From the Editor

Voting is now over and Auckland Central was a Chloe sensation.

This month we will be celebrating diversity at the annual community organised Grey Lynn Park Festival. Come for your Christmas shopping, eat from around the world, enjoy the mix of free music and family friendly fun at Grey Lynn Park, Dryden Street. Diary Date: Saturday 21 November.

Herne Bay resident Greg Moyle is a well-known local. We have known about his project making gardens in local schools for some time. This month he took my colleague on a tour of some of the school gardens he has set up with the help of Rotary.

Glyphosate. The time to ban it is now. With a strong new government in power, and a Green Party local MP, we must push Auckland Council hard to seek and adopt alternative weed control to glyphosate on our streets, berms, parks and reserves. How long must we wait?

Local scribe Helene Ravlich has worked with Ponsonby News for many years. Her new column on local fashion makes its debut this month with her take on linen.

Now that we’re enjoying the social freedom of Covid Alert Level 1, it’s a good time to start planning end-of-year celebrations with friends, family and workmates. Although no one needs an excuse to get out and support some of the country’s talented artists, chefs, musicians and hospitality folk, end of year festivities are a great reason to do so. Whether it’s a long lunch, a formal Christmas function or a delicious food basket, the wider Ponsonby area has just about everything you need.

Honour Mitchell’s Teen Picks this month highlights the hot spots this summer. Whether out picnicking with friends, taking a walk, or on the hunt for a place to clear your mind, there are oodles of places to choose from!

With the property market continuing to gain momentum, favourable interest rates and an abundance of great deals almost everywhere you look, there has possibly never been a better time to invest in your home. Can you still renovate your home or garden in time for this summer? (MARTIN LEACH)

Stop Press:
The announcement of the closure of Whitecross Medical Centre in the heart of Ponsonby is sad. Along with many other locals I am going to miss them as they have helped me deal with broken arms, cracked ribs and various accidents over the years.

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