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Stay in touch with what's happening and the people and organisations that touch our community within Parnell Community Centre with our quarterly newsletter, CONNECT. Read our past issues here


CONNECT March 2017 
- news from Parnell Community Centre

In the March 2017 issue of CONNECT:

  • Rotary Newmarket Art in a Day 2017
  • Meet our new Community Service Co-ordinator, Sarah Baird
  • Expand your mind in Term One at Parnell Community Centre
  • Sustainable Urban Living workshops return!
  • Parnell Festival of Roses 2016
  • Auckland City Mission – Christmas Appeal
  • Parnell Farmers’ Market and Craft Harvest Market
  • Parnell Plunket at Parnell Community Centre
  • What's Happening at Parnell Community Library

Download the March 2017 issue here


Parnell Trust's CEO, Lyn Fox talks about Parnell Trust on The Beat Goes On, New Zealand’s longest-running TV chat show.


CONNECT May 2016
- news from Parnell Community Centre

As users of Parnell Community Centre, you'll know that it's a very busy place!
Our CONNECT newsletter brings news of happenings at the Centre and the people and organisations that touch our community within it.

In the May 2016 edition:


Parnell Trust on TV

Parnell Trust's CEO, Lyn Fox was a guest on Face TV’s The Beat Goes On recently.
Produced and presented by well-known NZ entertainment identity Gerard Smith,The Beat Goes On is NZ’s longest-running TV chat show. Gerard is a gregarious interviewer who brings out the best from a wide range of interesting guests. The community services provided by Parnell Trust had been brought to his attention by the small station’s Programme Manager and Lyn was invited for an interview in late March.

We invite you to watch Lyn's interview. It's a great introduction to Parnell Trust, its origins and what we’re up to right now. Click the image above to start watching or go to

TSB Bank Art in a Day 2016 artists win$4,500 of prizes

Local artists won more than $4,500 in prizes in the 2016 TSB Art in a Day competition.  Awards were announced at a Prize Giving ceremony on Saturday 27thFebruary as part of a weekend exhibition of entries on display at Parnell Community Centre. 

Artist Yuqing Qiu, pictured above right, won first prize of $2,000 loaded into a TSB Bank account, for her mixed media work of Osborne Lane in Newmarket. Yuqing used media including coffee grounds and dirt from the location in her artwork, pictured above and to the left of the artist. 

For the competition, artists were given from 8am to 5pm on one day, Saturday 20th February, to create a piece of art that celebrated and captured the spirit of the historic Auckland’s suburbs of Parnell, Newmarket and Grafton. Artists had to have their chosen medium authenticated by 9am before racing off to one of 10 set locations to create their masterpiece “en plein air” - in the open. Completed works then had to be returned by 5pm that day.

Forty-four artists registered and completed art works for the competition, working in a range of media from watercolours and acrylics to oils and mixed media. The diverse range and high quality of works entered presented an enjoyable challenge for the three judges - Auckland artist Harold Coop, Michele Whitecliffe, founder and President of Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design, and Neala Glass, co-owner of Parnell’s Black Door Gallery.



Stuart Mackie won Second Prize for his watercolour & ink of Newmarket’s Lumsden Green. He received his prize from TSB Bank's Newmarket Branch Manager, Diane Stark and competition Judge, Michele Whitecliffe.

Parnell Trust's Community Development Manager, Sarah Thorne, with TSB Bank's Diane Stark at the 2016 TSB Bank Art in a Day Prizegiving.

A cache of valuable prizes was up for grabs in TSB Bank Art in a Day, thanks to the generosity of sponsors.

  • The First Prize of $2,000 loaded into a TSB Bank account, went to Yuqing Qiu (pictured above).
  • The Second Prize of a TSB account with $1,000, was awarded to Stuart Mackie (pictured above).
  • The Third Prize of a TSB account with $500 went to Nicky Hartley for her oil painting of the Greer Twiss statue in Grafton.
  • Judges Commendations to Amanda Brett, Bernadette Parsons and James Watson. Each won a $50 Parnell Farmers' Market voucher.
  • Lena Ochkalova won the People's Choice Award, a selection of art-themed DVDs from Madman Films. 

TSB Bank Art in a Day is a collaboration between local organisations in Parnell, Newmarket and Grafton: Parnell Trust, Grafton Residents Association, Newmarket Business Association, Parnell Community Committee, and Parnell Inc..

TSB Bank is proud to be the event’s Gold Sponsor, donating cash prizes of $3,500. TSB Bank’s Newmarket Branch Manager, Diane Stark said the event is a fantastic opportunity for the Bank to give back to its local communities and celebrate the rich history of these Auckland suburbs

The organisers of TSB Bank Art in a Day wish to thank TSB Bank and the Waitemata Local Board for their generous support with prizes and funding. Thanks also go to the judges who contributed their time and to all the artists who participated.


Dean Jo Kelly-Moore talks to Parnell U3A 

The Very Reverend Jo Kelly-Moore, Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral, was Parnell U3A's guest speaker in May. The group holds its meeting each month at Parnell Community Centre, attracting members and guests to hear from a star-studded line-up of speakers.

Dean Jo spoke of the many changes and additions to the Cathedral precinct in recent years. Close to $20 million has been raised to fund major works including the completion of the Cathedral with the addition of the Bishop Selwyn Chapel, and the forthcoming installation of a new organ. The organ, which will be the largest musical instrument in New Zealand, comprising 5,322 pipes, will be fully operational by mid-2017. In October 2017, with the completion of the Bishop Selwyn Chapel, the Cathedral will be consecrated in a ceremony celebrating this significant event. 

Parnell Trust CEO, Lyn Fox, with Parnell U3A President, David Goldkorn and The Very Reverend Jo Kelly-Moore

One of Holy Trinity Cathedral's missions is "Nourishing Community," and Dean Jo spoke of the roles shared with Parnell Community Centre in providing for the needs of our community. The Cathedral's doors are open 363 days of the year. Parnell Community Centre would almost match that number, allowing community groups of all kinds to access spaces for activities throughout the year. 

Organisations like Parnell U3A also play a vital role in community life at Parnell Community Centre.  Parnell U3A is part of the international University of the Third Age (U3A) movement, which brings retired and semi-retired people together to learn and share experiences -  not for qualifications but for the sheer joy of learning and discovery.

The lively members of the Parnell U3A group meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Parnell Community Centre to hear from guest speakers. In addition Parnell members meet in smaller groups to discuss a wide range of topics and interests including Current Affairs, Play Reading, History, Literature, China Past and Present, Classical Music and Art Gallery Visits.  Anyone interested in joining can find out more by reading the group's latest newsletter here:   


Walking the Healthy Talk Round the Bays 

Parnell Trust's team get ready to roll and walk Round the Bays from downtown Auckland

Staff from Parnell Trust's two Early Childhood Centres were keen to promote their healthy living philosophy by walking in the Round the Bays on March 6th. With a toddler in a pram and two primary school-aged kids joining in, the team completed the 8.4km course in an hour and a half - a very healthy result!

Both Gladstone Park and Parnell Early Childhood centres have won the Heart Foundation's Gold Healthy Heart award twice - a huge achievement by staff. Parnell Trust's Green Kids programme, combining healthy living and sustainability initiatives, now forms the core of the centre's philosophy and curriculum. Vegetable and herb gardens, worm farms and bokashi bins all help kids learn valuable lessons about sustainability.

Heart-healthy meals and snacks are prepared fresh each day for the children by Cordon Bleu-trained Head Chef Fern Pereira and her team. Fern also prepares all the popular range of KidsHQ SuperMeals - frozen take-home meals, perfect for growing children and great for adults too, sold by Parnell Trust.


Coming up at Parnell Community Library

 - Laura Caygill, Community Library Manager, Parnell Library

New services 

It’s an exciting time at the library as we launch several new services and projects, including ‘cloud’ printing and a new feedback stream.
Have you ever wanted to print something out at the library but find it too frustrating? Now you can upload or email documents to print directly from your home, your laptop, or your smartphone! We are so pleased to offer you this service, which we think will really improve how easily you can get all the important documents you need. Ask the team about how it works and we will get you all set up.
You might have noticed that we have a new way of gathering your feedback. You can now tell us your thoughts via text message or online – simply pick up a card from us and follow the instructions to tell us what you think (and to go in the quarterly draw to win an e-reader!). We launched this new project across Auckland Libraries in April and have loved hearing your thoughts. Some of your feedback has meant we have been able to instantly improve our service and layout so keep the comments coming. Of course, we always love hearing your feedback face-to-face too.

We were very pleased to have a team visit to our Distribution Centre in May – located in town, this is where all the items you request are sorted before being delivered to us. The team there sorts between 11,000 and 14,000 items a day for library patrons across Auckland – that’s a lot of reading!

Don’t forget you can keep up to date with the latest goings on at the Library on Facebook – check out our page at

Regular Events

Preschool Sessions

  • Wriggle & Rhyme: active movement for 0-2s, Tuesdays 9.30-10am
  • Rhymetime: songs, rhymes & fingerplays for 18-months-3 years, Wednesdays, 11-11.30am
  • Storytime: songs and stories for 3-5s, Mondays 11-11.30am

Book Group

  • First Thursday of the month, 10am-11am

Book a Librarian

  • One-on-one help with your digital device. By appointment. Phone 374 1321 to book or email



Parnell Trust thanks Auckland Council, Soar Print and
Barfoot & Thompson Parnell for their support

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