architect -designed suites are well equipped, clean and modern. Founding GPs, Dr Jeffrey Wong and Dr Grabiel Ng, are both passionate about delivering high quality primary care medical services. They share a strong belief that exceptional primary care involves long lasting doctor-patient relationships, and encourage enrolling with the practice to receive that necessary continuity of care. Fees for all services are heavily discounted for enrolled patients. Born and bred in Auckland, Dr Jeffrey Wong also attended medical school here. Jeff holds dual fellowships at Royal New Zealand College of GPs and the Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care. Along with a number of post-graduate qualifications, Jeff has more than 25 years practising primary care medicine. Dr Grabiel Ng grew up in Auckland and attended Otago Medical School. She has a Diploma in child health, a certificate in family planning and primary care skin cancer medicine. Head nurse, Paulette Orgovan, is an experienced practice nurse, and the team is multi -cultural; speaking English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Nepalese, Punjabi and Hindi. Immigration medical examinations are one of the specialties at the centre, along with a midwifery clinic every Thursday mornings, and on-site counselling on Thursday evenings. The medical suites feature a mini surgical theatre dedicated to minor surgeries and the reception area has a wheelchair stair-lift allowing for easy disabled access. The opening hours are extended to cater for busy people - 8.30am to 6.30pm weekdays, late night Thursday until 8.30pm and Saturdays, 9am to 1pm. F PN VICTORIA PARK MEDICAL SUITES, 5 Vernon Street, T: 09 557 3333 www.vicparkmed.co.nz

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JOHN APPLETON: ON HEALTH

Influenza and Ebola Recently I read a sad story about a Christchurch woman who died in hospital at the age of 47 as a result of influenza. A health expert is reported as saying this is a stark reminder of just how deadly the flu can be. Dr Lance Jennings, a virologist and spokesman for the National Influenza Specialist group, noted “sadly this is what influenza does. People do die from it and others end up in hospital in a very sick way.” Does it really need to be this way? Readers may recall the story of dairy farmer Allan Smith who had swine flu and had been in an induced coma in Auckland Hospital for seven weeks. He was about to have his life support turned off when his family demanded that the hospital doctors give him high dose vitamin C. The doctors very reluctantly agreed but only after intense pressure. Apparently they don’t believe in the use of vitamin C and seemed willing to allow the patient to die without at least giving it a try. If you are not familiar with the Allan Smith story you can watch a 60 Minutes documentary. (www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrhkoFcOMII) At this time other families in New Zealand with loved ones in ICU were asking for vitamin C treatment but were refused. I find it very difficult to get my head around a situation where doctors claim to have done everything they could for a patient but flatly refuse to allow them to have vitamin C at a time when turning off the life support guaranteed that the patient would die. It’s hard not to get very upset about this situation. Intravenous vitamin C has been used for decades by Doctors the world over. Back in the 1950s American doctor Fredrick Klenner was using massive doses very successfully to cure people of polio. In Auckland we have a Clinic that has been providing intravenous vitamin C for 30 years. I have had many infusions myself, as have other members of my family. For me the most important thing is avoiding the need for hospitalisation - hospital acquired infections are becoming endemic and for viral infections there are no effective drug treatment options. I ensure that my vitamin D status is at an optimal level (I aim for up to 120 nmols/L) and I do the same with vitamin C which I take every day throughout the year. In addition I take a special form of zinc on a daily basis and I have a potent probiotic after each meal. Avoiding sugar is VERY important. There has been a lot of media attention given to the Ebola virus recently and health authorities are apparently

very concerned. Dr Thomas Levy (American cardiologist - lawyer and author of several books about vitamin C) says “Ebola is really an ordinary virus that causes extraordinary pathology in people with a poor nutritional status and a lack of significant antioxidant stores in their bodies.” In his book best-selling book “curing the incurable” Dr Levy writes as follows. “Ebola is probably the best known of a class of viruses known as hemorrhagic fever viruses. In fact, Ebola virus was initially recognised in 1976. The very first symptoms of Ebola are exactly the same as scurvy, which is caused by inadequate vitamin C. Though scurvy is seldom fatal as a primary condition, scurvy also represents only a partial deficiency of vitamin C, the body still has a lot of vitamin C compared to zero, which Ebola causes. In the absence of vitamin C, blood vessels become very weak and start to lose blood, platelets become ineffective and unable to trigger clots. So death by Ebola is caused by massive internal bleeding and loss of blood. In the classic form of scurvy that evolves very slowly from the gradual depletion of vitamin C body stores, the immune system will be sufficiently compromised for infection to claim the patient’s life before the extensive hemorrhage that occurs after all vitamin C stores have been completely exhausted. Ebola virus and the other viral hemorrhagic fevers are much more likely to cause hemorrhaging before any other fatal infection has a chance to become established. This is because the virus so rapidly and totally metabolises and consumes all available vitamin C in the bodies of victims that an advanced stage of scurvy is literally produced after only a few days of the disease. The scurvy is so complete that the blood vessels generally cannot keep from hemorrhaging long enough to allow an infective complication to develop. Also, the viral hemorrhagic fevers typically take hold and reach epidemic proportions in those populations that would already be expected to have low body stores of vitamin C, such as is found in many of the severely malnourished African nations. In such individuals, an infecting hemorrhagic virus will often wipe out any remaining vitamin C stores before the immune systems can get the upper hand and initiate recovery. Whether the infectious disease branch of modern medicine is truly unaware or just does not want to admit they are completely wrong on how to cure a viral syndrome remains a debatable point. Certainly, their

“find a vaccine for everything” approach to viruses is not the answer. Even if a vaccine could be introduced into the body without associated toxins and severe side effects, such an approach does absolutely nothing for the individual who is already critically ill with an overwhelming viral count in the body. Not a single virus has been tested that is not inactivated (killed) by a large enough dose of vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Many other antioxidants have similar ‘virucidal’ effects, but vitamin C appears uniquely to be of greatest potency and clinical efficacy, as its simple chemical structure allows for it to be disseminated throughout the body with little restriction. As such, it is able to effectively address viral populations present in both the intracellular and extracellular spaces. However, a virus can never be incapacitated by a potent antioxidant if the chemical structure of that antioxidant does not permit direct contact between the virus and the antioxidant. Vitamin C is both very potent and optimally bioavailable in accessing any viral infection. Why is vitamin C so effective in killing viruses? A primary way in which vitamin C destroys viruses, or sets them up for destruction by the immune system, is by activating the ‘Fenton reaction’. In a nutshell, this reaction can proceed inside the virus, inside cells in which viruses are replicating, and on the surfaces of the viruses themselves. The result of this reaction that is stimulated by the presence of vitamin C, is the immediate production of hydroxyl radicals. These radicals are the most reactive oxidising agents ever identified. They up-regulate oxidative stress and end up destroying whatever is in their immediate environment. The effects of vitamin C are further supported by its potent and multifaceted support of the immune system. There is no other substance that singularly does as much to promote increased and strong immune function as vitamin C. While Dr Levy’s explanation might seem to be an obvious avenue for research, don’t expect to see it make headlines. Vitamin C is too cheap - too low tech and it can’t be patented. It has the potential to take the ‘mystery’ out of medicine. PN (JOHN APPLETON) F APPLETON ASSOCIATES, T: 09 489 9362 john@johnappleton.co.nz www.johnappleton.co.nz

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MICHELLE OWEN: POSTURE TO PERFORMANCE

JOHN APPLETON: ON HEALTH

Is your gym/training programme hurting you? Have you experienced the feeling of being more beat up after your gym programme, training or workout rather than feeling good? Do you get to a certain level of skill or fitness and then something tears or strains? Most of us are exercising for self-improvement, but this does not always happen! After 30 years in the health and fitness industry I see a lot of active people doing themselves a lot of structural damage. A lot of clients who seek my expertise are people who love their gym, fitness, sport or just the ability to play, be strong and active. They workout regularly and a lot have been involved in varying levels of sport for many years. But they suffer recurring injuries be it their neck, knee, back - where ever the pain emanates from incorrect body position and poor movement patterns. It is quite often thought that fit athletic people do not have pain or need assistance with their training. Nothing could be further from the truth! The more athletic that someone is or wants to be the more immaculate their conditioning programme must be. When posture or body position is incorrect and there are asymmetries within the system, poor patterns are continually repeated until something wears or breaks. This shows up as rotator cuff injuries, torn calves or hamstrings, disc injuries, back pain, Achilles tendon problems, knee pain and more. If untreated at the foundation level, these things can lead to continual trips to the chiropractor or other practitioners with very shot term relief, much frustration, right through to surgeries with lots of time off training and still not dealing with the actual underlying problem. Our body always follows the position of strength and veers away from weakness. If your body is used to doing a pattern one way for many years this takes a lot of re-education, skill and knowledge to break or create new patterns that are more beneficial. My clients vary widely from golfers, tennis players, surfers, martial arts, forse riders, body builders, mountain bikers, cyclists, iron men, runners, divers, and swimmers just to name a few. All are improved at their sport and suffer less or no pain and injury through correcting their muscle balance, movement and strength training patterns. Getting the fundamentals of a good solid balanced foundation is essential for anyone who wants longevity within their joints, but even more so when you’re athletic. Participating in sporting activities without perfect posture and movement is an accident waiting to happen. You can relate this to tyres wearing on a car, a weak link in a chain, or a stitch in time that saves nine. Sporting activities without a solid foundation is like building a house on sand. How do I fix this? A postural and orthopedic assessment can take up to two hours and is a full measure of the muscle imbalance, holding and moving patterns within the body and then very specific imbalanced exercise (to create balance) to make a strong stable even body. This style of training is a smart investment in having a good structure that lasts, makes you great at your sport, rids and prevents injury and makes you look 10 years younger. It is a big picture look for long-term success and it attracts smart, intelligent, pro-active big thinking individuals who want to get it right. Repeating the same thing that does not work and expecting a different result is madness. PN (MICHELLE OWEN) F MICHELLE OWEN, Level 2, 10 New North Road, M: 021 770 153 www.michelleowen.co.nz www.fitness-n-function.co.nz

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CARING PROFESSIONAL Kaytee Boyd, Integrative Nutritionist Kaytee Boyd describes herself as “a little bit crazy, a little bit fun, a little bit out there.” A former professional athlete, she’s now an integrative nutritionist who has worked in many facets of the health industry - as an exercise professional, strength conditioner, CHEK holistic lifestyle coach, nutrition specialist and sports and biomedical nutritionist. “I specialise in cancer, adrenal fatigue and CFS, hormone imbalance, gut and food allergies, and now work alongside a specialist doctor with a highly successful hormone weight loss programme.” How did you come to be an integrative nutritionist? It’s been an organic process really. There has always been a fascination with food for me and I’m extremely curious. I was definitely an ADHD child and would feel worse and more hyperactive with particular foods. My dad would take us to the BMX track till we (my brother and I) were exhausted each night to get me to sleep - wise man! Hence the study of nutrition... I started off as a nutritionist fresh out of university in Otago, came back to the city and worked with the Auckland Blues as a sports nutritionist and began seeing some really interesting individual cases in my clinic such as autism, adrenal fatigue and cancer. Back then little was known about the causes of autism, and doctors put those with adrenal fatigue on Prozac. I began researching and going to integrative medical conferences and learning from the best in their field. What do you love about your job? Working in Ponsonby Central for starters. Have you seen the Ceres fresh market? I can just whip my clients downstairs and show them the foods I’m talking about! Also, the amazing people I have the privilege of working with, and the difference I feel I make to their lives. What do you find challenging? Working with children who have cancer. Sometimes it’s very, very hard. Dealing with doctors who are not open minded, trained only in the field of drug therapy, without the adjunct of nutritional therapy. I find that very frustrating. How do you differ from other nutritionists? That’s a hard one. All professionals have a particular skill set and without becoming a client myself I can’t comment on that... I asked a client who has been to a wad of specialists to help her with adrenal fatigue (it’s like being tired all day) and she said: “you listened, you understood and had the knowledge to help me”. What do you do to stay at the top of your field? I remain the eternal student. Each year I travel to conferences to up-skill, and will begin ACNEM (Australasia Chemical and Nutritional Environmental Medicine) training next year. I have the best mentors in the world! I have monthly Skype sessions and webinars to keep me on my toes and learning. I’m currently trialling a programme I have given to my clients undergoing chemotherapy which has been brilliant and enlightening.

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Can you tell us about a standout case? Miss Y. Who had been to see 38 specialists, doctors, naturopaths, dietitians etc. Desperate and sobbing. I sent samples away to the USA. Test results came back and we were able to establish she had parasites and candida (thrush being one common complaint). Miss Y also had severe adrenal fatigue and food allergies, high thyroid antibodies (where the immune system attacks the thyroid), low immune function due to high cortisol levels over a long period of time. She was suffering poor libido, weight gain, inability to get out of bed in the morning, was unable to cope with stress, and a list of symptoms longer than my pen had ink. Now I think Miss Y has sent me all her family, friends and anyone she meets! That is very gratifying. What do you do to care for yourself? Block out my diary and exercise… it’s really important to me to make time for play! This sounds terrible, but I actually book (in my diary) catchups with friends and family, but it works for me. WIFI in the house is un-plugged at 8pm, and cell phones are on flight mode. I sit down every Sunday and assess just how busy I'm willing to be, consider whether my schedule conflicts with my priorities... Learning to say no has been a revelation! Sometimes I love the chaos and an ex-SAS soldier mate of mine has taught me stress resilience, which I teach to my clients. What's your advice to people seeking nutritionist treatment? Do your research, ask around and find out what specialist skills they have, what they specialise in, and how they can help you. Good listening skills are a MUST. F PN BALANCED WELLBEING, 4 Brown Street www.balancedwellbeing.co.nz

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING FEEL BEAUTIFUL AT JUNEBUG WAX & LASH It was seeing the relief and feeling of wellbeing that an in-home pedicure gave her grandmother that ignited Kyran Kissick’s desire to help people. And after 10 years in the beauty industry, Kyran still offers top-quality beauty services, convenience and flexibility at her Junebug Wax & Lash studio in Ponsonby. Kyran’s little beauty business has been buzzing away since 2010 in one way or another, but the various small makeup and lash jobs slowly evolved into a full time mobile business. In July this year Junebug upsized to its first studio, a wonderful premises on Ponsonby Road. Junebug specialises in high-quality lash extensions, brow extensions, eye enhancements (lash tinting, lash perming, brow tinting and brow sculpting), body and facial waxing and makeup artistry services. Kyran also provides quality wellness, skincare and cosmetic lines and consultations for the products and her treatments. Junebug stocks Martina Organics and Triumph and Disaster skincare lines, Bestow Beauty food and Inika Cosmetics. Junebug services bridal parties and special occasions with an additional mobile service upon request.

Kyran Kissick of Junebug Wax & Lash has a new studio space in Ponsonby

“I have met and continue to meet so many amazing, inspiring and empowering people. This is what continues to be one of my favourite aspects of my job,” says Kyran. “I savour the ability to keep the high standards within my own business, to have the best products and provide a service that is personal and kind, as well as efficient and professional - I can’t wait to meet you and make you feel beautiful.” F PN JUNEBUG WAX & LASH, Level 2, 4 Ponsonby Road, T: 021 0845 1979 www.junebug.co.nz

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SHEENA SHUVANI STARDUST ASTROLOGY (24 August - 23 September) ♍ VIRGO Element of earth. Symbol: The Virgin Quality: Mutable ( = flexibility)

Planetary Ruler: Mercury and the hidden planet Vulcan. Character Virgos are smart, clever and often possess brilliant intelligence and analytical minds. Ever striving for perfection, they are gentle, polite, courteous, civilised, honest, direct, determined, discriminating, sincere, dependable, thoughtful, practical and fastidious. Also hardworking, capable, and modest. Delightfully witty and humorous, they enjoy a little gossip. Prudent, punctual, dislike waste. Behind their quiet, suave poise they constantly worry, but being consummate actors it’s sometimes not apparent. Virgo can be critical, sarcastic, and bitching and nagging are not unknown. Hygiene and hypochondria abound but they are pure of heart and loyal. Striving always for order, if a Virgo becomes untidy you know they are unhappy. Career Famously it was a Virgo who completed the world’s first dictionary, and innumerable professional writers are Virgos. They are very employable and make ideal scholars, teachers, social workers, lawyers, editors, astrologers, scientists, microbiologists, accountants, poets and actors, also mentors and philanthropists. Love and sexuality Virgo’s romantic pursuit is subtle and cautious. They are into earthy, erotic sensuality and want an active excitingly kinky sex life (they are often into tantric sex). Virgos are often beautiful/handsome. They take good care of their appearance and bodies and will not commit themselves unless 100% sure. Then they are loyal and supportive.

FEEL REGAL THIS SPRING It’s royal treatment by the Regal Nails family, a genuine family-run beauty therapy and nail salon with locations around central Auckland. Jenny, one of the owners of Regal Nails, is a qualified and experienced nail technician of more than 10 years - who loves her job. “We only use OPI and shellac and other high quality gel polishes,” she says. “And, as it happens, our most popular nail treatments are the shellac and OPI gel manicure and pedicure as well as acrylic nails! Every two weeks, customers return for back-fills. We also provide nail art and designs for special occasions.” Regal staff are well trained in American nail techniques, and trained by OPI, and the shellac training centre as well as the New Zealand Nail Academy. Jenny’s husband and business partner, Kevin, says that at Regal Nails they pay particular attention to the use of quality products and high standards of hygiene. “We exceed current regulations,” explains Kevin. “We take them seriously and we pride ourselves on the training we provide our staff to equip them to give the best possible service and hygiene.” Regal Nails offers beautiful nails, professional waxing, eyelash extensions and spray tan (at their K’ Road branch) and Jenny and Kevin have plans to open a full beauty therapy in Auckland.

Helpful advice Criticising others may not achieve the desired state of perfection. Try encouragement instead. Be kind and encouraging to yourself also.

“We’d love for you to try the ‘Regal treatment’ for yourself,” says Jenny. “Bring a friend and mention Ponsonby News and you will both receive 25% off for the month of September.” F PN

Your lucky number According to Cheiro (the world’s most famous seer), the date of the day of your birth is your luckiest of all days!

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HELENE RAVLICH: NATURAL BEAUTY

Tropical getaway essentials By the time you read this I will be either in Bali or just returned (lucky me, I know!) and in the lead up to my departure I began curating a set of travel-sized beauty essentials to take on board. The first in my arsenal was New Zealand skincare company Sávar’s Luxury Traveller Set. As well as being gorgeous enough to be declared gift-worthy, the set is full of beautifully crafted formulas that are deliciously scented and packed with skin-benefiting anti-aging botanical extracts and oils. Available in three different combinations: normal/dry, combination/oily and all skin types, each pack contains 5 x 30ml individually formulated premium products which vary depending upon your skin type. From the brand’s soap free 100 per cent biodegradable Energising Body Wash that can also be used as a natural shampoo, to their premium natural moisturisers, the variation in each traveller set means you are definitely well covered. GMP certified, Sávar’s premium natural skincare products work for both men and women’s skins and are suitable for all skin types including sensitive. They are packed with good stuff like New Zealand blackcurrant oil, organic bilberry, marshmallow extract, organic fig, lime flower, lemon balm and organic goji berries, and smell like pure heaven. Bonus! Second up comes a product from the new brand Go-To. When I heard that former Mamamia beauty writer and author of Amazing Face, Zoë Foster Blake has launched her very own skin care line I just knew she would be a goodie. After all, people in the position of trying/reviewing/writing about beauty prods get to experience the worst of the worst and the best of the best, so if you had the power to create your own it would be pretty much bang on what you yourself wanted to use... and the best brands come from personal need. Anyway, Foster Blake’s line is called Go-To, and is made of a collection of her essentials for great skin. There are plans for it to grow in time, but for now the small-butperfectly-formed lineup is made up of some absolute musthaves, the first of which I’ve had the pleasure of trying being the beautiful Exceptionoil. Pretty much a do-it-all-butthe-dishes multi-purpose oil, it is great for everything from dry heels to split ends, ragged cuticles, stretch-marks and even dehydrated faces. It features over 10 glorious, nourishing, skin loving and healing oils, as well as lush butters and certified Monoi di Tiare for the most beautiful vacation-friendly scent. From the get-go I loved the fact that it’s in a tube not a bottle, like many of my fave oils - it makes it so much more travel and beach bag-friendly, and you definitely use less. It’s great for soothing “sunkissed bits” too, and because of the antioxidants, protects them from free radical damage.

As well as effectiveness, size has been a factor when I’m choosing what to take, especially when it comes to bigger items like sunblock, oils and body lotion. Luckily there are some amazing compact little wonders out there, the latest of which I’ve discovered being Murad’s brand new Essential-C Sun Balm. The perfect protector for burn-prone areas like the nose, ears, shoulders and décolleté - all of which often need a top up of sun protection - this baby from Murad is a compact, hands-free, SPF 35 sunscreen-stick that is ideal for keeping on hand everywhere you go. Part of the Environmental Shield range, it features MuraSol™ Antioxidant Defense, which is award-winning Murad’s own antioxidant shield that creates a protective barrier of free radical neutralisers. It contains a trio of vitamins A, C and E that work together to renew skin health, providing antioxidant protection while smoothing the skin’s texture so your skin is protected and looks and feels great too. It has interesting ingredients like Broccoli Extract in there to stimulate the skin’s natural defence against UV damage, while Tangerine Butter glides across the skin to deliciously deliver lasting hydration. It feels good, smells great and is a cinch to use - just apply liberally to exposed skin on your face, neck and chest before going out in the sun, repeating every two hours. Lastly, every tropical holiday needs an accompanying signature fragrance, and it doesn’t come much better than Jua, the first foray into the world of perfume for certified natural skincare brand Trilogy. An all-natural, sunflower-based perfume oil, this is a very special, limited edition product developed for So They Can, an Australasian charity working to educate and empower communities in Africa. The natural perfume oil has hand-pressed Tanzanian sunflower oil as its base, produced from one of So They Can’s social business projects. Working with renowned New Zealand-based French perfumer Yves Dombrowsky, Trilogy has managed a rare achievement in Jua - a beautiful bespoke perfume of entirely natural ingredients. The super-chic roll-on applicator is ideal for the handbag, and at just 7.5ml PN is definitely carry on friendly! (HELENE RAVLICH) F

EVER CONSIDERED TOOTH WHITENING? Recent dental studies show that whiter teeth can make you look more youthful, healthier, and attractive. Tooth whitening is a great way to build your self-confidence. This can have significant flow-on effects in both your personal and work life. Knowing your smile looks its best makes you want to smile more.

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MEET THE TEACHER Stephanie Ikinofo St Josephs Catholic School, Grey Lynn Currently teaching: Year 2 and 3 class How did you come to be a primary school teacher? In 2009 I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. I then spent two years working part time counselling children. I then went on to further my studies with a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching. Shortly after graduating I travelled to South East Asia and taught in an orphanage in Cambodia. After my money ran out I returned home to begin my teaching career in New Zealand. Where did you train? Auckland University. What brought you to St Josephs Catholic School I began relieving at St Josephs Catholic School in 2011 and within a couple of days had fallen in love with the school. It’s a small school which creates a real sense of family and community. Alongside the school’s academic focus there is a strong push for values; excellence, respect, compassion and honesty. I feel that it is really important that our children are nurtured in a way that instils these values into their daily lives. I had originally planned to stay for only eight weeks as I intended to take my teaching abroad, but have fallen in love with the kids so I’m staying! What are your favourite things about being a teacher? The kids! I love working with children, I could never work in an office. Being a teacher means that every day is new. I spend the majority of my day with curious minds who are interested in learning more about the world around them. Being given the opportunity to play a part in the development of children’s lives is something I feel very privileged to do. What has been the low point of your teaching career? Teaching can be a very demanding job and at times I feel that my to do list is forever growing; for me the low point of teaching would be the paper work. What has been the highlight of your teaching career? Besides the very long hours, teaching is an extremely rewarding job. I enjoy seeing students progress, and knowing that I am part of their development gives me a great feeling. This term I have been given a management position within science. I am looking forward to teaching students more about sustainability, recycling and gardening. Children display a real wonder and curiosity about the world around them and I believe we should be fostering this.

KING’S COLLEGE APPOINTS NEW HEAD King’s College has announced the appointment of Michael Leach as Head of the school. With over 30 years’ teaching experience in New Zealand, the past 16 as principal, Mr Leach has most recently led extensive growth and academic success at the decile 10 Botany Downs Secondary College. Mr Leach has a distinguished track-record as one of New Zealand’s educational leaders. Michael Leach He has served on the Ministerial Reference Group for Boys’ Education, the National Board of Physical Education New Zealand, works with the University of Auckland’s Secondary Teacher Education Advisory Group, and has been a mentor in the First Time Principals programme. In 2009, Mr Leach took part in the Harvard University Vision for Future Education course. Mr Leach played rugby at first class level and his love of sport has led him to serve on the Counties Manukau Rugby Football Union Board and chair the Auckland Secondary School Heads’ Association. The Chairman of King’s Board of Governors, Mr Ross Green, says the board chose Mr Leach because of his extensive educational leadership skills and his philosophy of education. Mr Leach says he is looking forward to the challenge of leading King’s and while being a resident Head will be a new experience for him, he believes the boarding environment lies at the heart of King’s culture and is looking forward to becoming a boarder himself. “I am excited to take on the challenge and opportunity to lead one of the country’s most prestigious schools.” F PN www.kingscollege.school.nz

How would your principal describe you? Hard working and bubbly. How would other teachers describe you? Motivated and fun. Coming from a small school, our staff are all very close and supportive of one another. I have been described as having a positive attitude and caring nature towards our students. How would your students describe you? Probably beautiful - but they describe everything as beautiful ‘don’t kill the cockroach, its beautiful’ so I’m not sure if that’s a compliment. Hahaha. If you could wave a magic wand in your classroom... I do, I also have ‘magic brain spray’ which makes your brain grow! It would be great to have more ICT (Information and Communications Technology) resources. Five tips for mums and dads of primary school kids 1. Read with your kids - as much as possible. 2. Play with your kids, have fun with them! Your kids will only be kids once so make the most of it. 3. Take time to listen to your kids. I think this is really important; with the busy lives many parents lead it is pivotal that you make the time to sit down and really listen to your kids. Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. ‘If you don't listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won't tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them, all of it has always been big stuff’ - Catherine M. Wallace. 4. Lead by example. 5. Promote a love for learning, everything in life can serve as a teacher or a lesson.

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FUTURE GENERATION THE MARIST COOKBOOK; A RECIPE FOR NEW CLASSROOMS MARIST CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN HERNE BAY IS A SMALL LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOL OF 200 students who live primarily in Herne Bay, Ponsonby, Grey Lynn and surrounding areas. With the school roll growing they are raising funds for their two new classrooms by creating The Marist School Cookbook. The cookbook is currently in production and captures the essence of Marist through the sharing of their families’ favourite recipes. It celebrates Marist’s wide cultural diversity, their warmth and spirit. Every recipe will have a story behind it and will have meaning to Marist families and their local food community. They've gathered together more than 90 delicious recipes drawn from as far afield as Argentina and the Philippines along with many Pasifika recipes and good old Kiwi family favourites. They've even got recipes from Ray McVinnie, chef Robert Oliver and Taste Magazine food writer Luca Villari. Stephen Robinson, a highly regarded professional photographer, has donated his services and they are excited by his vision. They also have on board talented graphic designers Stacey Betts and Mark Morrissey. The cookbook will be launched in October, promoted to the wider community and will be sold through local businesses. They would like to ask the Ponsonby community for help to make their cookbook a success. How can you help? By sponsoring a section within the cookbook, or by making a donation amount of your choice. They are flexible and open to suggestions. They thank you for your support. Payments may be eligible for an income tax deduction or a donation tax credit. Funds raised on behalf of the Proprietor for capital facilities at Marist. If you would like to discuss one of the options above, please contact Felicity Bonham on M: 021 922 003 or maristcookbook@gmail.com F PN

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GREY LYNN SCHOOL GARDEN, 20 AUGUST

Photos from the Grey Lynn School Garden taken last month by Francine Cameron, a mother of one of the children and a regular garden club volunteer helper.

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FUTURE GENERATION CANDIDATES FACE OFF AS ‘TICK FOR KIDS’ SUPPORTERS CALL FOR POLITICAL ACTION FOR CHILDREN PONSONBY RESIDENTS WERE ABLE TO DIRECTLY QUESTION SENIOR MPS, INCLUDING the Minister of Education at a recent meeting organised by Tick for Kids, a non-partisan group focused upon keeping the interests of children at the forefront. Two hundred members of the public filled the Ponsonby Primary School hall to hear candidates present their policies regarding education and take questions from the floor. The first speaker was Jacinda Ardern, candidate for Auckland Central and Labour’s spokesperson for children. She outlined her party’s principles aimed to benefit children including a more collaborative approach. She repeated Labour’s election promise of 2000 extra teachers to reduce class sizes and responded to ‘Tick for Kids’ concerns by stating Labour would, “improve outcomes for children by focusing on socio-economic issues to reduce child poverty.” Associate Minister of Education and Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye had declined to attend. However parents were not disappointed when the Minister of Eduction, Hekia Parata showed up in her place. Minister Parata defended controversial policies such as Charter Schools and National Standards, stating, “Our Government has shown evidentially its absolute trust in teachers.” Some audience members questioned this, asking whether appropriate consultation with parents and teachers had in fact taken place. Jacinda Ardern directly confronted the minister by noting, “we have a world class system now. It’s about maintaining our world class education system, not chasing failed overseas models.” Minister Parata later asserted that the error-ridden Novopay system has been fixed, prompting laughter from many in the audience. Ponsonby resident and Tick for Kids organiser Jackson Vogt was pleased with the event. “Education is obviously a very important election issue. Despite the awful weather tonight it is great to see so many local people attending. We want to see all political candidates demonstrating a commitment to action for kids and working across parties PN to ensure children are a priority.” F

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FUTURE GENERATION BUILT TO LAST Most people who live around Ponsonby know West End Tennis Club. It is one of Auckland’s oldest tennis clubs, the centre of lots of community activities and its location opposite Coxs Bay waterfront means it enjoys show-stopper views. The clubhouse is the original building from 1932 when the club was founded and although it has had a few alterations over the years plans are now afoot to give it a major renovation. The clubhouse’s heritage style and aesthetic will be kept basically the same as will the building’s footprint. The club is a centre for a huge range of activities. It provides for club members, interclub teams, and hundreds of people who attend coaching or events there. It is the home of the Wither Hills West End Cup - a four day tournament held every December and open to the whole community - with free entry for spectators. The clubhouse has long been a community hub with some of its regular community users now close to celebrating their 50th anniversary based at this venue. Groups such as the Westmere Women’s League and the West End Indoor Bowls use the facility on a regular basis alongside newer groups doing yoga, Pilates, boot camps and more recently both theatre and dance practice.

AN OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN MATHZWISE mathZwise is a maths tutoring programme that works with students of all ages to build confidence and success in maths. mathZwise follows the New Zealand maths curriculum and is regularly updated to keep pace with the changes in education. They have a policy of only one or two students per tutor, ensuring quality time is spent with each student. They mostly tutor after school during the weeks of the school term and some franchisees run holiday programmes.

This renovation is a long term project being managed by the tennis club committee with the support of the Auckland Council and ASB Community Trust amongst others. The renovations will provide more spaces for community use. Carefully designed by the architects at Archoffice to optimise the internal spaces, the new layout also provides for its many users with far greater storage capacity while managing to improve the access ways and safety for people using the thoroughfare. Although the renovation is still in the planning process, the community has been incredibly supportive of the club. Head along to the Club Open Day on 7 September to check out the six floodlit Astro-Turf courts and this great local institution. If you would like to contribute to this project or are interested in using the clubhouse as a meeting PN venue please contact the club managers at westendtennisclub@xtra.co.nz F

Their aim is to help their students become more competent and confident in maths and fosters the importance of being conversant with numbers. The result is children and adults who are set up for life-long success. They are looking for a highly-motivated teacher or tutor who would like to join them and be part of their great team in Auckland Central. It is a part-time business and is ideal for someone who wants a change of lifestyle. Their current franchisees are enjoying a different pace of life from teaching full-time and enjoy more holidays and far less paperwork! There is scope to earn a very good income with a lot of support and help along the way. One of their newest franchisees says “mathZwise allows me the opportunity to meet three passions in life; maths, motivating children to believe in themselves and making PN a difference in my community.” F Contact Kathy about this opportunity on M: 027 245 9155 or kathy@mathzwise.co.nz www.mathzwise.co.nz

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BILLY HARRIS: KIDS IN THE COMMUNITY Mahina’s prize winning act is right on the money Watch out Graeme Hart, Eric Watson, Owen Glenn, Lyn Erceg and co. Newton Central student Mahinarangi Pihama may one day bump you all down a peg on the rich list after proving how savvy she is with money by winning the ASB Getwise Cash Clever Kiwi Kids competition. Contestants had to send in videos of themselves answering questions on money. Eight -year-old Mahina and her big sister Paratai, nine, both sent in videos, which measured just as highly for cuteness as they did for astuteness. You can see their entries on the Breakfast Show Facebook site. Whether it was the wizard’s hat, worn to reflect her love of magic as well as her wish to win the competition, or the passionate delivery of her answers which swung it for Mahina only the judges know, but Paratai isn’t likely to be too unhappy about being upstaged by her little sister. The winning prize is a trip for the whole family to the Gold Coast, plus a donation of $5000 from the bank which goes toward school activities. In Australia the girls will have the time of their lives, seeing relatives and visiting the theme parks. That’s a just reward for the good teamwork that went into the award winning video, as Paratai asked the questions, Mahinarangi answered them in her own words without a script, while mum Leisa rolled the camera. Mahina’s answers revealed traits which should serve her well in future. “Where does money come from?” she was asked. “Money comes from working very, very, VERY, VERY hard.” Question: “Why is money important?” Answer: “Money is important because you can spend some for charity, save some or you can spend some for you.” Mahinarangi has a keen interest in money and often counts the money she has saved in her piggy bank, which she can do quickly and accurately. Thus she knows at any given

time how much she has saved, so when any goes missing, she will start hunting down the culprit. This usually turns out to be herself, having spent some she’d forgotten about! On one occasion, Mahina told a shopkeeper that she thought she wasn’t given the right change, and she was right. So where did her interest in money come from? Mostly from her mother teaching her about how she could use her weekly allowance, earned for doing chores, and how by saving, she can achieve her goals, one of which is a trip to Disneyland. Further down the track, Mahina plans to buy a house, which she believes will cost a gazillion dollars. At the rate house prices in Auckland are climbing, that won’t be far off the mark by the time she starts looking. But don’t get the idea that Mahina is some kind of Scrooge McDuck. As her video implies, she has a kind heart when it comes to money and often gives some of her allowance to worthy causes, most often Hospice, SPCA or KidsCan. Even if she has only two dollars left from her allowance, she’s just as likely to put it in a donation box at the petrol station as put it in her piggy bank. And the future? You might think from this story that Mahinarangi is destined for a career in a tall building in the city, wheeling and dealing in the financial markets. But after seeing how comfortable Mahina is in front of the camera, it’s no surprise to learn she wants to become an actress. Possibly playing a rich woman who goes around dishing out money to those in need. (BILLY HARRIS) F PN

CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW One Minute’s Silence By D Metzenthen and M Camilleri. Published by Allen and Unwin. $36.99 In one minute of silence you can imagine a war long gone; you can share what the soldiers saw and felt as they fought. And if you try, you might be able to imagine the enemy, and see that he is not so different from you... In One Minute’s Silence, the story is yours and you are the story - to remember and honour the brothers in arms on both sides of the conflict, who shed their blood and lost their lives. This sophisticated picture book, through words and illustration, is a moving and powerful reflection on the meaning PN of ANZAC Day. F DOROTHY BUTLER CHILDREN’S BOOKSHOP, 1 Jervois Road T: 09 376 7283 www.childrensbookshop.co.nz

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Is the Commonwealth Games worth all the fuss? No doubt you would have heard that the recent Glasgow Commonwealth Games was New Zealand’s most successful games outside of Auckland, netting a total of 45 medals, made up of 14 gold, 14 silver, and 17 bronze. There were some monumental efforts during the 11 days of competition including all three of the cycling disciplines; the track, road and mountain bike. The weightlifting and wrestling were outstanding, and of course the athletics efforts and boxing were pretty sharp too. Of course there was reason to feel equally disappointed with the netball, sevens and hockey results. And as I sat back watching the closing ceremony I started wondering; does the Commonwealth Games hold any real relevance these days and should New Zealand forget it all together. For instance the All Black Sevens side compete on the international stage every year, they travel the world on a consistent basis and compete against anyone and everyone that’s in or out of the Commonwealth Games. The Silver Ferns regularly compete against England, Australia and Jamaica and it’s only really played by Commonwealth countries. Every four years they have a world championship and it’s there where we find out if you’re the best or not. Both New Zealand hockey sides competed earlier this year in the Hockey World Championship in the Netherlands and when you take out Germany, Argentina and the Netherlands are the Games really a hockey tournament worth having? Valerie Adams is a champion wherever she competes. Do we really need to see her beat someone from Trinidad and Tobago and everyone else by over a metre to know she’s a true champion? Then it hit me. Would Auckland weightlifter Ritchie Patterson have become such a legend in New Zealand if he hadn’t fought back from a silver medal in Delhi four years ago to win gold in Glasgow? Would Kiwis know who Tayla Ford and Sam Belkin were if not for them both winning bronze medals in the wrestling? Would Sam Webster and the rest of the New Zealand track cycling team be regarded in the same way if New Zealand hadn’t had a chance to see just how good our cycling team has become?

It's clear that for many sports the Commonwealth Games aren't the pinnacle event and there’s no point suggesting it is, but for some of the others this is their time to shine, their time to show the country what they’re made of and also to gain some reward for all their efforts. For many of the athletes though it’s a great time to test themselves in a high pressure environment before competing at the ultimate sporting event: the Olympics. You might even say it’s a perfect stepping stone. No world championship or annual event comes close to replicating the sort of pressure the athletes will be put under during an Olympics other than the Commonwealth Games. From the opening ceremony to the closing, the athletes village, insuring you don’t get over awed by the environment, it’s at times electric atmosphere, the drug testing and the media scrutiny. Many of the venues are similar in nature to what the athletes go through at the Olympics, they’re surrounded by a multitude of support staff that in their normal day to day environment are nowhere to be seen. So all in all, for me, the Commonwealth Games are more than relevant, they’re exactly what a small country like New Zealand needs. We often punch well above our weight in many sports we compete in and a fair amount of that success is down to competing at PN such events as the Commonwealth Games. (GEORGE BERRY) F

HOSPICE TOY DRIVE AT HERNE BAY In 2011 staff at Montessori Herne Bay began brainstorming ways in which they could involve their families and children in donating and contributing to those less fortunate. Their aim was to raise awareness of how they could support those in need. Consequently, they embarked on a toy drive, collecting pre-loved toys and books that were either new or in really good condition, which they then donated to the Dove Shop to raise funds for Hospice. In the past they have donated these toys and books to the Dove Shop, and they have been extremely appreciative of such a kind-hearted and wonderful initiative. These donations were very popular with the Dove Shop customers and sold quickly. However, this year their aim is to involve the wider community in Ponsonby. They want to raise awareness of how heavily Hospice relies on our community’s generous and continued support. Montessori Herne Bay, has established a collection area at their centre. If you have any toys and books that you would like to donate, please feel free to drop them off. You can also have the opportunity to talk more to their teachers about this Hospice initiative. F PN Montessori Herne Bay, 44 Shelly Beach Road T: 09 378 8056

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Rain on the All Blacks parade The road around Sydney’s ANZ Stadium is called Olympic Boulevard, I’m wondering if since their 12 all draw a couple of weeks back to wreck their potential world record run it should now be changed to All Blacks Parade. You probably wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t tell you, but prior to the All Blacks and that ugly result against the Wallabies in the first Bledisloe test it hadn’t rained in Sydney for nearly five weeks. Then, just three and a half hours out from kick off the heavens opened. Within about an hour there were puddles an inch deep on the field and around the 10 minute mark All Black Centre Malakai Fekitoa had to discard the innersoles of his boots because they were already so wet. To make the situation even spookier literally 10 minutes after the All Blacks left the hotel the day after the game and headed for the airport the rain stopped, the sky began to clear and the birds began to sing just like 16 hours previous. I’m by no means suggesting the All Blacks played well enough to win in Sydney and the scoreline was probably pretty flattering towards the All Blacks. In fact, at times the word “gross” comes to mind when describing that night, but for whatever reason the eerie feeling in Sydney didn’t give much hope that the All Blacks would actually win and claim a world record 18 victories in a row. After the game the players and management were all trying to put on a brave face that the world record didn’t actually mean that much to them, and that while they would have liked to achieve it they weren’t going to let it get them down. But the body language of

Steve Hansen and Richie McCaw suggested otherwise. Over the next 12 months McCaw is expected to surpass Sir Colin Meads’ record and become the most capped All Black of all time he has now captained a side to a world cup victory, been in charge for New Zealand’s longest running stint as Bledisloe Cup holders and guided the All Blacks to a perfect season. But one thing that may now escape him is a winning streak world record. Although he and the team hold the current record of 17 victories in a row they share it with two other teams. Steve Hansen appeared equally disappointed at the post match press conference. After all he was the assistant coach at the World Cup, and in the future when people talk about the World Cup winning coach they’ll forever refer to Sir Ted, not to Hansen and Wayne Smith. This record would have defined Hansen’s coaching era and now it’s all about starting over again. Sure, the All Blacks have been there or there abouts before and they’ll more than likely be there again, but that was a perfect opportunity to lock it away. In fact if the All Blacks were to claim the record within the next two years they’d have to go unbeaten right through to winning the 2015 Rugby World Cup final in England. PN (GEORGE BERRY) F

Netball no more: Basketball numero uno for Tuki Jess Tuki might be a true Waikato girl at heart, but given she was a Northern Mystic we’ll claim her as one of our own. The unfortunate thing for the Mystics is that this year she said thanks but no thanks to another ANZ Netball Championship contract which has in turn led her to be selected for the New Zealand Basketball side the Tall Ferns. Tuki, who was part of the gold medal winning Silver Ferns side at the Delhi Commonwealth Games four years ago, has now become the third Kiwi woman in history to play for both the Silver Ferns and the Tall Ferns, following in the footsteps of Belinda Colling and Donna Wilkinson nee Loffhagen. “They were always my inspiration growing up. I always wanted to be like them at school playing netball and basketball and it just got to the point that netball became too big to sort of handle both, so I went down the netball path,” Tuki said at the team naming. But she also admits it’s been a while since she focused on basketball “I stopped around secondary school and picked it up again. I had a stint down in Otago playing club basketball, then picked it up again this year with the Waikato team. It was always in my thought processes as a younger kid growing up and to be honest I did not think this

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was going to happen at all so it’s very exciting and I’m just going to roll with it as long as they’ll have me really.” It also seems basketball is where she now feels at home and a return to netball is unlikely. “I feel like I’ve done my dash in netball. I’ve given it a good chunk of my life and now just looking forward to new things.” And at just 19 years old North Harbour’s Deena Franklin is also a fresh face in the squad, who are competing in a four nation’s tournament in China during August with more internationals to come later this year. “It’s great, it’s exciting and it means so much to me and my family they’re all so proud of me for it.” (GEORGE BERRY) F PN

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LOCAL NEWS LEE-ANN MERCER; FASHION STYLING AND PORTRAITURE As a small girl Lee-Ann Mercer would cry because she couldn’t draw as well as her father when he drew faces on table napkins. With him being a well known leadlight artist and her mother a “phenomenal” craftswoman, it seems natural that she would progress to a future steeped in arts and crafts. Those early influences proved themselves to be a solid foundation as she went on to forge a career in costume and wardrobe styling for film and television, and in recent years making and teaching craft, personal styling and now portraiture. Today Lee-Ann, who has two young sons, is happily “ensconced in this fabulous area we live in” working within the two areas of her greatest passion - fashion styling and portraiture. Working part time at Dalston on Richmond Road, she provides invaluable styling advice to the store’s customers as well as styling Dalston’s seasonal ‘look books’. As a personal stylist Lee-Ann works one on one advising individuals on ways they can craft a wardrobe to reflect who they truly are. Young mothers, coming out of the baby fog years are among Lee-Ann’s private clients. Working with them, she will go through their wardrobes eliminating or creating a fresh new ‘look’ for them. If requested she will also take them shopping to get key pieces that will pull it all together. “I’ve done costume design all my life and really enjoy picking up on a person’s personality and then helping them express themselves via what they wear” says Lee-Ann. Of late however, she has become increasingly well known as a children’s

portraitist, working in pencil with collage. This stylistic approach results in a modern, slightly ethereal twist, one that beautifully captures the essence of the child. Drawing has always been a large part of her life and Lee-Ann is delighted at how warmly received her portraits are proving. Last Christmas she drew portraits of her sons which sparked interest from people she knew. Lee-Ann works from supplied photographs or she will photograph her young subjects to get the perfect shot to draw from. Her exquisitely hand drawn portraits are often commissioned by grandparents as gifts for their own children. Though Christmas may seem a long way off, Lee-Ann suggests that any time now is a good time to arrange for a portrait to avoid pre-Christmas pressure. She admits, “This is a lovely business to be in and I simply love the challenge of capturing PN that special something every child has.” (PHILIPPA TAIT) F M: 021 033 4888 lafmercer@gmail.com; Facebook: Lee-Ann Mercer Portraits; Tumblr: lafmercer@tumblr.com

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Local mural artist Jonny 4Higher sent us this rather moody shot telling us, “my work is all around Auckland and beyond... Here I am reading the mag on a recent trip to paint some art in Hong Kong, just before a thunderstorm hit!”

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PURINA POUND PUPS TO DOG STARS TV ONE, Monday 7.30pm The show runs until the end of October and follows the escapades of top animal behaviour expert Mark Vette, and his team of animal trainers as they transform abandoned or surrendered pound pups on death row into dog stars. These dogs (who were often left neglected) are trained under Mark’s expert guidance, rehabilitated, and given some much needed love and attention, so they can reach their true potential. Mark Vette has worked with animals for more than 30 years, runs an animal behavioural clinic that has helped modify the behaviour of thousands of dogs, and is regularly called on by the media to provide expert insight into animal behaviour. He is an animal psychologist, has a Masters degree in animal behaviour, and is one of the only professionally qualified animal behavioural consultants in New Zealand. Mark was also the first person in the world to teach dogs to drive - and if he can train SPCA adoptees to drive a car, you can be sure he can give this show’s troubled rescue dogs a new lease of life. “Purina Pound Pups to Dog Stars reminds us that regardless of a dog’s beginnings, no matter how rough they might have been; that dog still has the ability to learn new behaviours and become a much loved addition to a family,” says Mark. “Abandoned pound dogs aren’t bad dogs - they’re just unlucky dogs who might’ve been neglected, or who aren’t sure how to behave. We’re out to prove that not only can these dogs become great family pets - they can also be stars in their own right, featuring in movies, commercials and more!” As New Zealand’s leading pet care and nutrition company, Purina NZ jumped at the chance to sponsor and support the show. Jennifer Chappell from Purina NZ says: “We’ve had a long-standing relationship with Mark, and we love his passion for pets, which mirrors our own. We’re thrilled to be a part of Purina Pound Pups to Dog Stars and can’t wait to see the lives of some gorgeous dogs transformed.” “We’re also proud to be working closely with Mark, monitoring the condition of every dog and providing the best Purina nutrition to bring each of them back to full health. A healthy dog is a happy dog, and we’re thrilled to be able to help keep the dog stars of this show healthy!” In the spirit of supporting rescue dogs in our community and keeping them happy and healthy too, Purina NZ has also announced a nationwide donation drive. When Kiwis buy a bag of Purina pet food, they can elect an animal rescue organisation to receive a free bag as well. Purina has committed to donating top quality Purina food to pet welfare charities across New Zealand. TV ONE and Purina NZ will also be doing an adoption drive while the show is on air, featuring dogs looking for homes from rescue organisations around the country. PN www.tvnz.co.nz/adoptapoundpup F

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SPCA AUCKLAND HAS TWO GREAT EVENTS SPCA Hot Rod Show & Charity Auction - Sunday 28 September Do you have a passion for hot rods and custom cars? Want to help the animals at the SPCA? Renegade Rod & Custom and Swann Insurance are proud to present the 11th annual SPCA Hot Rod Show & Charity Auction. With over 180 hot rod and classic cars on display, activities for the kids, food stalls and entertainment, and of course the ever-popular charity auction, SPCA Hot Rod Day is a great family day out. The charity auction has the support of fantastic companies such as 2degrees, The Warehouse and Mitre10 stores, and features everything from hot smartphones to grocery hampers to signed merchandise. All proceeds from the auctions go towards helping Auckland’s animals in need. Gates open at 10am with the charity auction starting at 12pm. Great Animal Walk & Blessing of the Animals - Sunday 5 October To celebrate all creatures great and small, join SPCA Auckland on the ‘Great Animal Walk’ - a unique march down Queen Street. It’s a wonderful opportunity for animal lovers and their pets to celebrate the important place pets have in our hearts. Join us at Queen Elizabeth Square, next to Britomart, from 11.30am. Immediately following the Walk, the Blessing of the Animals service will be held at St Matthews-in-the-City church. Each year SPCA Auckland celebrates the life of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, by providing a unique opportunity to have your animals blessed by the ministers at St Matthews-in-the-City. The service will commence at 1pm. F PN

Imogene Bevan and Mary-Lou

Keep your eye on the SPCA Auckland Facebook page for updates on both of these great events: www.facebook.com/SPCAFriends

Imogene Bevan, whose background is in fashion styling and makeup, has recently started a mobile beauty business, POP Nails, specialising in using eco-friendly products such as Bio Seaweed Gell, a new gel nail polish from Canada. Imogene’s new 14-week-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel puppy, Mary-Lou, will be her travel buddy at work. How long have you had Mary-Lou? Four weeks. How did you come to choose her? I really wanted a dog that could be my day-to-day companion, and not be too high maintenance. I researched small to medium size dogs and decided that a Cavalier King Charles was the perfect breed for me. Her ruby colour is so sweet, and when we saw her at the breeder’s house we just knew she was the one. How did Mary-Lou get her name? My friend Kate has a young daughter named Dee-Dee, and her best friend in the whole world is called Mary-Lou. We had so many options for names that we just decided to let Dee-Dee name her, and she named the pet Mary-Lou after her favourite friend. What is your favourite thing to do together? We visit the dog park together often, especially now that Mary-Lou has had all her jabs so she can interact with other dogs. She’s a very social little pup. We also love going to puppy training together - last week she was best in her class, so I was a proud mum! What does Mary-Lou like to eat? Mary-Lou’s not too fussy, unlike her half sister. She loves regular puppy jelly meat, and the odd pig’s ear to chew on. Does Mary-Lou have any friends? Yes, her best friend is our cat, Rudy, a chocolate Burmese. They play fight and sleep together during the day, and Rudy is the first thing Mary-Lou looks for each morning when she wakes up. It’s very cute. F PN POP Nails, Level 1/111 Wellesley Street, City T: 027 546 6436

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PONSONBY PEOPLE + THEIR PETS ASK ALEX

OUCH! CAUSTIC CHEMICALS HURT

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

Chemical burns are typically due to a pet licking or swallowing a caustic or corrosive chemical such as bleach or disinfectants and usually affect the tongue and oesophagus.

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They may not show up straight away and it could be several hours before you notice a problem. If chemical ingestion is witnessed, immediately flush the mouth with large amounts of water. This can help reduce the amount of chemical in the mouth and may minimise the damage. Look out for symptoms like; no interest in food, drooling, swollen tongue, frequent swallowing and pawing at the mouth. To be able to determine the extent of the burn and help decide on treatment, the vet might make use of an endoscope. This is a thin flexible tube with a camera that can be inserted through the mouth and into the oesophagus and stomach. This way the internal surfaces of the oesophagus and stomach can be viewed without the need for surgery. The decision could be made to use medications that coat the injured tissues to help hasten recovery. The pets with severe burns that do not want to eat require a temporary feeding tube and a slurry of food can be given through the tube several times a day to ensure adequate calorie intake, while the healing process takes place. This will generally take one to two weeks. Take home message: keep all chemicals safely stored away from your inquisitive, furry friends! (DR. MARIEKE WIJNEN BVSC) F PN ANIMAL EMERGENCY CENTRE, 97 Carrington Road, Mt Albert, T: 09 849 2121 www.animalemergency.co.nz

I was hoping to get some more information about my cat Dojo, who you recently treated for constipation. I really appreciated the treatment and advice in regards to diet, although I was alarmed that she had sat in several places around our home and had left stains and litter which had been caught in her tail. On Saturday evening I gave her a syringe of water as she did not want to eat. On Sunday she was distressed and had not produced anything apart from some urine so I took her to the emergency vet who re-hydrated her and gave her two more enemas. Today I’m pleased to report she is back to her normal self. Regarding her diet I am feeding her raw food with offal, tongue and heart only, with Lactulose syrup. I have now heard that this is a stool softener rather than a laxative, however it seems from the website it might affect the kidneys if used long term? I’d appreciate your comments. I am not going to feed her anything with the slightest hint of bone and hopefully this will stop the constipation. Should I still give her probiotic powder in the mornings and power mix (freeze dried bovine liver, heart, kidney and bone marrow) in the evenings with her food and will this affect the effectiveness of the syrup? Should I also continue giving her some omega 3 oil? LISA, by email. Dojo’s bum was cleaned at the time but unfortunately enemas can get a bit messy for a while afterwards. Good move getting the weekend after hours clinic to give her more fluids and two enemas again, as she received with us on Saturday, and I’m very glad that finally got things moving. The fluids are really important as the process of becoming constipated always starts to cause dehydration, a big issue in cats, who unlike dogs will often not drink more to compensate.

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We do see a small number of cats and dogs who do very poorly when it comes to digesting bones, particularly as they get older, and as in this case of Dojo’s, the bone can conglomerate and block the bowel pretty effectively. Lactulose is used extensively in cats and is considered very safe, a softener being safer than a laxative, however as with any medicine the lower the dose we can use to soften the stool the better. With the manipulation of her diet to exclude bone we may be able to use really small volumes of this liquid fibre product. I would continue with all of those supplements for now, the probiotics will help digestion and maintenance of good gut flora, the power mix provides a tonne of essential vitamins and minerals and the fish oil is an excellent supplement to try for any inflammation and may slightly soften the stool. PN (DR ALEX MELROSE, BVSC, MRCVS) F VETCARE GREY LYNN, 408 Great North Road T: 09 361 3500 www.vetcare.net.nz F PN

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LOOK... WHO IS IN THE ZOO!

Kea, Tuatara and weta punga - a giant and heavyweight of the insect world, are among wildlife to see on the Zoo’s new experience.

New experience of native wildlife at the Zoo A guided tour of Auckland Zoo’s Te Wao Nui precinct that includes up-close experiences with one of the world’s heaviest insects and other unique New Zealand wildlife launches this spring. Whether you’re a local or have visiting guests you want to wow, this intimate two-hour New Zealand behind-the-scenes experience is a wonderful way to discover the diversity of Aotearoa’s taonga and what’s so special about so many of them.

Race in for rhino weekend Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September In celebration of World Rhino Day (Monday 22 September) Auckland Zoo is offering a weekend of rhino-themed activities and the chance to discover more about these extraordinary creatures.

You’ll also get to find out about the work Auckland Zoo is doing to conserve these animals, both onsite and out in the field - from breeding species for release, to predator control and monitoring, and discover ways that you can get involved. Along with a guide, specialist zookeepers will be assisting with animal experiences that take you behind the scenes.

World Rhino Day celebrates all five species of rhino; Black rhino and white rhino from Africa, and Asia’s greater one-horned rhino (also known as Indian), and Sumatran and Javan rhinos. The Zoo’s Rhino Weekend (20-21 September) will focus on the unique Asian rhino species, their critical status in the wild due to deforestation and hunting for the illegal wildlife trade, and what we as Kiwis can do to help. Bring the kids along to rhino encounters presented by our keepers in Pridelands (daily at 10am, 12pm and 1.45pm).

Among wildlife you’ll see during your experience are shore birds, fur seal, kea, takahe, whio (blue duck) long-finned eels, weta punga (the giant of our giant weta species), tuatara, Grand and Otago skinks, and a range of other birds and reptiles. One iconic species not included in this day-time experience is our nocturnal kiwi - but watch this space, as a new kiwi experience is in the planning!

At our Central Lawn area (just past Darwin’s café) take part in the ‘guess how much the rhino poo weighs’ competition to be in to win a behind-the-scenes rhino experience, and enjoy rhino-themed story time. There will also be face painting for a gold coin donation, with funds raised going to the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund. Normal Zoo admission prices apply. Friends of the Zoo, free.

“Being able to see so many of New Zealand’s natural treasures all in one place is pretty extraordinary,” says the Zoo’s acting team leader of experience products, Zoe Firth. “Even if you’re a Kiwi who’s done their fair share of tramping and camping around New Zealand, due to the cryptic nature and endangered status of so many of our native species, it’s really a challenge to see many of them. That’s what makes Te Wao Nui so special. “What’s also really stunning about the Zoo’s New Zealand experience is the diversity of flora that reflects these animals’ wild habitats - from our coastline to forests, the South Island’s high country and wetlands,” says Zoe. Experience details: Auckland Zoo’s New Zealand behind-the-scenes experience will run on Saturdays, 1.45pm - 3.45pm. It requires a minimum of two people, and is limited to six people maximum (minimum age, 6 years). Cost: $95 per person. For further information and to book, visit www.aucklandzoo.co.nz or T: 09 360 4700.

Auckland Zoo’s African Southern white rhino, a species still under threat in the wild due to poaching.

Take a closer look these holidays 27 September - 12 October

Big cat with big vision; cheetah can see up to 5km away!

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‘Take a closer look’ is the theme at Auckland Zoo during the October school holidays. We’re putting the spotlight on vision - from animal eyes and human eyes to man-made ‘eyes’, and will be offering lots of fun interactive vision-related activities. There’ll also be young photographers’ workshops (pre-booking required) and photography competitions. Full details at www.auckandzoo.co.nz F PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


PONSONBY PROFESSIONALS: LOGAN GRANGER

Best structure for your investment properties One of the most common areas of advice given throughout New Zealand by solicitors and accountants is on the structuring of investment property. Following are a few structures available, which can help you decide which structure can work best for your needs. 1. Privately owned To privately own your rental property is when you go out and purchase it under your own name. Rents received and most expenses are declared in your personal tax return, apart from capital items which are non-deductible. There’s no registration required. Going with privately owned is easy and inexpensive to administer. It’s also a good option if your rental property is likely to make a loss for the next few years as the losses can be offset against any income earned. 2. Partnership A partnership is similar to “private ownership” where income and expenses can be offset against personal tax returns. A partnership requires registration with Inland Revenue and has its own IRD number and requires its own income tax return to be prepared each year as well as the partner’s returns. It is also advisable to agree upfront about what proportion of net profit/loss will be split between the partners. 3. Trust Trusts are good for asset protection but are expensive to setup, administer and have no tax benefits relating to using losses to a personal advantage. If your rental property will be making a profit, then opt for purchasing the property under a trust. Apart from providing asset protection, a trust allows you to allocate the rental profit to a beneficiary who may be on a lowest personal tax rate or to pay tax on the rental profit at the trust tax rate of 33%. If your rental property will be making a loss, you are unable to use the losses to reduce your personal income tax. If you would rather have asset protection than an immediate tax benefit, a trust will provide this for you. Losses will be carried forward and accumulated until the trust begins to earn profits, which can then be offset against the losses.

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4. Company A company will be appealing if you are looking at a portfolio of profit making properties possibly with unrelated shareholders. A company provides you with flexibility, enabling you to make changes in the ownership of the property by transferring shares among shareholders without incurring legal expenses. The losses can be carried forward, subject to continuity rules. However, companies are expensive to administer, and may need to pay tax, losses cannot be allocated to shareholders and the company would need to be liquidated to extract capital gain. Tax is payable at 28%. 5. Look Through Companies (LTC) LTCs are like normal companies, but for tax purposes operate like a partnership. Profits and losses generated will flow through to the individual shareholders based on their shareholding percentage and included in their personal income tax returns. The administration of LTCs can be complicated. The losses from an LTC are subject to the loss limitation rule, which can be complicated and needed to be done every year to allow losses to flow through into the individual tax returns. For example, if you and your son own a LTC as 50/50 shareholders but your son does not provide any cash, security or personal guarantees, then he may be unable to claim his entire share of the LTC loss. (LOGAN GRANGER) F PN Disclaimer - While all care has been take, Johnston Associates Chartered Accountants Ltd and its staff accept no liability for the content of this article; always see your professional advisor before taking any action that you are unsure about. JOHNSTON ASSOCIATES, 202 Ponsonby Road T: 09 361 6701 www.jacal.co.nz

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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. I have worked as a publicist for several years and have recently been having problems with my employer, our personalities clash and while I am good at my job and perform my role well, I was called into my boss’ office last week and told that I should consider ‘other challenges’ and that, basically, I was being made redundant. This, in my opinion came without warning and I believe that there is no genuine reason for my being made redundant. What are my options moving forward, am I entitled to redundancy compensation?

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When dealing with issues of employment the first place to look is always your employment contract, as this sets out the basis for the employment relationship and the procedures for changing the terms. What does the contract say about redundancy compensation? Current employment law suggests that there is no right to redundancy compensation. Unless your employment agreement makes reference to redundancy compensation, you are generally not entitled to any.

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With disputes relating to redundancies or employment in general there are generally two aspects which need to be examined; the substantive basis of the redundancy and the procedure by which the redundancy is carried out. In regards to the substantive basis for a redundancy, your employer needs genuine commercial reasons to make you redundant. If your employers are in financial hardship and the redundancy was a part of the restructuring of their business, then they are entitled to make redundancies. However, if the reason is, as you suspect, due to an underlying personal dispute between you and your employer, this is not a genuine commercial reason for making you redundant. This would be an unjustified redundancy and could lead to a personal grievance claim. Is there any evidence that the business is undergoing financial hardship or were you aware that there has been a decline in available work? If someone, within the business, has taken on your position whilst also continuing their own, this would suggest that the redundancy was genuine, as they are making efforts to increase efficiency within the business. However, if someone new is hired to do your job or they have replaced you with someone else within the business, this suggests your redundancy was unfair. The second aspect is whether fair process was followed in making you redundant. From what you have said, it seems that there have been significant failings by your employer in following fair process. If you were given no warning of your redundancy, the process was most likely unfair. The fair process for implementing a redundancy usually includes notification of the proposed restructuring. This will generally be in the form of a meeting. When discussing redundancies it should not be a foregone conclusion that you will be made redundant. You should be given an opportunity to comment on the proposed redundancies and you should be allowed to have representation. The process allows for redundancy alternatives to be explored and also for transparency in how the redundancies are decided. It is important that dignity of the employees is maintained during this process. It seems this process was not followed in your case, you were not given any opportunity to comment on the proposed redundancies or to offer alternatives. Their decision was made, it seems, before they met with you. Look through your employment contract, if there is a clause which mentions the process to be followed in the case of redundancies, then this is the process that should be followed. Your employers’ failure to follow the correct process may have resulted in your redundancy amounting to an unjustified dismissal. This would entitle you to compensation via a personal grievance against your employer. This must be done within 90 days from the cause of action. It is important to determine what your most desirable outcome to this situation is, do you want to retain your job or do you want compensation from your employers? Remedies are available through the Employment Relations Authority or the PN Employment Court. (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.

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PONSONBY PROFESSIONALS SMART MONEY # 8 Investing with Jelly Beans Have you ever wondered what the fair price is to pay for a share? How about asking a range of ‘expert’ investment advisers and brokers before you hand your money to them?

Jocelyn Weatherall

Phil Ashton

Richard Knight

The well-known and simple ‘jelly bean experiment’ perfectly illustrates the range of answers you might get. When a room of financial advisers were asked “How many jelly beans are in this jar?” the answers ranged from 409 through to 5,365. The average of all the answers was 1,653 and the actual answer was 1,670. What do we take from this? The group is smarter and more accurate than the individual. When we extend this to investing we determine that the whole of the market (the group of investors) provides a better outcome than any individual (stock brokers, active investment advisers etc.) and therefore to utilise this fact when investing is a more proven decision. There is a better way to invest that relies on the group rather than the individual... Rutherford Rede (AKLD) Limited www.rutherfordrede.co.nz Phone 09 361 3670 Jocelyn jweatherall@rutherfordrede.co.nz Phil pashton@rutherfordrede.co.nz or Richard rknight@rutherfordrede.co.nz Opinions are of a general nature and are not to be considered financial advice, specific advice is recommended to be sought before action is taken. Disclosure Statement(s) relating to our advisers are available on request & free of charge.

IS YOUR BUSINESS STRUCTURE TAX EFFECTIVE? Are you happy with the structure of your current business? Do you want to start a new business as a sole trader or do you want a partner? Maybe you like the idea of forming a company or a trading trust? Each individual and business is unique so no one structure will suit everyone. When we advise on a suitable business structure, we are vigilant in encouraging our clients to be clear on their business needs and goals. While tax considerations are certainly a concern, commercial considerations are likely to be more important. The decision on structure will have regard to the following objectives: • Managing commercial risk. • Paying as little tax as legally possible. • Isolating business assets from private assets. • The accumulation of asset value in entities which protect assets. • Achieving maximum flexibility on transfer of assets to family members during lifetime and on death.

Vivienne Couper of The Accountants Office Even after you settle on a business structure, remember that the circumstances that make one type of business structure favourable are always subject to changes in the laws. It makes sense to reassess your form of business from time to time to make sure you are using the one that provides the most benefits. Sound judgment is required in making the right decision so for advice contact Vivienne Couper. THE ACCOUNTANTS OFFICE, T: 09 520 0600 M: 021 682 570, vivienne@theaccountantsoffice.co.nz www.accountantsoffice.co.nz

• Cost and complexity.

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KIMBERLY SUMNER: HAPPINESS BUSINESS

Three sure-fire tips to make your networking more successful One of the biggest challenges small business owners face is the whole feast famine thing. Either there’s not enough business or there’s too much. Unfortunately the unpredictable nature of feast famine makes its easy to feel overwhelmed, making it quite possible your heart isn’t pulling for your success as much as you think. So we need to sort this out, pretty quick.

Now one of the more common reasons many don’t like networking is a belief it’s all about the hustle. But truth is, people do business with people they connect with, like and trust. Meaning you must share your story as to why what you do speaks to your heart.

This month we’re going to examine how networking can help service providers smooth out the peaks and troughs of doing business. But we’re also going to look at why it sometimes doesn’t work - so you can avoid these pitfalls in advance!

This demands you show your more vulnerable side, making it paramount your networking group offers the necessary support to extend yourself in this way. If it stretches you too much, your heart is going to freak out, and you’re simply not going to stick with it as you’ll feel too uncomfortable.

First off, networking done well takes you away from valuable operational time. It’s not only time spend attending an event; it’s time spent rehearsing well planned elevator pitches, and getting over those nerves to claim the spotlight. While this may be easy for the natural extrovert, it’s much harder for the small business owner shy of a crowd, and regardless of where you sit, rehearsing speeches at three in the morning isn’t conducive to a good night’s sleep! Added to this is time spent connecting with fellow members on a one-to-one level, enabling you to find out more about their business so you can pass on referrals sincerely. And I emphasize this, because good networking requires you to reciprocate. So don’t bite off more than you can chew, and make sure you bring on necessary cover to support you operationally. Otherwise you’re at risk of sabotaging yourself because you can’t fulfil your commitments - making it unlikely you’ll reap the rewards you want. In other words, do it slowly, do it sincerely, do it systematically. But avoid the assumption that because you’re busy now you will be in six months time. You must consistently work on marketing your business.

So try a few events, then choose which feels right. Look to your fellow advertising community in the Ponsonby News; they’re already a warm fuzzy fit, so consider how you might network with them - with Venus and BNI obvious contenders. Then use your networking events to help manage your sales pipeline. For example, if you know you’re going into a quieter period, ask your group for referrals to fill it. Thankfully, once you’re regularly networking, such times will become less problematic, especially if you can chalk up some early wins with one or two members within your group - enabling them to become your biggest cheerleaders. Then pay attention to the quality of ideal, client referrals you receive, with “how to qualify your ideal client” the topic of next month’s article. In the meantime, since we often notice our blindspots through our reactions to others, ask yourself this. Have you had a strong reaction to someone recently regarding how PN they do, or don’t, promote their business? (KIMBERLY SUMNER) F Kimberly Sumner, The Happiness Business Coach, Helps Women Building Businesses Create Success, Abundance & Happiness. M: 021 369 950 kimberlysumner@happinessblindspot.com www.happinessblindspot.com

WHAT’S TRENDING AT TRENZSEATER Carrera Sofa Their latest modular sofa design is available with a number of different pieces giving you plenty of different configuration options. The Carrera sofa features French pleat detail on the arms and feather and fibre wrapped seat cushion. Available in your choice of fabric or leather.

The Spitfire Hanging Lamp from Eichholtz A statement piece for any home. It can tilt and swivel to multiple different directions and is available in a Nickel or Zinc finish.

For more information on the Spitfire Lamp or any other Eichholtz product contact Trenzseater today. F PN Come into TRENZSEATER today at 80 Parnell Road, T: 09 303 4151 www.trenzseater.com

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JAMES WILLIAMS - A YOUNG PROFESSIONAL WHO GETS RESULTS James Williams is one of the top agents at Barfoot & Thompson Grey Lynn. He has gained acknowledgements like Rookie of the Year for the Grey Lynn branch and has been asked to speak about the success of his business at real estate conventions. James was the first to be selected for Barfoot & Thompson’s Accelerator Programme and has taken a leading approach when it comes to young professionals entering the real estate business. Already James has achieved some great results including selling a Grey Lynn property for $110,000 more than what was accepted in a pre-auction offer. James Williams is well known for his exclusive marketing campaign which works time and time again, gaining fantastic results. Being a young professional he knows what it takes to market a property in this ever increasing digital age. With a background in media, James knows what works efficiently and how to get the most hands raised at auction.

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Before entering real estate James was a newsreader for radio stations including NewstalkZB, Classic Hits and Coast. Testimonial: “The thought of finding a real estate agent made me very nervous. James made me feel at ease at the initial meeting and throughout the process. I found him to be professional, helpful, never pushy, honest and reliable. I would highly recommend James to anyone who is looking to sell their home in fact I personally would not consider using any other agent for any future sale or purchase. I am extremely happy with his service and the outcome.” Raewyn - Grey Lynn F PN JAMES WILLIAMS, T: 09 360 2323, M: 027 405 8582 j.williams@barfoot.co.nz

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CURTAIN CALL Fabric and interiors expert Rebecca Bowering shares her passion for design and textiles in a regular column. Curtains are probably one of the most important investments for the home, but in New Zealand so few people realise it. The Europeans treasure their curtains, often bequeathing them down the Rebecca Bowering generations. They have several sets and will change them according to their decor choice and the seasons. During the cooler months in New Zealand, a huge amount of energy disappears out of our large expanses of glass windows and for many homes, curtains are an absolute essential. They provide excellent insulation against the cold and from draughts in doorways and over doors. Window treatments are equally functional in summer too by helping to protect your interiors from harsh UV light, as well as enhancing the look of any room. But if you want your curtains to last many, many years it’s vital you choose quality and engage a good curtain maker. I also recommend working with an interior designer early in the redecorating process - they will provide superb advice and will help you avoid costly mistakes. Think about what you want, and what your budget is. If money is tight, consider clever details such as borders, horizontal tuck lines, different bands of colour and fabric, or even a gorgeous braid or trim. If this is for the long haul, choose a fabric that you simply adore and know the investment will be worth it. A design consultant can also inform your decisions around the types of rod or track you will need, the fullness of the curtains and the most appropriate length. For example, rods placed as high as possible in the room give an illusion of greater height. Check the composition of your fabric with your consultant too, especially when it comes to New Zealand’s extreme conditions such as high humidity, high UV, huge window spans, and reflecting swimming pools, lakes and beaches. Some fabrics, particularly viscose, rayon and acetates may move as much as 30cm - both up and down! Linens will often shrink up to 7%. Consider tie-backs, or many of the gorgeous jewellery-type holdbacks for a more modern look.

RENOVATING OR BUILDING? Von Sturmer’s - the Lifestyle Kitchen Showroom in Williamson Avenue has been set up by leading interior designer Leonie von Sturmer. As a specialist in kitchens and bathrooms, arguably the two most important rooms of your home, Leonie has won numerous NKBA (National Kitchen and Bathroom) awards over the past 20 years, the most recent include; • Creative excellence bathroom award 2014 • Most innovative bathroom award 2014 • Best ‘classic’ bathroom of the year 2104 She intuitively knows how to improve your Leonie Von Sturmer investment by focusing on the things that count. There are so many choices available to us these days. She will guide you through these choices and offer practical advice and solutions that will transform your lifestyles. She is guaranteed to make your house a home. Most of Leonie’s projects are by way of referral and she works with a team of trusted suppliers, many of whom have contributed to this inspirational showroom. There are ‘living’ kitchen displays and furniture pieces that can be incorporated creatively into your own home. So if you are not sure where to start, why don’t you visit Leonie in her showroom. Hours: 10am to 3pm or by appointment. F PN VON STURMERS, 15 Williamson Avenue, T: 09 376 3745 or Leonie M: 021 759 019 leonie@vonsturmers.com www.vonsturmers.com

If your home is older (such as mine) think about interlining your drapes to maximise the insulating effect and give a decadent feel, especially if they fall to the floor (we often call this ‘standing’ on the floor). This has two benefits: the length ensures you’ll avoid any temperature loss and it also allows for any movement in the length of the fabric as it responds to humidity changes. If draughts are not such a concern, consider a lighter sheer (which could be lined) or a lighter weight drapery fabric. It’s amazing how much warmth a sheer offers whilst still giving you a little privacy when the lights are on inside. So as we head into a new season, think about how new curtains could improve the look and feel of your home. Make that appointment with your designer now. Atelier Textiles owner and managing director Rebecca Bowering explores the latest PN textile trends and new interior design ideas every month. F For more information visit www.atelier.co.nz

Fabric from the Larsen 2014 collection can be made into Roman blinds to fit any window space. The black and white lines from Larsen add dramatic style and elegance to any room.

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MY FAVOURITE ROOM Tiffany Jeans - Curio Noir Tiffany Jeans is founder and Creative Director of Curio Noir, specialising in making candles and curios ‘of rare and unique beauty to transport you to other worlds’. Tiffany lives with her husband Andy Morton and their three children, Lilith (11), Carmelo (6) and Dita (1) in a four bedroom bungalow the couple are slowly renovating in Arch Hill. They moved to Arch Hill in June 2013, but Tiffany tells, “When I was flatting in my youth I lived in the heart of Ponsonby and loved it”. Tiffany’s favourite room is the master bedroom, which she says she uses for ‘relaxing and more’. It’s her favourite because it is her sanctuary within her home and it holds some of her dearest treasures. Favourite things in the room are Tiffany’s wedding dress, made by her close friend Kristine Crabb, which hangs by Tiffany’s side of the bed; a Richard Orjis print; a night light The Bulb by Minilalux; a Hans Wegner Wishbone chair which sits in the corner, “and PN of course, my Tubereuse Noir candle... the scent for lovers and their boudoir.” F CURIO NOIR www.curionoir.com

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ULTIMATE LIVING - EUROPEAN DESIGN AND CUSTOMISED Ultimate Living is more than just a furniture retailer. Their key point of difference is that they design and custom build cabinets and entertainment units, as well as import timeless designer furniture from Europe. Ultimate Living was established in 1992 by German cabinetmaker Hubert Fehnker. Hubert designs and oversees the production of Ultimate Living’s custom-made furniture in their Auckland workshop, ensuring the highest standards and quality of workmanship. All their furniture has a 15-year guarantee. Their imported furniture is carefully chosen for its timeless style, quality and functionality. Hubert hand selects suppliers on his regular visits to the Milan furniture fair and other international furniture events in Europe. With highly competitive prices they have a broad range of furniture to meet your specific needs. Their modern and spacious showroom is located in the heart of Newmarket, so if you are looking for high quality furniture at attractive prices, call in to see them and you will be assisted by their professional staff offering the best advice. F PN Open seven days: Monday to Friday 9.30pm - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm ULTIMATE LIVING, 96D Carlton Gore Road, T: 09 522 5382 www.ultimateliving.co.nz

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REAL ESTATE UPDATE: KAREN SPIRES

Breaking barriers There is a well known Maori proverb; ‘If you remove the centre of the flax bush, where will the bellbird rest? If you were to ask me, ‘what is the most important thing in the world?’ I would reply, “it is the people, it is the people, it is the people.” On Thursday 14 August I joined around 800 of my Bayleys colleagues at our annual national conference held at Sky City. It was a privilege to hear from former SAS corporal Willie Apiata VC who shared that proverb to conclude what was an uplifting and incredibly humbling speech. Mr Apiata was the headline speaker for the conference this year, the theme of which was ‘Breaking Barriers’. Following a light-hearted question and answer session with former television journalist Duncan Garner, Mr Apiata went on to recount the events that led to him receiving the Victoria Cross - which is the highest military decoration awarded for valour in the face of the enemy. His story made us all step back and take stock of what is important in our lives. We are often so caught up in the stresses of our everyday, worrying about traffic and meeting deadlines, that we forget about those risking their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms of the Kiwi lifestyle. I think I can speak for most in the audience in saying that I was struck by Mr Apiata’s humility and his refusal to accept the Victoria Cross for himself, but rather on behalf of his comrades and all New Zealanders. He believes the honour has bestowed upon him a duty to give back to his people and he challenged us all to do the same. This virtue is one that myself and Bayleys both adhere to with the many community and sponsorship initiatives we implement each year. The conference and awards dinner was also an opportunity to catch up with colleagues from throughout the country and recognise some of the hardest working and most successful salespeople in our business. I received an award for being among the top five percent of Bayleys salespeople nationwide for the past year. This would not be possible without the continued support of my community and I want to thank you for entrusting me with what is often one of the biggest transactions of your lives. Another of the guest speakers at our conference was Australian real estate guru Tom Panos who stressed the importance of being an ‘attraction agent’, rather than a ‘transaction agent’. By consistently striving to achieve the best for my clients I am lucky to enjoy a good deal of referral business. Too often we deal with service providers that treat us as merely another number. It is part of my philosophy to ensure each of my clients is afforded the close attention they deserve. The proverb shared by Mr Apiata is one that appears on plaques throughout the Bayleys network of offices, proof of our appreciation for the people that our business relies upon. (KAREN SPIRES) F PN

PRIME PONSONBY OFFICE SPACE 22 DEGREES SEEKS FRIENDLY NEIGHBOUR Outgrown your office? Want close to CBD but not in the CBD? Love your coffee? Between OhSO cafe and SOHO you’ll find 22 Degrees - a building services engineering consultancy, who has just moved into 25 Crummer Road, Ponsonby and they’re looking for a friendly neighbour to take the lease on their top floor. Stylishly refurbished, the 202 sqm space ticks all the boxes offering: space, views, natural light, a smart new kitchen/bathroom (with shower) car and bike parking, LED lighting, new carpet, air conditioning, and ultra-fast fibre available. It’s super handy to the CBD, motorway on-ramps, local cafés, shops, parks/gyms and bus routes. 22 Degrees designs building services for a wide cross section of building projects throughout New Zealand and works extensively with architects, construction/project management companies, and developers. To check out 25 Crummer Road, call Jennifer Austin on M: 021 723 073 or T: 09 373 2299 or email jennifer@22degrees.co.nz and to view photos/find out PN more go to www.22degrees.co.nz F

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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!

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Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant by Owen Beddall (Random House) I loved Owen Beddall’s book ‘Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant’... It’s hilarious. During the 80s, I was fortunate to be regularly upgraded to first class on Qantas. I remember boarding at Sydney to fly to London for a two day flying visit and I recall the trolley dollies looking me up and down with those, “how can HE afford it?” kinds of stares. The answer was I couldn’t! LOL. And once they’d seen my boarding card you’d get those knowing looks - but two days later they’d be surprised to see me again flying back to Oz, having only spent 48 hours in London. Want to know what really goes on on an aeroplane? Let’s go behind the scenes and fly high with these tall tales and gossip from the galley! Everyone wants to be a flight attendant, or at least they want to know about the cushy lifestyle they lead - flying to exotic destinations, swanning about in five-star hotels, daytime lazing around the pool and night-time tabletop dancing with Bollywood stars. At last the lid is lifted. Come on board a real airline with a real flight attendant and find out what really goes on. In Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant - True Tales and Gossip from the Galley, the writer dishes the dirt - he tells you the things you always wanted to know (and maybe a few things you didn’t) about the glamorous world of flying. This book is packed with cabin crew adventures and misadventures in and out of that smart uniform in far flung places. There’s sex, drugs and lots of celebrity gossip; Katy Perry, Lily Allen, Kylie Minogue, Venus Williams and Cate Blanchett - are all in the galley having a gossip with Owen. Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant is a hilariously bumpy ride around the world with a very funny man.

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1,001 Reasons to Love Dogs™ by Christine Miele and Mary Tiegreean (Stewart, Tabori and Chang) Losing Jack in July still feels raw and we miss him, like you wouldn’t believe. I can think of well over one thousand reasons why I love dogs! That tight ball they roll into for sleeping. That great big old shake after a bath. Old Yeller, Lassie, and Rin Tin Tin. The things they do to make us wish we were one of them - napping after a morning walk, sleeping by the fire, rubbing their backs in the grass. And the things they do to make us glad we’re not - carrying dirty socks in their mouths, finding something dead in the backyard, eating out of the rubbish. From the feel of a newborn pup in your hand to your dog’s ecstatic greeting when you come home, these are just a few of the reasons why dogs are “man’s best friend.” Whether it’s your neighbour’s Irish Setter, your aunt’s Golden Retriever, that little dachshund along the street, or your own German Shorthair, dogs are far and away New Zealand’s favourite pet. Continuing in the highly successful 1,001 Reasons to Love™ series, this purebred addition might easily prove to be the most popular yet. Packed with more than 300 photographs and illustrations, along with lists and quotations, trivia and even tricks, 1,001 Reasons to Love Dogs™ is an irresistible collection that will have dog lovers everywhere barking with joy and drooling with delight.

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RENOVATING AN OLDER HOME OR BUILDING A NEW ONE?

BOB AND FRIENDS MOVE TO NEW HOME

Now’s your chance to include all of those storage options you always wished you had!

This is very exciting news and what a beautiful location… Bob and friends have moved in to The Villa at 231 Ponsonby Road located opposite Tole Street.

The Wardrobe Company’s extensive range of sophisticated bespoke wardrobes and superior storage products incorporate top quality materials in the latest styles and colours. Many older homes lack sufficient storage space to accommodate the trappings of modern life, but if you’re planning a renovation project then you have the perfect opportunity to call on the expertise of the team at The Wardrobe Company to solve those storage dilemmas. They’ll transform those cavernous old wardrobes by reconfiguring the space with efficient, stylish shelving and drawers to hold anything from the short to the tall, the large to ‘the smalls’. And here’s a tip: contact The Wardrobe Company as soon as you start planning your project as they can often provide valuable input in that early stage which will result in the most efficient use of the space available. As well as walk-in and reach-in wardrobes, The Wardrobe Company can also design the latest in home office fit-outs, laundries, media rooms, and book-shelving for your home. Their trade-qualified craftsmen will build and install it to the highest standard (and they clean up before they leave!) They work collaboratively with their clients (including many of Auckland’s leading interior designers, architects, and builders) to provide superior storage solutions to delight the PN most discerning home-owner. F For a free initial in-home consultation, contact: THE WARDROBE COMPANY, T: 0800 CLOSET (0800 256 738) www.thewardrobecompany.co.nz

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The shop looks wonderful, now you can see the furniture in all its glory. Each room is different and The Villa allows the furniture to breathe allowing you to actually see the beautiful vintage Moldovian carpets in their correct setting. There’s a room almost exclusively dedicated to Donna Wilson, lots of colour and fun. The store is full of wonderful furniture, mainly English with a full range of SCP’s beautifully crafted pieces. There are now three New Zealand made sofas added to the range, all sorts of home-wares including a full range of Bison ceramics from Australia.

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It’s a home-wares emporium where you can buy everything from a cushion through to a sofa or an iconic Balzac leather chair by Mathew Hilton. Bob is the exclusive distributor for String, the iconic shelving system from Sweden, and also sells the amazing New Zealand Shaggy Bag, made from the most luxurious New Zealand sheepskins. Bob and Friends are also keen to help with your wedding so if you are looking to create a list pop in and talk to Ron, Amy or Jason. The shop is open seven days a week. F PN BOB AND FRIENDS, The Villa, 231 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 378 7350 or shop online: www.bobandfriends.co.nz

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ANDREW COX - DESIGNED INTERIORS

In the many years I’ve been going to Tiritiri Matangi Island there is one bird that regularly stands out when seen.

Andrew Cox provides a full interior design and project management service for kitchen and bathroom design, space planning, building works, furniture procurement, furniture design and soft furnishings.

The beautiful, haunting call of the kokako heard in the forest is regularly the cause of volunteers and guides going into hyper alert as they try to locate it for visitors. There are less than 20 on the island and they are a treat to see. There was a time when trips to the island were ranked on the number of kokako I’d seen, never more than three or four on the absolute best day. Kokako are a member of the wattlebird family, related to the saddleback and the extinct huia. There were two species of kokako although it is a point of contention whether the South Island variant is actually extinct. It was formally declared extinct in 2007 but there have been unconfirmed sightings for the last few decades. The kokako is a slate-grey bird with a black mask over the eyes and a ‘wattle’ beneath its beak. The North Island kokako has blue wattles, as the South Island had orange. They were both previously widespread but have been decimated by numerous mammalian invasive species as many of our birds have. They are solely located in managed reserves and forests, or on offshore islands. Kokako are highly vulnerable on the nest to predation from rats and possums. This has meant that continual management and vigilance against pests and predators is required in all locations the North Island kokako is found. They are more likely to be heard than seen, even on Tiritiri Matangi where they are relatively easy to see compared to other locations. They have persisted in the central North Island between the King County and Te Urewera National Park. They are most commonly found in the canopy of forests, although can be found feeding at the lower levels of the forest. Uncharacteristically on Tiritiri they are found in the lower forest, although this is likely because the forest is still young and they have adapted to it. It will be interesting to see whether they eventually prefer the older forest on Tiritiri or if they will have adapted favourably to the lower forest. They bound and run between branches, gliding when required to as they are not strong flyers.

In the 1980s he graduated from the Brighton School of Architecture and Interior Design to work with Charles Hammonds in central London, from there to Nicholas Haslam Interiors and then onto Christopher Smallwood Architects. With clients such as Bryan Ferry, Freddie Mercury, various hotels and a range of major businesses he honed his design skills working in traditional to minimalist styles creating classic enduring interiors. Andrew set up his Wellington design practice in 1993 and counted Brierley Investments, Ord Minnett and Reuters as his corporate clients, along with many residential ones. Having moved his practice to Auckland last year he is now busy providing his design Andrew Cox experience to a range of clients located from Stanmore Bay through to Remuera. “I work with my clients to deliver practical, individual and efficient designs for their interiors from contemporary through to traditional.” Andrew adds, “I like to draw my clients out of their comfort zones and embrace colours, shapes and forms and the finished results reflect my ability to deliver these intentions successfully.”

They are most easily located by following their songs, although occasionally a tui can successfully mimic them. Their similar silhouette and shape at a distance has caused many a quiet celebration to be cut short in my past.

His kitchen, bathroom and office designs have featured in House and Garden, Trends and Interior magazines and his practice was one of the Top 30 New Zealand Kitchen Designers for 2012-13. F PN

The kokako is one of the most beautiful birds of our forest, and their song is certainly the most haunting and bone chilling. They feature in many Maori stories relating their song in the forest. One notable story tells the tale of how a kokako gave Maui water as he fought the sun by filling its wattles for him to drink from. Maui rewarded the kokako by stretching its legs so that kokako could leap through the forest more easily. Yet another of our bird PN species that has evolved to rely very little on its wings. (FINN MCLENNAN- ELLIOTT) F

View his varied projects at www.andrewcoxinteriors.com or to make an appointment call Andrew on M: 021 132 4881 or T: 09 308 9859

STUNNING ITALIAN STYLE Forma stock a range of stunning Lace chairs direct from Italy! Made from polycarbonate, these are stylish, comfortable and hard wearing all rolled into one! F PN FORMA, 51-53 The Strand Parnell, T: 09 368 7694 www.forma.co.nz www.facebook.com/formafurniturenz

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Spring in your step As the seasons change and we wave goodbye to winter, it’s the perfect time to brighten up your décor with an injection of the colourful hues that are reigning supreme this spring. Here’s a pick of our favourite few.

Shooting Sparrow A’dore Vous Pillowcase Set, $60 Fashioned out of 100% cotton, the fluoro pink French text on these crisp white pillowcases will pack a graphic punch in your bedroom.

General Eclectic Chevron Mug Set, $35 With assorted colour trims and a chevron pattern in yellow, orange and navy, this mug set is perfect for cups of tea all day long.

Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine $299 This high-gloss, ergonomically designed dream machine will not only look good on the kitchen bench, it will also produce coffee at a pace that suits your hectic daily routine.

Ponyrider Yellow Traveller Cushion, $115 The warm ochre shade of this Pony Rider cushion and its subtle hand-printed graphic will be just enough to liven up a monochromatic interior.

Seletti Versailled Fluo I-Teapot, $75 Part of a permanent exhibition at New York’s Museum of Art and Design, this post -modern teapot is more than worthy of becoming part of your home also.

Citta Vetro Glass Tumbler Set, $80 Perfect for every day use or for entertaining, these multi-coloured glasses will make hydrating a pleasure.

Normann Copenhagen Watch Me Clock, $128 Designed by Rasmus Gottliebsen for Normann Copenhagen and inspired by a colour swatch folded out like a fan, this lacquered metal Watch Me Clock will be a colourful addition to your wall.

MacArthur & Co Cliff Edge Coasters, $45 A great addition to any coffee table, these plywood coasters have a striking colour palette. They are also available in matching placemats so that you can dress your entire table. (MILLY NOLAN) F PN All products available from www.mildredandco.com

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UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL Donna Mills, Jewels and Gems Donna Mills is the owner of Jewels and Gems, a gemstone jewellery and crystal shop located on Ponsonby Road opposite Western Park since the business moved from its longtime Epsom home earlier this year. Where do you live? At Piha or my dad's place in Pt. Chevalier when I've been working too late to do the drive, or it's too cold, like now in winter. Who is your partner? Dave McArtney. Profoundly missed. Do you have any children? A boy, Gabriel, 29 years old, doing post-grad. study in Zurich in environmental science. I am thankful that there are so many young people today like him, who genuinely care about the Earth. Hopefully they will save it, where my generation has failed. Moana, 22 years - a beautiful girl inside and out - is an actress and sings and writes songs like her dad. She helps me at Jewels and Gems, managing our creative marketing profile and bringing me out of the ’70s where I've been happily hibernating for whoops, 35 years. Thanks Mo. Do you have any pets? I share five stray cats and a German Shepherd dog. Residing near a park, we tend to be a safe haven for abandoned animals. How do you keep fit? Beach, bush and park walking. Wherever I am, rain, cloud or shine, I greet the sunrise every morning with prayer, exercise and meditation, a practice I've maintained since my early teens. It is the ballast of my life. Your mother would say of you..? "Darling, you have to have adventures." She always supported and liberated me to follow my true aims in life. A painfully shy and super sensitive child, I owe my courage and confidence to her. She was taken by cancer at 70 but her extraordinary spirit, which spread love, fun and generosity all over this city, lives on in my heart. What is your virtue? Doing the best I can to create harmony. What is your vice? Cashmere. It's a kind of addiction, so soft and delicate, the ultimate lover but it makes me spend way too much on it. When you travel to the poor places I do, there's always a bit of guilt associated with self-indulgence. Who’s your ultimate rock icon? Well there's Aretha, Whitney, Elvis, John, Nat, Freddy, Bob and Jim, to name but a few. So I will opt for the only voice I ever really listened to, the man I loved and heard at home every day... my beautiful husband, David. What’s your secret passion? Clever child-like comedy on TV, like the re-runs playing now of Fawlty Towers, Miranda, Flight of the Concords, Billy T, The Fast Show, Black Books... anything with Eddie Izzard, my ultimate comedic hero. It's got to be good though, comedy is hard to get right. I don't enjoy watching people just putting others down.

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What’s your secret talent? Keeping my wits about me in dangerous situations. Try being a woman travelling alone in the wild places that sourcing gems can take you. Where do you spend your holidays? I've never found anywhere I love more than New Zealand beaches. What’s your perfect Sunday? I work Sundays in the shop, so friendly customers, who make the day a happy one. Then dinner with a friend. What were you going to be when you grew up? A mother. That's what I always used to say when asked as a little girl. And it's been even better than I imagined. How did you come to be a jeweller? Ten years ago, I was a homeopath looking for premises and found ‘Jewels and Gems’ for sale. The owner said "why don't you buy this shop to pay the rent and have your homeopathic practice at the back. Easy!" That was the silliest advice I've ever taken. I had to become a sponge, speed-learning from gem cutters, miners and jewellers, and I had my own taste, so couldn't buy from wholesalers. I started exploring hot, far away places to get my stock, which was kind of fun and exciting and kind of manically dangerous and risky. Sheer lunacy, but what beauty to be found. I don't regret it, it opened undreamt of worlds and made me very humble about the privileges we have in New Zealand. Finally, now that I'm over the learning curve, it is the perfect platform for me to combine homeopathy and healing with gem stones. But it wasn't ‘easy’. If you weren’t a jeweller you’d be? In a team making silly comedy skits, falling about laughing every day and giving back into that stream which is the icing of life. Either that, or working for AVAAZ. An international organisation which among other things, informs readers and mounts internet petitions to show world leaders what people really think about controversial humanitarian issues, to help those leaders make good decisions reflecting the opinions of the world community. Which is your favourite Ponsonby cafe? Little Bird. Divine vegetarian food and gentle atmosphere. And your favourite Ponsonby restaurant? The Noodle and Bourbon Bar in Ponsonby Central. Because of Mamasan, my dear friend who manages it. Easy, quick and yummy.

Which is your favourite Ponsonby store? Minnie Cooper. I've been buying their shoes since my 20s. I love having a shop in the same block as them. And your favourite Ponsonby fashion label? Ioanna Kourbela. Gorgeous Greek knitwear. Jacquie, who has the label for New Zealand, is between shops, but there is still a secret squirrel shop at her home in Herne Bay. Please share your best kept Ponsonby secret... My friends and I would sneak down from Auckland Girls to the bottom of Western Park in the lunch hour to kiss our boyfriends through the wire fence. It makes me chuckle when I walk down there now in my lunch break, 40 years later and wonder what secrets that sweet little park holds today. What has inspired you recently? The true friends who have loved, fed and supported me through the loss of my husband. This has really brought home to me the absolute need for community. And Russell Brand with his super-intelligent, humanitarian YouTube programme ‘The Trews’. Utterly, utterly essential viewing. The house is on fire and your family is safe - what do you save? The exquisite, tall, blue, art nouveaux vase, hand -painted with colourful little birds in a blossoming cherry tree. Dave gave it to me for my 21st birthday and I have treasured it ever since. “I’d be lost without my...” Glasses. Like right now when I can't find them and have to squint to see anything. Not easy for a jeweller. One thing you have learned about life is? We live on a magical ball in space with a surprising amount of complex things going on. Some are divine, some are mean. Smile and look for peace every day or you will end up in tatters. What's your advice for readers looking for a new piece of jewellery? Be drawn to it. Love it. Find a meaning in it for you. JEWELS AND GEMS, 54 Ponsonby Road, T: 09 378 4389 www.jewelsandgems.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 When I go into the new suburbs I see why people like villas, but why do people keep building houses that look like granddad lives in them?

however the house captures the water views, the all-day sun, offers wind protection, connects to the landscape and is rural not urban in appearance.

We are currently designing a rural house for a friend. He initially thought his budget wasn’t big enough to justify engaging an architect and he had a big site, so why not just get a franchised house building company to build him one. They offered him a standard plan, from the 1950s and then added bits and pieces to it in reaction to the clients brief. Their plan consequently had corridors and minimal size rooms or unusable sized rooms. Their fixed price only started once the client had provided a flat building platform, it was a sloping site. Their price didn’t include earthworks, driveways, water tanks, waste water system, decks or landscaping. Finally our friend realised he was getting a mutt.

The reduced house size more than covers our fee, and he would have to pay a fee for the re-hash of the standard design.

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We have designed for him a site specific and more usable house. While our house is 22 square meters smaller it offers so much more. We won’t get an architectural award

So why do we keep building old house plans. Housing companies offer a product, houses, they don’t often design. Sure they will modify one of their plans. People want a known plan or house, that feels comfortably familiar, and nothing wrong with that, and yes the plans are slowly being modified. Maybe the architect is perceived as expensive, maybe the housing company is perceived as an easy cheaper option. I guess the main reason is the client needs to be brave enough to head into the unknown with a specific design from an architect. (PAUL LEUSCHKE) www.leuschkekahn.co.nz F PN

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LOUNGE AROUND - QUALITY, STYLE AND COMFORT AT COMPETITIVE PRICES Husband and wife team Peter and Claire are proud of their range of outdoor furniture from Lounge Around Ltd, located just a couple of minutes over the bridge on Barry’s Point Road. Peter has been in the outdoor furniture business for nearly five years and before Claire joined Paul in Lounge Around she ran the private practice for a spinal surgeon for 12 years. With Claire’s flare for design and marketing Peter’s skill in manufacturing, sales and logistics they make a great team. With the trend being towards achieving that indoor/outdoor flow they believe their furniture complements this with their European inspired range of outdoor lounge, dining and terrace settings to their luxurious sun loungers, funky hanging chairs and large 3m x 3m 360 degree rotating, tilting umbrella; they cover it all. Peter says. “We pride ourselves on supplying a high quality product with high grade outdoor rattan fibre, strong powder coated aluminium framing and premium Olefin cushion covers designed specifically to resist the harsh New Zealand UV levels and weather. We source our furniture directly from one manufacturer so no (middle man) and with our stringent quality control process we are able to provide our customers with a top quality, durable and stylish product, at wholesale prices with up to 75% off retail.” Mention this advertisement and receive $100.00 off your purchase or PN FREE DELIVERY in Auckland with any lounge or dining setting purchased. F LOUNGE AROUND LTD, 18 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna, T: 09 984 8008 www.loungearound.co.nz

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LET’S PROTEST THE RAPE OF OUR SOILS While discussions about climate change are serious and must be addressed, they are distracting us from an even more important issue. The deterioration of the soil that feeds us is being ignored. It’s time we took a stand about the rape of our soils before there’s widespread starvation in the world this century. Let me explain. About 90% of our food comes from annually sown crops and, in the next 20-30 years, nations must find a way to produce more food from the same amount of soil. We simply haven’t addressed the urgent need to feed another 50 percent of our population by 2050. Soil feeds us, it’s as simple as that. Yet for generations the world has been stripping the soil of carbon and organic matter and giving nothing back. Every time we cultivate the soil we oxidise some of its carbon and discharge it into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. This source of carbon dioxide contributes up to 20% of the total carbon dioxide entering our atmosphere annually. Our politicians get on the global warming bandwagon yet never address one of the main causes that can be reversed. Carbon is an essential ingredient of organic matter yet it’s being wasted and the quality of our soil is declining as a result. The culprit is ploughing and aggressive tillage. Most of the world’s arable soils that had 6-16% of organic matter before ploughing, now have 0.5-2% as a result of tillage operations. That low level of organic matter won’t support the soil biology which lives on organic matter. By soil biology I mean the microbes and other soil organisms like earthworms. They play a significant part in maintaining the health of our soil but they’re being destroyed. The key question is whether the cumulative stripping of soil organic matter can be reversed. Spreading lots of organic manure on the ground helps but the world’s arable soils are far too extensive for this to be the total solution. Plants play a vital role in the regeneration of soil. They gather carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and combine this with rainfall and the sun’s energy in the process of photosynthesis. It’s nature’s way of recycling carbon.

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When farmers harvest a food crop like wheat about half of the plant’s carbon is removed as food but the other half remains available for recycling in the form of cut straw, stubble and other forms of crop residue. This is the crucial bit. Ploughing the residues in usually loses more carbon than the soil gains. And burning them is even worse. It’s this stage of the process that’s essential to regenerating the soil and reversing the rape of its nutrients and water holding capacity. In turn this will lead to increased food production. When that happens we can feed the world. The secret is that the plant residues must remain on top of the soil to decompose naturally and let the soil fauna and microbes take it into the soil. Low disturbance no-tillage is the answer. A low disturbance no-tillage drill sows seeds into undisturbed soil. It penetrates through the residue to create seed slots. It sows the seed while dropping fertiliser in a separate band at the same time, covers the slot, traps the humidity, preserves the micro-organisms and soil life and prevents most of the existing carbon from escaping into the atmosphere. Compared to traditional methods crops grow faster and yields can increase by up to 50%. No-tillage is the equivalent of keyhole surgery, ploughing is invasive surgery. The key fact is that such machines exist already. Anything less will simply perpetuate the continued rape of our soils and eventually lead to famine in some areas of the world with marginal food supplies. This message of how healthy soil can feed the world is the outcome of 30 years research at Massey and Washington State Universities. I’ve championed it at the United States Senate, been awarded the Queen’s honours for my research, spoken about it on BBC radio, been nominated for the World Food Prize but, more than anything else, I need politicians to do something before it’s too late. PN (DR JOHN BAKER) F Dr John Baker has a Masters degree with first class honours in Soil Science and a Ph.D in agricultural engineering from Massey University. His company, Baker No-Tillage Ltd, was a finalist in the 2010 World Technology Awards and John has twice been nominated for the World Food Prize.

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GREY IS THE NEW BLACK Grey Lynn occupies a special place in Auckland’s landscape, and a special place in the hearts of those who have already discovered this iconic and vibrant neighbourhood. Close to town, surrounded by parks and with expansive views, for those who live in this high-growth area, everything seems just five minutes away; fashion, dining, culture, sport, entertainment or simply relaxing at your local cafÊ. At North Apartments on the corner of Great North Road and Turakina Street the architect has paid particular attention to the nature of the site and its spectacular outlook crafting concrete, steel and glass into a classic contemporary form. From the interior - nothing but view, from the exterior - asymmetric blocks contained within a strong geometric form. These boutique apartments will be truly special. Tailored to suit the needs of an urban lifestyle with premium fittings, designer kitchen and bathroom and spacious outdoor living options. Per level there are up to five apartments on levels one to five, with a selection of single, two bedroom and three bedroom apartments. Each level shares a similar floor plan with a variety of apartment configurations designed to take advantage of aspect and location within the building. Kitchens and bathrooms demand seamless integration of form and function. To achieve both, Miele appliances - selected for optimum performance and enduring quality, are matched with fitted kitchens by world-renowned manufacturer Poggenpohl. First-hand experience of these key components is essential to appreciate their quality. For more information call Darryl Pope M: 021 932 211 or visit the NORTH APARTMENTS showroom on the corner of Great North Road and Turakina Street. Open daily from 1pm to 2.30pm and 5pm to 6pm Wednesdays. www.northapartments.co.nz F PN

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YOUR TRADIES - WHAT TO EXPECT We trust our tradies right? It turns out not so much. If you’re a fan of DIY shows you’ll know how much those teams rely on their tradies. You’ll also know how quickly the ‘water cooler’ notices if one of them isn’t pulling their weight. “We’re fairly quick to turn on our tradies,” says Tony Naidu, Executive Director of HeatSavers. “And why wouldn’t we be? We’re spending good money for a quality job, and we’re all too aware of the horror stories. None of us want to be the patsy, and so trust in the relationship is vital.” Craig Cargill of HeatSavers Auckland knows more than most about the coal face of the job. He says, “Looking after the customer is number one. At its most basic, that’s turn up on time, do as you say you will and leave the place tidy. But that’s just the starting point.” Cargill says, “I did a job at a student flat - insulating the walls. They couldn’t get over how green the whole process was. We turned up, did the job and took away half a vacuum cleaner full of waste. They were comparing that to removing the Gib and all that kind of mess.” Eamonn Kilgariff of HeatSavers puts it like this, “It’s that old Kiwi approach to tourism. You know ‘take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints’. That’s the way we operate. We never forget we’re in people’s homes. It’s their private space. We just treat PN it with respect.” F HEATSAVERS, T: 0800 432 872 www.heatsavers.co.nz

AUCKLAND’S PROPERTY REVALUATION REVEALS AVERAGE 33% INCREASE Auckland’s three-yearly general property revaluation is well underway, with indicative data showing significant value movements across the region. Auckland Council’s Registered Valuer Peter McKay says: “At this stage we are looking at an upward movement for the Auckland region of an average 33% since the last revaluation in 2011, which is broadly in line with expectations. Local board areas with the largest movements - of over 40% - are Kaipatiki, Maungakiekie-Tamaki, Puketapapa and Whau, reflecting a general value increase in the more central suburbs. Average movements within the remaining local boards (excluding the Hauraki Gulf islands) range between 22% and 44%, with the larger movements generally due to proximity to central Auckland, with lower increases found in outer suburban and rural areas. Local value movements will vary due to the type of property, its quality and condition, zoning, views and other factors.” Property owners receive their notices in the mail in mid-November 2014. “It’s very important to remember that Auckland’s property revaluation doesn’t determine the total amount of rates collected by the council - rather it helps determine each ratepayer’s share of rates. “The revaluation exercise is used by the council to determine the allocation of rates, and doesn’t affect the overall amount of rates collection. Capital value, or CV, used as the rating valuation, is the likely price the property would have sold for on 1 July 2014. Its new value will be used to help set rates for the three year rating period beginning next year, 1 July 2015.” All councils are required by law to revalue every property in their region every three years. Over 525,000 properties are being revalued in Auckland. Council’s team of experienced, qualified valuers work closely with independent organisation Quotable Value Ltd. Before valuations are finalised they have to be approved by the Valuer-General, who’s responsible for authorising rating valuations for PN the government across New Zealand. F

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THE HISTORICAL BOROUGH OF PONSONBY AND GREY LYNN: STREET NAMES

WOLSELEY AVENUE Garnet Joseph Wolseley, 1st Viscount, Baron Wolseley of Cairo and of Wolseley was born 4 June 1833, Golden Bridge, County Dublin, Ireland. An impressive moniker indeed and well deserved! He was the son of an army major who died when he was seven years old and his mother brought up seven children in straitened circumstances. Wolseley attended a day-school in Dublin and worked in a surveyor’s office before he entered the forces as second lieutenant in 1852, fighting with distinction in the Second Anglo-Burmese War where he was severely wounded in the thigh. Sent home to recover he transferred to the 90th Light Infantry and was soon on his way to Crimea. During the siege of Sevastopol in the Ukraine he was able to use his surveying knowledge as assistant engineer and was seriously wounded again, losing the sight in his right eye. Subsequently, at the age of 25, he became the youngest lieutenant colonel in the British army. Wolseley next served abroad in India during the Mutiny and in 1857 led his company in the relief of Lucknow. After being mentioned five times in dispatches during the campaign, he received his brevet majority and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. He sailed to China in 1860 as staff officer and described his planning and deeds in his ‘Narrative of the War with China’. His credits continued to rise when he was sent to Canada to improve the colony’s defences in the likelihood of war with the United States. During his time there he led the Red River expedition through 600 miles of wilderness in order to suppress Louis Riel, a controversial figure in Canadian history, who had proclaimed Manitoba province a republic. His success led to a higher appointment as assistant adjutant general at the War Office. Although he had resolved to remain a bachelor, Wolseley married Louisa Erskine, in September 1867. Though not rich, she was his intellectual equal and he frequently consulted her about his plans and ideas. Wolseley now having proved himself as a very efficient commander, was employed by successive governments as chief troubleshooter for the British Empire. In 1873 he was sent to West Africa to lead an expedition against the Ashanti Kingdom and two years later he was sent to Natal to promote federation in South Africa. When calamity struck the British forces battling the Zulus in 1879 he was given command of the colony. After restoring order in Zululand, he moved on to the Transvaal where he discouraged rebellion among the Boers. For these successes he was awarded many honours, received thanks from Parliament, and confirmation of his rank as Major General. His popularity was at its peak and he was instantly recognised as the very model of a modern Major General when “The Pirates of Penzance” opened in London in 1880. In 1882 he was appointed adjutant-general. Returning to the War Office, he devoted himself to army reform until interrupted by a nationalist uprising in Egypt under Arabi Pasha. In a brilliant campaign, Wolseley swiftly seized the Suez Canal and after a night march, surprised and defeated Arabi at Tall al-Kabir. Prime Minister William Gladstone rewarded him with a barony. Two years later Britain reluctantly decided to send an expedition headed by Wolseley, to rescue General Charles Gordon who was besieged at Khartoum in the Sudan. The advance party arrived two days after the city had fallen and Gordon had been killed. Though the command was unsuccessful Wolseley was again thanked by Parliament and became a viscount. The remainder of his career was spent as an administrator and in spite of declining health he continued to push forward reform and to oversee Britain’s little colonial wars. He was Gold Stick in Waiting (a bodyguard position in the British Royal Household on ceremonial occasions) to Queen Victoria and took part in the procession following her death in 1901. He was then made Gold Stick in Waiting to King Edward VII and appointed to lead a special diplomatic mission to announce the King’s accession to the governments of Austria-Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, and Greece. During his visit to Constantinople, the Sultan presented him with the Order of Osmanieh set in brilliants. Wolseley, renowned for his bravery and for transforming the British army into a modern fighting force, died 26 March 1913 at Menton on the French Riviera and was buried in PN the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral, London. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) F

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COUNCIL ENDORSES NEW SITE FOR JAPANESE GARDEN Auckland Council’s Parks, Recreation and Sport Committee last month endorsed a proposal to re-establish the Fukuoka Friendship Garden in Western Springs Park. Timing and implementation will be subject to budget considerations as part of the Long -term Plan 2015-2025 process. The recommendation was made by the Fukuoka Friendship Garden Steering Group, established earlier this year and tasked with planning the future of the garden. Steering Group Chair Councillor Cathy Casey says agreeing a new site is a major milestone for the project and is the result of careful consideration of a number of sites. “We have recommended a site at Western Springs as the future home of the Fukuoka Friendship Garden and are delighted to have council support. “This recommendation follows consideration of a long list of potential and suggested sites and a robust assessment criteria. “We also welcome representatives from the Waitemata Local Board onto the steering committee - as the decision-makers for Western Springs Park, they are an important partner in this project,” she said. The site assessment criteria included suitability to develop and maintain a Japanese garden; landscape characteristics; impact on the rest of the park; security and access. Friends of Fukuoka Friendship Garden representative Lee Elliott says it is pleased with progress on the garden site selection. “The site endorsed by the committee today is close to the original garden and will enable a new garden to be established for all to see and enjoy. “We consider it to be an excellent site and it has the Friends’ full support and we look forward to the direct involvement of the Fukuoka City Greenery Department, as it is integral to the successful restoration of the garden and restoration of the sister city relationship,” says Mr Elliott. He says the community group has had its faith in the committee and council affirmed by PN the positive working partnerships developed through this first phase of the project. F

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SMITH & SONS PONSONBY - A SOLID REPUTATION The Smith & Sons way of doing business is to offer their customers an exceptional renovation experience and Smith & Sons Ponsonby is no exception. The Ponsonby team are a company specialising in renovations and extensions, offering the complete package from concept to completion. Their design centre is owned and managed by experienced builder Reon Paterson. The centre includes an in-house architect, quantity surveyor, project manager and office administrator. “We pride ourselves on understanding renovations,” says Reon, “and we know that there will be certain decisions that need to be considered and dealt with during the planning stage to minimise any interruptions or surprises later down the track.” Reon is an award winning builder with years of experience in the building industry. He has assembled a great team of builders and sub-trades people and over the years Reon has earned the solid reputation as someone who operates a professional company that delivers on promises. So whether you are looking at a small to medium renovation or one that is more extensive and complex and need guidance on where to start, call Smith & Sons and ask about their step by step process that helps you work through concept drawings, cost estimates, working drawings, quotations and then construction of the project itself. F PN SMITH & SONS PONSONBY, T: 09 488 7499 M: 021 307 091 reon.paterson@smith-sons.co.nz www.smith-sons.co.nz

AUCKLAND; THE FRIENDLIEST CITY IN THE WORLD Auckland has been named the friendliest city in the world by one of the most renowned international luxury travel magazines, Conde Nast Traveller. The annual readership survey named Auckland as the only New Zealand city to feature in the top 10 list. Auckland Mayor Len Brown says: “The latest findings continue to underpin Auckland’s aspirations to be the world’s most liveable city - a truly global city and a natural playground that is continually building its international reputation.” It’s particularly pleasing coming from a magazine of the standing of Conde Nast, one of the world’s premier travel publications.” Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says this is a glowing endorsement of the region and should be celebrated by all Aucklanders. According to Conde Nast Traveller, Auckland people are friendly and their humour and view on life is something to aspire to. The latest survey follows Auckland being named one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit in Lonely Planet’s 2014 Best in Travel Guide. Auckland is also ranked as the third PN most liveable city in the 2013 Mercer Quality of Life Survey. F

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OVER-DYED RUGS: RECYCLED ART FOR THE FLOOR

CLEAN UP FOR A BRIGHTER, WARMER HOME

Whether it’s a subtle splash of colour or a bold statement piece you are after, Mary Kelly Kilims (MKK) has a rug for every interior.

Love that cosy feeling when you get into a warm car on a sunny but bitterly cold winter’s day? Why not create the same feeling in your home?

The centrally-located Ponsonby showroom is home to a wide range of kilim and other flat -woven rugs, runners, saddle -bags, and other decorative items. And about 350 cushions for you to choose from! Having just returned from a recent buying trip in Turkey, MKK has a number of standout pieces in this new collection. The vintage over -dyed patchwork rugs that were picked up along the way are really worth a look. These are old pieces, recycled from Western Anatolian Isparta rugs which were made in the mid 1900s. They have been given a new lease of life, by first neutralising the colour and then re-dyeing with a deeply saturated single colour. They are backed with a heavy cotton canvas and lay absolutely flat. The outcome is stunning, providing a unique mix of traditional designs with a contemporary finish. Come and have a chat about Kilims in particular and the wonders of Turkey in general! Call Mary to arrange a time to browse the showroom at your convenience. F PN MARY KELLY KILIMS, 53 Wood Street, T: 09 361 6130, M: 021 211 8904 mkelly@xtra.co.nz www.marykellykilims.co.nz

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Harnessing the power of sunlight is an easy, cost effective way to create a cosy home and one simple step is having clean windows. Owners of the Zero Energy House in Pt Chevalier, Jo and Shay, have optimised the thermal performance of their home by using passive solar design, double-glazing and good insulation. And, of course, clean windows to let more sunlight stream through. They invest in having their windows professionally cleaned by local company Neat & Sweet. “Clean glass makes a real difference to how much of the sun’s energy gets into our home, and makes the space feel more light and comfortable ” says Shay. “We don’t have time or equipment to do it properly so we leave it to the experts. It’s well worth it.” www.zeroenergyhouse.co.nz If you think rain does the cleaning for you; think again. Rain doesn’t remove the stubborn residue that coats your windows; it just pushes the dirt around. And don’t forget the inside, where airborne dirt from heating and cooling systems, fingerprints and cooking residue form a hazy layer on your window surfaces. “Much like when people who wear glasses clean their lenses and are amazed at the difference, customers have been thrilled with our results. Seeing really is believing.” F PN To maximise the sun’s energy in warming your home and for a better outlook, call Linda at NEAT & SWEET WINDOW CLEANING on M: 021 631 607 or check out www.neatandsweet.co.nz

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NEW SEASON OUTDOOR FURNITURE CAN I PAT YOUR DOG? AT DESIGN WAREHOUSE STAYING SAFE AROUND DOGS Design Warehouse is the premier manufacturer and seller of high end outdoor furniture in New Zealand. The Edge dining chair has just arrived at Design Warehouse! Pictured here is one style of 22 new styles for 2014 - 2015 season.

A picture book is hoped to improve children’s safety around dogs. ‘Can I Pat Your Dog?’ follows the adventures of a little girl called Linda, who loves dogs and “learns what to do so that dogs love her, too.” With simple sentences and hand drawn scenes, the book teaches the bare bones of safe behaviours around dogs. Observing day-to-day encounters around town, Auckland based writer and illustrator Eva Cadario noticed just how often parents modelled unsafe approaches to dogs to their children. Many children gravitate towards any dog they see.

The Edge dining chair Introducing the new Edition Dining Set for summer 2014-2015, made with recycled teak legs and a powder-coated aluminum top. Perfect for indoor or outdoor dining. F PN

Parents who are keen to introduce their child to man’s best friend tend to take advantage of chance encounters with other people’s four-legged family members. All too often, little attention is being paid to the fact that children naturally exhibit certain characteristics and behaviours that may invite a dog to respond in a way that can endanger the child. As a professional who works in child health and actively involved in dog training in her spare time, Cadario decided to create a book that would be both educational and fun. ‘Can I Pat Your Dog?’ celebrates its launch with a short promotional animated video, featuring the voice of renowned New Zealand artist, John Radford, and music composed and performed by Auckland based composer, Paul Smith. It can be accessed on youtube via www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrOXCo7eu-g F PN

Edition Dining Set DESIGN WAREHOUSE, 137-147 The Strand, Parnell, T: 0800 111 112 T: 09 377 7710 www.designwarehouse.com

JUST ARRIVED AT DAWSON’S Introducing the Gonzo Cabinet from renowned environmentally conscious American designer Thomas Bina. Gonzo is crafted by hand from sustainably harvested and reclaimed woods in the form of 50-year-old salvaged beams from South American telephone poles. Juxtaposing warm patinas with rough and refined woods. This beautiful work of art combines contemporary design with black steel and reclaimed wood to make a unique, eco-friendly statement. Gonzo forms part of the newly introduced Bina collection, an eclectic range that ensures there’s a piece for everyone, from the couple split between contemporary and shabby chic, to those looking to add a dash of modernism or a note of antiquity to their current decor. Available exclusively from DAWSON’S FURNITURE, 1/1 Holder Place, North Shore. T: 09 476 1121, www.dawsonsfurniture.co.nz

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FATHER RABBIT LIKES TO CLEAN, AND CLEAN WELL IF THERE’S ONE THING FATHER RABBIT LIKES DOING WELL IT’S CLEANING. AND OF course he only uses the best equipment. When it comes to cleaning products, he’s done the research and proudly brings the Murchison-Hume collection of premium housekeeping products to you. Murchison-Hume collection is more than just a pretty label (though it is that too). Their collection of plant-based products are designed to be the finest, most safe and effective housecleaning products on earth. Using colloidal technology (the same technique employed to responsibly clean up the ocean in the event of an oil spill) Murchison-Hume

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pride themselves on authentically sustainable formulas, particularly in regards to safety, performance and ‘down drain benefit’ with minimal impact on the environment. Murchison-Hume Premium House Cleaning products are people safe, child safe, pet safe, plant safe, 100% cruelty free and never tested on animals. PN Now that's beautiful. And smart. F

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ARTS + CULTURE UPTOWN ART SCENE Kathryn Stevens is well known in the Uptown area as a practitioner and teacher of art. Kathryn has just had her second solo exhibition ‘Plot’ at Whitespace in Crummer Road, her sixth Auckland show since 2000. Plot showed her continuing interest in architecture and spatial illusion. Her paintings popped off the wall both physically, suspended so a fluorescence made the wall glow behind them, and through use of colour fields and linear arcs that give the feeling of floating through a vibrant cityscape. A more direct reference to architecture and constructing in space was made by a sculpture of lead plumb-bobs held by meticulously tied orange thread in a great arc down a long wall. The shadows thrown by the construction added another dimension to the work. Kathryn is also a popular tutor of art technique, both at Studio One Toi Tu (formerly Artstation) and at Browne School of Art. She set up the year-long courses with Matthew Browne which offer an in depth study alternative to art school. I am fortunate to own a Kathryn Stevens painting. Although buying art can seem unmanageable, like most traders galleries do offer payment terms and I was able to secure the beautiful work for my apartment in just a few months. This is a great way to PN keep building a collection from the many galleries in our area. F Kathryn Stevens, Plot

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PONSONBY ARTISTS AT WORK: GEORGIE MALYON CREATES... I’ve developed my practice, inspired by an obsession with vintage postcards, Dutch paintings of flowers and the theme of memento mori.” PN www.georgiemalyon.com F

I wanted to bring my love of arranging flowers into my art, so I started taking photographs of still life combined with vases of flowers. Over the last five years

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“There is nothing more perfectly imperfect than flowers. They don’t last forever and as they decompose they have a different beauty which is fleeting. I sometimes dream of being a minimalist. Imagine: clear clean white walls, bench space! But it’s just not me; never has been, and I’d say never will be.

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ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT TOI ORA GALLERY Ethereal: Art of different worlds Until 3 October Ethereal brings together four women artists, who are exploring the ideas of the other worlds that lie just beneath the surface of this one. Each of us in our differing mediums is interested in the strange, the other, the intrigue and the slightly macabre. Whether by use of photography, paintbrush, printmaking or pastel we are drawing attention to the inner landscapes of the imaginary, the fantastical, the whimsical and the wonder of seeing the world through different eyes. We are creating the potential for the many layers of stories that are possible if we only take the time to explore them. Enjoy. F PN Christine Mansford

TOI ORA GALLERY, 6 Putiki Street, T: 09 364 4171 www.toiora.org.nz

Haleigh Newth Tricia Hall

Louise Williams

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ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT WHITESPACE Scott Gardiner - Hold Back 16 September - 4 October Scott Gardiner grew up in Auckland and received a Master of Visual Arts (Hons) from Auckland Institute of Technology in 2003. Scott’s landscape paintings are inspired by change; changes caused by the natural world - by tectonic plates shifting and colliding, glacial ice retreating, and deserts advancing. First and foremost, his paintings are about Scott’s distinct spiritual relationship with nature. An avid surfer and survivor of the 2004 tsunami, which devastated his then home of Sri Lanka, there is no mistaking his love of the land around him. In these otherworldly scapes, there is a timelessness and serenity undercut with an uneasy temporality that reflects Scott’s environmental consciousness with a spiritual essence. Scott’s art has been exhibited in New Zealand, Australia, and Los Angeles, USA. His work is represented in public collections such as the Wallace Arts Trust as well as private collections and he has been a finalist in the Wallace Art Awards each year since 2007.

PETER COLLIS ARTIST TALK AT COLLECT Peter Collis will present an artist talk at Collect Saturday September 6th at 3pm - all welcome. Peter Collis has been a full-time professional potter since 1978, developing forms and decorative techniques to enhance domestic and commercial interiors. The main focus to Peter's work has been the handling of 'shape' and 'surface'. He creates simple 'pure form' vessels, which he then treats in a wide range of methods. Crackle glazes, lustres, Egyptian paste, textured engobes, crystalline effects, all enrich surfaces without detracting from form. Peter is highly respected by his peers, both for his mastery of the potter's wheel, his huge knowledge of glaze and firing technology, and his energetic skills as a teacher and mentor. He has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand, in Japan, Canada, Singapore, PN Taiwan and England. F COLLECT @ WHITESPACE, 12 Crummer Road T: 09 361 6331 www.collect.net.nz

Until 13 September - Greer Twiss Ponsonby identity Greer Twiss presents works on paper from 1963 to the present. Drawing has always played an important part in Greer Twiss’s working process, throughout his career Greer Twiss has explored various mediums for his sculptures and this is true also in his works on paper and with over 40 works in the show from 1963 to the present, it provides a wonderful insight into the artist. This exhibition is supported by the wonderful Ron Sang publication; Greer Twiss Sculptor. What makes this book special is not just the wonderful images of the sculptures by Haruhiko Sameshima but the chapter written by Greer Twiss himself. The book is a finalist in this year’s Book Awards - Illustrated Non-fiction category, copies are available at all good booksellers and Whitespace. F PN WHITESPACE, 12 Crummer Road. T: 09 361 6331 www.whitespace.co.nz

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ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT OREXART Kathy Barber ‘Undercurrent’ Until 13 September Kathy Barber's paintings develop out of landscape, language, thoughts and emotions. In her more recent work, Barber entwines an abstract set of gestural marks with calligraphic letterforms to create representations of thoughts, forming entangled structures that are curling and complex, delicate and dense. Thoughts, these works suggest, are like intricate knots, their logic fine but elusive. Barber's ability to show light as if shining from a celestial window, or flickering through water gives her paintings a special quality. Slowly and meticulously executed, the transparent glazes she uses create images that hover between the known and the imagined. Born in Palmerston North in 1965, Kathy Barber now lives and works in Auckland. Barber has regularly exhibited in New Zealand and Australia since 2000, and is represented in private collections throughout New Zealand, Sydney, Melbourne and London. F PN

Rift - 2014, acrylic and oil on linen - 750 x 1000mm

OREXART, 15 Putiki Street, T: 09 378 0588 www.orexart.co.nz

Storm - 2014, acrylic and oil on linen - 750 x 1000mm

Shadow - 2014, acrylic and oil on linen - 1400 x 1100mm

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ARTS + CULTURE OLIVER DRIVER IS DIRECTING BELLEVILLE Local Ponsonby resident Oliver Driver is back in the live arena as he trades in his role behind the camera directing for Shortland Street to direct American playwright Amy Herzog’s genre-busting play Belleville - running until 20 September at the Herald Theatre. Ponsonby News takes some time out to chat to this super busy and talented local celeb: What is it like making the switch from directing TV to live theatre? Well, the two biggest differences is time and team. With theatre you get a whole month to work on the script, to pick it apart and try to figure out the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of what the playwright wrote. And you get to do this with the actors - you’re in this together working it out from all sides. Then you have your creative team who you’ve been working with for months to decide the look and the feel of the work. It becomes this incredibly collaborative thing because you have the time to listen to everyone while working together for months just to make ninety minutes.

ST MATTHEW’S CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Concert 5: Sunday 14 September 2.30pm James Fry showed exceptional talent at an early age: achieving a Licentiate of Music at 16, at 17 he was ‘Yamaha Endorsed’ and sent to study with clarinetists around the world. You can check out his subsequent successes on www.apo.co.nz - go into ‘About the APO/The Orchestra.’ Currently associate principal of the APO Clarinet Section James Fry is touring New Zealand later this year through Chamber Music NZ as part of the Koru Quintet. www.koruquintet.com James Fry seems a happy man - his profession gives him great pleasure as does his family; children Zoe and Will and wife Lisa Fry-Irvine, a property law specialist. James is delighted to be performing Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto with St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra. This concerto showcases the warm romantic qualities and natural fluidity of the clarinet. F PN ST MATTHEW-IN-THE-CITY CHURCH, corner Wellesley and Hobson Streets www.smco.org.nz

The play you are directing for Silo Theatre ‘Bellville’ was voted by New York Times as one of the top 10 plays of 2013. Is it intimidating working on such a highly revered script? What are the challenges? One of the great things about being in New Zealand and working for a company like Silo is that pretty much every international play you work on is one that has achieved huge success overseas but none of that really makes any difference to how you go about getting it up on its feet. I often think making a play is like being a detective, you have all these clues in the script and you spend your days trying to work out what every line means, why the writer put a comma here but a pause there... But with the work of a great writer your job is, in a way, a bit easier because you know for damn sure that... it’s there for a reason, you just have to figure out why. Do you miss acting... when will we see you back in the limelight? Yeah, acting will always be my first love and I would love to do more, especially on stage but this industry is tricky, you can get pegged as one thing and stop being seen as another. But I'm also pretty busy directing so when acting work does come my way I often find myself unable to do it. But hopefully I'll be back on stage sometime soon. If you weren’t an actor/director, you would be… This is the only thing I was ever going to do. You are a super busy guy. When you do get some time off where do you like to hang out in Ponsonby? I live right in the heart of Ponsonby, so as soon as I step out my door I'm hanging in Ponsonby but if I need to narrow it down then I love Ponsonby Central, I swear I'm there every day. It's just really nice to have a market like that where you can chat to the butcher about ideas for dinner and compare recipes with the cheese guys, have a laugh with the coffee boys and of course have one of those amazing crepes or fish from Jimmy, or one of the best burgers in the city, or a don buri or a wooden board full of meat or, well you get the idea. How is life with TWO dogs… what local cafes/Ponsonby hot spots do the pooches prefer? Two dogs is intense but incredibly rewarding as they are both super excellent pooches however they can be a bit much when at a bar or café so you will mostly see us at Western Park or in the summer on my bike. Come to think of it this will be the first summer I have had two dogs and I don't know if both of them tied to my bicycle is gonna work, apologies in advance if we smash into you come November. F PN www.silotheatre.co.nz

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ALL ON K’ROAD - FASHION THURSDAY Aych McArdle on Self-worship 11 September 6 - 9pm As part of the 2014 ALL ON K ROAD fashion Thursday, multidisciplinary artist and director of Rainbow Youth, Aych McArdle will present a series of new works in a pop up installation exploring themes of excess and self-worship. Centred on the twin nature fashion and excess, this installation asks “What is it that we seek through our obsession with the self?” The installation will create spaces for the viewer to reflect on their relationship with their body, their ambitions and their desires. Playing with light and sound, this exhibition will run through the stairwell of St Kevin’s Arcade, drawing the viewer from Karangahape Road down to Myers Park and back up into the chaos of urban life. A series of altars made from reclaimed materials will sit atop plinths of cinder blocks bathed in white glitter. The series of work will be lit to enhance the reflective nature of the work, transforming the stairwell also into a place of contemplation. F PN www.allonkroad.co.nz PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


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Above L to R: Ashleigh Jenkins and Lauren Potter; Sharyn Condon and Fiona Fong; Joleen Pryce and Michelle Clarke

Above L to R: Kristen Walker, Alice Gordon, Sara Becker, Karen Smidt; Mike Hart, Lucy O’Neill, Matt O’Neill

STAPLE + CLOTH LAUNCH PARTY @ 124 PONSONBY ROAD - 8 AUGUST

Above L to R: Janet Williamson and Anne Barlow; Jill Bater, Nancy Keat and Joy Carter who attended the first meeting of Ponsonby U3A in August 1994

Above L to R: Noeline Creighton and Susan Brockman; Joan Odendaal and Alexandra McKinnell

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Sofar sounds - a unique live experience Jeremy Redmore’s new album Clouds Are Alive Sofar Sounds is a unique live experience, designed to create intimate and unusual music listening experiences. It began in 2011, in a tiny London flat when a group of young musicians decided they were sick of the traditional venues for live music. They handpicked their audience and began what has become a global phenomenon. People quickly began talking about these living room concerts and other cities around the world jumped on board. It is now a concert circuit in 86 cities and 37 countries. They are the largest music discovery community and are, “bringing magic back to live music.” The origins of the idea came about from a group of musicians who were sick of people speaking over music in bars and other venues and desired a more intimate experience where the musicians were intently focused on. Concerts now happen in spaces that don’t normally host music which creates an unusual listening experience. All musicians are unplugged, acoustic and so the performance is an intimate affair as audience and musician are in close proximity to one another. Concerts push the boundaries of the space and how it can be experienced aurally. There have been concerts held in living rooms, bedrooms, garages, attics and other shared spaces that have been opened up by interested and welcoming individuals. Guest lists are hotly contested in many cities as these spaces physically cannot hold large numbers of people. Auckland’s very own Sofar Sounds began in February of 2013 and hosted numerous very successful concerts. They returned after a long hiatus with their first concert in late August. A couple of friends got together and started the circuit in Auckland and now with a fresh team they are hoping to create a renewed community of musicians and venues. The August concert was delightful, in a small attic in St Mary’s Bay. It was intimate and the three acts were perfectly suited to the atmosphere. One song of each act was filmed and will be uploaded onto the Auckland Sofar YouTube channel. This was a very special Sofar gig as it highlighted the new solo album from Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O. Her record label formed a partnership with Sofar and hosted listening parties around the world on the same day. Auckland (as we often are because of our temporal location) was first to hear the album - in between the three acts. This was a lovely touch to the whole evening and it was a pleasure to hear the album weeks before it is publicly released. It will not be long before Auckland’s shows “sell out” so get in quick to secure a place. The next Auckland Sofar Sounds is in late September and if you would like to be on the guest list email them. To keep up-to-date with global news and be on the monthly email that includes Auckland concerts subscribe via their website. Lastly if you are a musician who’d love to play at one of these living room concerts or music lover with a house they’d love to open up to a concert be in touch with the Auckland crew at the above email. Join the community and come along to some of the most warm and enjoyable gigs Auckland offers. (FINN MCLENNAN-ELLIOTT) F PN

The perfect venue for the occasion, with a lovely set up for him and his band to perform the album and room for guests to mix with the musicians and one another. Ponsonby News was right in the thick of it, lucky enough to see Jeremy play his new songs to a very appreciative audience. I struggle with pop music, I always have. It takes something special, new or innovative to really appeal to me and unfortunately Clouds Are Alive didn’t quite have that. This was Redmore’s first solo album since he departed Midnight Youth. His departure came as a shock to most fans of Midnight Youth although, as Redmore revealed, it had been coming for a while. He had lost interest in the rock-pop frontman job and had found himself writing singer-songwriter songs that didn’t fit with the band’s style. Clouds Are Alive certainly feels like a debut album of someone who is finding their feet in the solo pop genre. The album jumps around from the rocking Run, Run, which will please the old Midnight Youth fans, to the first single Bad Philosophy which is heartwarming and folky. Surrounded by songs that don’t stand out are a few moments of promise that suggest that Redmore has something to offer. The trumpet on So Easy was a welcome change although unfortunately it didn’t quite give the song enough life. The drumming caries Travellin’ Song to be one of the most interesting songs on the album although like many of the songs it suffers from a hook and chorus that is repetitive and slightly annoying. Seeing the songs live certainly brought more life to them as Redmore has a presence of stage and knows how to create a rapport with a crowd. His support band did a great job, although it would have been nice to see them have a little more room to move. All I Ever Wanted demonstrates the most interesting arrangement and musicianship of the album with some deliciously picked guitar from Redmore and a breakdown guitar/ keyboard solo that dives back into the pop/rock genre he has tried to climb out of. Clouds Are Alive is certainly worth a listen. It is well produced and polished, although lacks the depth that Redmore certainly suggests he has in moments across the record. (FINN McLENNAN-ELLIOTT) F PN Finn McLennan-Elliott completed his Bachelor of Science Honours Degree, specialising in human geography at Auckland University in 2013. 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.

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aucklandsofar@gmail.com www.sofarsounds.com

The wonderful Sapphire Room at Ponsonby Central was home to the album pre-release party for Jeremy Redmore’s new album Clouds Are Alive.

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Above L to R: Boh Runga, Hamish Jackson & Toni Franklin; Danielle Todd, Angelique Fris-Taylor, Kristen Allison of Publicity PR

Above L to R: Angela and Jayden Keoghan of The Picture Garden; Bec Downes, Jeremy Redmore & Chloe Price; Jeremy Redmore performing

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Above L to R: Jeremy Redmore performing; Jess Blake, Eden Barnes & Sandon James

Above L to R: Sarah Gandy, Christian Boston & Hale Speedy; Nengie Wang, Alliv Samson, Rebe Burgess, and Jack Furniss

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LOCAL NEWS POP UP NOW REVOLUTIONISES RETAIL INDUSTRY Retail footprint just became a realisation for more companies across the country with the launch of Pop Up Now. The brand new business developed by awarded design agency Spaceworks, is an online one-stop solution for location and roll out of pop up stores and events around the country. Designed specifically to provide an end-to-end service by simplifying and consolidating the process of sourcing space and fitting out the store, Pop Up Now is a connector, helping retailers and landlords/leasing agents to enter a mutually beneficial situation without any headaches or holdups. “Retail is far from dead, in fact it’s changing at a pace that I haven't experienced in my career,” said Lizzi Hines, founder and director of Pop Up Now by Spaceworks. “Temporary retail including clearance and pop up stores is now an $80 billion a year industry worldwide, a proof point of evolution and the desire from consumers to actively participate in purchasing. Pop Up Now has been created to lead this retail revolution in New Zealand by providing space, suppliers, advice and know-how in one accessible site that encourages brands to participate in this movement.” Pop Up Now takes the hard work out of building pop ups for retailers and filling empty shop spaces for landowners and leaseholders. Not only does it provide a listings component of

available store space around the country it provides a directory of trusted suppliers that can deliver all fixtures and fittings needed to get the doors open to the store. “Cordless phones to cabinets, Wi-Fi to wire hangers, anything imaginable needed to set up shop is in our online directory of the best in the business,” says Hines. The site also draws on its sister companies design and aesthetics expertise by providing advice on layout, how to maintain brand integrity and generate sales through clever design. In addition to the site, www.popupnow.co, a Pop Up Now app is being designed so that shoppers can find out where all the hot pop ups, clearance stores and launches are in their neighbourhood. “In the past pop up shops have been a vehicle for ‘indie’ retailers but Pop Up Now has been designed so that it opens doors for the entire retail industry. It provides opportunities to retailers who wouldn’t ordinarily have the courage or know-how to have their own retail space or the time to create a short-term lease. And, it’s not just retailers who triumph with pop ups - landowners and leaseholders can fill their retail site reducing the financial strain of having an empty space. It’s a win-win situation for everyone,” concludes Hines. F PN T: 0800 POP UPS www.popupnow.co

POP UP NOW LAUNCH @ VICTORIA PARK MARKET, WEDNESDAY 30 JULY

Above L to R: Fiona Garlick (Ponsonby Central) & Martin Leach (Ponsonby News) Lizzi Hines (Founder of Pop Up Now); Sam Griffin, James McNab, Daniel Kamp (YS Collective) & Lizzi Hines

Above L to R: Gary Wade (Business Development Manager of Pop Up Now & Spaceworks), Mark Seeney, Antonia Devere & Sam Griffin (YS Collective); Mike Quartly (Exclusive Suit Hire) & Lizzi Hines; Daniel Kamp (YS Collective) & Jodi Overfield (A Little Shop)

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EL BORRACHO WINE SHOP & TOBACCONIST LAUNCH @ 6 PONSONBY ROAD, THURSDAY 14 AUGUST The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

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Above L to R: Big A Award 2013, sculpted by Robert Rapson; Jared Barrington, Carole Beu and Bodhi Clarke; Juggling Workshop Juggler

Above L to R: Russell Carter of Hohepa Auckland, Frances Kelliher of Circability, Erwin Van Asbeck of Toi Ora Arts Trust, and Thomas Hinz of Circability; Paul Klaasen of The Blingling Bros; Pippa Coom and Thomas Hinz of Circability; Richard Benge of Arts Access Aotearoa presents the ‘Big A 2013’ award to Frances Kelliher and Thomas Hinz of Circability

photography: Michael McClintock

Above L to R: Crowd at Campbell Free Kindergarten, Victoria Park; Mat Manamat of Spinnovation

Above L to R: Pippa Coom of the Waitemata Local Board, Frances Kelliher of Circability, and Deborah Yates of the Waitemata Local Board; Star Jam dancers

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EMERGENCY PLANNING FOR PETS In the event of a fire or other emergency situation, it pays to have preparations in place for your pet where possible. Here are some tips to add to your family’s escape planning. • Ensure your dog or cat is micro-chipped. In the event you’re separated in an emergency situation this will increase your chances of being reunited. • Keep a recent photo of your pet with you. If you’re separated it will help to have a photo to take to shelters. • Make sure your pets’ vaccinations are up to date in case they need to be placed in a pet boarding facility. Most facilities will not accept a pet that is behind in vaccinations. • When preparing your earthquake or emergency ‘go’ bag, consider including items for your pets such as water, a small amount of food, any medication your pet may be on, litter or newspaper, and a blanket. • If your animal sustains burns the best form of immediate first aid is sponging with cold water until proper veterinary care is available. • Remember - get out, stay out and never re-enter a house that's on fire, not even for pets. For information and advice on fire safety. T: 09 376 3558; shane.olsen@fire.org.nz

Local Ponsonby Fire Fighter, 25 year old Luke Farrell has been in the Fire Service for seven years, all at Ponsonby Station. How do you keep fit? We get a good amount of time to use the gym at work and on my days off I play lots of golf.

CIRCABILITY, LAUNCH AT THE CAMPBELL FREE KINDERGARTEN @ VICTORIA PARK, 27 July 2014 Circability, Hohepa Auckland and Toi Ora Live Arts Trust celebrated becoming the proud tenants of the Campbell Free Kindergarten, and the launch of their Social Arts Programmes. The event commenced with a special blessing and speeches, followed by refreshments, music, circus performers and demonstrations from Circability, Starjam dancers and Toi Ora Express. Workshops, presentations and performances continued into the afternoon. Arts Access Aotearoa presented the 2013 ‘Big A’ Partnership Award to Circability (they had been in Germany last year and missed the awards).

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Best part of the job? I enjoy the social aspect of the job, so being at a station like Ponsonby is great as we always get people coming in for advice and a chat (we are very friendly). It’s also very rewarding helping out the community and seeing their appreciation. Most unusual call out? It may not be the most unusual but it was certainly funny getting called out to the restaurant my whole flat was having dinner at! Favourite local café? One2one Best Ponsonby secret? The panoramic view of Auckland city from the roof of Ponsonby Station Favourite super hero? Either Superman or Richie McCaw, I can’t decide. F PN

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HOROSCOPES: MISS PEARL NECLIS

What your stars hold this month ♍ Virgo (the Virgin): 22 August - 23 September

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

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

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

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

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

Try not to get involved with anyone who you feel puts you under pressure with their emotional ups and downs, stress can be expected when you’re dealing with friends and lovers and their problems, enjoy being single.

If you follow the basic rules that have always worked for you in the past, you will succeed, Try not to let the influence from others affect how you do things, it’s your life. If you’re careful with your decisions you will do better.

Scorpio (the Scorpion): 24 October - 22 November You might be able to make up your mind about matters of love, but it doesn’t mean that you are unable to commit. Don’t make a promise that you are unable to keep just have fun and be open about your intentions.

You are just going to have to put your cards on the table and be clear about what you have to offer to someone who might just fit in with the way you live your life.

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

If you have to make any decisions now about your future don’t be afraid to ask as many people as you need to until you’re comfortable. You need to understand what you’re doing even if it takes a while.

Any opportunities that present themselves to you this month should be immediately taken. Your fear of not being up to scratch has followed you around for a while; it’s now time to prove you have what it takes in you.

You should always be yourself if you’re trying to attract a mate, not that you need to worry about that sort of thing as you are finally comfortable in your own skin. Gemini (the Twins): 22 May - 21 June You have always been suspicious of anyone offering you something for nothing, but in this case the offer is real. You seem to be at a loss all of a sudden, changing the scenery will be a big boost.

Bumping into someone that you had forgotten from your past will leave you smiling for a long time after. You have nothing to lose by trying something new and you may even make some money out of it.

Cancer (the Crab): 22 June - 22 July So far, this year has been one of the toughest yet and you have had a lot of obstacles put in your way and yet you have managed to overcome them. Within you though you’re still knotted and tied up and that has to be sorted out.

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

Either you or your partner hasn’t been honest with each other recently and the strain is beginning to show. Try and look at what you have together and see if it’s really enough to keep you going.

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

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

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

KINGSLAND Atomic, 420c New North Road

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

Leo (the Lion): 23 July - 21 August You’re doing much better than you were this time last month and you feel better equipped to deal with life. You have to protect the closest to you as they are still struggling.

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

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

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

PONSONBY 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

WESTMERE Glengarry, 164 Garnet Road

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