The first day of the rest of our lives

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Hello Everyone,

This is our last Press for two weeks; the next edition will be 8 January 2015. Honestly, I don’t know where this year has gone; I cannot believe that I’ve been back at Pinesong eight months already! I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a wonderful 2015. I will be taking the three days off between Christmas and New Year (more painting!), so will see you all again at the beginning of January. For those of you going away, happy holidays and I hope you have a lovely time.
I had a great time today with the walking group; thank you so much for inviting me along. We went to Judges Bay; the rain held off until the last 10 minutes and we finished the morning with a HUGE morning tea.
Just to let you all know, January 2015 Direct Debit payments will be taken on 16th January, and not the 15th. This is to allow for the 10 day notification time. Next Monday, 22 December, Chubb will be on site to complete the Fire Alarm testing. Testing will take place between 10.30 and 12pm.
A big thank you to Delwyn Battersby (pictured here with Audrey Baldwin) for organizing our Christmas Trees this year. They look beautiful.

Merry Christmas everyone,

Theresa Henson
Village Manager

Maintenance will be manned between the hours of 7 – 11am.
Reception will be open from 10 – 2.30pm.
Routine phone calls when reception is not manned will be diverted to the Security Cell phone, and answered by Home Care, until our night porter arrives for his 7pm shift.
For any emergency, please use your call bell, and we will respond immediately.

May your Christmas sparkle with moments of love, laughter and goodwill and may the year ahead be full of contentment and joy. Have a Merry Christmas

From all of the staff here at Metlifecare Pinesong xxx

- trains & ferries
Go to the page ON THE BUSES.

Table tennis remains available for games on Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings for those who are around. Come and join the fun! Lois, 817-2199
Creative Memories /Scrapbooking
This has now finished for the year. We begin on the first Friday in February 2015, anytime between 9 and 3 p.m. This is a great way to get your photos in order.Come and join us in the craft room. Happy Christmas everyone. Lois, 817-2199

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.
Thank you for yet another wonderful year at Pinesong.
Deborah, Receptionist

Slough off that post-Christmas, post-New Year celebrations malaise and come to the first quiz of 2015 on Saturday 3 January in Bayview – as usual at 4pm. Get out your new calendar or social diary and mark the date now!
We would like to start the New Year with a bang so it will be a bit different from our usual quiz and there won’t be any cost for entry – just roll up with your pen and paper, and if you wish, some nibbles and something to drink.
We are grateful that the Residents’ Committee has given us $200 to start the year so there will be some different prizes, including a door prize.
Bring a picnic and come and eat with us afterwards and you can explain why you didn’t win when you should have (or why you won when you shouldn’t have)! Tony and Janet Cross, 1 Manukau

The Low Impact DVD will be shown again on the Monday 19 January  9.30 until 10.15am as before. Thanks for the support.  
Trish Richards

Pinesong Salon will be closed from 24 December, re-opening 30, 31; then closing until Thursday 8 January 2015.
There are many things we like about Christmas . . . but the nicest of all is the opportunity the holidays give to say “thank you” to the people like you and to express our warm appreciation for your patronage.
It is people like you who make our business possible, and we are deeply grateful for your support.
May you and your have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Diane Debbie Anglea and Pauline

A BIG thank you to Delwyn Battersby who is always very happy to decorate our Christmas trees, most beautifully, I might add. I hear this year’s little helper was Maureen Mayall. Thank you ladies. Looking fabulous! Deborah

The service will now operate fortnightly from 12 January. As 26 January is Auckland Anniversary there will be no library.
Titirangi Library Hours:
Mon, Tues Wed 9am-5.30pm
Thursday 9am-8pm
Friday 9am-5.30pm
Saturday 10am-4.00pm
Closed Public Holidays

There will be no Pinesong Press on Thursday 25 December and Thursday 1 January. Have a safe and blessed Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the New Year. Also thank you to the team in Reception who without there help there would be no Press. –Editor

The Village Shop will close on Friday 19 December 2014 and re-open on Wednesday 28 January 2015.
I would like to thank all the Volunteers who have given their time during the year and wish you all a very happy Christmas. Delwyn Battersby, 817-8636


On the table opposite the bar you will find a box. This is for the Christmas Raffle which will be run on the same lines as last year. We invite you to make a contribution to the hamper and this will entitle you to a free ticket.
However if you want a ticket and don’t wish to put something in the box you may purchase a ticket for $2 each.The money from the sale of the tickets will be used to purchase more goodies for the hamper.
This will close on Tuesday 16 December
We hope that we can get enough goodies to make up several prizes. The raffle will be drawn on Friday 19 December at Happy Hour. (Don’t forget to put your name and Villa or Apartment number on the ticket butt. A phone number will be very helpful also.
If anyone has any queries, please phone:
Nola, 817-6442 or Fay on 817-0687

Since the start of lawn bowls at Pinesong there has never been an elected committee to manage this great sport. To correct this it is planned to hold a meeting of all lawn bowlers in late January to rectify this situation. In addition there are a number of issues that bowlers may wish to address such as the very poor state of the rink, competitions, rollup times and social events. Time and venue will be advised in the New Year.
Request items for the agenda be sent to:
Geoffrey Hopkins
or 817-8067

December bar hours are the same as usual up to our last night before Christmas being Friday 19 December with an
EXTRA opening on Thursday 18 5pm to 6pm prior to Christmas Dinner.
We will be open New Year’s Eve from 7.30pm.
Reopening in the New Year on Friday 9 January 2015 – business as usual from then on.
We take this opportunity to thank our loyal supporters especially those who volunteer to serve on the bar and last but not least our team who keep the wheels running smoothly.
Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year to all.
P.S. Don’t forget the Xmas Hamper. Nola Maurice

Our last Bingo Night wil be Monday 15 December, so come and join us for some fun with extra raffles and other surprises.
Instead of our usual bikkies — bring along a small plate of food and we can enjoy a bit of early Christmas Cheer. Look forward to seeing you all there.
We will be back again next year in the Dining Room on Monday 12 January 2015. If you haven’t yet joined us do come along—you will be most welcome. 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start. Fay Heywood and the team
Ph 817-0687 or 4309

From December 1, the alcohol limit will lower from 400 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath, to 250mcg for drivers over 20.
The blood alcohol limit will reduce from 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100ml of blood, to 50mg.
The legislation also creates a new offence for drivers with a breath alcohol level between 251-400mcg.
Offenders with a breath alcohol level within that lower range would receive an infringement fee of $200 and 50 demerit points.
Drivers who refused or failed to undergo to a breath test, would be fined $700 as well as handed 50 demerit points.
Anyone who accumulated 100 or more demerit points from driving offences within two years, would see their licence suspended for three months.


We have had an invitation to a Morning tea at Waitakere to thank us for our voluntary work during the past year. I have placed the poster on the notice board near the back door which opens in front of the Serviced Apartment Area, for your perusal. Should you wish to attend could you please contact me at the number below? Last year we were able to take the Village Bus but this time the occasion falls on a Wednesday which clashes with the Shoppers Bus. I’m sure we could ‘car pool’ if necessary. Many thanks,
Anne Clarke ph 817-8408

The wonderful, colourful calendars  published by the   “Moths and Butterflies of New Zealand Trust.“ Very popular last year, brighter this year! Cost to you [with envelope for posting] is $15.00. Check out an example on the table behind Reception, and phone or email me Margaret Topzand, 817-3893 or Use the answerphone if I am out. Cash or cheque, whatever is easiest.
Margaret Topzand, 7 Cliffview, 817-3893


Just to let everyone know that Book Club held on 1st Thursday of every month, has now finished for 2014.  Thank you to all our Members for the pleasure of your company for yet another year.
Looking forward to seeing you all again in 2015, re starting 5th FEBRUARY, 2015 at 10am, Bayview Lounge as usual.  Mark it in your diaries!!!
Happy Christmas and wishing a very fine and healthy New Year to all the Members and Residents and staff of Pinesong. Regards, Davina McFarlane, 817-4242

On Friday 12 December we will have our Christmas Afternoon Tea at 3pm in Bayview Lounge. We will play Rummikub as usual. Please bring a small plate of goodies to share. See you all there!
Dot Sutton, Convenor, ph 815-4133 or 6519

There will not be any Residents Birthday Tea for the month of December, however, we will resume again from Monday 26 January 2015.
Joan Gasparich


Have you run out of ideas, or just need one last present–Mike Carter at Titirangi Pharmacy is putting on his usual Christmas Event on 11 December 10am till 8pm. There will be a glass of Christmas cheer with nibbles through out the day plus raffles and spot prizes. Also your gifts will be beautifully  wrapped by his team. Lil Gosling

The Lorna Stewart Triples competition final was won by Barbara Jarvis. We all suspected that it should be her turn to get her name on a trophy soon. The match was a nail-biting game that went to the last hoop. The other finalists were John White and Rex Phillips.
The presentation of prizes and end-of-year afternoon tea will be held on Friday December 5th at 3pm in the Fitness Centre. All players past and present are invited. Please bring a small plate to share.
Janet Cross, Apt 1 Manukau

Bus trips to St Luke’s Shopping Centre for Christmas shopping will be:
Wed 3 December 10.30am-12.30pm
11.30am- 1.30pm
Wed 10 December 10.30am-12.30pm
11.30am- 1.30pm
There will be no bus to Lynnmall on those days

Rest of world Wed 3 Dec $2.50
S. Pacific, US,
UK & Europe Fri 5 Dec $2.50
Australia Wed 10 Dec $2.00
Local Fri 19 Dec $0.80

for Waitakere hospital baby ward. If you have any spare sheets (any size) that I could cut up and use to make cot sheets, would you please let me know and I will be happy to collect. Thank you.
Joan Gascoigne 817-0492

Pinesong resident, Vern Walker, is still selling his widely acclaimed book: PETER SNELL AND THE KIWIS WHO FLEW - from Villa 104, The Terrace. It has been a popular book with 28 copies sold to Pinesong residents. The NZ Herald (David Leggat, chief sports writer): "As Peter Snell put it: 'I'm so pleased Vern has compiled this history, because it opened up all the memories, many of which I had forgotten.' This book would be a welcome addition to the library of anyone with a love of New Zealand sport." Acclaim for the book has come from all over New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Canada, the UK, and as far away as north-west Finland. Details: $45.00, a substantial oversize book, with 305 pages and 124 photos. Feel free to come to Villa 104, and to browse, and then decide if this book is a suitable present for loved ones for Christmas. 
Vern Walker, ph 817-6002

The worst kept Mystery in the History of Pinesong.
But there is more, the real mystery being how were we going to get there? At 7pm on Wednesday night Ray received a call, the bus has broken down we can't get it fixed or find a replacement bus. You’re on your own mate. Ray picked himself up off the floor, slammed an Energizer in the pacemaker and hit the ground running. By midnight he had a partial promise of a bus. At 6am Thursday morning he received a call. Yup we can help!! What sort of bus? Mate it will get 49 people to where you want to go and the sun’s out. We'll take it. The bus turned up, after its early morning job. James our driver fitted in well and we took the Cook's tour to Villa Maria to see the winery, wine tasting. Then on to Manurewa for lunch and home. James sped off for his next job and he wouldn't be home till late that night. Thanks Ray for another enjoyable day. “On the Buses” is happy. Now 49 residents have experienced the joys of suburban transport. But do remember if you are involved in arranging transport and it is a toss up between “Howick & Eastern Buses Ltd” and another Co. Please give them the nod they made our day and were a great help to Ray with his emergency.
For more pictures of the trip go to
the page RECENTLY.
Ray Warren Apt 303 Seabreeze, ph 817-5500, Mike Hogben Villa 404, ph 817-1464

This is a general update on what has been happening within the gardening circle after the last morning tea we had. I have been busy getting costings done to form a Gardening Club and money has been approved by the Residents Committee for us to go ahead with this.
We have had a Garden Shed kindly donated by a resident and this just needs to be moved to a permanent site. Now we have funds allocated we can stock the shed with our own supplies of rubbish bags, potting mix, garden implements, gardening gloves, hoes, trolley and any other items that are needed for working around the village.
We will also have regular monthly morning teas with Ken so we can coordinate our projects and hopefully be on the same page. We know that quite a few of us just want to keep doing what we are doing but if we have a club we will have a group that will also be able to help each other from time to time.
Once the shed is set up we will offer to help residents out who need a hand with re-potting and tidying up their decks in their apartments. Some people are finding it difficult to bend down to their pots and we would like to help them out.
I have been trying to organise a working bee before Christmas to do some tidying up in The Oval around the Petanque court but I think it is now too difficult to get it
set up as the weeks are just flying and I am away from 2 December to 20 December.
I am going to make an effort to get the Garden Shed set up with everything that will be needed for our Club and volunteers. We would be looking at getting empty pots for cuttings so we will put out a call for these when the time is right.
The next area that was talked about for a working bee is by the Flag Poles and we are looking at a water feature and some tidying up with more planting done to make this a stunning welcome and feature for the village. I know personally how amazed I was at how beautiful it looked with those red poppies for our Anzac Day service.
We now have the ability to do some gardening in some of the areas we have been wanting to get cracking in. Now it is up to us to get together and make a start, we can make a difference and have some fun at the same time.
Aileen Keery, Villa 208, 817-3399

Forget Franklin Rd - for the first time ever Titirangi Village will be lit up for the month of December with festive lighting and other Christmas displays.
On Sunday 30 November it will kick off with a fantastic show for all ages and at dusk the switch will be thrown – yes, I know you are all saying but the parking - well there is plenty of parking just down Sth Titirangi Rd on the right one behind the shops and  the new 2-storey park just a little further on, also behind Lopdell House on the left.  Maybe somebody will drive the Pinesong bus if management agree and make some drop off and pick or carpool, a treat for the grandchildren . Lil Gosling
● I was planning to use the Pinesong bus again this Christmas to lights in the city and suburbs. Perhaps nearer the time Titrangi lights can be combined in our usual lights excursion. –Editor

A great selection of Save the Children Christmas cards now available on the stand behind Reception.
Joan Gascoigne 817-0492

The Happy Hour Bus Pick-up
Pick-up time 4.30pm
Drop-off time 6.00pm
The Pick-up will start at Conlon Lane and
continue around the Village

To order your frozen meals phone 627-0700. There will be a $6 delivery charge which will be delivered direct to your door. Not the $2 previous delivery charge. We are sorry for any confusion this may have caused.
Powley Frozen Meals, ph 627-0700

The charges for the New Zealand Herald are now:
Monday to Friday $2.40
Weekend Herald $3.20
Sunday Herald $3.00

Local 80 cents
Australia $2.00
Rest of World $2.50

Level 2 Seabreeze Care Centre
We have had several requests from residents to have a selected time for the Centre Clinic for consultations, blood pressure monitoring and wound dressings.
Monday through to Friday 10.30am- 11.30am and again 1.30- 2.30pm we will be available for consultation.
Weekends by arrangement – just phone and arrange a time.
Any queries don't hesitate to call us,

Regards Leanne & team
Leanne MacDonald
Care Services Manager

At Pinesong we have an activity programme that the Serviced Apartment residents enjoy each week day.  There are sessions from gentle exercises, through to arts/crafts, sing-a-longs and outings.  If you are a resident out in the village or are caring for a loved one who is unable to go out into the community for socialisation and you would like to partake in activities again, please feel free to phone me regarding session times and costs.
Currently I am looking at alternative activities for the programme at Pinesong.  Many of my Serviced Apartment residents talk about Probus and interested in other activities, hobbies and experiences.  So if you are a resident out in the village who has a special interest, hobbies, or have been on an interesting holiday and able to share that with others, please contact Skevi our Activity Coordinator in the Care Centre.
Care Services Manager

The Beauty Therapy Clinic will be closed from Wednesday 24 December until Wednesday 7 January.

Raewyn Coburn who did her placement at Pinesong last year for her refloxology training  is now offering reflexology service for the village residents every Tuesday and Thursdays on level 2 of Seabreeze.  Anyone wanting an appointment please contact her directly. Her email address, mobile: 0211710807 or home number 8176089.

Labtests Time Change
As from Monday 16 June Labtests will be here at 2.30pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Cafe & Restaurant

Sunday 21 December Roast pork with roast vegetables $13.50

Wednesday 24 December No evening dinner

Thursday 25 December Cafeteria closed

Friday 26 December No evening dinner

Menu commencing 28th December

Sunday 28 December
Lamb shanks $13.50

Wednesday 31 December
Stuffed turkey with roast potato and steam vegetables.
Plated dessert $16.50

Friday 2 January 2015 No dinner

Christmas Functions


Thursday, 18 Dec 6.15pm
With Live Music
Shrimp Cocktail
Honey glazed Ham on bone
Cranberry Stuffed Turkey
Orange and Pineapple gravy
Roast Garlic Potatoes
Roast Kumara and Pumpkin
Steam fresh Vegetables
Christmas Pudding with hot Custard
Pavlova with fresh fruit, Strawberries and cream
Ice Cream

Friday, 19 Dec 6.15pm
With Live Music
Shrimp Cocktail
Potato, Bacon, Ham Salad
Greek FetaSalad
Mushroom and Red Onion Salad, Coleslaw
Roast Stuffed Cranberry Turkey
Glazed Champagne Ham
Roast Garlic Potato
Roast Kumara and Pumpkin
Fresh Mix Steam Vegetables
Christmas Pudding hot Apple Crumble with vanilla Custard
Fruit Salad
Ice Cream
Pavlova with fresh cream and Fruit

Christmas Day
Thursday, 25 December
$30 a head with plated dessert
Stuffed turkey with scalloped potato and vegetable medley
Baked fresh salmon with scallops and vegetable medley
Pavlova with fresh
Fruit and cream
Christmas Pudding
with hot Custard

Cafe and Restaurant Prices

Please be advised that from Monday 15 September 2014, there will be a small increase in prices.
Tea and coffee prices will not increase.

Wednesday night dinner at 6.15pm: $13.50 dessert $3
Friday night dinner at 6.15pm: $14.50 dessert $3

Naveen and Amanah have reviewed the café menu, and you will also
see some changes over the coming weeks.

Keep watching the blackboard, we hope you enjoy the new selection
and welcome your feedback!

Soup of the day: $6.50
Special of the day café lunch: $11
Fish of the day café lunch: $12
Sunday Roast of the day: $13.50
Frozen meals: $8.50

1 ltr: $2.60
2ltr: $4.60
Calci trim 1ltr: $2.80

'Happy Half Hour'

From Monday 1 December, with the launch of the new Café / Blackboard menu, we will be trialling a
during December
From 12.30 – 1pm, all orders placed will be given a 50c discount of each item ordered.
Naveen would be very happy to receive your feedback on this trial as we work through the month.

Weekly Dinner Menu - 22nd - 28th December

Pick-up $12, dessert $2.50; delivery $2. Residents may collect these takeaway meals at 5pm from the Cafe.
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday dinners served seated in the Restaurant as usual

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Weekly Dinner Menu - 29th December - 4th January 2015

Pick-up $12, dessert $2.50; delivery $2. Residents may collect these takeaway meals at 5pm from the Cafe.
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday dinners served seated in the Restaurant as usual

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Could you please arrange with Staff or Caregiver for the plates to be returned to the Restaurant kitchen. Thank you.

Information regarding the Café

Dinner is available every Wednesday and Friday in the restaurant at 6.15pm
(please order at reception)
Apart from once a month when there is the residents BBQ
We also have a Monthly Function once a month (will be advertised in Pinesong Press)

A variety of frozen dinners are available for collection at $8 (pls see café for availability)

Residents may also order a dinner from our weekly menu shown above.
These are either to be collected from the café around 5pm or we can deliver for a $2 charge

Sunday lunch only has to be booked if you have a large number of guests

Any queries please contact reception

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As the creator and manager of this website I have endeavored to portray the everyday life and activities of our village from the
residents' perspective.

Your comments and contributions are welcome and to this end I invite you to use the
'Contact Us' page.

Deryck Hunt