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Call for entries
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Auckland 1141 or e-mail: email@example.com
AWARDS IN THE MIND, BODY,
The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust, in
association with The New Zealand
Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc.), is
seeking entries from writers for
the book awards.
BOOK AWARD 2013
$10,000 single award for a book
published between 1 April 2012
and 31 March 2013.
Entries close 31 May 2013.
Keep notices brief, mentioning
the event, venue, date, time and
If you have a photo of your club
we'd love to see it.
Fax your details to: 630 5432,
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or write
to: Community Notices, Private
Bag 56910, Dominion Rd, Mt
Eden, Auckland 1446.
Preference will be given to
local, free, community and
Sustainable Coastlines kids' workshops
Kids' workshops, Sustainable Coastlines is holding free workshops for 5 to
12-year-olds making plastic mosaics. Artworks will be constructed using colourful
trash that has been found on the beach. All materials provided. The workshops
last approx two hours, starting at 11am and 1pm on May 19 at the container near
the tidal steps on the Viaduct. There is limited space, please register online at
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
Health and wellbeing seminar,
the NZ Healing Association
seminar topic is balance,
mobility and stability -- an adult
perspective. May 18, 6.30pm-
9.30pm at the Horticultural
Hall, 990 Great North Rd.
Phone Julian 021 206 8759 or
Sue 820 6339.
Rainbow Day, open day at Textile Arts
Centre. Try felting, knitting, spinning and
weaving. Activities for the kids, sales table,
yarn/fleece room open. Refreshments.
Free entry. May 18, 10.30am-1.30pm.
Nicholson Park, 25 Poronui St, Mt Eden.
Visit handweavers.org.nz or phone
Crafternoon Tea Market, home to
designers, crafters and food vendors. More
than 40 stalls. May 18, 10am-2pm, 400
New North Rd, Kingsland. Free entry.
Spiritualist meeting, Ruth Wildish will talk
about Where From ... Where To From Here.
Followed by communication from the spirit
world. Entry $10. Members $5. May 18,
2pm-4pm. The Ley's Institute, 20 St
Mary's Rd, Ponsonby. Phone Ruth
Music by Candlelight, with pianist Flavio
Villani. Featuring music from Beethoven,
Chopin, Liszt and more. Fundraising for
Flavio's European tour. May 19 from
6.30pm at St Heliers Community Centre,
100 St Heliers Bay Rd. $30 adult, $10
student. Tickets available at the door or
contact 575 6098 or
Yoga fundraiser, The Yoga Education in
Prisons Trust is holding a fundraising event
on May 19 at Youthline House, 13
Maidstone St, Ponsonby. Starting at
5.30pm there will be a short relaxing yoga
session followed by a screening of the
movie The Dhamma Brothers, about a
meditation programme in a US prison.
Suggested donation is $15. Bring a
cushion to sit on. Visit
Travel Nights, Nici Wickes from the popular
TV show World Kitchen presents: Travelling
on my taste buds. Free entry. May 20,
6pm-7pm at the Central City Library, 46
Lorne St, Auckland. Email
Organic NZ, the Auckland branch of the
Soil & Health Association meets on May
21 from 7.30pm at the Horticultural
Centre, 990 Great North Rd, Western
Springs. Adrian Grace will talk about
biodynamics and show a DVD educating
farmers about biodynamics. Trading table.
$2 cover charge. Contact Ian on 298 8693
or 027 608 9359.
Mt Albert Residents Association,all
residents of Mt Albert are invited to attend
our annual general meeting on May 21
from 7pm on the ground floor of the Mt
Albert Bowling Club. For a copy of last
year's AGM minutes and agenda please
contact the secretary via email at
The Grief Centre, runs a variety of
bereavement support groups which run
over eight weeks. The group is facilitated
by qualified counsellors. A contribution of
$10 per session is requested. Starting on
May 22 is the Younger Bereaved Partners
Support Group, Wednesdays, 7pm-9pm at
61 College Hill, Freemans Bay.
Registrations are essential. Please contact
418 1457 or email email@example.com.
Meningococcal lecture, the Auckland
Medical Research Foundation is holding a
free public lecture on May 23 from 7pm,
subject is Meningococcal Meningitis: A
Terrifying Disease. Clinical experiences and
relevant medical research will be
discussed. The University of Auckland
Medical School, AMRF Auditorium, 85 Park
Rd. Contact Kathleen 923 1701 or visit
Kraftbomb, an explosion of krafty
goodness at the Grey Lynn Community
Centre, 510 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn. May
26, 11am-2pm. Visit kraftbomb.com.
Lymphodema support meeting,May27
from 7.30pm at Domain Lodge, 1 Boyle
Cres, Grafton. Subject is Healthy Steps
with Michele Urlich. Phone Joy 625 6463.
Avondale Garden Club, Meets on the
fourth Monday of each month at 10.30am
in the Avondale Baptist Church hall, corner
Blockhouse Bay and Great North roads.
There is a trading table and we also run
good trips. Phone Noeline 827 8118.
Let's Speak About Death, Group meets
once a fortnight at Grey Lynn Community
Centre, 510 Richmond Rd, to share ideas,
texts, tapes and to face the fear
surrounding death. Phone 361 3085.
Ladies dinner club, Friendly group meets
every six weeks for dinner, entertainment
and lots of laughs. Phone Jo 376 0111.
Spanish conversation coffee club,Joinus
every Thursday, 1.30pm-3pm at the
Pioneer Women's and Ellen Melville hall, 2
Freyberg Place to practise your Spanish.
Materials provided, cost $10. Phone
Ponsonby Laughter Club, meets every
Saturday, 10am-10.45am at Pohutukawa
Room, Youthline House, 13 Maidstone St,
Grey Lynn. Laugh for no reason at all --
have fun and feel good. Gold coin koha.
Toy library, the Open Toy Box library has
more than 1000 toys for children aged
three months to six years. Open
Wednesdays 9.30am-11.30am and
Saturdays 9.30am-noon. St Columba
Church Hall, 92 Surrey Cres, Grey Lynn.
Visit theopentoybox.org or email
Grey Lynn Community Choir, If you love to
sing, join the choir. It is open to all with no
auditions. Sopranos, tenors and basses
are especially welcome. Rehearsals every
Monday from 7.45pm-9.15pm during
school terms at the Grey Lynn Community
Centre. $10 a week or $80 a term. Visit
contact Philip on 027 217 9911 or
Dancers wanted, Measina Dance Group
are looking for Samoan female dancers,
aged 18-25 years. Must have Samoan
dance experience and not currently part of
a dance group. Committed individuals
please. Phone 021 207 2910 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for an
Pt Chevalier Lions Club, is looking for new
members. If you have some free time and
would like to help the Pt Chevalier
community phone Rob 846 4783 or Ali
Auckland Seido Karate, Adult beginners
courses -- first four classes are free. Held
Mondays from 6pm, Thursdays from 6pm
and Saturdays from 10am at 25 Taylors
Rd, Morningside. Phone 845 2070.
Social group, for single, unattached 60
plus. Established group that enjoys home
dinners, live theatre, musicals, shows,
ferry trips, dancing and more. We cover the
Auckland area. Great way to make new
friends and enjoy a great social life. Phone
Yvonne 534 2732.
Car boot sale, last Sunday of the month,
8.30am-11.30am, RSC carpark, Francis
St, Grey Lynn. Visit greylynn2030.co.nz.
Communication seminars, Finding some
people a challenge? Get a taste of an
efficient, practical and simple way to
connection, mutual understanding and
solutions that works for all. Phone
Shine, Safer Homes in NZ Everyday, needs
volunteers to join its after hours call-out
advocacy team and make a difference in
the lives of children and adult victims of
domestic violence. Full training given.
Phone 815 4601 xtn 813.
Overeaters Anonymous, Does food control
your life? Do you overeat, binge, purge or
starve, even if you don't want to? Do you
constantly diet and still not lose weight?
We can help -- there are no dues or fees.
Phone 376 3068.
Herb Group, The Central Herb Society meet
every third Wednesday of the month at
10am. A friendly group with excellent guest
speakers. Meeting is held at the
Horticultural Headquarters, 990 Great
North Rd. Phone Jan 378 6685.
Point Chevalier Croquet Club, Come try
this challenging and stimulating game at
our friendly club, 25 Dignan St, Pt
Chevalier. Free coaching for association
and golf croquet. Phone Kim 416 7700.
Walking meditation, chanting ''Amitofo'' in
a relaxed manner can help people who are
suffering from all sorts of stress. Saturdays
9.30am-noon and Sundays 1.30pm-4pm.
35 Wilkinson Rd, Ellerslie. Free of charge.
Made and Found, every first Saturday of
the month in the Grey Lynn library hall. New
stallholders every month. Handmade
crafts, recycled goods, vintage retro goods,
handmade cakes, Atomic coffee, kids
corner and music by guest DJs.
Grey Lynn Farmers Market, held every
Sunday from 9am-12.30pm at the Grey
Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Rd
and the last Sunday of the month at the
Grey Lynn Neighbourhood Law Office
carpark, 449 Richmond Rd. One hundred
per cent community owned and operated
market providing fresh locally grown
produce and artisan foods.
Grafton Community Market, held
Saturdays 10am-3pm, 136 Grafton Rd.
Crafts, food and unique products. Phone
021 340 341.
Food stall, European style baked goods:
pies, strudels, slices, breads and much
more. First Saturday of the month, 9am-
1pm at the Serbian Orthodox Church, 315
Pt Chevalier Rd, Pt Chevalier.
Shamrock Fishing Club, monthly trips on
the east and west coast. Experienced and
novice fishers can join the new season.
Assistance given. Join a group of keen
fishing people and have fun. Email the
Be honest with your insurer
MONEY'$ GOLDEN RULES
Give insurers no
ammunition to decline
Read their policies
Fight if you think a claim's
been wrongly turned down.
When Kevin (not his real
name) took out life and income
protection insurance, he was
6''1' and weighed 72 kilo-
A month later, he suffered a
When the insurer inves-
tigated, the man turned out to
be 5''8' and weighed 122kg.
Naturally enough, Kevin's
claim was turned down.
That's a true Kiwi story.
But rather than laugh, or
entertain a suspicion the man
was reinventing himself as the
reincarnation of Adonis to get
lower premiums, take a
moment to consider the lesson
for us all in this tale.
The No 1 reason insurance
claims are turned down is non-
Non-disclosure is jargon for
not telling an insurer some-
thing it considers important
when applying for insurance.
In this case Kevin failed to
accurately disclose his less-
than-Greek vital statistics. It
could just have easily been for-
getting to mention cancer in
the family, a heart flutter
three years' back, or under-
estimating the volume of booze
knocked back each week.
There are two principles to
filling in insurance forms.
Be honest and When in
doubt, find out''. Years ago I
was told one belt-and-braces
trick was to attach a copy of
your medical notes to any per-
sonal insurance application.
Then, the argument goes,
the insurer will never be able
to say you failed to disclose
Recently, I found myself
applying for insurance and
decided to check my notes.
So I called my doctor's sur-
Some odd moments fol-
lowed, providing another mor-
sel of proof to my theory that
nobody really knows what the
Privacy Act says. First, a
lovely administrator told me I
couldn't have them because
they were covered by the Priv-
When we had got past that
one, I was told the insurance
company was the one who had
to apply for them.
Bless her, the administrator
was concerned I might be
planning to rort my insurer
and warned me in a friendly
fashion to be honest.
The next claim was that my
doctor would have to sign off
the release. I guess handing
medical information to a non-
medically trained individual
presents all kinds of possi-
bilities for misunderstanding,
so I let the issue slide.
A couple of days later, I had
them, and the upshot was,
though I had put on weight, I
had not forgotten anything.
But it gave me food for
thought. I've heard of errors in
medical notes making claims
tricky, especially the casual
use of words like stress'' or
depression'', so getting a copy
gives you the chance to get
My notes had no errors but
did contain an estimate of the
booze I consume each week.
Should that have been dif-
ferent to the estimate I gave
on the insurance form -- an
easy mistake to make -- I
might have expected my
insurer to start asking ques-
tions should a big claim result,
especially were I to die or be
seriously injured while under
the influence of booze.
Such inconsistencies could
lead to an insurer deciding a
person had not acted in
utmost good faith'' when
applying for cover, declining
their claim and tearing up
I didn't end up attaching my
notes, but I know that at
claims time, the insurer will
check them, even if it did not
when granting me cover.
Rob Stock is a journalist with
the Fairfax Business Bureau
and money editor of Sunday
Star-Times. Contact him at rob
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