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... to our February edition of YOU! We focus heavily this month on heart health, for obvious reasons. There aren’t many New Zealander’s who haven’t been affected by some sort of heart event. There’s one misconception that seems hard for Kiwis to grasp about heart disease, and that is that it’s New Zealand’s biggest killer of women. Many of us still seem to think it’s old chain-smoking, beer-guzzling, pie-stuffing ‘Harry’ down the road, but it’s also kicking women in the teeth. Women are five times more likely to die from a heart disease than breast cancer, and that’s astounding! We girls have to care for our hearts just as much as our blokes and it’s time we started doing that. Anyway, enjoy some warm days in February and enjoy YOU this month. Cheers, Lisa Fenwick


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It’s been a year since sustainable food heroine, Jade Temepara, opened the Kakano café and cookery school in Christchurch’s city centre. While a lot has changed in 12 months, it’s an even greater leap from the days when she kick-started the Hand Over a Hundy campaign in Ashburton. She spoke with YOU’s Megan Gnad about her vision, challenging the norm and providing a space where traditional Maori values, language and cooking techniques can flourish.

Jade Temepara is looking to the past to change the future. Nestled away in a corner of Christchurch’s bustling Peterborough Street, she has turned a slice of quake-barren land into a paradise fit to bursting with New Zealand’s traditional flora and fauna. Whether it’s grown onsite, or collected while foraging, everything that ends up on the Kakano café and cookery school menu is proudly sustainable and locally-grown. From the Pikopiko Pesto, to kaimoana and their ‘famous’ titi/muttonbird pies, the food is simple, organic and at the forefront of a movement that is changing the way we view our heritage and food culture. For a young mother of five, it’s a world Jade never could have imagined 10 years ago, but now one the revolutionary campaigner vows to continue fighting for. “I have no idea why (it hasn’t been done before),” she said. “Our food is amazing, and our traditional food is incredible. “I’m really adamant about bringing our food and language to the forefront, it needs to be celebrated, not hidden.” For someone who now fizzes with passion and pride for her sustainability projects, it’s surprising now to think Jade couldn’t have cared less about where her food came from some years back.

Yet, in a beautiful twist of generational fate, her Maori grandfather stepped in with some potatoes that changed her life. Despite living in a small Christchurch apartment, he always managed to grow his own food, and believed his granddaughter should follow suit, even if it involved ripping up her entire backyard. “He brought down potatoes to Ashburton, and I said, ‘no, I don’t want to grow them’,” Jade explains. “He said, ‘these are your great, great-grandmother’s potatoes. They are five generations old and if you don’t plant them, they will die. I don’t have anyone else to give them to’. So, I said, ‘give me those damn potatoes …’ “It started an uncanny relationship with him ringing to see how they were doing. He was so proud and said this will live on forever now. It shows how important the whakapapa is.” Jade’s grandfather lost his garden in the earthquakes, and Jade was able to hand him back the seeds, so they live to see another day. This pull to promote the continuation of traditions has changed Jade’s life, built her a career pathway and seen her dedicate her life to ensuring knowledge is promoted and passed on to other families. It was a project that all began right here in Ashburton.

Moving from Southland to Ashburton when she was 19, and in 2010 she instigated the Hand Over a Hundy campaign, teaching schools, families, young parents, homes and anyone she could convince, into growing their own food. Its success took off at lightning speed and the national media rejoiced. She featured on magazine covers around the country, won awards in the Ellerslie International Flower Show, was named a finalist for New Zealander of the Year and won the NZ Gardener of the Year. Jade became a willing poster child for the sustainability movement, and in doing so, made gardening cool and accessible, while removing long-held stigmas with her charm and personable approach. The Hand Over a Hundy project is now run in various places around Aotearoa and continues to be a sought-after resource in many communities. She’ll never forget its origins though, acknowledging the local support that got it off the ground. “The Ashburton community was so amazing and local businesses really helped make a huge dent in the work,” she said. “I’m still doing that Hand Over a Hundy work, just on a different platform, people still want to connect with the community and share knowledge.” continued over page

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From P5 In 2015, while she was living in Mount Somers, she received a call from a friend that changed things up yet again. “My friend flicked me a really interesting short video clip where people were looking for ideas and asking people to put their dreams forward, but I had no idea who they were,” she said. “I went to Australia on a family holiday and said, I don’t really know what I want to do, but I have the idea of a wellness centre, this is what I have done and can see a huge need for education and connecting with people.” While she was unsuccessful, she received a phone call a few weeks later saying they were interested in working with her. “At that time my husband lost his father and all these opportunities kept arising,” she said. The initial stages of the Kakano café and cookery school were put in motion and by April 2015, Jade found herself moving to Christchurch with her family in tow. Finding a premises in the quake-ravaged city proved a challenge, until she heard of a company working with landowners of empty spaces, to provide regeneration into the central red zone. There was only one condition. With a 30day clause, everything needed to be quickly movable. “We got offered the most amazing space in Peterborough Street and the site was bare rubble, nothing,” she said. Over seven weeks they transformed the site, introducing a separate café site and eating area – set up similar to a marae – and 240sq metres of garden beds modelled on creative “lift and shift” methodology. “Not finding a building was really a blessing in disguise, because having the biggest urban garden now in Christchurch, is a real drawcard,” she said. They officially opened on the anniversary of the Canterbury quake on February 22, 2016. It is now a destination for kindergartens, schools, Te Kohanga Reo kids and their parents, “randoms coming in and working with us”, tourism groups and gardening tours. “Our intent is to build community,” says Jade. “And our focus is on giving them a traditional Maori experience with food, flavours and telling stories from seeds. People want to know everything. “We don’t really showcase our own food in New Zealand and the uniqueness. I’ve worked in this realm for the last decade and it became quite fashionable a few years ago, but it’s more on a serious path now and how our choices are leading, it’s necessary.”

Jade Temepara outside her restaurant on Peterborough Street. 

At times shocked at the lack of food knowledge, she says she has had to learn to humble her understanding, and recognise that everyone’s background and life experience is different. But it sure makes for magical moments when harnessed in the right way. This was evident a few weeks ago, when two 11-year-old boys stopped by and asked Jade what she was doing while gardening. Never one to miss a teaching opportunity, Jade said if they were keen to help her with some weeding, she would offer them a muffin and some seeds. “He said, ‘how do you get seeds?’ I explained the different stages to him and he said, ‘this has changed my life. I didn’t know you could have free seeds …’ “You have to realise that everyone’s journey is so different and a lot of us have to look at our health because something has gone wrong.” The on-site café is an experience in itself, using only non-introduced meat, kaimoana, foraged food and what they grow, including manuka and Horopito. If you’re after a caffeine fix, you’re out of luck. Coffee is off the menu, and instead replaced with a chai and Horopito tea and stinging nettle tea. While there’s generally some mutterings and shock from patrons, they’re quickly turned around when they understand the vision, concept and taste what’s on offer. “It’s about emphasising what we have,” says Jade. “No one else is doing what we are doing. It’s very new … (but) it’s so much better for our bodies. It’s ahead of its time, but I relish it.” In keeping with her eco-warrior status, and reviving traditions from the past, Jade has had to hit the history books and have conversations with Maori elders to contin-


ue learning new techniques. “We have taken a lot of information and a lot of things you can’t actually get anymore,” she said. “There’s lots of things we can and can’t do. We don’t want to go down the introduced meat line, but whole flounder is on the menu and people are just so intrigued because they normally have cuts of things. “I remember growing up having paua, crayfish and bluff oysters by the sack and I hated it, I wanted a pie or something.” Living in Canterbury has also given her the chance to reconnect with her own family heritage, which continues to change the way she thinks and what she introduces. “I whakapapa to a couple of hapu in the area and it’s getting to know the stories of my own iwi. It’s amazing to learn their food techniques, they used to grow kumara in Kaiapoi. “We have a lot of elders coming in and testing my cooking ability and kaumatua waiting to see what I will do, then they say, ‘it’s perfect’. “I also have really old photos of food gathering and whanau come in and look at the pictures. We’re really just so disconnected, so to prompt that response in people is really fascinating.” With a strong belief that kai can heal, and sharing it together can heal us as a community, Jade’s mission continues and shows no sign of slowing down. Kakano café and cookery school is the first of its kind in the South Island and she is proud to be the person sharing its uniqueness and revolutionary vision to a captivated audience. “Our kaupapa is to bring healthy and nutritious kai that feeds our body and manaakitanga, hospitality, to the world.” With Jade at the helm, the sky’s the limit.

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The biggest shock A life-changing heart attack, in 2004, saw Ashburton man, Bill Corbett, realise the importance of taking education and awareness to the masses. Ahead of the New Zealand Heart Foundation’s annual appeal, he spoke with YOU writer Megan Gnad about his own story, prevention and supporting those affected by heart events.

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Perhaps the biggest shock when Bill Corbett suffered a heart attack, was that he felt no pain whatsoever. The only sign anything was wrong when he woke up in the morning, was that he felt a bit off-colour and his complexion had taken on an ominous grey tone. Other than that, to a casual observer, one of the scariest days of his life appeared to be rather uneventful. “Every morning I read the paper and on that morning I just chucked it down and couldn’t be bothered, and I didn’t feel like breakfast,” he explains. “I rang the Medical Centre and said, ‘I don’t feel very well’ and they said; ‘get down here’. “I walked in and they had me bang on the stretcher with a catheter in my arm and then I was in the ambulance.” The most remarkable part of Bill’s story is that it goes against everything we are led to believe about heart attack symptoms and warning signs. We are drilled to look for classic signs of people collapsing in shooting pain, gripping their chest and struggling to breathe, but – while of course these must be known and occur all too often – sometimes the silent signs can be just as deadly. Bill, who turns 90 in July, experienced the ordeal in April 2004, and was alarmed at the lack of stereo-typical symptoms, resulting in quite a shock when he turned up to the hospital. “I did feel nausea, fatigue and a bit sweaty, but had no other symptoms, just

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felt a bit off-colour,” he said. “I went to Ashburton Hospital where they took a blood test to confirm I had a heart attack and spent five nights there. I felt fine, I just had to stay still and had physio. “When I got home, Pat wouldn’t let me do anything. I’ve been so lucky.” It was decided that a stent would have blocked two blood vessels, so after an angiogram in the June, he required no further treatment. The retired agriculture and English teacher, who was deputy principal of Methven High School for quite a few years, now helps others facing life after a heart event, as an Ashburton Heart Foundation cardiac club representative. He now spends time educating and assisting local people dealing with heart issues, and their aftermath, through rehab-focused groups and support meetings. “I heard people were coming out of hospital and not doing rehab, but it’s so important to go along with your partner, or someone else. We went for six weeks and got to know other people very well. “People are very fearful about the future after a heart event.” Bill’s wife of 36 years, Patricia, has been by his side for all of those meetings, realising the importance for the whole family. “It’s really important to go to the rehab because they talk about different subjects, from reading labels to exercise,” she said. Names of local people affected by heart-related issues – whether you’ve suffered one yourself, or have experienced it through a loved one – are passed on to the cardiac club. They then work with the Heart Foundation to provide up-to-date research, information and resources. However, Bill’s noticing it’s becoming harder to get people to come along to the classes, as younger people experiencing heart events are heading back to work quicker than they used to. A key piece of information, vital for everyone to know, was understanding their family history inside and out, he said. continued over page

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From P10 “My father and grandfather died very rapidly. My father and his five brothers all had heart problems.” The other advice was to be aware of your body, exercise, watch your diet and get regular medicals through your GP. “It’s simple; just walk,” he stressed. “You don’t need to do any training or buy anything, get a friend and do the ‘talk test’. The thing is to have a conversation and have a reasonably vigorous walk and chat away for 30 minutes a day.” While vital for the patient, Patricia acknowledges this can be daunting for the partner, who has to adjust their lifestyle, too. “If he’s not back in a certain time from a walk, little things like that (you worry), but

you have to learn to let go,” she said. “If they meet someone and have a chat on the street, that’s good.” Nowadays, Bill practices as he preaches; regularly keeping active by walking, mowing the lawns and digging the garden. And he’s not shy to call out for help if he notices the hint of a warning sign, as he knows very well it could be what saves his life. “Don’t be frightened to call 111, if you’re not sure,” he said. “A year ago, my pulse was racing and I called 111. The ambulance came and they were wonderful. I went to Ashburton Hospital where they did the test and, while there was no heart attack, they checked other things. I was fine and said, ‘I’m sorry’, but they

said; ‘never say that,’ if you’re not sure, don’t you decide. “If you don’t know, and you’re not sure, call 111.” Bill Corbett is living proof that, despite not suffering any chest pain, dizziness, pain in the arm or jaw, and shortness of breath, he survived a heart attack that could have cost him his life. He’s now experienced 13 extra years of life and on a mission to make sure others know how to prevent and act upon all matters of the heart. “Be proactive, get a medical, and make sure you’ve had your check-ups,” he said. “If you have not, make sure you get one.”

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Good news for Weekend Warriors There is good news for those of us who struggle with the #bring it, #own it #slay it world of nauseating fitness hashtags and sweaty sex faces on social media.

It turns out that to stay reasonably fit and to stay healthy, does not require enormous sacrifice or brawn. Science is on your side, fellow slackers, because while most of us are failing in our 2017 resolution to attend the gym four times a week, the health research, when we turn down the dial on all the wellness quackery, says that less may be more. Or at least: a moderate amount may be good enough. Weekend warriors rejoice A UK study released in early January found that one or two robust exercise sessions per week might be enough to reduce health risks in men and women. The study of more than 60,000 adults in England and Scotland found that these so-called “weekend warriors” lowered

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their risk of death by a similar amount to those who exercised regularly throughout the week. Exercise physiologist Jennifer Smallridge said that meeting weekly exercise targets – The World Health Organisation recommends that adults do at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity activity – was ideal. “But twice a week is still really beneficial to the heart and it may not mean you lose a lot of weight but you can maintain a certain level of health and fitness this way,” Ms Smallridge said. More good news The Weekend Warrior study is far from the only one casting doubt on the gohard-or-go-home fitness ethos. A French study, published in June 2016 in the European Society of Cardiology journal, concluded that 15 minutes of daily exercise is associated with a 22 per cent lower risk of death. “This level of activity equates to a 15-minute brisk walk each day,” said the study’s author Dr David Hupin. An ACC Sports and Exercise Cardiology Leadership Council study, published in the American College of Cardiology in January last year, found small amounts of physical activity, even standing, still significantly lowers the mortality risk in different populations around the globe. Interval time Even if you’re trying to reach peak physical fitness, you don’t need to spend an hour at the gym to achieve it. Many exercise scientists champion the

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merits of HIIT, or high intensity interval training, which involves short bursts of intense activity followed by rest or recovery periods. Ben Sharpe is a strength and conditioning coach within the AFL, and a fan of HIIT. “There is some evidence that higher-intensity training or intense one-off bursts of activity stimulate the cells in a way that a more moderate workout doesn’t and can be better for things such as fat loss and aerobic levels,” Mr Sharpe said. “And the thing is, the more intense the period of work, the shorter the workout can be.” Ms Smallridge agreed, but added that people needed to ensure the intense periods of exercise were suitably intense. “We’re kind to ourselves when we work out and we need to make sure the workout is uncomfortable at some point,” she said. “But if you are riding a bike and do 15 seconds of intensity followed by a 15-second recovery period, where you’re just turning over the wheels, and you do this workout for 10 minutes then you will burn as much as if you had ridden at a consistent pace for 30 minutes.” Ms Smallridge also said people were starting to cotton on to the compounding benefits of incidental exercise – taking the stairs instead of the lift, walking instead of driving, standing and moving about the office instead of sitting for long periods. “Walking is beneficial for so many different aspects of fitness. It builds bone density, and it builds tolerance to more intense exercises at the gyms,” she said. “It’s the first prescription in getting healthy.”  –

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Are you having a heart a Recognise the signs a If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be having a heart attack:

Are you experiencing ... – Heaviness – Tightness – Pressure – Discomfort/pain

In any of these areas? – Chest – Shoulder – Jaw – Arm – Neck – Back – Sweating – Shortness of breath – Nausea – Fatigue – Dizziness 

If you think you are having a heart attack: 1. Stop and rest now Tell someone how you feel. If your symptoms are severe, or they appear to be getting worse, take action now. Or if you take angina medication and the symptoms have not been relieved within 15 minutes then take action now. 2. Dial 111 immediately Ask for an ambulance, and if instructed and aspirin is available, chew one.

Did you know? – Heart disease is the biggest killer of women in New Zealand. It claims more than 3000 of our mothers, sisters, daughters and grandmothers every year. – 172,000 people are living with heart disease. That’s one in 20 adults. – 33 per cent of deaths annually are caused by cardiovascular disease. It is the leading cause of death in New Zealand and includes heart, stroke and blood vessel disease – Every 90 minutes a New Zealander dies from heart disease. Many of these deaths are premature and preventable – 5000 people die prematurely from smoking each year, it is estimated. This equates to about 12 people a day dying from smoking – Cardiovascular disease is the No.1 killer of women globally, but it is often thought to be a ‘male’ problem. – Women who smoke are three times as likely to have a heart attack, compared to women who don’t smoke. – 2920 women died from heart disease in New Zealand in 2013. That’s eight women a day, or about 55 each week. – Women are 5x more likely to die from a heart disease than breast cancer. – 31 per cent of New Zealand adults (aged 15+) are obese – You are 30 per cent more likely to be physically inactive if you are a Pacific Island, Maori or Asian adult, than if you are non-Maori, non-Pacific or non-Asian. – 1 in 9 children (aged 2-14 years) in New Zealand are obese – that’s 11 per cent of Kiwi kids

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Ashburton nurse speciali working hard for your h If you’ve experienced a heart event, Hannah Stocker is the friendly face you will see at Ashburton Hospital to help with your recovery. The cardiac rehabilitation nurse specialist, spoke with YOU’s Megan Gnad, about making sure warning signs and prevention is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.

Is there enough awareness around heart health and warning signs?

The Heart Foundation does great publicity on heart health. Most people would be able to tell you about their recent television advertisements. They also have a huge range of pamphlets available from the Ashburton Heart Foundation, myself or online

What work goes into rehabbing a patient after a heart attack? We provide the patient with education and support following their heart event.

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Education topics include: causes, signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests, test results, medical treatment, risk factor identification, physiotherapist assessment and development of individual training programme. We offer ongoing support for approximately six months, which is delivered by phone, group session and/or individual appointment. In the group education sessions, we provide information on all areas of heart disease, symptoms, causes and treatments, pharmacology information, dietary advice, stress and sleep information. We also teach how to analyse your own blood results and basic cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Not all patients choose to participate in the group sessions, it is an individual’s personal choice. However, research shows that people who have attended cardiac rehabilitation are less likely to have a future heart event.

Do people often say they thought it would never happen to them? Yes, people are often shocked they have had a heart event. When we sit down and have a chat the client may only have one risk factor (ie family history).  This person may also be very fit and participate in regular moderate-to-high intensity exercise. It takes time to accept that even though you were leading a “cardio-protective” lifestyle, you still had a heart attack. This process is individual for each client.

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What are the warning signs you want everyone to know about? Sign and symptoms are different for every person, some people have no symptoms. Common symptoms can be: Heaviness, tightness, pressure, discomfort or pain in the chest, shoulder, jaw, arm, neck or back; sweating, shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue and dizziness. Remember, if you are concerned about your heart health, make an appointment with your own general practice team to discuss it.

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ist earts What is a heart attack or stroke?

normal activities of daily living. Lead a cardio-protective lifestyle by taking your medications, keeping active, healthy eating, monitoring cholesterol levels, and not smoking. If you are doing all of the above, have confidence in yourself and your body that you are doing everything possible to prevent a future heart event.

What advice do you wish you could give people in regards to heart health? No-one is exempt from heart disease. We all need to be aware of the signs and symptoms. If you think you may be having a heart attack, or someone around you is, it is important to seek urgent, immediate medical advice.

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Do you also work with people who suffer with congenital conditions, hereditary/genetic conditions you monitor?

What’s the best thing someone can do for their health, after suffering a heart attack? Rest and allow their body to heal for four to six weeks after the event. They need to gradually build up their level of physical activity while getting back into

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Occasionally we receive referrals for these patients if they have had a recent event. It would certainly be an area we would like to develop in the future. We are also working closely with heart failure patients and monitoring their progress in the community. We aim to provide education and support to these people, which will assist them in self-managing their condition and symptoms and prevent hospital admission.

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Home for the lost and bewildered MAD MAMA with DESME DANIELS

Living with four kids, only a few hundred metres from my sister’s house with five nieces and nephews, means I should have a revolving door and a sign – “Daniels Diner” outside my house. At least if I had this then I’d have the option to be closed occasionally! Throw into the mix, the “Dial a Ride Daniels” taxi service for teenagers, I’d probably be best quitting fulltime work and making a real go of these two sideline businesses, although I’d never make a penny and be bankrupt in under six months. Anyway, our house is seemingly getting busier, with Miss 16 making a boatload of new friends in our wee town, or village as I like to call it (makes me feel more at home), we have seen an increase in foot traffic through the doors. I may even need to employ a bouncer with a clicker thing to ensure we do not reach maximum capacity at any one time. Now those that know me, know that I’m a social butterfly who loves to entertain, and it would seem I have found my calling, as the fun mum who has the fab house where everyone is welcome. Which is a good job, as Miss 16 has inherited my social party animal gene, that I love so much. Apparently, we have the perfect teenager’s paradise, offering a range of activities. At home, my office is now officially the PS4 gaming room, plus, Miss 16 has set up a full Wii gaming room in her bedroom, which is where you go to get thrashed at Wii sports, eight years of perfecting this art form I believe. Miss 16 has also inherited my fiercely competitive gene, that I also love so much. Then not forgetting the wonders that a two-storey house, offers. Stair surfing, yes you heard me right, stair surfing. Simply take one 1200mm rectangle window seat cushion, pop it inside a sleeping bag and then hurl yourselves down the stairs. How I’ve not ended up with a cartoon shape of a child smashed through the bathroom door at the bottom of the stairs, I’ll never know.

Above - Marcus and Trin stair surfing.

Facebook also saw the creation of “Pancakes for the Poor”. A group created by some of Miss 16’s friends, organising the now weekly visits to my house on a weekend, where I cook pancakes and sausages, they all have a catch-up and a chat, then I get to clean up after them. If it was not for the opportunity to get an in-depth insight into the world of the teenagers and Miss 16’s life, then I’d be telling them to bog off and clean up after themselves! Although “long face” did say, that I was not like a “mother” more like a teenager, but who could cook. I think that was a compliment! And the two little ones are loving all these fresh faced teenagers to taunt, annoy and plague to death. I’m sure the politeness of playing PS4 with Marcus and Wii with Anya will soon fade, but “short dude” and “long face” seem quite enthusiastic now. Apparently the two little ones can’t learn names they just use descriptions! The most recent big social event happened when Miss 16 had her birthday party.

About 10 teenage girls descended for a sleepover party. The idea of 10 teenage girls, in my lovely clean house set my nervous tick off and gave me a twitch for a week. And, I won’t go into too much detail but I may have had a vodka or two to release the OCD knots in my shoulders and make myself relax and enjoy the evening. Maybe enough vodka, that I was soon found on the window seat cushion, flying down the stairs at a rate of knots. Much to the hilarity of Miss 16’s friends and dismay of Miss 16. It would seem turning 43 and facing my fear of the hydro slides at Hanmer and loving the Super Bowl, has unleashed a new level of crazy, bringing me once more down to the mad level of my kids. Apparently, I’m such a fun Mad Mama, that all of Miss 16’s friends wish their mums were like me … you can imagine the absolute horror on her face, when to add the final blow, they then invited me to the next teenage party. Such fun!!!

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Trip planning requires organisation DESTINATION with Maxine Whiting

Planning a holiday is an exciting time and should not be stressful but fun and filled with anticipation of what is to come. For some the most difficult decision is where to go, for others they have their bucket list sorted and know exactly what they are after when they enter our store.

Our six hot tips for planning your 2017 holiday 1. Choose the destination – sounds obvious, but give your brain half a chance and it’ll become increasingly indecisive. One minute it’s envisaging a tropical Pacific Island and the next it’s daydreaming about the amazing Cinque Terre in Italy. The destination is in some ways the hardest decision, so have a good think about what’s on your bucket list. Finalise your choice by jotting down three wish-list destinations and highlight the pros and cons for all and then the decision will be easier. 2. Decide on a purpose – This will more than likely settle you on a destination. Are you after the classic unwind and de-stress, or a life-changing experience that completely removes you from your comfort zone? Make a list of the top three to five things you’d like to get out of your next trip. 3. Settle on a budget – and stick as close to it as possible! Is this the big trip you’ve been foregoing those coffees to save for, or just a quick dash across the ditch? Either way, keep a close eye on the budget to avoid adding those extra few hundred dollars to your holiday. Don’t be afraid to give your consultant a budget as that way the recommen-

dation they present to you will be as close to that budget as possible. 4. Choose the airline – all well and good booking the cheapest seat, but in reality all airlines offer different perks so make sure you align the airline to your needs. Remember if you are travelling with children meals and entertainment are a must if you don’t want them to be bored very quickly. 5. Pick your accommodation – for some travellers accommodation is as important as the destination, for others it’s merely a pillow to rest a weary head. Holiday accommodation is often an integral part of your holiday experience, so think carefully about it and use the knowledge and expertise of your travel consultant to choose wisely. Holidays in the islands often mean looking out at the ocean from your balcony, so make sure you have a balcony if that is what you like. 6. Research things to do – winging it can be fun. But often it is wise to book those must-do activities before you go so you don’t miss out. Also by prepaying for your activities budgeting is a lot easier. Ask your House of Travel consultant for advice on how to get there, pros, cons and prices. House of Travel where the best holidays are created together. Advertising feature

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Sweat it out and work it out

Nothing beats that feeling of sweat dripping down your face or having your face aglow with perspiration. From an intense workout, you can feel the toxins pouring out and making you feel cleansed from within. This is a sure way to help facilitate your liver, clearing built-up toxins. It’s a natural facial, with that all-over clean feeling that makes you feel amazing after a workout. Exercise is paramount to our health, especially if you do a sedentary job. Movement is key to good health and longevity, hence we have to schedule time into our weekly routine. So get out and exercise, as it will make you feel so much better as an individual. Yes, it may feel like a chore at the time, but the feelings of euphoria you get afterwards outweighs all the hard work. As you continue to exercise, your muscles will begin to tone and your clothes will start to fit nicely on you again. It is not always about shedding those extra kilos gained, but toning up and feeling fantastic as a result. You can enjoy that glass of wine or that sweet treat without too much of a concern, as you have already burned plenty of calories. Toned muscles create a healthy functioning metabolism. Work out and enjoy the rewards to follow – the more you exercise, the more you reap. The hard work put in over time definitely shows, especially in those individuals who have managed to lose a lot of weight, to see them transform from overweight to a leaner, toned, healthy glowing individual, that is the prize for them. They made it happen for themselves. If you need to exercise and lose some weight, then you can make it happen too, by making that mental commitment with yourself – only you can make the change for you. You can come up with many an excuse, but putting on your exercise gear and getting out there and doing it, is the only way to make the change you so want and desire. It is the small stepping stones in the right direction that will help you to achieve your desired goal.

NATURALLY YOU with Jane Logie

Steps towards working it out and sweating it out: 1. Cut the excuses. 2. Turn up regularly to your favourite workout – once, twice or three times a week. 3. Variety can be key – partake in diferrent style workouts, indoors and outdoors. 4. Purchase the exercise gear you need to make it happen. 5. Make a weekly exercise plan and stick to it. 6. Cut out the guilt if you miss a workout, just make sure you attend the next one. 7. Don’t overdo it, as you may well burnout too quick and give up altogether. 8. Compete with yourself, by trying to improve yourself each time. 9. Smile and laugh along the way as exercising should be fun, so you want to go back and do it all again. No fun = NO WAY. The more fun, the more you want to do it again. 10. Remember it’s a journey and it’s the ride that’s the fun part in getting there. You may hear that exercising regularly gives you a natural high after you have completed your workout activity. This is due to the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are stimulated by exercise, considered to have similiar affects as optiates. Studies have shown that people who suffer with depression and anxiety have improved mental health by partaking in regular exercise sessions, therefore it’s a great way to feel euphoric and uplifted naturally. There are so many different ways to work out and get a sweat up, the list is endless. The key is finding something you enjoy doing and it will make it feel less of a chore. If it doesn’t float your boat, or spin your excitement wheels, then perhaps it’s not the exercise routine for you. Spend some

Above – Green fish curry.


time trying out what you like and what suits you, and what works into your lifestyle and schedule. Remember this is all part of your exercise journey – to sweating it out and looking and feeling fantastic. With the compliments of Jane Logie, a medicinal herbalist, clinical nutritionist and chef from Methven

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GREEN FISH CURRY Sweat it out with this delicious fish curry after an intense workout. It’s packed with vegetables and spices that aid metabolism and good digestion, and it’s nourishing. Also provided are alternative options to make again another time.

400g firm white fish

2T peanut oil 3T olive oil 1/2 onion 1 red pepper, large dice 1 yellow pepper, large dice 12 button mushrooms, cut into quarters 4 large garlic cloves, diced finely 3T green curry paste 1T sweet chilli sauce 1 whole fresh red chilli, finely diced 3T fish sauce 1T soy sauce 400g can of coconut milk 3T fresh coriander, roughly chopped (optional) 1 whole spring onion, slice across (optional)

– Make sure there are no bones left on the fish, slice into large cubes 1cm by 2cm pieces, season with white pepper and sea salt and set aside. Prepare all the other vegetables and set aside. – Place both oils into a wok or large pan, set on a medium heat, saute the onion, peppers, mushrooms, garlic and chilli, when soft, add the green curry paste, and saute for two minutes to let the spices cook through. – Add the sauces and coconut milk. When the coconut milk is bubbling on a medium to low heat, add the fish and cook through. Set aside. Cook some sushi rice to serve with the curry. – Just before serving heat the fish curry through and then add the coriander and spring onion. – Season to taste with a pinch of sea salt and 3-4 grinds of black pepper. – A lovely mild heat to enjoy - delicious. ALTERNATIVE OPTION: Substitute the white fish, with 400g large diced chicken thigh or breasts (seasoned) cooked in the pan or wok after the oil and before the vegetables, cooking in two batches, then add the vegetables once the chicken is cooked, and saute until soft, then add in the rest of the ingredients. ALTERNATIVE OPTION: Substitute the green curry paste for red curry paste, same measured amount.

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Blue’s back Shuzi here in vogue to stay By Jacqui Loates-Haver Blue is one of the stand-out shades of the summer resort look. We asked Kiekie Stanners, M.A.C Cosmetics’ senior artist for her advice on how to wear it. “An easy way to wear blue is by applying liner to the top lashline,” she says. “The hint of colour close to the lashes brings out your eye colour, yet isn’t too over-the-top for dayto-day wear.

“Creating a navy-hued smoky eye also works on all skin tones and eye colours, and adds a sophistication to an evening eye makeup. The key is to make sure the blue is off-set against a neutral mid-tone colour to blend the edges out with, so it softly fades into the natural skin tone to create a flattering effect. “Apply the blue with a shading brush over the eyelid only, then blend the mid-tone edges out through the crease.”

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however, I was willing to try anything. When the bracelet went on, the pain relief was almost instantaneous. Within a couple of hours I decided to test my wrists out and got stuck into the garden, cutting back a couple of bushes with hedge trimmers, digging out stubborn weeds and mowing the lawns. All in one sitting and without my wrist braces on. I couldn’t believe that I went to bed that night almost painfree. The Christmas trip up to the Tasman, driving every day while I was there, then down to Oamaru and surrounds and back to Ashburton, was a breeze. Next to no pain. It was such a relief to have a holiday without the drama of constant pain and having to explain the braces. I have been wearing the Shuzi bracelet for over two months now, and I’m no longer travelling with a bag full of painkillers. I still have niggling pain, but nowhere near as constant as what I have had over the past few years. The bracelet is here to stay. Reviewed by Deidre Nuttall


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Rewarding staff reaps its own rewards I’ll make four points:

HR ESSENTIALS with Mike Johnson

I worked for an organisation once where Christmas gifts were dumped back on the boss’s doormat; and recognition gifts tossed back in their faces. Wow! That was extreme, but it is a good example of how employers get rewards wrong and staff are just not motivated at all by what they receive. Last month I wrote about the importance of wellness in keeping staff happy and motivated – this month I focus on how to reward staff right. Rewards that result in staff digging deeper for the company ... and just what an employee may be able to do to encourage these rewards! But first we must understand that none of us are entitled to be rewarded – a reward or recognition must always be earned by doing something. So: we earn our basic wage by doing our basic job; and other rewards must be for things beyond that. This article focuses on rewarding performance that goes beyond. This month’s thought: It’s most important to make the most important feel most important! For most of our businesses our staff are indeed the most important to us as business owners; and we know that if they feel important they may be motivated to extend themselves for us – so how do we make them feel that way?

1. Pay/expect reasonable market salary rates for your business. a. You need to pay right, and staff need to have right expectations, for their basic job. b. So, obtain and share good market information on industry salaries. c. Non-profits pay is less because staff gain some intrinsic reward from supporting the cause – but don’t abuse it! 2. Build/seek intrinsic rewards for individuals. a. Where possible let staff achieve things that are really important to them, also meeting your business needs – you’ll need to understand each individual. b. This may be specific experience or development opportunities; maybe a particular client/customer; or it may be an element of flexibility. c. This will be made much easier if employees tell their boss what motivates them – and then try hard to excel in their job – remember how fortunate you will be if you can get paid for doing stuff you want. 3. Reward and recognise promptly and appropriately. a. Give positive feedback to people as soon as you can – be it a “thank

you”; acknowledging a job well done; or a specific achievement. Never assume the other person knows they’ve done well so don’t need the feedback. b. Employees need to give such feedback to their bosses too! c. Customise rewards and recognition to the individual – one size definitely does not fit all. 4. Tie bonuses to real and desired performance beyond the minimum. a. Don’t link bonuses to basic job tasks – that’s what basic pay is for. b. Tie bonuses to activities that boost a company’s profits – you can pay more because you have earned more – or, as not many tasks are directly linked to profit, tie bonuses to team results or tasks that are specifically needed. Finally: we all want to be the “most important” and rewarded as such ... so let’s perform beyond the minimum – that way we can deserve extra reward. This is the second of a series of articles from this author – on a variety of employment-related topics designed to help develop both good employers and good employees. Stay tuned next month for ideas on resourcing positions effectively.

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Yellow giants steal sleep from our princess TV reporter, journalist, mum and born and bred Aucklander Donna-Marie Lever on life after marrying a farmer and moving to rural Mid Canterbury. FARMY PRINCESS with DONNA-MARIE LEVER

Silence is golden. And the rural lifestyle lends itself to paddocks full of the relaxing buzz of insects, the odd moo-moo and baaaaaa mixed in with a woof from the farm dog chasing birds. It’s surprising how quickly you get use to it, in fact need it. I can barely sleep when I visit Auckland now. My family home sits near a busy motorway and it’s constantly rush-hour day and night.  The city is loud, even the pedestrian crossing in the big smoke seems just that bit noisier. And back here in the country while we are no strangers to sound with our rowdy household made up of the two pre-schoolers, two canines and the farmer, I can always look forward to dusk when the babies are snuggled in their beds and the only sound echoing around is a bit of wildlife in the distance and the tick of the clock. Bliss. Well it was until last Friday. Our farmhouse sits at the very point our farm backs on to another, and Friday night at 10.40pm exactly a buzz started in the distance. Quite a nice sound, just a hypnotic hum. Maybe it was a plane? Was a truck going past? No ... it was getting louder, resembling now a series of freight trains racing each other down a shingle

road. A peek out the window revealed the silence thief in all its yellow, metal glory. Of course ... it’s harvest season! That beautiful golden sunswept view I’d been borrowing from the deck was getting the chop and it just so happened it was a loud affair. How long could it possibly go for? Twenty minutes? A few hours? Then, a slight setback, as this yellow giant turned to reveal it was equipped with headlights to roll, churn and clunk its way through the fields of gold. And just as I’m telling myself to toughen up and go to sleep, the harvester steps it up a notch. It starts beeping. Not beeping like an alarm clock, but rather like a loud car in reverse – and in stereo, with orange flashing lights now lighting up my bed-

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America’s hottest felon in action

Philipp Plein promised something different for his first turn at New York Fashion Week and delivered with a huge crowd packed into the monolithic main branch of the public library, live music courtesy of Nas and The Kills — and Madonna turning up last minute on his front row. Dynamic designing duo Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, meanwhile, performed a high-wire act, presenting not one but both of their fashion lines – Oscar de la Renta and Monse – simultaneously. Carolina Herrera called her show her “white shirt” moment, a celebration of her favourite garment. And Proenza Schouler said adieu to New York for now as it prepares to show in Paris. Plein, revelling in his disruptor status and usually a mainstay in Milan, didn’t disappoint. Social media viral sensation Jeremy Meeks, the “hot felon,” was on his runway alongside rappers and an army of people dressed as Statues of Liberty entertained his guests, along with Times Square’s Naked Cowboy. The German designer promised and delivered something different, with a hashtag rallying cry of his very own launched days in advance on Instagram: “Let’s Make NYFW Great Again.” Did his giant black and silver puffer coats and luxe sportwear deliver? It was a tad hard to see the clothes from the cheap seats, but Plein the businessman is making a retail push into the US market, coveting

Above left – Jeremy Meeks, the model who is referred to as “the hot felon”, poses backstage before the Philipp Plein fashion show in New York this week.  PHOTOS AP/DIANE BONDAREFF Above right – Meeks walks in the fashion show.

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Treatment that really works! by Jennifer Little What is onychomycosis? Onychomycosis, or nail infection, is a persistent fungal infection of the nail bed, matrix or plate. It is the most common nail disorder in adults, accounting for one third of all fungal skin infections and up to 50 per cent of all nail diseases. The infection can cause nails to become yellow or discoloured. Advanced infection causes thick, brittle nails that often separate from the nail bed. The most common cause of onychomycosis is dermatophyte fungus that invades the dead tissue of skin or nails. Other causes include contact with certain moulds or species of yeasts. Onychomycosis is caused by contact with infective fun-

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Ashburton Kindergartens

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At the heart of our approach is that children learn most successfully through their play. Ashburton Kindergartens are a group of not for profit professional kindergartens, spread throughout the Ashburton community that provides quality education for 2-5 year olds. We provide a high quality programme which is taught by professional teachers, who are all qualified and involved in ongoing professional development that leads the way in early childhood education. We base our programme on the early childhood curriculum Te Whāriki, which is an inclusive approach to your child’s development. Your child will benefit from a wealth of experience and play resources whilst in a safe and secure, clean and comfortable environment.



03 308 3779

Taking enrolments now

174-176 Chalmers Ave, Ashburton 03 308 0380

30 FREE HOURS, That’s six hours a day, five days a week


At kindergarten we view all children/ tamariki as competent, capable learners.

Where they are:

• Encouraged to solve problems and make choices that have meaningful outcomes for themselves. • Have time, resources and space necessary for them to discover and extend their play, and the play of others. • Are supported to become responsible for themselves and their belongings. • Are encouraged and supported to learn from each other. • Where their interests, skills and knowledge are at the forefront of extending individual programme plans.

• High Quality Teaching Staff • We provide healthy and nutritious meals in conjunction with the Healthy Heart foundation • 4 purpose designed rooms to provide age appropriate learning activities • Specially designed school readiness programme 80-82 Peters Street, Ashburton Phone 308 1379

We are open 8.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday

• Where literacy, mathematics, science and technology are weaved throughout the programme. • Where they learn strategies and solutions to work with and alongside others to support life-long learning. We have five kindergartens located around the district: Allenton, Tinwald/Aubrey Mason, Hampstead, Thomas Street and Netherby/Merle Leask. For more information please check out our website Advertising feature

ABC Allenton 122-124 Harrison Street, Allenton Phone: 307 7407 |

Opening hours 7.30am - 5.30pm


Phone (03) 308 8461 27 Walnut Ave, Ashburton

23-25 Main South Rd, Tinwald, Ashburton, Phone 03 308 2959 Email

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It hasn’t been an easy summer in the garden. Recent, exceptionally unsettled weather has occurred in all parts of New Zealand with extremes of heat, wind and rain. Regardless of this, February is still a significant month for harvesting crops and reaping the benefits of your hard work both in the home orchard and vegetable garden. Summer salad vegetables should be at their peak this month. Ensure plants are regularly watered to maintain healthy growth, especially cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce and radishes. Other typical summer veggies include; beans (climber and dwarf), aubergines, courgettes, beetroot, corn, onions, peppers and pumpkin, and should all be ready to harvest. Remove any plants that have cropped and finished for the season to provide room for winter vegetables (broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbages and cauliflower) which can now be planted to mature in the early winter. Consider saving seed from your favourite summer vegetables, particularly beans and tomatoes. Late season peaches and plums are now maturing, and apples and pears are beginning to ripen, particularly early varieties like gala. Fruit are now forming

February in the garden on citrus trees (ripening in mid-winter). Ensure all fruit trees are well mulched to help maintain soil moisture and reduce weed growth. Most strawberry fruiting has now finished, so allow growth to provide runners for next season’s plantings or remove old plants. It’s possible to obtain a second crop on raspberry plants in February, especially if old wood has been removed after the first crop. Continue tying up new season’s growth for next season’s crop. Almost all herbs thrive in the hot sunny summer months. However, a number do flower and go to seed in late-February so remove and replace with fresh new plants. You can also gather leaves for drying which is easy to do. Simply place the leaves in a shallow tray in a dry, sunny, sheltered position. Leave them for about two to three weeks, which should be sufficient time for drying. Once dried completely, store them in an airtight container. February provides the peak of display for summer annuals that thrive in the hot summer months, like cosmos, marigolds, petunias, salvias, portulacas and zinnias. Plant ‘potted colour’ to brighten up containers or special

parts of the garden. Continue dead-heading plants to help maintain continuous flowering. It’s also time to consider what you will plant for your autumn/winter displays. You can start sowing seeds of winter annuals such as alyssum, calendulas, primulas, nemesia, pansies, polyanthus, stock, violas and wallflowers, ready for planting in April. A very difficult month for lawns, they often appear extremely dry, with brown patches and sometimes alarming cracking. Where water is readily available irrigate regularly in the cooler parts of the day. Wait until cooler autumn months before attempting any major repair work. Keep roses well-watered and apply Daltons Nutrient Enriched Mulch & Grow to keep moisture and nutrients in. Pay special attention to potted roses to ensure they do not dry out. Spray every two weeks throughout summer to treat any diseases or pests - your local gardening centre can help you choose the best product for the job. Dead-head your roses once a week to encourage repeat flowering, and enjoy the last of your summer displays! For more gardening advice visit:

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Daltons Mulch and grow pack

Even if you are the most hands off gardener, the most important task to do during the summer months is apply mulch around plants, including those in pots. It’s vital in maintaining a healthy garden and hinders water evaporation, keeping the moisture in the soil. This is particularly important on exceptionally hot or windy days and prevents plants from wilting. Create a clean slate and remove all weeds before applying mulch.

Nutrient deficiency

We have the ultimate Daltons Garden Mulch and Grow pack to give away valued at over $100 containing 3 x Daltons Mulch and Grow (40L), 2 x Besgrow Coir Mulch (60L) and 2 x Daltons Nugget Bark (40L). PLUS you’ll receive a pair of comfortable, versatile Red Back garden gloves from Omni Products

Be in to win Email with Daltons Mulch and Grow pack in the subject heading, or write to Mulch and Grow pack giveaway, Box 77, Ashburton.

Paul and Maureen Thomas are this month’s winners with the following question:

Some of our tomatoes are yellowing on the tips preventing the flowers from forming. Even one or two in the glasshouse are doing the same thing, even preventing the leaves from forming. Most annoying, as I have never had it happen before. Hope you can help. With most plants, be they trees, shrubs or veggies, a yellowing of the leaf tip is an indication of a nutrient deficiency, especially nitrogen. Sometimes in the middle of summer nutrient uptake is insufficient even though fertiliser has been previously applied. Especially if the plant has dried out or has been irregularly watered. Apply Daltons Incredible edible® Tomato Fertiliser around the base of the plants and water regularly and deeply. There is still two to three months left of summer in which you should be harvesting, tasty home grown tomatoes. Mulch to help retain moisture in the soil during the hot summer months. Other products to try: Daltons Mulch and Grow For more advice, read How to Grow Guides at


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 March 3, 2017.

For more information on Daltons products visit

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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Summer eco living by Sheryl Stivens

Summers are the time for – • barbecues • picnics • outdoor fun Whether this happens at home, at the lake or the domain, have a bag handy to separate recycling and foodscraps to reduce your rubbish wherever you are. Set up a compost bin, worm farm or bokashi bucket so no food waste goes into your rubbish. Learn how to do more to reduce your rubbish. Book your friends and yourself a ticket to the WasteFree Parenting or Masterfood classes in Ashburton on February 28 or come to the monthly FREE compost class on February 27, from 11am until 12noon. [See next page for details]. Make time to explore Lake Hood, our foothills and our river walk. We live in a beautiful place.

Save water this summer Spread a thick layer of lawnclippings, straw or woodchip mulch around flower beds, trees, shrubs, and gardens. Mulch not only blocks out weeds, but it helps retain moisture so you won’t need to water as often. When using lawn sprinklers, ensure they’re not spraying the driveway, or paths.

Set up an automatic sprinkler system with a timer so it comes on at night or early morning and turns itself off. Leave your lawn longer in summer to help it stop drying out so quickly. Set up a rainwater barrel on your downpipes. See your local hardware store or for a DIY cost-effective recycled option see Advertising feature

5 Easy Water Saving Tips Wash laundry and dishes with full loads Always turn off water Take shorter showers Eliminate any and all leaks Reduce the flow of toilets and showerheads

Wheelie bins What is included in the service Improved Recycling Paper, Cardboard, Cans, Plastic - Fortnightly

Glass Bottles and Jars - Fortnightly (On alternative weeks)

Residual Waste - Weekly

Some rural property owners will have received a letter offering them the option of receiving a wheelie bin collection for recycling and waste disposal. On properties still burning or burying their waste, a collection service will provide a more convenient and environmentally friendly solution. Please reply to this letter with your feedback. For more information, visit ashburtondc.govt. nz Feedback closes 20 February, 2017.


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What happens to your plastic recycling?

monthly compost workshop Date: Monday, February 27 11am to 12noon Venue: Eco Education Centre; Ashburton Resource Recovery Park

Plastics collected for recycling around the Ashburton District are transported to Christchurch or Timaru where they are mechanically sorted using highly engineered sorting equipment. The sorted products are baled into high density bales and shipped out to various markets. Please rinse and empty all plastic containers and bottles. For further information or to find your nearest community recycling depot see

Easy ways to transform your lawn clippings and food waste into compost. All welcome phone 0800 627-824 or email


Humorous, informative and inspirational...




FEBRUARY  2017,  10AM-­‐12PM  

WHERE:    ASHBURTON  RESOURCE  RECOVERY  PARK,  25  RANGE  STREET,  ASHBURTON      During  this  2  hour  masterclass  presented  by  Kate  Meads  you  will  get  lots  of  exciting  and   inspirational  education  around  ways  you  can  reduce  your  food  waste  (especially  at  home  with   the  kids)  from  meal  planning  to  smart  shopping  to  smart  storage.   You  will  learn  about  the  first  in  first  out  approach,  what  is  the  difference  between  ‘use-­‐by’  and   ‘best  before’  and  when  all  else  fails  the  last  resort  options.   Bookings  are  essential.    


Kate Meads will teach you exciting and inspirational ways to minimise waste, while introducing you to modern sustainable products for use in the home.

Tuesday 28 February 2017, 6.00pm - 8.30pm Ashburton Resource Recovery Park. 25 Range Street, Ashburton

At the workshop Kate will: » Show you lots of ways you can reduce waste at home » Introduce you to sustainable household products » Show the environmental impact of the choices you make » Dispel the myth about what happens to your waste

Tickets: $25 individual / $25 per couple


Goodie Bag

Bookings essential!    For  more  details  go  to   … you will get to take home

$100 WORTH OF GOODIES from your local council



10 Bag Goodie very with e sold! t e k tic

Kate 027 22 11 242

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YOUR FOOD GUIDE in Ashburton Brown Pub

The Brown Pub Fireside Restaurant is Methven’s most relaxed, reasonably priced, family friendly restaurant. Our adjoining outdoor area is fully fenced and landscaped, perfect for children to play while mum and dad relax. Our new summer menu boasts super tasty light meals like the calamari salad, a classic caeser salad and quinoa falafels, alongside all of the country pub favourites you would expect. Dinner offers New Zealand pork spare ribs, aged rib eye steaks and bacon wrapped chicken tenderloins. All of our desserts are house made as well. If you feel like a night off cooking but prefer to eat in, The Brown has an extensive restaurant quality, takeaway menu and all main menu items can be ordered as takeaway too. All the options can be found here On your way out, pick up some beverages from the town’s only bottle store (coldest beer in town!). We welcome you to bring the whole family to The Brown, all kids 10 and under eat for free with us so come and experience the family friendly vibe we’ve become renowned for! Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.

THE LAKE HOUSE Fun at The Lake House at Lake Hood. Enjoy a coffee and cake, a cool beverage on the deck with one of our platters or stay and enjoy a full dining experience over lunch or dinner. You can even pull up to our dock on your boat from the lake and enjoy our hospitality. Excellent kids menu. Open 7 days. Open

Mon - Fri 10am - til late Sat - Sun 9am - til late

Lake Hood Drive, Lake Hood Phone 302 6064 or book online at



The Brown Restaurant & Fireside Bar offers more than one would expect from your standard pub fare with classic country favourites and a range of tasty mains dishes to suit all tastes. Extensive restaurant quality takeaway menu. Kids 10 and under eat for free in our family friendly spaces. (T & C apply) Fantastic new outdoor space available to hire.

The Railway Tavern has charm, It’s not often you come across a family run pub with such a relaxing atmosphere, providing traditional pub fare. There are pool tables and gaming machines and a beautiful garden bar to relax and enjoy the summer evenings in.


7 days for lunch and dinner

Cnr Main Street & Forest Drive, Methven, Mt Hutt Village Phone 03 302 8045


Mon 3pm - Close Tues – Sat 11am – Close Sun 3.30pm – 9.30pm

124 Railway Terrace West Rakaia Phone 03 302 7005



Conveniently located on the main road of Dunsandel is the newly refurbished Dunsandel Tavern. Cafe by day restaurant by night, there is something for everyone from 8.30am til late. Whether it’s coffee and cake or a hearty country meal you won’t be disappointed. With a family friendly atmosphere we look forward to seeing you soon. Bookings are recommended.

Extensive all day menu plus a selection of tasty mains and house made desserts for relaxed evening dining. Also offering Samuels Summit Venue for your next corporate function or Christmas party. Regular live music in the main bar if you chose to make a night of it. Above all else, we aim to please. All menus can be viewed on our website

Open daily from 8.30am Main South Road, Dunsandel Phone 03 325 4007 DunsandelCountryCafeandBar

Open: 7 days for lunch and dinner 2 Barkers Rd, Methven, Mt Hutt Village Phone 03 302 8046

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OUT AND ABOUT @ Multi Cultural Bite

Above – Hamish Hurst, 4, getting the Togo flag painted on his forehead. Hamish has no connection to Togo but thought the flag colours looked nice. PHOTOS ROBYN HOOD 060217-RH-0115 Above – (from left) Sophie, Grace and Georgina Guo. 060217-RH-0047


Above – (from left) Hugh, Claire, 2 1/2, Olivia, 4, Kylie and Jack Copland, 11 months. Left – (from left) Sebastian Ramirez, Miriam Garcia, and Christian Sena Below – (from left) Uikelotu and Ilaisaane Fanga.

Above – Archie Harris, 2. 060217-RH-110


Above – Arthur Penman, 1. 160117-JP-0019




Above – (from left) Zoie, 22 months, Jofrey and Melanie Tanate. Left – (from left) Malachy, 2, Olwyn, Lughaidh, 4, and Dave Malone.

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