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Ponsonby News has been published monthly - on the first Friday of every month - excluding January, since 1989.

The magazine is A4 in size, printed in full colour, usually between 130 to 160 pages in length and is distributed to over 17,987 homes and businesses, by hand, in the greater Ponsonby area.

Ponsonby News deals with local news, views and events, personalities, celebrities and local people, shopping, fashion and gifts, food, wine, cafes, restaurants and bars, relaxation, arts, theatre, music and motoring, accommodation and hotels, architecture, conservation and real estate, home, lifestyle, diversity and pets, wellbeing; mind, body and spirit, community, education, sport and travel.

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Meet the team

Ponsonby News is produced by a small enthusiastic team, along with a number of local columnists and advertisers.
  • Martin Leach

    Editor / Publisher
    martin@ponsonbynews.co.nz

    Martin has extensive experience and has received 18 international accolades for publishing excellence. In London, Martin launched a number of business to business magazines, events, masterclasses, dinners and conferences as brand extensions. He was featured in Charles Handy's book, 'The New Alchemists', how visionary people create something out of nothing. Published by Random House UK 1999.

  • Jo Barrett

    Associate Publisher & Ad Manager
    joannebarrett@xtra.co.nz

    Jo has over 25 years experience working with advertising agencies as a freelance graphic artist and as an account manager with design agencies. She has been with Ponsonby News since 2006 and up until a year ago was a long term Ponsonby and Kingsland resident. Jo now lives and works from her home in Rawene Hokianga and she spends two weeks of each month in Ponsonby to work on Ponsonby News. Jo is also an artist (co-winner: Far North Art Awards 2016) and successfully shows and sells her works through a gallery in Auckland and Rawene.

  • Jay Platt

    Distribution & Subscriptions Manager
    jay@ponsonbynews.co.nz

    Jay has 18 years experience in information technology, HR, business development along with an intuitive feel about popular culture. Born in London, Jay has spent most of his time in 'Blighty' apart from a spell in California. He relocated to New Zealand with Mister Scottie and Martin Leach in April 2001.

  • Gwynne Davenport

    Operations Manager
    gwynne@ponsonbynews.co.nz

    Gwynne has experience in customer service and graphic design (also a tiny stint in hospitality and a longer stint of bad hair back in the 90s). Part of the team since 2009, she enjoys the variety that each day brings and working alongside such a fantastic community.

  • Melissa Paynter

    Advertising Sales
    melissa@ponsonbynews.co.nz

    Melissa Paynter has over 20 years experience in graphic design and publishing. She has been working as a freelance designer for Ponsonby News since 2009. She comes from a family of designers and artists and is passionate about art in any form.

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PO Box 47-282 Ponsonby, Auckland 1144, NZ

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About Ponsonby

Ponsonby is iconic in New Zealand. EVERYONE has heard of it. Even in this global world. The Ponsonby Road 'strip' ... with its large number of bars, cafes and restaurants is what makes this infamous area such a popular place to meet. These days Ponsonby also attracts and promotes fashion. There are over 50 fashion retailers - the majority for women, but there are five or six catering exclusively to men. Then there are the homewares stores. We have some of the best along with interior design businesses.

It's all here in Ponsonby. In London it would be Notting Hill/Kensington, in Manhattan - Soho/Chelsea, in Sydney - Paddington/Darlinghurst.

Main Roads - College Hill, Jervois, Franklin, Richmond, Williamson Avenue and Surrey Crescent.

Our Community

Residents have included actors, all blacks, bishops, boaties, musicians, prostitutes, romantics, revolutionaries, writers - the odd governor general and prime minister. But above all else, Ponsonby is Auckland's main creative life-force. It all seems to happen here, first.

Our history

One hundred and fifty years ago the hills and valleys of Ponsonby and Freeman's bay were covered with fern and manuka; by 1900 the landscape was covered by industry and housing. Maori had been present on the Tamaki isthmus from around 1000 AD. While many small sub-tribal groups moved through the area, Waiohua were tangata whenua until overwhelmed by Ngati Whatua in 1750. In 1840 Ngati Whatua sold substantial blocks of land around the Waitemata Harbour to Governor Hobson who established the colony's capital there. Ponsonby was originally know as Dedwood and was renamed Ponsonby in 1873.

Our houses

Ponsonby's streets are lined with character villas, many have remained untouched while others, still maintaining their original character, have been renovated to fit with modern urban life style living. That is what makes Ponsonby, PONSONBY. There are many different parts of our area ... like Freeman's Bay, with its colonial workers cottages set amongst some very grand old homes, modern terraced townhouses and apartments and not much more than a stroll to the CBD. In late November/December Freeman's Bays' tree lined Franklin Road transforms into a Christmas Wonderland, with the beautiful old villas lavishly adorned in Christmas fairy lights ... people from all over Auckland come to look at and share in, this spectacular event.

Arch Hill

Arch Hill is named due to its "natural features”. Most of the houses date from around the turn of the 20th century and many are small workers cottages or wooden villas; sections are often tiny and without off-street parking. Some light industrial commercial premises have replaced parts of the housing stock with one and two storey commercial properties and more recently apartment complexes have been built. Before the north-western motorway was built through the bottom of the suburb, known as Arch Hill Gully, in the 1960s and 70s, many of the streets running down from Great North Road linked up with those in Kingsland.

Freemans Bay

Freemans Bay is the name of a former bay, which was filled in to a considerable extent, with the reclamation area now totally concealing the ancient shoreline. Historically a poor and often disreputable quarter, it is now a comparatively wealthy and desirable neighbourhood known for its mix of heritage homes and more recent single-dwelling houses, as well as for its two large parks.

Grey Lynn

To the west of Ponsonby, lies Grey Lynn ... this diverse multicultural community of alternative lifestyles and creativity, is an energetic and spirited area with a cafe culture of its own. The annual Grey Lynn Park Festival with its distinct Pacific Island flavour draws crowds to enjoy markets, music, ethnic foods and much more. Grey Lynn was home to many early Auckland manufacturing businesses. The Sleepyhead Mattress factory and the old Summit Shirt Factory building are just two local examples, which have been redeveloped as New York loft style apartments.

St Mary's Bay

St Mary's Bay is a small, intimate community spirited neighbourhood perched on the northern slopes boasting glorious views to Westhaven Marina, inner Waitemata Harbour and the CBD. Modern townhouses sit amongst some of the grandest of grand homes and early colonial villas most of which have been superbly renovated. Today although almost 100% gentrified, St Mary's Bay's past included brothels, abortion clinics, drug squats and illegal drinking dens!

Herne Bay

Herne Bay is considered as one of Auckland's most exclusive suburbs with a number of homes currently valued in excess of $3million. During the late 1800's many of Auckland's early business leaders built grand Victorian residences on the north side, while on the southern side, Auckland's first developer mass built four avenues of villas. Jervois Road, known locally as 'Herne Bay Village' with its cafes, bars, restaurants and specialty retail shops is the hub that divides the northern slopes from 'the avenues' on the southern side. Of all the bays, Herne Bay is the only bay, which boasts its own small local beach.

Westmere

Westmere was originally a working-class area, containing some state houses; mostly private housing originating from housing development in the 1920s. It is known for its Californian style bungalow architecture. It is now a highly sought after residential location with extensive redevelopment. Westmere is broadly bisected by Garnet Road and is bounded by Coxs Bay to the North and the green belt running from Western Springs, the Auckland Zoo and Western Springs College to the South and West.

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