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Happy New Year to you all! Here’s hoping your start to 2018 has been smooth-sailing and full of fun and family. I, myself, am glad that I’m back at work in the air-conditioning and not expected to run gaily across a beach just because it’s stinking hot outside. Yes, I may be a tad dramatic, but what a summer! From cold to hot to cold to hot, my lawn’s taken off like it’s on steroids. My dislike of hot nor’west days aside, it has been a buzz sharing the festive season with family and friends both from AshVegas and as far afield as Australia. I’m already looking forward to next Christmas ... don’t groan, but next year I’m going to be organised and all will be smooth and blissful, such is my optimism about every Christmas. Never happens, but God apparently loves a trier! Cheers to you,
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Justine Smith had local audiences in stitches performing her trademark stand-up routine during last year’s sold-out 7 Days Live Tour. Justine spoke with YOU Magazine’s Megan Gnad about her love of regional shows, being a woman in Kiwi comedy and why it’s important to foster the next generation of stars.
s one of New Zealand’s most in-demand comedians, Justine Smith can pinpoint the exact moment she’s got the audience in the palm of her hand. Sometimes it’s the big, laugh-out-loud joke that hits a nerve, but often, the biggest reaction is when she discusses matters closer to home. “I love it when I make a gag about my husband, and I see a chick in the crowd elbow her partner and say, ‘you do that!’,” Justine laughs. “That’s payday for me.” The key to Justine’s success is her connection with the audience and instant relatability. Immediately down-to-earth, witty and brutally honest, her hilarious routine has won her fans up and down the country, thanks in part to numerous television spots, regional tours and tonnes of hard graft. The instinct to know what works and what doesn’t is crucial when you find yourself standing in front of a tough-to-
please crowd. But, it’s where Justine is in her element, in fact she says her favourite audience are farmers, because they love a laugh. “Regional shows are honestly the best,” she says. “It’s so great to bring comedy out of the main centres where there probably isn’t a regular comedy scene. There’s usually a real sense of excitement in the crowd. New Plymouth and Rotorua are two towns with really fun regular gigs. “I try to get on those line-ups whenever I can.” Back in December, Justine was thrilled to be part of the 10-date, 7 Days Live tour, which saw her travel the country alongside much-loved New Zealand comedians, Dai Henwood, Jeremy Corbett, Paul Ego, Ben Hurley, Josh Thomson and Jeremy Elwood. Justine works both on screen and behind the scenes as a writer and researcher for the popular TV Three show, that pulls side-splitting gags from the week’s news headlines. “It’s great fun and I’ve become
a regular on the show, which I just love. It’s also a great way to raise my profile as a stand-up, which is what I’m all about. The more people who see you on TV, might actually come and see you live.” The exposure to new audiences – and revolution within New Zealand’s comedy industry – has meant Justine’s life continues to change at a rapid rate, in ways she never could have imagined a few years back. New Zealand comedians are currently in hot demand, with more opportunities and platforms than ever before. As a youngster growing up in Christchurch, comedy was certainly never a career Justine considered, or thought possible. She had long looked up to the likes of the legendary Billy Connolly, Robin Williams and Eddie Murphy, loving the shock value of their outrageous content streaming across the silver screen.
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From P5 “My mum was horrified, which made me love it all the more. I can still repeat most of Eddie Murphy’s Delirious, if you want to be really annoyed,” she laughs. “Later came Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Janeane Garofalo, and the women from Saturday Night Live, and I was in love.” Having left Christchurch at the end of high school, Justine had “zero idea of what I was up to”, but after attending art school, working in bars and travelling, she discovered the potential of her own comedy, at the age of 26. “I knew I wanted to be a comedian the second my first-ever gig ended. I was dared into giving it a go and, as cheesy as it sounds, I knew I’d found my thing. It was literally life-changing.” Cutting her teeth at comedy nights and festivals, she cites the World Buskers’ Festival in her hometown of Christchurch, as a particular favourite. As she established herself on the New Zealand stand-up circuit, the accolades followed, adding the prestigious Billy T Award and the NZ Comedy Guild Best Female Comedian honour to her CV. Now described as a “leading light of New Zealand comedy”, the trail-blazer is a member of the new wave of relatable television comedy stars tapping into the Kiwi psyche. In the past few years, Justine has appeared on The Comedy Gala, AotearoHA, 7 Days, A Night At The Classic, hosted TV3’s Divas, has been a writer for both The Jono Project and Rhys Darby’s show which
screened on both TVNZ and Netflix, Short Poppies. “It will only get more exciting, the more New Zealand comedy is recognised as being world-class,” says Justine, on the industry’s future. “7 Days helps with that every week, and the (Flight of the) Conchords, Rhys Darby, and The Boy With Tape On His Face, have all had huge international success. I think that speaks to the public about the level of talent in New Zealand.” Of course, there is still room for improvement when it comes to gender equality and ensuring women’s voices are heard, but she says it is slowly changing. “It’s a question I’ve been asked so many times, and I struggle to find an answer,” Justine says. “Standing up in front of a room is intimidating and I believe you are judged differently as a woman, but it’s important to remember that 50-60 per cent of most audiences are also women, and like to see themselves in the comic, and hear their voice up there. “It’s about getting women to stay in the industry. Lots start, but then just fade away, but there are so many cool women coming through, I feel excited about the future.” To foster and nurture the young talent coming up the ranks, she says it’s important to “look after the rookies”. While it can be a rather brutal industry, mentor programmes within festivals and lots of seminars and get-togethers throughout the year, mean it also provides a fairly nurturing environment. Justine’s own style of comedy has been
built around observation; watching people interact and scenarios unfold, and finding the nugget of humour that people will connect with, followed by a punchline to make them roar with laughter. Some of her funniest moments feature aggressive driving stories, relationship dramas, visiting the hairdresser and extended hangovers. But, there is a definite line of topics she says she won’t address in comedy, and words she refuses to utter. “Not the swears, I love all of those,” she explains. “But, I never want my comedy to make anyone feel bad, or bullied, or marginalised, so there are derogatory terms and collective nouns I won’t use.” Part of being a comedian is also about challenging and pushing the boundaries, which is where her innate skill and the ability to read an audience comes into play. “I believe in the freedom of speech and I strongly believe stand-up is a fabulous platform,” Justine says. “It’s up to the individual comic. Pushing boundaries is crucial and with stand-up, the audience and other comics will let you know if a real line has been crossed. Right there, right then!” Justine Smith brings her solo show, A Chandelier and a Pint of Beer, to the 25th World Buskers’ Festival in Christchurch for one night only, on January 27. She will also appear on the line-up for Nothing But Stand-up with Cal Wilson, Michèle A’Court and Australia’s Geraldine Hickey. The series of shows run from January 18-27.
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Paramedic’s heart attack on the job A team of researchers is partway through a study that will define the links between an individual’s genetic makeup and their lifestyle in heart health. One of those taking part in that study is Mayfield woman Sharon Duthie. She talks to reporter Sue Newman about the shock of becoming another link in her family’s heart history.
F Sharon Duthie and friend Fergus, taking it easy at home as Sharon recovers from a heart attack that sees her become part of a study on the role of genetics and lifestyle in heart health. PHOTO LAURA BAGRIE 150118-LB-315
or years Sharon Duthie has been a healthy-living farmer and medical professional; she has also been a walking time bomb. On the outside she was fit, lean and a bundle of energy, but inside her body her heart was in trouble. Ironically, Sharon is a fulltime intensive care paramedic working with Ashburton’s St John. She has years of experience dealing with heart patients in crisis, but nothing had prepared her for the day her own hidden condition chose to make itself known. December 16 started out just like any other day. Sharon and her crew were on call, the calls came, they responded. “We received a call-out and as we responded I said to my colleague that the chicken I’d eaten for lunch must have been off. I had a pain around my tummy button and was sweating from head to toe,” she said. Neither symptom sounded alarm bells, but an odd feeling of doom did. Sharon chose to continue working, loaded her patient into the ambulance and went to work checking and stabilising him. And then she collapsed in the back of the ambulance. “The poor patient, at least we’d fixed him up,” she said. The other crew member took one look at Sharon, whipped the ECG leads off her patient and on to Sharon. When the printout started flowing her stunned colleague realised Sharon was having a heart attack.
“It was clearly pretty bad. She just said, you don’t want to read this, jumped in the driver’s seat and took off. Basically the bottom part of my heart wasn’t getting enough oxygen.” Fortunately before she crashed on the other stretcher, Sharon had called for a back-up ambulance to help out with the original patient. “Thank goodness for my crew partner’s knowledge and colleagues who arrived in the second ambulance. They expected to help the patient we’d called them to but they found I was in a worse state than him.” At Ashburton Hospital, the blood clot blocking her coronary artery was treated and that allowed a limited amount of blood to start flowing through her badly compromised heart. “The faster the clot’s dissolved the more cardiac muscle that can be saved so I was lucky, but I was also very unlucky because I had a cardiac arrest, my heart rate was down to 30.” Once her condition stabilised Sharon was flown to Christchurch Hospital and later a stent was inserted in her right coronary artery. Her heart attack came because that artery was functioning at just 10 per cent. Emergency over, given her background, Sharon was left wondering how she could have missed the warning signs. And while there are no ‘typical’ signs of an impending heart attack, periods of feeling nauseous and episodes of vomiting over the previous months should have signalled that something was wrong, she said. Men and women present differently when it comes to a heart attack. While men might present with ‘Hollywood-style’ chest-clutching symptoms, women are more likely to demonstrate less dramatic symptoms, Sharon said. “There isn’t any one formula, it’s a wide range of symptoms but the oddest one I
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know of was a woman who called 111 and said she had pain in her teeth. She was having a heart attack, but she also had false teeth.” Heart disease is no respecter of an individual’s efforts to live a Here I was on healthy life, not when there’s a genetic predisposition to heart Christmas Day, I’m 52 and disease in a family. mum is running around after “I’m still blaming dad for my me. I’ve stopped smoking and dodgy genes,” she said. Dad Noel Lowe had a heart that’s a hard mind space for me attack at 66; Sharon was just to be in, but I only want to kill 52 but she shortened her odds someone every second day by adding years as a smoker to her genetic mix. now It didn’t matter that she lived a healthy life, her heart attack was lurking, biding its time. “She’s since discovered that her grandmain risk factors that contribute to heart father may have died of heart disease at disease and what influences a patient’s 52. His family always blamed asthma for likelihood of a good recovery or having his death, but now Sharon and her father further heart issues. Genetics, lifestyle risk are questioning that. factors, diet and exercise will all be looked She made it home in time for Christmas at. but said she’s returned to a very different “It’s very cool to be part of this research life. that’s going on in the background all the “Here I was on Christmas Day, I’m 52 time. It’s good that I fitted their criteria. and mum is running around after me. I’ve I’m passionate about medical research stopped smoking and that’s a hard mind and this research around genetics is imspace for me to be in, but I only want to portant. I hope others will benefit from my kill someone every second day now.” situation and become more aware of the She’s also having to adjust to low-key exercise. Week one it was just three five to big picture affecting heart health, such as the genetic influences, as well as lifestyle 10 minute walks each day. Now she’s able choices and environments.” to walk for 30 minutes and was horrified Knowing the genetic links involved in to discover when she wanted to exercise heart disease, Sharon has already alerted at a commercial gym she needed a docher sister who has now quit smoking and tor’s certificate. her two sons know they need to look at She knows it will get better. February 15 their own lifestyles and see where change is exercise assessment day and she’s hopmight be needed. ing to be back at work in March. Sitting “There was nothing to say I was a cararound isn’t her style. diac patient in waiting, but unfortunately If any good has come out of her coroI’m like my father. He probably got away nary event, it has been the opportunity with it a bit longer because he didn’t to take part in a national study on genetic smoke.” links to heart health. It will determine the
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She looks a picture of health, but Sharon Duthie’s genetic makeup made her a heart attack candidate at just 52.
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Genetic links to heart health Christchurch Heart Institute professor Vicky Cameron is leading the study into lifestyle and genetic links to heart health, MENZACS, the Multi-Ethnic New Zealand Study of Acute Coronary Syndrome The study aims to identify across three ethnic groups – Maori, Pasifika and European New Zealanders – the genetic risk factors that play a part in heart attacks and angina. The goal is to have 3000 people in the study which is spread across several centres from Auckland to Christchurch. Analysis of material gathered will then begin. The insights gained will help refine screening strategies in high risk subgroups of the population, identify new pathways involved that may lead to new treatments, and potentially improve the ability to prevent the number one cause of premature death and disability in New Zealand coronary artery disease. “We’ve now got 1000 people who’ve had their first coronary
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event or angina and we’re collecting information from them and taking genetic samples. These will all be linked in a national database and at that stage they’ll all become anonymous,” Professor Cameron said. Studies in other countries were not terribly relevant to New Zealand because populations changed genetically according to different locations and those genetic changes meant certain population groups might react differently to certain drugs, she said. “The aim is to get a picture of the main risk factors that contribute to heart disease in Maori and Pacific Islanders and to see if these differ from other New Zealanders.” The project is funded for its recruitment stage, anticipated to be completed within three years. Those funders are the New Zealand Heart Foundation and the National Science Challenge, healthy lives programme. Professor Cameron anticipates the research will be a five year project and while the outcome would not produce black and white data it would identify people who were likely to respond to certain drugs and people who were likely to have heart disease. “And for people who have had one event we should be able to reduce the chance of having a subsequent event.” The researchers have had positive responses from people who were offered the opportunity to take part in the study, she said. “Some are a little shocked at first but we’ve been delighted by the willingness to be involved.” Heart attacks are experienced by about 20,000 New Zealanders each year. Traditional risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels and diabetes are important in contributing to the causes of heart disease but approximately 50 per cent of the susceptibility to coronary artery disease is genetically based.
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WORLD BUSKERS FEATURE
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WORLD BUSKERS FEATURE
World Buskers Festival laughter and fun 2018 is the celebration of 25 years for the World Buskers Festival; one of Christchurch’s most iconic and longest running events. The World Buskers Festival is New Zealand’s largest outdoor festival and is a huge highlight of the summer events calendar in Christchurch every year.
2018 sees a huge festival celebration that is sure to entertain and delight. They have festival favourites returning, festival newcomers making their debut and everything possible in-between. With backdrops to celebrate the re-established city centre and a programme to celebrate the rich history that is busking in Christchurch,
this intergenerational festival is sure to delight the entire community. Over 10-days from 18 to 28 January, more than 250,000 people from all walks of life are expected to come together to share in some laughter and fun. For all show performers and events, please visit www.worldbuskersfestival.com
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WORLD BUSKERS FEATURE
5 top tips to Shop in enjoy Buskers style at South City Just like when you travel to a new country, you need to know the inside info about our republic to get the most out of your trip. That way, you get to see as much as you can and can really get involved. 1. Be early, not late, mate! This advice is for all aspects of our festival. Arrive early for a good spot at a stage. If it’s a theatre show, book your seats early and then arrive early for the show so you get the best seats. Come at the start of the festival so you can come again to your favourite acts. Arrive early for best parking. No matter what, the earlier you do things, the easier it is going to be for you. 2. Our King is called “Cash.” New Zealand might be a plastic card society, however, in our Republic cash will always reign supreme. Our performers always hat at the end. This is your chance to show your appreciation for what you have just watched or been a part of. Start saving those $50 and $100 notes. Cash is also the quickest option at our bars and food vendors so pop by an ATM on the way.
3. Four seasons in one day, aye! We’ve had it all! Blistering sun, gusty nor’westers, torrential rain, and even hail. Make sure you bring plenty of sunscreen and always wear a hat. If you are coming to a late afternoon or evening show, bring something warm, as it can get cold at night. Bring a low chair or blanket to sit on too. If we have to cancel shows we will inform via social media. 4. In the know before you go! Every show is diﬀerent and every venue is diﬀerent. There are restrictions in place for a few shows this year so make sure you bring ID. We can turn you away if you are intoxicated, underage or act inappropriately. There are no refunds if we do this, so please look after each other. 5. Having fun is mandatory! Bring your voice and show how much you love the festival. Christchurch audiences during our festival now have a reputation. Performers around the globe talk about how wonderful you all are. Let’s show those artists a good time, smile, laugh, cheer and be appreciative.
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Gluten-free? You don’t need to miss out
My recipe inspiration FOR FOODIES this month comes with Sarah Kingsbury from my son Braden, who has celiac disease. I wanted to create some of his favourite recipes without the gluten, so he doesn’t miss out.
Citrus slice I use a 15cm by 20cm slice tin. Base: 175g soft butter 300g sugar 300g ground almonds 375g gluten-free flour 1 egg 1t baking powder – Mix all base ingredients together in a mixing bowl with a paddle. Press into the slice tray and bake at 180°C for 12 minutes, or until golden. Let cool and break into pieces. This will give the texture of biscuit crumbs in the base of the slice. – Cut into quarters two lemons and two oranges and puree together in a Magic Bullet. – Add this puree to a mixing bowl, along with 2C coconut, 1/4 C condensed milk, and the cooked base pieces. Mix with paddle until combined and press into slice tin. Leave to chill for 2 to 3 hours. – For the cream cheese icing, mix together 600g icing sugar, 270g cream cheese and 150g butter.
Chocolate caramel peanut slice 500g peanuts Salt and oil Base: 150g butter 1C gluten-free flour 2C coconut 2C brown sugar 1/2 t gluten-free baking powder Filling: 800g condensed milk 4T golden syrup 1C brown sugar Icing: 150g cream 320g chocolate buttons – Prepare a deep 15cm by 20cm tin for this slice. – Roast peanuts on a roasting tray, with a shake of salt and oil. Cook 10 minutes until golden. – Base: Mix together butter, flour, coconut, brown sugar and baking powder. Press into slice tin and bake at 180°C for 12 minutes, or until golden. – Filling: Melt together on stove condensed milk, golden syrup and brown sugar. Mix in the roasted peanuts. Pop in the oven for 10 minutes. – And finally the icing: Heat cream on stove, take off heat and whisk in chocolate buttons. Spread on cooled slice.
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t Courgette and feta fritter stacks Put 2 eggs, 1C gluten-free flour, 2C milk, 2t gluten-free baking powder and salt and pepper to a mixing bowl. Mix until there are no lumps. Add 2C grated courgette and 3/4 C feta. Cook mixture on grill or in frying pan in 1/4 C portions.
Serve in a stack with your favourite fillings. Today I’ve used baby spinach, streaky bacon, cream cheese mixed with beetroot chutney, and a slice of camembert. Skewers will help hold it together!
Potato muffins Cook 6 potatoes and mash with cream, butter, and salt and pepper. Mix with a handful of grated cheddar cheese, 2 eggs, spring onion, creamed corn, capsicum and ham. Pour mixture into Texas muﬃn tins. Bake for 15 minutes at 180°C. Serve straight away with salad and relish.
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HEALTH & WELLBEING FEATURE
Top tips to stay slim for life Keeping track
Burrell suggests keeping yourself accountable and having an awareness of how much youâ€™re eating and how often youâ€™re moving. She also added that banishing scales from your home isnâ€™t necessarily the best idea. â€œKeeping an eye on our weight via regular check ins with the scales reminds us to pull back when we see those numbers start to creep up.â€?
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Planning is key â€œPlanning is the key to dietary success,â€? Burrell says. She also adds that falling into the trap of eating whatever is most convenient is detrimental, both long and short-term. In order to avoid this, Burrell suggests having a supply of foods with you in order to make sure your food choices align with your long-term health goals.
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Why you should let go when you sneeze When sitting in a quiet theatre or a packed train, stiﬂing a sneeze may seem like the courteous option. However, doctors in the UK have warned against it after a man ruptured the back of his throat while trying to contain the convulsive explosion of air. The 34-year-old was admitted to hospital barely able to swallow or speak after pinching his nose and clamping shut his mouth to stop a sneeze. A scan conﬁrmed that air from his lungs had bubbled its way into the deep tissue and muscles of the chest. Ear, nose and throat specialists at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust released details of the man’s condition in BMJ Case Reports and warned that trying to contain a forceful sneeze could lead
to “numerous complications” and even a lethal brain aneurysm. “Halting sneezing via blocking the nostrils and mouth is a dangerous manoeuvre, and should be avoided,” said Dr Wanding Yang, lead author. Doctors said the man’s condition was similar to Boerhaave’s syndrome in which the oesophagus is torn as a result of intense retching or vomiting. But in his case the build-up of pressure from the trapped sneeze caused a rupture higher up in the throat, at the pharynx, which is just behind the tongue. Previously people have been admitted to hospital suﬀering from burst eardrums, ruptured blood vessels in the eyes, damaged facial nerves, pulled muscles and even cracked ribs from trying to contain
the huge force. Doctors say a sneeze, or sternation, is intended to release foreign and potentially damaging particles, irritants or germs. Stopping it not only risks rupturing the throat, but could encourage the build of bacteria or trigger an asthma attack. The patient was admitted to hospital where he was fed by a tube and given intravenous antibiotics until the swelling and pain had subsided. After seven days the man, who has not been identiﬁed, was well enough to be discharged. Doctors recommend letting sneezes rip into a tissue instead. And for people still needing to suppress a sneeze, experts advise rubbing the nose, breathing heavily through the nose, or rubbing the area above the lip. –NZME
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New pharmacy Top service to same great service physio clients Three Rivers Pharmacy are proud to be a part of the brand new Three Rivers Health complex on Allens Road, Allenton We are a small, welcoming pharmacy committed to providing quality healthcare and outstanding service. A part of Searle’s Pharmacy,
Allenton, we oﬀer the same great service we have always had, as well as the ﬂexibility of dropping into either store for your prescriptions and other services. Come on in and say hello to Sean and the team, we are always happy to help. Advertising feature
Krissy Gunn completed her Physiotherapy BSc Degree in Edinburgh 1991, gained a Masters in Manipulative Therapy from Curtin University in Perth, Australia in 2001 and after doing physio and travelling through the UK, Australia and NZ (and a few years in Methven as a ski bum!) opened Contact Physiotherapy in Ashburton in 2008. She says “It has been a privilege to work with the local communities in Ashburton and Methven for the past 10 years. Clients’ needs, business and ACC services have changed so much over this time and it has been a rewarding and
exciting experience to adapt and to consistently deliver top quality services to clients, GP’s and service providers.” So, it appears that Krissy not only has 25 years’ experience as a physio, specialising in medically based advanced practice for spines, knees and shoulders — she also does acupuncture, craniosacral, reiki, somalink and, visceral mobilisation! Advertising feature
Contact Physiotherapy are celebrating their 10th birthday! Krissy Gunn started Contact Physiotherapy in Ashburton ten years ago. To celebrate they are having a birthday shout by having give-aways and prizes from the clinic and their Facebook page – check out the Contact Physiotherapy page for details over the coming weeks! Contact Physio Methven Methven Medical Centre, The Square Phone 03 302 8205
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Cosmetic medicine: new year, new you Have you ever thought about cosmetic injectables? Well, perhaps now is the time to think about your options. Cosmetic medicine is a rapidly growing speciality for people who want a safer, non-surgical and subtle approach to skin care. Dr Cheryl Tallon is a New Zealand GP who has been trained speciﬁcally in cosmetic medicine, and is the owner of a local clinic in Methven called FACE medical. Here Dr Cheryl provides a friendly, welcoming and professional service, tailor made to each individual. The most common request for Dr Cheryl is to help reduce the appearance of ﬁne lines and wrinkles. Anti wrinkle injections are extremely safe with no down time, and produce
great results that last approximately three to four months. There are many other available services such as replacing lost volume with ﬁllers, and skin needling which improves the skin quality giving fresh and vibrant skin. Dr Cheryl can also successfully treat excessive sweating, some types of scarring, and is also a provider of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma). So why don’t you pop online @ www.facemedical.co.nz and have a good read of what’s available on your doorstep. This is Dr Cheryl’s informative website which is a great place to start before contacting her for a consultation.
Become the best version of yourself FACE medical is a boutique appearance medicine clinic based in Methven by Dr Cheryl Tallon. Dr Tallon is a fully qualified Fellow of the Royal College of New Zealand General Practitioners. Treatments available include: Anti-Wrinkle Injections | Dermal Fillers | Lip Fillers | PRP Dermastamp Collagen Induction Therapy | Scar Treatment The Consortium, 36 McMillan Street, Methven 021 877 667 firstname.lastname@example.org FACEmedical2017 www.facemedical.co.nz
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Why see your dental health professional? It is now well recognised that dental health is important for helping prevent cardiovascular disease and strokes. It has also been shown that diabetes can be better controlled by the elimination of plaque and calculus from teeth with the help of a dental professional and good oral hygiene practice at home The mouth is a window into the rest of the body providing clues to what else maybe happening in a person’s health. By seeing your Dentist and Oral Health Therapist you are taking an important step in preventing adverse eﬀects of bacteria on the rest of the body. So when you are thinking of your teeth realise they not only important for chewing food, speech and having a great smile, building conﬁdence and self-esteem but
Regular dental cleanings help prevent heart attacks.
they are also important for your overall health and well-being. Regular dental check-ups and visits to the Oral Health Therapist will help keep you healthy. Undiagnosed dental disease either in the form of periodontal disease (gum disease) or dental caries (tooth decay) can
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put you at risk from dental abscess, infections and tooth loss but also potentially put at risk the success of diﬀerent medical procedures such as hip and knee joint replacements and cardiac surgery. Being dentally ﬁt means your body is better equipped/prepared for any medical adversity which may arise. Your Dentist is able to diagnose and treat dental disease as well as carry out an examination for oral cancer. Restoring missing teeth will also return your ability to chew and give you your full smile back. If you have been postponing making a dental appointment or thinking about it for a while, take control of your health and be proactive. Advertising feature
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Your back Getting fit pain experts for life With back pain being so common, advice and ideas come from all diﬀerent directions, but how do you know what really helps and what is really going on? Too many people put up with back pain as “normal”, but it doesn’t need to be. Whether you are a farmer, mother, builder or desk worker, there is always something that can be done to help ease, improve and resolve back pain. Here at PhysioSteps we want to help you make good, informed choices about your back pain, so we have made an infographic to clear things up for you (below).
With 80 per cent of the population getting back pain at some point in their lives, this is one that is worth reading! PhysioSteps has grown from ﬁlling a much-needed gap in the market just over three years ago, to a four-strong team of physiotherapists (including two with post-graduate masters qualiﬁcations and one with commonwealth games experience). We all have the experience and know-how to treat any musculoskeletal issue that you may have. Advertising feature
Pro-Active Physiotherapy has taken the opportunity to work closer with the Allenton Medical Centre and Gym Company Medical and has moved to Three Rivers Health. This opened the doors for a new gym/rehabilitation studio to come into fruition - Fit 4 Life Studio. Frank Connolly and Audra Cuellar have been working together for 21 years providing programmes for gym clients and rehab patients. Cardio equipment, free weights, kettle bells, and cable equipment has been chosen to work on three dimensional exercising. Proper technique, functional
strengthening, and the total person are stressed with the programmes. There is a limited membership so that clients always feel that personal interaction with gym staﬀ. So start that New Year’s resolution, and pop in to see the staﬀ for more details. Advertising feature
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Curcumin absorption There are so many turmeric and curcumin products on the market, and with good reason – curcumin is well-regarded and well-researched for its ability to support your joint, brain and immune health. But did you know that curcumin is diﬃcult for your body to absorb? The primary issue with curcumin absorption is that it is a fat-soluble nutrient in a watery environment. Curcumin needs to be made water soluble before it can be eﬀectively absorbed through your intestinal wall. Another challenge with the absorption of curcumin is its size. Curcumin is absorbed between the microvilli of your intestinal wall. The microvilli are ﬁnger-like projections found on the villi of your intestines. The gaps between microvilli are where substances like curcumin are absorbed, and these gaps are only around 50 nanometres wide. In curcumin’s natural state, it is just too big. Solgar Curcumin 185x is scientiﬁcally-designed to ﬁnd a
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way around these challenges. Mimicking your body’s own natural digestive processes, Curcumin 185x oﬀers 185 times the bioavailability of native-state curcumin, and, unlike its native state, will remain in your blood plasma for over 24 hours. It does this through recreating the natural process of micellation. This allows fat-soluble nutrients to be carried in the water-soluble environment of the digestive tract, and then delivered directly to the intestinal wall for absorption. At only about 30 nanometres, these curcumin micelles ﬁt comfortably between the microvilli’s gaps. This increases the bioavailability of the curcumin, and decreases the quantity needed to achieve results. Always read the label and take as directed. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional. Solgar NZ Limited, Auckland. TAPS PP1008. Advertising feature
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With the festive season behind us we may be looking at our skin (and/or the scales!) and thinking darn….. all of that food and drink has taken its toll. For me my skin broke out, looked dull, therefore lacked lustre and that lovely dew point glow, ﬁne lines were accentuated, the circles under my eye darkened and some days even looked puﬀy! Bloat is a whole other subject. That for me is a result of over indulging on processed food including high sugar foods – chippies, chocolates, sweets, wine, dairy and gluten-all of which are my triggers for slow and disrupted digestion. Our skin is the largest organ involved in removing toxins from our bodies, what our liver or digestive system does not process more than often shows on our skin. Janesce have developed a skin-friendly detoxing programme to help your skin
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Chillaxing in the summer sun
NATURALLY YOU with Jane Logie
These popsicles are for those hot summer days to quench the thirst, cool down, and provide a refreshing and healthy snack. They are filled with tasty flavours that will make your tastebuds do a bit of a dance and hopefully leave you wanting more. They are also a great way to get some fruit nutrition and much needed fibre into the children that don’t like eating fruit as much, but love a tasty popsicle treat. They will possibly be unaware that it is healthy for them and see it as an ice-cream. They are great as a snack or dessert, or to have on a hot day instead of an ice-cream or soft drink. Healthy ice-cream alternative that resembles a sorbet texture.
Raspberry and plum icy yoghurt popsicles
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1C plain sweetened yoghurt 1 1/2 C frozen raspberries 1/2 C tinned plums (strained and destoned) 1C plum juice (from the tinned plums) 2T honey (slightly warmed to make it runny) 1/4 t vanilla essence extract 6-12 popsicle moulds (depending on size of moulds)
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– Using a food processor, place the frozen raspberries, strained plums, yoghurt, plum juice, honey and vanilla essence in the blender and blend until smooth. – Fill the moulds to the top, place the lids in, and place in the freezer for two hours until set. – Then run under hot water briefly to get each mould out when required to eat, twisting to release.
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Above – Peach and vanilla icy yoghurt popsicles. Left – Raspberry and plum icy yoghurt popsicles.
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Peach and vanilla icy yoghurt popsicles
1C plain sweetened yoghurt 2C tinned peaches (chopped small) 1C peach juice (from the tinned peaches) 2T honey (slightly warmed to make it runny) 2t vanilla essence 6-12 popsicle moulds (depending on the size of the moulds)
– Place all the yoghurt, chopped peach, peach juice, and vanilla essence in the food processor and blend until the peaches are blended to a pulp. – Then place in the moulds and freeze for 2 hours before indulging. * You could use vanilla bean yoghurt and 1/4 t vanilla essence.
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STRETCHING ACROSS FIVE ACRES OF PARK LIKE GROUNDS ALONG CARTERS TERRACE
Terrace View Retirement Village is more than a retirement home, it’s a complete lifestyle community. It offers residents affordable luxury living with the benefits of experienced and skilled staff and the comforts of home. Terrace View on Carters Terrace in Tinwald takes the title as Ashburton’s first purposebuilt retirement village.
It is set on five acres of land among peaceful, landscaped grounds and gardens, bordered on one side by the Ashburton River. The village has a variety of lifestyle and care options, including independent or assisted living in villas, apartments or studios, right through to full resthome, hospital or palliative care. There is also a communal lounge/theatre space, dining room, laundry facilities and a café / bar facility. All the rooms on-site are modern, warm and spacious.
Whether it be Terrace View’s quality meals and onsite services, or getting one’s health care needs met, Terrace View’s staff are second to none, and offer residents’ quality care right at their door. It’s just one more on-site option that gives residents – and their family members – peace of mind.
grounds and gardens. The range of lifestyle options at Terrace View mean couples can remain close to each other in retirement if they have different health care needs. It’s just another bonus that gives some comfort for all concerned.
The studios also offer the same secure independence with a range of service packages including 11 care suites providing a higher level of care.
The communal areas are a great way to keep in contact with other people and offer a facility for regular social activities. The lounge/ theatre area, with bar facilities, is also a great place to relax with others while catching up on local news, gathering for national, or sporting, events around the large communal television or to just sit and admire the fabulous garden setting and listen to the birds.
The apartment options offer the same security and freedom but in a smaller sized property. The apartments have also been designed to meet residents’ needs and care packages can be upgraded if those needs change.
The Terrace View resthome and hospital has professional staff working in a modern and purpose-built facility. The large rooms come complete with ensuite and views of the
As if the site and its facilities were not enough to prompt a call to Terrace View, the retirement village has another drawcard: at Terrace View, residency means no lawn mowing, maintenance or upkeep of the grounds or the property. That means more time to spend on other interests.
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2018 - the year to go overseas
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DESTINATION with Maxine
Happy New Year and welcome to 2018. At House of Travel we know the right holiday has the power to enrich a person’s life. We believe the best holidays are created together. We love it when you bring in your ideas and research, so together we can ensure you get the holiday that is just right for you. No matter where in the world you would like to travel to there is no better time than now to book your 2018 holiday. At House of Travel we have great deals available. Close to home you can hop across the Tasman to Australia, or maybe you are looking for a winter holiday in the warm and the South Paciﬁc is on your list. Europe by any standards, is an international hit. Renowned for its diverse patchwork of history, culture and staggering beauty, it’s a continent of culture, quirks and cuisine. With vineyards rolling into villages and cities that share their borders for century old castles. What more could you want and with airfares starting from just $1259.00 return ex Christchurch it is superb value. Contiki with no excuses and no regrets for the 18-35 year olds have a great deal when you book a tour between $3000 and $5000 you can then ﬂy Singapore
Airlines return to London from just $799 per person. Relaxation, we sea you. Cruising is so popular and for just a $1 deposit you can book a P&O Cruise on select fare types and get free cabin upgrades and onboard credit – this is a deal not to be missed for sailings from 01st March 2018. Hurry be in quick as booking fast. Why rush when you can cruise. Discover more of the world on journeys designed to get you closer to the sights with panoramic back drops and the most beautiful sights in the world. House of Travel are cruise specialist and have a range of irresistible cruises on oﬀer. Asia one of my many favourite spots in the world. When it comes to Asia, lose
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your inhibitions and go full throttle. A continent of diversity with the dazzle of skylines and bright urban lights to historic tales of villains with cultures forged over many centuries that will sweep you away. Hospitable locals complete with wide smiles and beaming faces make Asia what it is, a continent I love. To make your dream holiday a reality we have available payment options so there is no excuse to not book your 2018 holiday. Pay later with Q Card, 16 months no payments and no interest. Lending criteria apply. Fees, terms and conditions apply. Call in for more details. House of Travel, where the best holidays are created together. Advertising feature At House of Travel, we know the right holiday has the power to enrich a person’s life. We also believe that the best holidays are created together. We love it when you bring in your ideas & research, so together we ensure you get the holiday that is just right for you.
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Ashburton Preschools’ Directory
Stepping Stones @ Braebrook Stepping Stones is a locally owned, purpose built pre-school catering for children from three months of age until they are ready to transition to school. We are passionate about being part of our community and regularly visit our neighbours, local shops, parks and playgrounds. We also love to visit our elderly community members and have them join us at pre-school – sharing reading, songs and activities together. Our family focused philosophy ensures we are working alongside families to meet the needs of individual children. We love seeing whole families learn and grow with us! We have a fantastic team of teachers working alongside our learners to support them to learn and grow in a safe and nurturing environment. Higher than required ratios of adults to children and dedicated teachers ensure calm, enjoyable learning settings. Our emphasis on high quality care and education shows through in our rolls – many happy families have already secured their space with us. Limited spaces are available still. We encourage you to speak to any of our current families or call us for a visit. If you would like your child to become part of our Stepping Stones @Braebrook family we strongly encourage you to get in touch as early as possible.
Twenty hours at no cost and Winz subsidies are available. We offer flexible hours, affordable rates and best of all a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where all families are welcome. We enjoy the role we play in the community and are proud of the impact we have on the children who are the future leaders of our community. Follow us on Facebook to see what we are all about and enjoy watching the learning we do within our environment each week. Advertising feature
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Keeping your garden cool in the heat With the warmer weather and sunshine, it’s a pleasure to be outside in the garden! But January can be a real challenge and you will need careful planning and proactive measures to ensure your garden survives the height of summer. Water and mulch are your top weapons to help keep your garden lush, healthy and productive. The best mulch is a form of organic matter that is applied as a layer on top of your soil in your garden, around plants, trees, and especially in pots. Organic mulches aid water retention by hindering water evaporation, keeping the moisture in the soil. Valuable nutrients are also added as mulch breaks down over time. It improves the soil quality and structure by encouraging micro-organisms and worm activity. A thick (50 to 100mm) layer of mulch around your plants will help suppress weeds. This means your plants are not competing for root space and nutrients. When mulching around trees, don’t apply it up to the trunk – think donut shape around the trunk instead. Make sure you mulch new planting areas too as soil left exposed to the hot summer sun will lessen in goodness and have reduced water content. When it comes to watering, regularly check irrigation systems if you have them and make sure all sprinkler heads are operating well and the timer has been set to suit the summer weather. Be regular when watering your garden, little and often is best, avoiding the hottest part of the day when plants are heat stressed. Once a day in the early morning or evening up to three times a week should be plenty, but increase this if the heat is extreme. Some plants, such as roses and trees, require deep watering to encourage deep root development, so apply extra water to those plant types in the early part of the day. Water until it begins to puddle on top of the soil which means the soil has
Mulching and appropriate watering are key to helping your garden ﬂourish during the hot summer months.
reached its water-holding capacity. Avoid getting foliage wet as this can promote the spread of disease on plants like tomatoes and roses – aim for the root zone instead. Don’t over water – too much of anything is not good. If there has been plenty of rainfall you will not need to water as regularly. With many plants (trees and shrubs particularly) if they are not watered well and regularly over the hotter summer months, they will stop growing. Check your indoor plants. Increase watering and, if necessary, reposition plants by avoiding placing them too close to
sunny windows. Don’t forget about plants in pots or containers, keep them well watered and remove any weeds. If you apply mulch and maintain a consistent watering regime then you can expect excellent results with continued growth through the hot summer months. This is critical when establishing a new garden as you want plants to grow to maturity as soon as possible. For more gardening advice, check out our range of How To Grow guides on our website www.daltons.co.nz.
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Daltons summer care prize pack
We have a Daltons Garden Mulch prize pack to give away valued at $85 and contains 3 Daltons Mulch and Grows, 4 Besgrow Coir Briquettes and 3 Daltons Nugget Barks, including a pair of comfortable, versatile Red Back gardening gloves from Omni Products www.omniproducts.co.nz.
Be in to win
Matt Harris is this month’s winner with the following question: How often does a lawn need to be dethatched? Does it depend on how often it has been aerated using spikey shoes? Or maybe it depends on how often the lawn has been rolled? Just trying to get my lawn looking the best it can be – is a reel mower better than a rotary mower? There is no golden rule on how often you need to dethatch your lawn. It is dependent on how rapid growing and thick the living or dead material is that we term ‘thatch’ (area between the roots and top of grass blades). Some people desire the perfect lawn and dethatch their lawn every spring, although this is not absolutely necessary to achieve a high-quality lawn. Aerating with spiky shoes is very helpful in all lawns, especially in children’s play areas, where areas are infected with moss in winter months, and where the turf turns brown in hot dry summers. The maximum benefit is obtained by aerating your lawn in spring/early summer. Reel mowers are best for lawns that are cut low, where you would like a carpet-like effect. The reel machine makes a very clean cut as it operates with a scissor-like action, as opposed to the whirling blade of a rotary mower. Whatever mower you choose, ensure the blades are kept very sharp and that you are cutting to the correct level (this can change depending on time of year and state of the lawn).
Email goodies@theguardian. co.nz with Daltons Summer Care prize pack in the subject heading, or write to Easy Daltons summer care prize pack giveaway, Box 77, Ashburton. CONDITIONS OF ENTRY: • • •
You must provide a gardening question for the Daltons experts to answer. Please include your address and phone number in email and letter options! Giveaway entries must be received by January 31.
For more information on Daltons products visit www.daltons.co.nz
All questions supplied are entered into the draw to win a Daltons prize pack, but the Guardian reserves the right to choose which questions and answers will be published. Daltons post the prize to our lucky winner.
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OUT AND ABOUT @ the Christmas Eve Races, Ashburton Raceway A good crowd turned out to check out the inaugural Christmas Eve races which replaced the former Boxing Day meeting. Tetsuro Mitomo was there to capture the action. PHOTOS TETSURO MITOMO 241217-TM-005
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Our living cotton ball multiplies FARMY PRINCESS with DONNA-MARIE LEVER
Well hello 2018! A new year, new ambitions and another opportunity to fine-tune my farming prowess. Unfortunately it hasn’t been the most impressive start to the new year and I can’t even blame this one on lack of rural knowledge. It started about a year ago when the farmer rang (from a paddock far far away) and the conversation went a bit like this … “Do you want a cat?” Me: Ummmmmm ... (thinking well, we already have the preschoolers, two dogs and ... hello ... we live on a farm! There is no shortage of animals here!) Farmer: “Because if we don’t take it, it will die.” Me: “I’ll come over and grab it now.” So we welcomed Lucy into the fold and, to be honest, as a cat lover from way back I loved her mooching around the ranch. Time passed and our little ball of fluff grew and grew and … wait a minute! One day recently we noticed her tummy bulging and she was way more clingy than normal. At that very point it dawned on me that while I had planned to take her to the vet (she arrived with all her jabs and worming up to date) I hadn’t quite gotten around to it. Bugger. Two short weeks later as we were head-
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ing away to a wedding in Wellington and about to walk out the door (of course), the farmer yelled out from our daughter’s room that I may want to come down and “see this”. Four tiny balls of fluff were rolling around in the wardrobe – three tabbys and a wee ginger. They were no bigger than balls of lint. Complete and utter disaster. Even a city slicker would have got this one right. The children thought Christmas had come again, the farmer glanced sideways at them, and me, well I was in love! Although not planned, this was the most beautiful wee mistake ever. What a
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