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Rights of Mother Earth
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Editor’s Letter Life is like a game of football My roles in life vary from soccer coach to Mum to a player or a referee and sometimes a spectator. At times, I can’t help but compare this beautiful game with life. In the game of life are we only interested in winning? Do we want to be part of a team and belong? Do we use it as a way of releasing aggression and anger, or do we simply enjoy the experience of learning something from every single game? For me, it all comes back to perspective and motivation. If I expect to win, I am bound to experience disappointment along the way. Nobody wins everytime. And wouldn’t that kind of defeat the purpose of the game? Turning up at the game called life is a good start. Being cheerful and inclusive of everyone and seeing the potential in all your team players will make for a pretty social and enjoyable play. Being a part of something, giving the best you can and looking for ways to learn will keep the game entertaining and interesting. That does not mean you can’t be competitive and passionate and experience highs and lows. That’s part of the fun. However once each game/ segment of life is finished we can bring that experience back into perspective and realize what a good time we had. We only have one life and I am sure we are meant to enjoy it. We will experience blows and disappointments on the way, but how we deal with them is the key to shaping our characters and our future. Recently I was reminded of the
importance of living life to the full by attending the farewell of a dear friend, who I knew through soccer for a number of years. She taught many of us some good lessons. “Turn up, do your best and if you experience an obstacle, just get on with it!” Nothing stopped her from doing what she loved until the very end. With the Rugby World Cup just about to start we should all look at our game plan when we welcome the other teams, when we go and watch a game, when we win and when we lose. Will we be remembered by the visiting teams and fans for giving our very best and being cheerful and all inclusive? Will we be supportive of our team, no matter whether they win or loose? I would like to think that we will enjoy the experience, get engaged and make the most of it.
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Rights of Mother Earth
by Catrin Jacksties
Bolivia is the first country to introduce a law that protects rivers, mountains and the natural landscape in general. The new law is a part of the complete restructuring of the Bolivian legal system, which followed a change of constitution in 2009. It has been heavily influenced by a resurgent indigenous Andean spiritual world view which places the environment and the earth deity known as the Pachamama at the centre of all life. Humans are considered equal to all other entities.
Rights of Mother Earth
olivia is traditionally regarded as a highland country. Although only one-third of its territory lies in the Andes Mountains, most of the nationâ€™s largest cities are located there, and for centuries the highlands have attracted the nationâ€™s largest amount of mining, commercial, and business investment. The country has a rich history and was part of the Inca Empire from the 15th to the early 16th century. Spanish and the Indian languages Aymara and Quechua are the official languages. Bolivia is bearing the brunt of the effects of climate change. In February 2011 a whole neighborhood close to La Paz was washed away after torrential downpours for 36 hours. 1500 houses were simply washed away. Amazingly no one was killed in that disaster. Recent rises in world temperatures are causing the glaciers to melt. National Bolivian glaciologist Dr Edson
Ramirez has been studying the Andean icecaps for over 30 years and has recorded changes within the ice. Some glaciers have already disappeared or are melting away. He predicts that a rise of a further 3.4 degrees, even spread over a hundred year period, would turn Bolivia into a desert. In 2010 President Evo Morales, the first indigenous President of Bolivia, called for a court of climate justice as well as an urgent 50 percent cut in carbon emissions. This initiative received the support of the Bolivian scientific community, who can see the impact of climate change on the Bolivian people and economy. In some of the villages in the Altiplano, around 3800 meters above sea level, life has not changed much over the centuries. The region’s people are farmers who plant cotton, beans and corn. In recent years rising temperatures and low rainfall, along with increasing pest populations, has
impacted on crops and food supply and the health of the population. Families are facing hardship due to reduced income, and many have chosen to leave their native villages to move to La Paz or any other big city in the hope of finding work. This is not an unusual story. However what is noticeably different is that Bolivian people are showing their concern for Mother Earth in a way no other country has done. In the indigenous philosophy, the Pachamama is a living being. The draft of the new law states: “She is sacred, fertile and the source of life that feeds and cares for all living beings in her womb. She is in permanent balance, harmony and communication with the cosmos. She is comprised of all ecosystems and living beings, and their self-organisation.” The first article of the Law of Mother Earth says “Mother Earth is a living being” and that every human activity has to “achieve dynamic balance with the cycles and processes
President Evo Morales says the planet can live without humans, but humans can not live without the planet. He reminds the world today that the rights of nature should be equal to those we, ourselves, enjoy.
inherent in Mother Earth.” It defines Mother Earth as “a unique, indivisible, self-regulating community of interrelated beings that sustains, contains, and reproduces all beings.” President Evo Morales says the planet can live without humans, but humans can not live without the planet. He reminds the world today that the rights of nature should be equal to those we, ourselves, enjoy. The Morales government intends to establish a Ministry of Mother Earth to implement the Law of Mother Earth, which will establish new rights for nature, including : • the right to maintain the integrity of life and natural processes • the right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered • the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration
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the right to pure water the right to clean air the right to balance, to be at equilibrium the right to be free of toxic and radioactive pollution
The law promotes “harmony” and “peace” and “the elimination of all nuclear, chemical, and biological” weapons. The Bolivian people believe that we all belong to one family made up not just of us humans, but of the plants, animals, rivers, mountains and all that exists on this planet. I very much resonate with that belief. They think that indigenous people can help solve all environment problems with their values for the attainment of balance. Does that sound idealistic to you? Yes it does to me. I have no idea how a court case would
look like for a big mining company against the bugs and the river of that region. However I do admire the vision and the courage of the Bolivian people. Aid has been cut from America and Bolivia stands alone in the UN. Bolivia says it is not fighting only for its own survival but for Mother Earth herself. When I am looking at our own country I canâ€™t help but notice similarities and it makes me wonder. Would we have the courage to stand up against the rest of the world and do whatever is necessary even if that meant being cut off and having financial losses because of it? I leave you to ponder on that in your own time and with a quote from Leonardo da Vinci:
Rights of Mother Earth â€œEl - que no valora la vida no se la merece. He - who does not value life does not deserve it.â€?
Source: New Zealand Geographic News
Bolivia, officially known as Plurinational State of Bolivia, is a landlocked country in central South America. It is bordered by Brazil to the north and east, Paraguay and Argentina to the south, Chile to the south west, and Peru to the west.
Prior to European colonization, the Andean region of Bolivia was a part of the Inca Empire – the largest state in Pre-Columbian America. The Spanish Empire conquered the region in the 16th century. During most of the Spanish colonial period, this territory was called Upper Peru and was under the administration of the Viceroyalty of Peru, which included most of Spain’s South American colonies. After declaring independence in 1809, 16 years of war followed before the establishment of the Republic, named for Simón Bolívar, on 6 August 1825. Bolivia has struggled through periods of political instability, dictatorships and economic woes. Bolivia is a Democratic Republic that is divided into nine departments. Its geography is varied from the peaks of the Andes in the West, to the Eastern Lowlands, situated within the Amazon Basin. It is a developing country, with a Medium Human Development Index score, and a poverty level around 60%. Its main economic activities include agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, and manufacturing goods such as textiles, clothing, refined metals, and refined petroleum. Bolivia is very wealthy in minerals, especially tin. The Bolivian population, estimated at 10 million, is multiethnic, including Amerindians, Mestizos, Europeans, and Africans. The main language spoken is Spanish, although the Aymara and Quechua languages are also common and all three, as well as 34 other indigenous languages, are official. The large number of different cultures within Bolivia has contributed greatly to a wide diversity in fields such as art, cuisine, literature, and music. Source: www.wikipedia.org; www.boliviabella.com
1. The highest navigable lake in the world is found in Bolivia at 3810 meters above sea level (that’s 12,382.5 feet above sea level.) That’s Lake Titicaca! It takes six hours to cross it on a fast hydrofoil. It’s also one of the deepest lakes in the world. 2. The largest deposit of salt on the planet is found in Bolivia. The Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni salt beds or salt flats) contain over 64 million tons of salt! 3. Bolivia is located within one of the wettest zones on the planet. It gets over 8000 millimeters (eight meters!) of rainfall per year. 4. Bolivia contains 40% of all animal and plant life in the world (called biological diversity or biodiversity). The tropical rainforests and Pantanal Wetlands are some of the most biologically abundant ecosystems in the world. 5. Bolivia has 23 major ecoregions, numerous subecoregions, and hundreds of ecosystems – more than most countries. 6. Bolivia is the number one country on earth for certified tropical forests. Bolivia is among the top five exporters of certified tropical wood in the world. 7. Bolivia is among the top three exporters of organic Brazil nuts in the world. 8. Bolivia is among the top 10 exporters of organic coffee and cacao in the world.
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Reflections Perhaps it’s time for a reality check. A good look in the mirror is a great place to start. by Kenn Butler
Let me explain with the help of an old Japanese folktale called “The House of 1000 Mirrors.” Many years ago, at the top of a hill stood a place known as The House of 1000 Mirrors. One day a cheerful, energetic little dog heard about the place and decided to visit. He climbed to the top of the hill, and when he found the house he nosed his way through the front door, ears lifted high and eyes wide with anticipation. To his great surprise he found himself staring at 1000 cheerful, energetic little dogs with their tails all wagging in unison with his. He smiled a wonderful smile and 1000 smiles were returned. As he turned and padded lightly down the hill he thought to himself, what a great place – I’ll return often. The following day, another dog, not as sanguine, learned about the house and decided to visit. He slowly climbed the hill with his head hung low, ears drooping, and eyes vacant. He nosed in the door and saw 1000 unfriendly dogs staring right back. He gnarled his teeth, and 1000 dogs gnarled right back at him. As he padded heavily down the hill he thought to himself, what a horrible place – I’ll never go back.
What We Give We Receive Of course the moral of this folktale is one in which the demeanour of the people we meet is often a reflection of our own. It therefore stands to reason, what we give out comes straight back at us, sometimes 1000-fold. When we start growling about our circumstances, it’s all too easy to point the finger at our fellows. But before we start barking up the wrong tree, maybe we should take a moment to reflect: • • • •
How do we express ourselves? How enthusiastic and energetic are we? What value do we bring to the table? What effort are we putting into the quality of life for others?
My philosophy is a mirror never lies. Take a good look... but be prepared to see yourself as others see you. Once you start to polish up on what you give out, one day, when someone else is making their rounds, you’ll experience a Ubend in what you get back.
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Social Media: The New Media
by Hana Deavoll
Social Media fad or fact? Love it or hate it, social media is a fact of life and it’s here to stay. Often referred to as the ‘new media’, social media is an online channel of communication that is becoming increasingly popular with individuals and businesses alike. The benefits for individuals are vast and obvious – an easy and fun way to connect with the people in your life. For businesses, social media opens up a new channel for marketing and building relationships with clients and customers.
In this article I attempt to demystify the hype around social media by first of all describing what is social media, and also why you would want to embrace it. The second half of this article gives an overview of the main social networking platforms; Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube and Blogs. What is Social Media? Social Media is an umbrella term, which refers to the social act of talking, interacting and engaging with people through online social networks and platforms. In other words, social media is the use of online media for social interaction and sharing. When most people read the words ‘social media’ they automatically think of Facebook or Twitter. But social media is so much more. At it’s most powerful, this new media is revolutionising the way we as a culture communicate, act and think. But let’s keep things simple. In addition to Facebook & Twitter, social media refers to interactive websites, social bookmarking, social networking sites, photo and video sharing platforms and the ability to share content with others online. Think of regular media as a one-way street where you can read a newspaper or listen to a report on television, but you have very limited ability to give your thoughts on the matter. Social media, on the other hand, is a twoway street that gives you the ability to communicate too. Like it or not, the media of the future is based on an’opt-in’, where you don’t go looking or waiting for the news, the news comes to you based on your programmed interests and location. Why should you be using Social Media? As an individual • To connect with friends and family (especially younger generation), share photos and videos, and
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organise events and ‘real-life’ meetings. To opt in (subscribe/’like’/follow) businesses and news services that are relevant to you, so that you can be up to date with the latest news and specials. Let the news and information you want to know about come to you! To stay up-to-date with changing technologies, don’t be left behind! To have your say and be heard. To connect with like-minded individuals and meet new people. To have fun. See what all your friends are up to, comment, engage and join in! To save you time online. Many websites allow you to log-in via your social media profile by the click of a button.
Disclaimer – For healthy life balance, engagement in social media should be a tool to enrich your life, not replace it!! As a business • To join your customers where they spend time online. • As an effective tool and channel to incorporate as part of your overall marketing strategy. • To develop trust & transparency, and build relationships with customers & clients. Trust = Loyalty. • To drive traffic to your website and increase your Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). • To allow your customers to have a say, get their feedback and respond accordingly. Free research! • To generate exposure for your business and brand, to generate new business, and to connect with a wider audience. • To monitor your brand and online word of mouth – what are people saying about you online? • Cost Effectiveness. You don’t have to be a big corporation to afford Social Media Marketing services or utilise the Social Media networks. With the emergence of sites like Facebook,
Twitter and LinkedIn, the playing field is levelled and now every business owner has the opportunity to promote their brand and products online. • Or, in the words of social media guru Eric Qualman: “We don’t have a choice on whether we DO Social Media, the question is how well we DO it.” Disclaimer – Embracing social media as a business does NOT mean simply setting up a Facebook page to broadcast your advertising. As a two way marketing channel you need to educate yourself on social media practice and etiquette so that you can maintain a professional, and successful online image. Social media is not the be all and end all to the success of your business, rather an important tool to utilise as part of your overall marketing strategy.
Social Media Examples Interactive Websites Web 2.0 sites that allow users to comment on blog posts, ‘like’ featured products, connect via the Facebook Open Graph. Social Bookmarking Sites like ‘Delicious’ that allows you to access your bookmarks from any computer, as well as share your favourite sites with friends. Social Networking Sites Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, Bebo Photo and Video Sharing YouTube, Flikr, Picasa, Slideroll Content Sharing ‘tweet me’ buttons on news articles, online file sharing services etc.
Facebook Facebook is the largest social networking website. With over 600 million active users, Facebook is an amazing tool for connecting with old friends, new friends, and family. From your Facebook personal profile, you can let your ‘friends’ know what you are up to by posting a status update. Photos too can be uploaded and shared with all your friends, or if you prefer you can make albums private to select friends. How to get started? Easy – simply go to www.facebook.com and sign up for a personal profile. Upload a photo, invite or accept friend requests, set your privacy levels (I recommend just friends) and you’re good to go. Read what other ‘friends’ are up to and let others know what’s happening in your life by posting a ‘status update’ – a short sentence or photo describing as little or as much as you want. For businesses, Facebook is a great way to build loyalty among customers and get them spreading the word about their services. Rather than a personal profile, the most suitable platform for businesses is a Facebook ‘page’, which is highly customisable and has many added functions. A Facebook page offers the potential for higher engagement & involvement than your website, especially as most people will be on Facebook daily. According to the latest statistics, New Zealand has over 1,892,940 Facebook users. By posting interesting and relevant content, Facebook can be used as a tool to drive traffic to a businesses website and increase sales. How to get started? Go to www.facebook.com/pages and follow the instructions to sign up for
a Facebook Page. Instead of ‘friends’ your page will have ‘fans’. Fans have to opt-in by ‘liking’ your page. This means they will receive your news and updates on their personal profile’s news feed. If you are tech and graphic savvy, make sure you customise your page with a banner, landing page and custom tabs that match your website & branding, or contract someone who can. This ensures you have an integrated, professional online image. After you have 25 fans, make sure you claim your ‘Vanity URL’, your own facebook URL address so that you can easily direct people to your page, for example www. facebook.com/onesmile Twitter Twitter is a social network site where users ‘tweet’ an answer to the question, “What’s Happening?” in under 140 characters – similar to a status update on Facebook. There are well over 200 million registered users on this platform and 500,000 new accounts are created every day. Twitter users generate a massive 140 million Tweets each day – all of which are keyword searchable by anyone.
Instead of ‘fans’ you or your business will have ‘followers’, and in turn you will also follow many other business and individuals. Twitter is a great place to meet and network with like-minded people not only in your local area but also worldwide. For example, if you were really passionate about fine wine you would keyword search ‘wine’ ‘pinot’ or the hashtag #nzwine. This would bring up a list of people who also enjoy and tweet about wine. By following them you can stay up to date with the latest wine news and also join in conversations about the things you enjoy. It is also a good idea to follow your local council, newspaper and emergency services. Twitter is the front line for breaking news so if you need to know something before it comes out on the TV or newspaper then someone will definitely be tweeting about it on Twitter. Twitter is a little confusing to start with, but just by reading how other ‘tweet’ you can learn a lot and if you’re still confused get a head start with a Twitter coaching session from an expert. Some people tweet their random thoughts, others about business related content. Many people and businesses share links that will direct you to a blog, website, photo or Facebook page. How to get started? Go to www.twitter.com and sign up. You will need to choose a unique username of 13 characters. Mine is @ SocialMedia_QT – follow me and I’ll follow you back! Twitter backgrounds can be customised with a unique image to match your personality or brand’s image.
LinkedIn LinkedIn is the biggest professional social network in the world and a great place to host an online CV for job prospects, forge B2B connections (business to business), conduct business, connect with clients, cultivate prospects and build professional relationships. Currently, LinkedIn had 102 million registered members. It is also a well known platform to network for job recruitment opportunities and if used correctly and consistently, it is a great way to drive qualified readers to your website or blog. Some businesses and mature professional individuals will be more at home on a network such as LinkedIn and are often seen actively participating in LinkedIn groups with their peers. On LinkedIn, you have ‘connections’ as oppsed to friends, fans or followers. These are people that you must know personally or professionally. You can also view other people’s connections and see how people are linked. As of May 2011, LinkedIn is the first prominent U.S. social networking company to publicly list on the New York Stock Exchange. The buzz surrounding social media sites in general drove LinkedIn’s IPO from the initial $45 per share opening price, up to $94 each by the end of the day! How to get started: Go to www.linkedin.com and sign up. You will then be asked to upload a photo, your current and past employment information, and select which people in your email database you would like to connect with on LinkedIn. YouTube YouTube is an online platform on which users share videos publicly. It is also the world’s 2nd largest search engine after Google. If you sign up to YouTube, you can then favourite any videos you watch so that you can easily find them again. It also
recognises which videos you like to watch and suggests similar videos with related content. For businesses, YouTube is a platform than can be used to; share specific knowledge, create your own online commercials & clips, or simply as a hub for sharing interesting content on to your Facebook & Twitter profiles. Every day over 100 million videos are watched on YouTube! Additionally any YouTube clip can be embedded into your website, blog or Facebook landing page. How to get started: Anyone can watch clips on YouTube, but if you would like to save or share videos you need to create an account at www.youtube.com YouTube is owned by Google, so if you already have a gmail address it will instantly recognise you.
Blogs A blog is an abbreviated version of “weblog” which is a term used to describe web sites, or parts of web sites, that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. Such information, or “blog-posts”, feature diary-type commentary, articles, links to other websites and industry specific updates. Blogs are usually listed in reverse chronological order, are searchable by terms, and allow readers to leave a comment in response. Many individuals have blog websites solely for the function of blogging their point of view or niche expertise. However many businesses are realising the importance of blogging and are now are now adding a blog to their website, or setting up their website from blogging platforms such as WordPress. For an individual, having your own blog is a way to establish yourself as a thought leader in your profession or area of interest. It is your own editorial on life, and can be set as private or public. For businesses, your blog is where people will go to make sure you are current and credible, and to get to know you a little. It is also a platform to create great content to share on your social media profiles, and direct traffic back to your website.
Google+ A Google initiative, Google+ is the newest of the social networks and is currently in the startup phase. Likened to a cross between Facebook & Twitter, Google+ has launched their very own social network to expand their online empire. On Google+ you have ‘circles’ of friends and acquaintances that you create and interact with. Keep an eye out for this one, who knows it could be the next big thing!?
Further benefits of blogging for businesses are: • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) – Posting industry related articles with keywords related to your niche helps to rank you higher in Google, which means more traffic to your site. Studies show that websites with a blog get 55% more traffic, because search engines like blogs so much. • Company News – Easily post any recent news, developments, results that your company might have, to show people that you are current and credible. • Engagement – A blog makes your website interactive. Readers of your blog can post comments and questions related to the particular post they have read. • RSS feeds – An RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed can be attached to all blogs to enable a fan of your blog to subscribe to new posts. So instead of having to visit your blog daily or weekly to check for new content, they can subscribe and automatically
get new content sent to their email or feed reader like Google Reader. • Distribution – When you publish your own content on the web, and allow others to “share” it, you will increase your audience. If your content (and distribution) is good, a blog enables you to be seen as a thought leader or industry expert. How to get started: You can start your own blog for free at a number of blogsites including www.blogspot.com www.wordpress.com and www.tumblr.com If you are a business I recommend a self-hosted Wordpress blog which can be attached to your main website. Simply register your domain name (www.crazydomains.com.au from $20) then get a Wordpress developer to install, host and configure the settings. Or if you do not yet have a website, a modern and dynamic WordPress site (like our site http://socialmediasorted. com) can be set up and customised
Hana Deavoll is a Mum, Teacher, and Social Media Consultant. She and sister Merrin Robinson run their social media business ‘Social Media Sorted’ from their respective homes in Queenstown & the Gold Coast. They help small businesses get set-up and sorted-out using social media platforms and marketing strategies.
easily and cheaply. WordPress is a Web 2.0 platform that allows social sharing, commenting and engagement by readers. Additionally it has a very simple back end that is easy to update yourself. Summary Social media, the new media, is a convenient and fun way for people to stay in touch, communicate and connect. Whether you are wanting to meet like-minded individuals, research customer reviews, connect with old friends or share your own views, social media is the vehicle for the future. Businesses too will find the use of social media advantageous, however it must be used as a two-way channel – seeking consumers opinions and feedback and offering valuable content to share. Right now you have the choice: get left behind in the wake of new technology, or embrace this new media, learn, and have fun.
Relevant Social Media Statistics for 2011
1. Over 50% of the world’s population is under 30years-old. This generation already considers email passé.
5. One in five couples meet online. 6. One in five divorces are blamed on Facebook (USA).
2. In 10 years over 40% of the Fortune 500 will no longer be here.
OneSmile Magazine is excited to get ‘twitlinkfaced’ and is embarking on a social media marketing case study with Social Media Sorted. Hana is taking us on a journey and we will report back to you on our progress via our website, newsletter, facebook, twitter and next issue.
So follow us on facebook twitter and linkedin and learn some tips for your business on the way.
3. Social Media has overtaken porn as the #1 activity on the Web, as well as checking emails. 4. Facebook tops Google for weekly traffic.
7. 2009 US Department of Education study revealed that on average, online students out performed those receiving face-to-face instruction. 8. If Facebook were a country it would be the world’s 3rd largest.
Source: Eric Qualman, Socialnomics
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by Marianne Castle Photo by Neil Smith
This is the first article in a four part series on how to train your dog to do tricks, and why it’s a good thing to do for both you and your dog. Marianne Castle Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers NZ Principles of Canine Behaviour, Massey University 1993 Understanding the Canine/Hum an Interface (Distinction) Animal Care College, UK 1996 Canine Good Citizen Instructor, Delta Society, NSW 1997 28 years practical experience Contact: phone (03) 539 1145 mob ile
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Do you wonder sometimes if your ‘little darling’ pooch is really some wicked soul out to terrorise you? Digging up your yard, chasing the postie, ‘redesigning’ your furniture. Going AWOL. Or even barking until the neighbours call in the ‘dog cops’? Well, your dog probably isn’t possessed by evil spirits. More likely he is bored. Yes it’s a close parallel because it certainly brings out demonic behaviour. You don’t need to exercise the demons. You need to exercise your dog’s brain. Hands up all those who think teaching a dog to do tricks is nothing but a silly circus act. Point 1: Circus dogs are seldom bored. Point 2: Humans who teach the dog how to do tricks are seldom bored. Hands up all those who agree it’s good to teach dogs tricks. Are you teaching yours?
Here are just a few good reasons why you should: • When you teach a dog a trick you get to hone your problem solving skills. You also get a good honest look at your team playing skills. So, just what does your team really think of you? Hope it’s good. • It will help keep your dog’s mind sharp. Training your dog will keep his mind active and responsive which in turn makes it easier to learn new things. It’s also great for the elderly dog. As dogs get older they become less physically active, but learning tricks will keep their minds active and alert. What a great gift to give a dog – quality of life! • Keep the vet happy. An educated dog is a well controlled dog. It makes the vet’s job easier and isn’t that a neat thing to do for your dog’s doctor. It’s also pretty neat to watch your dog have a stress free visit. Dogs who learn tricks develop confidence in themselves and their trust in us increases dramatically. • Yucky weather outside? No problem, stay indoors and have fun with your tricks. Brain exercise can be just as pleasantly tiring as physical exercise. • Tricks can help make shelter dogs more adoptable. Go and volunteer at the SPCA and teach a dog something like waving or shaking hands. Just imagine the look on the prospective new owner’s face! And in real life…. Donna and Greg faced huge fines and the possibility of losing Charlie, their miniature schnauzer, when neighbours complained about him barking. Donna and Greg lead a busy life; they not only work, they are also raising two young children. But they value their dog
as an important member of their family, so they decided to try to make Charlie’s days more interesting. One of the things they have done to fix the problem is to add more brain work into his days by teaching him tricks. They are delighted to see the change in him, plus there have been no more complaints! As an extra bonus they’ve also gained the respect of their children who have seen their parents value the family’s dog enough to act on a problem and do their best to solve it. Louise was at her wits end with her wee livewire terrier x poodle, Ruffles. His problem was an abundance of energy. The dog gods certainly packed a lot of oomph into his tiny body. Louise suffers severe health problems and just can’t go on long walks with him. In fact it’s doubtful a healthy athlete in heavy training could wear him out. Louise started teaching Ruffles to do many tricks and was so relieved to see his behaviour improving greatly. She used the clicker training method which is good for dogs like Ruffles who find it hard to focus. Now he even ‘asks’ to do some tricks! Louise says the big advantage, besides having a dog who is manageable, is the amazing bond that is formed when both human and dog work together. I have to totally agree. My own dog, Marty, a Border collie x greyhound has been quite a difficult dog to train having been born with an independent personality; a ‘free thinker’ you might call him. Our relationship was saved by my teaching him to do tricks.
Next issue I hope you’ll join us to learn the physical benefits some tricks have for your dog. Pilates for dogs? And you thought it was just for humans!
Donna teaching Charlie to jump through her arms.
Marty fetching his dinner bowl at tea time. Quite a feat for a dog who found it totally unnatural to fetch anything.
Louise and Ruffles enjoying a bit of ‘hoop la’.
How to say “Hello” in ... Imagine you are far away from home in a foreign country and don’t know the local language. Suddenly someone says “hello” in your native language – how would that make you feel? We think pretty special. Here’s our way to help you to make our World Cup visitors feel welcome.
France salut (informal; silent ‘t’), allo,bonjour (formal, for daytime use; ‘n’ as a nasal vowel), bonsoir (good evening; ‘n’ is a nasal vowel), bonne nuit (good night) Georgia gamardjoba Wales shwmae (South Wales; pronounced “shoe-my”), “Sut Mae” North Wales (pronounced “sit my”), or S’mae (pronounced “S’ my”), or simply Helo Italy ciào (pronounced chow; informal; also means “goodbye”), buon giorno (pronounced bwohn geeornoh; good morning; formal), buon pomeriggio (pronounced bwohn pohmehreejeeoh; good afternoon; formal), buona sera (pronounced bbwoonah sehrah; good evening; formal) Argentina: Hello or Hi - ¡Hola! Good Morning - ¡Buenos días! Good Afternoon - ¡Buenas tardes! Good Evening or Good Night ¡Buenas noches! Romania salut, buna dimineata (formal; morning), buna ziua (formal; daytime), buna seara (formal; evening), buna (usually when speaking to a female pronounced boo-nhuh) Samoa talofa (formal), malo (informal)
Russia Privet! (pronounced as pree-vyet; informal), zdravstvuyte (formal; pronounced ZDRA-stvooy-tyeh) Tonga malo e lelei Namibia we say hello by saying Ongiini? which is a slang and short cut of oshili ngiini? - how is it? However, you don’t say ongiini to an elderly person but to people of your age or younger Scotland howzitgaun (informal, means “Hello, how are you?”) hello (formal) Japan ohayoou (gozaimasu) (pronounced o-ha-yo (go-zai-mass); good morning), konnichi wa (pronounced kon-nee-chee-wa; daytime or afternoon), konbanwa (pronounced kon-ban-wa; evening); moshi moshi (pronounced mo-shee mo-shee; when calling/answering the phone); doumo (pronounced doh-moh; informal way of thanking/greeting, but means countless other things as well so only use when context makes sense) Ireland Dia duit (pronounced “Deah Duit”; also means “God Be With You”) Fiji Bula Uro (Informal Hello) and Bula Vinaka (Formal Hello) is pronounced ‘Buh-la Vina-kah’ South Africa hoezit (pronounced howzit; informal)
not harder by Laura Campbell Holistic life coach & therapist
Your business is an ideal platform for self-discovery and improvement. It will demand of you to speak up, to develop your skills and talents and to face your deepest fears. It’s important to keep your business edge sharp, so you can retain your enthusiasm and excitement about it. You should review your business direction on a regular basis. Ask yourself: 1. What am I passionate about? Name the fire in your belly and the rest will fall into place. This one important sentence will give you your business focal point that all your intentions can revolve around. 2. What is my point of difference? Identify what you do or have to offer that nobody else does. That will become your sales point, winning you clients that would have otherwise gone past your radar. 3. What do my customers walk away with? Step into your customers shoes and see from their point of view what they get from having done business with you. From here you can create your tag line; one simple statement that sums up your business, to be mentioned in all promotional opportunities. 4. Who is my ideal customer? While you are still in your customer’s shoes, identify their needs. From here you can name your target market.
5. Where is my ideal customer? Now identify the circles that person moves in. How do they spend their time? 6. How can I reach my ideal customer? After doing this exercise you can speak to those identified people with clarity and belief in what you do or offer. Your advertising will also become far more effective. Remember people will want to buy your happiness, over and above your product or service. Therefore take great care to look after the atmosphere between you and your (potential) client. 7. What shall I charge? With all this information, you should now be able to see the true value of what you offer. Take into consideration how much your customer will pay for a similar product or service; now set your price and stick to it. Once you are clear on your business ethos, put your heart and soul into your passion, and the money will follow. A common mistake is to chase money believing you can use it to buy your heart’s desire. You don’t get the money or your heart’s desire, because your heart doesn’t follow money; money follows your heart.
So start to view money as the oil that keeps the engine of your life running, rather than as the engine of your life itself. Another sticking point is saving money. There’s nothing wrong with saving money, as long as you don’t spend all your time doing it! Shift your focus and efforts into generating money instead; It’s much nicer to enjoy spending your money than to celebrate saving it. There is also a groove people get stuck in called “ I can’t afford it”. If you truly want to get out of it, then drop that sentence from your vocabulary. You will be surprised how often that is your knee-jerk reaction to invites and offers, and therefore becomes your proven reality. Be willing and open for a whole new financial reality to show up in your life. Your business is an ideal platform for self-discovery and improvement. It will demand of you to speak up, to develop your skills and talents and to face your deepest fears. Your newly developed confidence will affect all areas of your life, including relationships. After all, no one can run a successful business and hide at the same time!
Laura Campbell is a qualified holistic life coach and therapist with over 20 years experience in shifting people’s lives from mediocre to phenomenal. www.lifedesign.net.nz
Food, Sex and by Marilyn Greenfield Life Coach
I read the other day that we all need food, sex and love. I’m not certain how that fits with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, but I took a few minutes to think about my life. For several years I have been exploring the dating world. I expected dating as an adult to be a fun time where I would easily select a man from a vast range. The internet appeared to be a relationship supermarket. He would also have selected me and we would be in romance heaven. Reflecting on the food, sex and love theme, my reality was falling short. The first man I met used old photos and it was somewhat shocking to meet with a much older, chubbier version of his former delicious self. Undeterred, I decided to write a list of what I was looking for. Get it clear. Be specific. Some items on my list were non-negotiable. I had my views on expressing anger, attitudes about money and relating to other people, for example. Other items were on a wish list, like being a gourmet chef, owning a super-yacht and having a desire to lie on the rug in front of a fire and talk about our feelings. Although I’ve met new dates coincidently at a supermarket or retail store, most have been through the internet. True, there are some scammers who are trying to get their hands on your heart and your money, but most are genuine, kind
Marilyn Greenfield www.activatedliving.com
people looking for love. I haven’t yet found the love of my life, but I have found friendship which is a valuable consolation prize. Some of us are looking for the traditional relationship that the statisticians talk about when they tell you married people can expect to live longer, be happier and have increased economic security. Others of us are looking for more independence, living separately but committed to an exclusive relationship. There are yet others who want no commitments at all, just people to go out with or travel with. I met a couple in their 70’s travelling as part of a tour group when we were crossing on the ferry to Wellington. We chatted, filling in the time and then she surprised me in whispered tones, saying how they weren’t married. They lived in different cities but came together to travel around the world. I’m not sure about the food or love but with a smile, she said the sex was good.
E THINGS HERE ARE SOM ING EXPERIENCES I HAVE LEARNED FROM MY DAT 1. Talking on the phone before meeting can set up unrealistic expectations. 2. Meet face to face as soon as possible. The first 10 seconds tell you so much. 3. Meet in a public place just for a drink, not a meal. 4. Don’t give yourself away. Keep your full name, address and personal information private before you know this person. Stalkers are real. 5. Meet their friends. Seeing how they treat each other is important. 6. Know what you are looking for – but always be willing to compromise on the nonessentials. Just as we hope they will with us. 7. Don’t mislead if you are not interested, but always be kind. Act honourably. 8. Its okay to say, “Thanks, but no thanks”. If this isn’t the right person for you, respectfully move on. Don’t stay with them because you don’t want to hurt their feelings or use them as a support to fill a void. 9. Don’t expect this person will ever change. Oprah Winfrey said that “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” My Dad said, “When you first meet, you are both showing the best side.” It is disrespectful to want to change someone to your ideal. Accept you are not right for each other. 10. Remain optimistic. There are many people yet to meet and cynicism will make you bitter. Enjoy the journey and believe good food, sex and love are just around the corner.
Are your emotions controlling your life or are you controlling them? by Elayne Lane
Emotions can be exquisite or devastating. Very often there is no reason for them showing up â€“ we just get them! In fact they are a healthy reaction to an unhealthy situation. Unchecked they can totally rule our lives, drain our energy and wreak havoc in our relationships. Or they can motivate us to bring about positive change that in turn creates more positive emotions. Have you ever wondered why you think you have resolved a problem by telling the same story over and over and then discovering that you have not resolved anything at all? This is because we are using the mind to resolve our feelings and not worked with the feelings themselves. Did you know that our emotions are linked to our organs? So when we have an excessive amount of negative emotions in one organ it creates ill health in our body.
Satisfaction/ practicality/ comfortable/ confident/fair/ sensible/open minded
Anxiety/worry/unfairness/ unreliable/guilty/possessive Lymphatic issues/sore muscles/ poor taste/stomach ulcers/ digestive disorders
Lungs/large Courage/honesty/ intestine pride/frank/polite
Sadness/grief/ depression/ dishonest/hopeless Constiptation/diarrohea/irritable bowel/skin conditions
Gentleness/ relaxed/ considerate
Fear/terror/agitated/rushed Bed wetting and incontinence/ bone problems/kidney stones/ adrenal exhaustion/poor teeth
Generosity/ kindness/ organised/ cool headed/ productive/ constructive/ concillatory
Anger/frustration/aggression/ jealous/suspicious/controlling Gall stones/nerve issues/poor eyesight/headaches/hepatitis/ liver conditions
Love/patience/ compassion/ passionate/ enthusiastic/ respectful
Impatience/hastiness/arrogance/ hatred/rage Heart/blood problems, poor uptake of nutrients/hormonal imbalance
We digest our emotions like we digest our food. First we have an emotional meal – for example we may be in the supermarket doing the shopping in a rush because we have to get back to work. We trip over the trolley and fall on the floor and the shopping goes flying. In that moment we would probably be embarrassed, so instead of crying we might hold our breath and push all the feelings down inside of us. After picking up the shopping we might get in the car and feel angry at our boss for having to rush, or we might feel ashamed at falling over. Again we might just push it all aside by intellectualising the experience and go back to work. At this point we could see a colleague and tell them about the experience “guess what happened to me... I feel over in the supermarket and it gave me such a fright, I’m still shaking now. I nearly died with embarrassment, everyone looked at me. When I got to the car I feel really angry at myself for rushing, just because my boss said I had to be back at this time”. If we start expressing our feelings then we start to break up the emotional meal (in the stomach) into little bite sized pieces (sadness, fright, embarrassment, anger, shame). As we start to allow these feelings to the surface we get the nutrients out of the meal (in the small intestine) – for example we might be aware that we need to slow down or allow more time for ourselves or set boundaries at work.
In feeling and expressing ourselves (as opposed to saying “I fell down in the supermarket but I’m okay now”) we progress to the large intestine where we eliminate what we don’t want, like the shame, and reabsorb what we want to keep, like kindness and self love. A common mistake with processing feelings is that we talk about what happened in the form of a story (intellectualise) rather than allow the feeling to be felt. Feelings cannot be resolved unless they are validated and expressed. After all, when a child fallsover in the supermarket they take a big breath, cry, scream, rub the sore bit, breathe deeply, talk about it until everything was expressed. Then they would take a few short little breaths, pick themselves up and carry on. This is true emotional release. Sometimes we get a big build up of emotions, gathered over many years of “small hurts” and what we consider insignificant events. However the body does not forget! It holds onto these unprocessed feelings as an emotional charge in our organs, and squeezes out the positive emotions which make life feel so good. The bigger the charge the more we start attracting challenging situations which seem overwhelming. In fact these situations are an opportunity for us to resolve these emotional charges and move into a healthier space.
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Find a good counsellor with the intention of feeling these feelings (rather than telling a story and intellectualising the experiences you have had). Make sure you have healthy body chemistry and hormones. When we get emotionally out of balance it affects our hormones and body chemistry – visit a good naturopath or herbalist to make sure you have the right nutrients in your body. When the body is out of balance chemically it affects our emotions – so creating a vicious circle. Other therapies that help with emotions are: Emotional Freedom Technique, Journey work, Neurolink, Neurolinguistic Programming, BodyTalk. There is a way to process emotions and improve the health of the organs through the Six Healing Sounds. This process actually converts negative emotions into positive ones. Once you have learnt the technique it is something you can do yourself on a daily basis just before you go to sleep. It calms your emotional system, assists sleep and works on the emotions through the night.
Emotions can enhance your life! It’s worth taking the time to understand them and how to work with them.
For further information on emotional processing or classes on the Six Healing Sounds contact Elayne Lane on 03 547 0373 or see her website www.learnhealing.org
Elayne Lane is an Aromatherapist, Touch for Health Kinesiologist, she also practices Chi Nei Tsang and teaches classes from the Universal Healing Tao.
Inclusion, Part III
The Hermetic Law of Vibration by Bruce Rawless Author of Sacred Geometry Design Sourcebook
The third of the seven laws or principles is given the name Vibration in the Kybalion, along with the phrase:
and amplitudes, just as our two primary senses are. We typically spend most of our time involved with our
“Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.” – The Kybalion Physics teaches us that all of our senses have a vibrational aspect in one way or another. Sound and light are the obvious examples as they correspond to the spectra of acoustical pressure and electromagnetic energy – we hear about 10 octaves and see about 1 octave respectively, out of what are probably infinite spectra. The other three senses of taste, smell and touch also (when analyzed in terms of the biochemistry involved) can be thought of in terms of vibratory phenomena, harmonics, overtones and phase relationships
sensory world, in one form or another, yet the evidence from the biological and physical sciences tell us that all of our perceptions are quite limited (1 tiny octave or 10 out of an infinite number) and unreliable (just look at the wide assortment of optical illusions for example.) Perceptions also can vary widely from person to person – the classic story of the Blind Men and the Elephant comes to mind, where each describes a different portion, but no partial examination reveals the whole story. More importantly, the meaning and interpretations we give
our perceptions literally fabricate our model of an external world. Perhaps trees falling in forests with no one around really don’t make a sound! The Law of Vibration, combined with the Laws of Mentalism and Correspondence covered in the previous articles, brings us the understanding that the realm of mind – our thoughts, feelings and attitudes – all have a vibrational counterpart. Our outer vibratory state also can correspond to our inner vibratory state… but doesn’t always necessarily. We may not get to choose what our external senses appear to deliver to us, but we certainly have a choice of whether we are the puppets of what impinges on our senses (the vibrations that seem to influence us)… or whether we proactively choose to recognize the dreamlike quality of our external experience and not make it our master.
Reacting to Stimuli – The Strength of Integrity with our Words and Thoughts The typical knee-jerk reactions that keep us bound to space-time are founded on the underlying belief that we’re based in form rather than spirit. The new age maxim that we’re spiritual beings having a material experience (or non-local beings having a local experience) must go beyond being “a great theory” and become rooted in practice, practice, practice, for it to become an actual fact for us. One barometer of how well we’re achieving that shift in emphasis from matter to spirit is in our words. The language we use with others verbally, as well as electronically (now that email may comprise much of a person’s daily communication) is a great indicator of how we feel about our inner life. Try invoking the inner observer (or record yourself on audio and/or video for a reality check) to see what vibrations you are sending out to the cosmos! It can be pretty eye opening and hopefully amusing if you don’t take your own personality-based self too seriously! If one is being entranced by the ephemeral, the words will reflect that consciousness; however when we allow ourselves to be guided by spirit (wholeness) the words will reflect a very different awareness. It’s rather obvious which feels peaceful, joyous and fun, and which reflects the struggle of a paradigm based on separation, division and differences.
The Strength of Stillness We’re NOT responsible for what others “send or receive”, but we certainly are response-able for what we do (or don’t do) in response to the “outer” world… A big part of the key to trouble-free living is “non-attachment to outcomes”; this applies to family belief systems, community interactions, and global and regional cultural belief systems. This
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi non-attachment evolves as we practice relinquishing the belief that our “inputs” are more important than our “outputs.” This is somewhat analogous to saying that steering your ship is not only more effective, but more fun than cursing the currents of wind or water that happen to be in evidence. When we respond to inspiration, feeling the complete-within-itself joy of integrity, our dreams become happier, and we move more swiftly to awakening altogether. The stillness at the center of the circle, spiral, cyclone, galaxy, atom, or any other form is where the true power lies. This fulcrum of peace contains the seeds of vibration, yet does not vibrate. This is why when we let go of our desire to change the world to our liking, we realize that it already is optimally designed to bring us exactly what we need, moment to moment, to perfectly accept, forgive and release whatever appears to be in front of us. If we practice this often enough, we realize that we can afford to relax about our circumstances and that the peace of our Creator is truly what we’re looking for, and it is always ever present within us.
The Sine Wave: The lens of perception; projection of separation or extension of oneness The sine wave (also called a sinusoid) is the shape made by tracing the path of any point that is not the center of any rotating object. The rate of vibration (frequency) depends on how fast in time (cycles per second or Hertz) the object is rotating. The strength (or
amplitude) of the vibration depends on how far away from the center the selected point is chosen. All vibrations (or frequencies) can trace their compositional source to a sine wave or combinations of sine waves; this is like saying that our perceptions all arise from vibrations caused by rotating around the still point source. The next time you see (or hear!) color or sound (that should cover a rather inclusive territory!), it can be a memory trigger that you are seeing your inner world projected outwardly. Compassion is inevitable from this perspective. When one also incorporates the thought system of our real, metapersonal Self, this kindness canâ€™t help but reflect, mirror, echo and convey the unlimited loving generosity and forgiving whole-heartedness of who we truly are! Then weâ€™re using the Law of Vibration in the best possible way, by realizing your choice of frequencies is being guided by inspiration rather than by the desperation of trying to change the world from the outside. We return to the still central point, beyond vibration, beyond duality, perfect patient calm, at peace. The Law of Vibration, combined with the Laws of
All vibrations (or frequencies) can trace their compositional source to a sine wave or combinations of sine waves; this is like saying that our perceptions all arise from vibrations caused by rotating around the still point source.
Mentalism and Correspondence covered in the two previous articles, provide us with a metaphor for the mechanism of vibratory by which we fabricate our holographic universe, projected from mind, and reflected and mirrored in the perceptions which merely seem to be external to us. By understanding these mechanical operations of law, we can begin to identify more and more with the peaceful observer of perceptual phenomena, rather than as a separate individual, invested in making these vibratory patterns as a means to an outcome, and seemingly at the mercy of appearances.
Bruce Rawles is the author of Sacred Geometry Design Sourcebook: Universal Dimensional Patterns, the co-author of The Geometry Code eBooklet and Screensaver (with Mika Feinberg of LightSOURCE) which is the prequel to a forthcoming book of the same name, and the editor of a website devoted to sacred geometry and the principle of interconnectedness, www.GeometryCode.com
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How to get from Stuck
to Getting Started
Do you have a dream, goal, or vision, but are having a really hard time getting started? This goal may be as basic as cleaning out a few closets or the garage. Perhaps it is to start exercising. Maybe you want to start eating healthier. You’ve always wanted to write a book, travel, start your own business, become a public speaker, climb a mountain, sail around the world, run a guest lodge or move to the country. You think about it a lot, but haven’t done anything about it. Hmm, sound familiar? As a coach, I would ask you… • If not now, when? • How will you feel at the end of your life if you never tried this thing? • How will you feel at the end of your life if you do it? But, first we must start. The laws of physics say that a body at rest tends to remain at rest. A body in motion tends to remain in motion. So, we must overcome the inertia of rest to move into motion. We must create momentum. Once started, we flow, get excited, get committed and are more ready to live our passion. And often, amazingly, the Universe hears our intention and begins to create beautiful synchronicities to match our intention, our focus, our action.
Laura Raduenz is a small business Mentor & Life Coach who helps her clients think big, be bold, step up, and take inspired action in their lives and business.
by Laura Raduenz Small business Mentor & Life Coach
Some suggestions... • Just start. Start today. Do one small thing. Do one small step. Do something. • Get organized. Divide your goal into small, manageable steps. Write them down. Break them into small parts. Just list them out. • Agree with yourself that you will work on your task for only five minutes – that’s all. And do it. Just five minutes. Commit to doing five minutes tomorrow – that’s all. And so on. • Do something related, but easier. If you want to be a runner, start walking. If you want to write a book, write a letter. If you want to start an ecommerce business, create a website. • Start your task, but not at the beginning. Start in the middle where you’ve had more detailed thoughts, ideas, or clarity. • Sit quietly. Breathe deeply. Relax your body. Ask the Universe what you should do first. Listen for the answer. It will pop into your mind or your heart. Or, the Universe will send you a sign. Look for the sign. Make it a game. Make it playful. Then act on the sign or the thought. • Celebrate the successes. Plan what treat you will give yourself once you complete three steps, one week, one month, one milestone. • Plan on where you will fail. If you want to start running, plan to walk on the days you feel too tired or out of sorts. You will still be healthier for having exercised, won’t you? • Look for and list what you are doing right rather than what you are doing wrong. Acknowledge the good things you are doing. • Join a club related to your goal. Be a participant rather than spectator. • Subscribe to a magazine related to your goal. Take action on one of the articles that attracts you or inspires you. • Buy a book related to your goal. And read it. Perform any/all of the exercises suggested. Just start. Celebrate starting. Acknowledge starting. Smile. And begin. Try it and let me know how it goes...
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Learn how to futureproof your family!
1.00pm–2.00pm How to bone out a chicken & leg of lamb Jeff O’Neill, O’Neills Gourmet Butchery 2.00pm–3.00pm How to make cheese – Paneer & Quark Irma Jager, with Mapua Country Trading 3.00pm–4.00pm How to make an easy coconut bread Dee Pigneguy, Feed Me Right
Sunday, 21 August 11.00am–12.00 noon How to live gluten free Rebecca Douglas-Clifford, Eat Right Foods 12.00 noon–1.30pm How to make gingerbeer & home-made wines & cordials Heather Cole, Mapua Country Trading 2.00pm–3.00pm Inspiration for cooking winter veggies Lindsey Fish, KEGs with Tahunanui School students
Demonstrations & Workshops Demo Stand 41 Grow Your Own Food
Saturday, 20 August 10.30am-11.30am How to change your garden to an organic one.
The theme for Ecofest 2011 is all about ‘getting prepared’ with a strong focus on future-proofing your family and coping with natural disasters. Supported by Nelson City and Tasman District councils, Ecofest is full of ‘how to’ demos and workshops. Visit www.ecofestnelsontasman.co.nz for more information.
11.30am-12.30pm How to make potting mix and seed trays. 1.30pm Drop off for Seed Swap. 2.00pm-3.00pm SEED SWAP - Bring your seeds to swap - FREE! 3.00pm-4.00pm How to ensure success with your fruit trees.
Sunday, 21 August 10.30am-11.30am How to make winter herbal first aid kits. 11.30am-12.30pm How to ensure success with your fruit trees. 1.30pm Drop off for Seed Swap.
2.00pm-3.00pm SEED SWAP - Bring your seeds to swap - FREE!
Jane Smith of Chocolate Dog, a designer and illustrator, painting fossils onto a new eco floor which absorbs and holds heat from the sun and releases it slowly back into the room. The owners commissioned Jane to add a fun dimension to their new eco home. Both of them have a background in geology so the fossils were an appropriate subject. The house is also part of the Eco Fest tour.
Free Bus Weekend
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A Passion for
Earth It was love at first sight, some 20 years ago when I came here as an exchange student from Switzerland and spent a year on an organic farm near Nelson. During that time I visited my first earth building.
The moment I entered the modest home I felt it was something special that really resonated with me on a deep level. I started stroking the solid, textured walls – a somewhat odd behaviour for a teenager. Earth walls entice you to do that though… The house was built from Adobe, in an age-old technique of handmolding bricks from a mix of clay and straw which then get dried in the sun. The owners, who designed and engineered the first modern loadbearing earth building in New Zealand, made their own bricks and built the house themselves. I admired their selfreliance and artistic flair, which shone through in every detail. I did my first earth building workshop with them before returning to Switzerland and embarking on a journey of further discovery and learning. Nearly every region on the planet has a rich legacy of earthen buildings. It is estimated that even today, half of the world’s population lives or works in buildings constructed of earth. Over the last few decades earth has been rediscovered as a high-quality building material, and its aesthetic qualities along with its beneficial effect on indoor room climate and general well-being are widely recognized. Of particular relevance are also its environmental performance, for
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example the incomparably low carbon footprint and total recyclability. In recent years many beautiful new homes and public buildings have been build from earth, and as an authentic historical building material, earth is also widely used in conservation and restoration. There is an emerging market for commercially produced earth building materials, and vocational training opportunities in many countries. As well as learning what I could about earth building from books, through workshops and by volunteering on building sites, I have underpinned my passion for natural building with studies in Architecture and Building Biology and Building Ecology (BBE), which look at the impact of buildings on both humans and the environment. In 2002 all these studies could finally be translated into practical work, when we took a leap of faith and purchased an existing adobe brick yard in Nelson. We relocated to New Zealand as a young family and took on our earth building company, SolidEarth Ltd. The idea was to transform the business from merely supplying mud bricks to offering a whole range of earth building products and construction work. So far, it has been a lot of hard work, but also an amazing experience! Our vision is to ignite people’s passion for earth, by raising awareness for earth as a building resource as well as supplying locally made, beautiful, high-quality building materials and finishes that make New Zealand homes more healthy and sustainable. Some homes are not that healthy to live in. Dampness and condensation
lead to mildew which can cause allergies and weaken the immune system, while toxic building materials emit VOCs and formaldehyde that can cause health problems. Buildings are also accountable for a very big proportion of resources used and eventually entering the waste stream. When building with earth, all of these problems can be avoided. Earth has the wonderful ability to absorb and release moisture from the indoor air thus stabilizing humidity inside rooms and preventing mould and mildew. The high mass walls even out temperature fluctuation by timedelayed release of absorbed solar energy (passive solar heating, which also reduces running costs). It is an abundant resource and doesn’t create waste, neither during construction nor in demolition. As a building material, earth is wonderful to touch, inspiring to work with and very durable. It doesn’t set like concrete, but air dries instead, allowing all processes to be reversible. It doesn’t just wash away in the rain, but it can be re-hydrated and worked into something new. I find this one of its most magical qualities. When I make mud bricks, build or plaster walls with earth, I feel a very strong connection to the past and a worldwide tradition. I also feel a strong anchoring in the here and now, being grounded by the physically challenging yet creative activity. And I feel hope for the future, because I can contribute to sustainable solutions and show that it is possible to live modern lives with gentler impact on our environment. SolidEarth Ltd has given us the opportunity to be involved in a very wide range of projects, ranging from
community projects, new homes and alterations, to the restoration of historic buildings. We are very fortunate in New Zealand to have Earthbuilding Standards which are integral part of our Building Code. It is not hard to get consent for this type of construction and the engineering is up to scratch with earthquake safety requirements. One of my goals is to push earth building components, such as adobe feature walls and earthen plasters, in conventional buildings, thus making more people aware of the benefits of this amazingly versatile natural building material. I also have a vision of empowering more people, especially young Kiwis in need of employment or wanting to build their own home at an affordable cost, to get into earth building. To that end we run workshops and facilitate project orientated in-depth courses. I often think of what I am doing as a bit of alchemy, but without being obscure about it. I use what many of us just perceive as dirt, and – through the fire of my passion – I transform it into something of value and beauty.
For more information visit: www.solidearth.co.nz www.earthbuilding.org.nz
The Future is Here
magine this... You have just sat down with your friends to enjoy the sumptuous delights that you have spent the last few hours preparing. The dinner smells delicious, the company is great, the Central Otago Pinot is breathing and in the background your wall mounted digital photo frame is scrolling images of your latest holiday adventure. But the ambience isnâ€™t quite set, so you wander over to your digital photo frame and touch the screen. It instantly transforms into the portal to your home control system. You select the audio-visual button from your home entertainment library and choose your album. Within seconds your favourite music is playing in the background. You then select lighting and choose your dining scene. As you are returning to the table the lights are softly dimming to just how you like them for your dinner parties. Now the scene is truly set!
This is the home control solution provided by Automation Assist Limited who have recently opened new offices in Queenstown and Nelson. As well as their new touch screen technology, the company has developed their own unique 3D interface style as shown in these photographs. These interfaces enable you to interact with and control your home automation system much as you would in the real world. And when you go away on your next vacation, you can log in to your system through the internet, enabling you to return to a warm home, with lights on and the spa running. Get Applewise with Bitwise Complementing these home control systems, the company also offers a new product called Bitwise which connects to your home AV system and allows you to use your i-Phone or i-Pad as your remote control for your AV as well as your home system. Talk about making one smile!
Automation Assist Ltd can be contacted on 0800 216 666 or you can visit the website www.automationassist.co.nz Visit Automation Assist Ltd at booth No. 9, Ecofest 20th â€“ 21st August 2011
Balance and harmony
BY DESIGN When Catrin invited me to write about my health focused attitude towards Interior Design, I became aware of OneSmile’s emphasis on publishing good news, an intentional technique which is also the philosophical base for my business: Holistic Interior Design. I practise Personal Redesign Quantum Touch therapy parallel to Space related Interior Design, thus establishing balance within and ambient.
Bad news is usually centered on disasters. Media work with the powerful marketing tool called fear, which, once established as an unsettling emotion in humans, leads to increasing chaos in people’s lives. These challenging conditions and demanding lifestyles consequently call for ‘recovery areas” at home, places that are toxic-free, peaceful and quiet to relax in and to recharge our batteries. The good news is that we have choices! At least in our homes, or nests, we are masters of creation of safe havens, wellbeing, relaxation zones and relative safety. We can decide on what we surround ourselves with, e.g. turning off the TV and radio, inviting supportive energies in and choosing to invest in the only asset we truly own: our health. For my Interior Designs I am able to offer my clients the proven findings of Building Biology, a science which started some forty years ago in Europe. Under the influence and pressure of Building Biologists governments decided to implement positive changes in the manufacturing of building materials, building codes and the protective regulation of resource usage, e.g. forests, water, land. In Building Biology non-toxic, natural building materials and tested building methods are coordinated to create healthy housing, re-connect us to nature and allow us to live in a naturally supportive homeenvironment which consequently leads to a healthier environment. The way building developed after WWII by cherishing new materials, chemicals, structures and compositions, it had created enormous environmental problems together with a noticeable increase in environmental diseases. From toxic waste at building sites to toxic vapors within buildings to toxic landfills… totally avoidable when using natural materials. Back to the good news: with realization came solution! Germany
was the first country to acknowledge the holistic science of Building Biology together with offering the necessary university courses for architects. “The application of Building Biology principles in my design process leads to truly harmonious, feel-good, attractive and healthy spaces which transcend personal boundaries.” My spaces are realistically planned, for real – life situations, radiating a welcoming and comforting atmosphere by combining the classic design techniques with the knowledge of Building Biology. By creating healthy, beautiful interiors we also assure healthy developments for the environment. Keep in mind: it is not necessary to build a new house to benefit from the techniques of Building Biology. Any existing home will improve with Building Biology related changes, however small they may be. Repositioning of furniture for better energy may be an effective start. Any amount of work into the right direction will let you feel the difference. Be reminded of the attraction of Mediterranean holiday spots, enjoy visual warmth, vibrant colors, enticing combinations of hues and tints, and spend your time at home in stimulating surroundings reflecting your own personality. My vivid compositions of materials and color will transform a tired house into a fresh and inviting living concept. I am inviting you to develop your own style which is a timeless tool and will prevent you from falling into the tempting traps of fashion. New trends are changing very quickly, urging people to keep the shops busy, however, also increasing the landfills.
Personal style and personal color schemes will give you a long lasting frame for comfort, and you can always perk up just a few details with new glamour. The contemporary consciousness is moving away from consumerism to a more sustainable, responsible behavior , with emphasis on quality rather than quantity. Often less is more and gives you the means to afford better choices. At this stage in evolution we are still dependent on nature to support our lives, so the smart thing to do would be to preserve clean air, water and soil. As consumers we have immense power and our choices do result in consequences. Make them good ones!!
Susanne Brutscher has recently established the TASMAN BUILDING BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY CENTRE in Mapua, offering services as described on her website such as free telephone consultation regarding Building Biology. Contact Susanne Brutscher, INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO, MAPUA www.callfordesign.co.nz Phone: 03 540 3672
Kiwis asked to go solar in ‘The Solar Promise’ nationwide campaign ‘The Solar Promise’ nationwide campaign launched 11 July 2011 aims to encourage all New Zealand councils to embrace solar, to help their ratepayers turn sunshine into savings. On behalf of Kiwis facing higher energy costs, the Nelson City Council, Nelson Environment Centre, and SolarCity have launched The Solar Promise, calling for councils, as well as central government, individuals and businesses, to do what they can to make solar more affordable to help New Zealanders save money and combat climate change. Nelson Mayor Aldo Miccio says that a 2008 feasibility study carried out in partnership with the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA) and SolarCity showed the government’s solar grant alone was not enough to help communities go solar. “The study was clear: families want the immediate cash benefits from solar’s savings, but they need to spread the cost of solar for it to be affordable,” Miccio says. “From these needs, the Solar Saver Scheme was born – an innovative rates-based financing mechanism to help home owners spread the cost of going solar. At the time, the Nelson City Council
also chose to waive solar resource consents, to further reduce the barriers to solar. “The Solar Saver Scheme has been a huge success for Nelson,” he says. “In the scheme’s first year, Nelson families put more solar systems on their roofs than the whole of Auckland City, immediately getting up to one week’s free power every month.” “We believe the Solar Saver Scheme is a vital policy tool for all councils, to assist their communities to reduce their energy costs, while also helping to maximise the contribution from solar to our nation’s renewable energy target.” “The goal of The Solar Promise is to make solar more affordable, and there are many ways that individuals, businesses and local government can support that happening,” he says. “One way is to go to The Solar Promise website www.solarpromise.org.nz and pledge a promise – to encourage your council to put in a Solar Saver Scheme as part of this year’s long term planning process – that is something we can all do easily to help make change.” “Nelson City Council’s pledge to The Solar Promise is to continue to waive resource consent fees for solar installation, retain the Solar Saver Scheme, and encourage all councils to consider a number of key solar policies in their upcoming Long Term Plan.” You too can make a solar promise like:
• Let’s go solar and set up a Solar Saver Scheme. • I love my solar, and I want my council to set up a Solar Saver Scheme so my friends can love it too. • I love my solar and will ask my friends to make a Solar Promise. At the same time you make a promise, you can opt to have a letter (on your behalf) sent to your council encouraging them to adopt a Solar Saver Scheme and telling them of your promise.
Why make a promise? Those who can make a difference – councils, the Government and businesses – need to know that New Zealanders support solar. The Solar Promise initiative is anchored in reality. Nelson’s Solar Saver Scheme drove down the cost of solar in Nelson by 20%, and created $5 million of inward investment into the local economy. By making a Solar Promise, you, your business and your council will be helping us all transition to a new clean energy future that will revitalise our economy, protect our communities from the rising cost of power, and help New Zealand play its part in solving the climate crisis. Schemes like Nelson’s Solar Saver Scheme are the building blocks of a new carbon-free clean energy future.
When councils across the nation introduce Solar Saver Schemes this gives more of us the opportunity to participate and do our bit to protect our planet for future generations. Andrew Booth, CEO of New Zealand’s leading Solar Power company SolarCity says “The launch of the Solar Promise comes at a critically important time for the development of solar power in New Zealand, with power prices rising by 78% in the last eight years and the price of oil at historic highs.” Solar Promise co-founder Grant Jones, CEO of Nelson Environment Centre (NEC) says “The NEC is committed to help build a more resilient community and economy for future generations and this includes more secure, clean and affordable sources of energy. The Solar Promise is an important step towards achieving this.” Also welcoming the support for solar power through The Solar Promise,
Nathan Argent of Greenpeace says “solar power is proven, reliable, effective and an easy to install technology.” “The Solar Promise is a great idea,” says Argent. “Solar allows us all to help fight climate change, and slash our bills, at the same time. By bringing councils and communities together the Solar Promise can help New Zealand to become more energy independent, and move towards a cleaner, smarter energy future.” Lee Barry, Climate Change Campaigner, WWF-New Zealand (formally the World Wildlife Fund) says “the organisation also welcomes the leadership shown by The Solar Promise to get solar on more Kiwi homes.” “If more solar can be installed on New Zealand homes, this will help save energy and reduce the need to build new power generating capacity,” Barry says. “With solar on every Kiwi home, we can save the equivalent of
Back row (left to right): Dave Cull (Dunedin), Richard Kempthorne (Tasman), Tracy Hicks (Gore), Ray Wallace (Hutt City), Alistair Sowman (Marlborough) Middle row (left to right): Harry Duynhoven (New Plymouth), Celia Wade-Brown (Wellington), Ross Paterson (Western Bay of Plenty) Front row (left to right): Aldo Miccio (Nelson), Ron Mark (Carterton), Annette Main (Whanganui), Frana Cardno (Southland), Lawrence Yule (Hastings)
Huntly Power Station’s annual output, reducing our carbon emissions and playing our part in the global fight against climate change which threatens species and people worldwide.”
When? You can make a difference today by pledging your solar promise by 30 September, so your voice counts when your local council is doing its planning for your community’s future. A promise to me, my family and my community – make a solar promise today! www.solarpromise.org.nz
A Life in Moments, or a Moment in Life by Dean Marcussen
This is the Way to live; from one breath to the next. This is the Way of Aikido, the Way of Harmonious Spirit. This is the Way that begins as a martial art and permeates out into the rest of your life. Breathe in. Take a deep breath, inhale fully through your nostrils, down through your throat to the depth of your stomach. Hold, and then breathe out. Repeat. This is harder than it sounds. This is how I do it; a life in moments, or a moment in life. This is how the world changes; moment by moment, breath by breath. Breathe in. Look to your left at the blue handwriting on the white square of paper clipped to the top of the coffee machine. â€˜Soy Flat White, Have Here.â€™ Twist from your hips, collecting the Blue top stainless steel milk jug in your right hand, as your body turns to the left. Step your left foot straight forward, and bring your rear foot up behind the left at a right angle. This is walking in Han-li, the martial art of aikido, applied to master everyday life. Open the fridge with your left hand. Exchange the Blue milk jug for the Soy and collect the cardboard Soy milk box before the fridge door swings shut.
Perform a Kaiten turn, pivoting on the balls of your feet and reversing ninety degrees, until you are facing the counter. Hold your head high, smile at the woman with blood red shoulder length hair and dark eyes, offset with a blue checked blouse. See her fingers tapping on the rimu bar top. Step forward in Han-li, to the edge of the coffee machine. Breathe out. Place the milk jug on the bench. Twist the top off the Soy milk box and pour, while squeezing the sides of the box, to stop a vacuum of air making the milk spurt out over the bench. Cap the screw top on the box and place to your right. Bring the jug up to the steam wand; spin the steam wheel around, one, two, three times. Tilt and drop the milk jug. Watch as the milk begins to swirl like a storm in a teacup and listen for the sucking sound of water escaping down a kitchen sink hole. As the steam rushes into the cold milk, beginning to expand it, slip your left hand down, under the bottom of the stainless steel jug, to feel for the rising heat. Breathe in. Use your breath to lift up, through your aching spine and neck to the top of your head, relax your shoulders and look out; past the brown Italian coffee cups warming on top of the coffee machine, to the
square oak dining table with its four matching chairs. Look at the Asian anemone flower, the colour of rose madder, sitting at the centre of the table in a small glass vase. Stare at the six petals, the outer edges pale white and bleeding into light red at the centre. Focus on the bright yellow stamens. Grin. You are now in the moment. Breathe out. Watch while the table shakes, as Tom, the librarian, who is built like an Orangutan; with long gangly arms and bulky body, manoeuvres his way round to the window seat, and the yellow stamens fall like dust on the shiny, polished, wooden table. Glance up above him at the row of multi-coloured pastel cups dangling from hooks below the china shelf. Resting on the shelf are three cream coloured square vases and a china swan. Flick your eyes back down and watch him take a bite of his breakfast, place the bacon and egg pie back on the plate, chew, and unfurl the newspaper like the sail that will take him to a new world. Breathe in. Feel the heat under your fingers as the milk nears sixty eight degrees. Spin the steam wheel clockwise; one, two three. As the wand makes its final huff, pull the jug free and tap it once against the bench. Breathe out.
back; there’s only the Way, right here, right now, in this moment. Breathe in.
Reach for the handle of the coffee group and push it free from the machine. Tap the group upside down on the wooden peg of the coffee ground dump and wipe the inside of the basket clean with a tea towel. Look up to see Tom take another bite from his pie and pick up a pen to fill in a word on his crossword, while you change the group from right to left hand, rotate at the waist and tuck it under the coffee grinder. Flick the switch and listen as the sharp ratchet pushes against your eardrums and tries to fracture the moment. Breathe in. Look past the primate doing his daily crossword, through the plate glass window, at a pair of blackbirds perched on top of the coffee sign. Imagine the freedom of a bird, while the grinder whirs beside you. Know that the day you learnt to fly, would be the day that you never came back down. Find peace with that knowing. Breathe out. Flick the grinder lever, one, two, three, four, five, six times, dropping the fresh ground coffee into the basket. Stop the grinder, hear Gillian Welch sing, ‘back baby, in time. I wanna go back when you were mine,’ and know there’s no going
Sweep the top of the coffee group clean and reach for the weighted stainless steel tamper with its black handle. Tamp the coffee once, pushing down with fourteen and a half kilo’s of pressure. Tap the side of the basket with the tamper to shake free the spare grounds and tamp once more. Let go of the tamper, sweep the top of the basket clean with the palm of your right hand, slam the group into the machine with your left and wrench it tight against the seal. With your index finger push the button and see the LED light fire green. Swipe the tray clean with a cloth and place a clean warm cup under the nozzle. Breathe out. Know that you have three moments left. Reach under the bar for the middle stack of saucers. Take a brown saucer and place it on top of the bar. Smell the fragment perfume from the redhead wafting across the counter and mingling with the sweet essence of coffee. Glide backwards, your legs coming together at the coffee machine and feel yourself inside the flow. Smile. Now you are dancing with the moment. Breathe in. Straighten your spine and feel it crack; a gas bubble in your lower back popping, and releasing your body’s natural endorphins. Lift your head higher, stare out the window at the pair of blackbirds sitting on top of the sign and relax. Breathe out.
you. Place the cup on its matching saucer, pick up the milk jug, tap it once more on the bench and begin to pour. Hear a coughing sound and glance up from the stream of milk at Tom. See him choking, his face blushing red as he tries to dislodge the food stuck in his throat. Glance past him out the window as the blackbirds flit away, their shadows passing across the pavement as they take flight. Return back to Tom as he beats his arm against his chest. Breathe in. Feel the concrete beneath your feet shift, turn from a solid floor to a rolling sea storm, and let your legs move with the ocean beneath your feet. Glance down, see that the milk is poured and lift the jug as the cup rattles and the milk tries to break the surface tension and spill. Look up above Tom at the shelf and see the cups swinging from side to side in their hooks, then see the swan leap off the shelf and dive down, landing between Tom’s shoulder blades. See him retch forward. Watch as out of his mouth comes a small piece of flying bacon. Breathe out. Everything is falling now. The room is shaking from side to side and Gillian is drowned out by the crash of china, the breaking of glass, and a deep roaring from the earth below your feet. Pick a teaspoon from the glass jar and place it on the edge of the saucer. Brush a white sprinkle of plaster from the side of the saucer with your finger, push the cup and saucer towards the redhead, and in the moment before the ceiling meets the floor and the world turns black, look up and say ‘Soy flat white.’ Breathe in.
Stop the machine and step to the right, your left foot sliding behind
Conversation or communication? by Carol Taplin
hen I was in high school, two computers were introduced in my final year as the ‘new whiz kids’. Later, when I was a senior manager, the first blue-screen computers appeared in my work place and I was one of the privileged few who had access to their possibilities. Twenty years later, as social media, web forums, websites and blogs, texting and tweeting proliferate, I wonder if the overwhelming reach of tech-communication has quashed our ability and appreciation of rich human conversation. I recently watched a television article based around a business woman’s reaction to seeing two of her staff, who sat back to back, just metres apart in an open-place office space, texting each other. “Horrified”, she immediately put in place some new communication rules: twice daily only email checking, the banning of on-site collegial texts and the establishment of mandatory face-to-face conversations for project collaborations. There was a reluctant submission. Within just two months, all agreed that creativity and productivity had skyrocketed. Successful business is built person to person, face-to-face, not typeface-totypeface. We work creatively and fully with people we like and trust. ‘Like’ and ‘trust’ are complex emotive human conditions, not easily reconstructed through emoticons and abbreviations. I’m all for communication – it’s at the core of everything I do. However I feel
that there’s now an imbalance between communication and conversation. There’s richness in a face-to-face conversation that is lost in a click connection. A smile may be a crooked line that puts everything straight, but the icon just doesn’t cut it. It needs the eyes sparkling and crinkles to make it warm. A conversation ‘thread’ that reads <Me: :( You: Awww u k bb? Me: :( :( You: O luv ya hon> loses hands down in the pick-me-up stakes, compared to a talk on the phone with all its nuances or, even better, a natter sharing the couch together. The technological skill of managing good communication appears to
be usurping the art of conversation, which, by definition, is the informal interchange of thoughts, information, etc., by spoken words, that is, oral communication. Caveat: I am not a social media Luddite. I use social media avenues when they are fit-for-purpose. They can be a most appropriate form of communication, but cannot be meaningful conversation. Most of us are social animals, so, although I use a variety of technological communication channels, they compliment, not replace more direct social interactions. In fact, I have found myself going ‘back to the future’ and loving the rewards. I get a text from a friend - “haven’t
seen you for a while friend. How’s life?” I often phone them back. Those frustrating emails bouncing back and forth trying to coordinate a meeting – I often phone them back. I think its good to embrace technological communication as well as, not instead of, a direct human-to-human conversation. Try bringing a little of the living social animal back into your world, to cohabitate happily next to your social media. Pick up the phone. Visit. Converse more – with your voice, not your keypads. At the risk of really stepping out, how about swapping an email catch up for a letter? There is not a person I know who doesn’t get a real kick out of getting a ‘real’ letter by snail mail; handwritten with smudges, scribbles and cross outs, random pieces of paper or on beautiful card. I remain one of the few I know who still fires off
postcards, letters and birthday cards in the post. I receive very few back. Indeed, I had recently almost stopped, having decided that perhaps I really was, ironically, ‘out of touch’. I phoned the daughter of a girlfriend to wish her 18th birthday happiness. I hadn’t sent a card that year, as I had every year since she was born. I’d never had acknowledgement and hey, eighteen, all about FB and text! Within 10 seconds, she demanded to know where her card was! She told me she’d kept every birthday card I’d ever posted; that receiving it was anticipated and treasured. I got a thorough dressing down! I still smile when I think of it. Needless to say she (and indeed her whole family, who all chimed in to complain!) is back on the birthday card roster. I’ve put my postal address, not my email address this month – hint hint.
Carol Taplin is a Nelson-based consultant. Her business, The Enterprise Facilitator, provides strategic and business planning, facilitation, mentoring and coaching, and sustainable business solutions. en·ter·prise: participation in, or readiness to undertake a project, especially one that is important or difficult or that requires boldness or energy fa·cil·i·ta·tor: a person responsible for leading or coordinating the work of a group, to make easier and assist the progress of it
Carol Taplin of The Enterprise Facilitator Postal: PO Box 1147, Nelson 7040 New Zealand.
Be inspired and learn
An exciting new event is coming up that could transform you and your business or organisation.
The Inspire Business Roadshow is all about dynamic communication – how to communicate effectively with clients, staff, colleagues, yourself and the public. Come along and learn practical tools and tips. Nelson roadshow: Tasman roadshow:
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Polished presentations and powerful sales pitches Branding, marketing and publicity Conflict resolution Change your mindset and feel empowered Intergenerational communication Leadership coaching
This event is a fantastic opportunity and exceptional value at $40 ($30 for early bird registrations). To find out more and register visit www.takeaim.co.nz
Thursday 15th September, 1pm-6pm Venue: to be announced Thursday 27th October, 1pm-6pm Venue: to be announced
Each roadshow offers a choice of workshops led by local specialists, covering topics such as:
Heaven by Eric Roeper
Heaven is here, my friend so don’t go dying just yet or you’ll miss the liquid twinkle in your son’s eyes. - the curl of an early morning breeze against your cheek. Don’t think the sun in it’s golden glory will leave you any warmer, or the feel of a girls skin against yours could get any better on the flipside of life. No sir. This is it my friend. And in the end there is only You. You see, in my moments of despair, when I’ve appealed to what I thought was a greater good there was only more silence. Not the beating of angel’s wings, or the gentle whisper of a god’s words. - nothing but the drumming of my own heart. The gentle whisper of a lover’s kiss.
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A smile is
a free therapy by Theresa Grainger
No matter what religion or ethnic group we belong to, what education or experience we have entered into, what country we live in or language we speak, within our individual differences is the universal language of a smile.
A shared smile between a parent and child, a smile of love and affection, a smile shared with friends in laughter, a smile for so many reasons or no reason at all – whatever a smile represents for you, I think we can all agree that just as a picture paints a thousand words, so too does a smile. The value of a smile is priceless. In my view a smile is your greatest asset: not only does it warm the hearts of others but it also brings warmth into your own heart. When you smile and hold that smile, your brain releases endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters that reduce pain and produce a physiological sense of well-being. The word “endorphin” comes from the two words “endogenous” and “morphine”,
meaning a morphine-like substance created within the body. So sometimes lifting the corners of your mouth is all it takes is to fill your body with a sensation of vibrancy and feeling like you are on a high. Robert Zajonc, a Polish-born American social psychologist, conducted some fascinating studies which demonstrated that consciously forming your facial muscles into a smile and holding that smile for a brief period measurably changes and cools the blood flow in your brain, which in turn makes people feel happy. A 30-second smile can reliably lift your mood. Zajonc and his colleagues showed through a series of experiments that positive emotions
occur when people say the letter “e” or the sound “ah” over and over again, apparently because making these sounds requires a smile-like expression. Before reading Zajonc’s research I had always wondered why we say “cheese” when we are having our photo taken. I had thought it was just a word to make us laugh and it might well be, however I also now realise it produces the “e” sound and in turn a smile. So if you find yourself in a down moment all it takes is a quick lift of the corners of your mouth and the
consciously aware and bring the following actions into play as you drink your glass of water: Just before you take your first mouthful, take a deep breath in. Then as you drink a few mouthfuls and consciously feel the water flowing into your body, use your imagination to breathe a smile into your body. So as you lift up the corners of your mouth and hum inside your mind “ah” – like “ah this tastes good” – allow your smile to travel up into your brain and then down your spine into your heart, gut and lower spine. As it reaches your
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
pronunciation of the letters “e” or “ah”. Or if you want to get a little crazy you could do as my children and I do and dance and sing at the top of our voices the letter “e”. After many years of studying various mind-body modalities and researching the body’s inner intelligence, I have come to realise three of the most powerful and yet simple tools we can use in our personal growth and wellbeing are the breath, a smile and the combination of our imagination and focus. A daily practice I have created for myself, and encourage others to do, whenever you have a drink of water, in that moment stop and become
lower spine allow your smile to split off into two and flow on down your legs into your toes. Taking another mouthful of water, follow the process again. As you breathe in deeply, allow your smile to fill your body, your cells and your organs. As you finish off your glass feeling the cool water flow in, breathe in a smile again and expand your smile into every part of your body – the tips of your fingers, toes, ears, eyes, even your nose. Breathe your smile into every corner of your being. Remember the magical number of eight glasses of water a day. Try this process consistently every day for a week and you will experience a noticeable difference in your health and well-being. The key is to shift it from a practice into just a normal habitual way of being. Remember a smile is free – I wonder how many you can gift to yourself and another today. As Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh said, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” www.breakthroughsolutions.co.nz
Leadership in tough times by Ian A Williams Leadership coach, author and speaker
The current challenging economic climate is an opportunity to evaluate the strength of your leadership in business. It really does sort out the capable and resilient from those who simply give up or hide in their shell. Where are you today? Are you in your shell or out there fighting for your future? Leadership is defined as a journey, a course that is set – and every journey has its challenges. By its nature, leadership involves everyone. While those who own, run and manage organisations are the ones who are called or appointed to be in leadership positions, everyone in an organisation has a leadership role to play, leading themselves towards doing their best in the team, and enabling others to do their job well. Just being efficient and effective in your own role means leading – if only by example! Recent UK research suggests that leadership has two distinct aspects: developing recognised leaders as individuals, and developing leadership as culture and practice in the whole organisation. So when the times get tough it’s an opportunity for you as the owner to get all the help you can from those around you in leading your business to continuing success. When the pressure is on, you must choose either to visualise and lead growth, or to survive and tread water. That choice
will be very apparent to those around you. A downturn is the time for vision and growth in bringing all the creative skills of your team together to plan for the future. So let’s look at some key leadership characteristics, as defined by leadership professor John Adair. Sometimes these qualities don’t sound very businesslike, but they are really the heart of your business and your leadership if you want to achieve to achieve success:
Enthusiasm – passion and zest Integrity – the bedrock of good leadership
Toughness and fairness – demanding, but no favourites
Warmth – cold fish do not make good leaders
Moral courage – to face and confront unpleasant situations
Resilience – the ability to bounce back after setbacks
Humility – lack of arrogance, being on the same level as others
How do you measure up? Ask those you trust. In his action-centred leadership model, John Adair defines leadership into three simple key elements which distinguish task, team and individual needs.
Task needs Task relates to the purpose of your business. It’s not just about what you do, it’s about why you’re in business and what you want to achieve. A downturn may be a great time to review this, to find clarityabout the industry you’re in, what you want to provide for whom, and what results you’re aiming for. You will need to talk topeople in your business about a more efficient ways of working, new initiatives, and a renewed enthusiasm for what you do. After all, as the old saying goes, if you do what you always do you’ll get what you always got.
Team needs Meeting the needs of people around you is essential to achieving what you need to achieve. It sounds obvious but this gets amazingly low priority in most businesses. Having the right mix of people with the right skills, having their roles clear, maintaining good communication, confidence, integrity and humour is invaluable. We are social beings and we need to work effectively with other people.
Individual needs People need to feel valued, not only by you as the leader, but by the whole team. They need to feel that their time, energy, skills, talents and resources are being well used in the team and adding value to the task in hand. From you as the leader, this requires tact, fairness, compassion, consistency, honesty and humility.
The three circle model of action-centred leadership is about keeping these three needs in balance, and of equal priority. Sometimes of course one of these aspects may require more of your time attention and energy, but the important thing is to keep them all maintained. The seven key leadership characteristics need to be rolemodelled by you as the leader
The three circle model of actioncentred leadership
™ John Adair
personally, and also be part of the leadership culture that permeates everyone in the organisation. That’s the kind of culture that will get you through any downturn, maintain productivity, encourage people to bring in their ideas and energy, and ensure that you have a really engaged workforce, enjoying what they do and the people they do it with. After all, as the old Japanese proverb says, ‘No man will find the best way to do a thing unless he loves to do that thing.’
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Loyd has had a lifelong love of arts and says he was totally hooked at the age of ten when he had a painting selected for a British student exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. He went on to gain a diploma in Art and Design at the North Essex School of Art and an Honours degree in Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art.
oon after graduating he became involved with community arts and developed a passion which has stayed with him and shaped his twenty five year career in the field. He feels that he has been privileged to share his love of creativity with a huge cross section of people, and says his work with those who live on the fringes of society is often the most inspiring and rewarding. His initiation into the field of community arts started in the UK teaching on art based projects working with long-term unemployed youth in the dark days of British Thatcherism and also with people institutionalised with psychiatric illnesses. Lloyd was enticed to NZ in 1987 by his Nelson born wife and finding he liked what he saw, cashed in his return ticket after 12 months. Soon after moving to Wellington to find work, he was delighted to be offered the position (and challenge) of Managing Vincent’s’ Art Workshop. Vincent’s was a dream job for Lloyd as it is a community arts activity centre which has a primary focus on mental health consumers, but has an open door policy, meaning that anyone could have access to the many free creative pursuits. The Vincent’s concept was quite unique in those days, and one that offered huge benefits to a wide range of people, it also made major strides toward breaking down the social stigmas associated with mental health, intellectual and physical disabilities. Lloyd remained at Vincent’s for nearly ten years, by which time he had three children under five and the call of Nelson became too loud to resist. The family made the move without jobs to go to, but soon managed to pick up work, which saw Lloyd teaching on training programmes and tutoring drawing at NMIT. In late 1997 he was appointed Community Arts Manager with Arts Council Nelson, a role he has maintained and continues to enjoy still.
He says “Nelson is such an inspiring place, it is no surprise that there are so many people actively involved and participating in diverse creative pursuits.” Whilst only working on his own artwork in his ‘spare time’, Lloyd has managed to maintain a fairly impressive exhibition record and is represented in Galleries across the country. He has been the recipient of NZ national awards in contemporary painting and was gifted Artist Membership of the NZ Academy of Fine Arts in 1990. Lloyds’ artwork is notable for its’ simplicity of form and intensity of hue. These along with a strong sense of composition, have allowed him to develop a personal and recognisable style. Although adept in most media, his current preference is ‘oil paint stick’ [oil paint in semisolid stick form], which he personally finds best suited for use on board. Responding to nearly all and everything that surrounds him, Lloyd often draws inspiration from myth and cross cultural symbolism. Underlying the work thematically is his personal celebration of both the childlike wonder and the often adult folly of being human. Lloyd revels in the areas of satire and paradox, resulting in his work often being described as both ‘affable and sardonic’. This enables his narratives to be accessed on multiple entry levels which partly accounts for the fact that he is collected by people of varying ages and different walks of life. Lloyd currently has an exhibition at Red Art Gallery and more works displayed at the Rutherford Gallery in Nelson.
His work is represented in Public, Corporate and Private Collections both in NZ and around the world.
Vinegar of the four thieves Vinegar of the four thieves by Yvonne Tait Diploma in Medical Herbalism, Iridology and Clinical Nutrition, Colour Therapy
Aromatic and spiced vinegars have been used for centuries, as disinfectants and cure-alls. The story of The Vinegar of the Four Thieves has its roots in France and there are many variations. One such tale speaks of four thieves in 1722, robbing the dead bodies and houses of the poor unfortunates struck down by the Pestilence (the Plague). The authorities were sure the robberies would soon cease as the thieves succumbed to infection. When that didn’t happen and the robberies continued the thieves were caught and a bargain was struck: clemency for the secret of their immunity. One of their number was said to be a herbalist, and their secret was the vinegar in which a certain mixture of herbs had been macerated; they bathed in it and kept it about their person at all times. The four thieves were put to work burying the victims of the plague, if their vinegar kept them safe from infection they would go free.
The thieves would have used red wine vinegar or white wine vinegar, our modern day version is usually made with non pasteurised, organic apple cider vinegar. There are several recipes for the vinegar, they are all very similar. All the ingredients of the vinegar have anti bacterial properties, so certainly have the potential to help ward off infections. We are constantly being warned of new diseases, and modern antibiotic drugs are often compromised through over use, so self-help via an old and tried method may prove very beneficial. Remember that so much infection is spread through insect bites from mosquitoes and ticks. • The vinegar can be used as a personal insect repellent. In any use where it is in contact with the skin itt should be diluted with equal parts of water and applied with a spray bottle. • Use a spoonful in the bath to help ward off infections. • It can be sprayed on bench tops, in
pet areas, and anywhere you would use a disinfectant. • If infections are around, you can soak a small cloth in the vinegar, and carry it with you to clean your hands. The cloth can be used as a temporary face mask if needed. • The vinegar can be used as a salad dressing, in which case I would mix cold pressed olive oil and vinegar together, one part vinegar to two parts oil, or to your own taste. This is an easy way to help the immune system. The voice of Hippocrates, the father of medicine, echoes down the ages: “Let your food be your medicine and your medicine your food” Still good advice. The recipes I have chosen are easily made at home.
You are well advised to consult your healthcare practitioner before using herbal products.
Vinegar of the Four Thieves: You will require • 4 tbs of dried Lavender Flowers • 4 tbs of dried Rosemary • 4 tbs of dried Thyme • 4 tbs of dried Sage • 4 tbs of dried Peppermint • 2 Cups of organic apple cider vinegar (A/C/V)
Method Mix all the dried herbs together and place in a glass jar, pour in the two cups of apple cider vinegar. Seal well. Place in a cool dark cupboard for about four to six weeks, give it a shake occasionally. After the waiting period, strain the liquid well, and store in glass containers in the refrigerator. Because apple cider vinegar can break down metal lids, it is advisable to use glass preserving containers, with seals and glass lids.
Optional Addition If desired (do consider the odour) four to six crushed cloves of garlic can be added to the original recipe above; it will take a bit more effort to strain the liquid properly, but the result will be a very potent brew. Garlic has antiseptic, antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Alternative recipe with essential oils: (for external use only)
You will require You will need a 50mls amber or blue glass bottle with a dropper. Good quality essential oils as follows: 4o drops of Eucalyptus oil 40 drops of Rosemary oil 40 drops of Cinnamon oil 40 drops of Clove oil 40 drops of Lemon oil
This should leave space for about 40mls of a carrier oil, which could be almond or jojoba oil, olive oil can also be used but it can change the aroma of the blend some- what. This blend, which is for external use only, can be used in a diffuser to help clean the air in home or work areas. One or two drops can be applied to the back of the neck, under arms, to the chest area or to the base of the feet.
“Let your food be your medicine and your medicine your food” Hippocrates
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Lose weight naturally by
eating what you want
by Catrina Bengree
How many people do you know who won’t have treats like chocolate, biscuits, ice cream or fresh Sunday bread in the house, because they know that once they start they will eat the whole lot? The reason we want to eat the whole lot is because we treat these types of foods as naughty or forbidden. We believe we are not allowed them and feel guilty or bad if we eat them. So once we start we have to eat the whole lot to get rid of them so we can then be good or start our diet (again) tomorrow! Eating naturally enables you to allow yourself to eat these foods. Ironically once you truly allow yourself to eat your favourite treats you won’t want to eat them uncontrollably. You know they are there when you want them and you will be satisfied with a small portion, as they are no longer forbidden. Our body wants different types of foods for various reasons, i.e. salty, sweet, hot, cold, savoury or sour. It is crucial to go with your initial instinct when deciding what you want to eat. If you open the pantry doors, see a packet of chippies and think “that’s what I feel like”, then you should have it. Often a little voice on your shoulder will say, “ah but they are not healthy, you will put on weight, have an apple instead”. The problem is if you have the apple when you really wanted the chippies, nine times out of 10 you will go back and eat the chippies anyway! This is because even though the apple may satisfy your hunger physically it doesn’t satisfy you emotionally as you are depriving yourself of what you truly want. Learning to eat naturally will enable you to trust yourself to make the right choices for you and will eliminate the guilt that surrounds treat foods. You won’t want to eat the unhealthy foods uncontrollably because you enjoy how you feel when eating in a balanced and healthy way, such as:
• Lots of energy • Not feeling overfull and heavy • Wanting to exercise • Feeling more vital • Loss of excess weight • Maintaining your natural weight • Being able to participate in anything you want to This is where “dieting” is such a catch 22. Because we are saying to ourselves, “we are not allowed this and we should eat that”, we end up being absolutely miserable because we are depriving ourselves. We can only sustain this for so long before we lose it completely by bingeing or gradually start to put the weight back on because we can’t maintain such a rigid regime forever. Natural Eating empowers you to make the right choices for you, because you are the only one who knows what you want both physically and emotionally. So have the best of both worlds. Allow yourself to eat what you truly want and you will enjoy good healthy food like strawberries most of the time. And when you feel like a treat such as chocolate, you can enjoy it without feeling guilty or overindulging.
Catrina is a Natural Eating Consultant, Motivational Speaker, wife and mother. Prior to discovering Natural Eating, she’d had food and weight related issues for over 20 years. Since discovering Natural Eating in the late 1990’s and combining it with Personal Development, she has maintained a healthy and natural weight for over 13 years. Catrina runs her own business, Nourish ‘N Nurture, teaching people how to eat in a positive and empowering way.
A free copy of her e-book entitled “Empower yourself by eating what you want – how to lose weight naturally without dieting” is available on her website: http://www.weightlossandpersonalgrowth.com/Home.html For consultations or speaking engagements Catrina can be contacted on email@example.com
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Shepherd’s Purse Shepherd’s Purse Capsella bursa-pastoris
by Amy McComb Qualified Herbalist, BSc(hons), Tutor at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies www.plantrhythms.com Wildcrafting Courses and Apprenticeships
SHEPHERD’S PURSE & WATERCRESS SOUP Method
This ancient beautiful gypsy herb grows wild all around the world. Often found growing in particular places, Shepherd’s Purse loves areas that are slopy and the bottom of hills are ideal as well. It has an affinity with water. The common name Shepherd’s Purse refers to the many little heart shaped seed pods that form along the main stem subsequent to flowering. Spiritual Properties: Retaining one’s energy; not losing one’s energy unnecessarily. Reminding one what it feels like to be complete, whole, functioning and in full support of self in the absence of energy leakage. Spinal alignment, and has an affinity with the magical fluid in the spine. Activates this and promotes standing stall, support of self and bringing whakapapa teachings through into the physical. Works with and heals root/base energy center, power and heart centers in particular. Facilitates Kundalini awakening.
Physical Properties/Uses: Stops excessive bleeding (in the case of menstruation, cuts, wounds). Stops haemorrhaging during childbirth, indeed Shepherd’s Purse is an anti-haemorrhage herb used by midwives worldwide. Strong antiseptic and stryptic properties. During the war this plant was a favourite ‘woundherb’, its properties lending it to stop bleeding quickly and speed healing. Rebalances women’s hormones, and is particularly of use during menopause. Also useful for those people and beings whose spines are out of alignment.
• Stir fry one onion (wild onions if possible use more) and garlic too, if desired until translucent. • Add the seed pods of Shepherd’s Purse (2 generous handfuls). • Add the leaves from the herb’s stalk (1-2 handfuls) • Mix the herb in with the above Alliums for 1-2 minutes over low heat. • Add 2 large handfuls of Watercress (harvested from a clean stream). • Add twice the water as the herbs in the pot- bring to a boil, simmer for at least an hour and add more water if neccessary. • Blend and add salt, umeboshi and lemon juice to taste. Serve with plain yoghurt or sour cream with parsley on top *Another variation is to leave out the garnish and use coconut cream as part of the soup base with the herbs. ENJOY! Blessings to the earth! And we give thanks for her cleansing and purifying abilities.We give thanks for the medicine of the Plants and honour nourishment of the whole. Blessings on all living beings.
Shepherd’s Purse has warming digestive properties and blood cleansing attributes. : ) Shepherd’s Purse is in the Mustard family and is an internationally recognized (amongst those that live close to the earth) as a wonderful pot herb.
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✎ The ‘write time’: Creative Writing and Nurturing the writer within by Kristina Jensen
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at writing? Maybe you are like me, lying awake at night composing poetry or disturbing my dearly beloved because I can’t find a pen to jot down some amazing combination of ideas or words or both? Perhaps you entertain wild thoughts of nurturing these creative impulses and breathing life into them? Allowing yourself the time and space to explore words and their cryptic dance on paper can open up a whole new world. Words can be a pathway into innermost thoughts, dreams and desires. They can be the conduit into past traumas where writing ‘it’ down becomes a healing process for the writer (and often for a reader too). Many people keep journals and diaries, recording their feelings, observations and daily activities. These entries can give great insight into the human condition: how we do things and why. So this means that writing can be a motivator for change. It can be a place to record reflections on society or a place to write when you cannot speak out. It is said that something magical happens on a page when we can forget
✎ The Special Book ourselves. Later on we can make sense of what we have written and appreciate the poetry of the unconscious mind but if we can initially write without judgment or editing, we can access hidden parts of ourselves. You know the feeling of reading a great line or paragraph. A flood of gratitude often accompanies an ‘aha’ moment when you realize that the author of those words has illuminated some essential truth that had been avoiding you up to that point in time. We all see things from different sides and your own perspective is a valuable and relevant part of the bigger picture of life. The ‘Write Time’ for you could be now. Begin setting aside a little part of your day to write. Making time to write and sticking to it is the key. Give yourself permission to write as a gift to yourself. It doesn’t matter what you write or how much. Just that you write. For you. Here are some ways to encourage your creative writing process:
Buy or make yourself a special book to note down topics, ideas, poetry lines, observations of life or snippets of conversations that interest you. Keep it handy by your bed at night with a pen. You can practice capturing those flashes of dream worlds which sometimes contain whole plots for stories. They often choose the cover of darkness to make their appearance so be ready.
✎ No Peeking! This has been one of the most influential techniques for myself as a writer. Whether you use a computer or a book to write in, cover the screen or page as you go and do not look at what you have written until you have finished. You can then choose to go back and look, or leave it for another time. We tend to be our own worst critics. Stand back from your writing and appreciate it for what it is before you start to edit it.
✎ In The Stream Taking this idea one step further, I have developed a name for ‘writing without
✎ Feedback Ask someone you trust to read something you have written. Read it aloud to them if possible. This liberating process will bring your words to life. You can decide whether to ask for feedback or not. This will always help you to improve your writing and increase your capacity for risk and bravery.
✎ Be Gentle With Yourself Remember, this is a creative process. Some days, the flow will be smooth and joyous: other days, you may feel stuck and words don’t come easy. Allowing yourself the freedom to explore your writer within will enrich and empower you.
The book in the photo is entitled Wild Mind: Living The Writer’s Life by Natalie Goldberg. I highly recommend her exercises to help stimulate your ‘writer’s mind.
The Stream went as follows: Listen we are being called by the water, an old woman welcomes us onto her green moss marae, we go slowly hearing her song calling us to join, its not always the same this sound, I have been here when its rushing torrents and now a quiet reflective flow sings the green glow of the trees and moss and falling, listening to falling songs.
Waterfall by Kristina Jensen © We are being called by water It is a flowing form of karanga Let your ears delicately seek Weighing the sound of falling It is a flowing form of karanga Each drop sings into our minds Weighing the sound of falling All ways running to the joining
(The final poem reads thus. Just in case you are curious, it is in the form of a pantoun, a Malay form, Europeanised by 19th century French writers. A pantoum is ‘like a snake with its tail in its mouth’ as Bill Manhire puts it. The lines are repeated in a systematic way. The second and fourth lines of one stanza become the first and third lines of the following stanza and so on until, in the last stanza, the first and third lines of the first stanza appear again in reverse as the second and fourth lines thus ending with the same opening line.)
Each drop sings into our minds No matter what the obstacles All ways running to the joining The joy and urgency for union No matter what the obstacles Fluid kuia, long hair flowing The joy and urgency for union Her liquid voice on green moss Fluid kuia, long hair flowing Let your ears delicately seek Her liquid voice on green moss We are being called by water
Kristina is a writer, musician and poet who lives for most of the year on a boat in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. She likes to spend as much time as possible in nature, gaining inspiration for her writing from the wild harmony going on between many different species, the weather and the land. She is particularly fond of lichens, tree climbing, hot baths and midnight feasts.
Photo: Joy Kachina
thinking’. I call it ‘The Stream’. That is, I don’t analyze how the ideas or words go together or what they are trying to say. I just write everything that comes into my head. Sometimes it is about a particular topic: other times it is more of a random discharge. The name reminds me to keep going, just like a little stream does, curving with the viscosity of water around the voices that say ‘that’s no good’ or ‘go do the dishes now’. I do my best to let each idea pop up, flow onto the paper and then I let it go. Later, I go back and explore those streams, turning over each ‘rock’ (word or phrase) and seeing if a poem or a story begins to emerge. Sometimes yes, sometimes no.
Great Pub Food Pub food has come a long way over the years. Back in the day the emphasis was about getting people to drink as much as possible. Little or no emphasis was placed on the food quality; it was often salty bar snacks such as packets of crisps, pork scratchings and chips! Brewers way back even salted the beer so that people would drink more! Now the food has become as much of an attraction as the beer. Pub food is about simple, hearty food packed full of flavour that leaves you with a smile of satisfaction and conjures up the nostalgic feeling of good home-cooked food with flair. There is nothing better than a beautiful piece of braised pork belly on a winter vegetable stew to keep you going through the cold months, or whole flounder on homemade wedges with garlic butter and a great pint of beer to kick off a weekend come rain or shine! Pub food is also about keeping honest to ingredients and faithful to flavours. This doesn’t mean don’t have fun with the flavours or don’t be creative with the way you cook. It simply means if you are using an ingredient let it have some say in how the dish tastes, otherwise there is just no point in it being there. You wouldn’t add orange to chocolate if you didn’t want it to be there when you get to put it in your mouth, or lemon with a piece of turbot if you don’t want that zing to lift the dish to another level. Enhancing beats confusing every time. That’s why the best chefs tend to keep things simple, yet still exciting. Pubs hold a fond place in my heart and have most of my life. And not just for drinking! They are great places to escape the world (or just your boss or partner) for a cheeky beer or wine to keep you sane. They are where you meet mates for conversation, jokes, great beer, delicious food and great company. They are where you head for a good feed in comfort. And whereas most people feel the need to leave a cafe or restaurant when they finish a meal or drink, a pub is often a place that people feel comfortable to stay a while and chat. So let’s share some of the pleasure and excitement of cooking. This time we’re looking at a lamb shank winter warmer.
LAMB SHANKS WINTER WARMER
Serves 4 • • • • • • • • • • • • •
4 lamb shanks 2 carrots 2 sticks of celery 1 onion 3 cloves of garlic 1 cinnamon quill 2 star anise 2 cloves 1 ltr Beef stock to cover ½ bottle red wine 1 tbsp tomato paste 1 tbsp thyme (fresh is best, dried is ok) 4 sprigs rosemary (fresh is best, dried is ok)
Spring onion mash • 4 Potatoes • 50ml Cream • 30gm Butter • 2 Spring onion (sliced)
That should do it. Seems like quite a few ingredients, but it is just a case of roughly chopping them up and throwing them in a pot with minimum fuss. Pre heat your oven to its highest setting. We are going to get smoky for a little bit. First of all take a little flour and season it with salt and pepper. Throw the shanks into this, cover then take out and bang off excess flour. Now put shanks into an oiled tray and put in the oven until golden brown. While this is happening roughly chop up all vegetables and put in a big tray or casserole dish with the spices and tomato paste. When the shanks are golden take them out of the tray, turn the oven down to 150˚c and put them in with the veg. Pour the beef stock into the tray used to brown the lamb shanks to gather the residue, and then pour it in over the shanks. Make sure the shanks are covered in liquid, then cover with foil or a lid and put in the oven. Forget about it for 1½ hours, but meanwhile peel and cover potato with cold salted water. Bring to the boil and simmer until potatoes are soft. Drain and mash with the cream and butter. Fold in the sliced spring onions and season to taste. Check the meat after the timer has pinged. If it is just pulling off the bone you’re laughing! Otherwise give a little longer and keep checking until all is tender and almost falling apart. Take out shanks and strain the liquid. You are ready to serve. This is great served with green beans or if you are feeling adventurous some quartered Brussels sprouts blanched and tossed in butter. Finally enjoy with good company and a good bottle of red. That is life!!
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Winter is still upon us in New Zealand. For me it’s a time to wrap up warm and get some good, easy comfort food on the go. Here are a couple of ideas to warm you up from the inside out! NZ Lamb shanks with spring onion mash. Nothing screams winter louder than lamb shanks. Little work, maximum pay off. It should be a dish that involves things you have kicking around your pantry and fridge. But there are a few little twists in this recipe that will bring it to life.
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She turned and only now seemed to register the crutches and the missing leg. “I’m so sorry. Of course. Please.” She stepped forward to help but he had already pulled a chair back, leaned up his crutches and was hopping into position. He fell back onto the creaking fabric, causing Anna to flap for balance. He slapped the arms of the chair. “Comfortable, this. We’d have a lot of buyers once people knew about it. Got any photographs? I could email it out to my list.” Jackie looked up, as if she could see through the tent walls. “A long list, is it? This is quite a small place.” Bubbles formed on the element behind her. Craig’s eyes creased and his eyebrows twitched. “Argh! But I wasn’t always here.” He leaned forward, eyes fixed on hers. She fidgeted and looked away. “I think I had some biscuits. I’ll see if I can find them.” She rummaged some more and slid open a packet of shortbread, placing the round plastic tray on the table between him. His eyes crossed as he stared hungrily at them. Jackie turned away. “Please, help yourself.” “Thanks, Lovely. This reminds me of home.” Anna leaned forward and pecked at the piece in his hand. He broke off a corner and held it up for her. The water was boiling now. Jackie switched off the element and took it out of the water, waving it through the air to cool it. She kept it in her hand as she stirred the coffee into the water, plugged in the plunger and placed it on the table. Craig sniffed loudly. Jackie watched in horrified fascination as his eyes rolled back, revealing a large expanse of white. “Don’t that smell
good! I haven’t smelled anything like it since I got thrown out of that restaurant in town, and that was three months ago.” “What happened?” “I sent my dinner back and they didn’t like it.” “That doesn’t sound fair.” Craig screwed up his face, trying to dislodge a piece of shortbread from between his teeth. He reached for another. “Well, maybe I could have tempered my language, but I was hungry, and I’d been waiting a while – now don’t you go blaming them. I’m not complaining, really, just, I do miss the coffee, and yours smelled good and it reminded me ...” Jackie pushed down the plunger and poured into his mug and then her own. She sat down opposite and took a piece of shortbread. She dipped it in her coffee. “So Craig, tell me about yourself.” “You want to know about my leg.” “Well ... I ...” “It’s all right to be curious. People are. But I won’t tell you today. Not till I know you, and how you’ll react. It’s a hair-raising story, and you’ll find it hard enough sleeping tonight.” “Why? I always sleep well.” He laughed. “Tell me that tomorrow.” Jackie pulled back as he laughed again. Her hand came down automatically to shut off the beeping of her wrist, but before she could get there, Craig had a grip around it, pulling it towards himself. “What’s this, then? Another invention?” “Yes,” she answered, trying to pull away. He held tight, peering closely at it.
and any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
This book is set in Christchurch, New Zealand, before the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.
Sadly, some locations are not now as they were.
entor “I thought so. Now, tell me about this one. This one looks very wise.” Jackie gradually relaxed as she described the Mood Meter, gesturing wide with her free hand. Craig nodded sagely, eyes alternating between the face of the device and her own face, glowing now, and eyes shining. “I can see that, I can see that,” he repeated as she described her developing theories. “So why did it beep just now?” Jackie shrugged. “You said about not sleeping well.” “And it scared you.” “I guess.” He laughed. “Well now, let’s see if I can do it again.” He roared into her face. Anna took off and Jackie flinched but the Mood Meter stayed silent. He leaped from his chair, mouth open wide, causing the table to totter. Jackie raised her eyebrows. Finally he brought his hands to her neck and his face to within an inch of her own. Now the device started beeping. He laughed again in triumph and let her go. “Not easily scared, though, are you?” “Not easily, no. I lead a charmed life. But I’m not sure about you. Are you safe? Really?” “Usually. Long as I like you.” “And you do?” “I think so, Jackie, I think so.” He leaned back and took another sip of his coffee. Then he raised his mug. “I’ll drink to safety if you will.” “I’d rather drink to friendship.” “Then that, too, Lovely, that, too.” 13 “So did you sleep then, Lovely?” Jackie reared back as she exited the shower block, straight into Craig’s chest. “You keep startling me,” she commented as she collected together soap, toothbrush, toothpaste from the ground. “Is it intentional?” “I s’pose so. I’m somewhat fascinated, to tell the truth. Most young ladies don’t like me at all, but you’re different. You don’t seem to mind.” “I did, actually.” “What?” “Sleep. Same as usual.” “I just thought, with the wind and everything.” “I like the sound of weather. It relaxes me.” She turned and walked towards the path up the hill. Craig hobbled alongside. “What’s up with you this morning?” “Well ...” “Yes?” He was looking at the ground and she leaned in to interrupt his gaze. The corner of his mouth twitched up. “Would you have any more of that coffee? That was grand yesterday, I hadn’t realised how I missed it.” “Sure. But that reminds me. Wait here.” As she dashed back to the building she pulled a piece of folded plastic from her pocket. When she returned it was expanded, a water-filled
bladder. “That’s handy.” “Yeah. It’s way more practical than a jug: sealed, and only takes up as much room as the water it contains. I got it from a wine box. Only thing is they take ages to wash out and the tap’s a bit narrow to fill through.” “Still ...” “Still,” she agreed. She slowed her steps to keep pace with him. “Where’s Anna this morning?” “I left her sleeping. Didn’t want her to give me away when I surprised you.” Jackie’s eyebrows arched. “Do you want her? I can give her a call.” He seemed eager to please. She nodded and immediately a piercing, tuneful whistle filled the air, followed by a crescendo of flapping wings. Anna circled Craig’s head once, he lifted his arm for her to settle on and Jackie flinched as his hand came to rest on her shoulder. “Don’t mind, now, I thought you’d like her.” Jackie stilled as she read his intention and Anna hopped from his fingers onto Jackie’s shoulder, walking her feet: left, right, left, right, getting comfortable. Jackie’s laughter pealed across the hillside. “That feels so weird!” “But good, yeah? Friendly.” “Yes.” She breathed in, large, and puffed the air out, cheeks beaming. “Come on, coffee’s waiting.” As they sat drinking, Jackie leaned down to scratch her leg, one hand up steadying Anna, who had been pecking bits of shortbread from a plate Jackie held up. “Ever think about a kitchen, bigger bathrooms? This place could be so much more.” “That was the plan, when I bought it. I got it very cheap, because it’s so small and simple. I got council approval, bought the land next door to expand once the logs were cut. I was going to do the work myself, but ...” “The leg?” “Yeah, the leg.” “So what about that, then? What happened?” Craig stuck out his bottom lip and blinked. “Come on. You know I can handle it.” “Well, actually it’s not that exciting. I’d rather keep it to myself if it’s all the same to you.” “No, come on. You promised.”
And the story continues…
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How to make...
You will need • 4-5 good big handfuls of greens • 3/4 cup good extra virgin olive oil (boutique olive oil is fine but does have a strong taste which could influence the final flavour of the pesto) • ½ tsp salt • ¾ cup roasted peanuts/sunflower seeds/pumpkin seeds/ almonds/cashews or pine nuts • 2 tbsps parmesan or feta cheese (optional) • Juice of 2 lemons • 4-6 large cloves of garlic depending on taste Method Put all ingredients into a food processor and thoroughly mix. You can start eating immediately but will notice that the flavours blend more the longer it sits. Wild Pesto will last refrigerated for up to 2 months. Pressing the herbs down under the level of the oil will help to keep it fresh and tasty. Wild Pesto can also be frozen in small pottles – perfect for that spring BBQ or picnic.
Quick & Easy
Are you craving a ‘Green Hit’ that packs a mighty punch? Then how about whipping up a batch of Wild Pesto? Full of valuable vitamins, minerals, oils and antioxidants (especially the mustardy tasting plants such as rocket, watercress and sorrel), it’s a fantastic way to ‘get your greens’. Combined that with the protective properties of garlic and olive oil, you have instant edible preventative medicine to guard against any sneaky colds and chills. Wild Pesto is great on pasta and steamed or baked vegetables, and is divine as a filling for pinwheels or scones or as a delicious spread for crackers or bread. You’ll need four to five good handfuls of green leaves. Here is a list of my ‘regulars’ to which I add parsley, rocket, mizuna and coriander if my garden allows. Harvesting wild pesto greens for your pesto: Lots of these ones: Watercress *, Sorrel, Chickweed, Mint, Chinese mustard greens Small amounts of these as the flavours are strong and tend to dominate: Sage, Oreganum, Amaranth leaves, Marjoram, Fathen, Dandelions, Puha Fennel(young tips), Chives (chop them up before putting into the kitchen whiz); Young horseradish leaves, Calendula flowers, Nasturtium leaves and flowers, Celery leaves, Chinese mustard greens * Note on watercress – watercress often grows where animals graze. To avoid taking home water borne microorganisms, pick only the tips and rinse thoroughly before using.
Instant Vegetarian Patties
Ingredients: • 1 cup Rolled Oats • 1 cup Stuffing Mix (herbed breadcrumbs) • 1 pkt Mushroom Soup Mix • 2 cups Cottage Cheese (with chives works well) • 2 Eggs • 1 medium grated Onion (or finely chopped) • ½ tsp Salt • Breadcrumbs for crumbing
Method: 1. Beat eggs and add soup mix, salt and onion. 2. Add cottage cheese, rolled oats and stuffing mix. 3. Let rest for 15 minutes if you have time. 4. Form into patties. 5. Roll in breadcrumbs and fry in a little oil until brown on both sides. 6. Serve hot with gravy (delicious) or cold. Nice with tomato sauce or relish.
“Good food is always trouble and its preparation should be regarded as a labour of love...”
Sauerkraut You will need: • • • •
1 head cabbage, shredded finely 2 t Himalayan Crystal Salt (HCS) ¼ cup minced fresh dill or 1 T dried 1 apple, peeled, cored and diced
1. Massage the cabbage with the salt until the liquid starts to release. 2. Let the cabbage rest for 10 minutes and massage it again. Repeat as often as necessary until the cabbage is very juicy. Add the remaining ingredients.
Makes 3 cups
3. Pack the mixture firmly into a large glass jar, crock, or bowl. Press the cabbage down until the liquid rises above it approximately 0.5cm. 4. If you are using a large jar for your kraut, place a weight on top of the cabbage, such as a jar filled with water. If you are using a crock or a bowl, place a plate on top of the cabbage and then a weight. Cover everything with a clean dishtowel. 5. Allow the kraut to ferment in a cool, dark place for at least 3 days (see note). 6. Once the kraut is ready, store it in airtight glass jars in the refrigerator. It will keep for several months.
Note: Kraut may be fermented for up to14 days, depending upon the desired degree of sourness.
From René Archer, Wise cicada café, 23 Crowhurst Street, Newmarket, www.wisecicada.co.nz
Makes one 2 Liter jar
Sugar-free Dairy-free Gluten-free
Black Bean Brownies You will need: • • • • • • • • •
1 can drained black beans 4 eggs ½ cup dried dates 1 tablespoon honey ½ cup cocoa 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 tablespoons oil ¼ cup water ¼ cup nuts or seeds (optional)
Method: • Place dates and water together in a small saucepan and simmer on low heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes. • Dates should now be quite soft and most of the water absorbed. • Transfer the dates and any remaining water into a food processor. Add beans, eggs, honey, cocoa, vanilla and oil and blend until smooth. • Transfer mixture into an oiled 20cm x 20cm baking tray and sprinkle nuts on top. • Bake at 185° C for 35 minutes or until the center is firm to the touch. • Allow to cool in the tray before cutting and serving.
Serve and enjoy!
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12 to 14 organic lemons, washed 3+ lemons, juice 200g Natural Sea Salt 4 cloves of garlic, cut in half 2 medium brown onions cut in eights (1/8) 7 bay leaves 3 mild red chili peppers, seeded and chopped ½ t black pepper 3 cinnamon quills, optional 6 cardamom pods, lightly pounded, optional
1. Cut the lemons cross wise into quarters, not all the way through so the four parts are still attached to each other. 2. Fill each cross cut lemon with about 1T Salt and stuff them tightly into a 2 Liter glass jar. Add the other ingredients as you go along. They look most decorative when placed at the outside of the jar. 3. Press each layer of lemons firmly down and fill the remaining space in the jar with lemon juice. 4. Close jar tightly with a fitting lid and put it on a shelf in the pantry or somewhere out of direct sunlight at room temperature. Have the jar sitting in a dish to catch escaping juice while lemons mature. Should too much juice escape and air pockets start to show around the top of the jar top up with fresh lemon juice. 5. Let jar sit for two to three month before using its content.
Take as much as you need
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Banish your teenage winter blues …. Winter means good things like chunky knits, ugg boots and hot chocolates, but the change of season can also leave your face feeling and looking dull and dry. Extremes in temperature can affect the oil levels
produced by your skin, which during winter, tends to be dryer and lacking in lustre. So avoid a lifeless, flat complexion and ‘get your natural glow on’ with a few simple tricks. Apply sunscreen and soak up some sun for vitamin D, drink water for hydration, exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and cleanse, tone & moisturiser your face morning & night to remove toxins. Also cover all the basics and make sure you get loads of sleep, eat well, exercise regularly, look after your skin and most importantly smile!! See? Easy isn’t!!
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Ex libris Thieves by Ella West is a thrilling story bound to captivate readers in the first pages
and keep them from putting the book down until the very last word. The story follows Nicky, a fourteen year old girl with the ability to travel-disappear from one place and instantly reappear in another without taking a step. She has been sent off to boarding school by her constantly arguing parents and keeps her talent a secret. That is until she accidentally manages to disappear in front of her English class. She is shipped of to who-knows-where, meeting four other travelers, of which she is the youngest, but most talented. Watch and travel with her as she sorts through her emotions in the brilliant flowing style of Ella West, and watch her as she escapes… I liked how well the story flowed, like a spiders web; you never know how it’s going to turn out, but it’s spectacular to watch, and the ending is beautiful. This story is a one-of-a-kind, and I strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a captivating read. What’s more, is that there’s two sequels, so the fun doesn’t stop with Thieves!
Melrose House – A History All proceeds go towards the Melrose House Refurbishment Trust.
Arguably one of Nelsons most beautiful and gracious historic buildings, Melrose House, circa 187 is presently enjoying a renaissance. Efforts to revitalize the house in the last two years have resulted in significant renovations and refurbishments, spearheaded by new manager Simone Henbrey and a small group of dedicated volunteers who comprise the Melrose Society. Passionate about preserving this iconic property and its colourful past for future generations, the Society has just published a beautifully illustrated and delightfully written account of the houses history. A grant from the Nelson City
Council has enabled author and society member Ruth Bayley to research and write the book, published with generous support from Nelsons Contexo Publishing. Complete with personal accounts, memoirs and original photographs, it spans the arrival of some of the regions earliest pioneer settlers before following family members through the generous gifting of Melrose for a country women’s rest home, documenting public debate and controversy when the house was subsequently relinquished to the Nelson City Council, reflecting on its other uses (including a short stint as a girls school); and finally concluding in the present day. ‘Melrose House – A History’ will be available for purchase from the newly opened Melrose House Café, and goes on sale at the onsite Book Launch, 2pm Saturday 13th August. All proceeds go towards the ongoing refurbishment and maintenance of Melrose Historic House. For more information visit www.melrosehouse.co.nz
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