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Official Notices

Hello Everyone,

I had such a lovely time at the Resident Committee morning tea for us last Friday. I hope that you enjoyed it too and got to know Fred, Paul and I a little better. Thank you to the Resident Committee for putting this on and to the kitchen crew for all the lovely cakes and beverages. 

Health & Safety: this week’s Emergency Evacuation is a timely reminder to everyone about the need to be familiar with your buildings’ evacuation procedures. The Evacuation Plan for Unit or Apartment is enclosed in the back of your Pinesong Compendium. In the library there is also the Policy for Residents, “Fire Protection & Emergency Management. Please take time to familiarise yourself with these emergency contacts and evacuation plans. If you are unable to locate your compendium please let either Fred or Corrina know and they will be only too happy to furnish you with another. Over the next week while we will be initiating individual building evacuation meetings that you will be invited to attend where we will provide a refresher on procedures.

Metlifecare Annual General Meeting – our AGM is on 20th November, this is the Metlifecare Pinesong AGM, not the resident AGM for those that require clarification. Afternoon tea will follow the meeting.  Watch out in next week’s Press to find out more about this event.

Events - the Melbourne Cup dinner on the 5th November is fast approaching, for those attending, the meal will be a sit down affair with salad and compliments - all plated not the bamboo pods.

This weekend, my girls (Zali and Ruby) and I will not be hanging out so much as they are not as rugby keen as I am - my eyes will be firmly glued to the TV watching the World Cup quarter finals with friends and a few quiet drinks. Given that every game is going to be pretty exciting, I can see a big sleep in on the Sunday morning and bleary eyes at my First Aid training on Monday. 

Go Wales and go the All Blacks.

Have a lovely weekend everybody.

Warm regards,

Angela King
Village Manager

Should any of our residents require a carpet clean,
our contractor Carpet Surgeons offers very competitive rates, the standard unit cost is
$171.35 incl gst or a little more for larger units.
Please put through a maintenance request if you would like to take up this offer to have your unit carpet cleaned, and we can arrange this on your behalf.

Kind regards,
Paul – Maintenance Supervisor

Hi all
So nice to see daylight savings is upon us, and warmer days to come!
Firstly our garden plot at the Terrace has been filled.
We have been busy re-mulching gardens and re planting where needed as some of our plants are passed their used by date.
Most of the Hibiscus has been pruned back and we are now concentrating on the Point, with removal of a few Hibiscus via resident request and planting out some Spanish shawl to give some colour back to one of the barren gardens.
We have added more lavender along Harbour so hopefully we will see an abundance of bees to enhance our environment.
With the help of maintenance and our hard working groundsman, we have managed to sort the eyesore of the exposed electric boxes on Pinesong drive! We will be planting Jasmine along the base of the new trellis to eventually hide the boxes entirely once established.
Our propagation of wild flowers are almost ready to plant out, which will be added to the major garden between Manukau and Seabreeze.
Last but not least, we will be re-mulching the entire garden from Cliffview through to Peninsula, a big job!!
David will continue to focus on residents requests, however he is also on light duties.
My shoulder injury is slowly healing well and my hours have increased to 30 hours per week, yay. Thank you to all the lovely well wishes I have received, it definitely makes my heart warm and feel so appreciated.
A reminder that the organic run is on Monday Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 2.30pm
For those new residents, welcome to Pinesong
💐 If you require any assistance or an organic waste bin please fill out a request form at reception.
Till next time
Your Gardening team

All the best your gardening team
Simone, David, Jack and Rupert.

To not park in mobility parks unless they have the correct permit on display.

Just a reminder that guests are not permitted to use our gym at any time. This is a RESIDENT ONLY amenity. Guests are only allowed to use our pool if accompanied by a resident at all times. Thank you

Now we have had our reception garden renovated by wonderful Pinesong residents, could we please refrain from parking on the broad white lines so that everyone coming into the village can enjoy it.
Thanks for your anticipated co-operation.

Please be advised the Mobile Library is here every Monday at the Main Gate from 9am - 10.30am


Residents' Notices

Competition & Fashion Parade

This year’s Melbourne Cup race will be held on Tuesday the 5th November and as usual the day will be replicated as best we can at Pinesong in the Seabreeze lounge in the same manner as previous years. This will be my ninth and final year organising the event and I’m sure the day will benefit from a change in organiser and perhaps there is someone out there among the residents, especially recent arrivals at Pinesong who would welcome the opportunity to contribute to the incredible Social life in our village.
Organising this extremely popular day is not difficult and is essentially a clerical task, knowledge of horse racing is not required.
If there is one amongst you prepared to take up the baton then this year’s event is the time to become involved.
Anybody interested in finding out what is involved in running this event can contact me either by telephone, 817 7374, or email,
So, don’t be shy coming forward, the many social activities at Pinesong happen only because residents are prepared to invest the time and enthusiasm to make them happen.

$1, $2 and $5

Selling will commence in the Seabreeze Lounge, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings at 10.00am until midday starting Tuesday 29th October and including Monday 4th November.
Sweepstake sales on the day 2.00pm until 3.30pm or as required to complete sheets.
Bar will be open at 2pm. BYO nibbles if wished
Come along and enjoy the occasion, all welcome: Residents, family, guests and staff.

Geoff Long, 817 7374

Time to organise
what you will be wearing for our



  • Best dressed lady
  • Best Hat
  • Best dressed man
  • Best dressed couple
  • Best novelty hat; lady or man (let’s see your creative skill put to good use)
  • Best novelty outfit; lady or man

Make this an afternoon to remember, wearing your best and creative fashions! Pre – Registration on the day. Any queries phone:

Margaret Kemp 817 4104

A Fish and Chip meal will be available following the Afternoon Function, cost $14.00
Don’t forget to sign the sheet at reception please. This allows us to cater accordingly. Winnings will be available in the Seabreeze lounge the following morning between 10am and noon. Unclaimed winnings will be delivered by hand the afternoon of the same day.
Could you all wear your name badges on the day please. This will assist those selling and
help avoid any mistakes occurring.

Pinesong’s Church Services
Bayview Lounge
When: Sunday, 27th October at 3.00pm
Speaker: Rachel McQueen
Special Presentation:
Children from the Valley Rd International Church

We look forward to Pastor Rachel McQueen returning to speak at our service. Rachel is one of the leadership team at the Valley Rd International Church in Mt Eden. She is a gifted speaker and we have enjoyed her visits to us in the past. Rachel has a unique way of relating to children and involving them in her message. The children will also be bringing some special items to us. 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

Hello Everyone,
Don't you love it when our Community comes together for a special occasion.
Thank you all who came to Morning Tea, last Friday to welcome Angela, Fred and Paul to our Village. I have only heard positive reports about the event and Angela, Fred and Paul's input.
Anticipating the numbers who are attending is a lottery. We catered for 150 and Orit [bless her cotton socks] went into the kitchen and prepared additional food for the larger numbers who arrived. BIG THANKS ORIT.
Not sure about Angela and Paul, but I was very pleased no one asked me to sing after Fred.

I have been asked on a number of occasions, whether a Social Co coordinator is going to be appointed. I don't know. A Business Plan has been submitted to MLC Head Office [some months ago] but has yet to be actioned.

Don't forget Melbourne Cup Day....5th November......Seabreeze Lounge.
Sue Harris [Committee Chairperson]


Did you see TV3’s ‘The Project’ on Friday night last week? It was excellent and a great tribute to all those involved in the Wearable Arts Fashion Show. Thanks again to Delwyn and her team. If you missed the screening or would like to see it again, we have the video on our the page
Deryck Hunt


The calendar we have had made of our Wearable Arts Fashion Parade is now on display at Reception.
Please place your orders by Friday 18th October.
Payment - Cash, Eftpos or charge to your account.
Wall Calendar $20.00 each.
Desk Calendar $14.00 each
Delwyn Battersby Ph. 817-8636

PIANO RECITAL 20th October
Thornton Townsend is again coming to Pinesong to perform a piano recital for you all to enjoy.
You are all welcome to come and listen to Thornton in the Seabreeze lounge on
Sunday 20th October at 1.30pm-2pm.

Here is the program that he will perform:

J S Bach - Prelude & Fugue in B minor, BWV 893
Haydn - Sonata in C, Hob. XVI/50       
Brahms - Rhapsody in Eb major op.119 No.4             
Faure - Nocturne no. 5 op. 37     
Ireland - Ragamuffin                        
Say - Paganini Jazz     

Our next gathering is on Friday 25th October at 3pm in the Seabreeze lounge.
We’d love you to join us!
Judy Nicholls 816 9177

To celebrate our Resident’s Birthday Afternoon Tea, this will be at 3pm on Monday the 28th of October in our Cafe/Restaurant – the Speaker for this month will be James Duncan.
After our cuppa we will move around to the Seabreeze lounge where Graham will present his Begonia Festival event, I look forward to seeing you all on Monday the 28th October, and just another reminder the afternoon starts at
Cheers Joan Gasparich

TABLE TENNIS Doubles Competition
We are hoping to finish off the year with a Doubles Competition, maybe a Mixed Doubles Comp (if we can get enough men!!). We all enjoy playing doubles - if the laughter is any indication - so if you are interested, please put your names up on the list in the Table Tennis room asap. We need 16 players to make this possible so all welcome! Entries close on the 30th October with the draw being done before play on the following day, Thursday 31st. Don't miss out!
Pam Choat 8174826    Ken Jarvis 8168445

The next meeting of the opera group will be held on Friday 25th October at 10am in the Matai Room. This time we will be watching the final of Die Walkurie by Richard Wagner plus an introduction to some of his other works.
All welcome
Kate Methven  Ph. 817 9804


Our next trip will be on Wed 30th Oct to Devonport. PLEASE NOTE - no need to register for this trip - just turn up on the day. Full details to be published later.
Terry Debenham  Apt 9W Ph. 817 0509   Mobile 021 0887 8802


Come along to a presentation on Prostate Cancer on 29
th October at 1.30pm in Seabreeze lounge.
Gaynor from the Foundation will be there with lots of information and a short video for you to watch.
There will be afternoon tea afterwards and a donation to the charity would be much appreciated.

Ladies, please note, you have an important part to play as well – we all know how reluctant men can be about talking about their health and so we need you to have the facts so that you can encourage them to seek advice.

I will send a note out to remind you all nearer the time.
Linda - Nurse Manager

Well we only have 2 months to go until the end of year. 
This is Friday 1st of November and last one 6th of December. They are held first Friday of the month and will start again in March next year.
All are welcome to come and have a look.
Ph. Tina 817 1940


Saturday 23rd November 11.00am - 3.00pm
Friends and family welcome to come and enjoy the day.
More information to come in the following weeks.

Any resident who has craft work they would like to sell at the Market Day, please register with me by 18th October, so as a table can be allocated for your work.

If you do not register we will be unable to accept your craft work for sale.
Delwyn Battersby Ph. 817 8636


When we chose to live in Pinesong one of the many things that attracted us was the variety of activities available for us to participate in. All of these activities are Resident run and Committee funded on request. If you are recent or 'newish' arrival, I hope you are taking the opportunity to join our various groups. Most of these groups have been led by Residents many of whom have done the job for a long time. Some are now ready to hand the reins to a 'new generation' of Residents who will bring fresh ideas and more energy to the groups.
If we don't have volunteers we don't have a fabulous asset. Please look at putting your hand up and your name forward. Let’s keep our Village alive and vibrant.
What a fun time we had at Grandparents Day. High tea; sausage sizzle; games; Mr Whippy; activities for the young and young at heart. Tinker Bell/ Pippy Longstocking [with short legs] ANGELA and the king of Calypso, FRED were a bonus on the day.
Special thanks to Orit, Jess and their team, Michael who cooked sausages, Delwyn and her team, who all gave up their time to help.
Our next big day Melbourne Cup Day, 5th November......keep an eye on the PRESS.
Sue Harris [Committee

We have now put just over 200 photographs that Barbara took, up on our Photo web site which you are welcome to view and download any you would like.
To access these email me at
and I will reply with the link and password instructions.
Deryck Hunt 021 289 1875

DVDs of this year’s Nostalgia show are now available at Reception. These have been produced at a cost price of $10. Deryck Hunt

And to celebrate its arrival we are presenting a COMPLETELY NEW collection of clothing.
If you have not already visited us please mark WEDNESDAY 9
TH OCTOBER in your diary to come to the SEABREEZE LOUNGE to have a browse and a friendly get together with other residents. Enjoy the music provided by our resident pianist Judy and while away a pleasant morning. We are usually ready for business by 9.30am and we will be delighted to see you there.
Thank - you once again for your donations which continue to come in - as I have said before your participation in this venture measures its success.
We have now reached the sum of $1173.60 to donate to St. Johns Ambulance.
Many thanks from The NU2U Team
All donations of clothing to Jean Piper at 404 Seabreeze.

Driving into the village from Avonleigh Road I realised just how fortunate we are to have such a dedicated gardening team. Simone and her team have brought the village to life after a rather dreary winter. The spring flowers brighten up our village a give it that welcoming feeling. A big thank you must also go to all the gardening volunteers who are doing such a grand job throughout the village.
Thank you all for giving the rest of us so much pleasure seeing the end results.
Cheers John (Harbour)

The Triples competition has taken longer than expected with the final match being won by Lyn Greig. She played Marie Dempster and Janet Cross (that’s me!) in a rain-affected match.
It takes about a fortnight to get the first games of the next trophy competition under way so the entry list for the singles will be up on the notice board until October 11
th with the draw at 2pm on Monday October 14th. Good luck and get signing NOW please so that we can be finished well before the busy pre-Christmas social rush.
Janet Cross.
4 Manukau 817 6066

Christmas is coming and shops are sporting trees and tinsel! The Pinesongsters are readying themselves for their own usual busy festive season.
Now is the time to diary dates for our concerts at Pinesong:
Saturday 30th November 7.30pm
Sunday 1st December 2.30pm
This is always a great opportunity time to showcase our village. Encourage your family and friend to join us for this annual Christmas treat. There will be a number of surprises. Watch this space!
Doug Lilly

What have you been reading lately?                        
We meet the third Wednesday of each month.
In each other’s homes at 2pm.
We have 3 available places for new members.
No set book is required, just the one or two
who you would like to talk about.
If this idea appeals to you, give me a ring.
Margaret Topzand: 817 3893 or 021 213 8256
Many thanks in anticipation, see you Margaret                                  

Jocelyn Cartwright will be away on 26th September and 3rd October. Gillian Clark will therefore lead the walks on those days.
All communications regarding walking please to….
Gillian 815 4116


Rose Lynn Fashions will be coming to the village on
Tuesday 15th October
At 10.30 – 3pm
In the Seabreeze lounge.

In the Seabreeze lounge we have the Sky TV set up
for live coverage of all of the 44 Rugby World Cup games.

For your interest we have also displayed a games charts on the Seabreeze L1 notice board & in the lounge, so that you can see what countries are playing rugby & when, & follow your favourite.

First games of the Cup:
Friday         10.45pm   Japan V Russia  
Saturday     4.45pm     Australia V Fiji
Saturday     7.15pm     France V Argentina
Saturday     9.45pm     New Zealand V South Africa

Come and join your friends & enjoy.

RUGBY WORLD CUP: Guess the results competition.
Want to add a little interest and fun to your RWC viewing?
All you have to do is guess which team wins each game (or a draw for the pool games), and get a point for each correct answer.
Nothing more complicated than that.
I have run competitions like this for cricket, soccer and rugby at my workplace since the FIFA World Cup in 2002, and they have been very popular.
Want to join in?
Send an email to with your name, and I will send you the competition form electronically.
Note that the first set of games starts on Friday evening, so the first round of guesses for Round 1 have to be in before that game starts. Late entries can be accepted.
Be in to win the title of 2019 World Cup Maestro.
Earl Irving

We would like some more members.
We are a happy little group who play on Saturdays from 1pm till 4pm. We always stop early for the Saturday Quiz.
Please phone Althea, 817 5666 20 Peninsula


Congratulations to Jeff Prior, winner, and Pat Crow, runner-up, in our 2019 Singles Competition. You were certainly worthy players to take your place in this final. The competition, as always, produced many close games and gave us all something to strive for. Our group continues to have really great sessions in the Kauri Room on Thursdays and Saturdays. If you wish to join us you will be most welcome.
Pam Choat and Ken Jarvis

I sort of try to keep an eye on the equipment in the gym and liaise with maintenance if anything needs to be done.
There is a problem with the display on the
cross trainer, and we are looking to replace it. I am trying to find suitable machines that would work for all sorts of users here. It may not happen immediately, but it will happen. Now where did I pick that phrase up from? Meanwhile, if you want to reset the timer to zero, turn it off at the wall, wait a few seconds then turn it on again. There are other ways to reset it but they are all a bit more complicated.
The largest
Swiss Ball has run out of puff! My question is, does anyone use it? Give me a call if you do and I will arrange to get it pumped up.
I am always available to help people who want to use the equipment but feel unsure about trying. Just give me a call and we can arrange a time.
Tony Cross – 8176066

AUDIKA Green Bay
The now Audika Green Bay are offering a
FREE clinic to check and clean hearing aids.
This service will be the 3
rd Monday of the month in the Rata room, Ground floor Seabreeze 10.30am – 11.30am.


This charity is asking for bedding again I collected about 60 last year but maybe there are more available. All gratefully received.
Trish Richards 8173758 The Point.

We are looking for new players so please come and join us in Bayview lounge on a Monday afternoon at 2pm. Even if you have not played before you are welcome as tuition will be given.
Daphne Freeman 816 8031

Does your four legged friend require a jacket to keep him/her warm on these cold days, then you might like to check out our handmade jackets.  Or perhaps a knitted blanket, baby jacket or baby booties may be what you require.  We also have aprons,  wheatbags, padded coat hangers, scarfs, note pads, knitted dolls etc., and even beautiful floral arrangements that never need watering.  Also to go with these gifts, there is a large selection of hand crafted cards.
We are open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10.30am and 12.30pm.
We look forward to seeing you.
Joslyn Tierney Phone 817 5799

Rose Lynn Fashions will be coming to the village on
Tuesday 15th October
At 10.30 – 3pm
In the Seabreeze lounge.

Christmas is Coming
Lita and Colin
Independent Flamingo Partners NZ
Will be visiting
Tuesday 22nd October
At 10.00am

To display and sell our Beautiful NEW range of Christmas Cards, Advent Calendars, Advent Calendar Cards, Buntings, Gift Wrap, Gift Tags, Money Wallets
and Bookmarks
Also, Everyday cards and Gift wrap
All products are exclusive, and are
at great price
ALL Christmas Cards are Supporting
Hospice NZ

Payment can be made by Cash, cheque
Eftpos/Credit/Debit card (Mastercard or Visa)

Have you ever wanted to learn Mah-jong or to pick it up again after some time?
We have 3 sessions of Mah-jong, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 to 12 in the Matai Room.
On Thursdays one of the tables is a beginners group and I will be coaching newer and returning players who wish to re-join a group. We have a few people interested so I will working with people on Thursdays, except for the first Thursday of the month which is normally Book Club for me.
We are more social than serious so we play and then normally have lunch together in the café for those who wish to join us.
Whenever you like please come along and see how the games go. Previous experience is NOT required.
We would particularly welcome newer residents and at this early stage of the year it is quite a relaxed time.
If you have questions just call me on 8173726.
Margaret Fidow 43 Manukau

Would love to see our old players plus new ones.
Come on men come along and give it a go also.
We now have a brand new umbrella to keep us in the shade.
We play every Monday starting at 1.50pm till around 2.50pm.
Freda MK24 817 4300

Hi everyone
If anyone has any unwanted yarn, needles etc.. could you please donate it to Activities on level 2 Seabreeze.
Many regards
Skevi Kourti Activities co-codinator

MOVE with MIRA!!
Come along for a 30 minute workout with Mira. Improve your posture and balance. Build a stronger more flexible you and have fun while you do it!
(NB: Chairs will be used. Seated and standing exercise.)
Thursdays 9.15am in Seabreeze lounge.
See you there!

Scrapbooking Craft day 1st Friday of the month.
Scrapbooking is putting photos into albums sorting or framing even if you do on tablet come and join
Us and if you have any other craft you are doing you are welcome to join us
Time 9.30am to 12pm longer if you wish.
Ph Tina on 817 1940

Just touching base and wanting to talk about something that comes up quite a bit. Residents always have great ideas and things that they would like to see done around the village. It would not be normal for us not to. Sometimes we see things that we would like to change or things being done that we do not agree with. This group of residents enjoy our environment and life in Pinesong but we cannot make things happen as you perhaps would like. The only way we can all pass on our ideas and suggestions is using the correct forms which are kept in Reception. I know that to some this probably sounds like a right pain, but rest assured it is the correct and most efficient way to go. If you have ideas or just want a bit of a moan, please know that by using the Feedback form you will get a response and you never know what might happen. Just sayin......
Aileen Keery - 817 3399

We are a nice friendly group of players but our numbers are dwindling. If anyone is interested in joining us please phone me. We play on Saturdays from 1-4pm and on quiz days till 3.45pm. We also welcome outsiders to make up our numbers. We will be starting again on Saturday 26th January in the Matai Room.
Althea Morley 20 Peninsula – 817-5666

The indoor bowls group meet twice a week in the Seabreeze lounge to play bowls for fun and social interaction.
Wednesday 6.50pm – approx. 8.20pm
Thursday 1.50pm – approx. 2.50pm
Followed by afternoon tea (players each bring a small plate)
We are hoping to attract past and new players (instruction can be given as required).
Who would like to try this activity?
Anyone interested should contact the group convener,
Clive Coleman on 817 1971 for more information.

Our friendly group meets at 9am on Tuesday and Friday mornings for 30 minutes of gentle pool exercises and all are welcome to attend. Always look forward to greeting new faces.
Noel Clark Ph. 8154116

Have moved premises to the RSA, Railside Avenue Henderson; parking available. Handy to train, buses and the Mall. Help and Information days held 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 10.00am to 12 noon.
If you need help with your computer/device or a refresher on something you have forgotten, don't hesitate to call in and see us.
Windows, Apple and Android systems covered.
Phone 837 7600.

A wonderful mixture of rugs, jumpers, cardigans, hats and slippers is to be delivered by the time this issue of the 'Press' goes to print. All items being most useful in this cooler weather we are now experiencing.
But there is a big BUT this time. A few weeks ago I attempted to 'pull back' from what I have now done for the past ten years, but it's just not working for me so I have chosen to relinquish my position as 'the wool lady'.
Those of you who may wish to continue knitting can still deliver your donations to the Maternity Ward Reception at Waitakere Hospital and they will pass garments on to where they would be most appreciated, should that be necessary.
Any remaining wools I have, will be donated to the local Hospice as they have their own busy knitting groups who can make good use of any yarns available.
I thank all the willing workers most sincerely for the hard work as well as the quality of the garments you have made for our most worthy cause. Your dedication has been memorable.
Thanks again,
Anne Clarke 021 1128523

Looking for new players of any level to join our group.
Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm in the Snooker room next to the bar in Seabreeze lounge next to the bar.
Any further information please call
Bill Mules 827 4747

In the craft room. For 2 hours on Thursday mornings 10-12pm.
Also we have greeting cards on sale at the same time.
Come and have a look or join us and make your own, its fun.
Norma Lee

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 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.

Anyone is free to use it or course. Other users just ask you to please leave it as you find it – that means windows closed so they are not left open all night. Makes it cold for Charlie Bish and a few other early risers!

If you need help to use any equipment I am quite prepared to show you how on an “all care but no responsibility” basis! Just give me a call and we will arrange a time.
Tony Cross 817 6066

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

Our amazing dinners include a $20 buffet with roast vegetables or salad with also a Dessert included. We have a courtesy van that runs every hour on the hour on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday which goes directly to your door to pick up anyone willing to join us here at the RSA. They also get dropped back when they are ready to go home. To book for this just make a phone call and let us know how many and what time  817-6415.
We have regular exciting entertainment, comedy nights, open mic nights and fundraisers. Every second Friday we have live music, for example Shane and the Shazam! band Is performing Tomorrow from 8.00pm which is $10 a ticket, and coming up we have a Dire straits tribute band in June. The RSA puts on entertaining Quiz Nights every second Tuesday of the month from 7.30pm and the last Thursday of the month we have a lunchtime quiz at 1.30pm which is always a good laugh. We have many activities available such as a golf, pool, snooker, darts and fishing. Every couple of months The fishing and golf sections go out on day or over night trips, which they all enjoy. We also have 500 club where they meet every Tuesday around 1.00pm.  
For pictures of upcoming events you can check out our facebook page
Laura Richardson

Gabrielle Blazer
The Waitakere Suite
Gabrielle (Gay) Blazer lived in West Auckland as a conductor, composer and arranger of original works in various styles, including those inspired by local landmarks such as ‘Seagulls over the Manukau’ and ‘Summer Days at Cornwallis’. Gabrielle was also a brilliant arranger who loved jazz and folk music. After her death in 2017, her wish was fulfilled and the CD of ‘The Waitakere Suite’ was realized.
Join us during Heritage Month for a presentation by Dora Green (producer of the CD) and Sylvia La Trobe, colleagues and friends of Gay’s, who will talk about her life and give the opportunity to hear excerpts of the Suite.
Titirangi Library
Tuesday 29th October
12pm - 1pm

Village Care Centre Clinic

We have a complimentary nurse clinic on a Tuesday and Friday morning from 10.30am – 11.30am to check your blood pressure and talk through any concerns you may have. We can also provide other services at the clinic such as wound care and injections and a fee is on-charged to cover materials. If your wound is covered by ACC the charge for the dressing is free of charge. If you visit the nurse outside of the clinic hours a registered nurse consult fee will apply, plus cost of materials.
If you have any questions about service costs please ask. Seabreeze Level 2.

For those of you who have either pendant or wrist call bells, could you please make sure that you are wearing them.
Over the past few weeks, we have had residents fall in their apartments and they have either crawled to their phone to contact family, or staff have routinely attended to administer medications or assist the resident with cares and found the person on the floor.
Pendants have been in drawers, on the bedside table or several other places, but have not been with the resident.
The staff are here to assist you in any way they can, but if we do not know you have fallen, then we cannot help.
Linda G

Sonja from Ecare is visiting
Monday 11th November at 10am
on Level 2
Ecare is a self-monitoring of weight and blood pressure. If you’d like to know how to do it please come along.

Please be advised the next Parkinsons meeting is on
Wednesday 23rd October

in the Kauri room at 1pm.
Speech language therapist – swallow, speech how to maintain & maximise.
Family and friends are also welcome.

Hi everyone, we would like to take this opportunity to thank both residents and staff for the continued and ongoing support.
We would like you to be aware of the changes to our pricing policy which takes effect on October 1
st 2019.

Cost of Treatment: PHYSIOTHERAPY
ACC Initial Assessment & Treatment $40
ACC Follow Up $25
Private Initial $120 / 60mins
Private Follow Up $70 / 30mins
Please note – Cost of treatment may vary if your appointment is short or extra long.

Shivani will be on site Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Between 8am and 2pm.
Exercise Class
on Monday’s 9.30am for 30mins.

We now have an eftpos machine in the clinic and will no longer be placing charges on account.
Our Physiotherapists are available to chat about consultations & or charges.
For appointments, you can call me on numbers below.

With kind regards,

Mandy Dutton
Office Administrator
Ph: 627 9560
Freephone 0800 229 749

The 3rd Tuesday of every month.
The next Podiatry visit is 15th October 2019.
This will be in the Beauty therapy room ground floor.
Please contact reception for an appointment.

Please note that my afterhours phone number is now 0272 898338
Thanks Kimberley

St. Johns hospital Shuttle for:

Book 3 days ahead of appointment.
0800 000 606
$10 return

Greenlane hospital
Auckland hospital
North Shore hospital:
Book 3 days in advance.
0800 809 342
$6.00 each way

Hi everyone, we are looking for 8 people to take part in a strength and balance trail using a electronic device (provided) featuring 6 exercises that have been taught to thousands of people across the Auckland region. Quintin Derham the Tai Chi teacher at Pinesong has developed a programme that is easy to follow and can be practised each day at your home.

A group of people have already used the device and found it really useful for improving balance and easy to follow.

Next Tuesday (21st November) at 9.50am after the Tai Chi class in the main hall Quintin will be meeting people to discuss the programme and get you started. 

If you want to improve your balance and stability then here is a wonderful opportunity to get started. If you are interested please contact Quintin on 021 536768 or email

PHYSIO – Advanced Rehab
Please note Rachael Andrews has left Advanced Rehab and there will no longer be a physio clinic here at Pinesong on Tuesday or Thursday in our Wellness Clinic.
For an appointment, please contact Shivani who will continue to provide a clinic on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9am to 3.30pm.

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

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.

Please note Labtests have advised that for all future blood tests every resident must have their doctor; nurse or medical practice ring, fax or email Labtests first to book an appointment if wanting a bloodtest done here at the village.
This is regardless of whether it is done at reception on our clinic days Mon/Wed/Fri at 2.30pm or a home visit, this will be the procedure going forward, sorry no exceptions!

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Restaurant Notice

Our winter warmer soups made every morning from fresh vegetables & herbs this week we have:   
Monday – Leek & Potato
Tuesday – French Onion
Wednesday – Creamy Mushroom
Thursday – Vegetable Puree with Basil Pesto
Friday – Creamy Tomato
Saturday – Pumpkin & Ginger
Sunday –
Creamy Chicken & Vegetable  

All soups served with side toast.
Dine in or take away.
All soups are $6.50.  
Available from 11.30am at the café.

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Your comments and contributions are welcome and to this end I invite you to use the
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Deryck Hunt