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There’s something about Walking the fine line between being public property and a private person isn’t easy; mayoress Mary McKay talks to reporter Sue Newman about the juggling act required between meeting the requirements of her role as the Ashburton district’s first lady and in ensuring her private life remains just that.



ith the stroke of a pen Mary McKay became public property. She didn’t go seeking that status, didn’t want it, rather it had everything to do with the political aspirations of her husband. And that meant between waking for the day on October 9, 2010, and going to bed that night, Mary McKay became Ashburton’s official first lady on the back of her husband Angus winning the district mayoralty. By her own admission, she’s light years away from the traditional image of a mayoress. Christchurch might have its trendy, headline-hitting Jo Nicholls-Parker, but Ashburton’s mayoress is more than happy to run her own life out of the limelight. She’s a woman who clearly knows who she is and what she stands for. She has a quiet inner strength and a clear, direct gaze that tells you she’s comfortable with where she’s at in life. Yes, a slice of that life is tied up with being the mayor’s wife, but most of it is about being Mary McKay, maths teacher. Ask the real Mary McKay to stand up and she’ll tell you what you see is who she is – honest, uncomplicated and refreshingly free of any of the trappings that often attach themselves to a mayor’s significant other. The ex-city girl is teacher first, wife second,

5 mayoress third. She’s one of five children who grew up in an ordinary Auckland family where there was every expectation that university would feature in their futures. “Dad moved us to Auckland as kids because he thought we’d get the best possible education and that’s what he wanted, the best for us.” Looking back, Mary admits achieving that would have meant significant sacrifices for her parents, with all five children continuing to live at home while completing their studies. “Back then, there were no student loans, my parents were our loans and they did it out of love.” Her parents were a huge influence on the person she is today, Mary said. “My childhood was great. I loved having brothers and sisters. I’m so lucky in this and my mum didn’t work, she was always there. I remember coming home from school and being able to sit down and chat about what had happened during the day.” Post graduation, Mary taught for several years in Auckland and her move to Methven was as random as random can get. “I decided I needed a change, looked where the jobs were, picked a dot on the map and that dot was Methven.” • Continued over page

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6 It was a big call for a city girl to pack up and head into what seemed like the backblocks, but there was something about Methven that instantly won her over, she said. “When I told my friends I was going to Methven they were pretty encouraging but when I arrived here. I walked down the street and there wasn’t a person in sight. I couldn’t believe it, but I soon adjusted.” If she had any doubts that Methven was vastly different to Auckland, the big snowfall of the winter of 1992, her first year in Methven, soon fixed that. Back then Mount Hutt College was Methven High School. Its roll was at an all-time low and the Ministry of Education was taking a long, hard look at the school and its future. That was a difficult situation to walk into and Mary said she’s enjoyed watching the school grow, mature and become a significant player as an education provider in the Ashburton District. She’s never looked back, never regretted the move. Methven is very definitely the place of her heart. “One of the things I’ve come to love about living in a small community that you didn’t get in Auckland, is that you’re always meeting people you’ve already met somewhere else. You really get to

know people. In Auckland, particularly as a single person, you were very isolated. I love the sense of community here.” The move to Methven was to throw up a few surprises, but number one was becoming a farmer’s wife. Mary admits she’s definitely not the traditional rural woman, doesn’t cook for shearers, do a lambing beat or drive the tractor. “Poor Angus, he’s okay about that, he understands I’m not a farm person but who wouldn’t love living out here in the country. It’s a wonderful life. I’m no use on the farm but I love living here. I’m very lucky,” she said. Most people choosing to relocate to Methven often do so for the rural lifestyle and the opportunity to ski, mountainbike and hike. Mary does none of those. “I hate to admit it, but I’ve never really tried to ski. I think I’ve been up Mt Hutt once and I sat in the cafe. I did join the tramping club once, but I’m a day-tramp, easy-tramping person. I’m very poorly co-ordinated at sports. I like fresh air but I’m definitely not a thrill seeker.” She’s more at home pottering in her garden, reading, working on cross stitch or taking a leisurely morning walk. She cooks but admits she can’t whip up a batch of scones for unexpected farm visitors. • Continued next page

 “I’m more likely to stand there thinking ‘what do I do?’ Remember I’m an ex-city girl.” She’s still mulling over the possibility of joining the green revolution and becoming a vegetable gardener. That was once Angus’ job but it’s been sacrificed for the mayoralty. The courtship of Angus and Mary was a slow burner. They met in the school community and it would take several years before they became a couple. Mary describes theirs as a “later-in-life marriage.” Together, she said, they respect one another’s strengths and celebrate the differences in their lives and their interests. He’s a political creature, she’s not and has no desire to be involved in that world. “I wasn’t surprised when Angus decided to run for mayor. He had to have something political to be involved in after ECan. He thought long and hard about it.” While Mary might not have political aspirations of her own, she’s right behind Angus in his role as mayor. “I like to see him busy doing the things he really loves. I’ve got no desire to be like Bob Parker’s wife, she seems to be right in there in the issues. I don’t see that as my role.” There has been no pressure for her to play a significant role in local body politics. Angus is happy for her to be as involved as much or as little as she wants. “In saying that, there are some things I’m expected to go to, that’s part of the role and I want to do those things properly and be part of the community. I’m fortunate in that the bulk of things I do go to are celebrations, lovely events so that’s no hardship.” And there are occasional events the mayoress has traditionally attended in her own right. While she admits to a little initial nervousness before those occasions, Mary said she’s now taking them in her stride. What she still struggles to take in her stride is watching her husband taking flak over public issues. No matter how often that occurs, it still hurts, she said. “I really feel this but he handles it so much better than I ever would and I’m lucky, I can step away from it when I’m at school.” That she’s the mayoress doesn’t mean she gets any favours on campus. Yes, when Angus was first elected, the school community celebrated, but now she’s just another name on the staff phone list. For Angus, the farm is his escape. He’ll come home, don his overalls and disappear for an hour or so. But in the evenings, there’s no escaping his role. The phone usually rings off the hook and


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He might be mayor and she might be mayoress, but for the McKays, when they’re home on the farm they’re just Angus and Mary, farmer and maths teacher.

to ensure they get to spend some of those evening hours together, Mary and Angus share a home office. “If I didn’t do that, I’d hardly ever see him. I share him with the district, but that’s part of the job and that’s okay.” As passionate as Angus is about politics, Mary is about maths. Yes, it sounds odd, but the more you learn, the more you understand and the more interesting the subject in its broadest sense becomes. She knows it isn’t perceived as being as sexy as other subjects, but she believes students still understand its value as a learning pathway. “I’ve always loved working in my subject and with my students. There’s a real challenge in trying to get students to understand, it’s an

enjoyable challenge.” Fun isn’t a word many people would use when they describe maths, but it’s a word Mary uses – often. Her favourite area of maths is calculus. It’s fun, she said, more fun than statistics. She came to Methven as head of the maths department, a position she held until she moved into a management role that involves the school’s computer network and its student timetable. Now she’s enjoying a school life where she’s supposed to have taken a step back, but where she still manages to keep in touch with life in the classroom. That’s her passion and it’s something she doesn’t want to stray too far from. She’s involved in distance learning programmes that have evolved to allow smaller

schools to offer a wider range of subjects to senior students. In the future she anticipates she may take a step away from teaching. “If I do anything else I think I’ll look outside the school environment; I’ve been in it since I was five. “For now the part-time aspect is what I like as it’s important to have some space in my day. But I definitely don’t want to swan around at home, it’s important to be doing something.” Her role as mayoress might be an accidental one, but it’s an enriching one in what Mary describes as an already rich life. “Through this I get to meet a lot more people and I’m loving that. I’m very lucky, I know I’ve got a good life.”

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shburton’s Colleen Lindsay believes retiring is a skill, a skill she has not yet learned. “I don’t know how really,” the 72-year-old said. “You have to be ready to retire, you have to really think about it.” Colleen worked at Redmonds for 26 years and left 18 months ago, after a career in retail spanning her working life in Ashburton since she left school. Other stores where she has undertaken long stints in customer service include Farmers and Annie’s Quilt Store. Shortly after leaving Redmonds, Colleen went to help Paterson’s Funeral Services for a couple of days catering for funeral gatherings. She ended up staying and that is her main employment today. Colleen is well known in Ashburton and it is a job in which she often sees people she knows. She is happy she can provide the service, giving families one less thing to worry about at a difficult time. “That’s what you miss when you retire, you lose that contact with people,” she said. It is not just people Colleen enjoys, but animals as well. Dogs in particular are a passion for her,

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and most of those she has taken in over the years have been homeless. The first dog she owned was a golden spaniel named Kim. Kim’s previous owners had to give her away because she was too boisterous for their children. Today Colleen has Molly, an 11-year-old labrador collie cross, who her hairdresser told her about. Molly lived with a family who were too busy working to have the time to spend on her. On Mrs Lindsay’s wall she has a painting of two dogs together, they are Zoe the huntaway black labrador cross who she owned before Molly, and Apollo, who she had before Zoe. Zoe was from the SPCA in Christchurch, and had been rescued from the Waimakariri River, where she had been discarded in a sack. Zoe seemed to choose Colleen as much as Colleen chose her. “She walked up to me and rolled over, that was it. I picked her up and brought her home.” Apollo ended up with Mrs Lindsay after proving too boisterous for the family who owned him. Colleen had responded to an advertisement in a newspaper and went to see him. There was no second thoughts, she brought him home that day. • Continued next page





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Left – Ashburton’s Colleen Lindsay, pictured with dog Molly, says now is not the right time to retire. Above – Colleen went to buy dog biscuits at the vet, but ended up acquiring BJ the cat instead. Right – Molly the labrador collie cross is one of a long line of dogs needing a home which Colleen has taken in.

She also has a soft spot for cats, and acquired BJ, her grey tabby white, from a veterinarian practice when she went there to buy dog biscuits. “I didn’t buy dog biscuits, I bought him.” Colleen has been on the Mid Canterbury sports awards judging panel for the past 30 years, and has been involved in Mid Canterbury basketball administration for 57 years. She was a volunteer children’s swim instructor for about 40 years, having started by helping her father in the role at the age of 19. She swam

competitively in her youth and started playing basketball when she was 14, joining representative teams and competing around New Zealand. Her oldest daughter, who lives in Brisbane, played basketball for the Australian defence forces, while her younger daughter played for the under-18 and under-23 New Zealand teams. Colleen has a 12-year-old grand-daughter and they visit the community pool together when she is in town. Colleen also exercises at the gym once a week, teaches reading recovery and is secretary of the Mid Canterbury branch of the special Olympics.

She visits her daughter and family in Australia a couple of times a year, and recently went on two larger overseas trips. A trip to Europe for the month of July consisted of a tour with 52 people, 26 from one family. She said she was outnumbered, but had a great time with a New Zealand family on the tour, and saw many areas including Florence, Venice and Rome, a highlight being the Italian food. She went on another tour in England, exploring the back roads of picturesque rural areas. “I would do it all again tomorrow,” she said.


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Ukrainians’ future firmly planted in Ashburton

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krainian couple Yuriy and Viktoriya may not share the same surname, but they do share the same happiness and vision for their life in Mid Canterbury. The couple, 32 and 34, are married and have been for a number of years, but in an intriguing twist of the Ukrainian language, Viktoriya’s last name is Soshnikova, not Soshnikov like her husband. Confusing? Well maybe so – but this couple are far from confused when it comes to choosing a place to settle down and bring up their young family. Ashburton tops their list. “That’s what it’s (immigrating) all been for ... it’s for them and setting them up with a better lifestyle,” Viktoriya said. “We love it too though, there is a lot of opportunity here.” Yuriy and Viktoriya both work at RX Plastics in Tinwald – a place they have worked at for more than five years. Formerly, Yuriy worked as a banker in the Ukraine, but he is now enjoying a sense of freedom that comes with living in Ashburton. “It’s all really great. We have a nice team and we get out and do lots of activities in our time off ... we’re really enjoying it,” Yuriy said. In fact, the couple are in the process of building their own house, a moment they say will stamp their future and commitment to the province. “It will very much be our own home and we will feel like we belong,” Yuriy said. “This move has been all about our children and doing everything we can to give them a better life and a bright education ... that’s always been the plan,” Viktoriya said. The couple became official Kiwis last month, pledging their allegiance to New Zealand at the district council’s citizenship ceremony. In their spare time, they try their luck on the slopes at Mt Hutt and get up there as often as possible. “That’s really fun and a nice way to relax and we try hard not to fall over too much,” Yuriy said. They both believe the Ashburton District is thriving and in Yuriy’s words – the district is only getting stronger. Yuriy speaks with passion when he thinks of his future in Mid Canterbury. “We’re here for the long haul,” he smiles.



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lthough we all come in different sizes and every body is different, experts say there are four body shapes that all women fall into. Body shapes are largely determined by bone structure, genetics and age and, although lifestyle factors make a huge difference to the dimensions of your body, it can be difficult to change your basic shape. By identifying your body shape, you can work with it to improve your overall health and appearance. Here are the four main female body shapes and what they mean for your health. APPLE SHAPE Apple-shaped individuals carry excess weight around their abdomens (a “spare tyre”) and don’t have well-defined waistlines. Weight gain tends to go straight to the tummy area and results in a rounded profile. Apple-shaped women tend to be at greater risk of many health issues than those of other shapes, according to studies, including diabetes, heart problems, breast cancer, depression and fertility issues. Anybody carrying excess weight will improve their health and fitness through diet and exercise. But it is especially important for apple-shaped women to take steps to achieve or maintain a healthy weight. To reduce your waistline, opt for a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio exercise every day (running, swimming, aerobics) to target fat and improve heart health. Also make dietary changes by cutting back on calories (sticking to around 1500 calories a day), opting for low-GI foods and cutting out saturated fats as much as possible. Research also suggests stress can lead to increased storage of fat around the middle, apple-shaped women may also find it helpful to supplement their cardio workouts with exercise such as yoga or tai chi. RULER SHAPE The “ruler” refers to a body shape where fat is distributed evenly and measurements of chest, hips and waist are all relatively similar, giving the body a straight ruler shape. Ruler-shaped women are not exempt from weight problems (you can still be overweight and a ruler); however, many slender women do fall into this category. Ruler-shaped women tend to have faster metabolisms than those of other shapes, so they lose weight more easily through diet and

exercise. But without an appropriate diet and exercise plan, ruler-shaped women tend to gain weight on the stomach, leading to similar health issues as apple-shaped females. Luckily, weight gain and loss tends to be pretty even. But this can also frustrate women who want a shapelier figure. Regular cardio workouts are essential for keeping weight off and maintaining good health; and a programme of resistance training will help sculpt the body. Building up muscles in the chest and bum and tightening the core can create definition and add curves. A poor diet can still lead to poor health and energy levels, regardless of your weight. PEAR SHAPE Researchers at North Carolina State University say just over a fifth of women are pear-shaped. Women of this shape have a larger hip than bust measurement and weight tends to settle on the lower part of the body; the bum, hips and thighs. Research has found that pear-shaped women are at greater risk of dangerous blood clots, including deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and are more likely to suffer from memory loss and arthritis later in life. However, on a brighter note, studies have also found that having a big bum and thighs has some great health benefits, as fat stored in this area mops up harmful fatty acids and cuts risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Being overweight still has health implications regardless of where it is stored. And without careful weight management pear-shaped women can start to pile on weight on the abdomen and waist, too. Focus on cardio exercises that target the lower body, such as step aerobics, cycling and walking, to maintain a healthy weight. Resistance training for the upper body can also help balance shape. Pear-shaped women should also implement a healthy, balanced eating plan that can help with weight maintenance and prevent cellulite. Eating foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids can also help ward off memory problems and Alzheimer’s. HOURGLASS SHAPE The hourglass shape is one of the most soughtafter body shapes but also one of the least common, belonging to just 8 per cent of women. For hourglass-shaped women the hip and bust measurements are of a similar size, with

a much narrower waist measurement. Weight gain tends to accumulate on the chest, arms, hips and bum rather than on the abdomen. Hourglass-shaped women are lucky – weight distribution tends to be even, rather than accumulating in one particular area of the body. They also tend not to gain weight on the abdomen. And research has suggested women with hourglass figures are more fertile and may have higher intelligence levels. Hourglass figures tend to be quite well balanced, so should focus on maintaining their shape with full-body workouts such as circuit training; combining cardio to keep off excess weight and resistance training to tone up. A healthy balanced diet will also help maintain curves. Like apple-shaped women, hourglass-shaped women may choose relaxing exercises such as yoga, as studies suggest that stress can cause fat to shift from the hips to the waist. As curvy hourglass women are also prone to back pain, try doing exercises which strengthen the core and improve posture, such as pilates, and invest in a good, supportive exercise bra for all workouts.  – APNZ

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any people instantly dismiss food that contains anchovies and that’s a pity, the salty, pungent little fish, used appropriately add a wonderful depth to many dishes. They impart a deep, indefinable meatiness to pasta sauces, soups, pizza, salads, dressings, red meat (especially lamb) and tomato-based sauces and stews. But irrespective of how we regard anchovies in the kitchen, they are – or at least were at one point – actual fish. They are found in shallow coastal waters of all but the coldest parts of the world, including New Zealand. As a naturally fatty fish, anchovies are an excellent source of energy and protein, and are preserved by drying or salt-curing. Liquid from the salt-cured anchovy is garum, very similar to the fish sauce widely used in Asian cooking.

Scotch fillet and anchovy butter

2 scotch fillet steaks (about 200g each) 70ml red wine 60ml olive oil 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped Anchovy butter: 100g unsalted butter, coarsely chopped 6 anchovy fillets, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 T finely chopped flat-leaf parsley 1/4 t dried chilli flakes 1/4 t sea salt Garnish: 2 C rocket 3 T extra virgin olive oil 1 T red wine vinegar

– Combine steak, olive oil, garlic and wine in a non-reactive dish – Season to taste, turn to coat, set aside Anchovy butter: – Combine the butter, anchovies, garlic, parsley and dry chilli flakes in a bowl – Season with 1/4 tsp of salt – Mix well,shape into a log and wrap tightly in baking paper or plastic wrap – Place butter in the fridge until needed but don’t let it harden too much – Heat a large frying pan over high heat – Drain beef from marinade, add to pan and cook, turning once, until medium-rare – Remove steaks from pan, cover with foil and rest (5 minutes) – Remove anchovy butter from fridge – Whisk together the extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar – Drizzle dressing over the rocket and toss lightly – Serve steak on mash, top with a slice of anchovy butter – Garnish with a side of rocket salad


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reen-lipped mussels are one of New Zealand’s favourite affordable seafoods and they’re available year round. They’re readily available in supermarkets, fresh or frozen and can form the basis for a big range of healthy snacks or satisfying meals. Mussles are rich in omega 3 and its extract is known to relieve arthritis significantly. Internationally they’re known as a super-food and are one of the two most eco-friendly seafoods in the world.

Steamed green-lip mussels in a creamy garlic and white wine sauce •

1 dozen green lip mussels 6 cloves of garlic 1 1/2 C of white wine 1 stalk of celery 1 small onion 1T butter 1/4 cup of cream Scrub mussels well in sink with running cold water • Remove “beards” from the mussel by pulling firmly towards hinge • If mussels are open then tap them ... if they close they are good but if they do not discard immediately • Finely chopped onion, celery and garlic

Potato salad with anchovy, fennel and almond 1 kg baby potatoes 1/2 C mayonnaise 200 g baby fennel, finely chopped 2 T small gherkins, finely sliced 1 T capers – Cook potatoes in salted boiling water until tender, then cool. Cut in halves – Combine mayonnaise with anchovies,

2 T mixed chopped herbs (parsley, chives, tarragon) 6-8 fillets of anchovies, chopped 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds

13 • Place into large pot and gently sauté in butter • Add the wine and bring to the boil • Drop in mussels, stir once and place on the lid • Steam until they open. Discard any that do not open • Remove pot from heat, add cream and serve • Best served with some crusty french bread to soak up the delicious sauce

Thai glazed half shell mussels

1 kg frozen half shell mussels Juice and zest of three limes 1T palm sugar or brown sugar 2 finely chopped chillies 2 T fresh finely chopped coriander 2T fish sauce 2 cloves finely chopped garlic 2T finely chopped ginger

• Lay frozen mussels out onto tray and cover with aluminum foil • Oven bake at 350°F for 10 minutes • Combine all ingredients and spoon on to mussels • Broil for 2-3 minutes on high until golden

Kumara and mussel chowder

2 kumara 2kg fresh mussels 3 rashers bacon, finely chopped 1/2 large onion, finely chopped 1 celery stick, finely sliced 1 small leek (use white part only), finely sliced 1 small bulb fennel, finely sliced rice bran oil salt and pepper

• Peel kumara, chop into thin slices and cook in boiling water until tender • Drain and reserve liquid • Saute bacon, onion, celery, leek and fennel in a little olive oil until tender • Add the kumara and reserved liquid and puree in blender • Season with salt and pepper and reheat gently • Steam the mussels open in a little water. Discard any that do not open • Strain the mussel liquid and add liquid to the chowder • Remove the mussels from their shells and pull out the small tongue • Chop mussels into small pieces and add to the chowder. Thin with a little cream and add chopped parsley

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1. Ceramic New Zealand made tiles, $35.90 available from Fusion Gallery. 2. KitchenAid stand mixer, available in a range of colours, $995 available from Kitchen Kapers.



3. Kiwiana Map wall hanging, $99 available from Fusion Gallery. 4. Krosno, handmade, glass vase, $299 available from The China Shop. 5. Cellini leather, ivory and black handbag, $349 availble from The Bag Shop


6. La Chamba cookware for oven and stove top use. Unique and organic, $108 available from Kitchen Kapers.


7. Cellini red mock croc leather wallet, $129 available from The Bag Shop. 8. Black pedestal cake plate, $212 and cake slice, $41 available from The China Shop. 9. Paper Case magazine rack, $350 available from Redmonds. 10. Mauis Joint by Jason Kelly, $51.50 available from Fusion Gallery.




11. Lunchbag, $19.90 available from Fusion Gallery. 12. Rye outdoor setting. Chair, 2 seater, 3 seater and table, $3350 available from Redmonds.

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YOU jewellery


Jewellery All thAt spArkles





1. Necklace - Rutile quartz 9c gold and silver, $1300. 2. Necklace – Sterling Silver Nest Pendant $65, Sterling Silver Chain, $30. 3. Green glass pattern pendant with chain, $80. 4. Ring – 18c yellow/white gold and diamond $3700.


5. Base metal, black and red cubic Zirconias ring, $65. 6. Blue zircon and 9ct yellow gold earrings, $400. All of these great items are available from Unique Jewellery, Ashburton.


Unique Jewellery for a Unique you... 111 Tancred STreeT, aShburTon Phone 307 6663










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Mulberry, Illincic wrap up


Fashion Week T

he models have packed up, the temporary runways taken down. London Fashion Week wrapped up five hectic days of women’s wear shows, a whirlwind display of new colors and textures for next spring from big name designers and newcomers alike. London hosts a more eclectic collection of designers and labels than fashion weeks in New York, Milan and Paris, and the latest crop of spring and summer designs seen at fashion week has been a big mish-mash: Futuristic metallic leathers at Burberry, sweet ‘50s pastels at Temperley, ‘70s disco fever at Jonathan Saunders, and ‘90s minimalism at quite a few other shows. While there was no overriding theme, there were micro-trends set to make their way to high street stores come spring. Allwhite and monochrome outfits were seen everywhere, as were pretty confectionery shades of mint and lemon. Futuristic, shiny materials like plastic or fabrics with a foil-like, iridescent or even holographic sheen were popular, as was the use of sheer, feminine layers in organza, chiffon or mesh. Things kicked off with ‘70s-inspired florals, wide-leg trousers and mannish suits

at luxury label Mulberry, best-known for its leather handbags. The collection, delivered with a humorous British flair, nodded to several of the season’s popular trends: Sleek trouser suits, all-season leather, metallic jacquard, and head-to-toe icecream pastel shades. Model-turned-designer Roksanda Illincic followed with a collection of dresses with simple feminine shapes and minimal detailing, leaving her use of beautiful colour combinations and glossy fabrics to do the talking. Day Five also saw collections by a handful of younger and adventurous designers. Simone Rocha, the daughter of British fashion institution John Rocha, deftly combined schoolgirl innocence and tough attitude, while maverick duo Meadham Kirchoff sent the party home with a spectacularly whimsical show of Marie Antoinette fashion gone mad. The final shows ended a week that saw models and celebrities like Kate Moss and One Direction’s Harry Styles flocking to the catwalks’ front row. Lady Gaga stole the limelight with a starring turn at milliner Philip Treacy’s comeback show. — AP

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Outfit from Huishan Zhang Presentation Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

Outfit from Burberry Prorsum’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

Outfit from Burberry Prorsum’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

Outfit from Vivienne Westwood Red Label Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

Not sure were the designer was going with this look, but the colour and print of this top/skirt combo is fantastic. I would take the skirt off this look and team it with a white tee or singlet for a fresh spring/summer look. – Hannah Lamborn, Depeche Mode

Love, love, love this! This colour combo is amazing and if done correctly, shorts are perfect for a hot summer look. Great with heels and the return of stilettos with loud and proud colour combinations make for a vibrant look. – Hannah Lamborn, Depeche Mode

Not digging this reconstructed 60s look at all. Patchwork is for nana quilts only!! And for the sequin cherry’s on her top. Sequins = Fab Cherries = Drab – Hannah Lamborn, Depeche Mode

True catwalk fashion, our shelves will definitely take direction from this style and colour. – Richard Wilson, Sparrows

Great use of colouring blocking, especially with the accessories. – Richard Wilson, Sparrows

Wow this designer is channelling the infamous late Amy Winehouse, but she is right on the money with this easy look. Every aspect of this look works and would be the easiest out of all the four looks we have seen to recreate and take straight from the runway to the street. - Hannah Lamborn, Depeche Mode A really cool look, classic tailoring meets the catwalk. – Richard Wilson, Sparrows

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YOU foodies woman in business YOU

leap of faith

Take the

pursue your dreams


by Amanda Wright

o you want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it? One local woman who is not afraid to grab life and live it with everything she’s got is Kylie Burrowes. You could be forgiven for thinking that this busy mother of two has more energy than Superwoman. She owns and runs her successful business Rockabye Baby, and also works close to full-time at Tiddlywinks Preschool while studying toward her degree in early childcare. Dedication runs in the family as her husband Darryl also owns his own business, Allen’s of Ashburton, a move after being a dairy farm manager. The couple own their own farm of 88 acres, which they lease out for dairy grazing. With two young children, Josh aged 10

and Ella, six, there’s never a dull moment in the Burrowes household as they balance their careers with family time. If there’s one life lesson that you can take from spending time with Kylie, it’s to always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that’s the one that is going to require the most from you, and ultimately deliver the most. When Kylie was six or seven months pregnant with her first child, she was frustrated with not being able to find everything she needed in Ashburton. “Stomping around in a city when you’re heavily pregnant is the last thing any woman wants to be doing when they are tired. You need a shop to go where everything is in one place, maternity clothing and lingerie, baby necessities, toys and clothes, children’s footwear and more. That’s why I created Rockabye Baby, a place where mothers to be can buy everything they need, with the confidence

that the items are excellent quality, and the convenience of having a nappy-changing area, breastfeeding area, toilets and a secure gated children’s play area, all in the one shop,” Kylie said. Her dream is to become an early childhood teacher, so she put in place experienced retail staff to run Rockabye Baby when she’s not there to allow her to pursue her passion. Michelle Lilley manages the store and Amanda Warden is a retail assistant. “I’m so thankful to Michelle and Amanda, it means I can leave the store in their capable hands and relax knowing the customers are receiving top service and advice.” Kylie is currently in the third year of her degree, and recommends to anyone wanting to pursue their passion to just do whatever it takes to make it happen. “With good time management and support from family and friends anything

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is possible. I couldn’t have done it without the help from my husband and my mum. I would tell anyone wanting to run their own business to just back themselves and have the self confidence and belief in their own abilities to be able to do it. If you don’t do it for yourself, no-one else will do it for you. Take the plunge, it’s well worth the rewards. “My brother passed away in 1999 when he was 25, so that has made me more aware of living for now and not putting things off. You don’t know how many tomorrows there will be, so do today, not tomorrow,” Kylie said. To celebrate her 40th birthday next weekend, Kylie has booked a sky dive. She has already taken many leaps of faith in pursuing her dreams, so the literal leap from the plane, the adrenalin and the joy of the challenge will be the culmination of her passion to succeed, and her determination to get the most out of her life.

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225 Burnett Street, Ashburton T 307 2466 E H Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 1pm

YOU woman in business

success The X


by Amanda Wright

brave young Amelia Earhart is quoted to have said: “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” This inspirational message, while simplistic, is the foundation behind many women’s success, and in Ashburton, you don’t have to look far to find women who have taken this to heart to become the creators of their own successful destiny. Leanne Bennett and Di Thomas are passionate about different things, but when it comes to running successful businesses, the fusion of their passions has created a popular destination for women and men who want to look their best. Minx Hair Spa and Body ‘N’ Beauty


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Worx are two separate businesses, located within the same premises with a common goal, helping to make people look great and feel great. Hair and beauty together in the one convenient location. Leanne has spent 24 years dedicated to the art of hair, initially working in a salon. She vowed and declared that she would never ever own her own salon, but the lesson she learnt; never say never. After having children, she started working from home, and after her client base continued to grow, she decided it was time to expand her business, so she opened her own hair salon. Di Thomas shares a similar story. Initially working from home the business started to grow, and it was a chance encounter and chit chat over a hair cut that started a

successful collaboration. Di popped into Minx Hair Spa one afternoon for a hair cut, and Leanne was her hairdresser. Leanne had recently opened her salon on the ground floor of the Somerset Building and talked about how she would love to share the space with a beauty therapist, to create an all-inclusive destination for clients. It was the first time the women had met, but by the end of the discussion, a new business relationship had been formed. Now Minx Hair Spa and Body ‘N’ Beauty Worx are two separate businesses, working side by side to make people look and feel fabulous. In one convenient location you can get preened from top to toe, with a group of enthusiastic professionals led by Leanne and Di.

For anyone considering going into their own business, take inspiration from Leanne and Di’s experience, and just do it. “Follow your passion and the rest will come. Initially it’s a scary thought and a big commitment, especially when you grow to the level when you require staff, because then it’s not just your own livelihood, it’s theirs as well. “The bookwork and admin side of the business neither of us find particularly fun, but it has to be done, and when you enjoy your work as much as we do, it’s only a small struggle toward a fantastic outcome,” Leanne and Di said. The secret of getting ahead is getting started, so take a deep breath and plunge into the pool of success, and live the life you have always dreamed of living.

Hair and Beauty

in the one convenient location.

Cnr East & Burnett street Ashburton | 03 307 7411

YOU social scene

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