The first day of the rest of our lives

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Hello Everyone,
Theresa is presently on sick leave and building up her strength for the Pinesong outdoor bowls group Spring event which is intended to mark the opening of the 2014/15 Bowling season at Pinesong.
The event is scheduled for this Saturday 27 September at 10am. Pinesong staff are being represented in the event by Chris Batty (Skip), Allan Kay, Vivien Tierney and our Village Manager Theresa. The event should be an interesting spectacle with the staff up against some serious Pinesong competition.
Please remember, daylight saving ends this weekend and clocks go forward 1 hour at 2am Sunday morning.
The village wash is progressing well and it is anticipated that apartment building washing will commence early next week starting at Cliffview and moving up toward Seabreeze.
The land retention work on the banks below The Point apartments, will start in earnest on Monday next week. We ask all residents to stay well clear of work areas, respect fencing and signage around the site and direct any enquiries to myself or Theresa. We will give regular updates on progress during the process.
Have a great weekend everyone, I will be out checking out the aquatic life in the Manukau.
Evan Rudolph
Assistant Manager

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

Pinesong’s Interdenominational Church Services
Where: Bay View Lounge
When: Sunday, 28 September at 3.00pm
Afternoon Tea at end of service
Speaker: Deryck Hunt
Soloist: Yvonne Bartlett
It will be a joy to have Yvonne Bartlett to sing for us again. Some may remember the concert she performed in the Seabreeze Lounge a couple of years ago. She has beautiful voice and is a song writer and recording artist. I will be speaking on this occasion. Join us for afternoon tea following the service. A warm welcome to everyone.
Deryck Hunt Villa 229, 817-3755

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


The next meeting of the Opera Group will be on Friday 26 September at 10am in the Matai Room. We will be continuing the Gounod’s opera Faust. All welcome.
Enquiries to: Kate Methven, 817-79004

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

Monday 29 September, 3pm Cafe area
To welcome, and celebrate Residents’ Birthday for the month of September. Please wear name badges. Dave Annan will be this month’s speaker, topic: “Christmas in Kenya.” Joan Gasparich

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 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

4pm Saturday 4 October
Bayview Lounge
Remember to bring pen, paper, $2 and your name badge.  If you wish, also bring your meal to enjoy in good company as you chew over those tricky answers after the quiz. Mary Medland

First Thursday of the month has rolled around again - look forward to seeing you all there with lots of tales to tell!
Davina McFarlane,
ph 817-4242

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


The opening event of the new bowls year kicks off at 10am on Saturday 27th of September.
A reminder to all our regular players to enter their names for the competition at the notice board inthe pool. We would welcome any other bowlers to enter the competition as well. There is a $2 entry fee to pay on the day. Contact John Crow 817-7568 for information.
We will pre draw the teams and will notify all players by Friday 26th regarding the starting line-up and the plan of the day.
The game will consist of 3 games of 5 ends. The teams winning the most ends will be the tournament winners. Should teams be even at the end of play then points for and against will count. We will play till 12pm then break for a BYO lunch and then continue at 1pm for another 5 ends.
There are a number of excellent prizes to be won and we give thanks to Winstone Ltd, Staedler Ltd, Metlifecare, the Hair Salon and the bar committee for there generosity in sponsoring this event.
There will be spot prizes including those for spectators. Please come and watch the games, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the fellowship of the occasion.
Should the event be rained off then it will be postponed till the following Saturday the 4th of October.
Geoff Hopkins

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

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 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

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 28 September Lamb shanks with roast potato and steam vegetables $13.50

Wednesday 1 October Lamb chops with roast potato and steam vegetables
Plated dessert $16.50
Theme menu every Friday – Indian Night menu
Friday 3 October Beef vindaloo with saffron rice and pappadums
Prawn malabari with saffron rice and pappadums
Dessert: Rasmalai $17.50

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 - 29th Sept - 5th Oct

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