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Official Notices

Hello everyone,

Goodbye Summer…Hello Autumn!

I would like to thank Peter Singh and Alan Whimp for taking the time to arrange a very successful Pinesong Commonwealth Games event. Despite the last minute reschedule due to the storm, it looked to be a fun filled event and there are some budding athletes amongst you!

Swimming Pool – as we are into the school holidays and we welcome our families and grandchildren to the village, please remember visitors must be accompanied by a resident at all times. Please consider pool safety and those around you: No Running, No Jumping, No Diving.

Phone Lines – there are some of you still with no phone lines following the storm / outage. This is a SPARK related issue and unfortunately not something we can fix at village level. Please be assured we have made numerous phone calls on your behalf and I have requested the assistance of our Support Office contacts in the event they have some influence. We will continue to try for you.

We have been made aware of a new potential money scam whereby you receive an envelope via the mail addressed to you requesting you call a number during certain hours to discuss an urgent matter. This does not have any logos / branding on it however, to some, will appear to be genuine. Please don’t call the number, they are simply scamming for money.

We have locked in the date for our ‘Manukau Completion’ party – Friday 25
th May @ 4.30pm. There is a full page within The Press for your information.

Enjoy the weekend.

Kind regards,

Katie Worthy
Village Manager

Planned power outage 26/04/18
Please be aware that the planned power outage for connection of the Manukau apartments power supply will now proceed on Thursday 26 April. Power will shut down across much of the village including The Point, Harbour, Seabreeze, Bayview, The Terrace, The Crescent, Plum Tree Grove, Conlon Lane & Totara Terrace. The Power shutdown will be from 11am to 12pm midday.
Please ensure you are not using the lifts prior to the shutdown at 11am in any of the afore mentioned apartments. We were unable to proceed with the planned shutdown on the 18
th as Vector power technicians were all engaged elsewhere dealing with storm damage. If anyone requires assistance in negotiating stairwells in apartments during the outage, please contact reception for staff support.

As Katie has mentioned we have reports of a number of Spark phones out in the village. As Spark customers you are required to report your faulty phone line to them. Please feel free to use the phones available at Reception and dial 1 for an outside line, then 123 to report the matter. Inform them that the phones have not been working since the power outage on Tuesday 10th April. If you have not informed reception that your phone is not working please do so. We are trying to get support for you with this issue.
Evan Rudolph
Assistant manager

Please join us for a village celebration for the much anticipated completion of Manukau.
Friday 25th May 2018
Seabreeze Lounge
4.30pm - 6pm
Nibbles & drinks will be provided
No need to RSVP

Please be aware that on Tuesday 24 April from 10 am the Chubb serviceman will be testing all apartment building fire alarms.
This is a routine check and each building alarm will be tested for just a few seconds.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
Neil Forrest
Maintenance Supervisor

If you are interested in having your cell phone number on a NEW resident cell phone list, please contact us at reception to put your number down.


Just a reminder that guests are not permitted to use our gym at any time. This is a RESIDENT ONLY amenity. Guests are only allowed to use our pool if accompanied by a resident at all times. Thank you

Now we have had our reception garden renovated by wonderful Pinesong residents, could we please refrain from parking on the broad white lines so that everyone coming into the village can enjoy it.
Thanks for your anticipated co-operation.

Please be advised the Mobile Library is here every Monday at the Main Gate from 9am - 10.30am


Geoffrey Hopkins has linked his weather station to the local 'grid' to give an even more accurate forecast. Take a look:-

Click on

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

Pinesong’s Non denominational Church Services
Bayview Lounge
When: Sunday, 22nd April at 3.00 pm
Speaker: Deryck Hunt
Soloist: Barbara Hunt

We would love you to join us for our non denominational church service this month, especially if you have never been before, you will receive a warm welcome. On this occasion I will be the speaker and Barbara will be our soloist. Join us also for our much loved hymn singing followed by a good chat over Tea/Coffee and biscuits. A warm welcome to everyone.
Deryck Hunt Villa 229 817-3755

Pinesong commemorates Anzac Day on Wednesday 25th April 2018 at 10.30 am.
The service will be held outside reception facing the flag poles.
ANZAC poppies are available at reception and the bar.

On behalf of the Applause Dance Complex Fundraising Committee, we would like to thank you for your contribution towards our fundraising.
Your valued support is helping the committee to achieve our goal to have our group
of 5 elite dancers, travel to the Gold Coast Australia, to compete in the prestigious Showcase Competition, in January 2019.
This is an amazing opportunity that will benefit our hardworking, enthusiastic and talented young dancers.
The generous support of sponsors like yourself allows us to be able to make this dream come true.
Thanks again for your support!
Yours sincerely,
Annette Hooper and the Applause Fundraising

Will be at Pinesong on
Tuesday 29
th May
From 10.30am to 3pm
In Seabreeze Lounge

Coming to Seabreeze on Tuesday 24th April
From 10am - 1pm

To welcome you, and celebrate our Residence’ Birthday Afternoon Tea for the Month of April, to be held on Monday the 30th of this month – our speaker for this month will be our very own Yvonne Meister.
Yvonne’s topic will be about her road travels to – BLUFF NZ - and return.
As most of you know Yvonne is a very interesting, and entertaining speaker that we have enjoyed before, her travels through New Zealand will be some thing well worth hearing about, so I look forward to seeing you there.
Remember we start the afternoon at 3pm
Cheers Joan Gasparich

Our monthly SING-A-LONG around the grand piano in Seabreeze lounge will be starting up again for this year on
FRIDAY 27th APRIL @ 3.00pm

Please note the change of day!
We are hoping that this day will suit you better and look forward to seeing (and hearing!!) you there.

Suggestion --- How about staying on for the Happy Hour @ 4pm or coming early for the Sing-A-long at 3pm??
Judy Nicholls 816 9177

The next meeting of our group will be held on Wednesday May 2nd at 7pm in Bayview Lounge. Everyone welcome. Come and join Mel and enjoy his varied programme of classical delights.
Dorothy White and Kate Methven

A big thank you to all those who took part in the sports last Thursday. There were many fine “performances” despite the cool conditions. Congratulations to our gold medal winners. They will be looking forward to defending their titles at our next games. We are grateful to those people who supervised the activities and helped. Thanks also to management and village committee for their encouragement and support. Alan Whimp & Peter Singh, Organisers

The Kumfs Singles Competition is coming to an end and it is time to start planning the Eileen Malim Drawn Pairs. The entry list will be on the board next week. Please sign before Friday 13
th so that matches can get going as soon as possible.

On Monday 9
th April afternoon tea is planned. It was originally to be on during the ‘isolation weeks’ in February so you have had plenty of time to be prepared for this! All past and present players are welcome as usual. Please bring a small plate of afternoon tea to share, 3pm at the Fitness Centre. There will be a short meeting to discuss the rules for the Triples matches so please bring your ideas along

Pinesong Olympics Day is on Wednesday April 11
th when there will be Have-a-Go Croquet set up so that all residents can include it on their progress around the sporting events on offer. You will enjoy it so much that you will want to join us on our regular Monday and Friday afternoons from then on.
Janet Cross. Villa 112 The Terrace
817 6066


Hi everyone scrapbooking is the first Friday of the month. Next one is the 6th April. You are welcome to come along and join us or see what we do.
Tina Ph 817 1940

Looking for new players of any level to join our group.
Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm in the Snooker room next to the bar in Seabreeze lounge next to the bar.
Any further information please call
Bill Mules 827 4747

Hi everyone,
On behalf of the Bar Team, please find below some friendly reminders;

  • Glasses from the bar are only available for use when bar is open.
  • Should you require wine glasses outside of the bar being open, please see the kitchen/café and return them accordingly.
  • In the event you entertain/socialise in the bar area when the bar is closed, please leave empty bottles on your tables to be cleared, not on the bar.
The bar team is run by resident volunteers and are not responsible for tidying up outside of bar hours.

We appreciate everyone’s consideration and co-operation with the above.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Bar!
The Bar Team

Two new bowls mats have arrived recently and are now in use. Come up to Seabreeze on Wednesday night or Thursday afternoon and try them out. Newcomers to bowls most welcome and can be shown how to play.
Contact Clive Coleman 817 1971

Floyd and his Handler,
Senior Constable CHRIS HARRIS, of the Auckland Police Drug Dog Team, have just returned from Wellington, after a week of Competition, to find NZ Polices top Drug Dog team.
Chris and Floyd WON and will now go on to represent NZ Police at the National Drug Dog Trials. They will compete against teams, from other Drug Agencies [Customs, Prisons etc…]
With only 6mths, on the job experience they will find it tough going.
We do, however wish them well!!
Sue Harris.

Instructor Dharmendra is qualified NDDY – Diploma in Naturopathy and Yoga.
Please note schedule changed due to residents’ request
Date: Now Tuesday 27
th March
Venue: SB main lounge
At: 1.30 to 2.30pm
Cost $6.00 per person
Please come along and try out his
relaxing breathing exercises.

Classes start again on Wednesdays
Wishing everyone a happy New Year.
Gillian Ph 817 8991

Thursday Walks for February
As we had no bus driver for our first February walk we walked locally.
From the Avonleigh Rd track through to Godley Rd. We crossed to Stottholm and then left into Dolbear and Hilling St. Walking around Crum Park most of us climbed the steep pathway to Titirangi Rd. From there down Golf Rd to Hilling, Stottholm and home.
Our second walk Geoff drove us to Onehunga Wharf where we parked by ‘The Landings’ hotel. We crossed over and walked the coastal walk to Waikaraka Park and beyond. The Manukau Harbour looked beautiful with the tide in. Geoff sailed away and Maurice drove the bus for our final two walks.
The first trip was to Exhibition Drive off The Scenic Drive. This is a 1½ hour return walk along an almost flat easy walkway.
The final walk for February was to Taunton Terrace above Green Bay. We walked the bush track down to Blockhouse Bay Beach. From there up Blockhouse Bay Road to the track Sandy and Flounder Bay. Up through a steep bush track returning to Blockhouse Bay again and back to Maurice at Taunton Terrace.
The weather has been excellent for walking, sometimes too hot but we managed well.
Jocelyn Cartwright Ph: 815 4127

In the craft room. For 2 hours on Thursday mornings 10-12pm.
Also we have greeting cards on sale at the same time.
Come and have a look or join us and make your own, its fun.
Norma Lee

The shop is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10.30 am till 12.30 pm.
Joslyn Tierney
Phone 817 5799


What an interesting couple of weeks we have had in the village and our gardens and bush have taken a bit of a battering. We are sorry we had to cancel the Garden & Bush Rambles but there was just too much mess. We are happy that so many of you were interested in doing this and we are happy to tell you we are going to do it all again but of course we will wait until Spring so watch this space.
 I would like to take this opportunity of thanking Simone and the garden boys for all they did and are still doing tidying up after the storms. They worked so hard before to have these areas looking so good and now they are having to clear it up again.  I don't know about you but I really appreciate all their efforts and the efforts all the staff made to help us all during the power outages, they were wonderful.
Aileen Keery - 817 3399

This is a facility for use by all capable residents of Pinesong. Ladies this includes you, please feel free to avail yourself of a remarkable DIY area with a wide range of equipment.
To keep us safe, all users of the Blokes Shed are requested to follow our Housekeeping Rules. As displayed on the entrance door.
  • Only residents of Metlifecare Pinesong may use the amenities in this workshop.
  • Prior to using the workshop you must have signed an “Authority and Disclaimer Form”. These are available at Reception.
  • To gain access to the “Blokes Shed” only one key is available from reception. You must have already signed an “Authority and Disclaimer Form”. You are then required to “personally sign in and sign out for the key each time you visit the shed. Individual keys will not be issued.
  • If you wish to donate an item, please contact Evan Rudolph (Assistant Manager) or Mark Leaf (Maintenance) in the first instance. Please do not take items directly to the Workshop.
  • Please be aware that any donated item will become part of the facility and may be stored, used or discarded at any time.
  • Please respect other users CLEAN UP THE WORK AREA AFTER USE.

KNITTERS NEWS From the time of my last publication to the actual delivery to the Waitakere Hospital, the number of garments exceeded one hundred! That is a wonderful effort and Louise of the Well Foundation agreed. She had previously emailed me to say that a 93year old Lady had decided it was time to give up knitting and so had donated nine cartoons of wool to the cause!  Louise was offering me a first look at this windfall and so I got as soon as I could.  As a result I now have a good mixture of 'baby' colours and brighter ones whichever takes your fancy, and in various thicknesses - whichever you prefer.  The majority of yarns now available are wool of very good quality and great to knit with, so do feel free to contact me if you would like to help yourself. Anne Clarke Ph 817 8408


There will be no Tai Chi on Tuesday 5th February due to it being a Holiday Waitangi Day.
There will be a class on Wednesday 7
th February provided circumstances allow. Possible start with Quintin Derham will be Tuesday 13th February but this will have to be confirmed when I see Quintin on Friday and provided circumstances allow.
I will confirm this date in the next Pinesong Press.
Eileen Malim Villa 401
Ph 815 4146

If you use the air conditioner please make sure you turn it off.
And to those fresh air fiends who open the windows and turn the air con on set to 17 degrees, probably late afternoon, do one or the other, not both. Then please close the windows or turn the aircon off. Those who come early in the morning (me!) will thank
you for it.
Tony Cross

Good morning everyone. I hope you are all enjoying the continuing fine spell of our early summer weather and are looking forward to the upcoming festive season.
The time has finally arrived when I choose to walk away from the responsibility of the
position of Convener of the Outdoor Bowls Group which I have held for the last 3 years with the very able support of Dave Annan, John Horder, Bill Mules, Mary Cole, Elva Coulston and Val Eade. My sincere apologies to anyone else that may have helped at times and I am not aware of.
I have enjoyed the experience of organizing the activities for bowls over the 3 years, but my competitive nature has drawn me to join the Blockhouse Bay Bowling Club where I am enjoying the experience immensely. The grass and carpet greens are far superior and a lot faster than the artificial surface we play on at Pinesong and I urge Metlifecare Administrators to insist that any new bowling green constructed or resurfaced in a Village in the future, must be laid with a carpet surface to ensure that bowlers (particularly women can continue to enjoy playing bowls for much longer than they are able to now due to the heavy texture of the green.
My final duty apart from
chairing the Annual Meeting on Monday January 15, 2018, is to inform all bowlers whether you play at Pinesong or at a club, that Waitakere Gardens Village will for the third year in a row, host a Any Combination Triples Tournament at the Henderson Bowling Club on Monday 26 February, 2018 commencing at 9.30am. Entry Fee is $30 per team which includes morning and afternoon teas and lunch. If you wish to enter a team, please read the posters on the Seabreeze or Bowling Green notice boards or contact me (PH 817-7568) for further details
The Tournament will again be sponsored by Metlifecare after having withdrawn its support from this year’s tournament.

In 2015 Pinesong teams finished first, second and third and this year the only team entered
was runner up losing on a count back of number of ends won. Come on Pinesong let’s do a repeat of 2015 and finish first, second and third again in 2018. This is an excellent tournament and I thoroughly recommend it to all Pinesong bowlers. The tournament is open to residents of Metlifecare Villages only.
Last but not least I wish to thank everyone for their wholehearted support during my tenure as Convener of the Outdoor Bowls Group and I take this opportunity to wish
all Pinesong Residents and Staff a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year.
John Crow



The Herb boxes are doing well, residents are picking from The Oval, but not so many from the Conlon Lane and boxes by the Garden Shed in the Bush. These herbs and silverbeet are for all of us and need to be picked to keep them growing. Also if anyone has a surplus of plants don't throw them out plant them in the boxes for all of us to share. These are communal boxes for all of us to use and it is nice to have fresh herbs on hand. I am going to get some more Mint, Coriander, Basil, Parsley and Cress ready for summer. As you are walking by please feel free to pick whatever you need or would like to try. The Celery/Parsley is growing strongly and has masses of flavour. There is plenty of activity in the Bush with volunteers doing a great job keeping on top of tidying up and trying to get pops of colour going. Watering will soon be a busy time as we get into the warmer weather.
Aileen Keery, 817 3399


Keep Your Freedom and Independence
Are you a member of the AA? Are you 80 plus? 
Did you know that you can book a FREE in-car coaching session? A few days ago I made use of this service and was mightily impressed. An AA driving instructor came to the village, we drove in my car for a whole hour while she observed my driving style. Before we took off she checked the following: 1) vehicle check, 2) cockpit drill, then while driving, 3) communicating and signalling, 4) car control, 5) hazard identification,, hints and feedback. My correct seating position was also checked. If this is for you: Phone 0800 223 748 or go to: and make an appointment. My instructor was Shifali Patel. The whole session was well worth the time it took. And pleasant!
Margaret Topzand, 817 3893

You will have noted there has been some controversy about this in the newspapers.

I can assure you it is not a requirement in the Pinesong Gym! As well you won’t have to cycle into the wind even with the air-conditioning on at full blast.

We have three cycles all of which are easy to operate. Come along and try. Even ten minutes or so each day at the lowest level is a start. If you need help to get started, give me a call.

I will also be there on the Sports Day on 11 April and will be organising a competition to see who can go the longest distance in one minute – well that’s the plan at the moment – watch this space.
Tony Cross

Are you interested?
Sky City offer for “Day tripper deals”. See this week’s info in the Press. We need 15 or more people to be able to take part in this.
Any day between Monday and Thursday if this appeals to you ring me, Margaret Topzand on 817 3893 or leave message on my answerphone and let me know the day you prefer.
We can take it from there.
A bus and driver will have to be booked if we have 15 or more folk wanting to take part.
Margaret Topzand 817 3893
7 Cliffview

Our amazing dinners include a $20 buffet with roast vegetables or salad with also a Dessert included. We have a courtesy van that runs every hour on the hour on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday which goes directly to your door to pick up anyone willing to join us here at the RSA. They also get dropped back when they are ready to go home. To book for this just make a phone call and let us know how many and what time  817-6415.
We have regular exciting entertainment, comedy nights, open mic nights and fundraisers. Every second Friday we have live music, for example Shane and the Shazam! band Is performing Tomorrow from 8.00pm which is $10 a ticket, and coming up we have a Dire straits tribute band in June. The RSA puts on entertaining Quiz Nights every second Tuesday of the month from 7.30pm and the last Thursday of the month we have a lunchtime quiz at 1.30pm which is always a good laugh. We have many activities available such as a golf, pool, snooker, darts and fishing. Every couple of months The fishing and golf sections go out on day or over night trips, which they all enjoy. We also have 500 club where they meet every Tuesday around 1.00pm.  
For pictures of upcoming events you can check out our facebook page
Laura Richardson

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Village Care Centre Clinic

We have a complimentary nurse clinic on a Tuesday and Friday morning from 10.30am – 11.30am to check your blood pressure and talk through any concerns you may have.  We can also provide other services at the clinic such as wound care and injections and a fee is on-charged to cover materials. If your wound is covered by ACC the charge for the dressing is free of charge. If you visit the nurse outside of the clinic hours a registered nurse consult fee will apply, plus cost of materials. If you have any questions about service costs please ask. Seabreeze level 2.

Hi there, just letting you know that we are now back to Monday mornings for our amazing exercise class at 9.15am
Thank you Shivani

Sonja from Ecare is visiting Monday 21st May at 10am up on Level 2
Ecare is a self monitoring of weight and blood pressure. If you’d like to know how to do it please come along.

Please be advised the next Parkinsons meeting is on Wednesday 23rd May at 1pm in the Kauri room.
Family and friends are also welcome.

The 3rd Tuesday of every month.
The next Podiatry visit is Tuesday 15
th of May, please contact reception for an appointment.

St. Johns hospital Shuttle for:

Book 3 days ahead of appointment.
0800 000 606
$10 return

Greenlane hospital
Auckland hospital
North Shore hospital:
Book 3 days in advance.
0800 809 342
$6.00 each way

Hi everyone, we are looking for 8 people to take part in a strength and balance trail using a electronic device (provided) featuring 6 exercises that have been taught to thousands of people across the Auckland region. Quintin Derham the Tai Chi teacher at Pinesong has developed a programme that is easy to follow and can be practised each day at your home.

A group of people have already used the device and found it really useful for improving balance and easy to follow.

Next Tuesday (21st November) at 9.50am after the Tai Chi class in the main hall Quintin will be meeting people to discuss the programme and get you started. 

If you want to improve your balance and stability then here is a wonderful opportunity to get started. If you are interested please contact Quintin on 021 536768 or email

Hi everyone, with April just over a week away, we would like to take this opportunity to thank both residents and staff for your continued support and advice of a few changes.  
Rachael will be on site Tuesday and Thursday 8.00 to 4.00pm
Shivani will be on site Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8.00 to 3.30pm (Saturday by appointment)
We now have an eftpos machine in clinic and will no longer be placing charges on account with Metlifecare.
Best wishes
Mandy Dutton

Tim Archer, a registered Chiropractor, has seen me regarding his chiropractor services. Tim is able to come into the village to see residents. Tim uses an activator adjustment instrument to deliver chiropractor adjustments, making it very gentle and comfortable for patients. If you are interested in seeing Tim could you please call me on 817 0653, as I would like to have an idea of resident numbers before we proceed any further.
Leanne MacDonald, Care Services Manager

A number of residents may have been affected by the recent closure of Applied Hearing.
Should you require assistance with your hearing aids, we are happy to look after you and can service any aids including Rexton.
Blockhouse Bay: 2 Kinross St, ph 627 2105;
New Lynn: Totara Health Centre, Level 2,
1 McCrae Way, ph 827 0709;
Te Atatu South: 183 Te Atatu Rd, ph 838 9757

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
Labtests will be here at 2.30pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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Restaurant Notice

Can residents please check to see if you have any dishes that can be returned to the Café. Thank you.

Dear residents from Monday we start our autumn menu, if you wish to receive 4 weeks menu print please asked at the café.

Ordering a meal: Bookings are essential for Wednesday and Friday Dinners at 6.15pm.
Meals should be booked at Reception before 1pm the day it is required. Meals outside of bookings are at the Kitchen Manager’s discretion.
Please order through Cafe for delivery or collection for the 5pm meals. 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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Ordering a meal: Bookings are essential for Wednesday Dinners at 5.15pm and Friday Dinners at 6.15pm.
Meals should be booked at Reception before 1pm the day it is required. Meals outside of bookings are at the Kitchen Manager’s discretion.
Please order through Cafe for delivery or collection for the 5pm meals. 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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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