The first day of the rest of our lives

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Hello Everyone,

Hello Everyone,
A huge thank you to all of you involved in the production of the
Nostalgia Concerts at the weekend. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the show! The amount of time and work that has gone into making these shows so enjoyable and professional is commendable, and it was great to see such large audiences in support.
Having now completed the apartment building Fire Talks, we had a “real” evacuation last Thursday evening in Waterview, resulting from an issue with a light fitting. Thank you to Sharyn Helleur for taking on the role of Resident Warden during the evacuation. The Fire Brigade were in attendance, and it was another really good exercise for both staff and residents to ensure our procedures work.
Next week, Evan will be holding the fort as Leanne, Allan and I attend the Metlifecare Leadership Conference (Tuesday to Thursday). We’ll be returning on Friday the 19
th, wearing our loudest shirts! The posters are now up advertising this charity day, and I welcome everyone to take part with us. This year’s theme is “florals and flares”. We will have a collection box on reception, and will be holding a short fashion parade in Seabreeze Lounge at 3.30pm, with prizes for the best dressed staff member and resident!
Today we farewell Nick Gyde, and wish him well in his new role; we have now shortlisted for Nick’s replacement, and interviews are underway. We aim to have completed this process within the next two weeks.
And sadly, we will also be saying farewell to Amanah next month; Amanah has been successful in securing the role of Kitchen Manager at Hibiscus Coast Village, and although we will miss her here at Pinesong, we are thrilled that she has been promoted within Metlifecare. Well done Amanah!
You may also spot Chris, Allan, Vivien and I on the bowls lawn over the next couple of weeks, as Chris coaches us, ready for the Pinesong Lawn Bowls Spring Event on Saturday 27
th September. We had a great “first practice” earlier in the week; Chris is a VERY patient coach with his novices to the game. I could feel myself getting very frustrated with my lack of skill and speed control, but Chris remained calm and positive all the way through our session.
Finally, we are looking at introducing an additional resident service to the village; Pearl Albertson is a registered Osteopath, and I will be working with her over the next few weeks to finalise the details. Further information about Pearl and this service are inside this week’s Press. Pearl has offered to come and talk with residents prior to her commencing clinics…please do let me know if this would be of interest to you!
Have a lovely weekend everyone…I will be going shopping for a very loud shirt!

Theresa Henson
Village Manager

NZ Elections 2014
Voting in the upcoming New Zealand Elections 2014, will be available for Pinesong residents and staff.
Voting will be available in the Kauri Room next Wednesday 17 September and Thursday 18 September between 10am and 3pm.
This has been organised by the New Lynn Returning Officer for residents convenience.
Paper recycling
A reminder to residents that paper and cardboard only may be placed in the apartment paper recycling containers.
Maintenance staff are spending a lot of time unnecessarily in sorting plastics, polystyrene and other rubbish from the paper recycling. Thank you for your co-operation. Pinesong Maintenance
Take care scams operating
Yet again I have been receiving reports of scam phone callers often wanting access to your computer. Also scam mail advising of winning prizes. Please remember these people are not out to do you any favours. You should never give out any personal details particularly bank details. If you wish to query any correspondence you receive, come and see me or report the matter to the local Police who are in touch with these issues. Those with computers can Google scam watch to keep up with the latest scams.
Evan Rudolph, Assistant Village Manager

Nostalgia Show 2014

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The Nostalgia cast did extremely well in performing two concerts over last weekend.   Unfortunately many were unable to attend and several have asked if a video was taken.   Well, yes.   I have just about completed the video and we will be screening it in the Seabreeze lounge at 10.30 am on Friday 19th September.  So if you missed it, or would like to see it again - this is your opportunity.

A special ‘Thank you”, to Bob Helleur and all the team who have worked so hard to make this a success - real stars - you shone!

Photos on the page 'Nostalgia 2014'

Deryck Hunt 817-3755

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

WEDNESDAY, 24 September
Come along and view all the very latest in fashion wear, including stunning blouse sets 5ft 2in slacks, tops with matching skirts and slacks.
MENSWEAR and much, much more. Also beautiful possum merino garments when in season.
Do come along, you won’t be disappointed!

Will be here at Pinesong
Tuesday, 30 September Seabreeze Lounge from 1.30-3pm
with a selection of ladies and menswear

Wednesday 24 September, 6pm, Café area
Tickets for the Barbecue will be on sale in the Reception area on Tuesday 16 September from 10.30am until 12 noon. Thereafter from Patricia Carr, ph 6417/817-0494 until 21 September.
Team on duty required at 5pm:

Hank Spijkerbosch  our volunteer pest controller reports he has trapped 160 Possums and 40 rats in the bush areas surrounding the village since the beginning of the year. Well done Hank and thank you from all the indigenous flora and fauna.

The table tennis room will be unavailable for games on Thursday 18 September (due to use of room for elections) and Saturday 11 October (for Silent Auction viewing). Sorry for interruptions to games.
Lois Lilly

The Pinesong knitters should take a bow for a job well done.
All garments are always needed and are very well received.
This week I will be delivering:–
6 rugs, 6 jumpers, 3 matinee jackets, 3 singlets, 18 hats and 8 pairs of bootees.
Congratulations on a great effort and many thanks, too, for all the donated wool.
Without it we couldn’t keep our needles clacking!
Anne Clarke

We invite you all to help raise funds for the Westpac Helicopters by donating jewellery, china, cosmetics, accessories and any items of interest.
Afternoon Tea and Jewellery Parade
Seabreeze Lounge, Saturday October 11
There will be afternoon tea with our own models wearing the donated jewellery. Tickets will be available Friday 12 September in Seabreeze Lounge, $10.

A raffle will be on sale coming weeks. Prizes two rings (donated by Anka), coin watch on a chain. Tickets $2 or 3 for $5.
All proceeds go to Westpac Helicopters.
Sue Leigh, 817-5040; Leonie Rae, 817-9849


Pinesong lawn bowlers are planning a Spring Event on Saturday 27th of September. Exact details are still being developed but will consist of a morning competition followed by a BYO picnic lunch and then a few more games in the afternoon.
We are in need of new players and with the warmer weather in sight this is a good time to join us and take up our wonderful game.
We have a number of old bowls that we can lend you to get you started. We can also arrange some coaching to meet your needs.
To our current players please diary Saturday the 27 September for our Event Day. To prospective players please contact one of our committee and we will make you most welcome. To all Pinesong residents we would love to see you watching the games on the 27th bring lunch and enjoy the occasion.
Entries will commence this Saturday – see notice board in Pool.
Committee members are:
Geoffrey Hopkins 8168067, John Crow 8177568, John Horder 8171050, Ray Redman 8168451, Rob Campbell 8170593, Val Eade 8170470.

We currently have some 21 sets of mainly old bowls, and bags which appear to belong to no residents.
These can be viewed at either the Bowls and Croquet shed, adjacent to both greens, or in the lower Billiard Room (keys available from Reception).
We would request that if any of these sets are owned, please claim them by 5
September, as we intend keeping only sufficient sets for visitors, casuals, or new members for training purposes.
Any surplus bowls and bags will be disposed of to create more room in storage areas for active players.
Any enquiries please contact either:-
Ray Redman 816 8451
John Horder 817 1050
Geoff Hopkins 816 8067

The big tree is looking much better after its hair cut, a bit battered and bruised but at least a lot safer. Roll on summer so everything will start looking better and brighter.
Well for a bit of bad news, as you know we have critters lurking in the bush and it has been a treat for residents going hunting to see what they can find. Long time residents donated to the village a much loved frog which they had lovingly painted and renovated. It was placed with great care in the first Bush Hut and had a plant placed neatly in its back. After just one week this frog has disappeared and after much searching it has not been located. The plant was taken out and left but the frog has gone. If anyone has seen or heard of the missing frog could you please either let us know or if it could be returned to its home in the bush it would make us all really happy. It is a very green frog with orange on its body and legs. Please everyone keep an eye out for this frog as it had a nice home by the hut and is a cause of sadness that it could be just removed like this.
Spare Lemons needed
Still looking for any lemons that people do not want, the basket is now empty so if we do not have any to replace them I will take the basket away until next year. Thanks to all that have kindly donated lemons for other residents to enjoy they have been gratefully accepted.
Aileen Keery, Villa 208, ph 817-3399

Plant 5 rows of Peas - patience, pleasure, prudence, performance and peace.
Then plant 4 rows of Turnips - turn up for events, turn up for outings, turn up with a smile, turn up to resolve to make everything worthwhile.
Next 3 rows of Squash - squash gossip, squash criticism and squash indifference.
The 2 rows of Lettuce - let us be loyal, let us respect each other and  be tolerant.
Remember the seed that is planted and nurtured always yield the best crop. Lil Gosling

With only a few matches left in the Drawn Pairs competition entries for the Triples will soon be called for so keep and eye on the notice board in the next week.
From sketchy ideas of what we needed to replace our very tired old notice board Wally Martin has made a perfect replacement. There are doors to keep out the weather, room for a ballpoint, masses of space for instructions and the current working draw. It has protection above it where the rain hits the wall of the croquet shed. We are very proud of it. Thank you Wally.
Janet Cross, 1 Manukau, 817-6066

Thursday 20th November 2014
Departing 10:00am from Reception
Total Cost only $35
Yes we are on our way. Thank you to all residents for their prompt support. All seats have been booked and paid for and we have a healthy waiting list.
We confirm the coach will leave Reception at 10:00am. Travel to our first venue, a top class Estate for a 30 to 45 minute tour of its facilities, followed by a comfort stop and nibbles, again approx 30 to 45 minutes. The coach will then whisk us to our second venue, for pre-luncheon drinks your cost, followed by lunch in comfortable surroundings. A buffet choice of two meats, hot vegetables and/or a salad bar, conclude your meal with a selection of delectable deserts followed by self serve coffee. The coach will then return to Pinesong around 3:00pm.
Where are we going people say? (bribes have been like hens’ teeth).
Clue No: 1 With the creation of the Auckland Super City, “The Estate” is now situated within the confines of the Auckland Super City boundaries (great that narrows it down). My Wises New Zealand Index tells me. The districts name means “lazy” and it is a thriving market garden, bloodstock, dairying and farming district within a comfortable drive of Auckland.
Clue No: 2 Watch this space.
Our venue bookings have now been made and deposits paid. If you are unable to go for any reason the onus will be on you to find a replacement and advise of the change. Remember we do have a waiting list of people you can contact:
Ray Warren Apt 303 Seabreeze, ph 817-5500
Mike Hogben Villa 404, ph 817-1464


As we get a clash each month when it's Residents’ Birthday Afternoon Teas and quite a few people enjoy this occasion to hear the speakers and have a catch-up it has been decided to not have Pétanque on that Monday. Of course if anybody wishes to still play please do as you would any other day, the facilities are there for all of us at any time. So on the last Monday of the month no official Pétanque. If anyone wishes to join us on the other Mondays we begin to play at 3pm until approx 4pm. It is a fun group and all are very welcome.
Keith Burge and Aileen

We have lovely hand-made cards by our Group for sale every Thursday morning in the table tennis room 10am until midday. Come along and have a look.
Norma Lee, ph 6924

The book: PETER SNELL AND THE KIWIS WHO FLEW got a sharp buying response from residents. With birthday presents in mind, or an early decision to store away for Christmas, nearly double the projected quota sold in two days. The quickly diminishing advance supply is still selling at the author's villa in The Terrace. Special thanks must go to John Addis, who designed the promotional page in a recent copy of Pinesong Press.
Vern Walker, Villa 104, ph 8176002

A resident highly recommends Vern’s book. -Editor

The Happy Hour Bus Pick-up
will start on:
Friday, 8 August
Pick-up time from 4.15pm
Drop-off time from 5.46pm
The Pick-up will start at the Terrace and continue around the Village

Please help yourself, if you are interested, to a copy of The University of Auckland’s School of Music and Events Calendar for the second half of 2014.
They will be behind reception. Ann (4P)

Local 80 cents
Australia $2.00
Rest of World $2.50

Paeroa - Pokeno
Well Ray’s direct line to the weather gods worked again and they smiled benevolently on us. An overcast but dry morning, to view the gardens. Who would have thought a gem like this, could be hidden away almost in the centre of a small rural community. A pleasant social luncheon at the Ohinemuri Club. Then a sunny afternoon to wander the streets of Paeroa, the antique shops didn't do too badly by the number of packages that came back on board the coach.
The surprise stop at Pokeno, ice-creams (no need for tea tonight), quality meat and small goods. Then safely home. For more, familiar faces check out the photos on the page
Ray Warren Apt 303 Seabreeze ph 817-0682
Mike Hogben Villa 404, ph 817-1464

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.
See reverse for a sample list.
There is also a supply of craft items, cards etc.
made by residents and suitable as gifts.

The shop is open from 10.00am to 12 noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Fresh milk is available from the café

Seabreeze Lounge, Mondays 9.30-10.15am
Grade 1. No charge
Trish Richards would like you all to know this group is continuing in Shirley’s absence. In the meantime it is being well supported. All welcome.

The Acquasize group meets every Tuesday and Friday mornings at 9am. All are very welcome to join our friendly group for 30 minutes of gentle exercise in the swimming pool. Always a great start to the day, so why not grab your swimming gear and towel and give it a go? Any enquiries please contact: 
Esme Burge,  ph 817-1844
Noel or Gillian Clark, ph 815-4116 or 6102

Anyone who would like to enjoy a social game of Bridge, or those who would like to brush up on their game, we play on Saturday afternoons in the Matai Room, usually from 1pm to 4pm. We would very much like to see anyone who is interested in this intriguing game. So come and join us. Please contact:
Riet Bergers on 816 8441 or Pat Crow 817 7568

Visits Pinesong Village every Monday morning from 9.30 -10.15am parking just outside the main gates. All residents are welcome to visit and borrow material from our wide selection. If you don't have a current library card we can arrange to get you a new one. Look forward to seeing you on the "Bookbus" Gerard, Mobile Librarian.

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

Will be here
Tuesday 16 September
Anyone who would like an appointment
please contact Reception

Tuesday 16 September 10am-12 noon

Hello, my name is Pearl Albertson. I am a registered Osteopath currently working out of my Ponsonby clinic, Osteopathic Care, working towards opening a clinic at Pinesong. I hold a Master of Osteopathy and I am ACC registered.
I am originally from the Bay of Islands. I have a daughter Aalia, a step-son Leo, and a most wonderful partner of seven years, Kovi, to call my family.
As an Osteopath my motto is to ‘restore health’. Whether this is following an injury or fall, related to more chronic issues such as arthritis, or resulting from the plethora of insults our bodies may accrue over a well-lived life, osteopathy can help. During my initial treatment I take a thorough case history and conduct a physical examination. This enables me to form a view of each patient ‘as a whole’, by combining all the information gathered to create an individualised treatment plan for each patient. The techniques I use are gentle, but effective, incorporating both traditional osteopathic techniques and ncrease both circulation and joint motion and to decrease muscle tension and pain. An Osteopath treats by addressing the problem area – and also any other structures that may be adding to the original complaint. Also, you may see an Osteopath to register an ACC claim - there is no need for a referral from your Doctor.
I am so excited to have the opportunity to work within the Pinesong community! My clinic will be open two days a week and each appointment runs for 45 minutes; $30 per ACC consultationand $70 for private patients. It has been great to share this with you and I look forward to meeting those of you who may need an Osteopath in the near future!
Pearl Albertsoncranio-sacral osteopathy.

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

Wednesday 17 September Wrapped stuffed chicken with
baked potato and steam vegetables.
Plated dessert $16.50

Friday 19 September Eye fillet with roast potato and steam vegetables
Fish Malabar curry with rice and vegetables
Plated dessert $17.50

Monthly Function
Fish and chips night
with live entertainment this time
2 course meal with live entertainment $13
Beer batter fish and chips
with coleslaw and green peas

Apple crumble 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


Weekly Dinner Menu - 14th - 21st September

Pick-up $10, 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 monthly menu which is printed at the back of the Pinesong Press (monthly)
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