The first day of the rest of our lives

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Hello everyone,

This week, our Annual Resident Satisfaction Survey is being distributed to you all. Please do take this opportunity to give us your feedback. Results are collated by Kantar TNS, an independent company, and we use this information and your comments to help us improve our village.

Tigerturf have completed the renovation of our Croquet Green, and it’s ready for play!

Update on Manukau Re-development Project:
Over the next few weeks, Blair Smith (Operations Manager) and I will continue to meet with residents living around the Manukau Construction site. If you haven’t made an appointment time yet, please do so through reception and we will come and visit you to talk about any concerns you may have.

Union Demolition have now left the site, and City Site Works have commenced with the drainage and will be starting to site cut at the end of the week. Piling is continuing and a 2
nd rig will be starting next week. The valve room enclosure has now been moved. Footings will be starting in the coming weeks and the crane erection will happen at the beginning of April. The contractors are ahead of schedule by 5 workings days. Thank you all for your patience while we worked through the incidents at the end of last week and over the weekend. This week, we took some residents in the immediate vicinity of the construction site to the Botanical Gardens, and these trips (to various venues) will continue over the coming weeks.

Quiet Lounges: 4 of our care suites on level 2 Seabreeze have now been converted into quiet lounge spaces for residents wishing to escape the noise for a while. Please do come over if you would like to read your book or watch some TV and relax. Tea and coffee is available in our dining room kitchenette located just down the hallway.

Library Shuttle: I am aware that due to the construction, some residents may now find it difficult to get to the library. As from next week, if you would like to visit the library, we can offer a “shuttle” service on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. We will have a dedicated member of staff who can pick you up from home around 1pm, and return you home around 2pm. If you would like to use this service, please book at reception (in the same way we currently book the bus shopping trips).

On Monday, I will be placing some posters up so that you can vote on your favourite café name. The names were shortlisted at our Resident Committee meeting, and are:
  • The Hub
  • Café 66
  • Table Talk
  • The Chattery

You will be able to collect your “sticky dot” from reception and stick it to the poster of your choice (one dot per resident). We’ll know the winner by the largest number of dots on the poster! Voting will be open from Monday 27 March to Friday 31 March.

You may recall at the last Resident General Meeting, there was a request for residents to be shown CPR and how to use the defibrillator. A1 First Aid will be here on Friday 26 May in Seabreeze Lounge for a one hour demonstration session. This will run from 1.30pm – 2.30pm.

Next Friday, Ken Gill leaves us from his position as Head Gardener. I will be working through the recruitment process for a replacement to our team.

Pinesong Olympics: A huge thank you to Peter Singh and Alan Whimp for organising this fun afternoon, and for our dedicated bar staff for keeping us refreshed! I hope you had a great time, I know I did!.

Have a lovely weekend and I’ll see you next week,

Theresa Henson
Village Manager

Official Notices

I will be organising a small fishing trip, somewhere in the local area for those of you missing the use of our beach track due to the construction work. If you are interested, please contact me and we’ll sort out a date and a location (packed lunch and a beer included!). We will be using the village van, so numbers will be limited.
Evan Rudolph, Assistant Manager


On the 11”‘ of April Green Bay Medical will be coming to Pinesong for the annual influenza vaccinations. The clinic will run from 10.30am -— 12.00pm. You will need to allow sometime to complete the vaccination form and you will need to stay for 20 minutes after having had the injection. I will put another reminder in the press in early April.
Regards Leanne

On Wednesday 29 March, Contractors will be cleaning the interior & exterior windows of Bayview lounge/Library, Seabreeze ground floor & level 1 common areas and the Pool Complex.
The high windows at Seabreeze reception will require a scissor lift and as a Health & Safety precaution, the main entrance and reception area will be coned off from 6.45am until 8am.
During this time please use the back entrance near the kitchen or the door into the restaurant as alternative access.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Neil Forrest
Maintenance Supervisor

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.


We have a complimentary nurse clinic here at Pinesong, every Tuesday and Friday from 10.30am – 11.00am.  The clinic is held in the care centre, level 2 seabreeze.  The clinic is free, however there will be a small charge for any wound care products (if not funded under ACC) or equipment used for injections.  So if you would like a wellbeing check, blood pressure or a wound dressed please see us! 
Regards Leanne and Celerina.

I would like to remind everyone that Pinesong has the ability to email your monthly accounts. So far 70 residents have made the switch to paperless statements, receiving them as much as 24 hours earlier than the paper variety.
If you would like to receive future accounts via email please let me know by emailing me:
Linda, Administrator

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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A wonderful time was had by all those people who participated in this village wide event. The opening relays needed to be seen to be believed. Great skills were shown in the way the teams performed. The good humour and sportsmanship displayed made for much fun and laugher. Those people who dressed for the occasion added a touch of gaiety. Many people have tried out sports new to them. They will be made welcome should they wish to join the group. We are grateful to all those who organised the many activities. The success of the day was due to your efforts. Thank you. Once again, the prize giving, happy hour, fish and chip dinner ended a very successful village event. The organisers thank everyone for their support, cooperation and good humour. Go to 'Recently' to view the photos.
Alan Whimp, Peter Singh

SING – A – LONG this Saturday 25 March.
If you enjoy a sing-a-long, gather around the piano n Seabreeze Lounge at 3pm.
Delwyn Battersby 8178636


Pinesong’s Non denominational Church Services
Where: Bay View Lounge
When: Sunday, 26th March at 3.00 pm
Speaker: John Winther
Soloists:~ Natasha Mansbridge
It will be good to welcome back John Winther to speak at our service again. John and I worked for some years as chaplains with the Inter Church Trade and Industries Mission. He is a great speaker and was enjoyed when he spoke to us last year. Our soloist is Natasha who has sung for us before. You will love her singing. 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 817-3755

MARCH 2017 We are changing the date for the March BBQ. It will be held on Wednesday, 29th March 2017 - tickets will be on sale in Reception on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 from 10.30am to 12- noon. Thereafter tickets are available from Mary Lovelock – 817 9552 until mid-day Sunday, 26th March 2017.

To welcome, and celebrate Residents Birthdays for the month of March.
Our Speaker for this month will be Yvonne Meister. Yvonne's topic will be about her travels, and experiences through the country of Cuba.

This has to be something you CANNOT MISS FOLKS - as Yvonne speaks welL of all her travels,
and I am sure we will be welt entertained.
Regards Joan Gasparich

April 1 is the first Saturday in the month and that is quiz time again – as usual 4pm in Bayview. Given the date, it is a pity it is after midday. Now why is it called April Fools’ Day?
There will be some different questioners this time and Janet and I will be participants, although I am still going to have a list question.
See you there.
Tony and Janet Cross


The Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday 25th April at 10.00am. This is the meeting at which you can put forward formal proposals regarding life in our village. Also prior to the meeting requests will be made for you to nominate persons to serve on the Residents’

On Friday 31st March nominations open for the posts of Secretary, Treasurer and 5 committee members. Nominations close on Friday 7th April and ballot papers will be issued on this date. The ballot closes on Monday 17th April and a scrutineer appointed by the current committee
and village Manager will count votes. Nominees will be advised of the result on the 20th April and announced publicly at the AGM on the 21st April.
Geoff Hopkins 816-8067

If you are interested in playing darts, please come along to a meeting in the Snooker Room on Tuesday 28 March at 6.30pm.
That’s when we can determine:
  • Who is interested in playing on a regular basis
  • The best time to play
  • The game we will play (301 or 501)
  • The best organizer to determine if we can enter an established league

If you can’t make it to the meeting ( a very short one) contact:
Chris Pragnell 8168360

We meet at 8.30am, this gives us time to see how many vehicles we need on the day. We take 12 in the Pinesong Bus, driven by John Addis or Geoff Long. We travel all over Auckland. During the school holidays when the traffic is less busy we venture further afield.
Jocelyn Cartwright 815-412


All those residents who say “I think I'd like to play croquet” but never get around to it have a chance to test their skills next Wednesday. On Pinesong Olympics Day, the team competitions take in the first hour from 1-2pm then the croquet green will be set up at 2pm for players to
Have-a-Go. There may be a prize for the person with the least number of strokes needed to make 3 hoops and hit the centre peg. Dead easy! Regular mallets and balls will be used with plenty of instructions all round.
If for some reason the croquet green is still unavailable an alternative area will be found and advertised on the clay.
Janet Cross Villa 112 The Terrace 817 6066

PINESONG KNITTERS NEWS We have had absolutely masses of various wools, yarns etc., kindly donated last week and it took me 3 & 1/2 hours to sort it all.  Most of the multiple balls have had to be stored in my locker and smaller quantities in the usual place.  Already I had given out three large amounts to willing beavers.  The patterns and yarns not suitable for our use I have already delivered to the big Hospice Shop in New Lynn who were very grateful for all I left with them. The assistant told me that they, too, have a group like ours who make all sorts of garments etc. to sell in their shop and are very happy with any we can’t use.  So nothing is ever wasted.  Just give me a call if you are running low on 'stock'. ANNE CLARKE PH 817 8408

Do you enjoy meeting new people and volunteering?  If so, we could have just the job for you.  We have a vacancy for a resident to man the village shop on the 5th Wednesday of the month, which occurs only four times this year.  The hours are 10.30 a.m. till 12.30 p.m. and of course full training will be given.  Many of our volunteers have been manning the shop since it first opened several years ago and enjoy the interaction they have with our customers.  If this sounds like something you would enjoy doing, please phone.
Joslyn Tierney 8175799

We meet at 8.30am, this gives us time to see how many vehicles we need on the day. We take 12 in the Pinesong Bus, driven by John Addis or Geoff Long. We travel all over Auckland. During the school holidays when the traffic is less busy we venture further afield.
Jocelyn Cartwright 815-4127

November 19th. We drove to Glenfield and followed the Kaipatiki Stream down to the Eskdale Bush Reserve for our morning tea break - a new area for most of us.
December 3. We drove to the highest pointing in the Waitakere Ranges, Pukematekeo Trig with its 360 degree view before walking down to the Waitakere Dam, along the Tram Line Track with glimpses of the Waitakere Falls (which gave their name to the whole of our area) to have morning tea at the ‘station’. We then climbed a challenging section of the Anderson Track, looked at the cool store with its cave wetas and followed the Scenic Drive to transport. Anyone know who the Andersons were?
December 14th. An old favourite - the Slip Track from Arataki down to the Pipeline Track, Exhibition Drive and back past Mackies Rest on the Beveridge Track.
December 31st was the cool, fresh bush of the Rangemore Track to the Kauri knoll.
January 14th. A hot sunny day following the Mercer Bay Loop with its magnificent sea views right down the West Coast to Whatipu, white breakers showing up the Manukau Bar clearly against the blue of the sea.
JOHN WHITE 817 8382

If you have booked your seats for the 2017 season and wish to travel on the “$10 Friends’ Bus” please return your form to Liane Hume, Apartment 17, Harbour Apartments, if you have not already done so. (Contact me if you need a new form.)
The first concert is on Thursday 18 February but I need to confirm the bus bookings well before then.
Any residents who may wish to attend a concert on a casual basis can do so by contacting me, preferably a week before the concert, and can pay the $10 on the bus.
Any queries please ring Liane Hume, Ph 817-0476

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

Good morning everyone.
Just a reminder to bowlers that the entry form for the Senior and Junior Drawn Pairs is now available and is inside the Noticeboard at the bowling green.
Entries close at 4pm Friday 24 March.
John Crow, Convener (Ph 817-7568)

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

What a lot is happening in the village at the moment, Manukau is down, new gardens appearing, the Swimming Pool area is busy, its all go, go, go. The heat has been a challenge for our Garden team and I think they have been doing a brilliant job of keeping plants alive and creating new gardens down in front of Waterview and Cliffview, they look amazing. Don't forget the herbs from the Herb Boxes they could do with a good pick. I wanted to tell you all about the trial we have in the bush area with two bins being placed for green waste only. These are for you to put any weeds or odd branches you might find when you are on your walk around the bush. I will keep an eye out and pull them up for emptying when required, better than leaving them in piles scattered in the bush. Not for general rubbish only for weeds and branches. Any garden enquiries ring me on: 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

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 have not yet used the Blokes Shed, please contact Evan Rudolph, Assistant Manager, who will orientate you to the workshop and the safety guidelines
If you wish to donate an item, please contact Evan Rudolph or Mark Leaf (Maintenance) in the first instance. Please do not take items directly to the Blokes Shed.
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:

Join for $15 until the end of year
Courtesy Van pick up and drop off $2 each
for full van of nine people
Need to know more on applying for your Membership Card, Members cash draw Thursday/Friday nights, Meat Raffles etc?
Give New Lynn RSA a call on 827 3411 then 4 to speak to Dale, Club Manager. Or call: Ray Warren 817 5500

713-715 Richardson Road
Open: Tuesday–Sunday
This café was recommended to us by a resident, so we ventured along Hillsborough Road, turning into Richardson Road, there was the Café on the left. It has been open for a year and is very clean and roomy. The staff were very friendly.
The variety of food was excellent, consisting of a large array of sandwiches, cakes and French pastries. Coffee was also good and the prices were reasonable.
We recommend that you try this café. If you would like to extend your outing, you could travel along Richardson Road to Weston Avenue where Kevin Kilsby’s Ceramic Studio is located. The garden is a must to look around whilst you are there.
Jean Piper and Mary Lovelock
817 9054 817 9552

This is a really wonderful combination of fresh fruits, sugar and rum, brandy or vodka which you marinate in a jar until the sugar has dissolved and the flavours have permeated the chosen spirit to make a delicious alcoholic syrup. It should be started now and will be ready for Christmas.
For every 1lb (500g) fruit you will need 8oz (250g) caster sugar and enough rum or other alcohol to cover the mixture.
The idea is that you start with the first fruits of the season and then work your way thorough strawberries, raspberries, red and blackcurrants, loganberries, cherries, peaches and apricots. Avoid melons and apples.
Prepare the fruits as for eating – pick over, hull, stone or de-stalk. Toss the fruits in the right amount of sugar and leave to stand for about 1-2 hours to draw the juices, then tip them into a Rumtopf jar or a wide necked jar with a lid – it must be deep enough so the fruit can be layered. Add sufficient spirit to submerge the fruit (press cling wrap on to the surface to keep the fruit under the alcohol), then cover the jar.
As you build up the layers of sugared fruit, always submerge them with your chosen spirit. After adding the last batch of fruit, store for at least a month before using, to give it lots of time to absorb the flavour.
To use: Spoon over ice cream; use to soak the sponge base of a trifle. They syrup can be served as an after dinner liqueur or added to a glass of white wine.
Note: you can use just one fruit if you like, for example strawberries, with sugar and rum.
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Village Care Centre Clinic

Level 2 Seabreeze Care Centre
Did you know that you can access a wide range of care and support services directly through our team at Pinesong?

Did you know that many of these support services can be funded through the District Health Board?

If you feel you may require personal support services, either short term or long term, please come and talk to us. Leanne MacDonald (Care Services Manager) is here to help! We can work with your GP practice to organise an assessment through the DHB for funded services, such as personal cares, showering support or medication management. Personal care support is not means tested, and is based purely on an individual’s need.

Leanne and Celerina are also registered with ACC to provide nursing treatments, such as wound dressings if you have had a fall. There is no surcharge, so no cost to you. If you have an accident, please let us know so we can help with your recovery.

Did you know that on level 2 Seabreeze, we have a number of Suites available for residents to use, for services such as respite, re-cooperation or a short term stay if you are unwell and cannot care for yourself?
If you have a stay in hospital, and are ready for discharge, but not quite ready to go home, talk to us about staying in one of our care suites on level 2 Seabreeze where you will receive 24 hour care.

Details and costs of our full range of private services are available through reception, or on level 2 Seabreeze. We are always available to talk to you about how we can help now and in the future.

Free Nursing Clinic – Level 2 Seabreeze, Care Suite No 10 on a Tuesday and Friday from 10.30-11.00am, no bookings required.

Leanne MacDonald
Care Services Manager

Due to the Pinesong Olympics being held on the 22”“ March the Parkinsons Meeting will take
place on Wednesday 29”‘ March in the Kauri Room 1pm—2.30pm.

Volunteers Wanted
The University of Auckland is running a Hearing Study at Pinesong and needs people to volunteer for a free hearing assessment. We are doing this study because in New Zealand we have very little information about the hearing abilities of our older adults. This research project aims to remedy this, and potentially help improve the hearing services available to people that they may need as they age.
If you participate you get a free hearing assessment on site at Pinesong at a time to suit you. It doesn’t matter if you already use hearing aids or not. All results are confidential.
Interested? To find out more contact:
Pinesong Reception, ph 817 1800

There is a Weight Loss Support Group currently operating in the village. We meet to “weigh in” each Tuesday at 10am in the Care Centre and have a short chat about our progress. We would like to welcome anyone who is interested to join us.
Judy Jean
817 1050 817 9054

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

With Kimberley Vautier
Internationally qualified and trained since 1987
Beauty Appointments
Hi from Pinesong Beauty Room. Thought I’d better I’d better let you know that if you require any beauty treats before Christmas, now is the time to book as spaces are nearly gone.
For an appointment call:
Kimberley, Ph 6649 or 817-1800, or 817-3606 after hours. Hours: Wed, Thur 9am-5pm

Facials 1 hr $58
Inclusive of a double cleanse, brow shape, exfoliation, facial, neck and shoulder massage, mask, moisturise and eye cream. A wonderful treat and your skin will love you for it.
Massage ¾ hr $43
Relaxing back and neck massage.1 hr $56
Manicures ¾ hr $38
Nail and cuticle care, hand and arm massage and polish. Keep your hands and nails in top condition.
File and polish $19
For a special treat.
Pedicares ¾ hr $43
Soak in a pedi spa, exfoliation, nail and cuticle care, dead skin removal, foot massage and polish. Don’t forget your feet need some TLC too.

Express Mani/Pedi ½ hr $29
Nail and cuticle care and dead skin
Great for those who find their feet seem
a little further away than they used to.
½ Leg wax $25
Full Leg wax $42
Bikini line $17
Underarm $17
Forearm $24
Lip and/or chin $14
Eye treatments
Lash tint $23
Lash and Brow tint $27
Brow shape (pluck or wax) $14
Lash and Brow tint and shape $29
Brow tint and shape $18

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



Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding

th March

No dinner due to the residents BBQ

FRIDAY 31st March

Chicken thigh in white mushroom sauce served with butter potatoes, glazed carrots, beets and peas.

Dessert - Bannoffee Pie

Restaurant Notice

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.

Weekly Dinner Menu 27th March - 2nd April

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)

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residents' perspective.

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

Deryck Hunt