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erforming the bhangra dance in front of a small group of colleagues and respected members of the community is harder than performing for 10,000 people at the big Diwali event on the weekend. So said community liaison officer Tineke Laing at the Diwali celebration hosted by Counties Manukau Police on Tuesday afternoon. Colleagues at the event included police officers sporting Indian outfits and turbans with some of the officers draped in a sari worn over their uniform. Members of the Corrections department had also turned up in Indian regalia. District commander superintendent John Tims addressed the event saying that the Indian festival of Diwali is all about reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future. Acknowledging the diversity in the community and the good work put in by the South East district advisory board that

Counties Manukau Police Diwali celebration on Tuesday had Indian classical dancer Ambika Krishnamurthy dedicating her dance performance depicting courage to the local police for being courageous. Times photo Wayne Martin



works with the police, he said: “We can get fantastic results when we work together and Gandhi Nivas (early domestic intervention programme) is a good example of better outcomes.” Sergeant Gurpreet Arora, district ethnic services coordinator who organised the event with constable Satvir Sen, spoke about Gandhi Nivas helping more than 300 men in the short time it has been in existence with the help of Ranjna Patel who spearheaded the novel project. “We are now looking forward to acquire more support from other agencies and the Government of course,” he said. The lighting of the traditional oil lamp, a classical Indian dance performance of Bharatanatyam by Ambika Krishnamurthy dedicated to the courage shown by the Counties Manukau Police; followed by a very energetic bhangra dance (folk dance from Punjab) by police officers spoke a lot about coming together to celebrate the differences in the community.

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ocal candidate for Auckland Council in the recent local body elections, Paul Young has had a lot on his hands, in the past few weeks. Moving on from council elections to inviting internationally renowned pianist Richard Clayderman to perform at Logan Campbell Centre, ASB showgrounds on the weekend, the seasoned event organiser/ politician had more than 3000 music lovers attend the concert. Mr Clayderman began his concert by saying something that sounded like `supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ in French and asked the audience to pardon his English. However, the acclaimed French pianist more than made up with his enchanting music that on the last count has clocked up worldwide record sales in excess of 80 million. Seducing the audience with a medley of compositions, the 62-yearold King of Romance said that this is his fourth visit to Auckland and he hopes to come back next year “if Mr Young invites me again.” With his easy demeanour and entertaining acts the popular pianist had the audience in the palm of

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Opera star hands out home truths ■■By Marianne Kelly


f any Macleans College students had dreams of stardom on the world’s opera stage they were firmly brought back to earth by one of New Zealand and the world’s greatest divas, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. It’s more than 25 years since Dame Kiri visited the school which has named one of its ‘houses’ after her. At a special assembly on Monday morning the soprano related how her mother’s continuing vision as she grew up was that she would be an opera singer. “So I did become one,” she said. “It’s been a most fun time, but it is mainly about work, work, work and more work. “I dream about work, about the exercises and about being better each day. “I am 72 now and for 50 years have done nothing but hard work. I don’t ask you to sacrifice things, but working is very rewarding.” She also had a firm word about the role of social media in young singers’ lives. “The availability of knowledge is massive. But at the moment I look at a young singer who has learned a work from You Tube and I say ‘I can’t teach you’. You don’t learn by rote from a recording. You leave it behind and put your own self into it. We didn’t have You Tube when we started out.” She described the time she stepped in to a Metropolitan Opera performance at late notice saying, “I don’t know whether it was foolish or brave”. “You have to have a lot of courage to do this,” she said. “You have to know that you will be fine and have courage. “In my world people don’t give you lots of accolades,” she said. “Covent Garden told me I was quite good but they offered me a five-year contract which provided me with the best teaching and advice. My instinctive decision was to take that chance and I was guided through my education for five years with top quality teachers. “It gave me strength. It must have been the Ngati Porou in me.” She said starting the Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation in New Zealand was aimed at helping and financing young New Zealanders in their opera careers. “It is a long haul and there are successes. But if you train to be an opera singer you don’t necessarily come out being one.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is accompanied by Macleans College principal Byron Bentley to Te Kanawa House.

“We ask ‘is someone going to stand up to the rigours of the operatic world’?” Asked if there was another job she would like to do, she said she would love to work guiding young people and making them proud of themselves. “I would want people to look at you, like the presence of the All Blacks in a room. They have got

incredible mana, there’s nothing like it.” Giving a peep into her private life, Dame Kiri said when she wasn’t working she enjoyed playing golf, tennis basketball, clay pigeon shooting, “and I love rugby”. “I have three dogs and we do lots of walking. I get up at 5am, walk the dogs at 6, have breakfast at 8 and then go into the garden, or teach or

do performances – my days are full.” Events, such as those at Macleans College, she told the Times were about “what the kids get out of them”. “I want to inspire them. They have seen me doing well and I want them to see it in their own field.” She visits New Zealand usually twice a year, this time performing a recital in Auckland last week

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and working with her foundation students. Asked if she would like to return more regularly, she said she always wanted to live in two places. “I have things to do in England and I can’t be in both places all the time. While I am healthy I will continue this work.” Retirement, her PR manager told the Times was not in her vocabulary.

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Another low voter turnout, but up slightly from last election ■■By Scott Yeoman The final and official local election results show voter turnout for Auckland was 38.54 per cent this year. This was up on the 2013 turnout of 35.5 per cent but was once again a far way off the 2010 turnout of 51 per cent. Like the overall Auckland result, the voter turnout for the three Howick Local Board subdivisions all rose this year from 2013, but were still low.

The Botany subdivision had a 36.9 per cent turnout (+2.8 per cent), Howick had 43.1 per cent (+3.5 per cent) and Pakuranga had 40.7 per cent (+3.4 per cent). Preliminary results excluding special votes show the national turnout was 41.8 per cent. This was up 0.5 per cent from 2013 and down 7.2 per cent from 2010. In Auckland, plenty of people left their vote to the last day, with around 18,000 votes hand

delivered to ballot boxes on the Saturday morning before midday. Auckland Council’s governance director Phil Wilson said the council’s aim was to show leadership by tackling head on the decline in New Zealand voter participation. “We succeeded in halting what is a global trend,” he said. “As the country’s largest local government with more than a million voters and an increasingly diverse and fast growing population, we have

to address the barriers to voting.” Mr Wilson said Auckland Council largely succeeded in achieving its goals through its communication and engagement programme, which aimed to encourage wide voter participation and included reaching out to young people and new migrants. He said Auckland Council will discuss the barriers to voter and candidate involvement as part of the government enquiry into elections next year.

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One hundred happy years ■■By Marianne Kelly


rop by the Maraetai Wharf Cafe any morning and there’s a good chance a sprightly lady will be there enjoying a coffee and reading the morning’s newspaper. Enid Sinclair Frangos, who turned 100 recently, regards herself as “part of the furniture”. When her daughter, Sandra Miller goes on her regular walks along the beach, she drops Enid off at the cafe. “It’s a lovely beach and a lovely atmosphere,” Enid says. She’s self-sufficient in her little home behind Sandra and husband Glenn’s Beachlands house. She makes her own breakfast and lunch while Sandra prepares an evening meal. Reaching 100 is one of those

facts of life, according to Enid. “I don’t really think about it.” “Life has its ups and downs,” she says. But she thinks it’s mostly a case of “good living” with good food and a glass of wine. “I’ve been keeping busy,” she says. In fact it was only eyesight failure six months ago that put a stop to her knitting for her large family. Enid is a country girl and her life has been all about farming and family life. She grew up on a Waikato sheep farm at Naike, west of Huntly. Her mum was evacuated from Inverness, Scotland, to New Zealand when World War I broke out while two of her aunts were sent to Australia. Enid traces her heritage to George Sinclair, the 4th Earl of Caithness who built the Castle of Mey in Scotland in the mid 1500s.

It was bought by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 1952. Back in New Zealand Enid eventually met and married Kemon Frangos whose parents came to New Zealand from Greece and eventually took over a dairy farm two miles up the road from Enid’s family. She moved to the dairy farm when she married Kemon. But fishing and the sea lured and the couple moved to Bucklands Beach in 1965 when Kemon retired. He died aged 75 in 1991. These days Enid enjoys the company of her four children, 12 grand-children, 22 greatgrand-children and four (plus one to be born soon) great-greatgrand-children. They were all at a large function at Pepperjacks, Pine Harbour to celebrate her birthday.


A cultural fiesta this weekend From early this year, Stella Lu, a resident of Flat Bush has been a part of the preparatory committee that is hosting the New Zealand Taiwan Day, a two-day festival at the Aotea Square, on October 22 and 23.  As one of the major cultural festivals supported by Auckland Council, Taiwan Day provides an opportunity to experience an array of performances, food, music, folk dance, craft and indigenous culture. Ms Lu says that according to historical studies, the ancestors of the New Zealand Maori may have originated from Taiwan over a thousand years ago. They sailed their wakas through the winds and waves to reach this beautiful land of the Long White Cloud. Thus, Taiwan and New Zealand have long established an intimate connection. Residents of Howick, Pakuranga, Botany and Ormiston who are part of the Taiwanese Hwa Hsia Society, Taiwanese Women’s Association of New Zealand and Taiwanese in New Zealand Association Inc., are a big part of the festival says Ms Lu, one of the directors of the Taiwanese Hwa Hsia Society. The highlights of the event

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Thieves steal Marilyn statue ■■By Nick Krause



Enid Sinclair Frangos celebrated with a lovely birthday function at Pepperjacks, Pine Harbour. Photo Janet Keeling

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fly to Auckland on October 20 to perform on Taiwan Day. The cultural fiesta will have plenty of food stalls hawking Taiwanese pork belly bun, Pearl milk tea, Taiwanese sausage, salty fried chicken, oil rice, cool noodle with sesame sauce, wheel cake, pork mince rice, pineapple pie and other yummy treats. For the young ones there will be an assortment of children’s games such as traditional Taiwanese puppetry, fortune crystal, darts game, poking surprise and lots more!

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Preposterous thievery has left a Farm Cove woman looking for answers and the return of a much-loved statue. Maria Ross cannot fathom how thieves were able to nick the largerthan-life showpiece in front of her Fisher Parade home. The statue of Marilyn Monroe, a former Hollywood screen siren and model, stands at more than 1.8m (6 feet) and weighs around 80kg. Ms Ross, 54, said the “well-known and loved statue” was stolen from her home on either Thursday night (October 13) or Friday morning. “It would have taken two or more people to get her into a truck or trailer,” she said. “I’ve spread the word through social media, friends and family and I’m hoping that word will get around and she will be returned.” She has also notified police. The statue had become something of a neighbourhood landmark, it seems. “She was famous there for the last year,” Ms Ross said. “The neighbours love her. Everyone knows Marilyn. We have people stop and take photos with her. I’ve met lots of the neighbourhood people thru chatting on the street when I’m outside doing stuff to my place and it’s Marilyn that is the focal point.”


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he announcements are coming thick and fast as new and exciting features are added to the Big Boys Toys line-up, Auckland, October 28-30 at the ASB Showgrounds. For sixteen years, Big Boys Toys has enthralled and entertained more than 35,000 people each year with a dynamic entertainment schedule, outstanding features and the latest products from the automotive, lifestyle and consumer electronics industries. This year that legacy continues with a sampling of supercars to excite the fans, including the latest announcement: the 2017 Aston Martin DB11, being flown in especially for the event – the first time on show to the public in New Zealand. That exciting car will be in great company, with two of the world’s latest and greatest supercars headlining the Driven Hall, the Ferrari F12 TDF, an incredible

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769bhp, track-ready, V12 monster, and the LaFerrari, a 789-hp V-12 hybrid that gets a 161-hp boost from an electric motor. And in a first for New Zealand, Land Rover will feature its interactive Terrapod in an indoor demonstration, bringing to life the SUV’s ability to navigate extreme

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The soothing sounds of strings are featured in the first of the Thursdays @ Seven spring concert series. Ensemble East, led by violinist Yid-Ee Goh, looks to the classical and romantic periods with music by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. Beethoven’s first published works were trios for piano, violin and cello, which contain some of the composer’s most beguiling music. The third of these trios will be performed in the Ensemble East concert which also features Tchaikovsky’s rarely-heard string sextet Souvenirs de Florence, partly inspired by the composer’s visit to that city. The second concert features NZ Barok, a national treasure, truly stylish Baroque string ensemble presenting fresh performances of historic works. Many of these are inspired by dance rhythms, and all feature clear and intricate part-writing. Principal soloist is dazzling Australian violinist, Rachael Beesley. ➤ Both concerts will be at 7pm, Ensemble East on October 27 and NZ Barok on November 3, at All Saints’, Selwyn Road, Howick. Admission is by donation at the door.

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A battle of ideas

The opinion piece by Scott Yeoman ‘What’s wrong here?’ (Times, October 13) is regrettably top heavy on criticism of the successful candidate’s gender, age and race and ignores the respective positions on the issues that are important to the Howick people. It was noticeable that some candidates were absent from the campaign, no signs, no explanation of their position on the important issues affecting the community and a lack of face to face engagement. Sitting at a laptop abusing your rivals on a blog no one reads or cares about can’t beat wearing out shoe leather and having to answer prospective voters in a face to face meeting. Nor does hurling racist and ageist comments about do anything to inform the voters of a candidate’s position. Two non-European candidates represented political parties Greens and Labour that have never polled well in general elections in the Pakuranga or the Botany Electorates which make up the majority of the Howick Ward. Their political philosophy just isn’t popular in our area.    Clearly, the voters of Howick agree that politics is a battle of ideas and that is the reason the candidates who won were successful. The focus by Scott Yeoman on age, race, and gender is offensive and belittles the voters of Howick. Dick Quax and Sharon Stewart ➤➤Editor’s note: Offensive? On the contrary, it asks the very relevant question why, with a clearly changing demographic, they are still under-represented. He goes further to suggest – on the basis of available Census data etc – engaging these non-voting segments of our community will help get them to the ballot box. They all have a right to vote and be represented don’t they? We’re also not sure which blog you’re referring to.

Nothing’s wrong

I have to disagree with Scott Yeoman’s opinion (Times, October 13) about an unfair distribution of ethnic groups on Howick’s local board. Many of the ethnic groups he mentioned are new immigrants and are yet to fully understand the New Zealand way of life, family values, cultural values, environmental values, historical and political issues and complex Treaty issues as an example. Most have come from different environments with quite a different perspective on all of the above issues. The point being these new citizens need time, a generation of it, before they can fully understand the implications of such a position of responsibility. All of the ethnic groups mentioned are highly intelligent people with a lot to offer and within a generation will have gained enough knowledge about our way of life to compete with and represent us not as Asians, Indians, South Africans, Brits or Aussies for that matter but very, very proudly as fair dinkum, genuine, all-round New Zealanders. The success of a multi-racial society depends on it.  Gary Hollis Mellons Bay

Europeans remain at forefront It was nice to read your article entitled ‘What’s Wrong Here?’ (Times, October 13) regarding the candidates running to represent the Howick Local Board and the overrepresentation of European candidates. I thought it was a very keen observation you made. When the leading mayoral candidates were invited to Massey University before the elections, I also commented to a colleague that if you look at the candidates, they are all white. My take on this is that the non-

voters’ reason for not engaging is: (1) although easier perhaps than what they are used to in their home countries, the system of voting is unfamiliar; (2) if they voted a non-European, what chance would he/she have of getting through? It almost feels like an ‘old boys’ club’ where people would, of course, vote for the dominant ethnic group, in this case white. Although Botany, Howick, and Pakuranga are becoming more diverse in ethnic makeup, the European candidates remain at the forefront and will (continue to) do so unless, as you pointed out, there is more engagement with young people, non-European groups, and new residents to the area. Great article. Thank you for pointing it out to our community. Dr Lilia Sevillano Massey University, Albany

Democracy in action

In response to the article entitled ‘What’s wrong here?’ by Scott Yeoman (Times, October 13), I believe nothing’s wrong here. This is what is called democracy at work. Mr Yeoman seems to be suggesting that there is racism at work here and, by his reasoning, I would be a racist too as six out of my seven votes would be classed as European. However, nothing could be further from the truth. My criteria was simply this: I chose people who I viewed as having the same outlook and values as me – that is conservative, so I automatically cut Labour and Green Party from my list. Unfortunately for them, that meant quite a few nonEuropeans fit into this bracket. This is what we call democracy in action and the Kiwi way no matter what your race. Elizabeth Edwards Howick


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FUN WITH FRIENDS Connections In The Home has been operating from Howick for almost four years now and is getting prepared for another great year as they plan for 2017! Co-owners Vicki and Sarah (pictured), have been friends and colleagues for over 25 years now and absolutely love what they do each day with Connections. Vicki and Sarah are both incredibly proud, passionate and excited about their business and the people involved – children and adults! They have the great pleasure of interacting with children, educators and families each day. Nurturing relationships as they grow within the Connections ‘family’ is important to both Vicki and Sarah and they love to watch both children and adults alike form strong friendships. They value getting to know Educators and families - it creates a team of support, fun and laughter and they see it as an absolute pleasure.

SARAH Everything I have learnt and experienced during my 25 year career in early childhood leads me to the importance of relationships. When our babies and young children feel safe and loved then the learning can begin through play, hands-on experiences and amazing environments. For the past 14 years I have seen this in action on a daily basis in home based care. It’s about the people, respect and love… and if the adults experience that too then it can only be of benefit to our children. This is our aim, our mission… and we LOVE it!’

VICKI When I think about what ignites my passion and makes me smile – it’s the young children that I have the privilege of working alongside every day. I love the way children play and explore their world, having the opportunity to grow and emerge into healthy, confident and independent young people. With over 20 years’ experience in Early Childhood education, I see children as our future, and our role is to educate them in a safe and nurturing environment and to provide a positive and a rich experience that develops their journey into young human beings. The relationship we have with children and their families are one of positivity, kindness, and compassion.

and stories) in Howick, Crazy Craft & Indoor Action Sports both in Pakuranga and ‘Little Kickers’ in Meadowlands. We also extend our programme by organising regular trips and outings that are often guided by the educators sharing the children’s interests! Our programme throughout 2016 has been so much fun so far with Term 4 under way… lots to look forward too! The team has started to plan for 2017 and we are so excited! Our FREE support for educators and families is available to all involved in the Connections ‘family’. The Howick based team of five includes four experienced and qualified early childhood teachers who work alongside the Educators to extend each child’s programme through home visits and regular outings, and a wonderful Howick based office administrator whose knowledge and experience is reflected in her support to both Educators and families. Our Howick based ‘Connections Cottage’ is an absolute haven and we enjoy music sessions, professional development, team meetings and lots of little visitors with their Educators who pop in on a regular basis to say hi, ask for advice and support or just sit with us for a while!

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源的一部份。我們切不可抹煞這一個銀髮群體的潛 能與作用。 華人長者最大的難處,其實是臨老移民,這一種連 根拔起「移植式」的變更,導致幾十年生活習慣, 社會環境與居住地人文文化的巨大改變,一些人不 可避免把原居地養成的習慣、形成的觀念帶來紐西 蘭,在原居地習以為常的言行,到了僑居地卻變成 錯誤和禁忌,甚至導致冒犯以及違法。很多時候, 這些長者并非有心或者蓄意。不理解這一點的人, 往往會對長者惡言相向,毒罵咀咒,對老人家身心 造成傷害,這是很殘忍的,也是不應該的。 如今的長者大多數有一定文化,經濟亦比較富裕��� 有的還大陸領一份退休金,這里領一份緊急援助或 養老金,紐西蘭又氣候宜人,適宜養老,長者自身 應樹立積極人生觀,今年七十五歲的蔡瀾說過:「 年紀大了,有個好處,就是可以儘量地少說假話, 少騙人。 我們會發覺講真話,是多麼的舒服,多麼的過癮。 在我自己的例子,竟然可以用講真話闖出一個名堂 。 老,必須老得莊嚴。 老,一定要老得乾淨。 老,要老得清香。 是否名牌已不重要,但天天洗濯燙直。衣著是對別 人的一種尊敬,也是對自己的尊敬。 皺紋是自傲,但鬚根應該刮凈,做一個美髯公亦可 ,每天的整理,更花費工夫。 年輕人說:你們老了。 不,不,不,不,我們不會變得更老,我們只會變 得更好。」 老得莊嚴,老得乾淨,老得清香,才能受人敬重, 成為年輕人及下一代之楷模。幾十歲了,何苦去騙 幾個自己根本不缺的錢,跑到別家院子里偷菜,還 在跳蚤市場里擺賣,又何必言不由衷地騙自己也騙 別人,還為爭一個社團的「領導」鬥他個人仰馬翻 ?!年紀大了見識也多,在屈指可數剩下不多的餘 年里,讓自己變得更好,生活得更健康,更快樂, 更有境界才最重要! 華人長者,你不是累贅,不是多餘的負擔,更不是 禍害,你是生命夕陽的一抹餘輝,照亮自己也照亮 別人,你就能夠變得更好! (紐轉乾坤 南太井蛙 )

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A fun Light Party will be held on Mon, Oct 31 from 7-8.30pm at Pakuranga Christian Fellowship, 96 Udys Rd Pakuranga for 6-12 year olds. Gold coin entry. No scary costumes please. Find out more or to book visit our website

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The Ormiston U3A Club holds its monthly meeting at 10am on Thursday October 27 at the Flat Bush Old School Hall, cnr Flat Bush School Road and Murphy Road. Mini speaker: David Chapman will speak about World War II Victory Parade in London 1946. Main speaker: Val Lott will speak on the trials of running an international beauty contest. Join us to develop your knowledge, interests and friendships. All welcome.

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Landscape artist Xiaoming An (centre) with chairman of the NZ Chinese Artists Association, from left Jie Xu, MP Dr Jian Yang, Howick Local Board member Adele White, Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross, president of NZ Chinese History and Cultural Association Steven Wong and Labour Party MP Su’a William Sio, at the inauguration of his art exhibition at the Auckland Museum on the weekend. Photo supplied

at Pakuranga Intermediate School Hall, 45 Reeves Road, Pakuranga at 4- 6.30 pm on Sunday afternoon October 30. The open rehearsal is aimed at year 6–10 students but students and adults are all welcome to bring their instruments and join in. Guest conductor will be American Chad Davenport who is musical director of the West City Concert Band. Queries to Barrie Turner at 021-722171.

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Green Gables Cottage Art Gallery, Hawthornden Reserve, 66 Cook Street, Howick, will feature a great variety of paintings, specially chosen for Christmas gifts, from Friday November 4 to Sunday November 27. Sales help to support the South Auckland Totara Hospice. Entry is free and all are welcome,  Fri/Sat/ Sun  10am to 3pm. Phone Beryl 534-5448.


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Regional housing market The past five years’ Auckland regional housing market at a glance, as at September’s figures. Eastern Beaches Dwelling median price 2012 635,000 2013 730,500 2014 813,000 2015 965,000 2016 1,107,000 Percentage change 2015 to 2016 — +15% Dwelling numbers sold 2012 165 2013 182 2014 148 2015 211 2016 137 Percentage change 2015 to 2016 — -35%

Median days to sell 2012 30 2013 31 2014 33 2015 34 2016 34 Percentage change 2015 to 2016 — 0% Auckland Region Dwelling median price 2007 441,500 2015 771,000 2016 825,000 Percentage change 2015 to 2016 — +7% Dwelling sales volume 2007 1956 2011 1425

2015 3158 2016 2424 Percentage change 2015 to 2016 — -23% National sales distribution Under $400,000 2014 2740 2015 3153 2016 2572 Percentage change 2015 to 2016 — -18% $400,000-$599,999 2014 1570 2015 2009 2016 1822 Percentage change 2015 to 2016 — -9%

$600,000-$999,000 2014 1173 2015 1970 2016 1987 Percentage change 2015 to 2016 — +1% $1 million and over 2014 428 2015 1042 2016 1016 Percentage change 2015 to 2016 — -2% WHO’S INCLUDED: The Eastern Beaches area includes Beachlands, Botany Downs, Bucklands Beach, Cockle Bay, Dannemora, East Tamaki Heights, Eastern Beach, Edgewater, Farm Cove, Half Moon Bay, Highland Park, Howick, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Maraetai Beach, Mellons Bay, Northpark, Pakuranga, Shelly Park, Sunnyhills and Whitford. Source: Real Estate Institute of New Zealand


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optimal lighting, it should have at least one window to let in some natural light. Other options if this isn’t possible include installing pot lights and a dimmer switch. Paint in lighter colours to help accentuate the light. They will make the room more feel more spacious. Massive and dark-coloured furniture tends to disrupt the flow of a room, so try to avoid these as much as possible. ➤ Furniture and finishing touches Dividing the space into different activity stations is a

great way to make the most of a games room. A cosy nook can be created for watching movies and playing video games, a kiddie corner with toys and costumes, and a craft station with a table, chairs and art supplies. It’s important to outfit each area with the appropriate materials. This means washable surfaces for creative undertakings, soft furnishings to protect against injuries during more rambunctious games, and comfortable furniture for lazing about.

lthough the Auckland real estate market has paused for breath during the wet school holiday period the Eastern Beaches dwelling median price continues to rise, up 15 per cent in the year to September compared with the same time last year, according to latest Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) figures. The median is now $1.107 million compared with $965,000 the same time last year. However numbers of dwellings sold is down 35 per cent to 137 from 211 the same time last year. Median days to sell in Eastern Beaches continue to be static at 34. Over the past 10 years the average number of days to sell in September in Auckland has been 33 days. REINZ spokesperson Bryan Thomson says the New Zealand real estate market seems to be in a two-speed mode at present with Auckland pausing for breath ahead of likely new spring growth. “We are also seeing anecdotal evidence that first home buyers in Auckland are now favouring new builds as a way of getting finance in light of the new LVR restrictions and the ‘carve out’ for new home construction.” Auckland auction transactions dropped 13 per cent to 56 per cent of national auction sales, compared with a year ago, reflecting reduced inventory levels. The QV House Price Index shows the Auckland market increasing 15 per cent year on year and 5.8 per cent over the past three months. Values are now 88.7 per cent higher than the previous peak of 2007. When adjusted for inflation, values rose 14.5 per cent over the past year and are 60.2 per cent above the 2007 peak. However, QV says there are early

indications the rate of growth in the market is starting to slow with the annual growth slipping 0.9 per cent over the past month. QV national spokesperson, Andrea Rush, says prices in parts of Auckland have stabilised since the new LVR rules requiring a 40 per cent deposit from investors purchasing existing house stock were imposed. “We are also seeing a shift in demand from the investor housing stock to properties with higher density development potential which suggests some buyers may be getting the message that upward growth around existing town centres will eventually happen under the new unitary plan.” Activity in the upper end of the market, above $1.5 million, and in the new build market (where the 40 per cent LVR doesn’t apply) also remains strong and strong value growth continues in this part of the market. Peter Thompson, managing director of Barfoot & Thompson says the combination of tighter mortgage lending restrictions and perceptions that residential property is fully priced continues to slow Auckland housing activity. “In September new listings were down and sales numbers and prices were restrained,” he says. “With the arrival of spring, housing activity normally lifts, but it has not been the case this year. “Rather the market continued the trend which first showed in July of prices increasing at a much slower rate than in the past two-three years.” Harcourts chief executive Chris Kennedy says the traditional spring “wake-up” in the market is beginning to make itself felt with stock levels up slightly on August’s figure and that trend is expected to continue as warmer weather lures more vendors into the market.

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Sports bites


Kiwis lack playmakers

Wins for Howick Softball Club


t’s a shame the Kiwis rugby league team can no longer produce ball distributing forwards of the calibre of Ron Ackland, Kurt Sorensen and Mark Graham who were masters at setting up tries. Instead they have settled for tough guys who tuck the ball under one arm, barge into tackles and die with it. That is one of the reasons why Australia easily won last weekend’s Perth test 26-6, scoring five tries to one. It didn’t help either that coach David Kidwell left his most penetrative forward, Jason Taumalolo, sidelined for much of the second half. Blessed with speed, the powerful Taumalolo is a great talent. Unfortunately he is not going to reach his potential in the the Kiwi jersey unless he can find willing team-mates with the skill to put him into gaps with slick passes. That inability is also what stops Shaun Johnson becoming a truly great halfback in the mould of an Andrew Johns. Like Johnson, Johns was a brilliant running halfback. Unlike him, he was also a superb ball distributer. With his deceptive swerve and snappy sidestep, the speedy

Judo success The Howick Judo Club attended the New Zealand Judo Championships – held at the Auckland Netball Centre in Saint Johns at the weekend – and had plenty of success to celebrate. Macleans College student Koen Visser, 17, not only won two medals at the event, but he also gained his black belt at the weekend. Results: Junior Men: Koen Visser (U73kg) won Bronze. Cadet Men: Koen Visser (U73kg) won Gold. Senior Boys: Ali Al-Ani (U32kg) won Silver, Niek Visser (U50kg) won Bronze, Alex Macmillan (U55kg) won Silver, and Amir Mahadi (U60kg) won Gold. Junior Boys: Willem HewitsonTownley (U45kg) won Gold. Senior Girls: Alessandra Bianco (U55kg) won Silver. Junior Girls: Jezzabella Bianco (U32kg) won Gold.


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Jason Taumalolo in action for his NRL club team.

Johnson has scored some of the greatest tries I have seen. But he is not the regular gamebreaker he should be because he doesn’t have the confidence to back himself at crucial times. He also has the unfortunate habit of cruising sideways instead of beating defenders straight on. Which is a pity coming from a player so enormously gifted. Johnson’s tactical kicking falls far short of Australia’s Cooper Kronk and most other NRL premier halfbacks. That, and an inability to set up smart plays on the last tackle, cost the Kiwis dearly in the Perth test. Certainly they will need to improve dramatically to be competitive in the Four Nations tournament. Meanwhile the All Blacks are headed for a tier one world record 18 consecutive test wins

when they tackle Australia at Eden Park where they last lost 30 years ago. It’s a record they deserve after a shaky first up first test against Wales in June followed by a succession of convincing victories against them, Australia, Argentina and South Africa. If a world team was to be named today, Dane Coles, Brodie Retallick, Kieran Read and Jerome Kaino would be certainties to start in the forward pack. Just as Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett and Ben Smith would be named in the backline. Other candidates would include Sam Whitelock, Waisake Naholo and exciting youngsters Ardie Savea and Anton LienertBrown. As a game-breaker, Barrett has been sensational both for his country and the Super Rugby champion Hurricanes.

Retallick has probably succeeded the immortal Colin Meads as our greatest lock, just as the two Smiths are this country’s best halfback and fullback. Before the emergence of Read, both Buck Shelford and Zinzan Brooke had an army of supporters claiming they were our greatest No 8s. But Read’s lineout prowess and ability to steal ball from his own team’s kick-offs has given him the edge over both.  With Ireland (twice), Italy and France to come after Saturday’s test against Australia, the All Blacks should extend their unbeaten run. The pity of it is that they don’t play England until 2018. However next year’s British Lions should be strong when they tour here although they face a tough itinerary. Ivan Agnew is an awardwinning sports writer and author

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on a casual basis working the local Auckland markets, select your market of preference on a first up first option process. Total outlay only $1,000 including stock and stands etc. Up to 200% margins available with a constant supply of stock. Contact Ron by Txt for a meeting about this great opportunity. 021 213 5337

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With Ivan Agnew

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The Howick Softball Club premier women’s side beat the North Harbour-based Roosters 7-0 at Rosedale on Saturday. This was the first game under their new coach Stan Doney. Meanwhile, the premier men beat Eden Roskill 4-1 at Rosedale on Sunday and the premier reserve men beat Eden Roskill 2-1, also at Rosedale on Sunday. This weekend the premier women and premier men are competing in the Bears Classic Tournament at Starling Park in Ranui.

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Rugby-mad Troy loves netball ■ BY SCOTT YEOMAN


roy Korewha loves sport, all kinds of sport, and as far as he’s concerned, he will play what he wants. So when a teacher at Baverstock Oaks School in Flat Bush asked him in 2013 if he wanted to join the school netball team, he jumped at the chance, no questions asked. Three years later, the 10-year-old with the long locks is still the only boy in his team and is often the only boy in the game, or whole competition. But he doesn’t care. “It’s fine,” Troy says. “It’s just fun.” His team plays at the Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre (HPNC) at Lloyd Elsmore Park on Saturdays. Last year they got the runner-up trophy for their competition and this year they were first equal. Troy plays goal attack and he’s good at it. His team had the highest ratio of goals for their grade in 2016. He says he enjoys the busy nature of his role. “I get to run around more. I get into the mid-third and my [goal] third and I’m a goal shooter – I get to stay in the circle.” Troy isn’t the first boy to play netball at HPNC – far from it.

But his mum Sharlene says that there has still been a mixed reaction from other teams’ parents about Troy playing. “They do think it’s probably a little odd that there is a boy on the team but we’ve faced that. “I always say, don’t give up. “I don’t let anything like that deter him.” She says for the first two years, Troy was the only boy playing in their HPNC competition and this year it was just him and another boy from Baverstock Oaks School, but they play in different teams. Troy is fully aware of the mixed reaction to him playing netball. The bright year six student has even had a few comments about it from kids at school. “They say it’s only for girls.” But his response to these kinds of comments shows you Troy is mature beyond his years. “I think stuff in my head but I don’t say it,” he says with a confident grin.   He doesn’t only play netball either. Troy is in the school rugby team during winter (he plays lock and centre), his touch rugby season started on Sunday, he is a member of the kapa haka group, the dance

Troy Korewha is a self-confessed sports nut and is really enjoying his netball at the moment. Times photo Wayne Martin

troop and is a school house captain. He says he will carry on playing netball for a few more years, but

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then he wants to try something new on Saturdays. And what will that be?

“Rugby,” Troy says instantly. He loves the game. He has team posters all over his bedroom walls and will be at Eden Park on Saturday to cheer on the All Blacks. But for now, Troy, who turns 11 this weekend, will continue to enjoy his time on the netball court. He has recently been invited to attend the HPNC performance academy, which runs for six months, and his Baverstock Oaks School team had their first game of summer league netball last week. They won 35-0. There were even a couple of other boys taking part in the competition. Ms Korewha says Troy has always been well supported by his team and his teachers. She is proud of his devotion to the team and sport. Last weekend he was at Vector Arena supporting the Silver Ferns, face paint and all. “I love it that’s he’s stuck it out for three years and just gets out there and does his job,” Ms Korewha says. “He takes it really seriously. He’s committed to the team, never misses practices, and turns up on time.” And, she says, he’s made some great friends along the way. Email:



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