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YOUR ONE STOP SHOP FOR ALL SPECIAL OCCASIONS Red Ruby is specialising in outfits for Mother of the bride and groom, bridesmaids, cocktail and evening wear. Size range from 8-18. We also have a great selection of hats, fascinators and stunning accessories. Red Ruby Luxury Fashion Boutique, 71 Cameron Street, Whangarei. Phone 09 438 7770 or email







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Welcome Thanks to readers and support from advertisers, Savvy is growing! This month we have included, what will become a regular eightpage feature, a new home trends section. Leigh Bramwell continues to visit fabulous people and awesome homes in Northland while Rebecca Bowering, a textile and homes interior expert, has joined our team. Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to help judge NorthTec fashion students in their ‘Read All About It’ wearable arts competition. The students created some amazing designs, made totally out of Northern Advocates. Read about the winner on page 8 and see our picture spread by photographer Michael Cunningham on pages 28 and 29. The cover, also taken by Michael, is of the winning design. Look out for them next year as they take on the challenge again, only this time they will be making their garments from SAVVY magazines. And well done to our SAVVY reporter Pip who completed Dry July. Money collected went to the Cancer Foundation. — Colleen Thorpe

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Northland people 5-7 Three Northland women talk about their one passion: hairdressing

8 Fashion student Emmaleigh Crompton-Powell talks about owning her own label one day

Fashion & beauty 9 Bermuda shorts are back 11 Royal wave leads to the Kate effect 12 Hair styling


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20 - 22 Leigh Bramwell visits a renovated villa 23 Rebecca Bowering goes mellow with yellow 26 Blooms to brighten the day 27 Say I love you with a homemade card

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30 Take a winter’s drive to Whangarei Heads


13 Throw out the razor!

31 Brian Brake: Lens on the World

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32 Prada characters return

16 Easy entertaining 17 Restaurant review 18 & 19 Winter recipes



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A bit about Passion: Passion For Hair was first established in 1993 by owner and operator Paula Jeeves. The Salon has been known as “PJ’s Hair Studio” and “PJ’s One Stop Shop” but was renamed Passion For Hair in April 1999. The Salons Philosophy is very simple…. A friendly yet professional environment that provides quality hairdressing and exceptional service and to make clients feel great about themselves. We continue searching for quality products & techniques to satisfy clients needs & demands for example through my own personal experience in searching for the right hair extensions we have sourced I Love LuLu 100% Remy European tape ins, in which are extremely affordable. From $400 for a full head & only taking 1 hour for application. Amazing results! The service we give has to leave a lasting positive impression and our hairdressing must stand the test of time – rather than just looking good whilst clients are in the salon. This means excellent hairdressing and service every time.



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Paula always had the passion

Hairdressing can be a fickle business and it’s not uncommon to go to your favourite salon and find your stylist has moved on. But LEIGH BRAMWELL found three hairdressers in Whangarei who started out together 30-odd years ago, and are not only still in the industry, but running their own successful businesses



AULA DAVIES was, by her own admission, a ‘‘shocker’’ at

school. ‘‘I was always in trouble and the teachers thought I’d never get anywhere but I knew I was going to be a hairdresser.’’ So confident was Paula of her career choice she used to give haircuts in the school toilets, and even her headmistress could see she needed to make a start. She encouraged Paula to look for a job. Paula was already working after school and at weekends at her aunty’s salon, and hatched a creative plan to get herself fulltime work there.

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Meet the Team My name is Sarah-Jane Kalis and I am an experienced Senior Stylist. I first entered the hairdressing industry over 20 years ago and I continue to be constantly inspired and remain extremely passionate about my career. I have recently returned to Passion for Hair in a management/stylist role after becoming a mother of 2 beautiful girls. My priority is for our clients to experience a comfortable, relaxing professional environment in which we take the time to listen and care about achieving clients needs and desires and in turn make our clients not only look great but feel great too!

My name is Kyla Holland I have been hairdressing for 12½ years. Making my clients look amazing and feel great is what gives me motivation as a senior stylist, there is nothing more gratifying then seeing my clients walking out of the salon with a smile on their face. I love all aspects of hairdressing especially creating new styles for clients and working with fashion colours and blonde tones. I will always do my up most to ensure that my clients feel that they have been taken care of and are happy with their hair by providing thorough consultations prior to starting their service, followed by achieving the desired results.

Sarah-Jane Kalis - Senior Stylist & Manager

Kyla Holland - Senior Stylist

My name is Larissa Roberts & I’ve spent 10 years plus as a nail technician & am now on the last year of my hairdressing apprenticeship. I am a believer in excellent service & love being part of the Passion team & learning everyday. I get great pleasure helping people to look amazing & leave our Salon with a smile on their face.

Hey I’m Sarah Smith I started at Passion as a Senior Stylist over a year ago. I’ve been in the industry now for over 10 years and still never get bored. I’ve got three kids almost all at school now and loving being back in the Salon full time. In my spare time I like to help out on the Dairy Farm we live on and sports over the weekends. My favourite is doing hair up’s and colours.

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Sarah Smith - Senior Stylist

Hi my name is Lauren Powell & I’ve been running my own business in Russell for the past 20 years, I now enjoy the experience of working with the team at Passion. I have been a Beauty/Nail Technician for the past 30 years in between raising 4 children. Making clients relaxed & happy, ensuring I meet their needs completes my day too. I love working with creative nails Vinylux, Shellac, acryllic & gels.

Hi my name is Alyssa Crompton. I’m excited to begin my Apprenticeship at Passion for Hair. As a young girl I knew I wanted to become a hairdresser and am excited to be pursuing my dream.

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‘‘One day I booked my sister into a Whangarei salon during a really busy time. While I was observing my sister’s haircut the phone rang, and there was nobody free to answer it. I told the boss I could answer the phone, and when she saw me taking control she she offered me an apprenticeship then and there.’’ Paula still remembers that salon as the very best place to train, and on completing her apprenticeship in 1991 she started her own business, growing it from a very small salon doing hair and nails to the current Passion for Hair which has a staff of seven. A lot has changed in the industry in those years. ‘‘I was reminded of that this morning when I had a client who wanted a perm,’’ Paula says. ‘‘She told me she was an 80s girl! I tell you, the smell of that perm solution brought back memories.’’ These days the technology for changing hair from straight to curly, curly to straight, fine to full is far more advanced, and with the


right approach, most things are possible. But the flip side of that coin, Paula says, is that many people are stressing their hair with either products or environment, and she’s become even more committed to using pre and post treatments to improve hair health. ‘‘I’m manic about doing things right and using quality products.’’ She also sets high standards by offering top service, value for money, thorough and thoughtful consultation, delivering the wow factor, and giving clients a really pleasant experience right down to good coffee and biscuits. ‘‘That’s what I want when I go somewhere,’’ she says. Paula has been off the scene for some time recently dealing with a serious health issue, but she’s loving being back. ‘‘I really like getting dressed up to come to work, keeping in touch with other salon owners and drawing inspiration from them, and being with clients. I love it just as much as I did in the beginning.’’

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t the same time Paula was starting out in the industry, her cousin SONYA WORKMAN was following exactly the same path, leaving school at 14 1/2. ‘‘Paula and I always loved hairdressing, make-up and fashion, and we used to dress up and do each other’s hair and make up when we were 6.’’ That passion hasn’t waned — her enjoyment of people, and the fun elements of the industry, have kept it alive and well. ‘‘When clients come into the salon they’re your best friend, and they know they’re totally in your hands,’’ she says. ‘‘You’re totally changing their look so the consultation is really important — you have to be completely honest about what you can and can’t do — although these days you can do just about anything.’’


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Sonya and her team of talented senior stylists enjoy working on difficult hair. They are passionate when it comes to providing a spectrum of services that are designed to invigorate, transform and make a client feel a million dollars. The biggest innovation she has seen over time is permanent straightening, and it’s a procedure she is often asked for. ‘‘It’s the latest big thing and people love it,’’ she says. ‘‘But it is a very technical process — you need to know what you are doing. ’’ Sonya has been in business for herself since she was 18 years old. The second she’d finished her apprenticeship she headed out on her own with the help of

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her father, who built a salon for her. She later sold that first salon and moved on to own a hair and beauty business called Envy on Vine — also established with the help of her dad. It’s now eight years old and she opened a second salon two years ago. Sonya attributes some of her success to her mum and dad, who have always been there to help her grow the business when the timing has been right as well as her only boss Chic Fifield.

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he timing was right for VIKKI BAYLY when she was just 15 years old. She started her hairdressing training just a week after her 15th birthday and she’s never forgotten that day. ‘‘I always wanted to be a hairdresser,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s a great industry where you get paid to socialise all day!’’ She’s only half joking, explaining that she has had some clients since her very early days. Vikki trained at the same time as Paula and Sonya, and they did off-job training together for two weeks a year, as well as meeting up at exam time. Vikki still finds it amazing that in those days a hairdressing apprenticeship was four years — longer, she says, than nursing training at the time. ‘‘There’s always been a perception that you don’t have to be very clever to be a hairdresser but our exams were really difficult,’’ she says. ‘‘Training is shorter now and often at hairdressing school as opposed to an apprenticeship, but I think our training was very complex, and we came out of it very skilled and rounded.’’ At her business, Extreme Shampoo Shop, she enjoys watching fashions come and go and notes that everything is cyclical. She’s now being asked for undercuts again, as well as

VIKKI BAYLY radical hair colours which are making a comeback. But her real passion these days is to do with products, and she’s excited about the latest innovations in producing better, safer, more conditioning treatments for hair. ‘‘We choose our products really carefully from companies that have high standards,’’ she says. ‘‘We have to, because our clients are very discerning about using products that are sulphate and paraben-free. They’re much more savvy and they expect to get the right stuff.’’ She says her biggest buzz comes from clients who tell her: that product you sold me was so good!’’ ‘‘I love to please people and it has a spin-off. When a client comes in and says how good her haircut is, it motivates you to go to another cutting seminar!’’ And that’s the main reason she continues in an industry which, she says, is still undervalued. ‘‘It’s my happy place.’’

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Emmaleigh Crompton-Powell, winner of the NorthTec ‘Read All About It’ wearable arts competition, made from Northern Advocate newspapers, wants to have her own label one day.

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A garment inspired by otherworldly insects has taken top prize at the NorthTec ‘Read All About It’ wearable arts competition. But would the designer wear it herself? ‘‘No way!’’ SOPHIE RYAN talks to fashion student Emmaleigh Crompton-Powell

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MMALEIGH CROMPTONPOWELL, 19, spent two months researching, designing and crafting her garment for the NorthTec ‘Read All About It’ wearable arts competition. The outfit was to have a Steam Punk theme and be made out of Northern Advcoate newspapers. The result: A dress with a striking high collar, a cage-like skirt, and paneling to look like body armour called ‘‘Little Miss Fearless’’. As Emmaleigh said, ‘‘You’ve got to be a bit fearless to wear a dress made out of newspaper that shows your underwear!’’ Emmaleigh has been designing and making clothes for as long as she can remember. She is currently in her final year of a Diploma in Fashion Design at NorthTec. All of the garments she has created for competitions or just for herself don’t get much wear, she said. ‘‘People ask me about them and I have to say they just sit at the back of my wardrobe. It’s not like I can wear

evening dresses out here,’’ she said. Evening wear is her passion. ‘‘If I could, I would live in evening dresses.’’ In reality her everyday fashion is a mix of formal and street, like blazers over dresses with tights and boots. She made her own ball gowns for her two Kamo High School balls, and one took top honours at the Bernina Fashion Award formalwear category in 2011. Her dream is to have own her label, and to get there she intends to start at the bottom and work her way up. A week’s work experience at one of New Zealand’s top fashion houses Karen Walker is not a bad way to start. ‘‘I was there for a week in my holidays. I didn’t get to meet her, but I learnt a lot.’’ Emmaleigh is a headstrong young woman, and a bit of a perfectionist. ‘‘I stick to my guns. If the tutors told me something I

wouldn’t necessarily change it for them.’’ She got her first sewing machine when she was very little, a purple toy, then her first machine when she was at intermediate school. Ever since, her passion has been growing. ‘‘I kind of take over my house,’’ she said. ‘‘My mum was very happy when this one was finished, there was newspaper all over the house.’’ Kelly Murphy found herself modelling the garment after her beauty class became


involved with the production. Kelly is studying towards her certificate of beauty therapy, and was meant to be doing the make up for the girls when she was asked to model for Emmaleigh. Emmaleigh was thrilled with the overall look. ‘‘It looks completely different seeing it on a person,’’ she said. She might not be rushing to work with newspaper again, but with only half a year left at NorthTec she is working hard to learn all the skills she needs to crack the industry.

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Bermuda shorts look for summer T

he runways of Milan were packed with menswear looks built around Bermudas, baggy or tailored, but always above the knee. The shorts are proving versatile. They go with jackets, ample overcoats, or for the truly buff, nothing at all. The bare leg offers resplendent choices for footwear, from sturdy sandals to buckskin or woven leather shoes. Designers have gravitated toward dark socks for summer — no longer taboo. The formula reverses with long pants: then it’s no socks. Men won’t have to wait for casual Fridays to wear shorts to the office. These are highly tailored and completely suitable. In another twist, shirt cuffs were folded over elbow-length sleeves on finely knit sweaters, layered again with a longer scrunchedup sleeve. The collection was full of rich detail. Voluminous overcoats were worn over suits, while more fitted coats were cinched at the waist. For more casual moments, there were shorts, some with the appearance of silk boxers peeking out. Extra-wide cuffs on Bermudas and jackets lend an oversize effect to the entire collection. In the shoe department, white buckskins worn with short black socks contribute to the yesteryear feel of the summer look. Jil Sander’s menswear collection for spring/summer 2014 has Bermudas so wide and loose they resemble culottes, while slim-cropped trousers accentuate the looseness of the ultra-light overcoats. Sander embraces what seems to be a strong summer trend: the summer suit with a snug jacket paired with Bermuda shorts. Adding a little hot weather flare, she fashions her new suit in such daring colours — especially for the no-nonsense designer — as apricot, fuchsia and cranberry. British designer Neil Barrett’s look for next summer works with shape and colour blocks. The colour palate is simple, black and white, a milky shade, and then reds, and muted monochrome greys, olives and khakis that he mixes and matches.








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Let your fantasies take hold We have listened to your requests, We have sourced new labels We have talked to our wholesalers We have watched the European trends We have talked to the designers . . . . . . and this is what we’ve come up with . . . A sizzling, sensational spring/summer collection You get to choose your own fabulous fashion fantasy experience. For the florist. Flowers are everywhere, adorning dresses and skirts in bright bold border prints, or full bloom all over garden scenes. The truly dedicated floral fantasist will love the patterned trouser and Capri pant and you will never get lost in the crowd. For the nostalgic hippy, wow ... can we take you back to the floaty, beaded muslin memories of yesterday, but with a 21st century twist. For the fifties girls .. we’ve got ballet shoes, full skirts, waisted dresses, self belts, peplins, boleros . . . Let your old fantasies blossom and new fantasies evolve. It’s going to be a sizzling, sensational summer season. Cheryl Polwart, Polwarth design

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With the recent spotlight on Royalty, and the birth of Kate and William’s son, I thought it would be interesting to have a look at how Kate has and is influencing fashion. Just as Lady Diana brought a much needed ‘fashionable update’ to the Royal family’s wardrobe, Kate seems to have stepped into the shoes that Lady Diana has left, bringing a fresh fashion edge to Royalty once again.I decided to ask my fellow fashion designer SAMANTHA WAKELIN to write an article, as she not only has that ‘fashionable edge’ but also has a blog about royals.

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Fair fashion godmother JULZ looks to Smantha Wakelin for some royal inspiration

hen the Duchess of Cambridge stepped into the spotlight with Prince William to announce their engagement wearing a silk blue jersey dress by London label ‘Issa’, the dress sold out around the world within 24 hours crashing their website and creating endless waiting lists for the now iconic look. In fact, demand was so high that head designer Camilla Al Fayed said "It absolutely skyrocketed the brand on a global scale, but it was too much, we couldn’t cope with the amount of orders". Was this a one-off occasion?

This season NoaNoa follows the path of a painter - three types of artists with their own specific sense of light and style. The notion of their creations has inspired NoaNoa to follow their paths and in this spirit NoaNoa draws the lines for Spring 2013.



You can visit these at and There is also a demand for replicas, as a fashion designer I also create limited edition replicas of dresses that the Duchess of Cambridge has worn which were bespoke garments for her - this means that these were not sold to the public, and many women out there struggle to replicate the look. There is global demand for these around the world, but be wary of cheap replicas as these tend to be made in China with sub-standard materials and of a poor sewing quality. For some high quality replica dresses you can visit shop/bydesignnewzealand or visit By Design on Porowini Ave, Whangarei. For fascinator and hat replicas you can visit the shop of an American Milliner at

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Would this happen with everything she wore to future events? The answer was a resounding yes. Retailers could not be prepared for the demand that Kate Middleton had created, and the lengths her followers would go to emulate her style. Royal protocol encourages (though it is not always strictly followed) that the Duchess wears garments that have her shoulders covered and hemlines that extend to the knee, this elegant look had a worldwide impact on high street with retailers opting for elegant cocktail dresses rather than shorter and cheaper

‘clubbing’ dresses. The duchess’ love for lace, silk and other high end fabrics meant a booming trade for garments incorporating these materials and the effect didn’t stop there. Sales of skinny jeans, blazers, coat dresses and espadrille wedge shoes also skyrocketed with every outing by the royal; there was even a high demand for her jewellery and fascinators. So how can one get hold of a garment that Catherine Middleton has worn? If a label has sold out of the item, they are usually happy to add the buyer to a waiting list, but you will find that many high street brands will emerge with looks inspired by her recent outfits for those on a tighter budget. There are a few websites for her style, which dissect her latest outfits and help identify what labels she is wearing as well as cheaper alternatives.



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Layering the Paul Mitchell Fast Drying Sculpting hairspray on as the style dries keeps it stiff, strong, and wet-looking. You see then that the hair really becomes almost a different substance; it’s romantic yet also modern and more ‘nighttime’, even a little tougher, and cooler.

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While exercise and healthy eating are the best routes to getting the body you want, sometimes we could all do with a helping hand, especially when a special event is on the cards. To look and feel your best with minimal effort, check out these tips for faking a slimmer figure. Wear slimming underwear

Starting with damp hair, create a middle part and then saturate with sculpting foam mousse working section by section and adding most on the crown.

To drop a dress size instantly, take a tip from the celebs and choose some slimming underwear. While they might not be the sexiest of items once your clothes come off, underneath your outfit they will miraculously smooth out lumps and bumps and pull in any wobbly bits, giving the illusion of a firmer, slimmer body.

Begin to rake hair back and wrap up into a French twist, but leave two front sections on either side of the part out before you start to twist up.

Dress for your body shape Wearing tight, ill-fitting clothes is one of the worst things you can do if you are hoping to look slim. Rather than trying to squeeze into items that don’t suit your body shape, take some time to think about what suits your figure. Dresses that are nipped in at the waist and skim over the stomach and thighs can flatter curvier figures, for example, while those with larger legs may want to avoid calf-high boots. Learn what emphasises your best parts for an instantly slimming wardrobe.

Pin the twist into place and then sculpt the shape of the front of the style by pulling back the sections you left out with your fingers, keeping the center part visible. Pin the sections back into the twist, leaving the ends out to create a few wisps and ensure it’s not "too perfect." Spray a generous amount of Paul Mitchell Freeze and Shine hairspray all over finished style as it dries for extra hold.

Pay attention to posture Improving your posture and standing straighter and taller is one of the easiest ways to look instantly slimmer. Improving your core stability and the

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Simple tricks to look slim

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flexibility of your spine through exercises such as yoga and Pilates can improve posture. Also, try to pay attention to the general position of your body as you sit or move around, trying to pull your shoulders back and avoid slouching as much as possible.

Banish bloating It’s possible to cheat your way to a slimmer frame prior to a special event with some careful eating. To prevent bloating, on the day of your big event limit your intake of highfibre foods, such as certain fruit and veg, beans and grains, which are renowned for causing intestinal gas. Also avoid salt, carbonated drinks and chewing gum, all of which can cause bloating and prevent you looking your best. Try also taking charcoal capsules, which can help to eliminate gas which causes bloating.

Get a fake tan Not only can fake tan make you look instantly slimmer all over, a bit of strategic bronzing can also easily enhance specific body parts and create the illusion of a better body. To create the appearance of slimmer legs, apply a bit of bronzer down the sides of your legs and some shimmer lotion down your shins.

Pose for photos To make sure you look slim in all your photographs, try the classic celeb pose of turning your body three quarters of the way towards the camera, with one shoulder closer to the camera and one foot in front of the other. This will make you body appear slimmer than if you were facing the camera face on. Try keeping your back straight with your shoulders back and your stomach in (just try not to suck it in too much, you won’t be fooling anyone!). ■




It’s estimated that the average women spends the equivalent of one whole day each year shaving. Ditch the razor, take control and gain freedom from unwanted hair. A Caci Clinic customer tells jher story ...

Gain freedom and ditch those razors


hy wax or shave again? An interesting concept I thought ... I am a sporty woman and enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities such as tennis, swimming, and scuba diving. Every summer I was spending goodness knows how much time visiting my beauty therapist for regular waxing of my bikini and underarm areas. I found waxing great for the first couple of weeks following but oh the ingrown hairs! Sometimes I would get a bit of a waxing rash too but the ingrown hairs became the bane of my life. The other annoying thing was waiting for the hairs to become long enough to wax I could use the razor, but then this would became itchy and prickly. My hairs are super thick and dark so nothing was really working especially well for me. With this in mind and during one of my waxing sessions my therapist suggested I consider laser hair removal. I decided to find out more. Firstly I had a consultation with Jolene at Caci in Whangarei, who explained all about Caci’s Freedom program. I liked what I heard and even better I could pay for my treatments over 12 months which fitted into my budget easily. I only needed to come for treatments every 6 weeks which was easier than my regular waxing appointments which I was having every 4 weeks. Next was an appointment with Margy the laser therapist at Caci Whangarei. Margy explained the treatment procedure and answered my questions. I donned the sexy safety glasses and Margy placed a cool gel over the area then placed the light, about the size of a side of a match box over the skin and hair. Have to say I was feeling nervous at this stage but whilst it felt hot, it was so quick that it was literally over in a flash. Wow this is easy I thought; waxing is more painful. After about a week I noticed the hairs were starting to fall out. Funny, because even though they had told me


Why wax or Freedom®

shave again?

this would happen I was forever the sceptic. I have now had eight sessions with Margy and the difference is considerable. While I still have a small amount of very light hairs remaining, I don’t need to bother with waxing or shaving anymore and the ingrown hairs are thankfully a thing of the past. I didn’t realise how draining hair removal had become for me, and how much better and confidant I now feel. Summer is for just a few months of the year but now I feel more feminine all year round. I would happily recommend the team at Caci Whangarei for this treatment and have told everybody willing to lend me an ear about it because it has honestly changed my life!

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Bleeding gums sign of disease

Your turn . . . . . . my turn Baby consultant ANNA WILLIAMS offers advice to parents of little ones

Herbalist LES helps address health issues the natural way My husband complains that his gums bleed quite badly when he cleans his teeth. He does visit the dental hygienist although not as often as he should as it’s so expensive. Is there anything he can use to stop this problem? You may be astonished to learn that the single most prevalent disease on the planet is periodontal or gum disease and that, far from being a problem only associated with old age, an estimated 66 per cent of younger adults have some form of this condition. Bleeding gums, especially after flossing, cleaning your teeth or eating hard food are a clear sign of gum disease, as are red or swollen gums, loose or separating teeth. And this is not a problem sufferers should ignore since periodontal infections can enter the bloodstream to create new infections. In fact, researchers are now showing a link between gum infections and cardiovascular disease, stroke, osteoporosis and diabetes. Also, since this is a bacterial infection which passes through saliva, if a member of your family has gum disease, then you are at risk too because it is infectious and contagious. As always prevention is better than cure and this is a preventable disease. Practising good oral hygiene by regular

brushing and flossing (daily) is your first step and you should always replace your toothbrush regularly as bacteria may colonise in it after constant use. Even better try using an electric toothbrush that has a back-andforth action. This type of toothbrush is better at removing plaque than a regular toothbrush Tackle the problem naturally with Grants herbal and mineral toothpaste with organic aloe vera. Aloe has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties to help you fight plaque and gum disease. Research shows that it not only provides anti-bacterial action against plaque but also helps strengthen gums. Use with Manuka mouthwash, both from (they also have a great toothpaste for kids) All free from sugar, aluminium

and sodium lauryl sulphate Following a healthy diet also helps prevent gum disease. Avoid sugary foods and consume starchy food in moderation as these substances are known to interact with bacteria to form plaque. Eat foods that are rich in calcium and Vitamin-C for increased bone and teeth strength. Vitamin-C also helps maintain healthy gums and the link between a deficiency of this vitamin and gum disease is well known. So take a good multivitamin and mineral supplement which will also contain the important Vitamins A and D. If you have a question for Les please e mail her on: herbalist@littleherbal

Sharing is a difficult concept for young children to understand. When they’re asked to share toys with other children — how do they know they’re ever going to get them back again? It’s understandable for them to be possessive of their things and become upset when another child is using them. You can introduce the idea of taking turns, using the words ‘‘your turn, my turn’’ at an early age, even with a young baby. When babies coo, or blow raspberries, you can reciprocate, which encourages them to do it back again and so on. Playing peek-a-boo and other baby games also encourage turntaking, back and forth between adult and baby. Other suggestions for taking turns are rolling a ball to each other, or batting a balloon. These are very sharing-focused activities, but the child knows their turn is coming, over and over again. When tidying toys up, the adult puts one away, then the child does the same. You can make this fun by counting as you go, or talking about the colours or names of each toy. As language develops, use

short phrases of two to three words, wait for your child’s response, then you say something else, to encourage them to respond again. When singing familiar songs, saying rhymes or reading a favourite book, pause at the part you know your child loves and let them fill the word(s) in. You’ll be amazed at how much they can recite from memory ! Being able to interact, share and play co-operatively is a hugely important social skill. Children learn quickly from an early age, that taking turns with toys and activites is much more fun than always playing on their own. backtobasicsparentingsupport

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Osteoporosis occurs when bone density decreases and not enough

new bone is formed. This could be through lifestyle or due to health factors which affect normal bone production. Reduced oestrogen production with ageing and at menopause results in natural bone loss, which for some women can be rapid and severe. As men and women age additional bone loss can occur for a variety of reasons. A test for bone density can be performed by our professional staff using our Hologic Dexa scanner located at our Kensington branch. This examination uses minimal radiation and measures your bone density.A report is then sent to your GP. You do not require a request form from your GP to book a bone scan.

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Whangarei’s leading clinic for integrated health care, has grown from a small band of practitioners to the present fourteen dedicated practitioners who work together to focus on the best way to manage health issues. This is the essence of an integrated health approach across a range of modalities, and is increasingly in demand year by year. New practitioners recently joined the WTP team: Michelle Moynes, Osteopath, Cedric Jallet, Osteopath, Evelyn Clarke, Acupuncturist & Claire Blankenbyl, Clinical Neuromuscular & Structural Integration Therapist. These new practitioners bring different and new approaches to their fields of practice and look forward to being of service to the people of the North. Any health problems from injuries or accidents can be treated under

ACC and the practitioners are able to assist you in making a claim. There is no need for referral from a GP. You can also get professional advice on supplements, vitamins, and minerals by WTP’s in-house naturopaths. Now with satellite clinics at the Pumping Iron Gym and Waipu Medical Centre, we are able to provide our services to the wider community. Our friendly and helpful team on the front desk are always there to help with any enquiries you may have. Whangarei Treatment Providers have been dedicated to serving the community’s health needs for the past ten years and continues to grow and expand giving an excellent range of services and variety of practitioners to suit most people’s needs.

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Handbag health hazards


Your handbag may seem innocent enough, but could it be making you sick? Here are five surprising health hazards in your handbag.

Fashion tutor at NorthTec

Water bottles

What’s in your handbag?

Many of us carry a bottle of water in our handbags to stay hydrated throughout the day. However, while drinking water is great for our health, repeatedly drinking from plastic bottles could play havoc with your health. Studies have suggested that dangerous chemicals called phthalates contained in the plastic can leach into the water over time, which may lead to hormone imbalances and fertility problems. The concentration of these chemicals also increases the longer a bottle is stored. For a safer way to stay hydrated, try switching to a different type of water bottle. Glass bottles are a healthier solution and can be wrapped in a protective silicone sleeve, or try using a metal bottle such as stainless steel or aluminum if you are concerned about breakages.

My purse, a bottle of perfume, as every good fashion tutor needs to smell nice! A set square, scissors, fashion books, my notebook with a massive ‘‘to do’’ list, a UK adaptor plug in order to try and solder my broken pen drive back together and an imaginary I phone, (thank God my real top of the range ancient Nokia wasn’t in there!) Just before Mike emptied the contents of my bag on to the ground, I managed to rescue a pair of kids’ dirty socks!!!

Is there anything in there you actually can’t do without?


My ‘‘to do’’ list and obviously my imaginary i phone!

My best feature is . . . My passion and dedication to teaching fashion and textiles.

The book I am reading . . . I have no time to read anything other than fashion books, some might call that sad!

The CD I am listening to . . . What is under your bed?

Mainly listen to the satellite music channels and the radio. I have a pretty eclectic music taste.

A magnifying glass, the kids were looking for bugs!

The last time I went to the movies it was to see . . .

Tell us three things people would be surprised to know about you

Despicable Me 2 with the kids, loved it!

My favourite place in Northland is . . . The outdoor adventure park at Waitangi. Took the kids there and was able to knock my husband and the kids off of the podium without the Police getting involved, haha! I also managed to beat my dad, the golfing guru, at the 18 hole crazy golf course on a steep hill!

What did your school report card say? It was always so good; I never had to hide it from my parents!

I gave my ‘‘world famous’’, according to the kids, cheesecake recipe to a restaurant in Ireland which is their best seller to this day! My secret and some might say weird passion for maths! My youthful desire to only date Italian men with long hair. This backfired as I married a Scotsman, who now has very little hair. Potential comb over on the way, if he’s lucky!

If, like many women, your handbag is packed with various mascara tubes, makeup brushes and lipsticks, it may be time to have a handbag clearout. Just as it’s important to throw out old food once it’s past its sell-by date, makeup should also be thrown away and replaced after a certain period of time as it can go off and harbor bacteria, particularly in the case of mascara. Mascara can harbor bacteria that is transferred into the product after each application and which can reproduce in the dark, warm environment of the mascara tube. Make sure you throw out mascara after six months to avoid eye infections and replace other products after roughly 18 months. To further prevent the build-up of bacteria, wash makeup brushes regularly and avoid sharing makeup with friends.

Used tissues While many of us wouldn’t admit to it, lots of women are guilty of wiping their nose while on the go and then stuffing the used tissue or hanky inside their bag. However, the viruses that cause colds and the flu are fairly robust and can survive on tissues for significant periods of time. Although you may be the only person using your handbag, it is still easy to spread these germs to others. Every time you rummage through your bag your fingers can come into contact with the germs on used tissues which can then be spread to surfaces such as door handles and stair rails and easily passed on to others. When you blow your nose, make sure you throw your tissue away as soon as possible, then wash your hands or use a hand sanitiser.

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EASY entertaining


Cosy, laid back and talk of Italy

Love having guests but time and ideas are always an issue? Fear no more! We have some quick and easy recipes to serve during an evening’s entertaining, to take as a plate for a ‘shared’ event or to whip up and impress when unexpected visitors pop in.

We’re six Savvy girls who meet on the last Friday of every month at 5pm for a couple of wines and snacks. It’s just enough to catch up . . . and then get home in time for Corrie! Each month we’ll let you know where we went and what we found . . . and if you’re keen, join us!


We went to: Dickens Inn 71 Cameron St (in the malkl) Whangarei. 09-430 0406 The Inn is based on a light English theme around the 19th Century English writer Charles Dickens. The interior is extensively decorated with pictures reproduced from his original files.

Parking: Take your pick really. There are plenty of spaces on the immediate streets surrounding Dickens, within easy and safe walking distance to the restaurant, even on a Friday night.

First thoughts Expensive wine! But, a nice cosy fire going and a laid back pleasant atmosphere.

The menu Typical of what you would

The staff:

imagine at any pub/inn type establishment. We browsed over the bar snack menu but you can choose to dine in their restaurant too for an extended menu choice. We settled on what we thought were their well known wedges ($17) and a sweet chilli jam and mozzarella pizza bread ($9) We loved the bread but Oliver’s potato wedges with sour cream, bacon and cheese could have been better for the price.

We hoped the $17 wedges had been more impressive for the price and sorry Dickens Inn but most of us just couldn’t bring ourselves to go up for that desired second glass of vino... not for that much, so we settled for one.

What was on our mind?


Clearly ... holidays. Conversation grew as we each discussed plans for destinations such as Fiji, Russell, Sydney, Teawamutu, Wellington and Coromandel, oh and not forgetting the main topic, Italy! We also touched on salon verses supermarket shampoo and make-up but this quickly lead back to Italy.

The staff were great, attentive and friendly.

What would we change?

Dickens Inn provided a welcoming atmosphere in the middle of town. Sitting at the street window was still private and in view of the cricket that one fan amongst us got to spy on through the reflection of the glass while we chatted into the evening.

You can buy these ready-made pastries from any supermarket and they certainly handy to have in the cupboard. We mixed up three different fillings, popped them in the oven for 10-15 minutes and served with chilled wine for the ladies and a beer for the workers!

Garlic Mushrooms This couldnt be easier! The supermarket has tinned mushrooms in a garlic sauce, and this is all we used. With a bit of salt and pepper this mixture is delish and simple. Garnish with some chopped chives when you take them out of the oven.

Onion Jam and Feta Again simple. All store-bought ingredients ready to go. Put a teaspoon of onion jam into your pastry case, put a slice of crumbly feta on top and repeat onion jam then feta. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes to warm. We put an egg ‘custard’ in with this (2

the phenomenal white fish: SNAPPER


napper is a family favourite for many New Zealanders and is one of our most popular recreational fish. While the supply of snapper increases throughout the warmer months, snapper’s year-round availability and firm-yet-tender flesh means it is [perfect in curries and in soups for the coming winter months — good hearty dishes enhanced with the many health benefits which come from eating seafood. Snapper not only tastes great, it’s a healthy choice. In particular snapper is a source of selenium, which acts as an antioxidant defence — meaning it helps to protect cells in our body from damage.

Fish Dumplings & Bok Choy Soup INGREDIENTS 500mls fish stock

2 tbsp soy sauce 2 star anise 5cm fresh ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced 1 small bok choy, finely sliced 1 cup rice vermicelli noodles, soaked in water 4 button mushrooms, quartered 4 snapper fillets 1 spring onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 cm fresh ginger root, grated 1/4 c fresh coriander (roots and stalks), chopped 1 tsp sweet chilli sauce 1 tsp fish sauce 2 tsp oyster sauce 1 tsp sesame oil 2 tbsp rice flour 16 wonton wrappers

METHOD To make the soup place the fish stock in a large pot and heat with soy sauce, star anise

and 5cm of peeled and thinly sliced ginger root. Brig to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add bok choy, vermicelli and mushrooms to the pot and bring back to the boil. To make the dumplings, place snapper fillets in a food processor and mince. Place fish in a large bowl and add spring onion, garlic, ginger, coriander, sweet chilli sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce and sesame oil. Check consistency of the mixture — it should be soft, but holding its shape — add rice flour if needed. Lay out wonton wrappers and in the centre of each place a ball of fish mixture. Fold up sides of wrappers to seal the dumplings. Place a pot of water onto boil and blanch the dumplings — they will float to the top when cooked. You may need to cook them in batches. Lift from water with a slotted spoon and add to the soup. Serve bok choy soup in individual bowls with 3-4 dumplings per serving. — recipe from Auckland Seafood School

beaten eggs with 2 tablespoons of milk) but it’s just as good without.

Cashew & Basil This mixture takes a bit more time than the others ... but it is well worth it. Don’t be put off by the amount of ingredients. This is my favourite! Heat butter in a pan and add 1/2 a finely chopped onion. Cook, stirring, until soft. Set aside. In a food processor blend 60grams cream cheese, 15grams soft butter, 1/8cup roasted cashew nuts, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, an egg yolk, 1/8cup cream and 1/8cup grated parmesan cheese. Stir in onion. Spoon into pastry cases and cook for 10-15minutes. All you are doing here is warming the nibbles. Sprinkle with paprika when you take them out of the oven and watch them disappear!

WORDS: Colleen Thorpe FOOD STYLING/PHOTOGRAPHY: Alice Alexander

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He said ... she said: this is no lightweight

Come the school holidays, hubby and I were in desperate need for a night out together. We had been looking for somewhere cosy, private and tasty to hide out and unwind in for a couple of hours while treating ourselves to some peace. Red Pizzeria in Kensington came to mind. I had been a few times before and had always been impressed by the food, atmosphere and the popular booths. The dimly lit booth was a perfect spot to retreat and enjoy a meal together. Red Pizzeria offers easy parking and fantastic pizzas. This is what they do best. Because I had taken on Dry July I ordered a feijoa and pear juice which was served in a nice long beer glass. I looked right at home as hubby ordered his beer. We shared the buschetta for $10, as an entree, toasted ciabatta rounds brushed with garlic oil layered with fresh basil pesto, tomato, mozzarella and lightly grilled — amazing! For the main I ordered the Little Red Riding Hood pizza, a vegetarian option with spinach, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, basil pesto, mozzarella, olives and a fresh salad on top. We agreed it was one of the best pizzas we had tried. Hubby ordered pasta ... but he couldn’t keep his eyes off my $26 pizza and helped me finish it

off. They say that a fine dessert to top off any meal can imprint what you think of the entire evening and this was the case here. The desserts were spectacular and worth the $13 each. I indulged myself with the orange and cardamom cre`me brulee and hubster the ‘Red Lava’ chocolate fondant, both so good we were not sharing ... much. Overall, this was the perfect venue for the night we needed out as a couple. Casual but friendly service and I can’t stop thinking about the pizza, which is a good sign! Whether you dine in or take out we are very lucky to have this modern Italian Pizza Restaurant in town! — Philippa Mannagh

Red Pizzeria is at 3 Kensington Ave, Whangarei


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They were sitting around the table at the impromptu dinner party, delicately taking a wine to pieces. ‘‘Oooh, a very clean finish but good body,’’ She said. He said, ‘‘I don’t know what all this fuss is over white wine. I think I’ll stick to my beer.’’ Forced lately to drink red wine for the good of his heart, Another He shrugged: ‘‘I can’t taste it. I guess that means its pretty inoffensive.’’ A Second She said, ‘‘Hmm, not tart, and so smooth and almost peachy. Not like a savvynon blank at all . . . actually, is it a savvy? I can’t taste gooseberries.’’ ‘‘That’s sauvignon, if you don’t mind,’’ The Third She said. ‘‘Ahhh, that’s bloody lovely,’’ Third She said next, having squeezed in a quick sniff, swig, swirl and swallow between wiping a smear mark off a fork and counting the plates. ‘‘No!’’ they all said to the children who asked if they could do some wine tasting too. ‘‘Evocative name,’’ they decided about Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2012. ‘‘How organic do you think it is, really?’’ One She asked. (Loveblock wines, from the Awatere Valley, are made from certified organically grapes (ethical farming, the makers say), with no preservatives used in the fermentation process.) They discussed the hangover theory. Good, pure whisky doesn’t leave one with one, they agreed. A clean home brew can get one properly trollied but not always feeling like death warmed up the next day. It stands to reason that


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organic, additive-free wine won’t do one’s head in, they blathered. Three lushish Shes would have gladly put the theory to the test — but with one precious bottle to try, no chance. Might they just dash to the nearest liquor store for more? But then had any of them ever seen the stuff for sale at the local? Their sacrifice to sobriety would, of course, have been for research and not merely because they were terribly smitten with this personable wine. Loveblock has Kim Crawford written all over it. (Not literally, that name doesn’t even feature on the rustic-is-the-new-chic label.) The winemaker has a knack for bestowing a soft edge, mellowing out fruit flavours without losing the top notes, and yet underscoring the whole package with an exuberant personality. This lovely sauvignon blanc isn’t a light weight, nor does it neatly fit into a varietal taste box, but it could never be called a gooseberry. ■ Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2012 (alcohol 13.9%).


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LEEK, POTATO & SAVVY SOUP INGREDIENTS: 400g (2 large) leeks, white parts only 1 tbsp each: olive oil, butter 1 medium onion, diced 1 & 1/2 cups sauvignon blanc 2 cups light vegetable stock 400g potatoes, peeled and cubed 3 cloves garlic, diced Salt and white pepper to taste 1/2-3/4 cup cream

From the archive of the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly . . .

Orange- scented parsnip soup INGREDIENTS:


50g butter 1 onion, chopped 4 cups parsnips, peeled and diced 1/2 tsp curry powder 1/2 tsp orange zest 2 tbsp orange juice 6 cups chicken stock Extra orange zest for garnish

Slice the leeks finely and wash well. Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan. Add the butter. When sizzling, add the leeks and onion and cook over low heat, until tender. Add the wine and simmer for five minutes. Add the stock, potatoes, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for about 25 minutes, until the potatoes are soft. Remove from the heat. Puree until smooth, preferably with a hand-held blender. Just before serving, heat through and stir in the cream. Can be garnished with a drizzle of avocado oil or chopped chives. — Serves 4-6








1 large onion 250g Swiss brown mushrooms 50g butter 4 tbsp flour 2 cups each: chicken or vegetable stock, milk Freshly ground salt and black pepper to taste 2 tbsp each: finely chopped parsley, avocado oil

Finely dice the onion. Remove the stems from the mushrooms. Finely slice the caps. Coarsely chop the stems. Melt half the butter in a heavy saucepan. Saute the mushroom caps until soft. Remove to one side. Add the remaining butter. Saute the mushroom stems and onion until softened. Sprinkle in the flour and cook for three minutes, stirring. Slowly stir in the stock. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 30 minutes. Puree the mixture in a blender or food processor, or rub through a sieve. Return to the saucepan. Add the milk, salt and pepper and the cooked, sliced mushroom caps. Heat through. Serve sprinkled with the parsley and drizzled with avocado oil. — Serves 4

1 tbsp canola oil 1 each, diced: small onion, celery stalk 4 large carrots, diced 1 clove garlic, crushed 1-2 tbsp curry powder 1 & 1/2 litres chicken or vegetable stock

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Saute the diced vegetables and garlic for four to five minutes. Add curry powder and cook a further three minutes, stirring constantly to prevent curry powder from burning. Add stock and bring to boil. Simmer for 30 minutes. Puree soup in batches and return to e saucepan to reheat. Great garnished with croutons and chopped chives. — Serves 6

Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add onion and cook for two to three minutes then stir in parsnip. Cover the pan and cook over a very low heat for 15 minutes. Add the curry powder and cook for two to three minutes, then add the

zest, juice and chicken stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Pour mixture into a blender and pulse until smooth. Reheat before serving and season to taste. Serve with orange zest. Cook’s tip: Make this the day before you serve it — soups and stews are always better the next day.

THAI-STYLE PUMPKIN & PRAWN SOUP COCONUT, HERB METHOD: INGREDIENTS: & MUSSEL SOUP 1 tbsp canola oil 400g can thick coconut cream 1-2 tbsp red curry paste (or to taste) 700g peeled, seeded and chopped pumpkin 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock 1 tbsp each: palm or brown sugar, fish sauce 16 shelled and deveined raw prawns 1/2 cup small basil leaves 2 kaffir lime leaves, finely shredded

Heat oil with a quarter-cup of the coconut cream in a medium-size saucepan. Stir in the curry paste, and cook for two to three minutes. Add the pumpkin and stock. Simmer until tender. Cool a little then puree in a blender. Return to the saucepan. Add the palm sugar and fish sauce. Add the prawns and simmer for about one minute, until cooked. Stir in the basil and remaining coconut cream. Warm through. Divide the soup and prawns among four serving bowls. Garnish with the kaffir lime leaves. — Serves 4




2 cups fish stock 2 kaffir lime leaves 1 tsp each: dried basil, oregano 3 tbsp each: canola oil, rice flour 400g can light coconut milk 20 steamed mussels, minced — about 1 cup Salt and pepper to taste 2-3 tbsp lemon juice or to taste

Bring the fish stock to the boil with the herbs. Simmer for one minute then remove from the heat. Cover and allow the herbs to infuse in the stock. When cold, strain. Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan and stir in the rice flour. Gradually whisk in the coconut milk and the stock, cooking until thick. Simmer for three minutes then add the mussels. Season and add the lemon juice. Great served topped with whole mussels in the shell, chopped fresh herbs or diced chilli. — Serves 4


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GREEK-STYLE ROAST CHICKEN INGREDIENTS: No 16 whole chicken 1-2 tbsp olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 bunch bay leaves 2 juicy lemons

METHOD: Preheat the oven to 190C. Wipe the chicken with a paper towel, brush with oil and season inside and out with salt and pepper. Stuff the bay leaves into the centre of the chicken and neatly truss or tie it. Place in a lightly oiled roasting pan, breast-side up. Finely grate the rind of one lemon. Squeeze the juice of both lemons over the chicken and sprinkle with the lemon rind. Roast for one-and-a-half hours or until cooked. When a fork is inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, the juices should be clear. — Serves 4-6




Cranberry & pineapple sauce: 2 cups each: frozen cranberries, diced fresh pineapple 1 & 1/4 cups sugar 6 whole cloves 1/4 cup water 2 tsp cornflour Rosemary roast pork: 4 cloves garlic 1/2 tsp salt 2 tbsp finely chopped rosemary Freshly ground black pepper to taste 1-2 tsp olive oil 1.2kg pork rack (about 6 cutlets)

To make the sauce, combine cranberries, pineapple, sugar, cloves and water in a saucepan. Simmer over low heat until cranberries split and juices are slightly reduced. Mix cornflour with a little of the juice or water until smooth, then stir into fruit mixture and simmer until thickened. This sauce can be prepared ahead and either reheated or served at room temperature. To prepare pork, preheat oven to 200C. Line a roasting pan with foil.

Using the blade of a heavy knife, crush garlic and salt together to form a paste. Combine with rosemary, black pepper and oil. Rub all over pork. Place pork skinside down in the pan. Roast for 20 minutes. Turn pork over, skin-side up. Reduce temperature to 150C. Continue roasting for one-and-ahalf hours or until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 71C. Place on a serving platter and tent with foil. Stand for 10-15 minutes. Prepare a gravy using the pan juices, if required. Drain off fat first. — Serves 4-6



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‘I thought ... that’ll work’ Hanging on the wall outside the door to the kitchen-living area in Vanessa and Richard Owen’s house is a ceramic paintbrush. A strange ornament, one might think, without knowing that it symbolises the end of a massive home renovation that has taken nearly eight years. LEIGH BRAMWELL reports on P21 & 22


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PHOTOS 1. The wide hallway leading down to the new kitchen extension is filled with objects Vanessa has collected and rejuvenated. At the end, stairs lead up to the secluded lofty master suite 2. Casual wicker furniture, old trunks and squashy, striped cushions add to the coastal theme 3. With decks wrapping around much of the house, there are sea views from virtually every angle, and plenty of places to sit and admire them. 4. In Richard’s office, all the cabling for his computers has been concealed behind a timber panelled wall. Doors open to the deck and reveal splendid sea views. 5. Because the section is sloping, gardening has been kept simple with terraced areas surrounded by native and subtropical planting 6. The colours and textures of this sitting area, including the stained floorboards, were taken from the coast 7. The master suite is housed in the loft above the kitchen extension, which gives it added privacy and big views 8. One of the holiday baches on the property, which also feature Vanessa’s renovation and interior design skills.



T’S ABOUT me hanging up my paintbrush,’’ Vanessa says. Of course, it hasn’t turned out to be quite true. Certainly this renovation is finished, but there’s another project waiting in the wings. It’s still at the dream stage at the moment, but it could turn into reality at any minute. In the meantime Vanessa, Richard and their four children are relishing life in the old villa they rescued from its former life in Dargaville. ‘‘We had relocated a villa before, but it was a city villa and we put it on a country property, and I never thought it quite worked,’’ Vanessa says. This time, after they had bought their 15 acre, waterfront property on the Purerua Peninsula near Kerikeri, they were planning to build from scratch, but Vanessa couldn’t imagine how that was going to give her what she wanted. ‘‘I didn’t want to be a person who just bought land and relocated villas,’’ she says, ‘‘so I tried not to want another one, but I wanted to live in a beautiful, elegant home — and that’s a villa.’’ Having learned her lesson about city villas on country sites, she decided she would have to relocate a country villa. ‘‘I decided to do some research, some homework, and I looked at New Zealand country towns that had been very wealthy in their day. There was one near Gisborne, and there was Dargaville, and some other places, so I ran


advertisements in their newspapers for a villa to relocate.’’ As it happened, the Freemasons had an old villa on the outskirts of Dargaville that had been converted to a rest home. The exterior was perfect — apart from the fact that it was painted mustard with a bright red roof — but the inside was another story. An inch of concrete had been poured over the kauri floors, the walls and ceilings were lined with a laminated wallboard to meet health regulations for a rest home, and virtually every room had been partitioned into cubicles. ‘‘I thought: that’ll work,’’

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continued from P21 Vanessa says. She and Richard arranged for the house to be gutted while it was still on site, and when next they saw it, it was stripped back to the framing. Looking at the gracious old building now, it’s hard to believe it was ever anything other than the beautiful, elegant home Vanessa so desired. It’s 100 years old this year, and she has put her heart and soul into the transformation. ‘‘I wanted a proper coastal home,’’ she says. ‘‘I don’t actually think we do coastal homes very well in New Zealand — I wanted the soft colours and textures of the beach, which would allow the view of the sea to be the star of the show.’’ Using the coast as a reference, she embarked on the seven-year project, bringing pieces of driftwood, shells and sand up from the beach to help her to choose her palette. She stripped black floors and walls, exposed beautiful press ceilings and added lovely pieces of refinished furniture that look as though they’ve been there forever. The house now offers a bedroom for each of the four children, a loft-style master bedroom with ensuite, three sitting areas, an office, and a big kitchen/dining/living area which


I wanted the soft colours and textures of the beach, which would allow the view of the sea to be the star of the show was added on and has become the heart of the house. In the summer it opens up to the wraparound decks, and in the winter, a massive AGA produces ambient warmth. The little sitting area in front of it is irresistible. An old fashioned whistling kettle sits on the hotplate and members of the family drift in and out to make tea or food. Vanessa and Richard are pretty self sufficient here with fruit, vegetables, an olive grove that produces their own delicious olive oil, and a vineyard. There are times when Vanessa doesn’t get in to Kerikeri for days on end. But that’s not to say she isn’t busy. She may have hung up her paint brush, metaphorically speaking, but the property is also a business, with accommodation in

a couple of delightful baches offering chic, beachy accommodation with sea views. And then there are the ‘glamourvans’ — beautifully fitted out caravans with all the important things for glamourvanning like Wallace Cotton sheets, great retro sound systems and, of course, striped awning and deckchairs. Vanessa and Richard are happy to point those who rent the caravans in the direction of some of the Far North’s best spots. It’s hard to imagine, though, why anyone would want to leave this place — including those who live there. But while Vanessa says she’s really proud of what they’ve done on this superb coastal block, she does have a bit of a yen to move on. ‘‘I love this place and always will, but you can love something and move on,’’ she says. ‘‘So we are gradually unpicking the things that hold us so we can have more of a lock-up-and-leave life, and do more travelling.’’ She swears that next time around they’ll look for a flat section, volcanic soil, a readymade garden, and perhaps build a simple, modern house. But despite the ceramic paintbrush hanging on the wall, you just know there’s probably another dear old villa somewhere waiting in the wings.

Curtains are an important part of a room and before you make any decisions on what sort of curtains or blinds you require, think about the purpose of the room, the aspect of the sun and the amount of privacy you require. With 30+ years of experience in interior design and passion for colour and design, Mags Smith is just the person to inspire and assist you with the perfect window dressings for your home. Mags will talk you through your requirements, whether you are looking for curtains or blinds that make a statement or perhaps you are just looking for something to blend with decor of your room. We’re always happy to come to yours for a free measure and quote and there’s free curtain making on a selected range of fabrics.

Selecting Flooring Updating the flooring in your home is a big decision and there are a number of things to keep in mind when making your selection. Karen Nicholl is the flooring expert and with 15 years experience she will be able to point out the important considerations when choosing the type of flooring for each of the areas in your home. Previously with Steve Perkins Carpets, Karen has 14 years’ experience advising clients and helping to select the most suitable flooring solutions for their projects. Guthrie Bowron is confident that she is the best in town! Styling your home is easy with all your decorating needs and expert advice under one roof. Step into GB and be inspired or call Karen

or Mags on 438 2519 for an obligation free measure and quote.

Selecting Wallpaper If you haven’t yet fallen for the wallpaper trend, come in and check out our designs. We have a premium selection of modern wallpapers, including ‘paste the wall’ So Ezy ranges which are much simpler to use and perfect for DIY. You can really express your personality with wallpaper. With bright colour, bold patterns, muted tones, stripes, floral prints, textures, metallics or unusual shades — the options are only limited by your imagination. Think about the mood you want in the space you’re decorating, and be creative. If you haven’t discovered the different looks that modern wallpapers can give your room, you should take a look in store. Just like paint, you can take some samples of paper home to get an idea of what it will look like in your home. You could even use a more decorative style of paper to make a feature. Cover just one wall in a room and you’ll create an instant feature, or add some life to a more neutral colour scheme. Doing this can be a very costeffective way to add some new sparkle to a tired space.

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Textiles and home interiors expert REBECCA BOWERING highlights the appeal of golden hues


EMORIES ARE funny things. One of my most vivid is from Wellington, arriving home after the birth of Sam and finding the hundreds of daffodils we had recently planted down the driveway were in full bloom — and they seemed to have blossomed overnight. Since then, whenever I see the first daffodils of the year I get the warm fuzzies. The same era brings to mind the infamous decade of decorating in yellow and blue — the 80s. But I have to confess, the thought of my cobalt blue kitchen and sunflower curtains doesn’t have quite the same happy effect. When yellow started to make a comeback in decorating a couple of years ago, the resistance was extreme. I seemed to spend my time constantly defending its glorious qualities and promising that its re-emergence was a world away from the 80s decorating style in which it was so prominent. It didn’t take long for decorators to agree. I understand that to most cultures in the world the colours yellow and gold are primarily associated with happiness and humour. Yellow foods are said to offer an antidote to depression and be true soul foods for winter. Yellow, as a colour, vibrates at a higher resonance. It is therefore a great shade with which to surround yourself if you want to feel mentally stimulated — helping memory and intellectual processes. The downside of this is that if you’re feeling anxious, or are inclined to feel unsettled or restless, you’d be better off teaming it with calmer hues of blues and greens. For many years now, I’ve had a French metal bed head. It has an antique finish in yellow gold. Sounds awful, I know. In the last three spare rooms I’ve had, this wee bed head has fitted in perfectly and is the most fun because of its chameleon

‘‘I understand that to most cultures in the world the colours yellow and gold are primarily associated with happiness and humour.’’

RIGHT: Yellow is associated with happiness and humour in many cultures. LEFT: Embracing yellow and green at Jane Churchill.

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quality. Initially it was layered with soft quilts and cashmere blankets, sitting in the villa’s front room, with shutters and off-white embroidered sheer linen drapes adorning the windows. An antiqued ring hung above with diaphanously fine linen sheers draped over the top of the bed. Then, in the next home (reminiscent of a French farmhouse), it was massed in aqua through to teal and every shade of gold, in velvets, embroidery and deliciously rich textures. Now, the bed is squeezed into a tiny spare room. Its quilt is a fabulous Dominique Kieffer simple organic linen in the palest aqua — almost the colour of water. However, the cushions are Colefax and Fowler embroidered linen, with a hint of yellow to tie it together. The English do yellow so well and it has never gone out of fashion there. Colefax and Fowler and Jane Churchill excel at soft, buttery yellows that blend with gorgeous duck-egg blues, palest greens and a multitude of other hues. Think stripes, paint effect or small-scale print wallpapers and

Artist Richard Smith’s printed fabrics look like they’re painted in heritage pigments.

Boussac from Pierre Frey shows the use of yellow in decorating has come a long way from the 80s, left; yellow golds from Donghia, excellent feng shui and very elegant, above.

a decorating scheme that brings patterns, stripes, checks and small patterns together in a classic English style with a modern twist. So banish the yellow of the 80s and look at this colour with new eyes. It’s a colour of hope and

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Smart splashes of colour for living in ‘green’ space by TERRY LOBB


TAKING SHAPE: The exterior with the beams in place (above).

BRIGHT: A splash of colour in a drum light shade (left).

E HAVE been enjoying sunny mornings with mild temperatures — it’s so unpredictable for this time of

the year. It is amazing how many trees are still hanging on to their leaves, and there are splashes of bright yellow trees standing on beds of yellow leaves — stunning on a grey morning. I’ve had the pleasure of working on a new home in Greytown, an eHaus build — such a fun project working alongside my client on all aspects from choosing door handles, bathroom, kitchen and laundry fixtures and fittings along with the flooring, paint and wallpaper finishes, fabrics and lighting. With the exterior, we have worked through the finishing detail on the huge steel pergola that forms the front of the house over the entertaining area, along with the concrete finish and colour, all the exterior colours and lighting. The section is still mud but the concrete area will soon be boxed up and the landscaping will start to take shape. I can’t wait to see this stage. Most of the interior is being painted, wallpaper has arrived and the reading nook will be wrapped in a gorgeous colour. The other splash of wallpaper is in the main bedroom, where two walls are being papered in a lovely soft texture and colour, and wallpaper will also feature in the drum light shades in the living area. The walls are mainly neutral because of strategically placed artwork, but there is the odd wall that will have a bright colour because the artwork demands it. I love working with the combination of good colour to complement artwork — sometimes it takes only one background colour to make a piece of art come alive, along with the all-important aspect of lighting. The house will have a welcoming earthy feel: warm timber floors in some areas, twisted cut pile in the bedrooms and living area, and a soft grainy porcelain floor tile in the bathrooms and en-suite areas. Walls are partially tiled as we didn’t want a clinical feel to the bathroom or toilet areas. The bathrooms are simple, with no fuss or clutter. To keep costs down on flooring options, we went for an earthy

vinyl in the laundry — something that will be easy to clean but also not show every footprint, as this room leads to an outside area. Kitchen work surfaces are finished in stainless steel and engineered stone for the bench tops, with a rich deep colour in a semi-gloss paint finish for the cabinetry. We have injected a punch of colour into the kitchen with a gorgeous red in the splashback to complement the adjacent wall colour, and the cabinetry colour is carried through to a customdesigned bookcase in the reading nook. This is the third house I’ve worked on where there is a reading nook — such a great concept. Lighting has been a challenge as my client primarily wanted LEDs, which often illuminate with a harsh white light and colour rendering isn’t all that great, meaning it sucks the life out of fabrics, flooring, etc. With an eHaus build, the house is wrapped in (though you can’t see it) an airtight membrane. Traditional down lights are not common because of the piercing of the membrane to accommodate down lights which, in turn, create a lack of control with warm air escaping into unused areas such as ceiling spaces. It gives us a chance to be creative with lighting and not just practical. We have used a combination of compact fluorescents, LEDs and halogen lamps. Picture wall lights were the best option to illuminate some of the art and track fittings, using halogen lamps, which have good colour rendering and tend to keep the artwork in its natural colours rather than washing the colour out, for other areas. ■ If you have questions about issues discussed or product supply, give me a call on 027 602 3298 or drop me a line on


Do it right the first time Deciding on any type of sewage treatment system is a big decision so it is essential to make the right choice, for you and your circumstances, in view of ’future proofing’ your home and your investment. With the global move towards sustainable living and natural systems for caring and treating wastewater ‘Natural Flow’ has the most robust innovative option. Nature is a dynamic recycling mechanism. ‘The Natural Flow System’ harnesses nature’s processes and forces that have been quietly working together for thousands of years. It breaks down and decomposes wastewater and sewage until it is perfectly safe to be reintroduced into the environment via the soil – a natural process that works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – saving you time, energy and all for free.

Designed here in New Zealand – it’s especially ideal for rural communities. ‘Natural Flow’ offers an eco-sustainable wastewater and sewage treatment system that’s operates free of power during the treatment process without chemicals. It is an extremely versatile modular in-ground system that works with all modern conveniences and operates without odour, keeping your environment a pleasure to live in. The system is manufactured by Waterflow NZ Ltd, works with the environment rather than against it to treat wastewater and sewage, and is so efficient that it reduces solid waste by up to 95% making it very cost effective from day 1 and into the future. The ‘Natural Flow System’ works as well as it sounds, quietly and in harmony with nature.

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Gas — clean-burning, versatile and low-cost G

AS IS a very versatile source of home heating that is available in a wide range of options from portable heaters to gas fired central heating systems. One of the great benefits of gas heating is its controllability — gas heating provides instant, convenient heat that can be managed using thermostatic controls and timers to make your home heating much more efficient and cost effective. Gas is one of cleanest burning and lowest emission fossil fuel and some modern appliances are very efficient, extracting more energy from the hot flue gases than conventional systems and can be much cheaper to run. Another advantage of gas fires and heaters is that the flue can be run out of the house in any direction so they can be located almost anywhere in the home and not just on an outside wall. Heating your water by gas is a very popular option and modern systems are very efficient and cost effective. Instant gas hot water systems provide continuous hot water as soon as you turn on the tap. The water is heated as it is needed and flows directly from the heater to the tap and is not stored in a hot water tank so gas is only used when your hot water tap is turned on and there is no storage cylinder. This means there is no loss in energy from storing a large volume of hot water and some instant gas water systems can be up to 95% efficient.

Gas energy rating Energy rating labels can assist in selecting an energy efficient gas heating appliance. The Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA) recommend flued gas heating appliances that have a 4 star or greater rating by the Australian Gas Association (AGA) as these have earned the Energy Star mark. The AGA energy rating label shows three important pieces of

information: ■ Maximum heat output: This is the highest heat output. Use this figure to make sure that an appliance is big enough to heat the space required. ■ Annual energy consumption: This is the amount of energy an appliance would use if it were run for 2 1/2 hours on high setting and 2 1/2 hours on low setting for 100 days per year. ■ Star band: This is a visual representation of the annual energy consumption and is great for a quick reference. It should be

used for comparing one gas heating appliance with another. Remember us can not be used to compare appliances of other fuel types.

EECA clean heating EECA recommend choosing flued gas appliances that have a 4-star or greater AGA rating. These products are identified as energy efficient and they now have the Energy Star mark. This means the gas heaters and fireplaces are at least 79% efficient at converting gas to

heat. To obtain the Energy Star mark a product must meet all of the stringent programme requirements to be registered with the New Zealand Energy Star programme and carry the Energy Star mark.

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natural gas, delivers fast efficient heat. Gas is an energy source Kiwis can rely on because there’s lots of it right on our coastline. The experts advise there’s enough to keep us going for at least eight generations. Natural gas is one of the safest energy sources you can use around the home, especially with the new generation of safety-savvy gas appliances. Natural gas also plays an important role in New Zealand’s energy mix. When used direct it takes pressure off our national electricity grid. As little as a third of the energy in the gas entering a power station makes it to your home when converted to electricity. By using gas heating in your home up to 80% of the energy is utilised.

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Blooms to brighten the dampest of days Take time out from garden work to admire the winter flowers, writes LEIGH BRAMWELL


LTHOUGH just about everyone celebrates the coming of spring, winter is one of the most rewarding seasons for gardeners. The hard work drops off, and you can use the spare time to admire the winter flowering shrubs and trees that are absolutely spectacular right now. Best of all, you can plant new ones. The choice of winter flowering plants is very broad, and we’re lucky that in this country there’s something for everyone, whether they live in Kaitaia or Bluff. In northern areas where it’s reasonably mild, the Aussies and South Africans will show off like mad, and the cool season bloomers will be winning smiles virtually

all over the country. South African proteas and leucodendrons are prized for determined winter displays of colour and their flowers and foliage are always interesting. They like sun, well-drained, acidic soil with loads of compost but no fertiliser, thank you. Australian banksias are brilliant for winter colour. They cover the entire height range from low and sprawling to tall and impressive, producing extravagant numbers of flowers through autumn and winter. Their compatriots, the grevilleas, offer the same advantages, and new varieties are turning up all the time. Flowers range from creamygreen through pink, salmon, orange and bright red. Surely everybody’s favourite

must be the camellia. They range in size and shape from compact to upright, low and spreading, tall, willowy and weeping. And they’re incredibly co-operative, putting up with serious trimming to turn them into hedges, espaliers, standards and container plants. It’s the perfect time to buy and plant because many of them are in flower so what you see is what you get. A step up the elegance ladder are the deciduous magnolias. Their impressive blooms held on sculptural bare branches are spectacular, ranging from pink ‘‘cup-and-saucer’’ flowers through to classic creamy tulip shaped blooms, gorgeous pinks, startling deep reds and dramatic purple. If you only have a small space, you can still have a magnolia. There are several littlies such as Stellata, which grows only a couple of metres tall and wide. The magnolia’s close rellie, the evergreen Michelia Figo, has

shy little flowers but an in-yourface fragrance, reminiscent of bubble-gum and nail varnish. It also behaves quite well as a hedge, but left to its own devices it makes a pretty gorgeous small tree with an appealing shape and pretty foliage. Wait until a bit later in winter and the evergreen Michelia doltsopa ‘Silver Cloud’ will offer up masses of creamy white, scented blooms. Off to South America now, which we have to thank for the winter flowering Brazilian flame vine, which produces heaps of hot orange, trumpetshaped flowers, and Tibouchinas, another South American with purple flowers. Back in the Pacific, the close rellie of the New Zealand pohutukawa, Metrosideros

‘Tahiti’ is a very well-behaved small tree and will even grow happily in a large tub. It makes fluffy scarlet brushes in winter and spring and gives you a hint of what’s to come from its New Zealand cousins at Christmas. Of course, it’s not all about beautiful trees. Man cannot live on flowers alone so don’t neglect the vegetable garden if you want to eat fresh. If your area is virtually frost-free, plant or sow broad beans, cabbage, onion and spinach in the next couple of months. If you live somewhere cold, grow herbs and vegetables in a plastic or glasshouse. And if you’re not fussed at all about growing winter vegetables, at least give the soil a treat with manure and compost, and a good dig over. You’ll get your reward come spring.

■ PICTURED FROM LEFT: You don’t need a massive garden to accommodate this pretty little Magnolia Stellata; nobody could fail to admire the gorgeous winter blooms of the camellia; this Grevillea Superb is exactly that, with gorgeous salmon-coloured flowers.

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Say I love you with a homemade card By REBECCA MCINNES My daughters love to make cards and from the age of 3 they have been presenting all members of their family with an ‘‘I love you’’ in varying degrees of illegibility. Come Mothers Day or birthdays they have a crumpled back log that is hauled out of every school bag or lunch box and under from their beds. They are each to be admired, read and cooed over. None to be thrown away or dismissed. Hence my beautiful heirloom dresser is now plastered in pink, glitter molting, sequin and feather festooned love cards and has become a gallery of preschool love proclamation. From day dot paper is a child’s favourite medium. It is pliable, absorbent, reasonably safe (damn paper cuts), colourful, often recycled (it doesn’t cost much to throw in the old Women’s Weekly as collage material) and it’s recyclable. For the adult crafter it’s a very easy way to unleash your inner artist. They are a small canvas to showcase miniature works of art and the possibilities are endless. Try using your sewing machine to attach fabric swatches or paper cut outs. Hand stamping is a great way to add motifs and images if you are not comfortable with a pen and paintbrush and all sorts of found objects make great embellishments with a little imagination. Below are instructions for a concertina card that is suitable for both adults and children to make. You will need: ■ 2 x pieces of card ■ 1 x sheet of coloured paper ■ 2 x pieces of string ■ A glue stick ■ Scissors Firstly cut your two pieces of card to the size of

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the gift card you would like to make. Using your cutout card as a template, cut two pieces of your coloured paper leaving atleast a 1cm border on each side. Glue your card all over one side and place in the middle of your coloured paper. Your paper should be face down. Cut corners as shown in the picture below. Glue borders and fold over. Repeat for your other card. Take your coloured paper and using your card as a guide fold it end over end as if you were folding a map. Glue your card all over and set your string down on the left hand side. Cover with one folded end of your paper face down. Smooth down and repeat with the remaining card to the other end of your concertina, placing string on the right side. Fold your card up and tie the string in a bow. I have finished this card with a wooden stamp using

Let your imagination run wild By JANE AUBREY Our fantasy forest would include rainbow waterfalls. Young children benefit greatly from hands-on learning. This outdoors project turned into a water absorption lesson and colour experiment. It was fascinating to watch the colours from the jars spread up the paper towel and see it change colour. This was an adultsupervised project — my kids love playing with water and the addition of food colouring adds to the excitement. Hence the need for active parental guidance.

What you’ll need ■ Three glass jars per colour experiment — we used nine for our three combinations ■ Paper towels ■ Food colouring ■ Water

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acrylic paint. Rebecca McInnes is manager at Whangarei Trade Aid Store A selection of beautiful handmade paper, wooden stamps and hemp twine are all available at Trade Aid. index.php/page/200/label/ Winter+Inspirations

■ Line up your jars in rows of three and roll up two paper towels for each colour project. We had bottles of blue, red and yellow food colouring which made for some great rainbow combinations once they all blended. ■ Pour water in the two outside jars and some food colouring in each — red and yellow to make orange, blue and red to make purple and blue and yellow to make green. ■ Wait (this was hard for Charlie and Ella) until the coloured water climbs up the paper towel and meets in the middle empty jar which begins to fill with coloured water from each side. Voila . . . your rainbow waterfall!

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Clockwise from left: Kelly Murphy models the winning garment; Hannah Nelson describes her garment, Clockwork Angel, modelled by Zoe Bennett; Model Jessica Stringer gets her hair done; Zoe Bennett strikes a pose; The group congratulates the winning designer Emmaleigh Crompton-Powell.

WORDS: Sophie Ryan PHOTOS: Michael Cunningham

NorthTec was caught up in a whirlwind of fashion and design at the runway show to unveil the garments created in two months by the Diploma of Fashion and Design students out of Northern Advocate newspapers. Four garments were modelled in front of judges who assessed each look for overall impact and techincal craft. Designer Emmaleigh Crompton-Powell

was crowned the winner. NorthTec hair and beauty students contributed to the day, creating striking looks to match the garmentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; steampunk vibes. Tutor Edele MacDonald was proud of her students and the works they put on show. The students were given the brief of creating a garment made entirely from newspapers and to reflect a steampunk vibe. All the garments have been entered in to the Bernina Northland Fashion Awards,


NorthTec tutor Sharon Thompson lends a hand.

Kat Wellington and her design Lady Tsuru.


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From Left: Model Jessica Stringer wearing designer Kat Wellington’s striking corset; Designer Pinia Lazarus-Spicer explains her creation; Tutor Edele MacDonald was pleased with how the day came off.

Clockwise from right: Model Kelly Murphy; Filming the catwalk; Colleen Thorpe, SAVVY editor and one of the four judges, inspect’s a garment; flowers ready for the judging ceremony; Northern Advocate reporter and judge for the day, Sophie Ryan; Model Zoe Bennett gets her make-up done.


The designs on paper, below from left: Hannah Nelson’s Clockwork Angel; Emmaleigh Crompton-Powell’s Little Miss Fearless; Pinia Lazarus-Spicer’s Athena’s Warrior; and Lady Tsuru by Kat Wellington.



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Take a winter’s drive and enjoy Northland by PHILIPPA MANNAGH


family drive. When was the last time you did that? Was it enjoyable more to the point? Maybe you don’t bother with them anymore as it conjures up images of squabbling children in the back, loud noise, mess and constant stop overs for that one kid that gets car sick? From our latest experience, I suggest you try one again sometime. Pick the right day and make it relaxed... see where you end up. I have been in the above category for quite a while now, until the other day.


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Think back to those magical days we were treated to when true winter had set in. Clear, crisp blue skies that welcomed warmth upon your back and that cool fresh breeze, only so slight. We were all raving about them and what perfected winter days they were! This calls for a family drive we thought (mum somewhat skeptical) so off we went in search of rest and restoration not far from home- that is the key I think. We took the Whangarei Heads scenic route out to McLeod Bay. Jumping out of the car with no more than plain sandwiches to eat. The kids enjoyed the sea air at the peaceful seaside playground under the close eye of Mount Manaia. We peered up to the peak and reminded the kids that they had conquered that mountain, the looks on their faces where priceless, so proud of themselves that they found it hard to believe. Hubby and I had a moment to sit back in the sun and chat about our busy weeks before joining in the child like fun of running along a deserted beach. Master four found train tracks in the sand which kept him happy for a long time, following them backing and forth making chugging noises. Miss Six found a cool tree to climb and of course it was the best tree ever invented to play her mummy and baby game, if only she could pull her ‘‘baby’’ brother away from his train driving!

When the games lost their fun, it was ice cream time, and a cool drink for mum and dad up the hill at The Deck Cafe´. What a great place! We perched ourselves in a line on the high bar stools overlooking the bay as the stresses of the week became a distant memory. A quick detour to the ‘Refinery Lookout’ down Reotahi Road, lead us to a

hidden gem for kids. ‘‘Another playground!’’ they squealed in disbelief. The view was breathtakingly still, a scene that is locked inside the photo library inside my head. You know those places you see and you never forget? This is one of them on a day like this.




Brian Brake: Lens on the world J

ust opened at Whangarei Art Museum this muchawaited exhibition has been drawing substantial crowds across New Zealand, as the acclaimed survey of Brian Brake’s life and work tours seven selected art museums. Whangarei and then Dunedin are the last two venues to host the full version of this engaging exhibition. The exhibition features more than 165 superb photographic reproductions from Te Papa’s permanent art collection, and is the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of this notable Magnum photographer’s work, spanning his forty-year career. Brake was New Zealand’s best known photographer in the 1970s and 1980s, and arguably remains so today. He gained international prominence with his ‘Monsoon’ essay on India, which was seen around the world in Life, Paris Match, Epoca and other picture magazines in 1961. For New Zealanders, Brake was particularly known for the hugely popular New Zealand, Gift of the Sea, a book first published in 1963 that he co-authored with writer Maurice Shadbolt, as well as for a series of books in the 1970s and 80s on decorative arts and taonga, such as Art of the Pacific (1979) and Craft New Zealand (1981). Brake began learning his craft

Camel rider of the Aden Protectorate Levies beside a jet plane on the RAF airfield at Khormaksar, near Aden, Yemen, 1956. Offerings to the unknown dead, Kyo¨to, Japan (Toshi Satow offering a candle). Taken for a series on Japan for Life,1964. Photographs by Brian Brake. Te Papa gratefully acknowledges the gift of the Brian Brake Collection by Wai-man Lau. in camera clubs as a teenager in the South Island, then at a portrait studio in Wellington, and as a cameraman at the National Film Unit. He left for London in 1954. Although he struggled for work initially, his international career began when he was introduced to the Paris-based photo agency Magnum by one of its celebrated founders, Henri Cartier-Bresson. Brake worked with Magnum during the 1950s and 60s through what was a golden age for photojournalism. Brake’s work was published in

magazines such as Life, Paris Match, National Geographic and Illustrated. He was regularly and repeatedly commissioned for large-scale projects for which he was flown from one side of the globe to the other at a time when only the wealthy could afford the experience of air travel. The photographic images in the exhibition include those he was invited to take in 1950s Communist China and Soviet Russia; Roman and Egyptian ruins as they were in the 1960s; candid shots of celebrities such as

Pablo Picasso and Chairman Mao, promotional work undertaken for Air New Zealand and Tourism New Zealand in the 1970s and 1980s; and groundbreaking work with craft objects and taonga Ma¨ori, including some of those which travelled in the much celebrated Te Maori exhibition in 1984. Brian Brake: Lens on the World gives and unprecedented insight into Brakes life and his view on the world. This exhibition is accompanied by a substantial fully illustrated catalogue available at the art

museum. There is also a theatrette, ephemera and cameras from Brakes collection in this substantive exhibition throughout both galleries. The art museum and Te Papa will also be announcing a very exciting new partnership initiative in the next month which will give Te Papa a permanent presence in Whangarei. — Scott Pothan Founding Director WHANGAREI ART MUSEUM TE MANAWA TOI

BRIAN BRAKE:LENS ON THE WORLD Exhibition runs until - 1 November 2013 Featuring more than 165 superb photographic reproductions from Te Papa’s permanent art collection, and is the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of this notable Magnum photographer’s work, spanning his forty-year career.

Lens on the World gives an unprecedented insight into Brake’s life and his view on the world. This exhibition is accompanied by a substantial fully illustrated catalogue available at the art museum. Entry fees apply for this exhibition $2 per person or $5 per family. Schools and groups by negotiation. Corporate functions and previews by negotiation.

The photographic images include those he was invited to take in 1950s Communist China and Soviet Russia; Roman and Egyptian ruins as they were in the 1960s; candid shots of celebrities such as Pablo Picasso and Chairman Mao.

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ho said fashion is all about the next new thing? Author Lauren Weisberger revisits her over-the-top characters from The Devil Wears Prada, including top magazine editor and ice queen Miranda Priestly, 10 years later in her latest novel, Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns. It turns out, other than a few fleeting trends that clearly define the setting as 2013, things haven’t changed all that much. Miranda, widely rumoured to be based on Vogue’s Anna Wintour, for whom Weisberger once worked, isn’t really the main character, although she is the most fun to read about. The story belongs to Andy Sachs - or Ahn-dre-ah - as Miranda likes to call her. Andy quit Runway magazine at the end of the last book, taking pleasure in leaving Miranda high and dry in Paris without an assistant. Miranda isn’t kind to those who work for her, and her cold, calculating and cruel ways have haunted Andy for a decade. The story opens with a nightmare about Andy not delivering Miranda’s lunch on time. Andy often calls her ‘‘inhumane’’. But Miranda is also unpredictable. At one point, she trades her trim Prada dresses and Chanel suits for a maxi dress! That’s jaw-dropping. Seriously. The primary driver of the plot is that Miranda wants to buy the wedding magazine created by Andy and her friend Emily, also a former Runway employee. For Miranda to make small talk with these women - and even invite them into her home in an attempt to court them to sell her an idea that she couldn’t take credit for is practically mind-boggling. Of course it doesn’t take her long to revert back to her normal self, but it’s fun to see her try so hard to be civil and gracious. And especially to see her flirt with tennis star Rafael Nadal. (Wintour is a famous fan of

IN BRIEF The Frog Who Lost His Underpants by Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Cat Chapman, Walkers Books, $27.99 ........................................ Juliette MacIver is a New Zealand author who always had ‘‘write a children’s book’’ on her list of things to do. Now, with Auckland artist Cat Chapman, she brings to life an orangespotted jungle frog who has lost his underpants. The book tells the story in rhyme of how Teddy and his friends Monkey and Elephant help Frog find his bright red underpants . . . hopping through the jungle, this way, that way, scattering ants. The book is aimed at 5-year-olds and over, but I think even 3- and 4-year-olds will be delighted with this bedtime story. And, of course, the word underpants is bound to get a giggle. — Colleen Thorpe

Meryl Streep played Miranda Priestly in the movie of Lauren Weisberger’s book The Devil Wears Prada. Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger, Harper Collins, $34.99

tennis and its top players.) Andy, however, isn’t all that interesting. At times, the reader can appreciate her principles and even some of her insecurities. Sometimes they are a little too much. It seems hard to imagine that in the relatively small, insular world of fashion magazines and, taking into consideration Andy’s success, she still trembles at the mere

mention of Miranda’s name. And, while she has a very high horse about honesty, she isn’t quite what you’d call forthcoming. The book successfully sprinkles pop culture titbits to keep up the breezy tone, but the mix of real and fictional references can be puzzling. Why use the real names of Nadal, designer Monique Lhuillier and hairstylist Oscar Blandi when the celebrities that seem so obviously fashioned on Beyonce and Jay-Z are called Harper Hallow and Clarence ‘‘Mack’’ Dexter? The of-the-moment shoutouts might also limit the shelf life of the book, but for later this year, it’s a pleasant, entertaining read in a tabloid magazine sort of way. — AAP

Wild South by Peter Ryan David Bateman, $40 ........................................ This is a wide-ranging book about hunting and fly-fishing, not just in New Zealand but also southern Africa, South America, Australia and other spots in the Southern Hemisphere. Ryan is obviously an expert, with a passion for the outdoors

and the living things in it. He writes well, there are good photos, and those who hunt and fish will love the book. Whether others will is problematic. There is rising opposition to trophy hunting, and I am among those who abhor the killing of living creatures for sport — unless the aim is to eat the victim. Deliberate and necessary culling is a different matter. Happily Ryan is not among those — indeed, he also has a distaste for those who hunt only for display trophies. He has a certain empathy with the animals and photographs them far more frequently than he shoots them. Most of the book is devoted to southern Africa, especially Zimbabwe. This is the most engaging part of the book because the wildlife is really interesting. There are also some revealing anecdotes about trophy hunters, professional hunters, and guides and trackers. — Graeme Barrow

The Fatkin’s Diet by Rhys Mathewson Penguin, $19.99 ........................................ Even though the author warns you not to take this too seriously, I seriously doubt anyone would want to buy a book like this. Supposedly a push-back to all the diet books out there, this is the opposite all

right. ‘‘May your bacon be crispy and your arteries be clogged,’’ comedian and author Rhys Mathewson wishes you. But if you don’t mind bad language, toilet talk, being called stupid and wondering if any of the recipes will actually work, go for it. To me it was all a lot of hogwash . . . Is that a dish?

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Some of the best funny, feel-good movies . . .

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Some Like It Hot (1959) Consistently appearing at the top of ‘best of’ movie lists, this comic take on the 1928 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre sees Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis playing musicians who witness a gangland killing in Chicago and need to get out of town fast. Dressed in drag and joining an all-girl band, they meet the sexy singer Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe) — leading to some hilarious results. The movie is fast paced and full of constant humour — from subtle comedy to slapstick farce — so there’s something to amuse everyone. The three main stars all provide flawless performances, and Curtis’s take on Cary Grant is exceptional. The movie is so good that the lack of colour is barely noticeable.

A nervous romance


A rags to riches to rags story

The Jerk (1979) An absurd comedy in which Steve Martin plays Navin Johnson, a hilariously stupid adopted son of a black family, who makes a simple invention which brings him a fortune — which he inevitably loses. All of the gags in the movie are ageless, and Martin’s portrayal of the character just adds to the humour. There are many highlights in The Jerk — in which Navin’s endless enthusiasm, optimism and failure to note what is going on around him will have you in raptures.

Watching a good comedy movie is the perfect way of lifting your mood, giving you that all-important ‘feel-good factor’. Here’s our top 10 of comedy movies that are sure to exercise your laughter muscles and boost your sense of mental wellbeing.

Desperate, he took a female role and became a star. If only he could tell the woman he loves

GLAMOROUS: Tony Curtis (left), Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon in Some Like It Hot.

Tootsie (1982) Dustin Hoffman excels in the lead role of this movie, playing struggling actor Michael Dorsey — whose career goes off in a completely different direction when he dresses as a woman and finds himself hired by the producers of a daytime soap. His character, Dorothy, becomes an overnight sensation, and Michael has

Annie Hall (1977) A bittersweet comedy romance in which Diane Keaton plays a quirky Midwestern nightclub singer, Annie Hall, who meets Alvy Singer, a neurotic stand-up comic (Woody Allen) — and then the story of their doomed romance unfolds. This is

Never give a saga an even break

WITTY ONE-LINERS: Diane Keaton, Blazing Saddles (1974) pictured here with Woody Allen, won A Wild West parody providing an Oscar for her portrayal of Annie Hall. laughs from beginning to end. This is

Mel Brooks’ wildly irreverent spoof in which no social convention escapes unquestionably Allen’s best work, and ridicule, and tells of a Black American one which re-invented the whole man who becomes the sheriff in a romance genre. racially prejudiced town in the Old The Oscar-Winning movie West. (including Best Picture and Best There are moments that are just Actress) has plenty of witty one-liners plain silly — with the one most likely to NON-STOP COMEDY: Gene Wilder and — some of which you’ll only pick up Peter Boyle star in Young Frankenstein, be remembered being the scene on after several viewings. There are demonstrating the digestive effects of spoofing 1930s classic horror movies. also numerous classic comedy eating beans! Dozens of movie scenes in the movie — many of which conventions are broken, and the come from Allen’s inventive use of movies far from panders to the split-frame scenes, or cartoons politically correct crowd — yet is representing the main characters, or eminently watchable and superbly Young Frankenstein (1974) even when Allen directly addresses Non-stop comedy spoofing 1930s daft. the audience.

The scariest comedy of all time

classic horror movies such as Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. The story involves Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder), who succeeds in making his own monster (Peter Boyle) after continuing the re-animation experiments pioneered by his late father. The comedy highlights in Young Frankenstein are too many to mention, and the attention to detail on the sets is superb (Brooks even recreated the Frankenstein laboratory using the equipment from the original Frankenstein movie). The movie features top quality comedic performances from start to finish — with Wilder and Boyle perfectly backed up by a supporting cast of Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Terri Garr, Cloris Leachman, and Gene Hackman.

WITTY, MEMORABLE: Dustin Hoffman’s cross-dressing turn in 1982’s Tootsie turns the usual gender imbalance idea on its head. to learn to balance his double life. Tootsie is a witty, memorable movie, and Hoffman is highly plausible as a woman — while the supporting cast including Jessica Lange, Bill Murray, Dabney Coleman, Charles Durning and Teri Garr are all excellent. The absurdities of the situations produced by the story’s premise are what makes the movie all the more enjoyable to watch. For more top movies see


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On the wagon with Dry July

Wife, mother, journalist PHILIPPA MANNAGH reveals the highs, the lows and the challenges in life


’d like to say, ‘‘I did it!’’ I decided to try Dry July this year and join the thousands of others raising money for cancer patients around the country. For some reason I thought that giving up coffee would be a good idea too, since I was saying no the alcohol. Bad idea. To the coffee anyway. This has been the hardest for me and while I feel fantastic not indulging in my weekly vino’s I have been a very grumpy mum and wife on the home front! I am hoping the rest of the month will be better. This week wasn’t an ideal place to start. Raging headaches, a head cold, time of month, sick children, car issues, meetings, work, kindy, school and annoyingly cancelled appointments time after time in between. There is a theory to my life, i’m not sure who’s but it goes along the lines of, if it is an important day it will rain and why do things the easy way? Let’s go with complicated, super busy with hidden little twists. Anyway, I have replaced alcohol with an array of herbal teas and as a treat hot chocolate (not quite the same), more food, very early nights which we are all benefiting from and a new

focus on health. I have to say there are many benefits not having these luxuries in my life including a clearer head, less headaches, healthy weight loss and a detox of the body. I can feel the difference in my sleeping habits too, deeper and settled. How did the rest of you Dry July’ers go? I would love to hear from you. As for going alcohol and coffee free . . . highly NOT

recommended. Just do one, so you still have the other! Philippa owns Liked Media, a Social Media Management Service. Email her on likedmedia@gmail. com or check out her website: www.likedmedia.

JO DANILO escaped to Northland from wintry England two years ago and finds the Kiwi way of life refreshingly different. She shares with SAVVY readers the things that make her stop and smile.

NZ rules the waves Take a look around next time you’re in a busy place. Those three people in the supermarket queue, for instance. According to statistics, one of them regularly goes fishing. And, see that table of eight in the cafe? Apparently, one of them owns a boat. With a population of four million, that’s . . . (hang on while I reel my maths the deep) . . . 500,000 privatelyowned boats in New Zealand! Northland undoubtedly has its own fair share of the boat quota. With a whopping 3200 km of coastline, 200 metres for each person, Northlanders are never far from a beach or a boat ramp. Never far from catching a Snapper for tea. As someone who moved here from Britain, the huge amount of interaction with the sea came as a surprise. In comparison, Great Britain, subject of the famous line ‘Britannia Rules the Waves’, has only one boat for every 107 people. We never knew anyone with a boat. Going out on the water was something you might do when braving a rare trip to ‘the seaside’ — too cold for most of the year, and too crowded in the few days when it wasn’t too cold. You usually had to queue

for a long time, and then felt sick for a long time afterwards because the sea was always too choppy. We waited for six months before we decided to join the ranks of the Northland boatowning population, and invested in a tiny ‘tinny’. Two years later, I still can’t look when the fish has to be spiked, but I’m getting very good at eating it. So, when you’re scrutinising that supermarket queue, guess what? One of the three people standing there might even be me.

Mum’s advice: Don’t be afraid to ask

Most important of all love your little one, the joy you get far outweighs the sleepless nights! ‘‘The most terrifying day of your life is the day the first one is born. Your life, as you know it, is gone. Never to return. But they learn how to walk, and they learn how to talk and you want to be with them. And they turn out to be the most delightful people you will ever meet in your life.’’ — Bill Murray (Lost in Translation)

DIANNE HARRIS is a budget advisor for the Anglican Centre

My daughter has made it through the first year of being a mum, she has found that motherhood is a major learning curve, she has learnt to become an expert in basic baby first aid, and struggled with new emotions that have never surfaced before. Let me share a little of what she is passing on.

Letter to my friends . . . First of all congratulations on your exciting news, and welcome to the most rewarding job you’ll ever have. By now you will be wondering where the manual is that comes with this baby (just like I did). Unfortunately there isn’t one but hopefully (after having Zac

and with a year gone — where has it gone?) I can share what I’ve found. Breastfeeding, because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s easy. Blessed Thistle three times a day plus a lot of food and water really helped boost my milk supply. Chocolate was a no go for a while — who would think that such a small treat for mum would cause such issues for baby. Colic — GOODNESS ME what a horrible thing for mum, dad and baby to have to go through. But we survived. Colic Calm, what a Godsend, it is a homeopathic gripe water and relieves gas, colic, upset stomachs and the hiccups. You can get this online, its amazing. Kiddie Calm, another natural based product — excellent to have on hand for over stimulated or emotional babies.

This month’s recipe You can get it at any health shop. Bottle warmer — best invention ever. I didn’t find out about this until Zac was about 5 months old and I can tell you it was a life saver. It sure makes night time bottle feeding so much easier to deal with. (You can pick these up from any baby shop or on trademe) Laybys can become your best friend especially for big items like highchairs, and cots, (you may not need them now but they

are a big outlay especially when you are down to one wage.) Working with a budget now becomes more important then ever. Finally — don’t read too many baby books, do what you feel is right for your baby, slow down and enjoy every stage, and figure out what can wait. (It’ll still be there tomorrow) If you need help don’t be afraid to ask, no one will think any less of you.

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