Focus magazine issue 11

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

ISSUE 11 | JUNE - JULY 2018


Early Bird stand bookings end 30 June

– It's new and it's coming to the Bay of Plenty Featuring: exhibitors, workshops, seminars Like our magazine, the Focus on Women Expo will inspire, empower, educate, connect and entertain women in our region. Step up, get moving, live your best life! Whether you're exhibi ng or visi ng, at the Focus on Women Expo you can: Get networking! Meet, greet and chat with visitors and other exhibitors. Get mo vated! Learn new things and ideas at expo seminars, led by successful women in our region. Get interac ve! Step out of your comfort zone and try something new – you might just discover a new passion. Get shopping! Visit a range of exhibitors and find out more about their products and services. Get pampered! Pull up a chair and take a break – we'll have some relaxa on delights in store for you.

Business owners – don't miss this opportunity to promote your business to women in the region.

Early Bird rates end soon! For bookings and further informa on – call Dee today.

ASB Arena | 27-28 October, 2018 Book your stand today. Contact Dee Collins for further informa on: Mobile: 021 535 770 |

Publisher Align Publishing (an n-Gon Group facet) Editor Dee Collins Online Editor Kseniia Spodyneiko Feature Writers Millie Freeman Kseniia Spodyneiko Carol Garden Rebecca Tereu Liz French Jenny Argante Kerri Jones Catherine Murray Cindy McQuade Creative Director Cath Hartley, Savant Creative Printing Sanyati Print Cover Image Charmaine Marinkovich Photographer Sales Contact Details th 62 10 Avenue Tauranga 3110 (n-Gon Group Head Ofce) P O Box 14004, Tauranga, 3143 Tel: (07) 578 6838 Mobile: 021 535 770 Distribution 5,000 free copies are delivered bi-monthly to high trafc areas such as high-end cafés and restaurants, hairdressers, fashion boutiques, waiting rooms and professional ofces across BOP, Hamilton, Cambridge and surrounding areas. Digital focus is available to view online and is supported by social media sites including Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. focus is a free magazine (subscriptions are available) and is published six times a year by Align Publishing (a facet of the n-Gon Group). focus is subject to copyright in its entirety. All rights are reserved and reproduction in whole or in part, without the written consent of The Publisher (Align Publishing), is prohibited. Align Publishing and all its related companies and ofcers hereby disclaim, to the full extent permitted by law, all liability, damages, costs and expenses whatsoever arising from or in connection with information or other material in this magazine, any negligence of The Publisher, or any person's actions in reliance thereon. Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and correctness of the information contained within this magazine and inclusion of any copy must not be taken as an endorsement by The Publisher. Views expressed by contributors are personal views and they are not necessarily endorsed by The Publisher. Any dispute or complaint regarding placed advertisements must be made within seven days of publication. All material sent to focus (whether solicited or not) will not be returned unless otherwise agreed beforehand, and all rights, including copyright in such material will be assigned to Align Publishing upon receipt. The Publishers presume all letters and other material submitted to focus and related social media sites are intended for publication unless clearly labelled “not for publication”.

It's always our mission to inspire, encourage, empower, educate and entertain our readers and with this bumper Health and Wellbeing edition we're pretty sure we've done all that, and more. We've also introduced two new sections – Ladies at Lunch and focus Picks – let us know what you think. We're shining a spotlight on awesome women, such as Hiria Rolleston who graces our cover for this edition. Hiria, from Papamoa, is a waka ama paddler and mindset trainer for paddlers around the world. She is about to travel to Tahiti to race in the world sprint champs as well as contest the mighty Te Aito – read about her journey on page 14. We also meet Hazel Hape from the Tauranga Women's Refuge, who explains that domestic violence doesn't discriminate on the basis of socioeconomic factors. Kseniia Spodyneiko nds out where we can nd the healthiest drinks for winter and explores some of the latest tness trends in the Bay. We're also introduced to Laura Cope who has launched UYOC (Use Your Own Cup) and is encouraging us all to reduce waste and be mindful of our planet's future. Carol Garden, who has set sail to spend winter in Tonga, gives us a glimpse of life on a small sail boat – sounds idyllic but there are certainly compromises to make! On that note, grab a cuppa, put your feet up and relax with this edition of focus.

Dee Editor & Founder

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focus | WHAT'S ON

JUNE / JULY 19-20 June He Kura E Huna Ana Baycourt X Space Drawn from traditional Ngāti Waewae korero, He Kura E Huna Ana tells of the origins of pounamu in Arahura Valley. When Tauranga Moana ancestor Waitaiki is abducted by a jealous taniwha, her lover Tamaahua pursues them to the depths of the Arahura River. Returning to her papakāinga on the anniversary of her 23 June Kiwifruit Cup Day Tauranga Racecourse Enjoy a full day of thoroughbred racing action featuring the Orora Kiwi Packaging Kiwifruit Cup, Listed Seeka Tauranga Classic and the 2018 Informant Racing Tauranga Punter of 23-24 June Bay of Plenty Pet & Animal Expo ASB Arena, Baypark, Mt Maunganui This expo is designed to celebrate all animals, great and small, and the positive role they play in society. Visitors aren't allowed to bring their own pets but they will nd everything they might need for dogs, cats, birds,

29 June The Māori Sidesteps Baycourt Addison Theatre 7.30pm To celebrate Matariki 2018, Baycourt Presents is proud to bring you The Māori Sidesteps, starring Cohen Holloway, Rob Mokaraka, Jamie McCaskill, Jerome Leota and Erroll Anderson. The Sidesteps are a



family's death, young Hine seeks consolation in the myths of Arahura. Raised solely by her Taua, Hine battles the grief that left her tipuna transformed into pounamu. Visit for ticket prices.

the Year Competition. Mid-winter Christmas hospitality packages available now – call 07 578 6102 for more information. Free admission

rats, sh, reptiles, ponies and other furry friends. There's a puppy and kitten cuddle corner, dancing dogs and pony rides. Tickets: Adults $10; Children $5 (5-16 years) contemporary Māori showband known for putting their own political spin on wellknown songs and entertaining crowds with soulful harmonies and off-the-cuff comedy. Visit for ticket prices.

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30 June-1 July The Seriously Good Food Show ASB Baypark Arena 10am-5pm The Seriously Good Food Show is going to be the tastiest weekend in the Bay of Plenty, so get your forks ready. The show features over 120 exhibitors sharing the latest in innovative products, acclaimed chefs sharing their secrets and delectable food and wine tastings. Tickets available at the door. Adults $10; Children $5 (13 and under) 13 July Grateful Gatsby Gala Mills Reef Winery, Tauranga Show support for the New Zealand Red Cross by attending a 1920s Great Gatsby-themed fundraising dinner. Enjoy an à la carte dinner with matching wine and live entertainment. Guest speakers include Sir Bob Parker, and auction items include a weekend on Waiheke and Dick Frizzell artwork. Don't forget to add some sparkles to your costume! Tickets: $125 per person or $1,500 for a table of 12 event

28 July Tauranga Coffee Festival Our Place, 91 Willow Street, Tauranga For the second year in a row, Little Big Events are bringing the coffee festival to Tauranga. From boutique roasters and coffee brand collaborations to barista competitions, live music and retail therapy – there's always so much to explore and participate in. Tickets: Early Bird $16.25



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focus | OUT & ABOUT

Guests enjoyed drinks and nibbles at Daniels in the Park for the launch of DayStar books' latest title by George Bryant. Agents of Change features 15 Kiwis who are making a real difference in the way we live, and includes Tauranga's Deputy Mayor, Kelvin Clout.

Laurie and Susan Bell and David Dishroon

Marie Collie and Joe Gordon

Robert and Barbara Brown

Lesley Ayers, David and Dianne Ellio

Ron and Gabrielle Miller

Sue and Ivan Scarfe

Tommy Clout, Mayor Greg Brownless, George Bryant, Kathryn Clout, Joan Bryant and Deputy Mayor Kelvin Clout focusmagazine


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After a busy day at the inaugural Bay of Plenty/Waikato Business Expo, exhibitors and sponsors found time to wind down over drinks and nibbles. The expo was developed as a platform for businesses to enhance and create business opportunities and connections in the region.

Catherine Meyer, Shane Southby, Chris Bartels and Stuart Jackson

Karen Doucas, Sandra Diekerhof, Gayle Hardie and Lou Morey

Karen Gemmell, Bridge e Tapsell and Bree McGavin

Karen Gemmell, Lennie Williams, Cathy Hendry and Klaus Reiter

Lillian Richmond and Di Chris e

Ka e Paul and Carrie Lee 8


Ma Hunt, Calvin Twigg and Angela Thomas Pete Wales, Stan Gregec and Gerard Casey

focus | OUT & ABOUT

Women's Wellness Event – Health Quarters held an informative ladies' evening which started with delicious food and kombucha, followed by workshops from experienced nutritionists, physiotherapists and homeopaths. There were goodie bags, copies of focus and fabulous prizes from Real Rad Food and Lifespark Nutrition. Organisers plan to host bi-monthly events and will focus on different aspects of health and wellness each time. Stay tuned for the updates!

Coka Klug and Mila Arena (V on Wheels)

Grant Stewart (Health Quarters) and Jo Taute NeeDowney

Diego Rosenberg (Diego's Health and Fitness)

Hannah Mellsop (Real Rad Food)

Nutri onist Kate Walker (Health Quarters) talking about die ng and how to eat healthily

Paige Renall (No Bull Fuel Pop Up Cafe) and Chris ne McKinlay focusmagazine





Tauranga Women's Refuge's acting manager Hazel Hape talks about her return home . Words Kerri Jones | Image Supplied Hazel Hape at the Women's Refuge

As a young girl growing up in the Far North, Hazel witnessed her grandparents and parents open their homes and their hearts to whānau and those in the wider community who needed support and a safe place. “Our house was often full of people and our parents worked hard at home, at our marae and in the community, helping in whichever way they could,” says Hazel, who now lives in Tauranga with her husband and 19-year-old son. “The notion of serving the community is in my blood so I've always felt this was my calling, my heart's passion.” It's no surprise then that Hazel nds herself back at the Tauranga Women's Refuge after former manager, Angela Warren-Clark, left to join the Labour Government as a List MP following last October's election result. They're familiar shoes to ll as Hazel was the previous manager of the refuge from 2005 until 2012, when she left to work on the Glenn Inquiry, an independent inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence in New Zealand, handing the reins over to Angela at the time. “You could say that the refuge is back in old hands, but with a new pair of eyes. Angela's awesome opportunity has brought me home, but in saying that, when you have a passion for this kind of work it doesn't ever leave you, so I never really left.” 12


Following the 18 months she spent on the Glenn Inquiry, Hazel worked at the national ofce of the Women's Refuge in Wellington for another 18 months, and in 2015 returned to the Bay of Plenty to take on a lecturing position for the Bi-cultural Social Work degree offered by Te Wānanga o Aoteroa. In May last year she took up a part-time Relationships Manager position with the National Stopping Violence Network (NSVN), made up of 30 afliated specialist agencies throughout the country. It was here when Hazel received a phone call from Angela saying that the special votes from the election were in and she'd been allocated a seat in Parliament. She was leaving for Wellington in two days. When asked if she would step in as acting manager of Tauranga Women's Refuge – when she wasn't at NSVN – Hazel didn't hesitate to say yes. “I've been on quite a journey since rst leaving the refuge six years ago, and the time I've spent away from the front line of domestic violence has helped me evolve and gain more clarity. “I'm now a lot calmer and more focused and deliberate about what my purpose is here at Women's Refuge, and how I can support our staff and volunteers so families get the best help they need.”


The Tauranga Women's Refuge was set up in June 1980 for local women and their children needing a safe place as a result of domestic violence – be it physical, emotional, sexual, nancial or psychological. While they've supported thousands of women, children and families in the Tauranga region for 38 years, Hazel says it's only been in the last 10 years that they've started to receive more visibility and recognition in the community. “Domestic violence used to be something that happened behind closed doors and was no-one else's business. “But as our voice has got stronger and people have become more aware of the positive impact that Women's Refuge can make, we've found the community has really wrapped their arms around us and given their support.” Services provided by the Tauranga Women's Refuge include a 24-hour Crisis Phone Line, educational programmes for women and children, counselling, and a safe house that has capacity to sleep 10 individuals and which, Hazel says, is full most of the year. “In the past, we've been called angry, man-haters, marriage-breakers, lesbians with hairy-armpits – you name it. In fact, we are the ones who pick up the pieces when families, whānau and communities can't and won't step up.” They've worked hard to combat stereotypes of the people who receive their support, with domestic violence sometimes thought of as a “Māori problem”. “The truth is domestic violence does not discriminate. It affects women from all races, social, cultural and economic backgrounds – from wealthy households to the impoverished. “Doctors, lawyers, business families, younger women, older women – we have every facet of the community walking through our doors and calling our crisis lines. Domestic violence affects families in different ways.” The Bay of Plenty's increasing population continues to put extra pressure on the Tauranga refuge, as do other societal issues such as increased methamphetamine use, unemployment and homelessness. This not only means that Women's Refuge workers and facilities are under more pressure, the organisation's nances are too. “It takes $500,000 to run one refuge every year and the Government only contributes $189,000 of that. That's

almost $300,000 we have to nd every year through fundraising, sponsorship and donations to keep our doors open and continue to save lives. “Whenever people ask me how they can help Women's Refuge, I tell them there are two ways that they can really make a difference right now. First, write a letter to your local MP and ask them to increase funding to the local refuge. And second, let me know if you have any skills or contacts that can help us with a fundraising strategy.” Despite the constant nancial pressures it is the visits, phone calls, letters and emails Hazel receives from women the refuge has helped in the past that makes it all worth it. “These women have shared how they've felt empowered to leave a relationship that's not good for them, used tools provided by the refuge to help create a violencefree home, or felt compelled to give back to the community in their own ways – some as teachers, nurses, lawyers and social workers. “To know that we've nurtured, inspired and empowered these women and children to nd their voices, nd their own strength, that's why I do this work, that's why it's my passion.” For Hazel, the rewards for pursuing her passion are also felt within her own family. “The greatest legacy I can leave is that I have raised my son to be a good man who knows violence against women and children is not acceptable, and that women are to be treated with respect. “Because at the end of the day domestic violence is not just an issue for women to solve. This kaupapa is about men and women working together to combat the problem. I'm grateful that my husband recognises this and I'm proud that my son does too.” n As this edition of focus was going to print the Government announced a signicant funding boost of more than $76 million over the next four years for family violence services across the country. This will make a huge difference to agencies such as Tauranga Women's Refuge, as well as those affected by family violence in our community. You can support the Tauranga Women's Refuge directly by donating at

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence and needs help please contact: Tauranga Women's Refuge Crisis Phone Line 07 541 1911 or 0800 TO REFUGE (86 733843) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week For more information visit




Mind matters – Hiria Rolleston on mindset, passion, presence and elite sport

Words: Millie Freeman

Cover + Photoshoot Images: Charmaine Marinkovich Photography Hair + Makeup: Hair & Makeup by Chloe Activewear for Cover Shoot: Zeenya Clothing 14



Four days before the National Waka Ama Champs in 2016, singles paddler Hiria Rolleston, from Papamoa, tore her archilles tendon during a gym session. She faced weeks in plaster and hobbling around on crutches, but Hiria had trained hard for the event – she was in the running for a gold – so the possibility of not racing didn't even feature on her radar.

With her leg in a caste up to the knee and wrapped in a black rubbish bag, and with her husband's help, she carefully eased into her boat on race day, and paddled to the start, determined. She claimed the bronze, even with the Mount beach surf raging – the biggest she'd ever seen. Had she been able to push harder with her legs for the home straight, she may have placed higher, but she knew overexertion risked further damage to her archilles.

The experience taught her that mindset is a critical part of training and, if she was going to continue to climb the elite ladder, she had better look after herself. Leading into the race she had been training “really hard and really stupid” and the pressure on her was enormous. It's no wonder her body faltered, she says. “After the race I slowed down so I could sort out my recovery. I started eating really well, stopped drinking coffee, and started getting rid of some things that weren't helping me in life. The more you associate with negative energy – from people or beliefs – the more it's going to bring you down.”




“everyone has a purpose in life”




Hiria already had a social media following with her Soulwater blog, and this led to the launch of her business, Mindset Coaching for Paddlers, where she works with other paddlers to help them move on from habits that hold them back. If you want to be your best on the water, you must be your best off the water, she says, and that begins with being true to yourself.

“For many people I think the missing link is always identity. That's where everyone gets drawn back to – 'who am I and what's my purpose in life?' I was always looking for answers outwards, instead of inwards. Now I'm doing things because I want to do them, and because they sit right with me. I'm making choices about what works for me and my family.”


Back in 2012 Hiria was involved in a Māori TV documentary, I Know a Sheila Like That, where she shared her story of depression, her love for the ocean and her business (at the time she ran a stand-up paddle boarding business called East Coast Paddler). Many women saw the programme and reached out to her, however, it was another few years before she went looking for more insight around her ongoing depression. Through reading books on psychology and listening to the wisdom of others – including Oprah when the celebrity visited Auckland in 2015 – Hiria began to realise that “everyone has a purpose in life” and there is more to each of us than what we see.

It was something that took Hiria years to learn for herself. She had lived with depression since she was a teenager and throughout her adult life had also continued a confusing internal dialogue questioning her identity; she was raised in two cultures – her mum, who died when Hiria was 11, was Māori and her dad Pakeha. “I used to try and identify with one or the other, but where I sit now, I can see how it ts together and instead of trying to be this certain person in all these different areas of my life, I can just be myself, and life is so much easier.




Managing the mind

Challenges and goals

Since starting Mindset Training for Paddlers last year, clients from around the world have ocked to work with her, mostly through her 8-week online Outrigger Bootcamp course, and more recently through one-toone coaching. Hiria's had challenges and that's why clients relate to her so well – she's done the hard yards herself.

Next month Hiria will compete in the waka ama world sprint champs in Tahiti. She is a member of local waka ama club Hoe Aroha in Pilot Bay, The Mount, but for the Worlds she is part of a Gisborne crew (she was raised in Gisborne, Ngāti Porou) that will contest the club competition with clubs from all over the world. Last year she represented New Zealand in the world distance championships but just missed out on the national team for this year's sprint champs.

“You can train as hard as you want but if you're still not making it over the line, there's obviously something else going on. They relate to me because they recognise there are things holding them back from reaching their goals – just like it was for me. Even elite paddlers have their demons but it's how they deal with it on race day that makes the difference. “Connection to the water is a big thing and I am very specic in how I help people and relate it to exactly where they are now. I help them to stop the overthinking, overwhelm and anxiety, and start prioritising themselves so they can work on their holistic health and wellbeing.” As a mum of four children aged 21, 7, 5 and 2, she knows it's not easy to make yourself a priority and she's had to teach herself this wisdom. She trains before the kids are up and has support in place to allow her to train later in the day and manage her growing business. While mindset is a big part of her coaching sessions, she also covers tness, nutrition and technique, and can work individually with paddlers who have particular issues they want to deal with, be it increasing speed or just learning to be present in the race. Many years of paddling successes attest to her experience and she also has the credentials to back it up, including a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation, Graduate Diploma in Secondary School Teaching and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health. 18


Following the worlds, Hiria will stay on in Tahiti to once again tackle Te Aito – at 15km (for women) it's the most prestigious oneperson, rudderless canoe race in the world. Last year she came 9th out of hundreds of paddlers and this year she's aiming for a podium nish. “That's my goal. I want to prove to myself that I can do it and that's why I try to do well as a single paddler. I love that connection with the water, and being out there on the ocean, sometimes in really big surf, or on long paddles, completely present in what I'm doing.” Hiria's business and sporting success is attracting interest beyond paddling circles. She has spoken at Māori leadership hui, is mentoring Māori women who want to start businesses, and last year was MC for a NZ Chamber of Commerce event. She says the opportunities opening up both in New Zealand and overseas are “amazing” and she's excited to see what unfolds as she shares her story and knowledge while continuing to climb the elite sporting ladder at the same time. As she says, “The quality of your doing comes from the quality of your being; that's what it's all about”. n

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(The irst in the Pursuit of Balance series) Words Rebecca Tereu

It's 2.50pm and I'm on a mission to get to the school pick-up zone where my seven year old will (hopefully!?) be waiting. My mind is racing as fast as the little wheels on my car, as I mentally tick off the impossible list of things I need to do between now and when my head hits the pillow. I've barely had time to tick boxes on my business list, let alone nish all the chores and responsibilities my household demands. And now the afternoon madness begins! To say my day is exhausting is an understatement. I am both impressed with the way my mind strategises, plots and plans its way around the intricacies of my day, and mildly scared that all those balls are not only going to drop – but explode into a million pieces. Does this sound at all familiar?



As a woman/mother/business owner in 2018 I suffer from what is commonly referred to as “busy brain syndrome”. If I had to describe my mind, I would liken it to a big slippery bowl of spaghetti, that makes all sorts of twists, turns, loops, and slides effortlessly into tight spots that either don't exist, or seem impossible to t into. It might appear to be messy inside, but make no mistake, the end result is nothing short of phenomenal. The problem with having such a busy mind is that, rstly, it just never shuts up, or more to the point, shuts off. It also doesn't do very well at putting my personal needs anywhere near the frontline, which can really y in the face of nding balance. How can I nd that precious balance in my life, if I can't even sort my mind out!? So, that being said, it stands to reason the rst thing we need to look at in this Balance series, is our big beautiful minds. Trust me to start with the most difcult thing!

You know ladies, we actually have the power and authority to govern our own minds. If our mind is out of whack, we CAN do something about it. First we must acknowledge how amazing it is, and honour the fact that our minds are kind of legendary. Go on – do it! Allow yourself to feel proud of that big beautiful mind of yours and compliment the heck out of it! Why? Because something amazing happens when we start being kind and believe/speak positive afrmations over ourselves. This isn't some newage hippy mumbo jumbo. It's simple: The power of positive words, thoughts and intentions over ourselves has been proven to be a game changer. If some re-balancing or realignment needs to happen in order to calm that busy brain syndrome, then there are some extra action points and strategies we can use to help.

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Switch off purposefully

Renew your Mind

The mind is where it all starts. You think a thought, it becomes a feeling, then nine times out of ten it becomes an action. Simple right? And yet most of the time we run around chasing our proverbial tails, trying to gure out and solve the behavioural issues, or the 'feelings' side of things. That is where the strategy and practice of mindfulness can really make a difference. The universal (and summarised) denition of mindfulness is: To be fully present and aware of what is going on around us and inside of us, at any one time. In other words, it's a focus strategy and the good news is many experts believe that mindfulness can be used as a way to develop wisdom. And who doesn't want more of that good stuff right? There is a lot to be said about mindfulness, but the guts of it is: You have to learn how to focus on one thing at a time. Filter out everything else and be fully present in that one thing. Practising mindfulness has been proven to alleviate a variety of mental and physical conditions. So if you're stressed, anxious or depressed then try this mind-job on for size!

I personally love this one the most. To rstly give myself permission to switch off, and then refuse to feel guilty when I do it so well! Whatever helps you switch off – do it, and when that guilty feeling tries to smash down the door of your private retreat, learn the art of eviction. Tell it to bugger off, and remind yourself that you are too important (yes, you!), and everything else can just wait. For me I get great 'switch-off satisfaction' by mindlessly watching (questionable) TV programmes. It used to be Shortland Street but since the rise of Netix and online streaming I've upgraded my game! It doesn't have to be watching TV either – that's just my thing. Maybe you're into walking, surng, sports, arts and crafts, shopping (another one of my favourites!). Sometimes I'll duck out at 9pm just to go wander around Kmart by myself. BLISS!!! Whatever it is for you, make sure you do it. You may not have nailed everything that day, but you would have accomplished some things in your business or at work, your home and that washing pile will probably always be there, and your kids are fed and in bed. Now go grab yourself some chocolate, a hot whatever, and give yourself some switch-off time.

Every morning we wake up is another day we get to reset and renew our minds. I know, I know, it doesn't always feel that way right? If you're anything like me, your feet are already hitting the oor and sprinting to get everyone and everything sorted before you even get a chance to just STOP and think such lovely thoughts. But that is EXACTLY what you need to do. Give yourself a chance to set yourself up well for the day. Make yourself lie there for a few precious minutes rst thing in the morning, and do whatever you need to do to give that renewal process a chance. You might want to read something inspiring, focus on positive thoughts and afrmations, give yourself a little pep talk, listen to an inspiring song, or pray a little prayer. Whatever works for you is good enough for you, right? Just make sure you give yourself and that busy brain of yours a chance to renew, because we all know that life can get pretty crazy, very quickly, and let's just agree right now that your life deserves a better shot! n

Rebecca Tereu is a business advisor, speaker, encourager and author |




Five easy steps to looking good in photos every time Words + Images Charmaine Marinkovich | Model Caroline Martelli

You need to start existing in photos! Over my career as a portrait photographer, one thing I have heard way too often by women is, “don't photograph me; just photos of the kids will be great”. They feel they aren't skinny enough, beautiful enough or worthy of owning photos of themselves. Whether you are a mum, sister, grandma, aunty or best friend, you should exist in as many photos as you can. It will be a record of your life, a keepsake for your children and grandchildren and a celebration of you.

STEP ONE – YOUR POSITION Standing straight on, with your arms down by your sides, will make you look wider than you actually are. Your arms become a part of your torso, showing no waist. TIP – Turn your body on a 45° angle. Straight away, it slims you down and gives you more shape in your body.



To help you get started, I wanted to share these ve great steps that I use myself when I am being photographed. These are also just a few that I teach my clients during their portrait session. I recommend you spend some time practising in the mirror so you can see for yourself what works and what doesn't. I will warn you now, some of these poses won't feel natural, but you will look friendly, welcoming and more natural.

STEP TWO – SHIFTING YOUR WEIGHT A lot of people are unsure of how to stand, where to place their feet or which foot to rest on when standing in front of the camera. Placing your weight on the leg closest to the camera, will make you look bottom heavy. TIP – Put your weight on your back foot (the foot furthest away from the camera). This moves your body away from the camera, slims your bottom half down and also gives you more shape in your body. Whatever is closest to the camera will appear larger; moving it away from the camera will make it smaller.




Keeping your arms down by your side and close to your body will, again, make you look wider than you actually are. This gives you no shape... showing your curves is a good thing.

A common trait with women when they are about to be photographed is they tend to pull their heads back and away from the camera. This can create double chins as well as looking stiff.

TIP – Slide the arm closest to the camera up your body to provide space between your arm and body. This gives you more shape in your body.

TIP – Push your chin forward (not your neck) then drop your chin down slightly. This lengthens your neck and widens your eyes.

Placing your hand on your hip also works well.

Practise this in the mirror. You don't want to bring your chin down too far otherwise your eyes will become smaller.

This is also good for upper arms, as moving them slightly away from the body, stops them from pushing down and becoming wider. And hey, who doesn't want slimmer arms!

STEP FIVE – YOUR SMILE When people are nervous they tend to smile either on one side of their mouth only, or without showing their teeth. This shows tension in your mouth. TIP – For a great smile, pretend you are holding a 20cent piece between your teeth or place the tip of your tongue behind your top teeth. This will give you a little space between your teeth and bottom lip and you will look like you're having fun. Also smile through your eyes – this livens you up. n

Charmaine Marinkovich is a portrait photographer for women and a brand coach. Charmaine loves helping women come into focus in their business through imagery that blends self-expression and warm professionalism and illustrates their brand story. Mobile: 027 666 1705




Get it done while you're well and healthy An Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) may well be the most important legal document there is. Sickness or a serious injury can happen to anyone, and you just never know when the ability to make your own decisions could be lost. With an EPA, you choose a person you trust to make important decisions about your property and nances, and your care and wellbeing, if it comes to a point that you can't do this yourself. It can save your family the cost and stress of having to get a court order should something serious happen to you. “It's an absolute necessity,” says The Law Shop's Senior Legal Executive Anne Ludgate. “If this is not specied at the time a doctor or specialist makes that call, the whole process becomes lengthy and costly. It'll have to go to court, which takes time, and the person who gets appointed to take care of your

assets and wellbeing may not be the person you want it to be,” she explains. Organising these things ahead of time makes sense, and a Will and EPA are offered together at The Law Shop. The process is made easy with booklets available containing all the information, questions and instructions you need around how to prepare the documents. “If there are no special circumstances, getting your Will and EPA sorted is straightforward and affordable. In most cases, you'll only have to meet with us once,” says Anne. n The team at The Law Shop is exible and approachable, and if you can't make it to their ofce they can visit you at home, your workplace, or in the hospital if needed. They'll explain the process clearly, and make sure that your arrangements meet all legal requirements. Give them a call today on 0800 LAW SHOP (0800 529 7467) and get your Will and EPA organised.


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Plum Organics all-female team – Karina Silvester, Marion Olsen, Linda Macnamara, Anne Darley and Niki Mikkelsen Karina Silvester: Qualied Beauty Therapist. Karina enjoys helping customers with skin products that complement their beauty routines.

Marion Olsen: Store Manager, Certied Health Consultant. One of Plum Organic's original staff members. With a pharmacy background and the completion of a three-year diploma, Marion brings a wealth of experience to the store.

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What happens during a Colonic? So you are fully aware of the process, the first session starts with a consulta on followed by an explana on of the diges ve system and how the gut works. Everyone is always welcome to come and see our room and ask as many ques ons as they like before booking a session.

Colonic Hydrotherapy While discussing the health and wellbeing theme for this edi on, the team at focus had a few interes ng conversa ons about Colonic Hydrotherapy and how this treatment is becoming more popular. We called on Muiread Douglas, owner of Path to Vitality Clinic in Rotorua and a cer fied Colonic Hydrotherapist, to answer some of our ques ons.

The type of Colonic Hydrotherapy we use at Path to Vitality Clinic is a closed system. The method is called the Rojas method, which is a soaking method. It was designed by Loui Rojas in the USA – he was a toxicologist for many years and then moved into colonics.

What is Colonic Hydrotherapy?

The soaking method allows the water to gently soak the faecal ma er in a gentle and natural way. Tradi onally, the closed method would normally involve filling the colon with water, then once full, releasing it. In the Rojas method, we gently allow the water to enter the colon, but don't fill it right up as we just want to soak the colon to allow the ma er to start releasing in a more holis c way, which is natural to the body.

Colonic Hydrotherapy is the simple, painless process of cleansing your body of toxins. It has been around for hundreds of years and involves the gentle rinsing of the colon, with filtered water, to help soothe the colon, and remove faecal ma er and bad bacteria, which can cause gas.

The sessions last between 30 to 40 minutes. There is a TV screen, so you can see what is happening during the process. During the session, we also explain what is coming through so you have a be er understanding of how your colon is working, which helps you feel fully connected to what is happening and why.

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Colonic hydrotherapy also helps to reeducate the colon to work be er and func on more efficiently, which allows vital nutrients to be more easily absorbed, and leaves you feeling more energised and healthier.

Why do people have Colonic Hydrotherapy? There are many reasons people come to see us. It is used as a wellness and preventa ve treatment, and how they feel a erwards is why they con nue to have colonics. They feel less bloated, lighter in the body, have clearer thinking, an improved skin tone, their sleep pa erns improve and they o en experience weight loss because of the removal of excess ma er they have been carrying around. The feeling of being hydrated, and the removal of parasites and worms, also leads them to feeling more energised n

Muiread Douglas is the owner of Path to Vitality Clinic. She is a cer fied Colonic Hydrotherapist, GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) Prac oner, Body Ecology Prac oner and has been a Massage and Reiki Therapist for over 20 years. Muiread is passionate about holis c living and provides a service where people can come to be supported in their journey to true vitality.

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Driving on a main route, signs and signposts direct you and alert you to problems ahead. Similarly, our body signals not only when it's ghting t, but also to warn of potential threats you'd be wise to avert.

Inammation is the most common indicator of something not right, whether injury or illness. Injury is immediately apparent, and best dealt with at once. Illness, or unwellness, is less easily identied; insidious and persistent. That's why inammation in any part of our body is such an invaluable pointer to a disorder that needs to be identied and treated. A conventional medical response to inammatory conditions is to offer a chemical drug as a remedy. To take only one example, osteoarthritis – extremely prevalent in the over-65s, adversely affects quality of life with its limitations on mobility and constant aches and pains that can escalate to crippling agony. We're not all keen on prescription medicines long-term, though they can be a benecial, short-term solution. So it's good to know that for some years now there's been intense and ongoing global research (including at the University of Otago) into inammation as linked to specic ailments, and, more worryingly, as an identied precursor to dreaded illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes and dementia. Inammation is also a threat to ageing well, and it's the elderly who are most often on a combination of medications that can result in unanticipated sideeffects. That research is proving useful in conrming the role of natural and drug-free methods of combating inammation and the conditions indicated by its presence.



Robin Grierson of the Red Flax Clinic, Ohauiti, is a qualied naturopath, herbalist and massage therapist with a professional interest in homeopathy, pro-biotics and organics. Her ethos is to restore and maintain good health and wellbeing among her clients. “Inammation has always been the body's way of telling us something is b a d l y w r o n g , ” s h e s a y s . “ Yo u recognised the symptoms and dealt with the cause by whatever natural means you could. However, in today's toxic environment, with most food overprocessed and with high levels of stress an unwelcome norm, inammation has become what research is revealing as a rogue phenomenon.” She explains further. “Our bodies are over-reacting to the multitude of stressors to which we are exposed that can trigger an inammatory response not necessarily linked to any existing


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condition. When talking of a toxic environment, we can consider pollution, or ponder on the liberal use of Roundup in our gardens, on farms and by councils. I'm not talking only about getting rid of weeds, though there are better alternatives. Roundup is being used on cereals and other crops to boost growth before harvesting, or even, for example, as a defoliant on carrots and potatoes. With rising levels of food sensitivities, particularly to gluten and lactose, highrisk allergies, asthma and other respiratory disorders, it's important to start asking ourselves how much of this is necessary or desirable.” The naturopathic response is, in general, to encourage us all to return to a closer connection with nature through food organically grown, and prepared and cooked in our own kitchens. Robin is also an advocate for boosting health and wellbeing through increased levels of tness by exercise and diet. “We're too sedentary,” she maintains. “Good health is all about balance. Personally, I believe that eating well is a prime directive for staying healthy, and yes, we probably still need natural supplements because we've compromised our food supply and

m a d e o u r s e l v e s t o o b u s y, t o o preoccupied, to stop and work out what ails us and what will cure.” Some of the natural supplements she recommends are Omega 3 sh oils, Vitamin C and Vitamin B complex. Oh, and superfoods such as the 'reds and greens' in vegetables and fruit.” She ticks them off on her ngers. “Beetroot, red cabbage, red onions, kale, silverbeet, spinach, Brussels sprouts and broccoli are essential to our diet, as are raspberries, blueberries, boysenberries, blackberries. And herbs, of course – add them to every meal you dish up, both raw and cooked. And spices like ginger and turmeric can be vital.” “It's not that complicated,” says Robin. “Taking care of yourself is basic good sense. We should be grateful our bodies let us know when we're going wrong. Every human being is a unique composition and that's why the naturopathic approach begins, always, with a detailed assessment of clients and their bad habits. Habits that can be changed to good any time we want to, and in only ninety days.” Change as a destination for good health. Isn't that worth exploring? n

The Red Flax Clinic 44 Woodleigh Place, Ohauiti Bay of Plenty 3112 T: 07 544 5007 M: 027 621 59 69 Naturopathic Council of New Zealand, Tauranga Herb Society Secretary: Tel 07 544 2152 WOLFE, D. Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future. USA, North Atlantic Books. [Available from local bookshops and on Amazon.]

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Recuperative retreats help women caregivers recharge Words Cindy McQuade | Images Cindy McQuade + Supplied

Views from the monastery

Most women caring for their families understand how life can be busy, stressful and sometimes a downright grind. Most of us though, are able to nd a pressure release – even if it's as simple as going for a walk by ourselves.



For some Bay of Plenty women however, the workload and stress is exhausting, leading them to become depressed, anxious and lonely. This is particularly the case for those who have the added responsibility of looking after whānau with special needs, and for grandparents who have become full-time caregivers to their grandchildren. Barbara Hill, Anne Martin and Cushla Summers are Tauranga women who are passionate about helping Bay of Plenty women claim back control in their lives. They co-ordinate and facilitate free recuperative retreats for women who can't afford to get the help and muchneeded rest they need in order to press the re-set button on their lives.


“Often women are over functioning – doing more than their share just to keep the balls in the air,” says Barbara. “They nd themselves trapped in family situations. As well as carrying the physical burdens of a family, they end up carrying the emotional burdens as well. “As women we can lose ourselves when we get into the habit of over-functioning because we don't assert ourselves or ask for help when we need it from the other family members.

Recuperation and reflection

The relentless workload family members put on women might not be intentional, and it often happens gradually without a chance to measure how much women are taking on. She says women are hungry to push a re-set button, and the retreats are the beginning of regaining condence and a positive direction for many.

While the retreats have no religious content, they are held at a monastery on the outskirts of Rotorua. Located in the serene and peaceful Waikite Valley, and bordering a lake, it is the perfect place for recuperation and reection. The women can climb hills, walk in the beautiful gardens, or just sit quietly by themselves – simple pleasures some have not been able to do in years.

The therapeutic retreats are run by Life a Plenty, a Tauranga-based social enterprise that has a mission to help people in the region nd meaning, hope and fulllment in their lives.

“Change comes from being able to stand back in a quiet, relaxing environment, listening to other women who are talking about the very same issues they are facing. It is so much easier to assess their own position when they hear someone else describing it back to them,” says Barbara.

Located in the serene and peaceful Waikite Valley, the monastery is the perfect place for recuperation and reection. 39



“Being able to connect, support one another and take time out to take a breath is important. Once women realise what they are going through is normal, they can be a little bit kinder to themselves,” says Anne. “Also, the fact that they have time, sufcient sleep, someone else looking after them, doing the cooking for them, and a listening ear makes a difference,” says Cushla. Life skills sessions are offered at the retreats, however participation isn't compulsory as the whole idea of the retreat is to give participants freedom with their time – something they don't get in the real world. Sessions cover a range of topics such as coping under stress, mindfulness, relaxation techniques, the mind/body connection, goal setting and problem solving.

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“We're also able to respond to particular issues and adapt to the needs of the group. Some groups might need help around grief, while another group might need help around relationship stress and we would modify our content and respond to that,” says Barbara.

Support and back up Anne, who is a counsellor and family therapist, says it's important women are given a toolbox of skills so when they return to the family they can start to make positive changes. “The retreat gives them the motivation to make changes and create boundaries for themselves, and it gives women the space to make decisions on how to move forward,” she says. Extra back-up is also offered once women leave, including referral to health professionals, on-going counselling, access to workshops on anxiety and depression and other community resources. Barbara says it can be hard for anyone, including herself, to cope with life's bustle and busyness, and she often needs to remind herself of the skills she teaches. “You realise how quickly you can lose it again and we can all lapse into stress and tension and end up reghting, so it is critically important to have a toolkit for women to take away.”



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Women who participate are under extreme stress, which is sometimes compounded by a history of sexual abuse or domestic violence. Poor mental health, socioeconomic disadvantage and parenting issues have a ow-on effect to the wider family and community when issues are not addressed, says Barbara. She has been facilitating women's groups for 35 years and believes “once your inner life comes right, your outer life drops into place”. “One thing I know is when a woman is feeling balanced emotionally, physically, intellectually, and spiritually, when she is at peace with herself, there is a huge impact on the tone inside the home and how her children go out into the world.” “When we are integrated, that's when you make a difference to others,” says Cushla. “If you teach a woman to connect with herself, you connect the whānau, and in turn, connect the entire community through her.” In order to qualify for the retreat, participants must be recommended for a period of rest and recuperation by a health professional such as a general practitioner, social worker or church minister. There is strict criteria, including a lack of nancial resources, high stress and having others depend on you. Numbers are kept deliberately low (a maximum of eight) so that women get the attention they need. The ve-day retreats are run by Life a Plenty, a social enterprise and service arm of Ora Charitable Trust. It has been offering the retreats to women in the Bay of Plenty region since 2015. See or contact Cushla on 0274 202 363 for more information. n

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If the classic lemon and ginger hot toddy is still your only go-to winter drink option, we challenge you to experiment this season! These lattes are jam-packed with nutrients to keep you energised and healthy throughout the u months and are probably the prettiest babes on the local food scene. Take a snap and tag #focusmagazinenz on social media before taking a sip!

What's in it: Buttery Pea Flower Why you need it: The Buttery Pea Flower is an amazing brain and memoryboosting herb that comes from Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine and is distributed by Misty Day Plant Potions. As well as being used as a supplement to reduce stress and anxiety, it contains lots of active microelements, such as Proanthocyanidin which improves

What's in it: Turmeric Why you need it: 'Golden milk' is the new health craze. Its anti-inammatory properties reduce skin redness and irritation, and prevent moisture loss in skin. Studies show curcumin in turmeric can protect against Alzheimers and is good for keeping your brain healthy overall. The same element is the best

What's in it: Maca powder, raw cacao, dandelion root, chicory root Why you need it: Just like pretty much everything coming from Peru in the Andes, Maca is charged with good stuff. It enhances energy without the side effect of 'jitters' that we often get from caffeine-based drinks. By preventing spikes and crashes in blood sugar, it keeps you in a good mood and may also



eyesight. It also has Bioavonoids which improve hair growth and reduce greying, and antioxidants which stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis to rejuvenate the skin and reduce wrinkles. Finally, avonoids work as an antimicrobial agent, which makes the elixir a perfect cold-preventive drink! Where to try: The Nourished Eatery (114 Willow Street)

buddy for tness-junkies, as it reduces muscle soreness. Anti-bacterial qualities of turmeric relieve stomach pain and reduce infections in the gut, to say nothing about the proven ability to delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes! Where to try: Wild One Wholefoods Eatery (9 Prince Ave)

help to prevent weight gain. Dandelion root reduces cholesterol and potentially supports liver health, and chicory root – thanks to polyphenolic compounds – is benecial for the digestive system and boosts immunity. Blended together by The Black Kettle Co they are a powerful superfood quartet in your cuppa. Where to try: Swell (1 Marine Parade)


What's in it: Beetroot Why you need it: Recent studies showing the remarkable impact of beet on athletic performance has brought this forgotten superfood back into focus. This energy booster is also rich in vitamin C, potassium, folate, calcium, iron

What's in it: Japanese matcha, marine collagen powder, amla Why you need it: A secret weapon to ght aging and skin imperfections produced by Misty Day Plant Potions. Marine collagen that comes from sh is unusually taste- and odour-less, and contains a whole bunch of amino acids needed to create new skin! Matcha (powdered

What's in it: Macadamia nuts, rock melon seeds, sunower seeds Why you need it: When it comes to coffee, stepping out of your comfort zone might be hard, but simply swapping cow's milk with raw organic V&V Barista Blend shouldn't sound too stressful. In exchange you're getting access to all the health benets of nuts and seeds. Macadamia nuts are a good source of calcium and potassium. They lower blood

and bre. Nitrates in beetroot can lower blood pressure and improve blood ow. Low in sugar and fats, it makes an ideal morning drink that will keep you up and running all day long. Where to try: Ours Café (195 Maunganui Road)

green tea) adds antioxidants and ghts free radicals in the skin, while the tiny amla fruit delivers ve times more vitamin C than oranges. A little caffeine and a lot of theanine (amino acid) in this drink will turn on your best productive beast mode. Where to try: Mahana Yoga Loft (554 Papamoa Beach Road)

pressure and support heart health, and the monounsaturated fatty acids accelerate fat metabolism. A whopping amount of plant-based protein is found in rock melon seeds and these are also loaded with vitamins A, C and E. Finally, sunower seeds distribute essential magnesium to the body, helping to relieve muscle cramps and bone loss. Where to try: Excelso Coffee (112 Third Ave) n



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Ingredients: ½ cup coconut milk, cream or water 2-3 Tbsp chia seeds (I used white ones) 2 tsp vanilla essence For the layers: 1 tsp Misty Day Plant Po ons Spiced Chai 1 tsp beetroot powder (Chantal Organics) Method: Combine all ingredients and leave in the fridge to chill overnight, or at least three hours before serving. Check the mixture a er 20 minutes – if it's looking a bit thick and clumpy, add some more liquid. You can really play around with the coloured layers without having to use ar ficial colours. I layered the chia pudding into three colours – don't panic if you don't have these things at home – blended berries always make a beau ful colour, or cacao powder, or even a dash of grated beetroot works well.

About Breakfast Babes: Finding new and exci ng ways to fuel and nourish herself and her family is what drives Olivia. She knows how expensive some products and healthier food op ons can be, which is why she strives to make her recipes easy and cost-effec ve.

Ingredients: 2 cups buckwheat flour 2 tsp baking powder 2 cups almond milk 1 tsp vanilla 1 squirt maple syrup Method: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Heat a pan with coconut oil and fry for one minute each side. Serve with a sliced banana and maple syrup. Photo by Alex Spodyneiko

About The Nourished Eatery: The Nourished Eatery in Tauranga CBD is a plant-based and locally sourced produce cafe. Its owner, and the person behind the mouthwatering recipes, Sharna McElligo , has recently published a vegan cookbook which can be purchased at her café (114 Willow St). 44


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Method: Preheat oven to 180˚C. Grease and line bo om and sides of a 20cm round, loose base n. In a medium sized saucepan, gently melt the chocolate and bu er. Mix well then set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar and vanilla essence. Next add the chocolate mix and whisk gently to combine. S ll whisking, add the our mix (this will help to avoid lumps). Pour into the n then sca er with the chopped nuts.

Ingredients: 150g Skye Blue Kitchens Baking Bag Mix 180g dark chocolate 62%* 160g bu er ** 4 eggs 1 tsp vanilla essence â…“ cup so brown sugar 50g chopped pecan nuts, walnuts or almonds

Bake for 20-25 minutes or un l set in the centre but s ll remaining so and gooey. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack. Serve plain, dusted with a li le cinnamon icing sugar or, as a special treat,with a dollop of cream or coconut yoghurt. *For dairy-free use Sweet William gluten/dairy-free chocolate **For dairy-free, use Olivani

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Diane Hansen, Sharon Orlowski, Kelly Bulloch, Alex Dickson and Nicki McClintock

Welcome to this new section of focus where a group of awesome business women meet for lunch to discuss a topic that's relevant to the theme of this edition – in this case, health and wellbeing – and discuss some of the topics that are currently top of mind. We met at Macau Restaurant on The Strand on a freezing cold day and immediately settled into our comfy corner table and started chatting – as if we had all known each other for years – about children, the guilt factor of trying to balance things and be everything to everyone and, of course, the delicious options on the menu. Joining us at the lunch was a dynamic group of women from ASB Bank: Diane Hansen (Private Banking Manager), Alexandra (Alex) Dickson (Regional Manager, Business Banking), Kelly Bulloch (Senior Customer Service, Papamoa Branch), Sharon Orlowski (Commercial Relationship Manager) and Nicki McClintock (Manager, Coaching and Development) who was down from Auckland on one of her regular visits. Over a delicious lunch – we chose the Jade Banquet – the ladies spent a few hours deliberating over our questions. 46


Do you think it's possible to achieve a work/life balance? Kelly Totally! Nicki Balance is different for everyone. Do your best and keep on trying. I'm lucky in that I have an amazing, supportive husband but not everyone has this. Sharon We are hardest on ourselves and often want to give the best of ourselves to everyone and everything but we can't always do this. We're often being pushed and pulled every way and put a lot of pressure on ourselves. Asking for help can make you feel vulnerable as we often think we have to do everything ourselves. Diane I nd I have to be really strong and try to leave work on time so I can get the work/life ratio more balanced. Kelly Communication with everyone is so important. Liaise with everyone in the family and don't be afraid to ask for help. Diane Yes! Don't feel bad if you can't do everything. If you've had a busy day, it's ok to get takeaways. Alex As a solo mum, with no family in the area, I have learned to ask for help from my amazing network of girlfriends. It's also important to be mindful of what you're doing at the time. If you've committed to do something, just be in the moment and don't stress about other things that you feel you should be doing.

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Do you feel supported in your careers by other women? Sharon We're getting a lot better at it and I feel supported more and more. There's a lot of support out there now. Diane It's ok to put up your hand and say you're struggling or nding things a bit difcult at the moment. It's great to be able to talk to a friend or colleague. Kelly Once you admit you need help, it's a relief. Often your friends are battling with the same issues. Nicki Everyone's got different realities and priorities. You might nd it a priority to cook nutritious meals for your family every day; someone else might nd it a priority to go to the gym every day or to ensure they are perfectly groomed while you are dressed in your daggy tracksuit. It's what your priority is at the time – don't compare yourself to someone else, it's not a reality! Sharon Facebook gives us the illusion that everyone else looks perfect. Alex In reality everyone has their own challenges. There is a growing awareness of how we can help each other and that we often need help.

Do any of you set goals for the year? Diane I set big tness goals for the year – if they were small I wouldn't commit as much to them. I'm currently training for the Tarawera Ultra Marathon which takes place in February next year. Every time I meet someone new I hear where they have travelled so I always have travel goals. Kelly Personal goals are ongoing and change so much over the year. I set physical goals and I'm always thinking of the next event I want to do. I love crossing things off my 'To Do' list.

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Alex Every year I set goals as it makes you reassess why you're here. You'll also know if you've achieved things. Nicki I'm wanting simpler things. I would like to spend more time with family and to travel. I tend to plan 2-3 years ahead, rather than 10 years ahead.

How do you feel about ageing? Alex It's inevitable. It's about women embracing and enjoying it. I have two beautiful teenage daughters and I feel I'm at the perfect time of my life and I am so enjoying it. I've got a lot going on and my career is going really well. Age is what you make of it and I want to enjoy this next phase of my life. Nicki It doesn't worry me as much as I thought it would. I've redened what's important in my life. My kids are growing so fast and it's a reminder of how fast time goes. I spent a lot of time with an inspirational grandma who was always happy with her life and said every decade was better than the one before as there was always something new. Even though she went through tragedies over the years, she was able to nd something new and exciting. So I'm just going to keep on living my life. Kelly We should just do things and enjoy special moments and life in general. We live in such a materialistic world but, with running, which is what I like to do, you can enjoy special moments anytime. You don't need special equipment. I've recently run the focusmagazine



Tarawera Trail and, on the way back, I stopped for a few minutes and took some time to enjoy the singing birds. Sharon Time ies. I feel if you're not completely happy with your life, you need to do something about it…now! When you're younger you tend to put things off. Focus on special moments, hold onto them and remember how blissful you felt.

How do you spend your free time? Kelly I'm very active and love anything physical – gym, running, netball, etc. That's what makes me feel good. I love to feel strong and I like to see strong women. The sportswomen at the Commonwealth Games were so inspiring. I also love hanging out with my girlfriends. Family is everything to me so I always make a conscious effort to do things as a family and make special trips to see extended family. Even if it's just calling into Mum and Dad's in Te Puke for a cuppa or an easy dinner, every effort is going to count in the long run. Nicki What free time? Any free time I have, I spend playing with my kids. I should spend more time studying but often wonder if I have bitten off more than I can handle. I would like to do something for myself though. I would like to add in some free time for myself. Sharon As my kids have gotten older I am doing a few more things without them. I love travelling and, later this year, I'm going away with a girlfriend. Diane We have an avocado orchard which takes up a bit of my free time. I also participate in triathlons, running and swimming events. Otherwise I love to catch up with girlfriends and go shopping. My ideal would be to do nothing but then I feel guilty as there are always chores to do. There's also an expectation of what we should be doing with our free time. My husband and I often go overseas – that way, I can do nothing but relax. Alex I've taught myself to cook and I'm really enjoying it. Each month I challenge myself to prepare a new recipe. I'm really enjoying Nadia Lim's cook books.

What are some of the positive things about living in the Bay? Kelly It's just so accessible to everything. We can take the kids to the beach, to lakes, to mountains or into the bush. Diane New people are moving here all the time and they are bringing new experiences and unique events into the area, which is really great. Sharon I love the beach, and the lifestyle is great. It's a relaxed environment and everything is so accessible. Alex I've moved here from Auckland and love the fact that you can get around without too much drama. Nicki Family is so important to me so that's why I'm in Auckland but I love coming to the Bay for the all reasons everyone has stated. n 48


focus | EATING OUT

Mouthwatering Macau Words Dee Collins | Images Kseniia Spodyneiko

Nestled in the middle of Downtown Tauranga's dining mecca, Macau makes waves for all the right reasons. The award-winning restaurant offers a contemporary Asian-inspired menu that caters for a wide range of tastes and appetites with plenty of vegetarian, gluten and dairy-free options available. Guests can choose to dine in the courtyard, overlooking water views, or inside where the inviting décor, long shared tables, booth seating, mood lighting and oriental décor creates a relaxed atmosphere. Husband and wife team Craig and Bronwyn Cameron bought Macau two years ago. Having lived in Asia for four years they were familiar with the cuisine and, with 16 years in the hospitality industry, knew it would be a good t for them. Inspired by the communal eating philosophy and the spirit of eating together, the menu has been created for sharing, so you can try each dish as part of a full dining experience. A few ladies in our group hadn't eaten at Macau before and, although the Pork Steamed Buns, Macau Spring Rolls and San Chao Bao Lamb Ribs are the most popular choices on the menu, we opted for the Jade Banquet which gave us a good variety of tastes and avours to experience. The banquet included mouth-watering delights such as spicy, wokfried Edamame Beans, Takoyaki Octopus Balls, Sichuan and Star Anise Fried Chicken (my favourite), Braised Pork Belly, Slow Braised Beef Cheeks and Tempura Eggplant in a Soy Caramel Sauce (delicious). On a friend's recommendation, we also ordered a Thai Green Chicken Curry which was excellent. Each dish was jam-packed with avour and beautifully presented by attentive, friendly staff. All of this was rounded off with a bottle of Spy Valley Pinot Gris. The empty plates were a clear indicator that Macau was a hit with the ladies.

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Although bursting at the seams, we just had to try at least one dessert so we shared a Silk Road Pavlova with torched Italian meringue. We all gave our seal of approval. Macau is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and also offers an upstairs function room that has free high-speed WiFi, complimentary AV hire, a large range of food and beverages on offer and is suitable, depending on layout, for 30-110 people. n

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Rachel Brodie – walking the sustainability talk Words + Images Carol Garden

Rachel Brodie applies one question to almost every situation she encounters: “Does this make my life better?” It helps her stay focused on her goals and make every minute count, in both her professional and personal lives. As the Sustainability Ofcer for Trevelyan Packhouse and Cool Ltd, her role has evolved over the past eight years. It requires looking hard at every part of the production process and guring out how to make it sustainable. She describes it as a process of trying to solve problems – some take days to solve, some take years. Since 2011 the company has reduced its carbon footprint by 25 per cent on every tray of kiwifruit packed – and reduced waste going to landlls by 77 per cent. In Rachel's mind this simply makes good business sense. 50



“Big business should be actively trying to nd better environmental options,” she says. “Every executive needs to be thinking about the impact their business is having on the planet. It's okay if we can't solve it today, but we should always be thinking about how we can do it better in ve years, ten years or 50 years.” It's a philosophy she passionately believes in. “I don't go to work just to pay the mortgage – I go to work to help save the world,” she says. “The kiwifruit industry affects a lot of people and we have a duty to make it as sustainable as possible. It's important that we are doing our share to make the world a better place.”

Leading the charge

sustainability message, getting people to reconnect with nature and knowing where their food comes from.” Suppliers are required to get on board and packaging options and processes are continually evaluated for ways to reduce harm and waste. “We're always looking for ways to do it better. This means nding out from suppliers what materials are used in the items they supply and what their recycling prole is. Is there another life in an item that might be sent to landll? Who else could use this item?” She is currently investigating whether packaging label tailings are any use as commercially compostable animal bedding.

Living the dream

Rachel lives in Welcome Bay It's a message she's been with her partner Brian, and has The principles that drive taking to the wider kiwifruit fullled a long-held personal industry for several years dream to own a piece of land Rachel's work and it's starting to gain and work towards selftraction. As a signicant sufciency. The couple are 1. What we take: reducing our player in the industry planting avocado trees and dependence on fossil fuels and scarce have cows grazing on the (Trevelyan's handles around minerals paddocks – working on the 12 per cent of the total 2. What we make: reduce our contribution land is one of her greatest kiwifruit exports) they are in of chemicals that nature can't process joys. a good position to lead the 3. What we break: reduce our physical charge. In 2015 the destruction of the environment The death of her beloved company produced its rst 4. How we share: respect our growers, father in 2016 led to a huge reSustainability Report, the staff, customers, community think about life, and with her rst from a kiwifruit industry boss's support she went from player. This report publicly a full-time role to working three analysed the company's days a week at Trevelyan's. “I have a great boss and he economic, social and environmental performance. In the suggested I take time off and think about what I wanted same year they were applauded as a nalist in the NZI from life. I have the best of both worlds now – a job I love Sustainable Business Awards, in the 'Communicating and two extra days each week to work on the land and Sustainability' category. help Brian with his engineering business.” A family-owned company, Trevelyan's has been a Te She is not one for spending money on fashion and Puke xture since 1971. With 150 permanent staff and cosmetics, preferring to spend time with friends and 1500 seasonal employees, it is a signicant employer in good food and wine. “I'm all about composting and the area. Part of Rachel's role is taking the sustainability worm farms and regenerating resources, and I love message out to the wider community through nancial entertaining. The best evenings are spent sitting outside support, events and speaking engagements. with friends by the re, listening to music and having lots of laughs.” n “We support local schools, community health initiatives, sports, music and other community groups – it's a part of the job I love,” she says. “I'm passionate about the focusmagazine


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Words Kseniia Spodyneiko | Images Kseniia Spodyneiko, Laura Cope + Supplied

Do you know how many 'recyclable' and 'compostable' takeaway coffee cups are actually being recycled and composted? Sadly, almost none! The technology is too complex for most New Zealand recycling centres, so thousands of coffee cups are ending up in landď€ lls every day.



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Laura Cope launched UYOC (Use Your Own Cup) in an effort to support sustainable cafés, and educate New Zealanders on reducing single-use waste. “Our grandparents would have thought it ridiculous to use something once and then throw it away,” says Laura. “Plastic straws, plastic bags, plastic water bottles, disposable coffee cups – these things are completely unnecessary.” Since her childhood, Laura's family was always very conscious about packaging when shopping and they ate in at cafés rather than taking out. The rst time Laura really had a proper look at the conict between environment and humans was when she worked for an Australian tropical research foundation in the Daintree rainforest. “It is a very sensitive ecological area with a huge ow of tourists. Benecial on the one hand by bringing nances to the area but the local tourism industry has also brought many issues home.” Laura's job was to nd out how hostels, hotels and businesses could keep things clean. Laura, and the other volunteers, spread positive messages about disposing of cigarette butts, clearing up after you've visited parks and about the products that bars and cafés were using and how visitors could be more proactive and mindful. On her return to New Zealand, Laura wondered how she could grab the community's attention without accosting strangers in the street and delivering passionate lectures to them. “I didn't want to produce another physical product that the world is already overloaded with, even an ecofriendly one. Starting something that would encourage people and businesses to work together as a community to cut down on waste was what I really wanted to do.” After many sleepless nights, the idea of UYOC was born. UYOC (pronounced

“you-yok”) is an online guide ( that unites cafés and restaurants who are working with the environment in their minds and kindness in their hearts. The guide indicates whether a café or restaurant has vegan or gluten-free options, is open to mums breastfeeding their little ones, whether they are pet friendly, have discounts for reusable cups, choose reusable straws or will rell your water bottle at no extra charge. Through the UYOC website, people are discovering new mouthwatering spots to try, while learning more about their environmental impact. Cafés are receiving new customers and are proudly marked as responsible and sustainable businesses. It's a win-win! “Tauranga, Papamoa and Mount Maunganui have some of the most proactive businesses around the whole country! When we launched UYOC in November last year, it was the Bay that started putting their hands up rst. Even cafés that aren't listed with us yet are supporting us on their Instagram accounts and keeping the momentum going.” The power of social media and word of mouth are UYOC's main marketing tools. Laura is convinced that for many of us living a more sustainable lifestyle, it's simply a matter of having our eyes opened. “I often hear people saying 'I just didn't think of that'. And once they do – they take action.”

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Jack & Joice. Sourced from @jackandjoice_cafe Instagram

By sending out all this information digitally, Laura sets a real-life example. “I love the responsive and supportive community on Instagram. We've made some great connections with bloggers who identify with this idea and are driven by honesty and passion. They are giving us a lot of support! Our cafés are also sharing with their followers and so the word is starting to spread.” And while this wheel is spinning, Laura is about to nudge another one into action. Through UYOC, this 'green'

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org ani s ati ons are work i ng wi th resources that I don't have and most of us don't have. So, rather than doing something just on my own, I wanted to support those who are already in a position to make a huge difference.”

UYOC has already donated $10,000 to the start-up fund for The Dunedin Wildlife Hospital, to be housed in the Otago Polytechnic Veterinary School. In return, the faculty pledged to make the Vet School disposable cup free.

To raise money, UYOC will be taking fees from the cafés but only after they have had a free listing for a year. The rst year of UYOC is completely sponsored by Laura. “My career has been quite a successful one. I'm now 47 and have enough life behind me to feel economically comfortable. If I'm in a position to do more, to give more, to be more pro-active and I have time to do that, which so many of us don't, then I need to be doing that! In some way for me, it's payback.”

“We are trying to do so many things at once – to raise revenue for charities and NGOs; to push the idea of sustainability in hospitality; to build a café and consumer community based upon a war on waste; to encourage a change in mindset. Using something once and throwing it away is avoidable. It is one of the main things we can all do on a daily basis that will make a really signicant impact to the health of our land, oceans and air. For me as a mum it's really about how to make the world a better place for my child, and it really does come from the heart. When you're fanatical and passionate about something, it can be intimidating and scary, but I want to save this planet! Or at least give it a little ick. I'm 100% convinced it's this time right now when we're kind of balancing on the edge of going one way or the other.” n

$1 per day or $365 per year may be nothing, even for the tiniest street food truck, but is crucial for charities. “If I have 10,000 cafés in New Zealand signed up with UYOC, I will then be able to give away three million dollars, which could really make a change!”

For cafés:

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entrepreneur is going to raise funds for charities who work to alleviate suffering and who protect nature. She already has Sea Shepherd NZ, the Million Metres Streams Project, 350 Aotearoa, the Jane Goodall Institute NZ, Kiwi Harvest, Our Climate Declaration, Dine Aid and The Dunedin Wildlife Hospital on the list. “These NGOs (non-governmental organisations) and grassroot 54


1. Sign up to the UYOC guide for a year's free trial. Get promotion for your business, brands and companies you work with. Let the guide show customers that you're making a change for good and then support customer efforts to do the same. 2. Download free signs from to let your customers know you welcome reusable cups, will only provide straws on request or will rell water bottles. 3. Follow UYOC on Instagram ( and Facebook (@uyoc.useyourowncup) and tag them when you do something good – they will spread your news. Whether you list with the guide or not, they'll always be as helpful and supportive as they can!

For individuals: 1. Make time to stay and dine in, but if you must take away, use your own cup. 2. Use to nd a café that has what you want. 3. Tag on Instagram posts about your reusable measures, environmental initiatives or events in your community, and reusable or sustainable products that you love. They will share your news with their followers! 4. Become a UYOC ambassador. Get in touch via the website or Instagram and receive personalised business cards to leave behind when you visit a café. 5. Teach your children to reuse, refuse, rell and reduce.

focus | OUR PETS

Health and wellbeing for our pets

Words + Images Dr Liza Schneider

For our pets, like us humans, health is freedom from dis-ease. This means they are strong and healthy and do not suffer any ills that require medical intervention. From a holistic perspective we strive to address all underlying subtleties that may lead to dis-ease and we take their health a step further. We strive to improve their wellbeing, which is a state of optimal health, ensuring they enjoy life to the full and have every chance to avoid dis-ease. To achieve this, it's important to address the foundations of health, including physical, mental and emotional aspects. Promoting health is not simply ensuring that vaccinations are up to date, parasite treatments are regularly performed and blood tests are done to check for underlying concerns. On the contrary, from a holistic perspective, we often nd that our patients in optimal health seem to require less parasite treatment and are better able to resist dis-ease with efcient immune system function. Using a holistic approach to health, when an animal's health is compromised we recruit all the tools at our disposal, including complementary therapies such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, nutrition, homeopathy, herbal medicine and many others, to restore health and improve wellbeing. I love this approach to healthcare – making use of the best of both worlds – conventional medicine and surgery as well as complementary therapies to help our patients.

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Jeanette Schäring grew up on the west coast of Sweden, surrounded by lakes, rivers, the deep forest and a biodiversity of species. From Borås, a town well known as the hub of fashion and textile in Sweden, she had a needle and thread in her hand from an early age and, surrounded by bre and textile, she had her rst industrial sewing machine when she was ten. Materiality and creativity have always been a part of life for Jeanette. Jeanette travelled extensively, but returned to Sweden to study health and human biology with the intention of becoming an Osteopath but, instead, turned to a traditional art, sculpture and painting education and has a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) and MFA (Masters of Fine Art) from Gothenburg University. During her studies she made eld studies and art research projects into remote indigenous villages. Jeanette currently lives with her family in Mount Maunganui. She will, however, return to Sweden this winter for two large solo exhibitions, both of which include community and social involvement.

Where do you nd inspiration for your artworks? It's about logic and self-mastery, excitement over the processes of learning the big picture, observation of the natural world, understanding universal truth, building resilient communities, and responsibility for the world. Inspiration also comes from learning and sharing knowledge, meeting people, and from animals and cultures. 62


Gothenburg 2016. Jeanette Schäring collecting water for scientic tests. Photo Bruce Clark

How would you describe your style and method? It's a kind of unication between art and science. The most common way to interpret the difference between art and science style, is based on the idea that style and contents are separate entities, but that's not the case.

Your current installation is 'Whose Water are you?' – tell us a bit about this. Why this project? It was an opportunity to communicate, using water and colour, to unite people in nature and our sensitive ecosystem, to empower people to tell their stories about water, and embrace discussions about ethics and traditional human behaviours. With the increased pressure on our natural environment, water has become a highly-charged social, cultural and political resource. The exhibition changes through time and space, depending on many factors, such as light, human interaction, water and sound. It is a place-specic work and therefore it will always be different.

Why do you do what you do? Because I can only be me and I am interested in a softer society. We are in a climate change pushing towards the sixth mass extinction; 50 percent of all species on our globe have disappeared, drought and scarcity of clean water is forcing mass migration and displacement, food and water is contaminated with chemicals and medical waste, the oceans are lled with plastic, fashion and textiles are produced with toxic chemicals; all is washed


Whose water are you? Skövde Art Museum 2015/16 Sweden, Johan Fransson, copyright Jeanette Schäring

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out in our water ways, later ending up in our drinking water which interferes with our bodies and its bacterial system.

What is your dream project? I love to dream and follow the ow. Perhaps work in Antarctica with scientists, looking at ice and glaciers, tiny particles and microbes. I love snow and ice; they are my favourite materials. Another dream has been to live with the Shamans in Northern Siberia, Russia. But perhaps rst I will start a Lab where artists, scientists, communities and friends from my international network can come and experiment and work together in a place where the heart, the mind and new thoughts can meet to create ecological and social transformation as well as new innovations.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given (relating to your art)? Be true to yourself. It's about choosing the path that has a heart. Trust your body; it knows you, and it also understands materiality.

Give us some highlights that you have had with your work. Unity through community – when people came to give water and their stories for the water installations 'Whose water are you?' at Tauranga Art Gallery. Enlightened when a Professor in Neurochemistry and Analytical Chemistry at Uppsala University invited me to work in his science lab and we started to work between art and science; continuing and later discovering innovations. Experimentation with fermented Indigo dye, colour from plants, bre, kombucha and scoby, and light in the studio. Photo and copyright Jeanette Schäring

Enlightenment when invited by the indigenous people of Santhal Santinikitan, India, to spend time with them around the re, outside their little clay house, listening to the sounds of the Santhal and waiting for the rice to cook. Surprised to be invited as a VIP Designer for the fashion show at the Natural Dye Conference in Taiwan 2014.

Where can readers view your art or nd out more? Whose water are you? is on at the Tauranga Art Gallery until 15 July or you can view my book Matter in Motion and the Mysticism of Nature's Colour. Kisumu, Kenya. Hanging with the children during the project 'Beyond the Basket' Photo copyright Jeanette Schäring 64


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Vivien Conway and Natasha Meys are the brains behind Ace the Gram and are experienced Instagram growth and engagement specialists. Their services include consul ng, online courses and social content crea on. They have over 100k net followers on their personal Instagram accounts and have worked with clients across Australia, the US and New Zealand. focus had the opportunity to find out more about BOP locals, Tash and Viv's recent move into podcasts.

Tell us how you got into podcasts A er star ng Ace the Gram we kept mee ng people who had used Instagram in different, interes ng and beneficial ways for their businesses. We wanted to shine a light on how they got to where they are now so that our audience could learn from them, and so we decided to launch a podcast. On the launch date we received over 500 downloads. It seems that podcasts are the ideal format for many to delve deeply into a topic.

So, what exactly are podcasts? Podcasts are audio tracks you download from the internet, iTunes or an app on your phone. They can vary from fic onal stories to long-form interviews, and are flexible and transferable to whatever your ac vity is. For example, you can listen to one in your car, then pause it and con nue listening later when you're working out or making dinner. Podcasts offer a format to dive deeply into a subject of conversa on. They provide educa on and insight into complex ma ers. Listening to podcasts is an excellent way to grow your business as you get the opportunity to listen to top industry experts for free. You can keep abreast of the latest techniques and experiences for your industry while learning from the mistakes and experiences of others. It's like ge ng to be a fly on the wall of a conversa on happening between two people who you normally wouldn't gain access to. 76


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Is a podcast easy to set up and what do you need to start? It's possible for anyone to do one! It will take longer than you think, however, once it's up and running it's one of the most rewarding things you can do for your business.

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Renowned American angel investor Bill Payne was in Tauranga recently, offering advice to would-be entrepreneurs, many of them women, who were potential applicants for angel funding.* Hosted by the Venture Centre, Bill told the group that the quality of the entrepreneur and the team was the most important factor in the success of a company. “Companies fail because the team fails to execute,” he says. “We look for CEOs who are willing to use all the resources in the community to grow their business and are open to advice, counsel and mentoring.” It also helps if they have vertical experience or proven success in the specic business sector they are working in and can manage a team effectively. Bill has been an active angel investor for more than four decades and although he no longer writes cheques for new companies, he continues to act as a board member and advisor to entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs looking for angel funding need to work hard on their pitch, he says. “Angels invest in 78


businesses, not in products or t e c h n o l o g y. W e w a n t a b r o a d perspective of channels, competition, protection and other key factors. Applicants need to be prepared, not fumbling with notes and they need to make their pitch understandable to a room of people who may not know much about that industry. Investors will have questions; the candidate needs to be able to answer them.” He's in favour of kickstarter campaigns. “We want to know that there is a demand, that people will actually buy your product. A kickstarter is a good indicator and shows that you have real customers who have tested your product and believe in it.” Having a board of directors for your company is also favoured by angel investors. “I like to see a board of ve directors who share the governance of the company. An investor will often be on the board. Best case scenario is where neither the founder or the investor has control of the board.” He's invested in women-led companies and acknowledges that men and women present their businesses differently. He doesn't usually fund service businesses as they don't 'scale' well. “A service business has to hire more people to grow. The risk is that these people will leave and start their own version of your company.”

Launch of SheEO Angel Investing has been around for a while in New Zealand, and while there are no statistics, few women-led

businesses seem to get funding from this source. Things are changing though, as women are beginning to take the initiative with angel funding. Launched in October last year by Theresa Gattung, SheEO NZ is the New Zealand arm of a global angel investing organisation for women-led businesses. SheEO NZ's launch goal was to recruit 500 women to contribute $1000 each, to create a funding pool. Five businesses have since been selected to share the funds to grow their businesses, through interest-free loans to be paid back over ve years. Women-led businesses in the US make up just four per cent of the venture capital recipient pool, and Canadian founder of SheEO Vicki Saunders set out to offer women another option. So far all the companies funded by SheEO in the US and Canada have been successful. The ve successful New Zealand SheEO funding applicants were announced in March. In ve years, when they have repaid their loans, another ve women-led businesses will be chosen. Tauranga's Venture Centre is a hub for entrepreneurs and business owners. Based in Grey Street, it hosts a number of events around educating entrepreneurs about venture capital and angel investing. n *

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The Last Page Name: Paula Gaelic Company: Western Bay Museum Position Held: Manager/Curator

Paula started with Katikati Heritage Museum in 2011 and has led the team through a transformation – from a private collection model to the opening of their st 21 Century Western Bay Museum in 2016.

Business Prole I have a sales, marketing and public relations background with international companies. I received excellent training from market leaders, with a focus on professionalism and the challenge to succeed. When I joined the Museum these attributes and skills helped me to advocate and promote the Western Bay Museum concept, to engage with a wide range of people and to face the challenges that lay ahead. I upskilled, found a mentor of the highest calibre (Roy Clare CBE of Auckland War Memorial Museum), completed my qualication in Museum Best Practice and sought advice, guidance and support from Te Papa National Services Te Paerangi. What's at the top of your bucket list? I'm determined to deliver the best, st small, 21 Century museum and to manage, preserve and conserve the collection to Museums Aotearoa standards. 80


What advice would you give to your younger self ? Study more and obtain more academic qualications. What tips could you share about your best approach to getting through a challenging day? With stafng, nancial and resource constraints, every day is challenging in my role and the best approach to this is to prioritise the tasks and maintain the focus. What are three of the best pieces of advice you've ever received? Seek expert advice; have the courage to face all challenges in a professional capacity; good manners can take you anywhere.

What new developments are you looking forward to seeing in the Bay? A Tauranga Museum. Museums are an investment that benet us in many ways. The long-term value of museum buildings, collections and knowledge is in their existence, sharing and legacy for the future. What's your favourite, fail safe relaxation activity? The outdoors, walking The Trig with my girlfriend and enjoying our glorious Waihi Beach with my husband and our dog. What do you love most about living in the Bay? I rmly believe we are incredibly lucky and privileged to be born in New Zealand and to be able to enjoy our beautiful environment in the Bay and across our country. A piece of paradise where we live, work and play.

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