The first day of the rest of our lives

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Hello Everyone,
One of the highlights of my week has been listening to our choir, the Pinesongsters, performing at Powley on Monday afternoon. Thank you so much for inviting me along, I thoroughly enjoyed the concert. After a morning processing payroll, it was just what I needed to put a smile back on my face! The songs performed, especially the selection from “Oliver” took me back to my childhood when I performed in our school productions every year.
Update on Goldair Bathroom Heaters:
We have been informed that the manufacturers have completed a full investigation into the cause of the fires related linked to the 3108 bathroom heater.  The investigation report and recommendations have been presented to Work Safe NZ. This month, Work Safe NZ will re-publish the Prohibition Notice outlining the revised criteria.   This will result in many 3108 heaters not requiring any action apart from the confirmation of the manufacturing date. 
Until Work Safe NZ have published the amended Prohibition Notice, the prohibition remains in place and the use of a 3108 Bathroom Heater is prohibited. As we hear more definitive information, I will let you all know. We appreciate your continued patience as we work through this situation. 
Just a reminder please that the kitchen is a staff only area; sometimes, we do have residents and relatives coming through into the kitchen, but for health and safety reasons, this is not permitted.
The 2nd highlight of my week is being able to announce to you that Ken Gill will be transitioning to the role of Head Gardener on 3 November 2014. Ken has worked at Pinesong since 2009, and is a highly valued member of our team. He has an in-depth knowledge of maintenance and grounds, which will stand him in good stead for his new role.
It’s great to see another member of our team progress within Metlifecare and I’m sure you will all join me in congratulating Ken on his new role. This now means that we will have a vacancy within the maintenance team, and we will be recruiting to fill this as soon as possible.
Have a lovely weekend,
Theresa Henson
Village Manager

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

Pinesong’s Interdenominational Church Services
Where: Bay View Lounge
When: Sunday, 26 October at 3pm
Afternoon Tea at end of service
Speaker: Sam Martin

It is a pleasure to have Sam Martin and team come from Valley Road International Church with a message to inspire us as he did when he came here last June. Deryck and Barbara will be away. Join us for afternoon tea at at the end of the service. A warm welcome to everyone.
Deryck Hunt Villa 229, 817-3755

Monday 27 October
There will not be a Village Bus to Green Bay and no Labtests.  The café will be open as usual. Reception will be open from 10am-7pm.


The next meeting of the Opera Group will be held on Friday 24th October at 10:00am in the Matai Room.  We will be looking at Tosca by Puccini.
All Welcome. Enquiries to
Kate Methven, ph 827-9804

Seabreeze Lounge 11am-1pm
Friday 24 October

COT SHEETS for Waitakere hospital baby ward. If you have any spare sheets (any size) that I could cut up and use to make cot sheets, would you please let me know and I will be happy to collect. Thank you.
Joan Gascoigne 817-0492

The doubles table tennis championship was won by Jennifer Donaldson and Shirley Thomson in a close contest with Ann Ball and Roger Aylott. Prize-giving and afternoon tea will be held on Thursday 6
November. Usual games from 1pm onwards with afternoon tea at 2.15pm. Lois 817-2199

404 JAZZ
Our next session features Benny Goodman and his Orchestra plus pianists Dave Bubeck and Billy Taylor. These guys are just marvellous!
See you in the Matai room, Thursday 30 October at 7.15pm. Al and Dennis

The sum of $7,703.40 was banked at the Westpac Branch in Blockhouse Bay on Friday 17 October on behalf of the Residents of Pinesong Retirement Village.

As I was to be at the Waitakere Hospital anyway last Monday I took the opportunity to deliver bags of ‘goodies’ created by our very willing residents to the Volunteers Coordinator. They were truly thrilled to receive 15 cot blankets/rugs as well as the many sweaters, hats etc. That day I also discovered that I had a friend from Probus working there and she has said she will happily take on the responsibility of seeing that our gifts continue to go to the right places in future. For the newer members of our Village, I ask that if you have any spare or unused wool (particularly double-knit) I will graciously accept it and deliver to our merry band for this charity with which we have been involved for years now. Thanks so much for all your efforts which are greatly appreciated. Anne Clarke ph 817-8408

Forget Franklin Rd - for the first time ever Titirangi Village will be lit up for the month of December with festive lighting and other Christmas displays.
On Sunday 30 November it will kick off with a fantastic show for all ages and at dusk the switch will be thrown – yes, I know you are all saying but the parking - well there is plenty of parking just down Sth Titirangi Rd on the right one behind the shops and  the new 2-storey park just a little further on, also behind Lopdell House on the left.  Maybe somebody will drive the Pinesong bus if management agree and make some drop off and pick or carpool, a treat for the grandchildren . Lil Gosling
● I was planning to use the Pinesong bus again this Christmas to lights in the city and suburbs. Perhaps nearer the time Titrangi lights can be combined in our usual lights excursion. –Editor

3pm Cafe area
To welcome, and celebrate Residents’ Birthday for the month of October. Please wear name badges. Martin Taylor, New Zealand Bird Rescue Charitable Trust, will be our speaker.
Joan Gasparich

Tuesday 4 November 2pm
Seabreeze Lounge
Sweepstakes: $1, $2 and $5, selling will commence in the Reception Foyer, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings at 10.00am until midday starting Tuesday 28th October and including Monday 3rd November.
Bar opening and time to be advised.
BYO nibbles if you wish.
Sweepstake sales on the day 2.00pm until 3.30pm or as required to complete sheets.
A Fish and Chip meal will be available at $10 pp

Come along and enjoy the occasion, all welcome: Residents, family, guests and staff.
Geoff Long, 817-7374

Age Concern is appealing for unwanted hearing aids and spectacles. These are tested, serviced and re-homed to the elderly who cannot afford to buy new ones.  Give me a call 817-0609 or drop them off at 7 Peninsular. Thanks.    
Sheila Clayton

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

As  a trial we have decided to combine Grade1 and Grade 2 each Monday. We will do 30 mins of grade 1 followed by grade 2 possibly for 45 min. This way we all have a good work-out. This will start Monday 22 September. Trish Richards

The charges for the New Zealand Herald are now:
Monday to Friday $2.40
Weekend Herald $3.20
Sunday Herald $3.00

We would like to extend a welcome to new residents to Pinesong who would like to play/learn either (or both) Bridge or 500. Our groups are very friendly and we would love to see more people join in our social games. Bridge is played on Saturdays in the Matai room (first floor in Seabreeze) from 1-4pm. We play 500 on Tuesday mornings in the Bayview Lounge from 10am -12 noon. We also extend this invitation to all existing Pinesong residents. We look forward to seeing you there.
For more information:
Bridge: phone Riet Bergers 816- 8441
or Pat Crow on 817-7568
For 500: ph Pat Crow 817-7568

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

As Val is having a well earned break the next Zumba class will be 24 October. Same time, same place. We hope to see you there. Trish Richards

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 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

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

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

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
Tuesday 16 September 10am-12 noon

Monday 10th November (3
rd Full)
Micro-suction wax removal at Pinesong. Please contact Reception for an appointment. Cost will be $50

Are you: • Aged over 18 years, • able to participate in a study for up to 26 weeks, • treated with insulin for your diabetes?
You may be eligible to take part in a study using a new diabetes medication that may improve your blood sugar levels at Southern Clinical Trials – Waitemata.
For more information contact Rose, Study Coordinator on: 08000 4TRIAL
(0800) 487425) txt 012 153-7898; SOUTHERN

Will be here
Tuesday 21 October
Anyone who would like an appointment
please contact Reception

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 26 October Roast pork with roast vegetables and crackling $13.50

Wednesday 29 October Lamb chops with baked potato and steam vegetables $16.50

Friday 31 October Halloween Function (see below) $15

FRIDAY 31 OCTOBER at 6.15pm

Halloween Function
Two Course Plated Dinner with Live Entertainment
$15.00 per head

Friday 31 October at 6.15pm

Cream of pumpkin and coriander soup with bread roll

Roast pork and crackling with roast potato
and steam vegetables
Book at Reception

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 - 27th Oct - 1st Nov

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