The first day of the rest of our lives

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Hello Everyone,

Another sunny week; I played my first game of croquet this week and thoroughly enjoyed myself… Although there were a few showers and black clouds, I still managed to burn my nose in the sun! Thank you to the croquet team for inviting me along… I definitely would like to play again!

This weekend, the painters will be back to finish some touch ups around Reception – thank you all for your patience and cooperation last weekend while the scaffolding was in place.

Today, the pump for the water feature at the front of Reception is being installed, and I’m looking forward to seeing the final result. The new cabinets for the kitchenette in Seabreeze Lounge have now arrived, and we are now just waiting for a date for the builder and plumber to start their work. I should also have more information very soon for you all on dates for the Pool refurbishment.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, I’m planning to carry on gardening on Saturday, and I have my dance lesson on Sunday.

Theresa Henson
Village Manager

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

We will be holding our annual Petanque Competition on Monday the second of March. The games will start at 3pm, come along and play for our magnificent trophy, plus have a lot of fun doing it. We would love to see you there. So give me a call on 817 8144 to find out more.
Keith Burge 


Ladies with Welch connections please come again this year. Gentlemen with Welch connections wear a leek or a daffodil, easy.
Everybody is welcome to come and celebrate our special day. Meet at the flag pole at 8.45am. Please phone Janet or Iona for a hat!
Janet 2 Manukau, 817-6066;
Iona 19 Peninsua 817-3657

A great game!
Learn to play the game at the Mt Albert Bridge Club.
Lessons start Wednesday 4 March at the clubrooms,
Mt Albert War Memorial Reserve.
Contact Jean or Arch Jelley if interested at 817-2069

You will recall that the February quiz was cancelled and was to become the March quiz so on Saturday 7 March we will have the February quiz only it will obviously be held in March so it is probably the March quiz not the February quiz or will that make April really complicated. Make sense?
Anyway the upshot of all that is, we are quizzing again on Saturday 7 March at 4pm in Bayview. As usual entry costs only $2. There can’t be better entertainment in town for the price, and you get the chance to win your money back.
The quiz operates with teams of six and while some teams are well-established, there is plenty of room for newcomers. You don’t have to get a team together to participate. If you come on your own, as many do, we will find you a place.
A number of us also bring our food and have a picnic supper afterwards. Come and join us.
Tony and Janet Cross, 1 Manukau

All Registered Nurses living at Pinesong are invited to attend this interesting meeting. 
When: Thursday 12 MARCH
Time: 2:30pm
Please wear your name badge, bring a photo of yourself in your nurse’s uniform and $2.
We will have afternoon tea at 2:30 followed by a very interesting speaker. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and share memories.
RSVP if you have not already done so to:
Lois 817 2199 or email or
Judy 817 1050

JUST ARRIVED: DVD Son of God which was screened in Bayview Saturday 31 January. For those who missed this film an opportunity to see this moving account of the life of Jesus Christ. Available from the Library.

If you missed the Farnborough Air Show and Biggin Hill
in 2002/2003, this is for you! ​
​Video of
British Air Shows​ 2002/2003 
We need sufficient response to proceed (not less than five) and preference of Tuesday 3, 10 or 17 March for a viewing date.
​Previously we used Seabreeze Lounge (Twelve O'clock High) and Matai Room (Memphis Belle). Bayview Lounge is now an option. Would sample the preference of those attending before deciding venue.
PRANG (Pinesong Retired Aviators’ Nostalgia Group) now brings you something different, with exciting coverage of British air shows in 2002/2003. Pure nostalgia, the smell of Avgas, Avtur and all the noise and action to match! If you are interested in coming along for the ride, call:
Ted Erskine-Legget ph 817-5208


The first meeting of the Opera Group this year will be held at 10am on Friday 27 February in the Matai Room. The opera this month will be Don Pasquale by Donizetti –a wonderful production from the New York Metropolitan Opera House. All welcome.
Kate Methven, ph 817-9804

Thursday, 5 March 10.30am-1.30pm
Seabreeze Lounge
Selling ladies and men’s quality clothing and Arcopedico shoes, Glerups Indoor shoes, jewellery.

We are asking if anyone has any good quality art materials they no longer use (paintbrushes, acrylic paints, papers or canvases). These are for the Buddhist Hospice Community Day Centre in Avondale which has activities for terminally and chronically sick patients of all ages.
Please contact:
Megan Lawrence, 10 Waterview, ph 817-3239

This is back to full strength on Friday 20 February, anytime between 9 and 3. We will have lunch together in the café that day so bring some money.
Any residents most welcome and help will be given to get started on your project.
Pat, Margaret and Lois

Have you ever looked at a Picasso or a Constable painting and thought, I reckon I could do that.  Or on the other hand thought, how on earth do you start to construct a painting.  Now here's your chance. Our painting group is up and running, we meet every Wednesday 2-30pm in the Arts and Craft Room . The great thing is that you don't need to rush out and get paints, paper or brushes we will supply them all initially, so what have you got to lose? For all you know you may uncover talents you never knew you had.
Here is a story we love to dine out on.  A few years ago a couple joined the group, they were both in their nineties and hadn't done any art since they had left school which by any reckoning was a mighty long time ago. They became accomplished and prolific artists and found a new skill, not bad at that age, they proved that age was no barrier to having a go at something new and outside their comfort zone.
Is that enough to inspire you, if it is we would love to see you on a Wednesday or give me call:
Keith Burge 817-8144

Good morning everyone. Today I have to talk primarily about a visit from Hillsborough Heights Village on Friday 13 March and a visit to the Henderson Bowling Club on Wednesday 18 March. I will try and be as brief as possible regarding both visits.
Hillsborough Heights – Friday 13 March
Hillsborough will bring 15 players to Pinesong to play Outdoor Bowls. If by chance the weather does not allow us to play outdoors we will go indoors and play Indoor Bowls in the Seabreeze Lounge. Games will commence at 1.00pm and we will play three games of triples comprising five ends. Members wishing to play on this day must enter their name on the entry form which is displayed on the notice board in the kitchen area of the swimming pool. This is usually an entertaining afternoon and is a good opportunity to fraternise with members of another local Metlifecare Village. Members of the bowling group who are not playing on the day and other residents of the Village are welcome to come along to watch and support the home team. We are well overdue to win back the trophy from Hillsborough.
Henderson Bowling Club – Wednesday 18 March
Henderson Bowling Club have extended an invitation to up to 15 of our members men and women to experience play on a true grass surface. Members wishing to participate in the visit to Henderson must enter their name on the entry form displayed on the notice board in the kitchen area of the swimming pool no later than Monday 9 March so that we can advise Henderson the names of players attending for their draw.
The programme for the day will be as follows: 12 Noon report to Pinesong Bowling Green. A fee of $5 will be collected from each player before leaving the Village. Private cars will be used to transport members to Henderson. Roll up with Henderson members will commence at 12.45pm. Tea and biscuits will be served between 2.30pm and 3.00pm. Roll up then continues until 3.45pm, We will then return to Pinesong between 4.30pm and 5.00pm.
Please note that flat soled shoes must be worn on grass greens. If by chance more than 15 members wish to play at Henderson it may be necessary to select players based on experience and/or ability.
Just a quick reminder to Residents who may be interested in joining us that we play bowls on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays between 9.30am and 11.00am and on Thursday evenings between 5.00pm and 6.00pm. All new players are welcome. Also a reminder that we are looking for small size bowls for some of our new Lady bowlers, sizes 0, 1 and 2. If you are able to help please give me a call on the number listed below.
Have a great weekend everyone.
John Crow, Convenor ph 817-7568

The times are 8.55am every Tuesday in the Seabreeze Lounge. New members very welcome. The first session is free and after that $5 per session, cheap at the price!
We need to keep numbers up as we do not want to lose such an excellent asset. Our Master Quintin Derham is a ninth Black Belt with 35 years experience. He is also now going international, so we are so lucky to have him.
If you wish to further your Tai chi practise there is a progressive class at Blockhouse Bay Community Centre on Thursday mornings from 10-11am. This session is taught by Julie, a Black Belt and a student of Quintin for many years.
Eileen Malim, Villa 401, ph 815-4146

We have a small shop in the village, run by residents to provide non-perishable goods to save you going out to the supermarket for just one or two items.
Items such as cleaning products, dry goods, cereals, biscuits, toiletries and batteries are available.

There is also a supply of craft items, cards etc.
made by residents and suitable as gifts.

The shop is open from 10.00 am to on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Fresh milk is available from the café.

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

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

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

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.
Leanne MacDonald
Care Services Manager

With Kimberley Vautier
Internationally qualified and trained since 1987
Ph 6649 or 817-0649, or 817-3606 after hours. Hours: Wed, Thur 9am-5pm
My Pinesong answer phone is only cleared on the days that I am at Pinesong. Please call the after hours number outside these times to ensure a prompt response.
Happy new year from Advanced Rehab Physiotherapy. Thank you to all the wonderful people we have seen over the years, and we look forward to helping many more in 2015.
Our new Physiotherapist Liana is available to see you in your room or at the on site Wellness Clinic on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  
Look out for her around the village, she will be wearing a black top with PHYSIO on the back. 
We give free advice, so come up and talk to Liana when you see her. To book an appointment call:
Liana 0800 229-749

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.

Cafe & Restaurant

Sunday 1 March Lamb shanks $13.00
Wednesday 4 March Braised sirloin steak with onion and mushroom
6.15pm dinner sauce with baked potato and steam vegetables.
Plated dessert $16.50
Friday 6 March Roast pork and crackling with roast vegetables
Beer batter fish with coleslaw and chips.
Dessert apple crumble with custard and ice cream $17.50

Please note that for the Wednesday and Friday night dinners the cut off time for bookings
will be 12pm on Wednesday for Wednesday night dinner (6.15pm)
and 12pm on Friday for Friday night dinner (6.15pm).

Many thanks, Naveen

Cafe and Restaurant Prices

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

Weekly Dinner Menu - 2nd March - 8th March

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