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It’s spring, the season that brings us back to life after the dark misery of winter, filling us with hope and rejuvenation! Well, that’s the theory. And in our September edition of YOU we are throwing a lot at you! To give you a helping hand heading into the warmer months we have the latest information on headaches, Jane Logie explains the confusing world of paleo and we have a massive feature on weddings as we gear up for the wedding season. As well as this we have some great reads on fashion, avalanches, a Miss Universe NZ finalist, a mouse problem, our usual recipes, fashion, travel and gardening advice, and much more. Enjoy this month’s YOU and, as always, we really want to hear from you and what you like and what you don’t like. What you want to see and what you want to read (contact details below)! Cheers,

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Being able to ski faster than an avalanche is a handy skill to have when you are in the mountains. And no-one knows that better than Mt Hutt Ski Area snow safety assistant Nick Slaton, who has himself survived such an experience. YOU writer Susan Sandys reports.

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ick Slaton is one of the lucky ones. He’s stared an avalanche right in the eye and lived to the tell the story – the uncanny twist in the story though is that while others will do their best to avoid tonnes of snow coming crashing down a mountainside, the 28-year-old is generally out looking for them. The Methven-based snow safety assistant, is one of those people in life who make it their mission to put others’ safety ahead of their own, often trekking his way into some treacherous places to ensure that the risk to human life is as minimal as possible. And it’s while undertaking one of those missions in his other home base of Colorado, that Slaton encountered one of the most precarious and dangerous moments of his life. Side-stepping down a slope to

pack up loose snow is among a range of strategies ski patrollers use to prevent avalanches. But it does not always work and as he and his three fellow ski patrollers moved along a steep slope, it all of a sudden gave way. “It felt like someone was ripping a rug out from underneath us. It was taking myself and the three others along for a ride.” He quickly pointed his skis downhill and was “lucky enough” to be able to ski faster than the avalanche and exit out of its path. However, his three friends were caught in the rumbling force of snow. “Pretty much once I made it to the side, I was skiing down next to them, I was starting to get my avalanche rescue gear out.” Thankfully the worst burial was only to

Left – Being Mt Hutt’s snow safety officer has its perks, as Nick Slaton found after fresh snow this week.

chest height once the avalanche came to a stop after about 300 metres. “We all were extremely lucky,” Slaton said. Slaton described the experience as absolutely frightening. And it seems that as much as he is in awe of the beauty and power of the mountains, there is a constant awareness of the many dangers lurking. “It will rip your breath away when you experience an avalanche slip out from below you,” he said. He has some tips for surviving – staying on top of the snow as the avalanche moves is like swimming or “waddling around”. continued over page

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Mt Hutt Ski area snow safety officer Nick Slaton relaxes in Methven after another hard day’s work.

From P5 “It’s like the whole slope of snow will instantly turn into water and run like a river down the hill and once it stops it will harden up like cement.” Snow will be packed into a victim’s goggles and ears at this point, making it very difficult to create a breathing space. “You will not even be able to wiggle a finger.” In his work, Slaton has seen the worst that this situation can present, having had to retrieve deceased victims. Predicting and preventing avalanches have been a big part of his life since he began his career in the mountains about nine years ago. Today, aged 28, Slaton grew up in Texas and he and his family went on ski holidays to Colorado. At the age of 19 he worked his first ski season there. “After the first year I was hooked, I wanted to make that place my home.” He has been a Colorado Copper Mountain ski patroller for nine years to last

year and in that role undertook search and rescue work, and is a dog handler with state-wide taskforce Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment. In the latter role he works with Recco, a nine-year-old golden retriever known as one of the best search and rescue dogs in America with more than 40 deployments in her career. She not only assists in avalanche rescue work, but also wilderness rescues and water scent rescue. “It’s nice to be able to watch them work and nice to be able to take a dog with you to work every day.” Slaton’s job as snow safety assistant at Mt Hutt involves checking the snow pack for instabilities, monitoring it for changes and forecasting possible changes in line with expected weather and blasting avalanches with explosives. He worked at Mt Hutt last year as well, as a senior ski patroller training fellow ski patrollers in avalanche rescue. He was presented with first-hand experience when huge snow levels triggered many an avalanche, including one just outside the


ski area boundary on the south-west face. The large avalanche was triggered by a Mt Hutt skier who ventured into the back country. They were lucky not to be caught in it, but when Slaton and fellow ski patrollers examined the ski tracks going into the area, they could not absolutely establish that all the tracks had come out, so launched a rescue mission. Much to their relief they found no-one was trapped in the area. Such rescues are all par for the course when it comes to Slaton’s career choice of working in the mountains. It is a fact that as much as avalanche warnings can be issued, it comes down to each skier’s own determination as to whether they enter the back country or not. “When people see fresh snow they kind of get powder fever, they want to get that go pro shot,” Slaton said. “The mountain is a really dangerous place and to think that we only wear helmets to protect ourselves is pretty amazing for everyone involved.”


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Finding a wedding date that worked for family, friends and the New Zealand Army was never going to be easy, but after two false starts Charlotte Glasson and Byron McKenna became husband and wife on February 3. The secondment of two friends to Iraq meant the original date in September 2016 had to be abandoned, and a second date discarded but finally in February this year, Charlotte walked down an avenue of flowers in Trotts Gardens on the arm of dad Allen. Every moment of that day is etched in her memory, every moment worth the 14 month delay. The long perennial border was the perfect backdrop for the ceremony and the on-site marquee an ideal venue in which to dine, dance and celebrate a very special occasion. Planning her wedding was like opening a

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orth the wait giant box of options, there were so many choices, Charlotte said. “For me the ceremony was the important part. I wanted to walk down an aisle that would be the focus but this border was perfect, but there’s just so many choices to make, things to decide. I struggled for a while to come up with something that I knew everyone else would enjoy too.” With hundreds of options on the table, Charlotte finally drew her inspiration from a simple photograph in a magazine. That photograph was of a large bouquet of flowers in the palest shades of apricot, ash blue and cream. It provided the colour theme and everything else flowed from there. Changing wedding dates did make securing a venue, a florist and photographer a little more difficult, but in her final selection of each, Charlotte said

she could not have made better choices. As a venue Trotts was perfect, she said. ‘We wanted to have the ceremony and the after events in the same place and this was great because we had the church as a back-up if it rained. The venue made the entire day.” Even the weather played its part. The previous days had been wet, the wedding morning overcast, but as she started her long walk down the border, the sun came out – and stayed for the rest of the day. As a graphic designer, Charlotte said she was probably her wedding dress designer’s worst nightmare. She worked with Robin at Mille Feuille Bridal on the design and helped cut out lace flowers that became part of her gown. The combination of soft peach silk lining overlaid with ivory soft tulle covered with lace flowers might have been complex to make but it was everything

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Charlotte dreamed it would be, perfectly reflecting the soft colours in her bouquet. Her bridesmaids Danita Ferreira, Caitlyn Clark and Kendall Brooks wore dresses in soft ash blue. The inspirational bouquet spotted in a magazine was recreated by florist Alicia from Bunch Floral

furniture and staging. Silk Estate can also provide wedding day set up and full bar service so that every part of your day is taken care of. We are excited to be the wedding co-ordinators for the EA Networks Pavilion in Trotts Gardens. A unique and lovely venue. The new addition of our wooden cross back chairs and rustic wooden tables are proving popular and gives your event a truly unique feel.

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From P8 “When I booked the flowers I booked one year in advance and found hardly anyone was available. Alicia was a start up at the time and she was fantastic. In the months since she’s just about fully booked.” Photographer Charlotte Sowman, an ex-Ashburtonian captured the day perfectly and her photos have provided a wonderful way to relive her wedding, Charlotte said. “We have so many fabulous memories.” Her wedding may not have been until 2.30pm, but Charlotte’s wedding day started early. She was out of bed at 6am,

down at the venue, checking to make sure everything was in place. It was, but the pre wedding anxiety returned when she realised she’d lost her engagement ring. Her last memory was placing it on the roof of her car. A frantic search of the parking area yielded nothing, but eventually the ring was located in a safe place – in a pocket inside her handbag. The wedding brought family and friends together from all corners of the world and it also introduced Charlotte to her husband’s Canadian family. Yes there were tears, but there was so much laughter. Charlotte admitted, however, that she had to avoid looking at mum Susan during the ceremony, knowing

they’d both cry if they caught each other’s eyes. Charlotte and Byron are now enjoying married life but say they cherish the memories of their wedding day – a five year courtship, two year engagement, three attempts at setting a wedding date, but the end result could not have been better, Charlotte said. “It was absolutely perfect; I wouldn’t change a single thing.”

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The right celebrant

So you’ve set the date and time, found a venue and a caterer, chosen your bridesmaids and best men, chosen the dresses, hired some suits, organised the flowers, purchased some wedding rings – but have you booked the marriage celebrant and thought about the form of your wedding ceremony? A marriage celebrant is registered with the Department of Internal Affairs, (Births, Deaths and Marriages), to conduct your wedding ceremony to fulfil the legal requirements, but also to offer you a very personal ceremony to reflect the love you have for one another. Many celebrants belong to their professional association – the Celebrants Association of New Zealand (CANZ) – this means they agree to offer a professional service where members have agreed to work to a code of ethics and professional standards. Check out their website at How do you find a Marriage Celebrant? You’ve probably seen a celebrant take a service or perhaps a friend has recommended one. Do a search in Google – many celebrants find a website and/ or facebook page gives a couple a look at what they offer; it is a place they can share photos of their weddings, provide links to download your application to be married along with links to other wedding suppliers. Search the CANZ website or the BDM website. Look in the yellow pages or the services section at the front of your local directory, under marriage celebrants. Ask for a list from your local BDM office

or courthouse. Ask for recommendations from friends and family.

for payment in full before the day of the ceremony.

Is it OK to ask to meet the celebrant before you make a decision? Definitely, yes. This person you may not know is going to play a very important role on your day and it is important that you “click”. Of course, if a celebrant is recommended to you, or you have been able to see them in action, you will feel comfortable making a booking without this initial meeting.

Who is responsible for the marriage licence? As a couple you need to apply for the marriage licence which you can now do online at family-and-whanau/getting-married/get-amarriage-licence/#how-you-apply

How many meetings should you have with the Celebrant? At least two to discuss the ceremony. Your celebrant will offer some guidance and choices on the wording for your ceremony. You should be able to have as much input as you want. For example, you may wish to share your love story with your guests; choose a reading. You can write your own vows. It is your wedding ceremony and it should reflect the way you feel about one another. You should discuss a rehearsal with your celebrant. The celebrant should give you the opportunity to review the ceremony to make sure everything is 100 per cent before the rehearsal – your opportunity to go over the finer details. How much does a marriage celebrant cost? There is no set fee so make sure you ask this right at the beginning of the process. If there is considerable travel involved, the cost of this and perhaps accommodation for the celebrant will need to be factored in. The celebrant may require a deposit and usually asks

Where and when can we hold the ceremony? Your wedding can take place on any day of the year, at any time of the day in a location of your choice. So yes, you can choose midnight on New Year’s Eve! Private gardens are very popular but there are some beautiful venues who will often take care of some of your wedding planning for you. If you are intending to hold the ceremony outside, do have a back-up indoor venue. Should we invite the marriage celebrant to the reception? You can if you like, but most celebrants would not expect an invitation. The celebrant may stay for a short time after the service and enjoy mingling with your guests. I recommend, to avoid disappointment, that you book your celebrant early as some are booked up to one year in advance. This is one of the most magical days in your lives so make sure you have the right celebrant for you both! Prepared by Carol Gunn, Registered Marriage Celebrant since February 2001 Immediate Past President of Celebrants Association of New Zealand “Nothing is a problem”

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Akaroa Hair Studio is a small, intimate, idyllic seaside salon located in the beautiful Banks Peninsula town of Akaroa. It is nestled down a small stony driveway, back from Akaroa’s breathtaking waterfront and harbour. The blue boatshed characteristics of the exterior has a certain charm that continues within its four walls. Inside you will be greeted by two stylists, Swaye Gosling (owner) and Denise Langrope who, combined, have 38 years’ experience within the hairdressing industry. At Akaroa Hair Studio we use Organic Colour Systems to help us obtain optimum results which reflects our story of ethical morals and sustainability.

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Gifts and accessories

At the REFLECTION Store, as well as plenty of unique gifts for the lucky couple, you will also find a great range of solar and battery lights for your special occasion. These are available online at or enquire instore to hire. They also have a wedding box available for weekend hire which contains a collection of fairy lights, festoons, heartshaped hanging lights and sparkle jars. For further enquires please contact Rachael by email: or check out their Facebook and Instagram pages.

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Located on the edge of the beautiful and serene Lake Hood, The Lake House is beautifully positioned to cater for intimate or large wedding groups. With its many areas – a large alfresco deck, beautifully appointed main restaurant and its Galley Boardroom – The Lake House can accommodate many wedding styles and numbers. Enter The Lake House through a stylish foyer. This opens out into a large modern restaurant with stone fireplace, bi-folding doors which open to a large deck area and modern bar facilities. Use a yacht to make an entrance into the Lake House for your ceremony. Turning towards the majestic lake, the weather-proof deck offers sweeping views of the surrounding estate and is an ideal location for your pre-function beverage and canapé service. With a backdrop of the Southern Alps, this is the ideal starting point for your beautiful lakeside wedding reception. With numerous photo opportunities around the area, The Lake House is your perfect venue for a stylish, romantic and beautiful lake-side wedding. Advertising feature

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Go back in time in unique venue

Step back in time and visit a world of old world charm reminiscent of your grandmother inviting you over for afternoon tea. For almost 100 years Hemsworth Estate has been a family home of celebration from birthday parties to weddings, curating special memories almost as easily as its rare and precious items. The property got its name through a family venture when the family, three generations back, was on holiday to England. They found their next venture – bringing the first Hampshire sheep to New Zealand. They sourced the sheep at Hemsworth Manor and brought the name home to bring luck to their new estate. The property has housed three generations of families and celebrations including Diana Guinness’s wedding in 1953 and Margaret Wallace’s in 1985. It has also celebrated birthday parties from 10 right up until 80. The current third and fourth generation of stewards for the property Margie, Rebecca and Sam wanted to open the doors of the estate to the public. “We have had so many happy memories here, we wanted to share this opportunity to celebrate special occasions with others,” said Margie. Rebecca added “There has been more need of celebration and happy memories now than ever before.” Opening in the summer of December 2018 after earthquake repairs visitors will be able to enjoy high teas, special summer fundraisers, stay on the property as bed and breakfast guests or organise an event. Hemsworth Estate seems to be designed for celebrating. Set in a sheltered circle of centennial trees, the lawns and gardens are open and inviting for any kind of event. Rebecca Hulse, who is also an international event planner is looking forward to the coming summer season. Trained in corporate events, she remarked “I’m looking forward to creating more

personal events, there are so many concepts and each person planning an event has a special point of difference I’m excited to celebrate.” A friend of the family when commenting on the project said “Hemsworth has a history of entertaining and laughter has echoed through the rooms for years, so it’s great that we can bring that back, the house has buckets of character and all we are doing is allowing it to live again”. Being close to Ashburton, 5km from the edge of town means the venue is very accessible for guests attending a wedding, plus there’s the option for the newlyweds to stay after the celebration. First couple choosing the estate for their

wedding Percy van den Berg and Jaco Joubert said “Hemsworth was the obvious choice for us. We wanted a unique venue with beautiful surroundings, some place peaceful and serene. The venue delivers all of this and more. With the support from the creative team at Hemsworth, arranging our special day has been nothing but a pleasure.” Hemsworth Estate is open for bookings from December 2018 onwards. See more on their website or for enquiries for events please contact Rebecca directly on 0274 339 779. Advertising feature

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Make your Spring day special has sprung

Larraine McQuarters marriage celebrant is ready to work with you to make your day everything you dreamed of. Larraine can work with you at the venue of your choice or perhaps you may prefer one of her in-house solutions. As owner/operator of Aeroview function venue there are plenty of options to consider. Maybe a full-day event with ceremony, catering and refreshment all covered in-house, or how about a PopUp Wedding package starting at just $2995 all-inclusive? Conditions apply. With a friendly and professional approach,

Larraine McQuarters marriage celebrant will work with you to cover all the special elements, putting you at ease and encouraging you to savour and enjoy the whole occasion. How about a face-to-face meeting to talk through possibilities? It’s so easy to take the first step, find her on Facebook and message her ... Larraine McQuarters Marriage Celebrant 027 683 6460

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Cheered on with tonnes of hometown support, Rolleston model Abigail Curd made it all the way through to the top 10 of Miss Universe New Zealand, in August. The revamped competition has been described as the biggest turnaround of any territory in the Miss Universe group in the last 25 years, with a focus on ensuring it’s relevant to modern-day New Zealand and takes the entrants on an “enriching and enlightening journey”. The eye-opening experience was life-changing for the former Lincoln High School student, who, as a result of the competition, now has her sights set on a brand-new career move. Abigail spoke with YOU’s Megan Gnad about pageant misconceptions, the Thailand retreat, working with Variety – the Children’s Charity and what she plans to accomplish next.

The former Lincoln High School student Abigail Curd has been modelling for the past six years and is now considering a career in broadcasting. PHOTO SUPPLIED


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f it wasn’t for a last-minute scroll through her email, Abigail Curd could very well have missed the whole Miss Universe New Zealand experience. Thankfully, she spotted a message from the international powerhouse just in time, and the very next day, she was on a flight to Auckland to compete for a chance to represent the country. “It’s a big, big process,” Abigail explains. “It started off in April when I applied online via a friend who did it a few years earlier and recommended I give it a go. “Then, it was about May and I hadn’t actually realised, but they’d been sending me emails and it was going through to my junk mail. Then, 48 hours before I needed to be up in Auckland, I managed to see one of their emails.” The whirlwind experience has been fullon from the very moment she landed, as she was thrown straight into meeting with organisers and the other contestants. Over a weekend, competition was whittled down to 20 contestants who were taken through a series of lessons, photo shoots and tutorials with choreographers, videographers and a photographer. For the 19-year-old, who attended Lincoln High School and has been modelling for the past six years, it was an opportunity to learn from the best in the business and to challenge herself in something she never thought she would be a part of. “They’re testing your skills, so you do walking classes, etiquette, skincare ... they spend a lot of time talking to you and you get to know everyone individually. “I was pretty good with the walking, but the dancing was probably the hardest bit for me because I’m a catwalk model, and when you’re in your shoes, you’re ready to go, there’s a persona that goes with it, rather than the dancing was kind of hip-hoppy but it was in the heels, so that was really hard for me to get on par with that. They were really nice and helpful with getting me to where I needed to be.” continued next page

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Above – Rolleston model Abigail Curd (left) was thrilled to make it to the top 10 in the Miss Universe New Zealand grand finale in August. PHOTO FRANCIS OPINION


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This new approach may be a far cry from the stereotypes of the glitzy global pageants we have come to expect of the past. Veteran TV producer and actor-director Nigel Godfrey, and publisher and wellknown Wellingtonian Jack Yan, took over the New Zealand licence for Miss Universe in late 2012. Their aim was to bring the New Zealand competition into the 2010s and they quickly set to work by losing the bikini parade from the live show and giving the contestants the option of wearing activewear in a photo shoot. This move is quite rare amongst the more than 90 territories that participate in Miss Universe worldwide. Back in June, the Miss America pageant also announced it would be dropping the swimsuit competition and would no longer judge contestants solely on their appearance. The New Zealand re-invigoration of the competition was described by Paula Shugart, president of Miss Universe as the biggest turnaround of any territory in the Miss Universe group in the past 25 years. As a part of the new approach, they offer three-day workshops with a focus on modelling, dancing, nutrition, make-up, media and PR training. This year, more than 100 young women registered to enter, with the top 20 winging their way to an eight-night retreat in Thailand in June. It was an eye-opener for Abigail from the moment she boarded the plane and put on that famous sash. “Obviously, you’re representing the country, so you have to be the best version of you that you can be,” she said. “We were being stopped every few minutes for photos and people wanting to talk to us. That was cool to see, they prepared us for that. When we were sitting on the plane, we put our sashes on, and as soon as we got off the plane, we were already being stopped in the airport and that was like, ‘oh my gosh, what is going on here?’ continued over page

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From P25 “As soon as we took the sashes off, people weren’t interested, so it was a bit of a break, I guess. “I got stopped a little bit in Rolleston, it was more children asking what I was doing and elderly people; middle-aged people weren’t interested, but overseas, they definitely were. Even in Sydney Airport people were asking what we were doing.” While in Thailand, the girls were taken to a tiger park where they learned all about a local breeding programme. “We got to hang out with some of the baby tigers, see the cubs and get a firsthand insight into what they’re trying to do to bring up the population of tigers. It was nice, they’re in these wide, open areas where they can be tigers until they’re rehabilitated and they can be reintroduced into the wild.” In the lead-up to the event, each of the top 20 finalists were involved in their own Entrepreneurial Challenge where they are tasked with raising money for both their journey and Variety - the Children’s Charity. In the last five years, Miss Universe New Zealand has donated more than $150,000 to the cause. For her part, Abigail put on a wine tasting, held an auction and sold raffles to raise funds, and says she was well supported by the Rolleston community. “Seeing what my potential was like with the charity work was cool,” she says. “I was pretty proud of what I was able to accomplish. The week before we went to Thailand, we all came up to Auckland and we went to Rainbow’s End with a few of the children. We got to meet them and meet their parents and have a chat about things. It was motivational, we’d been fundraising to help some of these kids who we got to meet and a bunch more we weren’t able to meet. “The Variety Charity is very hands-on which was good to see, these guys are super on to it and super grateful for everything that we all did.” Another part of the competition the girls had to prepare themselves for was a political question category open to the top five on the night of competition. Abigail says, for this reason, they all kept up-to-date on current events. “The questions weren’t going to be, ‘how was your trip’, it was going to be something very political,” Abigail explains. “They also talked us through, don’t be upset if things go wrong and don’t focus on winning. At the end of the day, no one knew who would win until that last moment because the voting keeps going whilst the show was going.”

During an eight-night retreat to Thailand in June, contestants were taken to a tiger park where they learned all about a local breeding programme. PHOTO SUPPLIED

So, with the challenges over, the funds raised, and the one-of-a-kind designer dresses all made to fit, there was only one thing left ... the main event. The grand final was held at Auckland’s Sky City Theatre on Saturday, August 4, and was screened live in New Zealand on Bravo, and around the globe via a live stream. Contestants were given a full hair and make-up team comprising about 25 people and about six people helped them get

ready backstage. The categories included an opening number, street wear and ball gown catwalk, with the overall judging result split 50:50 between the public vote (conducted through an i-Vote system) and the judging panel. “I was very nervous,” Abigail says of the event itself. “We all lined up on the catwalk and one-by-one they’d call a name to go through to the top 10. That was really cool, it was really nice to be called out.” continued next page

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From P26 The newly-crowned Miss Universe New Zealand was named as Wellingtonian Estelle Curd, who will head to Thailand later this year to represent the country. Following the competition, Abigail received congratulations from people who had supported her throughout the journey. “I never really expected to see myself doing this kind of thing, so it was nice to see the potential that I had in something that I knew nothing about previously. It’s been a really good eye-opener to see how the whole thing works and the industry. “I’ve always been told by agents and other people I was too tall for pageants, I’ve always watched them, but I’ve never really looked into them further. Then, I read the Miss Universe thing and it didn’t have any restrictions. I’m 5’11”, and, Estelle is slightly taller than I am, so...” Abigail is quick to clear up the many misconceptions she’s since heard about pageants, one of the main questions being; “is everyone as bitchy as you’d expect?” “Everyone was really lovely and friendly, and everyone was super welcoming, and helpful. We’ve travelled overseas together, if everyone was going to be horrible, no one would want to continue. They’re even planning a catch-up which is quite nice as

well. I’ve definitely made some life-long friends.” As life begins to settle back down to its new normal for the top 10 finalist, Abigail says the whole experience may have helped point her in a new career direction. After finishing school in 2016, she’s taken a gap year and been working, but had her plans to study to be a flight attendant halted when she developed migraines

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on planes. “I was kind of stuck on what I wanted to do career-wise, but now I’m looking at broadcasting and being in a media background, so definitely seeing the behind-the-scenes of the whole television set-up, I kind of want to lean towards that way. I’m going to look at studying for that for the next few years. Broadcasting is definitely the way to go, I think.” continued over page


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From P27 Having lived in Rolleston since the age of four, Abigail says she was amazed at the community support she received. “With the fundraising, I wanted to keep it local, and I had all the support from council, which was really nice. I had a lot of good feedback and I had heaps of people donating prizes for me to raffle off and wanting to get involved as much as possible.

“And, all the kind, encouraging messages were really cool, too. The local support was endless and I’m super happy with that.” In between working and strutting the catwalk, Abigail can also be found helping out her nana volunteer at the local rest home, all of which add to the many new life experiences she’s gained in the past few years. “I’ve been modelling for about six years,

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starting out in catwalk, and I’m trying to lean towards photography now, I also did bridal for quite a while. If I had the opportunity to move (cities), it could be a possibility, but right now, I’m pretty happy and grounded where I am. “I’ve definitely grown as a person, I can say that. Like travelling overseas, I think before I was quite closed, (now) I kind of want to continue seeing what other things I might have the potential for.”

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Headaches are not normal

Headaches and migraines are now so common that they have become the norm. The thing is, they shouldn’t be and don’t have to be. Luckily for a lot of you, I have recently been up-skilling in Sydney at the Watson Headache Institute and have some very helpful information to pass on. Headaches and migraines are often put down as caused by dilated blood vessels, tight muscles at the base of the head, hormones, red wine, coffee … I could go on and on. This often means the underlying cause is missed and the problem isn’t resolved long term but repeatedly treated with rest or medication. A massive 97 per cent of those affected by headaches and migraines, still don’t know the cause, even after scans and tests etc – they just get lumped with a label for their head pain. The good news is that there has been some great new research done over the last 10 years. This research has found that the cause behind the majority of headaches and migraines is sensitisation to the brainstem. Bear with me while I explain that and probably throw in a few new


words for some of you! Recent research has shown that the one underlying common factor in tension type headache and migraine sufferers is a sensitised trigeminocervical nucleus – the lower part of your brainstem. It is called that because it is where information from your upper neck (the cervical spine) and your trigeminal nerve (the largest of your cranial nerves) enter together. This combined information then goes up to your brain for processing and your brain can wrongly assume pain signals from the upper neck is from your cranial nerve – and you feel head pain, as well as an aura at times! When you then have headaches on and off for months or years, that part in your brainstem gets sensitive to this input and the signals get stronger, meaning your headache or migraine is brought on easier by all sorts of different stimuli, that also act on your nervous system, like red wine, hormone changes or chocolate. Hopefully that all makes some sense!

The main takeaway from that is that the upper neck has been proven to be a contributor and at times the cause behind headache and migraine. Through expert treatment, neck dysfunction can be resolved and the brainstem desensitised. That means, in a lot of cases (80 per cent actually), headaches and migraines can be improved or resolved for good. Awesome right? The treatment for it involves treating the upper three cervical vertebrae through manual therapy (not cracking anything) as well as simple home exercises and only after a thorough assessment. A simple exercise you could try at home is doing some retractions, which is where you firmly draw your head back like a draw or without tilting up or down. I often call this the double-chin exercise and it can give some good relief but of course stop if it doesn’t help as it isn’t for everyone. Shaun Clark is principal physio and director at PhysioSteps Ashburton and Selwyn and has experience at the Commonwealth Games and World Rugby 7s. The team are experts in musculoskeletal pain and injury rehab.

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Understanding the paleo way

aleolithic is the full term for paleo which was a period in history where humans ate this way. Approximately 10,000 years ago, before grains came into our dietary consumption. In other words, it is deemed to be a period where the template of eating the paleo way has evolved from. The theory is that the caveman diet was possibly a lot healthier than the food we consume today, that has gone from hunter/ gatherer to vending machine. It works on the premise that our modern diet is a major contributor to many of our modern diseases, ie obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and possibly cancer, to name but a few, and the main foods associated with this are refined carbohydrates, harmful and polyunsaturated fats and refined sugar. Foods that are deemed appropriate to eat with the paleo movement are good quality grass-fed meat, free-range poultry and eggs, fish, veges, nuts and seeds and natural oils. Dairy, sugar, grains, legumes and anything artificial aren’t considered the appropriate foods to eat. The theory is that if we could hunt and gather it back then it’s the food to eat, as it is natural and provided by nature. There does seem to be some confusion about whether dairy was available back then and okay to consume with paleo. They considered grains and legumes not to have been available, only to the modern diet, and that they contain anti-nutrients, that actually block absorption of vitamins and minerals. They also contain gluten and lectins that are problematic compounds for some. Cutting out grains can be difficult to do, but lowering the consumption of these foods and eating more vegetables and fruits, could tip the balance to a healthier end of the spectrum. Paleo has a slightly broad way of thinking in what is actually the right way to eat, but the main thread of this style of eating is to stay away from refined sugar, artificial food-

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stuffs and all processed foods. Applying an 80/20 rule, could make this style of eating a bit more achieveable in the long term. Try to eat this way 80 per cent of the time and eat a smaller variety of our modern-day foods not on the list of paleo foods, 20 per cent of the time. This style of eating encourages you to eat more vegetables and healthier fats. In general it is about making healthier food choices for the long-term. It is believed that the foods to avoid are the very foods that can be making us sick, overweight and driving our immunity into the ground, and potentially causing some of our autoimmune health issues. The recommendation suggests that by eating more foods provided by nature, and fewer produced by man, could make a huge difference to your general overall health and wellbeing, and could also potentially help you to lose weight without too much effort, and not a thought of having to count calories. The paleo way of thinking is that if our caveman ancestors didn’t eat it, stay away from it. It might also pay to take into consideration that the caveman had a lower life expectancy. Paleo can be a bit of a minefield to navigate your way through, while others have proclaimed it has helped a myriad of health issues. The paleo guidelines do vary quite a bit as to what is okay and not okay to eat. How strictly you follow the paleo way of eating would probably depend on each person’s particular health issues. Some people are lactose intolerant and gluten intolerant, therefore avoiding these foods may be really beneficial to their health. Cutting back on artificial flavours, additives and refined sugar can always be beneficial to your health.

It is really all about balance and including more colours in your diet with a variety of vegetables and fruits, more regularly and more often. Good quality oils, with a good-quality protein source and the main carbohydrates coming from root vegetables

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Simple green salad with beef and mushrooms This is a great way to have a paleo-style dish, that is filling, healthy and nutritious that will leave you feeling good. And is a great way to get a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to help give the body the vital nutrients it requires to function to its full potential and give you the much-needed energy your body requires to feel and be well.

equals a healthy variation of food that is enjoyable and delicious to eat. With the compliments of Jane Logie, a medicinal herbalist, clinical nutritionist and chef from Methven

Above – Simple green salad with beef and mushrooms and a tangy raspberry vinaigrette, makes for a fresh, nutritious and easy paleo-style meal.

2 beef steaks 10 mushrooms 1 large carrot 1/3 cucumber (optional) 1/2 head broccoli 1 bag mesclun salad 3-4 T sesame seeds 3T olive oil Raspberry vinaigrette: 1C raspberries (if frozen thawed) 2T apple cider vinegar 2-4T lemon juice 6T olive oil 2T honey (slightly warmed to runny)

– Vinaigrette: Press the raspberries through a small sieve into a bowl and set aside, and then discard the leftover pulp. In a separate bowl place the cider, lemon juice, honey and pressed raspberry puree and very slowly drizzle and whisk in the olive oil, until all blended well. Cover and place in fridge until ready to use on salad. – Bring the steak to room temperature, season with a little ground rock salt and grinds of black pepper, and set aside. – Wash and slice the mushrooms, peel and slice the carrot into small, short sticks, peel and thinly slice the cucumber, cut broccoli into small florets and set these all aside on a large plate. – Place two large handfuls of mesclun salad into two small serving bowls and arrange the sliced carrot on top and set aside. – Place the oil in a large iron or heavy-bottom pan and cook the steak 2 mins each side, and set aside to rest on a plate. – Place the mushrooms, broccoli and sesame seeds in the pan for a few minutes to saute, take out of pan and set aside to cool slightly. – Arrange the sauteed vegetables on the mesclun and thinly slice the steak and arrange on top of salad. – When ready to eat, drizzle 2-4 T of the raspberry vinaigrette on the salad. Recipe and photo, Jane Logie

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A learning experience

ABOUT TIME with Kate White

Want to demystify your smart phone, learn to crochet or knit blankets, talk te reo Maori or learn about 3D printing? Perhaps you’d like to gaze at the stars through telescopes or visit edible gardens? Maybe making kombucha or experimenting with polymer clay is more your thing? Or perhaps you want to get money-wise? It has all been possible this term in Mid Canterbury’s Learning Exchange. The Learning Exchange is an initiative of the Connecting Mid Canterbury Charitable Trust, the same organisation behind the Mid Canterbury TimeBank. Both initiatives are about to celebrate their first birthday, with an event open to all on September 30 at the Sinclair Centre, 2-4pm. There will be stalls, demonstrations, games, activities and a free afternoon tea to commemorate the successful first year and give people a taste of what the Learning Exchange and TimeBank are all about. Each term the Learning Exchange publishes a programme of diverse events that are open to anyone. Some events are free, but most involve a small fee. TimeBank members use time credits to attend and non-members pay in cash. TimeBankers usually run the events, sharing their skills and passions with others, but occasionally non-members are guest presenters. It’s a great opportunity for people to learn from each other, connect and share ideas. One of the aims of the Learning Exchange was to fill a gap left after the closure of Menorlue, providing non-vocational educational opportunities to anyone in our district. The other aim was to provide a platform where the skills and knowledge in our communities could come to the surface and be shared.

Term four’s programme kicks off with our popular Guided Tour of the Universe on October 13, then a free event on Death and Dying on the 17th. It’s not a topic we like to talk about but it’s so very relevant to all of us! Preparing and thinking about it now can help save us and our whanau stress in the future. We’re lucky to have Jo from Memory Funerals, Christine the hospice manager and Dellwyn, a palliative care chaplain sharing with us. For a full copy of next term’s programme or if you’d like to share your skills in this forum, email me, Kate White,

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Above (from left) – Antony White, Rod Fox, Muriel Morgan and Adam Stewart at the Money Wise Panel discussion. Left – Margaret Thorpe (right) shows Rizpha Cook how to crochet. Right – Diane Candy facilitating a kombucha workshop in Methven. Below – Timebankers help others at the Get Smart With Your Smart Phone event. PHOTOS SUPPLIED

Left – Polymer clay creations from a recent workshop.

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Mouse versus the farmer

Finally – spring. And fingers crossed, also the end to a small and noisy problem that has plagued the farm. It confirms what I have always thought … we are certainly not alone. The past few months have seen dozens and literally dozens of mice move into the farmhouse. Every nook, every cranny they can get their furry little bums in. It started off innocently enough, a small scratching noise in the ceiling, but as they multiplied the noise can only be likened to a stampede of small elephants. Squeaks and scratches – all day, all night. Enter the cats, right? Problem solved? Ah no. Lucy and Lily are more city-style cats. Yes of course they are interested in mice, but only in bringing them inside to show us and they may well be behind the outbreak. Suddenly the crisis stepped up a notch, and I’m glad this happened to the farmer, not me. The farmer was fossicking in the junk drawer in the kitchen, when he let out a man-style squeal (very similar to a high-pitched girl squeal). I ran into the kitchen to find him frozen on the spot looking down at a furry wee head popping out. Naturally I laughed, but the farmer’s fury


instigated a mass war between the mouse population and us. Traps were set, cheese and peanut butter were pasted on and we sat and waited. Nothing ever happens when you wait, but over the course of the next few days and weeks the body count began to rise. I lost official count at 12. The problem mouse though, was still at large. The farmer then opened the attic trapdoor to place some more traps and again a very brave mouse, shivering from shock, confronted him at the door. As the farmer was about to swipe him with his bare hands I had a flashback. Auckland, 1989, and I was the proud mum of a sweet white rodent named Snow Queen. Then I looked back at the wee brown mouse face, with its teeny hands trembling ... “Nooooooooooooo. Let him go,” I shouted, knowing I wouldn’t sleep at night. The farmer huffed off ... the mouse scurried away into the roof cavity and I breathed a sigh of relief. I think I can learn to live with the

few remaining mice that walk among us. Surely now that it is warmer, they will get a better offer soon and move out? If the scratching gets too loud I simply turn up the TV and let’s be honest, the sharp, scratching claws may be noisy at night when I am trying to relax, but it’s still nothing on the farmer’s snoring! TV reporter, journalist, mum and born and bred Aucklander Donna-Marie Lever talks about life after marrying a farmer and moving to rural Mid Canterbury

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Stepping Stones @ Braebrook

Stepping Stones is a locally owned, purpose built pre-school catering for children from three months old until they are ready to transition to school. We are passionate about being part of our community and regularly visit our neighbours, local shops, parks and playgrounds. We also love to visit our elderly community members and have them join us at pre-school – sharing reading, songs and activities together. Our family-focused philosophy ensures we are working alongside families to meet the needs of individual children. We love seeing whole families learn and grow with us! We have a fantastic team of teachers

Education for children

2 - 5 year olds

working alongside our learners to support them to learn and grow in a safe and nurturing environment. Higher than required ratios of adults to children and dedicated teachers ensures calm, enjoyable learning settings. Our emphasis on high quality care and education shows through in our rolls – many happy families have already secured their space with us. Limited spaces are still available. We encourage you to speak to any of our current families or call us for a visit. If you would like your child to become part of our Stepping Stones @Braebrook family we strongly encourage you to get in touch as early as possible. Twenty hours at no cost and Winz subsidies are available.

We offer flexible hours, affordable rates and best of all a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where all families are welcome. We enjoy the role we play in the community and are proud of the impact we have on the children who are the future leaders of our community. Follow us on Facebook to see what we are all about and enjoy watching the learning we do within our environment each week. We had a fantastic ERO report recently, view details on our website Enquire early to secure a space. Advertising feature

Providing quality early childhood education and care for the preschool-aged children of our community; based on Christian values and principles.

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FOR FOODIES with Sarah Kingsbury

Classic carrot cake

370g cooking oil 500g caster sugar 5 eggs 1t vanilla essence 315g baker’s flour 10g baking powder 10g baking soda 10g cinnamon 600g grated carrot

– Mix all ingredients together in a cake mixer, pour into a lined 10 inch tin, bake in a medium oven at 180°C for aproximately one hour, when cool ice with cream cheese icing. Icing: 140g butter 260g cream cheese 600g icing sugar Zest of one lemon – Soften butter and blend all together till no lumps.

With the compliments of qualified chef and baker Sarah Kingsbury

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treats ome

GF coffee date walnut slice

150g margarine 300g sugar 300g almond 400g gluten-free flour

– Mix all above ingredients together and press into a slice tin. – Bake at 180°C for 20 minutes. – When cool break up and place in mixing bowl.

GF salmon frittatas Makes 6 texas muffin tins

Bag baby spinach Smoked salmon pieces Lemon pepper 750ml cream 8 eggs Brie cheese

– Line muffin tins with muffin liner, fill with baby spinach, push in till really full and add a small handful of smoked salmon on top. – Whisk eggs, cream and pepper together, pour over until completely full. – Place a slice of brie cheese on top, bake at 170°C for aprox 20 mins until cooked. Check it with a skewer. I like to cover the top with aluminium foil. – Serve immediately with your favourite salad.

100g butter 4 shots coffee or 4t if using instant 2C dates 1C sugar

– Put above ingredients in microwave for aproximately 6 minutes until thick and syrupy. – When cool place in the mixing bowl with above slice crumbs, plus 200g condensed milk and 200g walnuts. – Mix and roll into a 20 x 30cm slice tray, bake at 180°C for 15 minutes. – When cool ice with cream cheese icing mixed with 2t of dissolved instant coffee or machine coffee, if available.

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20 fashion rules for grown-ups

know two things: perfect trousers – like those Joseph ones you had 10 years ago that were the ideal blend of crêpe and swish – do exist, but they go out of production. So if you find a pair that make your heart sing every time you put them on, buy bulk. Ditto T-shirts. Times 10.

By Annabel Rivkin and Emilie McMeekan 1.

Never buy the smallest size you can squeeze into. It will always look awful. And make you feel awful. Much better to tell your size demon (that fascist) to park it and buy something that fits.


The perfect white shirt will find you one day. But you won’t find it. Go floppy and allow the universe to deliver it. The other way, madness lies.


Easy on the leather. Double lace? Why not? Double leopard? Grrrrrrrrrr. Double denim? Perhaps. Double leather? Double trouble.


Pencil skirts. Are never not foxy. But they have to go in at the knee. Otherwise you are just a battleaxe.


Slip dresses are a no-no. Whatever Courtney Love or fashion editors might tell you, slip dresses make you look like you’ve been locked out of your house while putting out the rubbish.




11. Support underwear is not always the solution. It can make you look like a vacuum-packed sausage. It all has to spill out somewhere. Or just spread out. Nice. 12. It’s humiliating when your uniform goes out of fashion. You know that moment when you look down at your Stan Smiths – yes, the ones that have been your most stable relationship of late – and you realise that they are over. Of course, you will keep wearing them. But they won’t give you joy. Remember when that happened to ballet flats? The memory still hurts – even though they gave us bunions. *howls* 13. Distressed clothing actually makes you look distressed. That directional, oversized holey jumper: MOTHS. The skirt with the frayed hem: CAUGHT IN THE CAR DOOR. Those jeans with the rips: DERELICT.

Comfort is elegance. But be careful. There is a fine line between comfortable, meaning ‘you look like a sofa’, and comfortable that doesn’t look comfortable (but is). Hold on to this comfortable whenever you can. The good kind. Because trussed-up and in pain is less sexy than it sounds. Thigh-high boots make you look like you are in panto. Hot panto, perhaps, but panto nonetheless. You can try this trend whenever it comes up, but you will inevitably give up on it because of the inner chorus of, ‘Oh, no, she shouldn’t have …’ If a bra hurts … It probably bulges.

14. Straight men don’t understand smock dresses. You think winsome hippie. They think maternity.

Above – Pencil skirts are always foxy, unless they don’t go in at the knee.


There is such a thing as too many zips. In fact, it is easily done. One zip is probably enough.

10. If you find the perfect trousers, buy three pairs. If we know anything, we

15. A good polo-neck is the fashion equivalent of eight hours’ sleep. Hides all manner of chins – sorry, sins. 16. There is nothing better than a successful internet purchase. It makes you feel like you have won the lottery. You have defied the size gods, the delivery devils and the fabric

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Above – A good polo-neck hides a multitude of sins. Left – Squeezing into the smallest size you can is a no-no. It makes you look and feel awful.

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three cheap dresses. This is a fact.

18. You shouldn’t throw away everything you haven’t worn for

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like. Keep anything that gives you joy. Now that’s a proper “edit”.

19. White winter coats. Make you look rich if they are clean … and insane if they are dirty. 20. And finally… Head-to-toe black is back. Praise be.



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UK & Europe in 2019


At House of Travel Ashburton we strive to create the best UK and Europe experience for you at the best value – that’s our service guarantee. We understand everyone has different travel needs and that’s why we love it when you bring your ideas to us because together, with our experience and knowledge of selling travel to the UK and Europe for the past 31 years, we can create your perfect trip. As part of planning your journey to create your perfect trip, we invite you to come along to our UK and Europe Expo Evening on Monday, October 1. This will give you the opportunity to meet and discuss your plans, and get ideas from our specialist presenters as well as the team at House of Travel Ashburton. Presenters at our evening will include airline, touring, rental car and cruise representatives. The options are many and varied and you get the opportunity to meet with them all and discuss your plans. Plus of course the House of Travel Ashburton team of Anna Schmack, Nathan Bartlett, Maxine Chisnall, Mandy Reid, Bronwyn Milne, Sara Moore and myself

will be there to guide you and offer our extensive knowledge as well. Maybe you have always thought you would like to go on a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest – one of the most popular river cruise options in the world. Has island hopping around the Greek Islands always been on your bucket list, a Villa in Tuscany or if when you come into our office you see on the wall the picture of the Cinque Terre, Italy and say to yourself one day I am going to visit there. We can make all of this plus many other options possible. Another popular itinerary inclusion is

driving around the English countryside in a rental car. Now is a great time to start planning that journey – the English villages along the way where a pub lunch is always a great way to meet the locals and get the inside knowledge on what is to see in their little neck of the woods. Book yourself into a bed and breakfast and enjoy the hospitality of the English, Scottish or Welsh folk or maybe tour by car or guided holiday to Ireland if you have every fancied giving Guinness a try. continued next page

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Reach your goals

There have been many studies conducted over the years into how the garcinia cambogia fruit works. Garcinia’s active ingredient is hydroxycitric acid (HCA). HCA is basically a derivative of citric acid. It is found in a variety of tropical plants including garcinia cambogia. It has two pathways of action. Garcinia cambogia may block fat production and help manage belly fat. The effect HCA has on fatty acids in your bloodstream is the most important factor in its ability to support weight management. Part of this process involves an enzyme called ATP citrate lyase which allows sugars to be converted into fats for storage. This is where HCA comes in. It can de-activate this enzyme, blocking sugars from being converted into fats, resulting in little fat storage. Studies show those given garcinia cambogia tend to eat less. Garcinia supports a feeling of satiety – fullness – so you eat less. Studies indicate it supports


healthy levels of serotonin and satiety receptors in your brain. Serotonin is the feel good neurotransmitter that promotes feelings of satisfaction, and is known to help manage appetite. Some studies also suggest that garcinia cambogia may support healthy blood sugar balance, as it supports healthy insulin and leptin levels, blood sugar levels, and insulin activity. Lighthouse Garcinia Cambogia 12000 has 60 per cent HCA which is the suggested amount to get a therapeutic effect. The addition of chromium can further assist in your body’s balance of sugars. Always read the label and take as directed. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional. Use in conjunction with diet and exercise. Lighthouse Distributors Limited, Hamilton. TAPSPP1740.

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Yippee, spring is here

Finally, spring has arrived Although September can more often than not be a wet and windy month, temperatures are on the rise, producing signs of spring throughout the garden.

Vege garden Time for the final harvest and removal of winter-maturing vegetables. By staggering planting times, these vegetables have hopefully supplied your kitchen with continuous food over winter. Where conditions allow, eg soil is not too wet and the temperature is rising, you can plant the hardier summer vegetables. These include asparagus, beetroot, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, onion, radish, silverbeet and spinach. Improve existing vegetable plots by adding generous amounts of compost before planting new season’s vegetables. Maintain a wary eye for slugs and snails as they will rapidly emerge in search of tasty seedlings.

Flowering annuals Time to prepare your summer flower garden as winter annuals are finishing flowering. It’s a little early for planting traditional summer annuals, but there are a number that transcend this typical growing season, eg alyssum, calendulas, cornflower, lobelia, nemesia, pansies and violas. If you want to grow your own summer flowering annuals from seed, sow them now in specific seed-raising mix and water regularly to ensure even germination. Seedlings should be mature enough for transplanting into the garden approximately six to eight weeks after sowing. Bulbs Carefully mark the position of your late winter/early spring flowering bulbs if you want to grow other plants in the same area over the summer months. Where bulbs are flowering well, allow them to naturalise in the garden. This applies especially to crocus, freesias, hyacinths, iris,

lachenalias, narcissus and watsonias. Fruit trees In warmer areas, citrus are still producing masses of sweet fruit. Stone fruit, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches and plums are all in full bloom, as are pip fruit. Hopefully, weather conditions allow for successful pollination by bees, with sunny days and no strong winds. Early strawberry varieties are now beginning to set fruit. Maintain a good mulch of peastraw or hay around the plants to help keep the berries clean and healthy. Roses Spring/early summer is the best time for roses in NZ with masses of blooms and plants are usually disease free. Apply compost around the base of existing and new plants as it’s beneficial for the plant’s health. Commence fertiliser applications from early October onwards. Ornamental shrubs and trees Garden centres are still well stocked with new season’s trees and shrubs. Quite often in September, there are very attractive sales to clear seasonal plants. As the soil warms, mulch new and existing plants to help suppress weeds and aid water retention over the dry summer months. Give winter flowering shrubs, like azaleas and camellias, that have finished flowering, a light tidy-up prune where required. Lawns Grass growth is just beginning again. Make sure your lawnmower blades have been sharped for the new season. Cut lawns regularly but avoid close mowing initially in spring. Apply first applications of fertiliser in late September. While it is still a little early for over-sowing bare patches in your lawn, these areas can be prepared for next month’s sowing. For more gardening advice or information on the wide range of Daltons products, visit

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Daltons vege garden planting and care prize pack We have a prize pack to give away with everything you need for a thriving vege garden. The pack is valued at over $70 and contains 2 x Garden Time Vegetable Mix, 1 x Daltons Goldcote Vegetable and Herb Fertiliser, 1 x Besgrow Coir mulch and 1 x Garden Time Chicken and Sheep Pellets, plus a pair of comfortable Red Back gardening gloves from Omni Products www.omniproducts.

Be in to win

Is lichen harmful?

Email with Daltons vege garden planting and care prize pack in

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the subject heading, or write to Vege garden pack giveaway, Box 77, Ashburton.

Is the yellow lichen on my fruit trees harmful and, if so, what should I do to remove it? You have asked a great question, as many people are unsure ,of what lichen is. Lichen on any trees is actually a sign of clean healthy air and in no way does it have a negative impact on the growth of the tree. Some people do regard lichen as unsightly and wish to remove it, which is easy enough to do. If the lichen is on your fruit trees, a winter clean-up spray of lime sulphur or copper oxychloride applied at winter strength will very quickly remove the lichen, while also cleaning up any overwintering insects or diseases. For more information and expert advice, check out our How to Grow Fruit Trees Guide

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All questions supplied are entered into the draw to win a Daltons prize pack, but the Guardian reserves the right to choose which questions and answers will be published. Daltons post the prize to our lucky winner.

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OUT AND ABOUT @ the Mayfield Monthly Market A huge crowd turned out for the Mayfield Monthly Market last month, Robyn Hood captured some of the faces.

Above – Wendy Rennie. Left – Gladys MacLeod (left) and Marion Cone.

Above – Trudy Hodge.


Above – Ali Wallace.


Above – Di Lake.

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OUT AND ABOUT for Daffodil Day Residents from Coldstream received a brightening up for Daffodil Day and the Ashburton Vintage Car Club did their bit for Daffodil Day fundraising at their Show and Shine. Robyn Hood and Katie Todd were at both events. Above – Rob and Diane Ross. Left – Peter Jacob (left) and Scott Bowers.

Above – Neil Holland.


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Above – Allen (left) and Zac Moore.


Left – Joan Archer (left) and Hilda Murdoch.


Right – Joan Chisnall (left) and Ngaire Gibbs.


Above – Mary Ward.


Above – Tui Blissett (left) and, Betty Gear.


Above – Julie Burrows (left) and Pam Brown.


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