The first day of the rest of our lives

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Hello everyone,
Land Restoration Project: the boys on the cliff have worked hard this week, and I am pleased to confirm that the container will be removed next Wednesday 30 November. The final phase of anchor testing has been completed and the first section of top trench drainage completed. Planting is scheduled for the New Year.
Yesterday afternoon I met with the arborists and the Project Manager from NZ Strong, to work through the management plan for the tree work on the knoll and the Manukau Re-development Project. I will be sending out a detailed letter to all residents in tonight’s post, and will continue to give you updates as we receive more information.
We have received a huge response to the Bereavement Notice survey, and next week I will be working through the results and feedback given. I then plan to meet again with the Thursday
morning Book Club and the Resident Committee at the beginning for December.

I am still working hard on the recruitment of our new Food Services Manager to join our café and restaurant team, and have a further two interviews planned for the next few days.
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 30 November at 1pm, in Seabreeze Lounge. Proxy forms are available on Reception if you are not able to attend the meeting.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Theresa Henson
Village Manager

Official Notices


The Team have been working hard on resident requests and achieving great results. Ken has been busy with weed spraying, preparing the beach track for summer and concentrating on our village irrigation system which requires annual maintenance. The Team have planned to prepare the common area gardens about the village so they are at their best coming up to Christmas. Plants from the vicinity of Manukau Apartments will be relocated to various areas about the village as soon as possible. We know it is not the appropriate time for transplanting but this task could not be started any sooner. The idea is to recover as many as possible but there will be inevitable losses. I hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful variety of spring and early summer blooms about the village, I certainly am.
Evan Rudolph, Assistant Manager

Our TV contractor will be replacing one of our central aerials on Friday 25 November between the hours of 2pm and 5pm. This will cause signal loss to the whole village for no more than one hour. If you experience any signal loss after this time please notify Reception.
Neil Forrest, Maintenance Supervisor

The frozen meal service from Powley House is about to end. The last delivery date will be Friday 2 December. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Pinesong residents must be aware that Guests to the village must be accompanied by a resident if using the pool. All the pool rules must be adhered to by them. There have been reports of unaccompanied resident guests using the pool recently.
Staff will ask them to leave the pool in the event they are reported. It should also be noted that the Gym is strictly for resident use only. Thank you for your anticipated co-operation.

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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Pinesong’s non denominational Church Services
Where: Bay View Lounge
When: Sunday, 27 November at 3pm
Speaker: Deryck Hunt
I will be speaking at this service and we will be bringing you some beautiful choral items by video. This will be our last service for the year in the Bayview Lounge.

Next month we will be in the Seabreeze Lounge where once again the Salvation Army Auckland Band will lead our Christmas carol service. Always a highlight event. Place this date in your diaries now:-
Sunday 11th December at 3.00 pm followed by afternoon tea.
Join us on the 27th of this month 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

Come along for a Sing-a-long around the piano in Seabreeze Lounge. Note change of time
This will be our last Sing-a-long for 2016 so we will have a few carols as well. Delywn Battersby, 817 8636

(as we know it)
On Thursday December 8th anyone in the Village is invited to “drop in” to the Manukau Building between 4 and 6 pm to mark the change that is going to take place over the next 18 months to two years.
It will all take place in the foyer or in Apartments 1, 3 or 5, (the rest of the building will be out of bounds), but, and here is the condition, there will be no furniture, just some trestle tables so you will have to bring your own chairs. In fact it is a totally BYO function — bring your own glass, drink of your choice, something to eat, and if you wish, a chair! You might need it if you are a “stayer”.
If you ever wanted to display your talent for graffiti or to draw on a wall, now is your opportunity. Felt tip pens will be available. And yes, it is permitted, but of course, that may spoil the fun!
Manukau Evacuees’ Association (Inc)

The Kumfs Singles Competition was won by Val Eade. She has been in the finals many times but over 14 years of playing so well she has not got her name on any trophy. She won in a tight match against Ken Jarvis that went to a play-off. On Monday the prizes were awarded by Keith Burge at our end-of-year afternoon tea. He is the original donor of the trophy.
There will be a break in competition over the Christmas period and in the New Year the entry sheet for the Triples will be up on the notice board.
Janet Cross, 112 The Terrace, 817 6066

Christmas you say?
I haven’t got over the last one yet!!
Well time stops for no one with only 38 sleeps till Christmas and 12 more days the Bar will be open this year.
The last Friday HAPPY HOUR for 2016 with be 16 Dec 4-6pm. And who knows what little surprises we have in store for you. We will open following this, Sunday 18th and/Wednesday 21 Dec. the Bar will be open on New Year’s Eve 7pm till 10.30pm. And then reopening in the New Year on 13 January 2017.
This year it will be a little different in that the Bar Team are not having the Xmas Hampers as in previous years. Instead we do ask you to support the Auckland City Mission Christmas Appeal. The donations to be placed under the Christmas tree in the Reception area.
BUT DON’T DESPAIR THE BAR TEAM will be raffling three Xmas baskets full of treats. We want these to be self funding so the more tickets sold the more goodies we can put in the raffle.
The Bar Team

The Aquasize group meets every Tuesday and Friday mornings at 9am and all residents are welcome to attend our friendly group for 30 minutes of pool  workout.
A reminder that a Christmas morning tea "get together" will be held at 10.30am on Friday 9th December. All members past and present are invited to bring a plate of finger food and join with us. Aquasize as usual that morning at 9am.
Noel Clark, 815 4116 or 6102

I am selling my Lladro figurines (approx 40 pieces) in single pieces. This also includes pieces from The Lladro Collectors Society. If any interest please contact:
Merilyn, 24 Waterview, ph 817 5965

We would like to thank residents for supporting the Village Shop over this last year and to advise that the shop will close for the year on Friday 16 December and reopen on Monday 16 January 2017.  Also, we would like to invite all the shop volunteers to a get-together on Wednesday 7 December, at the fireplace end of Seabreeze Lounge at 4.30pm.
Joslyn Tierney


Will take place this year on: Tuesday 29 November 10am to about 1pm
There will be the usual Cards : Knitted goods : Baking and lots of novelty and other items suitable for Christmas gifts etc.
If you wish to contribute to the items with crafty things you have made: eg embroidery, paintings, flower arrangements or anything else, please get in touch with us and we will arrange for a code to be given to you.
All sales have a 10% deduction which goes into the Residents’ funds, so your pricing needs to reflect this.
You do not have to handle any money, this will be done for your. Interested, ph:
Fay Heywood, 817 0687 Pam Choat, 817 4826 Delwyn Battersby, 817 8636

After a number of years running the Village Bus for Christmas lights into the city and suburbs, I am unable to drive this Christmas. Geoff Long and I usually share the driving over five nights prior to Christmas and it would be great for someone to step into this much appreciated service. John Addis, 816 9208

Concert time is almost upon us once again. The Pinesongsters end of year programme is a busy one with the choir presenting four major concerts in early December. Consequently this year we will be presenting only one concert at Pinesong on:
Sunday 4 December commencing at 2.30pm
Afternoon Tea will be served during the interval
TIS THE SEASON is a happy mix of traditional Christmas music and new numbers which give a freshness to this year’s programme. Our concerts have always been a chance to showcase the best of talent in our village. They are occasions to invite family and friends to celebrate the Christmas season. In the past residents have invited guests to join them for lunch before coming to the Seabreeze Lounge to join festivities there. We suggest you do something similar this year.
We extend a special invitation to new residents and anyone who is considering joining the choir next year. You will be surprised by what the Pinesongsters can do.
Entry is by a gold coin donation. Doug Lilly, 817 2199

The December Quiz will be held on the second Saturday of the month, the 10th. Note the change from our usual date. This is early notice. It will be:
Grand End of Year Quiz
and New Year Quiz
rolled into one because there won’t be a Quiz in January. In keeping with the occasion, the Residents’ Committee has given us some money for prizes. We are grateful for their support.
This means, there will be no entry fee and prizes will be handed out for all sorts of reasons and won’t just be for the final winners. We might even replace the traditional chocolate fish for the last team with tins of baked beans (only joking – that was Janet’s idea!)
So mark the date. More information nearer the time.
Tony and Janet Cross

Green Bay High School 26 November 5.30pm
$15 for Pinesong residents. Tickets available at door
Enquires: Bob Campbell, 817 0593

Now for sale in the room behind Reception.
Joan Gascoigne, 817 0492

Monday 5 December
Seabreeze Lounge 11am-1pm

I am trying to gauge interest in taking a busload from Pinesong to the Messiah at the Town Hall on Monday evening, 19 December. I have several people who are interested but need more to warrant a bus. I would order the bus and you would need to book your own tickets as there are varying prices. If you are interested please give me a call this week so I can decide if there is enough interest. I will advise you as soon as possible if the bus is going. If I am not at home please leave a name and phone number and a brief message.
NB I have some names so far but would want a few more to warrant ordering a bus. Please give me a call if you are interested.
Liane Hume, 17 Harbour, 817 0476 or 6617

All croquet players past and present are invited to afternoon tea next Monday 21st November.
The Kumfs Singles Trophy competition may be finished this week depending on the weather. Just two more matches to go and hopefully the trophy can be presented at this function. See you all there!
Janet Cross, Villa 112 The Terrace, 817 6066

Due to Pinesong’s AGM being held at 1pm on Wednesday 30 November in Seabreeze Lounge Line Dancing will be held on Monday 28 November at 1pm to 2.30pm in Seabreeze Lounge.

Due to the generosity of our patrons I have an amazing variety of yarns available at present.  So anyone wishing to knit (or crochet) garments or rugs for our Well Foundation is welcome to contact me.
I plan to make a delivery at the end of next week for those who have stock on hand.  Just leave at Reception for me or even at my door as some do and I will transport these to the Waitakere Hospital.
Many thanks for all your efforts.
Anne Clarke, 817 8408

Supporting NZ women's refuge
10-20 November
Fort Takapuna, Devonport

Prize giving.
The winners of this competition were Pam Choat and John Crow after a tightly fought battle against Ken Jarvis and Jeff Prior. Prizes were presented by Elva Coulston on Thursday 27 October.
Lois, 817 2199

Thursday & Fridays 5pm-9.45pm
The bus calls at Laingholm Firestation, Woodlands Park, Titirangi Rd-Willerton Ave, Green Bay Shops, Pinesong and Crestwood.
All calls to book must come through the Titirangi RSA
The bus will call at Pinesong Reception at 5:30pm on Thursday evening, returning at 7:30pm after the member’s draw. (Gold coin donation to help expenses.)
Come along for an enjoyable evening and a great meal.

Auckland Town Hall 19 December
I have booked the bus. If you have indicated that you are coming please book your tickets. (It is a bit of a marathon effort but can be done. I’ve just printed mine, booking through
There are two more spaces available if any of your friends wish to come. I’ll be away for a day or two but please call after that if I can help.
Liane Hume, 817 0476

3pm Café area
To welcome, and celebrate Residents’ Birthday for the month of November – our final one this year. Our Speaker for this month will be Lance, who comes to us from the BNZ Henderson, his topic is “SCAM-SAVVY” his presentation is genuinely caring about our community. He will cover every aspect of looking at securing our personal finances to being secure in our homes.
Joan Gasparich

It’s that time of year coming up quickly to rid ourselves of these pests.
Dave, who has been our Bug Man for many years is getting geared up to come and get rid of theses pests for us. He will be coming Sat 3 and Sun 4 December starting at 8am. The charge will be the same as last year. For bookings: Ph Marjorie 6204 815 5279 or Dave (evgs) 813 2028

Congratulations to Vel Fleming having been awarded a Green Belt in Tai Chi at Pinesong. Very much deserved. We now have three people with Belts in Tai Chi in our village.
Eileen Malim


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

Jocelyn was away for two of the walks, so Gillian and Ken Jarvis lead the group.
October 6: The Rotary Walk by the Tamaki River at Pakuranga was enjoyed by all. There was a slip at one point on the track so a diversion around local streets was necessary. Unfortunately there came a downpour and all got very wet.
October 13: Parking at the Owairaka end of Hendon Ave we walked the Underwood Track from Richardson Rd to Sandringham Rd. Some stopped but others walked through to May Rd and the Mt Roskill Memorial Park. We returned by the track and field Lovelock Track.
October 20: Commencing at the Mt Roskill War Memorial we walked up and over Mt Roskill at Winstone Park. The views of Auckland were of interest, many have not climbed Mt Roskill before. Back via local streets to May Rd again.
October 27: A very small group travelled t the Waikemete Cemetery. It was a beautiful morning. Wandering around all were able to see the very old, the more recent, and the mausoleums up the top of the hill. There is a great deal to see and read at this very large cemetery.
Jocelyn Cartwright, 20 The Point, 815 4127

Good morning everyone. I hope that you have all had a good week and hopefully made some money if you had a bet on the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.
The draws for the Senior and Junior singles competitions are now on the notice board and Round One of both competitions must be completed by Sunday 13 November. Make sure you arrange to play your game by then and don’t forget to get someone to be a marker for the game as well.
The week started off well for the Pinesong bowlers. Two team represented the Village in the inaugural Poynton Classic 4’s tournament held at the Knightsbridge Village, which is not far away from Mairangi Bay. We played a game of triples followed by the team of four splitting into two pairs. Then after lunch we commenced a game of fours only to be rained off after two ends. The day started out with brilliant fine weather but just after lunch the black clouds appeared followed by thunder and lightning, then rain and the game of fours was abandoned. The final result was then decided on the game of triples and the two pair games and with two wins and a draw the team of Daphne Freeman (lead); Myrine McMahon (two); Bob Campbell (three) and John Crow (skip) won the tournament. Teams from Poynton and Settlers finished second and third respectively. Members of the team each won a large gift pack of goodies including biscuits, chocolates and peanuts etc.
Having finished first, second and third in the tournament held up at Henderson earlier in the year Pinesong it has been a good year for Pinesong among the villages throughout Auckland. The one blemish that needs to be rectified is our results against our nearest rival Hillsborough Heights for the Metlifecare Trophy.
We now have the chance to remedy that situation when we visit Hillsborough on Thursday 1 December. We can only take 12 players to Hillsborough as they only have three rinks and we play fours. An entry form will be placed on the notice board above the kitchen sink in the Pool for names to be entered for members who are interested in playing at Hillsborough. Play will commence at 1pm and we will play three games of four ends. The final day for names to be entered will be Friday 25 November.
Have a good weekend.
John Crow, Convener

TAI CHI – Ease stress and relax
I notice our numbers have gone down considerably, so if there is anyone new who wishes to try Tai Chi, come along and join us with our Master, Quintin Derham, who is a ninth Black Belt.
First class is free. Tai Chi is so good for balance and breathing correctly and is all done slowly.
Pinesong was the first retirement village in Auckland to have Tai Chi, we do not want to lose it. Our Master is very helpful if you have any physical problems, there is not much he does not know about the body. I personally can recommend it, as it has helped me to recover from a nasty fall I had – plus physio. The Physio has told me Tai Chi has been part of my recovery which is practised every day. One of our ladies is 94 and has been doing Tai Chi for many years. So come along and join in.
Also I would like to thank Vel Fleming for filling in during my absence from my fall.
Eileen Malim, Villa 401, ph 815 4146

One may be thinking that we’ve been a little quiet lately, but not so. In fact I had to engage the services of one of our Knitters to enable me to transport all the garments and rugs which we delivered last week.
On Monday I received a ’Thank You’ card from Angela which you can find on the notice board near the back door of Seabreeze in which she tells us of how our efforts are being used and appreciated. As she says “You really make a difference!”
With all the work we’ve been producing lately our stocks of wool/acrylic are looking a bit run down so if anyone has any yarn that has the ability to be transformed into baby clothes or rugs, please contact me and I will be happy to add them to our stock. Thanks to all for your continued support.
Anne Clarke, 817 8408

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

New herbs have been planted in the herb boxes and are doing well. There is a watering can by each one and some very kind residents are helping with the watering which I so appreciate. If you have been walking around the bush area down Plum Tree you will see there is a lovely new seat erected thanks to all those involved with this it is so nice for residents to sit in the sun or have a rest before tackling the hill.
I am so sorry but I am going to have to cancel the Garden Circle meeting for November as I have a special birthday and my family are putting on a surprise for me. Then we come to December and I think looking back we usually find people are too busy so we will look at January 20th for our next meeting, I will make sure to put a reminder in the Press. Thank you for all your kindnesses through the year.

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

Just reminding residents that the Friends of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra subsidise a bus going to the APO concerts at the Town Hall. The cost is $10 return. The bus leaves from Pinesong and drops us off right at the Town Hall then picks us up from there after the concert and brings us back home. All for $10 – cheaper than driving and parking! There are two more concerts this month – on Thursday 21 July Love and Loss at 8pm and Friday 29 July Otello – Opera in Concert, starring Simon O’Neill at 7.30pm. There will be buses going to both concerts. If you are interested in joining us please give me a call and I can give you more details.
Liane Hume, 817-0476

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

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

Back pain will affect at least 80 per cent of us during our lifetimes.  With millions being spent each year on managing the condition — much of it on unnecessary tests and entirely ineffective treatments — three leading back pain specialists separate the facts from the fiction with this very common but debilitating condition.
Bed rest is not helpful for back pain
In the first few days after the initial injury, avoiding aggravating activities may help to relieve pain. However, there is very strong evidence that keeping active and gradually returning to all usual activities (including work) is important in aiding recovery.  In contrast, prolonged bed rest is unhelpful, and is associated with higher levels of pain, greater disability and poorer recovery.
Back pain is common and normal Experiencing back pain is like getting tired or becoming sad; we don't necessarily like it, but it occurs to almost everybody at some point.  What isn't common, however, is not recovering from back pain.  Most acute back pain is the result of simple strains or sprains and the prognosis is excellent. Within the first two weeks of an acute episode of pain, most people will report a significant improvement in their symptoms with almost 85% of people fully recovered by three months.
Scans are rarely needed Both healthcare professionals and members of the public often consider getting a scan "just in case" there is something serious involved in their pain. However, all the evidence suggests scans only show something truly important in a tiny minority of people with back pain.
Back pain is not caused by something being out of place There is no evidence that back pain is caused by a bone or joint in the back being out of place, or your pelvis being out of alignment. For most people with back pain, scans do not show any evidence of discs, bones or joints being 'out of place'.  Of course, it is worth noting that many people feel better after undergoing treatments like manipulation. However, this improvement is due to short-term reductions in pain, muscle tone/tension and fear, NOT due to realigning of body structures.
Surgery is rarely needed Only a tiny proportion of people with back pain require surgery. Most people with back pain can manage it by staying active, developing a better understanding about what pain means, and identifying the factors which are involved in their pain.  This should help them continue their usual daily tasks, without having to resort to surgery. On average, the results for spinal surgery are no better in the medium and long-term than non-surgical interventions, such as exercise.
The perfect sitting posture may not exist
Should we all sit up straight? Contrary to popular belief, no specific static sitting posture has been shown to prevent or reduce back pain. Different sitting postures suit different people, with some people reporting more pain from sitting straight, others from slouching.  So, while slouching gets bad press, there is no scientific evidence to support this. The ability to vary our posture, instead of maintaining the same posture, together with learning to move in a confident, relaxed and variable manner is important for people with back pain.
Lifting and bending are safe
People with back pain often believe that activities such as lifting, bending and twisting are dangerous and should be avoided. However, research to date has not supported a consistent association between any of these factors and back pain. Of course, a person can strain their back if they lift something awkwardly or lifting something that is heavier
than they would usually lift. Similarly, if a person has back pain, these activities might be more sore than usual. This, however, does not mean the activity is dangerous or should be avoided.  While a lifting or bending incident could initially give a person back pain, bending and lifting is normal and should be practiced to help strengthen the back, similar to returning to running and sport after spraining an ankle.
Poor sleep influences back pain When someone has pain, a good night's sleep can be hard to get. However, it works both ways as sleep problems can lead to back pain in the future. In the same way that poor sleep can make us more stressed, give us a headache, make us tired or feel down, it can also cause or prolong back pain. Therefore, improving sleeping routine and habits can be very helpful in reducing pain.
Stress, low mood and worry influence back pain How we feel can influence the amount of pain we feel. Back pain can be triggered following changes in life stress, mood or anxiety levels. In the same way that these factors are linked to other health conditions like coldsores, irritable bowel syndrome and tiredness, they have a very large effect on back pain.  As a result, managing our stress, mood and anxiety levels through doing things we enjoy, and engaging in relaxation can be really beneficial in helping back pain.
Exercise is good and safe for back pain Many people with pain are afraid of exercise and avoid it as they think it may cause them more problems. However, this is not true. We now know that regular exercise helps to keep you and your body fit and healthy, and actually reduces pain and discomfort. It relaxes muscle tension, helps mood and strengthens the immune system once started gradually.
Don't pay more for 'back pain' medicines Some pain medicines have been promoted as specifically targeting back pain but that is not how they work. If you take a pain tablet your body has no way to just send the medicine to your back; or just to your knee if you have knee pain. As well, if you look at the medicine packaging you will see that the back pain formulation is the same as the osteoarthritis version and the period pain version and the headache version. You don't have to pay more for the back pain version.
Strong painkillers aren't the answer Many people think strong pain needs a strong painkiller. That is wrong. If you have a new episode of back pain you should start with a simple painkiller. Strong pain killers such as those containing an opioid do provide a little more pain relief, but not a lot more, and they have greater potential for side effects.
Ongoing or persistent back pain is different. Long term use of strong painkillers is rarely a good management option, particularly if that is the sole treatment. There are now some newer pain management programs that can help people with persistent back pain come off strong painkillers without making their pain worse.
If you are experiencing pain, your onsite Physiotherapist can help relieve the pain and get you moving again.  Talk to your Nurse Manager to make an appointment.
Anouschka De Gourley

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

Sunday 27 November
Roast chicken, sage stuffing, roast potatoes and vegetables $13.00

Wednesday 30 November 6,15pm
Pulled barbecue beef burgers with coleslaw and chunky chips.
Dessert $16.50

Friday 2 December 6.15pm
Herb crusted salmon fillet, baby potato, vegetables and mustard cream sauce.
Beef lasagne, salad and garlic bread. Dessert $17.50

Christmas Functions

Thursday, 15 Dec 6.15pm
With Live Music
Bar open 5-6pm
Shrimp Cocktail
Honey glazed Ham on bone
Cranberry Stuffed Turkey
Orange and Pineapple gravy
Roast Garlic Potatoes
Roast Kumara and Pumpkin
Steam fresh Vegetables
Christmas Log
Pavlova with fresh fruit, and cream, Fresh fruit salad
Ice Cream

Wednesday, 14 Dec 5.00pm
With Background Music
Shrimp Cocktail
Honey glazed Ham on bone
Cranberry Stuffed Turkey
Orange and Pineapple gravy
Roast Garlic Potatoes
Roast Kumara and Pumpkin
Steam fresh Vegetables
Christmas Log
Pavlova with fresh fruit and cream, Fresh fruit salad
Ice Cream

Friday, 16 Dec 6.15pm
With Live Music
Bar open as normal
Shrimp Cocktail
Potato, Bacon, Ham Salad
Greek FetaSalad
Mushroom and Red Onion Salad, Coleslaw
Roast Stuffed Cranberry Turkey
Glazed Champagne Ham
Roast Garlic Potato
Roast Kumara and Pumpkin
Fresh Mix Steam Vegetables
Christmas Pudding, hot Apple Crumble with vanilla Custard
Fruit Salad
Ice Cream
Pavlova with fresh cream and Fruit

Christmas Day
Sunday, 25 December

$30 a head with plated dessert
Stuffed Turkey with scalloped potato and vegetable medley
Baked fresh Salmon with scallops and vegetable medley
Apple crumble
with hot Custard and vanilla ice cream
Christmas pudding and Pavolva


Restaurant Notice

Ordering a meal: Bookings are essential for Wednesday and Friday 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. 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 28th November - 4th December

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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Deryck Hunt