The first day of the rest of our lives

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Refurbished Cafe Opening

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Anzac Day 2019

Pinesong Remembers

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Farewell To Evan

Our Seabreeze Lounge was full this Thursday evening as we sadly had to farewell Evan. Evan has served on our staff for the past 19 years. He has been a pillar and heart of our village. He has supported and cared for us as residents superbly. Everyone has been expressing the same feelings of loss at having to see him go, but hope that he will enjoy a rich retirement and have even more exciting and fulfilling days ahead, especially on the water! Thank you so much Evan, from all of us.

Thank you
I would like to say to all our Pinesong residents a great big Thank you. I have enjoyed working with you, the fantastic Pinesong staff and Management. You are a wonderful village and I am very proud to have been part of it.
Last Friday at Happy hour your generosity overwhelmed me. I was presented with a beautiful card from residents expressing the most wonderful & heartfelt sentiments and a voucher for $500 at a local Fishing tackle supplier.
I went shopping with the voucher on Saturday and bought two extremely high quality rod and reel sets. One is a heavier duty Shimano bait runner on an Aquatip reel and the other a Shimano Catana softbait reel on a 7’6” carbon fibre rod.
These are the first new rod/reel sets I have had for 10 years. I am looking forward to using them soon and will always think of Pinesong people with great affection when I use them. I have received many wonderful individual cards expressing so much kindness and gifts as well.
I have not been able to thank everyone personally and would like this opportunity to say thank you so very much. I will miss you all.


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Police Dog Display

This week we were privileged to have a visit from Senior Constable Tony Harris and his police dog Fagan [from Auckland Police Dog Section]. Tony spoke about the work he and Fagan do, as a general purpose team, and also their work as a search and rescue unit. The visit was in support of the Garden Circle. Tony is the son of our residents Leon & Sue Harris. They deserve to be really proud of him and his work. This was an excellent presentation of our police work in action. A huge thank you to you Tony and of course Fagan!

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And the winners are ….

The inter-village bowls competition between Pinesong, The Poynton and Hillsborough Heights was held at The Poynton last Thursday. It was a tough day on the green with cold winds circling the area for most of the afternoon. Our Pinesong team came through strong, bringing home the winning trophy!

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Pinesong World Games 2019

The sun did shine on Wednesday 20th March
As Pinesong held its World Games

The opening ceremony was held on the area outside Seabreeze lounge at 1.00pm and was opened by Sue Harris.

Led by Alan Whimp and Peter Singh, the games took off with great exuberance. Apart from all the fun it gave our residents an opportunity to try activities that the village offers in some cases for the first time. A most enjoyable afternoon, followed by prize giving and a BBQ

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An audience with
Shaun Wallace

"WOW what a buzz Shaun Wallace has created around the village! I was confident we made the right decision when we said ‘yes’ to the opportunity to host Shaun, but I certainly didn’t anticipate the positive impact his visit would have on our village community.

Shaun Wallace Book Orders: Should you wish to order one of his books through us, please register your full name via Reception and payment of $40.00 no later than Wednesday 27th February 2019. We will then place this order for you. Please note these will not be autographed. "

Katie Worthy
Village Manager

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New Year's Eve

A night of Hollywood Glamour

What a great way to celebrate New Year's Eve. Jim Joll led us in a night of excellent entertainment and dancing, loads of Hollywood glamour and good fun. As for that supper, oh my, what a treat! A huge thank you to Jean, Margaret, Judy, Mary and Anna and all their helpers for making this such a memorable occasion.

What a brilliant way to start 2019!
Our “Hollywood” evening was amazing – lively non stop music, wonderful attempts by everyone to dress as glamourous movie stars, beautiful supper food, a fascinating power point presentation (thank you Katie), and a stunning transformation of Seabreeze Lounge. To the hard working social committee and their noble helpers, to Deryck for once again being our sound man, to Barbara for recording us all with her professional photography, and to Robert for playing the bagpipes so magnificently, many thanks.
Margaret and Alan – 405 Seabreeze

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Art Group Exhibition

There is so much talent seen in our residents and this was displayed to perfection at the Art Groups's display over Saturday and Sunday in our Seabreeze Lounge. Beautiful work displayed from our artists Colin Blomfield, Tina Irwin, Robin Mansfield, Steve Irwin and Margaret Kemp. Thanks to all involved who put on this excellent exhibition.

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Melbourne Cup Day at Pinesong
Fashion Parade

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Daffodil Ramble

A lovely walk through our bush and garden areas to get a fresh glimpse of the great work our resident members of the Garden Circle do. Special thanks to Aileen, Pam and the Garden Circle Team

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Pinesong's Retired Registered Nurses Luncheon

Saturday 21st July, Pinesong’s Retired Registered Nurses enjoyed a time of sharing over a “Luncheon Get Together” that Lois Lilly and Judy Horder blessed us with - thanks to those two! We had such a lovely time! Guest Speaker - Margaret Kamphuis shared about “Caring for the Carer!”

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Table Tennis Singles Tournament

Jeff Prior was the winner of the singles competition, runner up Ken Jarvis.being presented by Sue Harris on behalf of the Residents Committee. 

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Table Tennis Doubles Tournament

Winners: June Hooper & Pat Crowe
Runners Up: Patricia Carr and Bob Helleur (Bob not able to be there for the photo)
along with Mary Cole Convenor and Ken Webster Residents Committee Chairperson

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Fog settles on the bowling green

100 flights are cancelled but the bowlers carry on at Pinesong.

Geoff says there’s only one, as far as he can see.

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Saturday Walkers

This year’s walks have been far and wide thanks to Geoff Long and Rob Perry our bus drivers and John White our planner.
Mangamangaroa walkway beyond Howick

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Croquet Triples Finals

The croquet Triples final match was won by Rex Phillips on a second game. The first try at playing it was a washout a few days earlier at hoop 8 where Ken Jarvis was in the lead

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On the Buses

Terry’s “On the Buses “ to Warkworth was a great day out. The men headed to the Bridgehouse Hotel for their sustenance. The ‘Ladies that Lunch’ did just that and then hit the shops.

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We continued climbing the volcanic cones around Auckland City.
As no motorized traffic is aloud up on the summit these days (except under special conditions).
We enjoyed walking up Mt Eden. The view as always is exceptional. We were surprised to see how many other people were also up there on a Thursday morning.

The following week we parked in Dromorne Ave off Market Rd in Remuera.
Coming down a pathway into Dilworth and Mt Hobson Ave we returned walking past Dilworth School in Market Rd.

Mt St John was our next attempt. We were to park in Belvedere but road works stopped us so we parked in Margot St Epsom. We climbed the track from Belvedere to the summit and then back to Mt St John Rd and Ranfurly, Gillies Ave, Epsom Ave and back to Margot St.

As our final walk for April was on Anzac Day a small group of us walked a local walk. We walked, Avonleigh, Castleford, Pendlebury into a beautiful bush area by a stream. Coming out in Godley Rd we turned back into Castleford then the bush track again. Crossing back to Taupiko and Avonleigh. We returned to Pinesong in plenty of time for the Anzac Service.
Jocelyn Cartwright - 816 8312

November 19th. We drove to Glenfield and followed the Kaipatiki Stream down to the Eskdale Bush Reserve for our morning tea break - a new area for most of us.
December 3. We drove to the highest pointing in the Waitakere Ranges, Pukematekeo Trig with its 360 degree view before walking down to the Waitakere Dam, along the Tram Line Track with glimpses of the Waitakere Falls (which gave their name to the whole of our area) to have morning tea at the ‘station’. We then climbed a challenging section of the Anderson Track, looked at the cool store with its cave wetas and followed the Scenic Drive to transport. Anyone know who the Andersons were?
December 14th. An old favourite - the Slip Track from Arataki down to the Pipeline Track, Exhibition Drive and back past Mackies Rest on the Beveridge Track.
December 31st was the cool, fresh bush of the Rangemore Track to the Kauri knoll.
January 14th. A hot sunny day following the Mercer Bay Loop with its magnificent sea views right down the West Coast to Whatipu, white breakers showing up the Manukau Bar clearly against the blue of the sea.
JOHN WHITE 817 8382

Summary of meeting held on Monday 21
st January 2018
Attended by 30 members, apologies from Ron & Jocelyn Cartwright.
Dave Annan welcomed all and invited John Crow, retiring convenor to report on 2018 finances and briefly on activities. He has a balance of $164.00 in hand, this will be returned to Residents Committee. Any funds needed during 2019 will be requested or raised from members.
A vote of thanks was passed to John for his 4 years of outstanding service.
Nomination was called for Convenor, none forthcoming.
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday Roll up’s organisation, draws to be done by Dave Annan, John Horder, and other to be co-opted.
Grading and Notice Board, no volunteers so Dave Annan was confirmed to continue this responsibility. The current grading’s will be reviewed and members no longer playing will be removed.
The board currently contains 52 names, 34 are regular players, (attend at least one roll up a week.) 5 casual and 13 haven’t played for some time.
Trophy Competitions: - volunteer was called for to run the 5 competitions, no volunteer.
Query, what’s involved: produce entry form, complete draw, and conduct competition. Show of hands those wishing to participate, result, 9 members.
John Crow volunteered to convene the competitions with fellow villages, accerpted with acclamation.
Moved to put competitions into abeyance, trophies to be collected, look at locating a trophy cabinet for safe keeping.
Social Committee: - Ann Stankovich, Daphne Freeman and Iona Manaton volunteered, confirmed and thanked, to appoint their convenor.
Shed management, Rob Carr offered and appointed.
General Business: - Umbrella raising and lowering – teams on rinks closest to drop them on completion of session. John Horder suggested session be held to address Bowls etiquette, John Crow drew attention to rules on notice board
Some general discussion followed, then meeting closed at 9.55am
David Annan Phone 8179154, Email –


The competition's final matches were held on Monday and a large group were together and enjoyed the fun atmosphere and to cheer on the players. The winner after some very close games was Terry Batt who beat Lil Gosling in a very close encounter. An afternoon tea was held at the finish of play to wish Keith and Esme Burge a happy retirement from running Pétanque after so many years. The new organiser will be Jacqui Batt who takes over the reins from Monday. Our heartfelt thanks to Keith and Esme for all the hard work they have put into making this such a happy group of residents who enjoy each other's company. The time has come for Keith and Esme to relinquish the helm; eight years they have held the Pétanque realm.
Each Monday at Three come rain or shine,
Down in the Oval it was always fine.
So the time has come for us to farewell our two leaders. We all hope you enjoy new found hours of leisure with no worry about the weather.
Lil Gosling
What a lovely surprise it was to be treated to afternoon nibbles and drinks on Monday by our fellow pétanque players. We had announced that after eight years of organising the group it was time to have a rest and allow new people with enthusiasm and new ideas to have a go.
Thank you for the function and the most generous gift we really did appreciate your efforts.  The time we have spent with the group has been a absolute pleasure and we hope who ever takes over will have as much fun as we did.
Esme and Keith Burge

The Eileen Malim Drawn Pairs trophy was won by Val Eade and John Crow.
Runners-up were Maryann Spackman and Althea Morley. The next competition is the Lorna Stewart Triples that will start in late January at which time we will have a Season Opening afternoon tea and a discussion about a have-a-go day for residents interested in playing golf croquet.

In the meantime, present players are only too willing to introduce new players to the game. It is a good idea to come down to watch general play on Monday and Friday afternoons at 1pm as a start

The croquet green is available to all residents and their visitors at any other time and we have a shortened mallet for children to use. Balls and mallets are in the croquet shed so please use them and have fun!
Janet Cross. M4 817 6066

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