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Grey Lynn News issue 4

Soala Wilson from Hair Works on Williamson Ave has been doing a great job putting together a local round up of Grey Lynn community news.

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Grey Lynn News   March 2013

Aloha Night

Friday 22 March 5.30pm – 8.30pm (rain or shine)
Grey Lynn Primary School
Grey Lynn Primary
school hosts their annual fundraiser ALOHA Night on Friday 22 March.  It’s set to be a great night with delicious food stalls, kids fun, crafts and fabulous entertainment from local bands.
All proceeds from ALOHA will go towards a COW. Yes, that’s right. Not a cow of the milk-producing variety… our COW will be some Computers On Wheels. These are computers that are mobile, to move from class to class with fast and reliable wifi.
Children are selling raffle tickets with prizes from local businesses Air New Zealand Holidays Ponsonby, WMF, Bloom Spa & Beauty Ponsonby, Cyco Ponsonby and Wild Poppies Grey Lynn.
A huge shout out to our event sponsor Barfoot & Thompson Grey Lynn. Come along, bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the good vibes.
Aloha Night at Grey Lynn Primary

Fia Fia Day at Newton Central SchoolFia Fia Day
Saturday 23 March 10am-2pm
Newton Central School Monmouth Street Grey Lynn
You’re all invited to Newton Central School’s Fia Fia Day!
Fia Fia Day is the annual fundraising and fun day for one local school. Come along and uncover one of Auckland best kept secret. Newton Central School is a small, friendly, inner city primary school, located on Monmouth Street, Grey Lynn, behind McDonald and Giltrap Prestige on Great North Road. Newton Central offers a safe, nurturing and stimulating learning environment for all its children and pride itself on valuing diversity and welcoming children, parents and caregivers from every background. The rich character of Newton Central School proudly reflects the multicultural nature of  our city. On the day you  will be treated to entertainment by our teachers, parents and students, fantastic food including:  hangi, mussel fritters, boil up, pacifika kai, an on-site café (coffee supplied by Coffee Supereme) and more. Family  fun including: inflatable  obstacle course open to kids and adult alike, spring free trampolines, remote controlled boats in the school pool, coconut shy, face painting, quick fire raffles, silent  auction and more. And if all the child centred stuff isn’t your thing, come along early and hunt for bargains on our white elephant stall and browse through the pre-loved books and clothing, then chill out in front of our stage.

Neighbours Day 23 & 24 March Neighbours DayGrey Lynn Neighbourhood Support
Crummer Rd christmas 2012 street party L-R: Linda Andrews, Woody Clayton and daughter Joyce, Alex Campbell, Pete Andrews, Jono Park, Campbell, Honor, Sarah Longridge (crouching) Nicki Gillies (in front), Beckie Alekzander and daughter Ruby.
Getting To Know Your Neighbours If you were inspired by the Crummer Rd residents story in our January issued, Neighbours Day is on 23 and 24 March. Invite the neighbours to a bbq and celebrate the end of a amazing summer and get to know who lives next door to you. Good neighbours … ·      Share babysitting duties and look out for each others kids. ·      Look out for your home when you go away by clearing the letter box and put out  and bring in the rubbish bins ·      When sick, good neighbours will help walk the dog or feed the cat. If we all do our little bit by getting to know our neighbours and know who lives on our street, our community will become the type of streets we want to live  and wished for.

ALERT! ALERT! Prowler on Elgin Street Thursday 7 March at 4am A man wearing an orange hooded top and rides a bicycle was spotted by one of the residents ( who couldn’t sleep and got up to to make a cuppa ) who heard a noise and looked outside and saw a man going around each cars with a torch light and was looking inside. Friday 8 March at 6.45am Top end of Elgin Street (Gt. South Rd end )                      A young man of late teens was spotted by resident of #9 hiding behind a tree at #11 looking across at #12. He was wearing a black hooded top and hid there for a good 10 minutes before he walked up the driveway of #6. Residents of #12 have been alerted. Please lock your cars and remove any valuables. Do not approach this personDIAL 111 Dawn Lucia is the Elgin Street Coordinator.  If you would like to join the Grey Lynn Neighbourhood Support (GLNS) please ring 09 360-4040.

Housing NZ Surrey Cres Retirement Village
L-R : Housing NZ Surrey Cres residents Richard Finlay, Pauline Johns, Prudence Lewellen, Sue Williams and Rubina James crossing traffic lights on the newly improved Great North Road and Tuarangi St intersection in Grey Lynn.
Housing New Zealand (HNZ) Surrey Crescent Retirement Village residents would like to say thank you to Auckland Council, Grey Lynn Business Association, Auckland Transport, Simon Court who was in charge and all the friendly workmen fixing up the Surrey Crescent shopping centre footpath upgrade. Pauline James “my trolley doesn’t go bump bump anymore.” Sue Williams “footpath is now a smooth transition from the footpath onto crossing the street instead of picking up my trolley.” Richard Finlay “what we needed ages ago some good footpaths.” Rubina James “walking with my walker is good now.” Prudence Lewellen “we can now come out here to the shops and enjoy and not worrying about falling over a crack in the footpaths.”

Grey Lynn Working Bee
GL Working BeePictured is Jenny Webster from Detailed Cleaner The Grey Lynn Working Bee (GLWB) tidy up met on the 3 February and are always grateful to the community volunteers who turn up to help clean the streets by picking up rubbish and garden. Tidying up our streets is saying ‘yes’ we deserve to have Grey Lynn streets clean and tidy and therefore encouraging more community pride, proud and positive. Thank you to Delicious Café for sponsoring the refreshments of coffees and hot cross buns and to The Works Hair Salon for sponsoring the removal of two large garden bags. GLWB will meet again on Sunday 14 April 10am – 12pm outside The Works Hair Salon. Please email soala.wilson@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer or sponsor the refreshments.

Serving With Faith And Love
St Joseph's SchoolSt Joseph’s Catholic School
We have completed five busy weeks of school.  Not only has the weather been absolutely stunning we have also had some fabulous community involvement from  our St Joseph’s families with our recent  Kotahitanga   celebration. Kotahitanga means “Coming Together As One.” It was a day full of colour, beautiful food and fabulous cultural outfits and dance. I would like to thank all the families for their time and effort taken to prepare the wonderful  selection of food that was shared at school.  There was so much!!! I am always amazed at the fantastic community support we have in our school and the manner in which we all pull together to make these events happen for our students.  The opportunity for them to taste so many different foods was priceless and I’m sure this experience will be remembered for a long time. On Friday 15  March, as part of the Pasifika Celebrations, our school Ukulele Group will be performing at the Grey Lynn Library on Friday 15 March at 12.30pm. We have a strong group of 30 who are very skilled with this instrument. Mrs Vicky Avia, our music teacher is a former pupil fo St Joseph’s and is passionate about keeping the strong musical history alive at our school. She remembers when she attended the school in the 1980’s that the school was steeped in musical talent  which we would like to continue. Our students have a strong sense of rhythm and musical ability which they love to showcase. Please come along and listen if you have a spare 30 minutes. Any parents who are looking for a value based school with high academic achievement for their children. Please come and see our wonderful school in action.  It is a treasure. Jenny Bernard Principal

Stories From The Community Due to unforeseen circumstances, we do not have any Stories from the community in this issue.  We would love to hear from you if you have any stories and photos about growing up or living in this area.
This is one of our most popular sections in the Grey Lynn News!
Send an email to Soala soala.wilson@gmail.com

Grey Lynn Business Association
GLBA Networking Drinks Thursday 14 March 5.30pm – 7pm Grey Lynn Tavern 523 Great North Road Grey Lynn (opposite Pizza Hut) A good opportunity to connect with other local businesses, discover business opportunities and be in to win a prize draw.
Enjoy nibbles and network in a friendly atmosphere. Karaoke to follow if you would like to test out your musical singing voice. Grey Lynn Tavern
Grey Lynn Library

Pacific Islands Family History

A free session to help you get started on your Pacific Islands family history.  All welcome Friday 15 March 2013 10.30 am – 11.30 am
Grey Lynn Library 474 Great North Rd Grey Lynn Ph 3741314

St Joseph's Ukulele Group

St Joseph’s Ukulele Group

Friday 15 March 12.30pm Grey Lynn Library
As part of the Pasifika Celebrations, our school Ukulele Group will be performing at the Grey Lynn Library. We have a strong group of 30 who are very skilled with this instrument.

West Lynn Street Party
West Lynn Street Party Thursday 21 March 4pm to 8pm
Help celebrate Neighbours Day in March by joining us at a street party in Richmond Road, West Lynn The event will extend this year from Warnock Street to Surrey Crescent. There’ll be lots happening with music, shops open late, with a variety of wonderful food stalls, entertainment, music, a bouncy castle and face painting for little folk. A fun evening for all!
Auckland Council - Inorganic Collection
Inorganic Rubbish Collection
Saturday 23 March Sunday 24 March
This is the same weekend as Neighbours Day. If you have elderly neighbours maybe this is a good time we can all try and help the elderly folks by offering to help put out their inorganic rubbish for collection day.
For more information check out the Auckland City Council website
Crossroads Club House
Monster Garage Sale
Saturday 13 April Time (to be confirmed)
Crossroads Clubhouse 393 Great North Road Grey Lynn Ph: 09 376 4267 Do you have quality unwanted goods to clear? We need your un-wanted quality goods for our garage sale.
All proceeds will go towards Crossroads Clubhouse, a charity working in your community.
We are looking for clothes, books, cd’s, dvd’s, lp’s, furniture, antiques, collectables, working appliances & any other sellable goods.
Sorry we cannot take old TVs.
All donated goods due by Monday 8 April www.crossroadsclubhouse.org.nz

Hot Hula
Every Monday 6pm – 7pm $2 entry
St Joseph’s Catholic Church Hall 456 Great North Road Grey Lynn
Work out with instructor Tina and wear comfortable clothing / bring a lavalava or similar.

Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market
Every Sunday
9am – 12.30pm Grey Lynn Community Centre 510 Richmond Rd Grey Lynn
Now open last Sundays Grey Lynn Neighbourhood Law Office Carpark 449 Richmond Rd Grey Lynn

Car Boot Sale

GL2030 Car Boot Market
Last Sunday of the month 8.30am to 11.30am

New Venue: RSC carpark 1 Francis Street Grey Lynn
Somebody else’s junk is your treasure!  Come along to buy, swap or barter.
The GL2030 Car Boot Market is the place for everyone in the community to sell, swap or just give away things they no longer need.
The market is for second hand items only – no new stuff as we think there is already enough stuff on our planet!
We have 26 “Booties” selling at one-time 8.30 to 11.30am on the last Sunday.
* Grab a stall at the GL2030 Cart Boot Market. * Don’t want people visiting your house? * Finding Trade Me too much of a hassle? * If you would like to book a stall, the cost is $20.
Please email greylynn2030@gmail.com or Suzanne Kendrick on 027 3604564

Art Exhibition Thanks

Thank you to our sponsors.
* Copybook Digital Print for posters/invitations * Tart Bakery – food * Malt – wine * Countdown Grey Lynn – wine voucher * The Works Hair Salon – wine * Grey Lynn Tavern – orange juice * Liquorland Parnell – Ben Sefuiva – wine glasses * Villa Maria – wine delivery * Grey Lynn Amcal Pharmacy –photocopying * Evotia Photography * NZ Management Business Academy – Gareth Brown and staff * Gordon Hill and Anne Raddo – sponsor musician * Albert Wendt – donation * Tid Brenton – donation * Issac Crandell Tannner – saxophonist * Chrissie Taylor * Jenny Webster
The exhibition and silent art auction fundraiser held on the 27 November 2012 Happiness of Colours by Emily Mill raised $4,725.00. All the proceeds was equally divided between Grey Lynn School and St Joseph’s Catholic School Grey Lynn receiving $2,362.00 each.

Stray Cats Fed

We would like to thank the local community who dropped off cat food last week to The Works Hair Salon.  This was much appreciated by Kim Thompson aka The Cat Lady, a local Grey Lynn resident who feeds the stray cats. 
If you would like to help the homeless cats of Grey Lynn, please contact Soala Wilson 0274 372698
Drop off any cat food donation to The Works Hair Salon, 142 Williamson Avenue, Grey Lynn (we will pass onto Kim).

Quote of the Month “We stand on the shoulder of giants“ or an old Maori saying that “if you want to have faith and confidence in the future you must first stand on the shoulder of the past.“
Sir John Kirwan

Next deadline : Friday 19 April

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