Carol Service at St Paul’s, Auckland

We joined a throng of Aucklanders at St Paul’s on Sunday for their Carol Service. It was good to participate in the carols and listen to the Christmas story with so many others. The musicians were very talented – the only church we’ve been to where there was an electric guitar solo half way through a carol! And there was a full choir which led the singing with real gusto.

Particularly poignant after this year’s refugee crisis, was a video church members had made in Bethlehem recently showing the massive wall that runs alongside the city and the everyday struggles of those who live there. A reminder that Jesus too was born into an occupied country with violence, division and conflict and was a refugee in Egypt….


Namo Restaurant Ponsonby

Namo Restaurant

I have started to notice that second only to Thai Restaurants in their profusion are Japanese Restaurants. In Ponsonby Road there is a Suchi Bar/ Café and also a Ramen café.

On Monday evening we came across the latest addition; a new Japanese Restaurant called Namo The food is very good: fresh, creative and beautifully presented. The chef is Japanese and at one time worked at Nobu in London. The wine list has also been well selected. They are just having a few teething problems ensuring that everyone at a table is served at the same time… Well worth a visit!