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Donna-Marie Lever at home in Mayfield

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top reporter: Methven’s Anna Leask

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women in business: Verity Lydford

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Jane Logie helps us detox naturally

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Mum on the run: The cruelest chore

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Gardening: Shifting your plants

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Welcome to September’s edition of YOU magazine! For Mid Canterbury it has been a horrendous two weeks and I cannot begin to imagine what devastation the families and friends of Peg Noble and Leigh Cleveland are going through. And also, the staff of Winz Ashburton and everybody else involved, the YOU team’s thoughts and best wishes are with you. Two top national journalists who didn’t find reporting on this appalling crime at all easy, were top notch crime and police reporter Anna Leask, Methven born and bred, who was sent from Auckland to cover for the New Zealand Herald. And experienced TVNZ news reporter Donna-Marie Lever, who is raising a family in Mayfield. Both talk about a job where tragedy is all too common and how it feels when it hits your home patch in this month’s YOU. Stay safe, stay positive and thanks for reading, Lisa Fenwick YOU editor

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LIFE IN MID CANTERBURY

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For the past 11 years, Donna-Marie Lever has been giving New Zealanders their nightly news. What many Mid Cantabrians don’t realise is that DonnaMarie lives just up the road on a Mayfield farm. Erin Tasker reports.

For the majority of her career, television news reporter Donna-Marie Lever lived the anonymous life in the big city. She was just another Aucklander who just happened to be on the nightly television news. No big deal. But now she’s a Mid Canterbury farm girl, she is no longer just another face in the crowd. The fact her face is regularly beamed into living rooms around the country means she’s one of those people who you recognise and you wonder how you know her. She goes to buy her groceries, or a Lotto ticket, and finds herself being asked about stories she’s reported on that week. That sort of thing didn’t happen in the big smoke. A born-and-bred Aucklander, DonnaMarie never dreamt rural Mid Canterbury would feature in her future, but true love had other ideas. She met Reon Blake through a mutual friend. He was a Mid Canterbury farm boy, turned South Auckland cop, and the two hit it off immediately. They married and life continued as

normal in the big city, until one day Reon announced he’d like to leave the police force and move back to the family farm. Donna-Marie was surprised, but didn’t dismiss the idea. In fact, she made a deal with Reon. He wanted to leave the police and she was ready to have a baby, so she

told him if they had a baby they could move south. Baby Saskia arrived in November 2012. She was born in Auckland – Donna-Marie wanted her to be what’s believed to be the eighth generation of her family born in the city – but when she was just six

weeks old the family made the biggest move of Donna-Marie’s life. She went from big city life, to living on a dairy support farm not far from Mayfield. She went from a life of not knowing her neighbours, despite being able to see into their living rooms, to her inlaws living next


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door – albeit a few kilometres away. “I’d barely heard of Ashburton, let alone Mayfield. When I met Reon I thought we might go and visit a bit, but never thought I would live there,” she said. It took some adjusting to. “I couldn’t sleep the first night because it

was too quiet,” she said. The house was in need of renovations and it had no curtains, so as well as being too quiet, the stars were too bright for her to sleep. For an already sleep-deprived new mum, it was not ideal. “Then I heard a noise and thought there

was someone outside,” she said. It was a possum; the first of many. She’s yet to have the pleasure of meeting any of the district’s rat population, despite not being far from the river, but does have a friendly country mouse living in her roof. It’s been there for a while now, she won’t let Reon get rid of it.

After a year-and-half, Donna-Marie is in a groove. She’s back working four days a week, dropping Saskia at daycare in Ashburton on her commute to Christchurch. It’s about a 90-minute trip, but it’s no big deal; sometimes it would have taken her that long to travel 10km in Auckland. She can’t not work. News is a part of her, and living where she does now allows her to have the best of both worlds. For much of her career, she’s reported on crime. She’s reported on some of the country’s biggest police cases and just a couple of weeks ago, another was added to the list in Donna-Marie’s new backyard. continued over page


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From page 5 She was the One News reporter covering the tragic double killing at the Ashburton Winz office. It wasn’t the first time she’d reported on a crime of its nature in her own patch, but this was different. She wasn’t in Auckland anymore, she was in Ashburton – a small town where everyone knew everyone. It was in her town – a town she still has to walk the streets of and do her shopping in. As a reporter, you had to have good ethics and show respect. Incidents like this brought that home harder than ever, she said. It’s a job Donna-Marie never saw herself doing. When she left school, radio was her dream. She went to radio school and her first job was for the station now known as Radio Live. The boss was Bill Ralston, who went on to become the head of news at One News, and asked Donna-Marie to come with him. At radio school she admits to sort of “brushing over” the journalism stuff – she thought journalists were a bit nosey and pushy. But she decided to give it a go and has never looked back. “Now I just can’t imagine doing anything else; it’s not like work to me,” she said. Now based out of the Christchurch newsroom, her story-load is more varied than it was before. The rest of the country knows about the troublesome magpie who was terrorising Ashburton’s posties, thanks to Donna-Marie. Severe weather events in Mid Canterbury like last year’s September wind storm have also had their stories told by the reporter many in the industry

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know simply as DM. The news is just one of the many things different down here. Donna-Marie chuckles when she recalls some of her welcome-to-rural-living moments, like the first time she encountered stock being moved down the road. “I didn’t know what to do so I pulled off the road and turned the car off and waited for the cows to go past,” she said. For Reon, the return to Mayfield was like a duck coming back to water. For DonnaMarie it was a case of a duck out of water, big time. Her job has taken her all over the world. She’s covered the Boxing Day tsunami,

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the conflict in East Timor, and even made the news herself a few years ago while covering the Fifa World Cup in South Africa. She and her cameraman had their hotel rooms broken into and all their gear taken. But one thing she didn’t know anything about was farm life. She thinks she might have been on a farm visit with school once, but that’s about as far as her rural experience went. She’s a fast learner though, you have to be in her game. Competitive by nature, she’s always striving to get the best story for her viewers. But that dedication and the nature of the job, can come at a cost. In the city,

work was her life. “I’d be home two days a week and away for the rest and that’s what it’s been like,” Donna-Marie said. Now, it’s different. Priorities have changed and life is more of a balancing act, following the arrival of Saskia. Now she’s six-months’ pregnant with number two, life’s about to change again. “I think I’m in a good routine and I’m about to ruin that by having another baby.” It can be a balancing act juggling a family, farm and a job, but it’s one DonnaMarie is determined to perfect. She’s off on maternity leave again in October, but will be back in a few months’ time. There will be no keeping her away. News is a part of you, Donna-Marie said. It was something you missed and craved if you weren’t a part of it. “It’s what I know and it’s my safe zone.” Mid Canterbury is the perfect place for this working mum though. She knows if they were still in Auckland she and Reon would probably be working just as hard as before, with a nanny looking after their daughter, and they would be seeing very little of each other. That’s just part of life in the big city rat-race, and working inflexible jobs. The move south has meant they get to see much more of each other; they get plenty of quality family time. “Here we have options, choices and lifestyle other people can’t imagine having,” she said. She still gets back to Auckland regularly; her family is there. But now, it’s the big city where she can’t sleep. It’s just too noisy.

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Our inspirational trips

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The team here at House of Travel have had some fantastic opportunities to travel this year and we love travelling and sharing our knowledge and experiences from these trips with you so we thought we would tell you all about them and hopefully inspire you towards your 2015 travel. Maxine Whiting: Owner Operator – this year I had the most incredible experience when I headed to Kenya and Tanzania in May on a Safari. To see wildlife in this environment is the most amazing experience you will ever have. I love Asia so this year for my holiday I spent a week in Malaysia and two weeks in my favourite beach destination of Koh Samui. Anna Schmack: Travel Consultant – Anna this year holidayed in Vietnam with her family on a Peregrine Family Trip and experienced the true family Vietnam holiday. The family loved it and Anna cannot stop talking about it. Anna is also heading to Turkey in November on an Insight Tour so we are all looking forward

to hearing all about that on her return. Nathan Bartlett: Travel Consultant – Nathan has just this week returned from a long weekend in Melbourne and experienced all the beautiful city of Melbourne has to offer. Last year Nathan travelled in the USA on a Globus Tour that included San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon – always an amazing site. Bronwyn Wooding: Travel Consultant – Bronwyn this year is heading up to Hong Kong in mid-October for a Princess Cruise around Asia. Having never cruised before Bronwyn cannot wait for this to come around. Bronwyn also had a long weekend in Sydney for a little bit of shopping, always a fun city. Aimee Mangin: Travel Consultant – Aimee and fiancée Max earlier this year enjoyed a Princess Cruise around the Pacific. Aimee also had never cruised before so thoroughly enjoyed this first hand experience and the knowledge she gained from this cruise is superb. Aimee

is currently in Rarotonga enjoying all this beautiful Pacific Island has to offer. Maxine Chisnall: Travel Consultant – Maxine also travelled to Vietnam with her family for their holiday this year. A small group trip again with two nights in Halong Bay which was a highlight for them. Maxine is currently Cruising the Caribbean with MSC Cruises so we cannot wait for her to return to hear all about this one – the itinerary is amazing. Mandy Reid: Travel Consultant – Earlier in the year Mandy had a week in Singapore and discovered that Singapore is certainly a destination and not just a stopover point. Mandy’s knowledge on Singapore is up-to-date and she enjoyed every minute of this trip. Mandy and her family head away to catch up with family in King Island, Australia in late September. We look forward to hearing all about what King Island has to offer. Advertising feature

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When out of town media descended on Ashburton after Peg Noble and Leigh Cleveland were shot dead in Ashburton’s Winz office, Aucklander Anna Leask was among them. That meant the exMethven woman was handling a major crime scene in her own community. She talks with reporter Sue Newman about the challenges of working on home turf.

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l the girl from Methven It’s mid-afternoon Saturday, another warm, Auckland day. Clouds float lazily across the sky, there’s a hint of summer in the sun. A group of friends gather at a café, wines are poured, steaming cups of coffee on the table. They’re catching up on the week that was. Their working week is high powered, long hours and high on stress. Saturday is wind down. There’s laughter and sympathy as working week stories are exchanged. Among them is Anna Leask, fresh from a week wrapped in the tragedies of other people’s lives. She’s the New Zealand Herald’s number one crime and

justice reporter, but in that moment, she’s a friend among friends, catching up, swapping yarns and gazing into a leisurely afternoon that’s likely to stretch well into the night. A phone rings. Anna instinctively reaches for her handbag. She checks. It’s hers. Work. As she answers she stands and picks up her jacket. Saturday’s over, the weekend is done. Anna is on callback. A murder, a plane to catch and another chain of events that will weave the story of another tragedy for New Zealand Herald readers. Some might curse the call that blows a weekend. Not Anna. For her it represents an opportunity, not only to chase a breaking story, but also to help the rest of New Zealand make some kind of sense out of a tragedy. Anna’s an award-winning journalist, living in Auckland and chasing news internationally, but at heart she’s still the girl from Methven. She was a child who loved language and writing stories at school, and who admired her journalist aunt. From there she’s grown into a news industry professional who has an ability to take words and weave stories that are compelling, that help people understand the tragedies that tear lives apart. Today Anna’s name is tagged to some of the toughest and best stories to hit the headlines. Her working life is spent among the horror of crime scenes and tragedies unfolding. It’s a tough life, but it’s a life she loves. The hours are long and uncertain, she’s often abused, rarely thanked, but when the words start to flow, the presses run, the papers hit the news-stand, Anna’s rewards come. She can’t recall a time when she didn’t want to write, but the love affair with words was almost overtaken by a desire to be a cop. She was too short. Today she combines those two loves as a crime and justice reporter for the New Zealand Herald. She’s 31 and is at the top

of her game. This year she was awarded the country’s top prize for a journalist in her field at the annual Canon awards. Awards, however, are not what drive Anna. Her motivation comes from the chase, following a story as it unfolds, telling that story to the rest of the country. Anna came to journalism with a solid academic record behind her, a double degree, a diploma in journalism from Aoraki Polytech and a post-graduate journalism diploma from Canterbury. With a clutch of qualifications in hand, like most graduates, Anna thought she would walk into a top job on a big paper. Like most graduates she found the reality was quite different. The Press wouldn’t put her on the pay-

crime and justice. “I’ve always been interested in crime and court. It’s different every day and it’s challenging, so I’ve stuck with the police round. At one stage there was talk of putting me on health but it lasted three weeks, till I convinced them I was more suited to crime.” Anna admits she’s driven by the high pressure and fast pace that is part of the crime round. “I just can’t sit still long enough to do other stuff.” That determination, dedication and a hefty dose of talent earned Anna her role as the Herald’s number one crime reporter. She’s built up a huge network of contacts across the country that gives her

Dropping into another community is always really tough. They don’t know you and they usually don’t want you there

roll, but the Christchurch Star would. It mightn’t have been the start she hoped for but Anna quickly realised she was with the right paper at the right time. Barry Clarke was editor. He liked what he saw in the cub reporter and quickly put opportunities her way. “I was lucky, he mentored me and I learned from the best.” During her three-year stint at the Star, she became the paper’s chief reporter and its number one crime reporter, laying the foundations for a move to Auckland. Three years down the track her hard work was rewarded when a job opened up at the Herald on Sunday. “It was hard going to Auckland, but I knew if I wanted to move to a bigger paper I’d move from Christchurch. The opportunity to work in a big paper was pretty exciting.” She was 26 with the world of journalism at her feet, working alongside writers she admired. And then the big break came. A job at the New Zealand Herald and an opportunity to work on the round she loved –

entrée to lives, events and places most cannot go. The word ‘normal’ does not apply to Anna’s working life. While there are weeks when she never leaves Auckland, those weeks are always peppered with tragedy and drama. Other weeks she’s a stranger in a strange town or city, covering murders or largescale disasters for the Herald. “Dropping into another community is always really tough. They don’t know you and they usually don’t want you there.” She covered the Pike River mine disaster and said she initially battled suspicion and distrust. “They don’t want you there, but they want their stories told; they hate you but they also need you. They want accurate news getting out there, but they don’t realise that has to come from them. That’s the hard thing in these situations.” Anna is well used to being tagged as a “hard-nosed journalist bitch” but said that’s the price for telling the real stories about real people in real events. continued over page


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For any journalist, the death knock (cold calling on someone whose family member has just died) is the toughest of calls. Anna’s done dozens of those over the years. Numbers don’t make it easier. There’s no formula to follow, everyone is different. “I always wing it. I always know the questions I’ll ask and the aim, and that’s to get a story, but first and foremost these are people. They deserve a chance to tell their story, but if they don’t want to, then we don’t do it. For me, it’s more about making sure they have the opportunity to personalise a story.” Over-riding the desire to get a story, to be the one person a victim or their family will talk to, is the desire not to be seen as a “media vulture”, Anna said. “Sometimes I do feel I compromise myself, but at the end of the day, I have a job to do. I don’t think I’ve ever felt I’ve No matte rh nalist Ann ow tough the job, pushed someone too far, haso a the candle Leask allowed hers metimes, for a brie f moment, rassed them. It’s never easy e light vigil in Ashburt lf to be just part of jo and Leigh the crowd uron for sho Cleveland but at the end of the day, it’s o during . ting victim s Peg Nob PHOTOS G le my job.” INA BUCK LEY

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ASHBURTON Anna’s accustomed to either big city Auckland as her crime scene patch or other towns or cities where she is unknown, knows no-one. Last week that all changed. Last week it was tough. She was back on home turf covering the Ashburton Winz shootings. This is the community she grew up in, where her parents and grandparents still live. “Whatever I do here will have an impact on them and I have to bear that in mind. I get on the plane, leave and head home. This week has been particularly hard.” When the call came to head to Ashburton, Anna was at the ear, nose and throat specialist. “I was told, if you want to go, get going. The call came at 1pm, I left at 2.10pm. I made the flight by 40 seconds. I’ve never missed a flight yet, but that was close.” There are always assignments that stand out. Covering the Christchurch earthquakes was incredibly tough, something Anna will never forget. She knew people who were killed, knew the city well and every day had to get up and head on to its streets to tell the stories of loss on many levels. For a long time after that, she said, other assignments, other tragedies seemed almost trivial. While the big stories are her bread and

butter, Anna admits there are times when she faces disappointment, when a story she’s been chasing falls flat, when a person with a great story to tell says no. “When that happens I do beat myself up. I always go away wondering if I could have done more or better.” In spite of having probably the best book of contacts in the newspaper industry, she says she still has good news years and not-so-good years. Last year was a good one, leading to the Canon awards. This year is “not too bad”. As the top crime reporter for New Zealand’s largest newspaper, Anna is usually first in line for overseas assignments, sometimes with just two hours’ notice. She worked in Thailand after three Kiwis became sick and one died, spent weeks in Sydney wrapping up a feature piece after media star Charlotte Dawson’s death, was in Bali earlier this year chasing Sonny Bill Williams and his wife and talking to jailed Kiwis … the list goes on. She’s also written a book, that perhaps, surprisingly, sprang from a cold call death knock on a woman whose daughter had been stabbed in her home and had died in her arms. That case affected her more than any other. Over the weeks and months she built

a relationship with the mother and the book grew from the woman’s need for a concrete way to work through her grief. She found that in Anna, the journalist she’d grown to trust. All that death and tragedy might be the norm for Anna, but it doesn’t mean she isn’t affected by her working environment. She’s always looking for the human side, for the opportunity to make some kind of sense out of what has happened.

A CALLING Looking ahead, Anna says she can’t imagine a day when she won’t want to work in the media. It’s who she is. “I’m dedicated; this is what I love doing. It’s really competitive, that’s one of the exhausting parts, looking over your shoulder and making sure you’re ahead and getting further ahead.” Even in her own newsroom there is competition, but that’s of the healthy kind, a team of people working to put out a great paper every day. Getting a good story is about asking the right questions and Anna says she learned early in her career that no question is too small – or too dumb. “I went to see this widow and did a lovely interview with her. I got back to the office, wrote the story and Barry (Clarke) said, ‘what’s the cat’s

name?’ I had to call her back.” It might be trivial, but that’s the detail that makes a good story, she said. For her, survival is about compartmentalising her life. “I can leave my job at my desk and go home. I can normally keep a bit of a line between me and events. Once it starts affecting my personal life I’ll start thinking about (doing) other things.” And she’d love to write another book. Her other loves in life are travel and reading – crime novels of course. And while she’s quick to say she’s very much the amateur, Anna says she loves wandering around, camera in hand, snapping things that capture her imagination. When it comes to lifestyle, she flats with friends who understand her job. Sometimes, Anna said, she finds herself surprised that she’s 31, that younger journalists now look at her as someone they can learn from. It seems only a few years ago she was that junior. Somewhere in the future she’d like to think there will be children. But not now. There are far too many stories to chase and like anyone at the top of their game, she said, you have to keep an eye on who’s coming behind. “You can’t get complacent and just think you’re a national police reporter. You’re only ever as good as your last story.”


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Snoring AND THE SNORE-OP

by Jennifer Little

Snoring is a very disruptive and common problem. Snoring can affect the day to day quality of life for sufferers and also affect partners being kept awake or woken by snorers. It is generally made by vibration of surfaces together in the upper airway. Most snoring noise emanates from the soft palate, and is louder when the mouth is open. Other sites contributing may be the back of the tongue and the nose, and sometimes structures in the lower throat. Between 30-40% of the population snores, and it seems to be more common in men. As one gets older, snoring frequency and loudness increase owing to the reducing levels of “elastin” in aging tissues. Weight gain, smoking, alcohol, sedatives, and back sleeping often worsen snoring. Some other factors are not easily solved such as a small lower jaw, and some have large tonsils which need to be removed to reduce the problem.

Bad snorers can wake very tired, or have daytime sleepiness. Snoring has also been implicated as an aggravating factor in other medical problems such as hypertension and depression. Fixing snoring does not necessarily solve these problems. Sleep Apnoea, is the cessation of breathing for a variable length of time in sleep. This is caused by obstruction to the airway with the tongue, and results in falling oxygen levels. This is often associated with a number of health problems and can be diagnosed with “Sleep Study”. This condition is often the source of most concern to the partner, and may occur in as many as 10% of adults. One option available for the snorer is the Snore-Op – The Radiofrequency Tissue Volume Reduction technique. This procedure is amongst the most likely to succeed (around 80% of our patients have a reduction with one treatment and a further 10% respond to a second treatment). It is a minor operation requiring only local anaesthesia and done in the doctor’s office. It is very

like a trip to the dentist, where local anaesthetic is used to numb the palate, and two small areas of the soft palate are treated painlessly. The snoring gets worse for two or three nights, then lessens progressively over about 2 months. The effectiveness and longevity of these results varies in individuals. A patient who reduces his snoring to less than “3” on the snoring scale or below is likely to have a result lasting 3 to 5 plus years, in our experience. Other treatment options will also “wear off” with increasing age and weight. It is a very simple matter to repeat this treatment, and it is cost effective. Much of this method was pioneered and developed by New Zealand doctors, and is now used worldwide. A useful tool for measuring the loudness

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GET THE LEFTOVERS

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I’m all for saving the pennies these days and I can’t think of a better way to do it than being frugal with the leftovers in the fridge. Once upon a time our leftover roast chicken would sit in the fridge until it was too dry to eat and end up in the bin, but not anymore. I can think of many creative things to do with it, all of which take no time at all to rustle up. Let’s start with this addictive chicken and pesto pie. In fact, if I don’t stop picking at it there will be nothing left for me to take this photo with.

Chicken and pesto pie 1 onion, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, crushed 2 1/2 C left over chicken, chopped or shredded 75g butter 3T flour 2C of good chicken stock 2T cream 2T basil pesto Salt and pepper – Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Saute the onion and garlic on a medium heat until opaque, not browned.

Add the flour and cook it off for a couple of minutes, then add chicken stock and whisk until the lumps disappear. You may need a little less than 2 cups of stock but just add until you get the consistency you want. Bring to the boil and turn down to low, all the while, whisking the sauce then add the cream, basil pesto and chicken. Season to taste. – When the mixture has cooled a little put into a pie dish and top with flaky pastry and cook in a pre-heated oven at 200°C until pastry is cooked. – I had another thought on the way home from work. It would be quite nice topped with a creamy mashed potato and baked until the potato is golden. Don’t forget the dollops of butter on top. – You could also throw in any leftover cooked vegetables sitting in the fridge and there you have yourself dinner in a flash!

Lemon and chicken penne pasta 1 1/2 C of penne pasta about 80-90g feta cheese 1/4 C heavy cream 1 small clove garlic, finely chopped 2t grated lemon zest 1T lemon juice 2C frozen peas, thawed 2C shredded left over chicken Salt and pepper – Cook pasta according to packet instructions. While pasta is cooking, place the feta, cream, garlic, lemon zest and juice in a small bowl and mash lightly with a fork to

combine. – Set aside about 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid and drain the pasta. – Return the pasta to the pot and stir in the peas, feta cheese mixture, and chicken. – Stir in the reserved cooking liquid, season with salt and pepper and serve immediately. – Garnish with freshly torn basil leaves for an extra kick, but optional of course.

Asian chicken and rice noodle salad 200g rice noodles 3C shredded cooked chicken 1C bean sprouts 4 spring onions 1 carrot, peeled and grated 1/4 C chopped fresh coriander 1/3 C chopped dry roasted peanuts Dressing 1t sugar 1D fish sauce juice and rind of 1 lime pinch of chilli flakes 1 clove crushed garlic 1-2T water – Whisk together, fish sauce, sugar, lime juice and rind, garlic, chilli flakes and water. Set aside. – Place the rice noodles in a large bowl in the sink, cover them with hot water and let stand for 10 mins. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to the boil. Drain noodles and add to the pot, cook, stirring until tender, 3-4 mins. – Drain and rinse with cold water until cool. Transfer the noodles to a large bowl. – Add chicken and remaining ingredients and toss well. Pour half of the dressing on salad and toss again. Add more dressing as desired.


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Chicken enchiladas

1T butter 2 spring onions 1/2 t garlic powder 1/4 C chopped jalapeno chillies 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup 1/2 C sour cream 1C grated cheddar cheese 1 1/2 C cubed leftover chicken 6 x 12-inch flour tortillas 1/4 C milk

– Pre-heat oven to 180°C and lightly grease a baking dish. – In a medium saucepan over a medium heat, melt butter and sauté spring onions for about 3 -4 mins (until soft), add garlic powder, jalapenos, soup and sour cream and mix well to combine. Keep aside 3/4 of this sauce and to the remaining sauce in the pan, add the chicken and 1/2 of the cheddar cheese and stir together. – Fill each tortilla with the chicken mixture and roll up. Place seam side down in the greased baking dish. – In a small bowl combine the reserved sauce with the milk. Spoon mixture over the rolled tortillas and top with the remaining grated cheese. – Bake in the pre-heated oven for 30-35 mins or until cheese is bubbling. – Serve with a lovely fresh green salad.

Nothing screams great-flavoured comfort food better than this chicken and pesto pie.

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DESTRUCTIVE FOOD MYTHS

With an abundance of misleading advertising and old wives’ tales surrounding the health food industry, it can be tough to know what’s really healthy and what just looks that way. Here are the truths behind some common misconceptions:

debunked

sugar, including increased risk of heart disease, tooth decay and obesity.

CEREAL IS THE HEALTHIEST WAY TO START THE DAY

HEALTHY MEANS LOW FAT Many people think healthy food is low-fat food and vice versa, but this is not a valid equation. First, many lowfat foods are not all that healthy. Many are advertised as low-fat, but that doesn’t make them healthy if they are full of salt, additives and sugar. The second thing to consider is that all fats are not the same, and some are healthy. Monounsaturated fats, found in avocados, olive oil and nuts, can actually help weight loss, as well as keep your heart healthy and lower cholesterol. It is important to consider the type of fat in your foods – and the food’s nutritional value – as well as quantities of fat.

POTATOES COUNT AS ONE OF YOUR RECOMMENDED FRUIT AND VEGES With some governments advising we increase our daily portions of fruit and veges, many of us are confused about what exactly counts towards this. Many joke about the nutritional value of chips and crisps as they come from potatoes, but potatoes – in any form – are not the best choice of vegetable. Although potatoes are still a good source of fibre, B vitamins and potassium, they are classified as a starch or carbohydrate rather than a vegetable. Try replacing your baked potato with a sweet potato, or mash a parsnip, sweet potato or swede in to your usual potato mash.

ONLY FRESH FRUIT COUNTS Fortunately, it is not all bad on the fruit and vege score as getting your recommended portions of fruit is a lot easier than many people think. Though eating whole fresh fruit is a great way to fill up and get healthy, fruit juice, dried fruit,

frozen fruit and tinned fruit also count. Not only that but fruit-based desserts, such as apple pie, fruit crumble and fruitcake, count too. Although they may not be as great for your waistline or general health, if they contain a decent amount of fruit they will count toward your daily intake.

NATURAL MEANS HEALTHY Just as a low-fat label does not automatically signal a healthy snack, neither does an “organic” or “natural” one. Although organic foods may be healthier than non-organic snacks, being organic or natural does not exclude foods from being loaded with salt, sugar or saturated fats. Also, be wary of labels that state foods “contain” organic or natural ingredients, as often this does not mean much at all. Check labels to make sure “natural” products are really as healthy as they seem.

VEGETARIAN DIETS ARE PROTEIN DEFICIENT One idea that contributes to this perception is that the body needs high levels of protein for health. However, studies have suggested that eating protein at very high levels could actually be bad for us and Dr Matthew Piper, from the Institute of

Healthy Ageing at University College London, has suggested the vegetarian diet may help us live longer for this very reason. The second misconception is that meat is the best source of protein. In fact, most foods contain some level of protein and there are many great sources of vegetarian protein around, which have the benefit of being free of the saturated fats found in most meat.

FOOD INTOLERANCES ARE THE SAME AS ALLERGIES Many people use the phrases “food allergy” and “food intolerance” as though they were interchangeable, however, this is not the case. While up to 45 per cent of the UK population suffers from food intolerances, according to Allergy UK, allergies are a lot rarer, affecting only 1 to 2 per cent of people. Although less common, the effects of food allergies are a lot more severe since they involve the immune system, meaning symptoms can even be life-threatening. In contrast, food intolerances mainly involve the digestive system and symptoms, although uncomfortable and even painful, are never life-threatening.

BROWN SUGAR IS HEALTHIER THAN WHITE Sugar is a common cause of misconceptions. Many people buy into the idea that brown sugar is healthier than white, but this is not true. Although brown sugar contains small traces of minerals, in reality they are so small they are no real benefit to our health. Brown sugar is still sugar, with the same calories and health risks of white

This is inaccurate as sugar levels in packaged cereals are often extremely high, even in “healthy” sounding brands. Although many cereals are fortified with vitamins and minerals, these nutrients are better taken in their natural form, so foods naturally abundant in vitamins and minerals and low in sugar, such as oats, sugar-free muesli, wholegrain bread or eggs, would be a more nutritious choice.

BOTTLED WATER IS BETTER THAN TAP WATER There’s no scientific evidence that bottled water is better for us, and some studies suggest it is actually worse. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) did a review of the bottled water industry and found the water to be no safer or healthier, findings that were also confirmed in a study by the University of Geneva. The NRDC concluded that 25 per cent of the water they tested was in fact just tap water in a bottle. Studies have also suggested that bottled water may be worse for our health as chemicals (phthalates) from the bottles leak into the water over time, which may lead to hormone imbalance.

CRAVING IS YOUR BODY’S WAY OF SAYING IT NEEDS SOMETHING Although this theory may help ease our guilt over giving in to cravings, it has yet to be proven true, and more recent research has suggested that food cravings are all in the mind. A study published in the journal Appetite has suggested many people crave the foods they most attempt to resist. Research has also suggested people simply crave the foods that they are most exposed to and familiar with. Eating a healthy, balanced diet should help to reduce those junk food cravings. For more lifestyle news see www.realbuzz.com


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HAVE YOU REVIEWED

your savings account

IN THE PAST TWO YEARS?

If the answer is no, there’s a fairly good chance that events have moved on and your bank, or one of its rivals has launched an account that could offer you some real benefits over the one you signed up to all those years’ ago. The time may be to spend half an hour on your bank’s website, and also on that of several of its rivals to see if it has kept up to date with savings account evolution.

If you don’t need the money any time soon, or you can take a bet on not needing it in a set period of time, you could consider putting it on term deposit for longer.

Is the best account at your current bank? Picking a bank account is like choosing the right tool for a job. Sure, you can beat a nail into the wall with a screwdriver – if that’s all you have. But you’ll do it a lot faster and with more precision if you use a hammer. The same is true with money. Use the right tool and you’ll get better results. NBS has its Target Account – allowing investors the chance to win $5,000 every month, with every $100 deposited giving you another chance to win. If it’s not a prize you’re after and you would prefer a higher interest rate, there’s NBS Call – earing 3.20 percent per annum

What level of access do you need to the money? Generally-speaking, the longer you lock your money up for, the higher the return. If you might need your cash at a moment’s notice, then some form of instant access account would likely be the best fit. Some accounts pay a flat rate of interest from the first dollar you save, others have tiered interest, so do not assume all bank’s accounts are equal.

from the first dollar deposited, a great rate for every-day savings while still having access to your money when you need it. For savings over $5,000 you could consider an NBS term deposit – a fixed rate of interest for locking your savings away for a fixed period (30 day – 36 months). All the banks have their interest rates available on their websites. Better still, sites like Interest.co.nz have all the banks’ rates for all their accounts in one location. Do not assume banks offer the same rates. They can vary hugely, as can the terms and conditions of use for the accounts.

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VERITY LYDFORD

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Verity Lydford on top of the “world”.

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Hotel Ashburton events co-ordinator Verity Lydford immediately strikes you as vibrant, energetic and friendly and at peace with her world. And she is, but it wasn’t always this way. An Aucklander born and bred, it’s like Verity has lived two lives. In Auckland she was on a slippery slope – partying, drinking a lot and with a lot of negative influences in her life. She became angry all the time and was stressed and highly strung. In Ashburton she is the person clients, friends and family have come to know and love – positive and genuine. Shifting here may not have been the initial turning point, but it was meant to be, Verity said. When a job popped up at Ashburton District Tourism, she leapt at the chance. “When I saw the advertisement I thought ‘I could do that’. It was a huge change, but I haven’t looked back,” Verity said. The move was an easy adjustment. She spent time snowboarding and tramping with the Methven and Districts Tramping Club , and before long she was meeting

lifelong friends. “It kind of all worked out well.” She finished up with Ashburton District Tourism in December 2011. “From there I had a few decisions to make. I decided that I really liked it in Ashburton and I wanted to stay.” She took a job at Configure Express as a fitness instructor where she stayed for two years before moving on to her current position at Hotel Ashburton. “This is what I’ve spent years doing,” she said about taking up the role. Her usual day involves “a bit of everything”, she moves between being in her office and on the phone or computer, to being out on the floor, meeting clients and checking set-ups and doing any lastminute adjustments. “It’s nice, I’m not stuck in the office all the time and it’s good that I get to be out on the floor and involved in everything.” Future possibilities are endless for Verity. “I love what I do, I don’t think I’d ever want to lose it completely, but I see a huge potential here for growth.” She’s only been events co-ordinator for the Hotel Ashburton since the beginning of May but she thinks it is the perfect job, in the perfect place.


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d spiritual home in Mid Canty “ It (Christianity) saved my life and it’s what brought me to Ashburton ... I am the person I am today because of my faith.

– Verity Lydford

“The whole of Mid Canterbury has got a really good attitude, that yes, we can do anything. Nothing’s a problem and yes, we’ll make it work.” Verity is responsible for booking out the six function rooms and catering for up to 400 people. “Part of the role includes promoting the venue and sourcing the business, not just waiting for the phone to ring,” she said. The best part of the job for Verity is being able to let her creative juices flow and letting her administrative skills take charge. “I like the booking and organising side of things, and just talking people through their requirements. I’m quite an organiser myself. In my role I’m a one-man band, but I work closely with the food and beverage department. We are always talking, always communicating.” It may have been daunting to make this big move to Ashburton, in fact she even said to herself “what the hell have I done?”, but it was one that was right and Verity can’t see herself living anywhere else. She may have moved here for a job, but she stayed for the lifestyle. Certainly ever moving back to Auckland or even a town bigger than Ashburton is out of the question. “I need to be close to the mountains and sea.” She and her partner love the same things – hunting, tramping and snowboarding – and spend as much of their spare time as possible enjoying the wide open spaces of Mid Canterbury. Wide open they may be, but one of the

main attractions for Verity is how close everything is. “Forty-five minutes and I’m at Mt Hutt, whereas in Auckland we’d have a four to five hour drive to be at Ruapehu.” In another direction she can be at another of her favourite places, Mt Somers. “I love everything about it,” she said. On the Staveley side you can head up to Pinnacles Hut and on the Mt Somers side you can pop up to Woolshed Creek Hut and you are not limited in the length of walks you can do either. “I love the variety.” Verity even joined the Ashburton Tramping Club and has been with them for three years. “They are such a great group of people,” she said. “Some of them, in their 60s, are quicker up the hills than me.” Verity has found her place in the sun and she’s loving it. She believes that “God will lead you in certain directions and that God brought me to Ashburton for a certain purpose”. Verity’s path towards Christianity started in Auckland in 2007. “It saved my life and it’s what brought me to Ashburton.” Her strong faith taught her that life isn’t about drinking until you fall down drunk, that life is about serving God, being considerate of others and not judging. “I am the person I am today because of my faith.” And the person that she is loves the events industry, organising huge events, and she’s done it most of her working life. She is exactly where she wants to be!

Right – Hotel Ashburton events co-ordinator Verity Lydford loves what she’s doing and where she’s doing it. “The whole of Mid Canterbury has got a really good attitude, that yes, we can do anything,” she said. PHOTO GINA BUCKLEY 040914-GB-024


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Ask anyone that works with me and they will tell you that our jobs mean we live in a constant state of stress. For the most part it is the type of ‘good’ stress that we secretly enjoy and thrive off, but there are some occasions where the stress takes a negative turn and we feel overwhelmed, tired and moody. A few weeks ago I was having one of these negative stress sort of weeks, I went to visit Bob at Health 2000 (I call it visit, he calls it to bug him about his advertising deadlines). He could tell that I was a bit overwhelmed and suggested I take some Stress Zone tablets back to the office with me. Stress Zone supports your adrenal gland, which is responsible for releasing hormones responding to stress. Stress Zone is designed to maintain the stress responses in your body so that you are not hyperactively stressed at work and then absolutely crashed out on the couch at 6pm when you get home. I have to say, these did work for me. Normally I am so wrecked when I get home at night that I am tucked up in bed

... there are some occasions where the stress takes a negative turn and we feel overwhelmed, tired and moody.

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Animal REHABILITATION

DR. NINA FIELD

Vet TALK

Rehabilitation or Physiotherapy helps dogs get active and strong again after health issues including injury and surgery. It can also help prevent injury and slow the deterioration of aged, damaged bodies! Rehab takes a holistic approach to improving the locomotion of your pet. Being lame on one leg, for example, gives the other 3 legs more work to do. It can also affect the trunk and spine as the lame leg is being held up or at an abnormal angle. This means the animal is not only sore on the injured leg be probably stiff and sore on other parts of the body as well, affecting the way it moves and how much it wants to move or weight bear. All these abnormalities are taken into account by the rehab therapist when a treatment plan is established. If the animal is also carrying too much weight this of course exacerbates the problems. A combination of massage, stretching and particular exercises are used to treat the patient and advice on the very important component of treatment – the home exercise program me. This is a highly individual programme depending on time restraints of owners, facilities available and physical limits of the patient.

For example, treatment for an acute injury or post-surgery could start with ice, followed by massage (effluage) and gentle flexion and extension of affected joint compressions to decrease swelling help with pain control. Over the following days or weeks this will change to include exercises with increasing intensity and duration and muscle stretches, eventually leading to a strong muscle group with maximum function. Treatment of chronic conditions including arthritis concentrates on decreasing pain first, often in combination with medication and then increasing the range of motion of the joints and the strength and stretch of the muscles. With arthritis, the more the muscles are supporting and stabilizing the joint, the slower the deterioration of the joint will be. Convalescence happens a lot faster with rehab so recovery from surgery is quicker and better, meaning your pet can get out and about and join you on those runs again! We look forward to hearing from you and can help you alongside your own vet in the total rehabilitation of your pet. Advertising Feature

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detox

TOP 10 TIPS TO HELP

THE BODY

With a great start to spring as the weather has been so gorgeous in the first week of September, summer salads may be arriving on the dinner table substituting the winter vegetables and soups. We often want to look our best for the summer holidays, so spring is a great time to give the body a break from all the rich, nourishing foods and beverages that we have been consuming over the winter months. Perhaps you may want to shed the odd kilo or two, we may have accumulated for extra insulation during the winter months. Summer frocks and summer parties are what may lay ahead for some, where the Kiwi barbecue comes out, friends and family start to gather more frequently for those special occasions or just wanting to get out your swimsuit/bikini for a dip in the sea. To feel and look our best, and the fastest way to shed a few kilos, can be to allow our body some rest from consuming too many modern-day treats that sometimes feel so difficult to avoid. Detoxification may not necessarily mean going into the back of beyond for a period of time and drinking only vegetable juices or partaking in a complex six-week regimented detoxification programme. Detoxing for spring can mean adjusting your diet and lifestyle slightly for a period of time before the summer party invitations start to arrive. A few signs and symptoms may already be present, letting you know that the body needs a break from the indulgences of winter. Tiredness, fatigue, insomnia, sore red eyes, indigestion, inflammation, hormonal imbalances, allergies, skin conditions, sluggish metabolism, headaches, constipation, high cholesterol, weight issues, cellulite, inability to concentrate, can all be related to congested detoxification pathways within the body, requiring some attention. How does one regain their shiny glossy appearance and rid the dull, pimply, blotchy, ragged look they have today? For some it may be a short simple process, while for others it may be a longer

to help the elimination pathways. Adding more onions and garlic into your daily cooking can also aid in the detoxification process. 9. Exercise where and when you can, it may not be necessarily hitting the gym every day, but merely going for a brisk daily walk for 20-40 minutes is all that is required. 10. Reduce your daily coffee consumption to one or none and replace with green or peppermint tea, and any of the broad range of herbal teas on offer in the supermarkets, can help to alkalinise the body. Support your body where possible as your body is an amazing piece of machinery and will do the rest of the work for you. All you need to do is provide it with the important elements it requires to perform a more efficient job. Remember to eat natural nutritious foods for at least 60 to 80 per cent of the time. Good luck. Remember that by applying a variety of the top 10 tips on a daily/ weekly basis can really go a long way to attaining good health. We can’t be super humans in today’s world of delicious temptations, but applying a balanced approach and the “in moderation mantra”, may help to fend off those weaknesses for wanting to reach for the not-so-nutritious food items. 8.

Jane Logie

NATURALLY YOU

one on the road to a clear complexion, shining hair and endless energy.

Tips The body is hard at work detoxifying every day for us. So why not try to support this process to ensure that you get the benefits you may so desire for the summer ahead. 1. Water, water and lots of it. Aim for 4-6 glasses average per day to aid the urinary system. 2. Have alcohol free days of the week, Sunday and Monday could be a start. Three to four alcohol-free days is recommended to give the body a break from toxins, as alcohol is considered a major toxin we put into our body. This is to give the liver a break and let it focus on detoxing other substances within the body that need to be broken down and excreted. 3. Reduce refined sugar in the form of sweet drinks, cakes, biscuits and lollies, to give the digestive system a chance to rebalance itself. 4. Reach for the fruit, one to two serves per day is required, providing important nutrients in supporting the detox pathways. 5. Increase the amount of fresh vegetables and salads in the daily diet to help aid the digestive system. 6. Increase cultured yoghurts. Natural and plain is best, and additional lean protein to aid the detoxification pathways. 7. Increasing whole grains (oats especially), where required and reducing refined flour products is important

With the compliments of Jane Logie, a medicinal herbalist, clinical nutritionist and chef from Methven

Fresh spring rolls with Thai chilli dipping sauce. PHOTO JANE LOGIE


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Fresh spring rolls with Thai chilli dipping sauce Here is a recipe for a delicious pre-dinner snack or party plate that is filling, healthy and nutritious. These rice paper spring rolls are filled with flavour and fibre when dipped into the zingy sauce to tantalise the tastebuds. Enjoy! Easy to make just takes a little time and patience for a delicious result. 1 packet of rice papers – small size for bite size or large for a lunch option. 1/4 thinly shredded cabbage (julienne) 1/2-1 red pepper thinly sliced (julienne) 1/2-1 carrot thinly sliced (julienne) 1/2 packet of coriander chopped thinly (julienne) 24-30 prawns, thinly sliced and pan-fried. 2 -4 garlic cloves chopped added to prawns. 1/2 packet coriander added to prawns. 2-4T of olive oil for cooking prawns Sauce: 2T sweet Thai chilli sauce 1/2 lime squeezed (if unable to get limes, substitute with rice wine vinegar 2t) 2t of fish sauce – Mix sauce ingredients together. Option – can double the sauce recipe to provide more dipping sauce if required. – To make rolls – Prepare all the ingre-

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dients first so that they are ready to place into the rice paper sheets and to roll and place on the dinner party plate. To cook prawns, saute/gently fry in a pan with olive oil, garlic, until brown and cooked, then add the coriander in last. Shred the cabbage thinly, slice the red pepper very thinly, slice the carrot thinly, all these should measure approximately 1/2 to 3/4 the length of the rice paper sheets so there is still room to roll in the rice paper from the side to enable you to make a neat parcel, when rolled up. Fill a large bowl with warm water. Place a sheet of rice paper and soak for 30 seconds or so. Then remove and place on a damp tea towel. Place cabbage, red pepper, carrot, coriander and cooked prawns on the bottom edge of the rice paper, then fold over the rice paper until the ingredients are covered. Fold in each side and then roll up, placing on a serving plate. Additional options: Omit the prawns, replace with chicken 2-4 thighs chopped finely, or for a non-cooking method use smoked salmon.

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FROM AUTHOR KARIN SLAUGHTER

Cop Town Norma Geddes

BOOK REVIEW

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his is my first Karin Slaughter novel which is a bit of a surprise as crime novels are my favourite genre and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint. The story is set in Atlanta and the point of difference from other crime novels is that the year is 1974 - a time of enormous racism, sexism and anger towards women, especially those joining the police force. This was definitely a man’s world and women should have been at home minding the house and

children. The attitude to the women in the book was just mind-blowing and I had to keep reminding myself that this was the 70’s but it was sometimes quite hard to read. I think Slaughter was really brave in tackling these subjects and it’s also a timely reminder to see how far women have come in the workplace. The story itself is very emotional. Someone on the streets is killing cops. Jimmy Lawson and his partner are the latest cops to be targeted. Jimmy and his uncle Terry are highly respected on the force and tensions are running high. The newest Lawson family member to join the force is Maggie much to her uncle’s disgust and he goes out of his way to undermine her confidence at every turn. Kate Murphy joins the force as a young widow - her husband died in Vietnam.

She comes from a wealthy privileged background and even though she is young and beautiful, she’s Jewish which does not go down well with the bigots on the force. Of course the men make if perfectly clear that the women are not to be involved in the investigation so Maggie and Kate decide to do some investigating of their own. They venture into parts of the city which are just plain terrifying and without giving too much away - they track down the killer. There are some great twists and turns, and plenty of well paced action. This is a great read - i’ll be adding Karin Slaughter to my list of must-read authors. Advertising feature

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WHAT CAUSES THE MOST ARGUMENTS

at our house?

Dishes! Such an innocuous word, just a normal, everyday chore that has to be done if you want to eat. They don’t take long, with or without a dishwasher, it doesn’t take intelligence, it doesn’t cost much money, it won’t strain your muscles ... but why, oh why, can it nearly cause world war three in our household (and many others I know of) when you ask your offspring to do them? My nephew Jamie, now a worldly 18, was telling me last week how in his household where my sister Nicky and brother-in-law Keith were crazy enough to have three boys (not that they exactly planned it like that) it caused physical fights. The three boys would be told to do the dishes. Now that included unpacking the dishwasher, rinsing dishes, repacking said dishwasher and washing and drying the few that remained. The scene would quickly go downhill, with one claiming the other didn’t wash something properly, whose turn it was to do what coming under fierce debate, or

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even that one would be going too slow. Punching, pushing and the ultimate sin, the dead arm, would erupt. Parents would then get involved, ruffled feathers would make the rest of the evening a giant sulk, and the only obvious course of action resulted ... parents 0, children 1. They just gave up, it wasn’t worth the effort. Now in my household, it’s a similar scenario. There’s not the physical because one big strong boy is not allowed to lay a finger on smaller, younger girl. So it’s a more subtle and cunning, screw-the-mother-over situation. “Oh, I don’t have time, I have to get up early for the gym.”

“It’s not my turn, how come you always make me do it?” “I don’t feel too well ... I need to go to bed.” “Yes, but I did this, this and this, and he/she did nothing.” Or I simply get yelled down. So I’ve tried turning the wifi off ... they jumped to attention for as long as the wifi was down. I’ve refused to cook them tea, they don’t mind that so much, it means they get to eat spaghetti or noodles instead of veges, and I also get reminded that I’m failing to provide for their essential needs. Me reminding them that they are not babies and should try following a recipe has little impact either. I get threatened with CYFS yet again. The dishes debate drives me crazy! And it drives me crazy that such a simple thing makes me crazy. As I said, such a simple, quick thing to do and I’d happily do the dishes if they got up and made the tea. And when you do finally get them cracking in the kitchen why are pots, roasting dishes and big mixing bowls a big deal? Why are they just left off to the side and

I’m told “the dishes are done”. Are their eyes deceiving them? Because I’m pretty sure there’s a guilty pile just a bit further to the left of them with neon flashing light on them saying “dirty dishes”. The excuse is often: “Oh, I didn’t see them?” What you didn’t see the biggest items sitting on the bench? And yes I know that teenager is just a different word for hormone-induced laziness; maybe I’ll try it myself. We’ll see how they feel when there’s no plates and no room on the bench to make anything and maggots are crawling through the mouldy remains on our feeding bowls. I may even invite a few of their friends around for a viewing ... take a few ‘selfies’ with dishes in the background and post them on Facebook. Hmmmm, worth a try. Or, in reality, I’ll probably keep on with the wifi thing, and make each period of ‘torture’ longer ... and longer! How about that teenragers?


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SKIPPING HIBERNATION

Gemma Sheehan by Amanda Wright

During the months where the days are shorter and the air is colder, it’s easy to pile on the layers, and replace an evening game of tennis with red wine and roast beef by the fire. But what happens when those winter layers won’t fit? You could buy a new coat, but facing the inevitable summer would become even more difficult. Gemma Sheehan faced this reality in July. Her jacket which fitted perfectly well last winter, could no longer be zipped up. But instead of retreating indoors and waiting for the summer sun to fill her with motivation, she met her challenge head-on, and vowed to make that jacket fit again before the end of winter. She joined Finesse Fitness, and made

a pact with her flatmates, where if they caught her sleeping in on days where she should be at the gym, they are allowed to drag her out of bed. Within her first few weeks at Finesse Fitness, Gemma’s life changed in ways she didn’t think it would. “It’s not just about working out, it’s inspired a total change of lifestyle. I used to live off hot chips and rarely ate dinner, but now I cook every night and enjoy trying new recipes,” Gemma said. Despite the cold mornings, Gemma’s results motivated her to try a range of group fitness classes. She commented, “I really enjoy the classes at Finesse Fitness. My favourite two classes would be Spin, because the workout is so intense it gets the sweat racing, and I love Swiss Ball Core because I can feel how targeted the effect is on my tummy, which I want to focus on. I can

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feel it working after the workout, because it hurts to laugh!” After six weeks, Gemma’s progress at her reassessment was impressive, and best of all, her jacket zipped up again. “Fitting that jacket was the goal, but now I’m setting my sights on even more. I used to enjoy biking, so I plan on getting out on the bike more often, and perhaps even doing a duathlon again. “My energy has increased dramatically, I’m getting full nights of sleep, and my favourite part has been the amazing compliments I’ve received,” she said. Her dream of one day swimming in a bikini instead of a one-piece is close to becoming reality. Instead of waiting until summer to work on your beach-body, get the jump on the warmer weather and get into your swimsuit faster, with Finesse Fitness. Advertising feature

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Eat your heart out “selfie” lovers. Imagine being able to use both cameras at once to show what you’re up to on Twitter, Facebook and/or Tumblr. This app lets you take a photo of what you’re looking at and your reactions to the situation, with the front camera. It is perfect for sports matches, scary

movies or whatever you can think of, really. Food lovers would love the app; take a photo of your “eggs benny” to go with an expression of anticipation on your face, all in one photo. You can add your location to the photo as well as the customary status updates and hashtags which will link

with your social media of choice, almost seamlessly. But this app acts as another social medium in and of itself, as you can look at other people’s photos and “like” them just like on Facebook. So, no need to cram yourself and your food, drink, or mates into one photo. Goodbye clutter, hello Front Back.

Minuum

For all of you out there who feel that texting is slow, inconvenient and generally a hassle, Minuum might be the answer. It condenses the traditional “Qwerty” keyboard down to about the third of the size on your phone and aims to help you text more efficiently. At first glance, it looks confusing.

The traditional keyboard is compressed and slightly jumbled, but the app says you’ll be quick in 15 seconds of training. Swipe right for a space, swipe left to delete and text away. For those of you like myself, with clumsy yam-like thumbs you will find the most convenient feature to be its intelligent guess work.

You may type something that resembles “nxlo” and out will come “hello”. Brilliant. But, it will take some getting used to, for all those experienced text-fiends out there, prepare to be frustrated. Although Minuum assures me, it’ll be worth it.

Quiz up

Prove to your friends who really is the smartest in the pub quiz team with this game. This game lets you link up with Facebook friends and go head-to-head in just about any subject you can think of. Whether you’re a Breaking Bad fan or prefer Gossip Girl, you will be able

to prove your fanaticism by going up against your friends or even people from across the world. Each subject is specifically tailored and created to test your knowledge through speed, and knowledge. It’s a race for you to get the correct answer before your opponent. You can also get ranks that correspond

to your expertise, such as “Paparazzi” if you’re into celebrity culture or “Knowit-all” if you’re an all-rounder. But do be aware that you may end up going up against someone of a much higher rank than yourself, so be prepared to be whipped into shape. Download this app and watch the time rapidly pass by.

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eco living SPRING

Plan a mosaic project to use up any precious china or crockery you have chipped or broken that you might not want to part with.

by Sheryl Stivens

Spring into action as the warmer weather arrives and make eco living a “way of life.”

Think about setting up a rain water barrel

Revamp your compost

To harvest rainwater for watering your summer garden you can either purchase a rainwater tank with all the fittings from a local hardware store or do a DIY project. For help setting up your rainwater tank call 0800 627 824.

Fork off any fresh materials on top so you can use the soil like compost underneath to feed your potatoes and spring vegetable garden. Reuse the fresher compost materials as the base of your next compost pile. Sieve your soil like compost and mix with sand and vermicast from your worm farm to make a nutrient dense seedling raising mix for your vegetable seedlings. Plant each vegetable seedling with a handful of your own compost or worm castings to provide nutrients and moisture.

Reduce your daily use of plastic • Keep reusable shopping bags in your car so you always have them handy. • Use plastic reusable containers for lunches and storage so you use less plastic film and bags. • Make sure everyone in your home has a good reusable water bottle and coffee cup. • If you buy takeaways consider taking your own containers and asking for a discount.

Have fun with upcycling Keep an eye out for shelves or drawers you can upcycle to store handy items. Look for recycled paint and varnishes to revamp your furniture and shelves.

You can drop off for FREE any old harmful household cleaners or chemicals in containers up to 20 litres for safe disposal at the Ashburton Resource Recovery Park.

• Wash and reuse containers or offer them to friends for leftovers. • Plastic containers once washed can be placed in your recycling bin or dropped off at the Ashburton or Rakaia Resource Recovery Parks or the Methven Community Recycling Depot.

Making your own eco-cleaners Save money and reduce packaging by making your own healthy eco cleaners. • For sparkling showers fill a spray bottle with ½ cup water and ½ cup white vinegar. • Spray onto soap scum on shower

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doors and tray. Leave for 5 minutes and wipe off. For all purpose cleaner use baking soda on a cloth to clean bench tops, tiles, baths and fridges. For healthy hair dilute cider vinegar 1-1 with water and use to rinse your hair. For healthy pets including dogs, cats and laying hens; add a teaspoon of cider vinegar to their drinking water. For mouth wash mix 1 teaspoon of cider vinegar with 1 cup of water to get rid of bad breath and as a gargle for your throat. Advertising feature

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can put your recycling bin and rubbish bag at their gate for collection. Rural people who do not have a kerbside collection can still buy Ashburton District rubbish bags for rubbish disposal. The full bags can be dropped off at the Ashburton Resource Recovery Park for free as the disposal costs are paid when the bag

is purchased. Reduce your rubbish by keeping recycling containers handy for all paper and cardboard, cans and bottles and clean plastics so they do not end up in the rubbish. Keep a plastic container in a cupboard to store all your household batteries safely. You can drop them off along with any used

oil, paint, fluorescent tubes or light bulbs at the Ashburton Resource Recovery Park for safe disposal. Kickstart your spring cleaning and clearing by dropping off household items that are no longer needed at the Ashburton or Rakaia Resource Recovery Park or your local charity shop.

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RETHINK

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Think about food waste in real dollars Aim to reduce the food you waste by recreating it to save money and measure what you save. Statistics show that on average 1/3 of the food bought into our homes gets thrown away. This means if you spend $240 per week you may be wasting $4,160.00 per year.

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treat. Or freeze your leftovers and recreate them whenever time permits.

Share your extra food Many gardeners grow more food than they can eat. If you have food from your garden or in your cupboard or fridge that you aren’t going to eat give it away to neighbours, friends or your local food charity.

Plan a menu and stick to it Plan your meals in advance, check your recipes, and make your shopping list accordingly so you buy only what you need and what you will use and less will be wasted.

Keep a separate foodwaste bin in the kitchen

Clean out your fridge weekly If you have leftovers, don’t just throw them away. Make it a challenge! Make slow cooked tasty hot pots and soup stock from your leftover salad greens, vegetable scraps and meat bones. Turn your bread scraps into croutons or google creative ways to use leftover bread. A steamed pudding from bread crumbs is a delicious

There will always be some leftover bits from our households. Keeping the food scraps separate will enable you to see what is surplus so you can change the amounts you cook or buy.

Make your own compost It is so easy to compost your food waste. Decide which system will suit your needs. Come along to the monthly practical composting dem-

onstrations and see the various worm farms, bokashi and garden compost bins working. Mastagard / Envirowaste provide ongoing practical help and information to help you sort out the system you have or get started with composting. This service is supported by the Ashburton District Council. Phone 0800 627 824 or email brent.holley@envirowaste.co.nz or sherylstivens@gmail.com

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MOVING ON AND GATHERING THE PLANTS

Today will find me on the move again. I’m a bit of a rolling stone, and while I don’t tend to gather moss, I do gather plants – and books. Tonight I will be ensconced in my new abode in Mt Somers, with an acre of land on which to spread my botanic wings. As well as truckloads of boxes, predominately containing books, I’ve also scalped what I can from the garden – without leaving it looking like scavengers have been at work. With the red tips of the peonies, just poking through their peastraw bed, I risked splitting off some bulbs. Even though all the recommendations are to transplant peonies in the autumn, and they are apt to sulk – I once had a plant sulk for three years before blooming, I figure if the garden centres sell

as I go Michelle Nelson

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them in the spring, it’s worth a shot. I’ve had the pleasure of numerous gladioli varieties at Rakaia, and they are largely still dormant at the moment. I don’t anticipate too many problems moving these bulbs, as they are on the surface and therefore don’t require much disturbance to lift. The important aspect of storing gladies is not to get them wet, so I suspect this also applies to replanting them; I’ll hold

off on watering them and allow nature to take its course. Bulbs which have already flowered, such as daffodils, can be uprooted and left with the tops intact to dry out, for planting in the autumn. I’m quietly confident hydrangea cuttings will take root, as the leaf buds are just forming on my plants. Look for a cutting near the base of the plant, with two or three pairs of leaf buds. Woodier, non-flowering cuttings will generally produce more roots. Cuttings should be 12-15cm long – about six inches, and removed at least 5cm below a leaf node with sharp secateurs. Remove excess leaves above the leaf nodes, to encourage the plant to put energy into root growth. Hydrangea cuttings will grow without

the use of rooting hormones, but roots will form faster with it. This can be purchased in liquid or powder form at any garden centre – I’ve been told manuka honey is also effective. Push the cuttings into a pot filled with friable soil, kept moist and in a sheltered area. Do not over water as this will cause the tender roots to rot. Roots should form within three weeks; you can transplant them out at this stage, or grow them on until they are better established. From the vege patch, I’ve potted up self-seeded herbs, parsley, coriander, oregano and the likes, along with some baby silverbeet and spinach plants. The mature plants, root veges and broadbeans will stay put for the new owner.


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YOU CAN COLOUR MY WORLD WITH

sunshine yellow

Wendy Millichamp

GARDEN MEANDERINGS

As I write this, after meandering around my spring garden, the sky is blue, cloudless and the sun is shining. I love spring, I love bulbs and I love waiting with anticipation and bated breath for newly-purchased bulbs to unfurl and delight. They very rarely fail to please. We can lose ourselves in our gardens, our sad thoughts and reminders that we are human and frail can somehow dissipate as we consider the seasons and new life. For some of us, parts of our gardens are memorial gardens to celebrate good lives well lived or short lives cut off too early. Whatever your garden, treasure it. Only about a month or so back I planted some yellow crocus corms into smallish pots, one was an old rusty watering can which I had painted red to make it look “still loved”. What an absolute joy when these cheeky little flowers opened up last week and said “Hi” to the world. I have quite a few large terracotta pots on our deck next to my fabulous herb garden. I always like these pots to have colour for all seasons. I’m enjoying the simple but striking colours of yellow, orange and red polyanthus. Even a more elegant off-white primrose has found herself in one such pot, nudging closely to the foliage of a summer daisy that will flower down the track. Often when David and I are asked to speak to garden clubs, Zonta groups and the like, I love to read an excerpt out of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book The Secret Garden. This delightful story is a treasure. Mary, a young orphan taken from her home in India to live with her uncle in a mostly shut-up grand house on the bleak Yorkshire Moors is miserable,

obnoxious and sad until that wonderful day when she discovers a hidden door to a secret garden that has been locked away for some 10 years. It reads like this: “… But she was inside the wonderful garden and she could come through the door under the ivy any time, and she felt as if she had found a world all of her own. “The sun was shining inside the four walls and the high arch of blue sky over this particular piece of Misselthwaite seemed even more brilliant and soft than it was over the moor. The robin flew down from his treetop and hopped about or flew after her from one bush to another … There seemed to have been grass paths here and there, and in one or two corners there were alcoves of evergreen with stone-seats or all moss-covered flower-urns in them. “As she came to the second of these alcoves she stopped skipping. There had once been a flower-bed in it, and she thought she saw something sticking out of the black earth – some sharp little pale green points. She remembered what Ben Weatherstaff (the gardener) had said and she knelt down to look at them. “ ‘Yes, they are tiny growing things and they might be crocuses or snowdrops or

daffodils,’ she whispered. She bent close to them and sniffed the fresh scent of the damp earth. She liked it very much.” I also like it very much. Recently I attended a meeting with the heritage rose group. It was a beaut day and we listened to Ashburton woman Prue Harper share her passion and enthusiasm for snowdrops. These fabulous little winter treasures are a delight. Prue has so many varieties. At Lilyfields we have two types growing in our garden. Very much a woodland bulb, the Galanthus Plicatus is very happy naturalising in every corner. The other is a little double which doesn’t multiply so readily but is a real joy. Another gorgeous spring bulb that I feel is noteworthy, and probably one of the most fragrant, is the hyacinth. These come in a wonderful array of colours and the smell is beautiful. Don’t limit the beauty of these bulbs solely to outside as they can be potted into gorgeous china bowls or vessels and enjoyed on the table or windowsill. Place very small stones on the bottom so the soil doesn’t get waterlogged. And then we come to the daffodil, the flower that for me heralds spring like no other. En-masse, it is glorious and yet one

on its own, shines. A few years ago a friend gifted me a little clump of miniature daffodils. Each year they have come up and are so cute. This year, due to the ever-enthusiastic antics of my golden labrador, ’Ginnie, I shifted them from the garden into a small terracotta pot. I can keep track of them easier and they won’t be wiped out. So there we have it, spring. Inhale deeply the fresh air, sit and enjoy the warmth of the sun, be kind to yourself, your friends and enjoy the wonders of your garden. Look forwards and upwards. I will leave you with the chorus of British singer, Petula Clark’s, song entitled Colour My World: “So you can colour my world with sunshine yellow each day “Oh, you can colour my world with happiness all the way “Just take the green from the grass and the blue from the sky above “And if you colour my world just paint it with your love, just colour my world’’… With the compliments of floral designer Wendy P Millichamp www.lilyfields.co.nz


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Ceramic or porcelain tiles are becoming a very popular option in flooring these days. They have many benefits which include being suitable in high sunlight or high traffic areas as well as for wet areas (for example bathrooms, laundries or kitchens). They also come in many different sizes from a small mosaic to a 600mm x 600mm tile, thus giving unlimited patterns and designs. The difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles mainly comes down to a couple of things. To begin with porcelain tiles use a slightly different manufacturing process which makes them denser and less porous than ceramic. Secondly they have the colour baked all the way through, whereas the colour on ceramic tiles is just in the glaze on the top (think carrot versus radish). This also makes chips or damage on porcelain tiles less obvious than with ceramic. There are a couple of things to remember when choosing tiles. Firstly, floor tiles can go on the wall, but wall tiles cannot go on the floor.

This is because floor tiles are made to be more durable and able to withstand having heavy furniture put on them, strong enough for heavy traffic and able to sustain impact from falling objects without damage. Wall tiles do not have to endure these things and are therefore made slightly thinner. Another point to remember when selecting your tile is tiles are made to be solid and hardwearing and therefore can be quite hard to stand on for long periods. As opposed to say carpet, cork or wood flooring, there isn’t a lot of give in tiles! Therefore although they are great for high traffic areas, like an entranceway or wet area, eg bathroom, they may not be as practical for a kitchen you spend a lot of time in. Tiles are also good for outdoor areas, however again you need to make sure you get the right tile. The main difference between porcelain and ceramic tiles is that the porcelain tiles are made a lot denser and therefore more resistant to damage. This also means porcelain tiles are more practical for outdoor use where frost may be an issue, which may cause cracking in ceramic tiles. Furthermore, when choosing tiles for an outdoor area (or a shower area), it is best to go with something that is non-slip. These have a slightly rough surface that provides some grip, as tiles can become very slippery when they get wet. So next time you are looking at tiles for your home, come and see the great team at Skip-2-It Flooring Xtra for xpert advice! Advertising feature

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