The first day of the rest of our lives

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Hello everyone,

Work on the Land Restoration (stage 2) has now fully started; two anchors have been placed and grouted, and will be tested later this week. Further drilling is now underway. The beach track is still open for pedestrian access but please stay clear of the coned off area. All contractors have been asked to park their private vehicles on Avonleigh Road, and not within the village, and we are hopeful that some of the visitors car parking cordoned off will be re-opened within the next eight weeks. We do apologise for this inconvenience. At the moment, work will take pace between 7.30am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday; as we work through this project, we will be keeping an eye on progress and may need to allow the contractors to work Saturdays, but at the moment, we will stay with Monday to Friday hours.
Work on the Pool Complex is progressing to plan, and we aim to re-open mid July. The painting in the Kauri Room is underway, and should be finished within the next day or so.

I would like to wish Doug Lilly and the choir my best wishes for this weekend’s concerts, and I hope they both go well; unfortunately, I will not be able to attend this year, but am sure, as always, the concerts will be a huge success.
Have a lovely weekend, and I’ll see you next week,

Theresa Henson
Village Manager
For all our Pinesong artists: if you would like to display your work in our communal lounge / café area, please liase with Colin Blomfield who coordinates all the art work displays.

As you may have heard, Auckland Council is changing the recycling bins in our area and from 1 July they want the bins used for paper as well. With our rubbish however, we want to keep our Apartment recycling bins for glass and plastic only and will continue to use the paper frame system we have set up as the volume of paper discarded is too high for bins to cope with.
Neil Forrest, Maintenance Supervisor

Please be aware that on Monday 27 June from 10am the Chubb serviceman will be testing all apartment building fire alarms. This is a routine check and each building alarm will be tested for just a few seconds. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Neil Forrest, Maintenance Supervisor

There are two Garden Plots available if anyone would like one. Call Reception for details.

The Kauri Room in Seabreeze building will be closed from Tuesday 21 June for re-painting and will be ready for use again on Saturday 25 June. Please be aware that while the work is being carried out, there will be no public access to the room. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact Reception.
Neil Forrest, Maintenance Supervisor

Residents are warned that scammers are targeting our residents claiming they are from the Inland Revenue Department claiming money is owed.
Inland Revenue have been contacted. They have assured us that this is not how they work. Do not send any money to anyone claiming they are from IRD on the phone.
Contact Inland Revenue on the numbers in the phone book to clarify any alleged situation.
Evan Rudolph, Assistant Manager

Super Gold public transport concession is switching to AT HOP.
From the Friday 1 July you will need an AT HOP card loaded with a SuperGold concession to continue to enjoy your SuperGold public transport concession.
Information booklets with a concession eligibility form is now available at Pinesong Reception.
Please feel free to pick one up to understand how the process is changing. As of 1st July next you will no longer be able to use your SuperGold card for public transport concessions.
Evan Rudolph, Assistant Manager

- trains & ferries
Go to the page ON THE BUSES.
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SATURDAY 25 JUNE at 2.30pm
SUNDAY 26 JUNE at 2.30pm
Benjamin Britten once wrote: Music does not excite until it is performed. Come and be excited by the Pinesongsters at their concerts.
Afternoon Tea or Coffee will be served at Interval. This is a great time to meet up with the members of the choir. A donation of $2 is gratefully received.
Our programme includes songs from many shows, numbers that have stood the test of time and are now concert favourites, and items from people you know well.
As usual there will be significant numbers of people from outside our village. This is an opportunity to invite family and friends to see some of the best entertainment that Pinesong can offer.
Doug Lilly, 817 2199

Pinesong’s non denominational Church Services
Where: Bay View Lounge
When: This Sunday, 26 June at 3pm
Speaker: Grant Aldridge
Soloist: Lynnette Long and some grandchildren
Our speaker this month is Grant Aldridge who is one of our residents. He is an excellent speaker. Grant's daughter Lynnette will be our soloist accompanied by some of his grandchildren. I'm sure you will love their programme. 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

The next meeting of our group will be on Friday 24 June at 10am in the Matai Room. The opera this time is Part 1 of Prince Igor by Alexander Gorodin. All welcome.
Kate Methven, 817 9804

3pm Café area
To welcome, and celebrate Residents’ Birthday for the month of June. Our Speaker this month will be Yvonne Meister. Yvonne will be speaking about her recent trip to Cambodia and Vietnam. This should be a good topic, as Yvonne always has a very interesting life!!
Joan Gasparich

Saturday 2 July at 4pm in Bayview is our next Quiz. As Janet and I are being shifted to the The Terrace on 4 July we are trying to get rid of our junk (oops! valuable heirlooms) and we thought they might make delightful prizes. On second thoughts, they could replace the chocolate fish.
The last quiz, run by men was very successful – that’s my view anyway. Consensus seems to be that the most interesting questions were those asked by John Addis. Ron Cartwright achieved the dubious distinction of asking five questions that only one of the teams could answer correctly and one that no one, except him of course, got right!
Afterwards we will have our usual post-mortem over a glass of wine, or whatever, when those who wish, bring their evening meal and eat it together. Join us.
Tony Cross, 1 Manukau

404 JAZZ
Due to unforeseen events I have reluctantly decided to cancel our Jazz Night on 30 June. We will continue in July. Thank you. Dennis Huggard

Keen on the All Blacks? Come and hear
IAN FOSTER, All Black Coach
Charity Auction/Coffee and
Dessert Evening
Green Bay High School Auditorium
Thursday 7 July at 7.30pm
Tickets $35 in support of Green Bay High School Youth Work:
Or ph Grant, 817 4069, 201 Plum Tree Grove

Pt Chevalier RSA, Saturday 25 June from 1pm
A get-together for those who grew up in the area
from 1930-1970

With only two matches still to play in the Drawn Pairs it is time to look to the Triples. The entry list will be up on the notice board until Friday 24 June with the draw at 2pm on Monday 26th. Please get down there and sign in so that there isn’t any need for last minute weekend telephone reminders to fill the draw.
Janet Cross, 817 6066


We are back in business with plenty of room for everyone. Why not come along for a nosy at our lovely new room. We meet at 2.30pm on Wednesdays. Perhaps even try your hand at a new skill, it’s easier than you think. We have all the tools you need plus friendly advice if you need it.
Did you every wonder where our jigsaws and table went? Well they have been unearthed and installed in our Art and Craft Room. So if you love jigsawing please use it whenever you like.
Keith Burge

I have been advised by Neil Forrest that the relining of the pool will commence on the 7 June and will take about a month to complete. The Acquasize Group will meet as usual on Friday 3 June at 9am then we have a break for about a month. Neil will keep us updated as progress continues. See you all Friday and we can discuss any issues then. 
Noel Clark, 815 4116

We are now meeting in the bigger Craft Room — a great asset to our village. We meet every fortnight, the next being Friday 10th June. 
Stay as little or as long as you want between 9 and 3. This is a great way to get your photos and memories in order. Your family will love the results. For further information phone:
Lois, 817 2199

We’ve recently had a generous donation of wool donated to our cause and it’s been good weather for handwork.
However, before I could publish the news of our windfall, much of it has been snapped up.  But I do have a quantity of baby wool in white, lemon and mint so if you are someone who enjoys using this please contact me. I have odd balls of Double knit also. Many thanks to you all.
Anne Clarke, 817 8408

I am writing a novel involving a family living in the Western Springs Transit Camp around the mid 1940s. How they lived, interacted with each other, and conditions in the camp forms part of their story.
National Library have provided photos and a report written by C. J. Melton. Lisa Truttman has given me a copy of her research. What I need is an account of life in the camp so as to not misrepresent the conditions. Your privacy will be respected and if published you will be acknowledged if wished.
If anyone can assist with information I would love to have a conversation and a cup of tea.
Rae Hilhorst, 817 8082, hilhorstrae@hotmailcom

Keen on the All Blacks? Come and hear
IAN FOSTER, All Black Coach
Charity Auction/Coffee and
Dessert Evening
Green Bay High School Auditorium
Thursday 7 July at 7.30pm
Tickets $35 in support of Green Bay High School Youth Work:
Or ph Grant, 817 4069, 201 Plum Tree Grove

The pleasant autumn weather has kept fine throughout most of May.
Our first trip was to Lynfield where we walked down a steep path to Wattle Bay. The tide was high and it was beautiful. However, what goes down must go up again and after skirting the coastal bush area we had to climb a very steep path back to Cape Horn Rd. From there we walked back to our vehicles in Canberra Avenue.
After such a steep walk I promised the next week would be a flatter area. We therefore drove to Keith Hay Park in Hillsborough. We walked around the park beside the Akarana Golf Course. Crossing Richardson Rd to Glass Rd and down to Molley Green Reserve. We returned by Hay Park School back to Keith Hay Park.
Our third walk for the month was to Onehunga Bay. This is a relatively new park between Highway 20 and Onehunga Bay. The trees are beginning to grow and with the tide in everything looked great. The walking bridge goes over the motorway.
26 May: Our final walk for May was to Jellicoe Park in Onehunga. There we visited the old brick Blockhouse built at the time of the Land Wars, also the Fencible Cottage and a beautiful early Settler’s House. The view is over the Manukau Harbour. We also walked around Tin Tacks Park, Grey St and The Quadrant. Onehunga being early settled in Auckland is an interesting place to visit.
Jocelyn Cartwright, 815 4127

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho,
it's off to work we go!!!
SNOW WHITE welcomes all capable residents of Pinesong. Ladies this includes YOU, to avail themselves 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 wish to donate an item, please contact Evan Rudolph, Assistant Manager) or Mark Leaf (Maintenance) in the first instance. Please do not take items directly to the Workshop.
  • 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 CLEAN UP THE WORK AREA AFTER USE.
It also helps my ah ah ah ah chooooooooooo!

After creating a garden area outside Manukau Apartment Building over 15 plus years, I am going to have to remove most or all of it to make way for the ‘new’ Manukau building. If any resident has a surplus of medium to large pots or plant troughs I would be most grateful to receive them. I plan to put as many plants as possible in containers so I can re-plant a new garden elsewhere (somewhere?) at a later date.
Please phone and I will be happy to collect any of the above at a time which suits us both.
Jocelyn Cartwright, 815 4127, 14 Manukau Apts

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 10am to 12 noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Fresh milk is available from the café

The Wardroom
Unit 1B
6 Ward Street
New Lynn
Phone: 021 02677343
Open – Monday - Friday
On our travels we came across this coffee/take out kitchen. It is called The Wardroom and is situated in Unit B 1/6 Ward Street, New Lynn.
Coffee is good, but this is essentially a take out bar as there are a few outside tables, but no seating inside, so only good for sunny days.
However, the young lady owner offers a good selection of fresh salads, sandwiches, sweet and savoury treats and home made pies. She cooks daily and has a small selection of take away meals at a reasonable price. She also offers outside catering service – this is a young person who is hard working and enterprising and deserves our support.
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.
E NEWS + +
Good morning everyone. Although not very welcome it seems at last that we might be starting to feel the effects of the autumn season with temperatures dropping a little over the last 2-3 days.
Last Saturday the Social Committee of the Outdoor Bowls Group organised a fun afternoon comprising games of Indoor Bowls, Table Tennis and Pool. About 30 members and partners participated in the games with the most popular activity understandably being Indoor Bowls. The Pool Table proved to be second favourite and the table tennis tables understandably being the least popular due to the faster pace of the game. Those of us who played table tennis needed the bar open much earlier to help the recuperation process. Those who participated in the games seemed to enjoy the activities they took part in.
A Happy Hour followed the sports activities and my thanks go to Nola Maurice, Mike Barber and Lil Gosling who manned the bar and looked after the needs of a thirsty group of people. I would also like to thank again the three lovely ladies of the Social Committee who along with a little help from yours truly, arranged the sporting activities and the fine meal prepared by Naveen and his staff from the Pinesong Café. To my knowledge everyone who attended thought it was a wonderful meal. Many thanks to Naveen and his team. Many thanks also to our Village Manager Theresa and her husband Rick for attending the entire afternoon and evening activities. Theresa and Rick were among the first to arrive for the sports activities and I have it on good authority that they both enjoyed the games and the meal afterwards.
Finally I would like to acknowledge and thank my helpers on the bowling green, Dave Annan (Wednesday) and John Horder (Saturday), who do a wonderful job organising the draw for bowls while I am off site still trying to learn how to play golf. You may wonder why I still try to play this frustrating game, but there is a little story behind it which hopefully will keep me going back for another 12 months.
Many thanks also go to Bill Mules who puts the mats and jacks out on a Wednesday and Saturday morning thus helping Dave and John. I was only made aware of Bill’s involvement a few weeks ago and therefore I wish to acknowledge his support.
You may all rest easy now for a while as I do not plan to prepare anything for the Pinesong Press during the winter months unless something unforeseen occurs which warrants attention.
Don’t forget that Outdoor Bowls continue over the winter months and we always welcome new members regardless of the season. There are a few sets of bowls in the shed for anyone to use if you do not have your own. So come along and join us any time you fancy.
John Crow, Convenor, 817 7568

To order your frozen meals phone 627-0700. There will be a $6 delivery charge which will be delivered direct to your door.
Powley Frozen Meals, ph 627-0700

Level 2 Seabreeze Care Centre

Hello Everyone,
Thought it was timely that I updated the village about our ACC services we can offer residents here at Pinesong.
Both Celerina and I are registered ACC providers.  That means if you sustain a wound or skin tear accidently, we can dress the wound free of charge as we claim the cost of the dressing through ACC.  So if you unfortunately manage to get a wound by catching your arm on a door, falling over, etc. you can see us Monday – Friday at Level 2 Seabreeze, or if mobility is a concern for you, we will come to your house.  If the wound occurs outside of working hours, the homecare staff are trained in workplace first aid and can attend to your wound and we can see you when we are next due to work!!  In addition if you see your family doctor for a wound caused by an accident, we can still see you free of charge as long as we have your ACC claim number, which the doctor will provide you with.
Any questions you may have, please give me a call,
Leanne McDonald

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

As we age, so our ability to move freely can easily diminish. This can be caused by health problems, or by specific injury. Physiotherapy can help alleviate pain, improve mobility and even restore fitness in older people.
Physiotherapy can make day-to-day activities easier. For example, it could help you if you have difficulties walking, climbing stairs, or getting in and out of bed. It can also help you if you have had a fall or are recovering from an operation.
What specific ailments can physiotherapy help in the elderly?
  • Back and/or neck pain
  • Sports’ injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Heart disease
  • Breathing problems, caused by asthma, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
  • Diabetes-related problems
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Problems affecting the nervous system, such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Incontinence
Physiotherapy can help anyone who is starting to see the effects of life’s wear and tear on their bodies. It can also treat or prevent physical problems that might be brewing as a result of years of poor posture or sitting badly.
What will happen on my first visit to a physiotherapist?
Your physiotherapist will talk to you about your problem and what caused it.  They will carry out a physical examination to assess your flexibility, strength and range of movement.
Then they will devise a plan of care tailored to you. 
Physiotherapy is very hands-on and may include:
  • Massage
  • Heat or cold treatments
  • Ultrasound
  • Acupuncture
  • TENS (transcutaneous electrical stimulation)
  • Hydrotherapy (water treatment)
  • Home exercises to restore flexibility, build strength and improve co-ordination and balance, as well as recommending an exercise regime to help prevent future problems
● Advice on aids to make moving easier such as canes
and walking aids

If you would like to book an appointment with an Advanced Rehab physiotherapist please contact your Nurse Manager.
Anouschka De Gourley

With Kimberley Vautier
Internationally qualified and trained since 1987
Ph 6649 or 817-1800, 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.

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
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.

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.

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If you love native plants, you won't want to miss the
​tecomanthe speciosa which is currently in bloom in
Beach Lane. This plant, also known as the Three Kings
​Vine, is a descendant of a plant first discovered on Three ​Kings Islands, 55km hern tip of New Zealand, ​during a scientific survey in 1945. No other specimens ​have ever been found in the wild. Although the plant may​ once have been common on Three Kings, by the time of its discovery goats had reduced the entire population to a single specimen on Great Island, making it one of the world’s most endangered plants. The surviving specimen ​grew on a cliff that was so steep, that even the goats could not reach it. It was rescued by horticulturalists who ​ ​took cuttings from the original plant. Goats were ​ subsequently eradicated from the island. The original ​ ​specimen still grows in the wild, and has developed more​ ​vines in the years since its discovery through the natural ​process of layering.
​Our Pinesong plant normally flowers in July but has been
​unusually early this year and promises a long and
​abundant crop of beautiful flowers​ which appear to be
​adapted for pollination by bats, ​although flowers growing in cultivation are readily pollinated ​by a large number of native and ​exotic birds. The flowers give way ​to seed pods. Seed must be sown ​fresh and should germinate within ​two weeks. If you would like some seed, ​call:
Ted Erskine-Legget on 817 5208
or email

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Silver Award for Naveen

At the recent Senior Lifestyle Cuisine competition Naveen won the Silver award.
A fine effort!

Cafe & Restaurant

Sunday 26 June
Roast Lamb with roast potato and roast vegetables $13.00

Wednesday 29 June 6.15pm
Beef stroganoff with baked potato and vegetable medley
Plated dessert $16.50

Friday 1 July 6.15pm
Bacon wrapped chicken with baked potato and steam vegetables
Pan fried snapper with roast potato and steam vegetables.
Plated dessert $17.50

Restaurant Notice

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

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 June - 3rd July

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.

Congratulations to our kitchen staff

RAJ – Kitchen Team, was awarded Silver Medal in the
Barista Championship

NAVEEN – Senior Barista Championship, was awarded Bronze Medal

Next month Pinesong Kitchen are entering the New Zealand National Barista Championship

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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