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2019 New Year's Eve Fiesta Night

Another enjoyable night at Pinesong to usher in the New Year. The evening took on a Fiesta theme and was led by Jim Joll whose singing and music kept the night going for five hours! Wow - we can still make it! A huge thanks to Jean Piper and the Social Committee for all their hard work in making this night a great success.

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Pinesong Rainbow Rockers Christmas Concert

A large crowd came to enjoy the Christmas concert put on by our Rainbow Rocker Ukulele group. Thank you Judy and all the Rockers for a most enjoyable performance.

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Christmas Carol Service with the Auckland Salvation Army Band

What a thrill it was to see our Seabreeze Lounge filled to capacity for the Christmas Carol Service with the Salvation Army Band . It was a tremendous occasion with great playing and great singing from everyone. As mentioned in our promotion for this event, a collection was taken to support the Social Services of the Salvation Army. We are thrilled to announce that $1335.00 was contributed to their hugely appreciated work in our communities. Thank you to all who made this possible.
Deryck Hunt

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Pinesongsters Christmas Performances

The Pinesongsters’ end-of-year concert A CHRISTMAS CRACKER, was packed full of surprises. Both performances were excellent and delighted our residents. A huge thanks to Doug Lilly, Kathryn Mansell, John White and all the choir’s helpers and supporters. The Saturday performance was preceded by complimentary drinks and Afternoon Tea was served following the Sunday show.

For photographs of the concert go to the
Pinesongsters Choir Performances Page.

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West Auckland Homeschool Group presented
'On the Road to Bethlehem'

We were fortunate to have a visit from the West Auckland Homeschool group of children who entertained us with a number of items and then performed the nativity play 'On the Road to Bethlehem'.A very lovely time, thank you all for coming.

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Laingholm Kindy Christmas Concert

Any performance involving children is delightful, especially when they come from a Kindy. These children were beautiful and certainly created the Christmas spirit. Thank you to their teachers and helpers. It was a very special time.

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Market Day at Pinesong

On a beautiful day last Saturday, Pinesong was enriched with an amazing Market Day with over 50 stalls filling our main lounge, reception area outside and other rooms. A huge thanks to Delwyn for organising this event and all the work that so many of our people and staff put into it. Alongside our own products created in the village were other stall holders from outside the village. So, along with cafe, outside BBQ and live music from the Silver Strings and a mass of people, this was a wonderful event.

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Grandparents Day at Pinesong

What a great occasion it was to celebrate 'Grandparents Day' at Pinesong this weekend. It was lovely to have our children, grandchildren & great grandchildren to celebrate this occasion. Thank you to the staff and all who helped make this possible. We had live music, a sausage sizzle, craft corner, games, High Tea & Mr Whippy. Wow!

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TV3 'The Project' comes to film in Pinesong

On Monday we had TV 3 ‘THE PROJECT’ come to interview and film our Wearable Arts Display and interview some of the key people! This will be on ‘THE PROJECT’ on Friday 27/9/19 after TV 3 news!! Another special occasion.

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TV3 'The Project' at Pinesong

The Wearable Arts Fashion Show as seen on TV3's The Project on Friday 27th September



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Wearable Arts Fashion Parade


What an amazing afternoon we enjoyed this week. The Wearable Arts Fashion Show was a huge success. The creativity that has gone into so many costumes was awe inspiring. Thank you so much Delwyn for your organisation. Thank you for all those who participated and all the helpers, this is what makes Pinesong so special. The photos below are just a small look at the over 300 photographs taken. These will be made available in the next few days. Finally, thank you to all who came - Seabreeze Lounge was full once again. Well done everyone.



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Time to say "Goodbye"


A surprise final goodbye to Katie, our Village Manager, as she leaves our village for the last time as manager. We wish her all the best as she takes up her new position as manager of the Poynton.



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Pinesong's 20th Birthday Celebration


Friday 9th August - Pinesong’s 20th Birthday
Our Seabreeze Lounge was packed on Friday evening for our birthday celebration and an opportunity to celebrate Neil’s time at Pinesong. Angela, our new Village Manager came along and it was a great opportunity for us to meet her.
Welcome bubbles were served from 4.30pm and speeches followed at 5pm followed by entertainment. The well kept surprise was to have Neil perform for the last time as a member of our staff - we will surely miss him.

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Nostalgia Show 2019


What a wonderful weekend we have enjoyed at Pinesong with two performances of the Nostalgia show on Saturday and Sunday nights. Our lounge was packed with capacity crowds and were thrilled with the performance of the 6o member cast - the largest in our show history. Once again the cast was made up of a mix of our staff and residents. The staff helped to keep us young!! Costumes, music, dance, skits and solo performances were great.

Special acknowledgments go to our Director Bob Helleur, Producer Diana Smith, Sound & Lighting Deryck Hunt, Videography Vicky Wu, Props & Sound Geoff Long, MC John Addis, Bar Volunteers, Ticket Ladies, Stage Assemblers and Pinesong Staff.

The video trailer above is of the film I am producing at the moment which will, in a few weeks time be screened in the Seabreeze lounge on the big screen and following that videos will be available. Notification of the date will be made in the village Press and on this website. To view more photographs go to the page
'NOSTALGIA SHOW 2019'.
Deryck Hunt ph 021 289 1875



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Photos of this year's Nostalgia show may be viewed on the page
'NOSTALGIA SHOW 2019'


Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra Young Achievers


We were treated to a very special performance by three of the young Achievers of the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra. A delightful presentation and oh so talented. Many thanks.

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Nu2U

I would like to take this opportunity to thank some people who have helped us to get started on this project. Jacqui, Heather Kearn’s daughter who designed and printed our price cards. Roger Pagani of Pagani Clothing, who gave us our clothing racks and hangers. Katie for her encouragement and support. Mark for supplying us with storage and working hard to tidy it up. Robin for our fliers and advertising. Judy for creating an atmosphere with her piano playing. The team of ladies who appear every Wednesday morning with a fresh supply of clothes etc. Last but not least all the ladies who keep donating their goods - keep it up! I love seeing the bags of goodies at my door when I come home. At the end of our first month I shall let you know how much money we have collected, thanks to your support. Regards,
Jean Piper & the Nu2u team. 8179054  pipers@xtra.co.nz

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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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RECENT QUIZ PICTURES

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Table Tennis Mixed Doubles

Our 2019 "season" has ended with the final of the Doubles Competition being played on Monday afternoon. We have had lots of close games this year and plenty of support during matches.
Wally Martin and Pam Choat came out the winners after a close contest against Patricia Carr and Jeff Prior. The presentation will probably take place before play on Thursday.
Many thanks to everyone who has been part of our table tennis group in 2019. It has been great to see all three available days being used and the fun and companionship this game produces in the Kauri Room is so special.
For those not going away on holiday, table tennis will continue, with probably a quiet period between Christmas and New Year. Grandchildren are very welcome to join you for some fun!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.
Pam Choat (8174826) & Ken Jarvis (8168445)

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Thursday Walkers

The Thursday walkers on a foggy morning. Under the Harbour Bridge, along the boardwalk, over the motorway footbridge and back to Point Erin.

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Croquet Singles Finals


Here are some photos of the croquet singles finals.
The largest ‘gallery’ for croquet for a long time - like the Centre Court at Wimbledon - watched the match last sunny Sunday afternoon. Terry Adolph won with Judy Horder being runner-up.

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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 September trip


A better day for meeting up for another great day out on the Auckland buses and trains. The “bus stop" Pinesong residents went to St Heliers and Orakei for lunch. Drivers used to nearly empty buses got a shock when 25 passengers boarded for a local wandering route from St Heliers to Keep Road.
Janet

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THURSDAY WALKERS
Thank-you Gillian Clark for your appreciation of our outings. We have walked all over Auckland over the 19 years of our group here at Pinesong. Thank-you to Geoff Long, Rob Perry and Arthur Hammond, without you driving we wouldn’t be able to drive to the many beautiful places around our city. We visited lakes, beaches, parks, bush and farms to name a few. The Maunga around Auckland are favorites. We have attended protests at Otuataua (Mangere) and Mt Albert - where we have watched from a distance. However on occasions we have just walked locally. We live in a beautiful area or on a Saturday used out AT card for the bus and ferry, when no driver has been available. Thank-you for our drivers who provide their own cars from time to time and all members who provide the biscuits we enjoy after our walk on Thursday.
December walks have taken us to Western Springs where after a lovely walk around the area we enjoyed a combined picnic under a tree watching the birds on the Springs lake.
Kiwi Esplanade was so beautiful for our second walk. The tide was coming in and the Manukau Harbour was so calm. We walked around the costal area of Ambury Farm and back through the fields to the coast again.
Our final walk for December will be Cornwall Park and One Tree Hill. We plan to climb the summit to see how the Totara and Pohutukawa trees are progressing. We will re commence our Thursday walks on January 10th.
It’s amazing to think it will be 2020. Happy Christmas and New Year. Keep walking over the holiday period.
J. Cartwright 30 Manukau 816 8312

SATURDAY WALKING GROUP
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


OUTDOOR BOWLS
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 – davidann86@gmail.com

PETANQUE SINGLES COMPETITION

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

CROQUET@PINESONG
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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