The first day of the rest of our lives

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Hello Everyone,

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Seabreeze Evacuation Drill yesterday; I am really pleased to confirm that this ran very smoothly. Special thanks to Delwyn Battersby for taking on the role of Resident Warden on the knoll. We will continue to complete planned evacuations of Seabreeze every six months, so will plan the next one for February 2015. We will also include Bayview as part of this planned event.
I have enjoyed meeting with many of you this week, as Evan and I have been making our way around the apartment buildings for our Fire “Walk ‘n Talks”. I do hope you have found these useful; at any time, if you have queries about what to do in the event of an emergency, please just ask.
Every Tuesday morning, we close the Pool Complex for a thorough weekly clean, but unfortunately, we do have residents still entering the complex at this time, even though there are signs in place regarding the cleaning in progress. We use bleach based products at this time, and there is also a risk of slipping on very wet floors. Sometimes, we do have to close the area at short notice for other health and hygiene reasons.
I respectfully ask for your cooperation during these times, and to understand that you may be asked to leave while we are completing required cleaning. We will always endeavor to keep the closure time to an absolute minimum.
Well, I’m hoping the sun will keep shining for the weekend; I’m looking forward to getting into my jungle of a garden and start putting some order back into it!

Theresa Henson
Village Manager

Nostalgia Show 2014

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NOSTALGIA SHOW – Sept 6th & 7th at 7.30 pm
If anyone has spare tickets for Saturday, for the Nostalgia Night, we do have a small waiting list of residents who were unable to purchase one. Please contact Reception.
Bob Helleur 817 8996

- trains & ferries

Well what a great community we live in, something is mentioned and it just gets done, take this scenario. During a social gathering a lady mentions to a gentleman (in this case Deryck) that its a shame that we don't have somewhere that you could look up a bus trip, make a choice, then go on it.
At barbecue night Deryck (our webmaster) chats to Mike, they get together, Mike has a chat to John (our Pinesong Press editor). Result!! With a surge of power “On The Buses” accelerates into the Digital World and Cyber Space. Now with Deryck's knowledge and flair, John's typesetting skills and Mikes usual waffle “On The Buses” has it's very own page on the Pinesong residents website.
Go on have a look and
click the tab ON THE BUSES.
From now on all the trips published in the Pinesong Press will be set up on the website page (less the waffle) as time allows the old trips will be re- done, with the new bus times. So this week take time for a trip with a difference 'tag on' to Deryck's excellent website and look around, give the address to your family and friends, the grandchildren would love to see what you can get up to.
Before you ask:–
Q: What if I don't have a computer?
A: Working on that, snail mail takes a bit longer.
Any practical solution? Please get in touch, the key, simple and fun.

Trains: Electric trains will be gradually introduced into service on the Manukau and Eastern Line (Manukau to Britomart via Panmure and Glenn Innes) starting mid-August. (they'd better hurry it will soon be September).
To check timetables. Call 09 366 6400 or visit

Mike Hogben Villa 404, ph. 817 1464

The chess set at the Fireplace End of Seabreeze is now fully restored thanks to the efforts of Wally Martin working his magic in the Blokes’ Shed. The original piece is still missing but Wally has done a superb job matching the new pawn. Please take care of this lovely chess set.
John Addis, ph 816-9208

Thank you for supporting our stall, we raised $450 for the children.

First Thursday of the month again. Look forward to seeing you all there.  
Davina McFarlane, ph:  817 4242

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!


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

Thursday 20th November 2014 Departing 10:00am from Reception
Total Cost only $35
This will be our last outing for 2014, but, Ray has really cracked it this time.
What will we do? Our coach will leave Reception at the civilised hour of 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 (no not an RSA) 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. But wait there's more, conclude your meal with a selection of delectable deserts followed by self serve coffee. The coach will then return to Pinesong around 3:00 pm.
Due to the popularity of these two venues, we have to confirm our bookings on Friday 5th September and pay a 25% deposit. Your early support would be appreciated as our costings do not allow us any leeway and we will have to be either in or out on this date. NB. The estate tour involves two flights of steps, of approx 18 steps each, however if you can manage the steps into the coach then you will be OK.
We regret the estate tour is not wheelchair or walker friendly.
Please register behind reception, payment of $35 to Receptionist when registering. Registrations will close 5:00 pm on Thursday 4th September 2014 (seats allocated on a first in first served basis). If excursion cancelled due to lack of numbers a full refund will be made. However due to financial commitment for venue bookings and coach hire, refunds will not be available once these bookings have been made.
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

Have you heard about them? Have you seen them? The latest craft craze popular with school-age children.
If you want to know more, then come to the Fireplace End in Seabreeze Lounge between 3 and 4pm this Saturday 23 August.
Jamie (aged 10) and Kara (aged 7) will demonstrate what it is all about. You may like to try it yourself or purchase a little trinket. Vel Fleming, 5C, ph 816-8384

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

I have several flowering Australian Dendrobiums. Is there an orchid lover who would like to swap with me for another flowering orchid? Some flowering Cymbidiums would be lovely.
Dendrobiums are easy to look after, very similar as Cymbidiums.
Anke van den Brink, 429, The Oval, ph. 817 7063

There will be a quiz on 6 September as usual – 4pm in Bayview – well before the Nostalgia Show, which of course, is also being repeated on Sunday.
This time entry will be free. There will be no money prizes, but chocolate fish will still be on the line!
Tony and Janet Cross

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)

I would like to bring to your attention that we are looking for two to three people to assist with hosting the Birthday Afternoon Teas. It is the same principle that was brought up at the residents meeting last Friday. That unless I do get support with assistance this could be something that won’t be able to continue.
It is only once a month. The last Monday of every month. With two to three more people this would only mean doing your turn three or four times a year.
I would appreciate a response asap so we can organise a roster. Contact:
Joan Gasparich, ph 817-7606

The Kumfs Singles Trophy has been won by Ken Jarvis in a good match against Shirley Thomson. He is also the current holder of the Marie Dempster Challenge Trophy. He awaits a new challenge from any other player willing to take him on.
The prize giving and trophy presentation will be held next Friday August 8th at 3pm, poolside in the Fitness Centre. All players are invited to join us. Please bring a small plate to share for afternoon tea. Keith Burge who was instrumental in it coming to Pinesong originally will present the Kumfs Trophy to Ken.
We will do the Drawn Pairs competition draw at the same time. A few more entries would be good
See you all there!
Janet Cross, 1 Manukau, 817-6066

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

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 31 August Roast Pork $13

Wednesday 3 September Irish lamb stew with bread roll and steam
vegetables. Plated dessert $14.50

Friday 5 September Cottage pie with fresh steam vegetables,
bread rolls
Pan fried snapper with baked potato and
steam vegetables. Plated dessert $16.50

Friday Night Function
29 August at 6.15pm




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 - 1st - 7th 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