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here was one night in Papua New Guinea that will stay in Jenny Manton’s mind forever. It was during their stay in Mount Hagen, the country’s fourth largest city, and they had gone to bed in the guest house. Cheryl Brunke had heeded the advice of their hosts and worn earplugs to bed, but Jenny lay awake that night listening to the screams of a woman outside the compound go on and on in the darkness. She could hear the sound of a man mercilessly beating her, the dull thuds as he hit her and the woman’s screams of pain. Another man joined in, and the screams went on and on. At last she could take it no longer and went to the guard of the compound, to plead with him to do something. “He told me that there was nothing anyone could do. He had called the police, but it was unlikely that they would even bother to turn up. If you interfere then they will all turn on you, even the women. It’s part of the culture. It happens on the streets. “We just had to sit there, waiting and listening to the bloodcurdling screams from this woman go on and on for what felt like forever – until it stopped.” That feeling of absolute powerlessness is one that haunted them during their stay. Left – A Papua New Guinea woman with her baby. Fifty-eight out of every 1000 Papua New Guinean children won’t live to the age of five.


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en Cheryl Brunke and Jenny Manton returned to Ashburton last month after a trip to Papua New ey used their skills as a masseuse and hairdresser to pamper hard-working aid workers at a weekair spoke to reporter Gabrielle Stuart about their experiences in the troubled country.

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ow do you move forward when two weeks has changed your universe? In the weeks after Jenny and Cheryl returned to Ashburton, it was the small things that hit them. With a turn of a tap, they have water. The streets are clean and lined with beautiful gardens. Food is safe to eat. A shopping trip can be made alone, without fear. They’re free to live outside of fences and walls. When Jenny talks about Papua New Guinea, there is something new in her eyes. “Here, we all grumble every day about the little things. When I first got back it seemed unbelievable. “But you’ve just got to let it go, or you could get quite angry, I think. “There are a lot of stories that need to be told. People need to know what is happening there.”

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hey have kept in contact with the friends they made in Papua New Guinea, and just last week received some news. Two weeks ago, a five-year-old girl was gangraped on the streets of Mount Hagen, by a group of adult men. The child survived, with massive internal injuries. In Papua New Guinea, 58 out of every 1000 children won’t live to the age of five.

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o what difference could a hairdresser and a masseuse make in a country so torn by violence and poverty? They went to help at a Mission Aviation Fellowship retreat, organised for women working in the country. The 40 women who gathered for the retreat came from a variety of backgrounds across

Cheryl Brunke hard at work giving massages to the women at the MAF retreat, many of which she said had “backs like concrete” after years of hard work and stress.

the world. Some had families; some were on their own. Some were Papua New Guinean nationals who had left the country to study and returned to work in their homeland. Some were doctors, nurses, pilots, missionaries or teachers, while others had come to the country to support their husbands in their work, and simply worked in the villages helping

For many of the hard-working women at the retreat, the haircut Jenny Manton gave them was the first they had had in years.

where they could. Many of them worked in very small, remote villages and that isolation was often one of the biggest challenges. For them, the retreat was a chance to relax somewhere safe and beautiful, to talk, to share their struggles with women who understood and to become re-inspired.

It was also a chance to enjoy some of the creature comforts that many hadn’t experienced in years – like a simple haircut. For Cheryl as a massage therapist, working with these women was a new experience. “Their backs and shoulders were like concrete, from all those years of hard, hard work. One woman was so tense from all the built up stress that she couldn’t handle even the lightest touch, it hurt too much.” In just two weeks, Cheryl learnt a lot about the little country, as well as the role that Mission Aviation Fellowship played there. “Since the Australians left a lot of the infrastructure has collapsed. The roads are in terrible condition. The potholes can be metres wide and the footpaths are mud when it’s wet and dust when it’s dry.” It was partly the lack of infrastructure and partly just the mountainous nature of the land that made air travel so vital in the country. She said a lot of the villages were very isolated and relied on the visiting planes for everything. “The Mission Aviation has pilots and little airstrips everywhere and they make regular flights to bring the villages medical and teaching supplies and even just food. “They fly in doctors and teachers, and work like ambulances to fly people to the ‘house sick’ (pidgin for the hospital bases).” One of the women they met worked making post-natal packages for the local women, that included a bottle of clean water, a couple of nappies and some handmade clothes for the babies. More than five women die in childbirth every day and 2011 figures estimated there to be one doctor per 17,068 people. More than 50 per cent of women give birth without any help from doctors. Having clean water and something to wrap their babies in was often enough to make the difference between life and death for these


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Above – Halfway up to the mountaintop MAF retreat the women had to abandon the car and travel the rest of the way on foot, due to a giant slip that had taken out the road. Locals said the slip had happened about four years before, but the road would most likely never be rebuilt. PHOTOS SUPPLIED

people. And the people were desperately in need of more than just practical help, Cheryl said. “It is such an aggressive, volatile culture. There are aimless crowds everywhere, with no work and nothing to do. Riots are common, and domestic violence isn’t just common, it’s culturally accepted. More than 90 per cent of Papua New Guinean women have been raped. “Any windows facing the street have mesh over them, because people will throw rocks through them just because they’re having a bad day. A riot can be sparked by nothing more than a rugby game.” All of the families they met in Mount Hagen lived in guarded compounds. “The fences around the compounds are six foot tall and topped with barbed wire, and the families live cooped up all the time. Even going on a shopping trip you could never go alone, you always had to take someone with you to guard the car, and even while you were driving the doors stayed locked all the time. “There was so much fear. That was the thing that stood out to me. People talk about the levels of stress: these people are living in the red all the time. Every single day they are fearful for

their lives.” But it is not a country without hope. The people stayed because they could see that they were making a difference, Jenny said. “Every day they are saving lives and not just by helping with practical needs. It’s about hope at the end of the day; providing hope and that hand of friendship.” She said that it was a country of two extremes, incredible violence and amazing generosity; deep love and powerful anger.

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ut it wasn’t only in Papua New Guinea that the pair saw that generosity and selfsacrifice. Take the story back to just over two weeks before the two left on their journey. It was a Sunday morning, after church – and, after a long week, Jenny was in a rush to get home. She had a million things on her mind when Cheryl approached her with a proposition. “I know it’s off the wall, but how would you feel about coming with me to Papua New Guinea in two weeks?” Jenny said ‘yes’ right there, but it wasn’t until she was driving home and explaining the whole

expedition to her husband that it all sunk in. “How on earth are we going to afford it? I asked him and it all seemed insane. Then my nine-year-old son stretched his little hand out and passed me his $5 pocket money. ‘Here, mum, take this,’ he said.” He was the first to help but he wasn’t the last, as over the next two weeks workmates, local businesses and complete strangers banded together to raise the money and funds they needed. It was a monumental effort, and the community didn’t stop at raising enough to cover most of the cost of flights. When the pair got on the plane they were lugging suitcases too heavy to carry, stuffed full of donated oils, beauty products, multivitamins and pamper packs for each of the 40 women they were going to meet.

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t has been close to a month now since their trip, and Jenny and Cheryl are still slowly working through the experience, still getting it straight in their heads. Experiencing is one thing, but deciding how you’re going to let it change you and shape your future is quite another, especially as mums


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Above – Although very poor themselves, the locals donated and cooked up a banquet for the women on their first day at the retreat. Chicken, pigs and vegetables were all donated and lugged up the mountain for the aid workers. Left – The women trudge up the road to Mount Hagen with their host, Gay Hodder.

– whatever happens family will always come first. For Jenny, hairdressing is still her passion, and it’s one that she feels is needed in Ashburton as well as overseas. “It’s my heart’s desire to make women feel loved and beautiful. If I can give a woman an opportunity to feel that way in Ashburton that’s excellent, and if it’s in PNG that’s awesome too. “Over there I got the chance to make those women feel normal again, to feel unique and lovely – and that’s the ultimate for me. But there are plenty of women here who have different Left – One of the residents of the remote villages the women met on the MAF flight. Right – The pair from Ashburton joined a Mission Aviation fellowship pilot on a regular flight around several remote villages in Papua New Guinea, where they delivered supplies, dropped off and picked up goods and transported people who needed medical care into the city. In one of the first villages the pair visited they found the people incredibly friendly and very curious.

struggles, but need that feeling just as much.” However, she is not ruling out another trip to Papua New Guinea. “I would never shut the door to the Third World; if they asked me again, I would go.” Her husband is a high voltage electrician and has made mission trips overseas himself to help build infrastructure in developing countries. If they go on another trip overseas, Jenny hopes that it will be with her husband. For Cheryl, she has barely stopped writing since she returned. She has just finished writing about the entire journey, spilling it all out on paper.

“I’ve spent weeks waking up in the middle of the night, writing in my head, and I just had to get it all down. I feel very called. I feel like I’ve found my purpose.” She is considering turning the raw manuscript into a book, but this is all new territory for her, the first time she has ever written anything of this scale. The trip has inspired a new dream – to tell the stories of each of the women she met. And if that leads her back to Papua New Guinea, she is ready to take on the challenge. “It’s the people working there who make you want to go back. They’re over there right now, trying with everything they’ve got to make a difference.”


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saw so much. He told us of visiting Dachau, a concentration camp in Germany, and how sad all the students found it. He talked about the monument of stone concrete blocks in Berlin and how they represented the Jews that were murdered. And of visiting Gestappo and going to school in Germany and how hard the students had to work there (he even said he was looking forward to going back to Ashburton College after that … I never thought I’d hear those words). He talked about crossing through Austria, of how his host family lived and how kind the families were to him, of the castles they visited, of the beer fest and the huge zoo they went to. He explained historical facts of so many of the places he visited and what he liked best and what he didn’t like. He talked about the Eiffel Tower in Paris and how dodgy it was with all the pickpockets and scammers roaming around. While we sat there rapt at the stories and the photos and yes, I have to say, green with envy, he crashed. I woke him for the longed-for fish and chips, he ate ½ a fish while still asleep, and

then crashed again. For a week he was one tired kid. But from my view as a parent, that three-week trip was worth a year of schooling. I was gobsmacked at the information he gathered in his tired teen brain. We don’t particularly have “hardship” like our grandparents knew it, so it’s a good thing that students get to learn of the hardship and sacrifices of others. I learned from my grandfather … who will our children’s offspring learn from? I would send him again if I could, it was certainly an incredible trip of learning … on so many levels. A huge thank you to Ken Pow (who was taking students to Germany when I was at school and seems to be still full of energy and passion for this trip) and the other teacher and parents who went and looked after an awful lot of teens! And another huge thank you to the many people who made this trip possible for my son and for many of the other students; workmates, family members, bosses, and friends. So many people gave their time and money to help a kid get to Germany.


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hristchurch wedding planner Emma Newman says bridesmaids’ duties have changed drastically over the years, and things are no longer as straightforward as setting up the local church. “Things have changed now and a lot of brides want the wedding to be a statement of who they are. They want all the bells and whistles and sometimes they still expect their bridesmaids to be able to help with that.’’ Traditional duties used to include getting the bride to the church on time, opening presents, making thank you lists and handing around cake. Weddings used to be much simpler, but the years have brought an increasing focus on food and wine, and the desire to look beautiful, Ms Newman says. ``It makes me sad that brides sometimes expect their bridesmaids to be so heavily involved. It can become a fulltime job.’’ `Destination weddings’ were also becoming more popular – a huge cost for those who had to fly halfway across the world. Ninety per cent of the brides Ms Newman dealt with had at least one bridesmaid flying in from overseas. ``The fact we’re so global now, and the age that we’re getting married, bridesmaids are usually in London or America. It’s not a cheap exercise to come back for fittings.’’

What can it cost? Ashburton personal assistant Amanda Durry came home from Australia twice to take part in friends’ weddings within 12 months. The first trip was in May last year, when she was living in rural Victoria. Her airfares cost around $400, on top of that was a train ticket to Melbourne. The bride footed the price of the dress and shoes – later selling them online.

Amanda also forfeited three days wages, not having been in the job long enough to accrue leave. When January rolled around she was living in Perth, and it was the most expensive time of the year to travel. She stumped up $900 for fares with a budget airline, $150 for an overnight stay in Melbourne on the return journey – and took three days’ unpaid leave, worth about $450.

Again the dress was provided, and Amanda was only required to purchase shoes – which cost $40, but she did spend about $800 during her 10-day stay. “I was lucky in both instances because I gave my measurements, and both dresses fitted absolutely fine, so there was no need for alterations.” continued next page

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She did, however, organise hen nights for both weddings, buying the necessary items. Amanda’s fiancé Mark Evans was a best man at another wedding in March this year, and the couple attended a wedding in Mid Canterbury in February. Mark stayed with friends in Ashburton from early February until the end of March, returning to his previous job for six weeks, but Amanda made two more return trips. “Our costs were more noticeable in time – and time spent apart – but we wouldn’t have changed it,” she said. “All the weddings we came back for, whether we were in the bridal parties or not, were some of our best friends and we wouldn’t have missed them for the world – even if one trip for me was literally over a weekend from Perth.” Christchurch solicitor Charlotte Webber is a veteran bridesmaid at the age of 29, having seen the bride to the altar four times already – set to be six by the end of the end of next year. ``It is a real honour to be someone’s bridesmaid, but there are some costs that come with it.’’ Like Amanda she hasn’t had to fork out for her own dress, shoes, hair or makeup, but it’s not uncommon for the bride to expect that. However, the cost of the mandatory ``hen night’’ can be steep for bridesmaids. The first hen party Charlotte threw cost close to $1000. This included $75 for invitations, $85 for the bride’s costume, $300 for food and alcohol, $160 for games and $50 for decorations. Christchurch’s ``finest’’ stripper set them back $250. New to the game, the four bridesmaids didn’t ask guests for a contribution – a costly judgement that she wouldn’t repeat.

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says. “Sometimes they have this very romantic idea of bridesmaids helping at every turn . . . that might’ve been fine in your mother’s day, but these days they may well have a child or a business.’’ She knew of bridesmaids doing allnighters because it had been underestimated how long it would take to get a marquee dressed. ``I’ve been doing this 11 years and I think we’re getting a wee bit over the top. The bells and whistles come at a price of emotional stress for everyone and it’s just a joke.’’ In terms of hen parties, pick something that will suit the bride and isn’t going to cost a bomb, she says. ``You don’t need to be doing party buses. You don’t have to go for a full day spa experience that will cost you each $400. Go to a nice restaurant, get your nails done at the house beforehand, have a potluck dinner.’’


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Money-saving tips for bridesmaids throwing a hen party or bridal shower: – Use e-invites or Facebook, paper invites can cost into the hundreds. – Ask guests for a contribution. It’s unrealistic to bear all the costs yourselves. – If you’re going to play games, pick ones that don’t require many props. – Prepare food yourself instead of having it catered. – Don’t get carried away and keep things simple.

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all started to go wrong and when the wheels started falling off. Drinking gallons of coffee to hang on for the ride, in the hope we won’t crash at the other end. The fast train comes to an abrupt halt and we find ourselves stuck to our seats exhausted and wondering why are we feeling so unwell. There’s hardly any time to pick up the pieces because the bullet train is about to leave the station and we are required to be on it. Groan. How on earth do we board the slow train and try and stay on that, with fewer health issues arising? Stop, breathe, smell the roses, eat slowcooked natural nutritious foods, stretch and sit in the sun and read a magazine. Stop trying to be a superperson, because there is no such being. It is a mythical superhero that is immortal, which we are not. Take time to make some changes, enjoy life living on the slow train and recharge from feeling exhausted, sleep deprived, unhealthy, and a ticking time bomb that is a nervous wreck. And how do we do this? Well tune in next month for my rundown on how to stop and smell the roses. In the meantime, think of the days before computers ruled our lives and it was the small things that were important to appreciate, not the big things. Think of times before consumerism chose us to work even harder to keep up with Mr Jones down the road, who is now a very unwell man, with an exhausted Mrs Jones who desperately tries to keep up with her hectic diary of appointments and keep the house spick and span. Stop and take some time to reflect. Does this sound like you or sound like something that you may be becoming – A worn out damaged superhero, with the batteries pulled out.

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he festive season is looming so party time is nigh. The pre-dinner party nibbles have changed drastically over the years as has our taste in food in general. Something you might want to consider having in your store cupboard for those occasions is the “chickpea”, also known as garbanzo beans. Chickpeas are Middle Eastern in origin, in fact first cultivated about 3000BC, but in the 16th century the chickpea was brought to other parts of the world by Spanish explorers. The chickpea is high in protein and fibre and

helps to lower cholesterol. You can buy chickpeas dried or canned and they are available all year round, although there is a little more preparation involved when buying them dried. They need soaking overnight and cooking the next day until soft. So wherever you find recipes for canned chickpeas, they can always be replaced by the dry ones if you have the time in advance to deal to them. These spicy chickpeas are fabulous as a predinner nibble and you can use your imagination and add any of your favourite spices to flavour them.

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Cumin hummus Who doesn’t love hummus? It’s so easy to make and once again you can change its flavour very easily by using different ingredients. In this recipe I have used a hint of cumin to give it a lift. 1 400g can chickpeas 1t minced garlic or 2 cloves crushed (more if you love garlic) juice of 2 lemons (or to taste) 1 1/2 t tahini (sesame seed paste) 1/2 t ground cumin – Drain chickpeas and set aside the liquid. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and slowly add about 1/4 cup of the liquid from the chickpeas. Blend on low until thoroughly mixed and no lumps are present. – Place in a serving bowl or on a platter and make a shallow well in the centre of the hummus. Add a little olive oil into the well and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve with a platter of your favourite fresh vegetables cut into bite-sized pieces and warm toasted pita bread.

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Spicy chickpea nibbles 2 tins chickpeas drained and dried with a paper towel (or a cup of dried chickpeas soaked overnight and boiled the next day until soft) 1/4 t chilli powder 1/2 t ground cardamom 1/2 t turmeric 1t ground cumin 1t ground coriander 1t sea salt olive oil – Pre-heat oven to 200°C. – Mix the chickpeas, spices and salt together in a roasting pan and roast until golden brown and crunchy. Watch them carefully but they usually take about 20-25mins. – Serve warm or cold.

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Braided Rivers Restaurant and Bar

Whether it’s mid-week client lunches, Sunday brunches, after work drinks with the crew, or long lunches with the girls - Braided Rivers Restaurant & Bar new al fresco area is the place to be! Located in the heart of town on the corner of Cass and Burnett Streets, the new al fresco area at Braided Rivers Restaurant & Bar is now open, and already proving popular with our regulars. Ideally situated to take advantage of the morning, midday, and early afternoon sun as it streams down Burnett Street. Braided Rivers Restaurant & Bar opened back in October 2009 offering great food in classy surrounds. Now in our fourth year, we’re delighted to be celebrating our birthday with the opening of a new ‘al fresco’ outside dining area. This extends our seating capacity by 60 people, and boasts outdoor heaters for those cool evenings, and oversize umbrellas to keep you safe from the UV rays of the Mid Canterbury sun. We’ve also got sunscreen on tap. Mumm champagne have come on board as a partner to create a VIP seating area as well. Available to book exclusively to those indulging in this delicious drop of bubbles with their meal – this is outdoor decadence at its finest. The VIP zone is perfect as a solution to treat your top clients over lunch. Braided Rivers Restaurant & Bar is open 7 days so we’re also the place to be for long lazy Sunday brunches with your friends. Perhaps it’s a special occasion? Bring some flair to your celebration and splash out on a magnum of Mumm and try your hand at ‘sabrage’ the French art of slicing the top off the bottle in one swift movement. It’s addictive! Our free Wi-Fi also allows you to stay in touch with emails, check in with the office, or update your Facebook page. Feeling starved for creativity? It might be your environment – grab your laptop, iPad or tablet device and move your office to Braided Rivers al fresco area and perhaps that end of year team brain storming session might achieve more. We can help you think

outside the box - ideas can be limitless if you are in the fresh air and sunlight and with a little encouragement from one of our range of specialty beers, or our extensive wine list. There’s also a great bar snack and shared platter menu to choose from to feed the body while you free your mind. If you’re out for the night we have plenty of entertainment booked throughout the months of November and December - check out our Facebook page for up to the minute news on what’s happening in the lead up to Christmas and the New Year. We want you to get home safe and sound this ‘silly season’ so for your convenience and safety a courtesy van is also available to give you a lift home on a Friday or Saturday night. Just ask one of the staff to take care of things for you. Braided Rivers Restaurant & Bar is now taking group bookings for Christmas functions – and we’re feeling generous so we’ve decided that not only does each guest get a Golden Ticket (everyone gets a prize) but we’ve also decided that every person making a booking for over 10 people over the festive season gets a $50 voucher as well! Braided Rivers also boasts an intimate courtyard area between the Bar and Restaurant, with a retractable roof, large screen TV, big fireplace and comfy sofas for smaller groups of up to 30 people. The courtyard is available for private bookings. The mezzanine area above Braided Rivers Bar is ideal for groups of up to 50 – there are a minimum number of people required of 18. The mezzanine area has its own large screen TV for watching sports, and has a separate bar – no need to go downstairs for a top up of your Heineken or Gibbston Valley wine! So whatever your reason; lunch with the girls (or guys), a relaxing Sunday brunch, after work drinks, listening to some live music while you indulge in your favourite tipple, a special occasion dinner or the work Christmas shout Braided Rivers has a solution to suit your needs.


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pring is here. It’s a good time to save some money by composting all our food & garden waste. Enjoy the satisfaction of growing your own food sustainable and knowing where it comes from.

Make a composter A compost bin can be as simp le as a 44 gallon drum either metal or plastic. Cut off the bottom and make yourself a lid. Drill some holes around the sides. Place the drum on a piece of mesh sitting on some bricks to let air in the base. In the drum you can layer your lawn clippings, weeds, food waste and pruning’s starting with a coarse layer of prunings on the bottom to let the air in and circulate. Use a piece of carpet or plastic inside the drum to cover the materials to stop them from drying out. You will be amazed the amount of lawn clippings that will fit into the drum and how quickly the moist pile inside will reduce down as it composts. A bokashi bucket can be made from two paint buckets. Drill holes in the top one; place it inside the other bucket to drain any liquid. Put your food waste into the top bucket, sprinkle with bokashi zing from the Mastagard Recycle Shop and keep the lid on while it ferments. If you start now, you will have compost ready to top up your raised bed gardens to grow healthy food by mid summer.

your garage? Scrap wood can be fashioned into a raised bed with a few nails or a strawberry box garden Check out your recycle Shop for what you need to get creative.

Harvest rainwater for your garden and avoid summer water restrictions Set up your own rainwater barrel or tank. You can buy one readymade or get the fittings and set it up yourself. Check out the one located at the Eco education centre alongside the Mastagard Recycling Shed. It’s a reused 200 litre plastic barrel with good quality fittings so you can even attach a hose. Call 0800627824 for FREE water conservation advice.

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serving, look out for weeds you can eat. Try mineral rich chickweed and fat hen or dandelion chopped finely into your salads or try stinging nettle; pick it (wearing gloves) and chop finely into quiches or flan mixtures and enjoy an iron rich feast. Compost the leftovers or feed them to your pets. Some weeds are compost activators and help heat your heap as well as being mineral rich. For invasive weeds like convolvulus or oxalis let them cook by placing into a plastic bag and leaving in a sunny spot. Once they look like mush add this to your compost or worm bin.

Mulch your seedlings and shrubs Use lawn clippings and strips of wet newspaper to mulch vegetable seedlings as you plant them out. This will reduce your watering and weeding over summer and provide a habitat for earthworms to enrich your soil.

Make your own toxin free weed killer by putting into a spray bottle 2 x cups white vinegar, 1 t liquid soap to make it stick and Spring clean up 1 T salt. Use this on your pathways and you will be amazed at how well it works. Drop off any reusable items, old paint, If you have any weed killer or garden household batteries, leftover household chemicals you no longer use you can drop chemicals and fluorescent bulbs along them off for safe disposal at the Ashburton with used oil and electrical items at the Resource Recovery Park. Ashburton or Rakaia Resource Recovery Harvest and preserve and use up left Parks to ensure safe disposal over’s in your fridge. Almost half the average rubbish bag Enjoy your spring is food waste which be used for your food and garden waste • could Composting challenges making stock or composted. Harvest To book into a monthly composting edible plants regularly and store inand the hungry • Bokashi worm bins workshop at the Eco Education Centre or fridge or boil them up with any leftover for help with home composting or setting meat and vegetables to make your own • Free compost workshops up a worm farm or bokashi bucket contact tasty stock. your Recycling Helpline- 0800 627 824 • How to harvest rainwater and conserve water or email bholley@mastagard.co.nz or Eat your weeds sherylstivens@gmail.com. As long as you know what you’re

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Recycling week Recycling Week New Zealand - 11-17 November 2013 Get your household, workplace or school on board with national Recycling Week by looking at how you can further reduce your waste, improve your recycling efforts and avoid purchasing any products that aren’t recyclable.

Up to 2/3 of household rubbish can be reduced, reused or recycled. Reducing rubbish saves energy and resources and the less Council rubbish bags you use the more you save. Check out the website for all sorts of ideas or post your efforts on Facebook.

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Choose your target and get some help for free. Running a resource efficient business is a win win for all. To apply for consultancy support from Target Sustainability go to the waste minimisation section on the Ashburton District Council website – www.ashburtondc.govt.nz or www.targetsustainability.co.nz. If you would like to start by reducing your waste to landfill call the Mastagard Education team. We can carry out undertake a “walk through” waste audit or help with your water usage. Call the Community Recycling Helpline; 0800 627 824 or email bholley@mastagard.co.nz.

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Moving to the country was a culture shock for city-girl Esther Wallace, but after five months on a Mid Canterbury farm, she’s in no hurry to return to the big smoke. Esther grew up in Newlands, Wellington, where she attended school up until her final year at College, where she was offered a lifechanging opportunity. She won a scholarship to complete her final college year in Australia, where she lived with a host family in the Northern Beaches of Sydney. “It was my first time overseas so it was a bit of a culture shock at first with the beach culture, but I had an amazing experience. “It gave me the chance to immerse myself within another culture, as well as giving me the opportunity to travel and see many parts of Australia. In particular I remember a bus trip we took to Ayers Rock. It was with a group of exchange students from all over the world, some of whom I am still friends with today. “We climbed to the top, (which is a lot harder than it looks!), and performed a haka at the top. “It’s an experience I will never forget,” Esther said. Esther enjoyed her time in Australia immensely, and admits that she considered staying there after her year had come to an end, however she had already pre-enrolled to complete a science degree at university back home in Wellington. Despite having a love of science, Esther wasn’t totally convinced that was what she wanted to study. She felt she wanted a career where she could help people so she decided that she would enroll in law school,

and was successful in being accepted. Whilst studying full time, Esther worked part time in a law firm to fund her studies. She graduated with a law degree and then studied for and was admitted to the Bar. Her first position after graduating was as Board Secretary for the Legal Services Board which administered legal aid for New Zealand. She assisted the Board by managing agendas, minutes, official correspondence, public communication and some litigation work. After a year she felt she wanted to use her law degree more. Her first position as a practicing lawyer was with Crown Law, where she worked in litigation for the Bill of Rights team. While she worked on a number of interesting cases, including high-profile government and criminal matters, Esther felt that she wasn’t achieving what she had originally set out to do. “When I decided to enter into law, it was because I had a passion for helping people, but after 10 years, I didn’t feel like I was achieving that,” Esther said. She then got offered a position with the Ministry of Social Development . She was the National Project Manager for Children’s Day, and ran the national campaign each year. After four years, Esther then took up an opportunity with the Ministry for the Environment. She held this position for five years before taking the plunge to move down south to be with her partner Cameron, a beef and sheep farmer. Esther became the property manager for Property Brokers, and left the city for a new life beside the majestic Southern Alps. “I enjoy the position I have at Property Brokers. After working for many years for government organisations, it’s great to be part of a friendly passionate team who have welcomed me into the community,” Esther said. Becoming a property manager was an easy transition for Esther, who had always had a passion for the property market. “Whilst at university, I knew I didn’t want to rent, so I worked part time whilst I completed full time study, to purchase my first home when I graduated, which I did. Now I own rental properties in Wellington, so I understand what it is like to be a landlord, and the level of trust you place in your property manager to look after your asset.


YOU “I appreciate the concerns that landlords have, and I understand how important their investment is to them. My background in law has given me a thorough understanding of tenancy legislation, and I’m passionate about helping both landlords and tenants have a great rental experience. “I know what it is like to be new to Ashburton, and with a lot of new arrivals seeking accommodation, I like to help people feel welcome in Ashburton” Esther said. It isn’t just the financial side of the humble home that Esther takes an interest in, she also enjoys rolling up her sleeves and investing time into DIY projects. “I’ve ripped up carpet and vinyl, torn down wall paper and rolled fresh paint. I enjoy getting stuck in with home improvements, finding creative solutions to problems and I have a passion for interior design. I enjoy project managing, so DIY projects are something I really enjoy,” Esther said. To say that Esther likes to keep herself busy is an understatement. She recently completed a Diploma of Public Relations and Communication, and likes to challenge herself by continuing to learn new fields of expertise. On the farm is no different. Esther has embraced her new lifestyle with open arms, and has helped with lambing as well as feeding orphan lambs. Known as the lady in pink at

31 Property Brokers due to her love of the colour, her style is continued on the farm, as she walks among the paddocks donning pink gumboots and overalls. Esther has a 40 minute drive to and from work each day from the farm, giving her time to soak in the gorgeous vistas of her new lifestyle, a welcome change from grid lock traffic in Wellington. Her city friends are very envious of the fresh prime Canterbury Angus beef and lamb on offer at the farm. “It took immersing myself in the rural lifestyle to gain a true appreciation of it. Coming from the city, I never really thought about how produce ended up in the shop to buy. But now, I see how hard Cameron works, and I appreciate the dedication and passion that farmers have. It’s a true 24 hour, seven day per week job. There’s no day off for Labour Day or the Queens Birthday. I have so much respect for what farmers do, and the passion they have for their farms and animals,” Esther said. Whilst working on Children’s Day, Esther drove through Ashburton, stopping for lunch. She recalls saying to her colleague, “I could see myself living in Ashburton”, and low and behold six years later she is now ‘living the dream’. With a fresh perspective on life, Esther is excited about rediscovering herself in Ashburton. “It ticks all the boxes, and it’s exactly where I want to be,” she said.

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can breed or lie in wait for unsuspecting prey. I like to intersperse marigolds, forgetme-nots and easily-established flowers with my vegetables to attract bees and a diverse range of insect life. Plant some “disposable” yellow flowers – such as mustard to harvest pest insects – then pull them up and destroy them. Don’t be afraid to mix things up a bit. Planting vegetables in tidy rows is a sure way to signal unwelcome invaders. Obviously some thought needs to go into this approach – don’t plant potatoes among plants which will crop for months, such as beans, or corn

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which has a long growing season – because you will damage the roots while digging the spuds. But beans and corn work well – in fact corn can be used to support climbing beans, if it is tall enough before the beans are planted. Carrot flies don’t like onions, so plant them nearby. Remember, healthy plants are the best defence against enemy insect invasions. Stressed plants are vulnerable to pest and diseases – while you could encourage tai chi, it makes more sense to avoid the situation in the first place. I’m in favour of sacrificing sickly plants to save the masses – rip them out but be mindful of putting them in the compost – you might spread the problem, particularly if it’s fungal. Foliage feeds can help strengthen plants and deter insects – I’ve found my seaweed brew (seaweed and horse poo steeped in a drum of water) works a treat, but don’t overdo it. Force feeding can have just the opposite effect. I tend to avoid planting a lot of brassicas – cabbages, broccoli, caulis and so forth during the summer months – they are white butterfly beacons, and reasonably cheap to buy in any case.

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ovember is supposed but after several weeks the to be the start of sumnew growth will re-appear. mer, but with those Flowering may take a couple seemingly frequent dustings of years to resume but rest of snow on the Southern assured it will happen. Alps the temperatures, espeDeciduous shrubs such as cially in the mornings, have forsythias, lilac and viburbeen quite bracing to say nums are equally easy to the least. However, spring reduce and rejuvenate. growth is in full swing with They can be given an ‘all many of the early spring over prune’ but I prefer to flowering shrubs well into leave the plant in a more their display. natural looking state by A question I am often firstly removing any dead or DIG THIS asked is “when do I prune spindly branches to ground ROGER MARTIN spring flowering shrubs level then carefully selectgives us some such as rhododendrons, ing the oldest (the thickest) camellias, deciduous azaleas, branches and either cutting gardening advice viburnums, lilacs, forsythias, them back to ground level philadelphus, deutzias and or at least reducing them to the like?”. The general rule of at least half of their height. thumb for shrubs that flower in the spring is to This will result in either fresh growth from the prune them immediately after flowering. If the base of just below where you have pruned. shrubs in question are of a size that suits the gar- The remaining braches can be lightly trimmed den then a light trim with the shears will suffice, individually to achieve a well-balanced shrub although for those of you who prefer a more that is more suited to the space available. By natural finish, myself included, prune flowering carrying out regular seasonal pruning after branches individually with your secateurs. flowering, your garden need not look as if the I have encountered a lot of very large camellias tree topper has mistaken your property for the and rhododendrons that their owners would local shelterbelts! have preferred to have removed. Many of you Remember too that spring-flowering shrubs are unaware that these plants, especially camel- initiate their flowering wood in late summerlias, respond very well to quite heavy pruning autumn so if you have been winter pruning and by that I mean to 60cm to 1m above the these plants and wondering why they are not ground. I have reduced many 3m plus camelflowering to their potential you now know the lias to less than 1m and it is amazing just how reason why! quickly these plants come away with lovely fresh The same rationale can be used to reduce growth. Admittedly you will not have any flowroses (both bush and climbing) that have beers the next season, but normal flowering will come too large. I detest seeing all the flowering occur the second year. Camellias are very heavy happening on top of the plant with ‘bare bums’ in leaf and therefore can be prone to splitting to the fore. Large, old branches can be cut back when pruned so cut 30cm above the required as hard as you like but by selecting one third of height and then make an angled cut with a this wood every year the plant won’t look like sharp saw or loppers. it’s been hammered. By rejuvenating your camellias in this fashion I am even quite comfortable doing this now your favourite plants can have a new lease of and as long as your pruning cuts are clean and life. tidy without splits in the wood you will achieve A bit more care is required when reduca flush of new growth that can be selected to ing rhododendrons. Some varieties such as form new flowering wood. I would however use Fragrantissima are naturally quite ‘willowy’, but a good pruning paste when pruning large rose by carefully selecting and pruning one third canes this time of year. Some of you may balk of the branches each year immediately after at the idea of pruning these branches now and flowering gentle rejuvenation can be achieved. may prefer to do it earlier but I would still wait You will notice that there will be many dormant until mid-August to reduce the risk of dieback. buds down the branch so try to make a gently Do not be afraid to be the boss in your garden sloping cut just above this bud just as you would when it comes to controlling the size of spring do when pruning roses. Other more bushy or flowering shrubs. Your shrubs will thank you compact varieties that have grown far too large for it and your garden’s aesthetic look will be can equally be reduced in the same manner as maintained. I am yet to see a plant die from a camellias even to completely removing all of the ‘good prune’. foliage. With the compliments of Roger Martin of Sure they will look rather ‘rude and naked’ Martins Garden Design and Maintenance magazine

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EASYPAY® OPTION MEANS ALL YOU PAY IS THE ADVERTISED PRICE PLUS INSURANCE & CREDIT FEES. EASYPAY® IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF SMITHS CITY (SOUTHERN) LIMITED. MINIMUM PURCHASE FOR EASYPAY® OPTION IS $499 (OTHER PAYMENT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE LESS THAN $499). ALL FINANCE OFFERS ARE SUBJECT TO NORMAL CREDIT GRANTING PROCEDURES. AN INSURANCE CHARGE AND CREDIT FEES ARE REQUIRED. A DEPOSIT MAY BE REQUIRED ON COMPUTERS, MOBILE PHONES, CAR AUDIO PRODUCTS AND NEW ACCOUNTS. INTEREST IS CHARGED FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE, HOWEVER IF YOU COMPLETE THE ACCOUNT IN FULL WITHIN THE EASYPAY® OPTION PERIOD ALL YOU PAY IS THE ADVERTISED PRICE PLUS THE CREDIT FEES AND INSURANCE CHARGE. WEEKLY PAYMENTS IF STATED ARE BASED ON A 36 MONTH TERM AND INCLUDE BOOKING AND CREDIT FEES, INSURANCE & INTEREST CHARGE. APPLE PRODUCTS, SELECTED COMPUTERS, GAME CONSOLES & SOME PROMOTIONAL ITEMS ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN CONJUNCTION WITH DISCOUNT OR EASYPAY® OPTIONS OFFERS. UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED, DISPLAY ACCESSORIES ARE NOT INCLUDED. DEPENDING ON COLOUR AND COMBINATION, SOME LOUNGE FURNITURE MAY HAVE TO BE ORDERED TO CUSTOMER REQUIREMENTS. ALL OFFERS AND PRICES IN THIS ADVERTISEMENT ARE VALID FOR A MAXIMUM OF SEVEN DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION OR WHILE STOCKS LAST. SOME PRODUCTS MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN SOME STORES.

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