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BEST KEPT SECRET - NAVAS CAFE Fantastic! Long overdue - a rave review about Navas. We’ve been going for years now and can’t believe Kris and Gita aren’t packed out every Friday night! Just because they’re down the quiet end of Ponsonby Road doesn’t mean they’re not up there with the best! Thank you, Ponsonby News. GABY LYNCH, Ponsonby PN AVAILABLE IN PT CHEV? Pt Chev people would love to read the Ponsonby News too. If it’s not already here could it be made available to us via the Library, Fiesta Coffee Lounge, Mud Pie Deli, Little Hero or another venue? Would be good to grab it locally. RACHEL BOYD, Pt Chevalier FROM THE EDITOR: You are now able to collect a copy from Tapac in Motions Road, or Barfoot & Thompson, Grey Lynn - next to NZ Post. DEAR FOLKS @ PONSYNEWS I love the mag…and pass it on to a friend who is marooned in Orewa and misses the glitz and glamour of Ponsonby. However, I have a complaint…I live in Grey Lynn, so my postcode tells me, but I do not get the Ponsonby News delivered and have to get one from the library. I live in Shirley Road, below the Grey Lynn ridge on the western motorway side. Now I know that ours is a ‘coming up’ neighbourhood, but I can assure you that there are lots of us latte drinking, Karen Walker wearing, Alan Scott drinking folk living in the ‘hood.’ Giza mag mate! Your neighbour, BARBARA MCBRIDE, Grey Lynn FROM THE EDITOR: Sadly, your address falls outside our distribution area, however, Barfoots Grey Lynn has a stack of copies right outside. WE GET NOT ONE, BUT TWO COPIES! I just wanted to let you know we receive our copy of the Ponsonby News twice. We live on Richmond Road in Grey Lynn and I just think it’s a shame to put a brand new copy straight into the recycling as it’s a great read. ANGELA STEWART, Grey Lynn FROM THE EDITOR: We appreciate you letting us know as we always run out of copies. Your address is right on the border of two of our deliverer’s distribution areas. We have told one of them NOT to deliver to your address.

LIKE US! www.facebook.com/ponsonbynews www.twitter.com/Ponsonby_News ON-LINE VERSION OF PONSONBY NEWS I lived in Ponsonby for the last two years, and now live just outside your coverage in Hobson Street. I’d like to still read your mag. I can do it online, but that online reader website is, to put it politely, s@#*. Can you guys make a PDF available for download each month instead? I’m sure that’s exactly what you send to that website, so making it available for download on your website shouldn’t be too much work at all - you’ve already got the PDF file there. That reader website has an option to download the file, but it requires me to log in with Facebook details or create yet another website login where they’ll no doubt send me more crap email every month - to download a *free* publication. Put a PDF on your site, please. NATHAN WARD, Auckland CBD FROM THE EDITOR: You are the first to bring this to our attention. The PDF we upload to issuu.com is sometimes almost 80Mg, which takes a while to download, unlike issuu.com, which is ready in seconds. Has anyone else got any issues with our eMag on issuu.com? THE FOOD OF ANGELS - PONSONBY NEWS - MAY 2011 On page 83, Alice Leonard’s quote “osteoporosis ... is unknown in China.” From the International Osteoporosis Foundation: www.iofbonehealth.org/about-iof/member-societies/society.html?societyID=22 “According to the fifth national census in 2000, about 88,260,000 people suffer from primary osteoporosis, making China the country with the highest number of osteoporosis patients in the world. The annual medical cost for the group of people affected by the disease is estimated to be about 15 billion yuan (US 84 billion), not to mention the major strain it causes on the national healthcare programme.” MAGGIE MAXWELL, Ponsonby ALICE LEONARD RESPONDS: I was actually referring to traditional Chinese diets, which included very little animal protein. ‘The China Study’ documents Dr T. Colin Campbell’s research over a 20-year period on the diet and health of people in villages all over China, and noted that as a more Western diet – ie: more animal products and less grains and vegetables and pulses - crept in, so did previously almost-unknown health problems such as osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. PN

PONSONBY’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK What a great idea to have such a comprehensive list of our local and some not so local restaurants and cafes. I love the detailed information, very helpful. I tend to frequent the ‘same old same old’ but to be able to refer back to your Little Black Book and find a restaurant or café that I haven’t heard of or tried before is brilliant. Having said that, I do still love my ‘same old’ haunts but since your A –Z has come out I have bravely ventured out and tried a couple of new places. I hope you will be doing some more A – Z’s especially for things like trades people, it’s always difficult to know who to go to when you need an electrician or a plumber but to have a directory with information like you have provided for the restaurants and cafes would be so good. Keep up the good work Ponsonby News! SUSAN WHITE, Ponsonby TRAMS TO BRITOMART I was so pleased to read your article in last months Ponsonby News about the trams coming back, well to the Wynyard Quarter at least. I guess that’s a good start and great for our tourists during the Rugby World Cup. The last and only time I experienced the joys of riding on a tram was in Wellington as a young five year-old back in the 1950’s. I can recall my parents commenting on how efficient and convenient the tram systems were and how terrible it was that the trams were done away with. Not only were they a very effective mode of transport getting people from A to B in a very quick time but they gave a city a sense of activity and excitement. Let’s hope the heritage tramway will inspire Council to one day extend and run the tram tracks up Queen Street to K’Road or better still up College Hill and into Ponsonby! IAN YOUNG, Freemans Bay

LOST AND FOUND FOUND: A child’s gold locket, with a small lock of hair in one side and a photo of a dog on the other. Found on the footpath in Dedwood Terrace, St Mary’s Bay. Contact: Peter on T: 09 376 3481 or pg.watts@auckland.ac.nz

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OUR MAIN FEATURE THIS MONTH LOOKS AT HOW WE MAY LIVE IN A BETTER, sustainable way. Charlotte Gordon and Pippa Coom make a compelling case for locals to continue to support the Sunday Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market. Down College Hill and across from New World supermarket is the HQ of ecostore – they ask a simple but important question ‘is their life after plastic?’ We also learned this month that the Waitemata Local Board has gone Fair Trade and we fully appreciate the work that the Ray White Ponsonby team has done to clean up Coxs Bay. But as our Soap Box contributor John Elliott raises an interesting question; Growth, sustainability and happiness – are they compatible? P36. DIARY DATE: 7pm, Wednesday 13 July. Claudia Kelly’s fundraiser at Bill Ralston and Janet Wilson’s Franklin Road home. For further details - P38. THE GREATER PONSONBY AREA HAS AUCKLAND’S FINEST COLLECTION of bars catering to a wide demographic as REBECCA JONES (aka “Miss Jones’) discovers in the latest Ponsonby Little Black Book - P52. JULIE ROULSTON, OUR ‘IN-HOUSE’ FASHIONISTA HAS BEEN FRANTIC THIS month, but she has managed to pull together this year’s WIN A ‘PONSONBY’ wardrobe competition valued at $3000. Further details are on P65. Julie, working with Auckland’s premier runway photographer Michael Ng spent all of a Monday last month with eight local Ponsonby designers for her ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ 8-page feature. We hope their hard work will inspire the male of the species to consider a new winter look - P68. THE LONG AND WINDING RICHMOND ROAD IS A POPULAR PLACE FOR OUR team and there are many people, cafes and shopping attractions to enjoy in this wonderful part of our ‘hood - P60.

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REGULAR READERS KNOW THAT IN ORDER TO KEEP OUR AD RATES AT an affordable level, the home office of Ponsonby News has operated from an off-thebeaten track address in Arch Hill. We adore our small community but many of our neighbours have complained for years about the litter and the state of the footpaths. (Back in London, our streets were swept daily, but I have NEVER seen this being done here in Arch Hill). We’ve certainly felt rather forgotten especially when we see the footpaths on the other side of Great North Road all getting a make-over for Rugby World Cup - P16.

MARTIN LEACH, JULIE ROULSTON, JAY PLATT + JO BARRETT A NUMBER OF READERS HAVE TOLD US HOW MUCH THEY’VE MISSED Denise L’Estrange-Corbet’s column. Well, she’s back and before anyone enquires, ‘The Duchess ‘ does remove her pearls before her workout at Anytime Fitness - P84. THERE ARE SEVERAL CONGRATULATIONS THIS MONTH TO OFFER LOCALS. Luke Dallow, having recently sold his shares in Sale St is now onto his next big thing. Meanwhile, it’s now official tennis coach Justin McKenzie has this month been named as Auckland’s Best Tennis Coach and St Mary’s Bay resident Adam Parore has climbed Mt Everest to support the Charity Make-A-Wish New Zealand. FINALLY, BAYFIELD SCHOOL HELD A TREE PLANTING CEREMONY WITH A kapa haka last month to celebrate their 125 year Anniversary attended by Prime Minister John key, Auckland Central MP Nikki kaye and hospitality entrepreneur and parent Luke Dallow were present on this historic occasion - P102. Don’t miss The Auckland Festival of Photography on this month until 26 June - P18. Next issue’s main features for our July issue will deal with fitness and wellbeing as well as celebrating Bastille Day with our Viva La France focus. PN





ADAM PARORE reaching the summit of MT. MANASLU - the eighth highest mountain in the world

Local resident Adam Parore has gone and completed this tricky climb: in fact he left New Zealand at the end of March to spend ten weeks acclimatising himself at Mt Everest Base Camp before embarking on the big ascent to the summit. Given the volatility of the climate when PN interviewed Adam, he was only able to give a rough guess as to when he would begin his assault but now he’s back having climbed the highest mountain on earth. To climb Mt Everest had been Adam’s long-time dream and last year a good friend challenged him to walk, or rather climb, the talk. Since then he has been scaling some of New Zealand’s highest peaks in preparation to take on the legendary mountain at the top of the world. He’s honed his snow craft and rock climbing skills on Mt Haidinger, near Nelson, Mt Cook, and Mt Manaslu in the Himalayas. Now he’s ready for the big one. The motivation behind this undertaking is to bring some joy to children living with life threatening medical conditions. Adam has drummed up some corporate sponsorship and picked Make-A-Wish as his charity of choice, so by climbing Mt Everest he will be achieving not one, but two goals. Having two healthy kids of his own he wants to do his bit for children who aren’t so fortunate. Make-A-Wish charity originated in the United States in 1980 when Arizona State Troopers made the dream of seven year old Chris, a leukaemia sufferer, come true. The child wanted to be a policeman so they arranged for him to have a flight in a police helicopter, a ride in a patrol car, presented him with his very own uniform, and had him sworn in as an honorary member of the force. Shortly afterwards, after attending Chris’s funeral, two of the State Troopers thought the same could be done for other children and so Make-A-Wish was born. In 1986 a group of volunteers established Make-A-Wish New Zealand, and have brought some magic into the lives of more than one thousand young people between the ages of three and seventeen. The charity is run by a dedicated team of staff, volunteers, and board members who make wishes come true. To donate to Adam’s cause visit www.everest8848.co.nz. At the bottom left hand corner there is a logo for ‘Uncle Percy’, which once clicked will take you to the fundraising page. If ever there was a worthwhile charity it’s this one, and Ponsonby News wishes Adam success on both fronts, a triumphant ascent and an out pouring of donations to make those wishes come true. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN

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DAVID HARTNELL’S ONE MINUTE INTERVIEW WITH SALLY RIDGE Sally Ridge is an interior designer, TV presenter and artist who lives in Grey Lynn. YOUR FASHION WEAKNESS? Where do I start? When I get dressed I love everything to match...from my underwear to my outerwear. But I have to say, jeans are my key component and downfall as I would have at least 100 pairs! I need to start a jean shop ha ha! HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR FREE TIME? Boxing, gym, racing around after my children and going out for lunch. WHERE DO YOU HOPE TO BE IN TEN YEARS? Living on Waiheke on an olive farm...eating lots of olives and olive oil. If not Waiheke...Italy! WHAT ARE YOUR GREATEST PASSIONS IN LIFE? Art, I am addicted to art, love it, breathe it, live it, want it! ARE YOUR KIDS FOLLOWING IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS? Jaime, my eldest, is incredibly creative and we do a lot of arty things together. Astin and Mclane are both growing to be creative and ALL of my children are clothes crazy, like myself. DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? Ohhhh... I would say very casual, but I love to accessorise in my own, unique way. YOUR HEROES AND WHY? My heroes... I don’t really have any, but I admire people for particular talents, like a very good friend of mine, Shane Cotton. His artistic talent is amazing. People who come from nothing and grow and work hard and become successful are very admirable in my eyes. HOW MANY TVS DO YOU HAVE? We don’t have a TV in the lounge but we have three in the bedrooms, TV isn’t a priority in our house, they are very rarely turned on. BEST THING YOU HAVE IN YOUR HOUSE? All of my artwork. Makes me smile every time I walk in the front door. BEST HOUSE YOU’VE EVER VISITED? A very famous Australian artist’s house in North Sydney. A very famous deceased Australian artist named Brett Whitley, had a dinner party there hosted by his wife. EVER BEEN MISTAKEN FOR ANOTHER CELEBRITY? No, but it would be amusing to be!

FAVOURITE OVERSEAS HOLIDAY PLACE? I love to go to NY, as one of my good friends is the New York Yankees coach (I love baseball), Italy as I love the food and culture, and Tahiti as I love the beautiful crystal clear seas. WHAT DO YOU VALUE IN FRIENDS? Honesty and loyalty. People that are there forever, no matter what. As I care for all my friends, incredibly deeply, and I would do anything for any of them. IDEA OF PERFECT HAPPINESS? Being able to live life to its fullest.

WHERE DO YOU GET ALL YOUR IDEAS FOR YOUR WOMAN’S WEEKLY COLUMN? A lot of it is just winging it, trying to think outside the square. BIGGEST HIGHLIGHT IN YOUR LIFE TO DATE? Seeing my beautiful daughter Jaime leave school and being accepted into Auckland University, completing her Law and Commerce degree (so very proud of her, she is a princess).

LEAST FAVOURITE WORD? Like, the younger generation tend to ‘like’ everything. YOUR HOLLYWOOD FANTASY? Matthew McConaughey, he’s pretty darn cute! SILLIEST THING YOU’VE EVER BOUGHT? A dog, that my children said they would train...however the interest lasted about two weeks!

WHEN DID YOU FIRST FEEL FAMOUS? Never have and never will, I don’t categorise myself to be famous. I look at myself to be incredibly lucky to be gifted with the opportunities that I have been.

ARE YOU A BIG KID AT HEART? Yes, I think that’s one of my main problems...I don’t think I will ever grow up!

FAVOURITE SONG ON YOUR IPOD? Buddha Bar. A CD I bought last time I was in Paris.

HOW DO YOU HANDLE FAME? I don’t really consider myself famous, so there isn’t much to handle. (DAVID HARTNELL) PN

MOST STYLISH PRESENT YOU’VE RECEIVED? A piece of art I just bought myself for my birthday. FAVOURITE DESIGNER? Absolutely Balenciaga, Costume National and Comme des Garçons as well as Zambesi. WHAT ARE YOU VAIN ABOUT? I don’t have one particular ‘thing’, I like my appearance to be constant. WHAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED? Definately my children, as the love they give is unconditional. GREATEST FEAR? Losing my children, my home and not being able to raise them. GREATEST REGRET? Not trying harder at school, and putting 700% into it. You only have one shot as you are always told as a child, and it’s so very true! It’s not that I didn’t try at school, I was just incredibly shy...some more confidence wouldn’t have gone astray.

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A good crowd of supporters turned out for JACINDA ARDERN’S labour of love launch held at PONSONBY PLUNKET in Dedwood Terrace

JACINDA ARDERN LAUNCHES LABOUR OF LOVE IN PONSONBY Running a campaign that is ‘a bit different’ and stands-out is important to Labour MP and Auckland Central candidate Jacinda Ardern, and the launch of her new campaign caravan is testament to that. Jacinda was looking for something unique to campaign with and found it in the form of a 55 year old caravan previously owned by the Topp Twins. Jacinda spotted a tiny pink caravan when she was driving through her old hometown of Morrinsville and she knew instantly that was what she wanted for the task of campaigning in the inner city. “In this seat we have the really unique issue of reaching the more than 20,000 people living in the inner city. Apartment living means it’s harder to get to people’s letterboxes and doors and talk about the issues that are affecting them. I decided that one of the really small older caravans we used to build right here in New Zealand, kitted out with tea and coffee, would be one way we could do that.” Unfortunately the original cute pink one wasn’t road worthy, so the hunt was on to find one that had equal amounts of character. After months of searching, Jacinda finally found a 1956 Starlette on Trademe. “When I called to ask the owners a couple of questions, it turned out the Starlette belonged to the Topp Twins and had featured in their television programme as a prop

for ‘Camp leader and Camp Mother’ skits. Jools Topp purchased the caravan from someone in Grey Lynn, so in some ways it’s come full circle,” says Jacinda. “I’m glad we’ve been able to bring it back to life. When I bought the caravan Jools mentioned that a tree had fallen on it, and I think some animals had turned it into their home.” While much of the caravan’s history is sketchy, it is believed to have been made by Starliner Caravans in Christchurch, and designed to be pulled by a Morris Minor. Jacinda personally funded the complete renovation of the Starlette. Jacinda says it really has been a labour of love and she’s now looking forward to getting on the road with it around Auckland Central. Constituents can expect to get a postcard letting them know when the caravan will be in their area and will be invited to meet Labour’s Auckland Central candidate and get a tour of the small but perfectly formed 1956 Starlette. PN

Above: the caravan pre renovation with JOOLS TOPP, JACINDA ARDERN, MICHELLE A’COURT (the original owner) and JEREMY ELWOOD

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LOFT45 - MORE THAN A 24-HOUR EXERCISE FACILITY Wade Irvine has been a massage therapist for well over a decade, his client base and experience spans from corporate clients to professional athletes and he has been the massage therapist to the New Zealand All Whites Football team for the past five years. After owning and running a small private gym for the past 10 years, Wade has created LOFT45; an exclusive gym that offers you 24-hour access to it’s stylish exercise facility along with easy parking, luxury changing facilities, individual lockers and a great team of exceptional personal trainers, massage therapists and a physiotherapist, who all have their client’s best interests at heart. “I have worked with most of the team for 10 years now and I believe we have a great group of people who really do put their clients first and who understand the need for something different in the gym market – all are well respected in their chosen fields” says Wade. LOFT45 has been established as a place where numbers are limited, people are friendly and the expertise of physiotherapy, massage therapy and personal training on site is available if you require it. “Our members and clients love the environment we have created at LOFT45. It is friendly and well equipped; with a limited membership to ensure quality and personal attention are not lost. As some of our members have mentioned it is a sanctuary where they can get away and put some time back into themselves” Our therapy and personal training services are available to the public whether you are a member or not. PN LOFT45, Level 2, 45 Sale Street, T: 09 379 0908 www.loft45.co.nz

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RE:AB - FIT + HEALTHY In a new column, Kirsty Wilkinson (pictured right), owner of re:ab on Selbourne, shares some tips from the experts at her Grey Lynn health and wellbeing studio. This month’s focus is on keeping yourself fit and healthy over the cold winter months. After all the hard work you’ve done in summer it is very disillusioning to lose it all and have to start again six months later! ‘BEATING THE WINTER BLUES – IT TAKES TWO,’ SAYS FITNESS GURU KIRSTY GREGG It’s hard enough to keep motivated to exercise on a bright summer morning, let alone when it’s cold, wet and dark. But now is the time when exercise becomes even more important. Over winter your average daily output drops due to that temperamental Auckland weather and combined with ‘comfort eating’, well you all know what happens and it’s not pretty. Now’s the time to use every trick in the book to keep up the fitness so here are five tips that will help maintain an exercise regime that your mind and body will feel proud of. 1. GRAB A FRIEND Once you’ve made a date to exercise, the thought of letting someone else down can be just the incentive you need. It’s also a great way to keep up social outings over the winter months when often you just want to hibernate. 2. SPLIT A TRAINER If that isn’t enough to keep up good habits, then try employing the assistance of a personal trainer with your training partner. Going dutch is a strong trend in exercise with tighter economic times. You might think you will talk a bit too much with your friend during your workout – not with a personal trainer you won’t! 3. SET GOALS Like anything in life, setting goals is crucial. You need something to work towards whether it’s getting fit, shedding a few pounds or tackling a marathon. A goal will give you additional motivation and something to measure yourself by as you make improvements.

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4. HEALTHY COMPETITION Try a competition amongst your friends or in the office. This could be anything from the first person to lose five kgs or wearing a pedometer and being the first to make 50kms. Add a little wager and let the winner take all! But at the end of the day with increased exercise there are no losers. 5. WATCH WHAT YOU EAT Angela Berrill from ABC Nutrition (also located at re:ab on Selbourne) is an expert in nutrition and weight management. She has a few tips on eating right over winter. • Watch your portions – remember, just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you need to pile up your plate! • Snack right – try reaching for snacks which not only fill you up but also provide you with much needed vitamins and minerals. • Give your comfort foods a make-over – eg: try a vege lasagne or a baked potato with chilli beans rather than sour cream. These are just a few tips – you can find many more on the ABC Nutrition website or by coming in to see us at re:ab on Selbourne, 2 Selbourne Street T: 09 360 2929. PN www.reab.co.nz


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Above: DAVID BATTEN (pictured above) organised a street meeting to try and progress getting our hideous footpaths sorted

WHEN WILL ARCH HILL BE SORTED? I’ve always been attracted to doers! People who make things happen… which was why I was encouraged to find a flyer SORT OUR STREET in my Arch Hill letter box a few weeks ago. I immediately called the author, David Batten, a long-term resident of Potatau Street (which runs off Great North Road and is only 700 metres from Ponsonby Road). Like us, the man has had enough of the poor maintenance of our streets and footpaths and I can’t blame him. People often ask me why I walk my scottie in Western Springs and not around the streets of Arch Hill. “It’s not a nice experience,” I’ve found myself telling others. As David explained, “I’ve long been frustrated at the continual attitude of indifference that seems to pervade towards Arch Hill from both council administrative and elected representative perspectives. We think that this is an incredibly bad look given the extensive efforts to smarten up Auckland streets, around, but not including Arch Hill, in preparation for the Rugby World Cup celebrations in a few months time.”

STOP PRESS... STOP PRESS... STOP PRESS... At the Board’s Transport portfolio monthly meeting with Auckland Transport we received an update on Potatau Street from Euan Ross, Auckland Transport’s Maintenance Contracts Manager – Central. He confirmed that the programme of footpath maintenance is being brought forward for the area between Great North Road and Home Street including Potatau Street, King Street and Dean Street. These works will start on or before 20 June and will need to be finished no later than 15 August. At this stage it looks like the footpath will be completed in concrete unless any issues arise. The works at the lower end of Potatau street will be part of the major drainage and guttering work required on Keppell Street. Auckland Transport still needs to complete the design and scope of these works alongside Watercare. I will keep you updated as I receive information from Auckland Transport but let me know if there are any outstanding concerns. (PIPPA COOM, Deputy Chair, Waitemata Local Board) PN

A Facebook page has been set up by David and a street meeting was held on a Saturday last month to which around 25 local residents including two Waitemata Local Board members, Tricia Reade and Greg Boyle were present. Both Nikki Kaye and Jacinda Ardern, our local politicians turned up to show their support. The Auckland City Harbour News took up our plight. The maintenance and cleanliness of our streets and footpaths has lagged behind the rest of Greater Ponsonby for too long and we are tired of the Council’s slowness to act. We are no longer “the poor man’s Grey Lynn!”(MARTIN LEACH) PN CONTACTS: Potatau Street - Sort Our Street - FACEBOOK Karrin MacLeod, a local resident is circulating a petition, which 150 residents have signed. If, you would like to add your support, please call her on M: 021 606 886.

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DELI, the neighbourhood cat supervises the WATERCARE contractors investigating a nasty smell from the stormwater and sewage drains in Potatau Street




PUBLISHED: Friday, 1 July | COPY DEADLINE: Monday, 20 June

Jo Barrett on T: 361 3356 M: 021 324 510 E: joannebarrett@xtra.co.nz W: www.ponsonbynews.co.nz




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CAPTION: Above: Conservation photographer MICHAEL HALL’S ‘Climate’ show at WHITESPACE; Below: PETER BLACK at OBJECTSPACE

THE 2011 AUCKLAND FESTIVAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY, RUNNING FROM 3 – 26 June, is New Zealand’s largest photographic event and programmes a multitude of exhibitions and events, encouraging more people to celebrate the art of photography through free public access alongside professionally curated exhibitions. The programme includes a mix of emerging and established artists and comprises existing works and creation of new works. IN THE PONSONBY AREA THERE ARE 18 EXHIBITIONS. SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS IN THE AREA ARE: Important Photographs: including the Michael Seresin Collection ART+OBJECT: until 9 June CLIMATE - MICHAEL HALL Whitespace: until 18 June EYE CATCH: JEWELLERY AND PHOTOGRAPHY Objectspace: 11 June - 16 July DOMINION ROAD: THE SHIFTING URBANSCAPE Artstation Gallery: until 18 June Artstation is part of the Gravity Circuit on Tuesday 7 June - when you can visit nine openings during the same evening. Free transport from gallery to gallery is on offer. OTHER VENUES IN PONSONBY ROAD ARE: PONSONBY ROAD MUSICIANS One2One Café: until 15 June THE NINE COLLECTIVE Ella Café: until 20 June ANNIE GET YOUR GUN – BARBARA SMITH Landreth & Co: 4 – 26 June You’re also invited to take part in the annual Nikon Auckland Photo Day competition on Saturday 11 June. Photographers have just 24 hours to capture their city in a single photo. Groups, individuals, families, children and anyone who has access to a camera is encouraged to take the scenes, people and places that reflect their vision of the Auckland region on this day. PN For this year’s programme: www.photographyfestival.org.nz

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LIBERATION OF THE MODERN MUSIC LISTENER Let me start this column off on a personal note – Congratulations from the team at Strawberry Sound go to Daniel and his wife Angela on the birth of their first child earlier this month – a gorgeous baby girl. Daniel would normally be writing this article but due to the ‘happy arrival’, time worked against him and so that honour has fallen to me. Strawberry Sound, being a premier retailer of high-quality home entertainment components, is proud to announce the release of the Denon DN-7 Networked Music System, consisting of the RCD-N7 CD Receiver and the SC-N7 Stereo Loudspeakers. The sleek and compact DN-7 system gives listeners in today’s networked digital age an opportunity to free their music and enjoy great sounding audio entertainment throughout the home. Designed to meet the needs of today’s modern iPod/iPhone/iPad music listener, the DN-7 system expands the digital music experience exponentially, letting users enjoy all their favourite music from multiple content sources, in high quality 2.1 channel audio. The RCD-N7 receiver and the high performance SC-7 speakers both feature a simple, white ‘modern style’ aesthetic and integrate smoothly in a full-functioning music system. With its integrated iPod/iPhone dock, stereo loudspeakers and trendsetting profile, the DN-7 system is ideal for bringing powerful, great sounding music to any room in the house. ‘FREE YOUR MEDIA – FREE YOUR MIND’ PARTY MODE FOR EASY MULTI-ZONE NETWORK STREAMING The DN-7 system offers users a straightforward, simple and efficient way to ‘free their music’ and create a networked system throughout the home. For instance, Denon’s special ‘Party Mode Plus’ multi-zone network streaming management system for use with Denon A/V receivers lets you control and play music simultaneously on up to five Denon devices on their network. In addition to the full iPod/iPhone connectivity, the DN-7 allows users to listen to today’s popular online music servers such as Rhapsody, Napster, Pandora and Last.fm where available, as well as stream music wirelessly from their PC. A USB connector allows for enjoyment of music from USB-type digital

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audio players, and the DN-7 also provides users with the capability to playback CD, enjoy AM/FM radio and more. Most importantly, the receiver features a full digital processing, which allows for a pure signal transfer and optimum audio performance from all sources. Add to these great features, Apple’s New ‘AirPlay’ feature * and you have one of the most flexible systems available. The DN-7 also has an Internet Radio tuner built in with full vTuner website support which gives access to over 17,000 radio stations and Podcasts from all around the world. FEATURES THAT MAKE SENSE FOR NOW, WITH UP-TO-DATE NETWORKING AND MORE The Denon DN-7 system makes it easy to access and control music from all of today’s popular sources, a host of simple, common sense features further heighten the fun of today’s music listening experience. For example, Denon’s new Remote App lets users operate all system controls via their iTouch, iPad or iPhone. Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) allows for easy and secure establishment of a wireless home network, and a 3-Line OLED display makes it easy to see exactly where the music is coming from. The unit’s Plug’nPlay capability means that when an iPhone/iPod or USB device is plugged in, it begins to play automatically. The simple and intuitive remote has a ‘Direct’ button for instant access to the music source. You’ll be happy to know that the DN-7 is available for demo and purchase at our showroom on Williamson Ave, Ponsonby – further details below, for a mere $1399. For that price you get a two year manufacturers warranty with an additional year of warranty by the New Zealand Distributor, if you register the purchase online with them.

APPLE AIRPLAY UPGRADE OFFERED FREE TO DENON D-N7 CUSTOMERS (FOR A LIMITED TIME – ASK FOR DETAILS) The AirPlay upgrade allows users to enjoy wireless streaming of high-quality music directly from Apple portable devices such as the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, or from the iTunes library on their Mac or PC, therefore liberating them from cables and the usual constraints of conventional audio. (PALMER BAINS, with a lot of help from ROSS JOHNSTON - APG) PN STRAWBERRY SOUND, 23 Williamson Avenue T: 09 376 0286 www.strawberrysound.co.nz



 LOCAL NEWS FAREWELL MARGARET Margaret Hofmann’s favourite coat was on display for the 300 - 400 mourners who turned out to farewell her last month. As Karangahape Road Business Association representative I paid tribute to Margaret – the woman who inhabited a street bench in the precinct for twenty-odd years – at her funeral held at the Baptist Tabernacle. Margaret adopted K’ Road. She took up residence here some years ago and somehow, after doing the rounds of the CBD and Ponsonby Road, settled on our patch as the right fit for her. She wasn’t exactly welcomed with open arms and she certainly had her detractors, but, by and large, she was accepted here. Her flagrant flouting of the liquor ban on the street was, for the most part, tolerated by police and local security. They somehow managed to turn a blind eye to the incredible four 26oz bottles of sherry she was purported to consume each day perched on one of her two favourite public seats. Passers-by mostly took on the chin the string of profanity which could follow them when her requests for money or cigarettes were denied. And the street’s other inhabitants who shared her penchant for alcohol and cadged cigarettes respected her patch and her presence. But it was a sad existence and the harsh exterior she presented, to numb what must have been extreme underlying emotional pain, didn’t fool most locals with many assuming a protective attitude toward her. THIS WAS EVIDENCED TO US IN VARIOUS WAYS: • By the call we received enquiring after her welfare when she was removed by ambulance following a beating at the local bus stop at the hands of a fellow member of the bus queue. • By the enquiry we received about her whereabouts when she disappeared from the street for a few months after breaking an arm and a leg. In her own offbeat way, Margaret carved out a place for herself here and the community responded by giving her the space she needed to just be herself. With her passing last month, there’s now a space on a seat outside St Kevin’s Arcade where cigarettes, cards and flowers have been mounting up daily testifying to the extent of the connection she made with us. The tributes there attest to a collective admiration locals felt for many of the traits Margaret exhibited. These include the incredible strength she showed in carrying on each day even as her physical body began to display the profound effects drinking was having on her, the dignity she exuded in quieter moments when she sat straight-backed and serene silently surveying her surroundings and the sheer gutsyness of character that was evident in her determination to simply ignore almost every social norm. K’ Road will be a less colourful place for the loss of Margaret but, as the past weeks have shown, her passing has also uncovered a new sense of community caring and compassion here which has left us all feeling a little richer. (KATHY MORIARTY) PN

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LEIF WAUTERS: SUM OF US When I think of community the image that comes to mind is a composite of many pieces, two of the most valuable being participation and giving. The easier road is to show up and cheer on cue, or to write a cheque and bag up canned goods for groups in need. These and similar ‘entry level’ methods of shoring up the community are vital to it’s survival, but some take their contributions to another level that in many ways defines the landscape we live and play in. The great effort URGE co-owners and partners Paul Heard and Alan Granville put into keeping their little bar successful has made them unintentional role models who better our world through their actions. Paul and Alan were faithful regulars at URGE while it was under its previous ownership, so when it came up for sale six years ago they pledged their cash and futures towards keeping it a simple and sexy oasis on K Road. “The bar had a reputation of a more leather, older guy’s bar,” remembers Alan, who had never worked behind a bar or even owned a business when taking over URGE. “We wanted to maintain that and not move too far from the great business we had inherited, but also realised that we wanted to broaden the bar’s appeal.” Having owned restaurants before, Paul reckons the evolution within the bar wasn’t the only way they stayed current. “We changed the bar’s marketing a lot, brought in some new DJs and added different themed nights. We also made a big effort to involve the gay community and support other gay businesses.” Those efforts helped URGE break past its brick and mortar confines to touch the greater GLBT world. Much of that effort has been laden with fundraising during special bar nights that have pulled in thousands of dollars over the years for worthy groups such as the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, Body Positive, Outline and Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand. Not too shabby for an intimate watering hole, eh? URGE’s community involvement expands to include a hand in the Big Gay Out, Auckland’s annual Pridefest that fills Coyle Park with rainbows and songs one Sunday each February. URGE has been partnering with fellow K Road bar Caluzzi since 2008 on the Beer Tent, but when the opportunity arose to also aid Ponsonby’s Lolabar in throwing the Dance Tent in 2011 they proudly jumped in to assist. “It’s pretty incredible that three small bars (URGE, Caluzzi and Lolabar) from very diverse backgrounds came together so well to raise so much money” glows Alan who, along with Paul and the other bars’ owners gifted close to $12,000 in proceeds during a 30 March cheque ceremony. “To put it in perspective, the first year URGE/Caluzzi ran the Beer Tent we raised $3,000, year two was $6,000. It’s going to be tough to beat this year in 2012.” Paul and Alan also have a personal attachment to the ‘bear’ community. Not only has the bar always had a furrier clientele, but many of their staff also fit the mould. With many hirsute fans of the bar flung throughout the country, Paul and Alan realised New Zealand’s bear community needed a focal point, so in 2008 they started the group Bear New Zealand in league with URGE General Manager Grant ‘Growler’ Bowyer and his partner Brian Smith. Together they’ve been rallying the bear community to a growing number of events small and large, including two years of highly successful Bear Weeks that have pulled in attendees from around the world. While their periodic bowling and movie nights keep locals connected, the meatier annual gatherings have furthered the international presence of the Auckland/New Zealand gay community, in a way little has since HERO. Numerous festivities are piled into Bear Week, the biggest being the pinnacle Tri-Nations dance that has packed URGE’s K Road neighbour 4:20 two years running. Their successful foray into party production garnered them an invitation from the Wellington Outgames to produce the men’s closing party last March, aptly named URGE Black. They’ve been tapped by the San Francisco-based Bearracuda parties as their

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Pictured from left-right: ADAM CROZIER, ALAN GRANVILLE, LINGLING (front), CAMPBELL ORR (back), PAUL HEARD Auckland partners, and will be joining forces with famed local promoters M2 on the July dance event Top or Bottom. This party resume allows URGE to claim a part in most of the major dance events on Auckland’s calendar. With a focus on keeping their business current and appreciated, the impact of their actions and support of fellow gay business has benefitted the entire Auckland/New Zealand gay community. “We have been very lucky that we get on with all the other gay bar owners in town and I don’t think there is any real rivalry among us - we all have our niche”, says Paul, who along with Alan has a day job in addition to running the bar. “People may think that because the bar is only open three nights a week that it must be a fairly easy job – it’s not! The bar pretty much invades on our day-to-day life, but it has given us the opportunity to meet people we wouldn’t normally, to be involved in the community and to raise funds for charity.” Despite all their contributions to the gay community at large, URGE’s existence in this economy is fragile. “Although we may be a niche bar, we are like every other bar on K’ Road and beyond fighting for the same dollar,” says Paul, concerned about the business each week brings. “It can be tough competing with some of the bigger operators and we also realise that going out has become a luxury for some of our customers.” The relationship is unavoidably symbiotic. The continued success of URGE allows Paul and Alan to keep supporting the greater community from their humble footprint on K Road, examples of how a higher level of participation and giving can strengthen the world around us. Keep tabs on URGE events online at urgebar.co.nz or on facebook.com/urgebar. (LEIF WAUTERS) PN


LOCAL NEWS  CONGRATULATIONS TO GEON GROUP OUR GREAT PRINTERS THE GEON GROUP WERE recognised last month at the Pride in Print Awards in New Zealand, with an enormous 44 awards, highlighted by the ‘Supreme Award’ for the best printed job in the whole awards. The Pride in Print Awards delivered great success for GEON, winning the most awards of any company nominated across all categories. In addition to the Supreme Award, GEON won two Category Finalists, out of nine Categories, one Process Winner – out of six Processes, 24 Gold Medals and 16 Highly Commended Awards. “We were delighted to see such great results. All in all, a fantastic night for GEON and a very strong recognition of the team’s commitment to supplying quality products to our customers,” said Andrew Durrans (pictured above), Executive General Manager – New Zealand. The Awards are evaluated on “technical excellence in all facets of the production process” and the Supreme Award is selected from all Category Finalists. GEON was pleased to receive such high recognition with the Supreme Award given for the Urbis Magazine, AGM Publishing. “I am absolutely delighted that GEON won the ‘Supreme Award’ at the NZ Pride in Print Awards, held in Wellington last Friday. This was won for Urbis #57, a magazine printed for a long-term and very valuable customer, AGM Publishing” Mr Durrans said. When awarding GEON the Supreme Award, the judges’ comments stated this award demonstrated “demanding design features throughout, produced to perfection. This job raises the bar in New Zealand printing”. “It was a great night for GEON and I thank all staff who were at the Awards Ceremony and also all who work together to make GEON such a great company. I thank all our suppliers, our customers and, most importantly, all of the GEON team for their contribution to this great result,” said Mr Durrans. www.geon.co.nz PN

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 LOCAL NEWS SKEETA ON PATROL IN PONSONBY ‘Skeeta’ has patrolled Auckland neighbourhoods as an AA Roadservice Officer for more than 14 years, yet he’s still considered a baby amongst colleagues, who can have over 30 years of service up their sleeves. Ponsonby and the surrounding suburbs have provided Skeeta with some memorable moments over the years, and Ponsonby Road is one place that always creates a few challenges or requires some tricky manoeuvring to park safely next to a stranded vehicle. On a Friday night when I receive a callout for Ponsonby Road, it is Murphy’s Law that the vehicle I’m attending is stranded in front of the busiest bar. So you can imagine, I’m double-parked in my bright yellow vehicle, with a large, often vocal, live audience, who are providing a running commentary on my every move and waiting to see if I’m going to get the vehicle back on the road again,” says Skeeta. “Thankfully, with over 90 percent of vehicles being mobilised, I’m pretty confident that I’ll get the vehicle started again. But if I can’t, you can bet it will be in front of a crowd on Ponsonby Road. My job varies a lot and one of the not so glamorous sides is retrieving car keys from the storm water drains. Again, this seems to happen outside a busy Ponsonby bar,” says Skeeta. When Franklin Road is aglow in lights at Christmas time, Skeeta knows that he’ll be busy tending to overheated vehicles that cruise the street for passengers to marvel at the decorated houses. On the upside, he’s serenaded by carollers and gets to enjoy the community atmosphere. In contrast to the bright lights of Ponsonby Road, some of the back streets off K Road provide Skeeta with some ‘unique’ experiences. Slowing down to locate a stranded motorist has seen Skeeta being approached more than once by ‘ladies of the night’.

AA Roadservice Officer BRETT SWANSON, known by his nickname ‘Skeeta’, has rescued numerous stranded Ponsonby motorists and enjoys the unpredictability of the job. Most callouts Skeeta attends are for flat batteries and keys locked in vehicles. “It’s not uncommon to be called out to retrieve keys, only to arrive and find a window down – much to the embarrassment of the motorist when I simply lean in and pick them up,” says Skeeta. It’s nice to know that although he may work in New Zealand’s biggest city, Skeeta is still invited in for ‘scones and a cuppa’ when he attends callouts to Ponsonby homes. Although always tempted, he politely declines the offers and heads off to rescue his next stranded motorist. Skeeta’s advice: Make sure you have a spare car key at home as it can be a time consuming and expensive process having another key made, given the new technology in most keys today. PN AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION ROADSERVICE, Call toll free on T: 0800 500 444 www.aa.co.nz

READY-MADE EMERGENCY SURVIVAL KITS Kiwis who want to heed Civil Defence messages to “be prepared” but have no idea where to start will welcome the launch of Plan2Survive, a New Zealand company that provides ready-made survival kits for homes, work and school with enough food, water, warmth, and shelter to get through for at least three days in a disaster. Founder Brent Agnew, an ex-army serviceman and keen hunter and tramper started Plan2Survive when it became very clear that although he knew how to get equipped for a Civil Defence emergency with his army experience, not many others around him did. “It really struck me how there are all these campaigns aimed at motivating people to get ready for when disaster inevitably strikes, and yet very few people actually have an emergency survival kit in their home, office, or school,” Mr Agnew says. “I think the reality is, it’s not that people don’t want to have a kit ready to go, it’s more that they don’t know where to start,” he says. “I was also appalled by a lot of the existing emergency survival kits that are on the market – some of them could be more life threatening than saving if people were to rely on them – so using skills I developed in the army and time spent ‘out bush’ on hunting and tramping trips, I formulated what I believe are the ultimate in survival kits.” The Plan2Survive kits range from one to four person 72hr Backpack Survival Kits for a getaway situation, two person or four person mega-kits that contain more luxury items and tools, through to 10 person office kits that even include two portable toilets and a pry bar. Mr Agnew says the backpack kits contain the bare minimum items a good quality home survival kit should have. “Contents of these kits include emergency food and water with a five year shelf life, dust masks, First Aid kits, tube tents, emergency blankets and stoves, waterproof matches, swiss pocket knives, ponchos and more,” he says. “Some of the kits feature 24hr military style ‘rat packs’ which are also available for separate purchase.” Agnew says that with the frequency that natural disasters seem to be occurring at the moment, he and his team are doing everything they can to raise awareness of the kits so that Kiwis can be properly equipped. “There has never been a better time to get prepared for that natural disaster that might occur ‘some day’, because for many people, some day is here.” For more information visit www.plan2survive.co.nz PN

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SUSTAINABILITY PLEASE SUPPORT OUR LOCAL GREY LYNN FARMERS’ MARKET We all know that cars and planes are bad for the environment, but did you know that food production globally has a larger impact on carbon emissions than every plane, train, ship, car or bus on the entire planet? When you shop at the local Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market, you’re making a conscious choice to live more sustainably. The fruit and vegetables are local and in season. The milk, eggs, meat and fish come from around the Auckland Region. The produce hasn’t arrived on a truck from the South Island, or in an airplane from South America. The bees that make the honey might be the same bees you see in your own garden! The Grey Lynn Farmers Market was born out of the desire to provide locals with some alternatives to the large supermarket chains. It’s a community initiative and doesn’t seek to make a profit. The market not only supports small local businesses, but it also gives everyday gardeners the chance to sell, buy or trade backyard Grey Lynn produce at the community trading table. The table runs like an old-fashioned honesty box. You bring along your surplus veggies or fruit from your garden, tag them up and sell them yourself, or leave them on the table while you do your shopping. The Farmers Market also reflects the seasons. You’ll see asparagus in spring appearing on the tables, maybe even raspberries in December - but not in July. Eating seasonally is nothing new. It’s the way we’ve been eating since time began. It’s only in the last 50 years, with the advent of large supermarket chains, that our diets don’t change much throughout the year. Buying eggplants and capsicums might be what the recipe calls for but it just doesn’t make a lot of sense when it’s freezing cold outside. One criticism of Farmers Markets is that they’re elitist, selling only boutique products that are out of the price range of the average customer. But in a recent price

IS YOUR HOME UNDERPERFORMING? New Zealand has roughly one million homes that are underperforming in terms of providing thermal comfort and a healthy living environment for their occupants. Homestar™ is a rating tool that evaluates the environmental attributes of New Zealand’s stand-alone homes in terms of energy, health and comfort, materials, water, waste, site factors and more. Homestar™ was developed by a joint venture partnership between BRANZ, Beacon Pathway and the New Zealand Green Building Council with the support of the building industry and key Government agencies, the Department of Building and Housing and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority. The New Zealand Homestar™ rating system follows similar initiatives internationally. Since 2007, houses in Britain have required an energy efficiency rating (Energy Performance Certificate) before they can be sold, and all new homes are required to be built to the Code for Sustainable Homes. In addition, the European Union has now made it mandatory for every home in Europe to have an energy efficiency rating by 2012. Similarly, in the United States, LEED for Homes has a voluntary rating system which promotes the design and construction of high-performance homes.

comparison between vegetables at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market and the local supermarket, we found that the Farmers Market veggies came out cheaper overall! This is even more astounding when you consider that all the vegetables and fruit are all spray-free, meaning the farmers have followed organic principles and have not used chemical fertilizers or pesticides. This shows that the sustainable choice doesn’t always have to hit you where it hurts. It’s not easy being green, but even small changes like where you buy your veggies, eggs or honey can make a difference, both in terms of your carbon footprint but also in terms of the example you set to others around you of being a conscious consumer. It’s also good to support community initiatives like the Farmers Market, as they give our community a sense of identity and commonality. You can talk to the person who grew the carrots, or the beekeeper who extracted the honey and have a coffee with your neighbour who you bumped into at the market. We’d like our market to be the place where you do the bulk of your weekly shop and with more and more of the staple items available now at the Farmers Market like milk, meat, bread, veggies, fish, eggs, fruit and cheese, this is possible. So, come down to the Grey Lynn Community Centre and take part in the Grey Lynn Farmers Market, every Sunday, except the last Sunday of the month, 9am – 12.30pm in the Grey Lynn Community Centre, Richmond Road. We look forward to seeing you there! www.glfm.co.nz (CHARLOTTE GORDON) PN

The advantage of working with a Homestar™ Practitioner early on is that they can guide you on good environmental design and specifications based on the Homestar™ Certified Tool to maximise the performance of your new home or renovation and help you get the appropriate Homestar™ rating. Vince Abela, a registered architect and Director of ABELA Architects Ltd, recently attended the Homestar™ Practitioner training and this month will become one of New Zealand’s first Homestar™ Practitioners. Vince has over 25 years experience in the design of new homes and renovations of villas and bungalows, and now combines this passion with the skills to improve the environmental attributes of your home in terms of health, comfort, energy saving, water saving, waste and more On completion of your renovation you will be ready to have your home Homestar™ rating Certified. A Homestar™ Assessor will complete an onsite comprehensive assessment, and provide you with a Homestar™ Certified Rating. A Homestar™ Certified Rating will add value by giving potential buyers peace of mind about the valuable environmental benefits of you property. If you are considering building a new home or renovating your home and are interested in improving the comfort level of you home, having a healthy home and saving money on energy and water, then feel free to contact me to discuss your options. (VINCE ABELA) www.abela.co.nz PN For more information about Homestar™ visit www.homestar.org.nz

If you want to make your home cooler in summer, warmer and drier in winter, to create a healthier living environment and use energy and water more efficiently, then Homestar™ can help. It provides recommendations to help you identify how to improve your home so it’s better to live in, better for the planet and better value in the market. There are four main Homestar™ assessments and services available depending on your needs; you can do a Homestar™ Online Self-Assessment right now, which allows you to measure the key characteristics of your home, providing a provisional rating and a report with steps to improve its performance. If you need a bit of help, the Homecoach™ Assessment is a personalised service provided by a Homecoach for you to gain a greater level of understanding of the online assessment and recommendations report. However, if you are planning your new home or major renovation, it is the perfect time to consider incorporating good environmental design before you commence a project to avoid costly alterations or work later on. A Homestar™ Practitioner is an industry professional who has been trained and accredited by Homestar™ to provide advice when you are making decisions about home design and the attributes that contribute to the comfort, health and performance of your home.

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LIVING THE SUSTAINABLE LIFE IN GREY LYNN GREY LYNN HAS TRADITIONALLY HAD A REPUTATION FOR CREATIVE thinkers who value ideas and culture. More recently Grey Lynn is attracting young people who are making a conscious decision to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Charlotte Gordon is a good example. Originally from Christchurch, she returned to New Zealand in January with her partner Ben after their OE. They decided to live in Grey Lynn because of the central location, range of transport options and strong community networks. As Charlotte says, “Rent was cheaper further out but when we factored in the petrol costs and travel times, we decided it wasn’t worth it. Here in Grey Lynn, my partner can walk to work and I can get around on my bike.” In February Charlotte came along to the first Grey Lynn 2030 meeting of the year to find out how she could contribute to the group’s objective of a vibrant connected and sustainable community. She’d heard about transition towns on her travels and was interested to find out more about how a local group was responding to the challenges of climate change and the end of cheap oil. By the end of the meeting Charlotte had volunteered to take over coordinating Green Screen - an evening of environmental documentaries shown on the last Sunday of the month. Through the Grey Lynn 2030 connection Charlotte has now become the market manager for the Grey Lynn Farmers Market. Her market job is a good fit with her part time role at the Sustainable Business Network. All a big career change for a qualified teacher, but Charlotte is happy with her decision to align her work, where she lives with her values. An alignment of business and sustainability was also the motivation for Grey Lynn 2030 to kick start the Grey Lynn Business Association (GLBA) last year. GLBA promotes the prosperity, vitality and sustainability of local businesses many of which are small operations run from home offices. The GLBA is promoting a new initiative being launched this month for Auckland cafés called “Conscious Consumers”. It’s a non-profit initiative designed to harness the buying power of ‘conscious’ consumers by supporting cafes that are committed to environmental and socially responsible business practices. Cafés like Monterey in West Lynn, who compost their coffee grounds at the Wilton Street Community Garden (another Grey Lynn 2030 initiative). As Charlotte has found whether it is business, shopping, or travel it is not hard to do it sustainably in Grey Lynn. The next Green Screen showing is Mondo Vino on Sunday 26 June, 7.30pm at the Grey Lynn Community Centre. The next Grey Lynn Business Association networking evening is on Thursday 9 June at the Grey Lynn Tavern. photography: Charlotte Gordon

As part of the GLBA’s business education series, Lisa Mackay of HRtoolkit will be presenting ‘Navigating the minefield of employing staff’ on Tuesday 14 June, 7pm at the Quality Inn, West End. (PIPPA COOM) PN Grey Lynn 2030 www.greylynn2030.co.nz Grey Lynn Farmers Market www.glfm.co.nz Grey Lynn Business Association www.glba.co.nz Conscious consumer www.consciousconsumers.org.nz The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied



SUSTAINABILITY IS THERE LIFE AFTER PLASTIC? PLASTICS ARE EVERY WHERE IN FACT MANY OF US WOULD BE HARD PUSHED to be without them. The problem is that the production of plastic is dependent on oil and many plastics are intended for single use such as drink bottles plastic cups and cutlery and we are running out of resources to cope with the growing waste stream. One of the biggest challenges for a green company such as ecostore is their dependence on plastic packaging for their product formulations. ecostore uses a High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) material to make their plastic bottles which is one of the most recyclable plastics available (Code 2) but believe they can do even better to close the loop on the lifecycle of their packaging. If you visit their Freemans Bay shop you will see a machine just inside the door that is one of the first of its kind in Australasia. The machine is a ‘plastics regrind’ machine. It will grind used HDPE bottles into fine chips or ‘flake’ which can then be processed to make new bottles. ecostore has started collecting used bottles from their customers to put through the machine. Initially these will need to be cleaned and have the labels removed but as their new packaging gets introduced both the bottles and labels can both be safely put through the machine. In addition to grinding up their own used HDPE bottles ecostore will be producing bottles with up to 80% post-consumer regrind (used plastics from roadside collection) content. These will be appearing on shelves throughout Australasia within the next 12 months. So please bring in your empty, cleaned ecostore bottles to the ecostore shop and ask for a (noisy!) demonstration! PN ECOSTORE, 1 Scotland Street, Freemans Bay T: 09 360 8477 www.ecostore.co.nz

FIVE SMALL THINGS... 1. Turn on the light, using an eco-friendly bulb. 2. Take a shower, not a bath... boil the jug with just enough water you need and no more. 3. Catch the tram, (wishful thinking!) bus, car pool, or cycle, or if you can walk to work. 4. Wrap your rubbish in newspaper – there’s no need for plastic rubbish bags. 5. Think global and shop local. Avoid fast fashion and buy clothes that last.


WHERE ARE THE UNSUNG HEROES? THEY ARE EVERYWHERE AND NOT MANY OF THEM ARE LISTED IN THE New Year’s Honours Awards. Artist Crispin Korschen has come up with an appealing concept that will give people the opportunity to name an unsung hero they know about and would like to see acknowledged one way or another. Every month she wants to give a gift to someone who has been nominated by friends or family for going that extra mile to help a person or cause. Crispin is a full time painter who exhibits in galleries around New Zealand. Many of her works are overseas and in private collections. She also creates greeting cards, image blocks and resin image panels. She graduated from Wellington School of Design in the late eighties and lived in Kenya during the nineties where she supplied local and export markets from her design workshop. She returned to New Zealand in 2003 and resumed painting. Then about three or four years ago she started creating greeting cards that are aimed at making people laugh. Her unique images can be seen and bought online from www.barkingmad.net.nz They are also sold in places like the Texan Art School, design stores, a few bookshops and a number of retailers in Australia. In March this year the first unsung hero was Claire Fisher from Napier and the April Winner is Michael Parkinson from St Johns, Auckland. This feel good idea is getting a good response and let’s face it, there’s not been a great deal to feel good about lately. There are plenty of unsung heroes in our own community and all you have to do is email barking.mad@paradise.net.nz with your nomination and a brief description of why you think he or she is an unsung hero. Crispin’s images are delightfully quirky and will bring laughter to your unsung hero’s day. They are characterised by her love of colour and they depict human foibles in all their many guises. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN

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re-usable organic CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Turquoise Ecolon Frypan $165 @ ecostore www.ecostore.co.nz; (Ecolon is a completely PTFE and PFOA free non stick Ceramic Coating) Weleda Sea Buckthorn, Citrus & Pomegranate creamy body wash $19.90 each @ all leading pharmacies www.weleda.co.nz; Moisturising hand cream $13.99 and extra moisturizing body lotion $14.99 @ ecostore www.ecostore.co.nz; Green & black floral design ceramic teapot (made in Vietnam) $34.99, Green & black floral design ceramic Tea cup & saucer $18.98 @ trade aid www.tradeaid.org.nz, Recycled tin cabinet $69.99 @ trade aid www.tradeaid.org.nz; Ecoya Sweatpea & Jasmine Soya wax candle $49.95 @ ecostore www.ecostore.co.nz STYLING: Jay Platt; PHOTOGRAPHY: Danilo Santana David, Fisher Santanta

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HOLDING ONTO THE THINGS THAT MATTER During one of my very first public meetings here in Auckland Central, I remember an elderly man rising to his feet not to ask me a question, but to tell me the way things used to be. His main point was simple: slowly but surely we had lost some of the services that were an important part of the community including his local post office. I remembered this gentleman’s message when I heard recently that two of our local Kiwibank and Post Shop branches would be closing. The Symonds Street branch will close entirely, and Grey Lynn’s branch will lose its banking services. It’s easy to think that these are just small incremental changes; things that happen with time and centralisation. That’s until you hear groups like the business association say that several hundred businesses use the services on Symonds Street every single day and that it’s a post office that has been there since the 60s. Or that for the busy Grey Lynn branch, it’s a place that local elderly residents are able to pay their bills without having to board several buses. But there’s something much bigger going on with Kiwibank. There has been some debate down in Parliament recently over asset sales and the Government has decided that, as a consequence of the deficit we currently face, we should sell some of our key state assets including power companies, Solid Energy and our shares in Air New Zealand. At one point, Kiwibank was also included in this debate. I am utterly opposed to the sale of our assets. While I absolutely acknowledge that the debt we face requires sound economic management and a plan for recovery, I do not believe selling off the things that generate income for the Government (and for all of us) is the way to do it. It feels a little like a café owner selling their espresso machine to pay the bills I know that in politics (as in life) we often end up learning the same lessons more than once, and while asset sales is a great example of this (especially the power companies we have already sold which are now almost entirely foreign owned), superannuation is perhaps an even better one. The elderly man who stood up at my public meeting would have also remembered Norman Kirk and his attempts to build a superannuation scheme for all of us. Unfortunately, the change in government and Muldoon’s negative take on this scheme meant it was canned. Had we stuck with it, it’s estimated we would now have $240 billion flowing through our economy in the form of a large retirement nest egg. In lieu of Kirk’s original plan, we now at least have Kiwisaver; a scheme I am really proud to see 1.7 million kiwis have signed up to. But in the Budget, which was announced on 19 May, the Government halved its contribution to this scheme. Despite low personal savings being one of the major issues with our grim economic outlook, this was the second major reduction to Kiwisaver the Government has made since they took office. Kiwibank, kiwi saver, and kiwi assets- they’re all things that are really valued by a lot of New Zealanders. But just like the elderly man warned me all that time ago with the story of his post office, we can’t take any of them for granted because before we know it, they may be gone. Jacinda Ardern, Labour List MP based in Auckland Central Labour Party Spokesperson for Employment and Youth Affairs, Associate Arts, Culture and Heritage Spokesperson. (JACINDA ADERN) PN

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WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD GOES FAIR TRADE At a scrumptious Fair Trade breakfast at the B & B Great Ponsonby Art Hotel last month, we learned that our Waitemata Local Board, chaired by Shale Chambers, has gone ‘Fair Trade’. Chambers told Ponsonby News, “the Waitemata Local Board is proud to lead by example in having a Fair Trade Local Board, adopting Fair Trade products such as tea and coffee in our local board offices.” The breakfast was hosted by Sally James and Gerry Hill at their B & B Great Ponsonby Art Hotel. Kirstin Morrell of Golden Horse helped in the kitchen, and charmed guests with her personality and her persuasiveness about Fair Trade. A number of the Board members attended along with their chairman Shale Chambers - Pippa Coom, Greg Moyle and Tricia Reade (Kirstin’s proud mum). Among the locals present were Dame Cath Tizard, Hon. Judith Tizard, Chris Morrison and Julia Collins of Allgood, and Alex Williams, Networks and Events Officer of the Fair Trade Association. John Ringer, who designed the advertising brochure attended. Chris told guests about their fair trade bananas from Ecuador. They help 400 small family growers with grants and other assistance. They help with health protection from toxic chemicals. These Fair Trade bananas, produced ethically, are available in Ponsonby, including at Bhana Brothers, Fruitworld Richmond Road, Ripe Deli, New World Victoria Park and Nosh. Alex told us about the cities, communities and organisations who are becoming Fair Trade. These include Wellington City and Dunedin City. Alex hopes Auckland will be next. Meanwhile he is thrilled that our local board has jumped on board, if you’ll excuse the pun. There are now a thousand cities worldwide who have joined, plus thousands of local groups and organisations. The association is aiming for 180 Auckland groups, and already have 150 signed up. Sales of Fair Trade products have doubled in Auckland in the last year. The breakfast was a very positive way to start the day, and due thanks were accorded Sally and Gerry for their generous sponsorship and tasty breakfast. Still sharp as a tack, our former Governor-General Cath Tizard asked, to lots of laughter, “How do we join up with weight watchers after such a wonderful feast?” (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN



RAY WHITE PONSONBY CLEAN UP IN COXS BAY On Thursday 28 April the Ray White Ponsonby team in conjunction with the Waitemata Harbour Clean Up Trust pulled on their gumboots and gloves and cleaned up the Coxs Bay shoreline and the mouth of Meola Creek. They picked up everything from tyres to road cones, boat debris, plastic bags and a number of discarded food wrappings, filling countless clean-sacks and an entire trailer. The team was amazed at not just the amount, but also the variety of rubbish that comes down through the storm water drains and collects along the shoreline during low tide in the bay. This rubbish detracts from our area’s natural beauty, and more importantly, endangers the bird and fish life of the region. The Coxs Bay cleanup caps off Ray White Ponsonby’s involvement in a series of community events including the particularly successful charity auction held during the Ponsonby Market day (Raising over $9,700 for the Christchurch earthquake appeal). Ray White Ponsonby want to offer special thanks to the Waitemata Harbour Clean Up Trust for their guidance and ongoing passion for ensuring our lovely local beaches and foreshores are kept clean for all of us to enjoy. If there is a community or environmental event that could benefit from the helping hand of Ray White Ponsonby’s 27 Team Members then please don’t hesitate to drop into their office to introduce yourself. PN RAY WHITE PONSONBY, 259 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 2186 www.rwponsonby.co.nz

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JULES VERNE MEETS 2001 SPACE ODYSSEY Local Grey Lynn metal artist ANDREW PALACE has been creating his unusual one-off lamps for a number of years. These are made from found objects, recycled brass, copper, glass, marbles and optic glass. 240 volt incandescent and 240 volt LEDs, and prices start at $2500. E: metal.as.anything@mac.com W: gallery.me.com/metal. as.anything, M: 021 592 296; 1. Intergalactic Spaceship Palatica; 2. Intergalactic Spaceship Starquest; 3. Starhopper; 4. Roger Ramjet Galactic Robot Enforcer.


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SUSTAINABILITY TRAVELLING SUSTAINABLY TO SCHOOL PAYS OFF FOR TRAVELWISE SCHOOL WINNERS Ponsonby Primary was one of eight schools named winners for TravelWise week with up to 89 per cent of students travelling sustainably. Organised by Auckland Transport, TravelWise Week, held 21-25 March, challenged schools to get the highest percentage of students travelling to and from school in a sustainable way each day to win prizes. Students logged their progress during the course of the week on classroom travel charts to show they had walked, cycled, scootered, carpooled or taken the bus or train to and from school each day. Auckland Transport Community Transport Manager Matthew Rednall says the week was very successful. “147 schools entered the annual competition, the highest number we have ever had. Encouraging school children to use active travel is a healthy choice which can be carried on into adulthood,” Mr Rednall says. Many schools taking part got into the spirit of the week holding their own week activities such as bike days, walkathons and fancy feet days. Winning schools received sport packs. Walking School Buses are in their own category, and drawn winners won book vouchers as prizes. THE WINNING SCHOOLS AND CATEGORY ENTERED: • Windy Ridge School, Small School Category, 89% travelled sustainably • Henderson North, Medium School Category, 79% travelled sustainably • Glendowie School, Large School Category, 88% travelled sustainably • Auckland Normal Intermediate, Large Intermediate Category, 89% travelled sustainably • Rosehill College, High School Category, 85% travelled sustainably WALKING SCHOOL BUSES WINNERS: Ponsonby Primary School, Favona School, Green Bay Primary School, Glamorgan School, Ellerslie School, Sunnyhills School, Chelsea Primary School and Peninsula Primary. PN

WE SHOULD SUPPORT THE AUCKLAND THEATRE COMPANY PROJECT THE VOTE ON WHETHER THE COUNCIL IS GOING TO FUND $10 MILLION OF a $40 million project for a new home for Auckland Theatre Company and a host of other theatre and dance companies could come down to the wire. I personally hope the Auckland Council vote to fund this project. With 75% of funds potentially coming from private sources and sponsorship, some would argue it is a bargain for the city to get a performing arts venue at such a low cost and in a relatively short timeframe. Even if the Auckland Council commit to the funds for this project, Auckland Theatre Company still have a big task to finish raising the funds to complete this. Times are tight and the Auckland Council have had some fiscal challenges but that does not mean that you turn away a project that will provide a real public amenity for our Waterfront. We know that between 6000 and 7000 people will live and work in Wynyard Quarter in the future. The Theatre will be within walking distance of many residents within the Western Bays and a great amenity for the rest of the city. The history of Auckland is inadequate investment and planning in cultural and community infrastructure. I believe that one of the problems of the past is that we have been unable to look far ahead as a city and ask not what we need now but what we will need in the next 20-30 years. Our Waterfront could be the best in the world but only if we have significant private and public investment. People are right to ask the question how this venue fits in with the other cultural projects that need funding. I have said before that the restoration of the St James Theatre needs to happen but there is a lot of work to do before we can restore the jewel to her rightful place in our city. There are significant heritage issues and it is positive that the Mayor is getting an urgent report assessing ways to save the iconic St James Theatre. In addition to this the role of the Mercury Theatre needs to be properly considered. Wynyard Quarter, our newest waterfront area to be unlocked, needs to have investment in cultural infrastructure and that development does not take away from the other cultural quarters of the city. To miss the opportunity to fund this project would cost Auckland in the long run. We can talk about having the most “Liveable city” but if we do not act on the opportunity when it arises then we can’t realise these aspirations. If the Auckland Council do not vote to support this project, ratepayers will be left with a much larger bill in the future. I can only hope good sense prevails and the Auckland Council give the Auckland Theatre Company the support it and the city’s cultural sector needs.


KEEP NEW ZEALAND BEAUTIFUL are always looking for ways to inspire school students to get involved and take pride in their local community. In Term Two Keep New Zealand Beautiful is providing a brilliant way for schools to do exactly that – by combining History, Art, Social Studies and Geography to make a motivating and inspirational competition throughout the country. Keep New Zealand Beautiful has launched its ‘Wall Worthy’ mural competition at www.knzb.org.nz and hopes to see many entries from schools before 15 July 2011. The main idea is to get students submitting ideas/designs on what makes their community ‘Wall Worthy’. Rather than the usual graffiti vandalism you tend to see in communities which defaces property and diminishes community pride, KNZB is trying hard to eliminate this by inspiring students to think about what they’re proudest about in their community which sets it apart from anywhere else in the country, in turn filling students minds and communities with images of positivity and mana. A winning mural design from each region will be selected during Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week (20-27 August) and then brought to life by students in their own community with paint from Resene. KNZB also has great prizes from Panasonic along the way for designs and ideas which stand out from the crowd. For everything you need to know about Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s ‘Wall Worthy’ competition visit www.knzb.org.nz today and get your students onboard because we want a nation inspired to Keep New Zealand Beautiful! PN The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

IT WON’T LEAVE YOU HIGH AND DRY! The makers of the revolutionary e-cloth range are excited to introduce their newest eco-chic, handy piece of houseware, the e-towel. The amazing new e-towel is four times more absorbent and dries four times faster than regular cotton tea-towels, and always leaves a smear-free finish! This fast-drying towel is perfect for drying dishes and crockery, as it removes grease fast with no need to wipe surfaces repeatedly and no lint is left behind. All your tableware and cooking equipment will be left looking shiny and brand new, with not a smudge in sight! The secret of e-towel is that it uses a revolutionary man-made microfibre, specially woven with 80% Polyester (for cleaning), and 20% Polyamide (for absorbing). Each e-towel contains hundreds of thousands of ‘hooks’ made from this ground-breaking microfibre which lift and hold dust and grime easily. The e-towel will last you a long time, with at least 300 washes guaranteed. HOT TIP: Wine glasses are one of the trickiest items to wash, as they cannot fit easily into a dishwasher and are a pain to keep spotless. The e-towel is perfect for solving this dirty dilemma as they dry glasses quickly, without leaving a smear! NEW e-cloth – e-towel RRP $14.99 STOCKIST DETAILS: e-cloth products are available from Stevens stores and all leading health food and homeware stores nationwide. For further information or to locate your nearest stockist visit the e-cloth website www.e-cloth.co.nz PN DEADLINE – 20TH OF THE MONTH June 2011 PONSONBY NEWS+


JOHN ELLIOTT: SOAP BOX GROWTH, SUSTAINABILITY, AND HAPPINESS — ARE THEY COMPATIBLE? The Government wants growth and the people want to be happy. Meanwhile the planet is threatened, because growth and sustainability are largely incompatible, and the people are increasingly unhappy because growth has made them affluent, but affluence hasn’t led to improved wellbeing. Governments of all political persuasions around the Western world are calling for more economic growth. They see growth as the economic saviour, where 2% growth is OK, 3% is good, but 4% would be better. As E.J. Mishan says in his book ‘The Costs of Economic Growth’ 1. “Among the faithful any doubt that 4% is better than 3%, is tantamount to a doubt that 4 is greater than 3. Even though growth fosters empty consumerism, degrades the natural environment, weakens social cohesion and corrodes character, we are told that there is no alternative. But as Clive Hamilton says in his book ‘Growth Fetish’ 2. , “If growth is intended to give us better lives, and there can be no other purpose, it has failed.” Hamilton, Professor of Public Ethics at the Australian National University in Canberra, devotes the first part of his book to research showing that increasing affluence, as a result of growth, has not been matched by increased happiness. Even in America, where the most powerful effects of marketing and advertising have seduced millions to buy and consume like never before in history, the people know it is making them sick. In the the United States there are now counselling services for the rich and their children, providing advice on how to deal with the psychological damage caused by great wealth. Juliet Schor, in her book ‘The Overspent American’3., reports 27% of households with incomes over $100,000 say they cannot afford everything they need. Note the word ‘need’. Shouldn’t we try to explain to our children the difference between ‘need’ and ‘want’? Another significant piece of research was done by the Merck Family Fund in America, named ‘Yearning for Balance’. 4. The results clearly showed that those surveyed knew only too well the effects of rampant consumerism, and the materialism which results. They felt that materialism, greed, and selfishness increasingly dominate American life, crowding out a more meaningful set of values centred on family, responsibility and community. They also saw that rampant consumerism was destroying the natural environment. Yearning for Balance showed that the process of economic growth itself has produced a seriously sick society. The richest people in the world are saying they are miserable, and that the process of getting rich CAUSES the problem. Another commentator, Muhammad Yunus, in his book ‘Creating a World Without Poverty’ 5., says, “Americans and others among the world’s wealthiest may enjoy their lavish lifestyles today. But in the long run, how great a price in environmental destruction and military conflict are they willing to pay to sustain those lifestyles indefinitely?” Growth has another negative side effect. It increases the inequality gap. In their book ‘The Spirit Level’, Why Equality is Better for Everyone, 6. Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett show that New Zealand is among the five most unequal countries in the Western world — and it shows in imprisonment figures, teen pregnancies, school drop outs, life expectancy, violent offending, obesity, suicide, drug and alcohol use. In all these categories inequality is highly correlated. New Zealand figures badly.Yunus adds, “even with the world economy growing fast, income inequality is not diminishing at the rate most caring people want to see.”

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Well, what are they doing about it? In most cases people just keep their heads down and spend — trying to keep up with the Joneses. They don’t know how to get off the treadmill. But some are doing something about it. Over 20% of Americans have ‘downshifted’ in the last five years. According to Juliet Schor, “Downshifters are opting out of excessive consumerism, choosing to have more leisure and balance in their schedules, a slower pace of life, more time with their kids, more meaningful work, and daily lives that line up squarely with deepest values.” A paper by Clive Hamilton and Elizabeth Mail; Discussion Paper no. 50, The Australian Institute, 7. (Hamilton was head and founder of the Australian Institute) found 23% of Australians 30-60 years of age had downshifted. These are significant numbers, and could represent major shifts in political allegiances as time goes by. Governments need to be aware that increasing numbers of voters are unconvinced that ‘growth per se’ is the magic bullet that will save our butts from third world status. The main threat to maintaining progress in human development comes from the unsustainability of growth and consumption patterns. We currently rely heavily on scarce fossil fuels. We know that this is unsustainable – because the resources are finite and the impacts dangerous. The close link between economic growth and greenhouse gas emissions needs to be severed for human development to become truly sustainable. We may already have our first no growth or post-growth society. Japan’s GDP is essentially unchanged since the early nineties. Its share of global GDP has fallen from 17% to just 4%. And yet, the lights are still on, everything still works. Literacy is high, and crime is low. Life expectancy is better than almost anywhere on earth – 82 to the U.S. 78. Japan’s import-export sectors are working well, unemployment is not too high, and happiness levels are reported very high, despite the dreadful earthquake. So, if growth is a problem for sustainability, is New Zealand heading in the right direction? The Government has given Petrobras of Argentina, an oil company with a disastrous safety record, the rights to drill for oil in deep water off shore from New Zealand. The depth of water and the technology required make this an even riskier enterprise than the BP one which caused the recent huge spill along the USA coast. Are the risks worth it, and is the reliance on oil sustainable? The Government also plans to build another 12 billion dollars or so of roads, for fossil fuel driven vehicles. Is this a sustainable decision? They may have put off the idea of mining the conservation estate, but the government is still exploring possibilities in Southland for lignite extraction (lignite is the dirtiest coal of them all).There may be gold worth a few bob, and more coal in Canterbury and Westland. Is digging up and selling off minerals which took millions of years to create, a sustainable decision? One more decision of Government in this year’s budget. Sell off some well performing assets – energy companies, Air New Zealand. Is selling off the family silver a sustainable decision? One of the major difficulties when we come to assess how we are doing as a country is our total reliance on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for measurement. This way of measuring national wellbeing omits two large realms: the contribution of family and community and the contribution of the natural environment. Because they lie outside the marketplace they simply do not count. We need to establish a new measure which will more reliably tell us some of the things that really do improve our wellbeing. PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)


Periodic reports, including the development of a composite index, with a single number that moves up and down like the Dow Jones or the NZX, give quick snapshots of whether the overall quality of life of Canadians is getting better or worse. As more and more people discover the emptiness of affluence and seek a more meaningful life, growth and consumerism will fade in importance. Happiness is less a matter of getting what we want, than of wanting what we have. (JOHN ELLIOTT) PN References: 1. Mishan E.J. The Costs of Economic Growth 1967 2. Hamilton Clive - Growth Fetish 2003 3. Schor Juliet - The Overspent American 1999 4. Yearning for balance:views of Americans on Consumption, materialism and the environment - www.iisd.ca/linkages/consume/harward.html 5. Yunus Muhammad - Creating a World Without Poverty 2007 6. Wilkinson R. and Pickett K.-The Spirit Level,Why Equality is better for everyone Further Reading: 1. Bok Derek - The Politics of Happiness 2010 2. Hamilton Clive - Affluenza: When too Much is never Enough 2005 3. Homer-Dixon - The Upside of Down 2006 — esp. Ch. 8 No Equilibrium 4. Korten David C. - The great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community - 2006 5. Speth James Gustave: The Bridge at the end of the World-Capitalism, The Environment, and Crossing From Crisis to Sustainability 2008 - esp. P.161


SWANK: PROVIDING AUTO GROOMING FOR OVER 30 YEARS SWANK AUTO GROOMERS HAVE BEEN GREY LYNN BASED FOR OVER 30 years servicing both the motor trade and the general public. As with any trade there is a real art to grooming a car to a high standard and Stephan and Scott have well over three decades of experience between them. “Anyone can clean a car,” says Jonathan Williamson manager of Swank, “But there is a major difference to getting your car groomed and both Stephan and Scott have a real eye for detail”. From a full valet service to dog hair removal, Swank can tailor their service to what their clients require. As one client asked them nicely only last week, “can you transform my car from skanky to swanky?!” The end result was a very happy client and a very swanky looking Mercedes. Swank, now under new ownership have relocated to bigger and brighter premises in Pollen Street underlying their commitment to customer service and the Grey Lynn area. “Please call us and get yourself booked in today,” says Jonathan. PN SWANK AUTO GROOMERS, 9-11 Pollen Street T: 09 376 4605

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Several countries are working on such an indicator. If Canada, France and Britain, all with right wing governments, can develop an index of Wellbeing, surely our government could too. The Canadian Index lists eight interconnected categories of wellbeing – living standards, healthy populations, community vitality, democratic engagement, time use, leisure and culture, education and environment.

 LOCAL NEWS CLAUDIA KELLY’S FUNDRAISER THERE’S NO DOUBT THAT 2010 WAS THE BEST OF TIMES AND THE WORST of times for Claudia Kelly. Sitting in the best category is the fact that the 24-year-old Pt Chevalier personal trainer is one of only 30 students in the world to be offered a place to study medicine on the graduate-entry course at Oxford. “This is an incredible chance for me to work with and learn from some of the top doctors in the world,” the triathlete says. “And if you told me last year that this is what I would be doing, I simply wouldn’t have believed you.” For Claudia, the worst of times started promisingly at the beginning of last year when the BSc (Hons) graduate was excitedly preparing to begin her PhD after being awarded a full Doctoral scholarship. Then her tutor Hans Edge was killed in a cycling accident. Hans’ set of unique skills couldn’t be replaced. There was no-one else with the expertise to take over his supervisory role which meant that Claudia’s project was no longer viable. “I was absolutely gutted,” Claudia says, “Not only was it a truly saddening event, it seemed that my life’s path just evaporated.” Claudia stepped back from academic work and took some time out. She decided to travel to India before moving onto Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. “India was hard but vibrant and truly astonishing,” Claudia recalls, “then I moved on to Cambodia.” Initially, she was fascinated by Phnom Phen’s temples and markets. Then the young traveller met two women. “They asked me back to their place for a meal. They told me that their sister was moving to Wellington.” But their hospitality turned into a terrifying ordeal when she was asked to play a friendly game of blackjack with them. “They demanded money from me and forced me to go with them to the Western Union and numerous ATM’s,” she says. “That was the beginning of the end.” They gave her a mobile phone and began ringing her constantly demanding money from her at 3 o’clock in the morning. “And I can’t believe it but I did it,” she says. “They threatened me with terrible consequences if I didn’t. I was completely traumatised and terrified.” The fraudsters took her life savings, more than $20,000. “In a corrupt country like Cambodia it was no use going to the police. When I did, they simply made fun of me and demanded money in order to pursue my case. It was money I didn’t have.” With the help of family and friends and using the services of the British High Commission, Claudia was able to escape Phnom Phen the next day.

“But I suffered depression and panic attacks for months afterwards,” she says. She continued to work as a personal trainer, a business she had set up earlier while studying full-time. “You can’t let experiences like that, no matter how bad, get you down. It had always been a dream of mine to train as a surgeon and this gave me the determination to finally go for it.” Because she wanted the best training and education possible, Claudia decided to apply to a number of top UK universities. She was given interviews to three at the end of last year. “And I was absolutely blown away to hear that my application to Oxford had been successful,” she says. Now all she needs to do is to raise the $150,000 that’s needed to get there. Fund raising has begun in earnest. An auction is planned at Bill Ralston and Janet Wilson’s house at 5 Franklin Road at 7pm on Wednesday, 13 July to raise funds. Meanwhile, Claudia’s doing her bit too. She’s being sponsored to participate in the RoadCraft Coromandel Classic multisport race, a gruelling two-day event that includes mountain biking, mountain running, kayaking and road cycling. “This is an opportunity of anyone’s lifetime,” Claudia says. “I know I can do it.” (JANET WILSON) For further information: claudiaphoebe@hotmail.com PN PONSONBY NEWS HAS MADE A DONATION OF $200 TO HELP GET CLAUDIA STARTED.

PONSONBY COMBINED PROBUS CLUB – MAY MEETING THIS IS OUR FIRST REPORT ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE CLUB, WHICH HOLDS a meeting the third Tuesday of every month at 10.00am. On 17 May members gathered in the large dining room of the Masonic Lodge Hall in Argyle Street to sip tea, munch on biscuits and socialise. The loud buzz of lively conversation indicated they all seemed to have plenty to chat to one another about. At 10.30 they proceeded into the main hall where President Wally Cowl spoke on club business and administration matters before calling on the treasurer to give his report. Those co-ordinating the various social outings then gave details of what had been arranged. The programme included a visit to the Dolphin Theatre on 23 June to enjoy a performance of Searching for Dr Branovic. A lunch at the Cavalier was also on the agenda plus a mid -winter Xmas lunch at the Brigham Café. The buffet menu on offer for only $26 per person sounded too good to be true and it would be no surprise if there are plenty of takers for that occasion. The club has introduced the practice of acknowledging members’ birthdays and those who had received a Happy Birthday call described how it had made their day. Wally then introduced the five minute speaker, Bernadette Cheyne. She opened her address with a question to the audience - did anyone remember what they were doing on a certain date way back in time. Naturally nobody rose to the challenge but Bernadette remembered the day vividly because at the tender age of sixteen she embarked on the Oronso to travel to the United States on an American Field Service Scholarship. Bernadette delivered her talk with fluency and without the aid of notes, entertaining her audience with a lively and very amusing account of her memorable experience.

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The next speaker is a real heavy weight. Doctor Bruce Hayward of Geomarine Research is an Auckland geologist and research scientist. He is a member of the Royal Society and was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to geological conservation. His much lauded book on the volcanoes of Auckland explains the science of volcanoes and Probus members were treated to a fascinating slide show with aerial shots of our fifty volcanoes including those that have been long buried by quarrying. During his accompanying talk he spoke of the way they have shaped Auckland’s unique landscape and revealed how it’s possible to identify a buried volcanic crater by linking lava flows between boreholes and measuring the changes in the thickness of the flows and the volcanic ash. The most common question he fields is will there be more eruptions. Apparently they could happen any time but because the way our extinct volcanoes have been formed, seismologists can identify any movement beneath the magma crust which would give sufficient time to evacuate the area. It’s comforting to know Civil Defense is constantly monitoring every volcanic site throughout the region. Dr Hayward’s talk was seriously informative and punctuated with many humorous asides. He couldn’t have delivered it to a more appreciative audience. If this is the usual calibre of talks at the Probus Meetings then I for one look forward to the next meeting which will be held Tuesday 21 June.(DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN



STREET NAMES: EMMETT AND CURRAN Emmett and Curran Streets are named after two very different people: Robert Emmett a tragically foolish hero, and John Philpot Curran who has been hailed as one of his country’s greatest advocates. In eighteenth century Ireland, Emmett had the more favourable start in life. He came from an affluent Protestant family while Curran’s father had a menial position as Seneschal on a large estate in Munster. Both men were similar in that they sympathised with Irish Catholics who did not have fair representation in the English Parliament, but their ways of fighting the cause were very dissimilar. John Curran’s journey to success wasn’t easy. He was a sickly, stunted child with a speech impediment and a simian like face. HIs early socialisation was among the poor children from the surrounding cabins and in spite of his physical impairment he became their leader. As a young boy, in the hovels of the peasants, he absorbed the eloquence of wandering bards and listened enraptured to the music of the pipes. He received schooling through the generosity of a neighbour, who appreciated his precocious intelligence, and he eventually went on to study law at Trinity College. He was called to the Irish bar in 1775 and became renowned for his passionate denunciations of the many injustices that were visited upon the hapless Catholic population. He was a staunch champion of the freedom of the press and fought State prisoners’ cases with courage and sustained invective, so much so he became a legend in his life-time - the man ‘of fifty faces and twice as many voices’. Robert Emmett’s career was an entirely different kettle of fish but the two are linked by a tragic circumstance. He became involved in political activism while at Trinity College and was expelled as a result. To avoid the many arrests that were taking place in Ireland, he fled to France where he made a study of military tactics and met Napoleon who promised to support his revolution. He saw himself as a patriot who would lead the people to a promised land. On returning to Dublin he established contact with former United Irishmen but his youthful romanticism put off many possible sympathisers. One fateful evening Emmett went forth with a few faithful supporters and a motley collection of Saturday night drunks that turned into a murderous street brawl. By Sunday morning a few bodies in the street were the only indication that Dublin was the scene of the 1803 Emmett Rebellion. Arrests were made and Emmett went into hiding. Now arrives the connection with John Curran. Emmett might have escaped capture if it wasn’t for his infatuation with John’s daughter Sarah. He left his hiding place to be near her, was discovered, arrested and put on trial for treason. When Curran was briefed to defend Emmett he was mortified to discover his daughter’s ‘romance’ and to hear of Emmet’s visits to his home at Rathfarnham. He was vilified for refusing to defend Emmett who was found guilty of high treason, hung, drawn and quartered. Posthumously Emmett is still revered as a patriot, hero and martyr. He certainly displayed courage when his sentence was passed and made a rousing address to the court which has gone down in history. When conveyed to the scaffold he showed, in Curran’s words ‘unostentatious fortitude’ shaking hands with some he knew, saying “I die in peace and with sentiments of universal love and kindness towards all men”. The love story of Robert and Sarah has been immortalised in Thomas Moore’s lyric verse She is far from the land where her young hero sleeps but it takes poetic license to an implausible degree. There’s little evidence Sarah loved Robert. Her vanity and thoughtless dalliance cost him his life and her misguided letters to him almost incriminated her father. Afterwards, as was claimed, Curran didn’t send his daughter into exile. She was looked after by family friends in County Cork and married a Major Sturgeon less than two years after Robert’s execution. Mind you, it’s a lovely song that has moved generations of Irish children and Kiri Te Kanawa’s rendering of the ballad is enough to bring a tear to the eye, that is if you don’t know the true facts of the matter! (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN

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CHAIR’S WAITEMATA LOCAL BOARD REPORT: SHALE CHAMBERS WINTER IS NOW UPON US AND THOSE PLANE TREE LEAVES THAT LOOK SO magnificent in our streetscape in summer, and abound with red and yellow colours in autumn, are now just brown, soggy and clogging up our street gutters. There are just so many wonderful facets to being a local board member including all those emails about blocked gutters and the resultant blocked storm water drains. Technically of course all the roads, trees, berms and gutters and are Auckland Transport’s responsibility… but that is another story. We are of course the café capital of Auckland and New Zealand. We take this responsibility very seriously. So we leapt at the chance during Fair Trade fortnight to proclaim the Waitemata Local Board offices Fair Trade leaders. Deputy chair Pippa Coom led the charge and we will be serving up Fair Trade certified tea and coffee to those who visit us in our Graham Street offices, and have recommended to the Auckland Council that Auckland become a Fair Trade city. It is heartening to see so many Fair Trade shops and businesses we can get our So Good bananas and other products from in Ponsonby. Better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. We all need to take responsibility for this and our communities here are doing just that. Thanks to Gerry and Sally at the Great Ponsonby Art Hotel for their Fair Trade breakfast which raised over $1,000. I am also proud to announce that Waitemata is to apply to become the first Be. Assessable Local Board. Already 17% of us are ‘differently abled’ and we are all getting older. Soon 25% of us will suffer from at least one form of disability. Board member Christopher Dempsey has started us on a journey that will see us continually seeking ways to ensure activities, meetings and communications are accessible to differently-abled people. We will also advocate this to our business associations and community groups. The discussions on ‘Auckland Unleashed’, the document on Auckland’s proposed Auckland spatial Plan, closed for submissions on 31 May. We now await the draft Plan in July and consultation starting on it. This plan determines Auckland’s direction

until 2050 and we can’t underestimate its importance. Existing and future land use patterns are the key and this will determine Auckland’s direction, its social, economic, environmental and cultural objectives. For us here in Ponsonby and other inner city suburbs the pinch points are whether the inner city centre rail link, walking and cycling get priority over future motorways. It is about whether we are a ‘compact city’, or we get to visit our children and grandchildren by car in the rural hinterlands. It is about which ecological areas, landscapes, historic heritage and natural features we protect and how we do it. It is about where our children need to go for employment and housing and what kind of jobs and houses they comprise. Greenhouse gas emissions are a key aspect of the Plan. A 40% reduction of emissions by 2025 will create challenges for us and we must be willing to think creatively about how to do it. Watch this space and be part of the debate. And if you haven’t put in a submission get it off now despite it being a little late! Email: theaucklandplan@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz In May the Waitemata Local Board presented its local priorities for the 2011/12 financial year to the Governing Body of Council. The new financial year starts next month and we have tried to be fiscally responsible whilst responding to all those communities who want improvements in services … a hard ask indeed when no additional money has been allocated for Local Board initiatives! Our priorities included developing and enhancing aspects of parks and city centre playgrounds, improved pedestrian and cyclist safety and support for local arts and events. The upside of winter is the arrival of Matariki. The 2011 Festival is now upon us. Star-studded concerts, a new play’s premiere, traditional Māori food, a spectacular showcase of kites and a special kapa haka competition are all part of Auckland’s Matariki Festival 2011, on from 4 June to 4 July to celebrate Māori New Year. (SHALE CHAMBERS) PN Contact me: shale.chambers@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

NEW PRODUCT FROM BMW: 1 SERIES M COUPE AND M5 BMW has released details of two exciting new M models destined for New Zealand shores. The first model to arrive is the eagerly anticipated 1 Series M Coupe, a dynamic performance orientated vehicle tailored for the driving enthusiast. A 3.0-litre petrol engine develops a maximum output of 250 kW and maximum torque of 450 Nm, which can be increased by another 50 Nm in full throttle by means of an over-boost function. “The 1 M Coupe is a stunningly quick car, capable of accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and is speed limited at 250 km/h by means of intervention in the engine control system,” said Steve Hilson, Dealer Principal of Jerry Clayton BMW. “It’s a real purist’s car, as it comes with the key considerations of rear-wheel drive, manual transmission and an inline six-cylinder engine.” At the other end of the M sedan model range, details of the BMW Concept M5 were released to the world at the recent Shanghai Auto Show. “This exciting new concept model will form a basis of what the upcoming M5 will look like and will be a modern interpretation of a premium class business sedan with the dynamic qualities of a high-performance sports car,” said Mr Hilson. “It demonstrates how athletic design and the racing-inspired character of a BMW M automobile can be combined with the aesthetic and functional features of a sedan. A high-revving V8 engine with M Twin-Power Turbo Technology generates the power output required for outstanding performance.” PN For more information about these and other vehicles in the BMW range, contact: JERRY CLAYTON BMW, 445 Lake Road Takapuna T: 09 488 2000 www.jcbmw.co.nz

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LOCAL NEWS  PONSONBY U3A APRIL OUTING Between the April and May meetings a group of Ponsonby U3A members enjoyed a three hour cruise on the ‘Kewpie’ from Parakai near Helensville, along the Kaipara river to the harbour. The boat travelled through native bush and farmlands in the area and the captain gave an interesting commentary on the history and development of the Kaipara area. He mentioned that in the1960’s a nuclear power station was proposed for Jordan’s Island which extends in to the harbour from Kaukapakapa, but didn’t proceed. Members who went on the cruise felt it was a most enjoyable and informative day and despite an uncertain weather forecast the day was warm and sunny. PN

PONSONBY U3A – MAY 2011 INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON NEGATIVE CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF WARTIME Britain, 10 minute speaker Valerie Leech chose amusing anecdotes to share with members. Living in the countryside only 17 miles from London the family not only had a dugout but also a concrete addition to the house where they slept during the war years. Even the dog got used to the wail of sirens and would dutifully follow without quivering. She told of how she and a friend put on a concert in an empty barn to raise money for the Red Cross war effort. They sang and made up a play where the two of them played all ten parts by wearing different hats. The school she attended lost many students, sent away by their parents for safety reasons for the duration of the war. Her final anecdote was of crossing the common on her bicycle as she was nearing the school and being machine gunned by a low flying plane. When she arrived full of her lucky escape she was told, “tidy your hair, you’ll be late for prayers!” ‘Too many wrong turns - Auckland’s Transport evolution’ was the title of the fascinating lecture given by Graham Bush, Honorary Research Fellow, Political Studies Department University of Auckland. He compared Auckland modes of transport at the dawn of the twentieth century with a population of 67,000 and a city of 38,000 with the dawn of the twenty-first century by which time the population had increased to 1,160,000 with the Auckland City Council population of 367,000. Movement in 1900 was mostly by foot, horse or by horse tram/ bus. There was a two-line railway system with steam engines, the beginning of an electric tramway and a single ferry company with steam ferries linking downtown with Northshore and Eastern Bays. There were only a handful of cars. No motorways, arterial roads or a transport planning agency in sight or even contemplated. One hundred years later in 2000 most movement was by private motor vehicle as a driver or passenger. There was a decrepit and under-invested suburban railway, networks of diesel bus routes, and a single ferry company linking downtown with Northshore Waiheke and Halfmoon Bay.

Five motorways were being extended and/or upgraded, major arterial roads were multiplying and being upgraded with no electrified public transport vehicle in sight although a statutory planning agency was in place. Following these comparisons Graham went on to outline what he regards as Auckland’s ten biggest transport mistakes starting with the failure to construct an underground CBD rail loop which was first mooted in 1922. Then the shifting of the central rail station from Britomart to Beach Road in 1930, the rundown and closure of the tram system between 1949 and 1956, the construction of a ‘barebones’ Harbour Bridge (1954-1959) which had originally been planned with more lanes, railway tracks, plus a walkway and cycleway. He also included the near abandonment of the ferry system in 1959, the progressive closure of the trolley bus system, the rundown and near closure of suburban railway networks between 1970 and 2000. With the adoption of a Master Transportation Plan in 1955 the solution to congestion for the past 50 years has been to build more roads. What is the situation now? He feels Auckland is belatedly starting to get things right. In 2003 the central rail terminal was returned to Britomart and Auckland rail is being rehabilitated with plans to electrify by 2013. Ferry services have been upgraded, and more room for cyclists and pedestrians has been made. Bus lanes and bus ways have been introduced and electric transport is about to return to the CBD. There is further talk of an underground rail loop in the CBD first suggested in 1922, and again by Mayor Robbie in 1975. Rail to the airport and to the Northshore as part of a second harbour crossing are also mooted. AUCKLAND has a choice: it can continue to be a city dominated by increasing numbers of cars and the problems they create can be solved by building more roads, or a transport system could be designed which gives commuters an alternative (public transport) system which, as a main benefit, makes Auckland more liveable. HE CONCLUDED WITH THREE ABIDING REALITIES IN TRANSPORT: 1. You get what you pay for 2. You can’t have a world class city with a third-class transport system 3. Aucklanders can be got out of their cars. Great food for thought. PN

The next meeting will be held at the Leys Institute St Mary’s Bay Road at 9.45am on Friday 10 June with the main speaker being James Thomas, General Manager of Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic and Underwater World. Norman Stanhope has entitled his 10-minute talk ‘A brief journey to Chile’. (NOELINE CREIGHTON)

ULTRA-FAST BROADBAND KEY TO UNLEASHING AUCKLAND’S ECONOMIC POTENTIAL The successful bids by Chorus and Enable to rollout the bulk of the ultra-fast broadband (UFB) project will pave the way for unleashing Auckland’s economic potential, says Councillor Arthur Anae, chair of Auckland Council’s Economic Development Forum. “The economic benefits of being a globally connected city will be wide ranging across business, health and education, with improved broadband services increasing the capacity for innovation and productivity,” he said. The rollout of UFB would allow Auckland to thrive as an innovative centre for New Zealand. Based on their successful cabinetisation process, Chorus had proven to be a fast and effective deployer of communications technology, he added. “Ultra-fast broadband delivery in Auckland will have a resounding effect on the social, economic and cultural wellbeing of the region, and enable us to expand our global presence.”

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Councillor Anae said the Auckland Council had been preparing in earnest for the announcement of the UFB tender and that the broadband team had been working across the organisation to ensure that infrastructure assets were aligned to accommodate the broadband rollout. “We have also been working closely with Chorus and the other UFB bidders over the past 18 months to ensure we understand their needs and rollout requirements once the UFB fund is awarded. We have been ready for this for over 12 months now. We look forward to working with Chorus to ensure that Auckland maximises the benefit of the UFB initiative and that this happens sooner rather than later.” PN



ELIAS HANLON PONSONBY HISTORY A LITTLE HISTORY OF THE PONSONBY POOL HALL According to local folklore the Ponsonby Pool Hall has been operating since the early 1900’s. My recollections go back to my early days of the 50’s and 60’s. Situated originally at the top of College Hill and known as the College Hill Billiard Hall, it has reflected the changing times of its neighbourhood. In the days of 6 o’clock closing it was the place for the menfolk to head to for an evening when the pubs shut and Saturdays it teemed with eager gamblers, sharks and hopefuls playing a cut throat, quick fire game called ‘Alleys’. Like its counterparts worldwide it operated in a murky twilight world living up to the ‘dens of iniquity’ tag line that was so often used to describe them. As liquor laws became more relaxed and many more leisure activities became available the heyday of the pool halls came to an end and from having a presence in most suburbs of Auckland, the College Hill Billiard Hall was virtually the last one standing when I became involved in 1989. For all of its shortcomings a redeeming feature was that it filled a niche as a social hub, so when the walls came tumbling down in 1992, I was determined that it would survive and continue to be a special part of Ponsonby, hence the community assisted shift to 106 Ponsonby Road, under the Ponsonby Food Court. Replacing the background of horse racing commentaries with an eclectic music mix, obtaining one of the first liquor licenses for a pool hall and making cleanliness and behavioural standards paramount helped to ensure further generations have been able to continue to enjoy a pastime that has entertained and challenged people for so many, many years. The Ponsonby Pool Hall means so many things to so many people. For some it is a place to hone their playing skills, others as their socialising venue and for an increasing number of firms a place to hold a corporate function. For many it has been the back drop to their lives and many are they that utter the words ‘it’s good to be home’ as they come in from their O.E’s. A refreshing aspect is the large female clientele - a far cry from the virtually male domain of the past. Another reflection of the change is that the pool hall has hosted pupils from Ponsonby Intermediate Schools as a part of their sports activities for a number of years, ensuring future generations of players.

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So, from the days of its smokey, dingy and dubious past the P.P.H. has adapted to become a must visit part of the Ponsonby hospitality scene, hosting and catering to hundreds of thousands of visitors including some very well-known faces like The Rolling Stones, U2, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, the Mint Chicks and Larry Ellison, owner of the Oracle Americas Cup syndicate. Without a doubt the heart and soul of the business are the customers who for year after year have enabled us to keep the doors open. LONG may that continue. (ELIAS HANLON) PN PONSONBY POOL HALL, 106 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 2356 www.ponsonbypoolhall.co.nz



UNCOVERING THE KEY TO SUCCESS AUCKLAND’S YACHTIES TACKLE Despite an unceremonious loss in the ANZ championship THE HIGH SEAS grand final the Northern Mystics have turned heads in 2011; which has had me questioning, are the perennial underachievers living up to expectations or is their achievement in making the Grand Final a fluke? I went in search of the answer and because she’s one of the new factors in this side I started with head coach Debbie Fuller. PONSONBY NEWS: The franchise has had three coaches in four years and never made it past the regular rounds, why do you think that is? DEBBIE FULLER: This is the toughest netball competition in the world, you can’t expect to be there at the start, those sorts of results take time, and this year we’ve got the mix right. PN: What have you done differently with a similar batch of players? DF: I challenge them in every facet of play, if it’s a defender I tell them I want a certain number of intercepts and if it’s a shooter I demand a number of goals from a number of attempts. PN: You’ve won two games in Australia this year, the first New Zealand team to do so, how did you achieve that? DF: We learnt from other teams such as the Breakers; it’s just a court, it’s the same as playing in Auckland, seven players on the court, two hoops. It’s the same no matter where you play so there is no reason we can’t win our away games. And if you want to win the competition you have to win away from home. With Debbie being one of the new entities in this seasons make up I felt Captain Temapara George might be able to shed some additional light on the differences. PN: You’ve been with the Northern Mystics from day dot so how was 2011 different? TEMAPARA GEORGE: I felt I may have been the issue, but that was a mind -set I had to get over myself, but aside from that we feel we’ve learnt from our mistakes, we’ve gelled together better than ever. We aren’t trying to do too many things; we all deserve to be here and are just focusing on doing it. PN: You have an interesting mix of young and old in the squad, how important is that? TG: Hugely. The likes of 18 year old Kayla Cullen’s enthusiasm in the team inspires me to do more and I think the experience of Anna Scarlett and Maria Tutaia can never be over looked. Cullen has since been awarded the young up and coming player of the year award for the competition. The Mystics couldn’t keep their finals series roll on in the grand final, losing to the unbeaten Queensland Firebirds, but the thing in sport is that if success is quick to come, its often quick to disappear, and because the Mystics have taken four years to get there I’m sure they won’t disappear from the title race in years to come. (GEORGE BERRY) PN

On Sunday 4 June, Yachting fans get the chance to check out TeamVodafoneSailing when they leave from Viaduct Harbour on a 1,140 nautical mile race. The adventure starts in Auckland and finishes in Musket Cove, Fiji. At around 12pm looking on from North Head you’ll see the 60 foot trimaran, which is capable of sustaining speeds of up to 30 knots (78 kmh), embarking on New Zealand’s biggest off shore race ready to encounter anything and everything the ocean chooses to throw at them. The crew of nine are effectively treating the race as a sprint but are well prepared to attempt the feat in a matter of days… Hundreds of thousands of sailing miles have been accumulated by the crew, which includes Owner and Skipper Simon Hull, Boat Captain Kevin Peet, Navigator Patrick O’Reilly, Paul (Casper) Murray, Stu (Disco) MacKinven, Ollie Scott-Mackie, Selby Howard, Paul O’Reilly, and Guy Hewson. Skipper Simon said “I’m looking forward to the prospect of having Emirates Team New Zealand’s new Volvo boat, Camper, to chase to Fiji.” Fiji is the boat’s first stop in an offshore calendar that will take in the Sydney to Gold Coast Race, the RQYC Brisbane to Keppel Race, the Airlie Beach Race Week, and Hamilton Island Race Week, before TeamVodafoneSailing returns to New Zealand for the Coastal Classic and the New Zealand summer racing season. There’s a whole lot more to come in this series of stories about TeamVodafoneSailing including how crewman Guy Hewson from Herne Bay got the nickname nude, so stay tuned. (GEORGE BERRY) PN

LOCAL COACH SCOOPS TOP TENNIS AWARD COACHING NOWADAYS INVOLVES A WHOLE LOT MORE THAN TURNING UP TO training twice a week, organising a few drills and offering advice; people want more and if they don’t get it are often very quick to either go elsewhere or drop the sport altogether. That’s why innovation, determination, planning, and thinking outside the box has earned west end tennis head coach Justin McKenzie the right to be called Auckland’s best tennis coach. Unbeknown to McKenzie, who sits on the committee of the West End club, his fellow board members had put his name forward for this year’s award, and at the recent dinner in front of over two hundred of his peers he was acknowledged for his hard work and determination to see the sport succeed in Auckland. If you head down to West End Tennis Club in Cox’s Bay at any time on any day you’ll rarely see the courts empty, and that’s all credit to McKenzie’s love for the game and persistence to have participation in the club. Whilst it may seem a little crazy, McKenzie’s introduced such things as tennis boot camps, tennis for tots, and is even going as far as to set up patter tennis sessions during lunch times at a couple of local primary schools. “You’ve got to look at what people want, and give it to them, says McKenzie, there’s no point staying rigid in what used to work twenty years ago. People are more cautious with their money so want bang for their buck, so we mix up sessions to keep them interesting and affordable. “The tennis for tots is about hand eye coordination, the boot camps are fitness mixed in with tennis drills for people to improve their skills in an unconscious way - we even have someone come to add different elements to the boot camp in the mornings, such as an aerobics instructor to what we are looking at now is a boxing coach, and most of all my team of coaches are all singing from the same song sheet. We now have a great group of young coaches that can give you the skills and have the leadership to make things happen,” McKenzie explained. “We have so many elements to the club, like court hire, midweek games right down to a burgers and beer scenario at the end of the night to keep up the most fun part of tennis… the social element.”

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Congratulations Justin and the team at West End Tennis, you deserve it! (GEORGE BERRY) PN DEADLINE – 20TH OF THE MONTH June 2011 PONSONBY NEWS+



TIMING IS EVERYTHING FOR KIWI SPORTS HOST WHILST CRUISING THROUGH A MARKETING DEGREE AT OTAGO University, never in his wildest dreams did Crowd Goes Wild (CGW) host Andrew Mulligan (pictured right) believe he would ever be in a position to be the voice of Australian Basketball in New Zealand, host the countries sporting awards or even be part of one of the country’s highest rating breakfast radio shows. Mulligan who is now firmly a Ponsonby local is very much a household name across sporting circles in New Zealand, and when I had the chance to interview him recently I found out that my belief about right place right time is something he and I have in common. Mulligan’s big chance to get into the media came at the expense of some young scarfie chick that decided a night out on the turps was worth more to her than a spot on Dunedin’s newest TV station Cow TV. Mulligans mates were given the task of creating the university reality TV show about life in the southern city… and when the girl in question didn’t turn up one Saturday morning Mulligan (who had no previous experience) kindly offered to fill the void and as he would say “the rest is history.” “It was supposed to be for one show but the producer liked it so from then on I was a regular on the programme,” said Mulligan That show became quite a success, which saw Mulligan go on to host such things as the best damn super rugby show and 3 sports rugby side line shows (when it was free to air). In 2005 Mulligan, who was working for Sky TV, was given the role of interviewing possible co-hosts for a show on Prime TV that was to be called CGW. He duly went about the task of finding this person to sit alongside former Blackcap Mark Richardson and take a light hearted look at the days sporting news… whether it was a case of Andrew not finding anyone to fit the bill or himself being the perfect person for the job all along, Mulligan once again found himself in “the right place at the right time” and is to this day the co- host of that show. During his time working for Sky TV Mulligan took on the role of Basketball commentator for the Australian National Basketball League alongside Tall Black Casey Franks; the pair has become the sound of the Breakers. Much to Andrews surprise the Breakers made it through to the finals series with home court advantage, and with the Auckland franchise becoming the eventual winners of this year’s competition he got to call the grand finale. “That was a dream come true, I love my sport but basketball tops the list so to be able to do that I must say was an awesome experience.”

Like a number of media celebrities in New Zealand Andrew’s appetite to be in the spotlight continues to grow, so when he was approached about joining the Morning Rumble breakfast show on the ROCK, he didn’t need to think too long before accepting the job. Working both ends of the day can be tiresome so I asked Andrew how the first few weeks have been, he replied “I won’t lie, it’s been interesting prying myself out of bed at some ungodly hour of the morning, but I’m absolutely loving it.” “The rock fits perfectly with CGW, we don’t take anything seriously which I think is awesome.” I suggested to him that being happy at 5 am in the morning after you’ve had little sleep must be a tough assignment and he had this to say in response; “On the contrary, having a laugh at both yourself and your friends is what life’s all about and I get to do it all day every day, what could be better than that?” (GEORGE BERRY)

ALL BLACKS PUT THEIR MARK ON THE FORD FIESTA The All Blacks and Ford New Zealand have teamed up to create a one-off limited edition design of one of New Zealand’s biggest selling cars, the Ford Fiesta. Richie McCaw, Dan Carter and Conrad Smith were among the 20 players who tapped into their creative side and worked alongside a team of specialists from Ford New Zealand on the project. The players had input into the interior, exterior, performance and in-car entertainment system of the top-selling vehicle.

“By bringing the squad together in a design project, they have created something unique and special for rugby fans to enjoy in the years to come,” says Chris Masterson from Ford New Zealand. “Today’s rugby is a game of power, strength and intelligence. The Ford Fiesta was our pick for this project as it offers those same traits, with some European flair to boot.”

Only 35 of the cars have been made, with the final look revealed to the public when it went on sale at selected Ford Dealerships nationwide on 30 May. One car will be auctioned off on Trade Me with proceeds being split between Ford New Zealand’s official charity partner, Variety – The Children’s Charity and the NZRU’s official charity partners, Plunket and KidsCan.

Since launching in late 2008, the Ford Fiesta has won more than 70 accolades globally, including praise from New Zealand motoring journalists. In 2009 it was crowned Car of the Year at the annual AMI Insurance NZ Autocar Car of the Year Awards, and Car of the Year by the New Zealand Motoring Writers’ Guild last year.

For people raring to catch a glimpse of the rugby stars at the track and working on the design of the car, five behind the scenes webisodes were posted on www.ab35.co.nz in the lead up to the car going on sale.

Supercar driver Shane Van Gisbergen had the honour of taking the players for a spin around the racetrack in the Ford Fiesta so they could get a taste of its performance and handling.

Ford New Zealand has been a sponsor of the All Blacks for 17 years, and wanted to take a different approach in showing their support for the team this year.

For more information, and to take part in the online treasure hunt to win a Ford Fiesta for a year, visit www.ab35.co.nz PN

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1-2. Grey Lynn resident KIM ZANDERS told us, “My husband and I have just returned from a very relaxing holiday in SAMOA. Here are a couple of photographs of me outside the ‘Sliding Rocks’ and also at David Tua’s village - Faleatiu. Apart from driving around the entire island of Upolo, we enjoyed visiting the markets in Apia, the endless warm weather and swimming/snorkelling in the crystal clear beach waters of Maninoa. We also got to feed the turtles at Malua, which was an absolute delight.” 3. Freemans Bay resident ROSS THORBY told us “I went on a WINE AND FOOD CRUISE out of Auckland last week and this was just on the way back into the city when I suddenly remembered Ponsonby News! (I could recommend these cruises if you need a quick break!)” . 4. RICHARD DOUBTFIRE emailed us this great shot and asked us if it could be included with the collection of people reading Ponsonby News whilst abroad. His photo shows pupils JOSH and SEAN DOUBTFIRE from Ponsonby Primary School having a relaxing holiday in FIJI. PN

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SYRIA, JORDAN AND EGYPT by Kate Gohar, Director, World Journeys I LOST COUNT OF THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO SAID ‘Are you mad?’ But travelling to the Middle East during a time of monumental change was exciting, not terrifying; it’s an area I know well and I trusted my friends locally who said there was nothing to fear, so off I went, taking a 12 year old and a small group of well-travelled, hardy individuals with me. Damascus Old Town (Syria was our first stop) has more than its fair share of charm; impossibly narrow streets wind their way in towards the Omayyad Mosque, stooped old gentlemen make their way slowly past groups of chattering youths or sit companionably outside a café sharing a water pipe. People are happy to chat and there is time to watch artisans busy inside tiny workshops, or nimble fingered bakers tossing flat bread into a scorching clay oven. It is so unfortunate things appear to be deteriorating rapidly in this wonderful country bursting with appeal on so many levels. In Petra (Jordan) my son couldn’t resist humming the Indiana Jones theme tune as he approached the siq on horseback; a large group of rowdy children on a day out from school distracting him only slightly in his quest for the Holy Grail. His mother on the other hand, felt the usual quiet thrill as she walked through the last part of the narrow cleft in the rock that suddenly opens to reveal al-Khazneh, the towering stone structure so often photographed it feels reassuringly familiar whether you have visited Petra before or not. But the Jewel in the Crown was surely Egypt; the country pulses with a fresh and energetic vibe, everyone is upbeat and while they are waiting for the tourists to return, work continues apace uncovering new archaeological and cultural sites across the country. I have visited the pyramids more times than I can count, but how strange to wander freely with the time and space to stand in awe of these magnificent structures – the usual crushing crowd completely non-existent.

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Tahrir Square, the centre of the revolution, proved to be an unexpected attraction with the group as they strained to get good photographs of this tiny, and now immaculate, square near the Cairo Museum. Cruising the Nile was equally peaceful. My last visit to Egypt entailed a veritable battle to work my way through the crowds at the Valley of the Kings as well as Karnak and Kom Ombo Temples. The third tier of the Funerary Temple of Hatchepsut is also open, so I took the opportunity for the first time and despite the 49oC heat, to climb my way to the top of this weirdly modern looking temple built into a towering cliff-face. Without exception, we were welcomed with real warmth, the locals thrilled to see foreign visitors. It seemed as though everyone we met was willing us to have a safe and memorable journey, urging us to tell everyone at home that it is the perfect time to visit! PN


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EAT, DRINK + BE MERRY ZUS & ZO: AN AERIAL PERFORMANCE INSTALLATION BY EVE GORDON CUSTOMERS AT ZUS & ZO, THE NEWISH CAFÉ ON JERVOIS ROAD RECEIVED an unexpected treat with their lunch last month. To celebrate Koninginnedag or Queen’s Day, the national holiday in the Netherlands, owners Joost van den Berg and his wife Clare, a film-maker, organised an aerial performance installation by Eve Gordon. Along with this performance there were jugglers, face painters and a DJ. As Clare told us, “we’ve had an amazing response from the locals to our café and we intend to hold more events like this in the future. We will update our Facebook page when we’ve got something new to announce.” PN ZUS & ZO, 228 Jervois Road T: 09 361 5060 www.zusandzo.co.nz

NEW NAKED LOCALS SOUPS Soup season is here – and it’s good timing as Naked Locals have just introduced their new range of locally inspired, mouthwatering soups, packed full of natural ingredients found right here in New Zealand. The flavoursome new range is bursting with uncomplicated, homemade, feel-good flavours, bound to ignite taste buds and keep winter days cosy and warm. These include: • Kaipara Kumara Soup with Caramelised Onion and Sour Cream • Marlborough Sweetcorn and Basil Chowder • Canterbury Mushroom Soup with Mascarpone and Thyme PN

photography: Edward Talbot

NEW Naked Locals Soups RRP $5.47 - $5.95 EACH (depending on where purchased)

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GREY LYNN RESIDENT ALICE LEONARD RUNS HER LOCAL BUSINESS ANGEL Food in the ‘hood and is tempting us back into the kitchen with her monthly recipe as she explains. “Lemon curd that’s egg-free, dairy-free, and cholesterol-free? Yes, it’s all of that, and delicious! Don’t let the unusual ingredient put you off!” 250g golden kumara* ¾ cup sugar

90ml freshly-squeezed lemon juice Zest of one large lemon

1. Peel the kumara generously – you don’t want any grey bits in your beautiful yellow curd! Dice it and steam until very tender. 2. Zest the lemon. I use a potato peeler for this, as it’s the quickest way, and the long strips get chopped up fine in the next step. Just make sure you’re not getting the white pith with the zest. 3. Place in a food processor with the remaining ingredients, and process until very smooth. Makes a lovely filling for vanilla cakes, or a pie filling (New Way short crust pastry is vegan, and you top it with Angel Food’s vegan meringue or dairy-free cream). Will keep in the fridge for about a week, or you can freeze it for several months. *Only golden kumara gives the rich yellow result we expect in a lemon curd, so I don’t recommend using the orange or red-skinned kumara. www.angelfood.co.nz PN

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THE GAME SEASON IS HERE AGAIN AND WE LOVE THE UNIQUE VARIETY OF flavours it brings with it. Game meats have proved to be increasingly popular over the past few years, and you should be able to find yourself wild venison, rabbit and duck from your local butcher, gourmet food store or farmer’s market – or you could catch it yourself of course! These rich meats stand up well to strong flavours, and you will find lots of ingredients to experiment with on our shelves… Venison and chocolate is a match made in heaven. Our Valrhona xocopili are savoury dark chocolate pearls, made with a subtle blend of cocoa, paprika, cardamom, curry powder and Basque chilli pepper. Use these to create a velvety sauce with complex layers of flavour. Venison loin rubbed with olive oil and porcini powder makes a hearty winter meal, and you can make a quick and easy jus by gently heating beef reduction with Fresh As freeze-dried raspberries.

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Succulent and tender, duck is perfect paired with oven roasted vine tomatoes, a drizzle of balsamic and piled atop thick ribbons of silky egg pappardelle, or some creamy polenta. Quince paste makes a beautiful sticky glaze for duck – sweet but with a sour tang, this will cut through the richness of the meat. Duck and pancetta paella spiced with La Chinata paprika is also a delicious winter dish. For a simple but stylish sauce that enhances a variety of game meats, try Vincotto Calogiuri original, or the infused varieties (fig or raspberry are ideal). And braises flavoured with spices such as juniper berries, star anise and pink peppercorns will enhance and complement any game meat, and also work well with beef. PN SABATO, 57 Normanby Road T: 09 630 8751 www.sabato.co.nz



TASTING WINE Never been to a tasting? Not sure what to expect? Well, the first thing is to be assured, that all Glengarry tastings and events are run in a non intimidating way, our aim to ensure that everyone enjoys themselves, learns about wine and feels comfortable no matter what their previous tasting experiences are. June is a great month to get out to a tasting, either by yourself or with family and friends. Sitting in a nice warm room, learning about wine and avoiding the cold and rain is always a good idea. Add to that the selection on offer this month at Glengarry and you are off to a good start. Throughout June, Glengarry is celebrating the Glengarry Dozen. A selection of twelve outstanding winemakers that stand out. Not only for their superb wine making skill, but the personality behind the label. You’ll see their wines featured in page five of the June Glengarry Wine letter and will have the opportunity to meet these gurus at any one of the numerous tasting and events being held in June.

Now it’s time to taste the wine, when you taste you will sense different things in the various parts of your mouth. Sweetness on the top of the tongue, acidity around the sides, bitterness on the very back of the palate, astringency and tannins around the edge of the mouth and gums. When you taste the wine, make sure you roll the wine around your mouth to ensure it touches every surface, try to suck some air through the wine as you draw it into your mouth. The hardest bit is then translating your thoughts of the wine and what you’ve tasted into words, this takes time and practice. The important thing to remember is that you can never be wrong, the whole process is a very personal thing and what you think of the wine, what you like and appreciate is all that matters. For the full schedule of June events, please see www.glengarry.co.nz/events (LIZ WHEADON) PN www.glengarry.co.nz

WHAT KIND OF EVENTS ARE BEING RUN? There are over 50 different events during June, all in varying styles and great fun. Here’s a few of my top picks to give you an idea of what to expect. Thursday 30 June – there’s a winemakers dinner at Didas Victoria Park, featuring not one but two winemakers – Helen McCarthey from Taylors and Jules Taylor herself. This is a casual winemakers dinner, the food will be shared, family style and the tasting itself will be quite casual. Thursday 16 June – we have the legendary Rudi Baer at Victoria Park. Rudi is the winemaker at Quartz Reef in Central Otago, this tasting will be formal and structured, we’ll present the wines in our tasting room – a great opportunity for those who love Central Otago and want to learn a bit more about Sparkling wines and Pinot Noir from the region. Wednesday 8 June – we have Nick Lane from Cloudy Bay at Didas Jervois Road for a formal winemakers dinner, each course will be carefully matched with the wines and prepared by Tony Heap from Didas Jervois Road Kitchen. Wednesday 26 June – Alastair Mailing MW from Villa Maria is conducting a tasting at our Westmere store, we have a room upstairs that seats about 15, a great opportunity to meet a Master of Wine at a small format tasting and ask all those questions you’ve always wanted to. HOW TO TASTE? Tasting wine is using the senses of sight, smell and taste to consciously assess a wine’s quality. Mostly what we regard as our sense of taste is actually what we smell, with most of us capable of recognising around 10,000 different aromas. When tasting wine the first sense to use is sight – hold the glass up to a white background and look at the clarity – is the wine bright or dull? Look at the colour – is it the same all over or different around the edges? Swirl the wine around your glass and look at the legs or tears (this is the wine running down the glass)– this shows you how viscous the wine is and gives you an idea of the alcohol level – the slower the legs come down, the more viscous. Next smell the wine, to do this swirl the wine around the glass, have a good sniff (you’ll need to get your nose right into the glass) your first impression will be the most important – don’t think too hard or over analyse it. What do you smell? What does it remind you of?

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PONSONBY LITTLE BLACK BOOK: AN A-Z GUIDE TO BARS IN GREATER PONSONBY The greater Ponsonby area has Auckland’s finest collection of bars catering to a wide demographic as REBECCA JONES discovers. BARRIO, 44 Ponsonby Road T: 376 8147 www.barrio.com Facebook This is a social neighbourhood local with Coopers Pale Ale on tap and yummy bar food treats. Barrio DJ’s include Bevan Keys, Roger Perry, Uncle Barney, Manuel Bundy and Jam Crew, visit their website or facebook for gig guides. The upstairs lounge is available for private functions. Open Tues-Sat 4pm-Late, Sunday and Monday by arrangement.

Open Mon-Thurs 4pm-11.30pm, Fri and Sat 3pm-2am and Sun 3pm-11.30pm. HERNE BAY LOCAL, 170 Jervois Road T: 09 376 5367 www.hernebaylocal.co.nz Facebook and Twitter Warm and relaxed it’s the place where locals can enjoy a range of drinks and meals throughout the day like Asian influenced tapas and platters and a bistro style lunch and dinner menu using the best organic meats and fresh produce.

BONITA, 242 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 5670 www.bonita.co.nz Bonita is a wine and tapas bar with an excellent wine list and cocktail credentials. Bonita’s relaxed atmosphere is the perfect place for a casual drink or tapas indulgence. Happy hour runs from 4-6 daily. Open 7 days 4pm-Late.

BYO Wine Monday night, Curry night Wednesday, Sunday Brunch from 9am and Sunday night Roast. Open seven days 11.30am-Late. JULEP BAR, 152b Ponsonby Road T: 09 378 8186 www.julep.co.nz Facebook Julep bar flies under the radar, it’s a laid back cocktail lounge with boutique beers, a wine and cellar list and one of the best back bars in Ponsonby. Listen to DJ’s Thursday, Friday and Saturday and visit their website or facebook for the latest gig listings.

CALUZZI BAR AND CABARET, 461 K Road T: 09 357 0778 www.caluzzi.co.nz Established in 1996 Caluzzi Bar & Cabaret offers a unique fun themed dining experience with great food and an interactive show by award winning Drag Artistes. With a DJ and disco, this is a great place to have a social get together. Bookings are essential. CHAPEL BAR , 147 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 4528 www.chapel.co.nz Facebook A Ponsonby institution, Chapel is the perfect place for drinks with friends after work, for dinner, a snack or a night out! Chapel’s brand new menu shows culinary prowess and is certainly well worth the visit to sample delicious and very affordable fare such as the crispy Italian style pizzas. Chapel’s staff complements the cosy and comfortable surrounds with their friendly service making you feel at home. Open Mon-Wed 3pm-Late and Thurs-Sun 12pm-Late. CHICANE, Upstairs 198 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 0098 www.spongebar.co.nz Chicane is upstairs from Sponge Bar and can be hired for private parties catering for up to 150 people. There is an extensive cocktail list, you can play your own music and there is a projector. Open Tues – Sat 5.30 – Late. COSH BAR, 155 Ponsonby Road T: 09 3601534 www.cosh.co.nz Facebook Cosh is a New York style cocktail lounge bar specialising in after dinner cocktails and cocktail shots. Two function rooms are available for private parties. Visit facebook for upcoming events and DJ entertainment. Open Tues-Sun 4pm – Late. CROSSROADS BAR, 2 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 0655 www.crossroadsbar.co.nz Facebook Crossroads Bar and de Ville Lounge provide a “Taste of New Orleans”. The bar is filled with jazz, blues and soul music to get your feet tapping and the adjoining de Ville Lounge has favourite New Orleans flavours such as Gumbo, Jambalaya, Crab Cakes and Corn Bread and with five variants of tobasco sauce to choose from, you can spice it up any way you want. Listen to the music; dine in the lounge, garden courtyard or on the street. Private rooms are available for small dining parties of 15 -18 people. DIDA’S WINE LOUNGE, 54 Jervois Road, Herne Bay T: 09 376 2813 www.glengarry.co.nz/didas.jsp Dida’s offers warm wood and leather with cool tunes and great service; a glass of good wine from the extensive Glengarry portfolio and a plate or two of interesting and well-priced tapas. Open seven days 11.30am-Late.

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Owner Phil Mead is nominated for The Lewisham top bartender and Metro rates them one of the top five places to go for a cocktail. Open Tues-Sat 5pm-3am. DIDA’S WINE LOUNGE, 118 Wellesley Street, T: 09 308 8319 www.glengarry.co.nz/didasvicpark.jsp Open throughout the day, Euro-styled food, tapas and raciones, sandwiches and salads as well as cheese and dried meats can be eaten with any of the wines on offer from either the quick list of 30 or from the retail store or cellar with a small service fee. Open Mon-Sat 7am-8pm and Sun 7am-7pm. GABLES SPEIGHT’S ALE HOUSE, corner Jervois Road and Kelmarna Avenue T: 09 376 4994 www.gablesspeightsalehouse.co.nz Facebook The Speight’s range of beer and a gastro style menu make Gables an attractive local to meet friends and family. Social functions can be catered for from 10 to 400. Kids dine free on Mondays with a full paying adult. Quiz night Tuesday 7pm. GRAND CENTRAL, 126 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 1260 www.grandcentral.net.nz Facebook Ponsonby’s longest serving bar, Grand Central is famous for its live music, late nights and dancing. It’s unpretentious and welcoming with friendly service, great food from Il buco pizza and the latest license in Ponsonby. A private upstairs function room is available at no charge. Open Mon – Sat 4pm – 5am. GREY LYNN TAVERN, 521 Great North Road T: 09 376 6521 Facebook The Grey Lynn Tavern is a friendly neighbourhood place to have a drink, dance, sing or watch the game on the big screen. TAB facilities and Pokie machines are also available and the bar can be hired for private functions. Open seven days 11am – Late. GYPSY TEA ROOM, 455 Richmond Road T: 09 361 6970 www.gypsytearoom.co.nz The Gypsy Tea Room has been attracting people from far and wide for the past eight years. There is a smaller private room for up to 30 people, a tasty bar snack menu, thoughtful wine list, beer including Coopers Pale Ale on tap and cocktails for the discerning. This is a great place to meet friends old and new.

LA ZEPPA, 33 Drake Street T: 09 379 8167 www.lazeppa.co.nz Facebook and Twitter Since opening in 2004, La Zeppa has been consistently regarded as one of the best inner city bars with its wrought iron candelabra, dim lighting on soft brick and a large open fireplace. It’s a great place to catch up with friends for some drinks or indulge in tapas and wine from their extensive list. La Zeppa is available for functions. Open seven days 4pm-Late and Friday lunch from noon. LIME BAR, 167 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 7167 Tiny and narrow, Lime is the place for late night whisky, wine and really great cocktails. It’s an easy vibe with music from Sinatra to Springfield and an older, sophisticated crowd who sing along when things get loud. LOLABAR, 212 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 0396 www.lolabar.co.nz Facebook and Twitter Lolabar is a stylish and luxurious upmarket bar with wonderful service and a wide range of drinks for the discerning drinker – cocktails and high end spirits are a specialty. Visit facebook for a guide to upcoming events and entertainment. Open Tues-Sat 5pm-Late. LONGROOM, 114 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 8803 www.longroom.co.nz Facebook Longroom is a modern stylish bar and restaurant. There’s a variety of entertainment Wednesday through Saturday, Brunch on the weekend and large screen TV’s to watch the game. Visit their website for upcoming events and promotions like Champagne Tuesday. Open seven days 11am-Late. MALT BAR, 442 Richmond Road T: 09 360 9537 www.maltbar.co.nz Facebook A neighbourhood bar and restaurant in the heart of West Lynn, Malt is open for lunch, tapas, dinner and brunch on the weekend. Check out their website for daily specials like $4 dessert Monday, Quiz night Tuesday and four day weekend: DJ Thursdays, Live music and happy hour Friday and Saturday and finish off the weekend with Beer o’clock Sunday. Open Mon-Fri 11am-Late, Sat and Sun 9.30am-Late.


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PONSONBY LITTLE BLACK BOOK: AN A-Z GUIDE TO BARS IN GREATER PONSONBY MEA CULPA, 3/175 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 4460 www.meaculpabar.com Facebook A bar for the serious cocktail drinker, whether it’s a classic or modern creation using seasonal produce, the drinks menu displays imagination and finesse. Passion and love go into every glass and it’s easy to see why they have won so many awards. Mea Culpa is a finalist in the Lewisham Best Bar category. Open MonWed 3pm-1am, Thurs-Sat 5pm-3am. MONDIAL, 549 Great North Road T: 09 376 6682 www.mondialbar.co.nz Mondial is a very relaxed and lively tapas bar with friendly, efficient service. You can order as many or as few dishes as you want, ranging from prawns, calamari, meatballs, lamb skewers, vegetable platters and more. They have a great wine list with a mix of international and New Zealand wines plus some great dessert wines. Open Tue-Thu 4pm-Late, Fri and Sat 3pm-Late.

SPONGE BAR, 198 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 0098 www.spongebar.co.nz Known for its dance floor and DJ’s, Sponge Bar has been entertaining locals for years. There’s an open mic night on Thursdays, DJ’s Friday and Saturday, great cocktails and friendly bar tenders. Open Tues-Sat 4.30pm-Late. SPQR, 150 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 1710 www.spqr.co.nz A Ponsonby institution, SPQR has been a prominent fixture along the Ponsonby strip for nearly 20 years. The lively atmosphere and friendly service gives SPQR an authentic, first-rate reputation. The pizza is great for an anytime snack, Veal Marsala is an old favourite or try the Scampi Tail Linguine with chilli, garlic and extra virgin olive oil. You can eat or drink at SPQR anytime of the day or night. Open seven days 12pm-Late.

Private use of the back bar with no hire fee is perfect for parties and corporate events. Open Tue-Thu 5pm- late, Fri-Sat 4pm-3am and Sun 4pm-late. THE DRAKE, 2 Drake Street T: 09 307 3220 www.thedrake.co.nz Facebook The Drake is a Monteith’s craft bar with a full range of beer available on tap, a wide range of food and three great function areas for 20 -150 people. Visit their website for a calendar of events from music trivia quiz night to $20 Platter and Pint night. Open Sun-Fri 11.30am-Late, Sat and Public Holidays 12pm-Late. THE ELBOW ROOM, 198 Jervois Road T: 09 376 2613 www.elbowroom.co.nz The Elbow Room is a favourite local corner bar with a discerning wine list, wide range of beers including Asahi and Fat Yak on tap, and an extensive cocktail selection. The bar can be booked for private functions, either exclusively or shared use. Open 7 nights 3.30pm – Late.

PONSONBY POOL HALL, 106 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 2356 www.ponsonbypoolhall.co.nz Facebook This is the longest lasting pool hall in Auckland, with 14 pool tables and a private Snooker lounge featuring Rolling Stones Memorabilia. There are over 30 bottled beers to enjoy while you play and they’re open everyday but Christmas day. Available to hire for social functions, watch the video on facebook. Open seven days 11am-1am.

THE GOLDEN DAWN – THE TAVERN OF POWER, Corner Ponsonby and Richmond Roads. Open Wed-Sun 4pm – Late. THE GRANGE , 106 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 8663 www.thegrangeponsonby.co.nz Facebook Recently taken over by new management, The Grange is now offering a new vibe on Ponsonby Road. With new management come new staff, a new menu, and a new philosophy. Check in to facebook for the latest in entertainment and specials.

PONSONBY SOCIAL CLUB, 152 Ponsonby Road T: 09 361 2320 www.ponsonbysocialclub.co.nz Facebook Just like the RSA without Sky Sport or asparagus rolls. Musicians and DJs entertain six nights a week and there’s tasty food and cocktails. Winner of the Outstanding Bar of the year award for 2009. Visit the gig guide on their website for the latest information. Open seven nights 5pm-Late. SALE STREET BREWERY, 7 Sale Street T: 09 307 8148 www.salest.co.nz Facebook and Twitter Sale Street Brewery is situated in the heart of Auckland’s hot spot - the Victoria Quadrant. A mega-venue that defines style, Sale Street showcases a casual and comfortable ambience with funky stylish art pieces, sculptures and lighting fixtures throughout the large warehouse style space. There are a variety of bar and dining options including a bar, micro-brewery, Auckland’s largest deck and garden bar, Dallow’s casual fine dining restaurant, The Velvet room private bar as well as a live music stage. Open Mon 3pm-Late and Tues-Sun 11.30am-Late. SNATCH BAR & TAPAS, 171A Ponsonby Road T: 09 361 6170 www.snatchbar.co.nz Facebook Snatch Bar is a retro 1950’s lounge bar with delicious cocktails, a relaxed atmosphere and great music. Enjoy one of their special cocktails in a comfortable leather sofa as you watch the evening unfold on Ponsonby Road. Open mic night every Tuesday from 6pm and visit their facebook page for upcoming events and promotions. Open Tues-Sat 6pm-3am.

THE PONSONBY BELGIUM BEER CAFÉ, 1-3 St Mary’s Road T: 09 376 6092 www.theponsonby.co.nz Facebook This Belgian Beer Cafe has New Zealand’s largest range of Belgian specialty beers and is also world famous for their pots of New Zealand green-lip mussels, old-fashioned Flemish stew and amazing Chocolate Mousse. ‘The Ponsonby’ is a little piece of Europe in the heart of Auckland. Open Weekdays 11am-12am, Weekends 9.30am-12am. THE WHISKEY, 210 Ponsonby Road T: 09 361 2666 www.whiskeybars.com Facebook and Twitter This hip bar plays classic rock and offers intimacy and action seven nights a week. There is a huge range of whiskey to suit all palates and wallets plus you can learn to make cocktails at The Whiskey Cocktail College or simply indulge in one made by the friendly bar staff. THE CAVALIER TAVERN, 68 College Hill T: 09 376 4230 www.thecavalier.co.nz Ray Wilson has been the owner of The Cavalier Tavern for 20 years. Whether you want a bar snack or a three course meal, the restaurant offers a great selection of food. There is a large selection of imported and New Zealand wines and a huge range of tap and bottled beers. Eat inside or outside on the spacious deck. Open Mon-Sat 11am-Late and Sun 12pm-Late. THE CRIB, 151 Ponsonby Road T: 09 376 8930 www.thecribbar.co.nz Facebook and Twitter The Crib is a friendly local bar and dedicated live music venue with open mic nights, cover bands and “Sunday’s got soul”, visit the website for the latest gig guide.

Whiskey Live celebrates New Zealand music month every year in May, visit their website or facebook for more information. Open seven nights 5pm-3am. URGE, 490 K Road www.urge.co.nz Facebook Urge is New Zealand’s longest running gay men’s bar and since 1997 has aimed to create a safe and fun place to dance, drink and cruise. It’s a no attitude masculine space catering for the Bear, Rugged, Masculine Leather crowd and admirers. There are all sorts of theme party’s, quiz nights and DJ’s, visit their website for the latest listings. Open Thurs, Fri and Sat 9pm-Late.


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FOOD … GLORIOUS WINTER FOOD IF YOU’RE A GLASS HALF EMPTY KINDA GUY OR GIRL, THEN YOU’RE PROBABLY dealing with your annual bout of seasonal woe right about now – shiveringly bemoaning the passing of another summer. Fortunately for us Chapel’s main man Luke Dallow rarely looks down on a half empty glass – metaphorically speaking at least - and has seen the change of season as the perfect opportunity to introduce a delicious new Winter menu. And he’s even hosting a free menu tasting launch to celebrate. But before we get to that, we’ll just make your mouth water a little first … The new menu features an enticing mix of small plates and mains, designed to tempt all appetites and tastebuds. Luke promises that his new beef burger will “put the class back into an old classic”, while his take on another old Kiwi favourite, the humble fish finger, makes for unusually posh nosh with the help of some zesty caper mayo sauce. Other standout winter warmers include the five-spiced soft-shell crab on chilli garlic slaw, which is a real tongue twister in more ways than one, and the chorizo and caramelised onion with crispy potatoes. Quite simply yum! Not only does the new menu reflect the change in season, it also acknowledges that there might be a little less change in the pocket these days, and is therefore all affordably priced. But if affordably priced ain’t enough for you, how does free sound? On Tuesday 7 June, Luke invites you to join him for the menu’s official launch, where he’ll be serving up tasty morsels from the new menu for your degustation. Places are limited, so to make sure you don’t miss out RSVP now to rsvp.chapel@xtra.co.nz

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The seasonal menu update also includes a whole new pizza selection, with new offerings including the mouth-watering wild mushroom, taleggio, goat’s curd and caramelised onion. Like the rest of the new menu, you can enjoy these pizzas all week long, however every Tuesday through June all pizzas are just $10. And to ensure romance doesn’t also fall victim to the latest budget, Tuesday is unofficially date night at Chapel, with cocktails also only $10 and live music playing throughout the evening. Of course if you just fancy a romantic night in, that’s ok too … the pizzas are also available for takeaway all week. Two people who may well still be looking for love can at least now console themselves with the title of Ponsonby Bachelor and Bachelorette of the year 2011. Michael Twyman and Grace Heinemann were crowned at last month’s lavish Chapel party, and were rewarded with some incredible prizes from the event’s sponsors. Grace won a $2K shopping spree from Smashbox Ponsonby, Juliette Hogan, Republic, Stiletto Shoes, Dr Hauschka, Kingan Jones and Mi Piaci, while Michael won two Rugby World Cup 2011 match tickets, courtesy of official World Cup sponsor Brancott Estate, and a $1K pre-party at Chapel … if nothing else, that’s a lot of pizza! PN CHAPEL BAR & BISTRO, 147 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 4528 E: chapelbar@xtra.co.nz




In comparison to Christine, Julia is a lot more subdued however her enthusiasm for the brand is not overshadowed by Christine’s. Immediately I realise that underneath their attractive and youthful exteriors lays a strong work ethic. “You should work hard but also make sure you have fun while you do it,” Christine muses, “apart from dealing with the serious stuff; we do have a lot of fun meeting people while promoting our brand.” However, Julia gives a more maternal perspective to their company’s growth. “It becomes like your baby, its awesome to see how it shapes and moulds.” Their business is still in the early stages of development; as it was only a little over a year ago that both women were still working full-time and then baking until 2am. However, through a lot of hard work and countless in-store appearances the brand has quickly established a strong presence within the dessert market. Julia believes that a steadier and more planned approach is best for their business as she states that, “we just need to go slowly while we can cope with it, it’s all about the right stores, the right people”. The brand name of the company ‘Dollop’ encompasses many of the mythologies that both women associate with their puddings. Christine states, “the name has a strong nostalgic feel and associates a strong sense of imagery like an old fashioned kitchen and kitchenware.” Julia adds that, “we use a lot of the good stuff - the real stuff such as real cocoa powder, chocolate, butter and milk rather than vegetable oil.” Though Julia does add laughingly, “There should be no healthy puddings!” The homemade sensibility that the company articulates through its brand name is used to help differentiate itself from other products on the market. Both Christine and Julia believe that being the face of the brand helps to enforce a sense of authenticity to their product. Christine says that, “being the face of the brand helps to reassure people that Dollop is a real authentic local Kiwi business and not a characterless off-shore corporation” and that “people are starting to realise that not all products are what they seem.” With Dollop, Christine and Julia have been able to distinguish themselves from their competitors as their brand epitomises, “the public’s desires for a homemade alternative.” Julia explains that, “People don’t want something that is pumped out of a huge machine; people want the real deal.”

The DOLLOP range includes a Chocolate hocolate Molten Torte, a Sticky Date Pudding with Butter Toffee Sauce and Chocolate ocolate Molten Pots

Christine also adds that, “Our product uct is all about bringing people together; we want our product to be enjoyed with a great meal as well as with a great bottle of wine. It’s also about entertainment as well as a gift that people can give to one another.” The desserts that are produced by Dollop incorporate old-fashioned sensibilities within a fast paced modern environment giving the metaphor the ‘proof is in the pudding’ a new layer of icing. (TIM WAKELY) www.dolloppuddings.co.nz PN

JO BARRETT’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT VINNIES We have some of the best restaurants in Auckland – in our distribution area we have Clooney, Sidart and of course a PN favourite is always Vinnies on Jervois Road. Our team can be a chef’s worst nightmare with both a vegan and veggie, but über chef Geoff Scott who was also celebrating his own birthday ensured we were all well fed and watered. The menu is certainly worthy of being printed in full. MARTIN + JAY The First Course amuse bouche consisted of a millefeuille of crisp radical kumara chips with kohlrabi, pickled nashi pear, roast hazelnuts and raspberry vinegar dressing. JO + GWYNNE First Course amuse bouche - Fiddler’s Hill goats cheese rolled in soft herbs, pickled nashi pear, roast hazelnuts and raspberry vinegar dressing. MARTIN + JAY A warm timbale of ebly wheat with coconut cream and kaffir lime, crisp shallots, Jay had the addition of a persimmon and tomatillo salsa and our chef remembered how much I adore caramelised Matatoki haloumi! JO + GWYNNE The ladies on the team enjoyed ravioli of koura with sweet peas crushed with kaffir lime and a light lemon grass crème. And the pair shared a special course of fruit tea cured and manuka smoked wild venison loin with cauliflower beignet & horseradish cauliflower puree.

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MARTIN + JAY + JO + GWYNNE A feijoa palate cleanser. MARTIN + JAY Autumn ratatouille of tempura aubergine, black morris roast tomatoes, crisp zucchini flower, roast baby shallots, Vinnies special roast bull horn ratatouille sauce. JO + GWYNNE Oven baked hapuka with a speck crust, potato and fennel creamy risotto and a red wine beetroot sauce. Slow cooked duck with confit breast, golden beets, gnocchi and bok choy with soy ginger glaze. To finish: We all enjoyed a tasting platter of earl grey tea crème brulee, a dark chocolate soft centre pudding, mini choc mint ice-cream and mandarin sorbet, lavender pannacotta. Jay enjoyed fresh fruit with organic mandarin sorbet. All of this enjoyed with the delicious flavours in the lovely Clos Marguerite Sauvignon Blanc, Cloudy Bay Riesling, the newly released MonCellier Pinot Noir from legendary Aucklander of Matua Valley, Bill Spence. PN


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WITH A STRONG KNOCK AND A SHARP RING AT THE DOOR DOLLOP CO-OWNER Christine McCarthy makes her presence known instantly grabbing my attention. Christine’s interesting tale of her journey to the Ponsonby News office draws me to her personable nature. Soon after I get acquainted with the other half of the business duo, Julia Crownshore.

GREEN TEA GIVES YOU MORE THAN YOU BARGAINED FOR The hardest part of winter is staying healthy, keeping your weight under control and resisting over-indulgence in carb-filled winter foods. For the health conscious who still love their taste buds being stimulated, there is an alternative. Dilmah has just released a new green tea with lemongrass and lemon. The rich, calming brew has all the benefits of natural green tea, which can help increase your metabolism and burn fat. The all natural Dilmah green tea with lemongrass and lemon is a great aid to balancing your winter diet. The high levels of antioxidants found in green tea work at keeping off age and lifestyle related diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and cardiovascular disease. This is because it helps neutralise oxidative stress caused by foods found in typical winter meals - high in carbohydrates, protein and fat. Researchers from the US Department of Agriculture found green tea has one of the highest natural sources of antioxidants. “The more calories you take in the more dietary antioxidants you need,” says RL Prior, one of the authors of the paper. “Ensuring that your body has a steady supply of antioxidant-rich foods can help combat oxidative stress throughout the day.” Generally, two cups of green tea are the same in antioxidants as five portions of fruit or vegetables. Another bonus to this winter brew was highlighted in a 2011 review on studies related to green tea in the Journal of Herbal and Medicinal Plants. The review found that green tea extract works at helping with acne treatment and lowers hormone activity. They also found that green tea is a great immune enhancer that can help boost your immune system and ward off bugs and diseases. The added bonus of lemongrass which has antibacterial properties can also help in warding off sickness. The Dilmah all natural green tea with lemongrass and lemon will be available in most supermarkets from July at RRP $2.99. PN

VINNIES, 166 Jervois Road T: 09 376 5597 www.vinnies.co.nz

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LUKE DALLOW COULD BE DESCRIBED AS A SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR, I ASKED him if this is an apt description and he replied, “I see myself as giving gifts to Auckland.” He has certainly helped change the face of Auckland hospitality first opening Salsa followed by Malt, Salt, Garnet Bar & Kitchen, Chapel Bar & Bistro, Sale Street Brewery and Dallow’s Restaurant. He has just sold his share in Sale Street to DB and is focusing on Chapel and another new enterprise. The Red Hummingbird by Luke Dallow is part of Sky City’s new entertainment precinct on Federal Street, along with Depot by Al Brown and The Grill by Sean Connolly and all are due to open in July. Luke wants The Red Hummingbird to be a local bar and eatery for those who live in the city needing somewhere to go that is casual, comfortable and sophisticated. He loves the name and is intrigued by the tiny birds’ agility; it is the only species of bird able to fly backwards and beats its wings up to 90 beats per second, rather like him. Luke’s mind is always moving “Ideas pop up like pings going off in my head, I dream ideas and wake up thinking how am I going to do that, I’m always looking for gaps in the market, what hasn’t been offered before, I don’t replicate bars, they’re like daughters, I create her, educate her, marry her off and she survives with someone else paying the bills,” he says. When travelling, Luke gets out of work mode and into creative mode. He purposely looks at fit-outs when he’s on the move, searching out not just bars and restaurants, but hotels, bookshops, clothing stores, anything that might give him inspiration, he flicks through magazines in waiting rooms and tries anything and everything when it comes to food. On a recent trip to India, “the most interesting thing I ate was chopped red onion with fresh squeezed lime, I like to eat flamboyant food, but sometimes the simple things are the most inspiring,” he says. Creative ideas are just the starting point, Luke has an old fashioned philosophy and strong work ethic putting in 110% to achieve his goals, but part of his success is due to his hospitality team who help push the brand and get behind his ideas. He is also lucky with Brand Manager Stacey Hart who “is a big part of my business, she knows

UNDER CONSTRUCTION Federal Street in downtown Auckland is a hub of activity as construction moves forward on three new dining spots. Come the beginning of August; ‘DEPOT’, by Wellington chef and restaurateur Al Brown; THE GRILL by celebrity Australian chef Sean Connolly and RED HUMMINGBIRD by local name Luke Dallow will open their doors in what is being billed as the coolest new dining precinct in town. The three new outlets will join the already popular dine by Peter Gordon and Bellota, also by Gordon with plans underway for further additions to the street. Already the name behind the likes of Chapel Bar & Bistro and Sale Street, Luke is lending considerable kudos to the developments as he brings Red Hummingbird to the public. He describes the bar as being based on the concept of a gastro pub environment with the sophistication of a bar but the familiarity of a cosmopolitan club and the ease of a local. He talks about Federal Street as an entertainment hub with a lively atmosphere and selection of great options for hospitality. “This will be a great destination for Aucklander’s and I can see it turning into an ‘oak tree’ precinct for Auckland.”

me back to front, how to filter out what is necessary for the business and what is not. Also, we are blessed here in Ponsonby, there’s a huge resource of hospitality talent and much of it has been here for many years. We’re hospitable to one another, we’re like mates, a lot of the businesses complement each other and Ponsonby has become a well known hospitality destination.” This year Luke has been nominated for two Lewisham awards, which are nominated and voted for by industry peers; Chapel bar & bistro for outstanding local and Luke for outstanding hospitality personality. “There have been many awards, it’s good to be recognised and great for customers to see, but I could not have won any without the support of my team.” With so much time spent on making his customers happy, I asked Luke if he was able to spend much time at home. “I’m lucky home is close to work so I can whip home when I have a few minutes to spare. I try to be there most nights to spend time with the kids and I’m on the Board of Trustees at the school which forces me to spend time away from work. It’s about finding a balance, my philosophy for success is don’t be afraid to give things a go, live a real life, give people what they want and treat people how you want to be treated, most importantly, be real.” (REBECCA JONES) PN

HAMMERHEADS RESTAURANT – REOPENING PLANNED FOR AUGUST OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS, HAMMERHEADS RESTAURANT ON TAMAKI Drive has become an Auckland icon with a reputation for superb food and a wonderful atmosphere. Hammerheads Seafood Restaurant was opened on 4 October 1990 in a Heritage Building next to world-renowned Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World. Since then Hammerheads has become a landmark and thousands of people have enjoyed dining there. Situated in a prime location on one of the world’s most scenic waterfront strips at the edge of Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour, the restaurant offers magnificent views of Auckland’s growing skyline and wonderful harbour. Hammerheads Restaurant is currently closed due to a fire on 20 February this year. The fire was caused by cigarette butts igniting in a rubbish bag after a 21st birthday party celebration in the bar and deck area. After the party, the cleaner smelled smoke in the kitchen but wasn’t in time to stop the fire spreading to a plywood cupboard and into the rafters and ceiling. Despite a valiant effort from the cleaner, who sustained injuries, the building was well alight when the fire department came. The bar and outdoor area were badly damaged and the restaurant suffered smoke damage.

On the top of the list for Luke right now, along with design and build work, is getting the right team on board in time for opening. “Having built some great successful bars from the ground up I know it’s essential to get the best team. I believe in having a lot of fun at work and that’s the kind of people I’m looking for. We’re looking right now for the whole range of positions from duty managers to busser’s.” PN

An extensive refurbishment and fit out is being undertaken to not only return Hammerheads Restaurant to the fine dining establishment it once was, but to bring it back better than ever with a fabulous new menu and new chef, Elliot Warne, ex Head Chef from Tribeca.

To find out more or apply, contact Kristy Teece on T: 09 363 6069 or Victoria Taylor on T: 09 363 6454 or apply online at www.skycitycareers.co.nz

HAMMERHEADS RESTAURANT, 19 Tamaki Drive; E: info@hammerheads.co.nz

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ONE OF THE PONSONBY NEWS FAVOURITE PLACES IN THIS COMMUNITY IS the long, and winding Richmond Road with some of the team’s favourite haunts - Dear Reader, Trelise Cooper Outlet, Sliced, Tully & Gardener, Ripe, The Little Grocer, Nina & Co, 428 Richmond Road, Delicious, The Gypsy Tea Room, Vanilla Ink, Richmond Road Cafe, Moa and Dalston - all wonderful places for shopping and dining. Murray Crane’s outlet store - 428 Richmond Road will shortly be going through a small transformation over the Queen’s Birthday weekend. The store, for years managed by Matt Rue (of City Newton Bombers fame) has evolved over the last eight years and is now a must stop location on most men’s buying circuit says Murray Crane. As he explained to PN, “we felt that it was time to give it a ‘bit of a tutu’. We love the Grey Lynn location and are committed to being there for the next eight years.” There are always new businesses opening here and one which is fairly new is Escobar Espresso situated right next door to Ross Brader’s Professionals’ office. (MARTIN LEACH) PN

RICHMOND ROAD’S ESCOBAR ESPRESSO THERE’S A NEW ADDITION TO THE SHOPS IN WEST LYNN, ESCOBAR Espresso has opened on Richmond Road next to Dalston just a few doors down from the Gypsy Tea Room. Co-owner Natalia Escobar comes from Colombia, she grew up surrounded by coffee plantations in the heart of the coffee region where her family have been growing and farming coffee for over 30 years. She met her partner Nigel Richardson in California where they decided New Zealand would be a great place to open a cafe dedicated to the passion behind great Colombian coffee. The coffee at Escobar is 100% Colombian organic and Fair Trade, it’s rich, full-bodied and perfectly balanced. Some delicious breakfast pastries, fresh fruits, sandwiches, salads and treats are on display to enjoy along with it and the beans are available to take home as well. It’s a simple formula, great coffee, people and food. A steady following of locals and friends have already staked a claim, so if you’re in the neighbourhood, check them out. Open Mon - Fri 6.30am - 3pm and Saturday 8am 1pm. (REBECCA JONES) PN ESCOBAR ESPRESSO, 483 Richmond Road T: 09 376 4181 Facebook

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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.

Dear Agatha I hope that my letter finds you well. You will have returned from Dunedin by now, hopefully without Aunt Edie’s nasty cold. Aggie dear, I won’t be able to come and visit you now until July as I’ve had a skirmish of desperate June brides knocking at my door to beg me to make their dresses, and this is on top of all my own orders. Most of them have been referred to me by Alice and Rosie – who trade as the Misses McCabe. Last Saturday they suffered a nasty accident during an excursion to the Waitakere ranges…about six of their group tumbled down a slippery bank while making an attempt to get closer to a troupe of noisy tui. Poor Alice broke her right arm and Rose her right wrist and all the fingers of her right hand. Usually I would be able to accommodate and indeed would welcome an additional order or two, but as it is, the prospect of completing my existing orders is starting to bring on bouts of panic and the need for more cups of tea than I really ought to drink in gg one day. Can one drink too much tea Aggie? While chattingg with Aunt Clarissa yesterday during a fitting (for a gown to wear to yet another wedding!), we mused on the subject arity of the month of June for weddings. Aunty of the popularity thought that itt had something to do with the month being named after Juno, thee Roman goddess of marriage. She also said that in the old days att home, marrying in June meant that the first child n in the Spring which apparently was good luck and would be born he mother time to recover before returning to work also allowed the at harvest timee – poor thing! My contribution to the conversation mbrance of reading somewhere that centuries ago was a remembrance ad their annual bath in May or June, which meant the English had that marryingg in June made the nuptials altogether a much more pleasant and ng experience! How fresher-smelling is it that my brain remembers such n you just imagine it! I’m trifles! But can so pleased – for the sake of my delicate senses - that we now live in much more s. hygienic times. Aggie dearest,, were you able to get more of that bright ered Chinese braid that you found for me blue embroidered st time you were in Dunedin? I managed to in Penrose’s last o nicely trim one evening frock, but another have enough to uld allow me to sew a little matching evening two yards would d a lovely blue silk tassel in my oddments purse. I found ld finish it off perfectly. I’ve made the dress box that would tomer who I’m trying to impress. It doesn’t for a new customer matter at all iff you couldn’t find any. I’ll simply change the design to a drawstring pouch in black satin and use d and the blue tassel to trim it with. It blue silk cord most as nice. should look almost I have to tell you about a wonderful party that I attended lastt Saturday. It was at a friend’s new flat in thee city and we were asked to dress in our most or the occasion exotic garb. For I had made myself a eep red very simple deep oat in the velvet opera coat Oriental style,, trimmed with borders from one her’s old shawls. of grandmother’s I wore it over a simple black ished with satin dress finished her blue silk a deep kingfisher sash secured with a gorgeous enameled lily buckle by Liberty’s that Ada had sent me for my birthday.


If only Valentino could have seen me! I’m certain that one look and he’d be set on whisking me to his Sahara hideout instead of that Lady Diana Mayo! Anyway. . . back to the party. Gladys, my friend, had decorated her flat beautifully. She had all the furniture pushed to the walls and in their place had laid her carpets and large soft cushions for us to recline on! Above this cosy nest she had suspended a silky canopy, and strings of delicate paper Chinese lanterns were hung about the room. After about two hours of chatting, nibbling on delicacies and drinking some strange concoctions we were suddenly roused from our languor by a panic-stricken Gladys wailing for her missing cat. We had all to be very careful on entering the flat that Rajah did not take flight, but like a feline Houdini, he had somehow managed to escape. Well that was the end of our exotic idyll and the beginning of the ‘Search for Rajah’, as our epic would be titled if it were shown at the picture theatre. We were then commanded by Gladys to take up two lanterns each and steal as softly as we could down the stairs to the street to begin the hunt. Can you picture us! Ten p in silks,, velvets and tassels and brandishing maidens draped a total of twenty lanterns, teeter teetering around the streets at 10pm at night! (Please DON’ DON’T ever tell mother!) After about an hour of searching and calling, a passerby told us that they h had heard a cat meowing t little park across the as they passed through the Alt road from the flats. Although we had already searched there we return returned after replenishing our g candles. Moving in a group from pohutakawa to pohutakawa, holding our lanterns aloft to t canopy as possible, we illuminate as much of the finally spied a pile of w white fluff high up in the pitifull – it was Rajah. We used boughs mewing pitifully our friendliest cajoling mews in response, but all to no avail, so Gladys ran back to the flat and returned brandishing a piece of chicken from sh asked us to move away our supper. Then she h closer to her waiting while she coaxed him arms. We all sat sstill as the dead so as not to rustle our silks and extinguished half the lanterns and wa waited silently for the five minutes that it took for Rajah to leap down to the low lowest branch and be swept tearfu Gladys. After all that, up by a tearful Gladys appeared to have lost the spirit to continue the party sso one by one we bid our farewell, gathered up oour things and departed into the night. I wonder Aggie whether you would like some silk flowers or rosettes for one of your frocks? In April I ordered a new book on ribb ribbon and fabric trimmings, which has only just arrived, and I must say that it is proving already to be worth eevery penny I paid. Last evening I made five large ribb ribbon daisies, which are to be attached to the sash of one of my bridal frocks. I’ve th found the process of making them both straightforward s myself, so professional and satisfying and if I say so looking. Next I will be tryin trying cabbage roses, ribbon pet and ruffle rosettes. All chrysanthemums and petal would look equally gorg gorgeous as hat trims. Do let me know what flowers you would like and I shall bring them with m me when I visit next month. Well dear, I must get back to my sewing. But B first a cup of tea! With mu much love,


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FASHION + STYLE GET WARM AT WORLD WORLD has just released a truly delightful range of scarves and arm-warmers, exclusive to WORLD fashion stores. These pieces are the perfect accessories and addition to any outfit adding texture and contrast with a fashionable assortment of colours and patterns. They are also the best way to fight winter as each scarf and arm-warmer is made of beautiful New Zealand merino wool, warm and truly luxurious.

The scarves and arm-warmers form part of WORLD’s Autumn/Winter 2011 collection Wasted Days, Wasted Nights. The complete collection is available in store now. WORLD scarves and arm-warmers are available from WORLD PONSONBY, 97 Ponsonby Road T: 09 378 0897 www.worldbrand.co.nz PN

WORLD scarves: $149.00; Arm-Warmers: $89.00.

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FASHION + STYLE A SLICE OF HEAVEN Heavenly Soles has now opened a new store in Jervois Road, stocking fantastic brands and a beautiful store to complement the amazing shoes. Opened last month by shoe-aholic Kerry Gladman, Heavenly Soles came about when customers at her Matakana store kept asking her to come and open a store in Ponsonby. So she did! Four years ago Kerry opened her first store in Matakana after she wanted to share her shoe obsession with New Zealand women. Last year Kerry opened her Devonport store and now is really excited about her new site in Jervois Road. By stocking Kathryn Wilson, Nude, Neo, Chaos & Harmony, Briarwood, Minx, Django & Juliette, United Nude, to name a few, Kerry makes it a priority to provide shoes for everyone. “We have a great blend of flats, boots and heels in stunning colours and styles,” she tells us. “Here in New Zealand we have some amazing designers and I love to showcase as many as possible. I also import a great selection of European shoes at great prices. Heavenly Soles also stocks a gorgeous selection of accessories including handbags, belts, hosiery, scarves and gloves. Kerry has designed the store to be elegant and inviting, like a sanctuary in the city where you can take your time finding the perfect shoes and to take time to spoil yourself! Heaven has been found… PN Heavenly Soles, 14 Jervois Road T: 09 360 0225 www.heavenlysoles.co.nz


DIVINE YOU – HELPING WOMEN TO FEEL GREAT JOHANNA-MAY MANKS, OWNER OF DIVINE YOU, IMAGE and Style Consultancy has recently moved back to Auckland, Freemans Bay, bringing with her, her business and CCM Sportswear and Leisurewear from Brazil. With her experience in personal styling and appreciating that women like to look their best all the time, Johanna-May found there to be an opening for stylish, versatile women’s sportswear. With the CCM sportswear and Leisurewear you will look good and feel comfortable when you go to the gym or to exercise, but more than that you will feel great because the gear you are wearing is not only affordable but is of high quality and performance. Juggling family life, work, exercise and leisure, women today more than ever are using sports clothes for day-to-day comfort and practicality. With raw materials, colours and mouldings, CCM is a brand designed to go beyond sports.

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The environmental issue is also extremely important to the brand with investments in using natural raw materials. CCM is contemporary and the garments speak of the latest trends in fashion, adapting to the body providing comfort and total freedom to move. Johanna-May ensures most items are one-offs so they are unique to you. CCM has sports bras, singlets, bodysuits, tops, vests, dresses, jackets, leggings, yoga pants plus more. At DIVINE YOU, IMAGE AND STYLE CONSULTANCY, JohannaMay helps women feel great about them selves. Services offered include colour analysis, personal styling with body shaping, wardrobe planning and personal shopping. PN For more information please contact Johanna-May on T: 09 376 9491 or M: 021 855 989


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SHARP DRESSED MAN With more than a dozen stores catering to dudes and dandies, Ponsonby has got to be THE destination for men’s fashion in New Zealand. Working with international runway photographer Michael Ng, Ponsonby News asked eight of our favourites to present their great men’s looks for WInter 2011.

428 RICHMOND ROAD Gubb and Mackie trouser $189.00 Gubb and Mackie Merino jersey $160.00 Frat boy Shirt $189.00 Cadet jacket $295.00

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BLACK BOX Stolen Girlfriends Club Tenderisor ring $429 Opening Ceremony Jacket $689 Claude Maus Check Shirt $279 Commoners Alike Teeshirt $69 Ksubi Chitch Jean $279 Vanishing Elephant Boots $339.00

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FIFTH AVENUE All Paul Smith: Cord Jacket $1200 Cord trouser $425 “Cycle jerseys” Holdall $695 Paul Smith Gingham shirt $360 belt $260 Shoes $695

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WORKING STYLE Navy Needlecord Jacket $790.00 Check shirt $269.00 Knitted Italian Silk tie $129.00 Navy Geezer fit Jean $249.00 Belt $129.00 Boots $599

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LEX ALL LEX: Jeans $150.00 Jeans Shirt $99.95 Coat $199.95

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TEXAS RADIO Edwin Sen Skinny Dry Shave Jean $344 Belt $45 Scotch & Soda Shirt $260 Scotch & Soda Knit $234 Scotch & Soda Shirt Jacket $404 Soles Brogue $249

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WORKSHOP Workshop Denim Jean $249 Shirt $198 Military Anorak $549 Hudson Westland boot $498 Workshop Beanie $89

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T: 09 378 8565 BLACK BOX

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WORLD Tom Collins Jacket (raspberry) $699 Hemmingway shirt $299 Preppy Polo Jersey $289 Sazerac jeans $385 Bow tie (wool) $75 Saint Nick scarf $149


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worldbrand.co.nz PHOTOGRAPHY: Michael Ng ngfoto.com HAIR AND MAKEUP: Kyla Petersen T: 09 360 8090 MODELS: Matt King and Brad Smeele, Red Eleven, redeleven.net.nz

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FASHION + STYLE KYLA PETERSEN – AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN AS THE ‘BROW QUEEN’ WITH A CAREER IN BEAUTY THERAPY AND Make Up, spanning over 18 years, Kyla Blossom Petersen’s first two years were spent working at Equipoise Spa in Jervois Road. Today she runs her own business ESSENTIAL BEAUTY THERAPY from a charming Nicolas Stevens designed studio behind her home in Grey Lynn; the perfect place to work from. Kyla studied Beauty Therapy at Joyce Blok Institute of Beauty Therapy and did her make up training with Samala Robinson. When asked what made her choose this line of work Kyla said, “I was always interested in creative style work and I get a kick out of making people feel good inside and out.” “I think all my clients would agree I am a perfectionist and have an eye for detail,” says Kyla “and I take great pride in my work. I do waxing, manicures, pedicures, facials and lashes and brows. My treatments start at $20 and range to $100.” In Ponsonby she is affectionately known as the ‘Brow Queen’ because she creates the perfect brows and considers providing great service, as a joy. Her business has grown mainly from word of mouth and says it is always such a pleasure to get an email or text from a client to say she has given them the best pedicure or lash tint, brow tint and shape. “I have loved and continue to love living in Ponsonby and enjoy picking up the Ponsonby News and seeing many of my clients and friends faces in there.” PN ESSENTIAL BEAUTY THERAPY, for an appointment call Kyla on T: 09 360 8090 or M: 027 285 6916

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QUALITY MENDING CO. AT WORKSHOP Workshop is now exclusively stocking Quality Mending Co, a range of authentically detailed cotton canvas bags. Hailing from a famed vintage store by the same name on New York’s Lower East Side, each tote or duffel is made from durable cotton canvas, leather trim and retro talon zippers, and available in a range of classic colours. In store now. PN WORKSHOP PONSONBY, 74 Mackelvie Street T: 09 361 3727 www.workshop.co.nz


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FASHION + STYLE A NEW HOME FOR PLUSH Plush, a Garden City favourite, has planted new roots on Ponsonby Road, after being forced into relocating from Christchurch when the recent quakes left owner/designer Carolyn Barker without premises for her boutique clothing store. “I was in the High Street fashion precinct in Christchurch prior to the September earthquake and my building was red-stickered. I moved the store around the corner and had just gotten back on my feet when the February earthquake closed down the CBD again”. Despite the shaky circumstances, Plush is already feeling right at home amongst the buzz on Ponsonby Road, an energy that Carolyn feels resonates well with her clothes. “I am a New Zealand designer who makes funky clothing; Ponsonby has a fresh buzz about it that gels well with this”. Carolyn knew Ponsonby was the perfect location choice, being an area that closely reflects the store’s Canterbury origins. “I loved Ponsonby straight away, it reminds me of the High Street precinct/Lichfield Lanes in Christchurch. I love the feel of its historical architecture”. And it seems the feeling is mutual, with Plush already making a solid impact on shoppers who are enjoying the ‘beautiful and different’ pieces on offer. Plush ensures everyone can feel well-dressed, with items ranging in size from 8 to 20. Renowned for its individual pieces, Plush is also popular with overseas visitors seeking a unique “New Zealand look” to add to their wardrobe. Being no stranger to dressing for chilly temperatures, Carolyn’s pick for a winter favourite is the Dandy Jacket, arriving in store soon. With beautifully made and reasonably-priced pieces, we’re pleased this southern gem has journeyed north to Ponsonby Road. MEET THE DESIGNER: Carolyn invites Ponsonby News readers to pop into store for wine, cheese and 10% discount on the night, on Thursday 1 June between 5pm and 8pm. PN PLUSH BOUTIQUE, 95c Ponsonby Road T: 09 376-7350

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SUPERETTE MINI PACKS BIG FASHION Having now been resident on Ponsonby Road since 2009, Superette have added another wee-addition to the Superette family – Superette Mini Outlet – a welcome return for many Superette fans who have missed the original outlet store since its closure. Ponsonby has been a perfect fit for Superette since opening their third store here two years ago. Owners Rickie Dee and James Rigden enjoy the opportunity to be a part of the Ponsonby Road culture which they feel aligns well with their own store concept of integrating an appreciation of all things interesting and creative. They’re passionate about sharing not only their love of fashion with others but also about creating a complete shopping experience for their customers, “we offer more than just clothes on a rack... our customers can spend some time in the stores looking at candles, beauty products, books and much more”. This philosophy sits well with Ponsonby Road regulars who enjoy the opportunity to take their time in discovering unique pieces and various objects of desire. With this in mind, Rickie and James also ensure there is something for everyone to find at Superette, with items ranging in price from $10 to $2000. Superette Mini offers previous season stock, samples and other bits and pieces from their designers. The store has new stock arriving weekly and is open Thursday to Saturday 10am – 5pm. You’ll find it directly behind the Superette Ponsonby main store, off Ponsonby Terrace. There are some great finds to uncover including up to 70% off labels such as Sass and Bide, Nudie Jeans Co, Ksubi and Stolen Girlfriends Club - so they’re making sure there’s no excuse for not looking hot this winter! PN SUPERETTE MINI, Shop 7, 282 PONSONBY ROAD T: 09 360 2365 www.superette.co.nz


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JULIE ROULSTON MEET STARFISH’S LAURIE FOON Laurie Foon says her “bluest day” was when she was forced to give notice to her three Christchurch staff in the wake of February’s earthquake. The Cashel Mall store - which accounted for about 30% of the company’s retail business - was in the red zone and hence had to be closed. But there is a silver lining for Starfish and for Ponsonby - Laurie has been able to take up a three month lease (“hopefully a bit longer”) in the former Wallace Rose premises on Ponsonby Road, and relocate her cherished Christchurch manager Anita to run the store. Starfish’s biggest recent press was when they opened New Zealand Fashion Week 2010 - the event’s first full eco-show. Winners of a Sustainable Business Award in 2007, the label continues to be firmly committed to what Laurie calls “a sustainable picture.” “Sustainability means something different to each person...fundamentally for us it’s about creating a garment that we intend to be loved for a long time. Secondly, ‘New Zealand made’ is very important...It makes sense to me that we are using the guys down the road to make the clothes. We have long term relationships with people and it’s a lovely feeling. We also buy a lot of New Zealand made fabric - we measure the percentage. We’re sustaining New Zealand jobs, making sure that money stays within New Zealand, and sustaining an industry that, if we don’t look after it, is not going to be there. “The infrastructure and knowledge is very important - if we lose it, it won’t be so easy for small businesses to emerge in the future. And thirdly it’s about not having a homogenised society. We don’t want to be a chain store country, and I think New Zealand has done really well in supporting individual boutiques.” Beyond that, Laurie says the company loves dressing women to fit the New Zealand lifestyle, and making them feel good. A Wellingtonian, she has two daughters of five and eight, and has devoted the last 20 years to her fashion company. She started out as an “annoyingly enthusiastic” junior to tailor extraordinaire ‘Zimmy’s’ in Willis Street - the home of Starfish’s Wellington store today. Laurie loved the Zimmy’s workroom environment where garments were pattern made, cut and sewn, as well as admiring the business’s genuine customer service and great salesmanship. She says much of her mission has been to recreate what she learned at Zimmy’s. Evidently Laurie was something of a young star, as at just 16 years Zimmy’s even took her on buying trips. She then managed their Kelburn store for a year and next worked for Narnia, wholesaling from Gisborne to Invercargill. Laurie is modest but she chuckles when she tells Ponsonby News that she was so successful that Narnia had to change their commission structure! Next stop was London where Laurie worked for Jigsaw as a merchandiser for three years. She carried a book of ideas and inspirations on her travels as she knew even then she wanted to create her own business. These were the days of The Body Shop and founder Anita Roddick’s pioneering call for social responsibility, and confronted with the UK and its extreme wealth and its poverty, this really spoke to Laurie. After more working travels in Portugal, Florence and finally her own business in a Danish market, Laurie returned to Wellington and in 1991 she started selling vintage merchandise, rewashed, remodeled and re-labeled under the label Jive Junkies at the Wakefield market. “It was really well received as a fresh idea in Wellington’s iconic markets” she says. In March 1993 Starfish opened on Willis Street. The business now employs 20 staff. A retailer at heart, through forays into exporting and the successful development of higher end eponymous label, Laurie has remained committed to retail growth, with a successful pop-up in Newmarket’s Nuffield Street followed by the opening of the label’s Osborne Street store in September 2010. “But we were never going to not be in Ponsonby!” says the designer. “I think Starfish fits Ponsonby Road well. Already - the characters coming in the door today - it’s great! I love it.” (JULIE ROULSTON) PN STARFISH, 186 Ponsonby Road T: 09 361 5391 www.starfish.co.nz

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PHOSPHOR AND SWAROVSKI COMBINE TO REVEAL THE ULTIMATE FASHION TIMEPIECE The collaboration between Phosphor watch brand’s unparalleled industrial advancements and luxurious Swarovski crystals announce the arrival of the new Phosphor Appear timepiece, now available to the New Zealand market. The Phosphor Appear skilfully blends design and technology, driven by the revolutionary Micro-Magnetic Mechanical Digital (M3D) technology, utilising miniature sized rotors to rotate Swarovski crystals in an array of colours revealing numerical and chronological information. With each changing minute, these tiny rotors gracefully display the passing time. Sophisticated modalities include time in 12-hour display, with the hours positioned above the minutes on the face, second’s mode and off mode; showing an entire face of crystals with no time display. This makes it not only a fashion forward accessory but also enabling very low power consumption. Unisex designs are available with IPB, Silver, or crystal encrusted case, stylish leather straps in black, white, red and pink add to the refined timelessness of the Phosphor Appear. With a viewing cone of 180°, the M3D technology overcomes the disadvantages of conventional displays when it comes to off-axis viewing. Together with its high contrast, it allows the user to read the time at a glance from any angle. The Phosphor Appear is priced from $249 and exclusively available from www.phosphor.co.nz PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

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DON’T LET THE CHANGE OF SEASON GET THE BETTER OF YOU! A COMMON HEALTH MISCONCEPTION IS THAT the chill of winter is responsible for the sudden peak in flu and sickness rates as the seasons change. However colds and flu are caused by viruses and a weak immune system. In summer, your body and immune system are used to functioning in warm temperatures, and when the seasons change, they are forced to re-adapt. Weleda’s Organic Sea Buckthorn Elixir is the perfect daily supplement to help protect your body from the winter temperature drop and stimulate it to adapt to the rhythm of the seasons. The hero ingredient in Weleda Organic Sea Buckthorn Elixir is the biodynamically grown Sea Buckthorn Berries, which are naturally rich in the antioxidant Vitamins A, C and E, as well as unsaturated essential fatty acids including linoleic and linolenic acids. These boost the immune system to keep it strong all year round. DIRECTIONS: Dilute a tablespoonful in water or tea, 2-3 times daily before meals. Or mix into juice or a smoothie for those with a sweet tooth or two! HOT TIP: “For an added immune strengthening combine Sea Buckthorn Elixir with Weleda Echinacea/Thuja Comp. This makes for a pleasant tasting drink used for the prevention and treatment of all types of infections, including cold and flu.” – Says Tracy Killip, Weleda Naturopath. Weleda Organic Sea Buckthorn Elixir RRP $25.90 PN STOCKIST DETAILS: Weleda products are available from all good health food stores and pharmacies nationwide. To locate your nearest stockist or for further information visit the Weleda website www.weleda.co.nz

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TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME AT MORE THAN SKIN What happens when you combine the latest advances in antiageing skin care technology with the soothing touch of an expert therapist? A visibly more youthful appearance of course. Let’s be honest, most of us would love to turn back the clock and enjoy younger looking skin, and More Than Skin Spa & Beauty may just have the solution. Their specialised Non Surgical Face Lift works to tone the muscles beneath your skin to firm and redefine your facial contours and minimise fine line wrinkles. Especially effective to tighten and smooth skin around the jaw-line and delicate eye area, this innovative process refreshes and rejuvenates your complexion while affecting visible improvement in your skin’s elasticity. Enjoy nine Non Surgical Face Lift treatments (60min) and the 10th is FREE! Plus you’ll also receive a FREE Joyce Blok Collagen & Elastin Mask to take home* (valued at $50). An instant SOS rescue for tired complexions, the Non Surgical Face Lift is like a gym workout for the face, using gentle micro-currents to cause the muscles of the face and neck to contract. This movement acts to strengthen the underlying facial muscles, lifting and toning the skin to help reduce the tell-tale signs of ageing. Convenient, safe and painless, this results orientated treatment is the perfect alternative for those who are looking to renew and restore their appearance but avoid surgical or chemical intervention. Call Megs today on T: 09 361 2231 for more information. PN *Some conditions apply


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THE DAINTY NAME I USED OF THE NEW EVA (Longoria) in past issues of Ponsonby News, to repeat my Vibra-Train tales of torture is no longer, and she has been put out to pasture. “Why”? I hear you bellow. Well, her personal life has become somewhat traumatic of late. Divorce, playing at being a cougar with Penelope Cruz’s younger brother etc, and personally, one needed a better name. Then lo and behold, on the 29 April, I received notification that I, yes, me, was to have the honour bestowed upon me of becoming the first New Zealander to be given the title of the ‘Duchess of Cambridge (near Hamilton)’, apparently I have to add ‘near Hamilton’ at all times, as there is another Duchess, Kate someone or other, anyway, about me. After my latest European jaunt, at which, I was told by a very dear friend that I “ate my way around Marks & Spencers’ Food Hall”, and having flown there and back by Virgin Atlantic’s extraordinary Upper Class, and lying flat on a bed, watching TV, eating succulent food and drinking vintage champagnes for 12,000 miles, I was somewhat reluctant to admit my pants were tight. Back home I receive a call from Nigel Wilson, Co-owner of the new ‘Anytime Fitness’ which has opened in Ponsonby, and as the name suggests, it is open not just anytime, but all the time, as in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and I found myself unable to find a relevant excuse not to go, as how much easier could it be for a woman or man, with wobbly bits? I have heard the ‘other Duchess’ is quite slim, and as we now share the same title, and I am doubting she is wanting to emulate my body shape, one shall have to emulate hers. Nigel asked me to pop in and see him and Steve Opitz, the Club Manager and Armin, the personal trainer. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am still being yelled at on a very regular basis by Lloyd Shaw at Vibra-Train, mainly because I have been so slack in attending, and I have to say, I can feel it, and have started again. By nature I am not a keep fit bunny or in to exercise. At school, my tennis skills were nothing Yvonne Goolagong ever had to worry about. Rounders was a joke, I got hit on the head by a netball once and feigned brain damage and was let off that. When cross country came up, I wrapped a crepe bandage around my ankle and limped, and when we had to do modern dance each

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week, I went on and on about other students smelly feet making me feel faint. So all in all, exercise was not for me, but for some reason, people who have gym equipment keep picking on me to try it out! I have a friend who lives over on the shore and owns a crockpot and works full time, yet whenever I talk to her she has either been out on her bike for miles, taken a beach walk, played tennis or swum in freezing water and this is all by choice! Though I do have to add she enjoys her food yet has the body of a Goddess. So I went along to see Nigel. I already had the line in my head, and ready to use should he ask to weigh me. The line was that the soles of my feet have an allergic reaction to the coating on weighing machines, and cause me to hyperventilate, which could see me being rushed to hospital at a moments notice. Luckily, he did not ask this of me, all I had to do was fill out a form with my details, and Steve showed me around all the equipment and told me what each machine does for you. Martin Leach insisted on coming with me on the first visit, and after all the preliminaries, we both got on the elliptical cross trainer, which is like a stepping sort of machine. You tap in how far you want to ‘step’ and it tells you your heart rate etc and I found my blood pressure going slowly up when I looked across at Martin who seemed to be walking easily with no huff and puff, whilst I was working up a sweat, which is never pretty, until I then realised he was on level 1 and I was on level 3, very important! But the best thing for me, and I have to say this as a couch potato who loves eating, drinking, inhaling wheels of brie and watching television, is that each machine, yes, every one, has TV and radio channels built into it! You can watch all the regular channels plus the Living Channel, CNN, Discovery etc, I mean, wow! So two days later I was back, and without realising it, whilst watching ‘Homes under the Hammer’ I had cycled 10 kilometres and burnt up 200 calories, without my heart rate fluctuating! You take along your own earphones, and there are iPhone plugs also built in, so get the TV guide, work out what you want to see, and instead of sitting on the couch, watch it doing a workout! I shall report back next month! (DENISE L’ESTRANGE-CORBET) FROM THE EDITOR: Before anyone enquires, The Duchess removed her pearls before her workout. PN ANYTIME FITNESS, 100 Ponsonby Road T: 09 360 5488 www.anytimefitness.co.nz


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International Nurses Day was celebrated at Mercy Hospice on Thursday 12 May. As part of that celebration, those of us who have knowledge of and/or work with different modalities were asked to conduct half hour workshops throughout the day. These included Reiki, flower essences, Qi Gong, NLP, creative writing, mindfulness, art therapy and many more. The day was a great success and I hope the first of many more to come. Our thanks to the focused inspiration and organisational skills of Hazel Moran for making it happen! This more holistic rather than purely medical model of care is an exciting glimpse of where palliative care may go in the future. The week of 16 – 22 May was Hospice Awareness Week. For many, the word ‘hospice’ is still a topic, like death and dying, that most people would prefer to avoid. But however much we’d like it to be different, all of us at some point in our lives will have to deal with dying!

I am proud to be a small part of an organisation that elevates the principles of unconditional love and respect for everyone, regardless of background, belief-system or culture. It’s a huge privilege to sit quietly with a dying person and listen to final concerns and revelations they may need to clarify or just share with someone. So often I’m reminded of the beautiful phrase ‘watch with me’ attributed to Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the hospice movement. To witness the gentle closing of that ancient inner world and the preparation to enter another is to see people at their most vulnerable and I believe, their most beautiful. CLARE (CLAUDIE) CALDWELL is a Creative Arts Therapist who runs a small private practice from home. She is Voluntary Team Leader of Creative Therapies at Mercy Hospice Auckland, College Hill where she has worked for the last ten years. She is also a Freelance Artist. Enquiries: T: 09 836 3618; M: 021 293 3171 clare.e.caldwell@gmail.com

One of the aims of Hospice Awareness Week was to try to overturn the image many people still have of hospices as shadowy environments full of fear and grief. Of course they’re sad places sometimes but I’d equate it much more as a place full of light and laughter where life is celebrated. The emphasis is very much about “living every moment”- with all its vulnerability, imperfections, empowerment, resourcefulness, hilarity, empathy, resolution and moments of enlightenment. Facing our death throws into high relief and truly makes us all examine our ‘art of living’. Sometimes people are a little mystified as to why many of us, especially volunteers, continue to be involved in hospice work year after year. Aren’t they gloomy depressing places they ask? I can only speak for myself here but I consciously choose to be part of an environment where synchronicities abound, where Spirit (however we define it) continually works in mysterious and wonderful ways. In today’s increasingly secular, fast-paced technological and materialistic world, hospice creates something rare: an authentic altruism.

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THE SCENT OF WINTER For many of us, sleep comes at a premium. We lead stressful, active lives and when it’s time to finally lie down we need all of the help we can get to fall asleep quickly to get the rest we need. The frantic pace of the modern world means that all too often we go to bed with our thoughts racing with that day’s unfinished to-do list and panic about the one ahead. The transition from sleep to wake, marked in pre-television days by cups of cocoa and quiet conversation is now often a final frantic dash to get everything completed before collapsing into bed. Late night television, caffeine and alcohol don’t help our situation much either, over stimulating and causing broken sleep patterns that we feel all of the next day. A deep, restful sleep is essential in order for your body to restore and revitalise, and that gift could be just one softly fragranced candle away. Anyone who knows me well will tell you that I have a veritable fetish for scented candles, and they are the perfect accompaniment to winter days and nights spent indoors. I have a ‘wardrobe’ of candles that I like to choose from, dependant on mood and time of day, and am constantly on the hunt for new additions when I’m walking Ponsonby Road.

scene: “…In a hotel in Havana, sizzling under the stubborn sun of the Revolution, fierce overtones of leather and tobacco meddle with resolution the waxy silence of wood. Breaking out of the cool dimness, sly grimaces emerge, framed by the smoke of cigars and the barrels of guns…” In a word: DELICIOUS. Down the road at Superette you can pick up Archipelago soy candles, with top sellers like Sweet Pea, Peony, Paper White and Jasmine just begging to be lit in a room near you. The newest addition to the range is the delicate Honeysuckle, which is perfect for any time of the year if you’re a fan of florals. Mecca Cosmetica is where you’ll find the internationally celebrated Diptyque range from Paris, another favourite of mine. Diptyque candles have become amongst the most coveted in the world, whilst their fragrances are modern-day cult classics. Each fragrance expresses a moment, an exquisite place: a field in Provence in summer, a warm evening with the family at home, a garden in full bloom … there is definitely a scent for everyone. Mecca also have US company Anthousa’s candles in store - an in-house essential of the famous and the fashionable, from Hollywood to the Hamptons – and a selection from Malibu’s Kai, which was inspired by childhood holidays in Hawaii.

WORLDbeauty stocks one of my absolute favourite ranges, Cire Trudon. France’s oldest manufacturer of candles – they were burned by Napoleon and Marie Antoinette – Cire Trudon candles are crafted using the highest quality vegetable wax poured into beautiful handmade glass, making them biodegradable, allergen free and free of pesticides as far back as 1643!

Last up you can’t go past the line up of beautiful candles from Ecoya at ecostore, which are affordable, eco luxe at its finest. My favourite is Vanilla Bean – warm, dense and almost good enough to eat! Vanilla is constantly at the top of the list when it comes to the world’s most popular fragrances with good reason. In 1991, the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York tested the effects of five fragrances on 85 patients undergoing an MRI scan.

They also have an incredible 80-hour burn time, and come in a variety of alluring scents. I’ve been a raving fan of their ‘Ernesto’ candle for some time now, inspired by the famous Cuban revolutionary of the same name. According to the accompanying paraphernalia (which is gorgeous too, by the way) it’s inspired by the following

Of the fragrances tested, a vanilla-like aroma, heliotropin, was rated the most relaxing. Patients exposed to the heliotropin reported 63 per cent less anxiety and claustrophobia than those who were not exposed to fragrance. The study prompted Sloan-Kettering to include vanilla fragrances as a standard part of an MRI! (HELENE RAVLICH) PN

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HAIR, NOW: TRENDS STRAIGHT RTS FROM THE EXPERTS A freshly minted new season iss a great excuse to overhaul your hair, and for many of us the perfect time to chop off those locks damaged over the summer months. Your hair stylist is thee perfect person to talk to about what’s best for your crowning glory, and usually one step ahead of the pack when it comes to translating trends coming straight off the runway that you think may work for you. Stephen Marr’s Leigh Keepa has spent nt the majority of his career workingg in Europe, on the floor at some of London’s best salons and backstage at the likes of London and Paris Fashionn Weeks. Let’s just say that he’s a mann that knows his stuff when it comess to staying a few steps ahead of thee style Eight Ball, and is affable enoughh to share it with his clients on a ratherr regular basis. He says that when it comes to winter locks, “first and foremost we want shiny, healthy hair and styles that showcase this. For starters I would recommend using Nourishing Hair Hydratant Ultra+ from the very intelligent and sustainably conscious SANS collection of hair and bodycare products.” A rich and luxurious crème conditioner-slash-mask, it delivers slip, shine and intense hydration to even the most damaged hair and is a bit of a wonder product in my humble opinion. With four times as many beneficial ingredients as most nourishing conditioners, Hydratant Ultra+ is also crammed full of lipids, baobab polysaccharides and hibiscus extract for extra gloss and super shine. When it comes to colour, Leigh says that hair is “getting richer and warmer, think chocolate or autumnal maple leaf tones”, with lots of natural-looking highlights to keep things interesting. Cut-wise, “with longer hair there’s a nod to the Seventies happening, think lots of flowing movement and cute soft flicks. We’re also seeing more graphic shapes in shorter hair that’s reminiscent of Carnaby Street “cool from the mid-Sixties”, all of which showcases hair that is in great condition. Danny Pato from d&m hair design in Redmond Street is another man working at the forefront of what’s happening with hair right now, and his key trend pick for colour this winter is a movement away from the popular use of the Balayage technique, or what many call “dip-dyed” hair. “It was the Flavour of the Month for a while,” he says, “but now we see more and more people just wanting glossy, shiny colour that’s one uniform shade of say, super rich chocolate brown or warm copper.” It’s a look that is more grown up and ladylike than the Bondi beach babe-esque Balayage, and Pato admits that it’s also a little more high maintenance. “We still keep a shimmer of lightness in there,” he explains, “but it’s not the hard contrast look that Balayage gives and requires a little more upkeep.” He says that he’s been amazed by the amount of women opting to change their hair colour to fiery, strong reds, which many say is the most high maintenance shade of all due to its propensity for fading. In terms of cuts he says that he’s been loving doing short, pixie-like crops that owe more than a little to the infamous Twiggy in terms of shape and mood, “and my younger clients especially are loving the change to something really different.” He says that the falling temperatures mean that you can switch your haircare products to something a little lighter than the deep conditioning goodies needed over the summer months, “but to keep your colour true make sure that you rinse your hair in slightly cooler water at the end of your shower to close the cuticles down. Hot water opens the hair shaft so colour will fade or split ends happen quicker once your shower starts heating up.” (HELENE RAVLICH) PN

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POTATOES NEW ZEALAND SHOCKED BY DIABETES PREDICTIONS PREDICTIONS THAT DIABETES IS SET TO DOUBLE BY 2021, ALONGSIDE 2010 research revealing unhealthy eating habits, are an important wake up call for Kiwi parents, says Potatoes New Zealand. This week the Morgan Foundation, a charitable trust, said New Zealanders were eating themselves to death with diabetes expected to double in 10 years. The 2010 National Survey of Children and Young People’s Physical Activity and Dietary Behaviours in New Zealand which analysed the eating habits and attitudes of more than 2,500 children across the country also revealed that less than two thirds of young people are eating the recommended daily vegetable intake of three servings per day. Potatoes New Zealand food educationalist and writer Glenda Gourley says the dramatic findings are a wake up call and should be seen as a challenge for Kiwi parents to teach their children how to cook a healthy meal at least once a week. “Teaching children how to cook nutritious meals that are tasty but still low in fat and sugar, is vital to turning around New Zealand’s obesity and diabetes epidemic,” says Mrs Gourley author of Who’s Cooking Tonight? and educationalist for Potatoes New Zealand. “Vegetables are traditionally the sticking point for children and a lot of adults for that matter. The best way to get children eating them is to start with a vegetable they like and use this as a base to introduce other types.” Mrs Gourley says there are many simple, child-friendly dishes like mashed potatoes, baked potatoes with corn and onion, or oven baked potato wedges that offer an excellent way to get young people used to eating vegetables. “I believe teaching children to cook is a fantastic opportunity for parents to hand down a life skill to their kids and an added bonus is parents get the night off cooking. Cooking is a fun and interactive activity for the whole family and studies show that kids who learn to cook earlier in life choose healthier food options the older they get.” Potatoes are a quick, tasty and affordable vegetable option that the whole family can cook. This versatile vegetable is packed with essential vitamins and minerals, containing more potassium than bananas. www.potatoes.co.nz PN



ZEE SHARIF OF ‘RETURN TO FORM’ ON COMMON WOMEN’S HEALTH ISSUE After 16 years of post-graduate physio experience related to women’s health, I was excited to discover NatraTone, a new product addressing urinary leakage in women. Urinary Leakage affects one in three women and is most common following childbirth, a sedentary lifestyle or natural aging. But the problem is not inevitable. It is often triggered by laughing, coughing, exercising or even during sex when the pelvic floor and inner core muscles are weak and can be very embarrassing and in some cases, debilitating for women. The good news is that the solution for mild to moderate leakage can be very simple which is why I stock NatraTone, a training aid that works in conjunction with a discreet home exercise programme for strengthening and toning the pelvic floor and inner core muscles and which my clients have already found to be very effective. NatraTone can help prevent, reduce or eliminate urinary leakage. As an aside, there is ample published evidence that shows strong and toned pelvic floor muscles can enhance sexual responsiveness. As a physio, I can help you decide whether this is the right product for you, and provide a complete exercise programme that will complement the use of this product. Remember you don’t have to put up with this condition over the long term. Taking a positive step now will reap dividends. (ZEE SHARIF) PN For more information or to purchase, contact me at RETURN TO FORM, Level 1, 334 Ponsonby Road T: 0800 R2Form (0800 723 676)

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JOHN APPLETON ON HEALTH A FEW THOUGHTS ON HRT (HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY) A recent article in the New Zealand ‘Listener’ caught my eye. The article entitled THE GLASS IS HALF CLEAR was an attempt to help the reader understand the issues surrounding Hormone Replacement Therapy. The focus of the article was on assessing the risks and benefits of HRT. Since the results of the first RCT (randomised controlled trial) on Hormone Replacement Therapy were published in 1992 there has been a lot of confusion, with some studies reporting positive benefits while others have found significant risks for cancer and heart disease. The ‘Listener’ article concluded with the comments “The current status seems to be that the risks are real but often exaggerated”. The reader was told to avoid the internet and talk to their doctor (great advice as long as the doctor is widely read on the topic and understands why there may be potential for harm). The question that should have been asked is not whether HRT is safe but why there may be risks associated with a particular form of Hormone Replacement Therapy. To answer that question we first have to understand that HRT as most women know it uses synthetic hormones which have been altered in the laboratory to change their molecular structure in order that they may be patented. The result closely resembles the hormones made in a woman’s body but they are not identical and this fact should be the main focus of any discussion about HRT. The two most commonly prescribed hormones for treating menopausal symptoms in women are PREMARIN an estrogen hormone which is made from the urine of a pregnant mare (PREgnant MARes’ urINe) and PROGESTIN a synthetic hormone designed to mimic the effects of Progesterone which is made in the body. Hormones in essence, are chemical messengers that transport a signal from one cell to another. Estrogen signals growth while Progesterone signals development. It’s very important that hormones work together because too much growth without any development would be a big problem. Where the wheels seem to fall off when it comes to HRT using synthetic hormones is most likely due to their inability to properly bind to hormone receptors on cells. Receptors and hormones function much like a ‘lock’ and ‘key’ where unless the key is the exact fit the lock will not work. Synthetic hormones due to the fact that they are molecularly different from hormones made in the body don’t bind to the body’s receptors in the same way and thus are treated as ‘foreign’ substances which is why as with all ‘drugs’ there are often significant and potentially dangerous side effects. When we talk about side effects, the presumption is that these are just unfortunate outcomes associated with taking drugs. The reality is that side effects are in fact effects. Many drugs are developed to inhibit a biochemical process in the body but in so doing they often interfere with many other biochemical processes which are closely linked and this causes the unwanted so called ‘side effects’. When looking at the Medsafe Data Sheet on Premarin it’s pretty scary stuff. Some of the side effects are listed as rash – itching or hives – swelling of the face and lips – pain or tenderness in the abdomen – fever – nausea – vomiting – headache or migraine – loss of hearing – loss of memory and irregular rapid or jerky movements. And this is without considering risks associated with cancer and heart disease. Over the years I have come to know and admire many highly skilled and competent doctors who have had amazing results with Hormone Replacement Therapy. The reason for their success is that they are using Bio Identical hormones which are identical in their molecular structure to those made in the body. I have read a number of books on the subject and I recommend “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Menopause” (Dr John Lee a pioneer in the use of Bio-identical hormones) and “The Miracle of Natural Hormones” 2nd edition (Dr David Brownstein). All women need to know about ‘Estrogen Dominance’ and how estrogen mimicking substances in the environment can significantly influence their health. They can discover how natural Progesterone has been used by women around the world to safely and effectively control symptoms associated with Menopause. I have found the internet to be a fabulous resource for researching this very important topic. Simple safe and effective treatments cannot be patented and this is why most of us never hear about them. It’s impossible to make important health decisions if fundamental facts are missing or have been misconstrued. (JOHN APPLETON) PN APPLETON ASSOCIATES T: 09 489 9362 www.johnappleton.co.nz

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THE RIGHT TO LIVE AS YOU PLEASE I missed the deadline for last month’s column as I was on my own rollercoaster in life. We discovered that Strauss, our Giant Schnauzer had a grass seed in the roof of his mouth, creating huge havoc as he nearly died twice and had four operations in four weeks. I was on 24 hour watch and injected him every few hours with heavy duty pain killers. Meanwhile, my partner rushed to Christchurch whilst her father was sent to hospital in an ambulance with a bleed on the brain. After two weeks of being in and out of a coma and giving us enormous hope and despair, he died aged 87 years. What I have got out of this time, is not only how precious your family is, but also how they choose to live the life they want with all its risks. Strauss loves to carry a ball in his mouth through the reserve beside our property, which is full of Barley grass. This same ball was the ultimate culprit with grass seeds stuck into its rubber. Similarly Sue’s dad often had six beers spread out through the day and said to me, after his first stroke, how he loved his friends at the RSA and TAB and would thus resist my encouragement to cut down on alcohol. He never hurt a single person and lived a full and happy life with probably two weeks of illness in his entire life. It all came clear to me yesterday when my mother aged 83 years, who suffers from chronic Osteoporosis of the spine, said after I gave her some further health advice “at our age your father and I feel we can have our little indulgences”. We can have all the right answers for how we ‘should’ be living a full and well life but we have to be fully in life to also enjoy it. (DEBORAH KELLAND) PN

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The changing seasons – not to mention Auckland’s wildly unpredictable weather patterns – have been playing havoc with my skin, and so it was with great relief that I checked in at Ponsonby Road’s Spa Ayurda recently to give it some tender loving goodness.

We decided that what I need most is an Ayurda Kanaka facial, which is anti-ageing and counts 24 carat gold as a key ingredient. The healing and restorative properties of gold and silver have been used in Indian medicine for centuries. Spa Ayurda offers both a gold and silver-based facial, the gold targeting clarity and anti-aging and the silver (known for its cooling and healing properties) recommended for problematic skin to tone, purify and build the skin’s natural integrity. 24 carat gold is rejuvenating and readily absorbed by the skin to help increase circulation, reduce fine lines and prevent ageing. It is massaged into the skin to promote cell growth and return its lustre and glow, and is also said to assist lymphatic drainage, improve blood circulation and enhance skin elasticity. Gold is also renowned in skincare circles for accelerating cell renewal, and is touted as an ingredient that can reverse oxidation damage. All in all damn good stuff!

June this year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great New Zealand poet Allen Curnow. To mark the occasion, there will be a special benefit film screening of “Early Days Yet” (the feature-length documentary about Curnow which director Shirley Horrocks completed in 2001 during the last year of the poet’s life). photography: Marti Friedlander

Just walking into this temple to wellness is a treat in itself, but arriving there with the promise of the facial awaiting me meant that I was more than ready to snuggle down under a warm duvet and let my therapist Anjana do her work. All Spa Ayurda rituals begin with a personalised skin analysis, after which your experienced therapist will customise the products and touch for your skin’s optimal wellbeing. A questionnaire is used every time you visit to determine where you are sitting in the Ayurvedic universe (it’s also online at www.spaayurda.co.nz), and this time around my usually Pitta skin had moved closer to the Vata realm. This could be put down in part to ageing, as well as the fact that winter has inflicted its cooler air and stronger winds on my sensitive skin. It was definitely in need of a tune up either way, and a Vata-type facial will both nourish and stimulate.

All proceeds to the Cancer Society.

The event will happen at the Bridgeway Cinema, Northcote, on Thursday 16 June. The screening will start at 8pm, but there will be wine and a speech or two from 7.15pm. This is a charity event and all proceeds will go to the Cancer Society of New Zealand. Tickets are $35 per person (which includes a glass of wine). Allen Curnow was one of the most original of all New Zealand writers, and his influence on our culture is incalculable. With a memorable personality and a lifetime commitment to literature, he richly deserves to be remembered and honoured, and it is timely that this special event has been organized. PN To pre-book or for further information, contact: lanirain@yahoo.co.nz

All Ayurda signature facials begin with a warm foot soak, which according to ancient Ayurvedic tradition is a traditional welcome for honoured guests. This beautifully relaxing ritual will prepare you for all of the goodness that you are about to receive, and is pretty much the best way ever to relax in my humble opinion. Next up I lie down and Anjana gives my skin a thorough cleanse with Ayurda’s Hingot Cleanser, which includes lots of yummy stuff like coconut oil, neem and turmeric. Then their signature Oliana oil (which is sesame and almond oil-based) is used to give my skin a stimulating massage, designed both to promote relaxation and prepare the skin for exfoliation. The exfoliating product for my skin type is the Invigoration Scrub, which includes almonds to nourish as it gently sloughs away dead skin. After this is removed I’m given a refreshing spritz of Rose and Basil toner, which feels as good as it smells and is perfect when applied at any time of day. All of this of course is in preparation for the arrival of the Gold Gel, which has flakes of 24-carat gold and Himalayan cherry suspended in its soothing aloe vera base. This is carefully applied and then massaged into the face, neck and décolletage along with Ayurda’s Skin Rejuvenating Cream for the ultimate in skin nourishing treats. Finally, a foot, hand and head massage begins to complete my journey to total relaxation and all too soon I realise that my 90 minutes of bliss is up. Do I really have to leave? I’m not ready! (HELENE RAVLICH) www.spaayurda.co.nz PN

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PLANET AYURVEDA: ASK DOCTOR AJIT Each month, DR AJIT, Australasia’s most experienced Ayurvedic practitioner answers a reader’s question. Please e-mail yours to info@ponsonbynews.co.nz


My friend is following one of your lifestyle programmes but I am concerned about the amount of sugar you have asked her to include in her cooking. Any competent nutritionist will tell you that sugar is bad so why are you encouraging her? (Name and address withheld)


Thank you for your question. It is a controversial issue and advocating the use of sugar puts Ayurveda at odds with modern nutritional thought. Everyone in the health industry, from your GP to your local naturopath will tell you that eating sugar is bad so we do our best to avoid it at all costs. However, what the health industry fails to observe is that people who have followed this advice will invariably develop sweet cravings, particularly in the mid-afternoon or around 9.30pm, which they will try to satisfy with a piece of organic chocolate or a muffin or cake. These cravings are a message that something is missing in our diet, which is an indication that sweetness plays an essential part in the body’s metabolic process. According to Ayurveda, there are six tastes in the food we eat – sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. Each taste carries out an important function in the body when taken in the correct form and correct amount. Of all the tastes, the most important is sweet. According to Ayurveda it is composed of the elements of water and earth so exhibits their qualities – heaviness, coldness, oiliness and softness. These qualities give it an anabolic (tissue building) function and enable it to nourish both body and soul. Its anabolic nature helps in the healing of wounds and bones and is essential in the treatment of emaciation. Of course, sugar is not the only source of sweetness available in our diet. Foods like cooked rice, warm un-homogenised milk, grains, nuts, seeds and fruits have a sweet taste. Most vegetables are also sweet with the notable exceptions of cauliflower, celery, lettuce, onion and radish.

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You should note that I will ask my clients to incorporate more of these foods into their diet as well to help nourish the body and build tissue. I agree with modern nutritionists that too much sweetness can be damaging to the body. The cold and heavy qualities aggravate the Kapha dosha and can lead to such ailments as colds, mucous congestion, heaviness, loss of appetite, laziness, obesity and diabetes. So eating processed foods full of sugar, salt and other preservatives is bad for you and will invariably lead to these illnesses. However, if you are eating foods cooked according to Ayurvedic principles, then sweetness (and this includes sugar!) is an essential part of your balanced diet. The main objective of my advice is to enhance a client’s awareness that an excess of anything is unhealthy and how damaging something can be if taken in the wrong form. That is why I discourage clients from eating foods that contain processed sugar like chocolate, sweets, muffins, cakes, concentrated fruit juices and energy drinks. These are much more damaging to the body than using the right amount of raw sugar or other sweet foods like raisins and sultanas. Finally, it is interesting to note that as our understanding of the human body deepens, many of our current ideas about nutrition are regularly re-evaluated. What was considered unhealthy last month is now considered to provide some health benefit eg. Chocolate and red wine! Ayurvedic knowledge does not change as it is based on the wisdom of enlightened teachers and centuries of clinical practice and observation. In the final analysis, I know which modality is the more trustworthy. (DR S AJIT) PN If readers have any health concerns they are welcome to contact me at my clinic, PLANET AYURVEDA WELLNESS CENTRE, 41 Gillies Avenue T: (09) 522 5390 or email me: info@ planetayurveda.co.nz




ADDICTION: HONEY ON THE RAZORBLADE Is your compulsive behaviour out of control? Ever wonder whether others notice? Ever try and rationalise your behaviour or override the feeling in your gut? (conscience) “Problem, what problem?” Whenever desire morphs into compulsion, take that as a sign you are entering the domain of addiction. Addictive problems range from compulsions with alcohol, drugs, gambling, internet, gaming, food, sex and more. Spiritual Schema (3-S) Therapy (google it!) was developed and researched in the US and is now being practiced with exciting results in New Zealand. It takes Buddhist meditative practices common to a number of the major religious traditions into a non-sectarian, self-help programme suitable for individuals regardless of religious persuasion, including atheism. Through self-reflection and mindfulness training, individuals become increasingly aware of those deeply ingrained habits that prevent them from aligning with their own core values. By discovering new cognitive scripts and behavioural action sequences they construct a new relationship with their own intrinsic goodness. There can be magic in addiction. People with addictive tendencies are frequently our most creative individuals but tragically, those very addictions prevent their significant human potential from unfolding as it should. Through the alchemy of restraint, those who are sick and tired of being sick and tired can finally move forward out of chaos and unhappiness into vistas they never knew existed. Annie Macgregor’s work using 3S Therapy assists individuals to move from the ‘Addict Self’ to the ‘New Self’ – confidence, honour, dignity and creativity. She is a registered, senior practitioner in the drug and alcohol field and promises discretion and confidentiality. PN ANNIE MACGREGOR, ADDICTION COUNSELING 7a Maidstone Street M: 027 687 9955

STARS SHINE AS AUCKLANDERS SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR MUSIC THERAPY AFTER AN EVENING OF STELLAR PERFORMANCES AND EXCITED BIDDING, the Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust is proud to announce that an impressive $130,000 has been raised during its seventh annual gala dinner and auction. The generous outpouring of support at last night’s event in Auckland ensures the trust’s centre can continue to provide life-changing music therapy for children with disabilities. The Raukatauri Gala Dinner and Auction was hosted by Carol Hirschfeld and John Campbell at the Langham Hotel. It featured a range of unique musical collaborations including Don McGlashan and Anika Moa, Nesian Mystik and Jason Kerrison, and a thrilling performance by Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre patron Hayley Westenra. The evening’s entertainment culminated in a unique ‘supergroup’ ensemble of all the artists led by Tim Finn, Lawrence Arabia, and the night’s musical director, Karl Steven. Big-ticket auction items of the night included a BBQ evening with Jason Kerrison, which sold for $9,000, a painting of Tim Finn created live on the night by Otis Frizzell ($7,200) and a longboard signed by Pearl Jam, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson and Liam Finn ($8,500). A guitar signed by Kenny Rogers, was a steal at just $4,500. However the most expensive item on the night was a flight package for two to London to wine and dine with chef Peter Gordon at his Providores restaurant, which went under the hammer for $11,250. All money raised goes directly to the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre, the only privately-run clinic of its kind in New Zealand. PN For more information, please visit www.rmtc.org.nz

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LIVING, THINKING + BEING DOING WHATEVER IT TAKES TO STAY SAFE... THIS IS A RECENT SITUATION WHICH HAPPENED TO ONE of our students highlighting the ‘do what it takes’ attitude. She was out on a walk through a residential neighbourhood and became aware of a man following her. She crossed the road and so did he, not far behind her and getting closer. She was not carrying a cell phone but was mentally preparing herself to deal with the situation. She was ready to fight if she needed to but was focused on getting help. She saw some people through the window of a house and walked straight up the driveway to knock on the door. As she did this the man following her stood at the end of the driveway watching her (unusual and very dangerous behaviour given that his chances of getting caught just went up significantly). She banged loudly on the door and when a man answered she asked him if she could use his phone as she needed help. He said...No, and closed the door in her face. She was now confronted with two choices; go back up the driveway into certain danger and confront the man, or get attention no matter what. She wisely chose the latter and picked up a pot plant from beside the door and threw it through the window of the house. At this point the man who had been following her ran off, and the occupier of the house came out telling her to, “Stay right there, I’m calling the police”, which is all she wanted. The bottom line is, she did whatever it took to get herself to safety. It cost her the price of a new window but it could have cost her a lot more. (PHIL THOMPSON) For more information call T: 09 533 4181, M: 021 366 585 or go to www.protectselfdefence.co.nz

APANUI RELEASE NEW MATARIKI ALBUM Apanui (aka Ngahiwi Apanui) released his fourth studio album Matariki last month and the 11 track release has been recorded fully in Te Reo Māori.

UNDERSTANDING SPIRIT COMMUNICATION SATURDAY 18 JUNE LEYS INSTITUTE, PONSONBY TOPIC: “LIFE IN THE WORLD UNSEEN” BY WIM DE JONG. On the 3rd Saturday of each month, you can “Come, learn and share with us” as we present different Mediumship topics and bring you messages from the Spirit World. Time: 2pm to 4pm. Price: $15 per person. The topic presentation is between 2pm - 2:30pm. Mediums will bring messages following the topic until approximately 4pm. The Foundation is a Registered Charity, an Educational Organisation operating as a school dedicated to the training of prospective Mediums, young and old, in the Philosophy of Spiritualism, as based on the Seven Principles. Our Organisation is based on Honesty and Integrity for the benefit of Spiritualist Mediums, Aspiring Mediums, Spiritualist Healers, Public Speakers and others who sympathise with and support the demonstration of Spiritual and Psychic abilities. Acknowledgment is given to all cultures, religions and ethnic beliefs, including Te Tiriti O Waitangi. ALL WELCOME. PN


Matariki is an expression of Apanui’s bicultural musical heritage and features many themes, including Te Reo Māori (the Māori language), whānau (family), the environment, unity, death and peace. Each theme has a traditional and a contemporary interpretation. Six songs that feature on Matariki are performed as song poetry – five of which are originals composed by Apanui. A fluent speaker of Te Reo Māori, Apanui is a proud advocate of the Māori language. “Te Reo Māori is a part of who I am and I want to share it with the rest of the country,” he says. It’s this concern that underpins the title track ‘Matariki’ where he makes a passionate plea to the people of New Zealand to come together to learn and celebrate “New Zealand’s indigenous language.” Apanui’s first solo album, Te Hono ki te Kāinga (the link with the homeland),was well received in 1990 and he was awarded a Tui in 2003 for album E Tau Nei (the best Māori Language Album) and the APRA Maioha Award in the same year for ‘Whārikihia’, one of the songs from the album. Apanui was a founding member, composer and leader of what many regard as the first Kaupapa Māori reggae band, Aotearoa. The band nurtured a new generation of contemporary Māori musicians including Moana Maniapoto, Maaka Macgregor and Ruia Aperahama. Matariki is now available in-stores and from digital retailers. PN SEE APANUI LIVE: Matariki Album Release Show -Te Papa, Thursday 16 June.

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MAMMOTH YOGA WAS A GREAT SUCCESS Yoga teacher and coordinator Susie Lever emailed to tell us, “the Mammoth Yoga class held on Saturday 14 May at the Grey Lynn Community Centre was a great success. 100 people attended and nearly $3,000 was raised for the Red Cross in aid of the Christchurch recovery.” Susie would like to thank all the teachers - Dr Pooja Maddella, Vincent Bolletta, Vicki Lewis, Stephanie Hall, Bernadette Rae and Roselle Gould. She would also like to thank the sponsors – Sabato, Evolu and Hard Tail and everyone who attended. PN




REDUCING THE HIGH RATE OF YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT IN NEW ZEALAND must be treated as an urgent priority if the country is to measure up on the world stage in years to come, says Foundation for Youth Development (FYD) co-founder Graeme Dingle. Figures released by Statistics NZ this week show unemployment for those aged between 15 -19 years at 27.5%, an increase from 25.5% in the last quarter, and for those aged between 20-24 an increase from 11.4% to 13.5%. Furthermore the statistics show that of the 75,000 15–24 year olds who were unemployed in the March 2011 quarter, 44,500 (59%) were neither studying nor looking after children. This compares with 37,500 (or 57%) in March 2010*. “Youth unemployment is a growing issue and one that will have a huge impact on the country if it is left to fester,” says Dingle. “The cost is simply unaffordable in the long run.” It is imperative, Dingle states, that more effort is placed into both helping young people stay in school longer and in making that transition from school/study into skilled employment. “New Zealand is currently building a generation of disenfranchised youngsters, when what we should be doing is inspiring them to stay in school until they have a sense of direction, an area of interest and an idea of where they are headed – essential momentum to take themselves forward.” Dingle also says that the Government and business community need to work together to ensure that once finished study young people have opportunities to enter the workforce and gain experience. For Dingle the announcement this week of a $55M youth opportunities package is a step in the right direction. “It’s all very well to say to these kids ‘stay in school’, ‘go to uni’, ‘get a skill’, but, once they have completed these things, someone has to be willing to give them a shot. We all need to play our part,” he says. “The Government’s youth opportunities package is an encouraging initiative focussing on skills acquisition, gainful employment and enticing businesses to employ young people and get involved in making their career a success. I applaud those businesses who are taking the chance, it’s worth the risk. These kids are our leaders of tomorrow.” Founded in 1995 as the Project K Trust by Graeme Dingle and Jo-anne Wilkinson, FYD is now a leader in the field of youth development and runs several, proven programmes – Kiwi Can, Stars, Project K and MYND. FYD programmes use the great outdoors, inspirational classroom leaders and world class mentors to help kids from age five to 18 keep on track, develop confidence and self-belief and create goals for the future. Programmes focus on leadership skills, building confidence, developing life skills and teambuilding to help kids discover possibility and motivation, creating a youth population with a positive outlook and eyes open to the future. FYD’s programmes are run in 20 regions across New Zealand by licensed community trusts, together reaching over 18 000 young people every year. PN *Statistics supplied by Statistics New Zealand www.stats.govt.nz

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Cancer (the Crab): 22 June - 22 July You are very aware of the way you can have an impact on someone else’s life. But you shouldn’t have to modify the way you are just because there is a lot of negativity around.

Leo (the Lion): 23 July - 21 August You always end up with a lot on your plate as you can often waste time and be hasty in your decision making. You have to be open to suggestion and not have the opinion that you are on your own.

Virgo (the Virgin): 22 August - 23 September Don’t let your personal grievances get in the way of any promotion that might come your way. It would be to your advantage if you could reel in the aggression that you can sometimes have.

Libra (the Scales): 24 September - 23 October You have this ability to see beyond what’s usually in front of your face this month. You should be able to see clearly and map out a plan for your future while you’re able.

Scorpio (the Scorpion): 24 October - 22 November Becoming worked up over something minor has always been one thing you’re good at. Stop wasting your time judging or you’re going to find it difficult to maintain any type of relationship.

Sagittarius (the Archer): 23 November - 22 December Start relaxing now as all the hard work that you’ve been doing is finally paying off. Your ability to start and finish a project is your greatest strength.

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

Try and manage the anxiety you feel when you find that there are sometimes things that are beyond your control. You could have a revelation this month but it depends on you not overreacting.

Aquarius (the Water Carrier): 21 January - 19 February How much crazier can your life get this month especially with all the twists and turns you have to navigate. Stay calm and keep being flexible as it’s just another wave you’re going to have to surf on.

Pisces (the Fish): 20 February - 20 March You’re getting help from some unseen hand this month and it’s about time you accepted that you do need a bit of help occasionally. You will accomplish a lot more now that you realise you can rely on friends when you need it.


WHEN NZQA MADE THE DECISION TO END SCHOOL CERTIFICATE, SIXTH Form Certificate and Bursary, Pinehurst School made the decision to offer CIE as an alternative to NCEA and, almost a decade down the track; they are extremely pleased with their decision with clear evidence to prove CIE caters for all academic abilities.

The benefit of being an independent school means Pinehurst is not required by the Ministry of Education and NZQA to offer NCEA as an assessment option. They have the flexibility to offer the best programme to suit all students. State or state integrated CIE schools are required to offer the New Zealand qualification as well as International Cambridge, forcing them to create a two tier system.

Aries (the Ram): 21 March - 20 April You can sometimes act like you’re know what you doing and are too bigheaded when you realise that you’re wrong. You could make a big mistake this month and miss the boat altogether. Taurus (the Bull): 21 April - 21 May You can’t seem to shake the feeling that you have an important decision to make even though you know exactly what you want you are unable to come to any real decisions. Please take compliments for what they are, a polite expression of praise or admiration.

Gemini (the Twins): 22 May - 21 June You’re having trouble deciphering anything this month as you’re being distracted by something else. You have to be patient as all the puzzle pieces are in front of you, you just have to focus and rearrange them. PN

Pinehurst has the luxury of being able to focus exclusively on the CIE system with school resources and teaching time wholly devoted to one curriculum. With the entire Pinehurst cohort sitting CIE, they have proven to the New Zealand educational community that Cambridge is accessible for all and that the prejudice that says that CIE is too difficult is patently untrue. The accessibility of CIE to a broad spectrum of students is also noted by governments in countries such as Singapore, where Cambridge has been used as the national curriculum. Also, within the UK, more schools are making the transition to International IGCSE and A Levels as they realise that the international qualification is portable, transparent and accessible. At Pinehurst the students’ success in the Cambridge International Examinations and their access to top universities, locally and globally, is their clearest indicator that they made the right decision to focus solely on the CIE system. As young people live in a global economy, Pinehurst believes it is not only appropriate, but also necessary, that students have access to an internationally recognised qualification. (JACQUELINE WHITE, Headmistress Pinehurst Senior College) PN PINEHURST SCHOOL, 75 Bush Road, Albany T: 09 414 0960 www.pinehurst.school.nz

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Bayfield School held a tree planting ceremony with a Kapa Haka last month to which Prime Minister John Key, Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye and hospitality entrepreneur and parent Luke Dallow were invited.


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BRAVO! BY MONI PORT (Published by Gecko Press).

Your chance to nominate the outstanding teachers and leaders in your school community.

Bravo! Is a fabulous picture book by Moni Port, illustrated by Philip Waechter and published by Gecko Press, renowned for their English translations of great books from around the world. Helena’s life is almost perfect, she plays the trumpet and is very happy except for one thing: her father is a shouter. This annoys her so much she decides she doesn’t want to grow up like that too, so she decides to pack up along with her treasured trumpet and leave home. Her father seems unaware of her musical talent, however she discovers others appreciate her gift. Her parents finally find her and her father regrets his shouting. Helena gives a concert which reunites her with her father and his voice can be heard above the applause shouting ‘Bravo’. Only when her father gives praise does Helena realise she is loved. This story demonstrates the importance of praise and recognition and father/daughter relationships. PN DOROTHY BUTLER CHILDREN’S BOOKSHOP, 1 Jervois Road T: 09 376 7283 www.childrensbookshop.co.nz

It’s nomination time for parents and secondary school students as they consider the outstanding teachers and leaders in their school or centre who positively influence learning and performance. Nominations have opened for the 2011-2012 round of the National Excellence in Teaching and Leadership Awards, with the theme, Teachers Count. Terry O’Connell, chairman of the NEiTA Foundation, says the awards programme acknowledges the profound impact outstanding teachers have on our students, our community, our education system and ultimately our country. “We’ve long recognised that outside the family home, a teacher is the greatest influence on a student’s learning and performance. For 15 years NEiTA – with the support of ASG Education Programs New Zealand and Cognition Education Trust – has helped pioneer teaching awards as a way of acknowledging the important work of teachers within the community. “During this time over 3,000 early childhood education, primary, intermediate and secondary school teachers have been nominated for awards. These teachers continue to positively contribute to the reputation of the profession, said Mr O’Connell.” Mr O’Connell urged school and early childhood communities to demonstrate how much Teachers Count by nominating a teacher or leader from their school or early childhood centre for an ASG Excellence in Teaching Award or a Cognition Excellence in Leadership Award. The NEiTA awards are jointly sponsored by ASG Education Programs New Zealand TM, a not-for-profit organisation which operates trans-Tasman assisting parents to plan for their children’s future education, and Cognition Education, a provider of a wide range of support, services and consultation provisions to schools and education sector clients in New Zealand and internationally.

KIDSCAN ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF ‘IN OUR OWN BACKYARD’ KIDSCAN RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THE LAUNCH OF ‘IN OUR OWN BACKYARD’, New Zealand’s first child sponsorship programme. Introduced as a direct response to the increasing levels of child poverty happening in our own backyards, the programme enables caring Kiwis to offer on-going financial support to disadvantaged Kiwi children, one hundred percent of all donations will be used to provide the basics children are missing out on such as, warm clothing, shoes, food at school, basic stationery packs and hygiene items. It costs less than 50 cents a day and 100% of donations go to the kids. To sign up to become a supporter, please visit www.kidscan.org.nz. Just $15 a month provides the basics for a child less fortunate and 100% of the monthly donations benefit New Zealand children in need.

PLUNKET WELCOMES SHAKEN BABY DVD A graphic DVD showing the affects of Shaken Baby Syndrome, which will be shown to every mother who gives birth in Auckland from July, has been welcomed by Plunket. “Anything that can be done to raise the issue of shaken baby syndrome in public is a positive thing”, says Plunket Clinical Advisor Allison Jamieson. “A crying baby and parents suffering from a lack of sleep can combine to create a very stressful situation. It’s vital that parents and other caregivers are offered strategies and information right from the beginning to help them cope.” With 2011 shaping up to be a record year for child abuse Plunket says we need to be looking for a fence at the top of the cliff approach.

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All teachers and leaders nominated receive a Certificate of Nomination, with 20 area representatives selected to go forward to receive Regional Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership in Wellington during May 2012. From these, ten teachers/leaders will go on to receive National Awards at their schools or centres later in the year. National awardees will receive professional development grants from a pool totaling $35,000. Two $5,000 and three $2,500 grants will each be made for excellence in teaching and for excellence in leadership. Nominations are open until 31 August. Forms can be downloaded from the NEiTA website www.neita.co.nz and are also available at schools and early childhood education centres nationwide, libraries, or can be obtained by contacting the NEiTA Foundation on T: 09 308 0576 or email mventer@asg.co.nz PN

“We need to be looking at preventative measures and asking ourselves questions about how we can support families to care for and raise their children safely”, says Allison. “Parents need support and to know where to go for support. This DVD will help people to understand the risks and consequences of shaking a baby. Knowledge which is important in reducing the risk to babies of being shaken.” If parents and caregivers feel that stress is getting too much for them Plunket recommends putting the baby in a safe place, such as a cot, and taking a few minutes to calm themselves before going back to check on their baby. It may help to ring a friend or PlunketLine T: 0800 933 922 to talk about how they are feeling. PN


FUTURE GENERATION MAYOR CULTIVATES TREE PLANTING PROGRAMME FOR SCHOOLS The Mayor has released a report outlining how an Auckland wide Schools Tree Planting Programme will take shape. Identified as one of the Mayor’s 100 Projects, a review will now take place to provide options on how best to deliver a programme that benefits as many schools as possible in a streamlined way. Mayor Len Brown says putting in place a unified programme that schools across Auckland can embrace, will be of great benefit. “This project is a really important one, both for the education of our kids and for Auckland’s environment. What better way for kids to learn about the importance of native trees than to take part and get planting. “A School Tree Planting Programme creates opportunities to learn about our country’s precious natives, protect the eco-system, beautify their neighbourhood and be proud of something they have helped establish and grow,” says the Mayor. Auckland Council will review the wide variety of existing planting programmes that currently engage schools to identify what works well, as well as areas where opportunities exist to improve and grow the programme. A number of people who have been directly involved with these programmes will also be consulted for feedback including programme partners, managers, schools and teachers. Auckland Council will develop options for the School Trees Planting Programme and the best way forward with the assistance of the Environment and Sustainability management team. PN

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WHAT WE’RE READING Books us blokes on the Ponsonby News team are reading, or have recently enjoyed. We LOVE reading in the bath, or in bed. A real stress buster! MARTIN LEACH UNDERGROUND by Suelette Dreyfus and Julian Assange (Random House) Tracing an international ring of computer hackers which spanned three continents and nearly a decade of computer crime, author Suelette Dreyfus weaves a gripping tale against a backdrop of cutting edge technology. Based on more than two years of writing and research drawn from hundreds of exclusive interviews and telephone intercepts and over 30,000 pages of court documents, Underground is the first hacking book published out of Australia and the only one to delve into the mind and world of the international computer hacker. Critically acclaimed, it has been said that Underground is the only book to examine the computer underground with real depth and insight.

THE HOUSE AT SEAS END BY ELLY GRIFFITHS Published by Quercus Broughton Sea’s End is the end of the line, a lonely seaside village slowly being destroyed by coastal erosion. A team of archaeologists studying the erosion comes across human skeletons buried below Sea’s End House, the fortress home of eccentric local MP Jack Hastings. Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate. Ruth has just returned to work after the birth of her daughter and is finding it hard to combine work and motherhood. Ruth discovers that the bodies date from the Second World War.This means a police investigation is needed, which means that Ruth will come face-to-face with Detective Inspector Harry Nelson, something she has been trying hard to avoid. Ruth and Nelson start to uncover the secrets of the war years at Broughton Sea’s End and it soon becomes clear that someone is still alive who will kill to protect those secrets. Trapped at Sea’s End House in a snow storm, Ruth and Nelson realise that the danger is very close indeed. Their only hope lies in Nelson’s colleague Judy and a local druid named Cathbadbest. PN


THE NIT CREW: PROVEN RESULTS AGAINST HEAD LICE Darryl Scott is the father of 2 children, has owned several businesses and worked at a senior level in corporate during the last 25 years. When his daughter and son attended primary school he became increasingly concerned the children coming home with headlice (nits). Both parents tried many treatments that mainly consisted of shampoos with pesticides or natural shampoo treatments. On some occasions after a lengthy comb out some relief was found but only for what seemed like a short time. Re-infestation would seem to occur shortly after and this was the result of eggs not dying even if the live headlice had been removed.

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After several incidences and $100’s of dollars, hours of treatment time Darryl decided to research treatments in the hope that something new and effective had been created.

After studying the research published in several journals Darryl obtained his first LouseBusterä device, launched a mobile service where a certified trained operator comes to your home and performs a 45 minute treatment eradicating headlice and their eggs. The process is safe, FDA cleared, clinically tested and chemical free. PN

The solutions seemed the same, out of frustration Darryl dug even deeper in the hope that a device may have been invented that take care of this problem. After hours of research Darryl discovered a new process that achieved FDA clearance,

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New heater guide hot off the press

Ceramic Heaters • Have no glowing parts and are therefore safer to use • Are portable • Great for small rooms, quick heating and personal warmth.

The thought of winter fast approaching is enough to send shivers down many people’s spines. Everyone knows the health dangers of living in a cold home, yet we all want to save money on our power bill. What most people don’t realise is that a few thoughts given to purchasing the right heater is all it takes to live in warmth and comfort, without it costing the earth. However, with so many choices of heaters on the market, the question remains - “how do I choose the right heater for my home?” “Many New Zealanders get frustrated when they try to heat their home, spend a fortune on power, and find that the room just doesn’t stay warm,” says Chris Heal, spokesman for Goldair. “We’ve come to realise that there is a need for an all-in-one guide that provides helpful hints on heating homes effectively, to help people if they’re thinking of buying a heater this winter. We’re conscious people’s power bills are going up, it’s time that people had all the facts, so they can make an informed choice when heating their room,” he says. Choosing the right heater is dependent on a number of factors, but when determining which one will heat the fastest and be most energy efficient, it’s important you pick the right heater for your room space. A little known fact is that it’s better to purchase a larger heater than the room needs, as this will heat the space quicker. It’s also a good idea to minimise drafts and heat loss areas around doors and windows, so as to not let all your hard work go to waste. “Our guide highlights the most positive attributes of different heaters, and breaks down their usage into cost per month to run. It also presents which size heater is best for what size room. It will be all you need to read this winter,” says Heal.

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Fan Heaters • Provide a cost-effective way to heat small spaces • Great for personal warmth. Micathermic Heaters • Quickly bring a room up to temperature, thereby saving energy

• Run quietly • Have no glowing parts so are safe to use • Great for medium to large rooms. Oil Heaters • Run quietly • Are portable • Great for gradual heating in any sized room. Panel Heaters • Great for lounges, hallways and bedrooms • Run quietly.

Goldair’s ecosave panel heater is one of the best options when it comes to efficiently heating your room. They are extremely economical, using only 425 watts, and cost around $9 a month+ to run (or 10c an hour*). The ecosave panel heater uses convection and radiant technology to draw any cold in and radiate warm air out around the room. They are lightweight, so are easy to install. For those image conscious folk, the ecosave heater has a paintable surface to match any décor, and is unobtrusively wall mounted so doesn’t look bulky in small rooms. With all heating equipment, it’s important to remember to stay safe: there needs to be at least a one-metre clearance from any curtains, furniture, clothes racks and yourself. Remember never to leave any heater unattended. For health, warmth, comfort, cost -efficiency and safety in your heating, check out the new Goldair “How do I choose the right heater?” guide this winter (found in most stores or at www.goldair.co.nz). PN





OLD FASHIONED CHARM We’re surrounded by it. We embrace it. However, our gardens generally don’t reflect the lovely old-fashioned charm of our homes. Last spring, I happened to pass by a villa on Barry Street. The entire frontage was a froth of gorgeous creamy-yellow, old-fashioned rambling roses - clambering wildly over the front boundary, spilling over garden borders surrounding the veranda and climbing the posts to frame the view. It was a moment in time, of a picture-perfect villa. By now, that same villa will be looking rather bedraggled with a tangle of bare branches and masses of fallen leaves blowing around. But, therein lies part of the beauty of roses. They remind us of the passing seasons – something a griselinia hedge could never do because it looks the same year in, year out. Roses, and in fact all deciduous plants, herald each season as it arrives, and most importantly, hold the promise of spring. They also allow precious sunlight to penetrate the earth and our homes, when it’s most needed over winter. Roses reward us with the excitement of fresh spring growth accompanied by fattening buds, followed by exquisite summer blooms that are joyous to pick for indoors. Autumn and winter often bring an outstanding display of orange or red rose hips – also perfect for picking, or making jelly. As much as I love them, I’m not advocating everyone should plant wall to wall roses! But I am suggesting to consider a few as part of your planting scheme, to soften and enhance the contemporary lines of both modern architecture and landscaping, imposed on our stately old homes. Forget about stiff, modern Hybrid Tea roses. Check out the less formal ‘old roses’ and ‘shrub roses’ for inspiration. Look for varieties that repeat flower throughout summer and always check the label for growth habit and height. Roses sold under the ‘old rose’ umbrella vary hugely in growth habit and flower form, and shrub roses range from low growing groundcovers (e.g. ‘Seafoam’) to tall shrubs (e.g. ‘Sally Homes’). English (aka David Austin) Roses are also an excellent choice to impart good old-fashioned charm, but be sure to choose a strong grower and know what to expect size wise, as some varieties grow rather vigorously! PLANTING AND PRUNING OLD FASHIONED ROSES New roses: Mix plenty of compost and a few handfuls of blood and bone into the soil and plant grafted bushes with the graft just above ground level. Add slow release fertiliser and mulch with fine bark. Prune grafted plants to a framework of three – five well-spaced canes, and each cane back to three – five buds from the base. Leave ‘old roses’ for three seasons before pruning, to allow them to strengthen up.

DOORS OPEN IN PONSONBY FOR DORA DOORS OPENING THEIR OWN DOOR IN PONSONBY this May, new workshop Dora Doors offer decorative, hand-crafted security screens which provide airflow, sunshine and light to your home without having to worry about safety or security – all while still maintaining a modern and individual look for your home. The idea behind Dora Doors arose from a practical solution to a problem that owners, Tim Ord and Michelle Bostock, were facing themselves after moving from Waiheke Island and “realising that for the first time we would have to lock our front door but sadly not see the sunshine!” Combining their previous business experience, Tim’s metal working background and a combined passion for design, Dora Doors was launched in Ponsonby - “a stone’s throw from home without the drag of a commute” – on 13 May 2011. The couple take a creative approach to many aspects of their business – on their launch night they had guests put red dots on their favourite designs, green on their second and yellow on a design they liked but needed tweaking “This turned out to be a brilliant idea and gave us a great indication of what designs appeal to a greater number and those which are suited more to individual taste”. Having already received hugely positive feedback, they know there is a real need for this kind of security, particularly amongst inner city home-owners seeking peace of mind - “not heavy duty security, but something that is pleasing to the eye, expresses the occupants’ personality and serves a real and honest function”. Tim and Michelle provide their aDORAble security solutions at a reasonable price, with designs starting from $600 +GST (or drop in to Dora with your own ideas for a door design). For the month of June, they’re offering free installation to readers in the Ponsonby News area. PN DORA DOORS, T: 09 376 8920 or 021 045 3347 www.doradoors.co.nz

Established roses: Prune large growing shrub roses by thinning out the oldest canes and trimming all remaining growth back by half to two thirds. Ramblers and climbers can be left to their own devices, but for enhanced flowering, trim out the oldest canes and train remaining lateral canes horizontally to promote better flower production. Prune unruly roses back to ground level to promote fresh spring growth. And remember, no-one ever killed a rose by pruning it! (DENISE CLEVERLEY) PN www.tullyandgardener.co.nz

‘CRÉPUSCULE’ can be trained as a large shrub or climber and repeat flowers all summer long. FIVE GARDEN CHORES FOR JUNE: 1. Apply liquid seaweed to vege plants to boost growth and immune systems; 2. Trim any large trees and shrubs blocking winter sun from the house; 3. Repot root bound indoor plants; 4. Plant old fashioned roses! 5. Kids: grow cress on the windowsill and snip it for your sandwiches.

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PROFESSIONAL ELECTRICAL AND AUDIO VISUAL SERVICES FROM SAFE N SOUND ELECTRICAL Safe N Sound Electrical is a new Ponsonby based, family-run company that can provide professional electrical and audio visual services for the customer who demands excellence. As audio and visual technology evolves so too must the ability to install it to perform and look its best. Safe N Sound Electrical understands this and marries savvy systems with today’s state-of-the-art technology in homes, bars, shops and businesses. The result, say company owners and brothers Darren and Lee Dewerson (pictured above), are high performing and modern audio and visual systems that convince clients you mean business in the boardroom and impress visitors to your home. The brothers, from east London, have reunited in Auckland to not only “live in the greatest country on Earth”, but secure a long held dream to create a family business that would combine their 35 years of shared experience working as licensed electricians in New Zealand, England and Australia. “We’ve been living in different countries for the past 12 years but we have the same work ethics and skills plus a passion to work together,” says Lee. “With Safe N Sound Electrical you get the real deal ...top, qualified tradesmen, not apprentices, who will get the job done right the first time, every time. And because we both have a keen interest in product development and state of the art technology you will be talking to people who understand your desire to have the best.” The company not only provides homes and businesses with a full range of electrical services but will also sort your phone and computer networks to work efficiently and look great. Imagine having no pesky cables looking untidy and the ability to rely on effective, well-designed networks. In addition, because homes and businesses unfortunately have no choice these days but to protect themselves, Safe N Sound Electrical can come to the rescue with home and office security systems solutions including CCTV. The Dewersons, who install, provide and service the majority of leading product brands, offer full technical support and advice after the job is done. Safe N Sound Electrical intends to keep growing and expand its specialist services to include any future technologies that maybe developed. So, for all your electrical, security and audio/visual requirements in the home or at work, contact Lee or Darren at Safe N Sound to discuss your needs and to receive a free quote for a competitivelypriced solution on T: 0800 111 234. www.safensoundelectrical.com PN


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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS RENOVATION IS THE NAME OF THE GAME Home owners tend not consult a big name firm when they are thinking of doing an alteration. They might ask a builder friend what he thinks, or a friend who has been down the same pathway. Then there’s the option of taking on an architect who specialises in renovation work. Evelyn McNamara has recently established a solo practice in Freemans Bay. She has lived in Ponsonby for the last six years and loves everything about the area, particularly the work she is doing bringing new life to the venerable old villas that are a feature of our suburb. These dwellings are zoned and can’t be pulled down willy nilly so Evelyn has made a canny career choice by focussing largely on residential projects. On leaving High School Evelyn chose to study at UNITEC because it’s the only school of architecture that stipulates a period of working hours in a firm as part of its curriculum. This is a fast track way to becoming registered as opposed to graduates from the Auckland and Wellington Schools who have a degree but no hands on experience. Evelyn started working at Jessops Architects when she was in her second year, completed the required work experience by the time she had finished her third year and was ready to work professionally straight away. She continued to work with Jessops, then in 2009 branched out on her own but retained a shared space in the Jessops building. Evelyn feels privileged to have been associated with a firm that is recognised for its high end restoration architecture and finds that sharing office space is important in a creative industry. Apart from affordability, one can bounce ideas off colleagues, ask advice “How did you find that product or that company?”, share a library of architecture manuals, the more common utilities, and impart to clients a sense of vitality engendered by several people working on their own projects. Since branching out on her own, already Evelyn has finished a beach house in Tairua, done alterations in Freemans Bay and Herne Bay, and there’s more work in the pipeline. Her time working with Jessops has furnished her with a knowledge of detailing and of how builders prefer to work. As an architect it’s important to understand the construction side of things. Quite often a builder will call up and say “How do you want me to do this because I’ve never done it before?”. Many aren’t entirely up to date with changed building codes and it’s important not to be arrogant in dealing with them. Evelyn has three builders she’s worked with often and has a good relationship with them. For instance one said to her cautiously “I’d rather do it this way, but you’re the architect and I don’t want to ruin what you are doing here.” She decided his idea was better than hers which demonstrates if an architect works in with the builder you are going to get a good result. Evelyn is now doing a big alteration from a builder’s recommendation. Evelyn is very intent on doing the best alteration within the client’s budget. She says alterations tend to blow out cost wise and there’s no point in offering people something they can’t afford. She is also very careful to do a neat job because word of mouth is the best form of advertising. Many people in the area are constantly looking for someone to do alterations and a satisfied client will lead to repeat business. Evelyn is a talented young woman with her feet on the ground and the evidence so far points to a long and successful career. To view some of her work go to www.ema-architects.com (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS GOODBYE AUCKLAND - HELLO PERTH DEBORAH PURDY HAS BEEN SELLING REAL ESTATE IN THE GREATER Ponsonby area for more years than she cares to remember. She says it feels like a lifetime, but it’s been a very happy lifetime. She’s watched the market grow and then retract, but has taken the ups and downs in her stride and always felt great satisfaction in finding the house that suits the client and seeing them happily settled in their new home. She must be good at what she does given the amount of repeat business she enjoys. So how did Deborah get into such a competitive business? Her previous career was with travel, then she woke up one day and thought, I’ll be a real estate agent because it seemed a natural progression from all her account management knowhow and customer service experience. Since joining Bayleys, she’s never looked back and acknowledges that the great branding and good support from the company set her on the road to success.

A different challenge will be finding somewhere suitable to live over there that would be suitable for a dog. Deborah’s dog is utterly gorgeous and where she goes Miss Gracie goes too. Taking everything into consideration, Deborah is not too daunted at the prospect of re-establishing her self in a strange city where she has no friends. Every time she mentions the change to people who are familiar with Perth, she hasn’t heard anything derogatory about the place and what it has to offer. Volunteer work has been part of her life as well and that’s a sure way to become integrated into a community and Miss Gracie will have a part to play too when she’s walked along the avenue, catching every eye!

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Deborah is about to leave our shores to join her husband in Perth where he has taken up an opportunity that is too good to turn down. He loves Australia’s faraway city and is waiting for her to hurry up and get over there. It’s taken Deborah a bit longer to come to terms with the move because she is a little apprehensive about giving up her life in real estate which is all encompassing. Bringing a client’s home to the market, is full of challenges; giving sound advice, making sure it’s advertised properly, overseeing the photography, writing the right sort of copy, are all vital for a successful outcome. She is still representing some people who are selling and has been asked by others if she would fly back to market their homes when the time comes.

Deborah will be keeping an eye on what’s happening in her old stamping ground. She’s been consistently among Bayleys’ top ten performers and is still marketing new properties as she’s about to walk out the door. Her Herne Bay house is up for rent, but not for sale and we’re guessing Ponsonby hasn’t seen the last of Deborah. Her many clients are anticipating lots of return visits! (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN


SUNSET by Torremato Sunset is an inside lamp that renews the classical vocabulary of the traditional half-sphere with colours and finishes that make it extremely suitable for current and contemporary living.

ECC LIGHTING & FURNITURE - AN EYE FOR THE UNIQUE AND UNUSUAL Milan’s Salone del Mobile - the most auspicious furniture and lighting fair in the world, had plenty to offer when the team from ECC Lighting & Furniture was there in April. The top designers and manufacturers in the world meet together there to display new collections for the year ahead, and source stunning products for your homes. Each day the team was up early, walking the massive fairgrounds with thousands of other people, meeting with both their current and new suppliers. The time and effort put into creating each stand at the fair was amazing and inspiring, just like the endless amount of products which were on display. Every item in the ECC showroom is personally selected with an eye for the unique and original; something they have a passion for. ECC’s showrooms in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are filled with a huge range of lighting and furniture ranging from simple, stylish and traditional designs to contemporary pieces, as well as a touch of the outrageous. Their annual sale begins on 8 June to clear some space for brand new stock ordered at the Milan Fair. Come in and make the most of huge discounts across their range of products. Receive your copy of the Milan Report, featuring their top picks from the fair, by subscribing on their website. Here you can also view their products and find links to the ECC blog and facebook page. PN ECC LIGHTING & FURNITURE, 39 Nugent Street, Grafton T: 09 379 9680 E: info@ecc.co.nz www.ecc.co.nz MOBIUS by Giorgetti A series of armchairs with high and low back. The structure of the base is in walnut canaletto wood. The padding of the seat and back, in curved plywood, is in flexible multi-density polyurethane covered in fibre. The leather or felt upholstery is completely removable.

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Do you have any recommendations for cleaning and maintaining my bathroom?

Bathrooms get a hard life in most homes and it’s important to understand how to best keep your bathroom healthy, hygienic and looking good. Bathroom fittings such as showers, baths and vanities are made from a combination of materials and it’s important to use a cleaner that is effective, but gentle on all surfaces. Common bathroom cleaners that you find in supermarkets may contain ingredients that can damage bathroom surfaces, in particular acrylic materials which are used in some baths, showers and shower liners. Not all cleaners present a risk of damage, but you never know when a brand may change the formulation of the product, and after making a significant investment in your bathroom it pays to use a product you can trust. The Vibrance range of cleaners has been specifically developed for surfaces commonly used in bathrooms and are tested and approved by Clearlite & Athena to ensure they will not cause damage to any of their extensive range of showers, baths, vanities and vitreous china and will clean bathroom surfaces to maintain a like-new finish. We recommend testing an inconspicuous area before using any new cleaning product in the bathroom, but with a track history of over 10 years in Kiwi homes and backed by two of New Zealand’s leading bathroom manufacturers, you can trust Vibrance to keep your bathroom looking at its very best. The Vibrance range is a complete bathroom maintenance system which includes a surface cleaner, glass cleaner and spa bath flush. With showers in particular, it is important to select a non abrasive cleaner that is safe to use on acrylic surfaces. Most non tiled showers have an acrylic base and wall liner and these acrylic surfaces can be damaged by abrasive cleaners which can lead to leaks which will be costly to repair. Showers are often the most difficult areas to clean due to water marks and long term staining from soap deposits. Like all other areas in the house, regular cleaning can reduce the hassle of deep cleaning and build up of hard to remove stains. Daily rinsing of the shower followed by a quick wipe down of the glass surfaces will reduce build up

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of soap deposits and a light weekly clean using the Vibrance Surface Cleaner will keep your shower looking like new. Remember to also clean drip strips and seals regularly as this is one of the first places to gather dirt. And finish the job by polishing and protecting your shower and bath screens with the Vibrance glass cleaner. Vanities and bath surfaces also require regular, non abrasive cleaning to keep them looking new. The Vibrance surface cleaner can be applied to both acrylic and porcelain surfaces and wiped down using a soft damp cloth to remove any built up deposits around the basin or bath and wipe down the cabinet surfaces with a clean damp cloth. Spa plumbing systems also require regular cleaning to ensure that the water circulated during use is clean and hygienic. The Vibrance Spa Flush helps remove deposits that accumulate in the spa bath’s pipe system and we recommend cleaning once every three months. Regular cleaning is the key to keeping your bathroom healthy, hygienic and looking like new. Long term build up of soap and other deposits in the bathroom can be difficult to remove and you will be tempted to use harsh cleaning products which may damage your fittings. If you are unsure on the suitability of a cleaning product or how to clean your bathroomware, contact the manufacturer. Vibrance Cleaning products are available from your local plumbing merchant or contact Clearlite for more information www.clearlite.co.nz or T: 09 444 3780. (ROB HOOK) PN BUILDSPACE KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS – Design Build Install T: 0800 455 556 info@buildspace.co.nz www.buildspace.co.nz


HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS TAILOR-MADE LOCAL DESIGN FROM ANTIPODES Everyone’s home is their own personal haven. It’s all about you! So fill it with things that you love and that fit your own requirements in terms of lifestyle, comfort and design. Antipodes Design Store has some exceptional local designers creating products ideal for the New Zealand home and many can be tailor-made to meet your own needs. They showcase furniture and products from a range of New Zealand designers with contrasting styles that are beautifully crafted to a discerning international standard. “New Zealand is blessed having many talented designers and craftspeople. This means you can buy exactly what suits your home without having to wait months for it to be imported” says Antipodes Design Store founder and NZ design addict, Rod Hanna. The Antipodes range includes the retro styled ‘foreshore collection’ from Noho out of Christchurch; the raw modernist designs from Fletcher Systems; Rod’s own classic contemporary designs under his Echo label; the stunningly curvaceous lines of Neal Smith Design’s hard furniture and the masculine Euro-inspired designs from Belle. “The distinctive nature of each designer’s style offers our customers plenty of variety. We deal with Interior Designers from all around the country and they love the fact that we can tailor the finish and coverings for each individual client.” says Rod. Antipodes Design Store also represents New Zealand designers like Catherine David who creates unique lamps and coat racks; and stocks gift oriented pieces like jewellery by Charlotte Penman and Boho. PN ANTIPODES DESIGN STORE, upstairs next to Corso D’ Fiori at The Foundation Design Centre, 8 George Street, Newmarket T: 09 307 8090 www.antipodesdesign.co.nz

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ASK AN ARCHITECT: PAUL LEUSCHKE Every month Grey Lynn resident and Architect Paul Leuschke of Leuschke Kahn answers property related questions. Email yours to jane@leuschkekahn.co.nz. am about to start a house renovation. Am I covered with my house Q: Iinsurance policy or do I need a separate insurance policy? item is often overlooked. Yes, you will need separate construction A: This insurance if your renovation involves structural work. It’s always best to discuss the project with your broker or insurance company before you commence. Your normal household insurers should be able to provide you with construction insurance. The price of the construction insurance will typically be based on the cost, the construction time, and the risk factor involved, for the type of work your house renovation entails. have an old villa and are wondering if we should renovate or sell. Q: We How do you suggest we decide? I would decide what factors are influencing you to buy or sell. Some factors A: may be, not enough room, lack of sun, tired kitchen, off street parking etc. If it is not possible to overcome these issues - sell. If it is possible, I suggest to clients they obtain a realistic costing for the proposed alterations and add this to the value of their existing house. This combined sum gives you a budget for a replacement house. Go into the market and see what that budget will buy you. Often the combined budget falls short of a new house price and then clients are happy to commit to an alteration. PN

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RESEARCH SHOWS GAS IS POPULAR WITH KIWIS New research shows that natural gas and LPG are popular choices for household heating in New Zealand. Gas New Zealand spokesperson, Ray Ferner, says the research shows that 44 percent of households in the Wellington, Manawatu, Wanganui, Taranaki and Hawke’s Bay areas use either natural gas or LPG for their home heating energy source. “Electricity is still the most widely-used energy source when it comes to home heating (55% of households), but gas is certainly growing in popularity,” Mr Ferner said. “It’s interesting that gas is still such a popular home heating energy source, especially when you consider the plethora of advertising done by the heat pump industry. That’s the beauty of gas – it’s still so popular despite the intense competition,” Mr Ferner said. The research was commissioned by electricity and gas company, Powerco. Mr Ferner said some 350,000 New Zealand homes are now connected to either natural gas or LPG. Gas is also commonly installed in the majority of new houses that are built. The research also shows that, of the five regions surveyed, Wellingtonians are the biggest users of gas, followed by Manawatu, Wanganui, Taranaki and Hawke’s Bay. Gas New Zealand is an advocacy group established to encourage the direct use of gas by New Zealand households and small business. See www.thebeautyofgas.co.nz


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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS 125 YEARS OF REFRESHING THE WORLD Last month, the Coca-Cola Company celebrated its 125 year anniversary since the first Coca-Cola beverage was enjoyed on 8 May, 1886. To commemorate the milestone and reflect its relevance in popular culture over the past 125 years, Coca-Cola has created an online, 360 degree virtual museum which uses new technology to bring to life some of the never seen before Coca-Cola archives. Coca-Cola is also inviting consumers to upload images of their own Coke memorabilia and to share stories of their favourite items.

HOT PRODUCT AT ECC LIGHTING + FURNITURE ETCH LIGHT 45 by Tom Dixon A digitally manufactured collection, Etch is inspired by the logic of pure mathematics. Made from brass sheets, the pattern is photo etched: acid dissolves the exposed parts leaving behind the unexposed metal creating the pattern. The brass is lacquered to prevent oxidisation. www.ecc.co.nz

Paul Fitzgerald, General Manager, Coca-Cola Oceania said: “We have been operating in New Zealand for over 50 years. Over this time the company has grown from strength to strength. 2011 is shaping up to be one of the biggest years yet for Coca-Cola Oceania, with our involvement as the Official Supplier for Rugby World Cup 2011, sponsorship of the All Blacks and some exciting consumer experiences that we look forward to revealing in the next few months.” New Zealanders are also being encouraged to visit facebook and embrace the CocaCola heritage by putting their own face onto a retro Coca-Cola poster. “The facebook app is free and enables you to put your own face onto a retro CocaCola poster. You can then use it as your profile picture or share it with your friends on facebook,” adds Fitzgerald. Coca-Cola is the world’s most valuable brand with more than 1.6 billion servings in more than 200 countries every day. www.theverybestofcoca-cola.com

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The Built Heritage Protection Fund follows the Mayor’s announcement of the formation of a Heritage Advisory Panel. The Mayor said the panel reinforced the importance of heritage in the new Auckland. “This is a bold move as we work towards my vision of Auckland as the world’s most liveable city,” said Len Brown.

AUCKLAND COUNCIL HAS TAKEN ANOTHER IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS protecting our built heritage. The Strategy and Finance Committee has agreed in principle to establish a Built Heritage Protection Fund.

In recent times, Auckland Council has also taken action to protect two heritage buildings, which were under threat of demolition.

The fund would buy at risk heritage buildings with the intention of redeveloping them and then reselling them. Reallocation of existing funds means the fund would have $10.3m available to it in 2011/12 and $4.6m per annum in following years.

Notices of requirement for heritage protection orders were issued to the owners’ of the Wong Doo Building in Hobson Street and the Ranchhod Chambers (formerly Gilfillans Store) in Queen Street. PN

Counsellor Sandra Coney chairs the council’s Parks, Recreation and Heritage Forum. She says this is a clear indication that the council is serious about heritage. “Demolition by neglect is one of the ways we have been losing built heritage. This fund will help us purchase buildings, restore them and then sell them to owners who will see their heritage as an asset,” she says. “It is a critical element in the arsenal of tools the council needs to protect heritage. It will also demonstrate that restored heritage buildings have a big role to play in providing a rich urban landscape, adding to our quality of life.” Ludo Campbell-Reid heads the council’s Environmental Strategy and Policy Department. He says that heritage is an important part of any great city adding aesthetic interest and a link with the past. “It is the council’s responsibility to let developers and investors know that heritage matters in this city. In all great cities, old and new sit side by side complementing each other. As Auckland goes forward, the few heritage buildings that we have left will only increase in value.”

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CLAYTON MUNTING UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL A Registered Valuer for 25 years, Clayton has worked in London and Hong Kong, and now specialises in residential property valuations in the greater Ponsonby area. The range of work includes finance valuations, purchasing or redevelopment/ renovation projects including Progress Payments and Completion Certificates, matrimonial disputes, transfers into trusts, compensation valuations, insurance valuations, LAQC and advice to potential sellers/vendors. WHERE DO YOU LIVE? I live in Grey Lynn (or as Alex Swney calls it ‘Cool Lynn’) with my wife of a year, Marianna, who has recently completed her Masters Degree (1st class honours) and works in social research. We have two cats, Jewells our Birman and Big Boy our Ragdoll. WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP FIT? A brisk (short) walk up to Occam for coffee. YOUR BEST FRIEND WOULD SAY OF YOU… Thanks for picking up the tab! YOUR MOTHER WOULD SAY OF YOU… He was dropped on his head as a baby! VIRTUES? Always have a very tidy sock drawer and happy to clean up the kitchen after Marianna makes dinner. VICES? Ponsonby bars and crème brulee. WHO IS YOUR ULTIMATE ROCK ICON? Elton John, oh and Martin Leach. WHAT’S YOUR SECRET PASSION? Well, it wouldn’t be a secret then would it? But it does involve sequins. WHERE DO YOU SPEND YOUR HOLIDAYS? Nelson, where I grew up, or in the Pacific Islands. WHAT’S YOUR PERFECT SUNDAY? Sleep in, breakfast at Occam, Sunday papers, gardening and one of the Bourne Identity movies. WHAT WERE YOU GOING TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? Aside from grown up… perhaps the fifth member of Abba or an actor? HOW DID YOU BECOME A VALUER? A commerce degree in Valuation and Property Management at Canterbury. A year in the Valuation Department in Tauranga, followed by 25 years in private practice. IF YOU WEREN’T A VALUER YOU’D BE... A lot better off…. or a secret agent. FAVOURITE PONSONBY RESTAURANT? Cocoro on Brown Street, Buenos Aires for its steaks and Coco’s Cantina on K’ Road. FAVOURITE PONSONBY STORE? Fifth Avenue or Republic. WHAT HAS INSPIRED YOU RECENTLY? My father, a Civil Engineer in Nelson, coming out of retirement to help with assessing damaged buildings in Christchurch after the earthquakes. YOUR DESERT ISLAND DISTRACTION... Hank Moody – Californication – TV3. WHAT WEBSITES DO YOU BOOKMARK? Youtube, Facebook, Vine on Line, House of Travel, TV on demand, Bob Dey Property Report. ONE THING YOU HAVE LEARNT ABOUT LIFE IS... It’s short. so don’t take it too seriously! WHAT IS IT YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT VALUING? The mix of indoor and outdoor work, wide variety of properties that I see each day, lots of client contact and the challenge of accurately predicting the sale price of unusual properties prior to auction for prospective purchasers. YOUR ADVICE TO PONSONBY HOME SELLERS? Maximise presentation - clean up all those incomplete odd jobs, chem wash the exterior and de-clutter the house. Seek the advice of your local reputable Real Estate agent. YOUR ADVICE TO PONSONBY HOME BUYERS? You are making a substantial investment get some serious independent advice from your Solicitor, Accountant and Valuer. PN

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‘you can’t sell a secret... good marketing makes a difference every time’ www.ponsonbynews.co.nz PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

REAL ESTATE EXPERT ASK JOHN.WILLS@CUSTOMRESIDENTIAL.CO.NZ Each month John Wills answers readers’ real estate related issues.

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Should we sell now or should we wait for spring? What do you think John?

This is a question that comes up a lot. Nobody has emailed this question in but it comes up regularly in phone conversations with people who are possibly looking to sell but want advice on timing. At the risk of sounding like just another agent who simply wants to get as many people as possible to list their homes in the near future... here’s my honest answer. The most important timing is what’s right for you and your family and your personal circumstances. Having said that, there are some pretty compelling market forces in play at the moment. And I mean right now! I’ve never seen a time when the market forces of supply and demand have been so far out of whack. Demand is red hot, and supply is very low. Throughout the last two to three years of turmoil, we have always known that there have been a large number of buyers waiting on the sidelines (with cash) and now they are choosing to come back into the market and buy. There is a perception that there is more and more pressure on city fringe property and the time to buy is right now. However, buying a property now, means having to compete with other buyers and this is where today’s vendors are winning. In relation to selling in spring, there are a few negatives and unknowns that come into play later in the year. We believe that buyers will be distracted by the Rugby World Cup and the General Election. This is a given. We also know that the pre Christmas slow down will come into play at some point in early to mid December and selling in January is pretty much out of the equation. The other factor is weather. We hear most people saying that the weather is much better in spring. One thing I’ve noticed about getting older, is that 25 years ago, sure Labour Weekend was always the start of brilliant summer weather. Nowadays that consistent summer weather is delayed until well into November/ December / January. The truth is that September and October are still pretty grotty weather wise (rugby weather) so my honest advice is to seriously look at doing something now. As ‘coalface’ examples: we had four serious bidders registered for our most recent company auction, and at our latest set-sale campaign, five offers were presented to the owner. That’s competition. www.customresidential.co.nz

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HOME: WHERE THE HEART IS ORGANISING FUNCTIONALITY AND DESIGN EXECUTIVE HAVEN - HERNE BAY $1250 PW AN EXECUTIVE TOWNHOUSE ON THE NORTHERN SLOPES IS THE PERFECT OF STORAGE SPACE IS ESSENTIAL city residence for a professional couple. Designer interiors, includes sun-trap living and So often it can be the small details that make the difference between being 95% happy and completely satisfied. “When it comes to building or renovating, it is often proper space planning of storage areas and wardrobes that is overlooked,” says a director of Innovative Interiors, Darel Clinch. “We find that storage and wardrobes are often a last-minute thought, which leads to compromises in space, functionality and design.” This is why at Innovative Interiors they work closely with design firms such as Yellowfox to educate the public on the value of proper space planning. The Euroclass system from Innovative Interiors is a premium wardrobe solution. Constructed in a choice of 25mm or 30mm-thick panels, it offers increased depth and many additional features, making it the flagship design for walk-in or walk-through wardrobes.

entertaining areas opening to a private courtyard with calming water feature. Three double bedrooms and two plus bathrooms, includes a master wing with walk-in wardrobe and sumptuous ensuite with bath and peek of the sea. An adjoining room off the master is ideal for home office or study. Extras include double internal garaging, loads of storage and an outdoor sauna, white-ware included plus alarm, gas heater and gas fireplace, pond. Only two minutes walk to Jervois Road cafes and shops and a short drive to the CBD. Dogs and cats ok, no smokers. Fresh to the market with the owners Australia- bound. Phone Phillipa Gordon 0274 746 507 or please view on Trademe, PN Listing # 378 637 008

Euroclass combines contemporary style with the latest colours and finishes to deliver a quality wardrobe system with a real presence. It includes features such as a pull-out swivelling mirror, as well as hidden jewellery trays, soft-close drawers and shoe racks. Glass-fronted drawers or shoe shelves contribute to its style. Lighting options add drama and aid the overall functionality, further cementing this wardrobe as the ideal solution to your needs. From wardrobes to garage, laundry and home office storage, Innovative Interiors has a system to suit any requirement, and each carries a 10-year warranty.PN INNOVATIVE INTERIORS Unit 4, 93 Ellice Road, Glenfield T: 09 443 1928, or 09 570 5049. Email: auckland@innovative-interiors.co.nz www.innovative-interiors.co.nz

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BEES DOING THEIR BIT – ARE YOU? BEE WEEK ENDED ON FRIDAY 3 JUNE. MORE THAN ONE THIRD OF WHAT WE eat is the result of intensive pollination by bees, yet the humble honey bee is battling to keep New Zealand’s hives alive. “To survive our bees need clever science, smart growers and farmers, and strong biosecurity,” says National Beekeepers’ Association of New Zealand (NBA) joint-CEO, Daniel Paul. The New Zealand beekeeping industry has been hit by the Varroa mite and American Foulbrood – and there are other threats on the horizon. “Varroa mite is showing signs of resistance to synthetic pyrethroid treatments. If this resistance becomes widespread the impact on the industry will be as great, if not greater, than when Varroa first arrived in the country. Just across the Tasman there are at least two pests or diseases that we currently don’t have in New Zealand that would also devastate the industry.” Mr Paul says European Foulbrood, Small Hive Beetle and Israel Acute Paralysis Virus are all present in Australia - but have not yet been found in New Zealand. These pathogens could be brought into New Zealand through honey imports, which are not currently allowed from Australia, imported goods or general traveller luggage. There are opportunities for Kiwis to be proactive in protecting bees, he says. “Travellers and importers can help bees by ensuring their luggage or imported goods are free from any foreign pests or diseases before bringing them into the country. If they are unsure they can request assistance from customs.” Farmers can help by being more responsible with their use of pesticides, some of which have been found to lead to a loss in bee numbers. He says “Bees that have adequate nutrition have stronger hives and are able to better withstand pests and diseases.” Lastly, Mr Paul says increased support of research will enable the industry to adequately prepare itself in the event of another incursion or threat to its bees. Bees are crucial to New Zealand’s primary sector, with a role far beyond honey production. Estimates suggest $5.1 billion of the country’s annual GDP is attributable to pollination by honey bees, domestic honey sales and exports, beeswax and exported honey bees. The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied





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

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I am thinking about renting out my house for the Rugby World Cup. It seems like an attractive opportunity as I was not intending to be in Auckland. What should I be aware of in relation to this? Many people have seen the potential to make a windfall profit from the Rugby World Cup. Renting out your home is the most obvious way for ordinary people to participate in the income being generated. To do this successfully you need to be well prepared.

FINDING YOUR RENTER The two basic choices are a listing agent like TradeMe.co.nz or through a property management agency. Sites like TradeMe.co.nz will help you get in touch with a renter but do not provide any other services. They will not handle any funds for you and will not act as your agent with the person renting your property. You will need to agree the terms of rental and if you use TradeMe.co.nz you should seek advice about this.

Contact your insurer, let them know what you are planning and arrange the appropriate insurance. Get all your documentation checked or prepared by a solicitor. Get your solicitor to point out to you all the risks of any documents provided by your agent. You also need to have a good rental agreement prepared which protects you from lost income or damage to your property. You should remember that your renter is unlikely to be from Auckland or even New Zealand and chasing them for any damage they have done is likely to be very difficult. AFTER THE RENTAL Don’t forget to let your accountant know about your rental activities as you may need to account for the rental income in your tax returns. (MICHAEL HEMPHILL) METROLAW, Level 2, 36 Williamson Avenue T: 09 929 0800 www.metrolaw.co.nz 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. PN

Where you use a property management agency you appoint someone to find you a renter. They will actively promote your property and you can expect to pay a percentage of up to 20% of any rental you receive. They should provide you with a rental agreement and undertake most of the administrative work required for your rental. You should have any agency agreements checked carefully as the agreements that we have reviewed have had some unusual provisions especially where you try to withdraw from the agreement. You must have confidence in your property management agent as they will collect your rent and account for it to you after the rental period. You should not be afraid to ask questions and seek references from other landlords. Try and use an established agent who has been operating for a number of years as they will want to protect their reputation and are less likely to simply take your money and run. PREPARATION FOR RENTAL You are letting a stranger have access to what is probably your most expensive asset and you need to make sure that you have insurance that will protect you. Most residential insurance policies do not cover the property if it is being rented out.

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PONSONBY PROFESSIONALS REGISTRATIONS OPEN FOR COMPETITIVENESS INSTITUTE CONFERENCE IN AUCKLAND Registrations are now open for the 14th TCI Annual Global Conference 2011 that will see some of the world’s best thinkers on competitiveness and economic development come to Auckland. Taking place from 28 November to 2 December 2011, the conference is a unique opportunity for New Zealand and international delegates to share the most current thinking and practices on building inclusive, innovative and above all, competitive economies. The Mayor says he is proud to invite developers, researchers, business leaders, cluster practitioners, policy-makers and all New Zealanders interested in competitiveness, innovation and economic development to register for this inspiring, global economic and commerce summit in Auckland. “I am proud that Auckland is hosting this global conference for the first time and would like to invite you to register. The event will be an opportunity to forge new partnerships with the largest contingent of international business and economic development delegates to ever visit New Zealand,” says Len Brown. Conference delegates will also tour companies in the agritech, food and beverage and marine industries, showcasing some of New Zealand’s priority sectors to international influencers. Themed “Competitiveness at the Edge”, the interactive conference enables delegates to exchange ideas, information and successes on how countries, regions and companies compete. TCI 2011 will be held at SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre and will include a gala dinner and other networking events during the week. To register for the conference, visit tci2011.com or email: info@tci2011.com ABOUT THE COMPETITIVENESS INSTITUTE Founded in 1998 and based in Barcelona, the Institute has a focus on economic competitiveness and business “clusters” or geographically grouped categories. It is a non-profit organisation with a network of more than 2,200 members in over 100 countries. For further information, see TCI-network.org PN

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WORLD’S WORST PUPPY ALTHOUGH I GREW UP WITH DOGS IT TOOK ME THIRTY YEARS BEFORE I WAS allowed a dog of my very own. My mother called immediately to inform me I was not yet responsible enough to look after a dog. She warned, ‘they are worse than kids Megan’. With a five acre block and 12 years of veterinary experience I felt I was now qualified to be an A-grade pet owner. How hard could it be? I was wrong of course. My perfect puppy took six months to toilet train, ate my new Ray Ban sunglasses after eating the seatbelts out of my car, took a chunk out of my partner’s ear and chewed the corners of my neighbour’s new coffee table. I was exhausted and disillusioned with dog ownership, it was costing a fortune. Wasn’t this supposed to be fun? Years later I give plenty of advice about where I went wrong. On Wednesday’s over half the calls I receive on the popular Pet Show (RadioLive from 3-4pm) are regarding pet behavioural rather than health issues. With the help of my animal behaviourist friends I now understand growing a good dog comes down to one thing-the critical socialisation period from eight to 16 weeks of age. Positive experiences, repeated exposure and desensitisation to all life’s necessary inclusions make for a well-rounded pup. Like a roller door once they reach the equivalent of belligerent teen-hood the shutters go down, the ears are painted on and wilful responses produce undesired behaviours. For many the end result is a one-way ticket to the SPCA or pound. Of course thoughtful breed choice, understanding the traits of your cross (DNA BITSA testing is now available for this very purpose), speaking canine and a stable life style are also important factors to being able to truly enjoy a dog in your life. That gorgeous little designer puppy, while initially an attractive and admired accessory, will turn out to be a 10 to 15 year investment. With a bit of help and guidance right from the start, owning your dog will be the best decision you ever made. Now consulting at 114 The Strand D’for Dogs Training for all those dogged little issues you’re having with your four-legged friend www.dfordogs.co.nz For a free ‘Guide for New Puppy Parents’ and to find out more about this priceless service contact my clinic. (DR MEGAN ALDERSON) PN THE STRAND VETERINARIAN, 114 The Strand T: 09 377 6667 www.thestrandvet.co.nz

THE DOORS ARE ALWAYS OPEN AT THE ANIMAL EMERGENCY CENTRE There is never a dull moment at the Animal Emergency Centre. The phone rings and the doorbell chimes. Clinical Manager Dr. Lisa Ferguson BVSc CertVR and the staff are constantly on the move, soothing anxious owners, and attending to the needs of sick pets. Just for a moment, imagine you are an injured animal. You are in shock, and in pain. There’s a hurried car journey, and then the scary smells and sounds of the vet clinic. But at least you have your familiar people with you, to reassure and comfort you. Now let’s change the paradigm and imagine you are so badly injured that you can’t make it home. You’re taken to the emergency vet by a passer-by, but without your people to advocate for you, your fate lies in the balance. Luckily Sparky, the three and a half year old Abyssinian, was sporting a microchip when he was rushed to the Animal Emergency Centre by the SPCA in early April, with road traffic injuries. His owners were contacted within minutes of his arrival. Sparky’s life threatening injuries were stabilised by the Animal Emergency Centre team over the weekend, and he underwent spinal surgery at the Veterinary Specialist Group the following week. Five weeks later Sparky is recovering well. His owners are so grateful to the person who saw the impact and stopped to help that night. The Animal Emergency Centre doors are always open for sick or injured pets, even those arriving without their owners! PN ANIMAL EMERGENCY CENTRE, 97 Carrington Road, Mt Albert, T: 09 849 2121 SPARKY the Abyssinian saved by the ANIMAL EMERGENCY CENTRE

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PONSONBY PEOPLE + THEIR PETS ASK ALEX Each month Dr Alex Melrose answers readers’ pet related issues. e-mail yours to: alex@vetcare.net.nz I have a BIG question and problem to ask you about. I’d just like to say thank you first for all the hard work you do to help animals and owners. Well, I own a border collie cross huntaway, 18 months old and he lives outside. Starting from January he has been getting red bumps, scabs and pimple like things around his leg area including his groin, thighs and back. He is treated every two months for fleas with frontline and is bathed twice a month. I’ve visited my vet three times in the last two months regarding this problem and have received creams, however, because his coat is very dense I am not able to treat all of his bumps and they aren’t working. I have thought of shaving the leg area so that I can apply it better but I don’t think it’s an option in this weather. At the visit to the vets, the vet commented that it is probably a plant allergy as it started early in summer and the sores are located in the lower leg area. This has been slowly moving up towards his upper back. Are there any special baths, creams, treatments you can suggest that are affordable and easy to use? The vet has suggested that if the second cream does not work, we should take him to a skin specialist. Thank You. BETH, by e-Mail


Sorry to hear of your troubles. Skin problems can be very frustrating for both dog and owner. With any skin condition at all I would be applying Frontline much more often, you get strong results from it for about three weeks, and this removes fleas from a potentially complicated problem, especially important over summer when flea challenge soars. As vets we all have cases like this that can’t be fixed with a quick solution, despite skin disease being external, and visual, the diagnosis often requires a lot of process and elimination of pathogens or triggers. What you describe could well be an allergy, possibly even a plant allergy, although with the age of your dog it could also be non-seasonal, allergies typically showing up for the first time around one year of age after months of exposure. Malaseb shampoo is my favourite for knocking down bacterial and yeast numbers. Fish or flax seed oil dietary supplements are great for skin inflammation control. Shortening the coat helps application of creams but also further exposes skin to more allergens. Auckland’s rock-star of a veterinary skin specialist Allan Bell is available on T: 09 473 5795; he’s helped us solve some pretty tough cases, you will need to communicate with your own vet to get a referral to him. (DR ALEX MELROSE, BVSC MRCVS) PN


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BUDGET 2011 It’s been a tough year for many families and businesses in Auckland Central. Recently I’ve been door knocking in Grey Lynn and Westmere and the feedback that I’ve had is that while people may not agree with all of the changes in this year’s Budget, they are supportive of an approach that significantly reduces the current $16 billion deficit. Given the large amount of debt that we have, we had a real challenge to produce a responsible and balanced Budget while still protecting our most vulnerable. We’re now on track to reduce net borrowing from $380 million a week to $100 million a week, and to return to surplus by 2014/15. We want to ensure that future generations of New Zealanders are not saddled with enormous amounts of debt – that more money goes into police officers, teachers, nurses, and doctors, and less money is spent on interest rate payments to foreign lenders. The Budget sets out the next steps of our programme to build faster growth, increase national savings, and create sustainable jobs built on savings, exports, and productive investment. It is in Auckland and New Zealand’s best interests that the rebuild of Christchurch, our second largest city, gets quickly underway. It’s been estimated that it will cost $15-20 billion to rebuild Christchurch. Businesses are starting their recovery journey and we all need to think about not only financial support but how we practically support the business community in Christchurch. It is good to see a company like Kathmandu committing to a new distribution centre in Christchurch. The Budget provided $5.5 billion as part of a Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Fund which aims to help get Canterbury back on its feet. What brings home the gravity of the earthquake to me is that we’ve struggled to find a national disaster in another developed nation where the economic impact was greater relative to the country’s GDP. The Budget frees up $5.2 billion over four years for frontline public services and paying off debt, which continues our drive to build better public services. There’s $2.2 billion more over four years in health – we’re building on our record increase of 4,000 extra operations a year, by providing $68 million for even more elective surgery.

We’re putting $54.5 million towards maternity initiatives to improve safety and quality, including 54,000 extra WellChild visits with a focus on first-time mums. Additionally, there is an extra $44 million over four years which will go towards caring for people with dementia. We’re also putting $1.4 billion more into education over four years. Locally this means that Auckland Central schools will get close to a 3% increase in their operational grants and more money will be put aside for school growth – something Auckland schools desperately need. Our plans for faster broadband are hugely ambitious and will help make Auckland a much more connected city. The ultra-fast broadband (UFB) rollout is now underway and will deliver broadband speeds of 100 Mbps (millions of megabits per second) to where 75% of Kiwis live, work, and study. In Auckland the UFB rollout will see 400 schools, 2500 healthcare providers and 24,200 businesses connected to ultra-fast broadband by 2019. The broadband rollout is an integral part of our plan to build a stronger economy, lift wages, and provide a world-class health and education system. In order to be able to fund frontline public services and reduce debt we’ve had to take some hard decisions to ensure spending is targeted at those most in need. The changes in the Budget aim to ensure schemes like Working for Families, KiwiSaver, and interest-free student loans remain affordable and sustainable into the future. We also intend to extend the mixed ownership model to four state-owned energy companies and reduce the Government’s major shareholding in Air New Zealand – with the Government retaining majority control. We believe there’s significant merit in extending the mixed ownership model to these companies. It will help reduce Government debt, increase investment opportunities for “mum and dad” investors, and improve the companies’ financial performance. Our changes to KiwiSaver, Working for Families, student loans and extending the mixed ownership model will not affect people before the election. We’re giving voters all the information they need to make a choice at this year’s election. The economy is starting to pick up momentum and the forecast as at today shows us averaging about 3% growth over the next four years. This will deliver us the 170,000 new jobs and wage increases that many Auckland households are keen to see. The Budget is about continuing to build a strong platform for growth. A growing economy is the only way we will create jobs, boost incomes, and provide the high-quality public services that we need. (NIKKI KAYE) PN

Above: Given Labour List MP JACINDA ARDERN’S choice of a 1956 vintage caravan for her campaigning, any reader could think NIKKI KAYE had stolen her rival’s thunder with this World War II military tank, but it is in fact part of the exhibition of MOTAT’S Volunteer Awareness Month during June!

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ARTS + CULTURE PLAYING AT THE CIVIC, AUCKLAND THE TOPP TWINS AND AUCKLAND PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA Thursday 23 June, 8pm Demand for The Topp Twins’ 23 June concert with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra is so strong, it’s prompted a change of venue. The Kiwi icons are swapping one heritage building for another, moving from Auckland Town Hall to The Civic. It’s a switch that makes a further 500 seats available. “The Town Hall is our usual home and a wonderful building but The Topp Twins are so popular we’ve had to move to accommodate more people,” says APO Chief Executive Barbara Glaser. “The good news for concert-goers is that it means tickets are still available for the twins’ show; we’d been close to selling out.” People who have already bought tickets can rest assured that they will be transferred to equivalent or better seats at The Civic. A reprise of 2010’s hugely successful collaboration between the sisters and the orchestra, the concert is entitled The Topp Twins and The APO: An Encore. But that doesn’t mean a note for note repeat of last year’s performance. “This show is different,” says Jools Topp. “There are different sketches, different songs, and even different instruments. “ “We were on the verge of calling it ‘The Topp Twins and the APO: An Encore – Now With Extra Stuff and Added Alphorn’,” says sister Lynda, “but it would have cost too much to print all that on the poster.” The twins are pleased about the move to The Civic. “It’s a large hall but it’s got an intimate feel with a nice acoustic,” says Jools. “And if people get bored they can sit and watch for the shooting star in the ceiling.” They won’t. BOOKINGS: Tickets available from THE EDGE, T: 0800 BUY TICKETS www.buytickets.co.nz www.apo.co.nz PN

MOTAT PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE ENGINE ROOM BEHIND ITS SUCCESS Free entry for Everyone - Volunteer Awareness Month at MOTAT Maintaining MOTAT as New Zealand’s leading transport and technology museum is a huge undertaking – a task which would be impossible without a loyal team of nearly 300 volunteers. As part of New Zealand Volunteer Awareness Week (Sunday 19 – Saturday 25 June), MOTAT is opening its gates to the public free of charge throughout June in celebration of its tireless volunteers who keep New Zealand transport and technology history alive. Jeremy Hubbard, Museum Director at MOTAT, said that MOTAT’s volunteers are very much the backbone of the Museum. “All our volunteers have this amazing passion and enthusiasm for what they do, I definitely think that rubs off on our visitors and makes MOTAT the special place that it is. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our dedicated team of volunteers, which is why we wanted to give visitors as much opportunity as possible to see these teams in action this month,” said Mr Hubbard. A highlight of the month will be MOTAT’s ‘Third Sunday’ event on Sunday 19 June, where volunteers will be showcasing their talents, educating visitors and helping to make MOTAT an enjoyable day out for the whole family. See MOTAT’s printers in action using the Museum’s fully functional old printing presses or enjoy a special opportunity to ride in an authentic military vehicle from MOTAT’s World War II collection. MOTAT military volunteer Toby Hutton, 22-years-old from Browns Bay, will be on hand to show the visitors how it is done. Toby is a Territorial Soldier for the New Zealand Army. Three years ago he was working on a New Zealand Army recruitment stand at MOTAT Military Weekend when he got chatting to the volunteers at MOTAT and was instantly attracted to the volunteer role himself. The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied

A FILM BASED ON MR PIP IS IN THE MAKING THE BEST BOOKS MAKE THE BEST FILMS BY FAR. KAZUO ISHIGURO’S NEVER Let me Go, and Ian McEwan’s Atonement are two recent examples that spring to mind. Now Lloyd Jones’s Mr Pip is getting the treatment and with Andrew Adamson directing, the film is bound to capture the essence of the book. Back in 1991 Andrew was recruited by Pacific Data Images and moved to California where he worked in the film industry for a number of years. Some of his high profile work includes A Time to Kill, Batman Forever and Batman and Robin. His Shrek series have been an outstanding box office success and he won an Academy Award for Chronicles of Narnia. Since making the Narnia films he has moved back to New Zealand and lives in Grey Lynn. Adam lived in Papua New Guinea from the age of 11 to 18 and has said, “I read Mr Pip on a transatlantic flight and, by the time of landing, knew I would make this film.” The novel has had a similar affect on Hugh Laurie who commented, “ I am very excited by the prospect of this film. From the first words of the novel, I was hooked on Mr Pip. It’s an immensely touching, unique, yet completely unsentimental story of love. It is unlike any script I have read, or any story I have ever heard.” High words of praise indeed from he of Blackadder fame and presently the highest paid actor in a drama series on US television for his role in House. Production has already started and nearly fifty percent of filming will be done in Bougainville. Robin Scholes of Eyeworks, has joined forces with Leslie Urdang and Dean Vanech of Olympic Pictures to co-produce the film. Robin is one of New Zealand’s most experienced and respected producers. Her credits range from feature films (Once Were Warriors, Crooked Earth) to TV shows (It’s in the Bag, Magic Kiwis) and documentaries (Colin McCahon: I Am). Ngila Dickson has been contracted as costume designer and Robin has recently moved into Westmere so the film has a strong local contingent. The film won’t reach our screens till early next year and we’re betting it’ll be a huge success and a fitting testament to Lloyd Jones’ great novel. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) Toby gets immense satisfaction from teaching New Zealand kids all about military history and how it has shaped the New Zealand we know today. “New Zealand’s national identity was formed through conflict on the world stage. It’s vital for kids to get a glimpse of what it was like for our soldiers and help preserve New Zealand’s military history by sharing the things they learn with their friends and family,” said Toby. Every Tuesday night and third Sunday of the month you will find Toby helping out at MOTAT – managing the MOTAT vehicles, overseeing the radio systems and teaching kids about MOTAT’s military collection and the stories behind each object. MOTAT is always after new volunteers to join the team, whether it be lending technical expertise in sections such as trams, aviation or rail, or relaying the stories of NZ history to MOTAT’s visitors through hosting and tour guiding. Those interested can visit www.motat.org.nz, phone 09 815 5815 or email hr@motat.org.nz. Dates: until 30 June. Location: MOTAT, Great North Road, Western Springs. Costs: You can enjoy all MOTAT has to offer for free for the month of June. Applies to general MOTAT admission. PN DEADLINE – 20TH OF THE MONTH June 2011 PONSONBY NEWS+


GOOD THINGS COME IN PAIRS THERE’S A LOT OF CARRY ON ABOUT OUR BRIGHTEST AND BEST LEAVING our shores for pastures new but news of those returning to the home paddock isn’t as clamorous. Jenny Todd is among them. She lived in London for fifteen years and founded the Todd Gallery in Notting Hill, where she collaborated with Brian Eno. The gallery showed young British artists on a regulat basis. As she became more established she extended her stable to include artists from Europe and America. By 2000 Jenny was ready to come back to New Zealand. She had married an architect and on her return, had no intention of opening another gallery. Well as Robert Burns has written, ‘the best laid schemes of mice and men often go askew’, but in Jenny’s case they didn’t end in grief and pain. Instead the unintended gallery became a reality almost by accident and a very happy accident as it’s turned out because Auckland has a stunner to add to its list of good contemporary buildings.

(Pictured above) FRANK SCHWERE Arcade (Michigan Central Depot, 2405 West Vernor Street), Detroit, MI, 2008 C-Print, 100cm x 126cm, edition of 10. courtesy of the artist and Two Rooms, Auckland (Pictured below) ... a tent, pitched in the wilderness Ultrachrome inkjet on Hahnemühle paper 960 x 1250 mm courtesy of the artist and Two Rooms, Auckland

Jenny’s husband was looking around for a project and they found a large building at 16 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn that was a little tired to say the least. It had been run as a photographic retail outlet and took some time to refurbish but once finished, it became the impetus to open a new gallery with two exhibition spaces, the Project Room and the Long Room, hence the name Two Rooms. All the years of working in London and the international connections she had made there, prompted Jenny to have overseas artists as her main focus and to include an arts residency as well. To that end they bought a warehouse a couple of doors down for visiting artists. This move is a success with one or two artists taking up the residency every year. Top British artist, Sarah Lucas came to do a special project not long before the Christchurch earthquake. Her works sell for hundreds of thousands of pounds and she is represented in major museums throughout the world. To Jenny’s amazement she offered to donate the money from her first sale to the Earthquake Appeal. A Two Rooms patron bought the work and in turn, donated it to the Christchurch Art Gallery, a double bonus for that beleaguered city. Jenny is thrilled at the way things have developed with her former artists remaining loyal and notable New Zealand artists such as Fiona Pardington, Stephen Banbury and Julia Morrison choosing to show at Two Rooms as well. Being so large, the gallery has a lot of foot traffic and the morning I was there a large contingent of Elam students filled both spaces. They’d come to view two exhibitions that are part of the Auckland Festival of Photography that runs for three weeks from 1 June. In the Long Room, Megan Jenkinson’s photographic show, Drift explores the reverie that plays out over time in the Sahara when the accumulation of particles eventually buries or hides an object. In the Project Room Frank Schwere’s photographs depict Detroit buildings as they stand, or nearly not stand today, after the American motor industry collapse caused people to flee the city. Both exhibitions show haunting images of sand overtaking civilisation and an economic crisis causing the dereliction of a major city. The exhibitions opened 20 May and will run till 18 June. The Gallery hours are: Tuesday - Friday 11am to 6pm. Saturday 11am to 3pm. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN TWO ROOMS, 16 Putiki Street T: 09 360 5900 www.tworooms.co.nz

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ARTS + CULTURE SHOWING AT THE BLACK ASTERISK GALLERY STUART BROUGHTON – THE FLOATING Opening: Friday 3 June - 6.30pm Until 19 June, 10 - 6pm Daily Photographer Stuart Broughton’s fourth solo exhibition incorporates some previously shown works with new unseen images to create a narrative that contemplates the theme of floating. Sometimes literal, often representative, Broughton’s images take the everyday and elevate it without losing that element of the utterly familiar, creating an haute quotidian from the scraps and shreds of living. Even a photograph of ducks [Black Ducks] or supermarket trolleys [Silver Dream Racers I + II] becomes darker and more menacing when interpreted by Broughton’s eye. The ducks are a flotilla of avian blackness against the oleaginous water and the silver trolleys slice across the two images and into the unknown. The Auckland harbour bridge [Spume I + II] is caught through a hazy shroud of ubiquitous Auckland rain, unanchored to solid ground; a pristine 50’s Bach [The Dunes] surfs like a sturdy little tug boat through the grass covered dunes, all the way down to the sea. In contrast Absence, White Empire, The Boatman and Crossing Kaiaua are softer, more dreamy: evocative of childhood, dawn starts and travelling. Those mythical Stygian adventures into the realm of the unknown: a place where free will and desire are set adrift and anything could or might have already happened. These things, these journeys, are earthbound only by our imaginations and our own physicality, everything else is ephemeral. In The Floating we leave as we arrive, on water. For a while for now, just floating - not sinking. PN THE BLACK ASTERISK GALLERY, Shed 10, 77 Cook Street M: 021 040 1168 www.stuartbroughton.com

CELEBRATING MATARIKI AT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY Flax flower weaving, Māori kite making and kapa haka performances are just a few of the activities planned to celebrate the Mataraki Māori New Year at your local library. Auckland Libraries are planning a myriad of fun and entertaining events, craft sessions and competitions. We also want nine to 17-year-olds to put their creative juices to the test in our Matariki Creative Writing competition and tell us your family stories – the ones passed down from your parents, grandparents or other family members. Your story can be in te reo Maori or English so get writing. There are some great prizes for the winners including gift cards, shopping vouchers and 3D movie passes. For the little ones the award-winning Wriggle and Rhyme sessions will have a Māori flavour as will many of the regular Storytimes across the region, where stories will be read in te reo and tell the story of the Māori New Year. Some of the other exciting events throughout the month include: • Morning tea for local elders at Otara Library • Maori music workshop and performance with Whirimako Black at Tupu Youth Library • Lunchtime family history sessions at Central City Library • Concert and activities featuring storytime and kapa haka performance in Warkworth. Auckland Libraries holds more than 50,000 books and items of interest in its Māori collection and have dedicated staff to provide special knowledge and advice. www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz PN

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9 – 29 June Preview: Wednesday 8 June from 5.30pm THE SEE HERE COLLECTIVE An exhibition by experimental collective ‘The See Here’, made up of artist and jewellery makers: Jhana Millers, Kelly McDonald, Mathew McIntyre -Wilson, Nadine Smith, Peter Deckers, Sarah Read, Sunni Gibson, Tara Brady, and Vivien Atkinson. Their work crosses the border between fine and applied art, with exhibitions providing a platform for exchange in ideas. Check out the group’s online space. www.theseehere.com RICK RUDD’S IN THE RED PINK Rick Rudd continues his exploration into line, form and colour in his latest series of hand-built ceramics. Rick has expanded his colour-palette to six subtle shades of white, pink, lilac, green, blue and yellow, in a continuing play on his now iconic and quirky teapot-like form. He again tests the boundaries of his skill in the creation of unique and incredibly delicate structures that tower, waver and join. Despite the works’ sculptural nature, they are also fully-functional as pouring vessels.

JEWELLERY BOX SHOWCASE CHERYL SILLS – VIVID The jewellery box programme this month showcases new work by Cheryl Sills. Cheryl’s work explores the faceted form by using alternative materials and inventing different methods of construction. In this series, Cheryl layers vibrant laminated acrylics, drawn to ‘its ability to hold and reflect light, reminiscent of precious stones’. The result is a series of high-colour, futuristic forms that hold bright and unusual allure. PN MASTERWORKS GALLERY, 77 Ponsonby Road T: 09 378 1256 www.masterworksgallery.com exhibitions@masterworksgallery.com


THINKSPACE BROACH OF THE MONTH CLUB In 2010 Broach of the Month Club creator Kristin D’Agostino collaborated with Masterworks Gallery, initiating a unique project. Twelve members of the public were invited to be ‘wearers’ of twelve brooches made by Masterworks jewellers. A diary travelled with each brooch which was exchanged for another at the monthly gallery openings. The experience is documented on http://bommasterworks.wordpress.com/ . This exhibition will reflect on the year- long project as a lead up to the launch of a new group of wearers and makers for 2011. BROACH OF THE MONTH CLUB

OUT TAKES 2011 This week reaches the pinnacle of months worth of planning – the opening of Out Takes 2011: A Reel Queer Film Festival. What a year it’s been! With natural disasters and nuclear meltdown providing the icing on top of the recession cake, we could sure all do with a break from it all. And what better way to take time out than to savour the best queer film making the world has to offer. Brave soldier girls, queer terrorists, gay mayoral candidates and rock stars take their place in a line-up of some of the most engaging and well-made features, documentaries and shorts they’ve ever screened. Film buffs and fans of queer film are urged to book tickets early to avoid missing out. Tickets for opening night in Auckland sold out within days and they’ve arranged for an extra screening however this won’t be possible for other films. Some films that are in hot demand on the international film festival circuit can only screen once at Out Takes 2011: A Reel Queer Film Festival. The queer film festival is on in Auckland at Rialto Newmarket until Monday 6 June (Queen’s Birthday). For more information please visit their website www.outtakes.org.nz or join our Out Takes 2011: A Reel Queer Film Festival Facebook group.

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KEEN DEMAND FOR VERNISSAGE TICKETS FOR THE AUCKLAND ART FAIR WIN AUCKLAND ART FAIR TICKETS The Vernissage is the fair’s signature opening party. Enjoy an evening of wine and food and be first to view 600+ artworks Australasia’s most sought after artists. Ponsonby News is giving away two complimentary tickets to this premium event. To enter the draw, go to www.artfair.co.nz/enews.htm and join the mailing list putting PONSONBY NEWS in the organisation line. Entries close 1 July. Winners will be notified by email before 15 July. PN

THE 2011 AUCKLAND ART FAIR FROM 4-7 AUGUST EXHIBIT OVER 600 WORKS by top contemporary artists from 40 of Australia and New Zealand’s leading galleries. The biennial fair, the first major event to be held in the new, purpose-built, Viaduct Events Centre on Auckland’s harbour front, will feature paintings, sculpture, photography, installations and multi-media art works by over 200 artists. “The Auckland Art Fair brings together some of the best Antipodean art being produced today under one rather spectacular roof,” says Art Fair Director, Jennifer Buckley. “We have a lively programme of activities from lectures, forums and hospitality events to appeal to local, national and international visitors be they collectors, artists or newcomers to the art world.” “It will be like a Big Day Out for art lovers with opportunities to engage one to one with artists, curators and gallery owners who not only know their works and can guide prospective buyers, but also play a vital role in bringing new art to the market and supporting emerging artists.” The Art Fair will open with the Vernissage, a glamorous gala preview on Wednesday, 3 August. “The Vernissage will be a pretty glamorous affair but I promise you it will not be stuffy. We will add our own special flourishes,” Ms Buckley says. In 2009, Vernissage guests found themselves amidst a drove of “good keen men” and their sheepdogs leading them through the exhibition and providing their own vernacular insights on what they knew to be art. “We wanted people to ‘get in behind’ the artists and the galleries,” she said. “The Art Fair is a premier event but we want people to know that the wide world of art is accessible and open to everyone, from committed collectors to the merely curious.” If 2009 is anything to go by, there will be a keen demand for Vernissage tickets. Bookings will be essential. Tickets are on sale now from at www.iticket.co.nz and Programme Information on www.artfair.co.nz PN

MIRANDA PARKES, Smasher, 2011. Acrylic on canvas 1300 x 1250 x 300 mm Antoinette Godkin Gallery The World Belongs to the Dissatisfied



ARTS + CULTURE WHITESPACE PLANS LONDON SHOW WHITESPACE PRESENTS CURRENT: contemporary Oceanic art at the October Gallery, 22 June - 23 July at 24 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1.

around future environmental and economic sustainability. Ideas that are relevant on a global platform.”

A chance encounter in London last year with Ian Ritchie Director of the City of London Festival led to a formal invitation to Deborah White and Kenneth Johnson of Whitespace in Ponsonby to take an exhibition to the 2011 Festival.

Finding a suitable venue within the square mile of London proved to be a challenge and the group is delighted to be hosted by the October Gallery in Bloomsbury. Located in a renovated historical building, the October Gallery specialises in trans-cultural art from around the world.

Each year the festival showcases the arts of a different region, this year its Oceania. While New Zealand was well represented by performance artists there was no visual art component planned.

The six artists selected Any Leleisi’uao, Filipe Tohi, Nic Moon, Reuben Paterson (courtesy Gow Langsford), Virginia King and James Ormsby are all represented in public collections in New Zealand and all have international exhibition experience.

Deborah White has many years experience promoting contemporary art from the Pacific and saw this as a great opportunity to present a show that represented the diversity of the visual arts community here.

Whitespace gratefully acknowledges the support of Creative New Zealand and the British Council; their support means most of the artists can travel to London to attend the exhibition and participate in artist’s talks and workshops. A full schedule of meetings with curators and collectors has been established to make the most of the opportunities. PN

Deborah says, “we did not want to present the usual Pacific show that is consumed with themes of colonisation and issues from New Zealand’s past. Rather we felt it was important to present work that reflected contemporary ideas and issues

SHOWING AT WHITESPACE GALLERY MICHAEL HALL - CLIMATE Until 18 June In 2007 Sydney-based photographer Michael Hall stared death in the face and survived. A horrific accident led to a life changing period of recovery, reflection, and inspiration that now has the artist pursuing his dream of graphically recording the impact of climate change and alerting the world to its dangers.


KRYSTIE WADE 21 June - 9 July As philosopher Immanuel Kant aptly said, “Art and nature provide us a place where the individual is truly free, where the particulars of life drop away and we are liberated into the realm of the spirit.” As the artist says, “Today, fleeting imagery characterises the modern world. It is my desire to provide more than a transitory glance. I seek to take the viewer on a journey out of complacency and into another realm, a manifestation of a private dream.” PN

WHITESPACE, 12 Crummer Road T: 09 361 6331 www.whitespace.co.nz

THE METRO GARAGE BAND HEATS AT SALE ST THE FIRST HEAT OF THE METRO GARAGE BAND COMPETITION AT AUCKLAND bar Sale St kicked off last month. It’s a great gig for talented amateur musos to get out of the garage and on to the world stage in the Metro Garage Bands competition. The next three heats are on 5 June, 12 June and the final is on 19 June. Metro co-sponsor Simon Wilson says it’s a great opportunity for amateur bands to step in to the spotlight. “We’ve got a great line-up of very talented judges,” he says. “The recording session prize is a wonderful opportunity to lay down some top quality material at a professional recording studio - and you never know where that could lead.” There’s a measly $5 cover charge for the public and all proceeds go to the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre which provides music therapy services for disabled children.For more information about the prize visit Red Bull Studio www.redbullstudio.co.nz or www.sale-st.co.nz PN

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ARTS + CULTURE A FRENCH CONNECTION WAIHEKE ARTIST, OLIVIER DUHAMEL (PICTURED BELOW) HAILS FROM PARIS, admittedly a long time ago but one wonders why he would transplant himself from a sophisticated city to a small island in the South Pacific. As far as he’s concerned the mores of Western Europe are not much different from the way of life down under. We drive the same cars, wear similar clothes, watch TV and so on. Originally he and his wife left for a month’s holiday in Australia. A move to New Caledonia was the next port of call and then they spent time in Tahiti.

Life drawing had always been Olivier’s longtime hobby and one day he decided he’d had enough of being a stressed out executive in a big corporation and that he’d fulfill his dream of living as an artist. With encouragement from his family he set up a studio and attended a bronze casting workshop which ignited a passion for the medium. He experimented till he mastered the craft and as soon as he had produced some good pieces he put them in galleries where they sold fairly quickly. This encouraged him to continue and his aim is to eventually be exclusively engaged in crafting small bronze figurines. Many artists make sacrifices for their oeuvre and lead very frugal lives. Olivier is no exception but he has a family to support so he goes down all sorts of other avenues to generate extra income. One has to admire his energy and innovation and his enjoyment in sharing the knowledge he’s acquired. He runs regular bronze casting workshops, teaching the lost wax technique used by art foundries. His students are taught a simple and easy way to cast a small fist size figurine. For bookings and enquiries go to www.bodyscape.net.nz. He also runs life drawing classes, publishes articles, does commissions, draws portraits, gives tutorials and has published two manuals on bronze casting that can be found in specialist book shops or bought online from Amazon.com.

photography: martin leach

They finally arrived in New Zealand and gained a working permit with the intention of using it as a stepping stone to Australia, but have stayed here ever since. They first settled in Glen Innes and coming from Tahiti, felt very at home in a Polynesian suburb. Over the years there were moves to other suburbs, from early on they had a strong connection with Waiheke and eventually bought a place there. The weekend bolt hole gradually stretched to Monday and Tuesday so they decided to make it their permanent place of residence. Whew! But there’s more! He also operates a modelling agency for painters, art schools, art classes and drawing groups. Life models are sought after and any -one regardless of age, gender or body shape can apply. This service is free and interested people can register on www.bodyscape.net.nz/forum.htm or email olivier.duhamel@bodyscape.net.nz Many artists are introverts but not Olivier. He is nothing if not gregarious and admits he misses some aspects of his life when working as a computer engineer; the camaraderie, bouncing ideas off other people, working as part of a team. This is why he enjoys visitors to his studio and they are welcome any day of the week and can view whatever casting process he is working on at the time. Artists on Waiheke are trying to promote the island as an art centre rather than a wine destination and Fullers is sponsoring the second Waiheke Winter Arts Festival to be held over two days Queen’s Birthday weekend. This is a great opportunity to visit the many artist studios and galleries and meet award winning artists who will be on hand to welcome Festival goers. Tickets and a Festival map will soon be available from the Waiheke Community Art Gallery or the Fullers Ticket Office, also on Waiheke. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN

DOMINATRIX TO SCHLEP WOODY ALLEN REPLICANT IN K RD LITERARY RAZZLE! GREY LYNN’S HERSHAL HERSCHER IS PLAYING the melancholic cuckold Leopold Bloom this month in the annual Bloomsday musical literary razzle dazzle at the Thirsty Dog in K Road, at 730pm, Thursday 16 June. Bloomsday is the celebration of James Joyce’s comic masterpiece Ulysses, one of the great modernist novels of the twentieth century. It tells the story of Jewish Dubliner Leopold Bloom as he wanders round Dublin on one day and one night of 1904, June 16, before finally returning home to his faithless wife Molly. Here in New Zealand Bloomsday has been celebrated for the past ten years in a unique Hibernian-Hebrew cabaret featuring Dubliner Brian Keegan and Linn Lorkin and The Jews Brothers Band-with the band’s accordionist Hershal Herscher as Bloom. “Dublin? I’ve never actually been to Dublin,” says Hershal. “They say it’s a happenin’ place. Would love to go. Especially on Bloomsday. I’m from Brooklyn, New York. I’ve been in this country since 1986. We live in Grey Lynn and Bloomsday is a bit of a neighbourhood phenomenon here. Maybe 90% of the Bloomsday punters are from the neighbourhood: Grey Lynn, Ponsonby, Newton. “My grandparents were all from Europe, Jewish immigrants: Ukraine, Romania, Austria and Lithuania. They came to New York city in the 19th century.

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Bloom is a very common Jewish name. My family had good friends called Bloom, schoolteachers. When I went to London, I went directly to the famous London restaurant Bloom’s, in Whitechapel, right next door to the anarchist bookshop. As soon as I walked in they all greeted me, ‘Oh, it’s Hershal from Brooklyn!’ I ordered chopped liver and kishka. “Leopold Bloom is your basic schlemiel. He’s a type I really understand. For example, the world’s most famous schlemiel is Woody Allen, and people always tell me I remind them of him and that I talk just like him. Actually I do have the same specific Brooklyn accent as Woody. We come from the same neighborhood. In fact, I was the one that used to beat him up.” “The first time we started doing the Bloomsday show was in the beginning of this millennium, at Rakino’s in the city. After two or three years, we moved to The Dogs Bollix in Newton. It became a huge success. We expect even bigger crowds at The Thirsty Dog. “The high point? It’s usually when I’m on my knees and a six-foot bearded transvestite dominatrix straight out of K Rd forces me to lace up her very long leather boots. I’m still holding my accordion and she is schlepping me all around the floor. “It’s a one-night show, it’s hardly an income. But you don’t so something like this for the gelt.” PN



ARTS + CULTURE ENHANCED FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE FOR AUCKLAND THIS YEAR FREE DAILY EVENTS AT THE CIVIC WILL BE A NEW ADDITION TO THE New Zealand International Film Festival in Auckland this year. The Civic’s elegant Winter-garden will be transformed into Film Café presented by Show Me Shorts and hosted by NZIFF and The Edge.Film Café will be an open social space for people to meet and relax in and will be the central venue for free short film programmes, Meet-the-Filmmaker talks and other events to be organised in consultation with industry partners. “Film Café allows us to provide a fun Festival environment and thanks to the involvement of Show Me Shorts as Film Café’s presenters adds a whole new facet to the Festival’s engagement with short films. The team behind Show Me Shorts know their shorts and we’re very pleased that they will be taking such a leading part in this programme.” says Festival Director Bill Gosden. “We also see the opportunity for Festival goers to meet New Zealand and international filmmakers in this informal atmosphere, an aspect that makes the Festival such an important cultural event.” says Gosden. Show Me Shorts Festival Director Gina Dellabarca says, “We think Aucklanders want a place to hang out in between movies at NZIFF. A place to go for a drink when they bump into friends. We are really excited by this opportunity to partner with the iconic NZIFF and deliver Aucklanders short films from some of the hottest up and coming talents in such an opulent venue. We have a great line-up of shorts in store that we know people are going to love!” Craig Cooper, Associate Director – Arts Programme for The Edge says, “The Civic has long been the Auckland home for the Film Festival. We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Festival to create a boutique cinema experience and café space in the Wintergarden. Festival patrons will be able to meet with each other, mix with the film makers and engage with a free programme of short films in one of Auckland’s much-loved venues.” The NZ International Film Festival starts in Auckland from Thursday 14 July. Film Café will run from Saturday 16 July until Sunday 31 July (the final day of the Festival). The Film Café will be open from 12pm weekdays and from 2pm on weekends. Daily film events will be held at 6.30pm as well as weekday lunchtime events at 12.30pm. www.nzff.co.nz PN

SPORTS DOCUMENTARIES TAKE THE LEAD AT THE 2011 NZ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL THE NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LAST MONTH ANNOUNCED four sports documentaries to play in the 2011 programme. Cricket, Formula One, chess and senior sports will be represented in the line-up which is scheduled to play from July. The West Indies’ 15 year domination of cricket worldwide is captured in Fire in Babylon. The documentary features archival footage from key cricket matches along with a soundtrack of Bob Marley and Burning Spear. The West Indies team played during a very turbulent era; there were race riots in Britain, Apartheid in South Africa and civil unrest in the Caribbean. Senna follows the career of Formula One driver Ayrton Senna with never-beforeseen racing footage and candid interviews with family and colleagues. “Senna was a Brazilian legend and this documentary presents the most comprehensive portrait of the racing icon to date. The film contains amazing footage of his behind-the-scenes battles with the Formula One elite.” says Festival Director Bill Gosden. Autumn Gold follows five athletes aged 82-plus as they battle age, arthritis and their competitors at the World Masters Championship. Bobby Fischer Against The World tells the story of Chess World Champion Bobby Fischer’s rise and fall, anchoring the story around Fischer’s game against Boris Spassky in Iceland in 1972. The Festival today also confirmed Martin Scorcese’s Taxi Driver as the first of the retrospective titles in the programme. The Festival will present the restored 35mm version of 1976 film. The NZ International Film Festival programme will be available in Auckland from 22 June.The NZ International Film Festival runs in Auckland from 14-31 July. For regional dates visit the festival website or sign up to the newsletter on www.nzff.co.nz

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WETA COMES TO AUCKLAND’S SKY TOWER SKYCITY AND WETA WORKSHOP ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE SIGNING of a new endeavour which will put the best of this country’s creativity on show in Auckland’s favourite tourist attraction. Opening on 15 August for three months, Weta Workshop and SKYCITY will operate what will be known as the ‘Weta Cave Shop’ within the existing Sky Tower Gift Shop at the base of the Sky Tower. The exclusive arrangement will see Sky Tower as the only Weta retail outlet in Auckland. One hundred metres of space will be overflowing with merchandise and treats from the Weta stable including The Lord of the Rings collectables. Richard Taylor of Weta Workshop says: “We are excited to be coming to Auckland and are thrilled to be invited by SKYCITY to have a presence at their most iconic of central city buildings, the world famous Sky Tower. We’re expecting a lot of interest from the international guests who will be visiting Auckland during the period and helping add to the wonderful spirit that we as New Zealander’s will be offering both local and international rugby fans during the World Cup.” Tamsyn Alley, General Manager of Marketing for SKYCITY says: “It’s a real coup for us to sign up with Weta Workshop who are so obviously renowned throughout the world for their stellar work. We’re very excited and pleased to be working with Richard and his team.”

DOUBLE DOSE OF COMEDY ON STAGE IN AUCKLAND A DOUBLE DOSE OF COMEDY AND MUSIC COMES TO THE STAGE IN Auckland in June and July with Paul Barrett’s extraordinary solo show Tic Tic and Helen Medlyn and Penny Dodd’s brand-new cabaret sensation Hôtel. Show Motion presents Tic Tic and Hôtel as double acts at Western Spring’s TAPAC on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June and at Takapuna’s Bruce Mason Centre on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July. Written by award-winning playwright Michelanne Forster and Paul Barrett and directed by Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Tic Tic shares Paul’s firsthand experience of a lifetime with Tourette syndrome. The critically acclaimed show unashamedly presents the wildly funny side of Tourette’s, while giving audiences insight into this often misunderstood syndrome. A highlight of the 2010 New Zealand International Comedy Festival, this 60 minute cabaret-style show sees Paul play a number of characters as he tells his own story about coming to terms with Tourette’s and coping with the intense demands of public performance in spite of the many vocal and physical tics that are part of his syndrome. Cabaret divas Helen Medlyn and Penny Dodd’s show Hôtel makes its Auckland debut, following rave reviews at the Otago Festival of Arts and the Nelson Festival of Arts. Helen, accompanied by long-time collaborator Penny on piano, introduces us to the world of four female characters living in a hotel: a glamour girl on tour, a call girl on the make, the proprietress on the gin and a murderess on the run. With songs that range from Stephen Sondheim, to Andrew Lloyd -Webber, Abba and Joni Mitchell, Hôtel offers glimpses of dark deeds, loneliness, glamour and desire. The leading ladies, who have been performing concerts and recitals together for more than 20 years, were inspired to write Hôtel after observing guests at their accommodation on one of their tours. “We got talking about how we’d been in the lift and looked around and seen this diverse group of people and how we had no idea why they were there, what they did and what their lives were like – we got to thinking that there was a show in that lift,” Penny says. Tic Tic is at TAPAC, Western Springs on Saturday 11 June at 6pm and on Sunday 12 June at 7pm. Hôtel plays at TAPAC on Saturday 11 June at 8pm and on Sunday 12 June at 4pm. Book at TAPAC or by phoning T: 09 845 0295 or online at www.tapac.org.nz. Tic Tic plays at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna on Saturday 2 July at 8pm and on Sunday 3 July at 4pm. Hôtel plays at the Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna on Saturday 2 July at 6pm and on Sunday 3 July at 7pm. Book tickets through Ticketmaster T: 0800 111 999 or www.ticketmaster.co.nz PN PUBLISHED FIRST FRIDAY EACH MONTH (except January)

ARTS + CULTURE PETER WELLS ANNOUNCED AS RECIPIENT OF 2011 CREATIVE NEW ZEALAND MICHAEL KING WRITERS’ FELLOWSHIP AUTHOR PETER WELLS HAS BEEN AWARDED THE $100,000 CREATIVE NEW Zealand Michael King Writers’ Fellowship to research and write a non-fiction book titled ‘Sparrow on a Rooftop’. The book looks at the months of December 1871 and January 1872 when Kereopa Te Rau was brought to Napier, put on trial for the murder of the Reverend Volkner and hanged. The Creative New Zealand Michael King Writers’ Fellowship is one of New Zealand’s largest writing fellowships and supports established writers to work on a major project over two or more years. Suspected of spying by Te Whakatohea, the missionary Carl Volkner was hanged from a willow tree outside his own church in Opotiki during the height of the land wars in New Zealand. Kereopa Te Rau swallowed Volkner’s eyes and became infamous. On the run for seven years, he was eventually captured, tried and hanged in Napier. “At the time Kereopa Te Rau was regarded as a kind of Osama Bin Laden being brought to justice,” Wells says. “But there were other points of view. William Colenso published an impassioned tract saying ‘Hear the other side’ of the story. Sister Aubert visited Kereopa Te Rau in his cell and tried to comfort him. ‘Sparrow on a Rooftop’ is as much a portrait of a time as an event. You have to remember it was Christmas and New Year and in the small colonial town of Napier there were theatrical events, adulteries, lost property, fights. Meanwhile inside a room, a man waits for his death… This story allows me to sink into the rich compost of local history, which is where the small truths - and deceptions - lie,” Peter Wells says. “The 19th century was the furnace in which contemporary New Zealand was forged. It’s a great privilege to get this support so I can take my own time to go back to a crucial moment.” A writer of fiction and nonfiction, and a writer/director in film, Peter Wells’s first book, ‘Dangerous Desires’, won the Reed Fiction Award, the NZ Book Award, and PEN Best New Book in Prose in 1992. His memoir won the 2002 Montana NZ Book Award for Biography, and he has won many awards for his work as a film director.

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He is co-founder of the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival. In 2006, Wells was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature and film. This year he is publising ‘The Hungry Heart’, a contemporary look at the 19th century dissident and polymath, William Colenso. Creative New Zealand Chief Executive, Stephen Wainwright said that the applications for this fellowship were high and of exceptional calibre. “I look forward to reading this tale that with Peter’s interesting and innovative way of narrative will not only highlight the personal story of Kereopa Te Rau but also regional New Zealand – colonial Napier - in the nineteenth-century.” Wells will be the ninth recipient of the Michael King fellowship since its inauguration in 2003. It was renamed in recognition of the late Michael King for his contribution to literature and his role in advocating for a major fellowship for New Zealand writers. The selection panel for the award, administered by Creative New Zealand, was Geoff Walker, Fiona Farrell and David Hill. Previous recipients of the Creative New Zealand Michael King Writers’ Fellowship are Owen Marshall, Vincent O’Sullivan, CK Stead, Rachel Barrowman, Neville Peat, Dame Fiona Kidman, Philip Simpson and Kate De Goldi.






Auckland viewers are being urged to join the search for New Zealand’s oldest telly.

The final four matches of Rugby World Cup 2011 will be filmed and shown live in 3D on giant screens in arenas throughout New Zealand as well as at cinemas.

The Oldest Telly competition, part of a campaign by Going Digital to raise awareness of the switchover to digital television, is encouraging those in Auckland to rummage through their garages or wardrobes for their oldest working TV set.

Fans will be able to come together to experience the excitement of the two semi-finals, the Bronze final and Final in larger-than-life, high quality 3D at arenas and cinemas across the country.

The winning entry will be converted to digital TV ahead of the first switchover in Hawke’s Bay and West Coast in September 2012. Pila Fatu, community adviser for the Auckland region, says: “We’re looking to those in Auckland to unearth some truly ancient televisions and bring them into the digital age.” “Digital has changed the way we watch TV with better reception and sound quality, as well as more channels and features such as onscreen TV guides. The great thing is almost every TV set can be switched including those with only wires for aerials.” The Going Digital campaign provides a website, www.goingdigital.co.nz and a free-phone helpline, T: 0800 838 800, so people can get the information and advice they need about switching to digital TV. New Zealand will make the switch, region by region, to digital television by November 2013, beginning with Hawke’s Bay and the West Coast in September 2012. The Auckland region will be going digital in November 2013. Households that have Freeview or Sky are already watching digital TV and do not need to do anything. Other viewers do not need to buy a new television to make the switch, but may need to buy a set-top box and possibly a new aerial or satellite dish depending on what equipment they currently have and where they live. The winner of the competition will receive a home theatre system with a 46-inch Sony television with in-built Freeview receiver and internet video. Those who think they may have New Zealand’s oldest working TV should log on to www.goingdigital.co.nz/oldesttelly or call 0800 838 800 for an entry form. PN www.goingdigital.co.nz

“It’s like 40,000 new front row seats have just gone on sale,” says Ronel Schodt of 3DLive, the Official 3D Broadcaster of Rugby World Cup 2011. “New Zealanders will be able to experience the final four matches together in 3D, cheering and celebrating with friends and family in cinemas and arenas across the country. It’s as close as you’ll ever get to being at Eden Park without being there.” Rugby World Cup matches will be specially filmed for the giant screen with advanced 3D cameras. With 3D cameras, spectators can see everything in focus – front line and back line players – and wide angle shots show more of the field at once. Eight 3D cameras will film from around the edge of the pitch. The cameras look across the field, enhancing the sense of depth and giving viewers the equivalent of a ‘moving front row seat’. This is the first time worldwide 3D sport has been broadcast live to arena crowds, although live 3D broadcasts to cinemas are becoming popular internationally. The Six Nations Rugby was broadcast to cinemas in the UK and Ireland last year, and major sports events such as Wimbledon, the PGA Tour and the Olympics are now filmed in 3D. A 12m long truck containing a 3D screen showing footage of SANZAR Rugby and Six Nations Rugby matches toured the length of the country throughout May so people could see 3D rugby for themselves. Seven arenas and over 20 cinema screens will screen the final four matches. They include Vector Arena, Claudelands Events Centre, Te Rauparaha Arena Porirua, Wellington Town Hall, Canterbury Arena, Edgar Centre Dunedin, Regent Theatre Dunedin, as well as cinemas nationwide. 20,000 cinema seats around Australia will also screen the matches. The 3D depth effect is stronger on larger screens, and the arena screens range from 10m wide up to 18m wide. Viewers will be given high-quality wraparound polarised glasses to see the 3D effect. Stadium ticket prices start at $69.90 for the Bronze final, rising to $109.90 for Premium seating at the Final. Tickets for children under 14 start at $59.90 and are $89.90 for the Final. Cinema tickets are to be confirmed. The filming will be done by New Zealand company 3D Live in conjunction with international 3D broadcaster Inition, who filmed the 2010 Six Nations Rugby tournament in 3D and broadcast it into 40 sold-out cinemas across the UK and Ireland. Tickets details are available at www.3drugby.co.nz and can be purchased online or from each venue or cinema from 24 May. PN





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RAUKATAURI MUSIC THERAPY FUNDRAISER Quota International of Auckland and Takapuna assisted with Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre’s 7th annual Gala Fundraiser, as spotters for the very popular live auction. The gala evening was held at The Langham Hotel. The evening included four performances by Anika Moa and Don McGlashan; Jason Kerrison and Nesian Mystik; Hayley Westenra; and Lawrence Arabia and Tim Finn as well as a live and a silent auction, raising $126,000.00. Some of the hotly contested items for auction were: Artwork by Mark Smith, a Live painting of Tim Finn by Otis Frizzell, the Ultimate Rugby Lovers Lunch with Colin Meads and Graham Henry and Bula Fiji!! Four nights for two including airfares and a chopper ride to Vomo Island. The Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre (RMTC) in Auckland opened on 18 March 2004 and is New Zealand’s only music therapy centre. The centre provides music therapy for special needs children of school age and younger. The Centre works with more than 100 children each week, and the Board and staff raise $400,000 each year to keep the Centre running. Music therapy is about building bridges of communication through music and actively engaging individuals in potential growth, development and change through the power of music. For many people, music helps reduce a sense of isolation and creates new possibilities for participation in the world and a more creative life. Founded in 1919, Quota International is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian service organisation dedicated to making a difference locally and globally. Following their motto, “We Share,” Quotarians focus service on helping deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired individuals, and disadvantaged women and children. Members of local clubs are invited to grow personally and professionally by helping others and making friends along the way. For information on becoming a part of Quota International, call Jacque Kendall on T: 09 418 3559 or M: 027 235 9977. PN

THE OPEN ACCOUNTS OF AN HONESTY BOX Overseas visitors are invariably surprised by the sight of honesty boxes on the side of country roads because it seems they are unique to New Zealand. The title of Julie Helean’s novel evokes fond memories of stopping at a little shed on a dusty road, dropping coins into a cardboard box and leaving with a bag of warm, sun ripened apricots, or peaches or any of those fruits that flourish so well way down in Central Otago. Julie decamped from Dunedin many years ago and has lived in Grey Lynn ever since but she still has vivid childhood memories of holidays in Naseby where her parents had a crib. This is why the fictional town in her novel has a ring of authenticity. It’s how those towns used to be before gentrification occurred and tussock land was turned into lush vineyards. Her protagonist, Jinx, with a glass eye, carpentry skills and a dog called Sourdough is an engaging character. She leaves Auckland for a number of reasons and descends on a small Central Otago town called Easy and causes a bit of mayhem one way or another. Without revealing too much of the story, the plot is based around the local women’s efforts to have a public toilet that the council refuses to fund so with Jinx’s help they decide to build it themselves. The novel is the end result of the Masters in Creative Writing Course she completed in 2008 which is run by Auckland University and taught by Emily Perkins and Witi Ihimaera. Linda Olsson completed the course in the same year and Penguin picked up Let me Sing you Gentle Songs straight away, which is every new writer’s dream. Julie had a tougher run for her money, but publisher’s rejections also came with feedback which she found helpful. Finally Paekakariki based Earl of Seacliff Art Workshop saw merit in her work and The Open Accounts of an Honesty Box was launched at the Women’s Bookshop earlier this year. Julie is no stranger to words. She has been taking creative writing courses for about ten years and her daytime job at Greenlane as a health planner involves writing DHB reports for presentation to Government. By comparison, she finds creative writing almost light relief. Another plus is the necessary task of taking her book around, doing readings and talking about the writing. This she really enjoys and there will be two further launches, one in Paekakariki and the other in Dunedin. She finds people are very interested in the writing process and how one gets over the final hurdle to have new work published.


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The novel has received critical acclaim from Carole Beu, Lynn Freeman and Annabel Fagan and has favourable postings on Graeme Beatties’ blog. Julie says her family still has a close connection with Central Otago and she gets homesick for that part of the country. She enjoys living in Auckland but has a stronger affinity with the inland and her novel has been sparked by her love affair with Central. In the meantime she already has another book underway. (DEIRDRE ROELANTS) PN DEADLINE – 20TH OF THE MONTH June 2011 PONSONBY NEWS+


SCREENING AT RIALTO MY AFTERNOONS WITH MARGUERITTE Starring: Gérard Depardieu and Gisèle Casadesus; Season starts: 23 June; Director: Jean Becker; Rating: TBC

LOVELY, STILL Starring: Martin Landau, Elizabeth Banks, Adam Scott; Director: Nicholas Fackler; Season starts: 2 June; Rating: TBC With the approach of Christmas causing him to feel lonely in life and love, Robert Malone (Academy Award Winner Martin Landau) braves the winter snow to arrive home from his job at the grocery store only to find a stranger (Academy Award Winner Ellen Burstyn) standing in his home. What begins as an odd and awkward encounter quickly blossoms into what appears to be a romantic late life love affair that takes us on a heartfelt and wonderful journey which takes an unexpected turn.

This is the story of one of those improbable meetings that can change the course of a lifetime: the encounter between middle-aged Germain, who is almost illiterate, and Marguerite, an older and well-read woman. She’s articulate, highly intelligent, frail, and looks as if a sharp breeze could send her floating away. Touchingly, their growing friendship centres on books and words – Marguerite’s subtle love of them, Germain’s inquiring wonder about them. Gradually his life is transformed through the experience, and in turn he enriches the lives of the collection of kindly, slightly bruised French types that constitute his circle. PN RIALTO CINEMAS, 167 – 169 Broadway T: 09 369 2417 www.rialto.co.nz

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