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Lifestyle and business magazine. About women. By women. Bay of Plenty and surrounding areas


ISSUE 10 | APRIL - MAY 2018

When the unexpected happens Tina Jennen on mending body and healing the mind

The HoneyBliss story Creativity in the Bay of Plenty Jacki Barklie | Kerry Funnell

Magni icent Kaikoura Fabulous prizes to be won! See page 59
















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Wow! We're already into April. Where does the time go? No sooner have I sent a magazine to print than I'm working with my team on themes, ideas, angles and stories for the next edition. I am truly blessed to have such a rewarding job and I'm always inspired by the many women I meet; women such as Tina Jennen, who graces our cover. Tina pulled together her positive mindset, her toolkit of strategies and her remarkable resilience to heal herself following an horric car accident that nearly took her life. Read her story on page 14.

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This edition is jam-packed with a host of stories about the many talented women in our region. We introduce you to Jenny Tebbutt, who cycled New Zealand to raise money for kids with learning difculties; Heather Jones, who went out and started her own security company; Margie Thomas, who created the HoneyBliss skincare range; and 'frock tart' Kerry Funnell, who designed outts for the Xena Warrior Princess series and is a respected designer, creator and contributor in the New Zealand fashion scene. We also bring you articles on Sandra Johnson from Dry Dock Café on Wharf St, Jo Hunt from the Ōpōtiki Library and Dee McKinley from the Oropi Gull Service Station. Our featured artist in this edition is the sublimely creative Jacki Barklie. Rebecca Tereu reminds us that we need to look after ourselves rst and Kseniia Spodyneiko explores Kaikoura. You'll also nd our fashion and competition pages, product reviews and recipes. Our Instagram and Facebook pages feature loads of new photos and articles so don't forget to follow us or like our page @focusmagazinenz #focusmagazinenz Have an amazing two months. See you in June.

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COVER STORY Lifestyle and business magazine. About women. By women.

focus Bay of Plenty and surrounding areas





ISSUE 10 | APRIL - MAY 2018

When the unexpected happens Tina Jennen on mending body and healing the mind

Jo Hunt's enthusiasm for all that is library


RECIPES Delicious vegan and gluten-free recipes

The HoneyBliss story Creativity in the Bay of Plenty Jacki Barklie | Kerry Funnell

Magni icent Kaikoura Fabulous prizes to be won! See page 59

TINA JENNEN When she narrowly survived a head-on car crash, Tina soon realised she was about to face the mother of all challenges

COMPETITIONS Fabulous prizes to be won


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THE LAST PAGE Seven quick ques ons for Crea ve Bay of Plenty's GM, Meg Davis


Photographer Charmaine Marinkovich Hair Hair to Train Makeup Lillybeth Makeup: A Beau ful Educa on Wardrobe & Jewellery Wendy's Bou que

How Jenny Tebbu is aiming for equity in the school system


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Find out what's happening in the Bay



MOTIVATION THANK YOU, KIDS! We asked a few local mums to share the best lessons they've learned from their kids


PRODUCT REVIEWS Read our honest reviews on some great products

THE QUEST FOR BALANCE What does your version of balance look like?


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GENEROUS PEOPLE AND CAUSES THAT MATTER The Acorn Founda on is well on its way to becoming a mighty oak

And why you need to update it when things change





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We meet Sandra Johnson, the owner of Dry Dock Café


CREATIVITY IN THE BAY OF PLENTY Jacki Barklie focuses on body adornment



CLOSELY GUARDED Heather Jones is a handson business leader



Successful business women move to Tauranga

LITTLE STATION, BIG PLANS LUSH IN LACE AND LEATHER Kerry Funnell likes to describe herself as an 'all round frock tart'


Dee McKinley's hard word pays off

THE HONEYBLISS STORY Meet Margie Thomas, the creator of HoneyBliss


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A special event to launch the Art Loves You project was held at the Tauranga Art Gallery. Guests enjoyed snacks and wine and were given a preview of some of the exciting exhibitions lined up for 2018.

Julie and Barry Day-Lewis and Paula Anderson

Alexander Sutherland and Alison Blain

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Mary Stewart, Meg Davis and Lena Kovac

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APRIL / MAY 4 April Tutus on Tour Presented by The Royal New Zealand Ballet Baycourt Addison Theatre 6.30pm

ballet company performing highlights from their extensive repertoire, including classical and contemporary favourites and new works. Visit for ticket prices

Tutus on Tour is a fantastic opportunity to see the critically acclaimed national

13-14 April Foster & Allen Baycourt Addison Theatre 7pm Join legendary Irish folk music duo Foster & Allen on their 2018 New Zealand tour. Mick Foster and Tony Allen formed their act in 1975 after

many years of playing together. Their big break came with the single A Bunch of Thyme which stayed in the Irish Charts for 53 weeks and became a number one single in the British Top 20. Foster & Allen's mega-hits also include Old Flames and Maggie. Visit for ticket prices

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14-28 April Catch Me If You Can Westside Theatre, 17th Avenue Tauranga Musical Theatre presents Catch Me If You Can, a high-ying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. Based on the hit lm and incredible true story, we follow Frank Abignale, Jr. as he runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his boyish 6


charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged cheques, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. When Frank's lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl pursues Frank across the country to make him pay for his crimes. Early Bird tickets start from $25

14 April-15 May Whose Water Are You Tauranga Art Gallery Tauranga–based Swedish environmental artist Jeanette Shäring presents Whose Water Are You. It's a project that investigates the role of

28 April Speedway – Closing Night Fireworks Extravaganza ASB Stadium at Baypark 6.30-10pm Watch the 2017/18 season come to an end with a huge reworks extravaganza. An action-packed family-friendly event. Come early, walk through the pits, meet the

water in our lives. Jeanette will be running collection workshops for people of the Bay to provide water samples from their immediate environment – the beach, a puddle, your tap or a stream.

drivers and see the race cars. Enjoy a buffet meal in the Speedway lounge. Sit just metres from all the action from as little as $20 per adult, Family passes available. Tickets are available online until 3pm on race day – after 3pm you will need to purchase at the gate.

2 May Moscow Ballet La Classique – The Nutcracker Baycourt Addison Theatre 7.30pm La Classique combines artistic ballet mastery, lavish costumes and magnicent stage sets to take audiences on a journey back in time to the frost-covered, gaslit world of

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4-6 May The Tauranga Home Show ASB Baypark 10am-5pm Whether you're looking to build, renovate or decorate your home, you will nd expert advice from more than 200 leading suppliers at the Tauranga Home Show.

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focus decided to celebrate Mother's Day by asking a few local mums to share the best lessons they've learned from their kids. Because, after all, parenting is a two-way process!

“These are some of the tips given to me by my beautiful, sparkling daughter, Melissa: 1. Everything you write in your diary, your kids are going to read one day! 2. Even when you think you do a terrible job as a mama, your kids think you're the very best mum in the world! 3. Never grow up. Growing up is overrated and no one gets out alive, so treat every single day like it's your party!”

Chrissie Urlich and her daughter, Melissa

“Laura has taught me about lifestyle and the important things like tness, enjoying the beach, eating well, socialising with friends, backing yourself to succeed, having a life work balance, even moving towns to get the lifestyle right. She has taught me to just smell the roses as I am a worry wart. These things have inspired me. I have brought this beautiful young lady into the world and she gives me so much inspiration. Laura makes me feel very, very special. I know she loves me unconditionally. I would actually love to be exactly like her if I had my life over again.”



Jo McClennan and her daughter, Laura


“Dom taught me to play football. But for me it's not just about the game; he showed me how to be a good team player, how to direct people. He is only eight and I expected to be the one teaching, but he is already giving me some important life lessons.”

Lin Keo and her son, Dominic

“I learned to become more organised by watching how my daughter runs her household. Between working and taking care of her family, she has excellent time management skills and I picked up a few tips from her. In addition to that, she taught me to be more resilient and practise better self-love.”

Natalie Livshiz and her daughter, Katia

“ ‘Mummy, you should put birds on that topʼ or ‘I like that pink, mummyʼ, I hear it all the time while working on my new designs. My little girl is growing up surrounded by fashion, playing with tassels, studying shapes, and with a house full of clothes and fabric. She has matured into my little muse and is a perfect creative consultant. Kids are so free spirited and boundaryless and they bring colour, life and playfulness into designs. Whether I source or create, Scarlett is my port to call. She has taught me to take brave steps in any clothing I do.”

Alice Rooslin Smith and her daughter, Scarlett




Generous people and causes that matter Words Liz French | Images Kseniia Spodyneiko

“Connecting generous people who care with causes that matter…forever.” This is the mission statement of the Acorn Foundation, and the reason Nicky Wilkins and Margot McCool feel privileged to work for Acorn. The Acorn Foundation was established in 2003 after local lawyer and well-known community advocate Bill Holland, and Peter Wyatt, respected for his entrepreneurial support of the Bay of Plenty (notably through the Compass Community Trust), visited America to investigate how community philanthropy operates there. They found a simple model for raising funds into perpetuity which became the Acorn Foundation. It works by people in the community setting up endowment funds which become effective at their death and/or they can make regular donations during their lifetime. The funds are invested by the community foundation and the proceeds distributed to local charities and causes. As the fund grows so does the amount distributed, and because the capital remains intact, the foundation can continue forever. The name Acorn was taken loosely from the proverb, “Great oaks from little acorns grow.” The Acorn Foundation is well on its way to becoming a mighty oak. In the 15 years since its inception it has grown to involve 10


nearly 300 donors with some $20 million invested. In 2017 $854,000 was distributed to the community. This year is it likely to be near one million. Nicky Wilkins has been General Manager of the Acorn Foundation since 2006. Margot McCool joined in 2008 and acts as Operations Manager. Theirs are two of the few paid positions in an organisation which relies heavily on volunteers and runs a tight nancial ship with only one percent of the fund going to administration. Nicky laughs when she tells how she got the job. A friend suggested she apply. She supplied her CV on a Friday, was interviewed by Trustees the following Tuesday and offered the job the next day. “It was a godsend for me,” she says. What she has achieved in her 12 years with the Foundation suggests she was the godsend. While Nicky brought a strong marketing background to the role, and has put in place many initiatives, her most invaluable attribute is her ability to build relationships.


Generous People Nicky's core role is to grow the fund, to attract and look after the interests of the donors and to honour them. “I am talking to people about death and money, two subjects one does not normally discuss with strangers.” All credit to Nicky that she quickly engenders trust, affection and respect and that she knows nearly all the donors personally. “This makes it much easier if I have to gently remind someone they usually give us a big donation at this time of the year! I have to strike a ne balance and not become a pain in the neck. I liken it to shing – having patience and knowing when it is appropriate to reel in the line.” Nicky points out that donors can nominate a charity for their funds to benet or make unrestricted donations which enable the money to go where it is needed most, due to Acorn's robust application and distribution process. “I often see the relief written all over the face of a new donor, condent in the knowledge their philanthropy is taken care of by Acorn…for life and beyond.”

In her role of connecting generous people with causes that matter Nicky is answerable to another group of generous people – The Board of Trustees of the Acorn Foundation, all volunteering their time and expertise to their community in their governance of the Foundation. Among her responsibilities is developing and implementing a strategic plan for growth, working with corporate supporters, like the Legacy Trust (set up by Greg Brownless to funnel all the prots from his funeral business back into the community), and the Tindall Foundation. Tindall's selection of Acorn as its funding manager for the Bay of Plenty Region gave the foundation a huge kick-start. Acorn, as one of the rst community foundations to be set up in New Zealand, has set the bar for other foundations, and thanks to support from Tindall, Nicky has organised Trustee Workshops to share their experience and help other regions set up similar foundations.

Nicky Wilkins and Margot McCool at the Acorn Foundation oak grove established in 2013 focusmagazine



“Great oaks from little acorns grow.” Nicky is known for pushing hard when she really believes in something – like Vital Signs, a research tool she saw used in Canada to measure the health and vitality of a region by identifying trends, strengths and weaknesses over a wide range of categories. “It took four years to get it accepted here, a bit like herding cats!” she laughs. The results of the second Vital Signs survey have just been released. “It has been invaluable in providing evidence-based research for our funding.”

Causes That Matter While Nicky's main focus is on the donors, Margot McCool, as Operations Manager, facilitates the process of deciding who benets from their generosity. She works closely with the trustees who are on the Investment Committee, overseeing the role of Craigs Investment Partners who manages the funds; and those on the Distribution Committee who make the nal decisions based on criteria which reect the region's Vital Signs. “We are tasked with looking after other people's life savings,” she points out. The funding process starts in May. Short on-line applications are initially screened, with those clearly meeting the criteria asked to apply in more detail. “We read every application then spend July meeting with those organisations we are not familiar with.” The nal decisions are made in early August and the fortunate beneciaries paid out that month. Last year 70 organisations were selected by the

Acorn Distributions Committee to benet, in addition to the 50 already specied by donors. After working in the commercial arena Margot nds the not for prot sector very refreshing. “I have enormous respect for the passion and ability of the many volunteers we meet, and their openness and willingness to share knowledge and skills.” Margot is also responsible for marketing, “Very modest, we have to see every dollar work,” she says. Amazing what is achieved when neither are full-time roles. Nicky and Margot obviously enjoy a synergetic working relationship. They share similar backgrounds, both university educated in marketing and commerce respectively, both travelled and worked in London during their OEs, both happily married with grown-up children. Both believe so unreservedly in the foundation they work for that they have, with the blessing of their families, set up endowment funds with Acorn to make our region a better place. Among the many things they are adamant about is that donors to the Foundation do not have to be wealthy people, pointing out that when you add your contribution to a big pool, you can be part of making a huge difference. As the Acorn Foundation prepares to celebrate its 15th anniversary in May, Nicky prepares to step down later this year, leaving behind a legacy she can be proud of. n

To nd out more about Acorn Foundation visit or simply call Nicky or Margot on 07 579 9839



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Tina Jennen on mending body and healing the mind

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Tina Jennen is used to solving problems. As an entrepreneur and business executive, she has learnt to arm herself with the right mindset, tools and people to nd solutions to a myriad of business challenges. She is also the mother of four children – soon to be four teenagers – which has generated its own assortment of challenges.










choose. It has been a great fundraiser for the planned library redevelopment plus it provides an insight into the passion of many community members. Having attended these evenings and participated in one I can say these are a fascinating way to get to know your 'neighbours' better.

Words + Image Jade Kent

Celebrating its 50th birthday on 15 December, 2017 and in need of a face-lift, the Ōpōtiki library has seen better days. However, inside this sagging shell beats the heart of a librarian whose passion for books, stories and community sanctuary has been developing since she was six years old.

Books are still the bread and butter but with the proposed extension they are looking to offer digital classes, tutoring and after school programs. The redevelopment will see a use of separate spaces for children, youth and seniors. In addition to that there will be designated meeting rooms, research areas, an outdoor space and a coffee cart. Jo is hoping this new facility will provide opportunities for kids to re-learn the joy of reading and meet the growing need for social and educational development. Having noticed that a lot of people are choosing Ōpōtiki as a place to live, Jo says, “We need to be responsive to these choices and listen so we can create new opportunities for things to happen.”

From her childhood memories of family outings to the Rotorua library, to 20 years of library service, Ōpōtiki Manager Jo Hunt's enthusiasm for all that is library is brilliant.

With Jo and her team at the helm I think this library is on its way to feeling 20 years younger. n

According to Jo, “A library should provide a safe and secure space for all walks of life. There's no judgment when you walk through the door, just an acknowledgment that you are here whatever your reason.”

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Ōpōtiki library is keeping it real and lacks pretention. Everyone who walks through the door is greeted as an equal and by name if you're a regular. “By creating a safe and secure space that's how the light gets in,” says Jo, quoting Leonard Cohen's song Anthem. Today's technology has no borders so you could be forgiven for thinking that a library is an outdated concept. In fact the heart of the library is beating strong. “As a noncommercial space a library provides knowledge, refuge, connectivity and a wide variety of social and educational needs,” says Jo. Far from being under-utilized the Ōpōtiki library is keeping it current with technology. With free WiFi, internet access, E-books and even a 3D printer, the library is often the rst place where new technology is experienced, says Jo. Centrally located, on the corner of King and Church Street, this library is a hub for the Ōpōtiki community. It fosters the society by celebrating the social and cultural environment. Whatever your need when you walk through the sliding doors, Jo and her team are there to help. Her team is also putting Ōpōtiki on the global map by hosting PechaKucha* 20x20 nights. Members of the community come together to talk about any topic they focusmagazine


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When learning sits outside the mainstream – how Jenny Tebbutt is aiming for equity in the school system Words + Image Millie Freeman

Jenny Tebbutt is the Managing Director of Raising Achievement Ltd, a Bay of Plenty-based company which works to raise the achievement of at-risk groups within the education sector. She is also a consultant with Education and Achievement Association (formerly ADHD Rotorua) and volunteers her time to work one-on-one with families. She is a passionate advocate for learners who learn differently and since 2000 has been sharing her goldmine of knowledge. Jenny was a model school student. Organised and conscientious, she was the kind of kid every teacher wanted in their class. But things went downhill halfway through secondary school. Despite an above-average IQ and hours of meticulous study she failed School Certicate as well as her rst round of 6th form exams, and eventually dropped out of school altogether. How did it all go so wrong?



Jenny was 40 before she understood. She was a trained primary teacher and SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator) and decided to return to tertiary study in 2002 to convert her Diploma in Teaching into a Bachelor's degree. In her rst lecture she sat engrossed as the Sociology tutor talked about perceptual learning styles and how effective learning strategies can help students learn better and faster. For a student who had unked school, returned as an adult to gain her 6th form qualications and then worked her butt off at Teacher's College to earn her teaching diploma in her early 20s – all the while terried she was going to fail – this was astounding news. “I thought, if this lady is right, I'm 40 years old, I'm a teacher, a SENCO and I know nothing about learning, and that is a problem.” The lecturer painted a picture of the type of learner Jenny recognised as herself – pouring over books for hours, learning by rote, and cramming the morning of an exam, often resulting in marginal success. Effective learners, Jenny heard, used strategies, like mind maps, that aid comprehension by

creating pictures and links in the mind; they identify key words and they relate the learning to their life experience. Doubting the learning strategies espoused would make a difference to the outcome, Jenny set out to prove the theories incorrect. She threw out everything she knew about learning and followed the lecturer's study advice in the lead-up to her rst test, believing the effort would be in vain. Out of the 200 students on the course, Jenny topped the class. She went on to repeat this study process in the nal exam and came second. From that moment she became a straight-A student.

Simple strategies The mind map learning strategy had worked a treat for Jenny and it was one of the keys that changed everything. Learning skills and strategies that make learning easier for struggling students are a vital part of learning and teaching for all at-risk learners. Jenny's personal experience was a driving force behind her desire to become a specialist teacher


Equal opportunities for all learners supporting underachieving students to success. Her business, Raising Achievement, runs face-to-face and online courses for teachers, SENCOs and teacher aids across Australasia to gain more knowledge in 'differentiated teaching', learn strategies to meet the needs of different student types and learn how to use screening tools and resources. “Given my IQ I should have sailed through the school system but I was actually able to y under the radar because I wasn't comprehending the learning. The mainstream suits many students but we now know there are up to 22 percent of students in the school system who learn differently.” Jenny calls them third wave learners – students with specic learning differences, such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, auditory and visual processing disorders, the three types of ADHD and children on the autistic spectrum, including those with Asperger Syndrome. Many of these children have been through several of the good intervention programmes, such as reading recovery and literacy programmes and had additional support but, academically, are still performing well below their chronological age. “I say to teachers that one key thing to take from our seminars is to explicitly teach metacognitive strategies in their classroom as our third wave learners don't pick up strategies the way other learners do.” Through pre and post testing Jenny is able to show signicant gains in student achievement once difculties have been identied and acted upon.

“Historically there were a whole group of students who fell out of school without qualications. It is only now that we are beginning to understand the issues better,” says Jenny. “While I think we're getting better at identifying differences in learning, teachers are still, by and large, taught how to cater for the mainstream. I'm interested in making sure education changes so that all groups have an equal opportunity.” And that starts with understanding the child and nding their strengths, says Jenny. Many children will be incredibly creative, for example, but their brains are not wired for words. It's about nding the right strategy that works for each child, based on, f o r e x a m p l e , multisensory teaching ( v i s u a l , a u d i t o r y, kinaesthetic etc), providing structure, and teaching to the developmental stages of learning. Screening for underlying issues is also critical.

For parents with concerns about their children's learning, Raising Achievement is preparing an online parenting course which will be available later this year. More developments to watch out for this year are Jenny's three new books, including one aimed at teachers and one for parents. The third book, Jenny's Ride for Education, will tell the story of Jenny's 2014 solo cycle ride from Bluff to Cape Reinga to raise funds and awareness for people with learning difculties. Cycling 2140km over 27 days was a tough task for someone not physically t, and overweight, she says. “I'm not an athlete so I wanted to draw the parallel that cycling the country is like going through life with a learning difculty. Every day it's tough.” n

Third-wave learners have underpinning cognitive weaknesses that prevent them from accessing the school curriculum. For some, they may have perfect vision or hearing but their brain isn't able to process what they are seeing or hearing well. Many students also have more than one learning difference which adds to the challenge.

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Why you need a Will and need to update it when things change No matter how straightforward you think your circumstances are, having a Will that's updated, signed, and witnessed properly means a lot fewer complications for your loved ones when you die. If you don't want to leave them with the mess and extra stress, you should sort out your Will sooner rather than later. What's more, it doesn't cost the earth to get one. “There are plenty of misconceptions around what happens to your property when you die,” says The Law Shop founder Paula Lines. “People think that everything automatically goes to their husband, parents, children or siblings, but that's not always the case. “It's not left up to your family to decide who gets what. How your estate is divided, and what happens to the people who depend on you, will be determined by the law if you die without a Will. It may not always be what you think, or what you would want. It could take a long time and cost a lot of money to resolve everything,” she says.

“If you own your home, a business, have KiwiSaver and other assets, you should denitely get a Will, and if you have young children, you can appoint the person you want to raise them,” Paula says. “It's also important to keep your Will updated. We advise our clients to re-visit it every ve years, and also when there is a major change, such as getting married, having children or acquiring a business.”

If you are unsure whether you should have a Will or not, or if you have questions, feel free to give The Law Shop a call on 07 572 5272 or email They will be happy to explain things, and help you decide what’s right for you.

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If you are aiming to eat less meat – or don’t eat meat at all – a nut roast is an easy way to provide plant-based protein on your plate. Nut roasts are often associated with the hippies of the 1960s, but you still nd them in many modern recipe books. They are a versatile dish, and benet from all sorts of additions you might nd in your fridge or pantry. All you really need is a food processor to do the work. I tend to the make mini versions, rather than use a large loaf tin. Without egg to hold them together, a vegan nut roast can be a bit crumbly. Somehow it’s less of an issue if it’s already on the plate, but trying to cut large tidy slices or slabs can be difcult. You can use mufn tins if you don’t have a mini loaf tin. Any favourite nut roast recipe can equally do duty as meatball replacements. So once you’ve got a family favourite, roll the mixture into balls and serve with a sauce. You can even crumble it to make spaghetti bolognaise or a lasagne style dish. The avour in this roast is subtle, so I serve it with a bright, tasty sauce, that takes two minutes to whip up in the blender. But it is also really good served with a mushroom gravy. 32


2 Tbsp olive oil 3 cloves garlic, crushed 3 slices of wholemeal bread 2 Tbsp ground axseed 3 medium parsnips 150ml mushroom stock 1 tsp salt ½ large red or white onion, nely chopped

230g cashew nuts 230g mushrooms, nely chopped 4 Tbsp water 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary 1 Tbsp soy sauce ½ tsp black pepper

Peel and cook the parsnips in boiling water until they are soft. Drain and set aside. Preheat oven to 190°C. Spray the tin generously with oil, and put a strip of baking paper along the bottom of each tin, with enough extra length for you to lift the nut roasts out easily. Heat a frypan and sauté the chopped onion in the olive oil until the pieces are transparent. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook for another ve minutes, until the mushrooms are soft. Mix the axseed with the water and whisk until gloopy. (This is your egg replacement.) Add more water if it goes solid like porridge.

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Put your cashews into the food processor and pulse until they are coarse crumbs. Break the bread into pieces and add to the processor, pulsing till the mixture looks like crumbs. Tip this into a large bowl. Put your cooked parsnips into the food processor and whizz until uffy and mashed. Add to the bowl of crumbs, together with the cooked onion, garlic and mushrooms, the axseed mixture, the rosemary, stock, soy sauce, salt and pepper. Mix well, so all the ingredients are well combined. Use a tablespoon to ll each of the mini loaf tins, pressing down well and smoothing the top. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds if desired, or grated cheese if you are a cheese lover. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until golden on top and rm to touch. Leave in the tins for a few minutes then lift out carefully and cool on a rack if not serving immediately. You may need to run a knife along the sides to loosen the roasts, as sometimes they will stick, despite your best efforts. Makes 8 mini roasts. Notes: If you don’t have mushroom stock, put a teaspoon of marmite or vegemite in a cup and add ½ cup of boiling water. Stir until dissolved.

2 roasted red peppers 1 Tbsp tomato sauce ½ tsp black pepper

3 tsp tomato paste 2 tsp soy sauce salt to taste

Put all ingredients into a blender or food processor, and blend till combined in a glorious, chunky sauce consistency. Heat gently in a saucepan or in the microwave.

Carol Garden is a writer who likes to explore healthy, interesting food ideas. She has worked as a caterer, vegan chef, journalist and public relations consultant. To contact Carol email:

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Art has always been a background passion for Jacki Barklie. She’s been painting for more than 20 years but her rst love, from which she earned a living, was in hairdressing. Somehow she managed to juggle both creative activities but Jacki was always curious to know where she could take her art if she immersed herself fully with other creatives. One thing led to another. Jacki enrolled in the three-year Bachelor of Creative Industries, majoring in Visual Arts at Toi Ohomai. This immersion nourished and fed her soul as a creator; she explored and discovered new entities, unearthed and revived core values and discovered the essence of who she was, not only as an artist but as a person.

Jacki Barklie at work in the studio.

focus caught up with Jacki to nd out more. Where do you nd the inspiration for your artworks? My inspiration comes from observing people – I’m interested in people, cultures and the psyche of people through self-expression. How would you describe your style and method? My works are mixed media and multidiscipline. In search of aesthetic harmony, I try to express my own sensibilities through decorative art by means of organic elements, shapes, signs and symbols, all loaded with meaning.

My work focuses on body adornment – adornment can signify the status of a person, for example, ornamentation, protection, modesty, political regime, sacred kingship and the divine, right through to selfexpression.

My contemporary approach explores the art by changing the tension, further giving different connotations.

What research do you do? Lately I’ve been researching the language of fashion, known as Semiotics, whereby signicance is given within a culture through various practices, phenomena and activities.

What themes do you pursue? Right now I am exploring adornment, facades and selfexpression through adornment, and their interpretation.

Why do you do what you do? I hope to create a journey with my art that communicates my unique perspectives and sensibilities.




Title: Exploring Fragility Facades, gold leaf, rust, watercolour/intaglio print, chine collé

How has your work changed over time? I have realised how important research is in gaining a perspective on one’s subject matter. This leads to meaningful methods, richer connotations and deeper layering.

Relating to your art, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? Connect, connect, connect…with your art. Have the courage of your convictions. Allow spontaneity as this is your subconscious talking.

What art do you most identify with? Emotional art. For me ‘beauty’, or personal aesthetics of art, needs no explanation; instead it is symbolic. Art that evokes a feeling within me.

What or where is your favourite or most inspirational place in the Bay of Plenty? Mount Maunganui – its beaches and sunshine.

What’s your dream project? I would love to collaborate with a like-minded creator, working on the aesthetics and psyche of a space, making it a sensory experience for the viewer. This includes multidimensional art.

What are some highlights that you’ve experienced with your work? Being noticed, being invited and people connecting to my work. Continued over page ... | Instagram @jackibarklie




Title: Inner self, outer skin, self-expression through Adornment Mixed media. Monoprint, acrylic, pastel, chine collé.

Tribal Adornment This series of mixed media works is a response to an East African tribal adornment. Images of nature and organic shapes explore self-expression through semiotic language. My Avant-Garde practice initiates new and experimental methods of painting, abstraction, chine-collé*, printmaking and decorative style to signify the depth, richness and diversity of Africa. *Chine-collé is a special technique in printmaking, in which the image is transferred to a surface that is bonded to a heavier support in the printing process. One purpose is to allow the printmaker to print on a much more delicate surface.

Title:The Golden Cloth Mixed media. Rust impressions, inks and acrylics. Symbols, signs, shapes and aesthetics. All loaded with representation and meaning. focusmagazine



Do you suffer from headaches? Words + Images Carol Garden + Supplied

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Kerry Funnell likes to describe herself as an 'all round frock tart'. Even on her tax return. To date, no one from the IRD has queried it, so she's happy it describes her occupation accurately. (She's not one to take herself too seriously.)

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Some of Kerry's designs at last year's Tarnished Frocks and Divas Photos courtesy of Tarnished Frocks and Divas Trust, Natalie McDowell; Hair and Wig Creations by Ado; Makeup Designer Sophie Garth




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Margie Thomas is well-known in Tauranga for her bubbly personality and can-do attitude. She's also the creator of HoneyBliss, a natural skincare range that uses the healing powers of active Manuka honey and high quality essential oils. What's more, Margie lovingly manufactures the range of balms, butters, moisturisers and spritzers, herself.

Since rst getting married at the tender age of 19, she's had 35 shifts of house and has lived in a number of different countries. Along the way she has raised six children – ve of her own and a step daughter from the age of 7. Her youngest two are now 26. Margie has worked in a diverse range of jobs and businesses – teaching, dairy farming, tutoring and running a garden centre and plant nursery – and eventually discovered she really loved plants and was fascinated with their healing properties. Now, with over 23 years experience as an aromatherapist and massage therapist and continuous study of chemistry and the skin, Margie has brought her varied background into creating a job she loves. She gets to design and produce natural skincare products so that people have healthier choices available, without sacricing the effectiveness or quality of ingredients. How cool is that! focus had the opportunity to interview Margie and nd out more.

What got you started on this journey of making your own products and starting HoneyBliss? I spotted, or rather stumbled across a gap in the market. Quite a few years ago, I was raising ve children on my own and working as an aromatherapist and part-time teacher in the Coromandel. I was looking to buy effective, natural skincare and rst aid products that were affordable and of the highest quality. I just couldn't nd anything. That's where it all began. I started making my own skincare and healing balms and with a lot of additional chemistry and skin study, I added to my plant and aromatherapy knowledge and experience. Initially I developed these products for family, then friends, then clients. A move to Tauranga 20 years ago, where I knew no-one, was the best decision I ever made. It led to a new marriage, a short spell at youth tutoring and then the opportunity to work and learn alongside other natural health practitioners for over 10 years. I grabbed this opportunity to dive back into plant chemistry and study.



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Following a guest visit to Venus Women's Network, in 2012, I was inspired to put my ideas to work and developed Bee All Balms. I began producing the products commercially and have since expanded into men's and women's skincare and animal balms. I rebranded in May 2013 and launched HoneyBliss.

Tell us about the ingredients you use in HoneyBliss I use organically sourced ingredients where possible to produce HoneyBliss skin and body care, muscle, animal, and skin healing balms. I try and source many of the ingredients locally, through growers who care passionately about what they produce – Manuka honey, avocado, olive, macadamia and calendula oils are some of these.

What are you passionate about? Design and creation. I love getting a brief or trying to solve a skin problem and creating a gorgeous, natural product from the ground up that will multi-task and perform. I always get a buzz from being able to help. It never gets stale for me, when two seemingly opposing forces – oils and water-based ingredients – stop repelling each other and nally come together into a luscious cream, lotion or balm. Every day is different and I thrive on challenges. Client support and follow up is also something I strongly believe in and I'm always happy to eld questions about my products.

What's unique about HoneyBliss? Active Manuka honey is the ingredient behind our name, HoneyBliss, and it's included in every single one of the 60+ products in our range. The Bliss part comes from the combination of essential oils and botanical ingredients which work in synergy with the honey. As an aromatherapist, every essential oil blend has to earn its place and inclusion therapeutically and not just because of its fragrance. Clients work with me directly and, as the designer, manufacturer and seller, I'm able to provide the information and accountability for each and every product I sell.

Did you ever have a mentor to show you the ropes or has everything been done by trial and error? No, I've never had a mentor. I've been a trial and error girl whose done a lot of studying and have knowledge behind me. I set myself a goal of what I want to achieve and then work backwards to see what skills and ingredients I need to get there. It's denitely a longer way to get there but very satisfying too.



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Give us an idea of what it's like running a business from home? I love it but it's been tricky at times, especially when HoneyBliss started to take off. My kitchen has to be sterilised between product making and our own use. At one stage HoneyBliss ingredients, pots, jars and packaging fell out at us from nearly every cupboard in the house. It hadn't quite made it to our bedroom, but it was gradually taking over. The move to our current home, 2½ years ago, has been fabulous as I now have a large separate studio which has allowed us to set up a commercial kitchen and ofce area. It's created a much needed separation between work and home mentally as well as physically. I didn't appreciate how much this meant to me until I began to step away from work and 'go home'. A wonderful difference for me and my head space, not to mention my family. I operate by appointment only and am unavailable if people just drop by. If I'm in the middle of product making, I can't stop what I'm doing – my clients have now become used to this and phone or text me rst.

Do you get any outside help with the business? One of the most valuable lessons I learned from the Venus Women's Network was to use experts in their own eld as much as possible. I have wonderful women who support HoneyBliss in accountancy, graphics and design, website, marketing and mentoring, to name a few. I also have outside help with some of the ofce administration, organisation and systems.

What tips would you give to women starting their own businesses? Join an organisation to give and receive support, knowledge and friendship as much as for networking. When you work alone a lot of the time, these relationships are invaluable for you to tap into other people's experiences and knowledge. It also helps create a support network for learning and sharing, as much as for referral work.

If you could rewind the clock ve years, what would you do differently in your business? Quite a lot! I'd probably save myself a lot of time by engaging the right people to help me move ahead straight away. I would have worked with a mentor from the get go. As a one-woman band when I started, I was wearing every single hat and didn't have the expertise and knowledge to make the best decisions. I wasn't always playing to my own strengths.

What are your plans for HoneyBliss? After spending a lot of energy trying to get HoneyBliss into specialty retail outlets, vets, physios, beauty therapy outlets etc., I have learned to rather focus on and promote the story of HoneyBliss and the retail side. The drive for retail shops to stock a particular brand, comes from customer demand. Outlets are now coming to me to stock HoneyBliss and the brand is gaining a reputation for quality and ingredients. Soon, I'll be talking to some of my amazing clients to see if they would like to promote HoneyBliss on a more structured basis. I will offer support, training and incentives for these great HoneyBliss ambassadors to bring in new customers. I have also taken on some contract work as a designer for a larger company and enjoy the process and learning curve. This has given me another challenge and path of design outside of HoneyBliss, which I am thoroughly enjoying.

Where can our readers buy HoneyBliss? My retail side runs from my website, my home studio and parties. My wholesale side supplies speciality outlets. I am available by appointment for purchasing products, a free consult, mini facial or foot treatment. Bayfair and Papamoa vets stock my animal products. The Beauty Spa@Oropi Hot Pools, John's Photo Pharmacy, Hands on Osteopathy, Crosst Alliance Gym Papamoa are some of the local stockists of HoneyBliss products.

When HoneyBliss isn't taking up all your time, what are your interests? I am a watercolour and acrylic artist and have been fortunate to be part of a wonderful group for many years. I am a passionate gardener, love walking my dogs, practise yoga and enjoy the wonderful camaraderie of an outside aqua-jogging class at the Toi Ohomai pool. I read three books a week, of all sorts, and am part of another wonderful group of strong women in a bookclub. I love movies, play the piano and guitar badly and love many types of music. Being one of ve sisters, I am very family orientated – we have a very strong bond in spite of living in different parts of the country. My six children and now several grandchildren are scattered around the country but they are still a huge part of my life. My husband, Phil, and I are both keen to do some travelling and an overseas trip is planned. Right now, I feel very grateful to have the life I've created and look forward to all the adventures ahead. n



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Words + Images Carol Garden

One of Tauranga's tiniest cafes is now one of its most successful. During the last eight years the Dry Dock Café has tripled in size and increased its turnover 1000 per cent, thanks to the hard work and vision of its owner, Sandra Johnson.

Sandra describes her purchase of the café as a midlife crisis. “I'd never been in hospitality before but I knew a lot about customer service. We started as the tiny former Sierra coffee bar in Wharf Street, with virtually no kitchen. But from the beginning I knew we had to deliver great coffee and great service, and that philosophy has enabled us to grow.” In 2014 they expanded next door into the premises of the former Sunrise Café, and the larger oor space and kitchen opened up a number of opportunities for the popular café. “I am passionate about supporting our community and we've been able to get involved with so many of the city events now we have the capacity. Previously we could seat 40 people (inside and out), now we can seat 100. We hosted ten sold-out performances during the last Tauranga Arts Festival, and prior to that an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party. We regularly host art exhibitions for local artists, and during February we were involved in BikeWise Month.” 52


Sandra's goal has always been to create a safe, warm, happy environment for her customers. “I love knowing that someone is comfortable and having a good experience here,” she says. “We are friends with so many of our regular customers, and we know what kind of coffee they like. We nd ourselves sharing stories and providing comfort to many of them – it's a bit like the relationship people have with their hairdressers.”

Sharing the load Sandra's partner Roger joined the business in 2013 and they've proved the old adage that two heads are better than one. “Roger is an engineer by trade and his experience and skills were invaluable during the expansion renovations. But just being able to share the load and bounce ideas off each other has been great,” she says.

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She's eased back to a 6.15am start, rather than the 4.30am of the early days and they've just appointed a manager to enable them to put more time into planning and strategy. Sandra is well known in the CBD, from her 10 years managing key accounts for the Bay of Plenty Times. Support from her former colleagues helped keep her going in the early days, when things were tough at times. She's been a real estate agent, a factory hand and raised four children, and all of those experiences have helped her build an excellent hospitality business. “I've always loved working with people and the rst few years pushed me out of my comfort zone every day. But I've worked hard to get to know customers and it's really paid off, on so many levels.” She estimates about 75-80 per cent of her customers are regulars, with many coming in every day for their coffees or lunch. Nowadays there are three chefs and three baristas, and they are humming from 7am till 3pm every day of the week. “It helps that we are in such a great location,” she says. “We have the waterfront and the playground on one side, and the art gallery up the street. We're on the sunny side of Wharf Street, so people can sit outside and enjoy the atmosphere.”

Plans for the future Having the chefs on board has meant they've been able to provide catering to the businesspeople in Tauranga, and they've won a number of catering contracts in recent years. It's an area they are keen to expand into, along with getting involved in more events. Hosting community group meetings after hours is another way Sandra likes to support her customers. “There's a huge goodwill factor in this business, and it's humbling being able to support people with really challenging lives.”

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Recently Sandra and Roger managed to have a few days off, and she came back with renewed energy and enthusiasm for the next stage. “It's hard work, but for the right person, it's awesome.” n

Love what you do – it will help you go the extra mile under pressure. Listen to what your customers need, and provide it. Welcome your customers – a smile and a friendly word go a long way. Have good systems in place. Make sure your staff are on board with your business values.



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– how Heather Jones has survived the security business

Heather with the Aegis eet, including one of the minis.

People-watching is one of Heather Jones' favourite things to do. As a Fieldays security team member at Mystery Creek, one year she stood in the rain for 16 hours, and didn't mind a bit. Words Carol Garden | Images Carol Garden + Supplied

The Principal and Managing Director of Aegis Private Security, she's built a highly successful business over the past 17 years. Clients who came on board in the beginning have stuck with Aegis, and the company manages security for a number of sites and key events around the North Island. It's a long way from her rst job, working in a bank. Like many of her contemporaries, Heather got married young and stopped working once children came along. Husband Brian also worked in the bank, and the couple lived in ve cities over 10 years, before settling in Tauranga 32 years ago with their three daughters. A casual job in the TAB led to a parttime job offer from Armourguard and she worked on its cash oor for six 54


years, with the occasional stint as a security guard. When the cash oor closed suddenly she went to work for another security company run by two

former senior police ofcers. That company was sold to a bigger company, and Heather was urged to go out on her own, by her former employers.

A woman on the job The security industry has always been male dominated, and initially there was serious resistance from other companies; some men even refused to work with a woman. It was a tough time, but with client support Aegis became established and the company has gone from strength to strength, in no small part due to the stubborn nature of its owner, who describes herself as 'rm but fair'. “You have to be strong to survive in this business,” she says. She attributes much of this strength to her late father. “My father was a huge

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inuence on my life – he was so honest and had so much integrity. I named the company Aegis as it was a word my dad used in Scrabble. It comes from Greek mythology – Aegis was Zeus' shield of protection.” As a woman, Heather's approach to security is a bit different to the norm. “I was the only female security guard in Tauranga in the beginning and I still work on the theory that everyone's got a mother and there are very few men who would hit a woman. I never argue, swear or raise my voice and it's a strategy that works,” she says.

Cool, calm and communicative

on for a few days, then you get a few days off afterwards. It creates a good work/life balance.” It hasn't all been plain sailing, with serious hiccups like a near fatal car accident and two bouts of cancer within two years. A big chunk of her lower leg is missing, thanks to a Grade 3 malignant melanoma in 2007 which returned in the same spot two years later. (In typical fashion, she tells people she burnt it on her Harley Davidson). Losing her beloved dad in 1996 was another blow.

Having her children and grandchildren nearby is a joy, and with Brian recently retired she loves the time between jobs to focus on family and the garden. There are two retro Minis in the garage, and a boat for when she has time to go shing. Heather is a hands-on business leader and she is usually on site with the team at events, maintaining a robust audit trail, standing on duty and keeping an eye out for potential problems. To those who think this might be a bit boring, she says, “boring is a state of mind. You are only ever as bored as you want to be; besides, I do my best thinking at a guard job.” n

Having the 'best staff in the world' has helped the company maintain its reputation for a high quality service. Aegis has lost very few clients over the years, and those that move for a cheaper price generally end up coming back. “It's a service that event managers need, but they don't appreciate its value until after the onsite thefts, for example.” Aegis has managed event access for Fieldays since 2001, with Heather coordinating 95 staff over the four-day event each year. “Communication skills are the single biggest factor in our staff, and we have a great team of men and women with Black Belts in communication. Public relations skills are far better than heroics,” she says. The role of a security guard encompasses more than standing at the entrance. “We are called on to 'put out res', handle a lost child, manage intoxicated people, pick up rubbish, park cars, drive a fork lift and even administer CPR at times. Respect for people is absolutely crucial,” she says.

Creating life balance following setbacks She loves the event contracts, as every event has different challenges. “It's full-

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FOLLOWING THEIR PASSION – successful business women move to Tauranga Words Kseniia Spodyneiko | Images Supplied

Tauranga is booming. As New Zealand's fastest growing city, it attracts lots of forwardthinking entrepreneurs. Some arrive to launch their businesses, others make the decisive move with an already established and thriving company. focus asked Jessica Addis (F45 Training), Amber Campbell (GoodBuzz Kombucha) and Sarah Mortimer (Zeenya Clothing) how moving to Tauranga has helped their dreams come true.

What made you move in the rst place? Jessica: Early last year, my husband, Shal, and I moved to Melbourne from Napier with the intention of developing our current elds; mine being customer relations and tness, and Shal's being strength and conditioning with athletes. Only three months into our big move, we decided to open an F45 training studio in Tauranga. Safe to say, the year was a blur that involved travelling back and forth between Melbourne and Tauranga to get the business off the ground. 56


A m b e r : We h a d q u i t e a l o t o f roadblocks preventing us from setting up our facility in Wellington.

Auckland residents moving to surrounding cities, we saw a great opportunity to be a part of this!

Sarah: I was working very long hours in my day job in Auckland and couldn't dedicate enough time to business. Also, Chloe, my business partner, lives in the Bay, so it was quite hard for us to achieve things together.

Amber: In Tauranga, we have access to a bottling facility only a kilometre down the road which really helped us upscale our business a lot quicker. Being close to the port is also great as we prepare to push into overseas markets.

What was so attractive about Tauranga, businesswise?

Sarah: It made sense for the business with Chloe living in Te Puke and our distribution being co-ordinated here.

Jessica: With the rise of Tauranga over the past few years and the exodus of

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What's the reaction of the local community been like?

that hole in our hearts is always present.

Jessica: The community here is so warm and inviting! The amount of support we have received from our members and ambassadors has been overwhelming. Our members are staying after a class to spend time getting to know one another and talk, and also to get some cuddles from our puppy, Meeko, if he makes a special appearance. I already feel like I'm a local.

Sarah: I have much more time for myself, time to t in my hobbies like ocean swimming, yoga and running. I feel a lot more balanced. Building social networks is always challenging in a new city so one thing I do miss are my friends in Auckland.

Amber: We have denitely felt the love from the community! So many people have reached out and are interested in getting involved with campaigns that we are organising, as well as coming to tour our facility.

What is your goal for this year? Jessica: Our goal is to reach 150+ members by 2019, and we are well on our way to achieving this. If by the end of this year I can say that, as a team, we have successfully nurtured F45 Tauranga to be a place where members feel supported and encouraged to reach their tness potential, then I will be ecstatic!

Sarah: I'm loving the entrepreneurial spirit in Tauranga. So many people doing their own thing – it's really motivating. We joined a shared ofce space for a few months last year and it was so inspiring to be surrounded by like-minded creative entrepreneurs. We are starting to build a real following here and are getting on board with other local businesses to collaborate.

Amber: We are about to launch kegs of kombucha into bars and restaurants around the country, which is so exciting! We are also gearing up for our Full Of Life campaign to rally together passionate, like-minded people to lead a fundraising effort for mental illness. We want to get people talking, connecting, supporting and loving each other through times of great mental hardship.

How different is your personal life here to what it was?

Sarah: It's a very exciting year for us – the core Zeenya range is now 'Made in New Zealand'. We have been working so hard on moving our production here! The rst entirely 'local' collection is a short-term goal. We are looking at spreading our colourful sportswear far and wide.

Jessica: Currently my days are long. I am in the studio working on our social media, building customer relations, and assisting in coaching sessions. I am truly excited about making a difference in some people's lives in Tauranga through health and tness. However, I do miss friends I made in Melbourne. Also, the brunch spots in Melbourne are incredible, so I look forward to checking out the new spots in Tauranga once time allows. Amber: We've denitely been able to create more work-life balance here. Building a team has helped a lot. The weather is denitely a plus too. Alex and I really do miss our daughters though, who stayed behind in Wellington to follow their passions. While our physical work has lessened,

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What advice would you give to entrepreneurs moving to Tauranga?

Amber: I would highly recommend getting in touch with Priority One. They do an amazing job getting you started and connecting you with the right people.

Jessica: What I found worked amazingly well was connecting with others through social media before moving. This is how we found our ambassadors for F45 – and they're all now my great friends! Through them, I have met more people and the pattern continues. Building a strong network of contacts and getting involved in the community are so important when you move for business!

Sarah: Put yourself out there – join groups, try a new hobby, get into a shared ofce space and, basically talk to as many people as you can. Spread the word about what you are doing and nd other like-minded people who are keen to collaborate and just bounce ideas around with. You really have to put yourself out there when you move George II to a new place. n focusmagazine


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Little station, big plans – Dee McKinley's hard work pays off Words + Images Carol Garden

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Creative Bay of Plenty exists to enable arts and culture to thrive in the Western Bay of Plenty. Meg has been with the organisation since May 2017 and GM since January this year.

Tell us about a fabulous book you have read in the last 6 months. I have just started Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estés. My mum believes that this book 'nds you'. It fell out of the shelf when I was on holiday in December, so I suppose this must be the right time. Through short stories, it helps the soul tap into a long forgotten, wildish intuition. What's your favourite, fail-safe relaxation activity? Cliché perhaps, but yoga. Every time I roll out my mat I am 'home'. I also light a lot of candles. My partner Sam believes it is the reason why we haven't yet been able to save for a house deposit. 60


What's at the top of your bucket list? Waitomo Glow worm caves! Further from home, a second trip to Sri-Lanka to visit the Central Province and Sigiriya. What tips could you share about your best approach to getting through a challenging day? Look for the common ground. See the good in others. Remember to breathe. Envisage that glass of Pinot Noir on the other side. What do you love most about living in the Bay? I love the people. A special few have gone above and beyond to help us settle in. I am forever grateful.

How about the region's vibe? Tell us about a recent Bay event you've attended. Working for Creative Bay of Plenty, we assist the Arts and Culture sector with the promotion of grassroots events in our weekly newsletter. I am in awe of the abundance and diversity of the scene here. I am never at a loss for things to do. Recently I attended the launch of Art Loves You at the Tauranga Art Gallery. The programme is very slick and one for all the senses. I can't wait to be immersed in the magic! What advice would you give your younger self? Firstly, wear sunscreen. Secondly, don't lay awake at night thinking of things you should have said. Finally, you are enough.


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Focus magazine issue 10  

Lifestyle and business magazine. About women

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